Here are the few toughest treks for all the daredevils, seekers of arduous expeditions, experienced hikers, and adventure enthusiasts. All these deathly trails, falling rocks, encounters of wildlife, uncertain times, and nerve-racking places are not for the inexperienced and the beginners. One can conquer these by striking a balance between body strength, mental wellness, and playing by mother nature rules.
1. ALANG MADAN KULANG TREK
It is most popularly known as AMK trek which is set in the Kalsubai range of the Sahyadris in the Nashik district. The trek is popular among adventure seekers because it challenges endurance at every step. The Alang Madan Kulang trek is considered the most strenuous trail in Maharashtra, India. The starting point of the trail is at Ambewadi. The trail is at a height of 1400 m above sea level covering a distance of 6 km approximately.
This trail connects the Alang Fort, Madan Fort, and Kulang Fort. All these forts have witnessed centuries of combat and passed from hand to hand from the Marathas to the Mughals and then to Britishers. You will be awestruck by the breathtaking view of two stunning caves, a temple, 11 cooling water cisterns, ancient writings on walls, and a flat plateau to rest and soak in history. You will have to go through thick forests, confusing trails, climbing straight rocks to reach the top to have a view of many prominent peaks and reservoirs.
2. KEDARKANTHA TREK
The Kedarkantha is a mountain peak of the Himalayas of the Uttarakhand region. The trail is located within the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in the Uttarkashi district. The trek is located at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level. The trail starts from a small village, Sankri. It will take about 4 days to complete the trek.
The Kedarkantha trail is totally exciting and thrilling. You will get to see a total of 13 peaks of the Himalayan range from the Kedarkantha peak. You will be mesmerized by the view of the Juda ka Talab lake. The locals believe that a droplet fallen from Lord Shiva’s hair formed this lake. The experience of walking in the middle of the night along the trail to reach the summit is thrilling.
3. KALINDI KHAL TREK
The Kalindi Khal Trek is nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas. It is located in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trail is famous among tourists seeking a pious journey owing to Gangotri and Badrinath Dham’s connectivity. The starting point of the trail is at Gangotri. It takes about 12 to 15 days to complete the trek located at an altitude of 5950 m above sea level. The best time to go on this thrilling and exciting trail is from May to June and September to October.
The trail initially will sketch the Gaumukh trail and crosses Chirbasa, Bhojbasa, Gaumukh, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, and Badrinath. The trail treats you with all love as you cover the vast meadows, adventurous trails, breathtaking sceneries, and craggy glaciers. The glaciers keep on shifting and breaking time and again, which makes the trek even more difficult. You should go prepared for obscured crevasses and unclear directions.
4. PIN PARVATI TREK
The Pin Parvati gets its name because it connects Kullu’s Parvati Valley to Spiti’s Pin Valley. The combination of the beautiful landscapes of Parvati Valley and the romantic vibe of Spiti Valley will hold anyone mesmerized and awestruck. The Pin Parvati trail is among the highest risk toughest treks in India. The trail starts from the Barshaini village. The trek is located at an elevation of 5319 m above sea level. It will take approximately 11 days to complete the trek. You will have a wonderful experience between July and September.
The most tricky and precarious activities include the hidden crevasses on glacier crossings, furious Paravati river crossings, and rockfall and landslide-prone areas. The splendid picturesque meadows, deep valleys, Buddhist villages, flora and fauna, and the evergreen forests are the highlights of the trek.
5. AGASTHYAKOODAM TREK
This is named after an ancient sage Agasthya, one of the seven Maharshis in the Hindu Puranas. It is located on Ashambu Hills in the southern part of the western ghats. The remoteness from human settlements, wildlife encounters, and rising climb makes it one of the most challenging non-Himalayan treks. The trail starts from Bonacaud and takes about 2 to 3 days to be completed. January to March is the best time to go on this trail located at an altitude of 1868 m above sea level.
The most exciting thing about this trek is the rapid change in the landscape. As you go along the trail, you will pass from moist deciduous forests, semi-evergreen forests to grasslands. It attracts various devotees with diverse interests being a pilgrimage destination.
Get ready to face the challenges as you go all along the trail of these treks!!!