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Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

The Next Chapter of Roopkund

Easy

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

BRS 3
Max Altitude
Uttarakhand
6 Days
30 Km
Max 15
9500 + 5% GST
Lohajung to Lohajung

Add ons

Transportation Cost (to be paid on the spot)
DDN to Lohajung
Lohajung to DDN
Sumo
(Shared by 5-6 trekkers)
Tempo
(Shared by 11-12 trekkers)
₹8000
₹12000
₹8000
₹12000



Available Batches

Available Batches

Brief Description

Grade:Easy
Location: Uttarakhand
Altitude:3535 m
Duration:6 Days
Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek unlocks the magical world of endless meadows rolling under your feet as you crane your neck to absorb the beauty of the most impressive peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. On this trek, you won’t know where to look because there’s something unmissable in every direction.

These twin meadows – Ali and Bedni have multiple personalities, changing at the turn of each season which truly makes it a year round trek. What season looks best on these handsome meadows, you ask? Well, they wear all the colours of each season with a lot of grace. The white of winter makes these bugyals (meaning ‘meadows’) shine whereas the bloom of wildflowers in the monsoons makes them beam with happiness. They wear the yellow of pre-winters with some rugged pride while in the summers they are a picture of warmth and abundance.

What’s even better is that the trek to Ali and Bedni bugyals is a beginner friendly trek for its humble altitude, friendly terrain and welcoming weather. Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul wear a stern expression as they stand solid next to each other following you along all throughout the trek. You get the best views of these beautiful mountains from Bedni Top at 3,803M. With its wide expanses, a carpet of green in summers and a thick rug of white in winters, its dense canopy of alpine trees and a rich bloom of wild flowers and rhododendrons, this is one trek which welcomes you with all its heart no matter what time of the year you choose to pay it a visit.

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Brief Itinerary

Arrive at Lohajung (2,243M)
Lohajung (2,243M) to Tolpani (2,810M)
Tolpani (2,810M) to Abin Kharak aka Ali Bugyal (3,300M)
Ali Bugyal (3,300M) to Gehroli Patal (3,196M) via Bedni Top (3,803M)
Gehroli Patal (3,196M) to Lohajung (2,243M) via Wan Village
Drive to Dehradun

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Arrive at Lohajung (2,243M)

Distance: 294 kms (Dehradun to Lohajung)

Duration: 11-12 hours drive

If you are driving with us, we begin our journey to Lohajung from ISBT Dehradun latest by 7 AM. It is located at a distance of 294 km from Dehradun and would take about 11-12 hours to cover. The landscapes throughout this drive are striking. 

(Note: In case you plan on reaching Lohajung on your own, this article will come handy should you need any assistance: Click here)

The journey begins with a drive uphill that takes us through the Kumaon region into the Himalayan Belt of Garhwal. The roads here are extensive and the Shivalik ranges can be spotted at the horizon. The setting is tranquil; the river accompanies you swiftly throughout this stretch.

It gets exciting from here on. We pass through three of the five iconic confluences of the Alaknanda river (Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag) on the way to Lohajung.

A beautiful showcase of tradition, Devprayag, is the first confluence we pass by. It is the converging point of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. You can clearly see the turquoise of one merging with the teal of the other in the valley below.

Forty kilometers from this point, we reach the historic town of Srinagar on the banks of Alaknanda; Rudraprayag lies further ahead from here.  It is the confluence of rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda.

About 33 km from Rudraprayag is the third confluence of Karnapraya, the meeting point of the Alaknanda and the Pindari River. Each confluence is unique in its setting and is a sight to behold!

Lohajung, located in the Chamoli district of the Garhwal Himalayas, is 86 km from Karnaprayag. Expect to reach Lohajung by late evening around 8-9 PM. If you are in need of any basic clothing or gear for your trek, you are likely to get it in Lohajung.

Tonight is in guesthouses; our last day of warm beds and hot meals before we leave for the trek tomorrow.

Day 2

Lohajung (2,243M) to Tolpani (2,810M)

Distance: 7.5 kms

Duration: 4-5 hours

First day of our actual trek and we are going to one of the most beautiful campsites of the trek already – the jungles of Tolpani. We leave as early as 8 AM after an early breakfast. A 6 km drive on a bumpy road gets us to Kulling which is the trailhead of our trek. By 0830 AM we are all set to start our 7.5 km hike for today.

The day starts by going downhill for about 1.5 km, all the way to the clear waters of Neel Ganga. This 200M descend should take us 40 mins to cover. Once all the way down to the river, we cross over to climb the slopes on the other side. As you start to climb on this 400M long incline which brings us to Didna village, we see small hamlets stationed at the border of massive fields farming the red grain which goes by the name of Ram Dana and is a popular grain in this entire belt. On reaching Didna, we would have already covered 5 kms of distance for today and walked through stone-paved and dirt trails, oak forests and open lands.

A little distance further from Didna, we reach a clearing which can double up as our lunch point. From here on, the terrain alternates between ascents and flat regions through thick forests of Oak with the light filtering in from the little gaps in the canopy above. The winds rustle through the trees as loud as the rustle from the dry leaves on the forest floor under our feet. With a total ascent of 820M, we reach our campsite (a small clearing at the edge of the thick forest) in a little over 4.5 hours.

We reach our very first campsite on the trail just in time for some hot snacks and piping hot tea which is perfect to balance the chill in the air.

Day 3

Tolpani (2,810M) to Abin Kharak aka Ali Bugyal (3,300M)

Distance: 6.5 kms

Duration: 4-4.5 hours

Onwards to the first of the twin bugyals today, we start by around 09:00 AM after the sun hits our camp. We continue on the terrain like yesterday, zigzagging uphill through the thickly forested land. The incline takes us close to 200M up to a small patch of flat land. This respite is short-lived however, before we hit another patch of 200M incline with the rustle of the leaves under our feet, the smell of forest in the air and a faint glimpse of the mountain peaks on the other side.

After the second patch of incline, the views suddenly open up and we are out of the forest as the rest of the world comes into view. Snow-capped mountains, the biggest of the Garhwal range, now stand tall to our left. Only small and fragmented patches of forest now. A hundred and fifty meters more, and the view opens up on both our sides with Trishul and Nanda Ghunti on one side and the rest of the range on the other including giants such as Chaukhamba. This is the start of the meadow. This is when we become fully aware of the expanse of the meadow as it spreads out far and wide in all directions around us. It is smaller humps from here on all the way to the campsite. The trail goes up and down on this open land with no respite from the winds knocking you silly from all directions – try to do your best to hold your ground!

The highest altitude we hit today is 3450M. The campsite is a 100M descent from here. The lower altitude provides a sanctuary from the wind by the way of being covered by a rock face on one side. With a total ascent of 650M for the day, expect to reach the campsite by late afternoon.

There are no water sources on our way today, remember to carry enough water from the campsite to last you the entire day.

You have the rest of the evening to explore the land and the meadows we left behind.

Day 4

Ali Bugyal (3,300M) to Gehroli Patal (3,196M) via Bedni Top (3,803M)

Distance: 6.5 kms

Duration: 4-4.5 hours

The morning view from this campsite is nothing if not magical! Wake up to the sun painting the mountain a bright shade of honeydew right outside your tent.

After a mesmerizing introduction to one of the two bugyals yesterday, we head to our second climax today; Bedni Top which is also the highest altitude of the trek. We start early at 08:00 AM so that we can spend as much time on the top as possible.

We start off by climbing the 100M we descended yesterday to get to our campsite. This ascent brings us to the ridge from yesterday which we continue on for close to 300M uphill. This is gradual and pleasant. This should take us close to 1-1.5 hours. After this gradual ascent, we reach the base of the steep climb which will bring us to the best vantage point of the trek; Bedni Top.

A one kilometer hike to cover 210M of steep ascent is a bit strenuous but is only an hour long affair. If the climb didn't, the view from the top is sure to knock the air out of you. With a small stone temple with lots of prayer flags as is the tradition of any mountain top, it is time to face Trishul and Nanda Ghunti head on. With their full face jutting out of the ground; it is the first time you feel the full force of these massive peaks as they stand unmoving right in front of you. Don't be surprised if you find yourself glued to the ground, unable to move; these peaks have a way of doing that to you!

The wind here is free and untamed too, remember to cover up well. The descent down should only take about half an hour and we head back to our campsite after a full day.

There are no water sources on our way today, remember to carry enough water from the campsite to last you the entire day.

Day 5

Gehroli Patal (3,196M) to Lohajung (2,243M) via Wan Village

Distance: 6.5 kms

Duration: 3-3.5 hours

We have one more highlight before we end this trek. We start our day by around 08:30 AM after a wholesome breakfast. Since we are heading back down to our base village and losing altitude, today’s trek is mostly downhill on a stone-paved path through the enchanting oak forests. Within one hour of the trek, we start hearing the soothing sound of the river and 15 minutes from now, we start seeing it as well. It is only a matter of minutes before we are at 2620M and by the river side soaking our tired feet in its refreshing waters. We have already covered 2.5 kms for today.

Half an hour and a 150M ascent later, we reach the Rankandhar village which is at a vantage point to give you a view of small hamlets with step-farming fields stippled across mountain faces in all directions. The trail towards Wan village is full of Deodar trees. After 2 kms and a one hour descend, we are down to the trailhead from where we get our drive back to Lohajung to end the loop of this trek. It is a 40 minute drive at max to Lohajung where we will spend the night in the guest house. Expect to reach well in time for lunch.

Day 6

Drive to Dehradun

Distance: 294 kms

Duration: 11-12 hours drive

After breakfast, we start for Dehradun at 9 AM. The journey once again takes us through the three confluences of Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag, only now, in reverse order. Expect to reach ISBT Dehradun by 8PM.

In case, you plan on traveling back to Delhi the same night, consider booking a bus that starts at around 11-12 PM to account for any delays we might encounter on the way.

What's Included

  • Meals
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Technical equipment ,Safety Equipment.
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a certified mountaineer as trek Leader.
  • 2 Nights Hotel stay in Lohajung.

What's Not Included

  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Transportation to & from Lohajung.

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is ideal for beginners who want to get introduced to the exquisite beauty the Himalayas have to offer.

Easy
3535 m
30 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 3

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is a level 3 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

Although fairly easy, any kind of activity in high altitude requires a certain level of physical fitness and endurance for it to be a pleasant experience.

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 Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek, at BRS 3, is suitable for both beginners and seasoned trekkers.

If you can Jog/Run for 3 kms in 25-30 mins, you are ready to take on this trek. 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 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.


The Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trek starts from the small village of Lohajung.

It is an all season trek which means that the meadows welcome you to a different face each season. The trek to Ali Bedni Bugyal is an excellent opportunity to experience the beauty of nature at its finest. The trek offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, including peaks like Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, and Hathi Ghoda Parbat. The view of these peaks during the sunrise and sunset is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever. The trek also includes a visit to the Bedni Kund, a picturesque lake surrounded by oak and fir trees. The crystal-clear water of the lake reflects the surrounding peaks, creating a magical and serene atmosphere. The trail is adorned with beautiful wildflowers and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. As you trek higher, you'll come across lush green meadows, also known as bugyals, the expanse of which are a major highlight of the trek.

The trail can be steep and narrow in places, with loose rocks and gravel. The long distances and steep slopes make the trek overall challenging for those who are not accustomed to hiking. Trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared for a strenuous climb. For more details on the challenges of the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek, Read Who is this trek meant for?

The best time to do the trek is during the summer months of May to June and September to November, when the weather is pleasant, and the views are clear.

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

During the summer months of May to June, the temperature during the day can range from 15°C to 20°C, while at night, it can drop to 5°C to 7°C.

During the post-monsoon season of September to November, the temperature during the day can range from 10°C to 15°C, while at night, it can drop to -5°C to 5°C. This is also the time when the trek offers spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks, and the weather is generally clear.

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is not considered technically challenging, but it can be physically demanding due to its length and the altitude gain. The trek takes you through some steep climbs. However, it is a beginner-friendly trek and can be done by anyone who is physically fit.


Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek begins from Lohajung, about 200 km from Kathgodam/Haldwani. There are no direct buses from Kathgodam/Haldwani to Lohajung. But you can take a shared jeep which will cost you around INR 900. It takes around 12 hours to get to Lohajung from Haldwani/Kathgodam. Read more: How to reach the famous base village Lohajung?

BSNL network connectivity is sparsely available on the trail.

The nearest ATM to the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is located in the town of Kathgodam.

Pick up point for the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is from Dehradun - Main Bus Stand. Payment for the shared transportation will be divided between the number of participants and made on the spot.

The participants will be dropped at Dehradun - Main Bus Stand by the evening on the last day of the trek.

Nainital is a famous tourist spot in the mountains & visited by a lot of people all around the year. It is 120 kms from Lohajung and takes 4-5 hours to reach. On your way back, you can visit Naini Lake, the heart of Nainital where you can enjoy boating, yachting, and paddling. Perch on the Tiffin Top to enjoy the views of Nainital. Stroll at The Mall Road where you can buy some souvenirs from the trip. There are also other treks that start from Lohajung like the Roopkund Trek and the Brahmatal Trek.


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 in Lohajung, 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.

Dehradun has a sufficiently large market. However, do not leave anything for last minute buying as there will be no time for shopping because of immediate transportation to Lohajung. Lohajung is a very small village and it would be difficult to find anything major there. Minor toiletries are available.


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.)

You can leave your extra luggage at Bikat’s office in Dehradun.

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.

No, 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.


Ali Bedni Bugyal 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.

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is located in the Western Garhwal region of the Himalayas. 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 Ali Bedni Bugyal 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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