There are times when we are tattooed blue-black inside out. We feel beaten by life. We find no purpose of being. We are barely able to make it through the day feeling downcast round the clock. And then you know you have to pack your bags and go far away from the maddening crowd, break yourself free from the daily grind and annihilate the blue demon eating your insides. Trust me when I say that the best medicine to give yourself an invigorating start (you so deserve) to fall in love with life again is a physically exerting climb up the mountain. And when it’s the Himalayas you can never go wrong. Here goes the list of ten most difficult (and most exhilarating) Indian Himalayan treks you should do once in your lifetime.
1. Goecha La Trek: Goech La is a mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range, at an altitude of 4940 meters. It is also the base camp for those aspiring to ride atop Mt. Kanchenjunga. The Goecha La trek is one of the most idyllic trails you will ever set your foot on. Rhododendron forests, vast stretches of meadows, astonishing blue waters and the glorious presence of Kanchenjunga and Pandim will wash away all your blues stockpiled inside.
2. Markha Valley Trek: Nestled in the lap of Ladakh with a maximum altitude of 5150 meters this is a very popular trek with truck loads of information available which will mislead you to think it’s easy. Though you would know otherwise as soon as you begin. You will get startling views of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges punched with a unique experience to walk through arid cold desert valley. All of a sudden barren would be replaced by ‘beautiful’ in your personal dictionary. You will definitely come back with a bagful of sunshine and loaded memory card.
3. Ronti Saddle Trek: Being one of the most beautiful routes in the Garhwali Himalayan Ranges, Ronti Saddle trek will leave an indelible mark on your memory forever. Scaling the 5200 meters would never seem too much with the beauty that you would behold. Nandaghunti, Trishul and Nanda Devi (Highest peak in India) will keep you company throughout the beautiful journey that you would never want to come to an end.
4. Stok Kangri Trek: When you conquer the stupendous 6153 meters high peak you will feel no less than an emperor. Your inner peace will reach a new crescendo. Well, Stok Kangri isn’t an easy story with an eternal happy ending being the highest trek-able summit in India but then aren’t we talking difficult here?
5. Bara Bhangal Trek: Wouldn’t you love to tread in difficulty if you get isolation and beauty in return? Every blue soul would. From rolling green Kullu valley to the stark landscapes of Bara Bhangal range you have beauty packed in abundance in this trek. And to top it all, the 4100 meters altitude would not be able to scare you.
6. Charang La Pass Trek: Termed one of the most difficult treks in India, you would direly want to take up the gauntlet thrown at you by nature, one fine day. The 5300 meters altitude is dominated with unmatched views nature has hand-weaved in its own spare time. Lush green meadows, orchards and vineyards and the snow-capped mountains concoct a heady mixture to be sipped in.
7. Kalindikhal Trek: Have you ever imagined how tantalizing the adrenaline rush would feel at 6000 meters? If you haven’t, this is the trek for you. Keeping the altitude aside this enchanting place adorned with mesmerizing mountains and bounty of nature is a psychic refuge to your battered soul. You wouldn’t mind getting bewitched by the grasslands of Tapovan and the peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi and Meru.
8. Pin Parvati Pass Trek: The shortest route between the lush green Parvati valley on the Kullu side and the Pin valley on the Spiti side, this trail is one of the versatile trekking trails. The landscape and culture variation as you walk by would take away the physical agony of scaling 5319 meters.
9. Chadar trek: Well, walking on a frozen river can never be easy, can it? But then the experience you carry back home would make up for all the sweat. The serene monasteries and the silent villages completely cut-off from modernity on your way would give you an uncanny feeling of colliding with history, a feeling so enriching that you would pine for more.
10. Rupin Pass Trek: Rupin Pass is a high altitude pass across the Himalayan mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, India. The trail takes its course across uninhabited areas in the Himalayan ranges at 4,650 meters above sea level and gives you some of the most amazing views. You wouldn’t repent anything.