Winter season in itself is one of the most favorite seasons for a lot of people. During winters the temperature is on the lower side and the weather is quite chilly. Treks in winter are one of the best adventure activities. Most of the treks in winter are the ones where you can find snow all over the trek trail. There are a lot of winter treks that take place in India. Few of the best winter treks are mentioned below
Kuari Pass trek
Kuari Pass trek is also a 6 day trek and is not very difficult. A lot of mountain pass treks are impossible to do in the winters as they are covered in snow. This is the only pass trek in Himalaya which can be accessible during winters. If you want to experience snowfall and want snow all around during the trek then go during winters. It is accessible for 10 months, only July and August is when you can’t do the trek. On the first day you have to reach Tapoban campsite. From Rishikesh you have to take a bus to reach Joshimath which will take almost 10 hours. From Joshimath you will have to take a cab to reach Tapoban campsite. From Rishikesh also you can take a cab. The first day you only reach the Tapoban campsite. Next day, drive from Tapoban to Karchi and on the same day trek till Akhrotghetta. The third day the trek is from Akhrotghetta to Khullara and it will take 4 hours. Day 4 is a long trekking day because you will trek from Khullara to Tali passing the Kuari pass. The 5 th day you trek to Auli which will take 6 hours. On the last day you will have to drive back to Rishikesh.
The Kedarkantha trek is a 5 day trek, where you go upto a height of 12,500 ft. This is a very popular trek and the main reason for it is the climb to the summit. This trek is not Kedarnath trek which is the temple, a lot of people may confuse it to be the Kedarnath trek. There is no best time for this trek as it can be done anytime of the year. Only during peak rainy season, that is July and August it is advised not to do the trek. All other months have something to offer and the beauty of the trek keeps changing with weather change. The base camp of this trek is Gaichawan Gaon. To reach there you can take a bus from Dehradun or a cab. The bus would be a cheaper option if you are taking a cab alone. Your trek starts from Gaichawan Gaon and the first campsite is at Jalota. The trek to Jalota is around 6 hours and is covered on the second day. On day 3 you trek from Jalota to Pukhrola which will be a 4 hour trek. Day 4 you finally reach the summit, but you can’t stay there so you have to descend to Akhoti Thatch. On the fifth day go back to Gaichawan Gaon. The last day is when you return back to Dehradun.
Ali Bedni Bugyal trek
This is a 6 day trek with moderate difficulty. The two of the largest alpine meadows are Ali Bedni. On the trek you get to see Mt Trishul and Mt Nandaghunti. Lohajung is the base camp for this trek and there are various options to reach the base. You can take a bus from Delhi which will directly drop you at Lohajung but it is a tiring route. The other option is to go to Rishikesh from Delhi and then to Lohajung via cab. The trek is not very difficult but you may find some areas tricky. The best time is either the summer season or post-monsoon season. The trek starts from Lohajung which you reach on the first day. Next day you start the trek from Lohajung and trek to Didna which will take 5 hours. Day 3 you trek from Didna to Abin Kharak passing through Ali Bugyal, which will take about 7 hours. On the fourth day you will be trekking to Bedni Top and passing through Bedni Bugyal. This will be a four hour trek. But you will not be camping at Bedni top but at Gehroli Patal. 5 th day is when you trek to Wan. On the same day you drive back to Lohajung. Last day is to reach Rishikesh from Lohajung.
These are 3 best winter treks that can be done in India. There are a lot of other options like Dayara Bugyal, Brahmatal, Chopta Chandrashila and a lot more.