Trekking in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is the gateway to the Himalayas. Backpackers and adventure seekers throng the place to get a taste of the majestic Himalayas. Curated by nature for every taste, trekking in Rishikesh offers something for everyone – from the easy backpacking trails to the adrenalin pumping climbs 4000 mts above sea level.
Top Locations for Trekking
The Valley of Flowers trek
Green meadows, chirping birds, dew drop moist multi-coloured carpet of flowers - wafting a spell binding perfume, hidden away in the bosom of by silver-white mountains. This is not a description of heaven, but of a valley hidden away in the Himalayas. Dubbed as the 17km trek to heaven, Valley of Flowers is by far the most magnificent feast of nature’s beauty. The Valley is home to more than 700 flower species, which bloom in their full glory between June and September. This beauty remains hidden under the cottony snow blanket for the rest of the year. Apart from rare flower species, the place is also home to about 13 rare animals including, the snow leopard, blue sheep and musk deer.
Chandrashila Summit Trek
Valley of Flowers was hidden from the world until 1931. Interestingly, the locals always knew about the place and were so mesmerized by its beauty that they believed that the Valley was visited by the fairies. Today, the place has earned the status of a world heritage site and a national park.
The 8-day trek, which starts from Rishikesh, is open only from June to September. During that time too, the trek is cancelled if there is heavy rain. Visitors cannot reside in the Valley of Flowers and have to sleep overnight at the lodging available at Ghangariya, a 5km trek downhill from the Valley of Flowers.
The trek is not very difficult, and there is option to ride a pony to the destination. If you want to explore nature in its pristine beauty, you cannot miss this trek.
This is one summit that trekkers would love to win.4000 mtrs above sea level, Chandrashila offers a 360 degree view of the majestic Himalayas. Loosely translated, Chandrashila means moon rock. Many legends are associated with the place and undoubtedly, there is an air of sanctity to it.
Bedni Bugyal Trek
The trek starts from Ukimath, the winter destination of Lord Badrinath. This is followed by a trek to Deoriatal, through a dense forest of rhododendrons, where a majestic view of crystal clear lake welcomes the trekkers. The trek leads to Tugnath temple, which is the highest Lord Shiva temple in India. Deep gorges, silvery mountain peaks, and green meadows amidst, present a panoramic view that is almost divine. Finally, a further ascent of few kilometers leads one to Chandrashila Summit.
Situated at a height of 3354 meters, Bedni Bugyal is one of the largest and finest high altitude meadows of the Garhwal region, which provides a majestic view of mighty Trishul parbat (7,120 meters). At this height, peaks of Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba are also clearly visible. Situated amidst the beautiful meadow is ‘Bedni kund’, a peaceful lake, which arguably is the most romantic spot in the Himalayas. The mystical white lotus ‘Brahma kamal’ is also a part of the rich flora of Bedni Bugyal meadows.
The enchanting Bedni Bugyal Trek usually takes 7 days and begins with the famous tourist spot Mukteshwar. Then through the hill-station Gwaldham, it takes the route to the village Dinda, and then finally to the Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal meadows.
Fresh water lake Dodital is situated at a height of 3,024 meters. The lake is associated with many Hindu mythologies and said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The name Dodital came from the word Dodi, which means trout. The Lake is surrounded by dense forest of Deodar, Pine and Oak trees and is one place in the Himalayas where shining Red and Golden trout fishes can be found.
Kuari Pass Trek
The 7-Day Dodital trek starts from Uttarkasi, and leads toward the Darwa Top, which is the highest point of the trek, before reaching the Dodital Lake. The trek is comparatively simple, while providing a great experience of being at the Darwa Top, which is why it is usually the first choice among people who are trekking the Himalayan region for the first time.
Since Lord Curzon first trekked it in 1905, Kuari Pass has remained a favorite trek among Americans and Europeans. But what actually puts it among the most popular treks of the region is that Kuari Pass provides the grandest view of the Himalayan Mountain Range in a circular arc. One can easily see Nanda Devi (7816 meters), Dunagiri (7066), Kamet (7756) and many more peaks from here.
Kuari Pass Trek is one of the longest treks of the region and mostly rewarding as well. The 10-day trek begins from Joshimath, which is about 8 to 9 hours from Rishikesh. Enroute you can watch the famous confluences of Garhwal region: Devprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag and Nandaprayag. From Joshimath there is a drive to village Dhak from where the actual trekking begins. About 3 Km of trekking from Dhak, through oak and rhododendron forest, leads to a decent campsite Chitrakhana, from where beautiful and snow-covered Chaukhamba peak is visible. An ascent of 6 Km, with lush greenery and beautiful red rhododendron flowers for company, takes you to the Tali-Top. From here begins the last leg of the trek that leads to Kuari Pass.
Binsar Trek, Chopta-Tungnath Trek, Deorital Trek, Gaumukh Tapovan Trek are some more enthralling treks that are a backpacker’s haven and a photographer’s delight.
Ganga Ghats are spread across all the towns and cities that share the banks of the holy river.
Yoga ashrams are places of yoga sanctity. Almost all ashrams in and around Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a ‘must visit’ place on every rafters map, and rightly so. Plunging from the Himalayan
The Hindu saint, Adi Shankaracharya, built many temples in Rishikesh.
Spring season is ideal for exploring the locales, and are perfect for adventures activities.
Lakshman Jhula, a 450 ft long hanging bridge across the river Ganga at a height of 70 ft.
The best way to reach Rishikesh is to first reach the national capital – New Delhi.
Rishikesh offers a wide range of accommodation options for typical hitchhikers.
Rishikesh is the center from where all excursions – spiritual or adventurous - begin.