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Some of the Best Trekking tours in India

Trekking is not about spending days but a lifetime experience. This post is an endeavor to list the top 10 hiking trails in India. These hiking or trekking trails are special. They are about the communion with nature, of soaking in the awe inspiring views and surrounding.

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Pindari Glacier Trek, Kumaon

Pindari Glacier Trek, Kumaon

In Kumaon region, Pindari Glacier is the easily accessible glacier and is praiseworthy for its own beauty. Located between the Nanda Kot and sacred Nanda Devi mountains, Pindari is a gigantic glacier of almost 0.25 km in breadth and 3 km in length. Pindar River also springs from this Glacier and further gushes down and joins the Alaknanda River. This trek is also popular as “Soft Adventure Trek” and the adventure enthusiasts are enthralled with the magnificence of the lofty Himalayas. - See more at: http://insightsindia.blogspot.in/2013/11/top-10-hiking-trails-in-india.html#sthash.F5WxBew3.dpuf

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Zanskar Frozen River Trek

Zanskar Frozen River Trek

Zanskar Frozen River Trek, (northern) sections of that gorge are popular in summer with tourists making rafting trips, typically from Chiling to Nimmu. In winter when the road to Zanskar is closed by snow on the high passes, the only overland route to Padum is by walking along the frozen river, a multi-day hike that is now sold as an adventure activity called the Chadar ('ice sheet') Trek. This trek will eventually be rendered obsolete once the road from Chiling to Padum is completed

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Gomukh Tapovan

Gomukh Tapovan

The most well known tapovan in India is the area above the Gangotri Glacier at one of the primary sources of the Ganges, in Uttarakhand, India. At the foot of Shivling peak, a barren area at about 4,463m (14640 feet) elevation, is a seasonal home to several sadhus living in caves, huts etc. and it has become a trekking destination also.[1] The trekking usually starts from Gomukh and the trek was considered moderate to difficult [1] prior to the destruction of much of the trail from Gangotri to Gamukh by the 2013 North Indian Floods. Tapovan area is base camp for several mountaineering expeditions including Shivling peak, Bhagirathi peak etc. Tapovan area is full of meadows, streams and flowering plants and the meadows are considered as one of the best high altitude meadow in India.[1] There is also a place named Nandanvan near Tapovan, and Nandavan is also trekked by trekkers and pilgrims.[1] Nandanvan is also a spacious meadow located at the base of Bhagirathi massiff.

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Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

A shallow lake, having a depth of about 2 metres, Roopkund has attracted attention by having human skeletal remains easily visible at its bottom when snow melts.[3] There are many theories and opinions, from purely spiritual to purely scientific ones, which explain the existence of these skeletons, which date back to 9th century CE. Because of these skeletons, the lake is also sometimes called as Skeleton lake in recent times

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Trans Zanskar “Darcha to Lamayuru Trek

Trans Zanskar “Darcha to Lamayuru Trek

On the way you get to visit some ancient monasteries dramatically built on jagged hillsides and also stop and meet the Friendly Zanskari inhabitants. Quaint villages, high grassy meadows, a few crystal clear springs, shimmering snow clad mountains and the beauty of the desolate landscape makes this a fascinating trek.

Lovely high meadow camp sites and dry desert land, high passes and snow-capped peaks stunning scenery, Buddhist monasteries and picturesque villages with their irrigated fields of barley and potatoes, and fascinating encounters with the Zanskari people turn a trek in this area into an unforgettable experience.

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The Lord Curzon Trail “Kuari Pass Trek”

The Lord Curzon Trail “Kuari Pass Trek”

Well-liked among the trekkers worldwide, Kuari Pass Trek offers startling vistas of the snow capped peaks of the Greater Himalayan Range. Also named as Lord Curzon’s trail, this trek goes through the lush valleys, thick forests and small villages. On reaching Kuari Pass, the trekker is rewarded with panoramic views of the magnificent peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Kamet, Hathi-Ghodi Parvat and Dronagiri.

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Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass trek falls in tough treks as one has to walk over the glaciers in the Parvati Valley in Kullu and Pin Valley in Spiti. Starting from Manikaran, this trek passes through several villages as well as breathtaking mountains, verdant meadows and stunning lakes. As the trekker treks upstream of Parvati river, he comes across the glaciers. Before reaching the Spiti Valley, one has to travel through the Pin Parvati Pass, which is the highest point of this trek. Tourist explores Spiti Valley and its monasteries before going back to Manali through Kaza and Rohtang Pass.

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Nanda Devi East BC and Milam Glacier Trek

Nanda Devi East BC and Milam Glacier Trek

The meadows of Narspanpatti with the peaks in the back drop are a stunning sight. Many consider Nanda Devi to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. This remote Trans Himalayan trek in the upper regions of Kumaon is the logical route taken to climb Mt. NandaDevi East via Longstaff Col.
This is a wonderful trek in Kumaon Himalayas explores the fascinating Nanda Devi East Base Camp and astounding Milam Glacier. Kumaon Himalaya is an eye-catching area of the Indian Himalayas, bordering to the western end of Nepal and consists of the famous mountain of Nanda Devi (7,816m). This part of the Himalaya fascinated many of the eminent explorers and mountaineers with the majority of them trying to open the clandestine of approaching Nanda Devi. This trek trails the Gori Ganga ravine to the village of Milam and then goes to the East Base Camp of elating Nanda Devi. The trail enters one of the most impressive mountain areas of the Himalayas nearby Nanda Devi and the adjoining peaks, this landscape combined with the mesmerizing historical background of the area make it one of the best treks in India.

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In The Shadow of Blue Sheep “Dzongri – Goecha La Trek”

In The Shadow of Blue Sheep “Dzongri – Goecha La Trek”

Goecha La Trek is done in the alluring land of Sikkim. The Goecha La trek takes the tourist up-close for a fabulous view of the great Kanchenjunga amidst a splendid vista of the other lesser Himalayan giants within its range. This trek is an extension of the Dzongri trek. Trekking beyond the meadows of Dzongri is an awe-inspiring raw adventure, where the tourist is taken into the monarchy of towering mountain peaks straight above and the camp is set amidst the sight of high mountain glaciers.

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The Shepherd Trail Trek

The Shepherd Trail Trek

The landscape slowly begins to change, as forests and meadows give may to rocky outcrops with patches of snow starring to appear.With wild alpine flowers strewn all around. The brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the pass after which a descent leads to a lovely walk through the lush forest and over the debris of glaciers.. All around the famous mountain peaks of the Kullu and Lahoul valleys afford an unforgettable evening.As the Billing is well known for the paragliding, the participants from all over the India as well as foreigners use to take part in the competition. On the way extensive view of the lush green Kangra valley are speated and soon the steep descend ends at the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir. A delightful last day to this most wondrous of the trek through the land of the legendary Gaddis, tough and wiry Himalayan shepherds.

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