Top 5 Unexplored Treks in Uttarakhand

Overview

Popularly known as Devbhoomi (Land of Gods), Uttarakhand is famed for its scenic glory, sacred temples, and adventurous trekking destinations.

Beauty is inherent in everything that Uttarakhand is known for, the magnanimous mountains of the Himalayas, the holiest rivers, spectacular landscape, exotic flora and fauna, and ancient history will leave you mesmerized. Enthralling trekking and peak climbing ventures in this state have earned the attention of adventure seekers from every corner of the globe. 

Except for some famous trekking destinations, there are many tracks linked to unexplored trekking locations in Uttarakhand that are much more beautiful due to their virgin beauty. Hiking in lofty mountains, lush meadows, surreal lakes, and picturesque glaciers will create an urge to explore more and more in this Indian Himalayan region.

Here are the top 5 unexplored
treks in Uttarakhand:

Budha Kedar Malla Trek

  • Altitude: 2400 m
  • District: Tehri Garhwal
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the Year
  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Trekking distance: 22 kms

Budha Kedar Malla trek is the famous pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Tehri Garhwal region. This least explored trek will offer you the riveting view of Yamunotri- Gangotri- Kedarnath- Badrinath mountain ranges. The trek starts from Malla, 22km from Uttarkashi, and then head towards Belak. The path then continues to Budha Kedar followed by Ghuttu via Bharavchatti.

On your way, you will come across the life of locals in this mountainous region, temples that are rich in architecture, wooden huts, terraced fields, gorgeous snow-shrouded, and much more. You can spot the enormous number of Himalayan birds in this untouched environment. 

Khatling Glacier Trek

  • Altitude: 4200 m
  • District: Tehri Garhwal
  • Best time to visit: May- June, and September- October
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Duration: 10-12 days
  • Trekking distance: 45 kms

Khatling glacier is a source of River Bhilangana with the snow-capped Himalayan peaks known as the Jogin Group (6,466m), Barte Kauter (6,579m), Sphetic Pristwar (6,905m), and Meru (6,660m) all around. 

There are three routes to approach Khatling glacier, the trek from Ghuttu Village is famous for its small and lovely villages, and it’s the easiest one. The road from Malla village is refreshing due to beautiful lakes and fascinating locations that fall on the way. This trail also includes the renowned Kedarnath temple.

The third and most challenging route is from Gangotri, but the magnificent views of Mt. Rudugaira, Auden’s Col, and other Himalayan ranges are worth all the hardships.

The trekking route of Khatling glacier takes you through unique and full of stunning vistas like dense Kharsao forest, beautiful landscapes, undulating meadows, captivating river streams, and Himalayan flora and fauna.

Kagbhusandi Lake Trek

  • Altitude: 5230 m
  • District: Chamoli
  • Best time to visit: June- July, and September- October
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trekking distance: 60-65 kms

The sacred Kagbhusandi Lake, situated near Kankul pass (5230 m) is famed for its emerald green waters. The lakeside is decorated with diverse Himalayan flowers. There are two routes to reach the lake, one from the Bhyundar village near Ghangaria through the valley of flowers and the other one from Vishnu Prayag.

You can admire the beauty of several panoramic Himalayan peaks such as Chaukhamba, Hathi peak, Neelkanth, and Nar Narayan peak during this trek.

Some mythological tales associated with this lake are, according to local people, crows come into this lake to suicide, and the feathers of crows are seen around. Another story is, once a sage cursed a Brahmin, and he transformed into a crow.

Panwali Kantha-Triyugi Narayan Trek

  • Altitude: 3298 m
  • District: Rudraprayag and Tehri
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Duration: 5-6 days
  • Trekking distance: 45 kms

Panwali- Triyugi Narayan Trek is one of the best treks in the Garhwal region, the scenic view of sunrise and sunset from the Panwali Kantha gives you the feel of heaven on earth. The hike commences from Ghansali and gradually rise to Do Phund. From there, the trail follows alpine meadows till Matya Bugyal, you can also spot a blue mountain goat on your way.

During the trek, visit the famous ancient Triyuginarayan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Passing through the dense forest of deodar, pine, and rhododendrons and crossing small streams will be a rejuvenating journey.

Gorson Bugyal Trek

  • Altitude: 3050 m
  • District: Chamoli
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Duration: 5-6 days
  • Trekking distance: 6 kms

Gurson Bugyal is a large land of green pastures surrounded by oak and coniferous trees. Trekking to Gurson Bugyal offers you a spectacular view of Mt. Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Bithartoli, Neelkanth, Doonagiri, Gori Parbat, and Kamet.

You can start trekking to Gurson Bugyal from Auli. The region turns into bewitching green beauty during summers and blanketed with snow during winters. Pitching a tent near the lush green forest surrounded by snow-capped mountains and sleeping on the soft grass makes this trek an unforgettable experience.

The trek allows you to witness a wide range of flora and fauna and understand the village life.

Best time to Visit Uttarakhand

Tourists visit Uttarakhand throughout the year from across India and all around the world. March to April and September to October are considered a great time to visit Uttarakhand.

Trekking is one of the most popular activities during summer as it is the Peak Season in Uttarakhand, and the weather is cold and pleasant which makes the daytimes perfect for sightseeing and trekking.

During winter, the weather is icy cold and some regions receive moderate to heavy snowfall. This blanket of snow turns Uttarakhand into a picturesque locale that you will not want to miss.

October to February is the right time to plan your trip to Uttarakhand. Avoid planning your trek during the monsoon. The state records heavy rainfall in July and August that makes traveling a little difficult.

Are these trek right for you?

The journey of Khatling glacier trek and Kagbhusandi Lake trek can be challenging as it passes through ridges and steep roads. The terrain gets tough due to boulders and a thick patch of snow. The long walking distance over the slippery rocks makes the treks arduous.

Accommodation options

There are many accommodation options available in Uttarakhand that are suitable for every pocket. You will find deluxe and luxury hotels, resorts, homestays, and lodges in your budget.

Things to keep in mind before going to Trekking in Kumaon

  • Buy a good quality rubber sole trekking shoe with midsole cushioning and ankle support. It is advisable that wear the trekking shoes at least for two weeks before the hike to break in the shoe. Otherwise, you may get sores or blebs when on the mountain. 
  • Every trip requires the right amount of preparation. Not only the physical or endurance training but also the right gear and equipment to carry on your hike. 
  • The main rule of a trekking and camping trip is to research the place you’re about to visit to get an idea about its weather, topography, altitude, and accessibility. Knowing the kind of weather in that region will help you pack accordingly. 
  • Similarly, be aware of the altitudes you will be trekking up to. It will determine the accessories you need for special high-altitude zones. 
  • Pack your medicines with extra care while planning for the trek. Medicines will be inaccessible in many places when you’re trekking in the mountains, so you need to be prepared for all emergencies and carry extra supplies of any medicine. 

Essential things to carry while going trekking:

  • A government identity card – Original and Photocopies (Mandatory)
  • Warm sleeping bag 
  • Woolens/ thermal wear
  • Feather down jacket 
  • Hiking/trekking shoes 
  • Trekking Pole
  • Camera 
  • Water bottle
  • Eatables and energy drinks
  • Flashlight and spare batteries 
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion/ Sunscreen/ sun block/ Lip salve
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries – towels/ soap etc.
  • Rucksack/ duffel bag to carry your baggage

The estimated budget for the Treks in Kumaon

You can search for various tour packages in Uttarakhand for a budget-friendly trek. A package for a 6-7 days trek will start from 8500 to 15000 INR per person. A trip of 10 days can charge you 15000-25000 INR. The package will include:

  • Meals
  • Accommodation – Hotel and tents
  • Guide
  • Transportation