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Best Short Treks In Himachal Pradesh

There is a level zero to learn everything. Trekking is no different when it comes to being a novice and a connoisseur. Himachal Pradesh caters to almost all types of travellers and trekkers ;be it spiritual, adventure or leisure. The following provides all the budding trekkers a chance to explore their passion. India has tremendous topographical variations and hence it is not easy to have mountains to hike at one’s disposal. Trekkers living in the plains and near the coast it’s your time to climb!

Sky high Himalayan ranges, lush green Kullu valleys and wide flowing rivers bluer than the sky. We have brought budding trek enthusiasts with short and easy best treks with a view of the world’s youngest mountain ranges and maggie.

Shimla

Sarahan – Churdhar Trek

Churdhar is the dividing ridge between Shimla and Sirmour districts in SouthEast Himachal Pradesh. Sarahan is at a distance of 120kms from Shimla. Chopal is the only  nearest town in this trek. Night halt can take place on the ridge or at temple Sarai. The trek is 26 kms to & fro and takes two days. You will be accompanied by a panoramic view of the HImalayan mountains and the valley.

Shali Peak Trek

Shali is located above Khatnol village. Shimla is around 20 kms away from Shali peak.  It  takes two days to complete this trek if one starts from Khatnol Village. This peak is the most visible peak from the ridge and Shimla. The recommended cafe in this area is ‘The Foodies’.

Tara Devi Trek

Tara Devi is a perfect one day hike trip in close proximity to Shimla. Tara devi temple is just 7kms away from Shimla-Chandigarh highway. It only takes a few hours for this trek.

Kullu

Manikaran – Kheerganga Trek

Manikaran in central Himachal Pradesh is in Parvati valley in Kullu district. The Kheerganga is the name given to the white river flowing through the valley. This two day trek has mesmerizing views and trendy cafes on the hill top. There are also hot water springs at Kheerganga and Bholenath Temple. It is recommended to go during summer or spring to avoid landslides.

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Solang Valley – Beas Kund Trek

This trek is a must if you are planning to visit Himachal Pradesh. Do pay a visit to  the ancient Beas Kund, the birthplace of Beas River. The majestic river flows through Bakarthach, Dundi, Solang, Manali and many other regions. If you start your trek from Dundi, which is approximately 19 kms away from Manali you come across the Beas Kund Bridge. It has an overlooking view of the magnificent valley. Towards the north, you can trek upto Bakarthach and eventually reach Beas Kund and get a panoramic view of Pir Panjal.

Bhrigu Lake Ashohar Lake Trek

This is a perfect alternative for those who are looking for short distance treks. Bhrigu Lake is approximately 16 kms away from Manali under Bhrigu Peak. Amateur trekkers might find this a 2-day excursion to the lake just right. The lake can be approached from Bashisht and Gulaba. The latter being the easier one. The key elements in this trek are the snow-clad Pin Parvati peaks, lake between mountain ridge above tree line.

Kangra

McLeodganj – Triund Trek

This is yet another mind blowing trek in Himachal. McLeodganj is 10 kms away from Dharamshala, which is a district headquarters of northern Himalayan district of Kangra. This suburb is also known as ‘Little Lhasa’. Refugees from Tibet reside here which makes the region predominantly Buddhist. This is also a 20 km trek which takes 2 days. Filled with monasteries and nature, this trek provides a majestic view of the Kangra valley. Trekkers can enjoy activities like skiing and star gazing during this magical journey.

Bir-Billing Trek

This trek will take you in a spiritual realm. The world’s second highest paragliding  place is here! Bir is located 70 kms away towards south of Dharamshala. This rural village has Tibetan buildings, monasteries and infrastructure. The aesthetic of Bir in summer and autumn is yellow, green vast fields with grey clouds surrounded by monumental Himalayas. The distance between Bir and Billing is not more than 15 kms which makes it a short and sweet one day hike.

There are almost 270 trek trails in Himachal both short and long distances. Other treks which deserve a mention are Kalatop – Khajjiar trek, Dalhousie- Kalatop trek, Uttarala- Jalsu trek. To visit the forts in Himachal, a trek can be planned starting from Shimla by road. En route, you can plan to climb up to Bahadurpur, Ratanpur, Malaun, Chamba, Mundkhar and Satgarh forts. These  forts are partially ruined but they still have some good carvings, idols and other artifacts as in Ratanpur fort where there are artistic items.

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