Best Winter Treks to do in India

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Lohajung, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

Ali Bedni Bugyal is a hard trek to match up to. in any season, and it will have something to stun trekkers with. In summer, the terrific colors of the meadows. In winter, it is the lush green forests with snow. Do not forget the up-close views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti, two of the most celebrated mountains among trekkers.

Proti: This is an extremely rare trek that hardly a few people trek on. So if you’re looking for a beautiful isolated experience, close your eyes and choose this. 

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Raithal, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

The dayara bugyal trek is such a relaxing climb and gives you such grand returns and experience. You will never expect such views and experiences on such an easy trek. And in winter, the place is even prettier with the meadows blanketed in shimmering white snow-capped.

Protip:  the ease of the climb, this trek is especially good for families and beginners in winter. But don’t let that stop you if you are an experienced trekker, you can go on this trek ten times and you won’t get tired. In winter the trek looks completely different.

Brahmatal Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Raithal, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

Brahmatal has mesmerizing forest walks. You get to walk through the centuries-old forests of Oaks and Rhododendrons. What particularly stays with me is the dedicated section on Rhododendrons. Just out of Bekaltal, you will see a clear demarcated section of Rhododendron forests.

The Rhodo forests are a treat to the eyes as they are so beautiful. The trunks twist and turn in shapes. These trunks are usually bare and smoothly wooded. The trees are tall but they are not too tall and form a nice canopy at the top. These trunks are close enough to form a perfect green roof over your head providing you as a shelter.

Protip: you can choose this trek if you want to experience a grand snowfall. Most trekkers come back here because of the snow here. Also, you should be physically prepared because it has some good climbing to do.

Deoriatal – Chandrashila Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Sari, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

it sees a lot of snow in winter, and you get to slide down from the summit all the way to the bottom. This is a trek that is missed in winter every year. It used to be one of India’s most popular winter treks among the trekkers. The forest department closed some crucial campsites. But now new alternate campsites have been set up. The trek, of course, remains charming with its vibrant forests, the lake, and the climb to the Tungnath temple and Chandrashila summit.

Protip: it gives a highly unfair reward for the amount of effort you put in. You will be able to see almost all the most magnificent peaks in the Indian Himalayas including Mt Nanda Devi, India’s highest summit.Trekkers can experience snow during winters. If the dates are according to you, don’t think twice, just go for it.

Kedarkantha Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Gaichawan Gaon, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

This trek exploded in terms of popularity when we opened it up in the winter of 2011. It has adorable campsites, a thrilling climb, and one of the best winter experiences in the Himalayas. Most trekkers see them as a bucket list trek, and they’re completely justified because it’s not every day you come across such a perfect winter trek.

Protip: you can perform this trek from the Kotgaon route, and not from Sankri. This new trek is completely isolated and it bypasses the crowd. One will definitely admit that The new route is a lot prettier than the older route as well.

Sandakphu – Phalut

Difficulty: Moderate

Region: Jaubhari, West Bengal

Duration: 7 Days

On the way to Sandakphu , behind you can see the Sleeping Buddha with Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse, and others. You can Choose this trek if you are looking for a strong cultural experience. You get a  sneak-peek into what the Nepali trekking culture is like. The trek is on the border of India and Nepal, constantly weaving in and out of the two countries. You can get a view of four of the tallest mountains in the world — Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and Mt Kanchenjunga. No other trek gives you that.

Protip: most of the trekkers are unaware of the fact that on this trek, you can stay in tea houses for a few days, and you also get the Indiahikes camping experience for 2 days. It’s a great way to experience the best of both worlds. Though you will get snow on this trek, it is not as much as our Uttarakhand or Himachal treks. So do keep that in mind.

Kuari Pass Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Tapoban, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

Irrespective of whether you are a seasoned trekker or a beginner, the Kuari Pass is a trek you need to do. The trek is considered to be a must-do for the views of some of India’s most celebrated mountains – Mt Nanda Devi (25,673 feet) and Mt Dronagiri (23,182 feet) – in any season.

Protip: In winter there is an added attraction. The snow in its form is almost like perfectly crafted forests. Snowflakes settled on the Oak leaves above a white carpeted forest floor taking you instantly to the land which would be Santa Claus envy. All this gives you an unmatched winter trekking experience in the Himalayas!