Top 10 offbeat trekking destinations in India

Trekking and adventurous sports have always been a matter of attraction for the adrenaline junkies. To be honest, normal, real life civilians with no adrenaline rush has also been attracted as well. So, for all those people out there planning there next holiday for some adventure, here is a list of top 10 offbeat trekking destinations in India including trekking in Sikkim.

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1. Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

Roopkund Trek

Have you experienced walking with the dead? If not then give this place a try. While trekking yourself to the Roopkund lake, you will find hundreds of human skeletons lying especially near the lake. So, it’s a thrilling experience of trekking with a horrific sightseeing.

2. Satpura Mountains, Madhya Pradesh

Satpura Mountain Trek

Want to check how tough you are? Well that’s the exact place where you want to be visiting then.  With bold terrain, Satpura mountain range in Madhya Pradesh offers remarkable rock climbing thrills.

 3. Rishikesh, Uttaranchal

 Rishikesh Trek

The one thing that can rock the core of even the biggest daredevils is bungee jumping. But if you want to try it anyway, the highest, 83-freaking-meters of Bungee Jumping podium in Rishikesh will give you the chills you be looking for. You can also go for other adventure sports in Rishikesh, too like river rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, and paragliding.

4. Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim

The ‘Incredible Sikkim’ is mainly meant for contentment and pleasure for the visitors in heart comforting locations like snow-draped peaks. Trekking in Sikkim offers a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the rich heritage and village lifestyle of north east India. Trekking through the snow fed mountains, beautiful orchards, exotic flora and fauna and translucent water streams will make your memories sugar lump sweet. It is a land of serenity and a perfect destination for a sweet trekking tour. People say that if you want some good time trekking memories, Dzongri trek , Goechala trekSingalila trek are some places that are a must visit.

5. Meghalaya

Trekking in Meghalaya

Caves of Meghalaya are famous since quite a long time now and people are giving quite a fancy to the idea of caving these days. Nestled among the waterfalls and green forests, these caves will definitely rejoice you.

 6. Khajjiar


Also known as the Indian Switzerland, Khajjiar is a Hill station situated Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh.  The hill station is situated in the midst of ‘Deodar’ forests.  A small plateau in its green turf of dense pine and Deodar forests along its fringes adds to the pastoral scenery. This offbeat place in India has the rarest combination of three eco systems. The lakes, the pastures and the forests come together to make a visit to this place a unique experience.

7. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh

Trekking in Magnetic Hill in Ladakh

Can you ever imagine a vehicle moving up a steep hill with the ignition off? Madness right? The Magnetic Hill is located near Leh in beautiful Ladakh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level and is known to possess strong magnetic properties which have the strength to pull cars up-hill. This self-profound magnetic hill is one of the popular stops for domestic tourists to experience nature’s mysterious ways.

8. Paradise of Trekkers, Sandakphu

Sandakphu Trek

Located at an altitude of 3,636 metres, Sandakphu is the highest peak located in Darjeeling district in the eastern part of India. The patronizing peak of the Singalila ridge trek, Sandakphu is the most audacious point of many trekking routes in Sikkim region.

9. Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley Trek

Spiti Valley is located in Himachal Pradesh and is a paradise in itself! Situated at the altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, it is surrounded with mountain ranges, high-altitude alpine lands, soaring peaks enveloped with snow and one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries.

10. Moorang, Himachal Pradesh

Moorang Trek

Moorang is located near Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. The apricot orchards is a must visit place in this area as like as Moorang fort which has a mythological dimension to it, believed to be the one mentioned to constructed by Pandavas from Mahabharata.

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Uttarey Singalila Trek Route: Experiences shared by 15 Trekkers

Everyone in life desires to fulfil not only the needs but also the wants. Some are fascinated by the current up gradation in technology, inventions, fashion, and lots more but one thing we find common in everyone is adventure. At some phase of time everyone in life wants to have an adventurous life, full of joy and one form of this adventure is Trekking, the way to explore new places which most of the peoples enjoy.

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Uttarey Singalila Trek route:

singalila trek route map

Though there are many trek routes that will lead you to astonishing places, but the Uttarey Singalila Trek route one of the most popular trekking routes in Sikkim that will lead you to Sandakphu, which is the highest peak in West Bengal (11,929 ft.), is a breathtaking one. Sandakphu provides the spot for viewing four out of five world’s highest peaks i.e. Mt.Everest (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Makalu (8485 m).

Singalila Ridge Trek:

singalila ridge trek

Singalila National Park provides the necessary route for trekking which is located on the Singalila Ridge Trek in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, those peoples seeking for an adventurous trek through the Singalila ridge trek route can have a glimpse of the forest which provides habitat to a number of mammals such as red panda, leopard cat, wild boar, barking deer, It provides house to over 120 species of birds including many rare as well as exotic species such as the scarlet mini vet, blood pheasant, satyr tragopan etc.  One can also find various floras such as magnolias, spruce, bamboo. Trekkers can enjoy the view of more than 500 types of orchids.

How to reach: Uttarey Singalila Trek route Map

singalila trek route map

The best time of the year to visit this place is spring (March-June) and post monsoon (September-November). People coming from all over the world can exit either at the Bagdogra Airport (IX B) or the Siliguri Junction Railway Station. Trekkers arriving at Siliguri Railway Station or the Airport can hire the required cab parked outside which will take you to Manebhanjan, via sukna and ghoom as it is the entry point for the Singalila National Park. This entry point marks the beginning of the trekking. Peoples from Darjeeling can get take a shared Jeep and come up to Manebhanjan.

There are many trek huts provided along the Singalila Trek, therefore people can have a comfortable stay.

Here are some of the experiences Shared by the Trekkers:

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1. “Singalila Trek (Sandakphu and Phalut)” by 6kram,(Mumbai, India.) – from

The Singalila trek via Sandakphu & Phalut is the most memorable trek I have been on. Pictures cannot describe the sheer ruggedness of the mountains and the forests. But trek is only as good as the arrangements made for it – and in this respect, hats off to Adventures Unlimited for a fantastic experience

2. “Sandakphu Trek Experience” by Abhijit Bhandopadhya – from

The only place in the world from where you can view the world’s four highest peaks out of five.
Everest Himalayas Nepal/Tibet 29,035

1. Kanchenjunga Himalayas India/Nepal 28,169
2. Lhotse Himalayas Nepal/Tibet 27,940
3. Makalu Himalayas Nepal/Tibet 27,766

You can get the 360 degree view of Himalayas from Sandakfu and Phulet in a clear day. The bumpy motor-able road to Singalila National Park remains open during March-May and Septmber-November. The rest six months road remains closed or blocked due to monsoon and heavy snowfall. The place is a must visit to have a lifetime experience.The highest point of this Park is Sandakfu is located at an altitude of 12000 feet. The place does not have electricity and runs on solar power. 

3. “Trekking in Darjeeling” by Hensell (Canada)– from

Had a great experience with off road adventure in Darjeeling, Went 5 day’s Singalila trek with offnroad adventure last year. Highly recommended.

4. “Excellent Experience” by Pranit (Darjeeling, India)– from

I have done Camping, Adventure and Paragliding and Singalila Trekking. Singalila Trek is the one of the most visitable place and its memorable moment of my life and I enjoy the Singalila Trek

5. “Incredible Sandakphu” by Akharga (Hyderabad, India)– from

Trip to and Sandakphu was just incredible, will recommend to all fellow travellers.

6. “Tonglu &Tumling” by John P Bern (Switzerland)– from

A great day trek from Darjeeling to Tonglu and Tumling. Made the trip to Darjeeling.

7. “Breathtaking View of Himalayas” by K_Bipin (Thane,India )– from

I have been there for Trekking in Jan 15, this is the second time I went there for trekking, I did it in Dec 2006 also. You will get breathtaking views of Eastern Himalaya including all 25000 ft peaks Mt. Everest, lothse, Makalu & Kanchenjonga except K2.
Especially sunset and sunrise is must watch. 

8. “Serene Trekking” by mrmozo29 (Kathmandu, Nepal )– from

Trekking to Sandakphu from Darjeeling is a beautiful experience. The trek goes through the scenic Singalila forest range. The rhododendrons along the way make it even more beautiful. Once you reach Sandakphu, on a clear day you will be able to see Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga, Makalu and Lhotse. It’s simply beautiful.

9. “Amazing first Blush and Sunset” by shivana0101k (Bengaluru, India)– from

I had never seen the sun rise and sun set like this before, sandakphu is one of the memorable place in my life. It is famous for this. In the early morning sun seems to be get out of the laps of the dark mountain. Believe me its true, its like a magic but its true, sun rises from the dark, i have the photograps bt not in digital form. I love the place, and in the evening the during the sun set the rays of sun when falls on the mountain kanchanjunga it looks light orange in colour. Believe this and feel the magic by spend some time there.. 

10. “A must visit for all the Trekkers” by paglaghora_BCMT(Kolkata)– from

Often called ABCD of treks in the eastern himalayas. The trek season is varied. One must go avoiding monsoon. Spring offers magnificent colors of Rhododendron along with majestic Mt Kanchajungha view. Autumn is relatively clear in weather. On a clear sunny day you may be lucky to see the prominent peaks entire eastern Himalaya range – Mt Kanchanjungha, three sisters, Pandim, Kabru , Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Baruntse, ShishaPangma and may be Annapurna too. There are several accommodation option now – State PWD, Forest dept bunglow, apart from Trekker’s Hut, two-three private guest houses etc. A great trek route for bird lovers.

11. “Must see – place Sandakphu” by Avijit (Kolkata)– from

I have been to this place twice. Excellent place with breathtaking view of Kanchanjunga

12. “Breathtaking View” by amrita_nandi29(New Delhi, India)– from

The place is a brilliant getaway for hikers and backpackers. It offers moderate level of hiking difficulty and an awesome experience for beginners. A must visit on my list.

13. “Wonderful” by anjsha0953 (New Delhi, India)– from

I went to Sandakphu trek last year, completed this trek in 3 days on the way did a lot of birding, Garibus is place for birders, spent one night there, before reaching the top when we were just 2 or 3 km down it started snowing, since it was my first snowfall I enjoyed trekking in snow although other people were running for the shelter but I thoroughly enjoyed. Next day morning we saw the sun rise which is beautiful sight overlooking mountain peaks.
I would recommend it to anyone who can trek to visit there.

14. “Hiking from Manebhanjan” by Mural007 (Orangeburg, South Carolina)– from

We hiked this lovely mountain 60 km trail for 5 days halting at night in tea houses. The modest altitude trekking does wonderful things to the brain and body. It is an immersive experience to be enjoyed if your limbs and lungs can take it!

15. “Top Trek” by davemscott (Edinburg, United Kingdom)– from

The scenery up in the hills is stunning and if you like bird watching you are in for a treat! The trek down from Phalut to Gorky through the forest was simply magical and all round it was an unforgettable experience.

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