Experience the authentic culture and essence of the land visited... to taste the local flavours... hear the music that moves the people ... and experience the elements of spirituality and religion of the pristine and awe inspiring Himalayan areas, where ancient villages and cultures continue to exist since centuries.
In India, the Himalayan trekking areas are Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh & Zanskar, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Treks in the Nilgiris in South India are possible as well.
Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir, known as `Little Tibet' has a Buddhist culture and is famous for its unique high altitude desert topography and monasteries. Ladakh's gompas have beautiful interior frescoes and statues that are as breathtaking as its ethereal landscape.
In the world of Ladakh, the air is still, and the squeak of a prayer wheel is answered by the single resounding stroke of a gong, from an unseen monastery in the rock face. Zanskar and Kishtwar, also in Jammu & Kashmir are predominantly Muslim in culture with rugged trekking routes that often traverse to and from each region.
The Garhwal valley is known for its dense forests, flower filled alpine meadows and towering peaks. Cradle of the Ganges, it is a region steeped in the lore of Hindu mythology. The Kumaon too has numerous treks with views of the Nanda Devi and Panchuli ranges. Several treks following in the footsteps of early explorers such as Frank Smythe, Lord Curzon, and the Shipton - Tillman trails can be undertaken through exquisite landscapes and mountain vistas.
In Himachal Pradesh, the alpine Kulu valley is rich in pine and deodar forests, apple and fruit orchards, rhododendron, crimson and buttercup meadows. One can cross high passes to enter the newly opened areas of Spiti and Kinnaur that give rise to a more rugged panorama.
Sikkim, known as the last Shangri-La, is the land of monks, monasteries, orchids and exotic wildlife. The area of Arunachal Pradesh in the North East is relatively unexplored and offers short treks. The rolling hills of the Nilgiris in South India afford unusual and gentle trekking opportunities.
The Ibex Expeditions treks range from 2-3 days to longer 21-30 day duration’s. The ideal season for trekking in India is April to October except for July. For Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya, the period is October to December and March to May. The Nilgiris can be best enjoyed from October through March.
Ibex provides complete infrastructure of camp and kitchen equipment including transport, hotels, guides, food, cooks, porters and a varied cuisine.
The IBEX treks range from 2-3 days to longer 21-30 day duration. The ideal season for trekking in India is April to October except for July. For Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya, the period is October to December and March to May. IBEX provides complete infrastructure of camp and kitchen equipment including transport, hotels, guides, food, cooks, porters and a varied cuisine.
Trekking in India
India is home to the Himalaya, the "abode of snows". It is well known in every corner of the world as the homeland of some of the highest mountains peaks of the world. It offers a great concentration of high snow capped mountains. Apart from enjoying the amazing beauty of these peaks, you will have the opportunities to climb some of these peaks. A trek in India is a special and rewarding mountain holiday.
So, it's of no coincidence that India is a spectacular adventure destination especially among the trekkers. No mountain lover can resist the temptation of having a trek in the verdant slopes of Himalayas. Trekking in India will take you through a country that has captured the imagination of mountaineers and explorers for a long time. You will come in close contact with the culture of the people residing in the remote villages.
Nature has been bountiful in providing India majestic mountains and this has resulted in the attraction of a large number of people to this beautiful land. The serenity and purity of the environment can be best enjoyed by trekking at your own pace. There is not a shadow of doubt that trekking the verdant hills of the Himalayas will fill your heart with limitless joy and provide you the unmatched peace of mind. Hence India is a prime travel destination not only for those in search of spiritualism but also for the adventurers who have a desire to uncover the unexplored.
The concept of adventure sports in India came into vogue after the development of the various Hill stations all over India by the British. These hill stations served the base from where treks were undertaken. After that with the introduction of the base camp it became easy for the adventurers to explore the neighboring areas on their own. This resulted in the growing number of professional. Today, trekking is resorted to by many people.
While anyone can take low altitude trekking and nature walks, high-altitude trekking like the mountaineering and climbing can be undertaken by only those who is not suffering from high/low blood pressure or obesity. Anyone, who is physically fit and mentally sound and is between the age group of 16 and 60, can participate in this adventure sport.
Trekking during the monsoons should be avoided by the amateur trekkers. Low altitude trekking can be undertaken during the months of February/March and April/May is best suited for high-altitude trekking in the Himalayas. If you want enjoy trekking in South India, then proceed towards the Western Ghats from December to April. The weather is clear and scenic beauty of this region is heart soothing.
The Western Himalayas covering the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttaranchal form a major trekking area in India. It is followed by the Eastern Himalayas covering Darjeeling in West Bengal and the northeastern states of Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. The areas around Gangotri and Yamunotri and those below the Kumaon region are also famous for trekking.
You will need permits and licenses in sensitive areas where security is at stake. Following guidelines will prove to be helpful in planning your trekking holiday in India:
- Your budget and climate must be taken into account while decide upon the number of days of your expedition.
- Consider the level of difficulty and your level of physical fitness
- Undertake nature walks or high-altitude trekking depending on what is suited to you.
- Get ready for every bit of increase in altitude
- Learn how to deal with high-altitude sickness or high-altitude madness
- Plan your holiday with ample time for altitude acclimatization.
- Carry the necessary medicines
- Get the medical fitness tests done before hand
- Protect yourself from snow blindness, frostbiting, and sun burning during the expedition
- Gain correct training for handling mountaineering equipment
- Follow the instructions completely and seek permission to enter sensitive areas in advance.
Adventure holidays in India can be a truly memorable trekking experience if you follow the above-mentioned guidelines in mind. So get ready, get set, get going for an exciting trekking holiday in India, the next time around!