Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek

Hidden Gem of Himachal

Moderate

Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek

BRS 4
Max Altitude
Himachal
5 Days
28 Km
Max 15
11700 + 5% GST
Sissu to Sissu

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Brief Description

Grade:Moderate
Location: Himachal
Altitude:4146 m
Duration:5 Days

Tucked away like a well-kept secret in the fascinating terrain of Lahaul, this 5-day trek is the right balance of a few bits of thrill with heaps of chill - all on the road less traveled (literally). This relatively easy trail, which hasn't been walked by many trekkers, takes you through narrow shepherd trails and holds all the features of a leisurely trek with neuron-activating view. Imagine ice hangs casually in the middle of a neon blue glacial lake in the backdrop of massive meadows littered with all kinds of colours.

Years after having traced the trail frequented by gaddis (shepherds) in the region, we led our first batch to this electrifying high-altitude glacial lake in July of 2021. Galvanic blue water, thick icebergs floating aimlessly around, and a carpet of colourful flora got us and our trekkers swooning And we can’t wait to have more people experience what we did on this beautiful trail. Until sometime ago, reaching Lahaul was more perilous than the trek itself. Now, the Atal Tunnel has opened up a world of possibilities for trekking in the region, making Ghepan Ghat more accessible than ever before.

Originating from the remote village of Sissu which lies a couple of hours drive away from Manali, the lake rests at an altitude of 4,140M. This moderately difficult trek takes you through exposed terrain with high ascents, steep descents through extremely rugged and untouched trails hidden even from most local guides in the region.

The best time to do Ghepan Ghat trek is between May and October. Stay on this page for more information on the trek.


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Brief Itinerary

Manali (2,050M) to Sissu (3,130M);
Sissu (3,130M) to Camp 1(3,510M);
Camp 1 (3,510M) to Camp 2 (3,900M);
Camp 2 (3,900M) to Ghepan Ghat (4,146M) and back to Camp 2 (3,900M);
Camp 2 (3,900M) to Sissu (3,130M);

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Manali (2,050M) to Sissu (3,130M)

Distance: 40 kms

Duration: 2 hours

This 40kms drive is fairly smooth and comfortable and goes by in a jiffy. It should take anywhere between 1.5 to 2 hours to cover. Lahaul was previously cut off and secluded which made it hard to access the area. But with the inauguration of the Atal Tunnel, the area remains open to possibilities of exploring new, unexplored trails.

The drive starts along the exuberant Beas River. Within 15 minutes of the drive, we are out of the bustle of the city and onto the Leh-Manali highway which will take us straight to the head of the Atal Tunnel. Going through this 9.02 kms long tunnel, is an experience in itself. The tunnel being at an altitude of 3,048M is the longest highway single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet. You should reach the head of the tunnel at the mark of an hour and would take close to 10 minutes to cross this all-weather engineering marvel.

Once you exit the tunnel, you will find yourself driving along the murky Chinab River. The roads are characteristic of mountain roads with all its sharp turns on smooth surfaces. Right after we cross the tunnel, we begin to see a stark difference in the landscape. The trees have now shrunk to bushes, the valley is a bit more open and desolate. There are larger expanses of barren mountain-faces and grazing trails with heavily forested mountains now nowhere in sight.

The last half hour of the drive takes us on a kachcha road uphill alongside step-farming lands growing all kinds of vegetation found in the region.

Since it is an easy day with nothing more on the agenda than to reach the trail head of Sissu and set up camp, we leave around the mark of noon so we can reach our destination by lunch.

The first day is reserved for getting acquainted to the altitude, settle into our tents, discuss basic dos and don’t’s and a few mountain ethics. The campsite lies bang opposite the forceful Shitidhar waterfall which seems extremely close but is hours away from the campsite.

Acclimatisation walk for an hour in the evening is mandatory in order to get used to the mountain air and help your body adapt to this new environment.

The night is so eerily silent that you can hear the creaking of your internal body parts as they try to adapt to these new conditions. The night sky from this campsite is nothing short of magical – smoky clouds gently rising up and rolling down mountain tops like they were tucking these high mountains in for the night. The golden glow which stays hanging through the night in the night sky adds a layer of beauty to this love affair. Take some time to admire the night sky and the giant peaks against this night sky as they lie there like ghost mountains in all shades of black and gray, layered one behind the other. If it is a clear night, you might not want to miss heading out of your tent to witness the Milky Way suspended in all its glory held gently by the night sky – all this while the lights from Sissu village below look like descended starlight.

Day 2

Sissu (3,130M) to Camp 1(3,510M)

Distance: 5 kms

Duration: 6 hours

The day starts early with a yoga session and some stretches to awaken our senses. We leave after tea and breakfast for this long but fairly comfortable trek today through massive meadows with a few river crossings. There is a small patch of incline on a rocky terrain after we set off from the campsite. Within the first 15 minutes, we hit the meadows as the valley opens up to an assortment of colours in the form of wildflowers spattered across the bed of the meadows. After a small section of loose rocks which needs to be crossed with caution, it takes less than an hour to reach open grazing lands with heaps of sheep gazing at you with a look of genuine curiosity. The meadows here are packed with flowers spray painted with rich colours ranging from purples, to pinks to a dozen shades of yellow. We now trek along the Sissu naala and hit our first water source at the mark of an hour and a half.

By afternoon, we pick a nice, open spot for lunch. An hour into the climb, after lunch, we hit another section of loose rocks with a very narrow and slippery path which leads straight to a rocky river- crossing section.

Half an hour away from the campsite, we hit a massive obstacle. A large portion of slippery glacier which needs to be traversed with care. This seems especially difficult after having spent the last hour on a narrow trail precariously holding its own on a pile of loose rocks.

After crossing meadows, loose trails, rivers, passing makeshift shepherd homes and abandoned stone huts, the grassy trail leads us straight to camp 1 within 6 hours of starting the day. Camp 1 is bang in the middle of the meadows rich with flora. Look out for strawberries on your way to the camp – tiny red local produce you will find growing all along the trail.

Once at the campsite, we set up our tents and rest for the remainder of the day to regain our strength.

Day 3

Camp 1 (3,510M) to Camp 2 (3,900M)

Distance: 6 kms

Duration: 6 hours

Ghepan Ghat is such a fresh and unknown trail that the campsites do not even have names yet! And today we go from the unnamed Camp 1 to the unnamed Camp 2.

The day starts without a rush. We wake up to the morning sun shining in all its glory, finish tea and breakfast, wrap up the campsite and head on out by 11 AM. The first hour of the climb is perilous – over loose rocks and scree. It is a steep ascend straight up the spine of the mountain. We go off route and descend into the valley to set up Camp 1 due to availability of space and proximity to a water source. This steep descent the previous day is now a steep ascent we must make to connect us back to the original trail. The morning fog makes it almost a dreamlike setting with the clouds waking up the mountain alongside you. The trail today is monopolized by pink with a little of purple and yellow spread out on the floor.

After a small break to eat our packed lunches, we start now on an even trail into the meadows with the entire Pir Panjal range laid out to our left and a milk white water stream flowing alongside. Half an hour into the climb, we hit a precarious section where we cross a gully leading into a brown patch to enter the world of big boulders once again.

Two more hours and we would reach our campsite for the day which is bang in the middle of a grand clearing with welcoming views of mountain ranges all around. Every mountain range has a distinct personality. The peaks laid out in front of you look like disciplinarians – stern and standing confidently without any slump or bend. If they had a face, it would probably be that of an authoritative parent!

There’s a stream of fresh water flowing right by our tents with a spread of pink rising above its edges like it was spilt along the length of the water. The variety of colours on the rocks and boulders in the form of moss is beyond exquisite. Horses by the dozens graze the land around our campsite with a backdrop of black snowy peaks rising up to the skies. The only sound to accompany us on this spectacularly beautiful campsite is the maiming of the cattle that walk comfortably up and down mountain faces.

This campsite is not short of water like the one we left behind – the same gushing water which will make your night a little less silent along with the sound of the howling winds.

Day 4

Camp 2 (3,900M) to Ghepan Ghat (4,146M) and back to Camp 2 (3,900M)

Distance: 5 kms

Duration: 3-4 hours

The day starts as the previous two days, without a rush. The morning view from the campsite proves to be an even bigger delight with the craggy ridges of the mountains providing for pockets for the weary clouds to rest in. It is a beautiful illustration of coexistence and harmony.

It is a relatively short day. Not sure of the exact distance between our camps to the lake, we head out of our tents by 10 for this mystical lake which has only been heard of. The trek to the lake turns out to be breezy and a literal walk in the park. We cover the 2 kms to the lake in close to an hour and the view waiting for you in silence is breathtaking multiplied by all possible hyperboles. As we take a small left from the bouldered meadows we spent the last hour crossing, we are welcomed by this expansive view of mesmerizing colours. Chunk of ice blocks hang casually in the middle of the neon blue glacial lake in the backdrop of massive meadows littered with all sorts of colours. The light mist in the air does its share to add to the mystical beauty of this fold in the mighty high mountains. There is so much to explore across the border of the lake. Take your time soaking in the beauty playing itself out in front of you before you head back out to Camp 2.

Day 5

Camp 2 (3,900M) to Sissu (3,130M)

Distance: 11 kms

Duration: 7 hour

After the breathtaking experience of the brightly-coloured lake and spending two nights on the most beautiful campsite of the trek, today we trace our steps back to Sissu. The trek back down seems like walking on camel humps, with continuous patches of steep ascent and steep descents on narrow trails across the mountain. The trail alternating between vast meadows and massive boulders. The rains tend to make these sections of the mountain, slippery, so it would serve well to exercise caution.

Since it is a long day today, we start early. Our trail back is like a little recap of our climb up to this electric lake. We will pass through meadows, scree sections, boulders and glaciers and water of all colours from electric blue to murky to milk white. The trail for Ghepan Ghat looks like the playing field for the Gods where they created samples of all the beautiful colours they wanted the world to experience. The silver snow, the fluff of the clouds in shades of gray, zinc black mountains providing a surface for the dark cloud shadows to practice their performance. The 3 dozen shades of green, double of those of the browns, a range of flowers with colours from across the colour palette, and the brightly coloured moss sitting merrily on every boulder on the way - this trek is visual poetry in motion.

We reach back to our trail head by close to 2 PM. Two more hours of drive from here to get to Manali. Expect to reach Manali by early evening.

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek (Lunch on Day 2 till pack lunch on Day 5)
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
  • Micro-spikes, Gaiters, and Helmets as required
  • Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification
  • Guesthouse/Home stay accommodation in Sissu on Day 1

What's Not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the trek
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • Meals during road journeys
  • Transportation from Manali to Sissu and back to Manali.

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Resting at an altitude of 4,140M, Ghepan Ghat is a moderate level trek which for its difficulty level is suitable for anyone with some experience of high-altitudes but for its beauty is a beckoning to anyone who loves walking through a land of magic and colour.

Moderate
4146 m
28 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 4

Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek is a level 4 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

This makes it mandatory for you to have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 3 on the BRS. The altitude, the terrain, and the nature of the climb demand a certain level of endurance and a need for you to be aware of how your body reacts to the various features of the high-altitude environment.

If you do not know what level of BRS trek would suit you best, worry not! Fill out this Form:

we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.

Packing List

This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover. Qty -1
  • Day Pack Bag - Recommended for treks with summit day
  • Head Torch with spare Batteries. Qty -1
  • U V protection sunglasses. Qty -1 Here is how you can choose the best sunglasses for trekking.
  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes Qty -1
  • Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals Qty -1

Clothing

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. Qty - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
  • Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. Qty-1
  • Undergarments. Qty - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck .Qty-1
  • Full sleeves sweater. Qty -1
  • Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ) . Qty-1
  • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. Qty-1
  • Woolen cap. Qty-1
  • Sun shielding Hat. Qty -1

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sun screen lotion small pack. Qty -1 Here is your Sun Protection 101 to stay safe in the bright sunny outdoors.
  • Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

Utensils

  • Small size, Light weight & Leak proof lunch box. Qty-1
  • Plate. Qty- 1
  • Spoon.Qty-1
  • Tea/Coffee (plastic) Mug.Qty-1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)


Frequently Asked Questions



The Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek, at BRS 4 is suitable for trekkers with prior experience, having completed at least one level 3 trek or equivalent.

If you can Jog/Run for 4 kms in 30-35 mins, you are ready to take on this trek. Once a week, you can practice running 8 kms in an hour or so to improve your endurance further. In addition to this, you can also add resistance workouts to your schedule like squats, lunges, push ups etc.

If you cannot do the above, there’s no need to worry. It is important to remember that it’s all about practice. Get on a training schedule and we can assure you that you will meet these standards in a matter of a few months.

A certain level of fitness and physical endurance are required to take on any high-altitude trail in the Himalayas. Basic knowledge about ascending & descending techniques for mountain trails, how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will be helpful.

The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors between 9 to 17 years of age should be accompanied by their parents/ guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deems you fit for adventure activities like trekking.


Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek is located in the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh. It starts from the village of Sissu, which is located about 2 hours drive from the town of Manali.

The drive from Manali to Sissu is a scenic one, taking you along the Beas River and onto the Leh-Manali highway, which leads to the head of the Atal Tunnel. As you drive towards Sissu, you will notice a marked difference in the landscape. The trees begin to shrink to bushes, and the valley opens up with large expanses of barren mountain faces and grazing trails replacing the heavily forested mountains. Once you reach the Sissu campsite, you will be greeted with a magical night sky, with smoky clouds gently rising up and rolling down the mountain tops. The campsite itself and the trail leading up to it are mesmerizing, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. And then, of course, there is the neon-colored Ghepan Ghat Lake that adds the cherry on top of this perfect trek. For more details on the highlights of this trek, read Highlights of Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek

The Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek is known for its scenic beauty and unique challenges, which can make the journey both exciting and demanding. The trek involves walking on broken patches in the mountain with loose rocks and steep slopes of slippery scree. The area is prone to unannounced rains. This means reduced visibility, increased cold and the slippery sections of the trail getting slipperier and more difficult to cross. Trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared for a strenuous climb. For more details on the challenges of this climb, read Who is this trek meant for?

The best time to do Ghepan Ghat trek is between May and October.

On the trek we have twin-sharing tents. In case you want an individual tent, you can add that to your booking request for an additional cost.

The best time to do this trek is from May to June and from September to October when the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear.

During the daytime, temperatures can range from 10°C to 20°C in May and June, while in September and October, temperatures can range from 5°C to 15°C. At night, temperatures can drop significantly, particularly at higher elevations, and can range from -5°C to 5°C in May and June, and from -5°C to -10°C in September and October.

The Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek is considered to be a moderate level trek in terms of difficulty. While the trail can be broken, slippery, and steep at times, it does not require any specialized technical skills such as mountaineering or rock climbing. With proper preparation and guidance, most people with reasonable fitness levels can complete the trek.


The trek starts from Manali, which is a very popular tourist destination and hence extremely accessible. If you need guidance on how to get to this high-altitude backpacking centre, read How to reach Manali

Manali has impeccable connectivity of all phone networks. None of the campsites have any cellular range at the moment.

You will find plenty of ATMs in the main market place in Manali. Once we head out of Manali, there are no more ATMs on the way.

Pick up point for Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek is Manali Bus Stand, by 12:00 pm to reach Sissu (the starting point of the trek).

Expect to reach Manali by early evening.

At an elevation of 2,050M, the scenic landscape and ease of access make Manali a popular tourist destination. In addition to that, Manali is a playground for all levels of adventure enthusiasts. It is rich in sports other than trekking as well, like Paragliding, Ziplining, River Rafting, Biking, Cycling, and much more, in addition to tourist attractions like temples, valleys, and waterfalls. Some of the most popular tourist places are Hidimba Temple, Jogini Falls, Naggar castle etc. You can visit Sissu town and sangam of Chandra and Bhaga river via Atal tunnel. In short, Manali is not short on things to keep you busy. While the town itself has much to offer, you can also check out other trekking trails which start from here. Some of the shorter ones are Beas Kund and Bhrigu Lake.


All the common gear like tents, sleeping bags, mattresses etc. are provided. All the technical climbing equipment (as required) are also provided to you. Safety equipment used for rescue is carried by our trek leaders.

You can rent trekking shoes, trekking poles, a fleece jacket and a rucksack from us. In case you have any other requirements, you can talk to our representative and we will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.

You will receive your rented equipment at Sissu, on Day 1.

Our trek leaders will collect the rented equipment from you at the end of the trek on the last day.

For a detailed list, check the Packing List section on this page.

Manali is a popular backpacking destination. It is also a starting point for some of the most popular trekking routes and climbing peaks. You will find shops in the main market of Manali to buy/rent equipment as needed.


Although not recommended, you can off load your bag at an additional cost. Add a request while making your booking for the trek and it can be arranged.

(Note: We don’t recommend offloading because the extra resources on a trail - ponies or porters depending on the trail - means extra load on the environment which can easily be avoided. It also goes against the spirit of trekking by eliminating a level of endurance and discomfort from the experience which are factors at the very heart of an outdoor adventure activity.)

Yes, you can hand over your extra luggage at our office in Jagatsukh (Near Manali) before we head out for the trek on Day 2. You can collect your luggage from the same place after completion of the trek. The best way to reach Jagatsukh from Manali is by hiring an auto rickshaw or boarding a public bus. It’s 12 kms and takes about half an hour. Please do not leave any valuable items in your luggage such as watch/mobile phone/wallet etc.

On all trek days, we provide 3 full meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) in addition to evening snacks and tea. The meals are vegetarian and the menu is pre-decided for all days of the trek. We do provide eggs as well on certain days. If you have any specific food-related allergies or restrictions, you can let our local staff (during the trek) know, and your requests will get accommodated. We try to provide a variety of food across meals so as to avoid repetition as well as cover all nutritional needs.

On campsites, our team will dig dry pits and assemble a toilet tent to provide for safe and secure quarters. A shovel will be provided within the toilet tent as well. Using water in the toilet tent is restricted; you will need to carry your own toilet paper. On the more difficult expeditions, toilet tents are not carried to the higher camps (above base camp) due to restriction of space (to pitch the tent).

In case you get your period on the trail and don’t have sanitary napkins, our trek leaders can provide them to you. If you need any other kind of assistance, you can let our trek leaders know. Irrespective of gender, our leaders are gender sensitised and equipped to assist you in any way you need them to.

Our team carries a first aid kit and all the basic medicines required during the trek. They are equipped to be the first responders in case of any injury or health-related issues. For higher expeditions, we also carry a HAPO Bag and oxygen cylinders to tend to any altitude-related health conditions.

You leave the last charging point behind at your hotel in Manali. From here on, we will be camping in the wilderness with no access to electricity.


A copy of your ID Proof and Medical Certificate are the mandatory documents required for this trek. (Soft copies for all of these are to be sent to us & originals should be on your person while on the trek.)

Yes, insurance for any high-altitude activity is highly recommended to cover for the cost of rescue, evacuation and any other emergency service required as well as to cover for medical cost in case of injury or illness during the trek. You can buy it on your own. Alternatively, if you want us to buy it on your behalf, you can speak to our post-booking team and they will arrange it for you. They will send you a payment link once the insurance has been purchased.

Yes, there are multiple permits required for this. We obtain the permits on every trekkers’ behalf. All the permit costs are included in your trek cost.


Yes, you will receive e-certificates (of completion) after the trek. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek. In case you were unable to finish the trek, you will get a certificate of participation.

On completion of the trek, the certificate will show up on your dashboard on our website. You can download it directly from there.


Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek is in India. If you are coming from outside, you will need a visa to enter the country. You should be able to find the rules for obtaining a Visa based on your home country on the internet. This information is easily available.

This does not apply to you if you are an Indian citizen. In case you don’t hold an Indian passport, you will need to check online for Visa application rules based on your home country.

If you are not an Indian citizen, you will need Travel Medical Insurance to travel to the country. Please make sure that your insurance policy is valid for the altitude you are going to and the activity you are undertaking, to cover risks during the trek. The insurance policy provided by Bikat Adventures does not cover foreign nationals. So, please do not purchase it while making the booking from our website.

The Himalayas house the tallest mountains in the world and have long been a treasure trove for all adventure enthusiasts. The variety in terms of beauty, terrain, landscape, geography, culture and opportunity for adventure in the Himalayas, remains undisputedly unmatched.

You can make the booking any time depending on availability of slots in our fixed departure batches. You will get this information at the top of this page.


A Basic Mountaineering Course certification from one of the five recognized mountaineering institutes in India is a minimum requirement to join our team. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. We also conduct on-ground training for our staff once a year as a refresher for old skills and to learn some new ones. During this training that we call APW (Adventure Professional Workshop), our leaders learn close to 25 topics and techniques of rescue which are not covered in the BMC and AMC courses. For practical training, we simulate on-ground situations to prepare them for quick thinking and quick response during emergencies.

We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts on the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. The interview process to bring a trek leader on-board is close to 6 months long where we assess various skills as well as personality traits of an individual. They also go through an on-field assignment as part of the hiring process. Trek leaders also progress in time from leading easier treks before advancing to the more difficult ones where the stakes are higher. For detailed information on our selection process, please visit Forerunners - The Making Of A Trek Leader

It absolutely is. We recognize, value and embody the ideology that the world of outdoor adventure can benefit from diversity. We make it our mission to create outdoor spaces as equally accessible and safe for all genders as possible. We also encourage women leaders in the outdoors and all of our staff (irrespective of gender) is gender sensitised. As for accommodation, in case there are no other women on the trek, a solo female trekker is provided with a separate single-occupancy tent.

Our batch sizes for Ghepan Ghat Lake Trek are capped at 15 with the trek leader to trekker ratio of 1:8.

In addition to their qualification, our trek leaders are trained to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on ground. During our recce stage, we study the trail in great detail and map out rescue routes before opening it up for our trekkers. We also have local support staff stationed in each area to arrange for emergency services at the place of need as quickly as possible.

We mobilise road rescue efforts where our trek leaders bring the person to be rescued down to the trailhead of the trek from where a car can take them to the nearest healthcare facility. The cost of rescue is not covered in the trek fee that we charge. It must be borne by the participant. However, if you opt for the insurance the cost of rescue operations can be claimed from the Insurance company on production of valid proof e.g. doctor’s prescription & hospital bills etc. Please note that Bikat Adventures is only a facilitator & not a party in the Insurance policy. You need to raise the claim request directly with the Insurance company. Bikat Adventures is not responsible for any rejection of claim. You can call the insurance provider directly for any clarifications related to the Insurance policy. Although not mandatory, we recommend buying the insurance. You don’t necessarily have to get the insurance we provide, you can pick an Insurance company of your choice and get a policy directly from them. If you need more information on the terms and conditions of the insurance policy, get in touch with our customer support team.

All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality and is overall top notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.

That will depend on the nature of your medical condition. Do give us a call, and one of our people will help you understand what is best for you. If not this, we are sure there would be plenty of other options you can choose from our vast portfolio to pick as your next adventure.


We have rolling camps on all our trails. To know why we are strictly against the concept of Fixed Camping, read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

This is a complex question and has a compound answer. The simple response is that because it is bad for the environment which we dearly love but if you are interested in a more detailed response to this question, please read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

There are a number of measures that we take to prevent overcrowding on some of the most popular trails. Some of them are capping our group size at 15, capping the number of trekkers on a trail to 250 per season, constantly looking for newer trails and routes to spread the crowd around and providing incentives to our trekkers to try unexplored territories with us. We put in place the system of dynamic pricing, which is the first of its kind in the trekking industry, which incentivises trekkers to choose less crowded trails by offering higher discounts. We have noticed, since we started this system, that this has helped in a big way to spread out the crowds between trekking routes. We are also going international so as to relieve some of the stress on the Himalayan landscape as well as explore newer ranges and design newer experiences for our community. If you want a more detailed description of all our measures in this regard, please read Simple solutions to overcrowding on Himalayan Treks

Some basic things to remember are: do not use water, do not dispose of anything non-biodegradable inside the pits, carry your own roll of toilet paper and remember to cover up after yourself to leave a clean toilet for your fellow trekkers. Everything else is much the same like using an Indian style home toilet!

Most wet wipes are not biodegradable which means it could take 100 years or more for them to decompose – not the best thing if you are trying to ‘Leave No Trace’, right?

This is quite a tricky situation but not a hopeless one. Since most of our sanitary waste is not biodegradable, we recommend that you pack your pads/tampons neatly, store it in a zip-lock bag and bring it back down with you where there are better options to dispose of them. In case you do not have zip-lock bags, ask our trek leaders for them and they should be able to provide them to you.

Each trekker is responsible for the use and hygiene of their own eating utensils. And as a measure to maintain proper hygiene, we do not provide plates and spoons. Also, dipping your hands in cold water to wash your own utensils adds something to the overall joy of high-altitude living, wouldn’t you think?


On making the payment, you will receive a booking confirmation along with the packing list and a copy of the undertaking form via email. You will subsequently receive emails detailing documents required, how to prepare physically and mentally for the trek, information on pick-up location on the first day etc. Please add info@bikatadventures.com in your trusted emails list to make sure our emails don't go to your spam folder.

A Whatsapp group will be formed a few weeks before departure. Members from our team are on those groups as well. Feel free to seek any clarifications you require in regards to the trek, on the group itself. Updates related to transportation/pickup point/pickup timing, accommodation etc. will be shared on the Whatsapp group as well.

Yes, we create a Whatsapp group a few weeks before the departure date so that the flow of information remains smooth and transparent.

Yes, it is one of the mandatory documents you will need to submit before the trek starts. The soft copy is to be sent to us & the original should be on your person while on the trek.

Yes, we will provide you an undertaking form through email which will need to be filled up by you and submitted to us post booking.

Why Bikat?

Small Group Size


Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek.

As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.


Qualified Trek Leaders


We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture.

Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response.

Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures


Guided Progression


Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.


Equipment Quality and Check


All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.


Support Systems


Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.


Communication


Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.


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Cancellation Policy


Cash refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date

5% deduction

Cancellations between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure date

50% deduction

Cancellations within 15 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Voucher refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date

No Deduction

Cancellations within 5 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Please Note:
  1. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers
  2. This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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