Ad­ven­ture treks you can’t miss!

Moun­tain trekking en­thu­si­asts list up seven trails you could un­der­take this month for a high-oc­tane ex­pe­ri­ence

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Sneha Ma­hale­hale@hin­dus­tan­

Win­ter is com­ing, and Novem­ber is a great time to step out and ex­plore the out­doors. Here, moun­taineers pick their favourite treks in the Hi­malayan and the north­east re­gion of the coun­try, and tell you why each one is a once-in-al­ife­time ex­pe­ri­ence.

Kuari Pass

For first-timers, this trek prom­ises to be an en­thralling ex­pe­ri­ence. “It has it all — from cap­ti­vat­ing views of the Hi­malayan ranges to glimpses of green val­leys and rag­ing rivers. At a height of 4,265m above sea level, the pass it­self is sit­u­ated in Nanda Devi Bio­sphere Re­serve, Ut­tarak­hand. This trail takes trekkers across three lesser­known passes and five rivers, and on of­fer are the mag­nif­i­cent views of Tr­ishul, Kedar­nath, Kamet, Nilka­n­tha and Badri­nath, among other peaks,” says Vishnu Singh, a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive and am­a­teur moun­taineer.

Great Kash­mir Lakes

This trek comes highly rec­om­mended for any­one look­ing for a mix of beauty and seren­ity. “Dur­ing a 10-day jour­ney there, I found many things — crazy stamina, amaz­ing friends and above every­thing — my­self. But the ex­pe­ri­ence I cher­ish the most is the sight from one of the passes, with the Amarnath range be­hind and the beau­ti­ful val­ley in the front. That sight brought tears to my eyes, and I call that con­nect­ing with na­ture,” says Harshit Bav­isi, a trekking en­thu­si­ast.

San­dak­phu Trek

If there’s one trek that can of­fer you a grand view of peaks like Ever­est, Kanchen­junga, Lhotse and Makalu, it is this one in West Ben­gal. “At just 3,636m, the trek to the high­est peak of the state is per­fect for a first-timer look­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence Hi­malayan trekking. Since the climb is along our bor­der with Nepal, it tra­verses through the coun­try at times. Dur­ing the hike, trekkers are awed by Kalapokhri — a black pond — that never freezes, and is con­sid­ered holy by the Bud­dhists,” says Rakesh Pant, part­ner and founder, Trek The Hi­malayas.

Dodi­tal trek

This is one of the few pure win­ter trek sites, as one has to walk through snow on most days. “It of­fers a great ex­pe­ri­ence to some­one look­ing to ex­plore the Hi­malayas in the win­ter months. There are fixed camp sites in this area of Ut­tarak­hand and the trail is not that dif­fi­cult,” says Anuja Karnik, a lawyer and trekking en­thu­si­ast.

Goechala Trek

At around 16,000ft, this trek gives you an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the un­hin­dered na­ture of Sikkim. “Dur­ing the 11 days of the trek, you’ll be over­whelmed by the dawn you’ll wit­ness over the Kanchen­junga. As you move to­wards the Goechala Pass, touch the clouds from the Thans­ing or La­muney mead­ows,” says Rakesh Pant.

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