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10 May 2019 | 4 min read

Explore The Outdoors – 6 Nature Trails That You Must Do This Season

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You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well. – Terri Guillemets

Because hiking, dear friends, is not something you do just for the sake of doing it. You go on a hike if you have a special love for nature and can gaze at unhindered views of the valley for hours. After all, you can truly enjoy a hike {even the most tedious ones} only when you are wholly present and love to discover new trails.

If all these things ring true to you, here is a list of six amazing hiking trails that you can do during these summer months. After all, summers are the best time to head to a mountain top and escape the heat and chaos of the city, isn’t it?

Tip – Packing for a trip to the mountains can be confusing – we have a handy guide here. Also, don’t forget to book your stays online, so that you can travel without any extra stress.

Dodital Trek

From camping by the Dodi Lake to fishing for the Himalayan trout, this trek in Uttarakhand is one of the most underrated yet one of the most beautiful treks you will do in your life.

Perched at an elevation of 3,120 metres above sea level, the lake is also said to have a spiritual background, as it is said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha.

So, if you ever want to go on a hike that not only offers you stunning views but a chance to reconnect with Hindu mythology, this is it.

Difficulty Level – Moderate
Duration – 7-8 days

Rupin Pass

Along every bend of this trek, you will find a surprise waiting for you – usually a vista that is simply too surreal to believe at first sight. But it is all too real when you hike along the Rupin Pass. One of the most difficult yet rewarding treks, it gives you a chance to explore two states over a period of eight days.

The trek starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends in the village of Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. From rocky outcrops to lush green valleys, the trek encompasses a variety of landscapes. Don’t forget your cameras!

Tip – The Kinnaur temple also lies on the route, so make sure you stop there as well.

Difficulty Level – Difficult
Duration – 7-8 days

Roopkund Trek

Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Roopkund Lake is one of the most serene lakes on the hilltop. The entire lake is usually covered in snow but during summers, you will find unusual things on the edge of the lake, namely bones and skeletons {more than 500 in number}. This uncanny occurrence at the lake has not only made this trek popular but also given the lake a popular moniker – The Mystery or Skeletal Lake.

Keeping all these mysterious {and interesting} facts aside, the entire route to the top offers you stunning views of the region and is definitely worth all the effort and time. We highly recommend this one.

Difficulty Level – Moderate
Duration – 6-7 days

Triund Trek

One of the most popular {and moderately easy} treks in Himachal Pradesh, Triund is a 9-km-long trek. If you want to camp under the stars and exemplify your experience of hiking to the top, make sure you carry your own tents. With numerous canteens and tea/Maggi stalls en route, you can stock up on food on your way to the top.

The trek is relatively easy can be attempted by almost everyone. You just need a strong will and good hiking shoes! Plus, keep your camera ready because the view of the oak, deodar and rhododendron forests are Insta-worthy.

Difficulty Level – Pretty Easy
Duration – 3-4 hours

Hemkund and Valley of Flowers

Not just Instagram-worthy, this trek merits a postcard of its own. Situated at an altitude of 3,600 metres above sea level, this trek offers some of the best views you will ever witness in your life. Add to that, during the summer months, the entire region erupts in a riot of colours due to the wide variety of flowers that grow here. Some of the flowers which you can find on the way are Blue Poppy, Geraniums, Brahmakamal and Cobra Lily among others.

The trek is a little daunting and if you want to witness picturesque lakes like Hemkund Sahib, you will have to embark on a 6-7 day journey, which starts from Garhwal region in Uttarakhand.

Difficulty Level – Moderate to difficult
Duration – 12 hours

Bara Bhangal

Not for the faint-hearted, this trek requires a high level of fitness and iron-will, especially if you want to complete the entire trek, which can take up to 12 days. The trek starts at an elevation of 2,000 metres and can go up to 5,000 metres. Before embarking on this strenuous trek, make sure you have hiked other high-altitude treks.

An alpine trek, Bara Bhangal starts from Lama Dugh and goes up till Taintagiri Glacier with numerous points in between.

Difficulty Level – Difficult to Extremely Difficult
Duration – 12-14 days

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