Article Updated on 12th June 2021
Following the second wave of infections in India, we called off all our treks from the beginning of May in accordance with the lockdown that was established in varying degrees across the states.
Currently, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh have once again opened their borders with specific regulations for entry of outsiders (more about this discussed below).
In light of the above changes, we have started operating treks for a limited number of batches (select treks on specific dates only) from the 12th of June this year.
List of Confirmed Batches in June
Starting 12th June
Starting 16th June
Starting 19th June
Starting 26th June
What steps are we taking to make trekking safer during the second wave?
With the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Bikat Adventures conducted a survey with trekkers to get an idea of the apprehensions and expectations they may have regarding traveling. We also interacted with our staff and community in the mountains to get their perspectives on tourism resuming.
Based on the feedback we received, a number of measures were introduced to ensure social distancing in three areas:
Keeping the local population unexposed to trekkers.
Social distancing between our staff and trekkers
Social Distancing between trekkers at campsites
While all the measures that involved keeping the local population unexposed to trekkers were observed stringently throughout, some of the rules in the second and third category were adapted following the decline in infections last year.
In light of the second wave of infections, we will be re-establishing all of these measures in their original format on the all the trails we operate in.Please refer to the link below to find out more:
That said, please do keep in mind that the precautions we have listed above only make your treks safer.
They do not make them fool proof.
The onus of responsibility towards safety is as much in your hands as it is in ours.
So, in case you feel sick or develop cold/flu like symptoms before a trek, please do not hesitate to cancel your travel plans. We have altered our cancellation policy to ensure you do not face hefty losses during this process.
If you develop symptoms during or after a trek do notify us so that we can alert everyone else involved in the chain.
As per our Cancellation Policy:
All bookings that are made in full payment without availing any discounts/offers will be eligible for a 95% cash refund if the cancellation is made 2 days prior to the date of the trek.
All bookings are also eligible for a 100% voucher refund if the cancellation is made 2 days prior to the starting date of the trek.
To learn more about the cancellation policy, click here.
Regulations for Entry into States:
To enter Himachal Pradesh, one needs to apply for an e-pass on the government portal. A negative RT-PCR test report will not be required for entry w.e.f 14th june.