Hampta Pass vs Pin Bhaba Pass — Which Trek to Choose?
Hampta Pass vs Pin Bhaba Pass? Which trek should you choose for your next adventure? Read what our founders say about both of these treks.
Unlike 2020, there is a silver lining of the vaccination drive in our country this year. We notice it reflecting in our registrations as well.
Trekkers are signing up for treks from July onwards — our high adventure summer treks and monsoon treks. Buran Ghati, Rupin Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Pin Bhaba Pass, Valley of Flowers, Tarsar Marsar, Kashmir Great Lakes, Hampta Pass — these are treks that trekkers are planning for with the safety net of the vaccination drive.
We do expect India to flatten the curve by July. So you can safely plan your treks around then.
In fact, you’ll notice that many of the dates are already full, so plan your treks soon.
In the worst case scenario, if things don’t pan out well, our cancellation policy will ensure you lose nothing even if you have to call off your trek. Read our cancellation policy here.
July, August and September are great months to do some of our best monsoon treks. These are the only months when high altitude treks in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are accessible to trekkers.
All these treks are fast-filling. So plan your trek soon!
Here are the best monsoon treks in our country (they are open only during July, August and September):
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.
Many people are intimidated by the idea of a Himalayan trek. It’s true that there are very real risks and challenges.
However, almost everyone can participate in a Himalayan, if they are physically fit and mentally prepared for their trek. Around 75% of our trekkers are beginners and they trek comfortably.
What will really help you is that after you register your trek, the Indiahikes Pre-Trek Experience Team will guide you on how to prepare for the trek. They will give you a fitness routine to follow and guidance on what to bring for the trek. They will also put you in touch with the rest of your trekking team, so that you know your trek mates well in advance.
Given that we have been introducing Himalayan treks to beginners since 2008, you’re in safe hands.
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.
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.
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Things are starting to look bright!
With a decrease in the number of Covid cases, and more people getting vaccinated, it looks like it will be possible to start trekking towards the last week of June.View Upcoming Treks
We have disheartening news for trekkers wanting to trek in June.
Lockdowns in most states have been extended until June 14th. Inter-state travel is also not fully functional.
So even though it was the hardest decision to make, it was best that we suspend all our treks until June 21st.
But post that, we are hopeful of the travel sector opening up. We are expecting Indiahikes treks to resume July onwards. (Read: 7 Best Himalayan Treks to do in Monsoon)
So stay safe, keep preparing, and stay cued for the announcement on treks.View Upcoming Treks
Much to our dismay, Covid-19 is spreading viciously in our country. It looks to be a lot more infectious than last year.
We are also noticing the beginnings of the virus spreading in the mountains. There is very little healthcare support in the mountains.
So even though it is the hardest decision to take (with so many livelihoods dependent on treks), it is best for all that we suspend our treks for sometime.
Which is why we are suspending all our treks until June 15thRead full update here
Starting April 14th, all trekkers trekking with Indiahikes are expected to do COVID (RT-PCR) tests no less than 72 hours before their trek.
All forest departments across Uttarakhand are demanding test reports for trekking and camping permissions (irrespective of which state you are coming from). This applies to Sikkim and West Bengal as well.
Which is why we have made it mandatory for all trekkers to come with Covid tests.Read more here
This year, for the first time, we opened up the Gidara Bugyal trek, one of the remotest meadows of Uttarakhand. The three groups we initially opened got rapidly filled up.
On trekkers' requests, we have announced three more groups to Gidara Bugyal in June 2021. If you're looking for an isolated trail, where you witness few of the most magnificent meadows of India, go for the Gidara Bugyal trek.Click to explore the Gidara Bugyal trek
Starting April 1st, the Uttarakhand State Government has made Covid RT-PCR test mandatory for visitors from 12 states. All visitors from these states are expected to carry test reports with them, taken no less than 72 hours before their travel.
The 12 states are as follows: Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu. Gujarat. Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan.
This applies to all visitors coming by road, air and train to Uttarakhand.Click here for more
Indiahikes has made it mandatory for trekkers from 8 regions to test themselves before their treks. All trekkers coming from these regions are expected to carry a Covid Negative Report (RT-PCR test), which is taken no less than 72 hours before their trek.
The 8 states are as follows: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Madhya PradeshClick here for more
The Karnataka State Government has made a Covid Negative Report mandatory for all interstate travellers starting April 1st.
What does this mean for trekkers?
This means that any trekkers returning to Karnataka after their treks will need to come with a Negative RT-PCR test.
From our experience, there are two ways to go about this. Read about it here.Read more
With the second wave of Covid-19 affecting India, lots of trekkers are worried about their treks. Should I do a Covid test before my trek? What if I test positive before my trek? What if there is a lockdown before the trek?
We have answered the 5 most common questions that trekkers have been asking us in this video. Give it a watch.
To know more about our 31-point Covid Safety Protocol, click here.
Due to the growing Covid-19 cases, Sikkim Government has made it RT-PCR Negative Certificate mandatory for anyone entering the state. This is a point to note for trekkers registered for the Goechala trek as they travel to the basecamp - Yuksom (in Sikkim).
Trekkers entering Sikkim will be checked by government officials as you travel to NJP and then to Yuksom. So do not forget to get tested before you start your journey.
Having said that, it's safe to trek to Goechala because of the 31-Point Safety Protocol followed by Indiahikes.Read the 31-Point Safety Protocol
On March 8, 2021, Indiahikes officially entered into a collaboration with the Uttarakhand Skill Development Mission (UKSDM). This is with the aim of jointly promoting livelihood development in the Tourism and Hospitality sector.
During the inauguration of a resource centre at Dehradun, Izzat Yaganagi, Head of Experiential Learning Program and Lakshmi Selvakumaran, Head of Experience of Indiahikes, signed the memorandum with Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, Minister of Higher Education, Uttarakhand.Read More
This is great news for all the trekkers who have been writing to us about our Nepal treks, waiting to book their trek and plan their travel.
We could not open up summer dates for Nepal because of the pandemic. But we will be taking trekkers in October. So start planning now. Groups are not likely to remain open for too long.See Nepal Treks
We have good news for all those going on our Top Rhododendron treks. The trails have begun to bloom with Himalayan rhododendrons.
This State Flower of Uttarakhand blooms only once a year -- in March and April. Trekkers from all over the country go to some of our treks to witness the spectacle.
The Indiahikes team got to see the earliest blooms when we had an internal meeting on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek. Give it another week or two, and you'll see the best of these forest trails!See Top Rhodo Treks
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is an incredibly popular one. And that's no surprise, because it's a strikingly beautiful trek. With hardly any effort, you get to stand up close with few of the tallest summits of the Himalayas.
But there's a big issue on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek -- there's a lot of litter on the trail. The Indiahikes team was on the trek for an internal training session, and managed to clean out 60 kilos of waste in 15 minutes.
Here's a message for all trekkers headed to Deoriatal in the next two months.
We have created a beautiful photo story of the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek to whisk you away to the mountains! It takes you through the whole trek, with some of the most stunning pictures from our archives.
We have selected photos to show you what the trek will look like in March and April.
We have also included some of the latest photos from the slope, which came in after a fresh snowfall. We hope this gives you a virtual experience of the trek!See Photo Story
We have finally made our popular High Altitude Trek Team T-Shirts available online. These are not just T-Shirts. They are not souvenirs or merchandise either. They belong only to a very special creed of people who have completed a high altitude trek. This is why Indiahikes trekkers wear it everywhere. At airports, malls, offices, at gatherings where other people are noticing it. They want to show that they are exclusive. They are not ordinary people. This T-Shirt is a celebration of the high altitude trekker in you. Order soon, we have limited stock.Buy Now
“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
Read a selection of our latest articles below or select a category from drop-down.
Hampta Pass vs Pin Bhaba Pass? Which trek should you choose for your next adventure? Read what our founders say about both of these treks.
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The first step to going on any trek is training for it. Here is a step by step guide on how to begin your running. Read to know more about the different types of runs and workouts you can do to stay fit.
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.