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The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Kiritika Jyotshi

Last updated: 05-10-2018

Winter + Trekking = Snow + Lot of fun.

If this were a mathematical equation, it would be a perfectly balanced one.

As trekkers, we all know that there are very few options which are left open for us to trek during the winter months on the Himalayas. Deep within us though, we also know that winter treks are the dreamy treks which take you into the Himalayan wonderland. Just you and the peaceful colour white with occasional dashes of green meeting your eye.

There are around 6 to 7 winter treks to choose from. All of them have some uniqueness of their own, but who is the one hero amongst them all? Our team decided to weigh all the options and let the champion stand out.

Like any other award function, we have 6 nominations in this category, each with their own unique highlight, and of course, one winner.

Let the awards begin!

Drumroll, please!!!!

 

Here are our nominations for the best winter treks...

 

 

 

BRAHMATAL TREK

The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Region

Uttarakhand

Max Alt 

3810 M

Trek Distance

21 Kms

Start Point

Lohajung

End Point

Lohajung

Trek Duration

6 Days

Brahmatal trek is one of the most beautiful treks of the country. It is an easy trek where the trekkers get a chance to camp at the beautiful glacial lake of Brahmatal itself.  The trek offers stunning views of the mountain ranges of Uttarakhand. Along with these spectacular views, the treks also has some of the most interesting stories to offer.

This trek can rightly be called Dazzling Lake Trek.

 

 

 

GOECHALA TREK

The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Region

Sikkim

Max Alt 

4600 M

Trek Distance

61 Kms

Start Point

Yuksom

End Point

Yuksom

Trek Duration

9 Days

Goechala trek is the only winter trek that falls under the moderate-difficult category and can be enjoyed by experienced trekkers. The trail of this trek gives the trekkers a chance to put their physical and mental abilities and learnings to test. The flora and fauna found on this trek are very diverse and unmatched in their beauty. The entire trail of this trek is quite picturesque.

This trek is the experienced trekker's paradise

 

 

 

CHADAR TREK

The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Region

Ladakh

Max Alt 

11,150 Feet

Trek Distance

62 Kms

Start Point

Leh

End Point

Leh

Trek Duration 

9 Days

Chadar trek needs no introduction. This trek follows along the Zanskar Gorge and offers breathtaking views. The Chadar trek is one of a kind, considering it is the only trek in which you walk on ice. During the entire trail of this trek, you walk on a relatively flat sheet of ice, dazzlingly white, with no mountain ascents or descents. The sub-zero temperatures are the biggest challenge of this trek.

This trek is the most glamorous trek that the Himalayas have in their bounty.

 

 

 

 

NAG TIBBA TREK

The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Region

Uttarakhand

Max Alt 

3004 m

Trek Distance

19 km

Start Point

Pantwari

End Point

Auntar

Trek Duration 

3 Days

The Nag Tibba trek is perfect for those who have less time on their hands yet want a complete Himalayan trek experience. It can be a perfect weekend plan. The trail of this trek is phenomenal, and there will almost certainly be snow for your inner child to let loose with. You walk through the forests of deodar trees. The flora and fauna on this trail are unmatched, and the diversity will baffle you.

This trek is the most convenient trek.

 

 

 

KUARI PASS TREK

The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Region

Uttarakhand

Max Alt 

3876 M

Trek Distance

30 km

Start Point

Joshimath

End Point

Joshimath

Trek Duration 

5 Days

The Kuari Pass trek is what you could call an "every man's" trek, which is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. It has the most majestic trail, best forest cover, untouched snow, beautiful views, diverse flora, and fauna, isn't crowded, has the best campsites and everything else that you can dream of. Each and every day on this trek is a new surprise.

This trek is the have it all trek of the winter Himalayas.

 

 

 

HAMTA CIRCLE TREK

The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Region

Manali

Max Alt 

11089 Feet

Trek Distance

14 Kms

Start Point

Manali

End Point

Manali

Trek Duration 

4 Days

The Hamta Circle trek is a Himalayan hidden gem. The trail of the trek goes through pristine forests and you find untouched snow all over the trail. The meadows which fall on the trail offer spectacular views of the Hanuman Tibba and other peaks in the Beas Kund region. This trek is a great option for those who want to be on an easy trek yet get the complete learning experience.

This trek is the hidden gem of the Himalayas.

 

 

 

KEDARKANTHA TREK

The Winter Trek Awards - Find out who takes away the trophy!

Region

Uttarakhand

Max Alt 

12,500 Feet

Trek Distance

23 Kms

Start Point

Sankri

End Point

Sankri

Trek Duration 

5 Days

The Kedarkantha trek is one of the most popular winter treks, especially amongst the beginners. The trek towards the summit is generally started at night with the target to see the sunrise from the top. This gives the beginners a chance to experience the style followed on tougher treks. On the trail of Kedarkantha trek, the winter snow sets in by the beginning of December and lasts till the middle of April. As soon as you cross the 10,000 ft mark on the trek, you are most likely to find snow. The beauty of the landscapes only intensifies with the clear snow shining like diamonds scattered all over the ground.

This trek is the beginner's summit.

 

 

All these nominations are special in their own manner. They all are of different difficulty level and one should have a certain level of skill set for each one of them.

 

But, there has to be one winner in this little award show of ours.

Hold your breath, the best winter trek award goes to

 

 

 

 

 

Chadar Trek

It should come as no surprise- there is a reason this is one trek that everyone aspires to do. It finds a place in the bucket list of all trekkers. It is also a very different trek as you walk on a sheet of ice along the frozen Zanskar river.

So, if you are experienced enough and have the confidence, then you must let the Chadar trek become the hero of your travel journal. 

We have chosen our favourite here, now what's yours?

 

 

 

Kiritika Jyotshi

A Computer Engineer by degree but a travel and adventure lover at heart. Sharing my travel experienc Read more

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