Adventure travel is hugely popular in India, as there is such a wide range of possible activities. The Himalaya region is one of the top adventure travel destinations in India. However, there are plenty of options in the south as well! Here’s what you can do and where.
Trekking and Mountaineering
Trekking in Ladakh.
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India’s mountain ranges provide plenty of trekking and mountaineering options for all fitness levels, whether you’d prefer a leisurely day hike or a challenging walk along the frozen Zanskar River (the Chadar Ice Trek). These top treks in Ladakh are popular. In addition, the Indian government recently announced that the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range north of the Nubra Valley is now open to experienced mountaineers. The states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in northern India also offer excellent trekking opportunities, such as the delightful Valley of Flowers. For a pristine mountain trek in Uttarakhand, head off the beaten path at Kalap. If you really want to get away from it all and like a challenge, try a remote trek that’s still under the radar. For guided treks of all descriptions, some of the best companies are Ibex Expeditions, Peak Adventure Tours, Garhwal Himalayan Explorations, and Himalayan Frontiers.
Where: The Himalaya region.
Rafting and Kayaking
Rafting through magnificent Zanskar Gorge, Ladakh
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Going on a rafting expedition in India combines picturesque scenery with exciting thrills and spills. Raft down renowned rivers, such as the holy Ganges, by day and camp at pristine beaches by night. If you have a real adventure on your mind, there’s nothing like the extra blog rush from whitewater kayaking. Companies providing these activities include Splash Ladakh, Mercury Himalayan Explorations, AquaTerra Adventures, and GoaRafting.
Where: The Himalaya region including Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (Rishikesh), and Sikkim. Also in Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.