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Best Hiking Destinations In Uttarakhand You Must Explore

The immense wildness of Uttarakhand is great for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. Read on!
Published -25 May 2022, 15:00 ISTUpdated -25 May 2022, 13:20 IST
  • Alice Mary Topno
  • Editorial
  • Published -25 May 2022, 15:00 ISTUpdated -25 May 2022, 13:20 IST
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Hiking is a must-do activity when visiting the mountains, and Uttarakhand is one Indian state famed for its scenic countryside paths. This outdoor activity is ideal for both adventurers and nature lovers, and Uttrakhand provides numerous opportunities to participate. Here are some intriguing locations where visitors can go hiking and experience the natural environment.

1. Champawat


This magnificent medieval-era fort is located in Uttarakhand's Champawat area and is popular with adventurers and trekkers. The magnificent fort was built in honour of Banasur, King Bali's fabled son who possessed a thousand arms. Lord Krishna assassinated him. The hike is both fascinating and breathtakingly gorgeous. Champawat is a well-known tourist destination in Uttarakhand known for its natural beauty and religious sites. In addition to old temples and forts, hiking to Champawat would entail exploring the stunning vistas and terraced crops that dot the country. Champawat has it all, from a nice climate to diverse animals and excellent trekking opportunities.

2. Mussoorie


George Everest House is a popular tourist attraction in Mussoorie, located around 6 kilometres from Gandhi Chowk. The location is quiet, serene, and lovely. Hikers that trek up to Sir George Everest's residence get stunning vistas of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and beautiful views of the Doon Valley. As Mussoorie trekking grows more popular, new paths and destinations are discovered. Pari Tibba is one of the most popular tourist destinations in town. A trip to Benog Hill is recommended for beginners who want to explore hiking in Mussoorie. Towering pindrow firs provide shade from the sun on the summit. This is a little longer hike that will allow you to practise your hiking skills.

3. Binsar


The peaceful town of Binsar is one of the most scenic sites in the Kumaon region. Binsar, at an elevation of 2420 metres, provides excellent hiking options. Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, and Kedarnath are just a few of the Himalayan peaks that can be seen from here.

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4. Rupin Pass

Rupin pass begins in Dhaula, Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla, Himachal Pradesh at a height of 15,250 feet above sea level. The route follows the Rupin River and passes through ice slopes, mountains, glaciers, snowfields, wooden bridges, charming hamlets, flowing rivers, velvety meadows, and evergreen Deodar woods.

5. Chopta

lovely town of Chopta

The lovely town of Chopta, often known as Uttarakhand's Switzerland, is still unspoilt. When the golden rays of the sun kiss the Himalayas, the scene transforms into something surreal. There are various hiking paths here that wind through rainforests and provide breathtaking views of nature.

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6. Roopkund Trek

Roopkund Trek

Roopkund Lake, popularly known as the 'Skeleton Lake,' is well-known for the mystery surrounding it. Trekkers pass through sacred places, lush forests, gushing streams, pure snow, and the peaks of Bedni Bugyal and Trishul on their way to Roopkund Lake, which takes between seven and nine days. This trip begins in Lohajung and proceeds uphill to Ran ki Dhar, Bhaguwagasa, and eventually Roopkund. When the snow melts, human skeletons can be seen at the lake's bottom.

7. Pindari Glacier Trek

The Pindari Glacier Trek, located in the upper Kumaon Himalayas, is one of the most popular summer trekking destinations in Uttarakhand. Locals refer to this trip as the 'Soul of Kumaon,' because it features stunning glaciers, rushing rivers, brilliant flowers, falling waterfalls, thick forests, and tremendous natural beauty. A must-see destination for photographers, wildlife lovers, and adventure seekers. This glacier climb is popular among both expert and novice hikers because it is close to another prominent trekking spot in India, the Kafni Glacier. This walk offers camping chances among green jungles.

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