5 best weekend treks in Himachal

Trekking, as a weekend getaway from city life is a good means to rejuvenate oneself. However, the reality is that people are found settling at hill-stations like Shimla, Manali or Nainital, where they end up sightseeing and staying at fancy hotels.

So, does that mean there is a scarcity of weekend treks around Delhi? We do not think so. Every hill destination has multiple trek-able trails. We came out with 5 Weekend treks from the state of Himachal Pradesh that are truly breathtaking!

1. Prashar Lake trek

Prashar Lake- Avdhesh-The Destination from a different view
Prashar Lake PC-Avdhesh

Surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley is a blue-water lake called Prashar. Prashar Lake is a well-kept secret in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The trek follows a charming trail through a forest and several  rivulets. Meanwhile, one can enjoy the local culture as the trail goes through villages as well. The trek offers a 180 degree view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges.

Read more about Prashar Lake Trek here. 

2. Bhrigu Lake trek

Bhrigu Lake base camp (1800 x 897)
Bhrigu Lake base camp PC-Nikita

Bhrigu Lake is a beautiful glacial lake between two high altitude ridges, east of Rohtang Pass. You can take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali. Just 24 km from Manali, a trails runs up from Gulaba to a beautiful lake that is frozen in winter. The remarkable thing about this trek is that one can reach an impressive altitude of 14,000 ft and experience snow over just three days of trekking!

Read more about Bhrigu Lake Trek here. 

3. Kuppar Bughyal: Valley of Forests Trek

Kuppar Bugyal
Kuppar Bugyal

A delightful trek in the Pabbar Valley in the Shimla district is where the green pastoral ground of Kuppar resides. The endless expanses of deodar, coniferous and deciduous forests are overwhelming and the forest trail is bustles with raw beauty. The Kuppar Peak (10,500 feet) is an 18 km trek from Khada Pathar to the top and back. From the top, you get a beautiful view of Pabbar Valley and Himalayan peaks from Kinnaur to Chanshal Valley.

Read more about Kuppar Bughyal Trek here. 

4. Triund : The Meadows of Dhauladhar Trek

Triund trek

Located 18 km from Dharmshala, Triund makes for an attractive destination with well-defined trails providing breathtaking view of the entire Kangra valley. You can book online for a bus from Delhi to Mcleodganj. The trek from Mcleodganj to Triund is a steep ascent of over 1,100 meters. The town of McLeodganj (also known as little Lhasa) is a grand opportunity to experience the vibrant Tibetan culture.  If you have a day to spare, try trekking from Triund till Lahesh Cave and explore the meadows below Indrahar Pass.

Read more about Triund Trek here. 

5. Bijli Mahadev to Naggar: The Electric Hill Trek

Bijli Mahadev lead pic
Bijli Mahadev

Located on top of Mathan hills is the legendary Bijli Mahadev temple. A 15 km approach by foot from Kullu town to the top of this lightning hill is an experience in itself. The real charm of the trek lies in the interior of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary if you take the trail from Bijli Mahadev to NaggarThe sylvan surroundings of the quiet valley are mesmerizing, with a wide array of dense deodar and pine forests. As you exit the valley and reach Naggar, you may be struck with the realization that this is a very satisfying and worthwhile weekend trek.

Read more about Bijli Mahadev to Naggar Trek here.

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56 thoughts on “5 best weekend treks in Himachal

    1. If you want to do a solo trek as a beginner , Triund is a good place to start. It has a well defined trail and a lot of solo hikers go for it.

  1. i am looking for awesome scenic beauty( greenery and hills)+ camping + trekking.
    around this december 24 th
    for 3 days 2 nights or 2 days 1 night.

    which is the best trekking option can u suggest

    1. Hello Suresh
      Unfortunately, we do not have any weekend treks in December. All our winter treks are atleast 6 days long. Would you be interested in a longer trek?

    1. Hey Komal, whether in a group or alone, you could go on the Dayara Bugyal in January. It’s a beautiful alpine meadow trek with Bandarpoonch peak right in front of you. The powdery white snow covered meadows are just lovely in the winters. You can take a look at all the details for this trek here – https://www.indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/

    1. Hi Sapna,
      There will be way too much snow so we don’t recommend doing this trek in winter. June-September is a good time to go to Bhrigu lake.

  2. Hi, Is Dayara Burgyal a good trek to go for, in March end – mid April as well? Also, is there any snow in the trek during this time?

    1. Hi Gowtam,
      Yes, Dayara Bugyal is a good trek to go for in March end or April. The meadows will have turned green. There will be patches of snow on the trails.

  3. What is preferable, Triund or Prashar Lake, for May end ? Are both suitable for a first-time trekker? Which one is more beautiful and will there be a night stay in a tent for any of the two treks? I really wish for it!

    1. Hi Divya,
      Both the treks are suitable for first timers. Here are the pros and cons for both these treks –
      Triund – The temperature will be lower than Prashar lake but it will be far more crowded in comparison. Camping is possible here.
      Prashar Lake – Day temperature can go up to 25 degrees, which is warm to trek in. But it is manageable if you carry plenty of water and a good suncap. Camping is no longer permitted at Prashar Lake. You can stay in shared dorm rooms.
      An alternative to these treks is Nag Tibba, near Dehradun.

  4. Hi,
    Recently, on 29th May, I had been to Triund, Now my next destination is Prashar Lake. But I want to visit it during snow fall. Please suggest the month or any other thing you would like to share.

    Raj Kumar

    1. Hi Raj Kumar,
      If you want to trek at Prashar Lake when there is snow, you will need to wait till January or February.

  5. I have been to only one trek till now i.e. Triund. What confuses me is that if Bhrigu lake trek is 26km long, then how can it be done in a day or so ?

    1. Hi Rahul, it cannot be done in a day. You need at least 2-3 days to do the trek. More so because it gains quite a bit of altitude.

  6. Hello there.
    My query is regarding the best possible treks which can be done solo in the end of September 2018.

  7. Pls suggest me a 3 day trek which is a bit challenging with scenic beauty and snow + camping facility….
    Dates -20 Oct – 22 Oct

  8. Hi Team,

    Thanks for the work and time you people putting into this by replying on all queries and helping them, many Thanks for that.
    I have a quick question, We are group of 8 people and we are planning a bike trip to Spiti in the month of June-2019(for Snow) are there any treks which can be done in one or 2 days? if yes do we need a Guide(Indiahikes)?

    1. Hi Singri, Spiti actually opens up for trekking only towards July actually. But I think this is the post you’re looking for, about places to visit around Spiti – https://www.indiahikes.com/trekking-spiti-valley/
      Most of the treks we have documented around Spiti are very long (one week-ish), but I think these places would be ideal for you if you’re biking.

  9. we are a group of five planning to trek malana village later dis month.. We have some more time 2 days and a nite & we are looking for a trek around dharamshala,mcleodganj,chamba or khajjar.
    Any leads will be appreciated

    1. Prashar Lake is a good option. The trail is well-marked and there’s a place to stay at the top (although you’ll need your sleeping bag). There’s even a road for easy exit. So this would be your best option.

  10. i am looking for trekking between March 21-24.
    which is the best trekking option can u suggest for single and beginner trekking?

  11. Hi there,

    I’m a first timer and planning a solo trip in mid March..please suggest some nice treks to choose from..


    1. Deoriatal is the best trek to do solo. You can stay at Sari and at Chopta at home stays. And the trail is clearly marked too. If it’s going to be your first time on a trek, however, I would recommend you join us and once you get the hang of a Himalayan trek, then you could do treks on your own. You’ll find all details about the trek here – https://www.indiahikes.com/deoriatal-chandrashila-peak/