Jammu & Kashmir
Sonbain at 3130 metres is a day trek accessible glacier near Bhaderwah. Whereas the moraine covered approach to most glaciers is usually devoid of any vegetation; Sonbain glacier is a bit of an anomaly. The slope below the glacier is a natural flowerbed. After the monsoons, this slope erupts in a riot of purple, yellow and red colour flowers that makes Sonbain a vibrant and cheerful glacier to visit.
This 19.8 kilometre, moderately difficult trekking route combines Billo ki Powri climb with the trek to Shankhpal temple. It adds the charm of Nathatop meadow and the woods between Kud to an already action packed trek.
Explore colossal vultures, a tiger decked temple, majestic peaks and mesmerising views in this day trek. This 15 kilometre, moderate difficulty trek starts from Patnitop (J&K) and ends at the historical temple at Sudh Mahadev (J&K). It’s a long day walk over a defined trail with a sharp descent at the end. Water is available throughout this route.
This difficult day trek along an unnamed ridge overlooking Patnitop shall challenge you with a tough climb and an equally hairy descent. The day trek starts and ends at Patnitop. The trekking route takes you though a forest, over boulders to a beautiful meadow and finally down a steep mountainside. Total distance is just over 10 kilometres and it takes around 5 hours to complete.
Chorgala and Shantigala are two lush green meadows and they are one of the best kept secrets on the Patnitop – Sanasar Road. Easily accessible via a short and easy trek from Nathatop air force station, they make an ideal getaway for the entire family.
Situated at an altitude of 2,897 metres, the Shankh Pal temple is just a few hours’ walk away from Sanasar. Shankh Pal is one of the best camping ground around Kud-Patnitop. It is pristine, secluded and provides a spectacular view in every direction. Inditramp takes a look to see whether this trek lives up to the hype.
“Billo ki powri” is 270 steps carved in rock face and it towers over Kud town. These stairs bear an uncanny resemblance to the straight stair over Cirith Ungol that Tolkien writes about in his book, The Lord of the Rings. Although the exact date of this landmark is debatable and lost in the shrouds of time, locals claim it was built by the former king of Chenani as a shorter and easier access to Batote town.