Trekking is referred to walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. This type of trekking usually takes place on trails in areas of relatively unspoiled wilderness. The number of trekkers increases day by day as new suitable places for trekking are discovered regularly and mostly unheard of remote locations, untouched, where adventure becomes synonymous with the place names.
In India does not require any official introduction since there are millions of people do trekking every day regardless of time. The geographical features of India are unique which help trekking grow from height to height. It’s good for your spirit, It’s excellent for your health. You can see amazing sorts of landscapes and beautiful views.
Auli is a famous hill station and an important ski destination in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This place is one of the best ski resorts in India and one of the top Uttarakhand tourism destinations for adventure sports. Auli is also known as Auli Bugyal which means meadow in Garhwali, is located at an average altitude of 2800 m in the Garhwal Himalayas. In the earlier days, Auli was a prominent trade centre and the trails of Auli were frequently traversed by the semi-nomadic Bhotiya tribes who maintained barter trading with Tibet for centuries.
In Joshimath, the math is built by him. It is still intact and is known by the name Shankaracharya Tapastali. It is also a beautiful ski destination, but less known compared to Shimla, Gulmarg and Manali. In recent time, after the creation of new state Uttarakhand, Auli was marketed as a tourist destination. In the recent days, Auli is known for its snow-covered slopes and panoramic views of the surroundings.
The Auli slopes were the training ground for the Indian Paramilitary Forces and Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund, Kwani Bugyal, Hot Spring Point, Narsimha Mandir, Sankaracharya Tapastali of Joshimath, Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag and Pandukeshwar, Badrinath Mandir are the important tourist places in and around Auli. Excursions to Hemkund and Valley of Flowers are also popular among the travellers visiting Auli.
It also offers majestic views of Mount Nanda Devi, Nanga Parbat, Dungagiri, Beethartoli, Nikanth Hathi Parbat and Ghori Parbat. It boasts Asia’s longest cable car located at Gondola (4 km long). Auli Skiing attracts a large number of tourists. Today, it also hosts National Championships, organized by Winter Games Federation of India, in the months of February and March.
Kedarnath is a famous centre of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand situated in Rudraprayag district. Kedarnath is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus and is one of the four major Places to visit in Uttarakhand known as Chota Char Dham pilgrimage that also includes Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It situated at an altitude of 3584 m near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini. Kedarnath is the place where Lord Shiva absolved Pandavas from the sin of killing their own cousins Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra.
The Kedarnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. Kedarnath temple is a famous tourist attraction and pilgrims book their hotels way in advance. Dharamshalas and Rooms in budget hotels are available under Rs 500 and provide comfortable accommodation with basic amenities. The guest houses are also available. The Kedarnath nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun, which is just 239 km away.
The railway station is the nearest railhead to Kedarnath, which is situated at a distance of 224 km. The Gaurikund is the nearest road point, which is 14 km from Kedarnath and is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh, Srinagar, Haridwar and Dehradun. To reach Kedarnath, the helicopter service is also available from various places in Uttarakhand. A helicopter service can be hired from Dehradun, Gauchar, Agastyamuni, Phata or Sitapur.
Kedarnath can be reached by 14 km steep climb from Gaurikund to the temple of Kedarnath and can be done on foot or on ponies. Horses or Ponies are available on rent from Gaurikund. After the floods in 2013 which greatly affected the Kedarnath region, the route has been modified. A normal health check-up is done to ensure the safety of the tourists before allowing them to go further after registration. The trek of 7 km takes place up to Bhim Bali, while the next halt is at Linchauli at another 7 km. The final halt is the Kedarnath temple after a trek of another 7 km. The actual original route from Gaurikund runs through Rambara (7 km) – Linchauli (4 km) – Kedarnath (3 km).
Roopkund Trek :
The Roopkund trek offers the correct dose of adventure with a bunch of steep climbs and slippery but fun descents. None of the roller coasters can give you the adrenaline rush you get as you walk along a sharp, exposed ridge towards Junargali while holding onto a rope. Climbing on the mountain depends on a lot of factors such as weather and time of the day, if you want to be within the breathing space of Nanda Ghunti and Mount Trishul, this is the place to be. The Roopkund trek is an adventurous trip which passes through many exotic and beautiful locations.
Trekking towards the lake, you would find lush green grassy land and conifer forest ranging towards the fall of hills. Afterwards, the trek takes its way along the Pindar River. You will enjoy the natural and lush green beauty of the surroundings with the pleasant breeze that blows all around you, giving a soothing effect to your senses.
Chopta to Tungnath :
This would also be an exciting trekking trip since the short trek has tricky trails to make you happy as well as anxious. The Tungnath temple is situated at 3400 meters above sea level. It is the correct space to experience peace of mind and even does meditation to rejuvenate yourself by absorbing the pure radiance from the sun coming in between the swaying trees.
Chaukhamba, Kedar, and some of the other major peaks come closer to you while you are on the top portion of Chandrashila. Trekking is comparatively easy making it suitable for beginners and also for children. The advanced trekkers would also find it quite interesting passing by the thick green forests and watching the snow-clad peaks at the distance.
The fitness is only necessary to do this trek and those who love nature deeply would get a feast to their eyes with this closer to nature trek and the location will be varying depending on the season you choose.
Kalindikhal Pass Trek :
The Kalindikhaal is full of thrill and adventure and requires some fundamental knowledge of mountaineering. This trek embarks from Gangotri across the Kalindi Khal. The trekking route passes through one of the most breathtaking mountainscapes under the shadow of great peaks of Garhwal – Bhagirathi II, III & I, Shiblinga, Basuki, Chandraparbat, Satopanth etc, and covering terrain over boulders, glaciers, scree, and snow.
The main speciality of the trek is that it takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi River Valley to the Alaknanda river Valley. This trekking is advised only for those who have a prior experience of high altitude treks.
The full concept of “trek” is something we don’t really meet in our regular western way of travelling. So, it is still nothing like trekking particularly in the hill region we are going to speak about here. Uttarakhand is famous for several adventurous sports activities because of its geographical features.
The tourist spends the maximum pleasure out of adventure sports like trekking, ice-skiing, white water rafting, sailing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, yachting, water-skiing and parasailing. To ascend the big mountain stretch or to walk in the dense jungles of the hills is in itself very exciting.
The huge water-filled rivers and deep lakes are perfect for water sports. You will meet kind and interesting people. It is going to be the greatest experience in your trip, and maybe in your whole life!