15 Greatest Himalayan Treks in Autumn this 2021 (Sept, Oct and Nov)


I‘m noticing an attention-grabbing trekking pattern in India. At first, I believed it was a one-off remark. However I’m noticing it yr after yr now.

Yearly, as soon as the monsoons are over, trekkers rush to register for our winter treks. Even now, a lot of our December dates are already full. 

What baffles me is that trekkers don’t appear to know the goodness of trekking in between — the autumn season. 

Although most of our autumn teams are full, I discover that it’s the skilled trekkers who select to trek in autumn. Most trekkers new to trekking (75% of our trekkers) appear to decide on the standard summer time or winter months to trek. 

Which is why we put this publish collectively.

Autumn is likely one of the finest trekking seasons, if not THE finest. And I don’t need you to overlook out on the appeal of this season.

To inform you why, I requested our founder, Arjun Majumdar, to make a fast candid video and share the grandeur of trekking in autumn.

He shares a few of his private tales, and likewise his favorite motive to trek in autumn — one thing you’ll not see in every other season.


If that’s not sufficient, our co-founder Sandhya UC pens down her ideas on trekking in autumn.

Summer time has historically been the most well-liked season for trekking within the Himalayas. However few folks know in regards to the charms of trekking in autumn, and why it’s maybe the proper season for a himalayan trek.

I record beneath 4 causes that make autumn my favorite season to trek.

1. Crystal clear skies 

The monsoons wash the skies of all hanging mud and haze. The air within the mountains turns into crisp and squeaky clear, making Autumn one of the best time for mountain views. Massive mountain views are at their finest. Each fold, each crack is seen with full readability.

Lengthy distance views are additionally at their finest. You see mountains that you simply by no means knew existed should you have been trekking in spring or summer time.

A few of my favorites from autumn are, Tapovan with Mt Shivling towering over, Dayara and Gidara Bugyals with their 270 diploma mountain panorama and the Phulara ridge stroll and Sandakphu with lengthy distance views.

2. Little or no likelihood of climate disrupting your trek

I’ve additionally observed that we get little or no climate disruptions on our treks within the months of October and November. Summer time sees afternoon showers every single day whereas winter and spring are likely to get sporadic snowfall. Autumn climate disruptions are nearly exceptional. Once more an after impact of the clear skies. In order for you a assure of nice climate in your trek, select autumn.

3. The colours of Autumn

If spring is the time for flowers, autumn is for the colours of leaves, grass and the skies. The forests are colourful, teeming with yellow and purple foliage. The grassy vegetation at larger altitudes flip purple earlier than turning into gold. The skies are additionally at their colourful finest particularly at sundown. Should you want to see the colours of the mountains, trek in Autumn. My favorites for colors are Har Ki Dun valley, Goechala, Buran and Rupin valleys.

4. Decrease crowds

Being the non-traditional season for trekking, most trails are somewhat empty in Autumn in our nation. You might be more likely to have the whole campsite to your self even on common trails. 

A few of these treks, which climb above 13,000 ft, have tight home windows and shut down by mid-October. Some others have longer seasons that stretch properly into November. Click on on the trek to examine the dates.

The perfect time to start out registering for these treks is in July. Most of our September and October teams fill out by late July, so plan quickly!

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Greatest Autumn Treks within the Himalayas (Sept, Oct, Nov)

1. Dayara Bugyal

Issue: Straightforward – Reasonable
Raithal, Uttarakhand
Length: 6 Days

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Gorgeous view of the encircling mountains from Dayara Prime. Image by Niranjan

Only a few trekkers have set foot on the Dayara Bugyal trek, though it lies very near the Gangotri area.

Dayara Bugyal is a type of off-beat treks which takes your breath away! It’s so rewarding for little or no effort.

The huge meadows, stunning campsites and beautiful mountain views make Dayara Bugyal a super summer time trek. Particularly if there are children aged 7 years and above, as a result of it makes for an ideal household trek, similar to the Phulara Ridge trek above.

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2. Deoriatal – Chandrashila

Issue: Straightforward – Reasonable
Sari, Uttarakhand
Length: 6 Days

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The majestic Chaukhamba massif displays within the clear waters of Deoriatal lake. Image from the Indiahikes archives

Set within the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek is a deal with for wildlife lovers. And additionally it is an awesome summit climb (12,083 ft)  for many who are starting to start out trekking within the Himalayas.

You see, summit climbs are rewarding, and trudge up a mountain for hours in the course of the wee hours. You attain its highest level just like the rays of the solar lighten the sky. All the pieces is beneath you — the clouds, the hills, the tiny specks of civilization. On a Himalayan trek, you often see mountain ranges within the distance.

That is the place Deoriatal Chandrashila is particular. It isn’t a bit of Himalayan ranges that you simply see. You see all the most important summits of Western and Japanese Uttarakhand from the summit. By all, we imply all.

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3. Kuari Cross

Issue: Straightforward – Reasonable
Joshimath, Uttarakhand
Length: 6 Days

A trekker takes within the view of Mt Nanda Devi on the Kuari Cross trek. Image by Suhas Saya

Not many treks permit you very near India’s tallest mountain (with its base utterly in India), Mt Nanda Devi. However right here’s a trek that not solely takes you shut, however means that you can trek beside Mt Nanda Devi for days collectively! If that’s not sufficient, you might have Mt Dronagiri and Mt Hathi Parbat holding you firm all through the trek.

That’s simply one of many causes to do the Kuari Cross trek. This trek additionally has a number of the finest forests in comparison with all different Himalayan treks, and also you camp in the course of one among them. As you climb larger, you attain Gorson Bugyal, an enormous stretch of meadows opening as much as the mountain views. Within the autumn season, you see one of the best of the views from these meadows.

On condition that it’s suited to newcomers, it’s one among our simpler treks, with extraordinarily excessive rewards!

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4. Kedarkantha

Issue: Straightforward – Reasonable
Gaichawan Gaon, Uttarakhand
Length: 6 Days

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Trekkers taking relaxation in a meadow close to a valley on the Kedarkantha path. Image by Arghya Biswas

The Kedarkantha trek is likely one of the hottest winter treks we’ve got, and rightly so. Within the winters, the path is totally coated in snow and it’s a pleasure to trek. Nonetheless, the draw back of this reputation is the truth that it does are likely to get fairly crowded within the winter months. However if you wish to expertise the identical Kedarkantha path, with out the gang, then it is a perfect autumn trek.

Not solely does the path boast of wonderful snow-clad mountains, but additionally of a number of the most pristine views of the Himalayan vary. In-fact the 360-degree view from the summit is unmatched within the Autumn months.

Including the cherry on the cake, the trek turns into a notch simpler than I the winter too! So should you’re planning on trekking in Autumn, look out for the Kedarkantha trek, particularly should you’re planning to take your kids alongside (that is your finest likelihood).

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5. Phulara Ridge

Issue: Reasonable
Kotgaon, Uttarakhand
Length: 6 Days

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The ridge stroll on a lovely autumn day on the Phulara Ridge trek. Image by Ravi Ranjan

To start out the record of one of the best autumn treks, right here we’re with surprisingly an Indian ridge trek. Ridge treks in India are an absolute rarity, possibly only a handful of such treks exist in India.

A ridge is a spot the place two sides of the mountain meet. So a stroll on a ridge is sort of like one on a knife-edge, the place there are simply flanks of the mountain sloping down from both aspect of you. There are small ridge sections on a couple of Himalayan treks. Nonetheless, to have a complete’s day trek on a ridge is unparalleled.

If in case you have carried out a summit climb, you’d know that you simply stand on the highest level for maybe 20-Half-hour. That is the place you get nice views of the mountains round. On this trek although, you’re at a excessive level of 12,000 ft for day’s price of trek (4-5 hours!).

The 250-degree panorama of snow-capped mountains stays with you all through! It nearly provides you the sensation that these mountains are trekking together with you, as you traverse the ridge that curves its approach into the panorama.

Beneath you, the bottom sweeps down on both aspect – one right into a meadow, one right into a valley. These dramatic views and ever-changing landscapes are what makes Phulara Ridge Trek a novel expertise.

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6. Brahmatal

Issue: Reasonable
Lohajung, Uttarakhand
Length: 6 Days

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The grand view from Brahmatal Prime at 12,500 ft. Image by Britto Roshan Tirkey

On the Brahmatal trek, you stroll on a high-point with the mountain dropping on both aspect. That is referred to as a ridgeline. A ridgeline usually provides the sensation of an prolonged summit.

What’s pleasant is that you simply additionally get to camp on the ridge – at Tilandi. From right here, you get to see the Himalayan panorama rolling out on either side.

As you’re on a excessive level at Tilandi, you get to witness the sundown and dawn from the identical campsite. And being on the high-point additionally makes it the windiest campsite of the trek.

To high all of it, you get to see Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti up shut from Brahmatal Prime!

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7. Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal

Issue: Reasonable
Kotgaon, Uttarakhand
Length: 8 Days

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The Supin river snaking via the rocks. Image by Biman Dey Sarkar

The Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trek hasn’t seen a lot human footprint, leaving many birds and animals to thrive on this area. You may spot Langoor households close to Puani Garaat. Likelihood is, that you simply may even spot Black bears, wild boars and Barasingha amongst different animals owing to the great climate and full absence of haze.

The path enables you to take pleasure in their habitat of pine forest at its vibrant finest.

It’s most likely the one valley from which you’ll be able to see Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Black peak, all collectively. Getting such a transparent view of Swargarohini, makes you are feeling like a Pandava ascending to the heavens. You can even see the Ruinsara Peaks.

Usually you’re accompanied by swollen streams that stream mellifluously down the hills. The Har Ki Dun trek is unquestionably among the best autumn treks and it’s at its vibrant finest within the months of September, October and November.

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8. Sandakphu – Phalut

Issue: Reasonable
Jaubhari, West Bengal
Length: 7 Days

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A Pink Panda that trekker and wildlife photographer Ajit Hota shot in autumn on the Sandakphu trek. Image by Ajit Hota

Placing the Sandakphu – Phalut trek in direction of the top of this record tells you that there’s no explicit order on this record. As a result of that is one among our greatest autumn treks. With views of 4 of the tallest mountains on the planet – Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchenjunga, that is one trek to maintain a tab on should you’re entering into autumn.

Not solely do you get crisp views, however you additionally trek via fantastic forests of the Singalila Nationwide Park. The colors in these rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests are beautiful!

Additionally, you can get an opportunity to identify the elusive purple panda in these forests in autumn. One among our skilled wildlife photographers, Ajit Hota, says autumn is a good season to identify the purple panda and lots of of birds too. He even noticed a bear on this trek! So should you plan this trek, preserve your eyes peeled for wildlife.

Being up within the mountains in such clear, clear air is a blessing. All the pieces appears extra enhanced – the colors, the smells, the size… They are saying an uncluttered house can carry readability to the thoughts; an uncluttered trek within the Himalayas can just do {that a} 1000 occasions over.

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9. Gidara Bugyal

Issue: Reasonable – Troublesome
Bhangeli, Uttarakhand
Length: 7 Days

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Probably the most stunning walks on what’s presumably the biggest high-altitude meadow of our nation. Image by Nitesh Kumar

Gidara Bugyal is an historic, pristine meadow that’s recognized within the hardcore trekking circles. It is likely one of the largest excessive altitude meadows you’ll set foot on. It’s bigger than its twin Dayara Bugyal. Probably bigger than the dual meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal as properly. It takes a minimum of two days to traverse!

Although it’s recognized within the trekking circles, Gidara is extraordinarily secluded. There are only a few folks that really trek in these meadows. The one indicators of civilisation you’re more likely to spot are the shepherds and their settlements round your first campsite, Rikoda. You may even see a mountain canine or two. However you’re more likely to be the one group trekking and tenting in these meadows.

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10. Gaumukh Tapovan

Issue: Reasonable – Troublesome
Gangotri, Uttarakhand
Length: 7 Days

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Mt Shivling and Mt Meru at daybreak. Image by Sushma Honnappa

The trek that takes you to the supply of river Ganga, the Gaumukh glacier. Not solely that, it’s the solely trek within the nation that takes you nearer to Mt Shivling the place you see it from the bottom to the summit, in a single gigantic body!

Together with Mt Shivling, Mt Meru and the Bhagirathi sisters preserve shut firm at Tapovan.

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11. Rupin Cross

Issue: Reasonable – Troublesome
Jiskun, Himachal Pradesh
Length: 7 Days

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The Decrease Waterfall campsite of the Rupin Cross trek at nightfall. Image by Sushrut Sardesai

If there’s a basic trek in India, it must be the Rupin Cross. This trek is like an orchestra, build up momentum with surprises in surroundings each hour or so. With each step, the trek throws up a brand new vista to see, a brand new surroundings to unfold. Fairly all of the sudden too!

The surprises start proper out of your first day of trekking. When, round 20 minutes into the path,  you see the Rupin River make an look, fanning out into a large mattress beneath you. And it doesn’t cease right here.

From right here, the path takes you thru hanging villages after which fairly all of the sudden, it plunges right into a deep pine forest!  That’s not all. The path then meanders via glacial meadows, snow bridges, glacial valleys, snow fields and lots of of waterfalls!

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12. Buran Ghati

Issue: Reasonable – Troublesome
Janglik, Himachal Pradesh
Length: 8 Days

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Our Dayara Campsite, amidst the gorgeous Dayara Meadows. Image by Rupalee Kulkarni

Most trekkers head over to the Buran Ghati trek to rappel down the snow wall in June. However should you assume this isn’t among the best autumn treks, then you’re making an enormous mistake.

Any nature lover will go weak on the knees on this trek. Because the climate adjustments, the colors of the forests tackle an orange tinge. There are pines, maples, oaks, and for good lengthy hours! You’ll not need to step out of the forests.

However how are you going to resist, as a result of, on the fringe of the forest, you get a glimpse of the beautiful Dayara meadows. We name this place the place you enter the meadows the “Wow Level.” Attempt to not say wow whenever you stand right here!

In autumn, shiny blue skies drop down behind the honey-tinged meadows. And also you get to camp right here. It’s an expertise you’ll not get wherever else at every other time of the yr.

I’d strongly suggest doing it in October. It’s early winter, you may expertise the primary winter snow (just a bit bit).

Only one factor to bear in mind should you’re going right here in October, the temperatures will drop to destructive numbers. So carry a minimum of 4-5 heat layers. Thermals are a should too! There received’t be a snow wall, however all the things else is price each step you’re taking!

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13. Bali Cross – Ruinsara Tal

Issue: Troublesome
Kotgaon, Uttarakhand
Length: 8 Days

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The extremely adventurous Bali Cross – Ruinsara Tal trek. Image by Akhilesh Tomar

There aren’t many treks that allow one expertise the uncooked grandeur of a Himalayan move crossing, that too within the autumn season. Connecting Har Ki Dun valley with Yamunotri, the Bali Cross is an exhilarating path. It traverses the confluence of Tons and Ruinsara rivers, the undisturbed serenity of the Ruinsara Valley and the plush meadows of Devsu Thach.

Quickly, golden-brown grass on the trek of autumn paves approach for an alpine zone. At 16,207 ft, the Bali Cross trek gives a 360 diploma panoramic view of the Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini peaks. This reward doesn’t come simple, as this trek is a tough one, not appropriate for newcomers.

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Issue: Troublesome
Yuksom, Sikkim
Length: 10 Days

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The primary rays of the solar on Mt Kanchenjunga and the seven brothers from Viewpoint 1. Image from the Indiahikes archives

The most important motive to do the Goechala trek is the grand views of huge mountains that you simply see. You don’t simply see one summit — the Kanchenjunga — however 14 different huge summits. That’s lots for any trek — particularly as near the eyes as on the Goechala trek. It’s no surprise that trekkers contemplate Goechala to be the closest to the massive mountain treks of Nepal.

The path to Goechala is blessed with rhododendron forests. And are available spring-summer months of April and Could, they burst to life with pink and purple flowers! It’s an enormously pleasing stroll via the wooden-log trails of those jungles!

The Samiti Lake is one other huge attraction on the Goechala trek. The view of the nonetheless waters, and the reflection of Mt Pandim within the lake, particularly within the early hours, is a visible deal with.

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15. Kedartal

Issue: Troublesome
Gangotri, Uttarakhand
Length: 7 Days

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The Kedartal Lake is likely one of the most serene lakes in all of India. Image by Ashish Bhatt

One among our harder treks, positively not for newcomers. It climbs as much as 16,000 ft to the Kedartal Lake. You stand up near huge mountains Mt Thalaysagar and Mt Bhrigupanth.

This trek charges excessive on journey. It’s also an endurance take a look at of types, because it has lengthy days, powerful terrain and climbs to a really excessive altitude. If you wish to keep away from treks like Rupin Cross and Gaumukh Tapovan, and but expertise the identical journey, then select this trek.

Select this trek solely if you’re very match and have some prior excessive altitude trek expertise.

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We hope you employ this information to plan your trek properly. 

Most of those teams might be full by the top of July. Don’t go away your planning for later and really feel stranded with no dates left.

Should you need assistance, drop in a remark beneath. We’ll write again to you.

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