6 Best and Safest Himalayan Treks for Children

If you’re reading this article, I’m assuming that you’re considering taking your child on a trek. And that’s wonderful!

At Indiahikes, we strongly believe that children must trek. When they’re young and observant is the best time to expose them to the outdoors. They absorb lessons of resilience, confidence, leadership and also learn to protect the environment. These are deep values that take a very long time to imbibe in a person, but it can happen over just a few days on a trek.

With further ado, here are the best treks for children. These are all treks in the Himalayas. Some of them might be 2 days long, some might be 5 or even 6 days long. But rest assured, these are good treks for children. They have just the right mix of trek and leisure.


1. Dayara Bugyal

Duration – 6 days
Pick up point – Dehradun
Trail type – Mix of ascents and flat trails through forests and meadows. A gentle climb to Dayara Top
Suitable for – Children between 7 and 10
Best time for children – March, April (snow till early April), May, September, October

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The Dayara Bugyal trek makes for a great exposure for children to the outdoors. It’s suitable for younger children between the age of 7 and 9. Picture from the Indiahikes archives

Out of all our easy-moderate Himalayan treks, Dayara Bugyal would be the best suited for children. It involves just 3-4 hours of trekking everyday. The whole trail promises lots of learning, as your trek mostly through dense forests and open meadows.

Big, snow-clad mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas follow you from day one! So if you want to expose your child to the mountains for the first time, this is the best trek. It also has easy access and an easy exit in case your child does not take well to trekking.

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2. Deoriatal – Chandrashila

Duration – 5 days
Pick up point – Haridwar
Trail type – Mix of ascents and flat trails through forests and meadows. A rewarding summit climb that’s not too difficult
Suitable for – Children between 7 and 10
Best time for children – March, April (snow till mid April), May, September, October

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The Deoriatal – Chandrashila trek makes for a good exposure for children, thanks to its lakes, meadows, big mountains and a rewarding summit climb. Picture by Neha Kulkarni

Everything about Deoriatal – Chandrashila trek lends itself as one of the best treks for children. The drive to the base camp, Sari, is short.

The first day’s trek is just around 2-3 hours long. The second day is slightly long, but on relatively flat terrain through lovely forests. The next day involves a grand summit climb, which is just difficult enough for children to get the thrill of completing it!

The scenery of the lake, the big mountains and the quaint villages offer great exposure to the outdoors. So it’s a perfect trek for children and first timers too!

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3. Kedarkantha

Duration – 6 days
Pick up point – Dehradun
Trail type – Mostly ascents through forests and grasslands, and a demanding climb to the summit
Recommended for – Children between 8 and 12
Best time for children – March, April (snow till mid-April), May, September, October

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The Kedarkantha trek is a great confidence booster for children because of its thrilling summit climb. Picture by Sitabja Dasgupta

Kedarkantha has been the go-to trek for families for a long time. Because of the short distances, beautiful campsites and the grand summit climb, it makes for a great trek for both parents and children.

What makes it difficult are the steep ascents. Right from the onset, it climbs and gains altitude quickly. But the daily distances are short. If your child is fit and active in sports, he/she will be able to do this trek comfortably.

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4. Brahmatal

Duration – 6 days
Pick up point – Kathgodam
Trail type – Mostly ascents, and a demanding climb to the summit
Recommended for – Children between 10 and 14
Best time for children – March, April (snow till mid-April), May, September, October

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The Brahmatal trek has two lakes that make for an adventurous experience for children. The above picture was taken in January, when the lake is frozen. Picture by Devang Thapliyal

Brahmatal is a fantastic trek for slightly older children. It is demanding, as the days are longer and with good ascents. But the presence of two lakes — Bekaltal and Brahmatal — and the promise of a thrilling summit climb make it a strong confidence-building trek.

We recommend it only if your child is physically fit, and has been following a fitness regime on a daily basis for at least two months.

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5. Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal

Duration – 8 days
Pick up point – Dehradun
Trail type – A mix of ascents and flat trails. Riverside trails and camps. Walks through forests.
Recommended for – Children between 11 and 15
Best time for children – April (for snow), October

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The Har Ki Dun trek has longer days, and is more suited to children who are physically fit and active. Picture by Pravin Karandikar

Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal is a long trek, but makes for an exciting experience as you trek and camp beside a river. It also makes for great cultural learning as you trek through ancient Himalayan villages and also walk deep into the valley that has lots of mythological stories attached to it.

It involves long hours of trekking everyday. And because of its daily distances, it doesn’t lend itself to easy exits. So, your child will have to be physically fit to undertake this trek. What it lacks is that boost of confidence that comes from climbing a summit. But it ranks high on adventure because of the secluded trails within a national park.

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6. Nag Tibba Weekend Trek

Duration – 2 days
Pick up point – Dehradun
Trail type – Mostly ascents, forest trails, camping at the top, summit climb.
Recommended for – Children between 8 and 15
Best time for children – March (snow possibility), April, May, September, October, November, December

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Nag Tibba is a 2 day trek near Dehradun. It’s a wonderful weekend trek through forests and involves camping too. Picture by Ibrahim Shaikh

Nag Tibba is the go-to trek for children that live in and around Delhi. It is a weekend trek that promises a thrilling summit climb with some grand views of the mountains around. This requires good stamina on the child’s part mostly because of the travel involved before and after the trek.

If you have time and can make it to Dehradun a day earlier than required, your child will be well-relaxed and enjoy the trek.

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Conclusion

We have several other treks that might suit children. But the above are the best of them. If your child already has some high altitude trek experience, you can consider some of our moderately difficult treks for him/her.

We have a 50% scholarship for children

Because we believe everyone must trek, we will waive off 50% of the trek fee for children aged between 7 and 10. This scholarship will be applicable on the Kedarkantha, Brahmatal, Dayara Bugyal and Deoriatal-Chandrashila treks. We do not have a scholarship on our weekend treks.

To avail this scholarship, write to [email protected] and we’ll help you out.

If you have any questions, just drop in a comment. We’ll help you out.

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers. A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content. Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact in a person's mind, body and spirit. Read Swathi's columns. Watch Swathi's videos.