Uttarakhand, gifted with an abundance of scenic beauty pulls tourists from every part of the nation and globe. Nature wears her most beauteous garb amid the lofty, towering peaks of the majestic Himalayas. Alpine woods and meadows decked with thickets of colorful Rhododendrons conjure up a scene of unparalleled natural beauty. Nature lovers and passionate holiday makers find the joy of their life on this paradisiacal land. For adventure seekers too Uttarakhand is one of the most veritable adventure hubs. The terrain of Uttarakhand is just right to let you indulge in adventure activities to your fill. If you are passionate about trekking, Uttarakhand could be a real paradise for you. Trekking the rugged Himalayan terrain could be taxing for the body but the panoramic views of pristine nature along your trekking trails will enliven your mind with surging energy and enthusiasm. Thus plan a travel to Uttarakhand soon and explore some of the best trekking destinations that the land has.
Given below are the top 5 Uttarakhand trekking destinations
Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers has been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage site and falls within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve zone. The valley extends to an area of about 87.50 sqkms. The emerald valley receives maximum trekkers between months June and October because that’s the season when the valley bursts in full bloom with nearly 500 rare species of vibrantly colored Alpine flowers. The beauty of the valley during that time is actually beyond all description. So, set out on the valley of flowers trek and see for yourself. The trek to Valley of Flowers begins from the base camp of Govind Ghat
The magnificent destination of Roopkund consists in a glacial lake set amid the High Himalayan mountain ranges at an elevation of nearly 16499 feet. This deep blue lake evokes a sense of mystery on the onlooker and its uninhabited ambience sends along an imaginative feel of the paranormal. The fact that nearly 200 human skeletons were traced along the lake’s bank, adds to its mystery and supernatural effect. Trek to Roopkund commences from a point called Lohajung
This pellucid fresh water lake, ‘Dodi tal’ is believed to be the place where Lord Ganesha was born. Thus, there’s an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh right at this spot. The lake gets its name from Dodis or Himalayan trout fishes that abound the lake. You could gather great boating and fishing experiences at Dodital. This trekking destination falls within Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district and is perched at an elevation of 3024 meters above the sea level. Trek to Dodital commences from the Sangam Chatti and takes you through mesmerizingly beautiful grasslands and forested trails
Chopta has acquired the metaphor of ‘mini Switzerland’ and the reason of course is its untainted natural beauty. Vast expanses of Alpine meadows, stunning snowy mountain ranges, tall and imposing conifer studded trails, Alpine lakes, thickets ablaze with rhododendrons in full bloom characterize the heavenly beauty of Chopta. Chopta falls in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district. The Chopta-Chandrashila trek commences from Ukhimath and takes you through the enchanting Deoria, Chopta to arrive at the famed Shiv temple of Tunganath and then a little high up to arrive at the Chandrashila summit which is lodged at an elevation of about 13000 feet above the sea level.
This famous pass extends from a point called Dhaula in the state of Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is cradled at an elevation of nearly 15250 feet above the sea level amid the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. The route is quite difficult consisting in steep folds, curves and snowy slopes. So seasoned trekkers only should consider setting out on the Rupin pass trek. All along the trekking trail, Rupin river accompanies you.
The post is by Devendra Singh Farswan a traveler & blogger who loves traveling, rafting, mountaineering and making new friends. Currently working with NamasteIndiaTrip.com, a leading travel company that offers various tour packages for India and International.