1. Chadar Trek
The Chadar Trek or The Frozen River Expedition is one of the most unique and challenging treks in India. The 6 day chadar trek across the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh takes place during the latter part of January till end of February or sometimes even in the first week of March, depending on the weather. The starting point of your chadar Trek for the Base Camp is Chilling. Drive along the Leh-Srinagar Highway to reach Zanskar, a little ahead of Zanskar lies Chilling. The end of Chilling road is where the Chadar trek starts.
2. Stok Kangri Trek
Located at Hemis National Park, Ladakh, Stok Kangri is 20,190 ft high above sea level. This also makes it the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas, giving a magnificent view of Zanskar and Indus Valley. Trekkers are attracted here as it presents new landscapes and ultimate scenery in calm surroundings. Even though the trek is relatively easy, given the altitude of Ladakh, air becomes thinner resulting lack of oxygen.
3. Pin Parvati Pass, Kasol
Pin Parvati Pass serves as a perfect destination for the trekkers seeking challenging adventure. It is one of an amazing Trans Himalayan trek that will not only leave spellbound by its beauty but also gushing with adrenaline with the challenges it throws at you. With a fascinating trail of approximately 110 km, the thrill it presents is almost unending. The Pin Parvati Pass Trekking trail is not really well defined but get worse during the monsoon season. The track within the thick forests of Great Himalayan National Park is also a big challenge even for an experienced trekker.
4. Roopkund trek, Uttarakhand
Perched at an elevation of 5,029 m above the sea level in the lap of Trishul Peak and Nanda Ghunti is a place full of mystery, Roopkund. Also called as ‘Mystery Lake’, the place is synonymous to its name owing to the discovery of human skeletons and horses remains from Paleolithic age at this very place. The trekking trail to Roopkund in itself is quite fascinating including the trek through rustic villages, the bewitching alpine meadows and a beautiful sacred pond, BedniKund with its crystal clear water. The trek gets steep from Bedni Bugyal to Roopkund.
5. Goecha La Trek
Goechala Trek is also one of the favourites among the trekkers not only for its challenging terrain and ridges but also for a vast number of attractions it presents. Right from mesmerising sunrises and sunsets, endless view of magnificent snow-covered mountains, pretty rivers and streams, Rhododendron forest to witnessing giant structure of Kanchenjunga, tear-shaped Goecha lake and ultimate views of total sixteen peaks from its Dzongri Top.
6. Markha Valley Trek
Markha Valley Trek is the largest valley in Leh and is known for utmost thrill and adventure. Grading moderate to difficult trek, Markha Valley offers little village tea and coffee breaks at regular intervals to help you to rest and recharge. On this trek, one will encounter many Buddhist monasteries, ancient forts and temples and the most famous Tacha Monastery. Along with these, one gets to see the grand view of Karakoram and Ladakh ranges.
7. Rupin Pass, Dehredun
Perched at an altitude of 4600m, Rupin Pass is a place adorned with stunning beauty offering an adventurous thrill to its trekkers. Situated in the lap of the surreal Himalayan mountain range, the trek holds several surprises for you. Several cascading waterfalls, slippery snow bridges, the rustic villages, magnificent lush green meadows scattered with yellow marigolds and the icy blue rivulets snaking around the glacial valley is a treat to the eyes. The sudden change in the scenery at every nook and corner adds charm to the beauty of this challenging trail.
8. Auden’s Col, Gangotri
The Auden’s Col trek is a dream trek for every experienced trekker and mountaineer, being first discovered by John Bicknell Auden in 1935. The trail passes through the thick forest of alpine trees, meadows dotted with varied species of flowers, gushing streams and cuts through numerous villages secluded within the Garhwal Himalayas, and several temples that reflect the religious significance of the Garhwal region. Auden’s Col is one of the high altitude mountains passes in the Garhwal Himalayas, which connects the Rudragaira valley and Bhilangana valley and forms a bridge between the north-west ridge of Gangotri III and the ridge coming from Jogin I on the east.
9. Lamkhaga Trek
Lamkhaga Pass Trek is one of the high altitude mountain passes connecting Harsil in Garhwal and Sangla in Himachal. being one of the toughest treks in India, it is popular for steep ascends from day one. The trail passes from dense forests and experiences continuous variations in the terrain, along the Indo-Tibetan border with Jalindragad River and numerous streams, moraines and meadows.
10. Nanda Devi Base Camp
The Nanda Devi Sanctuary is indeed a unique geographical feature. A ring of peaks that are connected by massive rock walls that go no lower than 17,000 feet form this heavenly, yet impenetrable sanctuary. The only exception point is the area where the Rishi Ganga drains this great basin. It is then no doubt that trekking here is a unique and unparalleled experience altogether. Since this is one of the most challenging treks in the world, several acclimatisation bases are a must. The actual trek to the Nanda Devi East Base Camp starts from Lilam, which is about 18 kilometres away from Munsiyari. From Lilam, the trail leads to Bugdiar, Gori Ganga, Martoli, Milam Village, Lwani and finally the Nanda Devi East Base Camp.