Top 10 treks of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand peaks, glaciers and valleys, together with the unique religious, cultural and social diversity of the people living in these hills, have long attracted adventure seekers to the world. We have summarised few best-known trekking routes in Uttarakhand.
1.Har ki Dun Valley Trek
Har ki Dun valley, the Hanging Valley of the Gods, is surrounded by peaks and dense forests. Lush forest cover, abundant wildlife and a long winding trail make for a difficult but worthwhile trek. Located in one of the remoter parts of Garhwal, the trek is moderately difficult. The best time to travel is June – July or October. The region is either too cold or shrouded in mist for the rest of the year. The Har ki Dun falls in the Govind National Park
and consequently, wildlife viewing is a possibility.
2.Roop Kund Trek- The Mystery lake Trek
Brief description Set amongst the towering cliffs of the Trishul in the Garhwal Himalayas, Roop Kund is a
curiously shallow lake set in a snow circle for the majority of the year. Located in Chamoli District, this trek is one of the most difficult treks in Uttaranchal.Roop Kund lake also has a mysterious past with a number of partially decomposed human skeletal remains found around the lake.
Madhmaheshwar is 30km from Guptkashi and is approached by a trek through the famous Sidha Peeth of Kalimath. Unparalleled scenic beauty and incredible landscapes distinguish the distance from Kalimath to Madhmaheshwar. Chaukhamba, Kedarnath andbNeelkanth are visible enroute.It is the fourth temple to be visited in the Panch kedar pilgrimage circuit. Madhyamaheshwar Temple is on the Kedarnath road linked by a 13 km road to Kalimath from Guptakashi, from Guptkashi to the temple is only by a 24 km trek after 6 km by road journey. Guptakashi is on the state highway from Kalpeshwar:
Rudranath trek is 24km from Gopeshwar and from panar village a 12km trek it goes thru magnificent himlayan beauty route. Its fourth kedar .Its a natural cave in which lord Shiva is in Rudra form angry form ,here the mukh or the Lords face appeared and Shiva is worshipped as Neelkanth Mahadev. All though trek is little difficult but the route is amazingly beautiful with meadows wildflowers and dense forest, in the background in all their glory are the glittering snow-covered peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, Deva etc.
5. Chandrasilla trek
The Chandrasilla trek is unique in that the peak can be summitted relatively easily in the winter and also acts as a day trek from Chopta via Tungnath in the summer. The summer trek to the peak is a short and pleasant trek and is often extended into a longer trek with an overnight halt at Chopta. The climb in the winter involves scaling and trekking on a rich route of flora and fauna, through meadows full of fresh snow. Relatively difficult, it requires mountaineering experience and requires a certain degree of skill.
6.Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal in near Uttarkashi . Dayara Bugyal is an upcoming ski resort area in the high altitude meadows of the main watershed between the rivers Tons and Bhagirathi.The pristine and undeveloped wide meadow surrounded by gentle and steeper slopes with sparse forest or no vegetation is located at an elevation of around 3048 m and during winter is “snow safe”,providing excellent ski slopes in a total area of approximately 28 sq. km.
7.Gangotri to Gaumukh Trek
Gaumukh is the source of the Ganges. Gaumukh named so because it resembles the mouth of a cow, a holy deity for Hindus, is just 21km above Gangotri and is believed to be the origin of the River Ganga. The route to Gaumukh serves as an ideal trekking route for avid adventurers. The springs of the river Bhagirathi prevail here. The route is embedded with deodar, birch and the Padma trees. 10km from Gangotri is Cheedvasa, a local market and 4km further is the Bhojvasa camp.
Dodital Trek located to the north of Uttarkashi has its origins in the several natural springs in the region and its crystal waters are surrounded by dense woods of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendrons. The lake at Dodital is full of fish including the rare Himalayan Golden Trout. Fishing, however, is banned from the lake. The lake provides an idyllic setting for rest and recreation such as boating and bird watching. The forest surrounding the lake is full of wildlife.The trek for Dodital commences from Uttarkashi or Kalyani, both approachable by road.
Valley of Flowers have thousand varieties of flowers, ferns and Himalayan herbs grow in this valley. According to legend, the Valley of Flowers is also associated with Lord Lakshman. It is believed that when Lakshman was wounded by Meghnath, the Sanjeewani Buti or medicinal plant that revived him is said to have been found in this valley.
Devariya taal is freshwater lake at an altitude of 4150m ,water seems to be green in colour, lake is stretched to 700m and more than 20m deep.It is covered by ,oak and buransh from three sides.On the clear sunny day mirror image of snow covered chaukhamba can be seen in lake which seems joining of sky and land which is very mesmerising. In this lake freshwater fish are also found.Sides of the lake are covered with green meadows which are best for camping, one can vist this place round the year the nearest village is Sari Village there is facility of PG .