Latest Snow Pictures From Our Winter Treks, December 16th 2019

At the end of last week, around December 13th, it snowed heavily on Himalayan treks, leaving behind at least 3 ft of snow on trekking trails. This means treks like Kedarkantha, Brahmatal, Deoriatal-Chandrashila, Dayara Bugyal, Mukta Top, Har Ki Dun are all covered in a good 2-3 ft of snow.

Even in the East, it snowed on the Sandakphu trek, leaving all of us surprised! It rarely snows on this trek, but it was covered in snow overnight on Saturday.

This snow came as predicted, brought in by a wave of Western Disturbances and is expected to be back in another couple of weeks. Our mountain teams were geared up to face the expected snowfall, and everything went smoothly, despite freezing conditions and waist-deep snow.

News report in Times of India from December 10, 2019

Of course, snow has a flip side. Many trekkers had to return from their treks half way, because the trails got blocked. But all trekkers are thrilled to have been part of the first big snow of the winter. How can anyone complain when they can make a snowman and have snowball fights? 🙂

As of today (December 16th), the weather has cleared up and we have some fresh pictures from Deoriatal taken this morning. You’ll find them in the article below.

Here are some latest pictures and videos to give you a peek into what trails look like now.

All these pictures were taken between December 10th and December 14th.

Kedarkantha (Kotgaon route) 

The forests of Kedarkantha. Picture by our Trek Leader Dhaval Jajal
The classic pine-tree trails of Kedarkantha. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Rajarshi Deb
Wading through knee-deep snow on the Kedarkantha trek. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Rajarshi Deb
A mountain dog watches the first big snow of winter 2019. Picture by Rajarshi Deb

Fresh snow on the Kedarkantha trek shot by Indiahikes Trek Leader Dhaval Jajal


Brahmatal

Our base camp for the Brahmatal trek, Lohajung. Picture by Indiahikes Slope Manager Gourab Nandy
The dustbins and stores at our campsite buried under a layer of fresh snow. Picture by Indiahikes Slope Manager Gourab Nandy
The Tilbudi campsite on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Indiahikes trekker Goutham R

Bekaltal campsite on the Brahmatal trek shot by Indiahikes Trek Leader Krupa Vyas.

 


Sandakphu

The Sabargram campsite on the Sandakphu trek, BEFORE snow, at 3 pm on December 13th. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Gautam Thapliyal
The Sabargram campsite on the Sandakphu trek, AFTER snow, at 6.30 am on December 14th. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Gautam Thapliyal
The Sandakphu trail towards Molley. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Gautam Thapliyal

 


Dayara Bugyal trek

Raithal, our base camp for the Dayara Bugyal trek. Picture by Naman Sharma
Another one from the Raithal base camp by Indiahikes Trek Leader Tanmay Angre

Dayara Bugyal Trek – Raithal base camp shot by Indiahikes Trek Leader Nitesh Kumar.

 


Mukta Top

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Trekkers making their way up to the Mukta Top summit. Video shot by Colonel Amrit Pal Singh Madan

Mukta Top Trek by Indiahikes. Video shot by Indiahikes Trek Leader Leo Saldanha.

 


Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek

Trekkers having a lovely time in snow on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Avijit Jamloki

Deoriatal-Chandrashila photos taken on December 16th

The sun is now out and shining bright! Here are latest pictures taken on the morning of December 16th, just as trekkers reached Deoriatal.

Trekkers on their way to Deoriatal from Sari. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Avijit Jamloki
The Deoriatal Lake after snowfall. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Avijit Jamloki
The beautiful Deoriatal. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Avijit Jamloki shot on December 16th

 


Bonus: Realities of trying to make a trail in waist-deep snow

Behind the scenes of trying to make a trail in waist-deep snow

What happens in case there’s too much snow to do your trek?

There are likely to be a few more spells of snowfall given that its winter. In this case, two scenarios are possible.

(1) snow is not too much and our treks continue to run without problems.

(2) snow is too much and the trails closes.

If it is scenario 1, it is well and good.

However, if it is scenario 2, we are prepared to handle this and open the trek quickly. Our goal is to help you do you trek safely and comfortably and bring you back to the base camp. All our slope staff are working towards this.

If this looks impossible because of bad weather, we will organise excursions around the base camp.

If you do not go to the summit, you are welcome to repeat the trek any time in future as well. You do not have to pay us for this, we will waive off the trek fee.

This is not very likely, but just be mentally prepared for such a scenario if you are going to trek in snow.

If you have any questions, drop in a comment below. We’ll get back to you!

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3 thoughts on “Latest Snow Pictures From Our Winter Treks, December 16th 2019

  1. How deep is the snow on the trails specially Mukta Top ? If it is snowing what would be the temperature like during that period?

    1. There’s at least 2 ft of snow on this trek. The temperatures will drop to -10 degrees at night. If the sun is out during the day, it will climb up to around 13 degrees.