The Himalayas are a range of magnificent peaks in parts of India and neighbouring countries. The Indian Himalayas take pride in some of the highest peaks in the entire world. Popular for some very adventurous activities conducted on these mountains, like trekking, hiking, paragliding, rafting, it also takes you along to witness enchanting waterfalls and lakes bounded with meadows, grasslands, beautiful landscapes, vibrant traditions with wonders of nature.
Here, we present you with some of the best budget-friendly Himalayan treks under the 10k mark to make your journey in the Himalayas more rewarding for a perfect getaway.
- Nag Tibba Trek
One of the best treks for beginners that takes you to the top of Nag Tibba with an easy trail. This trek goes through forests of oak with orchids, thick jungles, green meadows best for stargazing while camping, goats and sheep grazing peacefully on the slopes amidst the majestic vistas of high Himalayan peaks. Nag Tibba trek is best recommended for the summer and winter months.
- Triund Trek
Triund trek defines itself with splendid ambience with songbirds in the forests to accompany you along the ascent in this 2-day long trek. It comes as a perfect getaway from the nearby monotonous city life, offering much-needed serenity and picturesque vistas to unwind. Triund trek is not limited to just beginners as it also grants a little steep but relatively short climb to excite all the adventure seekers. So this weekend, have a relaxing walk beside the rhododendron and oak trees at Triund trek.
- Sandakphu Trek
At an astounding height of 11,930 feet, the Sandakphu trek guarantees the sight of 4 of the 5 tallest peaks in the world, which are— Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchenjunga. This trekking experience also offers to capture the Kanchenjunga range that is commonly known as the Sleeping Buddha. Located in the state of West Bengal, this Himalayan wonderland unfolds on the Singalila Ridge and goes down from the Kanchendzonga range. Sandakphu is a 6-day long and 44km trek with a moderate level of trekking difficulty.
- Kheerganga Trek
Elevated at about 2950 metres, Kheerganga Trek is celebrated as one of the most admired treks in Parvati valley, presenting panoramic views and a great time to explore various other sites in the region like Kasol, Tosh, Chalal, Rasol and the Malana village. Kheerganga Trek grants hot springs on the top and some lovely villages to explore the lifestyles of locals. Kheerganga trek is an exciting 14 km distance with a moderately easy trekking grade.
- Tosh Valley Trek
Tosh is an unworldly village in the Parvati valley, cuddled at an altitude of 7,874 feet. It boasts sprawling meadows, picturesque beauty of white and greenish mountains, the raging Tons River and small rivulets on the way, making it a go-to trek among the backpackers. A perfect destination for a weekend trip with friends and family, stretching for 2 days and 6km of distance with an easy trekking grade.
- Kedarkantha Trek
The Kedarkantha trek is one of the most favoured treks in the Indian Himalayas by trekkers for its handsome forests, pleasing campsites and clearings, panoramic views and a very rewarding summit climb. Kedarkantha is a classic trek for beginners and adept trekkers with the winter season offering a trail through some remotest villages in cold-bone weather. At a thrilling elevation of 12,500 feet, Kedarkantha is a 6-day long trek with a moderately easy summit climb.
- Chopta Chandrashila
Chopta Chandrashila is an amazing budget-friendly 6-day long trek that offers a lot! It begins from Sari and finds you on the trail with lovely campsites, thick and beautiful pine, oak and rhododendron forests to Chopta with wonderful views of sunsets and a fulfilling summit climb. The ascent is rated as moderately easy. However, this trek experience also presents an engaging track for the Chandrashila peak with an astounding summit of 13,123 feet.
- Valley Of Flowers
Valley of Flowers, one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, is a budget-friendly trek in Uttarakhand that engulf trekkers in the nature-gifted beauty with an exciting trek experience and a perfect monsoon delight. Found at 14,400 feet, it exhibits meadows of endemic alpine flowers, rare varieties of flora and fauna, and a refreshing fragrance. The Valley of Flowers trails on the easy but bumpy grounds, steep climb, narrow passages, stretching for 14km.
- Har ki Dun Trek
Admired for its cradle-shaped mountains, Har Ki Dun is a go-to destination for budgeted travellers, lying at the western flank of Garhwal in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. At 11, 675 feet of altitude, it is a climb along the alpine meadows, pine forests, and through some unexplored and remote places. Embraced by fascinating wildlife and a view of the Swargarohini chain of peaks, it is an ultimate place for nature lovers in the group. The ancient villages settled here which add to the overall aesthetic of the place!
- Hampta Pass
At a great elevation of 14,065 feet, the Hampta Pass trek offers gripping crossings, rich grasslands, alpine meadows of conifer forest, pleasing streams and waterfalls, steep glaciers, all surrounded by serenity in a budget-friendly travel pack. Hampta Pass fascinates backpackers with the dramatic change of view from the parched landscape and mountains of Lahaul to the green valley of Kullu. This 5-day trek goes on for 35 km with a moderate grade of trekking with its dramatic climb.
- Indrahar Pass Trek
At an altitude of 14, 245 feet, Indrahar Pass Trek in Himachal Pradesh is known as one of the best lesser-known and pocket-friendly Himalayan treks that is a treat for beginners and proficients with moderately difficult trek experience. It offers a challenging trail made of numerous sharp ascents and steep climbs with stunning deodar forest views to capture that go down to the west side of the Mon Peak with the beautiful Kangra and Chamba Valleys. Indrahar Pass is a 4-day long trek that starts and ends at the famous Mcleodganj.
- Beas Kund Trek
Beas Kund, at 12,772ft of elevation, is a well-travelled trek around the popular town Manali. It gives an amazing camping and stargazing experience along the free-flowing river, grasslands and the majestic vistas of Pir Panjal mountains. The climb is introduced from around 8,000 ft and hikes over 12,000 ft as you trek. Lock the mind-blowing sights of the mountains of Manali like Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, Ladakhi, and Hanuman Tibba. Beas Kund Trek stretches for around 3 days with an exciting climb.
- Dayara Bugyal Trek
Found in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal Trek is set at an altitude of 12,000ft amongst the most wondrous treks in the region. This trek beholds highland green meadows that tower at an elevation of 10,000-12,500feet in the Uttarkashi district. When blanketed with snow during winters, the landscape here changes its colour, and light and powdery snowflakes hang from pine trees, making it one of the best winter treks in India. Dayara Bugyal is a moderately easy trek with a distance covering 29km.
- Chandratal Trek
‘Lake of the Moon’ aka Chandratal Tal is set at a height of 4,250 meters in the lap of the Spiti Valley on Samundra Tapu plateau, Himachal Pradesh. This crescent-shaped lake is no less than an artistic ‘painting’ that came true! Chandratal Trek possesses rambling landscapes, a vast meadow with wildflowers in full bloom and magical views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a popular hill station offering a moderately easy trekking experience and a short trek from Manali, set to take about 7 to 8 days to complete.
- Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Kashmir Great Lakes is no less than a paradise that enchants trekkers with Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake or Gangabal Twin lakes, and Kashmir’s spell-bounding meadows. Located 75 km northeast of Srinagar, this trek starts off from Sonmarg and ends with Naranag. Kashmir Great Lakes goes on for 7 days with a trekking distance of 72km at the altitude of 13,800feet. Best recommended for the season of monsoon, it brings you beauty with a chance to wanderlust into the beautiful landscapes, lush plains, wildflowers and wilderness.