• May 23, 2024
Uttarakhand

Treks for Photography in the Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand can be considered a hub for all the nature lovers, apart from being the ‘Land of Gods’ literally. People call it Devbhoomi as there are numerous Hindu pilgrimage centers across the state.

Something so rich in history and nature is definitely worth majestic enough for capturing.

So, here are the Top Treks destination in Uttarakhand for all the camera lovers out there:

1. Trek

Snow trek to Kedarkantha is like the holy grail for all the photographers. The tall pine trees clad in snow, beautiful clearings for camp which gives a nice vantage point and the lush green forests make up for a wildlife photoshoot.

Not to mention the most rewarding summit climb. After reaching the top, surely your dream pose of ‘Ranbir Kapoor’ from YJHD will come out with the early golden sunrise.

With an elevation of 13,500 ft, it gives the overall view of 13 peaks from Himalayan range.

Lastly, the spiritual lake called Juda-ka-talab where Lord Shiva once meditated gives you another serene look, making this trek one of the most popular among photography enthusiasts.

Trek Distance: 20 km

Trek Altitude: 13,500 ft

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Best Season: November to April

2. Valley of Flowers Trek

As the name describes, Valley of Flowers enchants you in its floral fragrance from the start. Nestled in the western Himalayan region, this gem is privileged as a UNESCO world Heritage site. The scenery is enough to make you fall in love with it.

The extended trek from valley of flower to Hemkund Sahib is comparatively difficult to trek, but the peaceful aura in this Sikh Gurudwara alongside Hemkund Lake is incomparable. This dazzling lake, known as ‘Lake of Snow’ is sure to make you feel like capturing the moment and relishing in it.

Trek Distance: 40 km

Trek Altitude: 14,200 ft

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: June to October

3. Kedartal Trek

Kedartal gives you a view of three of the infamous peaks; Jogin peak, Bhirgupanth peak and Thalayasagar peak.

This lake near Gangotri at the foot of magnificent Bhrigupanth and Thalayasagar gives you a breathtaking view. And if that’s not enough, the wilderness gives you an added reason to visit this place. You can also witness the rare species like Blue Sheep, Gloral and the namely Himalayan Black Bear on the trail.

As it takes the pilgrim route through Gangotri Temple, you can take the blessings of Goddess Ganga.

Trek Distance: 38 Km

Trek Altitude: 16,110 ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: May, June and September, October

4. Chandrashila Trek

This trek takes you to the world’s highest temple of Lord Shiva at an altitude of 12,083 ft, the Tungnath Temple. This provides you with a great advantage for onlooking sights. A must visit after coming to the land of Gods.

It also gives you a 360-degree view of the snow-clad mountain summit views of Kedar and Chaukhamba.

The trail itself is beautified with the famous rhododendron forest and pine trees. Don’t forget your lens for the memorable bird watching experience, you can even spot the golden breasted eagle on your way.

Trek Distance: 25 km

Trek Altitude: 12,083 ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: September to November

5. Har Ki Dun Trek

If you are a fan of history and culture, this is the place for you. This is the oldest, almost ancient trek route in the Himalayas. You can relish in legends of Pandavas taking this route to ascend towards heaven.

Explore villages as ancient as 2000 years old and hear it from the locals themselves. Har ki Dun is considered as the ‘Valley of Gods’. It is a home to green meadows, alpine lakes, mountain views with the flavor of History. A recommended place if you look for meaning behind every picture.

Trek Distance: 67 km

Trek Altitude: 11,800 ft

Difficulty Level: moderate

Best Season: March-May & October-December

6. Auden’s Col Trek

If you are up for a challenge, Auden’s col is surely to impress you with its adventurous ride. It is a mountain pass which is deemed to be least explored in the Himalayan region. It is a delight for every photographer to explore its beauty.

Characterized by steep ridges, narrow cliffs and beautiful shrines, Auden’s col gives you a perfect balance of adventure and beauty.

This trek is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in Garhwal region of Himalayas. You are surely to take away a lifetime of experience from this trek.

Trek Distance: 70 km

Trek Altitude: 18,010 ft

Difficulty Level: Challenging

Best Season: June

There is always more to explore when you look at it through your lens, what makes them beautiful is the experience. Some honorable mentions are Rupin Pass Trek, Roopkund Trek, Nag Tibba trek.

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