Kedarkantha Trek

The Perfect Summit Trek for Beginners

Easy

Kedarkantha Trek

BRS 2
Max Altitude
Uttarakhand
5 Days
23 Km
Max 15
8900 + 5% GST
Sankri to Sankri

Add ons

Transportation Cost (to be paid on the spot)
DDN to Sankri
Sankri to DDN
Sumo
(Shared by 5-6 trekkers)
Tempo
(Shared by 11-12 trekkers)
₹7000
₹10000
₹7000
₹10000



Available Batches

Available Batches

Brief Description

Grade:Easy
Location: Uttarakhand
Altitude:3810 m
Duration:5 Days

Located close to Govind Pashu Vihar National Park in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha is a thrilling summit trek perfect for beginners. Resting at an altitude of 3810 M, the summit offers glorious 360 degree views of some well-known Himalayan peaks like the Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Black peak, Ranglana in the Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges.

The climb to the summit is one of the reasons behind the popularity of this trek. Starting in the wee hours of the morning in frigid temperatures, with headlamps lighting the way under a breaking dawn, the trails of Kedarkantha combine all the nuances and challenges of a summit experience, but on a much smaller scale.

Stretching over 20 km over a span of 5 days, this trek is suitable for first time trekkers because of the limited distances to be covered each day. The trek begins from Sankri village which is a common starting point for various treks in Uttarakhand. The trail from Sankri runs through dense Maple and Oak trees across several wooden bridges and streams before reaching the first campsite, Juda-ka-Taal.

Next day, the trek gradient is steeper as we head towards the Kedarkantha Base Camp, 4 km away. The trail runs through dense Oak forests thatopen up to several clearings on the way.

Keep an eye out for the rich flora and fauna including Rhododendron trees, Chir Pine, Black Eagle, Golden Eagle and many more. The Kedarkantha Base Camp offers some lovely 180 degree viewsof lofty snow-capped ranges like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini and Kalanag. The snow-clad Kedarkantha Peak also appears closer from here, shining brighter than the moon on most nights.

The trek to the summit the following day is a riveting one. The steep ascent, gushing winds and freezing temperatures during the winters makes this the most challenging section of the Kedarkantha trek. To understand the nature of terrain, the skills and gear one would require to complete the Kedarkantha trek, click here.

What warrants this trek as an adventure haven is the wholesome experience it offers to the trekkers. Majestic snow covered landscapes, tall Oak & Pine trees, and camping beside a lovely high-altitude lake are only some of the attractions of this trek. Read more about the highlights of the Kedarkantha Trek here.

The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek (for snow) is December to February. On this page, you will find all the essential information like - Kedarkantha Trek Temperature, Weather, Route Map, Photos, Videos, and Reviews. Scroll to the end to read Kedarkantha trek blogs.


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Brief Itinerary

Arrive in Sankri (1950 m)
0 Km
0 Hours
1950m
Sankri to Juda-ka-Taal (2773 m)
4 Km
5 Hours
2773m
Juda-ka-Taal to Kedarkantha BC (3413 m)
4 Km
3 Hours
3413m
Kedarkantha BC to Summit (3810 m) & back to Juda ka Taal (2773 m)
8 Km
4 Hours
3546m
Juda-ka-Taal (2,773M) to Sankri (1,950M). Depart from Sankri
8 Km
4 Hours
3546m

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Arrive in Sankri (1950 m)

Distance: 197 kms (Dehradun to Sankri)

Duration: 9-10 hours

The journey begins from the capital city of Dehradun. The vehicles arranged by Bikat Adventures can be boarded at ISBT, Dehradun latest by 7 AM. Sankri is a common starting point for various treks in Uttarakhand like Har Ki Dun, Borasu Pass, Bali Pass, Ruinsara Tal and others. It is located at a distance of 197 km from Dehradun and would take about 9-10 hours to cover, gaining an altitude of 1950 M.

The road trip is beautiful right from the start. It begins witha drive through the spectacular hills of Mussoorie and the majestic Kempty falls tucked in high mountain cliffs. The roads are long and winding letting you absorb every bit of the picturesque beauty around. Swift mountain streams run parallel to the roads in many sections.

After crossing Mussoorie, the road runs along a sparkling Yamuna River for a while. Eventually, the landscape shifts from deep gorges to an enchanting canopy of blue pine forests flanking either side of the road.

The last 22 km to Sankri, however, steals the show as we make our way through the Govind National Park embracing a variety of exotic flora and fauna. The roads can be rough and bumpy in some sections but the breathtaking views of the dense coniferous forests, Tons river valley and scattered apple orchids will more than make up for it.

We will be reaching Sankri at around 5pm. Sankri is a lush-green village hosting some unparalleled views of Mt. Swargarohini, especially during sunset time. During peak winter season, that is December to February, you will encounter snow right from Sankri itself.

The stay today will be in guest houses. After check-in,trekkers can freshen up and explore the surrounding areas.

Day 2

Sankri to Juda-ka-Taal (2773 m)

Distance: 4 kms

Duration: 5 hours

The trek starts at around 9AM after a fulfilling breakfast. Packed lunches will be provided for the day.

During peak winters, your trek leader will provide you with spikes and gaiters before you start the trek. There will be a short briefing session on how to use them over the snow trail.

The path from Sankri takes you through another village, Saud, before leading you to the trail ofKedarkantha. There will be several bridge crossings along the way. The floor of these forests is thickly carpeted with maple leaves and is surrounded by dense foliage of pines everywhere. You will also be able to hear a stream burbling that you’ll come across later in the trek.

During winters, this very path looks no less than a winter wonderland with soft snow covering the branches and the floor below as a pleasantly warm sun shines above. And if you’re lucky enough, you may even witness snowfall during the trek.

The trail gradually ascends in a zigzag manner through the woods. An hour into the trek, you will come across a wooden bridge on your right. This marks a quarter of the day’s trek. Close ahead, you’ll catch up to the water stream you had been hearing so far. The tree line changes beyond this point to denser Maple and Oak trees.

After another hour or so, you will come across a gigantic fallen trunkresting in a glade right before the forest. At almost 2400 m, you are half way to the campsite for the day.

Continue trekking through the clearing into the Oak-brown forest. You will notice the air here carries the woody scent of the forests. The forest eventually clears up to a meadow with two small huts serving snacks and beverages. We will be halting here to have our packed lunches along with a cup of hot tea.

The trail that leads out of this clearingrapidly climbs through the woods eventually opening up to an exquisite lake, teardrop silver in color and guarded by a thicket of emerald-green Oak and Pine forests on one side.

This is the Juda-ka-Taal, a small high altitude lake on the Kedarkantha trek and our campsite for the day.

Day 3

Juda-ka-Taal to Kedarkantha BC (3413 m)

Distance: 4 kms

Duration: 3 hours

The trek gradient today is steeper than yesterday and goes through dense primeval Oak forests. After breakfast, we begin the trek towards the Kedarkantha Base Camp at 9AM.

Follow the trail that runs out of the Judaka Taal campsite. As the trail ascends on to a ridge veering further into the forest, you will notice the lake retreating slowly below.

A brief trudge through asnow-laden path will eventually lead us to glimpses of a tall mountain peak peeping through the woods – this is the Kedarkantha summit.

During late winters and early spring, you are likely to encounter residual snow on the trails from here on. Although the flora on the trek may not be in bloom yet, you will be greeted by semi-grown buds of Rhododendrons all the way. Come April, you will find bright orange and pink coloured Rhododendrons in full bloom and fresh grasslands waking up from their hibernation.

A short trek through umber-brown Oak forests brushed with snow leads to a stunning snowfield enveloped by towering woods on one side and a grand panorama of snow-clad peaks on the other. This is the Kedarkantha Base Camp.

Try spotting the Kedarkantha Peak, Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini andKalanagfrom here.

On clear days, the Milky Way gleams through the sky at night witha sheet of white snow shining all around. Early spring still carries residual snow in some sections of the Base Camp and the summit. The snow melts away by April, however, flushing out spring colors everywhere.

Have an early dinner and prepare to sleep well in time since the trek starts at around 3AM the next day.

Day 4

Kedarkantha BC to Summit (3810 m) & back to Juda ka Taal (2773 m)

Distance: 3 kms + 7 kms

Duration: 4 hours + 3 hours

The trek to Kedarkantha summit starts at around 3 AM in order to catch the sunrise from the top. Be prepared for trekking through numbingly cold temperatures and icy mountain winds all along. The initial trail is easy with a mild ascent and runs through dense Oak forests for about an hour.

After this, the forests begin to recede and opens up to a clearing out of which two trails run to the summit. The trek leader decides which path to take for the ascent based on the condition of the snow.

This section is steep with an inclination of 45 to 60 degrees. The snow here can sometimes run knee-deep during the winter months. From March onwards, the snow starts to dry and disappears completely by April.

After about half hour, you trek through various switchbacks to finally reach the surreal summit of Kedarkantha at the break of dawn. The summit opens up to a fantastic360 degree view of some renowned mountain peaks and ranges in the region like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini and Har Ki Dun amongst others.

There is also a square arrangement of stones at the top, dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati, marked by a Trishul pointing to the sky as a shrine.

After spending some time at the summit, we trace our steps back to Juda ka Taal. We will be setting up camps here for the night and bask in the star-lit skies past dusk as we mark the end of an exhilarating day.

Day 5

Juda-ka-Taal (2,773M) to Sankri (1,950M). Depart from Sankri

Distance: 4 kms + 197  kms

Duration: 3 hours trek + 9-10 hours drive

We have come a full circle as we head out of Juda ka Taal post breakfast to make our way back to Sankri. After a short break at Sankri, have a final look at the lovely views around as we leave for Dehradun with a lifetime of memories.

Note: We are likely to reach Dehradun by 8-9 PM. If you are planning on traveling to Delhi overnight, please ensure you book Volvos that leave between 11 PM and 12 AM to account for any unexpected delays on the road.

What's Included

  • Meals during the trek
  • Dinner on arrival day in Sankri
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges (only if availing transportation through Bikat Adventures). Included only upto amount charged for Indian Nationals
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage
  • Services of a Certified Trek Leader

What's Not Included

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and back to Dehradun.
  • Carriage of Personal Bags during the trek
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Resting at an altitude of 3,800M and spanning over 20 km, this trek packs all the nuances and challenges of a summit experience but on a much smaller scale. Kedarkantha trek is perfect for beginners looking to embark on their first summit trek in the Himalayas.

Easy
3810 m
23 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 2

Kedarkantha Trek is a level 2 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

Since it is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he/she begins the trek.

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.

Terrain

The Kedarkantha trek is blessed with diverse vegetation, dense forests, lovely meadows and majestic landscapes all along. The beauty of the Kedarkantha trail lies in the fact that, although, the gradient gets steeper each day, the path is still easy to navigate until the summit. On the Kedarkantha trek, you will be covering a distance of 4-5 km each day that takes anywhere between 4-5 hours to cover. The only exception to this is the day of summit when you trek almost 9 km in a day (7-8 hours). The trek gradient is mostly easy with a blend of gradual and steep ascents in some sections.

Prequisite Skills

The climb demands a few basic mountaineering skills:

Using a sleeping bag

Using a toilet tent

Ascending and descending on steep gradients

Using a sleeping tent

Working together as a team, and

Walking in snow

fitness benchmark

If you can do the following, physically you are ready to take on this trek:

Jog/Run for 3 kms in 25-30 mins
Walk continuously for 10 kms on a slight incline
Hold your breath for 40 seconds
Climbing 30 floors without a break
10 Push Ups
15 X 2 sets of Lunges & Squats

Packing List

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

Trekking Gear

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

Footwear

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

Clothing

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

Toiletries

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

Utensils

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

Miscellaneous

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


Frequently Asked Questions



The Kedarkantha Trek, at BRS 2, is suitable for both beginners and seasoned trekkers.

If you can Jog/Run for 3 kms in 25-30 mins, you are ready to take on this trek. In addition to this, you can also add resistance workouts to your schedule like squats, lunges, push ups etc.

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

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

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


Kedarkantha trek is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The trek starts from the village of Sankri, which is approximately 200 km from Dehradun.

The joys of the Kedarkantha trek begin right from the journey to the base camp, Sankri. Located at a distance of 197 km from Dehradun, the journey to Sankri is quite long but is sure to fascinate you throughout. While the summit views of Kedarkantha are renowned, there's more to the trek than just that. On the second day of the hike, you'll set up camp near the stunning Juda-ka-Taal lake, which is situated at an elevation of 2700M and provides a magnificent camping location. The ascent to the summit is one of the key reasons why the Kedarkantha trek is so popular. It entails beginning the hike in the early morning hours, in frigid temperatures, with headlamps illuminating the way as the sun begins to rise. For more details on the highlights of this trek, read Highlights of Kedarkantha Trek

Though the trek to Kedarkantha is easy and suitable for all, acclimatizing to high altitude is still a challenge. Additionally, on the day of summit, you trek almost 9 km in a day (7-8 hours). The trek is a blend of gradual and steep ascents in some sections. For more details on the challenges of this climb, read Who is this trek meant for?

The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek is from December to February.

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

In the winter months of December to February, the temperature can plummet to sub-zero levels, with daytime temperatures ranging from 0 to 10 degrees Celsius and night temperatures dropping to as low as -10 to -15 degrees Celsius.

As a beginner’s trail, Kedarkantha demands no technical skills.


The Starting point of Kedarkantha Trek is Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for many popular treks. It is 180 km from Dehradun. There are public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri. For details on how to reach the base of the trek, read How to reach Sankri

There is no mobile reception after Sankri. Even in Sankri, you get only BSNL and JIO network. Our Homestays also have wi-fi network connectivity on paid basis.

You can find the last ATMs in Parola, a small town on the way to Sankri.

The pickup will be from outside ISBT, Dehradun at 7:00 AM to travel to Sankri (the base village of the trek). Payment for the shared transport facility will be divided between the number of participants and made on the spot.

Expect to reach Dehradun late in the evening. Make sure your bookings from this point to your respective destinations are late in the night.

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 to have one of the oldest Shivlings. Enjoy the splash at the 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.


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

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

You will receive your rented equipment in 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.

Dehradun has a sufficiently large market. However, do not leave anything for last minute buying as there will be no time for shopping because of immediate transportation to Sankri.


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

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

Yes, you can leave extra baggage at the homestay in Sankri which can be collected on the return journey.

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.

There are charging points at the homestay in Sankri but the region is prone to long hours of power cuts. Once we leave 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 speak to our post-booking team and they will arrange it for you. They will send you a payment link once the insurance has been purchased.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Our batch sizes for Kedarkantha 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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