Why Trekking in January and February is Higher Than December (Statistics and Prime 5 Treks Inside)

T.Today I’m going to give you some advice that not many people will give you.

And I’ll get to it in a moment: If you want to go on a winter hike in the snow, avoid the month of December. Instead, choose January and February.

Many hikers raise their eyebrows when I give them this advice.

For most of them, December is synonymous with winter. Christmas and New Year are synonymous with winter. And I’m not blaming them. Since We opened Kedarkantha as the first winter hike in India In December 2011, hikers always huddled in the mountains in December.

Indeed, a study we did last year found that more hikers went to the mountains in December than in the classic months of May and June!

Here are some statistics to give you an idea.

This graph shows you how many trekkers hike with Indiahikes in the months between October and March. You will see a major peak in December that decreases dramatically in January and February.

And that is the greatest tragedy!

I will tell you why.

December is just that Beginning of winter. It’s when the first winter snow comes in and leaves a trail of snow on most trails by mid-December. However, this is just the beginning.

Really Winter in our country only begins in January and February and forms a lush blanket of snow on all Himalayan hikes.

I have to tell you that not all walks are accessible in January and February. Many paths are buried under snow and inaccessible. In many other ways, water springs freeze. As a result, only a handful of special hikes are open in January and February.

At Indiahikes we refer to January and February as “Peak Winter”.

I remember talk to a meteorologist, Akshay Deoras, who has been a forecaster for 11 years. “What we consider summer (March-May) in India is officially before the monsoon, and what we consider early winter (October-December) is officially after the monsoon. Only January and February are considered winter, ”he said. You can read my entire interview with him about snowfall in India Here.

Here I want to repeat my advice to you.

Most of us go to the mountains in winter for one of these three reasons.

  • To isolate us from the clutter and noise of the city
  • Hike in a fairytale snow environment
  • Ring in a new year at a great climax

And there is no better time to experience it than winter. This little infographic shows you why.

Before I provide you with the best winter hikes, I want to address a few concerns that you are sure to have.

  • Most trekkers choose to trek because of December traditional holidays around this time. I understand. But since most of us work from home and you can only negotiate your vacation for a few weeks, you might be able to have a fabulous winter hike with very little crowd.
  • Another concern trekkers have is the presence of deep snow that could keep them from doing so end their hike. I have to admit, high winter is a difficult time to climb hikes. With our technical expert teams, 90% of our trekkers complete their treks successfully. Teams are only unable to complete their hikes when they are exposed to major safety risks such as blizzards or extremely heavy snow.

Note: If you haven’t completed the hike, feel free to come back and do the hike again. We will not charge you any fees for this. That has always been our philosophy.

Now that I have cleared up those doubts, I will share with you the best hikes to do in January and February.

Use this as a reminder, because now is the time to start planning. Our December dates for all winter tours have completely expired. And we now have dates for January and February.

If you plan now, you will have the luxury of choosing dates that suit you. Very soon you will have to adjust your schedule to reflect the remaining dates.

I hope you take advantage of this memory.

Top 5 Himalayan Hikes in January and February:

1. Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal is not a difficult hike, but even the most experienced hikers will fall in love with this hike. It’s one of the most elegant hikes in Uttarakhand – the way the forest trails are laid out, the gently rolling meadows, the great Himalayan peaks that stand majestically on the edge of the meadows. In the middle of winter, the entire path is covered with snow, which makes for a great snow experience.

My tip for you: Close your eyes and choose this if you are a beginner. Winter hikes tend to be a little difficult, and this is the least difficult of all. And perhaps the most rewarding hike for the little effort you put in.

Duration: 6 days
Assembly point: Dehradun
Suitable for: Beginners with no prior knowledge
Click here for Trek details and dates – https://indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/

Looking back shortly after entering the meadows of Dayara Bugyal. This picture was taken in January. Image by Sudheer Hegde

2. Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal as a winter hike is almost as popular as Kedarkantha. And I am not surprised. In winter it is breathtaking with the snowy landscapes, the frozen lakes and the snow-covered forests. This video made by a trekker will give you an idea. The best experience on this hike is to see Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti up close. No other hike gives you this privilege.

My tip for you: If you’ve done the Roopkund Trek, you will love this trek twice – you can see the entire Roopkund Trail in front of you as you hike to Brahma Valley.

Duration: 6 days
Assembly point: Rishikesh
Suitable for: Fit beginners
Click here for Trek details and dates – https://indiahikes.com/brahmatal-trek/

The frozen Brahmatal Lake in mid-winter. Image by Devang Thapliyal

3. Sandakphu-Phalut

Sandakphu is one of the few hikes that has been done as a winter peak hike for a long time. It’s a trail that dates back to the 1940s and has great historical and cultural significance. It is different from ALL other treks as it is on the border between India and Nepal. You will find the same trekking culture as at Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp in Sandakphu.

My tip for you: If you don’t like high snow / extremely cold weather this is a good hike in January and February. This region doesn’t have as much snow as Uttarakhand. Plus, you’ll stay in teahouses most days, where you have the warmth of a solid roof over your head.

Duration: 7 days
Assembly point: New Jalpaiguri train station
Suitable for: Fit beginners
Click here for trekking details and dates – https://indiahikes.com/sandakphu-phalut/

Sandakphu is one of the few ways that despite the chilly weather outside you have the luxury of sleeping in a warm tea house. This picture was taken in January. Image by Mark Rodrigues

4. Kedarkantha

Many hikers flock to Kedarkantha in December. This amount will die off completely by January. And in February there is almost no sign of this being a popular hike at all. I admit the trail will be a little too snowy, but if you have the right level of fitness for it, it is an exciting summit climb in mid-winter.

My tip for you: If you want to hike to Kedarkantha, hike with Indiahikes. This is because we take a different, less crowded and much nicer route to the summit. We start the hike from Gaichwan Gaon approaching the summit from a different angle.

Duration: 6 days
Assembly point: Dehradun
Suitable for: Fit beginners
Click here for Trek details and dates – https://indiahikes.com/kedarkantha-trek/

Winter in Kedarkantha is a challenging experience. But every effort rewards you in many ways. This picture was taken in late December. Image by Dhaval Jajal

5. Nag Tibba Weekend Trek

Here’s a hike that goes right out of Mussoorie, but not many people do it in mid-winter. Although it’s a small weekend hike, a lot of snow falls in January and February, so you can have an experience that is similar to a full-fledged Himalayan hike. The sunset views and forest trails on this hike are something hikers fall in love with.

My tip for you: This hike makes a lot of sense if you live in or around Delhi and want a quick adventure over the weekend.

Duration: 2 days
Assembly point: Dehradun
Suitable for: Beginners with no experience, families with slightly older children (over 13)
Click here for Trek details and dates – https://indiahikes.com/nag-tibba/

Very few people have the opportunity to see Nag Tibba in such a snowy environment. This picture was taken by Vipul in February

This is the full list of our winter tips. Since this is a small list, the dates will likely expire soon. And after presenting the idea of ​​Indiahikes 2.0 last week, many trekkers are looking forward to hiking with our team.

If you need help planning your hike, please leave a comment below. Or call us at + 91-080-468-01269. We can help you much faster.

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