Winters are the time of the year when the enormous mountain peaks are covered in blankets of snow, enticing trekkers from all over the world to visit the Himalayas once a year. As you cross the frozen streams, wintry lawns, and snow-covered routes during winter trekking in India, you experience plenty of adventure and enthusiasm while beholding a side of nature that seems to boost your moods!

A list of the best Treks for the Winter Season in the Himalayas is given below:

Dodital Winter Trek

Sangam Chatti to Dodital is one of the best treks for those who want to experience trekking for the first time. This is an easy trek but in winter it is a bit difficult because it is covered with snow. Beginning from Sangamchatti, this trek passes through the thick forest where you can view an abundance of Himalayan birds flying in the sky. As you start hiking upwards to Agoda village, you can see summits of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand. 

Then proceed to Bebra village, a perfect village known for potatoes, beans, and Rajma plantations, and the Assi Ganga River. Overnight stay in a campsite on the bank of the Assi Ganga River, on the next morning you will climb a steep incline to reach Manjhi. At Manjhi, you will relax and plan an overnight camp, the next destination for you will be Dodital Lake. Dodital Lake is considered the abode of Lord Ganesh. 

Dodital Lake is known as one of the most wonderful high-altitude lakes in North India and is prominent for being home to Himalayan Trout, recognized as Dodi in the local language. The following day, you will climb in an upward inclination to the final destination of the trek, Darwa Pass.

Quick info 

  • Altitude: 10847 ft
  • Duration: 5 to 8 days approximately
  • Best Time to Visit: mid-November to March
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

How to Reach?

  • By Train: Haridwar | Rishikesh Railway Station
  • By flight: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek

In the winter season, Dayara Bugyal receives heavy snowfall and due to this tree-lined grassland converts into a ski slope that is sloping over an area of 28 km². Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek is an excellent pick for beginners. The trekking journey begins from Barsu or Raithal village and after passing through the pine forest, you will reach Barnala. Towards the extreme left side of the fields, you can see the popular Barnala Lake. The otherworldly part of the lake is that despite being encircled by a thick forest, the surface of the lake remains clean. After crossing Barnala, you will proceed to Dayara. During the winter season, the slopes of Dayara perform as the best spot for skiing. After Dayara, you will move to Bakariya Top, which is the final destination.

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Quick info 

  • Altitude: 12956 ft
  • Duration: 5 to 6 approximately
  • Best Time to Visit: mid-November to March
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

How to Reach?

  • By Train: Haridwar | Rishikesh Junction
  • By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Bedni Bugyal Winter Trek

Beginning from the divine city, of Rishikesh, the trek will take you to the various elevations of the Garhwal region. After a long drive from Rishikesh and passing over the spectacular routes of Karnprayag, you will continue to Wan Village. From Wan Village, the difficult trekking journey proceeds to Bedni Bugyal. 

The journey from Wan Village to Bedni Bugyal is difficult, you have to stretch through thick forests and rivers to reach the last destination. There will be a point in this journey where you will not even see a single tree; all that will accompany you through the end will be grasslands. During the winter, the green meadows are transformed into snow carpets. 

Amidst the meadows, you can see a sacred lake, where Tarpans are offered by the disciples. Peaks, deep valleys, and above all, the tremendous spectacular view of Trishul and the Nanda Ghunti mountains are the highlights of Bedni. 

After an overnight camp in the Bedni Bugyal, trekkers will trek up to Ali Bugyal. On your way to Ali Bugyal, you will encounter a sudden modification in the landscapes. The entrance at the Bugyal at 3300 meters marks the disappearance of all trees, and you can see a huge area of the Ali Bugyal. Throughout the journey, you will see an enormous sight of natural beauty including dry wildflowers and varied species of Himalayan birds.

Quick info 

  • Altitude: 11000 ft
  • Duration: 5 to 7 days approximately
  • Best Time to Visit: mid-November to March
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

How to Reach?

  • By Train: Haridwar | Rishikesh Junction
  • By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport

Brahmatal trek

At Brahmatal Trek the only practical form of lodging is tent camping. Before beginning the trek, one can either bring their tent or hire one from any tour company. Please make sure you have enough sleeping bags and mattresses set up as well.

You should bring some packed food with you so you can eat along the way. Keep in mind to bring your dishes.