Conquering the High Altitudes of Himachal Pradesh
Written By : Pratyush

Overview

The Indian Himalayas have a lot to offer if you are someone who is a nature and adventure lover then this is an ideal travel spot for you. This place will make you fall in love with itself and will provide a great opportunity to experience the thrill. Himachal Pradesh is the best place for someone who wants to reconnect with nature and also wants an escape from their day-to-day life. People from worldwide come to this place to conquer the high altitudes of Himachal Pradesh. Here’s a list of some best high-altitude peaks of Himachal Pradesh. 

Hampta pass trek 

This is one of the thrilling advantages of Himachal Pradesh. The Hampta Pass Trek is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. If you want to escape from your day-to-day life and reconnect with nature then this is the best. The snow makes it more attractive, the trails are covered with snow which is just a heavenly feeling. This trek can be covered in just 4-6 days and the great altitude makes it even more thrilling. Hampta Pass is located at 14,100 ft. 

Indrahar Pass Trek:

The Indrahar Pass trek is one of the classic mountain adventures in the Dhauladhar Range, which offers stunning views of the Pir Panjal Mountain range and the Kangra Valley. The trek begins at McLeod Ganj, which is a few kilometers away from Dharamshala, and goes through the dense rhododendron forest, the alpine meadows, and the rugged territories of nature. Notable feature lies in reaching the Indrahar Pass from where one can enjoy numerous views of the Mani Mahesh Kailash Peak and enchanting Lahaul Valley. This pass is located at 14,225 ft. and the best time for this trek is from May to June. 

Deo Tibba trek 

The trek to the Deo Tibba Base Camp takes you to the base of the Deo Tibba which is one of the most prominent mountains of Pir Panjal Range. You start this trail from Jagatsukh, near Manali, and it proceeds through green meadows, majestic alpine forests, and beautiful Himalayan hamlets. Trekking the base of Deo Tibba leads to jaw-dropping views of the Mount and all the surrounding hills, making it a beautiful adventure for every trekker. This is one of the highest peaks which is located at 14,698 ft. which can be covered in 6-8 days. 

Beas Kund trek

The first trek that we should consider in this region is the Beas Kund trek which is relatively short but equally thrilling and begins from Solang Valley near Manali. The trail leads one to the pristine Beas Kund, a natural glacial lake amid ambitious peaks that feed from the source of the Beas River. The sights from the walk are magnificent, featuring Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, and Shitidhar. This trek route snakes to Beas Kund which is 12,700 ft and can be covered in 3-4 days; the best time for this trek is during the winter season.

Pin Parvati Valley 

A difficult long-distance trek, the Pin Parvati Pass connects the valley of lush greenery of Kullu Valley with the Spiti Valley. From Kullu, the path leads through a wild forest, meadows, and deserts where high in the air. The vista from the pass is also breathtakingly wide, taking in surrounding peaks, glaciers, and the Pin Parvati Valley. Here is another tallest peak of the Himalayan mountains that is 17,457 ft. in height and it will take about 11-12 days. For this trekking, should plan your thing and you can consider the best time from July to September.

Kang la pass

Kang La Pass trekking is one of those memorable trips to the unexplored and remote region of Spiti Valley. The trek starts from Kibber and takes you over olden monasteries, villages that still preserve traditional values and high-altitude landscapes. The Kang La Pass, with the prayer flags whipping in the breeze, offers amazing panoramas of the surrounding mountains and varying in size peaks like the prominent Chau Chau Kang Nilda. This pass is located at an elevation of 17,687 ft; which takes 8 to 9 days to climb.

Manimahesh Kailash Parikrama:

Manimahesh Kailash Parikrama is a pilgrimage trek encircling the holy Mount of Manimahesh Kailash. The altitude of this trek is up to 13,580 ft. It takes up to 7-8 days to complete the trail. For those of you who wish to trek, this starts from Hadsar leaving you with a beautiful trail through the untouched meadows and dense forests to take you to the sacred waters of Manimahesh Lake. the best time for this trek is from August to September. The panoramas of the sacred peak are simply awe-inspiring and the whole trail has a spiritual atmosphere.

Bara Bhangal Trek:

As you hike on this trek for a distance of 135 kilometers, it is a huge adventure in itself and one that is rather off the beaten track because you reach the remote village of Bara Bhangal which is probably the last inhabited settlement in this region. This trek is at an altitude of 8,950 ft. In addition, it takes about 8-9 days to circle it. The walk commences at a viewpoint in Bir looking down on green valleys, high mountain passes, and wilderness of meadows. However, the trek gives you a touch of that old mountain life that is prevalent in the Himalayas.

Shounter pass trek 

The Shounter Pass trek is a less-explored jewel in the Pir Panjal Range that begins with the magical lake of Shounter. The trail leads to a high alpine mountain valley, typical of the Himalayas with its diverse and rich forest cover in some parts, and others covered by snow. The shounter pass trek is located at an altitude of 13,000 ft. which will take 6-7 days to complete. Views of the breathtaking surrounding peaks and remotes of Shounter Valley can be enjoyed from above the pass of Shonter. If you want to have the best experience then you must plan the trek from June to September. 

Tips for a perfect trek 

1. Acclimatization: Give a precaution period of at least two to three days (due to the high altitude) for acclimatization to protect against altitude sickness, especially on high-altitude treks.

2. Fitness Preparation: Establish physical endurance through cardiovascular exercises and strength conditioning to overcome the tough environment.

3. Weather Awareness: Mountain weather changes overnight, so be ready for any climate change. Pack accordingly to have layers and waterproof equipment.

4. Guided Treks: For trekking in high altitude, guided treks offer a full package that includes guides and staff.

5. Permits: In the areas of Himachal Pradesh, trekking in particular locations requires checks and permits.

6. Leave No Trace: Nevertheless, if you adhere to some ethical trekking strategies for example having a clean site and respecting the local cultures while at the same time trying not to disturb nature you may be able to avoid such disruptions.

Even if you complete the treks in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh, you will gain great rewards because they will help you envisage the mystical relationship between man and the mighty Himalayas. As you ascend these high mountain slopes, you will notice this.

Conclusion:

A good vacation to India cannot be considered complete if one has not seen the Himalayas, a lot of adventurous activities wait along with the scenery. Life can never be better for a person than what one can get in some of these places mentioned above. You will be so enamored with this place by its great beauty that it will become your favorite destination. Therefore, carry your luggage, tighten your hiking boots, and get ready for an extraordinary trip. Have some memorable experiences to keep forever.

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