6 Offbeat Treks to Try This Winter

6 Offbeat Treks to Try This Winter
The Himalayan landscape and snow covered mountains make for a perfect escape this season, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Winter is coming and so is the time to trek

Simrran Gill
November 01 , 2020
09 Min Read

While trekking is a preferred winter activity, choosing one that suits your mood, stamina and preparation is a difficult task. Here is a list of six treks to undertake to satisfy the adventure junkie in you:

MIYAR VALLEY TREK

 
 
 
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North India’s very own valley flowers, this trek in Lahaul Spiti hasn’t yet caught the attention of most (till now). It turns swiftly from soft meadows in Lahaul-Spiti to brown rocks in the Zanskar valley. The trek is a flat trail with postcard-worthy villages, meadows, lush orchids, birds, grazing animals, and locals going about their usual day. The valley is a confluence of rivers and glaciers that pave the way for one of the most spellbinding landscapes in India.  
Difficulty Level: Moderate, can also be done by amateurs with apt fitness level

JAPFU PEAK TREK

 
 
 
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Located in the northeast (Nagaland), the trail weaves through the stunning Dzukou valley. Trekkers also have a chance to spot a variety of flora and fauna including migratory birds and soul-pleasing varieties of lilies. While doing the trek and understanding the topography, you will realise that the valley is at the bottom of a large crater, or caldera, of a long extinct volcano which can be spotted from the rim of the caldera. Your trail will be peppered with dense forests, lush meadows and bamboo thickets. 
Difficulty Level: Moderate

SANDAKPHU TREK

 
 
 
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What if we tell you that you can have breakfast in India and trek to another country just in time for dinner? If you are looking for something exhilarating to get that perfect adrenaline rush, the trek to Sandakhpu is your calling. It is the highest peak, both in the state of West Bengal and Mechi in Nepal. And because of its unique geographical location it offers a spellbinding view of the world’s tallest peaks. If you are taking this trek you are practically at two places at once, India and Nepal. On one hand there is Everest, and on the other, there is Kanchenjunga. The cross cultural exchange during the trek is also something to look forward to. 
Difficulty Level: Easy

KALI CHO PASS TREK

 
 
 
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Laying higher on the difficulty scale, Kali Cho Pass trek is where one can explore two distinct yet picturesque Himachali regions, Lahaul and Bharmour. This is usually the route taken by local shepherds and it is likely that you will encounter them. 
Difficulty Level: Difficult

INDRAHAR PASS TREK

 
 
 
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The Triund trek is now a pretty popular one. It was one of the first treks that became commercial. But it's still worth it, seeing those deep gorges, deodar forests, thick vegetation and mountain streams. What lies ahead of the Triund trek is the Indrahar Pass trek. The pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts. You can see the stretch of the Dhauladhar range and Lake Mankiani and Kareri from here. On the trail, to your south will be the plains of Punjab and to your north, ranges like the Pir Panjal. 
Difficulty Level: Easy

PRASHAR LAKE TREK

 
 
 
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The gushing blue-green water running through the Dhauladhar range in Kullu valley is Lake Prashar. This lake trek offers breathtaking views throughtout the trail, with Kinnaur and Shimla visible from the top. Dedicated to sage Prashar, the oval-shaped lake has a temple beside it and a small, circular island on its surface which keeps changing location from time to time. Apart from that, the depth of the lake hasn’t been mapped yet. 
Difficulty Level: Easy

 


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