Some of the most difficult treks in India are also long Himalayan treks, made more challenging by the duration, the climate, or the location. This list spans treks in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu Kashmir. Most long-duration treks in India are not recommended for beginners because they involve long hours of trekking each day, traversing some extreme landscapes, and camping in the wild.
Long treks in India will expose you to steep climbs, rocky patches, cold weather, warm days, and changes in altitude. You should be fit and in good health before you undertake a long trek. While you can prepare for all of the above, you can’t predict how your body will react to the altitude. However, making sure you’re well rested and hydrated can go a long way. Read our blog on How to Prepare for High Altitude Treks.
Your operator will provide you with a comprehensive list telling you what to carry, depending on the location and the weather. The most important pieces of gear are your shoes, your jacket, and your backpack. Apart from that, however, you’ll have to take appropriate protective layers, warm layers, and a hat and gloves to cover extremities. Here’s a list of What to Pack for Long Treks like the Chadar trek.
Here’s our list of top long treks in India.