17 Treks To Redefine Summer Vacation Goals

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Summer vacations are often visualized with a beach view and martini in hand. But if you are not the beach kind, then there are treks waiting for your footsteps.

Forget air conditioning, and make the best of summers with cold Himalayan winds. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Khaliya Top

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Starting from Munsiyari in Pithoragarh of Uttarakhand, the trek begins with a 10 km stretch to Martoli Thatch. Next day is 6.5 km to Roddkhan, followed by a 5 hour ascend to Tanti. After one more day of trekking, you reach the Munsiyari basecamp. The route is beautifully decorated with rhododendron and pin trees, making for a great scenic trek.

Days: 5

Difficulty: Easy

2. Nag Tibba

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Starting from Panthwari via Mussoorie–Kempty falls near Dehradun, the trek is a 5 km stretch to Camp at Tibba. Next day 2 hour descend back to Panthwari. The route is more like a hike and makes for an easy getaway.

Days: 2

Difficulty: Easy

3. Parashar Lake

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Starting from Baggi via Mandi, the trek is a 7.5 km stretch to Camp at Parashar Lake. Next day 2 hour descend back to Baggi. The route is makes for a scenic hike to a beautifully located lake.

Days: 2

Difficulty: Easy

4. Dayara Bugyal

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Starting from Barsu via Haridwar, the trek begins with a 5 hour stretch to Dayara Bugyal. Next day is 5 hour to Bakaria, followed by exploration of the Bugyal. After one more day of trekking, you reach back to Barsu. The Dayara meadows are considered one of the most beautiful in Uttrakhand and is a sure treat to the senses.

Days: 5

Difficulty: Moderate

5. Brahmatal

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Starting from Lohajung via Kathgodam, the trek begins with a 6 km stretch to Bekaltal. Next day is 7 km to Brahmatal, followed by 5 hours next day to Brahmatal Peak. After one day of descend, you reach back to Lohajung.

Days: 4

Difficulty: Moderate

6. Hampta Pass

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Starting from Jawara via Manali, the trek begins with a pleasant stretch to Balu ka Gera. Next day is ascend to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass, followed by descend next day to Chhatru. You can even take a jeep from Chhatru to witness tha majestic Chandrataal and then head back to Manali.

Days: 5

Difficulty: Moderate

7. Valley of Flowers

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Starting from Govindghat near Haridwar, the trek begins with a 13 km stretch to Ghangria. Next day is 10 km to Valley of Flowers and back. Followed by descend down to Ghangria. The trek also passes through the holy Hemkunt Sahib.

Days: 5

Difficulty: Moderate

8. Chanderkhani Pass

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Starting from Katrain near Kasol, the trek begins with a 5 km stretch to Yogso. Next day is 8 km to Behali via Malana village. Another day of trekking Nagroni followed by climb to Nauya Tapru via Chanderkhani Pass. Descend down to Rumsu Village.

Days: 6

Difficulty: Moderate+

9. Sandakphu

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Starting from Jaubhari, the trek begins with a 11 km stretch to Tonglu. Next day is 13 km to Kalipokhri via Singalila National Park. Another day of trekking leads to Sandakphu followed by a day a long day (20 km) climb to Phalut. Descend down to Gorkhey.

Days: 7

Difficulty: Moderate+

10. Tarsar Marsar

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Starting from Aru via Srinagar, the trek begins with a 10 km stretch to Lidderwat. Next day is 6 km to Shekwas via Singalila National Park. Another day of trekking leads to Tarsar followed by 5 km climb to Marsar. Descend down to Sonamasti.

Days: 7

Difficulty: Moderate+

11. Har Ki Dun

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Starting from Taluka via Sankri, the trek begins with a 8 km stretch to Puaani Garaat. Next day is 7 km to Kalkatiyadhar via Osla Village. Another day of trekking leads to Har Ki Dun followed by descend to Puaani Garaat.

Days: 7

Difficulty: Moderate+

12. Sar Pass

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Starting from Kasol, the trek begins with a 9 km stretch to Grahan. Next day is 9 km to Padri then 9 more kms next day to Ratapani. Another day of trekking leads to Nagaru to Beskari via Sar Pass. Followed by 12 km descend to Bhandak Thatch.

Days: 7

Difficulty: Challenging

13. Great Lakes, Kashmir

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Starting from Sonamarg via Srinagar, the trek begins with a 9 km stretch to Nichnai. Next day is 12 km to Vishnusar Lake then 5 more hours to Gadsar via Kishansar lake and Gadsar Pass. Next day to Satsar. Another day of trekking leads to Gangabal twin lakes. Followed by 11 km descend to Naranag. 

Days: 8

Difficulty: Challenging

14. Rupin Pass

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Starting from Daula via Dehradun, the trek begins with a stretch to Sewa. Next day is climb to Jhaka then to Saruwas thatch. Next day to Dhanderas thatch and Ronti Gadh bia Rupin Pass. Another day of trekking leads to Sangla. 

Days: 8

Difficulty: Challenging 

15. Roopkund

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Starting from Lohajung via Kathgodam, the trek begins with a stretch to Ghaeroli Pata. Next day is climb to Bedni Bugyal then to Patar Nachauni. Next day to Bhagwabhasa and later to Roopkund Lake. Another day of descend leads to Patar Nachauni. 

Days: 7

Difficulty: Challenging

16. Goecha La

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Starting from Yuksom via Bagdogra, the trek begins with a 5.5 hour stretch to Bhakim. Next day is 4 hours to Tshokha, followed by Dzongri in 6 hours next day. Another day of trekking leads to Thansing followed by 2 hours climb to Lamuney and then off to Goecha La. Descend down to Tshokha and Yuksom.

Days: 9

Difficulty: Challenging

17. Pangarchulla

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Starting from Dhak Village via Joshimath, the trek begins with a 7 km stretch to Gulling. Next day is 6 km to Khullara. Another day of trekking leads to Pangarchulla Peak Summit and descent to Khullara camp followed by a descend to Auli via Tali camp & Gorsen Bughyal.

Days: 6

Difficulty: Challenging

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done sandakphu, going to hampta pass next week and others added in bucket list.....:)
Tue 09 06 16, 01:54 · Reply · Report
it takes 10 hours to reach govindghat from haridwar....pls edit it on ur point no. 7
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