Himachal Pradesh is known as Devbhoomi, the land of Gods. With the mighty mountains guarding this beautiful Himalayan region, enchanting rivers flowing across the valleys and flowers blooming in every corner, this state has rightly earned its name. Many of its cities have become popular among the tourists, causing myriad of people to swarm into those hill stations every season. But a nomadic soul needs more than an occasional dose of popular cities. If you would like to explore Himachal Pradesh beyond the ordinary hill stations and don’t know from where to start, then here are the five exquisite treks in Himachal Pradesh for beginners.

Triund Trek

Situated in Dharamshala, Triund trek is one of the most famous treks for beginners. It gives a clear view of the mammoth Dhauladhar range. The trek starts from Gallu Devi Temple. You can reach there by either hiking or hiring a taxi. The final destination of the trek is located around 6 KM away from the starting point. Depending on your speed, it can take from 3 to 6 hours. Nothing beats the feeling of camping at the top with the bonfire at your side. The stars glide out at night and make up for a mystical view.

Beas Kund Trek

The Beas Kund Trek is located in Manali and is ideal for anyone who is not used to trekking. This easy trek starts from Dhundi and takes you to the provenance of Beas River. The trekking route is around 6 KM long. Meadows and wildflowers unfold in front of you, as you move ahead on the trekking route. The trek brings you the views of Deo Tibba, Aliratan and Indrasen peaks.

Parashar Lake Trek

Named after Maharishi Parashar, this trek gives you a chance to wander deep into Mandi district and experience the changing flora of Himachal Pradesh. The beginning point of the Parashar Lake Trek is a tiny village called Baggi. The final destination of the trek is around 7-8 KM away from the village. The moon-like lake is embedded in the meadow and reflects the blue sky. A 13th century temple is situated near the lake. This trek brings you the resplendent views of Pir Panjal, Kinnaur and Dhauladhar ranges.

Kheerganga Trek

Another popular trek among the explorers is the Kheerganga Trek. Situated in the Parvati Valley, the route to Kheerganga offers you the views of elephantine mountains, calming pine trees and coolness of the gurgling rivers. The starting point of Kheerganga Trek is the sleepy Barshaini village. The trekking route stretches up to 12 KM. The trippy ambiance of Parvati Valley adds to the charm of Kheergana Trek. Some loyal mountains dogs would accompany you on the trek and keep you pushing forward. If you want to get lost in the nature for a while and savor the beauty that the planet has got to offer, Kheerganga is the place you should end up at.

Kareri Lake Trek

Another trek nestled in the laps of the Dhauladhar range is Kareri Lake Trek. The trek starts from Satobheri which is situated near Dal Lake, Macleodganj. You can reach to Kareri Village from there and make it your base camp. Kareri Lake is around 11 KM away from the village. This beautiful moon-shaped lake is surrounded by colossal mountains.

Shivani Vohra