Also known as the “land of the Himalayas” ‘, is an Indian state in the northern part of the country. Enveloped with high Himalayan mountains, old religious sites and a cheerful culture, Himachal Pradesh is famous for tourist destinations like Kullu, Manali, Chamba and Shimla. Himachal Pradesh is widely known as the state of apples all over India. It is even known for scenic landscapes, culture, adventure sports and a variety of fairs, festivals and celebrations all around the year.
McLeod Ganj, the house of the 14th Dalai Lama is worth visiting. Himachal Pradesh also has many forts, palaces, and monasteries that are of utmost cultural and historical importance. Himachal Pradesh is situated in the north of India on the border of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttaranchal and Punjab and a boundary sharing with Tibet.
Tourism contributes immensely to the state economy. In 2018, Himachal Pradesh was visited by 16.09 million national and 356,000 international tourists. This tourist-friendly state has more than 5,000 properties that provide for the needs of domestic and international tourists. This comprises government-run properties and can be organized as luxury hotels, heritage resorts, star hotels, budget hotels and campsites. Many of these hotels are in popular visited destinations such as Shimla, Kasauli, Kullu, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Khajjiar, Chamba and Manali.
With that let’s dive into the top treks to do in Himachal Pradesh
Hampta Pass trek
At a height of 14,000 feet, Hampta Pass in Himachal Pradesh comes under those unique, adventure pass crossings in the Himalayas. You can find the lush green valley of Kullu, with thick forests, grasslands on one side, and flowers in full bloom on the side of your trek. On the other hand is the almost arid, stark view of Lahaul, with plain mountains and no vegetation. When you are on the top of the pass, you will find yourself between two different worlds. It becomes surreal in a matter of minutes. The Hampta Pass is also known as Himachal’s Valley of Flowers.
The view is pretty similar to that of Valley of Flowers, a green short valley protected by snow-covered mountains. When you get onto the other side of the Hampta Pass, you’ll be starstruck looking at the stark contrast. The view that spreads in front of you is Spiti Valley, known for plain stretches, rough terrain and vivid blue skies. The climb to Hampta Pass is very thrilling. For climbers, crossing the Hampta Pass is the best adventure. They will love the anxious excitement of climbing to the pass over many ledges, as appearing to get to the pass. On this trail, you walk from one side to another for 6 days, covering 25 km.
Ghepan Lake trek
Big glaciers are formed when the glacier finds its way back into a valley, up the mountain highs and stays only in the upper region of the mountain. On this trek, you can sight the last remains of a massive glacier hanging from the saddle ridge of the mountains enveloping the lake. Waterfall gushed out of the hanging glacier. It’s a unique experience. Three such glaciers water into the Ghepan Lake. Initially, such settings of glaciers watering alpine lakes are found deep in the Himalayas, above 15,000 feet. You need to climb for at least 4 to 5 days to get there. Although, only after two days of trekking, do you experience this phenomenon.
Miyar Valley trek
In the isolated region of Lahaul, a valley dotted with flowers, short-sighted by the attention of climbers. The path to this valley has changed between remote mountain valleys, quaint villages, and flower beds spotlighted by the stunning presence of Himalayan orchids. This valley is called Miyar Valley.
Beas Kund trek
Beas Kund has always been a favorite trek around Manali. It takes you right to the source of the river that flows through the town. However, one of the reasons trekkers adore this trek is the landscape. Lush green grasslands grow abundant below the summits of the three biggest mountains around Manali. Hidden in these grasslands is the emerald-coloured lake out of which the river Beas flows. The different sights of this peaceful waterbody are situated in between rough mountain peaks of the Pir Panjal range. While you’re here, there is also a sharp sense of being near the source of the raging river you see beneath the valley. This emerald kund breaks off into streams, gushing waterfalls right until it joins into the boiling Beas river.
That’s all folks! Make sure to try all our suggestions. Until next time.