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Baraadsar Lake Trek

A Challenging Off-beat Trail tucked between the Rupin and Supin Valleys

Difficult

Baraadsar Lake Trek

BRS 5
Max Altitude
Uttarakhand
8 Days
43 Km
Max 15
16400 + 5% GST
Sankri to Bhitri

Add ons



DDN to Sankri
Bhitri to DDN
Sumo
(Shared by 5-6 trekkers)
Tempo
(Shared by 11-12 trekkers)
₹7500
₹10000
₹7500
₹10000

Available Batches

Available Batches

Brief Description

Grade:Difficult
Location: Uttarakhand
Altitude:4600 m
Duration:8 Days
Baraadsar Lake is one of the least explored trails in the Himalayas even though it shares its base village, Sankri, with some of the most popular treks like Har ki Dun, Bali Pass, Rupin Pass and many more. Not only does it lie on the absolute border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, tucked neatly between the Rupin and Supin valleys, the trail also offers magnificent views of some biggies in the Garhwal range of Himalayas, such as Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak.

A mystery to most, the sacred lake known by locals to hold superpowers, Baraadsar Lake is a cauldron which lies at the altitude of 4,600M and holds the cleanest and the bluest waters you will ever see. It is so hidden that you don’t see it until you cross miles of land, climb hundreds of meters and reach a point just 200M from the lake from where you first see it, so close to its foot.

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 and some very strong winds which are characteristic of any exposed ridge walk.

Long distances and sections of steep ascent make this a moderate level trek which demands some prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas to adapt to its rising altitudes. This off beat trek is accessible pre-monsoon in the months of May and June and post-monsoon in the months of September and October. Stay on this page for more information on the Baraadsar Lake Trek like Itinerary, Photos, Reviews, FAQs, and more.

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Brief Itinerary

Make your way to Sankri (1,920M);
Sankri (1,920M) to Barthatra thatch (2,510M) via Jakhol (2,200M);
Barthatra Thatch (2,510M) to Dhaldhar Meadows (3,630M);
Dhaldhar Meadows (3,630M) to Devbasa (3,738M);
Devbasa (3,738M) to Baraadsar Lake (4,600M) via Baraadsar Summit (4,600M) and back to Devbasa (3,738M);
Devbasa (3,738M) to Vasaped (3,070M);
Vasaped (3,070M) to Bhitri (2,360M) via Saru Taal;
Bhitri (2,360M) to Dehradun (640M);

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Make your way to Sankri (1,920M)

Distance: 185 kms (Dehradun to Sankri)

Duration: 8-9 hours

If you have signed up with Bikat for a drive from Dehradun to Sankri, our day starts early. All of us assemble at the meeting point by 7 in the morning so we can start our long drive up to Sankri – a trekking hub in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Although there’s nothing more on the agenda for today other than the 9-hour drive and settling into mountain air, it is better to leave as early as possible for two reasons:

One, so we can reach as early as possible and give our bodies enough rest for what’s coming the next day. And, two, roads on the mountains are unpredictable and it is always better to account for delays when we start. It is also better to reach before it gets dark.

Sankri is a trail head for a lot of trekking routes and is bustling with trekkers across the year. Popular trails such as Har ki Dun, Borasu Pass, Bali Pass, Kedarkantha, Dev Kyara, Phulara Ridge to name a few, all start from this scenic village centered in the background of some of the most splendid mountains in the region.

The drive from Dehradun takes us on scenic mountain roads. If you have the slightest motion sickness, the smooth roads can easily make your head spin with its curves. The ever-changing landscape with each turn, however, is a good way to keep yourself distracted. Tall trees, massive fields and entire mountain faces cut into steps for farming are views you wouldn’t want to miss for some shuteye. The drive takes you through some very big towns but also alternates between small patches of busy roads with village shops and long empty stretches with nothing but the sound of the wind and the birds.

The constant shift between the noise and the calm has a different sense of serenity attached to it. What’s even better is that breakfast and lunch, on local dhabas along the way make sure we get to indulge our tastebuds in some locally popular cuisine. The last two hours of the drive take us through a smooth road lined with thick forests on both sides. The sparkle of the forest is enough to refresh us from the long drive to get to our destination. Sankri is a trail head for a lot of popular treks and hence is not short on facilities. Although there is no phone network in Sankri, you can probably find a shop in the market which will be happy to loan you wi-fi in case of urgent need.

Waiting for us, at the end of the trail of this back-breaking journey will be a warm, wooden homestay with cozy rooms and a home cooked meal. Expect to reach latest by 7 PM.

If you have not opted for travel with Bikat from Dehradun to Sankri and are to meet the group directly at the trail head, check out the article on how to reach Sankri (How to reach Sankri?) for any assistance. Do plan your travel so as to reach Sankri latest by 7 in the evening. (Please note: Bikat can arrange for your transport for an additional cost as mentioned in the Add-Ons section above.)

Day 2

Sankri (1,920M) to Barthatra thatch (2,510M) via Jakhol (2,200M)

Distance: 18 kms + 3 kms

Duration: 3 hours drive + 3 hours trek

The day starts with a 3 hour drive from Sankri to the starting point of this trek, a very beautiful village named Jakhol. 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 we 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 word 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 reaches of the slopes – a great region to do some exploring. Post-monsoon there is also a spot which forms a small lake surrounded by oak trees making the setting even more pleasing to the eye.

Day 3

Barthatra Thatch (2,510M) to Dhaldhar Meadows (3,630M)

Distance: 5 kms

Duration: 5 hours

The sun comes up really early so we wake up to a bright and refreshingly sunny day (of course, only if it is not raining) and the calls of a dozen different birds that are joyfully hopping from one oak tree to another. The loud calls of woodpeckers and barbets to sing you out of your tents as the sun comes up.

Today’s trek is a continuous 800M ascent through a forest thick with oak trees. Close to an hour and a half through these woods and 2 kms from our previous campsite, we are out of the woods to land into a massive meadow with massive ferns. The Supin river is like a silver thread now deep down at the meeting point of the two valleys. Snow clad mountains are now closer than ever before on this trail.

Today’s trek takes us almost halfway to the lake in question – the entire time straddling the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. One of the many things that is great about this trek is that it is so unknown that you have the entire valley to yourself with not another trekker in sight – for great lengths not even a sight of any villagers once you leave the areas of settlement behind. It is utterly and completely isolated.

At the end of the fern area, we get out on the other side to an uphill climb with the landscape now full of trees that grow like roots on the floor of the mountain, forming a labyrinth. At the end of 4 hours we are at the ridge, high up and exposed to strong winds but magnificent views. We have now already gained 750M in elevation, so the remaining distance is a pleasant and awe-inspiring walk on the ridge with an eye into the two different valleys and the big birds soaring high but much below us still.

An hour on this ridge and we make it to the campsite bang in the middle of wondrous meadows with wildflowers of as many colours as you can name. The only challenge for today is since it is a forest walk, the leaves and the moss on the forest floor make it extremely slippery especially on the inclines.

The biggest highlight of the day is when you get out of the woods and onto the ridge, everything suddenly seems to open up on both sides and it feels like you can breathe again after 4 hours under the forest canopy. It is extremely freeing. Oh! And also rhododendrons – they of course take over as the top highlight if you are here in the right season.

Day 4

Dhaldhar Meadows (3,630M) to Devbasa (3,738M)

Distance: 6 kms

Duration: 5 hours

Today is all about the ridge. Narrow path, one eye to each of the valleys dressed in thick green on either side, strong winds and a harsh sun working its full force on this exposed strip of land – these are the things our day today is made of. Oh and sounds of the birds and howls of the winds add to the music in the air. In terms of difficulty, it’s more than manageable because we are gaining only 100M in elevation. The route takes you up and down so in actual terms the ascent might be more, but there isn’t too much the body has to adapt to in terms of actual altitude gain.

Since we are walking on the highest path of the valley which also happens to be narrow, we can see the trails leading to Barasdsar Lake. The open landscape on both sides looking down into the depths on the Rupin and the Supin valleys can get so spectacular and spellbinding that the challenge of the day includes keeping your head in the game and watching your next step so you don’t slip down into and get swallowed whole by one of these very valleys that you are swooning over!

What’s even better is that this exceptional walk-on-the-ridge leads us straight to what is hands down the best campsite of the entire trek – Devbasa.

Day 5

Devbasa (3,738M) to Baraadsar Lake (4,600M) via Baraadsar Summit (4,600M) and back to Devbasa (3,738M)

Distance: 8 kms

Duration: 10 hours

Today is the climax of our trek leading up straight to the main attraction of this entire show – Baraadsar Lake. And as climax days go, this one is going to be long and hard too with almost a 900M ascent and back. We start our push to the lake in the dead of the night so we can get there in time to catch the fourth or the fifth ray of the sun, if not the first!

As goes without saying, the trail is a steep ascent all the way to the lake. As the sun comes up and starts to thaw the land a little, the first rays of the sun on the peaks in the vicinity is nothing if not glorious. The views only get better as we get higher.

There’s a col and a shoulder to get to the place where the lake lies in our wait. The last section of the climb is a steep ascent which is extremely thrilling for you know what rests at its end like a pot of gold.

After spending some time at the lake, we make our way back to the safety of the tent.

Day 6

Devbasa (3,738M) to Vasaped (3,070M)

Distance: 11 kms

Duration: 7 hours

Distance-wise today is the longest but worry not. This trek, which is basically Y-shaped takes you back to a certain point on the same route only to diverge into the other valley to head back down. This means we are greeted with a different route and a different landscape on our way back down to keep things fresh and interesting.

Till the merging point from where the trail diverges, there are a few gradual ascents. The gradual ascent ends at a point called the Vijay Top which in itself is a famous trekking point for the splendid views it offers for it stands jutting out as a high-point in the valley with an open view of the landscape. This is the end of the meadows before we enter back into the thick of the forest as we close in on the treeline. It is all downhill from here on, between and through the forests of oak which at times could get tricky to navigate but overall are fairly manageable. After a steep descent, we reach our last campsite, Vasaped which is a clearing like our first campsite but different – same to same but different, if that makes any sense.

Our last campsite and our last night out in the tents on this trek.

Day 7

Vasaped (3,070M) to Bhitri (2,360M) via Saru Taal

Distance: 8 kms

Duration: 5 hours

Today is paradise for bird lovers – for everyone else too, but a bit more for bird lovers for all the chips and chirps and the spotting of tails and beaks and the guessing of names of species from their calls! The trail today continues within the forest of the oaks and the pines to the music of the Himalayan birds – some rare, some not, some unfamiliar and some common but each voice a soothing addition to this pleasant walk down.

At the half way point for today, we are out of the forest and suddenly into habitation. Surrounded by tiny hamlets and people working on their farms, it is a nice change of scenery after having spent the last few days completely in isolation. At the far end, the Baraadsar peak still visible, looks down on us and smiles from its abode slowly fading into the horizon as we continue on.

Just before we finish the trek, it greets us with one final surprise - a small yet very charming lake named Saru Taal. We can spend some time here feasting on our packed lunches and reflecting on the journey that this was!

The trail ends at Bhitri, which is a small village, where the road head starts. There is an old village temple which is all degrees charming just in case you are looking for some exploring around in the time you have left. Overnight in a homestay.

Day 8

Bhitri (2,360M) to Dehradun (640M)

Distance: 200 kms

Duration: 6-7 hours drive

To go a full circle, we leave early in order to reach our starting and ending point, Dehradun. Expect to reach here by early evening and plan your travel ahead accordingly.

What's 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

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 Dehradun to Dehradun.

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Baraadsar Lake is a cauldron of awe which lies at the altitude of 4,600M at the convergence of the many ridges that bring you here. It is made for trekkers who have some prior experience of high-altitude trekking.

Difficult
4600 m
43 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 5

Baraadsar Lake Trek is a level 5 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

This makes it mandatory for you to have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 4 on the BRS. The altitude, the terrain and the nature of the climb demand a certain level of skill and a need for you to be aware of how your body reacts to the various features of a 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



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

If you can Jog/Run for 5 kms in 25-30 mins, you are ready to take on this trek. Once a week, you can practice running 10 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 13 years. However, minors between 13 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.


Baraadsar Lake Trek is located on the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal tucked between the Rupin and Supin valleys.

Baraadsar Lake Trek is a stunning trek that offers trekkers a chance to explore the remote and beautiful region of Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand. The trek is known for its breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak. One of the main highlights of the trek is the Baraadsar Lake, which is situated at an altitude of around 4,600M and is surrounded by towering mountains. The lake is considered one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the region and is a great spot for camping and relaxation. Another highlight of the trek is the Govind National Park, which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including several species of birds and animals like the musk deer, snow leopard, and black bear. The park is famous for its diverse ecosystem, which includes forests of oak, pine, and deodar trees, meadows of wildflowers, and snow-capped mountains. For more details on highlights of this climb, read Highlights of Baraadsar Lake Trek

The Bali Pass Trek can be demanding with several challenges for trekkers. It involves ascending to an altitude at 4,600M, which can lead to altitude sickness, a serious concern for some. Weather conditions in the Himalayas are unpredictable and can change rapidly, bringing rain, snow, and even hailstorms. Therefore, trekkers must prepare for sudden changes in weather. The route also comprises steep inclines and declines, uneven rocky paths, and narrow ridges, which can be tricky to navigate, especially during inclement weather conditions. For more details on challenges of this climb, read Who is this trek meant for?

This offbeat trek is accessible pre-monsoon in the months of May and June and post-monsoon in the months of September 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 trek is most popular between the months of May to June and September to October, which are the post-monsoon and pre-winter seasons in the region. During this time, the weather is mostly clear, and the temperature is pleasant during the day, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius in lower altitudes. As you gain altitude, the temperature can drop significantly, especially at night, with temperatures ranging from 0 to 10 degrees Celsius at higher altitudes.

Baraadsar Lake Trek is considered to be a challenging trek overall, as the trail passes through remote and rugged terrain, including steep climbs, long distances, and narrow ridges giving way to fierce winds. However, no specialised climbing or mountaineering skills are required.


The start point of the Baraadsar Lake Trek is Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a trailhead for many popular treks in Uttarakhand. Read: How to reach Sankri

There is no mobile reception after Sankri. Even in Sankri, you get only BSNL and JIO networks. Our homestays also have Wi-Fi network connectivity on a paid basis.

The nearest ATMs are located in the town of Sankri, which is the base camp for the trek.

Pick up point for Baraadsar Lake Trek is ISBT Dehradun, by 07:00 AM. Payment for the transport facility will be divided among the participants and paid on the spot.

On the last day you will reach Dehradun by 7 PM. We advise you to keep a buffer of at least 3-4 hrs while planning your onward journey.

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 to 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. The holy town of Rishikesh is also an hour’s drive away from here.


All the common gear like tents, sleeping bags, mattresses etc. are provided. All the technical climbing equipment needed for the trek, like microspikes, Helmets, Gaiters, etc. 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 Sankri, 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.

You can get some of your essentials in Sankri. However this option is not very reliable, do not leave anything for last minute purchases.


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 Dehradun office. It can be picked up on the way back.

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 Sankri. Sankri is also prone to power cuts; it is advisable to carry your own power back up. Afteer leaving Sankri, 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 mark it as an add-on during the booking of the trek.

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.


Baraadsar 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 Baraadsar Lake Trek is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, in the Western 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 Baraadsar 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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