Top 5 winter treks Himalaya, India? Okey let me try to answer this majorly asked question based on my experience I will suggest the following order;
- (May remain close in JAN-FEB as per new decision by Forest Dept, matter was in discussion for last 2 yrs )
How am I choosing Top 5 winter treks Himalaya, India? I am creating this order based on a few points I use to decide the rank of treks in order for any season or region;
- Pristine & Solitude: I am a trekker of those times when we were not used to seeing much people up there on Himalaya. Till date, that’s one of my key point to choose the destination of exploration. And the well known Dzongri Goecha la trail remains most maiden and least crowded in winter. Major big operators don’t play here at winter with 30–40 People group. No other trails mentioned above are as lucky in this way. Kedarkantha scored least in this exam with its pilgrims.
- Complexity and versatility of terrain of a long Himalayan trail: Any pocket of Himalaya is beautiful, with snow it appears mystical. But a long walk offers more chance to explore and enrich the experience of Himalaya. For the same reason, I will prefer Har ki dun instead of just an overall 20 km walk of Kedarkantha. Chadar & Dzongri will offer a long versatile experience too. Especially if you can stretch the Dzongri walk till Dzongri la pass or HMI base or Goecha la it can challenge any trek in winter.
- The uniqueness of experience: Chadar will definitely score max leaving any trek behind in this round. The vanishing landscape and terrain of Chadar are unique as no trek offers such a frozen river gorge walk. Dzongri la and Sandakphu offers a view of 8000+m peaks alongside the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse & Makalu from the top which is also unique in Indian Himalayan Trek. Kedarkantha offers a summit feeling in a lesser altitude due to its location and winter. Har Ki dun walk will take you through a land of ancient mythical civilization. Also stretching the walk till Miranda Lake or Jaundhar Glacier, offer experiences of a snow covered land by many 6000+m peaks.
- Max altitude to achieve:
Dzongri La: Start-1706M Max- 4170M
Kedarkantha: Start-2000M Max-3812M
Har ki dun: Start-2000M Max-3580m
Chadar Trek: Start-3217M Max-3390M
Sandakphu: Start-2040M Max-3636M