Good News! It’s Snowing In The Mountains! Here’s A Photo Update

I‘m dropping in to tell you that it has started snowing on our winter treks! All of our treks — Dayara BugyalBrahmatalKedarkanthaMukta TopHar Ki Dun and surprisingly, Sandakphu too!

Heck! Our Chief of Operations, Manish ji messaged us that it is snowing in Mussoorie too!

I’m very glad in a way. The Western Disturbances are right on time. The weather is showing absolutely normal behaviour so far — unlike the past two years, where we were wondering if we would see winter at all! So that’s wonderful news for all of us in the trekking community!

Every year, we notice that the first winter snow comes in around the second week of December. And considering it’s 13th December today, the snow is bang on time. I would recommend reading this article for a better understanding of snow in our country.

So everything is going as expected so far. If you’re going on a winter trek, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

These pictures below are from the past month. It has been snowing on and off. So there is already some accumulation.

I’m attaching some pictures from the past month, to give you an idea of how winter has set in on our treks.

The Brahmatal campsite after a light snowfall last week. Picture by Trek Leader Devang Thapliyal
Frozen drops of water on the Kedarkantha trail 3 days ago. 🙂 Picture by our Trek Manager Ravi
Can you spot our campsite? 🙂 This was shot on the Har Ki Dun trek late in November by Trek Leader Rajkumar
The Brahmatal Lake BEFORE a snowfall this week. Picture by Trek Coordinator Vishnu Benne
The Brahmatal Lake AFTER a snowfall on the same day. Picture by Trek Leader Devang Thapliyal
Fields around our tea house on the Sandakphu trek covered in hail. Picture taken last week (Dec 7th) by Indiahikes Trek Leader Akhil
The Mukta Top trek in November. 🙂 Picture by Trek Leader Leo Saldanha
Dayara Bugyal a couple of weeks ago. Picture by Trek Leader Krunal.
The Talketra campsite on the Kedarkantha trek last month. Picture by Indiahikes trekker Rajesh Chandra

What does this mean for us trekkers?

It’s going to be a lovely winter season. And we’re just getting started. There will be a lot more snowfall! 🙂

I have just two bits of advice for you.

First, carry enough warm layers. That’s at least five warm layers. Revisit this article with Winter Trekking And Camping Tips from our Trek Leaders. It has useful tips on layering too. You’ll find more useful tips on this page.

Second, work on your fitness. If the snow is knee-deep like in this photo (↓), then it’s going to take a lot of effort to take even 10 steps forward!

Knee-deep snow on the Dayara Bugyal trek in the first week of December. Picture by our Photo Manager Harikrishnan P.

So start jogging everyday. Cover at least 5 km consistently. And do some leg strengthening exercises too! This article will help you understand what kind of fitness you need and how to get it.

Most of all, like my colleague Prathima says, “When you’re off on a trek, don’t forget to pack a light heart!” 🙂

If you have any questions drop in a comment on this page.

With the winter season up and running, we are on our toes. But we are happily on our toes! 🙂

I hope you have a grand winter and hope to see you in the mountains!

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Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She heads the content team and runs a video series called Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can. Through her work at Indiahikes, she hopes to let more people experience this sense of liberation, by spreading information about trekking and by instilling the right spirit of trekking in them.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

10 thoughts on “Good News! It’s Snowing In The Mountains! Here’s A Photo Update

  1. If it has snowed early this time, so does this anyway mean that there will be lesser snow fall in the later part of winter (March, April) ? Cuz I am planning to go for Kedarkantha in mid-march , so was curious
    Btw love your articles!!

  2. Thanks for this wonderful info!!
    We have a weekend trek at NagTibba (1st with IndiaHikes) this weekend (15th-16th Dec). Just curious if we will be experiencing snow there too?

    Kindly reply. Thanks in advance.
    Kuber

  3. Swathi
    Nice to see the pics of snow.Iam inspired by your writing .As Iam engaged this season I will join you in next trek for kedarakantha

    1. Hi Ankita, we don’t run the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek as of now. Camping is currently disallowed at Deoriatal and Chopta. So we will not be able to run the trek.

      1. There are lots of other treks that are good options in winter though! Brahmatal, Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha, they are all fantastic treks! You could consider them. 🙂

  4. Hi Swati! Your emails are so very inspiring and motivating….so we’re planning family trek to Rupin pass this may with kids-12 and 14yrs.
    We’ve been doing every year one Himalayan trek…started with Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib.Last year followed it up with Harkidun Snow trek in March and successfully completed summit inspite of heavy snowstorm.
    Please suggest best fitness regime to be followed for next 4months to make Rupin pass trek more enjoyable then exhausting….also tips to avoid AMS….!!! Awaiting your prompt revert.

  5. Hi Swathi,

    Thanks for the info.
    I hear that after the snowfall you mentioned, there is no snow at all in many regions as on 26.12.2018 e.g. Brahmatal.
    Any rough idea when can we expect snowfall around Brahmatal?
    Based on your research, are there chances to find snow in 1st or 2nd week of Jan at Brahmatal?

    1. Well, there has been heavy snow and some of it has melted too. So it’s in between. Snowfall is largely unpredictable, so it’s impossible to tell. It depends on your luck!

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