Nature is bliss, and treks are the best ways to applaud this pristine beauty. For children, trekking can be a lifetime experience. It is the best time of their life to understand nature more closely. Not just nature, they also understand various ups and downs, hardships and the wins. Kids get a better nuance of protecting the environment. They understand the art of bonding and teamwork while trekking in a group.

India has every kind of terrain, for kids, as beginners to expert trekkers. 

Here are some treks, which you should explore as a family:

1. Dayara Bugyal trek :

This is one of the most beautiful Himalayan treks in Uttarakhand and is highly recommended for children. The reason is the ease of this trek and the mesmerizing meadows. The walk through the unadulterated greens of Dayara in the wilderness of oak trees will leave you spellbound. You pass through dense forests, lush green meadows, sight the snow-clad Himalayan Ranges, right from the day you start your trek. One can go very easy on this whole trek, with around 3-4 hours per day, which makes it more swifter and comfortable. During summers, the meadows are full of beautiful yellow flowers.

Nearest Train/Pickup Point: Dehradun

Average Duration: 6 days

Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate

Applicable for Children: Yes, starting 7 years

Peak Altitude: ~12,000 ft

Best Season: Summers (March-May, September – October). Avoid treks during Monsoon with children.

2. Nag Tibba Trek:

Nag Tibba is one of the most child-friendly treks which can be done with great ease in 2-3 days. The start of the trek is thrilling, with rocky ascent and needs good stamina, which then enters into lots of forest trails. Views of oaks and rhododendrons are sure to allure you. Once you reach the Nag Tibba top, you can spot the snow peaks of Kedarnath, Bandarpoonch and other snow-clad Himalayan peaks.

Take out 3 days and cover this trek in a very easy and relaxing way, so that children enjoy the beauty.

Nearest Train/Pickup Point: Dehradun

Average Duration: 2-3 days

Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate

Applicable for Children: Yes, starting 7 years

Peak Altitude: ~9900ft

Best Season: Summers (March-May, September – November)

3. Tadiandamol Trek, Coorg:

Every part of Coorg is a beauty, and just imagine the serenity at its highest point, Tadiandamol. It is also the third highest peak of Karnataka, having an altitude of ~5740ft. With breathtaking views, it is a fun and quite comfortable trek, which can be easily completed within 2-3 days. The whole trail is surrounded by the green covers of the Shola forests along with the beautiful streams which makes it stunning. 

The best time to reach the peak is early morning to view the spectacular sunrise over the valley.

Nearest Train/Pickup Point: Bangalore

Average Duration: 2days

Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate

Applicable for Children: 7years+

Peak Altitude: ~5700ft

Best Season: November to April

4. Tshoka Trek, Sikkim

Tshoka, near Yuksom, in western Sikkim, is quite an apt trek for family and children to witness the snow-clad peaks of the Kanchenjunga. This trek continues till Goecha La, but the trek beyond Tshoka gets the difficult grade and might not be suitable for children. The beautiful rhododendron forests on the trail during the Spring makes it astounding as the whole trail comes to life with pink-red flowers. It is a pleasing walk through these forests.

Nearest Train/Pickup Point: Bagdogra Airport/New Jalpaiguri

Average Duration: 5-6days

Trek Grade: Moderate

Applicable for Children: 10years+

Peak Altitude: ~9700ft

Best Season: March-May; September – November

5.Dzukou Valley Trek, Nagaland

This is an offbeat trek, which is set amidst the beautiful rolling hills and some pristine landscapes. Situated at the border of Nagaland, this trek is pretty easy, offering you the lush green views, numerous flora along the trail. This trail shows the presence of rivers Dzukou and Japfu, which is sheer bliss. You can also explore some Naga villages on the route and understand Naga Culture. 

Nearest Train/Pickup Point: Kohima

Average Duration: 3-4days

Trek Grade: Easy-Moderate

Applicable for Children: 7years+

Peak Altitude: ~8000ft

Best Season: All through the year, except Monsoons

6. Bhimashankar Trek, Maharashtra

One of the nature lovers best trek is Bhimashankar trek, due to ample scenic beauty you witness along the trails. Not just the mesmerizing greens, you get to spot deers, langurs, lots of birds (so do take Binoculars along), and some beautiful streams too. And all of this in a trek is absolutely delight for kids. 

Though there are 2 routes of this trek, for beginners and kids, the trail via Ganesh Ghat route is the preferred one. Trek via Shidi Ghat route is of a “Hard” grade and not suitable for children.

You can also stay overnight at the top for an extra adventure. It is a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai/Pune, so go explore it.

Nearest Train/Pickup Point: Pune/Karjat

Average Duration: 1 day

Trek Grade: Moderate

Applicable for Children: 10years+

Peak Altitude: ~3400ft

Best Season: August to March

Though there are ample treks, the best way is to start with small and easier treks with children. Have you been on some fun trekking expeditions recently? Do share your list with us as well.

1 Comment
  1. Aman Jha 4 years ago

    Bhimashankar is a beautiful place, especially in early and late monsoons. We usually plan a one-day trip and return on the same day. Never tried trekking there. is there a nearby hotel where we can stay overnight if we want to trek?

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