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Trekking In Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is unarguably the prime destination for adventure sports. Name ten adventure sports and Himachal Pradesh will be the best location for at least six of them. There is a plethora of sports and adventure activities that this Himalayan state offers. If you are someone who loves exploring unknown paths and like to traverse through the pristine, again, Himachal Pradesh is the place you should be heading for.

The Himalayan tracks have been trekked up and down by the nomadic communities that lived in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. At the advent of every summer and winter, they were forced by the habits of nature to move when it snowed and the winter snow melted. Their activities were fine-tuned with the habits of nature and through time. Routes to the bottom of the hills were discovered, paths to the top of the hills were found. Several routes to the same place from a common point exist in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. These routes are marked by magnificent views of the hills, the plains below, the winding rivers, the vast fields and the mountains in the background. These very routes are now traversed by enthusiastic trekkers every year. These very routes, once a means of survival in the foothills of the Himalayas, are the source of inspiration to many trekkers. The trekking routes in the Himalayas are very popular all over the world. Over 200 routes exist, each with varying slopes, terrain and views. Several thousands of trekkers come to this quaint Himalayan state to witness one of the few remaining pristine regions that are also accessible.

Small pastoral huts of the locals can be found in every trail. The warmth of the locals is palpable as they welcome you to their homes for snacks and tea. They are used to trekkers who take rest along the way in the homes of locals. Often, one of these locals will be your guide on a trek. Some of the locals earn their livelihoods as guides to trekkers. A lot of other locals’ livelihoods are also dependent on trekkers and visitors in the state.

The easiest treks in Himachal Pradesh include the treks in Bir-Billing, Beas Kund, Chandertal Lake, Triund, Triund-Laka Glacier, Indrahar Pass, etc. These treks are short and apt for beginners who are not used to high-altitude treks/ long distance treks/ etc. There are moderate treks for beginners who want to push themselves a little or for avid trekkers who want to go for something less strenuous. These moderate treks include Sar Pass, Sapri to Tapla, Manali-Hamta Pass, Sangla to Barang Pass, etc. There are many strenuous and tough treks which should be taken only in groups and with a guide. These can be called dangerous treks, so beginners must stay away from venturing in these trails without any experience. The Rekong to PeoNako is one tough trek that lasts for a minimum of 11 days. The trek to Pin Parvati Pass is also another strenuous trek which can take up to 15 days to complete. The easier ones take less than a week to finish. The trek to Triund from Dharamsala and back can take a minimum of 16 hours without taking any shelter on the hill-top.

Best Time

Trekking in monsoons (July, August, and September) should be avoided at all costs. The Himalayas are young hills and the recent development activities (road building, dams, and other constructions) have rendered the soil weak. This area is also a seasoned location for landslides.

The best times for treks are in the summer months (March to June) when the days are clear and the snow has just melted, and in the winter months (October to February; snowfall occurs in December and January) with the paths covered in snow. For a wholesome experience, both must be experienced by all trekkers. Each is a unique experience.

Precautions While Trekking

Precautions should be taken by trekkers irrespective of the level of difficulty of the trails. Pack appropriately for the trek. Pack light but carry essentials like food, dry food, energy foods, flash lights, etc. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear during the trek. Invest in a good pair of trekking shoes that has good grip and windcheaters that can protect you from the wind, sun and rain.

Get yourself immunized before you embark on a trek. There is no guarantee that the pristine air and water won’t have microorganisms that antibodies in your body can fight.

Get all permits beforehand by ensuring that everything is booked from authorised agencies.

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