The Most Popular Himalayan Treks for Women

By Shanu Pande

Women are the best creations of God. They are gentle yet strong, flexible yet steely, emotional yet calm. Today women are independent, free-spirited, and love to enjoy life from close quarters. There is hardly any domain untouched by women and trekking is one of them.

Many solo females are trekking to the remotest terrains of India. All this seems incredible in an outdoor activity that is challenging and certainly not for the chicken-hearted.

Safety is not an issue for solo female trekkers in the Himalayas as people are amicable and supportive. Also, if she is well-prepared and properly equipped, a solo female traveler is bound to have a fruitful trekking experience. It is best to travel light and carry minimalistic stuff. With proper hiking shoes, appropriate clothing, and a steely attitude, the female traveler can conquer mountains.

Today, we would love to update you about some Himalayan trekking destinations that are popular with women of all age groups.

Most of these treks are ideal for both group and solo women trekking enthusiasts. But a few are recommended to be done in groups because of their challenging gradient.

 

But before that, let’s look into some basic requirements that will ensure that your women trekking experience is a memorable one:

 

  • Fitness Level

One of the key factors that ensure a smooth trek is your fitness level. Whether going in a group or trekking solo, your stamina and endurance form the core of any outdoor adventure. In addition to this, the factors that make trekking an unforgettable adventure are your will power and zeal. It is recommended that you start exercising and build up your fitness and stamina a month before your trek. Go for brisk walks, jogging, running, and cycling to build your cardiovascular strength.

BMI is a measure of your height and body weight. Your BMI is an indicator if you are normal, overweight, or underweight. If your BMI is under the normal category, it is considered a good sign. If it is not, it is recommended that you consult a physician before embarking on any of the most popular Himalayan Treks.

 

  • Safety

For female trekkers, especially solo female trekkers, it is very important to have prior knowledge of the place they are visiting. This will not result in any surprises. This will ensure that they know the terrain well and will be better equipped to deal with challenges, if any.

Always keep family and friends in the know about where you’re headed. Mobile connectivity in the mountains is unpredictable. Connect with your loved ones whenever you get signals enroute.

Do not stray away from the tourist trail. Remember that you may be at risk if you get stuck in a bad situation. Rescue and help may not be available at all times. Follow the recommended route and avoid doing anything foolish.

Also ensure that you are at your destination well before sunset. Be aware beforehand what time is the sunset, and likewise calculate how far you can trek. If the situation demands, it is better to halt earlier than your destination for the day.

 

  • Altitude Sickness and how to overcome it

Mountain air gets thinner with higher altitude. AMS or Altitude Mountain Sickness is caused by rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen and can have a devastating effect on health. It is recommended that you are conscientious about the altitude. You should climb slowly, keep hydrated by drinking enough water, eat carbs for energy, and avoid alcohol to avoid AMS. Take ample rest while climbing to higher altitudes so that your body is able to handle it well. If the difficulty persists, return to a lower altitude immediately. For challenging treks to high-altitude (especially for elevations above 25,000 feet), your itinerary should be well-planned. There should be room for acclimatization, at least a day or two. Acclimatization allows your body to adjust to a sudden change in altitude. This adaptation is very important for you to stay healthy in your trek.

 

There is no doubt that choosing the perfect trekking locale is a task in itself. For your benefit, we have short-listed some of the most favourite Himalayan Treks, especially with female trekkers.

These are safe and established tourist destinations whether one is trekking in a group or going solo. They boast of excellent infrastructure and are very accommodating to female tourists.

 

So let’s explore together the Most Popular Himalayan Treks!

 

Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek Most Popular Himalayan Treks

 

  • Location- Uttarakhand Himalayas
  • Altitude- 12,100 feet
  • Duration- Six days
  • Start point- Kathgodam, Uttarakhand
  • Difficulty level- Easy to moderate

 

The Brahmatal trek route is indeed one of the safest for female trekkers. The trail moves through Lohajung village, Bekal Tal, Brahma Tal, and finally the Brahma Tal summit. You are never away from civilization, the trek route is well-laid, and you trek a maximum of 8 km. or less every day.

The trek bestows upon you the most colorful assortment of flowers that bedeck either side of the trail. The lush vegetation of mighty oaks, reddish-pink rhododendrons, and other alpine trees rejuvenates your mind, body, and soul.

At the Brahmatal peak, you get mesmerizing views of imposing Himalayan peaks. You are struck by the sheer magnificence of sacred Mount Nanda Ghunti, Mount Trishul, Mount Chaukhamba, Mount Neelkanth, Mount Shivling, and Mount Hathi Ghoda.

A truly rewarding trek because it treats you to two high-altitude lakes nestled in the laps of mighty Himalayan ranges. The lakeside camping under a starlit sky is an experience of a lifetime.

Brahmatal trek is a less explored trek, ideal for women seeking tranquility and peace.

 

Hampta Pass Trek

Hampta Pass

 

  • Location- Himachal Himalayas
  • Altitude- 14,010 feet
  • Duration- 5 days
  • Start point- Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  • Difficulty level- Easy to moderate

 

If the above-mentioned trek takes you to Uttarakhand Himalayas, the Hampta Pass trek flatters you with the enigmatic Himachal topography.

For female trekkers reigned by wanderlust, Hampta Pass displays a divine beauty along with one of the easiest trekking trails in the Himalayas. It is a suitable fit for beginners and prides itself on being one of the safest routes.

The sheer contrasting landscape of the glossy Kullu valley and arid Chandra valley of Lahaul-Spiti holds you in awe.

Along with the beauty of the sharply contrasting panorama, the Hampta Pass trek route also exhibits many more picture-book settings. No wonder this is one of the most popular Himalayan treks.

The obscure mountain villages of Sethan and Hampta engulf you in a warm embrace. Mammoth Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range encompass the dense woodlands that are home to the exotic Himalayan flora and fauna.

You camp at splendid campsites, maneuver adventurous stream-crossings and tower the imposing Hampta Pass.

This dramatic trans-Himalayan crossover trek ends at the unimaginably beautiful Chandratal, a translucent blue water body.

Hampta Pass is a must-to-do trek in Himachal Pradesh because of its diverse platter yet moderately easy terrain.

 

Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha

 

  • Location- Uttarakhand Himalayas
  • Altitude- 12,500 feet
  • Duration- Six days
  • Start Point- Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Difficulty level- Moderate to difficult

 

The beautiful peak of Kedarkantha is a snowy delight for both beginners as well as seasoned female trekkers. Touted as an ideal winter trek, it is a hit with female trekkers due to its moderately-easy gradient.

As in Brahmatal Trek, you are close to civilization, the trekking trail is well-paved, and you trek a maximum of 8 km or less every day.

You traverse the idyllic landscapes dotted with Himalayan woods and alpine meadows to touch the pinnacle of Kedarkantha.

The highlights of the trek are Sankri village, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Kedarkantha summit, and the alpine lake of Juda ka Talab.

Sankari village bewitches you with the rich heritage of the region. It has some intricate wooden architectural temples. Govind Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The high altitude lake of Juda Ka Talab surrounded by thick Himalayan vegetation is a frozen delight in winters.

At the Kedarkantha summit, a 360-degree view of mountain giants sweeps you off your feet. Along with some illustrious peaks of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, DhaulaDhar, Gangotri, and Yamunotri ranges, there are numerous other virgin mountains that hold you in awe.

This all-season trek is the best winter rendezvous for those who are game for some snowy adventure!

 

Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass

 

  • Location- Uttarakhand Himalayas and Dhauladhar range of the Himachal region
  • Altitude- 15,250 feet
  • Duration- Eight days
  • Start point- Dhaula, Uttarakhand
  • Difficulty level- Difficult

 

Rupin Pass is the perfect hot-spot for female trekkers who want to unravel the beauty of not one but two Himalayan terrains. A trifle challenging, Rupin Pass trek gives the wholesome trekking experience to female trekkers. This experiential trek lays a strong foundation for women who want to embark on strenuous treks in the future.

Rupin Pass trek showcases the fascinating overview of two Indian states popular for their scenic splendor.

The trek commences at Dhaula in Uttarakhand and journeys till Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. Rupin Pass trek is a double treat in every way.

In addition to the dual landscape, the trek treats you to the distinct culture of two states.

The focal attractions are the most beautiful campsites overlooking the silver waterfalls, and undulating glossy meadows (Thatch) lining the quaint hamlets. The awe-inspiring glimpses of the Kinnaur Kailash range and Charang Ghati ridges from Rupin Pass are simply surreal.

Poku Devta temple, the double-storied temple at Kinnaur is also a point of interest.

Embark on the Rupin Pass trek to experience a dual adventure of an electrifying thrill as well as hillside serenity.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC Trek)

Trekking Solo

 

  • Location- Nepal Himalayas
  • Altitude- 13,545 feet
  • Duration- 9 days
  • Start point- Pokhara, Nepal
  • Difficulty level- Difficult

 

For women trekkers seeking an adventurous and bold expedition entwined in Nepal Himalayas, ABC suits their tastes to the T.

Being the 10th highest mountain peak in the world, Annapurna Massif holds a magnetic charm in the trekking community. But one should remember that Annapurna Basecamp Trek is for the brave hearts. The treacherous trail holds a notorious record of holding the maximum number of casualties in the 23,000-26,000 feet mountain ranges.

This trek, fondly called ABC, brings you in the vicinity of imposing mountain peaks in a very short time. Gangapurna, Machapuchare, Annapurna 1, 3, and South, and Gandharvachuli massifs are your constant companions in the trekking trail of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

You witness the glorious flora and fauna of the region by trekking in the Annapurna Conservation Area. An absolutely awe-inspiring experience for animal and plant lovers!

The most striking highlight of this trek is the amalgamation of diverse cultures. It is interesting to watch the distinct Nepalese culture blend with diverse cultures of tourists from all over the world.

Annapurna circuit for solo females is recommended only for very seasoned trekkers. It is highly advised to prepare for this challenging trail well in advance.

Trekking is a fun activity that refreshes your mind, body, and spirit alike. By following proper rules and keeping in mind the basic requirements, female trekkers can rejoice in a momentous trekking experience!

 

What did you think of this list of the Most Popular Himalayan Treks? Which would be your favorite? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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37 thoughts on “The Most Popular Himalayan Treks for Women

  • November 20, 2020 at 5:44 pm
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    I’m definitely going to save this list for future reference. I’ve been wanting to go on a multiday hike in the Himalayas, but I had never heard of any of these treks except ABC. Perhaps I will do Brahmatal or Hampta Pass. Need to start with the easiest and safest ones, as I’m not really a regular hiker. My goal is to hike EBC one day. I hope these smaller hikes will help prepare me for that.

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  • November 13, 2020 at 3:02 am
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    These all sound like intense hikes! Definitely the adventure of a lifetime, no matter which one you choose.

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  • November 12, 2020 at 11:47 am
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    Wow what a great post. I love hiking as much as I can but have never been lucky enough to check out one of these treks!

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  • November 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm
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    So glad to hear this is a relatively safe women to go solo! I’d love to do these treks, but will have to wait a few years til my pending first knee replacement is behind me (yes I’m much too young for this…)

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  • November 11, 2020 at 4:03 pm
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    I’ve been wanting to do this but my question is always, am I fit enough? How fit do I need to be? I realized that the Himalayas require a certain physical ability and sadly, I do not exercise regularly! I’ve done some crazy treks but I don’t think I can do Himalayas level. Are there any pre-physical training days when you do these treks? Thanks for your tips! X

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  • November 11, 2020 at 2:24 pm
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    These are some great tips and also, the views from the photos is beautiful.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 2:16 pm
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    Wow, that is such an amazing place to visit, the tracks are beautiful and wish to visit that one day. Stay safe!

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  • November 11, 2020 at 12:43 pm
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    Having embarked on the most challenging one of all already, I am sure the rest will be a game play for you.
    One thing is sure, whether easy or difficult, the beauty of these trek stirs your soul eternally.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 11:13 am
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    Very inspiring! I love getting out in nature and there’s some beautiful countryside to explore here in the UK. I just don’t have any camping gear which limits how long I can go for. Maybe Santa’ll get me some gear for Christmas! 😉

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  • November 11, 2020 at 4:43 am
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    These are some of the most picturesque and thrilling treks that you have mentioned above. Many of my friends have done them with flying colors. As rightly mentioned by you, solo travelling is never a problem in the Himalayas. People are very helpful but one must keep their family informed and always have a group. Its best to be with the trek guides or porters or just have someone more experienced. Himalayas is breathtaking and every trek is worth it.

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    • November 11, 2020 at 12:28 pm
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      Just to add, while trekking in the Himalayas is a modest experience, a little cash may always come handy. You might need some money to pay a person or for something to eat, or to buy a souvenir at a store. ATM cards are not the best option in the remote Himalayan regions. It is important to withdraw enough cash before you set your foot on the trek.

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    • November 11, 2020 at 5:48 pm
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      I have never completed any of these treks before but this looks like something I would love to try

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  • November 11, 2020 at 3:26 am
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    I admire all people like you that hike like this! SO beautiful!

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  • November 11, 2020 at 2:42 am
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    The Hampta Pass looks neat! I am not one for snow! I love to hike, but never thought about the dangers of altitude sickness. That is definitely something to think about in certain areas of the world!

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  • November 10, 2020 at 4:40 pm
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    Going on an Himalayan trek is something I’ve been wanting to do since ages. I’m intrigued by the possibility of doing a solo trek as a woman in the Himalayas. Good to know about Brahmatal trek which is not only easy but also never away from civilization. Kedarkanta sounds impressive with Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, and the summit. I know for sure Annapurna Base camp trek is definitely not for me!!!

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  • November 10, 2020 at 7:43 am
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    All the treks you have highlighted here are all so amazing. The only one I have done is the Annapurna Base Camp trek from Pokhra many years back. It was amazing although had a little difficulty midway. I would love to do the Rupin Pass trek sometime in the near future.

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    • November 10, 2020 at 4:58 pm
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      Wow…trekking looks amazing, and women are powerful beings who can definitely accomplish this! I would love to travel and try the Hampta Pass Trek one day, thank you for such a detailed guide to trekking!

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  • November 9, 2020 at 8:02 pm
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    I love the adventurousness of hiking in the Himalayas! And appreciate knowing how safe it is there and that the hospitality is so genuine and generous. These treks are absolutely beautiful and inspirational – especially Hampta Pass with those views and still being considered an easy to moderate hike.

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  • November 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm
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    Sounds great! What I would suggest is if you have a day or two after your Hampta Pass trek, keep some time to visit the nearby attractions around the Hampta Pass.
    Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple, and Beas Kund are equally beautiful places that will feed your adventure spirit!

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  • November 9, 2020 at 2:35 am
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    Wow! All these tracks are beautiful. I was planning for a solo trip after the entire Covid situation is over. Thanks to your post, I have a few ideas in my mind about the destination now.

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  • November 8, 2020 at 6:48 pm
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    Love trekking, and thank you for sharing which treks you think are best. Have long thought about trekking in the Himalayas but never really got to grips with it. Will definitely bookmark your article for the future when it becomes a little safer to travel again, and when I have had the time to train my fitness a bit.

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  • November 8, 2020 at 5:51 pm
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    I remember my days of exploring when I was in my twenties as a solo girl! I don’t think I would be brave enough to do it now though! but I do have some great memories.

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  • November 8, 2020 at 7:58 am
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    I would love to take a family vacation and do this one day! the pictures look awesome!

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  • November 7, 2020 at 10:03 pm
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    Oh how I wish I was still fit enough to consider Himalayan treks. I did not think that altitude was an issue until some recent travels. So that might be a second factor that would count me out. But I do love to see all the great sights that I may never see myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 6:06 pm
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    great list of treks. I would so go through any of these

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  • November 7, 2020 at 5:29 pm
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    It’s November and I was going through many trek experiences online and I came across this. I am so intrigued by Kedarkantha trek, and I am booking my flight to Delhi to do it soon. By the way, thanks for mentioning about altitude sickness. It is something serious and you need to get acclimatized well after reaching heights before you make any serious move.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 1:10 pm
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    All these treks sound amazing! My parents have done Anapurna and rave about it, I’d love to get out there and experience it for myself sometime (as long as I can navigate altitude sickness, unfortunately I’ve experienced it before and it was horrible!) xx

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  • November 7, 2020 at 12:12 pm
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    I really appreciate this review, and I think that for those who are looking for treks in the Himalayas, this is the perfect guide.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 1:19 am
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    Altitude sickness is no joke! We climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for our first anniversary and it was my first experience with AMS. We had taken medication to counteract it, but I was one of the lucky group that felt it anyway… Luckily, it didn’t hit until summit day, so the trip up was okay. That being said, when it hit, it hit hard! We were climbing with a well-known guide and we took steps to allow our body to acclimatize along the way, but there is no way to guarantee 110% that you won’t end up feeling it. (That being said, I’d do that climb all over again!)

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  • November 6, 2020 at 11:08 pm
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    Oh goodness, these all look so beautiful! Himalayan treks are definitely a bucket list thing for me, so it’s great to see a woman’s perspective.

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  • November 6, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    Thank you for providing such a range of treks, for both beginners and experienced trekkers! As an aspiring trekker, the Hampta Pass Trek looks particularly enticing. One thing that is important not to underestimate is altitude. The number of beautiful landscapes that the Himalayas holds is truly breathtaking, and it is definitely saved on my travel bucket list!

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