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Trekking in Himachal Pradesh: 29 Best Destinations (with Difficulty Level)

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Our Country is blessed with a rich geographical diversity. The state of Himachal Pradesh, in particular, is bestowed with abundant peaks and valleys, making it a destination of choice amongst trekking and hiking enthusiasts. Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is especially popular because it offers trails suitable for all levels of expertise.

If you are just a beginner wanting to taste the feeling of a nature walk, you will be able to select some easy treks in Himachal. However, if you are a trekking expert who is looking for new challenges, you will be happy to find numerous treks in Himachal that will test your skills. We have compiled a list of destinations that offer the unprecedented experience of trekking in Himachal.

With this list, you know about the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, and will have no trouble finding a suitable trek for you and your group.

Trekking In Himachal Pradesh: Explore 29 Mesmerizing Destinations 

1. Tosh Valley Trek

Ideal Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit: March to May
Maximum Elevation: 4560 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Tosh valley himachal
The paradise - Tosh Valley!

For those who are looking for enjoyable trekking in Himachal Pradesh with family and friends, the Tosh valley trek is perfect. This trek starts from Barsheni and continues uphill gradually, taking you through green valleys and waterfalls, as you reach the Tosh valley.

Those who want to add more thrill and adventure in this trek may extend this trek to Kheer Ganga or Pin Parvati valley to add more challenge to trekking.

2. Prashar Lake Trek

Ideal Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit: Anytime of the year
Maximum Elevation: 2730 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Prashar Lake
Prashar Lake Trek - Perfect for beginners

Many places for trekking in Himachal Pradesh have spiritual significance. Prashar Lake is one such place. It is believed that the great Indian Sage Prashar meditated next to this lake. This 7 kilometre long trek starts at Bagi village and takes you through a dense cover of trees to the lake. Many tourists are attracted to this lake because of the mysterious floating island on the lake that seems to change its position. Devotees also visit the big Prashar temple on the side of the lake.

Check out the Complete Guide to Trek to Prashar Lake: The Jewel Bedecking Himachal

3. Indrahar Pass Trek

Ideal Duration: 7 days
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Maximum Elevation: 5242 meters
Livingit Rank: Enthusiast- Advanced

Indrahar Pass Trek
Indrahar Pass Trek for intermediate trekkers

Starting from Dharamshala in the Kangra Valley, this trek will take you through the Dhauladhar range and the Ravi River Basin, and finally end in Chamba region. A major tourist attraction in the Indrahar Pass trek is the Lahesh Cave.

You will pass through thick covers of deodar trees crisscrossed with numerous gushing streams of water. You will cross some beautiful snow bridges before finally arriving at Kuarsi valley.

Check the Complete Guide on Indrahar Pass Trek - Discover the Secrets of Dhauladhar Range in the Himalayas

4. Kharapathar – Giri Ganga Trek

Ideal Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit: March to September
Maximum Elevation: 2750 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Giri ganga trek
The trail to Giri Ganga goes through breathtaking views

This route is a perfect option for trekking in Himachal Pradesh when you don’t have a lot of time but you want to experience the beauty of the region. This trek is entirely in Shimla district and takes you from Kharapathar to Giri Ganga.

You will pass through a cover of thick deodar trees and enjoy awesome vies of Himalayas before reaching Giri Ganga, that is the source of the river Giri.

5. Solang Valley Trek

Ideal Duration: 3-4 days
Best Time to Visit: November to January
Maximum Elevation: 2560 meters
Livingit Rank: Enthusiast

Solang Valley Trek
Delight your soul with Solang! 

Get the true taste of the mountains when you trek in the Solang valley. On way from Manali to Solang valley, you will come across beatific valleys and ridges, along with majestic views of the Himalayan mountains like Shridhar, Ladakhi and Friendship peaks. Don’t forget to include a skiing session on this route.

If you are planning to start your trek from the famous Solang Nallah and to the beautiful and enchanting Solang Valley, then explore the Beas Kund Trek.

Check out all the details for The Beas Kund Trek: Explore the Origin of the Beas River

6. Kareri Lake Trek

Ideal Duration: 3 days
Best Time to Visit: March to June and October- November
Maximum Elevation: 3330 meters
Livingit Rank: Advanced

Kareri Lake
Kareri Lake trek for Expert trekkers

Kareri Lake is counted among one of the most beautiful glacial lakes in the region. It is not surprising that many options for trekking in Himachal Pradesh are based around this lake. This lake remains frozen from December to April and is best viewed in other seasons of the year.

This trek starts at the Ghera village near Dharamshala and culminates at Kareri village, with magnificent views of the Dhauladhar range. The entire trek will mesmerize you with lush green forest cover and beatific meadows.

Check the Complete Guide on The Kareri Lake Trek: The Path to a True Glacial Spectacle

7. Kheerganga Trek

Ideal Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit: May to July
Maximum Elevation: 3000 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

kheerganga trek
Kheerganga - delight to the trekker's eyes

If you are a beginner and you are searching for a trek that initiates you into trekking, this trek is just for you. This trek begins at Barsheni village and takes you through the lush green vistas of Parvati valley and energetic streams of Kheer Ganga and offers you a view of scenic and peaceful surroundings. The famous Rudra Nag waterfall lies in this trek and is a visual treat. At the destination, a dip in hot water springs will relax and rejuvenate you.

Kheer Ganga lies at the end of Parvati valley and is the last inhabited village while trekking to the Pin-Parvati pass. 

Get the Complete Guide to Pin Parvati Trek: A Trail that is Not for the Faint-Hearted

8. Jogini Waterfall Trek

Ideal Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit: Anytime of the year
Maximum Elevation: 2100 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Trek to Jogini waterfall
A beautiful waterfall near Vashisht Village

If you are looking for easy and uncomplicated trekking in Himachal, you should definitely take this route. This easy walking stretch from Manali bus stand to Jogini waterfalls goes through the revered Vashishth temple. The well-marked route takes you through some nice views of the valley in the shade of oaks and rhododendrons.

When you reach the waterfall, you see the grandeur of gushing water falling from a height of about 150 feet.

9. Hampta Pass Trek

Ideal Duration: 5 days
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Maximum Elevation: 4200 meters
Livingit Rank: Enthusiast

Hampta Pass trek
Hampta Pass Trek - A Visual Treat

This option of trekking in Himachal Pradesh is unique because of the stark difference between the landscape at the starting and end point. The Hampta Pass trek commences in the densely covered Kullu-Manali valley and ends in the Chandra valley that is devoid of vegetation. You will be able to see the Deo Tibba base and witness amazing views of the Lahaul valley.

Check out the Detailed Guide to Hampta Pass Trek: The Outdoors of the Great Himalayas

10. Spiti Valley Trek

Ideal Duration: 5-6 days
Best Time to Visit: June to September
Maximum Elevation: 4400 meters
Livingit Rank: Expert- Elite

spiti valley trek overview
A new view at every corner!

For those of you who yearn for some really hard-core trekking in Himachal Pradesh, this is the perfect trek. This trek is not for the inexperienced, but it promises to be very rewarding in terms of visual treats and experience. Some of India’s oldest monasteries and highest villages lie on this trek route. The typical trek route is Via Kaza, Kibber, Langza, Hikkim, Komik, Lapcha Pass, Lalung, and Tabo.

Check all the Details for Spiti Valley Trek: Trek to 'The Middle Land' between India and Tibet

11. Narkanda Trek

Ideal Duration: 7 days
Best Time to Visit: January to June
Maximum Elevation: 3300 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner- Enthusiast

narkanda trek
Get a chance to see the snow covered mountains of Pir Panja

Narkanda trek is a famous trekking option near Shimla that is ideal for beginners and novices. Y can take the trek to Hatu peak and visit the revered Hatu Mata temple. This trail is replete with thick forests cover of oaks, sil, pine and rhododendron trees. From the Hatu peak, you can view the majestic peaks of the Pir Panjal range and Shivalik mountains.

Don’t miss the Joh Bash meadow that offers the perfect point for camping.

If you are planning to go camping, check out Camping Essentials List - Checklist for your Next Hike

12. Rohtang Pass Trek

Ideal Duration: 3 days
Best Time to Visit: April
Maximum Elevation: 3980 meters
Livingit Rank: Expert

rohtang pass trek
Feel the mighty mountains!

If you are looking for a truly challenging destination for trekking in Himachal, you should definitely choose this trek. This trek involves extremely cold wind and the possibility of sudden snowfall or rainfall. You will pass through Marhi, Koksar and Keylang.

An early start (around 2 am) from Keylang is required so reach Rohtang pass. The trail is tricky and requires caution, but the reward for completing this trek is unmatched in terms of views. If you are an aventure junkie, you will have the time of your life in Rohtang with the activities that it offers.

13. Beas Kund Trek

Ideal Duration: 2 days
Best Time to Visit: May to October
Maximum Elevation: 3700 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner- Enthusiast

This is an excellent option for trekking in Himachal Pradesh when you don’t want to traverse a tricky trail. This trek commences from Solang valley and ends at Beas Kund, which is the origin of the River Beas. This is one of the most popular treks near Manali, and ideal for people who don’t have a lot of time. As you approach Beas Kund, you will witness the grandeur of the Pir Panjal range and the enchanting valleys of Kullu and Manali.

Beas Kund trek
Beas Kund trek - A slice of paradise

14. Dainkund Trek

Ideal Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit: April to November
Maximum Elevation: 2755 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Trek to Dainkund
A mesmerizing view from Dainkund!

This trek is another great option for easy trekking in Himachal. Dainkund peak is the highest peak in Dalhousie and hence, it provides a panoramic view from the top. The trek starts from the IAF base situated about 12 kilometres away from Dalhousie. The Pholani Devi temple located on before the peak is a point of interest to many travellers.

From the top, you will have clear views of the Pir Panjal range and the Kailash peak. Also, you will be able to see the rivers Beas, Satluj and Chenab at a distance.

15. Khajjiar Trek

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
Best Time to Visit: March to October
Maximum Elevation: 3000 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner to Moderate

Khajjiar Trek
The trek with breath-taking views

Khajjiar has gained immense popularity as mini-Switzerland. This is because the verdant green valleys and cottages in this part are reminiscent of Swiss landscape. When in Dalhousie, you should definitely take this trek that starts from Lakkar Mandi and takes you through some beautifully lined trails. However, the trek can be a bit challenging, so be prepared!

16. Kangra Valley Trek

Ideal Duration: 5days
Best Time to Visit: April to June
Maximum Elevation: 2875 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner- Enthusiast

Kangra Valley Trek
Get enchanted by the beauty in Kangra Valley

This great option for trekking in Himachal is suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. This trek starts from Dharamshala or McLeodganj and takes you through some beautiful lakes, meadows and along quaint villages like Boh, Kanol, Kareri, Bahl and Triund. You are guaranteed to be amazed by the views of Dhauladhar range on this trek.

17. Pin Parvati Trek

Ideal Duration: 12 days
Best Time to Visit: July to September
Maximum Elevation: 5319 meters
Livingit Rank: Advanced-Expert

Pin parvati trek
Pin parvati trek

The Pin Parvati Trek is ideal for experienced trekkers who have some experience of trekking at high altitude in the Himalayas. Starting very close to Manali, this trekking trip provides the ultimate experience of witnessing incomparable natural sceneries.

You will start at Barsheni village and follow the beatific trails that will take you alongside the animated Parvati river. After some awesome sessions of bird watching, you will arrive at Tunda Bhuj campsite and spend a night there. On your journey ahead, you will cross Mantalai and the Pin valley campsite.

18. Chanderkhani Pass Trek

Ideal Duration: 11 days
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Maximum Elevation: 3600 meters
Livingit Rank: Enthusiast

chanderkhani Pass trek
Not for beginners and faint-hearted!

This excellent option for trekking in Himachal Pradesh offers some of the best views of Deo Tibba, Parvati and Pir Panjal mountains. It begins at Naggar, located close to Manali, and ends at the Chanderkhani Pass that overlooks the Pir Panjal range in its north and Shivalik range in its south. 

19. Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek

Ideal Duration: 5 days
Best Time to Visit: May to October
Maximum Elevation: 4480 meters
Livingit Rank: Enthusiast

deo tibba trek
Soak in the beauty at Deo Tibba

This trek is ideal for those who are looking at options for trekking in Manali and nearby areas. The trek will end at the Deo Tibba base camp where you can relax along the clear and sparkling waters of Lake Chandertal and you witness the View of Mount Deo Tibba in the background.

20. Friendship Peak Trek

Ideal Duration: 5 days
Best Time to Visit: May- June and September- October
Maximum Elevation: 5289 meters
Livingit Rank: Enthusiast

Friendship Peak Trek
Explore the beauty of mountains (Source)

If you have done a few easy treks in the region and are looking for slightly more intense options for trekking in Himachal Pradesh, this trek is ideal for you. Friendship peak lies in the Pir Panjal range near Beas Kund. 

P.S: Details for Pir Pinjal and Beas Kund has been shared above!

21. Triund Trek

Ideal Duration: 4 days
Best Time to Visit: August to October
Maximum Elevation: 2975 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Triund trek
Triund trek

This trek is perfect for beginners and families who are looking for safe adventure in the Himalayas. Triund lies in the Dhauladhar mountain range. This trek, beginning near McLeodganj, will take you through the common route taken by the shepherds of Chamba and Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh.

The trail is well-marked and offers excellent views of surrounding peaks like Hanuman Ka Tibba. McLeodganj weather in August is perfect for this trek and you won’t have any problem finishing this trek.

Check out the Complete Guide on Triund Trek: Visit The Jewel of Dharamshala

22. Chandratal Lake Trek

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
Best Time to Visit: June to September
Maximum Elevation: 4267 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Chandratal Lake trek
Chandratal trek

This option for trekking in Himachal Pradesh is perfect for beginners. This trek route begins in Batal base camp near Manali and takes about half a day to reach the moon shaped lake Chandratal. When you reach here, you will be able to visualise the Lahaul and Spiti valleys between the mighty mountains.

Check out the Complete Guide to Chandratal Trek: Trek to the Moon Lake in Spiti Region!

23. Great Himalayan National Park

Ideal Duration: 4-5 days
Best Time to Visit: March to June and September to November
Maximum Elevation: 6000 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner- Enthusiast

If you want to enjoy a few days with family or friends and explore some of the most beautiful terrains, a trip to the Great Himalayan National Park is a must. The park is located in the Kullu district and the trek will take you through Tirthan valley, Kharongcha, Rolla and Shilt Thatch. You will be amazed by the rich biological and geographical diversity that you observe here.

Great Himalayan National Park
Great Himalayan National Park (source)

24. Bhrigu Lake Trek

Ideal Duration: 4 days
Best Time to Visit: May- June and September to November
Maximum Elevation: 4270 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner- Enthusiast

Bhrigu Lake
Bhrigu Lake Trek

This trek is another awesome option for trekking in Manali and nearby areas. As you venture ahead in this trek, you will witness mesmerizing views of the Solang valley, Kullu valley and Rohtang pass. As you end the trek at Bhrigu Lake surrounded by a white layer of snow, you will notice the mighty backdrop of snow-capped Pir Panjal range.

Check out the details for Trek to Bhrigu Lake: The Glacial Lake in Himachal that changes Shape and Colour

25. Bara Bhangal Trek

Ideal Duration: 17 days
Best Time to Visit: May- June and September- October
Maximum Elevation: 5000 meters
Livingit Rank: Advanced-Expert

 Bara Bhangal Trek
Bara Bhangal Trek (source)

Very few places for trekking in Himachal Pradesh are as challenging as this trek. Therefore, only those trekkers with enough experience and fitness to endure this trek should sign up for it. It begins at the Hidimba temple at Manali and sharply ascends through thick forests to reach Lamadug campsite. The trail continues as you pass more forests lined with pine and rhododendron trees as you reach the Riyali Thatch.

The trek then takes you to Kalihani pass that offers majestic views of Indrakila, Indrasan and Deo Tibba peaks. The next lap of the journey will largely consist of snow-covered peaks and glaciers as you reach Bara Bhangal village and then continue towards Thamsar Pass via Murh.

26. Malana Village Trek 

Ideal Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit: April to July and September to November
Maximum Elevation: 3360 meters
Livingit Rank: Beginner

Malana Village
Malana Village Trek (source)

Those of you who are looking for adventure without straining yourself while trekking in Himachal Pradesh should consider this trek. This is a fairly easy and straight-forward trek that starts in Jari and ends in Malana village, covering a largely flat and plain walking terrain.

Livingit Tip
You should keep in mind that the native villagers are very protective about their belongings and don’t like visitors touching or photographing their buildings and other objects.

27. Kinnaur Kailash Trek

Ideal Duration: 7 days
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Maximum Elevation: 5300 meters
Livingit Rank: Advanced-Expert

 Kinnaur Kailash Trek
Kinnaur Kailash Trek (source)

This trek is only for advanced trekkers who have a previous experience of long treks at high altitude. Kinnaur Kailash is a revered place in Hinduism and Buddhism and believed to be the winter abode of Lord Shiva. The 79 feet high vertical rock, known as Kinnaur Kailash Shilingam, changes its colour during the day.

On this trek, you will have the opportunity of witnessing lush green valleys interspersed with vineyards, as you pass through the Tang Ling village and Sangla. The view of snow-clad peaks in the background will be a sight to behold.

28. Kanamo Peak Trek

Ideal Duration: 8 days
Best Time to Visit: May to September
Maximum Elevation: 6000 meters
Livingit Rank: Advanced-Expert

Kanamo Peak
Kanamo Peak Trek 

If you are looking for adventure trekking in Himachal Pradesh, this is the trek you should embark upon. The Kanamo peak, also known as the White Goddess, requires trekkers to have intensive experience in high altitude trekking.

The trek starts at the Kanamo Lake and passes through Batal, Chandratal, Kunzum La and Kibber. Climbing through the snow is required for a few days before you reach the top. Breath-taking views extending up to Ladakh will be your reward if you finish this trek.

Check out details on Kanamo Peak: The Snow-bound Mountain Ridge in Spiti Valley

29. Bhaba Pass Trek

Ideal Duration: 8 days
Best Time to Visit: Anytime of the year
Maximum Elevation: 5300 meters
Livingit Rank: Advanced-Expert

This trek is meant only for experienced trekkers who are looking for challenging trekking in Himachal Pradesh. This trek starts from Thuskeo Dhar village in Kinnaur and culminates at the Bhabha Pass, passing through dense forests, mighty mountainous terrain, apple orchards and gushing streams. The view from Bhabha pass will comprise of Pin Parvati Pass and Chandratal Lake.

Bhaba Pass trek
Bhaba Pass Trek (source)

The List to Remember

Now that you know the various options for Himachal trekking, it is a good idea to enlist the essential items that you should carry with you while trekking in Himachal.

  • Trekking gear like sleeping bags, outdoor tents, ropes, walking stick, waterproof backpack, headlamp etc.
  • Clothing like waterproof winter jacket, caps, gloves, warm socks, towels etc.
  • First aid kit and regular medicines
  • Tools like multipurpose knife etc.
  • Matchbox
  • Insect repellent
  • Energy bars and water bottles

Summing Up

Himachal Pradesh correctly translates as ‘Region in the lap of snow’. The geographical features of the region such as majestic mountains, lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and awe-inspiring glaciers and glacial lakes are worthy of exploration.

Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is the best way to get close to the region’s natural beauty. The best part is that for most of these destinations, trekking doesn’t cost a lot. We hope that our compilation of treks in the region will motivate you to explore a few in your next trip to the state.

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