Himachal Pradesh has been named as one of India’s most popular tourist attractions. Many hikers have been fascinated by the mystical beauty of this state throughout history. From trickling brooks to frozen lakes, lush green landscapes to snow-covered mountains, sacred houses to lovely nooks, this wonderful place has it all. Himachal Pradesh’s most recognisable gift is its winding roads carpeted with golden fall leaves. Its heavily thicketed woodlands are a testament to its natural beauty.
Himachal Pradesh is known as the “Land of Snow” because “him” means “snow” and “laya” means “abodes.” Himachal Pradesh is said to be the birthplace of God. Temples carved brilliantly in stone and wood can be seen throughout the state. It’s impossible to appreciate the architectural artistry unless you see it for yourself.
BHRIGU LAKE TREK
Hikers love the Bhrigu Lake route because of the lake’s mythological significance. This stretch is around 20 kilometres north of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, and it may be reached via Gulaba. The meadows surrounding Bhrigu Lake should not be missed. These lush zones provide views of the PirPanjal and Dhauladhar mountains, which dominate the horizon. The meadows are at their most lush green between the months of July to September. In this location, wildflowers abound.
Each year, a large number of tourists visit Bhrigu Lake, which is nestled in the middle of wilderness and surrounded on all sides by ridges of snow-capped mountain peaks. In the early summer, frost-wreaths of green and blue sprout all around the lake’s periphery. The lake turns blue throughout the summer months. This trek is not too challenging, and beginners can certainly take part provided sufficient preparation is done ahead of time.
HAMPTA PASS TREK
The Hampta Pass, located at an elevation of 4270 metres, connects the Chandra Valley and the Kullu Valley.
The Hampta Pass trip begins in Kullu and ends in the arid deserts of Spiti. You will be captivated by the stunning contrasting scenery, dense verdant peaks set against bleak nothingness. As it twists through lush alpine woodland crisscrossed by wide fields of wildflowers and a series of cascades cascading over rocks and boulders, the walk is encompassed by the breathtaking Himalayas.
Hampta Mountain, at 14,000 feet, is one of the Himalayas’ most unusual and beautiful pass crossings. The luscious vegetation of Kullu can be found on one side of the path to Hampta Pass, with woodlands, meadows, and wildflowers blooming everywhere. Lahaul’s terrain is virtually dry and austere on the other side, with bare slopes and sparse vegetation.
PIN BHABA TREK
The journey’s Bhabha leg is a trek to a life beyond this one. It’s densely forested with alpine pine, oak, and silver birch. A brisk trek through dense forests beside the purling BhabhaRiver kicks off the excursion. The walk is genuinely stunning, from the virgin grasslands and flowing meadows of Kinnaur to the serene stillness of Pin Valley in Spiti. As you gain height, you’ll see enormous fields bursting with beautiful blooms.
The Pin Bhaba trip begins in the scenic Himalayan village of Kafnu (2,400 metres) in Kinnaur Valley, which rises to 4,915 metres. Over the course of eight days, the experience is analogous to visiting a variety of different realms. This trail, which leads from Kinnaur to Spiti via beautiful woods and shepherd’s paths, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the middle of May to the end of September is the best season to trek Pin Bhaba Pass. This is a tough journey that should only be attempted by experienced and capable trekkers.
BEAS KUND TREK
In the Manali area, Beas Kund has long been a favourite hike. Beas Kundlake is located in Himachal Pradesh, amid the Himalayan foothills. The Beas River originates in the Kund, which is located at an elevation of 12,772 feet. One of the factors that encourage hikers to go on this adventure is the scenery. Lush green fields grow beneath the peaks of Manali’s three major mountains. The emerald lake that gives rise to the Beas river is likewise hidden among these meadows. Until it reaches the hot Beas River, this green Kund breaks several streams with tumbling falls.
Snowmelt feeds the Chandranahan Lake, which is a small body of water. It is the Pabbar River’s original source. At over 14,000 feet, the lake is nestled in an alpine zone, and seeing it from such a high altitude adds a whole new depth to the experience. The bowl-shaped lake is surrounded by sun-dappled snow-capped peaks.
Trekking to the lake gives you a sense of being extraterrestrial. You’ll have to cross five more alpine lakes to arrive at the last Chandranahanlake, which is tucked away inside the alpine valley. The trek takes about two hours from start to finish, but each step seems like an adventure. You may notice bits of snow draping the ground around you during most seasons.