Top 6 Himalayan Treks to do in Winter 2020 (Pro tips inside)
Snow treks in the Himalayas always have a charm about them. Here, we list out the best winter treks to do in the Himalayas.
Our Trek Leaders sent these reports yesterday evening, with news from Raithal, the base camp of the Dayara Bugyal trek and Lohajung, the base camp of the Brahmatal trek. It looks like there's some early winter snow on the trail.
This is not snow that will last too long. But expect a light dust of snow on the upper reaches of the trek if you're trekking any time over the next one month. :)Watch video
Oct 17, 2020 | Join Neha, Dushyant and Swathi as they bust some biggest myths that surround winter trekking in the Himalayas!
Some of these are going to take you by surprise. Some others, you may empathise with, and some could be dangerous if they are truly believed.
These are myths we’ve heard for years, and surprisingly, still hear them. Watch the video and tell us what you think in the comments!Watch video
October 15th, 2020 | Dayara Bugyal trek is famous for its rolling meadows, beautiful forests filled with oaks and maples. But not many know that this trek is also a birder’s paradise.
Trekkers usually look at Deoriatal- Chandrashila Trek as a trail to spot different varieties of birds. Well, it is. But so is Dayara Bugyal trek.
With this gallery, fresh from the latest autumn trek to Dayara Bugyal, trekker Madhav Anand drives this point home.
Click on the button below to check the gallery.Watch Gallery
October 8th, 2020 | In this video, Indiahikes Slope Manager Gourab Nandy shows how we, at Indiahikes, are sanitizing the hotel stay in Sankri. He also explains how we keep sleeping bags hygienic.
We have two treks - Phulara Ridge and Har Ki Dun-Ruinsara Tal - starting from Sankri during the autumn season. And sanitizing the stay is a part of our 31-point safety protocol. We are following these protocols on all our slopes and treks to ensure safety of all the trekkers.
Read this article to know more about the safety checklist.Watch Video
October 8th, 2020 | Here's some practical advice you can use. There are three things you must focus on to fall in love with where you work - understanding the 'Why' of your work, making your work your identity and having a collaborative work-life balance.
This TEDx Talk was delivered by Swathi Chatrapathy, who heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's most popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi.
Watch this video and tell us if it resonates with you.Watch Video
October 6th, 2020 | Trekker Poonam Bhasin is a social media influencer and a well-travelled cabin crew member. She is currently on the Gaumukh Tapovan trek in Uttarakhand.
October 5th, 2020 | Ever since the Uttarakhand government removed the requirement for a COVID negative certificate amongst incoming tourists, trekkers have been asking us whether they must do a test.
We strongly advise our trekkers to do a COVID test before coming. We have shared the ground reality in Uttarakhand as well as experiences of trekkers on this page.
Lots of trekkers have recently tested themselves before going to the slopes. Several of them have tested positive (much to their own surprise). If they hadn’t done a test, it would have gone undetected.
This could be a big risk for fellow trekkers. Which is why trekkers themselves are recommending COVID tests to trekkers.Here's why
October 1st, 2020 | Today is a special day. Because you’re about to see one of the most meaningful films made on trekking, made independently by Searchglass Films. It’s called Heroes of Himalayas. "When we saw this film, we were stunned! Suffice to say it’s one of the finest documentaries made on Indiahikes’ Green Trails I’ve seen," shares Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes.Watch it here
“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
Yes, treks have restarted! 🙂 We’re happy to tell you that from the beginning of October 2020, we have restarted Himalayan treks. Several teams have already gone on treks and returned safely, having had wonderfully meaningful experiences with us.
We have announced dates for Winter 2020 and also for future treks all the way until June 2021. To take a look at our upcoming treks, click here.
We have reopened Himalayan treks and announced dates for winter treks too. In fact, almost all our dates are half full already.
Here is a list of winter treks that we have opened. These treks have dates available in December, January and February.
At Indiahikes, we make no compromises when it comes to safety. Since its inception Indiahikes has pioneered as well as established safety protocols that are strictly implemented across all treks.
In COVID times this attention to safety has been significantly amplified. After much research, brainstorming, and consultation with experts we have come up with a 31 point safety check.
This includes safety processes before your trek, at the base camp, on your trek and even after you return. Read all the 31 steps here.
It is not mandatory for you to do a COVID test before coming on your trek. The Uttarakhand state government has removed the requirement for a COVID test.
At Indiahikes, we strongly recommend doing an RT-PCR test before coming on your trek, because it reduces the probability of coming to these remote regions as carriers of the virus.
But we understand that in some cities, it is difficult to get the test done at will. So we have not made it a mandatory requirement. You will, however, need to bring a basic medical certificate, which has been mandatory for all our treks for the past 10 years.
In light of COVID-19, since travel and treks are uncertain, Indiahikes has waived off all cancellation charges if you register for a trek before Dec 31. Which means, for all registrations before Dec 31, even if the trek is in December or later, apart from the basic 4% transaction charges, there are no cancellation charges from Indiahikes.
This helps you to register for a trek with peace of mind, knowing you can cancel your trek even until the last moment. Trekkers have started registering for treks, and we’d like you to do so with full confidence. We don’t want you to worry about losing out through cancellations.
Yes, absolutely. Many solo trekkers join our teams and have wonderful experiences. They end up meeting like-minded people on the trek and don’t feel like they have come alone on the trek any more.
Our pre-trek experience team ensures that you know your entire team well much before you actually head out on the trek.
Additionally, we have several women trekkers who join us solo as well because of the safety they get with the Indiahikes team. You’re welcome to join us as a solo trekker too.
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.
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.
View all our upcoming treks and register to secure your preferred dates
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Snow treks in the Himalayas always have a charm about them. Here, we list out the best winter treks to do in the Himalayas.
In this week’s podcast Arjun Majumdar tells you which winter trek is better between Brahmatal and Dayara Bugyal treks. Give it a listen here.
Trek experts debunk some of the most common winter trekking myths. Read on to know more!
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Our Chief Editor, Swathi Chatrapathy, was invited a few months ago to deliver a TEDx talk. Swathi was very keen to talk about how anyone must look at work. She was much anguished about some fundamental mistakes people seemed to be making in their careers. Her thoughts are fresh, insightful and full of practicality. Swathi […]
The opening of Atal Tunnel has brought happiness in many travellers and trekkers. Read to know why you should rejoice too!
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.
Dayara Bugyal trek is famous for its rolling meadows, beautiful forests filled with oaks and maples. But not many know that this trek is also a birder’s paradise. Trekkers usually look at Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek as a trail to spot different varieties of birds. Well, it is. But so is Dayara Bugyal trek. With this gallery, […]
Today is a special day. Because you’re about to see one of the most meaningful films made on trekking. It’s called Heroes of Himalayas.