October 17, 2021

Toughest treks in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is home to numerous trekking destinations. These trekking destinations

are grouped separately because of their difficulty levels because there are some specific treks that are quite difficult for beginners trekkers to complete. These treks are generally of long duration and gradually move toward higher altitude regions having low temperatures. The scenic beauty of these treks is endorsed by the majestic views of lofty mountains, dense forests, streams, and waterfalls. 

 So, here we are with a list of the toughest treks in Himachal Pradesh that will blow away every trek enthusiast’s mind. 

Bara Bhangal Trek

Bara Bhangal is one of the remote villages of Himachal Pradesh. The Bara Bhangal trek trail crosses the Dhauladhar range to connect the Kullu Valley and Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is not only one of the toughest treks in Himachal Pradesh, but also one of the toughest treks in India. The trail draws out from an elevation of 2,050 meters to about 5,000 meters and takes you through narrow, tricky, and rocky paths which include dangerous moraines and thick glaciers. This trek offers you a panoramic view of peaks like Indrasan, Deo Tibba, and Hanuman Tibba. This trek is indeed one of the most beautiful trails you would have ever seen.

This tough trek can be accomplished in 10-11days. Take a cab from Manali and reach Sanghar, where the trek starts. From Sanghar, start trekking to Kalihani Pass Base via Jammu Paani, Paani Dhaar, and Riyali Thatch, On reaching Kalihani Pass Base trek to Bara Bhangal via Kalihani Pass, Devi ki Marhi, and Dal Marhi. From Bara Bhangal, trek to Billing via Mardh, Plachak, Thamsar Pass, and Rajgundha. You can take a cab from Billing to Dharamshala.                    

Triund trek

Triund trek is one of the most popular treks among all trek enthusiasts in Himachal Pradesh. The trek is glorified by the bewitching views of Dhauladhar mountains and the trail with Oak trees, Pine forests, and Rhododendron shrubs alongside. The golden sky meeting the Dhauladhar peaks along the horizon makes everybody spellbound and during winters, the snow-clad peaks increase the beauty of this trek to another level. The 22 curves along the trail make this trek more adventurous and thrilling.

This is an all-season trek but is quite difficult and can be accomplished in 2-3days. The initiation point for this trek is at Gallu Devi Temple, where you have to get your name registered for the trek. You can take a cab from Mcleodganj to Gallu Devi Temple, which is near Dharamkot. After trekking for about 6km, you will reach Triund. You can either return on the same trail to reach Mcleodganj or you can return via the BhagsuNag Falls.

Charang Valley Trek

Charang valley trek also known as Kinner Kailash Parikrama Trek is not only one of the toughest treks in Himachal Pradesh, but also one of the most beautiful treks in this state. This trek is renowned for the imperious peaks of Kinner Kailash and Jonkarden and also for the high altitude pass, Charang La. This trek takes you through varying altitudes and so it is suggested to go for this trek only if you are an experienced trekker and can adapt yourself accordingly. 

This tough trek can be accomplished in 8-9days. Take a cab from Shimla and reach Lambar via Kalpa. Start trekking from Lambar and move towards Chitkul via Charang and Lalanti. From Chitkul, you have to trek to Losar via Tabo. On reaching Losar, you can board a cab to Manali.

Friendship Peak Trek 

Friendship Peak lies in the Beas Kund area in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Friendship Peak of latitude 5289 metres falls in the Pir Panjal range of Lesser Himalayas. This trek takes you through the spectacular Solang Valley, which has a rich variety of flora and is filled with alpine meadows, thick forests, and colourful orchards. On moving towards high altitude, you can feel a thick bed of snow under your feet and if you are not having any prior trekking experience in the low-temperature regions then, you might face breathing problems. So, it is advisable to opt for this trek only if you are an experienced trekker.

This exhausting trek can be completed in 7-8days. Boards on a vehicle from Manali and reach Solang Valley. From Solang Valley, trek to  Beas Kund Base Camp via Bakerthach Camp. After staying overnight at Beas Kund Base Camp, trek to Advance Camp and start the summit early in the morning. Return to Advance camp after the summit and trek back to Solang valley via Bakerthach. From Solang Valley, you can take a cab to Manali.

Kalihani Pass Trek

Kalihani Pass takes you to an altitude of 4800 metres between the Kullu and Kangra valley of Indian state Himachal Pradesh.  It is a less explored route, which was earlier used by local shepherds. This trek treats your eyes to a mesmerizing view of not only the Pir Panjal Range but also the Dhauladhar Range. The trek takes you through meadows, dense forests, undulating plains, and steep mountains. The varying landscape will amaze you at every point of the trek. Kalihani Pass Trek is suitable for experienced trekkers because you have to gradually move towards a higher altitude, where you might have difficulty in adapting yourself to that environment.

This is a tough trek and takes almost 8days to complete. Take a cab from Manali and reach Lama Dugh. The trek begins from Lama Dugh. From Lama Dugh, you have to trek to Kalihani Pass via Riyali Thach and Kalihani Base Camp. Again trek back to Kalihani Base Camp and move towards Panaga via Rani Sui and Bogi Thach. On reaching Panaga, board a vehicle for Manali.

These are the toughest and most thrilling treks in Himachal Pradesh. These will take your trekking interest to another level and give you an unforgettable lifetime experience. Do not forget to acclimatize yourself before starting the trek. 

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