Winter treks in Himachal
Himachal is completely different during the winters. The same clearly marked trails are likely to be covered in snow, temperatures drop below the freezing point and a speckless white snowfield makes every trek worth pursuing despite the harsh weather. Here are 5 winter treks in Himachal that you should not miss:
1). Triund Trek
It is quite a popular trekking spot for the beginners who are looking for an easy trek. Triund is a camping spot for the Indrahar Pass trek and is quite crowded all around the year. The trails in this trek take you to dense deodar forests and are well marked. The trek can be completed in less than 5 hrs! The view of Dhauladhar range is captivating.
MUST DO: Camp overnight and experience the view of valleys and mountains under a starry night.
2). Prashar Lake Trek
The Prashar lake trek is apt for someone who is equally inquisitive about the cultural ethos of this place. The temple of Rishi Prashar is right beside the lake which is often covered with snow. It is circumambient by Dhauladhar ranges. It also has 180-degree view of Pir Panjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges. It has trails ascending into oak forests and local villages. This trek can be detoured in 2 days with a minimal budget for such an astounding trek.
MUST DO: Explore the culture and local places, also know about the tales of Rishi Prashar from the priests of the temple.
3). Rasol Trek
Rasol trek is best for a person who is looking for a day’s break from his/her busy schedule. The trek begins from Kasol and the only option to reach Rasol is to hike. Rasol is a small village which is very less populated and elated at an altitude of 10000ft. The village is evident most of the time while striding. The lanes that ascend to Rasol have rocks that mention ‘magic Rasol’ which directs you to the best way to this village. Allocated in Parvati Valley, Rasol is the best place to connect to the local villagers. Marching while daytime on the lanes to Rasol you will find local men playing Panjee which is a rare game and played only in Rasol. The trek involves hiking for 5-7 hours and can be accomplished easily in a day.
MUST DO: Experience the stay at a local hutment in the village of Rasol and try local cuisines.
4). Kheerganga Trek
Kheerganga is the most famous trek around Kasol. A 4-5 hrs hike takes you to hot water spring located at 13,000 ft. Kheerganga. It’s well suited for beginners and remains accessible almost throughout the year. Recent bans on permanent structures have reduced the crowd a little bit, although camping is possible on the top with prior permission of the Forest department.
MUST DO: Take a holy dip in the Parvati kund and energize your body after a tiring hike.
5). Kareri Lake Trek
The Kareri lake which is a glacial lake at an altitude of 9613ft. is a moderate and challenging trek of 2-3 days. The trails of Kareri trek is slippery. The hike begins from Ghera to Kareri village which is quite popular amongst the localites in Dharmsala. A number of waterfalls and other water sources are present which ensures the availability of drinking water. Deodar forests and grasslands that have pine trees make the scenario exquisite and stupendous. The kareri lake is a glacial lake which can be reached within 5-6 hours from Reoti village by hiking. It has numerous campsites with the wonderful view of valleys. The pleasant ambience and rocky grasslands add this trek into the bag of a travelers essentials!
MUST DO: Camp near the water springs and experience the tranquility of water under a starry night!