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BEST SHORT TREKS IN HIMANCHAL

 

“Surely, the gods live here…” the infamous writer Rudyard Kipling himself described Himachal Pradesh as such. The mesmerizing beauty of this state in North India has captivated many a people time and again. From holy abodes to hamlets, brooks to lakes of lakes, wide green pastures to snow-capped peaks, there is no lack of heavenly serenity here. Himachal Pradesh is known for having the best trekking trails that let’s you quench your wanderlust and to explore the beauty and seek refuge in nature’s arms. Here are the best short treks that will treat your eyes and save your time as well:

 

  1. Beas Kund Trek, Himanchal Pradesh
  • Altitude- 12,500 ft
  • Best time to visit- From Mid May to Mid October months
  • Difficulty level- Moderate

Himachal Pradesh gives the visitors a wonderful, short yet one of most challenging treks which is Beas Kund Trek. It is very popular as a weekend trail in Manali. As you walk along the banks of River Beas, you also enjoy the beautiful views of ranges like Pir Panjal and Dhundi & Bakarthach meadows. As you climb upwards you will arrive at the originating point or source of the River, which is a glacial lake. Beas Kund is called so, because,  according to the it legends it was the bathing site for Rishi Vyas, who is known to be the author of Mahabharata. This is a beginner friendly trek.

 

  1. Prashar Lake Trek
  • Altitude- 8,900 ft
  • Best time to visit- Throughout the year, but Winter is strongly recommended. 
  • Difficulty level- Easy to Moderate

Prashar Lake is surrounded by Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu valley. It is the best-kept secret of the Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. It is a great trek to connect to the local culture. 

It offers a view of Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, and Kinnaur mountain ranges. It is the perfect getaway from your monotonous lifestyle and ventures into the flora and fauna. 

 

  1. Kareri Lake trek
  • Altitude- 10,826 ft
  • Best time to visit- Pre monsoon season and Post monsoon season, the months being May-June and September-October. 
  • Difficulty level- Easy to Moderate

Kareri Lake trek is worth the visit. It is known to be one of the highest altitude lakes in the Indian Himalayan region. The lake is formed by flow of melted waters of the Mankiani Peak. The lake is the base from where one goes further towards the Dhauladhar range and Minkani Pass. The trek passes takes you along streams and lush green meadows giving a mesmerizing view. The lake originates from Mcleodganj town and leads you to Kareri village, and takes you through some amazing places along the way. This has always been there on the top of trekker’s list. 

 

  1. Triund Trek
  • Altitude- 9,760 ft
  • Best time to visit- Post monsoon season
  • Difficulty level- Easy

Triund Trek is one of the most popular weekend treks. It is considered as the easiest Himalayan trek and you can do this on your own. It is filled with breathtaking views of the Kangra valley and the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges. The base village for this trek is Dharamkot.  Triund is the ideal destination for those seeking a easy yet beautiful trekking in the Himalayas. The trek can easily be during weekends. The trail to Triund is short but not to mention steep. You will, however, forget about the steep ascent because of the refreshing walks surrounded by rhododendron and oak trees. There are also various birds in the forests along the trail which will be a true delight for birdwatchers. As it is an easy trek and is easily accessible and therefore, there is crowding on top during the weekends or during holidays. It is more advisable to enjoy this trek on weekdays. This trek is a treat for all adventurers and does not disappoint anyone. 

 

  1. Bhagsu Nag Trek
  • Altitude- 7,000 ft
  • Best time to visit- Summer season
  • Difficulty level- Easy

Bhagsu Nag is a small village located in McLeodganj and is popular for the mesmerizing waterfalls of the very same name. The trail is very popular among trekkers of all ages who visit McLeodganj or Dharamshala, especially during the summers. The village and the falls get their name from a famous local legend which revolves around a battle between King Bhagsu and Naga Devta, the Snake God. The trek to the Bhagsu Nag is a easy one, and is filled with small cafes and handicraft shops for your enjoyment. After you reach the top, get your photographs clicked and sit and enjoy the view from up here, then you can come down following the same trail.

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