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

khajjiar-trek

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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Goechala Trek Route: Experiences shared by 6 Trekkers

It is always important to have some kind of adventure in life that is memorable as it would hold throughout the life and bring the feeling of happiness. This is a post about an adventurous trekking that arouses the feeling of happiness and excitement in each other’s heart. A trip of Adventurous trekking in sikkim through the Goechala trek route, a mountain passes in Sikkim, India. Some of the trekkers around the world consider it as a paradise as many giant mountains are visible.

Goechala trek route

goechala trek route

The journey of the trek starts from Yumsom, which was once considered to be the historical capital of Sikkim. The transit point or the gateway to Yumsom base camp is Siliguri. Siliguri can either be reached by Train or a Flight. NJP is the nearest railway station from which one can reach Yumsom by hiring a cab outside the station, covering a distance of about 150km.Bagdogra Airport is the nearest Airport to Siliguri. Tourists can contact the tour and traveller agencies for a hassle free trip and packages. The approximate time required to cover the Goelacha trek route is 10-11 days covering a distance of about 90 km.

Yumsom which is at an altitude of 5670 ft. marks the starting point of the trekking; it lies in a beautiful valley from which the amazing views of the peaks are visible. The first stop being Sachen at an altitude of (7150 feet) which inside a coniferous forest, between this route the trekkers can encounter the expansive grassland and forest and have a glimpse of the beautiful Rathong Chu River. One will also encounter suspension bridges across the stream.

Goechala trek route map

goechala trek route map

After a halt at Sachen, continuing according through the Goechala trek route map, ascending higher up will lead you Tshoka at an altitude of 9700 feet, moving through the trek you will come across a wooden suspicion bridge which sways as you walk on it. The massive forest of rhododendron can be seen. It is from this point that the ranges of Himalayas and the peaks of mountain Kanchenjunga is visible. One can fin forest hut, or forest tents so, a comfortable stay at night can be desired. 

When you are illuminated by the light rays of sun, early in the morning you can gear up for the journey, a beautiful Buddhist monastery lies on the route from which the path is quite steep for sometime after which on can find the comfort of walking on a rough pebble lands, finally reaching Phedang which is at an altitude of (12050 feet).Beautiful landscape is visible from this point. After Continuing you will reach (Dzongri) at an altitude of (12980 ft.) which marks the beginning of the grasslands. Enjoy you stay at the Dzongri Base Camp.

base camp

Now, the journey involves trekking from Dzongri Base camp to the Dzongri top which is at an altitude of 13675 ft. Start the trek early in the morning in order to view the beautiful ranges of the Himalayas and the perfect Sunset, after encountering this perfect scenery return to the base camp.

This phase doesn’t involve much of effort and time. This will take you to Thansing (12900 ft.), which is covered with lush green grassland. This is reached via kokchurang which is at a much less altitude (12090 ft) compared to Dzongri.

goechala trek

This part of the trek from Thansing to lamuney, and is one of the most exciting and easiest part of the trek, where one can enjoy the beauty of walking through the clouds in a chilled climate, with beautiful ranges of Himalayas on both the sides. At the end one can find a camp for the night stay.

The last Phase before you reach the destination might be a bit tough as it involves walking through a long distance. At first you will pass through a rocky and flat land you will encounter Samti Lake from which the path suddenly takes another fold, i.e. ascends higher up which further take you to Zemathang Plateau, spot covered with snow all the year, the glimpse of the beautiful sunset over the Kanchenjunga range is the worth watching.

goechala trek

Continuing your Journey for few hours will lead your way to Goechala (16000 ft.), the spot from which the third highest peak of the world i.e. is Kanchenjunga is visible.

Return Journey

At the end, you can find your way to Kokchurang, where you can find the stay at night. The second phase of the return journey involves, Involves journey to Tshoka via Phedang, It is an easy way out travelling for about 7 hours with a halt at Phedang. At last you can trek through the same route from Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen.

Some of the experiences about Goechala Trek shared by 6 trekkers are:

goechala trek

1.“Great Sikkim Trek to Goecha La” by Alex E (Vietnam) from tripadvisor.in

“Great trek to Dzongri and Goecha La, stunning scenery a this was more like ‘luxury’ trekking than I expected with table and chairs etc. We took 8 days in total, and 3 days to reach Dzongri, which I recommend to help with acclimatisation. Did the trek in April and the weather was fine and clear with superb views in the mornings but usually cloudy and cold in the evenings. Bring good cold weather gear” 

2. Sunil Jugulkar (from goechala.com)

“Goecha La, the word brings a surge of happy emotions to my mind every single time it is mentioned. Being my first multi-day trek, I wasn’t sure what to expect, apart from the fact that it was going to be difficult. However the trek surpassed all my expectations. The mountains were higher than I’d ever seen, the climbs harder than what I’d ever done, and the weather colder than what I’d ever experienced” 

3. Krishanu Majumder ( from goechala.com)

“It is 4:45 A.M. All of us are standing in the viewpoint one, spellbound by the gorgeous Kanchenjunga, panting and waiting for the sunrise. Even now, while writing this trek report, a strange thought keeps coming to my mind.”

4. Gopal Ahuja ( from thrillophilia.com)

“The entire experience of Goecha La trek was memorable and much more thrilling than any other treks in Sikkim. From the beginning to the end, there was adventure on this trek. Moreover, the Goechala trek cost is so reasonable that you cannot afford to miss out on this.”

5. Anusuya Mehrotra (from thrillophilia.com)

“Really, Sikkim is a paradise for the adventure lovers. And the Goecha La trek is one of the must to do in here. You will get to experience everything on this trek that starts from Yuksom and completes a circuit via places like Sachen, Tshokha, Phedang, Dzongri, Thangshing, Goecha La and Lamuney.”

6. Ashutosh Kothari ( from thrillophilia.com)

“I am a huge nature enthusiast and always on a quest for discover the beauties of Mother Earth. Hence for someone like me the Goecha La Trek, Sikkim was really rewarding. The high peaks, flowing rivers and charming meadows made the trip worthwhile.”

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