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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Top 10 Trekking Attractions in Sikkim

If you’re passionate about trekking,you should surely not miss out the Sikkim trekking expeditions. These are the trekking expeditions which give you the real feel of the rough, rocky mountainous along with breathtaking scenic views. Here are some popular trekking sites in Sikkim.

1. Goecha La Trek

Goechala Trek

The main attraction is to see the Kanchenjunga peak. This trekking expedition is an extension of the Dzongri trek of the meadows. This gives you a raw experience of the rocky hills of the Sikkim region. You get to view the magnificent Kanchenjunga Mountain too. You can find out the Goecha La Trek itinerary and also get the Goecha La trek map from the trek conductors. This is one of the best treks at an altitude of 4990 meters. You happen to see the wild flowers and fauna of the place. Camping among the mountains is also a great experience.

2. Darjeeling Kanchenjunga trek

Darjeeling Kanchenjunga Trek

The main attraction is the Kanchenjunga peak. Besides trekking the hills of Darjeeling you get the feel of nature closely. The best time to trek is from March to mid May and September end to middle of November. The picturesque beauty of the hills and the peaks is a great attraction for the shutter bugs too.

3. Green Lake view trek

green lake view trek

The main attraction is the Green Lake view. This is a unique trek. The trekkers reach the lake by passing through many small streams and village hamlets. The places you will be crossing during this trek are Siniolchu, Yakub, Jakthan, Lachen etc. Maintaining the spirit of seeing the beauty of the great lake helps you to fight with the mountain sickness too.

4. Barsey-Rhododendron Trek

Barsey-Rhododendron Trek

The main attraction of the trek is to see the pink coloured Rhododendron flowers, which grow as bushes and add beauty to the already beautiful Sikkim. You also see many other Himalayan flowers of various colours and fragrances.

5. The Glacier view trek

The Glacier view trek

The trekking in sikkim himalayas takes you to the frozen beauty of the glaciers. The panoramic beauty of the snow clad mountains encircling the glacier is a sight worth seeing. Trekking beyond the meadows gives you a raw adventure.

6. Singalila Kanchenjunga trek

Singalila Kanchenjunga trek

The main attraction is the Mount Everest peak. This trek touches the altitude of 4940 meters on the Sikkim Himalayas. The best time to trek is mid March to May and September to October. This trek is of long duration of about twenty days. The reward of this challenging trek is the view of the snow clad peaks of Kanchenjunga Mountain (8850 m), Mt Makalu (8481m), Mt Lhotse (8516m) and Mt Everest (8850m). The plus point of this Uttarey Singalila trek is that it has a gradual elevation and therefore the trekkers get enough time to get familiar with the climate and the low air pressure in which they have to trek. You get the chance to see the Orchids too.

7. Heritage trek

Heritage trek

The main attraction of this trek is to observe the culture and heritage of the heritage-wealthy Sikkim. Singing, dancing, colourful dresses, celebrations are the areas that will be covered in this trek, which are otherwise not covered in a normal tour. The areas covered are Nambu, Chongri etc.

8. Maenam and Barsay Wildlife Sanctuary Trek

Maenam and Barsay Wildlife Sanctuary Trek

The Sikkim trek including the Uttarey Singalila trek reaches you to the main attraction of the area that is the Maenam and Barsay wildlife sanctuaries. This proves to be one of the memorable treks as you walk besides miles of blooming Rhododendron flowers too.

9. Dzongu Homestay trek

Dzongu Homestay trek

The main attraction is to get drenched in the beauty of nature and feel the traditional way of living of the Lepcha community.

10. The Ravangla Trek

ravangla trek

The main attraction is the steep climb, which takes to a great height. During the Ravangla trek, you get the chance to see the Oaks, sub alpine Rhododendrons and the Hemlocks too.

20 Essentials to Carry While Trekking in Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim is very different from trekking in other parts of India, as Sikkim is full of bio diversities. The topography and height of the area makes it a difficult terrain to trek on. Although it is advisable to carry a light back pack during trekking, for trekking in Sikkim you need to carry with you many essential commodities to help you on your way.A few essentials are –

1. Warm Jacket :

jacket needed for trekking

As many places in Sikkim are much higher from the sea level, the temperature remains low. So you need to carry warm jacket to keep you warm during the trekking tour.

2. Warm Pants

pant needed for trekking

Similarly you also need warm pants to protect your legs from the cold temperature of the place. Better keep two to cover some problem like getting wet in rains.

3. Rain Jackets

rain Jackets for trekking

As Sikkim is in the north east side of India, it often rains there. So you should keep rain jacket to protect you from sudden rain while trekking.

4. Shell pants

shell pants needed for trekking

These pants are important for trekking expedition, as you may have to walk in the rains during your trekking.

5. Warm caps

Cap Needed for Trekking

While trekking during the early morning or when the temperature is low near the mountains, you may require the warm head gears to cover your head and ears. So don’t forget them.

6. Trekking hats

hat needed for trekking

While trekking on a sunny day, you may require a cap to protect your head from the powerful rays of the Sun. So keep it with you.

7. Sun Glasses

sunglass needed for trekking

This is also very necessary for your trekking trip, as the need to protect your eyes from the scorching bright rays of the Sun may arise. You need to take sunglasses with ultraviolet and infrared filtration protection, which have the detachable side protections too.

8. LED Headlamps

LED head lamps for trekking

Headlamps are required to see the way if it grows dim during your trek and also to see or read in your tent. Keep extra batteries and bulbs too.

9. Warm Gloves

Gloves for trekking

You should have warm gloves which should have a water proof outer covering to avoid it from getting wet.

10. Liner Socks

shocks for trekking

Liner socks are important to prevent moisture and blisters on your feet.

11. Hiking Socks 

Hiking Shocks for trekking

These socks are important to make the outer covering of your feet to save from cold.

12. Hiking Boots

Hiking boots for trekking

 Taking light or medium trekking boots is recommended to protect your feet from soars and blisters, as these may mar your trekking trip badly.

13. Thermal Inner

Thermal inner for trekking

 This should be taken to form the inner most layer of ‘layering’ pattern of clothing to keep you warm.

14. Back Pack

Back pack for trekking

This should be of light weight and should be spacious enough to hold all your necessary goods.

15. Water Bottles

water-bottle for tekking

Water bottles are required during your trek to prevent you from getting dehydrated.

16. Sleeping Mattress

 mattress for trekking

You should carry a self inflatable trek mat with you to give you a peaceful night sleep.

17. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit for trekking

A first aid kit with all the necessary medicines is very essential for you, so that you may be able to take medicines in time and avoid falling sick.

18. Insect Repellant

Insect repellant for trekking

Insect repellents are important as you will be trekking in the forests and hills, where mosquitoes and many kinds of poisonous insects too may come up.

19. Military knife

military knife for trekking

An all purpose knife should be kept handy, so as to help you in your small problems such as cutting any rope or opening bottles etc.

20. Power Adapter

Power Adapter for trekking

This is very important, as you may not be able to charge your phones or cameras during your trekking tour of Sikkim.

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