Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh
The Markha valley is about 5200 feet above sea level and covers around 65 km. Markha Valley stands to be the largest valley in the Ladakh region. It is a moderate to difficult trekking experience. During this trekking you get a chance to pass through two cardinal Passes namely, Kongmaru La and Ganda La. Leh being the starting point for this trekking, you get to experience the wonders of Sara, Skiu, Chilling, Nimaling, and Hankar. This trek almost completes in 10 days within which you will be transverse through a tiny hamlet and also be surprised by the glances of the old temples, ruined forts, and preserved monasteries. The trekker also gets a chance to experience the beautiful Ladakh range and the Karakoram Range which is almost infinite. Some other motivations for the trekkers are the Kang Yatse peak, K2 mountain, and Stok Kangri. July to mid-September are the most recommended months to go on trekking to this place.
Hampta pass trek is an easy trek which is popular as the trek covers a distance of 35 km with an altitude of 4400 meters being the highest. The trek begins from a village in Kullu Valley called the Hampta and finishes up at Chatri in the valleys of Spiti and Lahaul. The Hampta pass trek is an ideal trek for beginners for a first-time high-altitude trekking experience. Trekkers get to walk through thick forests, the avifauna of the Himalayas, snow-capped valleys, crystal clear water bodies, and the flora meadows and end up walking through the barren Lahaul – Spiti lands, which are all an unforgettable and amazing view and experience. June to Mid November is the most recommended month to visit this place. The Hampta pass trek will take you to the valley of wildflowers, rock walls and water streams.
Rupin pass trek is a challenging trek Garhwal region will ever have, which is a combination of both the best as well as difficult. The Rupin pass trek takes almost 7 days to complete with 15,250 feet being its maximum altitude. Starting at Dhaula of the Uttarakhand region and ending at Sangla of the Himachal Pradesh covering a distance of almost 52 km. This trek is also a combination of challenges and awesome views. Photography would feel like heaven here. As it also involves walking through different kinds of meadow, waterfalls, terrains – rugged, snow and the hanging village it is recommended that only people above the age of 14 are encouraged to do so. The best trekking months are considered to be May – June, and September – October.
Yuksom is the starting and ending point of this trek covering a distance of about 21 km and 15,000 being the highest altitude. For people with a limited time period but who want to experience the wonders of the Himalayas, the Dzongri trek is the best. It also takes you through Mount Kanchenjunga, Saachen, Kanchenjunga National Park, Bakkhim, Dzongri La peak, Tshokha, different waterfalls, red and white rhododendron flowers, and the hanging bridge. The best time for trekking to these places is during the months of April – June and also during October – December.
Udhewadi being the base camp for this trek which covers a distance of 14 km having 3000 feet of altitude. The Rajmachi trek is an easy trek and the trails are well marked by which beginners can also take up this trek. This trek takes you through the Manaranjan forts, Shrivardhan forts, and also along the awesome scenes of the valley. Even the fort that was built in the 17th century by the great Shivaji, the Rajmachi fort is also located in this location. You get to trek through waterfalls, temples, thick forests on both sides, and importantly the ancient Buddhist caves which are still preserved here. You can take two routes to complete this trekking, either by Karjat or by Lonavala. Lonavala is about 15 km away from the Rajmachi trekking spot. Preferably June – September is the best trekking month.
The Sandakphu trek is at an altitude of 11,500 feet above sea level which covers a distance of 45 km, in and around 8 – 9 days. This spot is said to be the highest point in West Bengal. This place is known as ” Trekkers Wonderland ” and has amazing views of the Kanchenjunga peak, Mount Everest, Makali peak, and the Lhotse peak. One of the main attractions of this place is the Black Pond or in another name called Kalapokhri, which the Buddhists consider to be their Holy water. Trekking through the ferns, magnolias, and orchids are the main highlights of this spot. Trekkers pass through a valley called the Poison Valley where the Aconite flower grows which is considered to be the most p