Top 10 Hikes to do in India

India’s landscape boasts all the natural magnificence necessary to provide a hiking experience that caters for the new adventurer to the seasoned explorer. The country is home to the world’s most famous mountain range (the Himalayas) tropical rainforests and hills and valleys that would make Switzerland and Austria green with envy.

 There are four main areas to go hiking in India, three of these are located in the north mingled in and around the Himalayas: Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Further south, where palm trees line the white sandy beaches, is the tropical region of Kerala where you can have a different type of trek.

To be sure no one misses out on India’s world-class trails, we’ve rounded up a list of ten top hikes to help you get started deciding on which enthralling opportunity you will choose. Each suggestion takes into account different difficulty level, altitude, season, duration and offers something unique each time.



Hikes in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Mountain Range

Valley of Flowers

The Valley of Flowers is a National Park in Uttarakhand and rumour has it, the plethora of sweet scented flowers that blanket the vast meadows of this valley have the ability to send visitors into a deep-dream filled sleep. But if you manage to stay awake, this trek will take you through steamy valleys, up rocky terrains and even give you the opportunity to take a dip in the Hemkund Sahib and warm yourself up with hot tea at the Gurdwara.

Altitude: 12,000ft

Duration: 4-6 days

Difficulty: Easy

Season: July to mid-September


Kedarkantha Summit

This trek is not yet so well-known amongst the fast-growing hiking community, so is an ideal destination for the accomplished traveller looking for something different. With every step you take you’ll hear the snow crunching beneath your boots, and you’ll be lucky enough to be staying in some of the prettiest, scenic campsites in the region.

Altitude: 6-000ft to 12,000ft

Duration:6 days


Season: December to April



The main attraction of Roopkund, besides its spotless snowy peaks, is its famous Mystery Lake. The story goes that in 1942 the British forest guard discovered hundreds of frozen skeletons lying at the bottom of this glacial pool of wonder like a bony rug. But don’t let the ghost story deter you, the Roopkund trek grants you a serene but exciting escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and provides sights that extend beyond its mysterious lake.

Altitude: 12,000ft

Duration: 7-9 days


Season:May to October


Hikes in Himachal Pradesh 

Himachal Pradesh Mountain Range

Indrahar Pass 

Indrahar Pass is a popular trek that attracts explorers from across the world. It will take you up rocky peaks and deep into caves located along the trails. This cavernous territory has the ability to unlock the inner adventurer inside you, so is a great one for beginners, and who knows what you could possibly find along the way.

Altitude: 4,324ft

Duration: 5-6 days

Difficulty: Easy

Season: Mid May-October


Hampta Pass

During this trek you will advance through thick pine and oak forests, glistening streams and traditional Hindu villages, untouched by time, but best of all it will lead you to the Chandratal Lake. This beautiful crescent shaped lake is over 2.5km and nestled so neatly in the peaks of the Himalayas that it can only be visited during the three summer months, the rest of the time it lies locked in a coat of ice.

Altitude: 15,500ft

Duration: 12-15 days

Difficulty: Medium

Season:Mid-June to Mid-October


Bara Bhangal 

This is one of the most challenging treks in all of Himachal Pradesh, its alpine terrain and ever changing altitudes will require a high-level of fitness, but the scenery is well worth the climb. Also, a great spot for bird lovers, as there are a huge number of species that call the pine forests their home.

Altitude: 15,500ft

Duration:12 days

Difficulty: Hard

Season: Mid-June to Mid-October


Hikes in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammua and Kashmir Mountain Range with People

Great Lakes Trek

There is no exaggeration in the name of this trek; on this winding journey through the precipitous peaks of Kashmir, prepare to encounter 7 different, gleaming blue pools, guaranteed to take your breath away. Further along your trip you’ll be able to go trout fishing in the Gangabal Lake and view the whole valley from the peak of Gadsar.

Altitude: 13,750ft

Duration: 8 days

Difficulty: Easy

Season: Late May to June and mid-September to mid-October


Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar Trek is one of most admired treks in the Kashmir Valle. You will be led on an exciting journey passing between the two lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, enclosed by the lofty peaks of Kolahi Mountain. The trek is exciting, but the serenity that unexpectedly comes with it, is somewhat eerie but alluring.

Altitude: 13,500ft

Duration: 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Season: July-August


Stok Kangri Summit 

The Stok Kangri Summit trek begins in a frosty desert and involves crossing glaciers, long stretches of climbing and navigating your way up sharp peak. Along the way you’ll be able to see several mountain ranges, including Ladakh, Zanskar and Leh City. But the best part is the journey through the Hemis National Park, where you’re likely to catch a glimpse of the majestic, but sadly endangered, snow leopard.

Altitude: 21,000ft

Duration:9-12 days


Season: June to October


Treks in Kerala

Kerala Mountains India

Chembra Peak Trek

The Chembra in Wayanad is the tallest peak in Kerala and the area is known as Kerala’s very own paradise. Tranquillity is perpetuated from every corner of the peak’s grassy green meadows, and provides a soothing source of peacefulness, especially whilst you’re taking a break by the heart-shaped lake.

Altitude: 6,800ft

Duration: 1-2 days

Difficulty: Easy

Season: September – February 


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