For thrill-seekers, nothing beats trekking. It’s thrilling, enthralling, fascinating, and pulsing. It’s even more entertaining when there are high-altitude treks to complete. The high-altitude treks, the majority of which feature picturesque meadows, offer the chance to see some of the world’s most fascinating scenery. There are many hilly ranges in the world with similar features, but most trekking enthusiasts find comfort in the Indian Himalayan Region.
The Indian Himalayan Region, with its sky-touching snow-capped glaciated peaks and a vibrant mosaic of peoples and cultures, is nature’s pinnacle, offering a variety of high-altitude trekking trails. Some of them even make it to 5960 meters.
Chadar Trekking in Ladakh
This is a popular winter trek as well as the best high-altitude trek. But why is it called Chadar? Is it a specific location? The name comes from the fact that during the winter, the river becomes a blanket (which means Chadar in Hindi) and you must trek through it. The fact that it is still around -20 degrees Celsius adds to the excitement. Isn’t that interesting? The trek begins in Chilling village and proceeds to Zaribago, Deepyokma, Nyarak Village, Nyarakpulu, and finally to Lingshed, a small village. Trek from Lingshed to Tso Mopoaldar via Nyarakpulu, then to Chilling via Tilatdo.
Altitude: 3850 m (12631.2 ft)
Timetable: 9-12 days
Darcha-Padum Trek in Ladakh
The Darcha Padum Trek has something special about it; it’s difficult, but even after numerous cuts and slits, adventurers don’t give up because the views are so promising. You will have the opportunity to visit the Lahaul area as well as all three major regions of Ladakh if you choose this trek. Do you see why it’s so difficult now? In addition to walking on the hill, the trek includes trudging through several high mountains, beautiful valleys, lofty glaciers, and river streams. The trek will take you from Lahaul valley’s Darcha to Padum, passing through Palamo, Zanskar Sumdo, Chuminakpo, Lakong, Purne, and Ichar.
Altitude: 5090 m (16699.48 ft)
Duration: 14-15 days
Kalindikhal Trek in Uttarakhand
Another difficult trek in the Garhwal mountains is the Kalindikhal Trek. This trek will take you from Gangotri to some of the most famous attractions in the region, including Tapovan (4250 m), Nandanvan (4500 m), Vasuki Tal (5300 m), Kalindi The adventure includes everything from trudging through snow glaciers to boulder climbing and river crossings. The trail is also distinctive in that it takes you through half of Garhwal, from the Bhagirathi River valley to the Alaknanda River valley.
Altitude: 5946 meters (19500 ft)
Duration: 18 days
Annapurna Base Camp
The ABC trek is another name for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The trek attracts trekkers from all over the world due to its international fame. You will reach a maximum altitude of 13,549 feet over six trekking days. The Annapurna Base Camp trek trail is stunning. Hiking through the Annapurna Sanctuary exposes you to some of the most stunning flora and fauna on the planet. The breathtaking view of the Annapurna Massif from the base camp almost takes your breath away. Views of Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and Annapurna South are breathtaking. It is a moderately difficult trek.
Altitude: 13,549 feet
Duration: 8 to 9 days
- Trek to Shivling Base Camp in Uttarakhand
Shivling Base Camp Trek is a difficult trek that requires a great deal of skill and perseverance. It is regarded as one of the Garhwal Himalayas’ most spiritual treks. It was discovered by the Tibetan Border Police in 1974, and it is still popular among trekkers today. During your journey, you will be able to see peaks such as Hanuman Tibba (5,370 meters), Bhrigu Parbat (6,000 meters), Bhagirathi I (6,856 meters), Bhagirathi II (6,512 meters), and Bhagirathi III (6,454 meters), as well as Mt. Meru (6,400 meters). The trek also takes in many sacred sites in Uttarakhand, such as Gangotri, Gaumukh, and Vasuki Tal.
The altitude: 5263 meters above sea level (17263 ft)
Duration: 15 days
Auden’s Col Trek in Uttarakhand
Auden’s Col Trek, one of the most difficult treks in the Garhwal mountains, was discovered in 1935 by British Geographical Survey officer John Bicknell Auden. That is how the adventure got its name. The trek is notable for bridging the north-west ridge of Gangotri III, which stands at 6,580 meters, and the east ridge of Join I, which stands at 6465 meters. The trek begins in Gangotri and proceeds to Nala Camp, Rudugaira Base Camp, Basecamp Gangotri Group, and Auden Col Base Camp. Khatling Glacier, Waterfall Camp, Chowki, Masar Tal, Vasuki Tal, and Kedarnath will also be included. It will also include stops at Khatling Glacier, Waterfall Camp, Chowki, Masar Tal, Vasuki Tal, Kedarnath, Gaurikund, Rudraprayag, and Rishikesh.
The altitude: 5490 meters (18011.81 ft)
Duration: 18 days