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Mountain Passes in India

Discussion in 'Trekking and Mountaineering' started by RitvikChopra, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. RitvikChopra

    RitvikChopra New Member

    My friends and I are planning a trip to India and while our stay there we would like to go trekking and to cycle somewhere in the mountain regions. We have a month, and a half stay in India, so we have enough time for both of these activities as well as some sightseeing.

    Our final destination has not been decided yet, and we first need to know what mountain passes in India are suitable for trekking and cycling.
    Our first preference is to be somewhere in North India but it is not necessary.

  2. Shiv

    Shiv Member

    As you have mentioned North India is your preference for the destination, I am going to provide details of some mountain passes in North India where you can trek and cycle. On these treks, you will be able to see some beautiful views of the mountains and nature and also be near tourist attractions which you can visit.

    Trekking in the Mountains

    Dhumdhar Kandi Pass - This is in the Garhwal area of Uttaranchal

    Parang La - This trekking region connects Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh

    Karakoram Pass - This is said to be one of the difficult yet when completed most memorable treks for any trekker

    Phirtse La - This is another trek which is in Ladakh. This trek goes through the Manali and Leh highway which is a delight for many

    Monirang Pass - This trek takes you through the Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti area

    Sin La - This trek is in the Uttarakhand region which stars from Pithoragarh

    Cycling in the mountains

    Leh to Khardung La - This route for cycling is on the highest motorable road in the world

    Manali to Spiti Valley - This is a difficult trek but worth when it is finished as you reach the highest village in the world

    Zanskar Trail - This route is a high trail one and goes through some fabulous terrains

    You can also get some information from the treks in Himachal Pradesh thread and also have a read of trek for beginners in Himalayas if you are looking for an easy trek.

  3. Deven

    Deven Member

    Exploring the mountainous regions of India for trekking and cycling is a fantastic choice, given the diverse landscapes and breathtaking vistas the country offers. North India is indeed a great region for these activities, but there are options in other parts of the country as well. Here are some notable mountain passes and regions in India that are suitable for trekking and cycling:

    **1. Himalayan Region (North India):

    • Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand: This trek takes you to the mysterious Roopkund Lake and offers stunning views of the Himalayas.
    • Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh: Known for its changing landscapes, this trek takes you from lush green valleys to barren landscapes.
    • Manali-Leh Highway, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh: This iconic highway offers a challenging cycling route with high mountain passes like Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La.
    • Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh: Spiti offers both trekking and cycling opportunities with its rugged terrain and remote monasteries.
    2. Western Ghats (South India):

    • Western Ghats, Kerala and Karnataka: Explore the lush forests and tea plantations of the Western Ghats, with treks like the Wayanad trek and cycling routes around Munnar and Coorg.
    • Ooty to Munnar, Tamil Nadu and Kerala: This cycling route takes you through the Nilgiri Hills and offers beautiful scenery.
    3. Eastern Himalayas (Northeast India):

    • Dzukou Valley Trek, Nagaland: This trek takes you through picturesque landscapes and is known for its colorful flora.
    • Sela Pass Cycling, Arunachal Pradesh: Sela Pass offers a high-altitude cycling challenge with stunning views.
    4. Central India:

    • Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh: Known as "Satpura ki Rani" (Queen of Satpura), Pachmarhi offers trekking opportunities in the Satpura Range.
    When planning your trip, consider the following tips:

    • Season: The best time for trekking and cycling in the Himalayas and most mountain regions is during the summer months (May to September) when the weather is favorable. In the Western Ghats, it's best during the winter months (October to March) due to heavy rainfall in the monsoon season.

    • Permits: Some regions in India, especially border areas and protected zones, may require permits for foreigners. Be sure to check and obtain necessary permits in advance.

    • Acclimatization: If trekking or cycling at high altitudes, allow time for acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness.

    • Guides and Equipment: Consider hiring local guides for trekking and ensure you have the necessary equipment for both activities.
    Remember that each trek or cycling route has its own level of difficulty and duration, so choose based on your group's fitness level and interests. Regardless of where you go, the mountain regions of India promise adventure and natural beauty that you'll cherish for a lifetime.