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Safest and the Best Himalayan treks for Children

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 to 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 give us a call. We’ll help you out.

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