Overview – Treks in Himachal Pradesh
The desolate grandeur of this Himalayan state in North India has enchanted many souls from time immemorial. From holy domiciles to tiny hamlets, babbling brooks to glacial lakes, luscious green fields to snow-capped summits, there is no shortage of beautiful tranquility in this location. But perhaps Himachal Pradesh’s most lasting legacy is the various walking paths that allow visitors to experience the state’s natural splendor and seek sanctuary in the outdoors. Himachal Pradesh is the site of some of the most notable hikes in the Western Himalayas, including the Deo Tibba Trek and the Hampta Pass Trek. But do not worry if you can not afford to take a long vacation or if you are a novice hiker just getting started. Himachal Pradesh has a trail for everyone who responds to the lure of the summit. Despite their short duration, a number of short hikes in Himachal Pradesh are entrancing.
Kareri Lake Trek
Everything you need is a long weekend to finish this breathtaking offbeat hike in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra area. To go to the glacial Kareri Lake, which is formed by water torrents cascading downwards from the Minkiani Peak, you must first visit the picturesque town of Dharamshala. From there, you will trek around 25 kilometers to Kareri Settlement and then another 6 kilometers to Liyoti Village, where you will spend the night among the indigenous Gaddi tribe. The next day, trek via oak, pine, and rhododendron forests and up steep slopes along the Kareri Nallah and Nylund Nallah waterways to approach the Reoti village campsite. From there, this will take a few alpine meadows and wooden bridges across tributaries to reach the steep Kareri Lake.
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Beas Kund Trek
Beas Kund is a magnificent turquoise glacial lake where the River Beas begins. It is thought to be the bathing location of Sage Veda Vyas as he meditated and authored the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The first day’s campground is at Dhundi, on the grassy hills near the shore of the Beas. The next day, take a stroll through the old forests of Deodar, pine, and maple that have survived here for centuries. Excluding the odd cicadas, the solitude of the forests is mesmerizing. By the time you get to the lake, the trees have vanished, leaving only stark mountain peaks.
Kheerganga is among the most popular trek routes from Kasol in the lovely Parvati Valley. Kheerganga, in the core, is a spiritual location, and the trail leading up to it is rich in natural beauty. You can take a bus or a cab from Kasol or Manikaran, or fly directly from Bhuntar airport, to reach Barshaini, the basecamp of the Kheerganga trip. From there, it is an easy 11-12 mile hike uphill. It is easily covered in 5-6 hours, even with brief breaks for meals, and rests in the midst of the few coffee shops with colorful roofs lining the trail.
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On the way, you will pass via the little town of Nathan and a Shiva shrine at Rudranag Temple. You can halt at them on your way, increasing or decreasing. You will also stumble across wide green fields above steep cliffs, interrupted by gushing geysers. At the summit of Kheerganga, there is a spontaneous hot water lake called Parvati Kund, where backpackers can refresh themselves after a long journey. Pitch a tent at Kheerganga and enjoy the celestial sky. The next day, return to Barshaini and catch a bus to Kasol.
In Himachal Pradesh, the Triund walk is very famous as a beginner’s hike. Triund trek begins at McLeodganj and follows a mesmerizing trail with breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar mountain on one side and the picturesque Kangra Valley on the other. The walk up to the first checkpoint at Gallu Devi Temple is rather boring and dull, but after that begins the length of woodland. You can pray at the memorial shrine as you walk by for a secure and effective voyage. Even for beginners, the trip to the summit is straightforward and quick, taking about 3-4 hours each way. The first 5 kilometers to Bhagsu Nag track a nice landscape, filled with little businesses and cafes on the way.
Bhagsu Nag Trek
The village trail is popular with tourists of all ages who visit McLeodganj or Dharamshala during the warmer months. Both the hamlet and the falls are named from a local mythology about a confrontation between Emperor Bhagsu and the Snake Lord, Naga. The climb to the Bhagsu Nag cascades and the temple complex is straightforward and easy, with tiny cafes and artisan shops for refreshments. When you reach the top and have taken your shots, you can either return down the same path or begin the Triund Trek.