15 best budget friendly Himalayan treks

 Chopta Chandrashila Summit Trek

 

Tungnath, Chopta - Chandrashila trail, a short and engaging journey travelling through Uttarakhand's tallest Shiva temples, draws people who want to see more than snow, rocks, and mountains. The journey, which reaches a maximum elevation of 4090 metres, takes you through challenging treks, emerald green woods, and spectacular vistas of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, and Chaukhamba peaks. Deoria Tal's lake is loaded with crystal pure water and looks to be a visual feast. The trek's attractions include stunning differences in picturesque vistas, historic tribal culture, and the unexpected emergence of local species.



Garhwal Himalayan Region

Moderate to difficult

Trek lasts 8 to 9 days.

Dodi Tal Trek

 

Dodi Tal Trek is one of the most popular trekking locations in Uttarakhand's Himalayas, known for its picture-perfect lake, lush forest, and quiet surroundings. The journey is 54 kilometres long and reaches a height of 4150 metres. This mesmerising mountain trip is for hikers who want to go through lush foliage rather than stark harsh mountain routes.

 

Garhwal Himalayan Region

Moderate to difficult

Trekking time: 7 days

Har Ki Dun Trek

 

Har ki Doon, located at the base of Fateh Parbat and reaching a maximum height of 3556 metres, is an excellent choice for first-timers. The walk begins at Sankari at an elevation of 1950 metres and leads to the base of Swargarohini Mountain via scenic meadows adorned with scented flowers, snow-covered trails, and the habitats of gentle animals. The wild orchid blossoms that bloom throughout the year add to the enchantment of the walk.

Garhwal Himalayan Region

Trek length: 9 days

 

Valley of Flowers Trek

 

Valley of Flowers, the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, is situated at an altitude of 3658 m and is ornamented by intriguing flower fields. During the summer, millions of wildflowers decorate the landscape, while heavy blankets of snow enchant hikers seeking unrivalled serenity during the winter.

 

Garhwal Himalayan Region

Easy grading

Trek lasts 8 to 9 days.

 

Bedni Bugyal Trek

 

Bedni Bugyal is the finest high altitude grassland in Uttarakhand's Garhwal area, and is considered one of the greatest romantic sites in the Himalayan range. The walk has a variety of high-altitude flowers and plants not found on typical low-altitude hikes. Bedni Bugyal is well known as the starting point for the Roopkund Trek.

 

Garhwal Himalayan Region

Moderate in difficulty

Trekking time: 7–8 days

Mid-June through the end of October is the best time to visit.

 

Chenab Lake Trek

 

Chenab Lake trip comprises a moderate and good climb and is one of the least known and intriguing trekking destinations in the Indian Himalaya. The trip begins at a height of 2050 metres and concludes with a crystalline water body, which is the route's major feature. To reach the peak, one must travel via Dang hamlet, Joshimath's final human settlement.  The ground is carpeted in orchids, primulas, poppies, Brahmakamal, and daisies, marigolds, and anemones. Rhododendron, Sal, and Teak grove are among the many tree species of medicinal properties.

 

Garhwal Himalayan Region

Grade: Easy

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 days

Best season: May to October

 

 

Dayara Bugyal Trek

 

The picturescape of Dayara Bugyal is characterised by a huge expanse of greenery, mountain slopes, and extensive forest cover. This prominent tourist destination, which is located at an elevation of is said to provide some of Uttarakhand's most beautiful natural vistas. Adventurers will enjoy exploring the Nordic and Alpine skiing options offered in this beautiful location. During the winter, the walk transforms into one of India's greatest ski slopes, covering 28 square kilometres.

Garhwal Himalayan Region

Easy grading

Duration of the trek: 6 to 7 days

 

The Parvati Valley is one of Himachal Pradesh's most beautiful locations in the Himalayan area. It only takes two days to discover its wonderful landscape and feel rejuvenated on the inside. The Kasol to exhilarating excursion that not only reveals the gorgeous Himalayan environment, but also allows you to learn about the fascinating culture of the locals. You'll visit a lot of settlements, and you'll have lots of opportunity to take photos with the snow-capped peaks in the background.

This Kheerganga walk begins at Barshaini, which is about 45 minutes by car from Kasol. You will then be transported to the village of Barshaini, where you will begin your on-foot trek. The 12-kilometer walk from here of possibilities to experience the region's natural wonders. Along the journey, you'll pass by a number of beautiful waterfalls that will entice you to stop and photograph them. Rudra Nag's magnificent serpent-shaped waterfall will change your outlook on nature in an instant. The magnificent waterfalls of Kheerganga are one of the trek's highlights.

The sight of the mysterious hot springs of Kheerganga will wash away all your hiking fatigue. You can take a step in it to combat the cold. Relaxing in a hot spring while enjoying panoramas of snow-capped peaks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will last a lifetime. The views from a height of roughly  your breath away. You'll be spending the night here, amidst the majestic snow-capped peaks. The return route to Kasol on the second day allows you to see what you may have missed on the first day of your trek from Kasol to Kheerganga. Because the walk is rated simple, practically anyone can complete it with a little planning.

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