Sandakphu To Ladakh: Kolkatans, Get Ready To Tough It Out At These Summer Treks

Tanya posted on 20 April

Summer is in and so are long, long vacations. And so is the time to start planning for a trek now across the country. From the mighty peaks of Sandakphu {shared between Nepal and West Bengal} to the picturesque landscape of Ladakh, we have rounded up some cool summer treks and trails. Because being Kolkatans we know trekking is a way of life. So, if you’re above 10, or want to prove age is just a number, pack your bags (please, not a fanny pack), and get going now!

Roopkund

India is land to a whopping number of treks, and the Roopkund trek is a must-do — teeming with you-will- never-find- your-way- out-of- these forests, never-ending meadows, and gurgling brooks that will probably inspire a few more Tennysons. Venture on this trail to spot the Roopkund Lake and Mt. Trishul, and camp at some of the most beautiful of sites in the country. The highest altitude you will reach is 15,750 ft. and the trek is only moderately difficult, so even if Physical Education was never your favourite subject, don’t hesitate to go for this!

The trek covers Loharganj, Ghairoli Patal, Bedini Bugyal, Bhagwabasa, Roopkund Lake, and Junargali, which you will be able to cover on an average of 8-9 days, travelling included. The best time to do this trek is May and June, or September and October. And all of this can be done with INR 10,950.

Check out the trek details here.

Tourist Attractions

Uttarakhand

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    Sar Pass

    Another awesome trek in the Himalayas is this trail to a height of 14,000 ft (okay, 13,799 ft to be exact, but I’m only exaggerating so you decide to have the best time of your life!), and is absolutely apt for anybody just starting the climb in this whole trekking business. And speaking of exaggerations, so this “pass” isn’t actually a mountain pass and more of a ridge crossing — but don’t you let that stop you! You might even be lucky enough to experience a snowfall if you go in the month of May! You can cover this trek in a total of eight days, for INR 6,999 only.

    The Parvati Valley in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh offers the best views of snowcapped mountains and thrilling waterfalls, and Kasol, the beginning location of this trek, is in itself a most ideal location for just chilling with your bros for a few days, especially owing to its cheap food and budget stays.

    Find out more about it here.

     

    Tourist Attractions

    Khir Ganga, Himachal Pradesh

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      Sandakhpu

      You know what’s damn cool? Spotting a mountain peak. You know what’s 10 times cooler? Spotting more than 10 peaks — the Kanchenjunga included – in the course of the same trek! And the best part? You can begin this trek at our very own Darjeeling. A trekking route of approximately 53 kms, it covers Tumling, Kalipokhri, Sandakphu, Gurdum, and Rimbik. Pack up for eight days and seven nights and enjoy this awesomeness for INR 6,615 only. And May is the best time to visit this green trek, so relieve yourself of the heat in the city and head over to the mountains already.

      Check it out here.

      Tourist Attractions

      Sandakphu, West Bengal

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        Sham Region

        No trekking bucket list is complete without a trip to Ladakh — and we’ve picked one that is especially safe for your girl gang! Get a whiff of the Ladakhi culture and unwind at the Likir monastery. A short trek of 4-5 days only, the Sham Trek is open all-year round, but is especially awesome during the summer-monsoon season. This moderately easy trek covers Likir, Ang, and Temisgang, and gives you a peek of the village life. And word says you might even get the chance to dress up as a Ladakhi village woman yourself!

        Find out more here.

        Other

        Jammu & Kashmir

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          Chimmini, Thrissur

          If waterfalls and mountains are not reward enough for you (understandable, trekking is tough, man}, then maybe wildlife and birds will be! The Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary is legit bustling with animals like elephants, sambars, gaurs, sloths, and lions and tigers, and is only a two-hour drive from Kochi in Kerala. There are also over 160 species of birds to be spotted here. Summer and monsoon are also the best seasons to visit this place — so don’t forget to pack an umbrella. Complete this trek in a day and also head out to see the rest of God’s Own Country — Munnar, Aleppey, and Kovalam, are just a few of the many options.

          Find out more here.

          National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

          Chimmini Dam Road, Distt. Thrissur, Pariyaram, Kerala

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