Hiking and Trekking in India

Do you want to escape from the city routine? What you need is a special encounter with nature. And what better way to do Trekking or Hiking in India! with the greatest territorial extension in the Asian subcontinent, which owns from imposing mountains and canyons in the north to vast forests and jungles in the south, outstanding places for being the home of the greatest exotic diversity of animals. Mountaineering in India stands out as it penetrates an ancient nature that can even be transcendental, which can be ideal for expert hikers, regular campers or adventurous novices.

We show you the Trekking and Hiking in India, the best way to get into exotic nature.

Even for the majority of experts, it is usual to confuse the Hiking Trekking , since they usually do a little of the two activities regularly during the march but not in all cases. That’s why before we start, we define:

– Trekking : it is commonly known in this English term but in its Spanish translation it is Excursionismo, which is attributed to non-competitive sports activity, where it is generally explored on foot routes, remote or isolated, without trails, or signs with transit difficulties such as; mountainous, wooded or jungle areas. hiking in some areas can last for days, so it is essential to camp and stock up on nature.

– Hiking : commonly it is known in this English term but in its translation in Spanish it is Hiking , which is a mixture between; sports, culture and the environment, where nature is explored in a one-day march, generally in an environment controlled by means of roads marked out and approved by the organism of India (for example). Usually these trails are interconnected between mountainous, wooded or jungle areas with ethnographic areas or nearby towns, which allows you to enter the depths of nature and then return to rest in inns and local hotels.

The mountainous areas of the north and the south of India are the main attractive zones to make the activities of trekking and hiking as of the month of September. For this reason, if you plan a trip to India at this time, we present the reasons why you should add these activities to your travel plan.

1. Be connected with nature.

Western Ghats

Western Ghats

Any of these activities will take you to a special encounter with nature. Your experience can start in an extensive forest between flowers and cedar trees, up to an incredible view of peaks full of snow or clouds over the highest area of ​​a mountain. During the tour you will hear the birds, the leaves moving with the wind, the water falling from a stream, small sounds of insects, or impetuous sounds to the distances of some wild animal . So that your senses will be sharper among so many colors and movements perceiving everything of the place as if you were an integral part of it.

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– The Western Ghats : also known as Sahyadri , is the impressive mountain range, which runs through the states of Songadh, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu ending in Marunthuvazh Malai. An impressive mountain connection that highlights the entire west and south-west coast of India, where there is the greatest diversity of fauna and flora among reserves, national parks , sanctuaries of animal life and environmental protection recognized as world heritage by UNESCO. of being the destination for many lovers of Trekking and Hiking mainly in September (Post-Monsoon period).

2. A better point of view of life.

View from Stok Kangri

View from Stok Kangri

Undertaking a march to one of the imposing mountains of the Himalayas, can be a more complex and profound journey than can be described simply, since reaching the summit and being impacted by a landscape perfectly connected between colors and textures After an extensive journey of challenges and difficulties, it can cause the problems of routine to vanish in the face of such greatness and purity. They say that if you look at the problems from a higher point of view and these are not so big and start to solve them. In this sense, the summits of the Himalayas can offer you a broad point of view literally, you just have to dare.

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– Stok Kangri : is the highest peak of the Himalayas in the state of Ladakh in northeastern India located in the Hemis National Park . This is the most difficult trekking, which is the most attractive challenge for beginners of hiking but only people with the best physical conditions and experience in this activity are usually able to reach the chasm where they will have an impressive view of the whole Mountain range of Ladakh and Zanskar, the valley of Indus-Marka and the city of Leh .

3. The best pictures of animal life.

Lion-tailed macaque from the Shendurney Shrine in Kerala

As of September, nature in national parks , reserves and mountainous areas is at its best. The post-monsoon and winter are some of the ideal times to photograph animal life in preparation for winter, where nature has been replenished in greenery and water. So, many wildlife photographers take advantage of hiking even trekking to meet animals such as: Bengal tigers, leopards, unicorn rhinos, some birds in winter immigration or the snow leopard and hopefully achieve Take pictures of these and other animals in their natural habitat.

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– Macaco trail lion tail : an 8-hour circuit concentrates all the diversity and forest abundance that characterizes this adventurous semi-perennial forest and other totally perennial areas, which are protected by the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuaryin Kerala. The best way to photograph animal life is through guides that teach you everything about the place. For this reason, this sanctuary is responsible for organizing trekking and expeditions to Enippara and Mananthara in Themala to educate tourists about the flora and fauna where hikers will have the opportunity to meet troops of lion-tailed macaques, leopards, seladanges and elephants that are often seen along the way. In addition, this sanctuary is recognized as a place of myriads of birds, butterflies and insect species. 

 4. A new level of consciousness.

The Parvati Valley

The Parvati Valley

 This kind of experience, where you must depend on your instincts, be vulnerable to the essentials of nature, adapt to a larger and more powerful system, overcome certain difficulties along the way, and perceive the day in a different way, makes your mind develop a new awareness of things, leading you to question what is essential in life and therefore possibly change your order of priorities. The foothills of the Himalayas are attractive for this kind of travel indeed Buddhists have been the first to experience the depth of this journey and its complete isolation since ancient times.

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-Himachal Pradesh: in the extreme north of India is this ancestral place between valleys, mountains and traditional villages. In the Manali valley, one of the most attractive treks is preserved, which covers

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the valley of Parvati, the valley of Malana and Lahaul / Spiti, as well as in other parts of the Kullu valley . On the other hand, you can enjoy tours to McLeod Ganj (home of the Dalai Lama) , monasteries, temples and colorful prayer flags of the Tibetan community. Himachal pradesh is an ideal retreat to find yourself connecting with nature, where you can learn from Buddhist and Hindu wisdom along the way.

5. Inspiration.

The hills of Nilgiri

The hills of Nilgiri

Many times to fly you have to go back to the roots, this is why the immense nature of India offers you millions of experiences to explore our limits, discover new meanings and develop new ways of seeing the world. Isolated worlds like the extreme north or the thick forests of southern India never cease to amaze us, and understanding the natural forces that inhabit in complete harmony in these amazing places, still continue to be inspired by their colors, their diversity, its grandeur, its fluidity and all that still hides. Ecotourism will always be the best way to connect with life.

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– Chembra : The peak of Chembra connects with the hills of Nilgiri in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Kozhikode. The trekking to this peak is ideal for all lovers of nature and wildlife who want to undertake an adventure to the highest peak of Wayanad. During the journey to this peak, you can see a lake in the shape of a heart, which is said to have never dried up. It is one of the most important attractions of this place, which is known as ” Hridhayathadakam “.

We are already in the most anticipated month for all tourists who love Trekking and Hiking. The foothills of the Himalayas and the mountainous areas of the south in Kerala welcome all hikers in search of extreme adventures or nature lovers in search of peace and inspiration, since in this time where the monsoon is ending giving way to Winter, nature has been re-empowered in life. If you are a natural lover you can not miss the treks and trails that expose the heart of India.