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Best Summer Treks in India- Must Save in Your Bucket List

  • The Summer in India can be pretty oppressive. With the sun beating down on the mainland, temperatures can rise higher than 40 degrees Celcius in some regions. To escape such heat, people visit the hills and mountains to experience the cool temperatures packed with a touch of adventure and nature.

     

    Trekking allows people to experience pristine nature at its finest. During summer time trekking is all about melting snow, lush green meadows, clear skies, and clear trails. Summer is the time when most of the treks open up, after the harsh winters. This results in a huge rush of tourists wanting to witness nature at its finest. Hence we suggest you plan and book your treks accordingly.

    Some Summer Trek Essentials

    While you are choosing the perfect trek for you and pondering over your travel plans, you should also give some thought to some of the key essentials that you might need on your trek. Along with your regular key ingredients, such as backpack, penknife, water bottle, etc you should also carry some items specific to summer treks. They are:

     

    • Long-Sleeved T-shirts
    • Sun Cap
    • Sunscreen
    • Jackets
    • Sunglasses
    • Electorates
    • Antibacterial Powder

     

    While trekking in summer one runs the risk of getting sunburns, thus our list protects you from the same and prevents dehydration and bacterial infections due to the heat and activity.

    The Best Summer Treks in India

    Here is a list of some of the best summer treks that you can enjoy this summer.

     

    • Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

     

    If you are looking for a power-packed week while you travel through the mystical lands of Kashmir, then the Kashmir great lakes trekis for you. One of the most beautiful treks in India, it is sure to leave you spellbound as you pass through three passes at high altitudes, and five river valley crossings, and witness the seven great lakes in all their magnificence within 8 days.

     

    Kashmir is known as the Heaven on Earth and the great lakes trek will help you appreciate this to the fullest. The trek spans over a distance of 69 km and can be placed at a moderate to difficult level based on your adventure appetite. Also during 8 days, trekkers will climb to a height of (4206M). The cost of the trip generally ranges from USD 230-250(INR 18000- 20000) per person. All the prices here are inclusive of GST.

     

    The most challenging part of the trek can be attributed to its long trekking distances each day. It can become grueling for beginners to walk 10 Kms daily. This being said one is rewarded with magnificent sceneries and one picturesque lake each day. The trek will start and conclude from Srinagar.

     

    • Hampta Pass Trek

     

    Nestled in the heart of Himachal Pradesh the Hampta pass trekopens with it a unique opportunity to witness the beauties of nature. Dense Pine forests, mighty mountains, grand valleys, clean mountain streams, and serene lakes are some of the secrets waiting to be unlocked by trekkers during the 6-day hike. This is a relatively safe hike, but this is compensated for by the beautiful and dynamic scenery that is a part of this trek.

     

    The Hampta Pass Trek is moderately difficult. Trekkers taking part in this trek will be able to reach a height of (4270 M). The average cost per person amounts to USD 150-170( INR 12000 - 14000) per person. All prices are inclusive of GST. The trek starts from the beautiful town of Manali.

     

    During this trek, you will be able to witness the picturesque fields covered with rhododendrons, and the entire panorama of the Pir Panjal range will act as the backdrop. Once you reach the topmost point trekkers will be greeted with beautiful peaks and sloping valleys. The descent consists of a tale of its own. This is the most tricky part of the trek due to the sharp nature of the descent. The Hampta Pass is connecting the Chandra Valley of Lahaul and the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

    Kedarkantha Trek

    Unlike the other treks which can be undertaken in the summer, the Kedarkantha trek is primarily a winter trek. It comprises a six-day hike through the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park in Uttarakhand. This is a trek that comprises a summit climb. Right from the beginning the steep climb rewards with magnificent views of the nearby valleys and deep gorges. It is one of the few beginner-friendly summit climbs that exist in India.

    The Kedarkantha trek is considered to be a moderate one and requires around 6 days to complete. The highest distance achieved during this trek is (3810 M). The average cost for this trip is USD 125-145(INR 9750-11500) per person. All prices are exclusive of GST and the basic travel costs. Generally, people within the age limit of 8 to 55 years can travel on this trek.

    Now we travel from the north of the country to its eastern side, into the state of Sikkim. This is the perfect trek for people who love the sight of mountains. During this trek, you will witness 14 different mountain peaks, including the Kanchenjunga. Trekkers consider this trek as the nearest you can be to the fabled treks of Nepal. The sunrise of the Magnificent Kanchenjunga peak is a highlight of the trek which causes hundreds of enthusiasts to the state of Sikkim in the summer.

     

    The difficulty of the trek can be placed between Moderate to difficult and trekkers reach a maximum height of (4602 M). The average cost of the trip amounts to USD 230-250(INR 18000-20000) per person. These prices do not include the travel and other amenity fees for traveling to the starting location of the trek. It starts from the small village of Yuksom which can be accessed via car from the city of Siliguri.

     

    Some other highlights of the trek can be the rhododendron forests in their full bloom in April and May and the Samiti lake which hosts the reflection of Mt. Pandim in its waters.

     

    • Motorbiking Trips in Ladakh

     

    For every motorbiking enthusiast, riding through the barren landscapes of Ladakh is a lifelong dream. The root cause for this should be handed over to Bollywood movies which have pictured this trip in all its grandeur. This has made the trip extremely popular not only in India but the entire world. Bikers will experience a unique cultural blend that is closely linked to Tibet. You will witness firsthand the massive Buddhist monasteries and their age-old rituals.

     

    The Journey begins in Ladakh from which you will be guided across various lakes and mountain passes, to travel a cumulative distance of over 1100 km. The entire trail will be within the heart of the Karakoram range and you will experience peace and serenity like never before. The average cost of a person ranges between USD 350-450 (INR 26000-36000). The price range can also go higher depending on your needs and the length of the trip. The riding skill required for this trip is moderate and one is expected to ride for 7 hours per day.

     

    The Leh Ladakh Bike Tripscan be a lifelong opportunity waiting for you to explore this summer. Bikers will be riding the vintage Royal Enfield as they chug the miles through the barren lands across the Leh Ladakh highway. Clear blue skies, high mountain peaks, and tall monasteries are some of the most awaited sites that will greet you during this trip.

    Conclusion

    The summer months are ideal for trekking in India. With the thawing of snow, the river and lakes unfreeze and provide some of the majestic scenery in the world. Also the biodiversity is at its peak during this time and the treks are quite safe for people unlike in the monsoons. In this article we have discussed some essential items that can be useful to carry during the summer months.

     

    Further a detailed overview of the most popular summer treks was provided which will allow fellow trekking enthusiasts to study their treks and plan accordingly. A special addition was made for some motor enthusiasts, who can consider the motorbiking trips in Ladakh as an ideal vacation. Finally while trekking we should take care of our environment and act responsibly.