treks in january

Best Treks in January

Brave the Cold on a January Trek in the Himalayas
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About Treks in Janurary

Covered with the spine-chilling white snow, the mighty Himalayas provide a plethora of options for treks in January. As the name of the mountain ranges suggest, the Himalayas in January, will be an ‘Abode of snow’ and the trekking spots will be active and filled with adventure lovers. The paths and the mountains will be covered with dense snow and the lakes will be in a frozen state. Even if it is all white and cold, the beauty and magnificence of the Himalayas remains unchanged forever. The best treks to do in January include Chadar lake trek, Roopkund trek, Prashar lake trek and Kheerganga trek. The preparations before the treks in January need more care, as it is winter. In spite of all the difficulties of trekking, walking and breathing, the Himalayas in January will be one of the best trek memories for sure.

Popular Treks to do in January

The winter treks in January are common, especially in the Himalayas. There are a handful of destinations which provide the best trekking experiences in January. The best treks in Himachal in January include the Triund trek, Hampta Pass trek, Kasol-Malana trek, Pin Parvati trek and Kheerganga trek. All the popular winter trek destinations in January, will be covered with snow all over and will definitely give a wonderful and thrilling trekking experience. The safety instructions and timings of these trekking points have to be followed thoroughly, especially during winters, in order to avoid unnecessary troubles. Trekking in January will be truly an amazing experience, not only because of the energetic trek, but also because of the breathtaking beauty of the mountain ranges you are going to see.

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Chadar Trek
Chadar Trek

The Chadar trek in Ladakh is one of the best treks in January, with major attractions including the frozen Zanskar river, snowy valleys, and mountains. This trek requires almost 9 days and is often considered as a moderate to difficult level trekking experience. The treks through sheets of ice at an altitude of 11480 ft (3.5 km) makes it an interesting journey.

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trek to kheerganga
Kheerganga Trek

Kheerganga trek during the month of January is one of the toughest and adventurous treks to attempt. With an altitude of over 10000 feet the temperatures here, during January drop to sub-zero levels, with heavy snowfall all across the region. The trek gives an opportunity to learn about the mix of Indian and Hippie culture along with a chance of getting mesmerized with the breathtaking views of the excellent meadows, cascades and forested way with pine trees.

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brahmatal trek
Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal trek is one of the best treks in January, with a moderate level trail in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district that takes around 6 days. Stunning views of the mountain ranges MT Trishul and MT Nanda Ghunti are awaiting, once you reach the top. An altitude of 12600 ft (3.84 km) can make the journey a bit difficult for the beginners, but the eye-pleasing sights will be worth it for sure.

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Roopkund trek
Roopkund Trek

This is considered as one of the challenging treks to do in January. The frozen ‘Skeleton lake’ is the popular attraction which makes the Roopkund trek one of the must-try treks in January. Once you reach the top, you can have a panoramic view of mountains like Mount Trishul and Kedarnath, all covered with white snow. It will take almost 8 days to complete the trek which has an altitude of 15700 ft

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Prashar lake trek
Prashar Lake Trek

This is the easiest treks to attempt among the best treks in January, especially for beginners with an altitude of 8956 ft. A snowy view of the Dhauladhar ranges along with the frozen Prashar lake are the top attractions of this short trek. This is one of the best treks in Himachal in January as it takes only 2 days, with a lakeside camping featured by eye-soothing visuals.

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Dayara bugyal trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek is located in the pleasing alpine meadows in the Uttarkashi region in Uttarakhand. Trek to the region includes easy to moderate level trails, at an altitude of 12000 ft. This is one of the beautiful treks to do in January, as it will be blessed with scenic landscapes covered with snow and peaks like Gangothri. It will take almost 3 days and is suitable for beginners.

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Har ki dun trek
Har ki Dun Trek

This is one of the top-rated treks to do in January, located in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. During January, the green riverside valley will be covered with thick white snow, which will make the region gorgeous. The riverside camping experience is another top attraction of the trek. This is considered as a moderate level trek at an altitude of 11650 ft (3.55 km), which will take 7 days to complete.

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triund trek
Triund Trek

Triund trek is referred to as the crown of Dharamshala and is one of the most popular and magnificent treks in the Himalayan ranges. Located at an altitude of 7700 feet, the trek includes trails through the Bhagsu nag waterfall and several breathtaking routes along the Dhauladhar ranges. This trek is one of the rush free treks in January with less trekkers around and can be done within 2-3 days.

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Serolsar Lake trek
Serolsar Lake Trek

It is one of the convenient treks to do in January, especially for the beginners and seasonal trekkers. This 5-hour trek which covers almost a distance of 6 KMS will take you to the crystal-clear water in the Serolsar lake at an altitude of 10,170 feet. During the winter, the parts of the lake will be frozen and there will be snow scattered everywhere making it a pleasant sight to watch and soak in the beauty of nature.

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snow leopard in ladakh
Snow Leopard Trek

The Snow Leopard trek is one of the most exciting and best treks in January, as the trek will let you have a glimpse at the snow leopard with all its beauty. Animals like Tibetan wolf and Sheep are other attractions of this moderate level trek. This trek is through the Spiti valley covered with snow, at an altitude of, 14700 ft, which takes almost 7 days to complete with a moderate difficulty level.

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Chopta Tungnath trek
Tungnath Trek

This is one of the best treks in January, for the adventure enthusiasts, as the Chopta region will be covered with 5-7 feet heavy snow. The trek allows you to explore unique villages, crystal clear lakes, forest trails and soak in the picturesque views of the hills with the summit at an altitude of 122,072 feet. It is considered as an easy and short trek, with a distance of 3.5 kms, but the extreme weather conditions in January makes the trek a difficult one.

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kuari pass trek
Kuari Pass Trek

This is a trek located in the Joshimath region in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 12516 ft. The breathtaking views of the tall snowy mountain ranges like Nanda Devi, Dronagiri and Trishul surrounded by blooming rhododendrons and other flora and fauna are the major highlights of the trek. This easy to moderate trek which takes 5 days is the best among the winter treks in January, especially for beginners.

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nag tibba trek
Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba trek is a short trek which will take only 2 days and is considered as an easy one. This trek is located in the Tehri Garhwal region in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 10000 ft. The sunrise viewpoint after reaching the top is one of the boasted features of the trek. The cute little temple on the top will be covered with snow during this time.

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stok kangri trek
Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri trek is a difficult trek which will take almost 9-10 days. The peak is located at an altitude of 20180 ft (6.15 km), with a distance of 40 KMS. This trek lies in Ladakh and is one of the adventurous treks to do in January and is not advised for the beginners. The trek will take you to the wonderful view of the Indus valley mountain ranges, along with other mountains.

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Why January is the Best Time for Trekking?

Snow Covered Mountains

January is the coldest month of the season with most of the mountains and the trekking routes filled with thick white snow. And these snow-stricken slippery paths can excite those who love adventures. People who love challenges, and want an adrenaline rush experience in trekking, should not miss a chance of trekking in January as the temperatures are freezing cold, making it difficult yet enthralling to scale up the mountain heights. The month of January also faces strong waves with large deposits of snow making the trekking experience much more challenging and adventurous.

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FAQs About Treks in January

Which trek is best to do in January?

The treks like Chadar lake trek, Brahmatal trek, Snow Leopard trek and Roopkund lake trek are rated as the best treks in January. The lake treks like Triund lake trek and Prashar lake trek are some of the best treks in Himachal in January. These treks provide an exhilarating experience with some of the best picturesque spots laden with sheets of powdery snow.

Which Himalayan trek is best to do in winters?

The treks like Chopta-Tungnath trek, Bedni Bugyal, Nag Tibba trek, Kuari Pass trek and Kedarkantha treks are some of the best treks during winter. The Stok Kangri trek winter trek, Triund trek, Serolsar trek, Prashar lake trek and Snow Leopard trek are considered as other top-rated winter treks in January.

What are the best snow treks in the Himalayas?

The best snow treks in the Himalayas can be done on the spots like Manali, Himachal, Ladakh and Uttarakhand. Stok Kangri trek, Snow Leopard trek, Brahmatal trek, Chadar lake trek and Nag Tibba trek are some treks to try as they are the best snow treks in winter treks in January.

What should one keep in mind while trekking in snow?

Extreme care has to be taken while trekking in snow. Doubly layered dresses with caps, gloves, and shoes with good grips and other essentials are a must. It is important to follow the instructions of the guide properly to avoid any mistakes, while on the trek. It is better to avoid trekking if there are any safety restrictions.

Is Kheerganga Trek safe in January?

Yes, the Kheerganga Trek is safe in January and if you wish to go on a winter trek with the best sights of snow then this is the month for you. The month of january also offers the trekkers with the sights of live snowfall.

Which treks in Himachal are best to do in January?

The best Himachal treks to do in January are the Hampta Pass climb, Kasol winter trek, Pin Parvati trek and Prashar lake walk. Manali treks are also enjoyable to do and are considered as the best treks in Himachal in January.

Which treks in Uttarakhand are best to do in January?

The Chopta-Chandrashila trek, Chadar frozen lake trek, Kedarkantha trek, Dayara Bugyal trek and Brahmatal trek are the best treks to try in Uttarakhand in January. In fact, there are other options like Nag Tibba trek and Har Ki Dun trek are also worth trying treks in January for sure.

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