Trek Under A Million Stars! Top 10 Night Trekking Places in India

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All you trekking enthusiasts out there! TripHobo has compiled a list of exciting and enthralling night trekking spots in India. Most of them are one nighters but a few of them may take a couple of days. Pack your rucksacks, fill up your water bottles, apply a bug repellent and head over for an epic night adventure. Don’t forget to carry a powerful torch.

Ranganathaswamy Betta Trek:

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Well known for its white rock, the Ranganathaswamy Betta, also known as BR Hills, is located around 70 kilometres from the city of Bangalore. A night trek under a starry sky towards the top through the vast wilderness will leave you with an enchanting feeling.  

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Trek Duration: 6 hours  

Mcleodganj to Lahesh:

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A 2 night 3 days long hike, the Mcleodganj to Lahesh Cave trek is a picturesque one. One has to trek 9 kilometres from Mcleodganj to Triund and halt over there overnight. The next day, trek over to the mysterious Lahesh Cave- a hike to which takes 5 hours maximum.  After exploring the caves, one can return to Triund, rest overnight and then proceed to Mcleodganj the next day. Many avid trekkers simply rest at Triund the first day, catch a magnificent sunset and then trek onwards to the Lahesh Cave with the light of a million starts guiding them.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Trek Duration: 2 days

Dhotrey Tonglu Top:

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Usually undertaken during the day, this easy trek can also be done in the darkness of the night. Dhotrey is situated around a couple of hours drive from the beautiful town of Darjeeling. It is from here that the trek begins towards the Tonglu Top. If you leave from Darjeeling at 12.30 a.m., you can start your ascend by 2.30 or 3 a.m. and reach the Tonglu Top just in time to catch a magnificent sunrise.  From the top, you can either head back the way you came or you can further go to Tumling Point and then descend via Chitrey.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Vikatgad Trek:

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The Vikatgad Trek, also known as Peb Fort trek, is an enjoyable trek generally undertaken at night or during the monsoons. Located around 4 kilometres from Neral Station, Raigad, the trekking trail passes through a quaint village and a dense forest and witnesses waterfalls, rock patches, ladders, caves and ridge walking. A dream destination for nature lovers and adventure trekkers.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Trek Duration: 4 hours

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Tholung Monastery Trek:

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Not exactly a night trek per say, one can start for this trek late in the morning and then return back by nightfall. Located in the gorgeous state of Sikkim, the Tholung Monastery was first built in the reign of Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal in the early 18th century. It houses valuable and rare artefacts and scriptures belonging to other monasteries. These artefacts were brought here for safety during the invasion of Sikkim by the Nepal. Located at an altitude of 8,000 feet, one has to travel by road to the town of Linzey. A hike of 20 kilometres from Linzey will take you to the beautiful monastery. Taking around 5 hours to complete one way, the trek route lies along the bustling Tholung River, through serene dense forests.

Difficulty Level: Slightly Difficult

Trek Duration: 11 hours  

Rajmachi Trek:

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The forts of Shrivardhan and Manaranjan make up the marvellous fortification of Rajmachi. The night trek starts from the hill station of Lonavala and is a must do for trekking enthusiasts in the state. Although the trek is a moderate one, be prepared to walk a lot. It seems like a never-ending one!  Usually, during the night, trekkers hike up to the village located at the bottom of the fortification. After resting for a while at the local homestays, they start ascending towards Rajmachi in the morning.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Trek Duration: 10 to 12 hours

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China Peak/Cheena Peak/ Naina Peak Trek:

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Located around 6 kilometres from Nainital, the Naina Peak (previously known as China Peak/ Cheena Peak) is situated at a height of 2611 metres. The highest peak in the area, the summit of the trek provides magnificent panoramic views of the entire region. One can leave for this trek in the late afternoon, enjoy the beautiful views and a stunning sunset and then trek back down at night.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Harishchandragad Trek:

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Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, the Harishchandragad Trek is a coveted one amongst trekking enthusiasts. A thrilling night trek leads through open plains, slippery rock patches and dense vegetation. Trekkers start the trek at night, rest in the caves or temple present at the top for a while and then start their descend in the morning.

Difficulty Level: Hard

Trek Duration: 18 hours  

Ramanagara Trek:

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Located in Karnataka, the Ramanagara area was made famous by the Bollywood movie Sholay. Located around 50 kilometres from the city of Bangalore, this is a popular trekking destination in the state. A must do for rappelling enthusiasts; a night trek to Ramanagara is an exhilarating one.  It takes a couple of hours to reach from the base to the summit. Trekkers prefer spending the night at the top all the while enjoying bonfires and games of antakshari.  They begin the descend by dawn.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Trek Duration: 7 hours (including overnight halt at the top)

Korigad Trek:

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A beautiful fort situated near Lonavala, Korigad is a popular night trekking destination for Punekars and Mumbaikars. From the top, one gets splendid views of the valleys. An easy hike, one can complete the journey from the bottom to the top in just a couple of hours. The Koraidevi temple located at the top houses night trekkers all the time. After resting under the stars, one can begin the return journey by dawn.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Trek Duration: 7 hours (including overnight halt at the top)

Are you all set to take up a thrilling night trek? Do let us know how your experience was by commenting below.

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