Best 5 winter treks for beginners

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

The most magical time of the year is about to arrive and the adventurer inside us cannot wait anymore to pack our bags and move out to the arms of nature. We cannot wait anymore to see the snow-clad mountains, the frozen water streams, the feeling of the freezing cold breeze which tingles on the skin, the snowfalls, and other such serene views of nature that can heal any soul and mind. Treks in winter have their own sets of thrill and experiences to the gift which we cannot afford in any other season. The struggle to live and survive amidst the mountains and glaciers with the dynamic weather feels like an exclusive experience every time. The states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand is most famous among the trekkers as it provides an ample number of flexible trek routes for all age groups at all difficulty levels.


If you have never been into any treks and looking for a trek for beginner level with spectacular landscapes and snow-clad mountains then you must go through the list provided below and help yourself out to choose the best trek and have an amazing experience with nature.


Here are 5 ideal winter treks for beginners in India-

  1. Kheerganga Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  2. Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh

  3. Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand

  4. Triund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  5. Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand




1. Kheerganga Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Kheerganga in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular treks in the valleys providing majestic landscapes of the mountains surrounding it. This valley is the jewel among all other treks in Kasol. One reason why Kasol and Kheerganga Trek is so popular is its almost year-round accessibility. Apart from a few weeks of the peak winter season, Kheerganga is accessible most of the year. During monsoons, the Kheerganga trek does become difficult but is opened for experienced and confident trekkers. This trek is a perfect weekend gateway for trekkers or travelers looking for a quick refreshment and then get back to the normal life. The best time for the trek is April to November.


Trek duration- 2-3 Days

Location- Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Altitude- 2960m

Difficulty level - Easy


2. Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Prashar Lake is a blue water lake surrounded by the Dhaluadhar ranges in Kullu valley. It is situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The trail passes through beautiful forests and several rivulets. It is also best for those who want to know the village life and get in touch with the locals because the trail passes through many small villages. The trek offers a 180-degree view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, and Kinnaur mountain ranges. The local temple situated just beside the Prashar lake goes perfectly with the landscape when the valley is covered with snow.


Trek duration- 2-3 Days

Location- Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Altitude- 2700m

Difficulty level- Easy to Moderate


3. Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand

Dayara Bugyal can be the perfect start for beginners. This region receives heavy snowfall during peak winters. The beauty of the entire trail lies among the dense forest which has alpine meadows spread all over and the snow spread all over on the green vast lands can be soothing to the eyes. It is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The panoramic views of the Dayara Bugyal from the Himalayas is breathtaking. Each and every campsite on the trail of this trek is extremely beautiful and scenic. The best time for the trek is December to January where one can experience snowfall.


Trek duration- 5-7 Days.

Location- Raithal village, Uttarakhand

Altitude- 3650m

Difficulty level- Easy


4. Triund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Weekend gateways to the mountains are always refreshing especially if you are someone from the busy states. It is a serene and alluring trekking destination. Triund trek is the crown jewel at Dharamshala. The trek starts from Mcleodganj near Dharamshala which is the place where Dalai Lama stayed during the exile. This place gives a majestic view of the Dhuladhar mountains on one side and Kangra valley on the other side. Triund is accessible in all the seasons, in fact, it looks wonderful when covered with a blanket of snow.


Trek duration- 2-3 Days

Location- Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh

Altitude- 2850m

Difficulty level- Easy


5. Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha Trek is popular among the first time trekkers and is considered among the easy to moderate trek routes. The trek starts from a beautiful village named Sankri which is around 10hrs drive from Dehradun. The most fascinating part about this trek is the summit. The summit climb of this trek is such a great experience to have, it gives a sense of accomplishment after days of walk and struggle in the mountains. The view just after the climb is so rewarding that it can let anyone forget the hardship faced while climbing it. The climb is not easy, the entire stretch is steadily steep. As you get closer to the summit, it gets tricky as well. But the big mountains of the upper Himalayas keep you company until you finally reach the summit.


Trek duration- 6-7 Days

Location- Sankri, Uttarakhand

Altitude- 3810m

Difficulty level- Easy to Moderate



So what are you waiting for? Who are you waiting for? Stop making excuses, pack your bags, and travel to these places and get yourself an amazing lifetime memory to cherish forever.


Happy Trekking ;)


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