Experiencing the Himalayan winter treks is a lifetime opportunity for mountain lovers. Imagine the celestial beauty of – frozen lakes, rivers, knee-deep snow blanket, snow-capped peak, white blanketed trails, frozen waterfall, snow-smeared trees, frozen and glistening water drops scintillating with the first ray of the sun. The whole surrounding is the aesthetic composition to mesmerise your sense.
Verbal embellishment is just rhetoric to explain the Himalaya’s real beauty unless you experience it by yourself. It will be a great delight to choose some most popular winter treks in the Himalayas like Dayara Bugiyal, Brahmatal, Kedarkantha, Deoriatal, Mukta Top, Sandakphu, and the list will go on. You may select any trek from the list, but the ultimate purpose is to achieve a lifetime experience on the Himalayan trail.
Why do you need to experience snow trek in India?
The Himalayan winter is not a cakewalk. Freezing temperature with the blistering wind will challenge your fitness and stamina. Therefore, you need the proper protection and preparation to beat the cold. Still, there is some reason to ‘suffer’ for a greater ‘good.’
Let’s find the beauty of exploring snow treks in India
As explained earlier, nature has redesigned herself in fairy-tale ambience. In India, we hardly have the chance to experience the sea – level. Your journey, struggling with every footstep, will offer you a different experience altogether. The serene surrounding seems to be a different world which you have not experienced in your daily life. After experiencing snow treks in India, I bet that you can compare your experience with European trekking experience.
Even there is an argument between winter and summer Himalayan beauty. In the summer, the green vegetation portrays the contrasting color in nature. True. But every season has its charm in the mountain to define its imagination.
Winter is harsher on the mountain. Therefore, you have to prepare with body and soul to cope with the freezing temperature. As a prerequisite, you must know the layering of winter wear. You must learn to wear microspikes or gaiters to grip your movement in the snow. You will certainly enjoy the new skills in winter treks in the Himalaya. The challenging part will demand your stability to fight against the bone-chilling cold. In Chaddar, the temperature drops almost -30 degrees, and in other regions of the Himalayas, the mercury dips -15 degrees. You have prepared yourself with excellent stamina to survive in such weather. Even, sometimes you may have to experience life-threatening snow blizzard. It is another side of life which you do not experience every day. The struggle for survival will teach you the lesson for a lifetime to overcome fear and strengthen your confidence.
Burning some calories in the winter –
When you are hiking on the winter trail, you need to burn your inner furnace to supply more energy. People who are travelling in the cold weather burn more than 34% energy than in summer. By default, hiking is the fat burning exercise. In the cold weather, you have to scorch your additional calories to sustain in the extreme weather. The process is an additional gift for your health.
If you have a passion for photography, you can hardly control your instinct to capture the moments in a winter trek. In the white canvas, any color can play a contrasting effect on photography. Controlling the shutter speed, ISO, and lenses, you can capture some of the visual treats in winter treks. In India, you hardly have the chance to experience such an ambience.
Campsite in Paradise
The winter trek’s beauty is not limited to the trails’ journey; the campsite visuals are also breathtaking. Just imagine the frozen lake or the river in front of you. Therefore, you will have the royal experience landing in the snow carpeted campsite. Initially, it may be a little challenging to stay in such cold but remember – ‘pain is temporary, and pride is forever.’
Feeling the warmth of bed inside your home, you are living in the comfort zone. Taste of outdoor in the challenging weather is always a memory of the epic adventure in life. These are the most valuable memories forever. Once you have conquered and experience the winter in the Himalayan treks, you have achieved a milestone for life. Ensure that you have prepared with your backpacking and winter wear properly before you are planning your winter treks. Believe me. I am not exaggerating. You have to feel it first and then you can start believing the most cherishing memories forever.