If you are an adventure junkie and trekking in India is on your bucket list, I have a month-wise plan for you.
My plan is all about best treks in India and this ambitious calendar is something you can all draw inspiration from.
With decent fitness and an enthusiastic willpower, here's how to make the coming year a 12-month-long adventure in which you can go for some of the best treks in India.
A trek calendar for 2020.
Trekking in India in January: Brahmatal Trek
Brahmatal Trek Details: This 6-day long trek is one of the very few treks in India open during winters and hence is a coveted route for this season. For first-timers, this is the best beginners' trek that you can start your year with. The absence of haze during the winter season opens before trekkers the wide surreal views of the snow-covered meadows of the bugyals (meadows) of Garhwal and the mighty peaks around the route rising as high as 7,000ft.
Region/Difficulty/Highest Altitude: Uttarkhand / Moderate / 11,000ft
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Trekking in India in February: Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Sandakphu Trek Details: The Sandakphu trail wastes very little time in taking you closest to the views of the stunning Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. You walk parallel to the mighty Himalayan family, featuring Mt Makalu and Mt Lhotse, 4th and 5th highest peak in the world respectively. On the third day, trekkers cross Kalipokhri, the black pond, which is yet another highlight of this trail.
One of the best treks in India, Sandakphu is also seen as a prep trek for the more difficult Goachala trek in the same region that awaits you later in the year.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: West Bengal/ Moderate/ 11,929 ft
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Trekking in India in March: Deoriatal-Chandrashila Peak Trek
Deoriatal Trek Details: The Deoriatal-Chandrashila route can be an incredible learning experience for first-timers. The climb to the summit can be an introduction to technical climbing on snow. The highlights of this stunning trail are the surreal campsites dotting the route. At Deoriatal, trekkers camp beside the sparkling oval lake, with stunning views of the Chaukhamba and Kedar Dome. The summits you witness on this trek in Uttarakhand are some of the tallest peaks in India.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Uttarakhand/ Easy / 12,083ft
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Trekking in India in April: Goechala Trek
Goechala Trek Details: The trail takes you straight into the lap of Kanchenjunga and to achieve this feat, trekkers require more than just optimum level of fitness. A high-altitude trekking experience is required since the trek continues for 8 long days, where sometimes trekkers are required to walk for long hours. But seeing the stunning views of 14 Himalayan peaks along the way, makes it one of the best treks in India.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Sikkim/ Difficult/ 16,272ft
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Trekking in India in May: Rupin Pass Trek
Rupin Pass Trek Details: This 9-day long trek is a treat for nature lovers, as the trail passes through snow-covered meadows, the gushing Rupin river, countless waterfalls and fir forest cover. The Rupin Pass trek culminates at the three stage waterfall of Rupin. The trek is suited to experienced trekkers since the altitude is gained gradually but by the end of the trek you stand at 15,272 ft.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Himachal Pradesh/ Difficult/ 15,272 ft
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Trekking in India in June: Buran Ghati Trek
Buran Ghati Trek Details: The route takes you on a magical trail with a play of colours in the landscape you witness. The yellow seasonal flowers on a major stretch of the way, give it a touch of exceptional beauty. Technical difficulties such as climbing a 400m vertical ice wall and walking along the edge of the river is something that will excite even experienced trekkers.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Himachal Pradesh / Moderate-Difficult / 15,000ft
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Trekking in India in July: Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass Trek Details: The dramatic changes in the scenery along the route to Hampta Pass make it a special adventure. Entering the vast Himalayan desert in the Lahaul Valley and walking along the fjord of Balu ka Gera leaves a long-lasting impression on trekkers. A drive to Chandrataal at the end of the trek can be an additional bucketlist goal.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Himachal Pradesh / Moderate-difficult / 14,035ft
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Trekking in India in August: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Details: Taking you through 7 high-altitude lakes, this trek that starts from Sonamarg is indeed a spectacle to experience. Trekkers are required to cross 3 high passes and this can be an ultimate challenge to a trekker's fitness. The shades of blue in the sky and pristine landscape along the way makes it a 8-day long extravaganza unfolding slowly as you walk ahead each day.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Kashmir/ Moderate-Difficult/ 13,750ft
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Trekking in India in September: Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Details: The Pin Bhabha Pass is a trek for seasoned trekkers that takes you to a high altitude of 16,105 ft while crossing over Pin and Bhabha Valleys. The tireless effort of trekkers gives them the opportunity to experience the panoramic views of the valleys. The trail that starts from the grasslands of Kinnaur continues to the Himalayan desert of Spiti and this landscape shift is truly one of its kind.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Himachal Pradesh/ Moderate-Difficult/ 16,105ft
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Trekking in India in October: Roopkund Trek
Roopkund Trek Details: One of the most popular treks in the Himalayas, Roopkund is also known as the skeleton lake trek. The trail is perfect for you if you wish to get a whole package of landscape variety during your trek. Trekkers walk through the meadows of Ali Bugyal, thick forests and snow-covered slopes, all of this in one trail leading you to a altitude as high as 15,750ft.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Uttarakhand / Moderate-Difficult/ 15,750 ft
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Trekking in India in November: Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari Pass Trek Details: With winters knocking at your door, November can be dedicated to a trek for an unparalleled experience. The trekkers on the trail come face to face with Mt Nanda Devi that stands tall before them. The thrill doesn't end there, as on this route every high altitude summit of the Garhwal ranges unfolds itself one by one. For lovers of the mountains, the changing shades of forest cover is a sight to die for.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Uttarakhand/ Moderate/ 12,516 ft
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Trekking in India in December: Kedarkantha Trek
Kedarkantha Trek Details: Say goodbye to the year with the most beautiful snow trek in the Himalayas. The 6-day long trek is best known for the campsites. The campsite at Juda Ka Talab is set up in the clearing near deep pine forests and the basecamp is out in the meadows. This trek is also seen as a perfect first snow trek.
Region/ Difficulty/ Highest Altitude: Uttarakhand/ Easy - Moderate/ 12,500 ft
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Trekking in India can be the new adventure and passion that can make 2017 a special year for you.
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