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Think You Can Handle These? 10 Places That Are Challenging & Dangerous In Winters
Love getting thrilled? HolidayIQ Travellers present places that are dangerous during winters, but just the right amount!

Think You Can Handle These? 10 Places That Are Challenging & Dangerous In Winters:

  1. Gopeshwar (Uttarakhand)
  2. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  3. Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar)
  4. Drass, Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. Mori (Uttarakhand)
  6. Gurudongmar (Sikkim)
  7. Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
  8. Buxa Tiger Reserve, Rajabhatkawa (West Bengal)
  9. Himachal Pradesh
  10. Tamil Nadu

1. The Roopkund Trek

The Roopkund Treksource: wikimedia

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

HolidayIQ Traveller Pramod Kumar says, “The way to Gopeshwar is full of adventure. There are many moments when you pray to reach there safely.”

2. Chadar Trek

Chadar Treksource:

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.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sangeeta Das says, “It is a trek on snow, ice sheets, rocky cliffs and icy water, braving temperatures between -5 degrees and -25 degrees. Sometimes it is physically challenging, sometimes mentally during the nearly 75-80 km route so it is best to prepare for a few months before heading out to this magical land.” HolidayIQ Traveller Parth adds, “The Chadar Trek is very exceptional, a heady mixture of adventure and running battle with altitude, harsh cold, frozen waterfalls, and heavy snowfall creating ice walls. You can seek shelter in mountain gorges, in primitive caves and if you are lucky and close to a village, villagers give you shelter.”

3. North Sentinel Island

North Sentinel Islandsource:

The Sentinelese reject any contact with other people, and are among the last people to remain untouched by modern civilization. Even the Government has strict laws regarding the privacy of the natives.

4. Drass

Drasssource: trekearth

One of the coldest inhabited places in the country, this area is a challange for the travellers due to the terrain and the crisp cold and biting wind.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anup Upadhaya says, “We went to Dras to see the beautiful snowfall but the road of the Dras region was very dangerous because of the heavy rain and snow falling.”


5. Rafting On River Tons

Rafting On River Tonssource: wikimedia

Rafting on River Tons, the largest tributary of Yamuna, is considered the most challenging river rafting route in India. It offers one of the most technical river rafting expeditions and has plenty of rapids from grade 3 and 5, spaced with flat waters. An excellent river camping site, relaxing walks, ample angling opportunities and great white water make it an ideal getaway for adventure seekers. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Ritesh says, “I had gone to Mori for a adventure trip for 4 days. it was super fun. White water river rafting in ice cold water, trekking in the nearby hills, rock climbing and rappelling.”

6. Camping Near Gurudongmar Lake

Camping Near Gurudongmar Lakesource:

The lake is one of the most difficult lakes to trek or even travel to.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anupam Debnath says, “Prior permissions are required to visit Gurudongmar. The oxygen levels are very low and every step to the lake leaves you breathless. Also, it is not recommended to stay there for long as the lack of oxygen can cause sickness.”

7. Lamkhaga Pass

Lamkhaga Passsource:

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.

8. Buxa Tiger Reserve

Buxa Tiger Reservesource: wikimedia

Winter is the season of forest safaris and visiting wildlife reserves and Buxa is one of the most popular and dangerous ones to be at. Special permissions and passes are required to venture into Rajabhatkawa, which is the entry point for the core area of the Buxa Tiger Reserve. Forest fires in the core area, Bodo militants from Assam and poisonous weed adds to the danger of entering the core area of this reserve without proper permissions and guides. 

"Buxa Tiger Reserve is another beautiful place to visit in Dooars. It is close to Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. If you don't make a stay there, I would suggest at least you visit the place for a round trip. You can else move towards Jayanti - another beautiful place near Buxa Tiger Reserve," says HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijit Gupta.


9. The Pin Parvati Trek

The Pin Parvati Treksource: flickr

The trek over Pin Parvati Pass is one of the most challenging and adventurous trek that requires lot of physical stamina and mental strength. Ascent to more than 4800 metres, difficult gradient, a steep incline, rough terrain, snow and glaciers and ill-defined trails, are some of the challenge that trekkers confront. 

10. Driving Across Kolli Hills

Driving Across Kolli Hillssource:

Riding up the mountains of death and conquering 70 hairpin bends along the narrow winding road to the Kolli Hills is challenging and exciting enough. But what makes it spookier is the folklore about a maiden who lures travellers with her beauty and kills them! 

HolidayIQ Traveller Neelu Khader says, “About 1000 - 1200 meters in height, one has to negotiate an astonishing 70 hairpin bends with a few excellent view points to reach the hills.” HolidayIQ Traveller Santhosh adds, “Drive cautiously on the hairpin bends as the roads are narrow and trucks/buses may appear out of nowhere.”

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