I am compiling a list of the child-friendly hikes and make this post a one-stop shop for all the trails that kids can accomplish. Of course, your kid’s mileage may vary so please do your due diligence.
This list, by its very nature, will always be a work-in-progress compilation. I’ve made public the incomplete details hoping these will help many folks. Leave your insights and suggestions in the comments section to update this best.
|Trek||Base city||Accommodation*||Distance to hike (km)||Comments|
|Abott Mount||Lohaghat||Hotel, tent||5||Photos|
|Pangoot local hikes||Pangoot, Nainital||Hotel||3-12||A long trek, A short trek, photos|
|Barot local hikes||Barot||Hotel, tent||3-10||Jallan Guest House; Waterfall near the trolley tracks; Badagaon area|
|Bashleo Pass||Shoja, Jaon||Tent|
|Bijli Mahadev Hike||Kullu||Hotel||3 km from Chansari, 15 km from Kullu||Info1, Info2|
|Chakrata Moila Tibba and Budher Caves||Chakrata||Hotel, tent||4|
|Chakrata Tiger Falls||Chakrata||Hotel||2|
|Dalhousie local hikes||Dalhousie||Hotel|
|Deoria Tal||Sari, Rudraprayag||Cottage?, Tent||2-3|
|Dugadda to Lansdowne||Lansdowne||Hotels||8|
|Jamu peak||Renuka Ji||Hotel, tent||May get longish and heat may take its toll.|
|Kamru Nag lake||Karsog or Rohanda||Sarai, tent, hotel||4 km from Rohanda||Listing; Photos|
|Kapil Muni’s hill||Renuka Ji||Hotel, tent|
|Mussoorie local hikes||Mussoorie||Hotel||Info1|
|Rajagunda forest||Bir, Billing||Hotel, tent||Hike from Bir to Billing on road; Billing to Rajagunda forest and alternatively to Badagran|
|Serolsar lake||Jalori Pass||Tent||Info|
|Shikari Devi hike||Karsog||Hotel, tent||18 km from Janjehli; 1 km from road head if going in a vehicle||Info1, Info2|
|Shimla TV Tower||Shimla||Hotel|
|Taradevi||Shimla||Hotel||4 km from Tara Devi station on highway|
|Vaisho Devi||Katra, Jammu||Hotel, sarai|
* Accommodation is categorized as ‘sarai/huts’ for basic roof (carry sleeping bag); personal ‘tent’ for camping trips; ‘hotel’ option for day hikes or short hikes where you can come back to the base city or reach the next town.
Please share the discoveries and the experiences of your kids or beginners with us in the comments section.