Who doesn’t love a walk among the most beautiful natural habitats? To stay in camps, look at stunning clear skies, and witness the fresh air? Well, Delhi people, you are in a treat if you are as passionate about trekking as we are!
Here we have handpicked the 5 most unique weekend trekking trips from Delhi, and with little planning and necessary precautions and a few hours journey, you can go on a trek every weekend. You guys don’t have to jump on airplanes anymore to get fresh air. It’s just outside your city. And yes, I am not kidding!
Trekking breaks you free from all the city life and the hustle, the pollution, the traffic, and whatnot. The breath of fresh air, the stunning views from the summits, nature’s walk from forests and alongside lake streams. There are people all over the world who live and breathe trekking; their passion is just so inspiring and energetic. And now, to further encourage you to step into the world of trekking trips just outside your city, we have done a whole lot of research for you.
So, here are 5 unique weekend trekking trips from Delhi to help you escape the city hustle life and fall in love with nature all over again.
1. Kareri Lake Trek
The Kareri Lake trek is one of the best options to trek over the weekend. Its altitude ranges from 9 to 10 thousand ft. This trek is a good option for first-timers who haven’t been on a trek before. The Kareri Lake trek has moderate difficulty; it only gets a little tough at the end. Starting from Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, it takes you to the lake in the Himalayan Range.
The route to go to the Lake is just so amazing; it takes you through the forest first, where there are a ton of pines, and the birdlife there is so lush. You will spot so many birds in that forest that are not even close to being spotted in city life. Surrounded by beautiful trees and mountains, the trek also has other spots to hit. Lord Shiva Temple is a must-go there. On the way to the lake, there are tiny, charming villages you will come across.
The best time to go on this stunning weekend trekking trip from Delhi is May – June, and September – October. The other part of the year, there is snow on the trek, or it’s raining. The weather drops, so it is best to go on a time as suggested by the travel agencies. The lake itself is glacial and very close to the snow line of the Himalayan range. One can spot many camping sites throughout the trek, and the food options are also good to go.
A little itinerary for this trek is:
Day 1: Dharamshala to Liyoti through Kareri Village
Day 2: Liyoti to Kareri Lake Trek
Day 3: Kareri Lake Trek to Kareri Village and then a drive to Dharamshala.
Multiple travel agencies organize these weekend trekking trips, and it is an experience that one cannot miss. You travel in groups, meet new people and witness stunning views.
2. Prashar Lake Trek
This weekend trekking trip from Delhi is a gem. There are multiple folklore stories associated with this gorgeous location. The Prashar Lake Trek is one of the best getaways. You can stress down and enjoy nature and fall in love with this location. Legends say that this lake was the location of Rishi Parashar’s meditations and soon became synonymous with his name. Lord Kamrunag wanted to settle here after the Battle of Kurukshetra, so Lord Bheem hit the ground with his elbow to make a cavity in the ground, which now is the Prashar Lake.
This weekend trekking trip from Delhi is in Himachal Pradesh, based on 8 to 9 thousand ft. It is said that the best time to go on this trip is in January and February; you get to witness the snow, which only makes your experience better. The trek is open throughout the year, though, so you can plan this trip any weekend.
There are other attractions to this trip. The trekkers get to witness the Himachal culture on their route. The local temple, situated right next to the lake, is the best to look at and experience the Himachal architecture. This trek gives you a clear view of the Pir Panjal mountain ranges.
The starting point of this trek is the Mandi region in Himachal Pradesh, and it is only 8km. The view of the sky during the night is breath-catching, and the famous sunrises will make this completely worth your time. Being sun-kissed with the first sun rays is a feeling which one cannot just put into words.
A little itinerary for this trek is:
Day 1: Mandi to Kantlu to Prashar Lake
Day 2: Prashar Lake to Kantlu and then moving forward to Mandi.
And if this little trek is not enough, there is always an option to extend this trip and go on a further 12 km trek to Tunga Mata Temple.
3. Triund Trek
This trek easily tops our weekend trekking trips from the Delhi list. This trek is set in the Dhauladhar range and is undoubtedly best and a must-go if you love to trek. It hits you in all the sweet spots; there are so many beautiful awestruck views you will encounter during this trek.
This trek is effortlessly the most popular to go to. You can either start from Delhi or Chandigarh, and it is said that this trek is a DIY. You can do this totally on your own, and it is good practice for a beginner. The starting point of this trek is Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh.
You can do the Triund trek over the weekend, and it is pretty short—just a 9 km long trek with beginner-level difficulty and only 2 days long. The best time suggested to go on this trek is from March to June and September to December. If you wish to witness the snow, winters are a good time to go, but the trek gets a little tricky to do during the winters.
It is said that the Triund trek may be short but is steep. The last part of the trek, around 2 km, is supposedly steep but easy to climb. All this gets balanced, though, from the refreshing walk through the oak trees and birdwatchers also get a treat as you can spot various exotic species here.
As this weekend trekking trip from Delhi is easily accessible and short, the beautiful spots tend to get crowded during the holidays and over the weekends. So, it is best to go over the weekdays. That way, you get to experience the beauty in peace and serenity.
A little itinerary to help you plan:
- Day 1: Reach McLeodganj and then trek to Triund. (trek is approx. 4-5 hrs)
- Day 2: Triund Hill to McLeodganj (approx. 3-4 hrs)
There are ways to make this tiny weekend trekking trip from Delhi and turn it into a vacation if you wish to. After the trek, there are many spots you can hit, which will be so worth it.
The stunning Dharamshala is a city that is a big go-go if you are anywhere near it. It will take you an entire day to go through the true Dharamshala experience. You can go to the tea gardens; there are multiple monasteries and the international cricket stadium if you are a fan. And the most peaceful yet stunning spot will be, of course, His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Temple. You will get the true essence of Tibetan culture, and you will achieve a new level of zen and peace in your life.
There is also Bagsu Waterfall and Bagsu Temple, which comes under the strong recommendation of many trek advisors; the waterfall is a very relaxing experience after the Triund trek.
4. Bijli Mahadev to Naggar Trek
The next destination on our list for the unique weekend trekking trips from Delhi is this trek which is named Bijli Mahadev Mandir, inspired after a temple of Lord Shiva. Starting from the bottom of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The Bijli Mahadev Trek is only 15 km long and heads to Naggar with an altitude of 8 to 9 thousand ft.
The difficulty level of this trek is said to be only moderate, so a green light for the beginners. The weekend trek is only 2 days long, and this trek is good to go all year long. However, the suggested time is during the summers.
This weekend trekking trip from Delhi is one of the most beautiful spots of any Himachal Pradesh treks. The temple’s architecture from inside, the folklore associated with it, and the captivating views of the mountains are amazing package all in one trek. The Parvati valley is a famous view from the temple, and the blue clear skies are just a cherry on the top. Other valleys which one can spot during the trek are Bhunter and Kullu. It is effortlessly a gorgeous view to witness for all the trekkers.
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is famous for Lord Shiva and is considered one of the most sacred spots for Hindus. It is said that the shiva lingam of the temple is frequently struck with lightning. It results in shattering into pieces, and the priest then uses butter to stick them all back together. Hence, the temple is named Bijli Mahadev.
The trek is suitable for beginners, and it is very comfortable; it has no steep land to cover or any high altitude; anyone can do it. This trek is said to energize you after witnessing such scenic beauty and peace. The trek can easily be extended by 12 km as the road ahead is motorable, and the trekkers can go if they wish to.
5. Nag Tibba Trek
The last destination to hit our unique weekend trekking trips from the Delhi list is – Nag Tibba trek. A favorite spot of many, a ten out of ten for its beauty and view. It is the highest peak in the Nag Tibba range in the lesser Himalayas, also known as Garhwal Himalayas. A weekend filled with peace and beauty, this is a good spot to reach. Accessible easily from Delhi and can be done over the weekend.
This trek takes you from the deodar forests, and the view from the endpoint is just fabulous. You catch a glimpse of Kedarnath peak, Gangotri, and other snow-covered Himalayan peaks. The altitude of this trek is 9 to 10 thousand ft. The route is around 16 km long and can be covered in 2 days easily. The trek is said to be a good introduction to the world of trekking for beginners.
The trail starts from Pantwari village, and then the trek ascends towards Camp 1, where the trekkers stay for the night. You get to see the deodar forests, oaks and summer blossoms, and warmth along the route. While you walk ahead, you get to feel the snow and the cold as you reach the camp. The next morning as you walk towards the destination, you also get to see a temple. And on the final day, you get to look at the breathtaking view of all the peaks of the lesser Himalayas, which is so worth all the trek.
The best time to go on this weekend trekking trip from Delhi is July – August, but you can go anytime throughout the year. The starting point of the Nag Tibba trek is Dehradun, and the difficulty is easy to moderate. The terrain is gradual all over except for a few steep parts. The whole trek moves along a stream; you go through a forest and ridge walk too. This trek is the best fit for Delhi people; the starting point is just a bus away who want a quick adventure over the weekend.
There are multiple ways to reach Dehradun, though, be it by car, bus, or train. With a little bit of planning and the correct gear, you are good to go.
A brief itinerary for the Nag Tibba trek is:
- Day 1: Reach Dehradun to Pantwari village to trek to Camp
- Day 2: Camp to Nag Tibba and then return to Pantwari village and then reach Dehradun.
To extend this awesome weekend trekking trip from Delhi, the “queen of the hills” Mussoorie is just in the neighborhood. Who doesn’t love to stay at that stunning hill station, right?