Borasu Pass Trek

Borasu Pass Trek

Uttarakhand 9 Days

Difficult

63 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

5360 mts.


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Brief Description

Located along the border with Tibet, the Borasu Pass trek is a virgin trail which presents some of the best views of the historical Swargarohini peak. As a new trail in our portfolio, what we are most excited about is that it is one of the lesser explored trails in the region connecting two very distinct valleys of two geographically rich states. Borasu Pass trek starts from the small village of Sankri in Uttarakhand and ends at the gorgeous hamlet, Chitkul, tucked away in the many folds of the mountains in Himachal Pradesh. The trail for this high mountain pass takes you through the infamous Har ki Dun Valley. With an abundance of fauna housed by colourful birds and surrounded by splendid peaks, Har ki Dun is one of the most beautiful all-season treks in the Himalayas. The Borasu Pass trek gives you the opportunity to continue on this exquisite trail onto a lesser explored route to the pass which connects Tons Valley in Uttarakhand with Baspa Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It being an extension of one of the most beautiful trails, is only one of half a dozen reasons you should consider this trek as your next adventure! 

This ancient trade route between Uttarakhand and Himachal offers you a variety of landscapes that are sure to leave you awestruck. Passing through small mountain habitations of Taluka, Gangaad, Dhatmir, Seema and Osla, the trek takes you through dense forests rife with chestnut, walnut, willows and chinar trees. It passes through an assortment of landscapes such as terraced mountain fields, massive patches of tall grass and thick coniferous forests. Our favourite part about this high-altitude pass, which lies barely explored at an elevation of 5,200M; is that it provides for the best views but will make you sweat for them! 

A stunning mix of green meadows and vast fields of snow, packed with jumpy rivers and solemn glaciers, Borasu Pass is an easy trek made extremely difficult by its treacherous terrain. As we were walking the trail, the one thing that struck us was that this trek is a complete 360-degree ride. Starting from greens leading into browns spilling into whites it takes a turn-around after the pass, to go from whites to browns to eventually reach the lush green valley by the Baspa river into Chitkul in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

It is a difficult climb, however. The long distances between camps, steep narrow ridges and its heavily bouldered terrain with patches of glaciers full of open and hidden crevasses, all lend to making it a strenuous affair. Its steep ascends and descends and the high altitude can get technical and hence we believe that the trail demands prior experience in the Himalayas along with some specific skills.

From our explorations, the best months to undertake Borasu Pass Trek are May, June, September and October. Stay on this page for more information on the Borasu Pass Trek.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Make your way to Sankri (1,920M)

Distance: 185kms drive

Time Taken: 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 head trail for a lot of trekking routes and is bustling with trekkers across the year. Popular trails such as Har ki Dun, Baraadsar Lake, 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, in 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 head trail 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 an 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 head trail, check out the article on how to reach Sankri (click here) 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.)


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Day 2

Sankri (1,920M) to Seema (2,260M) through Taluka (2,100M)

Distance: 12 kms drive to Taluka, 10-12 kms trek to Seema

Time Taken: 3 hour drive, 5-6 hour trek

Today is an early day because there is much ground to cover. We should be done with breakfast anytime between 7-8 AM which gives us enough time to soak in the morning sun and the beauty of this mountain town before we leave for the day by 9 AM.

There is a narrow kaccha road that can be covered on wheels. Do not, however, expect this to be a quick drive – we are likely to encounter JCBs shoving parts of fallen mountain off the narrow roads on multiple patches all through the 12 km stretch. The drive should take anywhere between 2-3 hours based on how many times we have to wait for the road to clear. The waiting does not seem too tiresome for the fresh water streams with fantastical views of the forest and mountains. A deep gorge with a stream(nalla) flowing underneath is invigorating. The nip in the air keeps your senses active and the mind, refreshed.

At the end of the road is a small mountain village named Taluka, bursting with colours. You will know you have reached when you see rows of mules standing obediently in a line, facing the mountain and about a dozen tiny canteens lined up to serve you hot food in case you shall need it before your trek! A lot of popular treks like Har ki Dun and Bali Pass start from here, so it is forever bustling with the contagious energy of trekkers.

After breakfast and picking up our packed lunches for the day, we set off towards Seema which is going to be our first campsite on this trek. Although we are not gaining much altitude today (just 160M from Taluka to Seema), the length of the walk is the real challenge. The trek starts on even land with a strong smell of the forest in the air; the lush landscape adorned with waterfalls by a half dozen. The land is mostly even, save the jumping over massive fallen trees and big boulders. The inclines otherwise are gradual with the grayish blue of the boisterous Supin river following alongside as a faithful companion.

After an hour of climb we reach our first clearing out of the forest. You will see two dome-like structures built as a stop-and-rest space to keep you from the harsh sun. Another hour into the trek and the trail opens up on one side to expansive views of the valley. This is when we hit our first patch of steep incline which will take all of 10 mins to cover but is efficient enough to make you stop for a breath or two. The next hour seems like quite a relief, then, for it being a flat land with a few humps along the way. It’s a steady incline from here on. We hit one more food joint one hour away from the campsite – stack up on some energy if the trail’s knocked some air out of you.

The forest floor is wet and mucky and gets slippery. Remember to walk carefully. The shiny dots you see covering the mountain faces on the opposite side are houses of entire villages resting precariously on these rugged slopes. The only traffic jams you are likely to encounter on these routes are cows going about their business for the day as you try to squeeze through the crowds of them on these narrow trails.

Expect to reach the campsite latest by 6 in the evening after a 6 hour trek. The 2 km stretch of the long camping ground has rooms available with views of the mountains.Take your pick of the view you want to pitch your tent to and rest your weary self for the night.


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Day 3

Seema (2,260M) to Har ki Dun (3,510M)

Distance: 16 kms

Time Taken: 7-8 hours

Since we are gaining a fair bit of altitude today (1,250M), we follow the same schedule as yesterday – an early start after an early breakfast. The trail continues on the terrain from day 2, on a wet, stone-paved surface with a slippery personality. As soon as we start the trek, we cross a small village. There are plenty of water streams on the way today. Forty-five minutes into the trek we reach a suspension bridge to cross over to the other mountain which is followed by a twenty-minute steep ascend to reach flat land again. At the end of the ascend, you would have made it out of the area rife with tall trees and into much wider valleys with smaller shrubs and expansive views. It is a gradual but continuous ascend from here on.

As the sun comes to its highest point for the day, we are treated to our first sight of the mythological giants Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch peaks and the infamous Black Peak. This is also when we hit a patch of flat ground so we can admire these marvels while also continuing to cover some ground. The respite, however, is short-lived. Steep ascends start again after 10 minutes and continue on for an hour and a half. Just when we thought we would have gained enough height for the day, our heart sinks to find out that the next patch is a steep descend where we will lose a lot of the height we had earned in the past few hours. The beauty of the trail starts to get thicker as we move on – two hours after noon you will find yourself walking amongst plants taller than yourself, fanciful with all their green, flowy leaves.   

The landscape changes face quickly from here. Suddenly out from feeling closed in by the tall trees, we find ourselves amongst shrubs growing in all directions. The warm colours of the landscape, and flowers (red orange yellow - the whole spectrum) automatically make you feel warm stripping the cold air off some of its power. The trail is rich in variety of leaves and bushes - the valley a messy wardrobe of rich and colourful flowers scattered on the ground in no specific order. The route has you witness mountains of all kinds, from naked, vertical rockfaces using the sun as their personal reflectors, to greens on the foothills and the brown scree sliding down the gentle slopes like oily sweat.  

If you have ever walked the Har ki Dun trail, you will know the insurmountable beauty and the pleasant performance this valley has to offer. Expect to reach the campsite latest by 4 in the afternoon. Make sure to open your tents towards Swargarohini so you can enjoy its beauty and might as you sit next to the cold water of the Supin river and sip on some fuming tea. Could there be anything better to chase the weariness of the day away? If you feel the quietude of the place is too much to take, the soft sound of the gushing water will be your best comrade through the night.


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Day 4

Har ki Dun (3,510M) to Ratha Tho (4,110M) via Morinda Tal (3,800 M)

Distance: 5 kms

Time Taken: 3-4 hours

Today is when our excitement sees a new height since this is the beginning of that trail – the one that goes beyond! Today is when we take the road less travelled and go beyond Har ki Dun. It is a lax day, there is not much ground to cover and the terrain is fairly simple. We even have enough time to go exploring this beautiful valley of the Gods (Har ki Dun). Go up the mountain on the other side of the river to get a more unobstructed view of the mythological giant, Swargarohini and the exquisite world the heap of rocks was loyally guarding.

We start on our journey ‘beyond’ anywhere between 9 and 10 AM. The first thing we notice as we start for the day is that the crowds have already started thinning out since we are now heading out of the popular trekking route towards a more virgin land. The drama of the high mountains wearing clouds like crowns and the sunlight peeping out from behind them like a shy kid not wanting to come out but afraid of missing all the action only has us as its sole witness in this unmapped territory. It’s like you own the view like you do in a heated argument.

The first hour of the climb is a steady but gradual incline which is followed by 20 minutes of flat ground that will bring us straight to Morinda Tal. This is yet another exciting feature not many get to witness despite being so close to Har ki Dun. This lake which sits still, bang in the middle of the restless winds, swaying grass and rocks; stands out as much for its tranquility as for its turquoise colour. The wide, open field is home to abandoned stone structures used by shepherds as shelters. The valley in front now changes color, suddenly turning brown with short blades of dry grass – no shrubs either.

Ten minutes into this valley we hit a ten-minute patch of big boulders which on successful crossing leads us to a patch of flat land and then a steady incline. Walking through the Morinda valley is literally a walk in the park. And since it is a fairly easy day, we take some time to lie on our backs in the dry grass and look up to the sky. When you do that, you will see the clouds idly rolling past the high mountains before they slowly dissipate into thin air. To witness this phenomenon, on loop, is nothing short of magical.

The gradual 600M of height gain through wide meadows today couldn’t be more relaxing. From green to the land of golden, we have now entered the zone which can support very little life. The trail after the lake is gentle humps through golden meadows with a few wildflowers still holding strong in this cold land. After joyously taking your time on the trail, expect to reach camp just in time for hot lunch.


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Day 5

Ratha Tho (4,110M) to Saunbhera (4,400M)

Distance: 6 kms

Time Taken: 3 hours             

Today is again a short day with a 300M altitude gain across 6 kms. Given the altitude and the cold, we will wait for the sun to come out before we start the day. As the crowds on the way to these popular treks start to thin, so does the vegetation on the route, flipping the entire vibe of the trek on its head. There’s only scree, moraine and boulders till our eye can see - glaciers in the distance and absolutely no grass, even the dry grass has now retired. We have crossed very quickly from the tree line to dry grass to an absolute absence of vegetation.  

The first half hour of the trek is through boulders post which a gradual ascend begins. If we’d thought Har ki Dun was pretty, it only gets better from here! We, for one, had not expected this unfettered lay of beauty that we were now witnessing. Tiny specks of pollen flying in the air like snowflakes, streams spread across the land like veins of the earth. Triangular rocks and mountain faces with sharp edges look like Picasso paintings from his Guernica period. Two hours after we started to ascend, we hit patches of descent. The valley takes sharp turns and changes direction a lot of time. The river here wears an even deeper colour. The sound of dry leaves crushing under your legs and the texture of the rock as you run your hands on its surface are some sensations you might want to experience. The feeling when the ground is mushy and holds you in your place like it’s telling you to go no further, is surreal. The last 10 minutes of the trek before we reach the campsite for today at the foot of the glacier is on a zero-degree gradient. It is a pleasant change after having to maneuver through boulders for the rest of the trail.

This campsite with a direct view of the route to the pass seems a stone’s throw away from here but is actually hours of climb. But that’s our worry for another day. For today, we spend the rest of our time acclimatizing to the thin air and exploring the vast, open ground to discover its various colours, textures and shapes. And to do it, without no one around is only an added advantage.


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Day 6

Saunbhera (4,400M) to Borasu Pass Base Camp (Upper Lamjung) (4,730M)

Distance: 3 kms

Time Taken: 2 hours

Today is the shortest day on the trek. We leave late after the sun makes an appearance and reach before lunch. The trail is all boulders which is good practice for what’s to come the next two days. Crossing the flat land of the campsite takes only a few minutes before we reach the foot of the boulders and start our climb up. We follow a narrow ridge all the way up to the small space which will be our campsite for tonight. One and a half hour into the climb, we will reach the top of the first ridge. Take a few minutes to rest and get a bird’s eye view of the campsite of Saunbhera, where veins of streams divide the land into geometric shapes – the flat ground appearing as hexagonal grasslands below. It was one sight we couldn’t tear our gaze away from. After a few minutes of straight walk at the end of the first ridge, we begin incline on the second and the last ridge which should take about half an hour to cover.

The base camp for the pass is called Upper Lamjung. Lamjung, in local language, means ‘Long Moustache’ named as such for the shape of the lower ridges and how they appear from below. Expect to reach the Upper ‘long moustache’ within two hours. The campsite is compact and tricky to set up. It is uneven and full of rocks. Take it from us when we say this is not going to be one of your most comfortable nights in the mountains! The pass hides behind the many folds of the glacier in this area. The campsite here is pretty exciting for it is protected by rockfall by a dip in the terrain. While the dip can keep the rock away, there is no way to stop the continuous sound of the rumble of rocks falling hither thither.   

The terrain around us is stunning. If you stand with your back to the campsite, to your right are gentle slopes of mountains of varying hues and to your left are intimidating structures with pointed ridges and falling rock. If you get a clear sky, you will also get a bird’s eye view of the many glacial lakes sitting idly in the distant landscape. 

The ground on the base where we set camp looks like fallen rocks someone pushed off a pile. Cloud forms dissipating and melting into the next form, taking on different personalities - you could spend hours looking at the shapes and structures around you. The only sound that will consume you though is the rumble of rockfall somewhere in the area once every few minutes. There is a thick layer of ice on the upper half of the mountain, you can hear the sound of water but have to go hunting to actually find it.

The way up from this point has so many rocks, it looks like ruins from a well-built civilization from far back in history.


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Day 7

Upper Lamjung (4,730M) to Bonga (4,500 M) via Borasu Pass (5,200 M) 

Distance: 10-11 kms

Time Taken: 10 hours

Today is ‘the day’ and it is going to be a long one – 500M up to the pass and a descend of 700M from the pass on to the next campsite. We start as early as possible, even before the sunlight starts chasing peaks, slowly creeping up on one mountain top after another as they shed off their darkness little by little. An hour into the steep, heavily bouldered climb, we reach the base of the glacier. This is where we will gear up – put on our crampons/ microspikes. The slope of the glacier is not more than 30 degrees as it starts but very quickly turns into 70 degrees with alternating rock and snow patches a little further up. The last bit up to the pass is almost vertical and can feel a little intimidating.

The ascend is not the major challenge for the day. We reach the pass in less than 3 hours. The view from the top which lies at the daunting altitude of 5,200M is mesmerizing. Snow covered peaks with browns and whites playing chase with each other forming peculiar patterns on the high mountains all around. After a small prayer on the pass, we start the difficult part of the journey – the long and arduous descend. The first bit itself looks like a direct drop. It will require roping up or fixing ropes for a safe descent. The initial section, which is a 75 degree slope takes close to 40 minutes to descend. Post this, we hit a large patch of almost flat snow which slowly descends downwards. This section has a lot of open and hidden crevasses, however, and needs to be crossed with caution. It also has sections with steep slopes on one side which could take you straight down, in case of a single slip. By the end of 45 minutes on this terrain, we would have already descended 300M and reached the end of the snow section.

What comes next is especially daunting– hours of sharp ascend and descend on boulders as big as dreams. The need to exercise caution on every tiny step forward, to avoid the gaps between these boulders, is extremely tiring. The next section which brings us down by 200M looks like a small distance to cover but takes close to an hour and a half. It is a steep descend with no specific trail and requires navigating massive boulders. Given that this is a fresh trek not attempted by many, the route has no marked trail which was our favourite part since it gave us a free reign to explore.

Once at the base of this section, we will walk for 45 minutes on the rocky ground to make it to the mountains on the other side of the glacial bed. We need to catch the ridge of the mountain you see ahead. But in order to do that, we have to climb up a steep slope of scree and loose rocks. This section which will take not more than 50 steps to climb might make you think 50 times before you do it. Once on the ridge, the walk is pretty straightforward, although it is on a narrow trail with loose rocks, so you might want to be extra careful. Half an hour on the ridge and the landscape starts to fill a little with colour. The snow-capped peaks are now pushed into the backdrop. Streams can be seen and not just heard.

After walking the ridge and welcoming colour back into our field of vision for 45 minutes, we descend to take the lower ridge. Flowers get added to the mix of dry grass and life is starting to thrive in this terrain. Expect to reach the campsite for today by early evening. The campsite is in warmer lands with plentiful colours and a stream flowing by our tents. The temperature, however, is still low – do not be surprised if you wake up to a sheet of ice keeping you from getting to the water of the stream, like it did us!


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Day 8

Bonga (4,500 M) to Chitkul (3,280 M)

Distance: 14kms

Time Taken: 8 hours

Today is a long and hard day too, firstly because of the distance and secondly, for the difficult terrain. Since the previous day was wearisome, today might seem a bit harder. We leave after breakfast by around 9 AM. Carry sufficient water with you since the first water source is 2.5 hours away. The terrain for today includes a fair bit of steep ascends and descends, all on massive boulders across an exposed mountain face with a steep drop. There is no specific trail which makes things harder. This challenging terrain full of boulders reaches its end by 12:30 AM, as you start seeing some vegetation and finally find flat and firm land to walk on. An hour and a half more and the tree line starts to appear. We could hardly contain our glee when we heard the crispy yellow leaves of entire mountains full of Bhojpatra trees make music in the air. Walking through thick, golden forests of Bhojpatra is extremely refreshing after the cold terrain we spent hours on. 

An hour more and we reach open grasslands with huge humps taking us up and down - but the warmth of seeing life around us on these small hills keeps this a breezy walk. Once we make our way down to the river bed, there is one more small section of walking on rocks. By 04:30 PM expect to reach a small wooden bridge which takes you away from the mountain onto smooth roads on the other side of the bridge.

Chitkul, which is the end point of the trek is a two-hour drive from here. Accommodation for the night will be provided by us.


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Day 9

Depart from Chitkul (3,280M)

This day is not included in the fee. In case you book your transportation from Chitkul to Shimla with us, a taxi will pick you up from the guest house early in the morning. The drive to Shimla will be for 10-12 hours. Expect to reach Shimla by evening.


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Day 10

Reserve Day

Since it is a high altitude trek where the weather conditions tend to get unpredictable, we have an extra day just in case we might need it. This will only get used if unexpected and unforeseeable conditions present themselves at the last minute.

If the buffer day is used, you have to pay Rs. 3,500 per day (INR). The amount will be collected by the Trek Leader.



Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Borasu Pass Trek is a difficult level trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than easy and moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 5360 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 4000 meters, and then move up a notch with Borasu Pass Trek. On Bikat rating scale Borasu Pass trek difficulty level is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 meters, a person must have prior experience of trekking at altitudes of 3700-4000 meters.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (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 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  4. Push Ups – 10
  5. 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

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

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

Borasu Pass Trek

One of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand is the Borasu Pass trek. This trek is meant for seasoned trekkers only. Its a challenging crossover from the beautiful Tons Valley in Uttarakhand to the alluring Baspa Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Trekkers often describe the experience of the entire trail as heavenly. The beauty and the grandeur found on this trek are unmatched. The best months to go for this trek are from the months of May-June and September-October.

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

Pre-monsoon months of May-June and post-monsoon months of September-October are the best months to do the Borasu Pass Trek.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

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

The trek begins from Sankri which is about 195 km from Dehradun. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for Uttrakhand treks. 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?

One can expect BSNL network up to Sankri Village and some points beyond this village (but they are irregular and not very dependable)

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

Dehradun is located in Uttarakhand which offers a number of places to visit. Robber's cave is a river cave formed in the Himalayas about 8 kilometres from Dehradun. Sahastradhara is a ‘thousand fold spring’ which is famous for its aesthetic beauty. Mindrolling Monastery, the largest Buddhist Vihara of India is another attraction. Lacchiwalla, Malsi Deer Park, Tapkeshwar Temple are a few other to name.

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: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Sankri, your stay will be made at local guest house.The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be 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 after 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 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 in 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?

During the day, the temperature will range from 5-15 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to -2 to -5 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

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

On Borasu Pass trek you can expect snows in the first season i.e. May-June. It is difficult to expect snow post monsoons in September when the trek opens again for its second season. October is likely to receive fresh snowfall at higher altitudes if the climate is favorable.

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?

Yes, trekking pole is necessary. 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?

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 bus to Sankri.

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.

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 the trek.

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

You can opt for transport at an additional cost. In that case, we will pick you up from Dehradun ISBT and drop you at Shimla ISBT after the completion of the trek at Chitkul

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Shimla by evening. So plan your further journey post-1800 hours.


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

  • Meals during the trek From Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 8
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges
  • Tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Micro-spikes, Helmets, Gaiters, as required
  • Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers, Mules or porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
  • Guest House/Hotel stay in Sankri on Day 1 & Chitkul on Day 8
  • Stay in camps during the trek

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

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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