Trekking can open your eyes to many beautiful and mysterious wonders that often go unappreciated by tourists. Sure, trekking in snowy mountains in the winter or walking alone on an offbeat path in the burning sun may not be everybody’s idea of a holiday, but it’s often the best way to open one’s senses to a whole new experience. If you enjoy trekking with loved ones and you’re on the lookout for a memorable challenge in the Himalayan range that will astound you from beginning to end, wait till you try these unusual guided trekking tours in India. From the breathtaking scenery to the amazing sights and sounds, each of these three trekking tours has something unique to offer:
Chadar Trek: The Chadar Trek in Ladakh offers a trekker a highly unusual experience of trekking across a frozen river called the Zanskar River which is usually inaccessible during the summer months. This expedition is best enjoyed in the winter although the ice can be relatively thin in many places eventually forcing trekkers to trek through the mountains or walk in ice-cold water. Besides the naturally frozen streams and icicles, Zanskar has a strong influence of Buddhism which is evident in the culture and customs of the people. Don’t forget to visit the monasteries of Karsha and Zangla for some spiritual enlightenment as well.
Stok Kangri Summit: This is the ideal starter expedition for a beginner who does not have much climbing experience and who wishes to see the Himalayas. Besides being one of the most beautiful climbing in Ladakh, trekkers get a first-hand opportunity to visit a number of monasteries and small ethnic villages. Leh which is the capital of Ladakh has many Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic influences which is evident in various sites such as the ancient palaces, markets and even in the culture of the local people. One can view the majestic Zanskar Mountains and get a panoramic view of Tibet as well.
Kalindikhal Trek: If you consider yourself to be a seasoned trekker, then this might just be the kind of challenge you’ve been looking for. This expedition is best conducted in between June to August and passes through the Kalindikhal Pass in the Garhwal Himalayas. Trekking over glaciers, snowfields, dealing with the risk of avalanches particularly at the Kalindi base and being cut off from civilization as we know it are just a few of the challenges that lie in wait. However, this route also gives you an unparalleled close view of the Himalaya mountain range as well.
These guided tours offer you a chance to sample local flavours in Ladakh & Garhwal besides testing your endurance levels at the same time. Trekking in remote picturesque places still remains the best way to recharge your mind and body away from the humdrum of everyday life.
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