10 Best Himalayan Treks In Autumn (September, October, & November)

Most people tend to think that the Himalayas are all about fresh white snow. But nothing could be further from the truth. The Himalayas are as much about colour as they are about snow! And what better time than autumn to witness this magnificent canvas!

Autumn is a brilliant time to trek the Himalayas, for mainly three reasons.

First, the forests – they’re an absolute treat to the senses. The trees turn from green to earthy shades of brown and orange. Shafts of sunlight pierce through maple leaves, carving out their edges and giving them a charming glow. With each step, you can hear the crisp crunch of leaves underneath your feet.

And oh the views! By God the views cannot be better than in these months! Trekking in autumn is like getting the best seats at the theatre. Since monsoon takes away with it the summer haze, it leaves the sky squeaky clean! You can see crystal clear views of mountains as far as the horizon can stretch.

Which makes it the best time to trek for photographers! That would be the third reason. During the day, the blue of the sky will put a sapphire to shame. And during the night, you’ll see more stars than black sky. So here, after much debate, we have put down 8 of the best treks to do in autumn.

1. Phulara Ridge

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Trekkers enjoying the panoramic views on the Phulara Ridge trail

To start with, surprisingly an Indian ridge trek. Ridge treks in India are an absolute rarity, maybe just a handful of such treks exist in India. While exploring the Phulara Ridge trek in April of 2017, we think we’ve come across the best ridge trek in India.

Now, a ridge is a place where two sides of the mountain meet. So the walk on a ridge is almost like one on a knife-edge, where there are just flanks of the mountain sloping down from either side of you. There are small ridge sections on a few Himalayan treks. However, to have an entire’s day trek on a ridge is unparalleled.


If you have done a summit climb, you would know that you stand at the highest point for perhaps 20-30 minutes. This is from where you get great views of the mountains around. On this trek though, you’re at a high point of 12,000 ft for day’s worth of trek(4-5 hours!). The 250-degree panorama of snow-capped mountains stays with you throughout! It almost gives you the feeling that these mountains are trekking along with you, as you traverse the ridge that curves its way into the landscape. Below you, the ground sweeps down on either side – one into a meadow, one into a valley. These dramatic views and ever-changing landscapes are what makes Phulara Ridge Trek a unique experience.


Finally, you’ll have to picture why we think the Phulara Ridge Trek is one of our best autumn treks; Imagine the 250-degree panorama with forests transitioning gradually from lush green to hues of orange and clear skies wherein you can see the mountains as far as the horizon.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
| Duration: 6 days
| Best month: September, October, November

See available dates to Phulara Ridge here.

2. Beas Kund

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Lohali is one of the campsites before the Beas Kund, right under the nose of the Friendship peak. Picture By: Akhil Menon.

For a long time, we had pushed the Beas Kund trek aside as a very easy trek that people could do independently.

But little did we realise that Beas Kund can be such a stunner of a trek right out of Manali! October is one of the best months to do this trek. Simply because you’re trekking so close to big mountains like Friendship Peak, Ladakhi Peak and Hanuman Tibba. Expeditions to all these peaks start from Beas Kund as the Advance Base Camp. So you’re literally at their base, seeing them towering over you. If you time it in autumn, the views are like no other time in the year – clear as day!

Apart from the mountain views, this trek has a lot of colours. The valley itself is wide, which is rare. Most valleys are narrow. This one is wide with the Beas river flowing in between. The deodar forests at the beginning of the trek are stunning too, with massive trunks shooting up to the sky! Added to this, are the stunning Bhakarthach and Dhuni meadows.

With the rain not bothering you in autumn, it’s an absolute pleasure to be on this trail!

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
| Duration: 4 days
| Best month: October

See available dates to Beas Kund here.

3. Har ki Dun

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The Supin river snaking through the rocks. Picture by Biman Dey Sarkar

The Har ki Dun trek hasn’t seen much human footprint, leaving many birds and animals to thrive in this region. You can spot Langoor families near Puani Garaat. Chances are, that you might even spot Black bears, wild boars and Barasingha amongst other animals owing to the good weather and complete absence of haze. The trail lets you enjoy their habitat of pine forest at its colourful best.

It’s probably the only valley from which you can see Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Black peak, all together. Getting such a clear view of Swargarohini, makes you feel like a Pandava ascending to the heavens. You can also see the Ruinsara Peaks. Often you are accompanied by swollen streams that flow mellifluously down the hills. The Har Ki Dun trek is definitely one of the best autumn treks and it is at its colourful best in the months of September, October and November.

Difficulty: Moderate
| Duration: 8 days
| Best month: September, October, November

See available dates to Har Ki Dun here.

4. Kedarkantha

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Trekkers taking rest in a meadow near a valley on the Kedarkantha trail

The Kedarkantha trek is one of the most popular winter treks we have, and rightly so. In the winters, the trail is completely covered in snow and it’s a joy to trek. However, the downside of this popularity is the fact that it does tend to get pretty crowded in the winter months. But if you want to experience the same Kedarkantha trail, without the crowd, then it is an ideal autumn trek.

Not only does the trail boast of glorious snow-clad mountains, but also of some of the most pristine views of the Himalayan range. In-fact the 360-degree view from the summit is unmatched in the Autumn months.

Adding the cherry on the cake, the trek becomes a notch easier than I the winter too! So if you’re planning on trekking in Autumn, look out for the Kedarkantha trek, especially if you’re planning to take your children along (this is your best chance).

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
| Duration: 6 days
| Best month: September, November

See available dates to Kedarkantha here

5. Buran Ghati

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Dayara meadows of the Buran Ghati trek. Picture by Nikhil Joshi.

Most trekkers head over to the Buran Ghati trek to rappel down the snow wall in June. But if you think this is not one of the best autumn treks as well, then you are making a huge mistake.

Any nature lover will go weak at the knees on this trek. As the weather changes, the colours of the forests take on an orange tinge. There are pines, maples, oaks, and for good long hours! You’ll not want to step out of the forests.

But how can you resist, because, at the edge of the forest, you get a glimpse of the gorgeous Dayara meadows. We call this place where you enter the meadows the “Wow Point.” Try not to say wow when you stand here!

In autumn, bright blue skies drop down behind the honey-tinged meadows. And you get to camp here. It’s an experience you’ll not get anywhere else at any other time of the year.

I’d strongly recommend doing it in October. It’s early winter, you might experience the first winter snow (just a little bit).

Note: Just one thing to keep in mind if you’re going here in October, the temperatures will drop to negative numbers. So carry at least 4-5 warm layers. Thermals are a must too! There won’t be a snow wall, but everything else is worth every step you take!

Difficulty: Moderate
| Duration: 8 days
| Best month: September, October

See available dates to Buran Ghati here.

6. Gaumukh-Tapovan

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Mt Shivling and Mt Meru at dawn. Picture by Sushma Honnappa

The Gaumukh-Tapovan trek has to be done in the autumn months. It does not just give you clear views of mountain peaks but gives you a complete view. Right from the base of the mountain to the very tip. You rarely get these kinds of views even on the best of treks. There is always another mountain obstructing the view of the other.

The view of the Bhagirathi peaks on the way to Bhojbasa, the aura of Mt Shivling at the Tapovan campsite and other mountains such as Mt Sudarshan and of course the shark fin, Mt Meru, are a treat to the eyes – this view alone grants this trek access to the top 10 autumn treks list.

The trail does have a few steep sections and is mostly filled with moraines and boulders. The valley keeps narrowing down as you reach the Gaumukh glacier where you have to cross the glacial stream Akash-Ganga. A steep climb up Tapovan and you will find the Neelatal lake against the grey setting with the snow-capped Mount Shivling and Mount Meru in the background. A view so clear that it is almost surreal. You have to trek to Gaumukh-Tapovan to get a close up of the mountains.

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
| Duration: 8 days
| Best month: September, October

See available dates to Gaumukh-Tapovan here.

7. Goechala

Goechala - Indiahikes - Geet Tryambake - Mt Kanchenjunga in Autumn
A lovely cloud formation above Mt Kanchenjunga shot in autumn by Geet Tryambake.

I don’t think Goechala Trek needs an introduction. This is one of the few treks in India where you get so close to such big mountains. You can see the Kanchenjunga in all its glory! It’s a sight that you can’t take your eyes off! Not only that, you see Mt.Pandim right behind you at the Dzongri campsite. These views alone are worth the effort you put in to get it!

Another thing that will strike you is the forest trail. This trek houses few of the oldest forests of the region – especially rhododendron forests. The moss-laden forest floor sends out a wet aroma, leaving you intoxicated by the very essence of nature.

But keep in mind that Goechala is a difficult trek. All the rewards that you receive from this trek come after months of hard work!

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
| Duration: 11 days
| Best month: October

See available dates to Goechala here.

8. Sandakphu

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A red panda that trekker and wildlife photographer Ajit Hota shot in autumn on the Sandakphu trek.

Putting the Sandakphu trek at the end tells you that there’s no particular order in this list. Because this is one of our best autumn treks. With views of four of the tallest mountains in the world – Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchenjunga, this is one trek to keep a tab on if you’re going in autumn.

Not only do you get crisp views, but you also trek through wonderful forests of the Singalila National Park. The colours in these rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests are stunning!

Also, you could get a chance to spot the elusive red panda in these forest in autumn. One of our experienced wildlife photographers, Ajit Hota, says autumn is a great season to spot the red panda and hundreds of birds too. He even spotted a bear on this trek! So if you plan this trek, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

Being up in the mountains in such clear, clean air is a blessing. Everything seems more enhanced – the colours, the smells, the scale… They say an uncluttered home can bring clarity to the mind; an uncluttered trek in the Himalayas can do just that a 1000 times over.

Difficulty: Moderate
| Duration: 7 days
| Best month: October, November

See available dates to Sandakphu here.

9. Annapurna Base Camp

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Mt Machapuchare in all its glory. A spectacular night shot by Vivek Kumar Verma.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the best treks to do in autumn. You walk amidst the big mountains of Nepal, the biggest highlights on this trek being Mt Machapuchare, whose base camp you camp at, and of course, the Annapurna Massif.

With every contour in the range emphasised by the autumn sun, every ridge standing out like a sharp spine, the range is nothing short of a spectacle. There’s no doubt that this is one of the best autumn treks especially due to the rainless chilly weather during the months of September, October and November. 

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
| Duration: 9 days
| Best month: October, November

See available dates to Annapurna Base Camp here.

10. Everest Base Camp

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The Everest Base Camp in the Autumn months

This trek needs no introduction. If you’re planning to check it off your bucket list, then perhaps October is the best time to do the trek. With clear skies, you get flawless views of the world’s tallest mountains. Add it to views of the gorgeous Ama Dablam.

Another perk of doing it in October on the Gokyo Ri route is seeing the blue waters of Gokyo and taking in the view from the Gokyo pass. It’s a magnificent view! It’s what wallpapers are made of. The Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Ri is one of our top autumn treks and is a must-do for anyone wanting to experience the thrill of trekking to the base of the worlds tallest mountains – Mt Everest.

Difficulty: Difficult
| Duration: 18 days
| Best month: October

See available dates to Everest Base Camp here.

 

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121 thoughts on “10 Best Himalayan Treks In Autumn (September, October, & November)

  1. Hi, I have never been on a long trek before.. Pls suggest an apt trek for me which I would like to take up after November 16th.

    1. Hi Sanju,
      You might find snow at the upper reaches of the trek, but not much. The lack of snow allows you to enjoy the Nanda Devi biosphere flora and fauna better.
      Hope this helps.

  2. Hi, i have booked for sandakphu trek towards the end of december 2016. This is my first ever himalayan trek. I am just not sure about how does the climate in the month will be there. Does it snow there. What can be the difference in the views of forests and environment as it would be in october as compared to december.

    1. Hi Nikit,
      In October, the climate in the eastern Himalayas is more stable, with no snow and clearer views of the Himalayas. The forests are full of life and very colorful.
      The last week of December is an amazing time to do the Sandakphu trek. In December, it snows. So the same forests are bare covered in snow. Overall, a very colorful trek in October and a snow scape in December. Both an experience on their own.
      There is no haze all through this season, but it is much colder in December.

  3. Hi Akanksha,
    I have done 2 treks with Indiahikes this year – Chandrashila and Vof. Looking for one in October – Which treks will have snow or view of snow clad peaks? Which ones are the best treks to take on in October?

    Best,
    Girisha

    1. Hi Girisha,
      If your looking for views of snow clad peaks, then the Sandakphu trek takes the prize. It gives you a 180 degree panoramic view of the mightiest of peaks: Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu. Although, you will not see any snow on this trek in October.
      Roopkund and Rupin Pass might have some snow at their highest points.
      Hope this helps!

  4. Hello Akansha,
    Thanks for this lovely collection of trek destinations. Unfortunately, Southerners quest is not drenched. Can you suggest some good treks in South India please..?

    1. Hello Ganesh, we’re putting together a comprehensive list of the best treks in South India. Here are a few recommendations in the interim; a. Nagalapuram (Andhra Pradesh, 70 kms from Chennai) b. Meesapulimala (Idukki district – Kerala) c. Banasura Hill Trek (Wayanad district -Kerala) d. Agasthyarkoodam Peak (Tamil Nadu/Kerala Border), near Thiruvananthapuram e. Kolli Hills (Tamil Nadu) f. Kumara Parvata (Coorg) g. Mullayanagiri (Karnataka) h. Kudremukh (Karnataka) i. Araku Valley Trek (Andhra Pradesh) j. Ananthagiri (Telungana). Treks listed in no particular order.

    1. Hi Girish,
      You do not walk on snow on the Goechala trek, although you might find some patches at the upper reaches. The snow sets in by late October.
      Regards,

  5. Hi
    Thanks for mail.I have some questions 1)about accommodation
    2) about the luggage
    Pl tell me the type of accommodation and for luggage portars are available or we should carry it no our own..I am looking or Kuwarip pass trek
    Tejaswini

  6. Hi guys

    We are a group of 5 ppl who want to go for a trek n see some breathtaking views in mid oct. But we have just 4-5 days with us. Plz suggest us something.

    1. Hi Neha, well if you have only 4-5 days with you- I suggest you do Bhrigu Lake (https://www.indiahikes.com/bhrigu-lake/). This is a short trek that packs in what a week long Himalayan trek can give you: a lake between mountain ridges, stunning views of mountain ranges and pastures, forests and old Kullu villages! 🙂

  7. Hi,

    I am planning for Roopkund Trek during the first week of October. I have never done multi-day trekking before. Did Saddle Peak in A&N Islands & Shillong Peak (my native place). Other than trekking I did SCUBA, Bungy, Paragliding & Skydiving. Am I choosing the right trek as beginner? What can I expect in Roopkund Trek during this time? Does it snow in higher reaches during October?

    Regards & thanks.

    Debojit Deb

  8. Hi i would like to take a trek in month of november.. wich trek wud u suggest for a complete scenic beauty.. and i would like to know winter treks are done in wich months and which trek would u advice in winters..

    1. Hi Pooja,
      The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is an absolute stunner in the month of November.
      The winter treks season starts in mid December. As far as beauty goes, Deoriatal wins again. It transforms into a snowy wonderland in winter. Another trek that I would suggest is the Sandakphu trek which is also a must do in both seasons.

      Here is a link to the Top 5 Winter Treks: https://www.indiahikes.com/top-6-winter-treks-in-india-that-you-must-do/

      Regards,

      1. Thanx so much for the info akanksha.. i jus had to ask one thing… will there b snow /snow fall in month of mid november in deoriatal trek.. everwhere d reviews are dat its d best in dec time.. so shud i wait for dec to do it.. just curious to ask such a question..

        1. Hi Pooja,
          It is highly doubtful that you will see any snow in mid November, on the other hand, you can enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and the withered Rhododendron leaves will be a very pretty sight.
          But if you are keen on snow then I suggest you wait until December. The same trek completely transforms and there will be a layer of white on everything around you.

    2. Thanx so much for the info akanksha.. i jus had to ask one thing… will there b snow /snow fall in month of mid november in deoriatal trek.. everwhere d reviews are dat its d best in dec time.. so shud i wait for dec to do it.. just curious to ask such a question..

  9. Hello ,
    We are two guys .. We are interested in going for the sandakphu trek around November 5th . I would like to know if you guys are arranging something around that time .

  10. Hi,
    Firstly, i must say this post is beautifully structured and very well written.

    Secondly, I’m a first time trekker and i’m more inclining towards Deoriatal trek in late Nov. Wanted to understand if it is a good choice and is there anything that I would need to know (even the minute details would help!) for this trek

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Rakesh,
      The Deoriatal-Chandrashila Peak trek is an excellent choice for a trek in late November. It is also a trek that we often suggest to first time trekkers.
      What I like the most about this trek is the uniquely shaped Mt. Chaukhamba that accompanies you throughout the trek. In late November you will have excellent views of it. Apart from that it is one of the prettiest treks that we organise.

  11. Hey akansha

    I wish to know if it’s good for a first time trekker to go on trek to har ki dun in december beginning. Also how much snow we can expect there. Please do suggest some other good treks.

    1. Hi Shivangi, Har Ki Dun is a good trek for fit beginners. In the middle of December, it will just be beginning to snow. If you want to see a lot of snow, go in the second half. But even in the first week, it’s a really beautiful trek! If you’re a first timer, also consider the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek.

  12. Hi Akanksha/Swathi,

    We are looking for a family trek during this Oct/Dec with our 10 year old daughter.
    All are beginners. Please suggest which one would be best for us. We have Deoriatal-Chandrashila and Har Ki Dun in mind.
    Should not be longer than 7 days and not very high altitude but we wish to see snow as well on the way.
    Thanks for your suggestions.

  13. hi.. is september 28 to octo 7th period is best for chandrashila trek ? or i should plan it in another months ? which can be the best time to get clear sky with not too chilly cold ?

    1. Hello
      September, October and November are a good time to get clear views of the peaks. There will be no snow on the trail at this time and it should be a little less chilly too.

  14. Hi Akansha

    We are planning to go on a trek during sept-oct. Please suggest us some good himalayan treks, preferably snow ones.

    Thanks

    1. Hello Sushma, we have plenty of treks for you to choose from during the months of September and October. If this is your first Himalayan trek then you can try going for the Valley of Flowers or the Kuari Pass trek. Other treks like Har ki Dun and Hampta Pass will be moderate treks and need considerable amount of fitness. Since September and October are the months following monsoon you wouldn’t be seeing snow on any of these treks. But be sure to witness the lush green of the Himalayas.

  15. Hi! Akansha , I’m looking for a trek during October-November to Roopkund. Can you tell me the total fee I have to incurred and also If there is a possibility of snowfall !!!

    1. Hi Kaustav you’ll find the cost details here – http://roopkund.com
      The trek will be accessible only until the end of October and not after that. If you time your trek towards the end of the season, there are slight chances to see snow. There are going to be snow patches, but not so much snowfall. Autumn is not really a season where you get to trek much in snow. May-June would be better for a snow experience at Roopkund. Otherwise, December is a good time to trek in snow on lower altitude treks like Kedarkantha, Kuari Pass and Brahmatal.

  16. Hi,
    I cannot find thehe schedule for prashar lake trek in October 2017. What are the dates in that month?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Shree, we are yet to decide on the dates for October. You will have to keep checking the website for the schedule.

    1. Hi Misbah
      October is a great time to do the Arnapurna Circuit trek. The weather is clear and the views are sharp. However, we do not run this trek.

    1. Hello Prem
      There will be no snow at this time of the year. However, this is one of the best times of the year to do this trek. Since the weather will be clear post monsoon you will get clear mountain views.

  17. Hi,

    I’m looking for Rupin Pass trek from 8th November to 17th November, 2017. We are two friends and would prefer going in a group over going alone. Could you please let me know if a slot can be made available for this time for Rupin Pass?

    Also, are there any other similar treks during this time frame? We are looking for Moderately Difficult treks.

    Thanks

    With regards,
    Ravi

    1. Hi Ravi, the Rupin Pass trek isn’t accessible in November. There’s too much snow and the trails are blocked. You can consider the Har Ki Dun trek though. It is a trek of moderate difficulty. (Most mod-difficult treks close in October). We have a group starting on 11th November. It ends on 18th November. You can take a look at all the dates here – https://www.indiahikes.com/har-ki-dun/

  18. Hey , we a group of 7 are planning to do a trek
    In last week of september
    Can u suggest some goods treks ??
    Would humpta pass be a good option ??

    1. Hi Gurmeet, there are only 5 slots left for the last week of September on the Hampta Pass trek. It is definitely a good trek to do but if you are 7 friends then I suppose it might be difficult. Alternatively you can look at doing the Chainsheel Bugyal trek instead. Its been named the trek of the year in collaboration with Uttarakhand Tourism and we’ve got good reviews for the trek from our first batch in June. It has everything – the apple orchards, meadows, forests and a challenging climb!

  19. Hi ,
    Want to go Sandakpu Trek , after Nov 24th 2017 . Is indiahikes carrying out Sandakpu trek in midst of Gorkhaland agitation ?

    1. Hi Debajyoti, as of now we are running the Sandakphu trek. Read this week’s updates here to know what are the steps we are taking to bypass the agitation. Just scroll down 🙂

  20. Hi there,
    A very nice and informative article, very well written. I did four among these seven treks namely, Gaumukh Tapovan, Chandrashila Deoriatal, Roopkund and Goechala, all in autumn. Yes the colours are mesmerising and I got crystal clear views of the mountains all throughout the day. By the way I did the treks solo !

    1. Hi Abhishek, we only organise high altitude treks. However, we do have documented treks in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. If you’re feeling adventurous you could follow the guide and do the trek on your own!

  21. Hi Indiahikes,

    I am planning for a solo trek in november ..i have two options Goecha La or Sandakphu. I want to trek in snow may be for one or two days, no matter how colder it is. I have in total 8 days. Goecha La can be completed in 7 days i heard. Need your suggestions which one is the best . I Want to do a high altitude trekking with th experience of snow. Please help!! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Saurav, if you want to trek in snow then Sandakphu should not be in your list. And Goecha La can’t be done in the winter months. It gets too cold during this time.
      You can look at other treks like Dayara Bugyal, Kuari Pass, Kedarkantha and Brahmatal in December and January. These will be good options for a snow trek. It doesn’t start snowing until December, but this year, it has already started snowing on the Kuari Pass trek. So we are expecting an early snowfall on all our slopes.

  22. Hello,

    I wish to go on a snow trek in the first week of October. Can you suggest a good place and an itinerary for the same.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Dhara
      The treks which can be done while it is snowing are the ones we have running in the month of December until April next year. You can go for treks like Brahmatal, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal in January or Kuari Pass and Deoriatal Chandrashila in March to have a snow trek experience.

  23. Hi,
    I am planning to do the pangarchulla trek in late December or early January. Any advice ….also can you please tell me that whether or not the Garhwal peaks like Nanda devi, kamet etc are visible from there on that time?

    1. Hi Rohit, Pangarchulla will have very high snow in December and January. It’s not possible to do this trek at that time of the year. In fact it is a trek with the smallest of windows. If you want to see it at its best, go in April. Before April there’s way too much snow, after April there are too many boulders and the trail becomes very difficult. As for mountain views, you get stunning views of Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba and Hathi Ghoda. It’s a very good trek for the views!

  24. Hi, Can you suggest a good trek in last week of November (5-7 days).
    I went to Manali just last week and there wasn’t any snow at Rohtang-pass and it was mostly brown in up-hill area.
    Can you suggest some trek for Nov end where I can find snow or good greenery in uphill area ?

    1. Hi Chirag, unfortunately, you’re looking for snow at the wrong time of the year. It starts snowing only at the end of December on trails that are accessible. The trails that climb higher have way too much snow and are not accessible. So if you want to see snow, time your trek between the last week of December and the last week of April. If you are alright with doing slightly more difficult treks like Roopkund or Rupin Pass, then May is a great time to see snow too!

  25. I have done Roopkund in 2017 but couldn’t finish the summit coz of bad and weather and I personally found the trek a bit difficult. I want to do a trek in Himachal Pradesh in the month of October-November-December. Which one would you recommend?

  26. Hi, I want to go on ~10 day trek in late october/November of a moderate-difficult level.
    I am confused between Sandakphu and Roopkund. Any information that might help me take the decision would be helpful.
    Any chances of Snow? Which one would be more beautiful in terms of natural beauty.

    1. Hi Sameha,
      Both the treks will be beautiful in late October/November. The winter snowfall at Roopkund starts by late October. While you will then get to see snow, you run the risk of not being able to complete the trek if the trails get blocked. There will be no snow at Sandakphu.

  27. Hi
    I am Jwalant Desai. I have been to two himalayan treks with India hikes, first Deoriatal and second Rupin pass. Both of them alone. Now I want to do one trek with my family , my wife and an 7.5 years old daughter. Can you suggest me a trek for the first week of November? I was thinking of Kuari pass and Sandakphu .

    1. Hi Jwalant,
      Kuari Pass is a great option in the first week of November. The views will be very clear. Since this will be your daughter’s first trek, I recommend this over Sandakphu, which has very long distances to be trekked almost every day.

  28. Hello There!
    I haven’t done that many treks with IndiaHikes or otherwise. I have done the Khaliya Top in Munsyari, if that counts. I want to sign up for a trek (moderate-difficult) in the month of september- october which would offer both, trekking through lush green forests as well as through the snow clad mountains, if not trek, at least get up close views of them. Moreover, a route which is not too popular among trekkers and offbeat offering peace and quiet would be preferred. Could you please suggest a trek?
    P.S- I see that Buran Ghati is not on the list. Any reason why? also, is it very popular among trekkers?
    Thanks.

  29. Hi, everybody.
    Planning for a Trek from 21st October, roughly 8 to 9 trekking days. Have previously done high altitude treks. Please suggest a trek with snow all around or atleast snowfall for a couple of days, view of gigantic snow clad mountain ranges, lush green meadows all around, a perfect scenic view for photography. We are a team of 4..
    Very much confused which one to choose..
    Ready to go anywhere .
    Please suggest
    Please help.
    With regards,
    Thanks

  30. Hi,
    I am planning for a himalayan trek in 1st week of November. Can u plz suggest a trek whc has snow cover during this time.

  31. Hi,

    I am interested in the Deoriatal chandrashila trek. Are there any dates scheduled around Mid November like 12th or 13th nov and any chance of snow by this time? We are group of 4-5 friends and we loved the details you have mentioned

    1. Hi Mayuri,
      We are not running any batches on this trek for now. The forest department has revoked permission to camp on this trek.

  32. Haii…I would like to visit himachal with my 4 friends on September 1st week ..I am already trekked kheerganga..and visited tosh and spity valley…will you please suggest a good trekking spots on this time…I want to surprise them….they are first time in north…we are from south…is there is any snow areas in this time..

    1. Hi Shibu,

      September is not really a month when you can get snow. You should plan a trek starting from the second week in the month of December.

      Thanks,
      Aditya

  33. I am confused about trek. Actually I am looking for big mountains trek in front of me.. snowscaped mountains. Beautiful meadows pine forest. Means everything included in the trek. Big hight snow capped mountains , green meadows, forest, tal, And one more thing tapovan and Kedar tal.. are similar.. or roopkund pls suggest me. Where I have to go for .. suggest me the destination. What I really want

    1. Hi Suraj,

      If it’s your first trek I would suggest go for Roopkund. This trek has all that you asked for. Probably with some experience you can try Kedartal as well.

      Thanks
      Aditya

  34. I am a beginner in multi-days trekking. Though I am moderately active. I have also lived in hills for six years (Mussoorie). I wish to do something out of my comfort zone hence the idea of trekking came up.

    Can u suggest me a good trekking place during september. I am travelling alone. So I would like to join a trek group.

    Thanks
    Neeraj Agrawal

  35. Hi, so much of valuable information in this post. I am planning to do a trek with my friends in the 1st week of october.
    The problem is all the treks that have been mentioned in this post require atleast one full week.

    But what I am looking for is a trek of 2-3 days (basically a weekend trek as we are very busy in our jobs) like triund, kheerganga, prashar etc. (all of which I have already visited ) So please tell me some treks which could be planned for the weekend.

    Please reply.

    1. Hi Shiva, why don’t you consider the Bhrigu Lake or Beas Kund treks? They are both 4 days long. You could tweak the itinerary if you’re doing the trek independently and make the trek a day shorter (especially in the case of Beas Kund). This documentation of the trek might help you – https://www.indiahikes.com/trekking-to-beas-kund-near-manali-over-a-weekend-a-personal-memoir/?preview_id=56881&preview_nonce=78724db069&preview=true

  36. Hello Guys,

    I would love see my name mentioned in the frame of Har Ki Dun, which I did in October with IH.

    Nice Article.

    Thanks

  37. Hi!
    My friend and I need to book a trek by September 23, 2018 with Indihikes to make use of a refund received for a previous trek which my friend couldn’t join. We are looking for a weekend trek in October or November. Could you please help us out with this so that we can register by Sept 23? Thanks a lot!

  38. Hi…V r planning to have a short trip of 3-4 days along wid my kids aged 14 n 8 …which trek would b the best ? I want me children to njoy d beauty of nature.kindly suggest n wat r d other package details?

  39. Love this article. My husband and I are planning a trip for Autumn 2019. We are interested a moderate -difficult trek of 6-8 days. I appreciate Indiahikes approach to trekking. We are wondering how many trekkers you have on each trek, we are interested in small groups of no more than 12 clients. Do you so treks with small groups?

    1. Hi Dee Dee, we have a maximum of 25 trekkers in each group. We have smaller teams only on really tough treks like Everest Base Camp. We find that this is an ideal number to trek with — it becomes cost effective for the trekker and also lesser load on the environment since we can deal with limited resources. I would recommend giving it a shot and seeing what your experience is like. 🙂

    1. Hi Dhanish, if it’s your first trek, then go for Phulara Ridge or Dayara Bugyal. I would say autumn is the best season for a trekker to get started in the Himalayas and these are few of the best treks to do!

  40. Hi
    I am searching for any good trek that can be done during November or December in himachal or Uttrakhand
    Howevere I have already done chandrashilla in jan and Hampta pass trek in june
    TIA

    1. Hi Swaran, then Har Ki Dun will be a great option for you! Or Sandakphu! Both of them are fantastic treks in November. IF you want to see snow, then trek towards the end of December to Dayara Bugyal or Brahmatal. They are great winter treks. 🙂

    1. Hi Usha it’s wonderful that you want to start trekking. And honestly, October and November are two of the best months to start trekking in the Himalayas! You’re spoilt with good weather and clear views! So here’s the list of the best treks in November – https://www.indiahikes.com/month/november/

      I would highly recommend Dayara Bugyal or Phulara Ridge out of these. The views on these treks are simply stunning!

  41. Hi,
    I am planning to do Sandakphu in Sep2019 . Is it a good decision to visit in September ?
    Secondly I want to visit Valley of flowers too. When will the most appropriate time to visit the valley with maximum flowers?

    1. Hi Asfa

      If you are planning for Sandakphu, I will suggest you to go in the month of October.
      The weather will be much clearer and crisper. September is the time when the monsoon season is about to end.

      Valley of Flowers is beautiful during the monsoon season. July to early September is the best time we suggest for Valley of Flowers.
      You will have rains, but this is the best time with the blooming of flowers.

    1. October is not really a month to trek for snow — there is not likely to be snow on the accessible treks. But you could try Rupin Pass or Buran Ghati, they might have a few patches of snow! If you want to truly have a snow experience, then trek in the end of December or in January. Any of these treks will have snow – https://www.indiahikes.com/seasons/winter

  42. Hi, i am keen to do trek on himalaya. I am totally new for treking. I am 35 years old female and my BMI is normal with 30 min walking excercise daily. Can you suggest beginners trek to gain confidence to pursue trekking and nature love passion?

    1. Hi Souvik, that’s almost impossible. All of these treks climb over 15,000 ft. Most treks at that altitude close around mid-October. And Pangarchulla specifically has a very small window to do the trek — the month of April because the boulders come out after that and it becomes difficult to navigate. Before that, there’s too much snow to go.

  43. Can you suggest me some treks in early november trailing on snow for atleast 2 days till we reach the summit, in uttarakhand?

    1. For snow, time your trek after the second week of December. It starts snowing in the Himalayas then and you will find fresh snow on most treks. Before that, there won’t be much snow on any of the treks. You will only find snow in patches on higher altitudes in early November.

    1. Hi, Dayara Bugyal, Phulara Ridge and Deoriatal-Chandrashila are some great treks for beginners in November. Dayara Bugyal trek takes you to the breathtaking meadow of Uttarakhand, Phulara Ridge trek offers a rare ridge walk in India with 250 degrees panoramic view of snow-capped mountains for hours as you trek on the ridge and Deriatal-Chandrashila is a beautiful summit trek. But like any Himalayan trek, please note that even at a beginner level, these treks require basic fitness (jogging 5kms in 35 mins) too 🙂

  44. Hi can you please suggest me a trek around first week of October.
    I have been to Kedarkantha this year around March.

    1. Hi, any of the 4-6 day treks would be great. But only the Chhatisgarh trek batch is available in the first week of October. From the second week, you have Dayara Bugyal, Phulara Ridge, Deoriatal-Chandrashila and Brahmatal. Do take a look at this link for October treks – https://www.indiahikes.com/month/october/

  45. Hi
    We are considering one of the two treks in mid November:
    A) Har Ki Dun
    B) Dzongri
    Do you think we will encounter snow in any of them? We really want to avoid camping on snow.

    1. Hi Arindam, you’re in luck. November is not a time for snow. And I would highly recommend Har Ki Dun over Dzongri / Goechala. Goechala tends to get miserably cold and windy after October and doesn’t make for a pleasurable trek. If you’re going in October, then go for Goechala, but November, pick Har Ki Dun.

  46. Hello… we are planning a trek to Brahmatal end of november. Is the weather too dry? will we be able to experience snow at all? We are 1st timers but ofcourse fit enough. Anything you recommend would be appreciated. Thank you

    1. Hi, it will be dry in November. You will witness brilliant blue skies and clear mountain views during the autumn season. It usually starts snowing after mid-December in the Himalayas.