Every summer, we help families plan their first Himalayan trek with kids, and we love doing it. A Himalayan trek is one of the safest options for solo women travellers, for children, and for first-timers, and we all have a soft spot for little explorers.

This list will give you a brief bit of information about the trek, what age is it suitable for, what kind of weather and temperature you can expect, and an approximate cost – everything you need to decide which trek is the right one for you and your kids.

THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK

This trek is a super option for first timers, because it has such an easy trail. If you’re not sure if your kids (or you!) will enjoy camping, the Valley of Flowers trek is a good choice, because camping is not allowed in this protected region. Instead, you’ll be staying in a lodge or hotel, and heading out every morning for your day’s trekking.

The trek takes you into a vast valley springing with a rainbow of flowers (only in the short window of July and August) beneath misty clouds that sweep over the surrounding mountaintops. The easy paths are dotted with fun experiences of scrambling over boulders, crossing streams, and seeing gushing waterfalls. One of the highlights is the visit to Hemkund Sahib, an icy cold lake surrounded by mountains, with Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara on the banks. Kids will love the hot prasad at the gurudwara, and will be impressed by the sight of devotees taking dips in the freezing lake.

The trek is one of the top treks in Uttarkhand, and is suitable for beginners. Most of the trail is paved, so you’ll feel like you’re doing a walk through nature. However, as you approach Hemkund Sathis is also the route for pilgrims to visit the gurudwara, so you’ll be trekking on the same route that senior citizens use, which tells you how hard it really is.

How to get there: The Valley of Flowers trek starts from Haridwar. The closest airport is Dehradun (37 kms away), but you can also take a train that stops in Haridwar.
Suitable for: 7 years and above
When to go/Temperature: The Valley of Flowers trek is only in season from July to mid September every year. It can get chilly in the evening, so carry sufficient warm clothing, hats, gloves, and thermals. The temperatures range from 8-29 degrees Celsius, but for the coldest parts of the night, you’ll be tucked into your cosy bed in your lodge.
Approximate cost: INR 10,000-25,000 (luxury option) per person, for six days
Recommendations to extend your holiday: You might like to stop in Rishikesh for a few days to explore this colourful city. There are campsites, luxury hotels, and everything in between, and there are plenty of cafes and markets to explore. If you have kids over 12 years, you can take them rafting in the Ganges or give them the thrill of their lives on the longest Flying Fox in Asia. For younger kids, there are plenty of activities at the campsites, and there are shallow stretches in the tributaries where kids can splash about.
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THE NAG TIBBA TREK

Although the Nag Tibba peak lies at a height of 10,000 feet, it is an easy trek that is perfectly suited for children and beginners. It can be done in two days with just one night of camping, but some itineraries also offer two nights of camping with a lighter trekking itinerary. You’ll walk through orchards and oak forests, with woolly mountain sheep dotting the slopes. Camping here is pure bliss: spectacular views of the twinkling lights of Mussoorie and Dehradun in the distance, big peaks all around, crackling campfires, and snuggling into warm sleeping bags at night.

How to get there: The Nag Tibba trek begins from Dehradun. You can fly to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, or take a train to Haridwar Station.
Suitable for: 7 years and above
When to go: The Nag Tibba trek is in season all year round. During the winters (Jan-Mar), it is a great short itinerary for a snow trek. In summers, the days can be a bit warm – between 22-25 degrees Celsius with strong sun – so carry caps, sunglasses. At night the temperature suddenly dips and can go as low as 12-15 degrees Celsius so you’ll need your warm clothes too.
Approximate cost: INR 3200 per person, for one night and two days
Recommendations to extend your holiday: Rishikesh is just 2 hrs drive from Dehradun, so do check our recommendations for Rishikesh above. You can spend a few days in Dehradun, visiting its gorgeous view points and the attractions nearby. You could also travel on to see Landour, Dhanaulti and Kanatal.
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THE DAYARA BUGYAL TREK:

Dayara Bugyal trek for kids

If you have active kids who love running about, take them on the Dayara Bugyal trek. This route takes you through spectacular landscape where you kids can race about safely. They’ll romp in open rolling meadows where you can keep an eye on them no matter where they run, they’ll explore alpine forests, hop over sparkling streams, and cross charming wooden bridges.

All day, your kids can interact with friendly, happy mountain dwellers, learn about the lives of shepherds who spend nights in the mountains with their flocks, talk to the guide and other village locals, and see mountain goats and other animals. At night, they’ll love the novelty of camping in a tent and eating meals under starry skies. This is an easy trek that any beginner will love.

How to get there: The Dayara Bugyal trek begins from Dehradun. You can fly to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, or take a train to Haridwar Station.
Suitable for: 7 years and above
When to go/Temperature: The meadows look best in summer, from May onwards. The temperature ranges from 5 degrees Celsius at night to a pleasant 20-25 degrees Celsius in the afternoons. Do carry caps and sunglasses for the day.
Approximate cost: INR 7850 per person for 3 days
Recommendations to extend your holiday: From Dehradun, you can head into Rishikesh (just 2 hrs drive away) or travel to see Landour and Dhanaulti. You can spend a few days in Dehradun, visiting its gorgeous view points and the attractions nearby.
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CHOPTA DEORIATAL CHANDRASHILA TREK

Chopta trek for kids

The trek to Chopta is usually one of the top picks of parents looking for summer treks with kids. The trek is easy, except for the peak climb. You’ll see the green meadows and snow-clad mountaintops of Chopta have earned it the nickname of “Switzerland of India”, camp on the banks of the emerald green Deoriatal lake, proceed on to Tungnath, the second highest Shiv temple in the world, and finally to Chandrashila peak.

The first three stops – Deoriatal, Chopta, and Tungnath are easy to get to and kids will enjoy this part of the summer trek. The last part of the climb, when you attempt to climb Chandrashila, can be challenging. You can choose to skip it if you think it might be too hard for the kids, and head back from Tungnath itself.

How to get there: The Chopta trek starts from Dehradun or from Haridwar, depending on your operator and itinerary. You can fly to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, or take a train to Haridwar Station.
Suitable for: 9 years and above
When to go/Temperature: The Chopta trek can be done year-round, but is best from April to June, or during the snowy months. In summer, the day temperatures are pleasant and nights are chilly.
Approximate cost: INR 6800 per person, for 3 days
Recommendations to extend your holiday: From your start point, Dehradun, you can proceed onward to Rishikesh, which is only 2 hrs drive away. You can also go on to see Landour, Dhanaulti and Kanatal, or you could stay and explore Dehradun.
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THE BEAS KUND TREK

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This trek is extremely popular since it is very close to Manali, and is a favourite option for parents looking for summer treks with kids. The Beas Kund trail takes you up a scenic valley with mountains on both sides, up to the gem-like Beas Kund lake that is considered sacred. The lake lies in the middle of an expansive meadowland, with no civilization anywhere. All you will see are a few other trekkers and nomad shepherds peacefully tending their flocks. You’ll be able to hear the distant rumbling of glaciers on the peaks around, and will see mighty Himalayan peaks like Shitidhar and Friendship Peak.

Kids will love this summer trek because they’ll get to trek along a river bank, cross rickety wooden bridges over small streams, run in meadows, pick tiny wild berries to eat, and sleep in tents at nights.

How to get there: The Beaskund trek starts from Manali. You can take overnight buses from Delhi to Manali or fly in to Chandigarh and rent taxis from there.
Suitable for: 8 years and above
When to go/Temperature: The Beaskund trek can be done almost all year round. In summer, the temperature stays between 10-25 degrees Celsius, making this a great way to escape the heat in May and June.
Approximate cost: INR 6000 per person, for 3 days
Recommendations to extend your holiday:This trek starts from Manali, which is a fun holiday option for families, with lots to see and do around. You can visit Naggar, Solang, and Vashisht around Manali, eat different cuisines in Manali cafes, go for walks through wooded forest trails, and shop at Old Manali market.
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THE TRIUND TREK

Triund trek for kids

This is one of the easiest treks that the Himalayas have to offer. You’ll start from McLeodganj in the morning, and after a moderately easy four hour trek, you will reach your campsite at Triund top. You’ll relax with a cup of tea and some snacks, and enjoy the show-stopping sunset in the valley. After a night of camping, you’ll head back the next day. The trail has a stunning 180-degree view of the surrounding valley, featuring snowy mountains and clear, blue skies.

This is a one-day trek with only one night of camping, so it’s ideal for those who want to try but aren’t sure if they want to spend many nights in a tent. As you approach Triund Top, the path gets a bit more challenging, with a steeper slope and a gravelly route, but kids will be able to manage this summer trek quite easily.

How to get there: The Triund trek begins in McLeodganj, which is about 25 kms from Dharamshala. The closest airports are Gaggal/Kangra Airport (14 kms away) or Chandigarh Airport (250 kms away). Pathankot is the closest railway station (85 kms away) and you can take a cab from there.
Suitable for: 7 years and above
When to go/Temperature: You can do the Triund trek from March-May/June and from September-December. In early March and late November, the temperatures can drop quite low at night, but day temperatures are usually chilly but pleasant.
Approximate cost: INR 1500 per person, for one night and two days
Recommendations to extend your holiday: The Triund trek begins from McLeodganj, which is a great place to explore. It is a true mix of Indian and Tibetan culture, and your kids will get to see both, living harmoniously together. You can visit the many beautiful Tibetan monasteries, see Bhagsu Waterfall, visit the colourful Tibetan markets, explore the flag-adorned Kora Circuit, catch a Tibetan cultural show, and introduce your kids to the wonders of genuine momos, thukpa (noodle soup), and more.
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Family treks in India are fun for the entire family, but especially the kids! Sleeping in tents, spending all day outdoors, crossing rivers and streams, getting muddy, plucking fruit from trees, riding on mules, cooking on a campfire – there are just so many exciting new experiences waiting to be discovered on these summer treks with kids.

And of course, the greatest benefit is that you’ll get to spend quality time with them over a few days. No devices, no cartoons, no homework, no tuition classes – just you and your family in the magical Himalayas! It’ll be a trip you all remember for years to come.

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