4 of the Best Hikes on Offer in India

Want to go hiking in India? You’ll be spoilt for choice. Thanks to the variety of India’s landscapes and weather, there are different options for every season, from snowy wonderlands to sunny valleys.
There’s also something for everyone regardless of ability, so whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, you’ll be able to find a route to suit you. Here are four of the best.

Mountain cloud
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    1.Beginner: Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

Spending time in the Araku Valley is the ideal introduction to hiking for those with little to no experience, or those with a disability. Roam around lush green forests and fields, admire the power of the gushing waterfalls, and take in the distinctive scent of the coffee plantations.

The highlight of the hike is the breathtaking Borra Caves, which are the deepest caves in India. History buffs will love the Tribal Museum — there are even tribes still living in some parts of the Araku region.

   2. Easy: Chembra Peak, Kerala

Although it starts out with a steep climb, a hike along Chembra Peak is fairly easy once the ground levels out and it only takes a day to complete, so it’s perfect for those with limited time. You’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the greenery and other mountain peaks once you reach the top.

Green Mountain, Kerala
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      3. Medium: Valley of the Flowers, Uttarakhand

This hike in the western area of the Indian Himalayas leads to the Valley of the Flowers, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is well worth the week it takes to get there. There are 600 species of wild flowers to spot, including blue poppies, zinnias, brahma kamal, petunias, and cobra lilies.

The best time to visit is during the summer, between June and September, when the flowers are in full bloom and you can see them at their best.

      4. Difficult: Zanskar Valley, Ladakh

This is not a hike for the faint-hearted. The Zanskar river normally flows freely, but it freezes in January and February, when adventurers make their way over it.

If you take on this challenge you’ll tackle sheets of ice and must sleep in caves at night to shelter from the cold, with temperatures reaching a chilling -25 degrees, but the stunning views make it all worth it.

9 thoughts on “4 of the Best Hikes on Offer in India”

  1. Wonderful list. This also shows the kind of diversity that India has got to offer. There is something in each direction – north east, north, south, west. I really want to go to Ladakh and the Valley of Flowers. Let’s see when it materializes.

  2. I would love to take hike on the first two you mentioned because it seems they’re easier but still they offer great views, nature and for sure, unforgettable experience.

  3. I’m a mountaineer myself and I find this post very helpful for those planning to conquer a mountain in India. The photo of Unsplash had me at hello. I googled several of the mountains mentioned and I believe some of them is worth visiting.

    However, how’s the safety and routes in these mountains?

  4. There are two things that I have never done before; 1) Hike a mountain in another country, 2) Hike a snowy mountain. I think I can go have both experience in India, if I decide to hike Zanskar Valley. But I am no seasoned hiker, so to do this, I’d probably have to undergo an intense physical training. I am ambitious though, who knows, I might be able to do it.

  5. Wow, I’m a huge fan of hiking cause I’ve been climbing mountain for the last 3 years. I love that India doesn’t just rich in offering beautiful and colorful culture, but also owning stunning hiking trails. I would definitely follow the hiking trail in the western area of the Indian Himalayas, which leads to the Valley of the Flowers, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site and so much more. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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