Top 5 Treks to do This Winter (Plus COVID news update)
Snow treks in the Himalayas always have a charm about them. Here, we list out the best winter treks to do in the Himalayas.
We have good news for you. Small groups can now start trekking with us. We have opened this option keeping your safety and the safety of our mountain staff in mind.
Being pioneers of safety in Indian trekking, we have designed a 31-point safety check for these treks. We expect that you will take the required steps to keep each other safe.
We are limiting the maximum number of people in small groups to 8, with a minimum of 3 people. We have also limited the number of treks to 8, all of which are in Uttarakhand.
“Kedarkantha was my first trek and it was the most amazing experience. I couldn’t imagine that a trek could be that good! It was my first experience trekking, in snow, travelling alone, without connectivity, just with friends I made on the trek, it was amazing! The Indiahikes team even made a cake for a friend, whose birthday it was! Now all my trek friends and I can talk about are treks!” – Ishani Ghotikar, Nutritionist, Hyderabad
“We all try to seek adventure ( and memories) often unprepared, whenever we book a trek. It’s this your (IH’s) attitude to keep our safety foremost, somewhere assures me deep down, that whenever I leave for a trek or tell my loved ones that I am off for trekking, I am ‘covered’. I have heard stories of evacuations, forced returns, staying put for long and incomplete treks, keeping the safety above all needs an attitude which I see is embedded enough in the trek leaders, slope managers, and all through your website. I refer everyone saying, go take a trek with IH, they safe, and will care for you. Keep this as your motto. This trust makes IH different from others.” – Anirudh Gargi, Software Developer, Bangalore
“Every experience first time has a sense of apprehensiveness about what to expect and how to go about it. That was the same case as I ventured on my first Himalayan trek and needless to say Indiahikes were the complete package in reassuring you about having an amazing experience. They were absolutely professional about everything right from the start, constant communication through emails, tips about packing and gear, advice on fitness and all these actually mattered on the trek as it made the trek a memorable experience. The trek guide along with the trek staff were among the warmest people I have met, and their tireless efforts to make everyone comfortable deserves the loudest cheers. Indiahikes fully validates their claim that they are the largest trekking community and the most recommended by trekkers, because they actually care about the balance of giving the best trekking experience and sustaining and preserving the natural environment.” – Srikanth Chandrasekhar, Network Engineer, Mumbai
“The trek went really well, Indiahikes made sure that we had an amazing 6 days in the mountains. All the arrangements were spot on. While our trek lead Krupa made sure that the health of the trekkers were in good condition by continuously monitoring oxygen level, pulse rate, the other two leaders sai pavan and leo lifted up the trek experience. Kudos to Indiahikes for making this an unforgettable experience in our life, thank you very much!” – Sanjay Saliyan, IT Technical Lead, Bangalore
“Hats off to the Indiahikes team! I had a wonderful experience in the complete trek and surprisingly have no complain at all. The Indiahikes team was on its toes at all times and they didn’t let us feel like anything was missing. The food served was served hot and delicious. With this amazing experience I would love to trek again with this esteemed organisation and would highly recommend it to my friends and family too.” – Nihar Shah, Student & Entrepreneur, Mumbai
“This was my first ever trekking experience, and overall, I’ve come back from the trek extremely happy and truly humbled. I enjoyed every moment of the trekking experience – the arduous ascents and tough descents, and do believe that the reason I enjoyed it, is the attention that Indiahikes pays to detail, to educate trekkers about what we’ve signed up for. This helps us physically and mentally to prepare ourselves for what’s to come. I definitely intend on returning back to the Himalayas for more treks with Indiahikes ” – Varsha Vijayababu, Software Engineer, Bangalore
“This is my first experience of trekking and I enjoyed it thoroughly.. Undoubtedly the best days of my life. Emails from Indiahikes regarding practice, choosing gears and other basic stuff were really helpful in preparation for the trek and to improve my strength and stamina. I am way too happy to have chosen Indiahikes as my trek partner. It was much more than expected. Thank you. I am definitely coming for many more treks in future!!” – Dr Komal Shah, Intervention Pulmonologist, Ahmedabad
New Trails, New Explorations—Indiahikes has been instrumental in bringing out great treks in India — be it the Kashmir Great Lakes trek, Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati, Roopkund or any of them listed on our website. All great treks in India have either been discovered, the route modified, or simply brought to people’s attention by Indiahikes.
Innovation in Trekking—Today, the way treks are conducted in India is not how things were earlier. Indiahikes brought in a culture of trek leadership, which in turn turned the focus on safety. Indiahikes brought in safety devices and protocols that changed the face of Indian trekking. Today, it has become a lot safer to trek in India because of these systems.
Great Treks—Finally, at Indiahikes, we also run great treks. Our attention to detail shows everywhere. All our equipment is especially designed and made for Indiahikes in factories abroad. The same attention to detail shows in the efficiency and training of our trek leaders, the food we cook, the care we take of the environment. One way to know Indiahikes is to interact with our staff. They love working with Indiahikes. It shows up in a great trek.
We provide simple, delicious, nutritious vegetarian meals on all days of the trek.
Indiahikes provides Indian vegetarian food. Your typical meal will consist of roti (Indian bread), sabzi (vegetable), dal (lentils) and rice. Add to it a sumptuous dessert. (Psst… Many of our trekkers tell us they want to trek again simply for the food we serve.)
We serve three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Apart from that, you’ll get tea and snacks in the evening and a hot cup of soup before dinner. If you’re in for a long day of trekking, you’ll get a packed snack as well.
Our menu is designed after elaborate research on nutritional requirements for trekkers. We take the exercise put in, the altitude gained and the weather you’ll face into consideration before putting each meal together. You’ll notice that every meal is nutritionally well-balanced with the right amount of carbs, protein, vitamins, fibre and calories.
Add to that the expertise of our cooks. They’ve all undergone intensive training to be where they are. The meals they dish out will have you licking your fingers!
Many people are intimidated by the idea of a trek and thinking trekking is not for them. It’s true that there are very real risks and challenges. However, we believe that with the right attitude and preparation, almost everyone can participate in a trek and they do so for all sorts of reasons.
In fact, every year over 20,000 people of all abilities and backgrounds trek with Indiahikes:
Preparing for a trek is a great opportunity to get fit. With a regular fitness plan, the fitness requirements are achievable by most people and will ensure maximum enjoyment and safety during the trek.
When you’re packing for a high altitude trek, there are a few basic things you need – your warm layers, your trekking shoes, a good backpack and your toilet and medical kits. To help keep costs low, we sell or rent some of this gear.
For a full list, please read this article or visit the “Things to Take” section of the relevant trek page.
Choosing your first Himalayan trek is not easy. On the Indiahikes website, there are over 25 treks to choose from.
Some people have a specific trek in mind and are disappointed if there is no availability on their preferred dates, however there are many less well-known treks that have similar features and are equally beautiful.
Instead of limiting your options, ask the following questions to create a shortlist of two or three treks that will be sure to meet your requirements:
If this is your first trek, read our article called How to choose your first Himalayan trek for more advice and specific recommendations.
Indiahikes is the pioneer in trek safety, having brought in safety devices and protocols that changed the face of Indian trekking. Today, it has become a lot safer to trek in India because of these systems. For this reason, every day we welcome the following groups of people on our treks:
For more information, read the series of articles on trek safety from our founder Arjun Majumdar.
Each trek has its own fitness requirements, which you can see in the “Get yourself fit” section on the relevant trek page. You will need to develop your fitness to meet these criteria before you start your trek.
We have several resources and videos on this website to help you get fit. Once you register for your trek, your trek coordinator will also be in touch regularly to provide additional support and check your progress.
With a regular fitness plan, the fitness requirements are achievable by most people and will ensure maximum enjoyment and safety during the trek.
Click on the “Register Now” button on any trek page to view availability and register online.
Registering for an Indiahikes trek is an entirely online process. Once you choose the dates that suit you, our system will guide you through the process.
You will be able to pay using your credit card / debit card/ net banking and other standard online payment options.
Once you register, your trek coordinator will get in touch with you and help you prepare for your trek before the start of your trek.
Each trek is unique and may include different things in the trek fee. You can find out exactly what’s included in the “What’s Included” section on the relevant trek page (on some trek pages this information is located in the “Cancellation Policy” section).
Generally speaking, your trek free includes all costs while on the trek, including:
Your fee usually does not include expenses incurred in getting to and from the base camp or your personal equipment, such as your backpack, shoes or clothing.
We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that.
Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies.
Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher
We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.
Every trek page has a detailed cancellation policy. Please check the section for further details.
View all our upcoming treks and register to secure your preferred dates
Sept 4, 2020 | We're restarting our Himalayan treks, but not with a boom. It is going to be a gradual start. To begin with, we are opening up treks with only small groups of 5-8 members.
Starting October, until the end of November, we are taking only small groups to the mountains.
In addition, we have designed a 31-point safety check for these treks to make sure there’s no spread of COVID and everyone has a safe trek.
From December Onwards, We Will Have Regular Teams Going to Our Winter Treks. Click on the link below to read more.Read More
Aug 20, 2020 | A couple of weeks ago, the Indiahikes Bangalore team drove up to a group of hills around a dam, just behind Nandi Hills. Unknown to many, Nandi Hills is not just a range of 2-3 hills. The entire region is dotted with small, extremely trekkable hills. We went for one such small hike.
This one small trek filled us with a big sense of rejuvenation. Just 4-5 hours in the outdoors helped us reorganize our minds. There's a reason why we are sharing this. Although we have 170+ documented treks around various cities, there are many treks we don't know about! That's where we need your help.
Through this initiative, we want to welcome you onboard. Use the link below to share your knowledge with other trekkers in the community.
Tell us - which is that great one-day trek around your city?Suggest A Local Trek Near Your City
Read a selection of our latest articles below or select a category from drop-down.
Snow treks in the Himalayas always have a charm about them. Here, we list out the best winter treks to do in the Himalayas.
Small groups can now start trekking with us! We have opened up 8 Himalayan treks with a 31-point safety check. Read about it here.
Since we reopened our treks, the only question that’s been on the trekkers’ minds is how to travel safely to Uttarakhand. Read to know how.
Here are 197 terrific local treks for you that you can do during the Coronavirus pandemic. These are treks you can easily do on your own.
Here’s a backstory of the 10 treks that we explored that changed how trekking was looked at in our country. Read on to know how new treks impact trekking!
Here’s the exciting backstory of how the founders of Indiahikes explored the Buran Ghati trek – the trek that lies close to Rupin Pass!
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected industries across the world. It is fair to say that the travel and tourism industry has been the worst hit. The Indiahikes team weighs in on how COVID-19 has affected the trekking industry, and what the future holds. Read on to know more.
Here’s the thrilling backstory of how the founders of Indiahikes introduced the only trek on the Frozen River in India – the Chadar trek
Here’s the thrilling backstory of how one of India’s all time favourite treks – the Kedarkantha trek was expored by our Founders.