Dusshera is just around the corner!
And, if you have had enough of burning effigies of Ravana and looking for something different to do in the Dussehra long weekend, go for a trek in the Himalayas. Go to the land where you can fetch the Sanjeevani Booti, the land that rejuvenated an almost dead Laxman, the land that laid the foundation for the victory for Lord Ram!
The monsoon is finally over. So, you can relax about dealing with the frequent showers. Autumn is kicking in which means the sky will be clearer as ever which means that you will get magnificent views of the peaks in every direction.
There are so many options for treks in this long weekend that you will have a hard time making a choice.
Drum rolls for the treks you have been eagerly waiting for this year...
The most sought-after trek in Uttarakhand is back for its second innings of the season. The trek to mystery lake at an altitude of 15,700 ft will take you through India’s biggest and beautiful meadows.
And the mighty views of peaks like Kedarnath and Chaukhamba from the top of Junargali will take your breath away. Even the mysterious skeletons of the lake have something to say.
Running second in the leagues, Rupin will never fail to surprise you with the views changing every day. The temple of Lord Shiva in Sewa is one of its kind. The hanging village of Jhaka offers enthralling views.
Don’t forget the waterfall it is famous for and the infamous legends of the Rupin Pass you should ask for locals around.
And then there are ever popular treks that you can consider until the season lasts. The meadows on Hampta Pass, Beas Kund, and Bhrigu Lake treks are sprawling with colorful flowers and vegetation. The views post monsoon will be clearer as ever. Plus, they are apt for beginners.
The Sholay of treks is a connection between two heavens
where you get to climb 14,000 ft in JUST two days is a trek for millennials.
Coming to the limit-pushers, here are treks for the experienced trekkers and definitely not for the faint hearted:
Because it is less explored, Bali Pass is considered to be a ‘virgin trek’ in the Uttarakhand region. And that makes all the reason to do this trek this long weekend.
Now is the best time to explore the meadows of Debshu, the high altitude alpine lake and the forests of Govind Pashu National Park through which the trail for the trek goes.
Located at the altitude of 4800 m, Vasuki Tal is where you will get to walk over glaciers and camp right by the foot of Mt. Shivling. Vasuki Tal is strictly a business for the experienced trekkers posing great challenges to the mountaineers.
A stepping stone for serious trekkers, Stok Kangri takes you to the highest altitude of 6,152 meters giving you a feel of an expedition. With autumn setting in and skies getting clearer, you might get lucky to spot Kanchenjunga from the top.
The best trans-Himalayan trek you will ever get to do. Pin Parvati Pass connects two different valleys with each other- the lush green Parvati Valley and arid Pin Valley in Spiti. There is a chance you will get to see crevices in this 9-day arduous trek.
Starting from the beautiful Kullu Valley, Chandrakhani Pass is is your best pick from the treks in Himachal region which is easy on your pocket and endurance.
The lovely trail to Chandrakhani Pass goes through coniferous forests and alpine meadows and offers the views of mighty Dhauladhar Ranges, Parvati Valley, and Malana Valley. At this time of the year, the valley looks spectacular.
And in case you were looking at some offbeat options for your Dusshera, then here are a couple of unique expeditions:
In a mood for biking in the mountains? Sign up for Manali Chandratal Cycling. This 5-day cycling takes you through some beautiful routes and off-trails and finally to the crescent shaped lake.
Lift your crossbow of choices and aim at the Himalayan trek you want to go on this long weekend.