The majestic Himalayas have a unique charm and their exquisiteness is simply unparalleled. Uttarakhand, also known as ‘Dev Bhoomi’ truly is a paradise on earth helmed with green mountains in Garhwal and snow-capped mountains in the Kumaon region. It is a perfect match for the nature and adventure enthusiasts, offering varied options from precarious trekking routes, camping or tranquillity. Its rugged yet pristine beauty is enough to allure everyone from everywhere. The trek route in Uttarakhand offers a perfect blend of beauty with thrill. Stroll through the charismatic meadows, bountiful oak tree forests, quaint tribal villages, veiled waterfalls and witness the marvels of nature unfold before your very eyes. Mentioned here are 7 offbeat treks in Uttarakhand, which should be on the list of every adventurous junkie.
The Dhumdharkandi Pass trek is one of the most challenging and taxing treks in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The trek connects the Tons to the Bhagirathi valley, over the Dhumdharkandi Pass at an altitude of 5300 m, which is helmed between Swargarohini (6252 m) and Bandarpunch (6320 m). The trek is known for its complicated placement and unpredictable weather. It is said that in the year 1815, a foreign national James Baillie Frazer discovered this pass. His collected information states that this pass was popular among the villagers in the ancient times as a short cut transmit to cross over Bhagirathi Valley to reach the remotest parts of Rawaeen Valley (the upper parts of the Tons valley). In fact, the same route was used by traders and invaders as well for years. It’s a spectacular and scenic traverse that takes you towards Ruinsara Lake before ascending over 5000 m Yamunotri Pass down to Yamunotri again. Thereafter it is an easy pleasurable descend. On the way you will get to meet the pilgrims returning from the Yamunotri Temple after offering their prayers. The trail of lovely woodlands, wild flower meadows, alpine blossoms, avian guests and varied river crossings will take you to this pass. Path laden with rocks, rubble, moraines and snowy patches will brace you throughout the route to reach Dhumdhar.
The Panpatia Col is one high altitude mountain pass that gets across the Panpatia Glacier at an elevation of 4200 m, surrounded by other major peaks of Garhwal region. It forms an important bridge between the significant Hindu pilgrimage sites, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Historically it was considered as an ancient route from where the devotees used to trek from Kedarnath to reach Badrinath in 1 day. The route got lost with time only to be re-discovered by legendary mountaineers Shipton and Tillman. Henceforth, it got listed in the trekking map of Garhwal. The passage of this trek is filled with enriched beauty of mountains, encircled with alpine meadows and flowers. It showcases a spectacular view of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth and Parvati peaks and sight of Sujal Sarovar, the high glacial lake is an icing on the cake. A stroll on this trail only exudes peace and calmness. To pursue this trek the group must come well prepared with good physical fitness for high altitude survival. It is definitely not a trek for first-time hiker.
Dayara Bugyal trek is considered as the most enchanting and breathtaking amongst all the treks in Uttarakhand, probably because it has India’s most stunning alpine meadows. Situated at an elevation of 3048 m, the panoramic views of the Banderpunch and the Gangotri range seen from this meadow is simply mind-blowing. It is a classic trek for the enthusiasts keen to rejoice amidst nature as well as experience the mighty Himalayas at high altitude. ‘Bugyal’ generally means ‘high altitude meadow’. Dayara Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal are amongst well known and most beautiful meadows in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Dayara trail passes through stunning Oak forests, pristine streamlines and sprawling grasslands offering majestic views of gazing sheep’s and huts while overlooking the valley. It treats an adventure aficionado with scenic open lands, thick forests, ending at a vast region of lush green meadow. The trek has been defined as untouched and those who have strolled through this describes it as a fairy-tale land. In winters the trail transforms into ski slopes over an area of about 28 sq km.