NORTHEAST National Hiking Day
National Hiking Day is celebrated on November 17 every year to celebrate and promote hiking. Apart from being a great exercise, hiking allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some quality time amidst nature.
Hiking is an exhilarating experience that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. We spend most of our time in the digital world with our smartphones and National Hiking Day was created to spread the value of being in nature.
If you live in Northeast India, you are in for a treat as the region has many beautiful hiking trails. In honor of National Hike Day, we’ve compiled a list of the five best hiking trails in the Northeast.
The Goechala trek is one of the most scenic and adventurous treks in Sikkim that will take you close to the eastern face of Mount Kangchenjunga. The trail passes some spectacular emerald glacial lakes and offers scenic views of Mt Kangchenjunga, Mt Pandim, Kabru, Simvo and Rathong glaciers. If you are in Sikkim, you must try this trek on National Trekking Day.
Dzuko Valley Trek
Dzukou Valley, a little-known pocket of hiker’s paradise lies on the border of Nagaland and Manipur. It is situated at an altitude of 2438 meters above sea level and behind the Japfu Peak. The picturesque landscape offers a clear view of the hills that guarantees a magical effect. If you are around the Dzukou Valley area, you must do the Dzukou Valley trek on National Hiking Day.
Monpa Trail in Arunachal Pradesh is every adventure seeker’s dream destination. Located in West Arunachal, you have to pass through lush forests surrounded by snow-capped glistening mountains to reach the remote valleys. The trail also offers a spectacular view of Gorichen Peak, the highest mountain in Arunachal. Traversing the Monpa Trail is a blend of adventure and culture set in the most beautiful scenery of the Eastern Himalayas.
If you want to hike through a dense overhead canopy rainforest. Created by towering trees, then head to Arunachal Pradesh and do the Namdapha trek. Namdapha National Park is home to more than 100 mammals, 300 birds and 1,000 other species. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Arunachal Pradesh, you should not miss the opportunity to trek through the dense forests on the National Trekking Day.
Bhangajyang Lakes Trek
The western part of Arunachal has many beautiful treks to offer the intrepid trekker. One such is the Bhangajyang Lakes trek that runs along the border of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan. The trail will take you through picturesque remote landscapes where Gorichen and Kangto – the highest peaks of Arunachal will enthrall you in their snow-capped beauty.