Best Himalayan Snow Treks

16 Himalayan Snow Treks That You Must Do Once in a Life

Words are not enough to describe the over powering feeling a person experiences in the lap of the heavenly Himalaya. Is it the enchanting beauty of the snow-capped peaks or the spiritual energy of the abode of many yogis? Or perhaps the realization of the insignificance of perishable human life in front of the mighty mountains.

The best way to explore the mountains is on foot, and a trek in the Himalayan ranges is an endeavor that every traveler should strive for, at least once in his/ her life. The thrill of a Himalayan trek multiplies when you can feel the crunchy snow beneath your feet – the presence of snow has always lured hikers to places far and beyond!

So are you in a fix about which place to head to for a snow trek in the Himalaya? Here is a guide to bring you out of your dilemma.

Kedarkantha Trek

A classic snow trek in Garhwal (Uttarakhand) with 360 degree view of famous mountain summits right from the base camp.

The trek will take you to the summit of the Kedarkantha peak at 3800 meters. Fresh snow covers the Kedarkantha trail by the middle of December and lasts until the third week of April.

An enchanting drive from Dehradun to the base village of Sankri, quaint campsites in forest clearings and meadows are other highlights of the trek.

Kedarkantha Trek
Kedarkantha Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Sankri (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Duration – 6 days/ 5 nights
  • Time – December end to early April

Dayara Bugyal Trek

Trek across vast meadows of Dayara Bugyal covered by a white blanket of snow, with the imposing Mt Bandarpooch overlooking the dreamy landscape.

If you have already trekked Dayra Bugyal in any other season, doing it again in the winter will be an altogether different experience.

Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Raithal (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Duration – 6 days/ 5 nights
  • Time – December end to early April

Brahmatal Trek

A classic snow trek with the ethereal sights of frozen Bekaltal and Brahmatal lakes, the two mesmerizing lakes, along with the view of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti in close proximity, are the rewards of this snowy trek.

The gradually ascending rolling slopes make the Brahmatal Trek route suitable for beginners and less experienced trekkers.

Brahmatal Trek
Brahmatal Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Lohajung (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Duration – 6 days/ 5 nights
  • Time – December end to early April

Har Ki Doon Trek

Experience a slice of heaven in the Har Ki Doon trail when it is engulfed with white snow in the winters.

Har Ki Doon is a mesmerizing valley located in the Western Himalayas. Trek along the Thamsa river to reach Har ki Doon Valley. Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Blackpeak are visible all at once only from this valley.

Camping near the rhythmically flowing Maninda stream while on the trek shall be an unforgettable experience.

Har Ki Doon Trek
Har Ki Doon Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Sankri (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Duration – 8 days
  • Time – December to Mid April

Sandakphu Phalut Trek

View some of the world’s highest peak as you stand on the snow clad peak of Sandakphu, the trail takes you across the porous Indo-Nepal border to reach Sandakphu, the highest peak in the Singalila range.

It offers an enthralling view of the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Kanchenjunga cluster. The complete trail takes you to Phalut from Sandakphu, the second highest peak in the region after Sandakphu.

Sandakphu Phalut Trek
Sandakphu Phalut Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Juabhari (West Bengal)
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Duration – 7 days
  • Time – December to January

Nag Tibba Trek

A perfect snow trek that will serve as trailer for the trekker newly initiated to the world of Himalayan trekking. The terrain is gentle and there are no steep sections of more than 5-10 minutes, which will allow beginners to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalaya around them.

Nag Tibba Trek
Nag Tibba Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Panthwari (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Duration – 2 days
  • Time – Mid January to Early March

Prashar Lake Trek

Frozen in the winters, Prashar lake lies 50 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India. Walk through snow to reach the lake and a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to sage Prashar.

The majestic view of snowcapped Dhauladhar, Pir Pinjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges of the Himalaya on the trail will linger in your mind long after you have completed the trek.

Prashar Lake Trek
Prashar Lake Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Kantlu (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Duration – 2 days
  • Time – Mid January to Early March

Panchargulla Peak Trek

A challenging walk through deep snow and some boulder sections in the last leg of the trek will give you a highly fulfilling summit experience

Accessible throughout the year, the presence of winter snow makes this trek unsurpassable. The trek is a perfect test of non-technical climbing skills of an enthusiastic trekker.

The trail is blessed with views of Mt.Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Dunagiri, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and a constantly changing landscape.

Panchargulla Peak Trek
Panchargulla Peak Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Joshimath (Uttrakhand)
  • Difficulty – Difficult
  • Duration – 7 days
  • Time – April-May

Bhrigu Lake Trek

Enjoy green alpine meadows in the beginning and snowy stretches from mid way of the trail

Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude glacial lake located near the Rohtang Pass. The trail to Bhrigu lake during May-June will let you feast your eyes on the greenery of the meadows as well the whiteness of the snow.

Part of the trek about Rola Khuli (campsite in the midway) will be covered with snow. The lake is rests between two high altitude ridges, and its vicinity offers stunning sights of the Dhauladhar or Pir Panjal range.

Bhrigu Lake Trek
Bhrigu Lake Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Gulaba (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Duration – 5 days
  • Time – May-June

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

View of Mt Shivling in its entirety right from the base camp and great views of other peaks like Meru, glacial stream crossing-the list of delights of this arduous trek are endless.

Resembling the mouth of a cow, the Gomukh Glacier is one of the main water sources of the holy Ganges. The peaks of the Gangotri GroupShivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III are also visible from the glacier.

Trek to Gomukh and then continue towards Tapovan to witness the beauty of the Bhagirathi group of peaks.

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Dharali (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Moderate to difficult
  • Duration – 8 days
  • Time – May

Buran Ghati Trek

A thrilling trek that requires one to rappel down an ice wall at 15000 feet, followed by six long snow slides, which gives a view of Mt Shivling in its entirety right from the base camp and great views of other peaks like Meru – the list goes on and on.

One of the highlights of the trek is the magnificent Chandranahan lake located at a high altitude. The view from both sides of the Buran Pass is will stupefy you, for sure!

Buran Ghati Trek
Buran Ghati Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Janglik (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Difficulty – Moderate to difficult
  • Duration – 8 days
  • Time – May

Rupin Pass Trek

Walk on snow bridges and encounter multitude of waterfalls and stream on your way from the trail starts in Uttarakhand and ends in Himachal, with majority of the route falling in the precincts of Himachal Pradesh.

This high range expedition offers a variety of terrain on the way- snow, rocks, meadows and water streams. Witnessing the Jhaka village hanging through a cliff is one of the many surprises on the trail. The lofty Kailash peak will welcome you as you conquer the summit.

Rupin Pass Trek
Rupin Pass Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Dhaula (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Difficult
  • Duration – 8 days
  • Time – May-June

Kedartal Trek

Climb to the glacial Kedartal lake amidst high probability of finding snow in the route between Kedarkharak and Kedartal.

The trek has some vigorous ascents and descents and requires a considerable amount of fitness level. Witness Mt Thalaysagar, Mt Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, Mt Jogin, Mt Gangotri from close proximity while camping near the magical Kedartal lake at the summit.

Kedartal Trek
Kedartal Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Dharali (Garhwal, Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Difficult
  • Duration – 8 days
  • Time – May-June

Hampta Pass Trek

The ample amount of snow in June in Hampta Pass is too good to be true! The dramatic changes in the scenery on each day of the trek is what makes Hampta pass stand out from other trails.

But trekking Hampta pass in mid-June is an altogether different experience the narrowness of the valley ensures that a good amount of snow remain accumulated here, much to the delight of trekkers.

Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Jobra (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Duration – 7 days
  • Time – May to early July

Beas Kund Trek

Snow cover present even till late June, perfect for beginners due to short duration and easy level.

It is difficult to imagine that a captivating high altitude trek can exist right in the vicinity of Manali. Beas Kund, the origin of Beas River, is an alpine lake perched in the high altitudes of Himachal.

You will also come across Beas glacier in the last leg of the trek. As most people find it convenient to vacay in June, Beas kund trek is a good option for them to experience a snow trek.

Beas Kund Trek
Beas Kund Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Difficulty – Easy-Moderate
  • Duration – 4 days
  • Time – June to early July

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Experience snowfall on the Gadsar pass in July, and also on the initial parts of the trail.

Often said to be the prettiest trek of India, the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is needs no introduction. Trek through meadows, maple and silver birch trees to soak in the beauty of five pristine alpine lakes. The snow patches that feed these divine lakes are a marvel in themselves!

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
About the Activity with Details:
  • Base village – Dhaula (Uttarakhand)
  • Difficulty – Moderate-Difficult
  • Duration – 8 days
  • Time – Early July

It is possible to trek to these locations in other seasons as well – the timings we have mentioned are an indication for the availability of good amount of snow on the trail.

We would advise you to make your trek arrangements through a reputed organizer with certified trek leaders, and prepare yourself physically and mentally for a smooth yet exciting experience.

Reaching a summit is not just an achievement, but a humbling experience. So get ready to take that first step and get high on life in the Himalaya!

3 comments
  1. This is a lovely compilation, complete with required details.

    It’s whetted my appetite for next year’s trek, maybe Great lakes of Kashmir.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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