5 Of North India’s Best Trekking Spots
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5 Of North India’s Best Trekking Spots

  • Highlights

  • If you’re an experienced trekker, pick the Chadar trek

  • For a one-of-a-kind experience, trek in Kashmir

  • If you’re a beginner, try the Bhrigu lake trek

  • Purchase trekking cover via Bajaj Finserv to insure your trip for just Rs.699

North India is home to arguably some of most beautiful places in the country. Right from the Himalayan ranges to picturesque grasslands, tranquil lakes, mesmerising slopes as well as gushing rivers, the region is a trekker’s delight. If you are an avid trekker, here are the top 5 places you should add to your must-visit list.

Chadar trek

During the winter, the Zanskar River in the Ladakh region freezes, which gives the impression of a long snowy sheet, the Hindi word for which is chadar. This is an extremely daunting yet satisfying trek as there’s so much on offer. It has canyons running along the river, freezing temperatures that can go as low as -25 to -35 degrees, and the chance to camp at night in a cave. However, this 100km trek is for seasoned experts. You will have to navigate slippery icy patches, and rocks and boulders too, so be sure to carry plenty of warm clothes, a sleeping bag and sturdy shoes.

Chandratal Lake trek

At 4,300m above sea level, this trek offers great contrast with its deep valleys and snow-capped mountains. Start your trek in Manali, and traverse the trails spread across the Moulkila and Chandrabhaga regions. The highlight of this trek however, is the lake itself. Not only does it find prominence in the Mahabharat, it also changes colour all through the day, from a resplendent green to bright hues of red and orange. The best time to visit this region is from June to October.

Bhrigu Lake trek

Located in Himachal Pradesh, this is a great trek for novices. In fact, meeting the locals, and soaking in the surroundings is an important part of this experience as well. Along the way, you will pass several apple orchards, green meadows and beautiful streams, making this trek one for the books.

Great Lakes trek

This Kashmiri trek feels like a piece of poetry set in motion. You can experience the exquisite sight of Vishnusar and Kishansar lakes, and make a stop to take in the towering mountains that surround them. Other lakes that are a part of this trek include Gadsar, Satsar, Nundkol and Gangbal lakes. For the perfect experience, make sure you work camping by the lakeside and fishing into your itinerary.

Dodital Trek

To take in picture-perfect landscapes, consider this trek. With mountains swathed in snow, streams running through, Alpine trees and a riot of colourful flowers, there’s so much to see everywhere you look. The trek usually starts from the Bhagirathi Valley and ends at Darwa Top, at an elevation of around 4,0200m.

While these treks are just a few of the many you can sign up for, remember no matter where you go, buying trekking insurance cover is an absolute must. Travel Safe Advantage policy, brought to you by Bajaj Finserv, is an excellent option to consider. In case you are stranded, you can avail up to Rs.1 lakh within India for travel and stay expenses. In addition, enjoy complimentary insurance against baggage loss, bounced hotel bookings, etc. up to Rs.3 lakh, all for just Rs.699 a year. So, ensure that when you pack your backpack with all the essentials, trekking insurance is part of your to-do list. It’s just as important as a tube of insect repellent or a headlight!

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