Himachal literally means land of snowy mountains is a part of the lower Himalayas and makes India the ultimate trekking destination. As you know summer is approaching and everybody has already started planning to enjoy their summer vacations. What better way is there to spend the summer trekking in Himachal, a perfect region for trekking with a handful of well trodden routes and numerous peaks between 6000 and 7000 meters. Several treks commences from Shimla, Dharmshala, and Dalhousie to numerous destinations.
1. Prashar Lake Trek:
Location: Mandi District
Difficulty level: Easy
This trip is a short weekend getaway, very much recommended to city dwellers who wish to go out on weekend with family or kids. Prashar Lake is also a great place to take children, combining a trek with a visit to Prashar lake, close to the border with Kullu District.
2. Trek to Triund Hill:
Altitude: 9,760 ft
Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
Triund trek is an easy trek and very famous for its picturesque view of the Dhauladhar ranges and the Splendid Beauty of Moon peak-Indera Pass. This trek can be done either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot, from Dharamkot it is just 7 km and traverse Galu Devi temple. From this temple, it takes around 3 hours to reach Triund.
3. Shimla Churdhar Trek :
Altitude: 12,000 ft
Location: Sirmor District
Difficulty level: Medium
Churdhar is the highest peak in outer Himalayan range. The peak is surrounded with a 56 square km forest sanctuary, which makes trekking a pleasant thing. The trek to Churdhar can be done from May till November, when the snow melts and the trails are accessible.
4. Manimahesh Kailash Parikarma Trek:
Altitude: 13,390 ft
Location: Chamba District
Difficulty level: Difficult
The name Manimahesh signifies a jewel (Mani) on Lord Shiva’s crown. Local people says that the moon-rays reflected from the jewel can be seen from Manimahesh Lake on clear full-moon nights (which is a rare occasion). The Manimahesh Trek a pilgrimage trek starting from Lakshminarayan Temple in Chamba and reaches to Manimahesh Lake in Bundhil valley.
The Manimahesh Yatra is a state level fair as per the Himachal Pradesh State Government. Tourism department – Himachal has developed various plans and programs to promote this wonderful event.
5. Shrikhand Mahadev trek :
Altitude: 17150 ft
Location: Kullu District
Difficulty level: Difficult
Shrikhand Mahadev trek is one of the toughest treks in India. It is said that Lord Shiva meditated here and the Pandavas used to visit this peak. The key attraction of this trek is the breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges, you’ll get stunning views of the Parvati valley of Kullu, Jorkandan and Rangrik ranges of Kinnaur.
6. Kinner Kailash Parikarma Trek:
Altitude: 21,325 ft
Location: Kinnaur District
Located in Kinnaur Valley of Himachal Pradesh and should not be confused with Mout Kailash in Tibet. This place is believed to be the home of Lord Shiva from where he regulates the Universe. This trek is one of the toughest treks and best meant for spiritual and adventure passionate.