Uttarakhand – more than 90% mountainous, more than half forests, high in the Himalaya, the state in northern India contains many of the most sacred sites in Hinduism. Between its religious significance and its natural beauty, Uttarakhand is one of the premiere destinations for trekkers in India.
Our routes across Uttarakhand offer many wilderness opportunities. Some start with the Chota Char Dham, such as the trek from Gangotri (one of the four temples) to Gaumukh and the Gangotri glacier, the true source of the holy river Ganges. The trek, also a pilgrimage, requires a locally obtainable permit, which keeps traffic to more reasonable levels. And you can’t go wrong with a trek that ends at a glacier.
Other routes in Uttarakhand focus entirely on the wilderness. The trek through the Valley of Flowers, part of Nanda Devi National Park, is particularly beautiful. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and “strict nature reserves,” truly wild places. The Valley of Flowers was rediscovered by British mountaineers in the 1930s, and even now remains a very remote and inaccessible place. There are no villages there, no homestays. Just grass, flowers, and mist. It is a paradise.
Another Headrush Expeditions’ route, from Chopta to Chandrashila, offers breathtaking Himalayan vistas. It’s a short trek, but a good one. The small village of Chopta is the headpoint for a route to Tungnath, a 1,000 year old temple to Shiva and one of the highest religious sites in the world (12,000 feet; 3,680 meters). From there, the trek continues to Chandrashila, the summit of the peak (13,000 feet; 3,950 meters), which offers a panoramic vista of the Himalayan ranges, including Nanda Devi – the highest mountain entirely in India.
The most famous trek in Uttarakhand, and possibly in India, is the pilgrimage of Chota Char Dham, a route consisting of four temples, each devoted to a different Hindu sect, each near a different tributary of the Ganges, and each high in the mountains. The route to the four temples of Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Gangotri, each stunningly different examples of Hindu architecture, is extremely popular among Hindus and foreign tourists. The route is well populated by restaurants and lodging. The route is somewhat physically demanding, but the sheer popularity of the Chota Char Dham may deter those who want a wilderness experience. But if you love Hindu culture, religious sites, and the mountains, it’s perfect.
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