Winter is here and a perfect time to head to Himachal and Uttarakhand for your next winter trek with your friends. Himalayan range in India got beautiful treks but these treks totally change in winters with the snowfall.

If you have never been on a winter trek with snow under your feet and don't want to go for a difficult snow trek on your first time, then this article will surely help you to choose your first winter trek. We have compared these winter treks in India based on the region of the trek, trek duration, difficulty level of the trek, highest altitude while you are in trek and highlights of the trek that you shouldn't miss on your trip.

Here are 7 ideal winter treks for beginners in India:

  1. Triund Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  2. Kuari Pass Winter Trek, Uttarakhand

  3. Bijli Mahadev Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  4. Prashar Lake Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  5. Chandrashila Winter Trek, Uttarakhand

  6. Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek, Uttarakhand

  7. Kedarkantha Winter Trek, Uttarakhand

1. Triund Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Triund Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh
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Triund Trek is considered one of the easiest and shortest winter treks in India. You can start this easy trek from McLeodganj and easily do the trek and comback on the same day. Another reason why it is preferred by beginners is the facilities you can get at the camping location as you don't have to carry everything with you. You can get food as well as tents at the camping site.

Triund Trek Base Camp Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Triund Trek Duration: 1-2 Days

Triund Trek Total Length: 18 km round trip

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy

Trek Altitude: 2800 meters

The temperature at Triund in winter: Daytime: 18 to 20 degree Celsius - Night time: -2 to 0 degree Celsius

Trek Route: Naddi -> Bhagsu/Dharamkot -> Triund

Trek Highlights: Dhauladhar mountain range, forest trails and evening sky from Triund hilltop.

Complete Triund Trek Itinerary: Mountains Calling - Delhi to Dharamshala, Mcleodganj and Triund Hills

2. Kuari Pass Winter Trek, Uttarakhand 

Kuari Pass Winter Trek, Uttarakhand
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Trek base Camp Location: Joshimath, Uttarakhand

Trek Duration: 6 Days

Trek Total Length: 30 Kms round trip

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Trek Altitude: 3876 meters

The temperature at Kuari Pass in winter: Daytime: 13 to 18 degree Celsius - Night time: -5 to -2 degree Celsius

Trek Route: Joshimath -> Dhak -> Chitrakantha -> Tali Top -> Kuari Pass

Trek Highlights: Sunrise with the first light on the mountains, sunset that makes mountains change colors every minute, amazing view of mountain ranges like Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi and Kamet.

3. Bijli Mahadev Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Bijli Mahadev Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh
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Trek base Camp Location: Chansari, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Trek Duration: 1-2 Days

Trek Total Length: 6-8 Kms round trip

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy

Trek Altitude: 2450 meters

The temperature at Bijli Mahadev in winter: Daytime: 12 to 15 degree Celsius - Night time: 2 to 5 degree Celsius

Trek Highlights: Bijli Mahadev temple and the view of snow-capped mountains around it.

4. Prashar Lake Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Prashar Lake Winter Trek, Himachal Pradesh
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Trek base Camp Location: Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Trek Duration: 2-3 Days

Trek Total Length: 8 Km

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Trek Altitude: 2700 meters

The temperature at Prashar Lake in winter: Daytime: 15 to 20 degree Celsius - Night time: -5 to -2 degree Celsius

Trek Highlights: When you start the trek from Baggi Village your highlight of the trek will be the Prashar Lake itself and the mesmerizing snow view around the lake in winter.

Complete Triund Trek Itinerary: Prashar Lake, A Winter Snow Trek

5. Chandrashila Winter Trek, Uttarakhand

Chandrashila Winter Trek, Uttarakhand
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Trek base Camp Location: Sari Village

Trek Duration: 4-5 Days

Trek Total Length: 8 Km

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Trek Altitude: 3600 meters

The temperature at Chandrashila Trek in winter: Daytime: 8 to 15 degree Celsius - Night time: -5 to -3 degree Celsius

Trek Route: Sari -> Deoria Tal -> Chopta -> Tungnath -> Chandrashila Peak

Trek Highlights: Great view of snow camped mountain rages of Kedar range and Nanda Devi. 

6. Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek, Uttarakhand

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek, Uttarakhand
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Trek base Camp Location: Barsu or Raithal Village

Trek Duration: 5-7 Days

Trek Total Length: Approx. 27 Kms round trip

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Trek Altitude: 3400 meters

The temperature at Dayara Bugyal Trek in winter: Daytime: 11 to 13 degree Celsius - Night time: -5 to -2 degree Celsius

Trek Route: Barsu or Raithal Village -> Barnala Bugyal -> Dayara Bugyal -> Dayara Top

Trek Highlights: One of the best winter treks with meadow forest throughout the trek and wondrous vast grassland which is covered in snow. Don't miss the Dayara top which will give you a 360-degree view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountain range.

Complete Triund Trek Itinerary: Dayara Bugyal Trek: Confessions of a Spoilt Trekker

7. Kedarkantha Winter Trek, Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha Winter Trek, Uttarakhand
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Trek base Camp Location: Sankri

Trek Duration: 6 Days

Trek Total Length: 20 Kms round trip

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy

Trek Altitude: 3500 meters

The temperature at Kedarkantha Trek in winter: Daytime: 8 to 15 degree Celsius - Night time: -5 to -3 degree Celsius

Trek Route: Sankri -> Juda ka Talab -> Kedarkantha Base Camp -> Kedarkantha Peak

Trek Highlights: Kedarkantha winter trek is famous for its campsites which surrounded by the giant pine forests and the amazing view of Kempty falls, Tons Valley, Bandarpoonch and Swargrohini.

Complete Triund Trek Itinerary: Kedarkantha Trek - Going back to mountains with my Buddy

Responses

Har ki dun is another great winter trek for starters.