Best Treks to Do in India

Uttarakhand is best known for its magnificent mountains and picturesque valleys. Most of the state lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, and is home to some famous mountain peaks. These mountains offer endless opportunities for trekking, and each year a significant number of trekkers and photographers visit these mountains. This article gives a brief introduction to some of the most famous treks for photography in the state.

Kedarkantha Trek

Duration: 6 days.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

The Kedarkantha peak (altitude: 4,100 metres) at the core of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is one of the most famous trekking destinations in the country. The Kedarkantha trek is known for its picturesque views of the Garhwal Himalayan mountains along with the beautiful valleys, forests of mostly pine and oak, and the villages in the mountains. The peak offers panoramic views of a total of 13 Himalayan peaks, including the Swargarohini peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak and the Ranglana peak in the Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges. The region also has a rich variety of flora and fauna, making it a popular choice for nature lovers and photographers. An ideal trek for both novice and professional trekkers, the Kedarkantha trek is most suitably visited during the winters.

Valley of Flowers Trek

Duration: 6 days.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

The Valley of Flowers National Park lying at an altitude of about 3,600 metres in north Chamoli and Pithoragarh inside the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is popularly known for its rich diversity of endemic alpine flowers and all different kinds of rare wildflowers. The picturesque views of the valleys filled with poppies, calendulas, daisies, primulas, orchids with the snow laden mountains in the backdrop are a sheer delight for photographers and nature lovers. The region is also known for its diversity of rare and endangered animals. One of the most famous and oldest treks in Uttarakhand owing to its breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, streams and glaciers, the Valley of Flowers trek can be most suitably visited during the monsoons.

Milam Glacier Trek

Duration: 13 days.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Ranging in elevation from 3,870 metres to 5,500 metres, the Milam Glacier in the district of Pithoragarh is the source of the Goriganga river. The Milam Glacier trek is best known for its stunning views of the mountains like the Hardeol peak, Mangraon peak, the Deo Damla peak and the Sakram peak etc., the beautiful green mountain valleys, meadows, pine forests, waterfalls and streams, along with a rich variety of flora and fauna. A paradise for nature lovers and photographers, the Milam Glacier trek can be ideally visited during the months of March to May.

Nag Tibba Trek

Duration: 1-2 days.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

With an altitude of about 3,022 metres, Nag Tibba (literally meaning Serpents Peak) is the highest mountain in the Lesser Himalayas, best known for its spectacular views of some famous mountain peaks like the Bandarpunch peak, Gangotri peaks, and the Kedarnath peak. The Nag tibba trek leads one through the dense forests and meadows and lush green mountain valleys, and has a rich variety of flora and fauna. Considered an ideal trek for both beginner and expert trekkers, the Nag Tibba weekend trek can be visited during the summers, winters and spring, making it quite a popular one among trekkers and mountaineers.

Darma Valley Trek

Duration: 10 days.

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.

Nestled between the Kuthi Yankti valley to the east and Lassar Yankti valley in the west, the Dharma Valley along the Drama river lies at an altitude of about 3,470 metres in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The Darma valley trek is mostly known for its stunning views of the Panchachuli peaks, and the picturesque mountain valleys filled with all different kinds of wildflowers, especially orchids. The rich diversity of flora and fauna along with the magnificent mountains in the skyline is what makes this trek a popular one among photographers and nature lovers. The months of April to June and September to October are considered to be perfect for this trek.

These were some of the most famous treks for photography in Uttarakhand. Other notable treks in the list include the Nanda Devi Base camp trek, the Lamkhaga pass trek, the Chopta Chandrashila trek to name a few. Known for their serenity and spectacular views, the mountains are visited by nature lovers and photographers in large numbers every year. Despite the challenges and hardships that these treks offer, they are one of the most visited destinations in the country and rightly so, what nature offers in return is indeed a rewarding experience.

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