Hello, Hikers! How’s the lockdown going for you guys? For us, it’s pretty dull, and we know it’s the same for you guys as well. Normally, at this time of the year, you would be away, way up the mountains, attempting the most difficult treks in India and abroad, happily climbing, exploring the flowers bloom and the rivers flow. But corona happened, and it’s a real bummer!
Enough with the grief, now! We have some great tips for you to make full use of this tragedy right here!
You are halfway through the lockdown, and you have survived! Kudos! And once this is over, your heart would yearn for an even strenuous trekking experience; one that you have never ever experienced before. Right?
We have sorted and filtered, and finally listed 5 of the most difficult treks in India, of all time. Once this lockdown is done with, you can choose one and simply run away! And while you are at home, we also have a list of preparation tips for these treks, at home.
Duration: 8 Days, 62 kms
Altitude: 11,100 ft.
Best time: January – March
Also known as the frozen river trek, the Chadar Trek is by far the among the most difficult treks in India. It involves walking across the frozen Zanskar river that is confined within a 600-meter high gorge. The trek involves sub-zero temperatures, a frozen river underneath your feet, bitter climate, and a huge amount of slipperiness. Apart from the challenges, you get to feed on the picturesque brilliance of the mountains and witness the frozen waterfall – the Nerak Waterfall.
Bali Pass Trek
Duration: 8 Days, 60 kms
Altitude: 16,200 ft.
Best time: May – October
If you are crazy about trekking, you must try the Bali Pass Trek. It is one of those less explored treks in the Indian Himalayan region where you get to soak in the panoramic beauty of the Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini Peaks. Challenging terrains, unpredictable ascends and descends, and punishing climatic conditions fused with icy trails, a verdant landscape, and magnificent gorges surely promises some of the most thrilling experiences one could ask for.
Duration: 15 Days, 95 kms
Altitude: 18,000 ft.
Best time: June – Mid-October
Rocks, snow, forests, rocks, snow, forests, rocks….This is Auden’s Col for you! First explored by the Geologist John Bicknell Auden, who was also the brother of poet W. H. Auden, it is considered one of the most dangerous treks of all time. Surely, it is not meant for the weak-hearted as the thick-lush alpine forests, fast flowing icy streams, endless glaciers, and narrow cliffs will surely put forward the hardest test imaginable.
Kumara Parvatha Trek
Duration: 2 Days, 21 kms
Altitude: 5616 ft.
Best time: June – September
The glorious Kumara Parvatha is the second highest mountain in the Western Ghats. Also known as the Pushpagiri, treading through this mountain trial is quite challenging as the entire trek is through the dense forest. Wild animals, unexpected path shifts, and steep climbs makes it one of the most challenging as well as dangerous treks in South India.
Pin Parvati Pass
Location: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 11 Days
Altitude: 17,500 ft.
Best time: July – September
This trans himalayan trek is something that is not meant for the faint hearted. The trek constitutes a rugged path with steep slopes, and punishing snow falls. A great deal of physical as well as mental stamina is required to conquer this trek. The alpine meadows, verdant forests, testing river crossings, and beautiful waterfalls along with unforgettable glacier walks makes it apt for the seasoned trekker.
Now for the preparation tips:
- Better to start early
One of the basic things you must know while preparing to trek is that it takes time to get your body aligned with the new demands you put forward. So, utilise this lockdown period to build your strength and fitness, physically as well as mentally.
- Build your leg strength
We don’t have to tell you that trekking involves a lot of ‘leg work’, and so, it is high priority that you build your leg strength through gym work.
- Walking Training
It is highly necessary that you get your walking training while preparing. It is also important that you get training on climbing on similar terrains. But, owing to the current situation, try to get the training done at home. Getting dressed in the trekking costume, and climbing the stairs at your home is one effective suggestion we would like to make.
- Train with your backpack
As important as it is to choose the backpack, it is also very important that you get familiar with your choice of backpack. You carry food, water, clothes, and probably many more in your backpack which can get quite heavy. So, it is important that you practise using it, loading it the same way as you would while trekking, so that you would get adjusted to the weight and position.
Remember, the fitter you are the better the climb will be. Currently, you have been granted all the time you can take. So, utilise it to the fullest, and get prepared.
Stay healthy. Stay safe. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
(Written by: Kiran Reghunath)