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9 Of The Most Challenging & Toughest Treks In India

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Here are 9 treks that you should definitely conquer. HolidayIQ Travellers share suggestions.

9 Of The Most Challenging & Toughest Treks In India:

  1. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  2. Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
  3. Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand)
  4. Uttarakhand
  5. Har Ki Doon, Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand)
  6. Yuksam (Sikkim)
  7. Markha Valley, Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)

1. Chadar Trek

Chadar Treksource: wikimedia

The Chadar Trek takes you across the frozen Zanskar River, which is the only link between the people of Zanskar and the outside world when the passes are shut at freezing temperatures of close to -30 degrees. The sub-zero temperature, high altitude, frozen river and long walks on thin ice makes the trek one of the most challenging treks out there.

2. Kalindi Khal Trek

Kalindi Khal Treksource: wikimedia

The hardest trek of all in Garhwal, this trek covers a distance of 99 kms through the high altitudes routes from Gangotri to Badrinath via Kalindikhal thus named as the Kalindikhal Trek. The route passes through some of most breathtaking mountainscape of peaks of Garhwal, Bhagirathi I,II,III, Shivling, Basuki, Chandra Parbat, Satopanth. HolidayIQ Traveller Rohit says, "Garhwal which is also called devbhoomi is an absolutely right place for those who love to see rainfall. Greenery and mountains makes it more attractive. If you love nature then it is a best place to feel the presence of air. You must visit these temples which makes you realise about our worship culture."

3. Auden’s Col

Auden’s Colsource: holidayiq

Auden’s Col is a high altitude mountain pass connecting Rudugaira valley and Bhilangana valley. Auden's Col is arguable one of the most dangerous passes in Garhwal Himalaya as the pass and the Khatling glacier are heavily infested with crevasses. Also, by crossing Auden's Col and then Mayali Pass, one can trek from Gangotri to Kedarnath, both among holiest Hindu temples. The longest and the hardest part of the trek is the descent crossing Auden’s Col (5490 m) to Khatling Glacier Camp (5000 m ) so its better start as early as 5 am as snow plodding becomes difficult as sun comes up. HolidayIQ Traveller Sangram says, "55km from Jim corbett national park this unknown and unexplored hill station is a heaven on earth. The longest view of the snow covered himalayas is by far the best that one can ever see. Peaks from Nandadevi , Trish UK ,Panchachuli all are magnificent. KMVN has a small guest house and that's about it. This place is the best noncommercial hill station and closest to Delhi. Distance from Delhi is 320km only and nearest railway station is Ramnagar."

4. Roopkund Trek

Roopkund Treksource: wikimedia

The Roop Kund Trek leads to the infamous Roop Kund or the mysterious skeletal lake in Uttarakhand. Crossing ice and snow, ascending to a dizzying height of 16,000 ft, thin air, changing climate and hailstorms, makes the trek to Roop Kund one of the toughest.


5. Bali Pass Trek

Bali Pass Treksource: wikimedia

The Bali trek in the Garhwal Himalayas is the popular trek Yamunotri, the source of river Yamuna. This trek lets you experience of raw grandeur of the Himalayan Pass crossing along with diverse flora and fauna of the Govind Wildlife sanctuary. The trail crosses through the rivers of Siyan Gad and Ton and offers views of  Kalang peak (6387 m), Bandar punch (6316 m) and Jaundhar glacier. HolidayIQ Traveller Sunny says, "Amazing view, amazing place, wonderful people. Try to mix biking with this trek, you can reach its base camp by bike as well. Bike trip to Taluka is quite beautiful. Best time is in winter's, bone chilling temperature waterfalls and snow fall. We went there by bike, beware of stretch between Sankri to Taluka. That stretch can test your limits, must visit place in your time. Minimum time required for this trip is 4-5 days with 2 days buffer. Avoid fancy food there but you can rely on homely dhabas there."

6. Goercha La

Goercha Lasource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Zen says, "For those who are more active, Yuksom is surrounded by hills and forest and offers nice walks. The walk to Sachen is a lovely walk that can be completed in 3 hours – even if you amble slowly and take breaks on the way to admire the view, maybe spot a few birds too. It involves crossing 3 rope bridges across streams, this has just the right degree of adventure – it is different, it is fun, is very picturesque with the river below, hills around and multi-coloured prayer flags dangling from the bridge and it is not at all dangerous though the bridge sways gently as you walk across. The walk to Sachen and back is prefect for a day long hike, even for kids (note : it is 3 hours one way, so the kids will need to walk for a long time)"

7. Markha Valley

Markha Valleysource: wikimedia

Between Zanskar and Ladakh, the trekkers can experience Buddhist culture on this trek. HolidayIQ Traveller Sunny says,"The city offers a great destination for bikers. You can rent your bikes and travel to some of the most beautiful places in the India - pristine lakes, desert mountains, world's highest roads etc."

8. Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Treksource: wikimedia

The Stok Kangri is the most glamorous trek in India - the trek takes you to India's highest trekking summit at 6100 mt. High altitude, steep ascent, oxygen deficiency, dry terrain, and crossing glaciers and rivers with a current that can whisk you away, makes it one of India's toughest treks. 


9. Lamkhaga Pass Trek

Lamkhaga Pass Treksource: wikimapia

The Lamkhaga Pass connects north eastern Garhwal and Himachal Pradesh and is surrounded by an enticing landscape of snow, mountains and air of mystery. The treacherous trek involves a steep ascent to 5200 feet, precarious glaciers and stream crossings, thin air and uneven terrain. It is rated as one of the most dangerous trails amongst the various mountain treks in India and even Indians require special permission to go on the trek.

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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