Winter has surely begun to show its colours in the Uttarakhand mountains.
We received phone calls and pictures from all our base camps over the weekend with reports of rain and snow.
With more snowfall expected this coming week, trekkers definitely have to gear up for a cold winter! Expect temperatures ranging from 7 degrees celsius during the day and -7 degrees in the night!
Here are some photos of our various treks from the past week:
Here’s a short video clip from our Lohajung basecamp:
Save for a few, most treks running as scheduled
Because of the heavy snowfall, some trek teams faced issues in completing the trek.
The last two batches of Kedarkantha had a late start to the the trek. They started a day late from Kotgaon because the trail had become inaccessible due to snow.
Another Kedarkantha team could not go all the way up to the summit because of accumulation of heavy snow in the higher altitudes. They returned to the base camp earlier than expected.
We shifted one team from Dayara Bugyal to Kedarkantha because the whole of Dayara Bugyal trek was shut down for a day due to heavy snowfall.
Despite this hiccups, all trekkers are safe and the treks are up and running.
The snow has been a bit of an inconvenience in the past week but has also brought big smiles to the faces of trekkers who are happy making snowman figures!
Things to ensure if you’re going on a trek in the next few days
- Take ample warm layers — 5 minimum warm layers
- Work on your fitness. If you have to cover two days’ distance in a day, you’ll need that fitness.
- Eat well on your trek. It helps keep warm.