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.

trekking destination in india

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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7 must see places in your Dzongri trek route

The trek starts from YUKSOM covering the Himalayan range forest and then passes through Tshoka and Thansing and then reaches to Dzongrilia and the trek completes reaching Yuksom back via same route. The nearest railway station is about 163km, NJP and Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri from Yuksom. Shared jeeps and local car rental services are available from Sikkim and Siliguri.

The place is beneficiary for the trekkers, Dzongri trek or Goechala trek route. Geyzing is a sub-division of west Sikkim in which Yuksom is a small town located in it. Yuksom consist many Buddhist Monasteries and have a special religious and culture and it is a starting point of Khangchendzonga National Park.

First place when you reach from Yuksom while trekking will Tshoka. Tshoka a small village inside the Khangchendzonga National Park. It is the place for the trekkers to take a halt for the day and continue the next day. The mountain slope of the Tshoka is covered with dense forest and due to steep slopes and dense forest the trekkers are allowed to continue the trek next day. The next halt after arriving from Tshoka is Phedang, a small area covering the dense forest and sloppy mountains having Pine and Oak trees all over and it’s a close point or halt to Dzongrilia.

Must see places while trekking from Yuksom to Dzongrilia:

1. Monastery in Yuksom, Dubdi Monastery: 

dubdi monestery

Dubdi monastery is the pilgrimage of the Buddhist Religion and having three more Monastery side by side Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse and Tashiding Monastery. These monasteries are from the ancient times but reconstructed in recent years. The best place to visit before starting the Dzongri trekking.

2. Rabdentse Palace: 

rabdentse palace

The second former capital kingdom of Sikkim was Rabdentse. Now the ruin and chortens of the palace can be seen and visited. It is the historical monument of Sikkim.

3. Khangchendzonga National Park:

3. Khangchendzonga National Park

 A biosphere reserve and a national park in Sikkim named from the world’s third highest peak M.T Kanchenjunga. It is the one and only national park in Sikkim. Animals like Musk Deer, Snow Leopard and Himalayan Tahr are found in this park. So while you are in a trek you can find these animals who are reserved in the park with proper safety and preventing the risk to the trekkers. The park continues from Yuksom to Dzongrilia and then to Goechala. The park is covered with Pine, Oak trees and dense forest. It’s lucky to see a red panda hanging on the trees but they don’t come down.

4. Lake in Tshoka

Lake in Tshoka

It is said as a quiet lake just ahead of the Tshoka village where 7 Tibetan families have settled down and they help the trekkers with the fruit like orange And also they inform us not to drink too much of plain water but to drink fruit juice which is provided by them in exchange of money. They not only help you by giving fruits but medical treatment side by side.

5. From Tshoka you can clearly see the peak of the M.T Kanchenjunga


 kanchenjunga from tshoka

Early in the morning from Tshoka you can clearly see the peak of the M.T Kanchenjunga fully covered with snow. The best thing is to do is that you can be provided by your hired cook or else ask the people residing in Tshoka for a bowl of Garlic soup and drink it you will get a some bit of hot temperature inside your body.If you can consume alcohol then try out the local made “Rum” made by the residence which they make themselves and drink to get rid out of the thundering cold. You can get it from the guide but let him know before so that the guide can arrange it from Yuksom.

6. Above Tshoka you can get a lake in Samiti which gives the reflection of M.T Pandim

 samiti lake

A quite higher above Tshoka you can get a lake in Samiti which gives the reflection of M.T Pandim. M.t Pandim is also well recognized mountain all over the world, which is only seen clearly from Sikkim that is Thansing. Thansing is a place having small tents and small base camp for the trekkers before reaching Dzongri and Goechala. The place is just on the slope of the mountain consisting dense forest with pine and oak trees.

 7. View from Dzongri

view from dzongri

Dzongri is an amazing and an adventure place and one of the best trekking in Sikkim. It’s like you have got the full most adventure of your life as from Dzongri you can see the peak of 6 mountains covered with snow. The viewing place is at a high altitude so it’s better to carry oxygen mask for the people who have suffocation and heart diseases. The 6 mountains are as follows:

  • Mount Koktang,
  • Mount Kabru,
  • Mount Kanchenjunga,
  • Mount Simvo,
  • Mount Pandim,
  • Mount Ratong.

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