Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas

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This Himalayan state not only boasts of nature trekking but also being origin of Ganges,Yamuna and world famous Hindu and Sikh shrines, offers Religious pilgrimage trails too e.g Kedarnath, Madmaheshwar, Hemkunth Sahib, Gangotri, Yumunotri, Nanda devi Raj jat trek, are the treks or pilgrim trails which not only quench a trekker’s excitement and zeal about trekking  but also gets trekker a spiritual calm  and content on reaching the destination i.e these shrines.

There are many other beautiful and various difficulty level treks in Uttarakhand. Though every route to remote villages and valleys infact is a trek here but still there are somewhere  around  200 formally  identified treks, Many of which  are world famous  and are trekkers delight since British rule. Some of the known treks today in Uttarakhand Himalayas were made famous by British trekkers like Frank Smythe, Lord Curzon during Raj’ era .

uttarakhand trekking

Some of most popular treks of Uttarakhand Himalayas are :

  • Roopkund Trek
  • Chandrashila Summit Trek
  • Dodi Tal Trek
  • Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan Trek
  • Gangotri-Badrinath
  • Hem Kund SahibTrek
  • Valley  of Flowers
  • Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Kalindikhal Pass Trek
  • Kuari Pass Trek
  • Kedar Tal Trekking
  • Khatling Trek
  • Kauri Tapovan Trek
  • Kedarnath Vasuki Tal Trek
  • Nanda Devi Trek
  • Panch Kedar Trek
  •  Binsar Trek
  • Panch Chuli Base Camp Trek
  • Sinla Pass Trek
  • Devi Kund-Nag Kund Trek
  • Adi Kailash Trek
  • Milam Glacier Trek
  • Sunderdunga Base Camp Trek
  • Kafni Glacier Trek
  • Pindari Glacier Trek

Best Time of Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas :  The best time for organising trekking trips would be May, June, September and October,November. Some treks which are famous for their seasonal beauty are best presented in Monsoon months of July and August. Though road condition during Monsoon months are not encouraging.

Trekking Altitude : During summers trekking can be done up to 5000 mts while during winters it should be restricted upto around  2000 mts only.

Flaura Fauna on Uttarakhand treks : Most of treks in Uttarakhand are covered with rich variety of Flora and Fauna. Mammals include Barking deer ,Musk Deer, Sambar, Hog andchital,sloth and Himalayan black Bears, Indian grey mongooses, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger, Leopard Cat, Civet Cat. Yellow-throated martens, Himalayan Blue sheep (Bharal ),Langur andrhesus monkeys and Monitor Lizards(Goh).

Butterflies and birds of Uttarakhand region includered Helen (Papilio helenus), Thegreat Eggfly (Hypolimnos bolina),Common tiger (Danaus genutia),pale wanderer (Pareronia avatar),Jungle Babbler,Tawny-bellied Babbler,Great Slaty Woodpecker,Red-breasted Parakeet,Orange-breasted Green Pigeon and Chestnut-winged Cuckoo.

Flora includes Indian oaks(Baanj),Rhododendrons (Burans), andConifers.Shorea robusta (Sal),silk cotton tree (Bombax ciliata),Dalbergia sissoo,Mallotus philippensis,Bauhinia racemosa, andBauhinia variegata.

uttarakhand trek

Some of most popular treks of Uttarakhand Himalayas are :

  • Roopkund Trek
  • Chandrashila Summit Trek
  • Dodi Tal Trek
  • Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan Trek
  • Gangotri-Badrinath
  • Hem Kund SahibTrek
  • Valley  of Flowers
  • Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Kalindikhal Pass Trek
  • Kuari Pass Trek
  • Kedar Tal Trekking
  • Khatling Trek
  • Kauri Tapovan Trek
  • Kedarnath Vasuki Tal Trek
  • Nanda Devi Trek
  • Panch Kedar Trek
  •  Binsar Trek
  • Panch Chuli Base Camp Trek
  • Sinla Pass Trek
  • Devi Kund-Nag Kund Trek
  • Adi Kailash Trek
  • Milam Glacier Trek
  • Sunderdunga Base Camp Trek
  • Kafni Glacier Trek
  • Pindari Glacier Trek

Best Time of Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas :  The best time for organising trekking trips would be May, June, September and October,November. Some treks which are famous for their seasonal beauty are best presented in Monsoon months of July and August. Though road condition during Monsoon months are not encouraging.

Trekking Altitude : During summers trekking can be done up to 5000 mts while during winters it should be restricted upto around  2000 mts only.

Flaura Fauna on Uttarakhand treks : Most of treks in Uttarakhand are covered with rich variety of Flora and Fauna. Mammals include Barking deer ,Musk Deer, Sambar, Hog andchital,sloth and Himalayan black Bears, Indian grey mongooses, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger, Leopard Cat, Civet Cat. Yellow-throated martens, Himalayan Blue sheep (Bharal ),Langur andrhesus monkeys and Monitor Lizards(Goh).

Butterflies and birds of Uttarakhand region includered Helen (Papilio helenus), Thegreat Eggfly (Hypolimnos bolina),Common tiger (Danaus genutia),pale wanderer (Pareronia avatar),Jungle Babbler,Tawny-bellied Babbler,Great Slaty Woodpecker,Red-breasted Parakeet,Orange-breasted Green Pigeon and Chestnut-winged Cuckoo.

Flora includes Indian oaks(Baanj),Rhododendrons (Burans), andConifers.Shorea robusta (Sal),silk cotton tree (Bombax ciliata),Dalbergia sissoo,Mallotus philippensis,Bauhinia racemosa, andBauhinia variegata.

en-route valley of flowers.

Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas

Valley of Flowers trek is sprawled with more than 500 species of higher plants and around 400 different varieties of alpine flowers.

Some Crucial tips : Though trekking is not as formal and technical in nature as we know mountaineering is, but it still needs to be bit organised and some rules and preparations need to be followed religiously, Some of them are pointed down as below:

 Do’s and Don’ts of trekking :-

  • Trek only when you are in proper health.
  • Always trek in a group.
  • Walk slow and at a pace which is comfortable to you.
  • Lift and keep your steps in sync  with breathing. This should minimize getting out of  breath. ( ever saw ‘Palkiwalahs’ at Kedarnath hike.? their rhythmic climbing while carrying pilgrims ‘Palki’ is best example of synch climbing).
  • Walking on the level, place the foot flat, heel first, to obtain a better grip.
  • Walk in zigzags while ascending in a very steep slope.
  • Avoid stepping on loose stones. If not sure first put slight weight on suspecting stone to check first.
  • Avoid overtaking fellow travellers while walking on a narrow trail.
  • Ascending/ descending a steep slope or over loose stones, leave sufficient space between the next person so that any stone rolling down does not hit others below.
  • Do not run down a slope. Flex or bend knee a little while  descending. Dig heels into soft snow or soft ground.
  • Be careful while walking on wet grass, pine needles and wet roots, those could be very slippery.
  • Always carry some water in your water bottle.
  • Shortcuts on a foot trail should be avoided.
  • Respect the sentiments and traditions of the local people.
  • Don’t damage crops by walking through standing harvest while going through the village fields.

Halts and Rests while trekking:

  • Stop about 15 min. after the first start for just a little while.
  • To take rest, lie against a tree trunk or a big stone. Place your legs on any higher place to regulate your blood circulation.
  • Put on warm clothing while taking rest.
  • Do not stop frequently or for prolonged period. Preferably make halts at natural halting points such as, at a scenic point, top of a ridge, or before proceeding on a difficult ascent.
  • As too many halts destroy walking rhythm.

Inventory of Essential items for trekking:

The inventory of essential elements needed most while trekking is as given below. This is apart of personal items and clothing.

  • A small backpack which must be long rather wide.
  • A kit-bag for personal belongings, which will be carried by horses or porters. you must protect the inside of the kit-bag with a plastic bag to save objects inside from getting wet.
  • A good sleeping bag and a ground sheet.
  • A sweater.
  • A fleece jacket.
  • A waterproof  wind jacket and waterproof trousers.
  • Well fitted and used hiking shoes.
  • UV proof Sunglasses and sun cream.
  • Gloves and cap.
  • Frontal lamp or an electric torch.
  • A walking stick.
  • Self-inflating mattress.
  • High energy snacks e.g dry fruits, chocolates, candies etc.
  • Tinned food

First aid kit:

Some medicinal items to carry while Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas,which would be much helpful,are as follows:

Iodine tablets, tincture or crystals for sterilising water, analgesics, anti-diarrhoeal, intestinal disinfectants, Acetazolamide  for acute mountain sickness, Antiseptic, Eye drops,  antiseptics for  Cutaneous infections, skin applications for burn, sunburn, bites or stings. waterproof tape, adhesive pads, cotton swabs and bandages.


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