While most trekkers visit the mighty Himalayas during summer to get away from the heat that scorches the rest of the country, you’ll find some of the most spectacular snow treks in India during winter. There are ice-covered lakes to discover, frozen rivers to trek upon, snowy paths to negotiate, and landscapes blanketed in white to explore. Some of the top snow treks in India are found in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand.
At number 1 on the list for top snow treks in India, the Chadar trek is a unique experience that is possible for a very short time in the year. The Zanskar river is one of the most famous rivers in India, and in summer, has ferocious rapids for those looking for whitewater rafting. But in winter, the river freezes over, and when the roads are covered in snow, the river is the only access route for locals. You’ll trek along this river, between the soaring walls of the river valley, carefully negotiating your way over the ice and looking at the bubbles that are frozen underneath. You’ll see waterfalls that have frozen in mid-fall, and drink hot tea in ancient caves with walls darkened by thousands of campfires. This top snow trek in India is not for beginners, but is an A-lister for those looking for an unusual winter experience.