1. Chadar Trek – Frozen River Zanskar Trek The Frozen River trek lets one walk through a frozen glass-like Zanskar river, with the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayan ranges around. Another highlight is the Nerak Waterfall, which is completely frozen.

Duration: 8–9 days Base camp: Shingra Koma Difficulty level: Hard

2. Kuari Pass Trek The Kuari Pass trek was first explored by Lord Curzon when the British ruled India. Hence, it is also known as the Curzon Trail. Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, it rests at an altitude of 4,264 metres above sea level.

Duration: 6 days Base camp: Joshimath Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

3. Dayara Bugyal Trek One of the easiest treks in the state, the Bugyal (meadow) is situated at an altitude of about 11,181 feet above sea level. The snow-covered meadows located between majestic peaks provide a mesmerising view of the Himalayas. It is also a popular skiing destination.

Duration: 4 days Base camp: Natin village Difficulty level: Easy

4. Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek The climb from Chopta to Chandrashila is the most enthralling. From the top of Chandrashila summit, one can witness the views of Mt Thalaysagar, Kedarnath, Mandani Parbat, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Dunagiri, and Nanda Devi.

Duration: 5 days Base camp: Sari village Difficulty level: Easy 

5. Brahmatal Winter Trek The Brahmatal lake is located at an altitude of about 12,000 ft with stunning views of the Trishul and Nanda Ghunti mountain ranges It is also one of the few lake treks accessible during the peak winter season.

Duration: 6 days Base camp: Lohajung Difficulty level: Easy

6. Kedarkantha Winter Trek A majestic peak located in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha has a height of around 3,800 metres. This trek provides a chance to travel through charming and remote mountain villages, meadows blanketed with snow.

Duration: 6 days Base camp: Sankri Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

7. Roopkund Lake Winter Trek The lake is also named ‘mystery lake’ as more than 500 skeletons from the Palaeolithic age were discovered on the bank of the river. Form here, you can also spot the twin peaks of Nanda Devi, as well as Kamet, Dronagiri and Hathi-Ghodi Parvat.

Duration: 8 days Base camp: Lohajung Difficulty level: Moderate

8. Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek Surrounded by valleys and mountain ranges, the trek to Ali Bedni Bugyal takes one through enchanting hamlets and conifer forests, and provides a view of the snow-clad Trishul peak. The reflection of the peak on the pristine waters of Bedni Kund is truly a sight to behold.

Duration: 6 days Base camp: Lohajung Difficulty level: Easy to moderate