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Trekking in Garhwal & Kumaon

Himalayas have been a favorite destination for ages among trekkers. Your quest for adventure trekking will surely be taken care of in the terrains of Garwhal and Kumaon. Trekking here will be a memorable experience as it will open doors to natural unexplored trails besides bringing the trekkers directly in touch with the country and its people. Garwhal - the most beautiful land in the mountains of the Asian sub-continent, has many things to offer besides four holy shrines of Hindus- Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. Soaring snow peaks, flower harvested meadows, baeutiful temples, wildlife, adventure….the amalgamation of these will tempt you to take a trip to Garwhal for trekking. Likewise Kumaon offers the best ' up close and personal' yet unexplored views of the Mountains on its upper crests. The best time for trekking in Garwhal and Kumaun is from April to June and from September to November.

Roopkund Trek, Garhwal

Garhwal Trekking Routes
Garwhal trekking will give you opportunity to explore following destinations.
  • Panch Kedar Trek
  • Dodi Tal trek
  • Gangotri Kedarnath Trek
  • Kalindikhal Trek
  • Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Trek
  • Har-ki-dun Trek
  • Roopkund Trek
  • Mussoorie - Nagtibba Trek
  • Nanda Devi Trek

Panch Kedars are the five different forms of the Hindu God Shiva. Dodi Tal is enveloped by dense woods of oak, pine, Deodar and rhododendrons. The crystal clear lake is full of Rare fishes and the Himalayan Golden Trouts. Gangotri Kedarnath trek is along the old pilgrim route from Gangotri to Kedarnath. The 'Bugyals' (alpine meadows ) on this trek are most beautiful, specially the Kush-Kalyani and the Panwali bugyals. On your way to Kalindikhal trek one treks down to Arwa glacier and Arwatal to Badrinath via ghastoli with two main rivers crossing.

Valley of flowers will leave you awestruck. More than 300 species of wild flowers bloom and swing with life during the monsoons. Also inhabiting the place is the amazing variety of Himalayan butterflies. Hemkund is encircled by seven snow-clad peaks and their associated glaciers. The glaciers of Hathi Parvat and Sapt Shring peaks feed the lake and a small stream, the Him Ganga, flows from the lake. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple on the bank of the lake.

Har-ki-dun, a cradle shaped valley, situated at the south east of Jaundar glacier is surrounded by dense forests of pine, deodar and other coniferous trees. The surrounding forest is rich in wild life and exotic birds and forms part of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park. Roopkund is famous for the mysterious shallow lake surrounded by rock-strewn glacier and snow clad peaks.

Nanda Devi trek is certainly one of the most illustrious regions in the Himalayan belt. One can feel the enthusiasm of distant mountain cliffs, water falls, brooks and greenery all over. You can enjoy Nanda Devi Sanctuary, Niti Ghati and Kalindi Khal. The spectacular sight of Nanda Devi Sanctuary and of the adjacent Panch Chuli group are enough to entice you.

Pindari Glacier Trek, KumaonKumaon Trekking Routes
In Kumaun one must move around to see peaks, passes, glaciers, rivers and be ready to be snared by the dazzling scenes that the region has in store for the adventure seekers. Enjoy these treks in Kumaon region:
  • Pindari Glacier Trek
  • Kafni Glacier Trek
  • Namik Glacier Trek
  • Milam Glacier Trek
These trekking routes conduce the trekkers to the brows of Chhanguj, Nanda Khat, Pawli Dwar, Nanda Bhanar, Dangkahl, Balijori. The famous birthi fall on the thal Munsyari road will also coax you.

Pindari Glacier Trek is situated between snow capped Nanda Devi and Nandakot mountains. The river Pindar originates from this glacier. Situated below the famous peak of Nandakot, Kafni Glacier Trek is a personification of scenic beauty and serenity. This region is copious of wild life. The picturesque Namik Glacier Trek, located in the heart of Himalaya, is surrounded by peaks like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Trishuli. Milam Glacier is boasts of being biggest glacier of the Kumaon. The glacier is surrounded by 52 high peaks. Milam Village which is located near the glacier is one of the highest villages in the Himalayan range. There is much in this region to quench your hankering for adventure. So, get going to experience the real vista of trekking in Garwhal and Kumaon. The ultimate variety that Garhwal offers makes it the study of a lifetime.

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