Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth

10 Peaks in India That You Can Actually Climb

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How difficult is it to conquer a peak? Well, technical peaks require prior experience, clearances and so on. Luckily, there are many trekking peaks in India where all you need to reach the top is determination, zeal and a strong will.

Here is taking a look at the 10 mountains in India that you can climb even if you are not a seasoned trekker.

  1. Chandrashila 
    Trekking to the Chandrashila summit in Uttarakhand is a wondrous experience for more than one reason. The staggering views of the many peaks in India, including Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba, are equally matched with the splendid Deoriatal Lake en route. The trek takes a divine form during winters when the peaks are covered with snow and the lake is frozen.

           Altitude: 12000ft

           Experience: Not required

A small temple atop Chandrashila
A small temple atop Chandrashila. Image source
  1. Kedarkanth 
    Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kedarkanth trek in western Uttarakhand is most definitely a beginner’s trek. Try the climb during winters when the snow carpets the mountains and the campsites are surrounded by pine forests and vast meadows.

          Altitude: 12500ft

          Experience: Not required

Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth
Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth. Image source
  1. Nag Tibba – Also known as the Serpent’s Peak, Nag Tibba located in the Garhwal Himalayas makes for an ideal weekend getaway. The trek through thick forests and meadows, the stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges coupled with the fact that the trek follows a circular route, provides surprisingly beautiful views all throughout the hike.

          Altitude: 9915ft.

          Experience: Not required

The Serpent's Peak in the morning light
The Serpent's Peak in the morning light. Image source
  1. Mount Shitidhar – Peak climbing the Shitidhar in the Pir Panjal range is a challenge. It usually takes a week to complete the trek and one passes through the Beas Kund and many other magnificent meadows before reaching the summit. However, the trek is worth for the amazing views of the Pir Panjal and Dauladhar ranges.

          Altitude: 17220ft

          Experience: Required

The splendid Shitidhar
The splendid Shitidhar. Image source
  1. Stok Kangri – One of the most challenging mountains in India, Stok Kangri is not for the faint-hearted. Acclimatizing to the weather and altitude, this peak in Ladakh’s Stock range awakens the fighter within you to dare to reach its summit. However, in spite of its many tests, this peak in India offers some of the most stunning views of the surroundings.

           Altitude: 20080ft

           Experience: Required

A trek along the stoic Stok Kangri
A trek along the stoic Stok Kangri. Image source
  1. Kang Yatze 2 – A distinct peak in the Markha Valley, the Kang Yatze 2 is perfect for climbers who want to stay away from the crowds of Stok Kangri. On a clear day you can view the K2, Broad Peak, Nun Kun and Zanskar range from its summit.

           Altitude: 20505 ft

           Experience: Required

The resplendent Kang Yatze 2
The resplendent Kang Yatze 2. Image source
  1. Mount Bhanoti – One of the most encompassing peaks in India, Mount Bhanoti has it all. Rocks, sand, snow and meadows, all are a part of this trek, making it a delightful trekking experience.

          Altitude: 18450ft

          Experience: Required

Mount Bhanoti in the Kumaon Himalayas
Mount Bhanoti in the Kumaon Himalayas. Image source
  1. Friendship Peak – Out of the many peaks in India, the Friendship Peak in the Solang Valley is a great peak climbing experience for unseasoned trekkers. A glacier needs to be navigated en route, however, the low altitude of the mountain makes it a good practice climb.

          Altitude: 17348 ft

          Experience: Not Required

The friendly Friendship Peak
The friendly Friendship Peak. Image source
  1. Anamudi – If you want to give the Himalayas a break, then the Anamudi mountain located in the Sahyadri ranges or the Western Ghats is a perfect trek. Located between the Palani and Anaimalai Hills, the Anamudi offers pleasant views of the green-carpeted vegetation all around.

               Altitude: 8842 ft

               Experience: Not Required

Anamudi - The highest peak in the Western Ghats
Anamudi - The highest peak in the Western Ghats. Image source
  1. Patalsu Peak – The Patalsu Peak is one of the most beautiful treks among the mountains in India. Located in Kullu Valley, the lush meadows, inviting apple orchards and gushing streams provide for a soothing picturesque trek.

           Altitude: 14000ft

           Experience: Not Required

The petite Patalsu
The petite Patalsu. Image source

Peaks in India are fraught with climbing opportunities and it is hence no wonder that trekkers seek the mountains to unite and explore with the grandest of nature.

As very aptly said, ‘Chasing angels or fleeting demons, go to the mountains.

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The must visit place near Kasol: Tosh Village, Himachal Pradesh

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The top most village with an incredible view of Parvati Valley.

Tosh is the top most and probably the last village connected to the end of Parvati Valley. It lies at the height of around 7900 feet. If you are visiting Kasol then going for a trek to Tosh village is one of the most required things to do in Kasol.

Mostly Europeans and Israelis come to visit tosh to enjoy fresh Marijuana. But I would recommend everyone to visit Tosh if you are truly a nature lover and enjoy spending time with locals.

Kasol to Tosh

Starting early in the morning, we took a bus of 8 am from Kasol to Manikaran. And from Manikaran we changed the bus for Barshaini.

The whole bus journey to Barshaini was quite an adventure. The bus was continuously going up through the steep and narrow patch. While one side was covered with mountains the other side had a huge deep valley. As we moved up, we could see the distance covered lagging behind. The view was incredible with the deep valley, lush green mountains, ripples of water on the tree leaves, snow clad mountains far from the valley, and at the extreme bottom... river flowing with crystal clear water making the stones on the surface visible even from such a height. The bus was running with full speed on narrow patches and turns. Hardly able to stay stable in my seat, I was trying my best to take a click of the view.

For around fifteen minutes, altitude sickness took over me. Poof! It was all ignorant when I stepped out of the bus and glared the view. A light rain was pouring down. We had a tea and glucose biscuits and then we left for the trek.

Ways to Trek to Tosh

There are two ways to trek till Tosh Village. Either you can go by the shortcut from the unpaved way through mountains which will have its own adventure or you can take the main road which will provide you the view of the valley on the whole way to Tosh. You can either go by walk which would take around half an hour or you can take a taxi directly starting from Kasol which will take you to Tosh.

I would suggest you trek yourself rather than taking the taxi to take the most of your trip.

Destination it is…

We reached in an hour to Tosh capturing a lot of pictures and playing with the snow in midways.

As we climbed up, a light snowfall started making the weather more cold and beautiful. As I was wearing a dark colored jacket, the white shining snow was clearly visible on it and in my hair.

Although we had a full day at Solang Valley in the snow, this experience of snowfall was mesmerizing. It’s a raw beauty of India with no commercialization. There was hardly any tourist apart from 3-4 groups of hikers.

As we reached the Tosh village parking area, there was a wooden bridge that we had to cross to reach inside the Tosh village.

The more I moved forward, the more I fell in love with the place.

Pink Floyd Cafe and Hill Top Cafe

Though both of these are simple but located on the corner of the hill gives you the beautiful view of Parvati Valley.

Local people have created these beautiful hillside homestays for tourists. We went to the Hill Top Café.

They provide clean, fresh and tasty food in extremely low price. From the balcony or rooftop of these home stays, you can view the snow-capped mesmerizing mountains and the huge valley. We ate like hungry monkeys.

We spent half of our time playing with cute, innocent and beautiful Himachal kids and then enjoyed photography on the roof top. Paresh and one of my friend were so involved in teaching the symbol of their favorite “Yo” to those little kids. Though the little kids hardly could make it with their little fingers they were happy and enjoying a lot, which made us even happier.

Farewell to the beauty of nature

We stayed there for around 2-3 hours. We could spend more time without thinking but due to lack of time left for the trip and our pre-bookings made at Kasol, we had to say goodbye to such a heavenly beauty of nature.

While returning, we took the unpaved adventurous way to return back to the base village. There we had a tea at the small tapir nearby and then we took the next bus back to Kasol.

Budget required

Well! Technically we spent hardly 1000 bucks which included bus fare, breakfast, lunch, and tea for four people.

So if you are visiting Kasol, Kullu and Manali, you hardly need a budget to visit such a beautiful place.

Personal Recommendation

Planning to visit Tosh Village?

You can go ahead and follow my plan but take one more day with you so that you’ll get to spend a night on those hill sided home stays. The village is free from pollution and crowd.

Nothing can give you more pleasure than lying in the lap of nature far away from the cacophony of this fast world and gazing at the twinkling shiny stars clearly visible without any layer of pollution hiding them. You can easily get a room in just Rs.300 to Rs.400.

Let's see where our destiny takes us next. Moreover, I always believe:

           "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before"

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How do I plan three days trip around Pune?

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You should always plan to visit pune during monsoon preferably July and August.There is nothing much within pune but places around pune are beautiful during monsoon.Those lush green mountains, amazing weather, chilled-out people and roaming around late nights without fear is what I love about Pune. You should hire a cab/ self-drive car(if you are comfortable driving in Ghats) for all three days, which is very convenient way. If you need any help with getting a cab in genuine rates, I can help you with that. You can plan your three days trip as:

Day1: Visit Mahabaleshwar , spend the night there. It will be all foggy and green. Must visit strawberry farms and have strawberry cream.

Day 2: Early morning leave for Panchgani and visit mapro garden and have sandwhiches there and if time permits visit Table land and leave for Korigad, it is a unexplored yet wonderful place to visit. If you need more details about Korigad, visit my story for korigad here. It is near famous Tiger’s point in lonavala.

At night, visit Tiger’s point and stay at a resort at Ambey valley.

Day3 : Must visit Matheran. Enjoy horse ride from parking lot to reach Matheran. It is sort of a Jungle trek. There are beautiful resorts to stay too.