Top 6 Easy Winter Treks in Uttarakhand & Himachal

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Winters are almost here in North India and so will be the vacations soon. I thought after sharing the series of snowfall places near Delhi sometime back, why not share a list of some easy winter treks in Uttarakhand & Himachal which one can hike in winters to enjoy the snow as well as solitude midst nature around on those treks.

Easy Winter Treks in Uttarakhand & Himachal
Easy Winter Treks in Uttarakhand & Himachal

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I have specifically pulled out only the top 6 easy treks from a long list posted in DoW Community to at least help you start with your bucket list. Once you cover them, you can refer to the comprehensive list already present in DoW Community.

3 Easy Winter Treks in Himachal

Let us look at three easy winter treks that you can go to in Himachal Pradesh. I have provided the basic characteristics of each of these treks. It will help you quickly decide which one to choose based on your parameters.

If you are looking for detailed information on some other treks, you can always check my detailed article on easy treks in Himachal.

Preferred Guides and Porter Contacts: Easily available at the base village, rest please check or add to the List of Trekking Guides in Himachal & Porters.

1. Bijli Mahadev Trek

The first trek in my series about easy winter treks in Himachal is Bijli Mahadev which lies at an altitude of 2450 meters.

The trek to Bijli Mahadev starts from Chansari village near Kullu – Manali. You will get to see the panoramic views of the Pir Panjal range from the trek. In winter, you will see the snow on the trek and may experience the snowfall too depending on the weather.

It can easily be one of the places in Himachal to play with snow in winter. The trek difficulty level is easy and you can do it in one day. Depending on the snow covers, you will need to trek a distance of about 6-8 km to reach Bijli Mahadev.

Here are some highlights of the Bijli Mahadev Trek to help you decide if it suits your needs or not.

Trek NameBijli Mahadev
Trek LocationChansari, Kullu, Himachal
Trek HighlightsPir Panjal range, Snow and views around
Number of days required1 day
Trek Difficulty LevelEasy
Max Altitude2450 meters
Trek Length (Round trip)6-8 Km

2. Triund Trek

The second trek in my series about easy winter treks in Himachal is Triund, which lies near Mcleodganj – Dharamshala region.

The trek to Triund takes you to an altitude of 2800 meters. You will get to see the panoramic views of the Dhauladhar range and aerial views of Dharamshala from the trek. In winter, you will see the snow on the trek and may experience the snowfall, too, depending on the weather. Also, it may not be possible to complete the entire Triund trek in winter depending on the amount of snow.

It is also one of the places in Himachal to experience snowfall or play with snow in winter. The trek difficulty level is easy, and you can do it in one day. Depending on the snow covers, you will be able to trek either complete or some distance the Triund trek. The whole trek is about 9 km in the distance for one side.

Here are some highlights of the Triund Trek to help you decide if it suits your needs or not.

Trek NameTriund
Trek LocationMcleodganj – Gallu, Himachal Pradesh
Trek HighlightsDhauladhars, Snow, and views around
Number of days required1-2 days
Trek Difficulty LevelEasy
Max Altitude2800 meters
Trek Length (Round trip)18 Km
Camps Mushrooms over Triund
Camps Mushrooms over Triund

3. Prashar Lake Trek

The third trek in my series about easy winter treks in Himachal is Prashar Lake snow trek, which lies near Baggi Village – Mandi region.

The trek to Prashar lake takes you to an altitude of 2700 meters. You will get to see the panoramic views of the Dhauladhar range and the frozen Prashar lake in its all majesty. In winter, you will see the snow on the trek and may experience the snowfall, too, depending on the weather.

You can visit Prashar lake to play with snow in winter near Delhi. The trek difficulty level is easy, and you can do it in one day. The whole trek is about 15-18 km in the distance depending on how far the car can drop you on the road.

Here are some highlights of the Prashar Lake Trek to help you decide if it suits your needs or not.

Trek NamePrashar Lake
Trek LocationMandi, Himachal Pradesh
Trek HighlightsPrashar Lake, Dhauladhars, Snow and views around
Number of days required1-2 days
Trek Difficulty LevelEasy
Max Altitude2700 meters
Trek Length (Round trip)15-18 Km in winters
Easy Winter Treks - I walk a lonely snow road to Prashar Lake
Easy Winter Treks – I walk a lonely snow road to Prashar Lake

3 Easy Winter Treks in Uttarakhand

Let us look at three easy winter treks that you can go to in Uttarakhand. I have provided the basic characteristics of each of these treks. It will help you quickly decide which one to choose based on your parameters.

If you are looking for detailed information on some other treks, you can always check my detailed article on easy treks in Uttarakhand.

Preferred Guides and Porter Contacts: Easily available at Chopta/Ukhimath/Sari Village, rest please check or add to the List of Trekking Guides in Uttarakhand & Porters.

1. Trek to Chandrashilla or Tunganath Trek

The first trek in my series about easy winter treks in Uttarakhand is Tunganath – Chandrashilla trek which takes you at an altitude of 3680 meters and 4000 meters respectively.

The trek to Chandrashilla – Tunganath starts from Chopta village near Ukimath. You will get to see the panoramic views of the Kedar range to Nanda Devi range from the trek. In winter, you will see the snow on the trek and may experience the snowfall, too, depending on the weather. I highly recommend taking the guide along with you in the winter season.

It can easily be one of the places in Uttarakhand near Delhi to play with snow in winter. The trek difficulty level is easy to moderate, and you can do it in one day. You will be trekking for about 10-13 km to complete the trek to Chandrashilla and back. Also, it may not be possible to reach Chandrashilla at all after Tunganath due to the presence of snow.

Here are some highlights of the Chandrashila and Tunganath Trek to help you decide if it suits your needs or not.

Trek NameChandrashila and Tunganath
Trek LocationChopta, Uttarakhand
Trek HighlightsSnow along with Great Indian Himalayas on clear weather day all over from Kedar range to Nanda Devi.
Number of days required1 day
Trek Difficulty LevelEasy to moderate
Max Altitude3680 meters (Tunganath) and 4000 meters (Chandrashilla)
Trek Length (Round trip)10-13 km

Note: Chandrashilla trek may not be possible in extreme winters or in presence of abundance of snow.

That hike to Chandrashilla Peak
That hike to Chandrashilla Peak

2. Deoriatal Trek

The second trek in my series about easy winter treks in Uttarakhand is Deoriatal, which lies near Sari Village – Ukimath region.

The trek to Deoriatal takes you to an altitude of 2450 meters. You will get to see the panoramic views of the Chaukhamba peak and the surrounding Himalayan range. The reflections of the peaks in the lake are indeed to die for any day. In winter, you will see the snow on the trek, around Deoriatal and may experience the snowfall too depending on the weather.

It is also one of the places in Uttarakhand to experience snowfall or play with snow in winter. The trek difficulty level is easy, and you can do it in one day. The whole trek is about 3-4 km in the distance. I highly recommend camp overnight to witness the magical reflections in the lake in the morning time.

Here are some highlights of the Deoriatal Trek to help you decide if it suits your needs or not.

Trek NameDeoriatal
Trek LocationSari, Uttarakhand
Trek HighlightsChaukhamba peak in all majesty, snow, snowfall
Number of days required1 day
Trek Difficulty LevelEasy
Max Altitude2450 meters
Trek Length (Round trip)3-4 km

Travel Tip: If you are going for a trek in Himachal or Uttarakhand, then do not forget to check the 12 must-have things to carry on a hiking or trekking trip.

3. Har Ki Dun Trek

The last trek in my series about easy winter treks in Uttarakhand is Kar Ki Dun, which lies near the Sankri region.

The trek to Har Ki Dun takes you to an altitude of 3500 meters. You will get to see the panoramic views Swargrohini peak and Jaundar glacier from the trek. In winter, you will see the snow on the trek and may experience the snowfall, too, depending on the weather. Also, it may not be possible to complete the entire Har Ki Dun trek in winter depending on the amount of snow.

The trek difficulty level is easy to moderate and you can do it in 5-6 days while camping on the way. The whole trek is about 54 km in distance as a round trip.

Here are some highlights of the Har Ki Dun Trek to help you decide if it suits your needs or not.

Trek NameHar Ki Dun
Trek LocationSankri, Uttarakhand
Trek HighlightsViews of Swargrohini, Jaundar glacier
Number of days required5-6 Days
Trek Difficulty LevelEasy to moderate
Max Altitude3500 meters
Trek Length (Round trip)54 km

You should always carry your own water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

Magical Reflections at Deoriatal Lake
Magical Reflections at Deoriatal Lake

Conclusion

Of course, this list of easy treks is not comprehensive or conclusive. There can be many other treks that can be added from both Himachal and Uttarakhand. However, it is a good starting point and shall keep you busy at least 2-3 winter season with these six treks.

I hope the above list of easy winter treks in Himachal and Uttarakhand will help you in your upcoming winter trip in the Himalayas. Have you been to these places before?

If yes, do share your experiences with us and in case you have any direct contact of a guide or porter for these treks, it will be a great help for both the local guide and you.

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  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my friend are planning for a winter trek from Dec 24th to Dec 28/29th we are beginners could you please suggest us best place for trek we have 5days ex Delhi in hand, more over we need to use public transport/taxi if you can provide us the suitable itenary it will be handy…

  3. Gaurav Chaudhary on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Tons of appreciation for the countless informative stories and articles on DOW!
    Can you please help me decide a 3-4 days budget self trek starting from Delhi in mid of November. I thought of Chopta-Tunganath but isn’t it too mainstream? Would love to spend some time in a not so crowded place. I plan to do it with a friend without any tour operators. Would be engaging the local porters and organizers. Any suggestion/advice is much appreciated.
    Thank You

    • Thank you so much Gaurav 🙂 🙂 … I will suggest Chopta – Tungnath. It is not that main stream I will say as it looks, especially in winter months. Having little company always helps on treks rather having no company but this is my personal preference 🙂 🙂 … Apart from that in case you wish to under take and offbeat trek, then Nag Tibba and Har Ki Dun are other two. You can get connected with porters/local guides in the links mentioned in the article above.

      • Gaurav Chaudhary on

        Thank you for the suggestions Dheeraj. Highly appreciate. Nag Tibba was great. Had gone there in mid April. I think i’ll stick to Chopta-Tungnath.
        Thank you once again…

  4. Gaurav Jain on

    I have done kuari pass trek this January with trek the Himalayas and it was one the of the best trekking experience that I have had

  5. Ankur Sardana on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to camp at Hatu around 15th April. Can I get a local porter and tent etc. from Narkanda. Do you know anyone whom I can contact for the same. Your guidance will be much helpful.

    Regards
    Ankur

    • HiAnkur, You should surely get a local porter but car will go up to the top at Hatu now, so why do you need a porter? Regarding camp, you will need to take your own from Delhi or Shimla.

      • Ankur Sardana on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your reply. I need a local guy who can provide me camping equipment as I don’t know how to set up a tent.
        So just wondering if local guys in Narkanda can help me with the same after paying some amount.
        I will be traveling alone.

        Regards
        Ankur

        • Hi Ankur,

          Well, if you buy a tent like Quechua T2, T3 or even rent them, it will just take 5-10 minutes to learn it. Narkanda will surely have guides or porters around and you can check that from the village OR in the market of Narkanda at restaurants. However, you will not be able to get any renting equipment at Narkanda.

  6. Nice list. Have completed Bijli Mahadev and Parashar Lake. Also, Chandrashila/Tunganth and Deoria Taal.
    Triund and Har ki Dun are on my list.

  7. Adway Chavan on

    Every time I plan a trip with my family or friends, I look for adventure sports or trekking locations nearby. This article is very helpful for trek lovers like me. I would love to go for a small trek like Deoriatal.

    • Good to know that Chavan, please go ahead, Deoria Tal is a very nice place to be at in winters with ease of access to nature aas well as civilization.


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