Five Himalayan treks for beginners
You might not have been on a trek before, but you have seen those awe-inspiring photographs in your news feed. The challenges in preparing an itinerary, packing the essentials and managing leaves for everyone in your close friend circle could be more daunting. Therefore, we have prepared a list of Himalayan treks for beginners that won’t cost you much time, money and can be done without any guide.
1. Prashar Lake Trek – The pristine Himalayan lake near Mandi
Prashar Lake is a Himalayan lake with a temple dedicated to Prashar Rishi. This beautiful lake is surrounded by the views of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges. The trek starts from Baggi village near Mandi and gets done within 3-4hours and takes you to an altitude of 8,900 ft. Also, there is a grass patch on the lake that keeps changing its position. There is also a road which leads directly to the lake in case you want to skip the trek.
Accomodation – Tents are available on rent at cafes near the temple.
2. Triund trek – Get on that mountain ridge near Dharamshala
There isn’t an easier way to trek to a place and see the mighty Dhauladhar ranges so close to your eyes. Triund is an easy 9 Km trek from Mcleodganj near Dharamshala. The trek can be approached through Galu Devi temple from where it is only 6 Km long. Also, there is an alternate initial route from Bhagsu Nag that is more steep. Then trekking further one reaches the Magic cafe, located at the midpoint of the route starting from Galu Devi temple. Then the last 1 Km of the trek has 22 curves before you finally reach Triund at 9,350 ft. There are several chai shops along the route that offer refreshments. Despite halts at these points the entire trek can be done within 3-4 hours.
Accomodation – Cafes on the ridge would provide tents and food.
3. Trek to Chandrashila – the Highest Shiva temple
Chopta is a tiny hill station in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 8,790 ft. and the starting point of Chandrashila trek (popularly known as Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek). Chopta has beautiful meadows and the trek leads you through Tungnath temple, the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be 1,000 years old. Then trekking further from there takes you to Chandrashila peak over 13,000 ft. and it welcomes you with enthralling views of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar and Chaukhamba peaks.
Accomodation – A guesthouse right at the entry point of Tungnath
4. Kheerganga Trek in the Parvati valley
Trekking in Parvati valley is invigorating. The valley is picturesque, has several tiny villages and it offers you a chance to learn about their culture. The Kheerganga trek begins from Barshaini near Kasol. The 12 Km trek route has sparkling waterfalls. Also, the end of this trek greets you with an option to rejuvenate in the natural hot water spring.
5. Rasol – Yes, Not Kasol but Rasol
This is a short but wonderful trek to a small village in Parvati valley. It can be started from the village of Chalal near Kasol. The 8 km long Rashol trek takes about 3 hrs to reach the village. It offers a wonderful valley view from the village. You would find numerous cafes in the village where you can relax with a wonderful view. Also, there are a couple of cafes along the way to rest and re-energize you to reach the village.