Trekking in the Himalayas - First Love of Solo Trekkers

Posted on Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:48:52 by Arun Joshi

The definition of an adventure activity is incomplete without trekking, and trekking has no meaning if not done in the Indian Himalayan ranges. Whenever it comes to trekking in groups or solo, the snow-draped Indian Himalayas are the unanimous choice of nature and adventure fanatics. The entire landscape is bejeweled with various natural splendors. The treks of the Himalayas are adorned with lofty peaks, lush meadows, translucent lakes and thick woods. Thus, no individual would ever want to miss the chance of solo trekking in the beautiful regions of the Himalayas away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Here are some of the prominent treks considered excellent for solo trekking in the Himalayas:

Har Ki Doon Trek – A Paradise for Nature Lovers

Har-Ki-Dun trek enveloped by snow-draped peaks and verdant forests is nestled at an altitude of 11667 ft. It is one of the most popular treks in the Garhwal Himalayas and considered as the best trek for the solo trekkers. Located at the base of Fateh Parvat, the trek takes the visitors to the remote villages that are still untouched by civilization. Here, the visitors can meet the friendly local people, witness their traditions and taste delectable local cuisines. The trekkers also get to see rare trees like Oak, Sal and Bhojpatra. Camping, especially in the Har Ki Dun offers a wonderful opportunity to the tourists to admire the enchanting beauty of the place. A very interesting thing to know here is that the Har-Ki-Dun is also a holy place because it is believed that the Pandavas left for heaven from this mountain. All in all, the trek offers unforgettable memories that will remain etched in the heart forever.

Best Season: Mid March – June and September – November

“Gomukh Tapovan Trek” – Seeking the Blessing of ‘Mother Ganges’

Located at an altitude of 4465 mts, this trek along the pious Bhagirathi River, takes the visitors to the source of the river, which is also known as Gaumukh – ‘Cows mouth’. It is a moderate trek that offers a great chance to the visitors to get a much needed respite from the daily humdrum of life. The green meadows of the Tapovan just captivate the attention of the trekkers. By camping at the Tapovan, tourists can see the various peaks of the snow-capped Himalayas such as Bhagirathi I, II, III, Mt. Shivling, Kedardome, Mt. Meru, Chaturangi and so on. The blue mountain goats also known as the ‘Bharals’ can be commonly seen grazing in the lush-green fields.

Best Season: May to October except monsoon

Chopta Chandrashila Trek – Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand

Chopta Chandrashila Trek, located at an altitude of 13415 ft, is one of the most awe-inspiring treks that takes the travelers to the huge meadows, lush forests and tenders magnificent view of the Himalayas. The solo trekkers scouting for an alluring place replete with natural beauty will certainly cherish trekking the trails of Chopta Chandrashila. One can plan a trekking to this place any time of the year. It is a very easy trek and during trekking, the visitors can seek the blessing of the almighty in the Tungnath Temple, which is one of the sacred temples of Panch Kedar Yatra.

Best Season: Any time of the year except monsoon

Valley of flowers Trek – Walking through the colorful carpet of flowers

The Valley of Flowers nestled at an altitude of 12654 ft is another moderate trek for the solo trekkers, renowned for its breathtaking beauty and different kinds of colorful flowers. Trekking in this place offers an exciting time to the travelers as the natural beauty of the region is just beyond expectations. It seems as if someone has laid down a colorful carpet of flowers. The hued valley is nothing less than an empyrean for the photography and nature enthusiasts. During trekking, the tourists can also get an opportunity to see the different species of fauna like the Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bearm Bharal and Brown Bear.

Best Season: End June – Mid September

Pindari Glacier Trek – Soul of Kumaon

Pindari glacier trek is located in Bageshwar district at an altitude of 13612 ft. The fascinating beauty of the place mesmerizes the tourists coming for trekking from various parts of the world. It is a very easy trek that offers a great view of the snow-dressed Nanda Devi and Nandakot mountains. During trekking, the trekkers can get an excellent chance to explore Bageshwar and Almora town, meet with friendly people and get to know their culture. The dense forests and glaciers offer an ultimate delight to the eyes of the trekkers.

Best Season: April – June and September – October

Kafni Glacier Trek – Beauty of Nature to Behold Forever

The beautiful Kafni glacier trek is located on the east side of the captivating Pindari Valley and south side of the stunning Nanda Kot peak. The tranquil ambience of the trek magnetizes the visitors. It is not a very difficult trekking route and it starts from Bageshwar. During trekking, the trekkers can get a magnificent chance to see the ninth century temples. The trekking ends at an alluring place known as Phukria, which is replete with dense trees and alpine pastures.

Best Season: May to June and September to November

Nagtibba Trek – Offer Prayers to ‘Naag Devta’

Nagtibba located at an altitude of 9998ft is also known by the name of ‘Mountain of the Serpent’. The trek is certainly an empyrean for the individuals who want to trek alone. It is believed that Nagtibba is the home of the revered ‘Nag Devta’ and the local people worship him. The trek offers a mesmerizing site of the sunrise and sunset that can be captured in the digital camera. The sights of the Bandarpoonch, Kedarnath and Chanabang peaks fill the heart with great joy.

Best Season: Round the year except July and August

Therefore, trekking in the Himalayas offers an amazing chance to soak in the fresh unadulterated air, stroll through the verdant landscapes and experience the culture of beautiful villages. Every trek is adorned with picturesque sights of Mother Nature that offer a memorable experience.


A thoroughbred adventurer, Arun Joshi was born in the picturesque and landlocked district of Chamoli, Uttarakhand. He is well known for his close association with the Indian Himalayas for the past 16 years, and knows the region inside out. His vast knowledge and first-hand experience of trekking to the many challenging regions of the Indian Himalayas have also helped him to establish himself as the go-to guide in the region.