In this post, we will cover the best treks to do in the Autumn season in India. So if you are planning for a trek in September, October, November month, then here are some best treks.
Seasons remind us that change is the law of nature and a sign of progress. The season of autumn comes in the months of September and October. The hot and humid weather starts disappearing and leaves start falling off the trees in this season, so it is also known as the fall season.
The sky becomes clearer as compared to the monsoon season and a clear moon can be seen in the sky along with countless stars that look like pearls scattered in the sky.
We get very few weather disruptions on our treks in the months of September, October, and November. Summer sees afternoon showers every day while winter and spring tend to get sporadic snowfall.
The Himalayas are an exciting getaway option for adventure enthusiasts owing to the unparalleled thrill that these mighty mountains offer. Apart from trekking, there are many adventure activities which include river rafting, river crossing, mountain climbing, camping amongst others.
Go for a trek and experience thrill like never before, as these autumn treks welcome you with bone-chilling temperatures and picture-perfect landscapes.
Let’s find out the best 5 treks to do in Autumn in India:
1- Dayara Bugyal trek in Autmn in India
This 4 km long trek is a gradual ascend landscaped beautifully loaded with Rhododendrons, Silver Oak, and Deodar forests. Very few trekkers have set foot on the Dayara Bugyal trek, even though it lies very close to the Gangotri region. It is an easy-moderate trek, with a high altitude. And you must keep certain pointers in your mind to stay safe. Starting with the difficult sections that you will encounter on this trek. It is one of those off-beat treks which take your breath away! The vast meadows, beautiful campsites, and stunning mountain views make Dayara Bugyal an ideal Autumn trek.
2. Kuari Pass trek in Autumn in India
The trek to Kuari Pass starts from Joshimath which is the hub for trekkers and pilgrims. The Autumn Kuari Pass trek gives you a golden opportunity to admire the impressive skyline of the mighty mountains from close quarters. Not many treks allow you very close to India’s tallest mountain (with its base completely in India), Mt Nanda Devi. But here’s a trek that not only takes you to close but allows you to trek beside Mt Nanda Devi for days together!
That’s just one of the reasons to do the Kuari Pass trek. This trek also has some of the best forests compared to all other Himalayan treks, As you climb higher, you reach Gorson Bugyal, a vast stretch of meadows opening up to the mountain views. In the autumn season, you see the best of the views from these meadows.
3. Phulara Ridge trek in Autumn in India
Phulara is a ridge walk, where a ridge is a geological feature where you have a continuous path connecting one mountain to the next always at the top of the mountain. Ridge treks in India are an absolute rarity, maybe just a handful of such treks exist in India. On the Phulara Ridge trek, you walk the ridge that connects Kedarkantha summit to the range behind Taluka village. To your left lies the Thamsa valley stretching from Sankri to Har Ki Dun. And to your right, the mountains roll in several layers to Jamunothri. On this trek though, you’re at a high point of 12,000 ft for a day’s worth of trek (4-5 hours!), where you are still on the alpine meadows. Velvety carpeted slopes roll down on either side. Big mountains open up all around you. You almost feel that the mountains are trekking with you!
4. Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trek in Autumn
The Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trek hasn’t seen much human footprint, leaving many birds and animals to thrive in this region. It is a high-altitude lake surrounded by a lush green meadow and bhojpatra trees. Located at the foot of Swargarohini Peak, RuinsaraTal is a blessed lake and unlike any other. Top it up with Har ki Dun trek and you are going to spend the most beautiful week in the valley of gods from where Swargarohini peak soars high. You can spot Langoor families near Puani Garaat. Chances are, that you might even spot Black bears, wild boars, and Barasingha amongst other animals owing to the good weather and complete absence of haze.
It’s probably the only valley from which you can see Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch, and Black peak, all together. Getting such a clear view of Swargarohini, makes you feel like a Pandava ascending to the heavens. You can also see the Ruinsara Peaks.
5. Sandakphu – Phalut trek in Autumn
The Sandakphu Phalut Trek is a moderate trek on a difficulty scale ranging from easy to difficult. Starting from Srikhola at 6,400 ft you’ll climb to Sandakphu at the highest altitude of 11,950 feet. Putting the Sandakphu – Phalut trek towards the end of this list tells you that there’s no particular order in this list. Because this is one of our best autumn treks. With views of four of the tallest mountains in the world – Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and Mt Kanchenjunga, this is one trek to keep a tab on if you’re going in autumn.
Also, you could get a chance to spot the elusive red panda in these forests in autumn. So if you plan this trek, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
They say an uncluttered home can bring clarity to the mind; an uncluttered trek in the Himalayas can do just that 1000 times over. So, Plan your trek and enjoy the green beauty of Nature, with wild meadows and alpine forests spread throughout.