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“Delhi is not just a city, it’s a way of life.”- no matter how much this sentence is clichéd it always stand out to be true in every aspect the city has to offer. Delhi has been the capital of India for over 100 years now and in this span it has never ceased to amuse us. Situated conveniently between miles of desert and the mighty Himalayas, it offers a plethora of weekend getaways ranging from camel rides to scenic treks.  

If you want to get away from the hectic life of the concrete jungle then you have to carefully plan your weekend retreat spots before packing your bags. Adventure trips around Delhi is good place to beat the steam off the work and lighten up your work schedule to free the mind from the hustle and bustle of city life. Delhiites certainly seemed to be bored with mindless clubbing and fancy bar and restaurants that offers insipid synthetic meaning of enjoyment. Keeping this in mind we have created a list of 10 weekend trekking destinations around Delhi for an ideal weekend getaway. It would help Delhiites to plan their perfect weekend trekking trip to beat the mad rush of capital.

Triund trek

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Wedged in the lap of Dhauladhars’, Triund is the crown jewel of Dharamshala offering picturesque views of mountains covered in snow. The trek to Triund is short and simple and can be accomplished by almost all age groups. The serenity it offers while walking through the beautiful oak and deodar forests is awe-inspiring. The trek to Triund can either be started from McLeodganj or from Bhagsunag. Camping at Triund under the blanket of stars is something you shouldn’t miss. Beautiful pictures, good memories and perfect atmosphere makes it top favourite trek of the Delhi trekking groups.

Difficulty level: Easy

Altitude: 9,500 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 494 km

Duration: 2 days

Nag Tibba

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Nag Tibba meaning Serpent’s Peak is a short weekend trek near Mussoorie. It is situated at the foothills of Tehri and starts from the Pantwari village. It is an ideal weekend trek which gives you a breathtaking view of the glinting snow covered peaks of the glorious Himalayan range which includes the twin peaks of Bandarpoonch range, Mt. Kalanag and the articulate Mt. Nandadevi. The huts and idyllic life of the hills makes you want to surrender to the nature and let it guide you to your goals. This is a kind of weekend trek that would definitely ignite the spark of wanderlust in you.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Altitude: 9,915 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 354 km

Duration: 2 days

Hampta Pass

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The lush valleys, alpines, mesmerising landscapes and colourful birds is what makes this trek capture your mind forever. It may be the most easy and convenient trek but it will leave you stunned and in awe of this beautiful place. This is an unusual crossover trek connecting the Kullu valley and Lahaul starting from Jabra leading to a beautiful river and snow clad mountains all around. One of the most prefered treks by newbies, it is a good weekend trekking place for Delhi guys if they want to start their trekking journey on a resourceful and learning note.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Altitude: 14,035 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 404 km

Duration: 4 days

Bhrigu Lake

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Why go to Switzerland when you have those green meadowlands right there in our backyard? The lake gets its name after sage Bhrigu who is said used to meditate here. This trek has gained popularity because of its closeness to mother nature, the captivating views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal range, the embellished trails with oaks and cedars and vibrant alpine flowers. The peculiarity of this glacial lake is that it changes colour and shape every week, but most of the times it is frozen.  A great weekend trekking spot if you are seeking solace and a bit of cultural history.  

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Altitude: 14,009 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 566 km

Duration: 4 days

Chopta Chandrashila

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Chopta is a small enchanting village (also the starting point of the trek) situated in the lap of Himalayas of Uttarakhand, is a protected sanctuary for musk deer. It is filled with dense forests of deodar and oak trees, red and pink flowers of rhododendron which adds more charm to the village. The walk brings you at the holy Tungnath temple famous for being the highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Reaching the Chandrashila summit you are sure to be awed by the spellbinding views of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Kedar peak. This is also one of the least explored treks of Indian Himalaya. Plan your weekend trek here and all the opinions that underestimate the beauty of this place would fade away like the troubles of past.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Altitude: 13,415 ft.

Distance from Delhi:  385 km

Duration: 3 days

Dayara Bugyal

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Do you believe in fairy tales? I’m sure you will after witnessing the lush green meadows besides the snow-clad mountains of the charming Himalayas whose beauty is simply unrivalled. It is a round trail of mere 7 km that starts from village Barsu and ends there as well, it is like coming back to square one, but only with a collection of memories to be relished for a lifetime. The highest point of this trek is Bakaria top which offers an enchanting view of the Bhagirathi, Bandarpooch and the Black peak. You may not want to leave this place once you reach here. It acquires a special place in your heart.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Altitude: 12,000 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 429 km

Duration:  4 days

Kedar Kantha trek

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Kedar Kantha is another trek that should definitely be on your list as the ravishing beauty of falling snow, the terrific sights of the towering Himalayan peaks, the verdant greenery, rich flora and frozen ponds are something you wouldn’t want to miss. This inexplicable journey has all the delightful marvels and bliss one would want to take a dip in. The sunset against the backdrop of glittering snow-covered mountains is what makes the trek even more enjoyable. Swargarohini and Ranglana are the peaks that can be viewed from the Govind national park at the summit.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Altitude: 12,500 ft

Distance from Delhi: 289 km

Duration: 6 days

Bedni Bugyal

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Bedni Bugyal is a combination of impressive alpine meadows, silent waters of the Bedni lake, deep valleys, lofty mountains, wild high altitude flowers, and the splendiferous grandeur of nature pandering one with satisfaction. It sits on the slopes of Trishul mastiff in the Garhwal Himalaya of Uttarakhand. Camping under the night sky brimming with gleaming stars and waking up to a memorable sunset is something to yearn for. The trek starts from Mundoli leading you to the resplendent view of Trishul mastiff, Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Altitude: 11,000 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 483 km

Duration: 4 days

Beas Kund

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The pristine blue waters of this lake are considered to be holy because as per the mythological legends it is said that sage Vyas used to take his daily bath here, and this is how it gets its name. It is a beautiful trek which takes you through the enchanting Solang valley famous for ski slopes and paragliding. The banks of this peaceful lake lead you to spectacular views of the Pir Panjal pass. In order to enter the Beas Kund glacier you need to cross the splendid meadows of Dhundi and Bakarthach.  

Difficulty Level: Easy

Altitude: 12,000 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 574 km

Duration: 5 days

Chandrakhani Pass

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 One of the most popular treks in the Indian Himalayan region is also called as the Valley of Gods. The journey passing through thick forests which is home to diverse animal and bird species, offers fabulous views of the Pin Pavati and Deo Tibba. The route takes you to experience the Kulluvi local life and an insight into the Himachali culture. It starts from Naggar and ends at the beautiful town of Kasol passing through a small settlement of Malana which has preserved their culture and traditions.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Altitude: 11,975 ft.

Distance from Delhi: 590 km

Duration: 5 days

When you hit the roadblock then take a detour. If your friends are still confused about where to plan your next weekend getaway then it’s time to get the plan rolling. The 10 weekend trekking destinations around Delhi will make things easier for you and help you get acquainted with the trekking activities in Himalaya.

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