Snuggle in the lap of the mountains and enjoy a special connection with mother nature. New Woman enumerates the best treks that you can take. Gear up for the challenge and be prepared to scale new heights. It can’t get more adventurous than that!
1 Roopkund, Uttarakhand
Roopkund is a mountain lake lying in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Situated at 5029 m above sea level, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. Roopkund is also called the ‘Mystery Lake’, or the ‘Skeletal Lake’, because of the several hundred human skeletons found scattered in and around the lake, which are believed to be from the Paleolithic Age. While trekking to Roopkund, you get to witness the pahadi culture and the sacred Bedni Kund holding crystal clear water. It’s a long trek and you get to experience the deep forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of meadows, snow and ice and the taste of a great adventure.
Number of days: Eight
Popular viewing points: Bedni Bugyal and Baguabasa
Trekking ability: Moderate
2 Kalsubai, Maharashtra
Standing tall at a towering height of 5,400 feet, Kalsubai is recognised as the highest peak of Maharashtra. Its main route starts from the village of Bari. It is a medium to difficult trek with nature testing you at various steps of the route. The three iron ladders along the route make this journey very exciting. At the top of the summit, there is a plain ground with a small temple of the local deity, Kalsu.
The summit is a small place which seats only three people at a time, but is worth considering as you get to romance the clouds up there. Don’t miss the calm and placid backwaters of Bhandardara, which call for activities like boating and fishing. Offering a panoramic view of the Sahyadris and the Kalsubai trek gives the trekker an adrenaline rush like none other.
Popular viewing points: Backwaters of Bhandardara
Trekking ability: Medium
3 Kumara Parvata Trek, Karnataka
The Kumara Parvata Peak, popularly known as ‘Pushpagiri’ lies in the backdrop of the ancient shrine of Kukke Subramanya between Kodagu (Coorg) and Dakshin Kannada district in Karnataka. The climate in the Coorg district in monsoon is unusual, thus creating a bounty of picturesque images in mind. Considered one of the toughest treks in South India, Kumara Parvata is a mixture of physical challenges and natural beauty. Standing at 1,712 m, this third tallest peak in Karnataka cuddles the clouds overpowering the magnificent scenario of the Western Ghats. As a trekker, you will be faced with heavy winds, dense fog and steep climbs, which make the trek even more challenging. Beware of leeches and snakes, especially cobras, found in abundance here.
Popular viewing points: Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Trekking ability: Difficult