By- Sashi Kumari Bisht
Trekking in the Himalayas is an amazing opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of the mountains. The snow-covered mountain peaks, verdant landscapes, rugged terrains and natural gems like gurgling streams and sparkling waterfalls, all add to the thrill of a trek into the Himalayas. If you are looking for some of the best routes, here are the ones you can plan your itinerary around.
Darma Valley is one of the gorgeous locations in Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 3,470m, it offers stunning views of the snow-covered Panchachuli peaks. On the way, you can come across gurgling waterfalls, nestled amidst dense forests, and many picturesque spots exuding serenity and peace.
Duration: 10 days
Best Time: April, May, June
One of the most picturesque, pristine and natural sites of Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers is also famous for its unmatched trek routes. Perched at an altitude of around 3,600 m above sea level, the Valley of Flowers is touted to be one of India's oldest treks. On the way, you will be treated to such rare and amazing species of wildlife as the gray langur, the flying squirrel, the Himalayan weasel and the Himalayan monal, to name a few.
Duration: 6 days
Best Time: July-August-September
Kedartal trek is one of the most challenging expeditions you can undertake. It takes you to the pristine Kedartal Lake, situated at a height of 16,000 ft. The trek takes you close to mountains like Mt Bhrigupanth and Mt Thalaysagar. This trek is mainly for experts as it tests the endurance of the trekker. Long days, tough terrains and formidable heights make this is a unique as well as a strenuous trek.
Difficulty: Very difficult
Duration: 1 week
Best Time: May, June
Mukta Top is one of the remotest spots in the state. It remains buried under snow in winters, and it is only in April that visitors can get here. Picturesque forests, pristine lakes, and mesmerising views make this trek incredible. Since it starts from a much lower elevation near Uttarkashi, you can see splendid bamboo forests along the way. It's an amazing winter trek but try it in the summer months for one of the most peaceful experiences.
Duration: 6 days
Best Time: March, April, May, June