Best Winter Treks in Indian Himalayas which cannot be missed.

Winter in the Himalayas turns into magical fairyland covered with snow everywhere. An opportunity for adventure and thrills in mountains creating lifelong memories.

Dawn of December is when winter treks start. They say “Winter has come”. Time yourself in December, January, and February to see the best of winter snow. Winters in the Himalayas bring new and exquisite adventures which creates unforgettable experiences.

Become a storyteller at the end of winter treks. Here are the topmost & best winter treks in the Himalayas, India.

Chadar Trek – Frozen River Trek

Chadar Trek is one of the challenging treks with the ultimate picturesque beauty in India. It is one of the most incredible treks found only in India.

Chadar Trek

Attracting a number of local and international tourists every year, the path of the expedition is over the frozen Zanskar River (a tributary of the Indus). Trek is on the frozen river which forms a blanket of ice which is why the name Chadar trek. The weather is extremely cold goes beyond -25 degree which requires thorough preparation for the excursion.

Maximum altitude: About 10,900ft above sea level.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights.
Difficulty level: Challenging owing to sub-zero temperatures.
Distance covered: 45 – 50kms.
Location: Leh / Zanskar Region

Chandrakhani Pass Trek

Chandrakhani Pass is one of the most astounding and joyful snow treks in Manali. Chandrakhani pass is the abode for locals gods. The treks start from Naggar located 20kms from Manali leading to enchanting natural beauty.

Winter Chandrakhani

On a whole, this trekking expedition will get you acquainted with the serene, pictorial and heavenly environs of Himachal Pradesh and its natural wonders.

Maximum altitude: About 12,000ft above sea level.
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights.
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
Distance covered: 25 – 30kms.
Location: Manali / Parvati Valley

Prashar Lake Trek

Prashar lake trek is a charming trail through forest and several water streams. Prashar lake is said to have been discovered by the Pandavas (from the epic Mahabharata).

Prashar Lake

For those interested in architecture, the local temple of Prashar Rishi next to the lake, with its riveting Himachali architecture, blends perfectly with the landscape. The silence is spiritually uplifting and combined with the stunning views, brings the trekkers here again and again.

Maximum altitude: About 8,960ft above sea level.
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Nights.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Distance covered: 15kms.
Location: Mandi district.

Kedarkantha Trek

One of the classic trail in India. Kedarkantha is one of the fairyland treks. Kedarkantha is one of the easiest treks which can be easily traversable by first-timers.


If you are looking for snowy winter treks in India, Kedar Kantha is a must. You must visit this beautiful trek.

Maximum altitude: About 12,500ft above sea level.
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights.
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
Distance covered: 20kms.
Location: Uttarkashi district.

Har Ki Dun Trek

Har ki dun is a cradle shaped valley and one of the most popular treks in the Garhwal region. Har ki Dun is known as the Valley of God & is popular for its jaw-dropping views.

Har Ki Dun

There are several challenges to this trek. Besides the long hours of trekking for 6 long hours are fighting with frequent rain. Whatever the conditions are, this trek surely gives you vibes of visiting a wonderland.

Maximum altitude: About 11,700ft above sea level.
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights.
Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult.
Distance covered: 45 – 50kms.
Location: Uttarkashi district.

Winter Hampta Valley Trek

Winter hampta valley trek is one of the best snow treks for beginners and seasonal trekkers. One of the shortest trek with the beauty of snow & spectacular views. Enveloped in the snow in winter this trek is worth an experience. 

Winter Hampta Pass

Maximum altitude: About 11482ft.
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Distance covered:  – 35 – 40kms.
Location: Manali.

During winters only a few treks are operational out of which the above ones are the best. All of those trekkers becomes more challenging when snow is involved. Keeping in mind, make yourself mentally and physically prepare before enrolling for any of the winter treks.