The Himalayas are all about fresh white snow, many people like to believe. Yet the facts couldn’t be anymore. The colors of the Himalayas are as high as the snow! And how much better time for this beautiful canvas than autumn!
1. Phulara Ridge
To begin with, an Indian ridge trek, surprisingly. Ridge tours in India are an uncommon occurrence. Maybe only a few such tours are available in India. We think we have come across the best ridge trek in India as we explore the Phulara Ridge trek in April 2017.
Today, there is a ridge where two mountainsides cross. Thus it’s more like a walk on a hill at knifepoint, where there are just slopes of the mountain on both sides. On a few Himalayan walks, there are small ridge sections. However, it is unprecedented to have a whole day trek on a mountain.
2. Beas Kund
We had been putting the Beas Kund trek aside for a long time as a very simple trek that could be made independently.
But we didn’t know so much that a trek from Manali can be such a stunner. This trek takes place in October, one of the best months. Only because you’re so close to the huge mountains such as Friendship Peak, Hanuman Tibba and Ladakhi Peak. Expeditions to these peaks commence as an Advance Base Camp from Beas Kund. You are at their foundation, thus, literally, to see them over you. When you spend it in the fall, the views are no longer as plain as day in the year!
3. Har ki Dun
The Har Ki Dun trek did not see a lot of human traffic and has allowed a large number of birds and animals to flourish in this area. Langoor families can be seen in the vicinity of Puani Garant. It is probable that because of good weather and the complete lack of haze, you will also spot Black bears, wild boars, and Barasingha amongst others. The trail helps you to enjoy the vibrant pine forest ecosystem.
This is possibly the only valley that Swargarohini can see together – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch, and Blacktop. If you get such a good view of Swargarohini, it’s like a Pandava that rises to the sky. The Ruinsara Peaks can also be seen.
The Kedarkantha walk is, and rightly so, one of our most famous winter treks. The trail is coated entirely with snow in the winter and it is a pleasure to walk. But the downside of this success is that in winter it appears to get very crowded. But it is an ideal autumn walk if you want to experience the same route, without the crowd.
The trail not only provides glorious snow-covered mountains but also some of Himalayan’s most pristine views. Really, in autumn the view of 360 degrees from the summit is unparalleled.
5. Buran Ghati
The snow wall is reminiscent of most trekkers in June to the Buran Ghati trek. But if you don’t accept that it’s also one of the best autumn treks, you make a big error.
In the knees of this trek, every nature lover would be weak. The shades of woodland turn orange as the weather improves. Pines, maples, and oaks are here, and they last a very long time! The jungle you don’t want to leave.
In the autumn months, the Gaumukh-Tapovan Trek must be made. It gives you not only a straightforward panorama of the mountains but a total view. From the mountain base right to the very end. Even on the best of the treks you rarely get such a view. Another mountain is still blocking the other’s view.
Goechala Trek does not need an introduction, I guess. This is one of the very few hiking trips in India, where the mountains are so close. In all its glory, you will see the Kanchenjunga! You can’t take away your eyes from that vision! Not just that, at the Dzongri campsite, you see Mt.Pandim just behind you. These views by themselves are worth the effort you have made to get there!
You will be hit by the woodland trail, another matter. This trek includes a few of the region’s oldest forests – rhododendrons in particular. The forest floor of the moss sends out a wet aroma which allows the very essence of nature to intoxicate you.