Baraadsar Lake Trek

Baraadsar Lake Trek

Uttarakhand 8 Days

Difficult

43 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

4600 mts.


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Brief Description

The Baraadsar Lake is a sacred lake that lies on the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh tucked between the Rupin and Supin valleys in the Western Garhwal Himalayas. The trail to Baradsaar Lake takes you through picturesque meadows, brown oak and pine forests, massive clearings with breathtaking mountain views, and finally over a ridge that separates the Rupin and Supin valleys with excellent panoramic views. Tucked away inside a massive cauldron, this bowl-shaped high altitude Baraadsar Lake has high ridges converging from all sides making it one of the least explored treks in the area. The ultimate thrill is a rewarding summit push to reach the lake which makes it a unique trek. This trek is meant for trekkers with previous trekking experience. This moderate level trek involves a good fitness level due to a series of ascents. Trek this offbeat trail to enjoy unimaginable vistas and stunning sceneries. Pre-monsoon months of mid-May and June and the post-monsoon months of September and October is the best time to do this trek. Stay on this page for more information on the Baraadsar Lake Trek - Itinerary, Photos, Reviews, FAQs, and more.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrival in Sankri.

Arrival in Sankri. If you opt for transportation from us then we will assemble early morning at ISBT Dehradun by 7 AM and drive towards Sankri. This small quaint village is the base for Baraadsar Lake trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse/hotel in Sankri.


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Day 2

Sankri to Pithari (8084 ft) - 3 hrs drive. Trek from Pithari to Barthatra thatch (9485 ft) - 2.6 km, 3 hrs. Trek.

The day starts with a 3 hrs drive from the Sankri village to the starting point of this trek, a very beautiful village named Pithari. It is one of the oldest villages in that region where the houses are wonderfully crafted by pine wood, this ancient village represents the rich and colorful culture of this part of the country. The trail cuts through small bushes on a slope with spectacular views of the massive open valley to the right till you reach the first campsite named Barthatra Thatch. The first day of the trek is pretty decent in terms of difficulty, there are no steep ascends. But the major highlight of the day is the Barthatra campsite. Thatch is the local language for clearings of open grounds surrounded by forest. The campsite is a meadow, meaning huge grasslands which are especially famous in this region of the Himalayas. The campsite is surrounded by oak trees in the upper side of the slope. This is a wonderful campsite to explore around. Post Monsoon there is a spot which forms a small Lake surrounded by oak trees making very pretty. Retire for the night in tents.


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Day 3

Barthatra Thatch (9845 ft) to Dhaldhar Meadows (11,916 ft) - 4.17 km, 5 hrs

Today's trail is a continuous ascent of 2000 feet till you enter a clearing which is almost the half of the trek. The initial part of the trail takes you through the open fields with mesmerizing views of the other side of the valley. The initial portion of the trail which takes you through a sudden Oak forest which stays for a good amount of time with the trail cutting through in a zigzag way. With a couple of clearings in the middle of the forest is a visual treat since you get to see the unobstructed views of the snowcapped mountains. This view comes off as a pleasant surprise, it will keep you craving for more and all the exhaustion of continuous ascend will go away. When the oak forest ends, it opens up so huge that one can get first glimpses of the Baraadsar peak along with the snow-capped peaks from the left. One can spot Swargarohini massif, Black Peak, many more unnamed peaks. With the last portion of the trails to Dhaldhar Meadows the ascent is filled with small rhododendron trees on both sides of the trail, if the season is right you will get to see white, violet color flowers bloomed in full form which makes it an enchanting experience altogether. The glorious campsite of Dhaldhar is basically on flat ground at the edge of a ridge. The campsite is a giant meadow to the right of which with a carpet of grass layered on waves of land. Rest for the night as the upcoming days will be filled with wonders that await you on the trail. Overnight in tents.


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Day 4

Dhaldhar Meadows (11,916 ft) to Devbasa (12,267 ft) - 6km, 5 hrs.

This particular day the major highlight of this trek is the neverending ridge walk. Once you leave the Dhaldhar campsite after a brief walk you are straight away greeted with wonders of walking on a little narrow ridge which stays all the way you reach your next campsite which is Devbasa. It is pretty decent in terms of difficulty but as you will be walking over 3500M the Altitude gain factor should not be taken easy. The views are spectacular as one side you can see the snowcapped mountains and on the other, you can see the giant valleys covered with lush green meadows. You can spot the trail which leads to the giant Baraadsar Peak. There are some sections in which you have to make sure to not get carried away with spectacular views, the trails are pretty narrow on ridges. The magnificent campsite of Devbasa is undoubtedly the best among all the campsites in this trek. The Baraadsar peak is right In front of you standing strong as it gives you the hint of the challenge which lies ahead, one can notice the summit trail from the campsite itself so it will be an awe-inspiring view right In front of you. Make sure you sleep early as you will have to wake up early to attempt the thrilling summit push that awaits for the next day. Overnight in tents.


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Day 5

Devbasa (12,267 ft) to Baraadsar Lake (14,764 ft) via Baraadsar Summit (15,092 ft) and back to Devbasa. - 7.7 km, 10 hrs

This is the day you have been waiting for all this while in the trek, witnessing the wonder of Baraadsar Lake. So, wake up early around midway in the night and gear up for the summit push. The trail is a steep ascend to the summit. When the daylight starts hitting the land you will get the glorious views of the first rays of Sun falling on the peaks which will be visible as you gain altitude. Within a few hours you will be gaining over 800 meters which is not a matter of joke at all but the more you gain, the more you get rewarded with views and the surroundings. Towards the summit first comes bit of a col which is not huge, secondly, there is a small section which resembles a bit like a shoulder which are the biggest highlights of this trek. Just before you reach the Baraadsar top you will have to trace a steep gully which is extremely adventurous. The summit reveals a trail to the Baraadsar pass. During pre – Monsoon months one must have technical knowledge or assistant to reach the final Baraadsar ridge which will eventually take you to the enchanting lake. Spend some time beside the lake, it is a giant one and the colour will mesmerise you all the way. By late afternoon come back to camp and it is advisable to take rest in this camp itself and not to descend. Overnight in the tent.


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Day 6

Devbasa (12,267 ft) to Vasaped (10,076 ft) - 11 km, 7 hrs.

Distance-wise it is the longest day among all, but hold on if you think you had enough of this trek. This whole trek is basically Y shaped, means there is a crossing point where you get down to the opposite side of the slope/ridge. Till the time you reach the merging point where the trail deviates to another point, there are some gradual ascends but not steep. The trail deviates from a grass-covered dome-shaped hill. The gradual ascend ends at a point named Vijay top, a good resting point with a wonderful view of the forest which you are about to enter after you are finally done with the meadows. Halfway of the trek, you will be entering a thick section of oak forest with a complete descend till the next campsite. The forest is pretty dense and there are some sections which can be tricky because some portions are completely covered under dry oak leaves. With a steep descent, you will reach the last campsite, Vasaped which is a clearing but different than the very first campsite. Retire for the night. Overnight in tents.


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Day 7

Vasaped (10,076 ft) to Bhitri (7743 ft) via Saaru Taal - 8.2 km, 5 hrs

The very last day of the trek goes through a very quiet forest which is a combination of oak and pine, for bird lovers this section will be paradise. One can witness some very recognizable birds of the Himalayan region like Long tail Magpie, Himalayan Thrush and many more. Right after you come out of the forest for halfway through the trek, you are suddenly greeted with some very small Hamlets where the villagers are engaged in their farms for farming. At the far end, the Baraadsar peak will be visible wishing you a happy farewell before it vanishes in the horizon. Just before you reach your end point of the trek you will come across a small yet very charming Lake named Saaru Taal. You can spend some time here and reflect on the humongous journey you had for the past 5 days. The trail ends at Bhitri where the road head starts. Don’t miss out on the chance to visit the village temple. Spend the night in homestays.


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Day 8

Bhitri to Dehradun - 200 km Drive

Today you start early and drive to Dehradun. The drop point will be Dehradun ISBT. Expect to reach Dehradun by late evening.



Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Bara Bhangal is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Baraadsar Lake, sacred to local communities, is a high altitude lake lying on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Remote and relatively unknown with difficult access, the route provides uninterrupted views of higher peaks like Kalanag and Swargarohini as almost two days involve walking on a high 3500 m - 4400 m ridge between the Rupin and Supin valleys.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Post monsoon - September to November

Packing List: What to pack

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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

Dehradun is connected to Delhi by road, rail and air. There are multiple buses and trains on a daily basis, both of which take 5-6 hours. There are also daily flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is BSNL coverage till the roadhead.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Dehradun is the beautiful capital city of Uttrakhand with a number of attractions to visit. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

The Baraadsar Lake Trek is for those who wish to explore one of the most untouched trails in the Himalayas. Lying in the Western Garhwal region of Uttarakhand the Baraadsar Lake Trek with a maximum altitude of 4600M is for trekkers with prior trekking experience only. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Baraadsar Lake Trek. On Bikat scale the Baraadsar Lake trek difficulty level is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

One should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in his/her kitty. Baraadsar Lake trek is more than 4500 meters, a person must have prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

One should be familiar with the following:

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Baraadsar Lake Trek

Baraadsar Lake trek is one of the most scenic and offbeat treks of the Himalayas. From the vast bugyals, pretty campsites, a mesmerizing ridge walk, a thrilling summit cross to the Baraadsar Lake itself, this trek is unique in many ways. The highly varied scenery of Baraadsar Lake Trek makes it a pleasure for your sore eyes. It's one of the best Himalayan treks with zero foot traffic. The maximum altitude attained on Baraadsar Lake trek is 15,090 ft.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best time to do the Baraadsar Lake trek is Mid-May to June and mid-September to October. The chances of getting snow are much higher during pre-monsoon season and the landscape becomes lush green due to the growth of after winter fresh grass. In post-monsoon, the views will be much clearer with the meadows coming to life with much-anticipated greenery and freshly bloomed flowers. The snow melts at the higher regions giving a completely different setting when compared to the pre-monsoon season, but the weather will be much colder than usual.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start point of Baraadsar Lake Trek is PIthari which is a 2 hour drive from Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for Uttrakhand treks. It is 180 km from Dehradun. There are public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri. You can also take a shared taxi that will cost you around INR 600. Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is no mobile reception after Sankri.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

There are a number of places to visit in Dehradun and Mussoorie. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type:

When you arrive in Sankri, your stay will be made at a homestay. The homestay cabin is tucked into the lush woods on a gradual mountain slope overlooking the river below. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email a few days prior to the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Sankri, your stay will be made at a homestay. The homestay cabin is tucked into the lush woods on a gradual mountain slope overlooking the river below. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email a few days prior to the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

In the months of May and June expect partially clear skies while temperatures during the Day can range between 12 deg. to 15 deg. centigrade and at Night the temperature drops to - 1 deg. to sub-zero. However, in Mid-September and October, the skies are Mostly Clear, with Day temperatures ranging from 7 deg. To 10 deg. Centigrade and the Nights get significantly colder to – 5 deg. To -3 Deg.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There will be snow at higher altitudes in the pre-monsoon months of May and June

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Sankri is a quaint village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. There are hardly any shops where you can buy. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The pick-up and drop point will be the same, ISBT Dehradun.

Transport: What time will we reach the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Dehradun by a late evening around 1800 hours. So, plan your further travels accordingly.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi

Whats 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 Dehradun to Dehradun.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

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

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