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Budget friendly Trekking destinations in India

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Who doesn’t love the peace and tranquility of mountains and that additional adrenaline rush of a trek? But in today’s modern day lives, putting a dent in your bank balance does not seem thrilling enough? We at Renok Adventures, bring you a list of budget friendly trekking destinations in India  as weekend getaways, so you can scare away your Monday blues. Weekend trekking getaways are not only relaxing but are pretty much a great way to meet new people and make memories being extremely light in your pocket.

Here are our picks for budget-friendly treks from your beloved cities:

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Delhi:

Delhi being the closest metropolitan city to the Himalayas gives rise to numerous weekend trekking retreats.

  1. Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand
Nag Tibba, Uttrakhand
Nag-Tibba-trek

The Nag Tibba trek is an easy and short weekend trek trip to Nag Tibba or Serpent’s Peak close to Mussorrie. It is the highest peak with a height of over 3000 meters in the Nag Tibba range, Garhwal Himalayas and it is one of the easiest treks in Uttarakhand. It’s just 8 hours away from Delhi.

  • Altitude: 3022 meters
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Dec, Jan, Feb & March
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Trekking Distance: 19 km
  • Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
  • Budget- ₹ 3500 per head
  1. Chakrata, Uttarakhand
Chakrata-Source-Wikipedia
Chakrata, Source: Wikipedia

Chakrata, a serene hill station on the Yamuna and other rivers, is just 90 km from Dehradun and 320 km from Delhi that makes it a perfect trekking spot.

  • Altitude: 2118 meters
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Through the year
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Trekking Distance: 14 km
  • Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
  • Budget- ₹ 3500 per head

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Mumbai:

When Mumbai roads get crazy with road traffic, pollution and buildings, you just want to run to the mountains and take a breath of fresh air. The Himalayas are undoubtedly inaccessible over just one weekend but you have plenty of options.

  1. Rajmachi Fort, Maharashtra
Rajmachi Fort- Source Wikipedia
Rajmachi Fort, Source: Wikipedia

This weekend Trek from Mumbai to Rajamachi has the most astounding sight of the mountains and the Shirota Dam. Over the fort, there are two historically important structures – Shivardhan and Manranjan that can be explored. The serene paths of Rajmachi take you past waterfalls, hills and dense greenery.

  • One Tree Hill Trek
  • Altitude: 2625 ft.
  • Distance from Mumbai: 90 km
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Budget- ₹ 1450 per head
  1. Jawhar – The waterfall Weekend Trek from Mumbai
Jawhar
Jawhar, Source: Wikipedia

Surrounded by lush vegetation and wonderful Kal Mandavi waterfalls, a hike at Jawhar is an out of the world experience. The village has some really stunning spots like the dam and the lake.

  • Altitude: 1475 ft.
  • Distance from Mumbai: 145 km
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Budget- ₹ 0

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Bangalore:

The trekking trips neighboring Bangalore are not that long, wearisome or difficult to hike. Rather, they are green havens for adventurous souls that can be effortlessly reached and are safe.

  1. Savandurga
Savandurga trek
Savandurga, Source: Wikipedia

This hill is approximately 60 km from Bangalore. The rock creations are rather a sight. Apart from the picturesque beauty, explorers can also relish rock climbing, rappelling, and other many activities.

  • Altitude: 1226 meters
  • Trek Length: 4 km
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Budget- ₹ 3000 per head for hotel
  1. Ramanagara
Ramanagara
Ramanagara, Source: Wikipedia

Another destination near Bangalore is Ramanagara which is about 55 km away. It is chiefly a rocky land and quite an adrenaline rush for trekkers. Other attractions include historic caves and Vulture Sanctuary.

  • Altitude: 747 meters
  • Trek Length: 6 km
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Budget- ₹ 1400 per head

Budget friendly trekking destinations in North East India:

The twisty rivers, the thick forests, the exquisite flora and fauna and the tribal and native people of the North east India can only be experienced by the ones who trek into these unseen regions to discover this unparalleled beauty.

  1. Shillong Peak Trek, Meghalaya
Shillong
Elephant Waterfall, Shillong,Source: Wikipedia

Shillong Peak treks are an incredible experience of snow-capped mountains, several waterfalls, and luscious lands.

  • Altitude:1965 meters
  • Season: Sep-Mar and Oct-Nov
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Budget- ₹ 4000 per head for hotel
  1. Talley valley Trek, Arunachal Pradesh
Taley Valley
Arunachal Pradesh, Source: Wikipedia

Talley Valley Treks in North East India is a beautiful wasteland and the exclusive fishing and paddy culture of the Apatani Village is a lifetime experience.

  • Altitude: 2400 meters
  • Season: Sep-Apr
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Budget- ₹ 9950 per head

Excited enough to plan for your next not-so-expensive thrilling quest? Pack your bags today and go on an adventure and go to all these budget friendly trekking destinations in India!

 

5 Things To Keep In Mind Before Choosing Your Next Trekking Location

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Well, you’ve been working for a while now, and you think you need a break, and want to go for a trek. But which trekking location should you head for? Take the following factors into account, and we’re sure you’ll have your answer by the end!

1. Past Experience

How much have you trekked in the past?

If you’re an absolute beginner, something small or easy like Dodi Tal or Chopta-Chandrashila should be perfect.

The route to Tungnath-Chandrashila. Chaukhamba peeks out in the background.

 

If you’ve done a couple of treks, perhaps Har Ki Dun or Dayara Bugyal catches your fancy!

And if you have quite some experience, perhaps you should answer the call of Stok Kangri, Rupin Pass, or Goecha La.

The final trail before ascending Rupin Pass.

2. Fitness Level

How fit are you? Ideally, you should be fit for any trek. Work out a month in advance in order to make sure you’re prepared.

If you’re in good shape, then most treks can be undertaken by you. Even Kuari Pass can be done by trekkers who don’t have that much experience, yet are fit.

The winter trail to Kuari Pass, with Hathi and Ghodi Parbat in the background.

3. Weather and Season

Most Himalayan treks like Hampta Pass and Kashmir’s Great Lakes are doable in May and June, but there are some treks that are known for the particular seasons they thrive in. If you’re going in April, think of Chopta-Chandrashila. The rhododendrons are in full bloom at Chopta and the route to Tungnath, and you might even encounter some ice and snow near Chandrashila top!

The pink rhododendrons aka Buransh, at Chopta.

Come July and August, and the famous Valley of Flowers beckons you. The flowers are in full bloom, and monsoon treks hold a charm of their own.

The carpet of flowers in the Valley vary from month to month.

September, October, and November, though cold, are the best months for catching a view of the snow capped peaks. The skies are at their clearest, so I’d recommend Nag Tibba or Kuari Pass.

Kathian Campsite on the Nag Tibba trek.

 

Come December and January, and we have the classic winter treks, namely Kedarkantha, and the Chadar trek.

4. Number Of Days At Hand

How many days do you have? If it’s a long weekend trip, then something like Kheerganga and Bhrigu Lake may be more up your alley.

Bhrigu Lake in the Kullu Valley is as mesmerising a trek as any.

 

But if you have a good week to 10 days, go for a trek like Roopkund in Uttarakhand, or the Great Lakes in Kashmir.

Kishensar (Sar means Lake), on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

 

For something in between, try Chandrakhani Pass near Manali!

5. Budget

If you’ve got a humble amount saved up, then Piang Neru or Khar Myundari may be just what you’re looking for!

Jhameer Campsite on the Piang Neru trek.

And if money’s not an issue, try Pin Parvati Pass or Pangarchula Peak trek.

Pro tip: The lesser the days, the cheaper it will be.

 

Well, we just offered you a variety of choices, and how to decide them, so are you any closer to making up your mind?

10 Trekking Tips You Can’t Miss Out On

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If you’re a beginner to trekking, here are 10 trekking tips that should help you prepare for your first trek! And even if you’re experienced, it’s never too late to brush up on some information.

Trekking Tip 1: Double check everything.

Equipment matters. You don’t want to be out on a hike, and when you need something important, you don’t have it. It can be the difference between life and death. Trekking usually takes place in remote locations, where facilities are scarce, so there’s a good chance you won’t find what you’re looking for.

Even if it is available, why would you want to waste money and buy something you already have?

Tosh Valley.

 

Trekking Tip 2: If hit by AMS, descend.

Mountains can be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. Acute Mountain Sickness hits when you don’t acclimatise properly. Presuming you’re past the point of acclimatising and are already facing symptoms of altitude sickness, the best solution is to descend. While Diamox etc. can help curb the symptoms and effects, removing the cause(high altitude) is the most logical solution.

 

Trekking Tip 3: Prepare adequately.

Make sure you’re physically and mentally fit to go for a trek. Fitness can make the difference between making a trek really easy to complete, or really difficult to manage. You don’t want to be left lagging behind!

Trekking Tip 4: Climb high, sleep low.

Once over 3000 meters above sea level, climb slowly, sleeping no more than 300 m higher at the end of each day. Going higher during the day is fine as long as you go down to sleep. It’s a good idea to reach your destination for the day and then go for an acclimatisation walk somewhere high around, thereafter returning to camp.

Trekking Tip 5: Start early, reach early.

It’s a rule I follow religiously. Early morning usually makes for glorious weather, with astounding views. Plus, if you start by around 5 or 6 AM, there’s a good chance you’ll be at your intended destination by 12 PM or max, 2, just in time for lunch. Plus, the weather usually gets cloudy and rainy post noon, and it’s never fun to trek in that.

Morning views on the Chopta-Chandrashila trail. 

Trekking Tip 6: Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories.

Global warming is consuming our planet at a rapid pace, and the Himalayas have one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Add to all this, the throngs of tourists visiting them each year, and you have at hand a disaster waiting to happen.

In light of all these, it is our prerogative that we keep our ecological footprint to a minimum. We leave them as we would like to find them. We do not harm the flora and fauna. We take away nothing but experiences.

A moment of reflection at Kedarkantha.

 

Trekking Tip 7: It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.

This one applies to both trekking and mountaineering. If we keep wasting time thinking about how much further the destination is, we make it mentally tiring for ourselves. So it’s best to concentrate on the next step, on the immediate present, and where to put our foot next.

This one’s for the mountaineers! The West Face of Deo Tibba.

 

Trekking Tip 8: Take care of your feet.

Your legs and feet are your most valuable companion on any trek, and that’s why it’s really important to pay attention to them. Make sure to wear the right socks, and the right number of layers. Break in new shoes before taking them for their first trek. Get comfortable in them. Lace them up to the top to reduce chances twisting your ankle.

Trekking Tip 9: When you reach a destination, set up camp first before anything else.

Before doing anything else, it’s necessary that you pitch your tents first. When you do that, you have a base to function out of, out of which you can organise all other activities like cooking. In the event of unforeseen weather, you have a place to take shelter.

Campsite at Piang Neru.

 

Trekking Tip 10: “Aur kitni aage hai?/How much further?” is always a bad question to ask, and one we hate answering 😛

We all know “Bas thoda aur/just 10 minutes more” is a blatant lie we tell just to keep you satisfied, so why make us say it 😛 ?

First Time Trekking Experiences At Hampta

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We recently interviewed Kratika Jain, a digital marketer from Ahmedabad. In a candid chat, she tells us about her first time trekking experiences to Hampta Pass in July. Read on!

Q: How did you start trekking?

A: Actually, this was my first time trekking, and it all happened rather quickly. Quite a lot of my friends were doing it, and I couldn’t handle their pictures, it was too beautiful, and I really needed a break from my job as well! The satisfaction of the mountains couldn’t be felt in a city like Ahmedabad, and I really wanted to get away. So I quickly opened up Google and started looking for a trek to do.

Q: How did you end up choosing Hampta Pass?

A: I simply searched which trek was popular during July, and Hampta Pass popped up!

Above Jobra Campsite

Q: What was Hampta Pass like, for you?

A: It was easy to moderate, even though it was my first time trekking, but the last two days were quite difficult(during the pass crossing and descending). Even the day we crossed Hampta Pass, we walked for 12 hours. I thought to myself, “Oh shit I’m killing myself !”, but looking back when we finished it, it was a really nice experience, and at that point, I realised that we(the group) had actually done something exciting in life!

Q: How did it feel when you reached the pass itself?

A: Actually, I wasn’t feeling that good, since there was still some portion of the trek remaining. When I reached the pass, I was jubilant, but then thought “Oh shit, abhi aur chalna hai(I still have to walk more!)”.
Then, on the final day, my feelings were the exact opposite and I was thinking “Oh damn, it’s the last day”, and then we felt like it was too short, we wished it was longer. Suddenly all my energy came back that day and we wished we could do it all over again!

Q: Sounds like it was quite a task managing the trek. What inspired you to keep walking?

A: You see so much natural beauty and variations in weather, which you would not get to see in a crowded city like Ahmedabad. The scenery is amazing and beautiful, sometimes it’s flowers, mountains, waterfalls, sometimes it’s rivers. It all inspires you to keep going!

Q: Speaking of rivers, how’d you find the river crossing at Jwara?

A: At first, I felt like not doing it, then I felt a lot of adrenalin during the actual crossing itself, and then I felt like doing it again! It was adventurous, but thankfully I was never scared.

Q: Once you cross Hampta Pass, you come to Spiti and Chandra Tal. How did you like those?

A: It was absolutely beautiful! I had never seen mountainous landscapes, especially since it was my first time trekking. My immediate reaction was “Why don’t they shoot Bollywood movies here? Why do people go abroad to countries like Thailand? Spiti is equally, if not more beautiful”. The truth is, Himachal is really unexplored. That is because of its inaccessibility. But it is this same inaccessibility that allows this region to remain peaceful, calm, and serene. By contrast, we saw Rohtang Pass on the way back, and wahan pe to mela laga hua tha!

Chandra Tal

Q: Being an Indian woman, was there any hurdle you faced while informing your family about going for the trek?

A: I just told my family, don’t wait for me, agar mai waapis nahi aayi! They were asking for a phone number to contact me in case of an emergency, and were shocked to learn ke waahaan pe signal hi nahi aata. They could not comprehend that there are still regions in this country jahaan pe signal nahi aata! All jokes aside, they were mostly fine, they just wanted me to stay in touch, since it was my first time trekking.

Q: Was there any particular event from the trek which stood out for you?

A: The truth is, I wasn’t in a good condition, and desperately wanted a break from my life. I wanted to move out of the city and go to the mountains. So this trek was a big break for me, and genuinely a life changing experience, which I felt I needed. So I would describe the entire trek as an event that stood out for me. To top it all, the Renok staff were really nice and supportive. The group members too were very cooperative. Some of the group members and guides are now friends of mine!

 

Q:Do you have any advice for first time trekkers?

A: What I witnessed on the trek was that people were scared of the altitude, saying “No, mujhse nahi hoga(I will not be able to do it), I can’t do this” etc. If we keep this sort of mindset, we will not be able to concentrate on the trek and enjoy it, enjoy the scenery all around. For those for whom it’s their first time trekking, I have to say this. We should soak in every moment, because every moment is unique, memorable and enjoyable, and we should not forget this in our tiredness!

Q: Finally, has this trek had any lasting effects on you?

A: Apart from being in touch with all the group members, I have realised a lot of things about the mountains.
Trekking is not boring, ever, and it probably won’t be for anyone. Anyone can go for it, people from all walks of life, age, etc., so everyone can disconnect from their individual backgrounds and connect together to the mountains. Trekking also helps you get to know yourself as a person, and nothing can be better than staying with nature.
I felt so much positivity when I returned from Hampta Pass, it’s been life-changing for me. Whenever I’m faced with a negative situation in life, I think of the mountains, and I channel positivity through them into me.
When I returned from Hampta, I kept telling my family and friends the tales of my trek, and now they’ve started to grow bored! Even now, I am in the same mood, dreaming of the mountains. Ab to keeda lag gaya hai(I’m hooked to the mountains now), to trek once or twice during the year.

 

It looks like Kratika had a gala time. Do you think Hampta Pass could be your calling too? Head on over here to find out!

25 Must-Have Songs For Your Travel Playlist

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Travelling is an uplifting activity. Be it a road trip with friends, or a solo holiday, listening to the correct music while travelling can make it all the more enjoyable.

So here are 25 songs that you should add to your Travel playlist today!

1. Leaving On A Jetplane – John Denver

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go” perfectly defines how all of us feel before setting out on our trips.

2. Khwabon Ke Parindey – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Oho, kya pata, jaayenge kahaan

3. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Get your motor running, head out on the highway“… what could be more inspiring?

4. Mai Ni Meriye – Mohit Chauhan

Chambe jaana zaroor

5. Kashmire – Led Zeppelin

My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
This song is especially suited for a Kashmir sojourn.
Check out our Kashmir Great Lakes trek here!

6. Sab Bhula Ke – CALL

Sab bhula ke, fir bhi chala mai,
Duniya ki rasme bhula ke
Perfect for them angst-y solitary blues.

7. I Want To Break Free – Queen

God knows, God knows I want to break free

8. Yuhin Chala Chal Rahi – Swades

Kitni hasin hai yeh duniya?

9. Highway To Hell – ACDC

I’m on my way to the promised land, whoo!”

10. Banjarey – Fugly

Rabb hi jaane jo hoga aage.

11. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi

I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride,
I’m wanted, dead or alive

12. Dil Chahta Hai – Title Track

With lyrics like “Dil chahta hai, hum na rahen kabhi yaaro ke bin“, this is the perfect song for a road trip with friends.
If road trips are your thing, check out our Ladakh Jeep Safari!

13. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Tramps like us, baby we were born to run

14. Mast Baharon Ka Mai Aashiq – Mohammad Rafi

Mast baharon ka main aashiq
Main jo chaahe yaar karoon

15. Riders On The Storm – The Doors

Take a long holiday,
Let your children play
It’s a subtle message to all the parents out there 😛
Obviously, this song becomes all the more fun to listen to when it’s actually raining.

16. Hum Jo Chalne Lage – Jab We Met

With lyrics such as “Manzil se behtar lagne lage hai yeh raste“, it’s a reminder that we should enjoy the journey as well, apart from the destination.

17. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day

My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
Another one for them solo trips.

18. Ek Aise Gagan Ke Tale – Kishore Kumar

This song is filled with beautiful lyrics, all of them stand out.

19. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

The title explains itself. If you’re searching for something but you don’t know what it is, this is the song to listen to while doing it.

20. Ilahi – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Shaame malang si.

21. Hotel California – The Eagles

You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave
Once you’re in the mountains, your body may return to the city, but a part of your soul will always be there.

22. Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change

23. Mamma I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne

It hurts so bad, it’s been so long
For when you’re nearing the end of your trip, and home calls.

24. Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong

John Denver gets a special second mention, since his songs are just so.. country.

25. Chhaiyyan Chhaiyyan – Dil Se

Yaar misaale os chale,
Paaon ke tale firdaus chale


Well, these were our suggestions.

Let us know in the comments what songs you like having on your Travel playlist!

Kheerganga Trek

Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

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The best part about Delhi is not just the shopping and street food but the fact that it is located so conveniently that you can plan a trek in the Himalayas even over a weekend.

Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi are best way to relax over the weekend. Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi are best way to spend your weekend as they are much healthier, light on your pocket and great way to meet new people. Delhi being the closest metro to Himalayas so there are numerous Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi. Our team at Renok Adventures have compiled the list of such treks which can be perfect for your extended long weekend or just for weekend.

Top 10 Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi 

Parashar Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

The Prashar Lake Trek is one of the most delightful and famous Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi. This trek near Mandi region of Himachal Pradesh.  Prashar Lake Trek is easy trek with a scope for varying the duration to suit ones time with adding nearby exploration.

  • Altitude: 2722 M
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Dec, Jan, Feb & March
  • Starting Point: Mandi
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 11 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand

Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

The Nag Tibba trek is a short and easy weekend trek to Nag Tibba (Serpent’s Peak) near Mussorrie. At over 3000 meters it is the highest peak in the Nag Tibba range of Garhwal Himalayas and it is one of the easy treks in Uttarakhand. Nag Tibba Trek is the perfecet Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi  as just 8 hours of drive from Delhi you can reach base of Nag Tibba and start the trek

  • Altitude: 3022 M
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Dec, Jan, Feb & March
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 19 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Khar Myundari Trek, Himachal Pradesh

khar myundari trek - Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

  • Altitude: 2860 M
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: All the year round
  • Starting Point: Manali
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 13 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Khar Myundari starts from Setan which around 1 hour drive from Manali. On this trek you can enjoy camping in manali at beautiful campsite beside the lake and offer great views of Kullu Valley and Himalayan ranges like Dhauladhar on one side and Pir Panjal on other side. This is the best Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi you can combine it with your manali tour.

Bijli Mahdev Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Weekend Treks From Delhi

  • Altitude: 2460 M
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: All the year round
  • Starting Point: Naggar
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 15 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on top of  Mathan hills. It is a 15kms trek from the foot of Kullu. The real charm of the trek lies in the interior of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies on your way when you take the trail from Bijli Mahadev to Naggar.  There is even a 12 km long motorable road; trekkers can opt for any.

Triund Trek , Dhauladhar Range

Triund Trek Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

  • Altitude: 2975 M
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: All Year Round 
  • Starting Point: Mcleodganj
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 16 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Triund, the jewel of the Dhauladhars is the most famous among the trekker looking for Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi but please note it’s bit crowded so you head towards Khar Myundari Camping in Manali  to avoid the rush.

Hatu peak Trek, Narkanda

Best Trek near Shimla - Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

 

  • Altitude: 3300 M
  • Duration: 1 Days
  • Best Season: May-Jun and Sep-Nov and Jan to March for Snow
  • Starting Point: Narkanda
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 16 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Hatu Peak is a short trek near Shimla and best Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi. Hatu Peak offers 360 degree view with the snow-capped peaks, sprawling valleys and rustic villages perched in the hills await you at the peak.

Chopta Tugnath Trek , Uttarakhand

Chopta Tungnath Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

  • Altitude: 2900 M
  • Duration: 2 to 3 Days
  • Best Season: All the year round
  • Starting Point: Ukhimath
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 12 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

The Chopta Tungnath trek takes us to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas called as mini Switzerland. You can drive directly to Chopta and then trek Chandrashila and next day camp at Deoriatal with beutiful views of Chaukhamba Peak. It’s best Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi which can completed in 3 days.

Lansdowne Trek, Uttarakhand

Weekend Treks From Delhi

  • Altitude: 1780 M
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Days
  • Best Season: All the year round
  • Starting Point: Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 12 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Thervery few Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi which have plenty of trekking routes to choose from and all of them are charming, easy and incredibly beautiful.

Benog Tibba, Uttarakhand

Weekend Treks From Delhi

  • Altitude: 2240 M
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Best Season: October to April
  • Starting Point: Mussoorie, Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 15 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

Starting from the queen of hill stations Mussoorie this Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi can be covered in 2 days of trekking and camping in most beautiful landscapes, forests and sanctuary.

Chakrata, Uttarakhand

Weekend Treks From Delhi

  • Altitude: 2118 M
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Best Season: Through the year
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy 
  • Trekking Distance: 14 Kms
  • Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius

The Garhwali hill station of Chakrata which is just 90 kms from Dehradun or 320 kms from Delhi makes it a perfect Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi. Chakrata is serene hill station on Yamuna and Tons rivers towards Himachal border.

Dilliwalon, go trekking for these Best Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi 

Trekking Weekend Getaways from Delhi

12 Best Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

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Himalaya Trekking for Beginners : The mighty Himalaya, a jewel of the diverse topography of India, makes India no less than a trekker’s paradise. The rugged trails bequeathed with stupendous atmosphere and fascinating panorama in the Indian Himalaya cater an unmatched rejuvenation. There is a plethora of trails available in the Himalaya and that too across all difficulty levels i.e. easy, moderate and difficult.

For a novice trekker, the Indian terrain has a potpourri of options. If you are an amateur and want to explore some of the best-kept secrets of nature tucked away in the confines of the Indian Himalaya, here are some of the best treks in Himalayas just right for the beginners like you.

Here is the list of 12 Best Himalaya Trekking for Beginners to start the exploration of the best kept secrets of natures in Indian Himalayas.

Valley of Flowers Trek

It is considered best Himalaya Trekking for Beginners in Uttarakhand because of the facilities available like Mules, Hotel accommodation and also Helicopter service from Govindghat to Ghangaria. It one of the most famous and an easy treks in Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers Trek Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 4450 m

Duration in Days: 6 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: July to Mid September

Hampta Pass Trek – The Beginners Delight

Hamtpa Pass Trek is called the beginners delight and considered Himalaya Trekking for Beginners in Manali Trekking Circuit as it is it near Manali and short period of 4 days it will take you from thick forest to barren landscape of Lahaul & Spiti and High altitude glacial lake of Chandratal. No other trek offers you such variety in landscape.

Hampta pass trek Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 4400 m

Duration in Days: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: May to Mid October

Dodital Trek

Dodital Trek is the best Himalaya Trekking for Beginners, this trek is can done any time of the year. In winter you can enjoy the frozen Dodital Lake and during summers reach up to Darwa Pass for 360 degree view of mighty Himalayas.

Dodital Trek - Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 3850m

Duration in Days: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: All Year round

 

Kedarkantha Trek

This is a classic snow trek all year round but best enjoyed during the month of December January March & April due to the amount of snow it offers, unimaginable views and beautiful Campsites, This is one of the best Himalaya Trekking for Beginners.

Kedarkantha Trek Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 3800 m

Duration in Days: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: December to June

Dayaray Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek is the largest meadow of Uttarakhand and that is the reason we have included this trek in our list of Best Himalaya Trekking for Beginners.

Dayara Bugyal Trek - Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 3890 m

Duration in Days: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: May to June & September to November

Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba Trek is just 4 hours drive from Dehradun and takes you the maximum altitude of 3090 meters which no other trek near Delhi goes to this altitude and in winters you can enjoy good amount of snow too.

Nag Tibba Trek - Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 3090 m

Duration in Days: 3 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: Through out the year

Beas Kund Trek 

Beas Kund Trek takes you the source of river Beas and this short trek offers you great views of Hanging Glaciers at Bakarthach campsite the views are unmatched to any other trek in the region.

Beas Kund Trek - Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 4000 m

Duration in Days: 4 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: May to June & September to November

Chandrashila Trek

The Chopta Chandrashila Trek  takes us to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas. We start from Okhimath, and pass through Deoria tal, Chopta and Tungnath to reach the summit of Chandrashila for a great view of the Indian Himalayas.

Chandrashila Trek - Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 3950 m

Duration in Days: 6 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: May to June & September to November

 

Winter Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari which means “doorway” is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary” Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district.

Kuari pass Trek - Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 3900 m

Duration in Days: 6 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: March to January

 

Khar Myundari Trek 

Short on Holidays and want to enjoy trekking in Himalayas then Khar Myundari Trek is the perfect Manali Weekend Trek. Khar Myundari starts from Setan which around 1 hour drive from Manali. This trek takes you to the beautiful campsite beside the lake and offer great views of Kullu Valley.

Khar Myundari Trek Manali Weekend Trek

Max Altitude: 3800 m

Duration in Days: 2 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: Throughout the Year.

 

Har Ki Doon Trek

The Har Ki Dun means Valley of Gods is a treat for first time trekkers and nature lovers. Har Ki dun is a moderate trek which takes you to the one of the least explored places in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and best suitable for first time trekkers in Himalayas and also who are experienced in other parts of Himalayas.

Har Ki Doon Trek

Max Altitude: 5000 m

Duration in Days: 8 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: May to June & September to November

Tarsar Marsar Trek

The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek in Kashmir encompasses a journey of two beautiful lakes surrounded by the peaks of the Kolahi Mountains. The twin lakes, which flow in opposite directions, are separated by a mountain and known for their almond shape. What makes this trek special is its breathtaking beauty and serenity.

Tarsar Marsar Trek - Himalaya Trekking for Beginners

Max Altitude: 4400 m

Duration in Days: 7 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: June to November

 

 

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10 Amazing Himalayan Backpacker Trails

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Mighty, serene, dangerous and enticing Himalayas are home to 9 of the 10 highest peaks in the world! They have lured every kind of adventurist, nature lover and spiritual seeker to experience backpacking life in some of the most incredible destinations in their lap.

Renok Adventures present you these amazing Himalayan Backpacking Trails to fill in your Bucket List.

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Nelong Valley – The Cold Desert

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Stunning landscape of Nelong Valley in Uttarakhand near the India-China border have made the Nelang Valley a hot topinc amongst the adventurers & Trekkers. Nelong Valley till now closed for tourist after the 1962 Sino-India War is thrown open to public but only Indian nationals are allowed to visit Nelong Valley and they need a permit to visit Nelang Valley from SDM.

The Nelong Valley just 45 km ahead of the border is inside Gangotri National Park of Uttarkashi district on Gangotri road. Nelong Valley altitude is around 11400 ft and is home rare flora and fauna and in terms of terrains it resembles to that of Tibet.

Nelong Valley Uttarakhand
Photo Credit – The Hindu

How to reach Nelang Valley?

After your paper work in Uttarkashi head to Bhaironghat on Gangotri road and this beutiful valley is just 23Kms detour from the main road but make sure you have proper SUV as the road in the Valley are still not that good for small car.  

By Rail : Nearest railhead is Rishikesh or Haridwar from there you have to travel to Bhaironghati by Taxi or bus to Gangotri Shrine

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the only airport and from there by Taxi to Bhaironghati.

How to get Restricted Area Permit for Nelang Valley? 

To enter into Nelan Valley one needs a restricted area permit from DM/ SDM Uttarkashi. Reach Uttarkashi and write an application to DM on plain paper requesting for Restricted Area Permit for Nelang Valley with copy of photo ID’s of all travellers. Furnish the details to Forest Office in Kotbangla and to the Intelligence office and after getting clearance from Intelligence Unit SDM will give you the permit for Nelang Valley.

Nelang Valley best time to visit?

Nelong Valley best time to visit from May to November during monsoon months of July & August just keep some buffer days to avoid disappointment due to delays.

Trekking is allowed in Nelong Valley?
Since it was closed for general public from 1962 still Camping, Trekking is not allowed inside the valley.

Nelong Valley Map

 

 

Foreigners are not allowed in the valley.

10 Amazing Treks in North East India

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On the flanks of the mighty Brahmaputra lies the sun-kissed lands which are blessed with abundant flora and fauna covering almost the entire region. The meandering rivers, the dense forests, the exquisite wildlife and the tribal people can only be experienced by the trekkers who will venture into these hidden regions to explore their unmatched beauty.

Here our 10 Amazing Treks in North East India

Siang Valley Trek, Arunachal Pradesh

Altitude: 1829 M

Season: Oct- Feb

Duration: 11 Days

The Siang River originates in Tibet and flows through this land forming deep gorges and rumbles through the serene environment leading you through amazing trails of natural beauty. The lush valley and surrounding hills are home to the Adi tribe who share a deep bond and respect for their environment.

 

Goechala Trek, Sikkim

Altitude: 5029M

Season: April May and Oct Nov

Duration: 10 Days

Goechala Trek Dzongri Trek - Treks in North East India

Goechala Trek gives you the best views of Kangchenjunga – the third highest mountain in the world, provides an inspiring backdrop for the Goecha la Trek. Until the discovery of the height of Mt Everest in the 19th century, Kanchenjunga was considered to be the highest mountain in the world. Goechala Trek is the most famous Treks in North East India.

Sela Pass Trek, Arunachal Pradesh

Altitude: 4550 M

Season: Oct- Apr

Duration: 9 Days

Follow the old Buddhist trail through Monpa villages and make your way past monasteries. Visit the charming Bomdila Monastery and follow the river past Drupka Village spotting rare birds. Arunachal’s highest peak Gorichen looks stunning from Chander ridge. Sela pass route also called ‘Bailey Trail’ and takes you past magnificent glacial rivers, crystal lakes and pine and oak forests. This is one of the best Treks in North East India

 

Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

Altitude: 3636 M

Season: Apr- Jun and Oct- Dec

Duration: 6 Days

Sandakphu Trek Best Treks in North East india

The Sandakphu Treks in North East India begins at Manebhanjan, West Bengal and winds in and out of Nepal before it reaches the ’valley of poison’ or Sandakhpu named after the aconite plants that thrive here amongst silver firs, magnolias and rhododendrons.The spectacular views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu are just the reward you waited for on summit.

 

Talley valley Trek, Arunachal Pradesh

Altitude: 2400 M

Season: Sep- Apr

Duration: 6 Days

Talley Valley Treks in North East IndiaThe dense forest cover of pine and silver fir leads your path on Talley plateau. The vast wasteland is as beautiful as the deep forests and the unique fishing and paddy culture of the Apatani Village is an experience of a lifetime.

 

Shillong Peak Trek, Meghalaya

Altitude: 1965 M

Season: Sep- Mar and Oct-Nov

Duration: 3 Days

Shillong Peak Treks in North East India in Shillong is an amazing experience of snow-capped peaks, numerous waterfalls and luscious terrains. This is a trail through heavenly sights and smells of lakes, woods and orchids. This is also a route where you can experience the Khasi culture and admire the awe inspiring Khasi hills around.

 

Dzukou Trek, Nagaland

Altitude: 2700 M

Season: Nov- Mar

Duration: 7 Days

Nagaland’s untamed natural beauty, extraordinary people, their lifestyles and customs can be experienced on foot through the heart of its land. The green village Khonoma is a must see. Witness the Naga culture, ceremonies, dances and camp amidst their bonfires and revelry. The Dzukou valley at 2700 M is a paradise of exotic flora and fauna and the third highest mountain, Pauna Peak, is a nature’s museum with rare species of plants and herbs.

 

Phawngpui Peak Trek, Mizoram

Altitude: 2165 M

Season: Oct – Mar

Duration: 7 Days

The Blue Mountains are highly revered and your path in the blue haze of the hills, with clouds sailing past and the Mizo culture is truly a unique experience. Exotic birds, orchids, rhododendrons and more are all spectacles in the abode of the gods. The Chhimtuipui River and the Myanmar ranges look spectacular from the Phawngpui peak.

 

Namdapha, Arunachal Pradesh

Altitude: 4500M

Season: Late Oct- Mar

Duration: 10 Days

India’s largest National Park is in the valley of Noa-Dihing that has a thick cover of rainforests, over a thousand plant species and over 500 bird species. The snow leopard and red panda are amongst the elite fauna that habit this region. Trekking through forests, climbing mountains, wildlife sightings, camping in breath-taking locations, meeting tribes, learning survival are just a few of the experiences of this Rainforest trek.

 

Trek to the Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya

 Altitude: 1484 M

Season: Oct- Mar

Duration: 8 Days

Best Treks in North East India - Living Root Bridge Trek
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The beautiful region of Meghalaya’s living root bridges formed by the powerful roots of the Ficus Elastica tree used discovered by the War Khasi tribes who used them to cross the many rivers. Stay in a village tree house at the green eco village of Mawlynnong and trek through Cherrapunji, the wettest place on the planet. Meet the Khasi tribes and witness the amazing sights of the Khasi hills. One the Treks in North East India which gives authentic cultural experience of Incredible India.

 

Unakoti Trek, Tripura

Altitude: 1000 M

Season: Oct -Mar

Duration: 7 Days

The second smallest state, Tripura with its green cover, plentiful water bodies and a legend is an enthralling destination for trekkers and historians alike. The Jampui hills and verdant forests are ideal for hiking. At Unakoti the rock carvings from the 7th and 9th century will astound you. Witness a light and sound show at Neermahal palace on your return. A boat ride at Kamasagar Lake and shopping for cane and bamboo handicraft at Agartala will complete this trip.

What say, does this list excite you enough to pack your trekking bags?