5 Best Winter Treks in Uttarakhand

5 Best Winter Treks in Uttarakhand
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Winter trek in the Himalayas is a wonderful experience for all types of trekkers. Winter trek in Uttarakhand is the best time to enjoy the snowy slopes of the Indian Himalayas. Surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas, Uttarakhand has numerous hilly terrains, jungles, meadows, and temples, which renders the state best for trekking adventures.

Trekking in Uttarakhand during the winter season is something you won’t be able to do anywhere else in the world. If you really want to enjoy snowfall in its full bloom then you must opt for a winter trek in the Himalayas. The white carpet below your feet and the mighty mountains above will make you fall in love with the Himalayas. Beneath we have mentioned some of the best Winter Treks in Uttarakhand.

5 Popular Treks of Uttarakhand in Winter

  1. Brahmtal Trek
  2. kedarkantha trek
  3. Kuari Pass Trek
  4. Chopta Chandrashila Trek
  5. Dayara Bugyal Trek

1. Brahmtal Trek

Never-ending ridge lines, sprawling Bugiyals, lakes at higher altitudes, amazing peak views, and snow on the trail make Bhahmal Trek the best in the winter month. Brahma Tal is a hidden and secluded lake in the middle of the ridge, where Lord Brahma meditated for some time. From right side to the left, the trekkers can see Mrigthuni, Nandaghunti, Trishul, and Bethartoli Himal. During the winter season, the lake gets frozen and camping in the snowy carpet of Tilandi with the gorgeous sunrise and sunset view is an incredible experience in itself.

Highlights of Brahmatal Trek

  • You will pass the gorgeous forests of Rhododendrons and Oaks.
  • Blissful meadows of Tilandi to Jhandi Top.
  • The trekkers get a breathtaking view of the magnificent peaks of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti.
  • Pleasing views of Roopkund Trek.
  • Brahmatal Lake gets completely frozen in Winter.

How to Reach?

This trek begins from Lohajung from Kathgodam. Kathgodam can easily be reached via rail. From Lohajung one can reach Bekaltal via Mandoli Village, which takes almost 4 hours.

2. kedarkantha trek

kedarkantha trek

Surrounded by pine trees and adorned with the beauty of snow, the Kedarkantha Peak is another popular snow-trekking destination in the state of Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 3,800m above sea level, the trek to this mountain pass in Uttarakhand presents various levels of challenges for the trekkers. The stunning Pine, Oak, and Deodar forests and beautiful shrubs and varieties of trees will encourage you to trek forward to explore the hidden beauty.

Not just for the trekkers, this trek is also an ideal quite popular among nature lovers, shutterbugs, and other classes of travelers.

Highlights of Kedarkantha Trek

  • Provides an alluring view of snow-covered Himalayan Peaks and forests.
  • The fascinating Juda Ka Talab is a treat to the eyes. It is a perfect camping spot.
  • The trekkers will pass by the scenic Sankri Village
  • Amazing views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Kala Nag Peaks.

How to Reach?

To begin with the Kedarkantha trek, first of all, trekkers have to reach Sankri village which is 200km from Dehradun. After reaching Sankri Village, one can reach Kedarkantha Peak. From Dehradun take a bus to Sankri Village and get down at Mori. From Mori take a taxi or bus to reach Sankri.

3. Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek

The Kuari Pass trek is also commonly known as The Curzon Trail. The Kuari pass trekking can be started from three different starting points including Ghat, Joshimath, and Tapovan. Kuari Pass is located situated in Garhwal Himalayas and is the doorway to the Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India.  The Kuari Pass Trek found fame in the early 1900s when intrepid adventurers and mountaineers named Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton, etc. used the passage within the region.

Some of the most magnificent Himalayan Peaks which you can get a glimpse of at this trek include Mt. Kamet, Mt. Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, etc.  If you really want to enjoy the real adventure then visit Kuari Pass at least once in your life.

Highlights of Kuari Pass Trek

  • The duration of this trek is 6 days
  • The trekkers will see gorgeous Gorson Bugyal.
  • At Auli Meadow, one can try out the most popular adventure activities like Skiing.
  • Check out the mesmerizing views of the peaks of Kamet, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Bertholi, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana and Neelkanth
  • Pass by the scenic remote villages of Uttarakhand like Sutal, Ghunni, Jhinjhi and Panna.

How to Reach?

The Kuari Pass Trek begins from Joshimath; from there the trekkers have to travel to Dhak Village where after a 6km journey, one can reach Chitrakhana Campsite. From Tali Top, trek to KuariPass by Khullara Top.

4. Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Chopta – Chandrashila Trek is one of the most explored treks in the winter season. Located amidst the Himalayan mountains, the peaceful valley of Chopta is one of the best winter trekking destinations in the country. Located by the enchanting Oak, Deodar, and Rhododendron forests, the Chopta trek will take you inside to the deep gorges and lush valleys of Trishul, Banderpanch, Kedarnath, and Chaukhamba. While trekking on this route, one comes across the highest Shiva Temple in the world- Tungnath Temple which is 100 years old.

The other attraction of this temple is Chandrashila peak which provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the place below.

Highlights of Chopta- Chandrashila Trek

  • Duration of this trek is 6 Days with difficulty levels from Easy to Moderate
  • The trekkers will pass through the forests of Maple and Rhododendron from Sari
  • Explore wildlife at Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and high Kedar & Chaukhamba Peaks
  • While trekking, see the magnificent Tungnath Temple – The world’s highest Shiva Temple located at Chandrashila Peak.

How to Reach?

From Chopta, one can reach Sari village via any private vehicle as it is the starting point for Chandrashila Trek. From Haridwar, one can take a cab or taxi to reach Sari village. Numerous private and government-owned buses run on this route.

5. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara bugyal is one of the best winter treks in the state of Uttarakhandandis listed among the top positions. Here one feels like you are in a garden of Eden a huge meadow, the sweet sounds of the birds will make you feel delighted. For ages, shepherds from far have been moving with their flocks to graze them at Dayara.  Dayara Bugyal Trek takes you through dense forests gazing upon beautiful Himalayan Peaks and the high-altitude pasture land is a treasure for nature lovers.

It is one of the most liked winter treks for beginners. While moving across the meadow one can see lush green forests of Oak and Maple and meadows, streams with bone-chilling water, and stunning Barnala Tal surrounded by Oak trees.

Highlights of the Dayara Bugyal Trek

  •  Dayara Bugyal Trek begins from Barsu Village, the base camp of Dayara Bugyal.
  • Spend some time enjoying the scenic farms and lifestyle of people.
  • Here you can witness the scenic Peaks of Bhagirathi, Mt Srikanth, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, Draupadi Ka Danda, and Mt Jaunli.
  • During the winter season, the entire Dyara Bugyal gets covered white snow.
  • Barnala Tal Lakeside is the place to camp.

How to Reach?

From Dehradun, one has to take a bus to reach Uttarkashi, which takes almost 1-2 hrs. Barsu is the starting point for Dayara Bugyal Trek and a 4km walk from Barsu will take trekkers to Barnala Tal.


We hope that this informative blog provides detailed information about the best winter treks in Uttarakhand. The state of Uttarakhand is indeed a place where apart from sightseeing all the natural beauties, you can get involved in so much adventure and thrill. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and trek to the best winter treks in Uttarakhand.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are easiest treks of Uttarakhand for Beginners?

Some of the top treks of Uttarakhand for beginners include Brahmatal trek, Kedarkantha Trek, Dayara Bugyal Trek, Nag Tibba Trek, Kuari Pass Trek, Valley of Flowers Trek, Har Ki Dun Trek, Dodital Trek, etc.

Will there be a mobile network during Uttarakhand Treks?

Well, it depends on the place you are a. At some treks, there is no problem with the connectivity while the isolated places will have no mobile connectivity.

Which is the most difficult trek in Uttarakhand in winter?

Kalindi Khal Pass Trek is among the most difficult trek route in the Garhwal Himalayas. Here the trekkers are expected to cover a distance of almost 100 km. The course of this challenging ough trail connects the pilgrimage sites of Gangotri and Badrinath.

Why I should opt for winter treks in Uttarakhand?

The winter treks in Uttarakhand are an eyeful of snowfields at all corners. The swirling trails passing through the dense forests, rocky terrains, mountain villages, meadows, etc. get covered with snow.

If you want to take a few days from your hectic lives, then check out the beauty of the lesser Himalayas through the trek.

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