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
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.
2. Deoriatal – Chandrashila
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!
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.
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.
5. Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal
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.
6. Nag Tibba Weekend Trek
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.
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.