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Calling All Trekkers! Sign Up For These Winter Treks For Stunning Mountain Views & Rare Flora, Fauna
Calling all trekkers out there! Bengal and the Northeast boast of some beautiful mountain ranges, hill stations, high altitude lakes and lush green valleys with scenic views making it great for trekking and hiking. The winter season is a great time to trek through some of these beautiful routes. So, gather all your trekking gear and sign up for these winter treks this season.
The Ziro or the Talley Valley Trek is one of the most scenic treks in Arunachal Pradesh with meadows, mountains, glaciers, exotic wildlife and dense vegetation. It begins from Zero Valley and ends at this place called Talley Valley, which also boasts of a wildlife sanctuary by the same name. There are hardly any humans around so you get to experience nature and wilderness at its best while interacting with the local tribes. And, if you're lucky enough, you might just catch a glimpse of the rare Clouded Leopard.
You know what the best part about this trek is? You get to spot the world's highest peaks (Kangchenjunga, Kumbhakarna, Pandim, Kabru and Everest) from Sandakphu and also the lesser ones if it's a clear day. It's not too complicated a trek. So, even if you are reasonably healthy, you'll be able to do this trek without any trouble. You can go trekking here all year round but it's a different experience altogether during winters. Begin either from Darjeeling or Manebhanjan and trek through quaint villages, dense and enchanting forests, breathtaking sunsets peeking through snow-clad mountain peaks and beautiful lakes. You get to traverse through the Singalila National Park too where you can catch a glimpse of blooming rhododendrons.
Trek along Buddhist trails and Monpa villages that boast of ancient monasteries, chortens and mani walls. The Sela-Tawang Trek is another beautiful, long and popular trek in Arunachal Pradesh. You get to see the Tawang and Khinme monasteries, Urgeling - where the 6th Dalai Lama was born, Sange Ryabgelling shrine while also passing through streams and valleys dotted with rhododendrons, oak and pine trees as well as rare birds. The trek is done in stages and also uses the motorable road because it's so long. The Gorichen Peak (Arunachal's highest) looks breathtaking from here. The trek also takes you through glacial rivers and pristine lakes.