15 Best High altitude treks in India

India is the land of adventure lovers, where you will find the treasure and trove of adventure with every turn. The beautiful land is a perfect combination of verdant landscape, mighty Himalaya, and mind blowing river, which is enough to allure any trekking lovers. Trekking is the best way to explore the beauty of India’s hill station and unravel its secrets like- its lifestyle, history, customs & traditions. No doubt there are many beautiful hill stations in the world, where you can find all these features, but Indian Himalayan has its own charm, where most of the trekking lovers find comfortable. If you die heart lovers of trekking and want to explore high altitude treks then must visit India’s high altitude hill stations to enjoy the adventure.

1. Chadar Trek, Jammu, and Kashmir

Consider as the highly praised trek of Indian Himalaya, Chadar Trek is one of the popular high altitude winter trek in Zanskar region of Ladakh, situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The trek is popular among both national and international adventure lovers, who visit this area during every winter season to experience this high altitude trek. The best time to do this trek is from January to February when the temperature drops -30 to -35 degrees. The trek offers you the golden chance of walking over the frozen river at an altitude of 1100 ft above the sea level. The overall distance of this trek is around 105 kilometers and you have to trek around 16 kilometers per day. This great trekking trail in Ladakh region is a really best experience among all of the Himalayan trekking trails.

Altitude: 3850 m (12631.2 ft)
Duration: 9-12 days
Route: Chilling-Zaribago-Deepyokma- Naerak Pullu -Lingshed-Nyarakpulu-Tso Mopoaldar-Tilatdo-Chilling
Best Time to Visit: Mid-January–February
Grade: Moderate – Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu railway station
Nearest Airport: The Leh Airport
Chadar Trek

2. Kinnaur Kailash Circuit Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur Kailash Circuit Trek is one of the toughest treks in Himachal Pradesh, which is situated 5242 meters above the sea level. Being situated in the high Himalayan belt it is considered as the highest mountain in Himachal Pradesh. The high altitude 11 days trek commences from Thangi village near Chail and walking through beautiful Charang Village, and finally complete with Manali via Tabo, Chitkul and Losar village. The main attraction of this trek is 79 feet high and 30 – 40 feet wide Kinner Kailash Shivling with the amazing view of Great Himalayan Mountain range like Mt. Rangrik and Mt. Jorkandan.

Altitude: 5242 m (17200 ft)
Duration: 11 days
Route: Shimla – Kalpa – Lambar – Shurting – Charang – Lalanti – Chitkul – Shimla
Best Time to Visit: Mid-May – September
Grade: Moderate – Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Kalka railway station
Nearest Airport: Jubbarhati Airport, ShimlaKinnaur Kailash Trek

3. Stok Kangri Trek, Jammu, and Kashmir

Stok Kangri trek is one of the highest Himalayan trek in the Ladakh region, which is perched at an altitude of 6, 153 meters above the sea level. Being situated in the dreamy destination of Ladakh, the stunning stok Kangri trek is ideal for both novice and experienced trekkers. This high altitude trek starts from Sumdo and passing through Shang La, Shang Phu, Tokpo Rivera, Matho La and finally reach Stok Kangri Peak. This whole trek is comprised natural beauty of magnificent Himalayan range and give you chance to grasp this beauty.

Altitude: 6,153 m
Duration: 11 days
Route: Leh – Stok Village – Chang Ma – Mankorma – Base Camp – Stok Kangri – Base Camp – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July to September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu train station
Nearest Airport: The Leh AirportStok Kangri Trek

4. Darcha – Padum Trek, Jammu, and Kashmir

If you are trekking lover and looking for a place that is surrounded by natural beauty and untouched by you, The Darcha Padum Trek is waiting for you. Here you will get the great combination of the lofty glacier, lilting streams, rocky canyons and beautiful mountains, which make this place a perfect paradise on earth. The Darcha-Padum Trek is commenced from the Darcha in Lahaul valley and passes through the places like Zanskar Sumdo, Palamo, Lakong, Chuminakpo, Purne and Ichar and at last Padum. It does take around 14 – 15 days to complete this trek.

Altitude: 5090 m (16699.48 ft)
Duration: 14-15 days
Route: Manali – Darcha – Palemo – Zanskar Sumdo – Chumi Napo – Shingo La (5090m) – Lakham – Kurgiak – Tetha – Purni – Ichar – Mune – Padum – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July to September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport Kullu
Darcha Trek

5. Goecha La Trek, Sikkim

If you are looking for an adventure and beauty both together, then you must visit Goecha La Trek in Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 4,940 meters above the sea level, the Goecha La Trek offers you the grand view of high mountain range including Kanchenjunga and 14 other high summits. That is enough to allure any trekkers and it’s also considered as the high mountain trek of Nepal. The 10 days high altitude trek starts from Yuksom and passes through the destination like – Phedang, Tshoka, Kokchurang, Thangsing, Dzongri and Lamuney. Before planning this trek you have to take the special trekking permit from Gangtok.

Altitude: 4,940 m (16,207 ft)
Duration: 10-12 days
Route: Yuksom – Bhakim – Tshoka – Dzongri – Thangsing – Lamuney – Goecha La – Kockchurang – Tshoka – Yuksom
Best Time to Visit: Mid-March to Mid-June and September to Mid-November
Grade: Moderate to challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri railway station
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport

Goecha Trek

6. Auden’s Col Trek, Uttarakhand

Perched at an elevation of 5,490 meters above the sea level, The Auden’s Col Trek is considered as one of the toughest treks in Garhwal Himalaya region. The trekking pass is named after John Bicknell Auden, who is the first discovered of this trek in 1935. The trekking expedition starts from Gangotri cuts and passes through Nala, Camp, Rudugaira Base Camp, Gangotri Group Basecamp and finally reached Auden Col base camp. During this trek, trekkers can explore many attractions like – Waterfall camp, Vasuki Tal, Khatling Glacier, Chowki, Masar Tal, Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund and at last Rishikesh.

Altitude: 5490 m. (18011.81 ft)
Duration: 18 days
Route: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Nala Camp – Rudugaira Base Camp – Basecamp Gangotri Group – Auden Col base camp – Khatling Glacier – Waterfall Camp – Chowki – Masar Tal – Vasuki Tal – Kedarnath – Gaurikund – Rudraprayag – Rishikesh
Best Time to Visit: Mid-May – Mid May – Mid October except for July and August
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun

Audens Trek

7. Kalindikhal Trek, Uttarakhand

Located at an elevation of 5,946 meters above the sea level, Kalindikhal Trek is one another challenging trek in the Garhwal Himalaya region of Uttarakhand. This 99 km long trek passes through more than 10 Himalayan Glacier like – Gangotri, Chaturangi, Raktabaran, Sweta, Sita, Basuki, Arwa, Bidum etc. and also offers breathtaking view of great peaks of Garhwal like Mt. Bhagirathi I, II, III, Mt. Vasuki, Mt. Shivling, Mt. Meru, Mt. Kalindi, Mt. Chandraparvat, Avalanche Peak and many more.

Altitude: 5946 m (19500 ft)
Duration: 18 days
Route: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojwassa – Gomukh – Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal – Khara Pathar – Sweta Glacier – Kalindikhal Base – Kalindi Peak – Raja Parav – Arwa Tal – Ghastoli – Mana – Badrinath – Rishikesh
Best Time to Visit: Mid-June – July & August
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport DehradunKalinandi Khal Trek

8. Panpatia Col Trek, Uttarakhand

Perched at an elevation of 5,260 meters above the sea level, Panpatia Col Trek is one of the toughest treks in Uttarakhand state, where many of the trekkers lost their way forever. Explore the eye-catching view of magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks like Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi is a really great experience for trekking lovers. The journey of this trek kicks from the Badrinath Shrine and passes through Nilkanth Khal via Dumkal Kharak, snout of Panpatia glacier and at last towards Panpatia plateau.

Altitude: 5260 m. (17255 ft)
Duration: 15 days
Route: Rishikesh – Joshimath – Badrinath – Shepherd camp – Snout camp – Moraine Camp (4300m) – Base of Parvati Col – Panpatia Snowfield – Camp I – Across Panpatia Col (5260m) – Camp at Sujal Sarovar – Kachni – Nanu chatti – Ransi – Rudraprayag
Best Time to Visit: Mid-May – Mid-October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport DehradunPanpatia Col Trek

9. Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Parvati Pass Trek is one of the most challenging trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh, India. The pass is located at an elevation of 5319 meters above the sea level and requires excellent trekking skills & techniques. Pin Parvati trek is usually done during the months of July to September. Beautiful snow covered mountain peaks gives an alpine feeling and experience to remember for the lifetime. The trek is risky and full of adventure because of its high altitude. The trek expedition starts with the Kullu and straight away driving to Barsheni village.

Altitude: 5319 m (17452 ft)
Duration: 16 days
Route: Khirganga – Tunda Bhuj – Thakur Kuan – Odi Thach – Mantalai Lake – Base of Pin Parvati Pass – Campsite over Pin Pass – Tiai – Mud – Gulling – Kaza – Manali
Best Time to Visit: July – September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport
Pin Parvati Trek

10. Shivling Base Camp Trek, Uttarakhand

Shivling Base Camp trek is one of the stunning Peak treks of the Garhwal region, which is located at an elevation of 5263 meters and close to the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. The best time for planning this adventure trek is during the month of May to June and Sept to Oct. The trek starts from Gangotri Dham. During this trek, you will explore some popular peaks like – Bhrigu Parbat (6,000 meters), Hanuman Tibba (5,370 meters), Bhagirathi II (6,512 meters), Bhagirathi I (6,856 meters), Mt. Meru (6,400 meters), Bhagirathi III (6,454 meters).

Altitude: 5263 m. (17263 ft)
Duration: 15 days
Route: Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojwassa – Tapovan – Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal – Bhojbasa – Uttarkashi
Best Time to Visit: May – Mid October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun
Shivling Base Camp Trek

11. Bhaba Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Bhaba Pass trek is an ideal trekking destination for those want to experience the ethereal beauty of Himachal Pradesh. The pass located at an elevation of 5260 mt above the sea level and connects the contrasting valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. One of the most adventures treks of this region, the Bhaba Pass trek offers you breathtaking vistas of surrounding mountain peaks with all the thrills and adventures, which will make you speechless and force you to stay here more. The best time for Bhaba Pass trek May and October.

Altitude: 5260 m. (17250ft)
Duration: 11 days
Route: Kafnoo – Mulling – Kara – Fustirang – Bara Bulder – Parka – Mudh
Best Time to Visit: June – Mid October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport Kullu
Bhabha Pass Trek

12. Junglam Hemis to Padum Trek, Jammu and Kashmir

Perched at an altitude of 5200 mt above the sea level, Junglam Hemis trek is one of the most adventures treks for adventure lovers. The trek starts from Hemis monastery, which is one of the richest monasteries in Ladakh. During this trek, you will explore some popular places like – Dhungri, Phay, Kongmaru La, Tso Kar, Nuruchan via Horlam La, Shingbuk La, Rachungkaru, Kartse La, Kyamuri La, Gyama, Karzok, Kiangdom, Parang La, Umlung and finally reaches Kibber.

Altitude: 5200 m. (17056 ft)
Duration: 17 days
Route: Leh – Shang Sumdo – Latza Kongmaru – Kongmaru La – Langthang Chu – Zalung Kapro La – Tilat Sumdo – Char Char La – Zangla Umdo – Zangla – Padum – Rangdum Mulbekh – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July, August, and September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Jammu Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Leh Airport
Hemis Padum Trek

13. Green Lake Trek, Sikkim

The Green Lake trek in Sikkim is such a paradise for adventure lovers, which offers you the magnificent view of lofty mountains, scenic lakes, colorful meadows and dense forests. The trekking destination is still untouched and unexplored by many trekkers and also provides you the majestic view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and other beautiful peaks. Green Lake Trek starts from Green Lake, and passes through the Tallem, Jakthang, Zema, Yabuk and then finally reaches the Green Lake basecamp. The best time for planning this trek is from April and October.

Altitude: 4935 m. (16186ft)
Duration: 16 days
Route: Lachen – Talem – Jakthang – Yabuk – Green Lake – Yabuk – Jakthang
Best Time to Visit: April & October
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach
Nearest Railhead: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport
Green Lake Trek

14. Bara Bhangal Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Located at an altitude of 5260m. above the sea level, Bara Bhangal Trek is one of the toughest treks of Himachal Pradesh. The trek is awe aspiring destination for those who want to explore the remote area of this village. It also offers the magnificent view of beautiful peaks like Deo Tibba, Indrasan and Hanuman Tibba peaks. The beautiful trekking route starts from Manali and passes through the Lama Dugh, Kalihani, Riyali Thach, Dal Marhi, Marhi, Devi ki Marhi, Plachak, Rajgundha and of course Bara Bhangal.

Altitude: 5260m. (17255 ft)
Duration: 15 days
Route: Lama Dugh – Riyali Thach – Base of Kalihani Pass – Devi ki Marhi – Dal Marhi – Bara Bhangal – Marhi – Plachak
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach:
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport
Bara Bhangal Trek

15. Tso Moriri – Spiti Valley Trek Jammu and Kashmir

Located at an elevation of 4522 meters above sea level, Tso Moriri is also known as “Mori Lake”. It is one of the high altitude lake treks entirely within India and Ladakh. The trek to Lake Moriri is considered as an empyreal trek in Ladakh region, which offers and amazing breathtaking ambiance. The place is also an abode to numerous species of birds like Bar-Headed Geese, Great-Crested Grebe and black-necked cranes. The trek commences from the campsite at Kaza and traverses through Parang La via Dumla, Thaltak Meadow, Jagtha, Bonrojen, Datang Yongma, Dak Karzong and Chumik Shilde.

Altitude: 4522 m. (18372.7 ft)
Duration: 10 days
Route: Kaza — Dumla – Thaltak Meadow – Jagtha – Bonrojen – Dak Karzong – Datang Yongma – Chumik Shilde – Tso Moriri – Karzog – Leh
Best Time to Visit: July & August
Grade: Challenging
How to Reach
Nearest Railhead: Joginder Nagar railway station
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport
Tso Moriri Trek

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