2019-20 winters | Kedarkantha update and news

It is natural to be curious about latest updates and current conditions of Kedarkantha if you are in planning phase. Even more so, if you have already finalised your travel. Here is your much awaited updates of Kedarkantha trek, with latest photos from the trail. Whether you will get snow or not, if there is already existing snow then how much that is? So here is it:

  1. Its an exciting news that winter has already set in the Himalayas by early December and Kedarkantha trail is no exception.
  2. As of early December Kedarkantha received multiple snowfall starting from early November, latest one being on 3rd December.
  3.  Kedarkantha base camp has around one foot of deposited snow already.
  4. Judatal lake is fully frozen and campsite has scattered snow. Forest between Judatal and Kedarkantha base camp is also snowy.
  5. Kedarkantha peak has ample snow on its summit.
  6. In a nutshell, Kedarkantha trail become a fun filled snowy land 😎 .

Kedarkantha latest photos:

Some fresh photos of Kedarkantha shot during first week of December 2019. Fresh snow covers more than 50% of the trail. From Judatal to Kedarkantha summit and back has pretty decent 6 inch to one foot of snow.

Early December 2019: Towards Kedarkantha summit

You can see the difference before and after the snowfall from the following pictures. After the moderate fresh snowfall during first week of December, deposited snow increased to a considerable amount. Forest around Judatal and Kedarkantha base become winter wonderland for the time being!

Before the latest snowfall
Kedarkantha base: After snowing in early December
Juda Ka Talab campsite just after moderate snowing

Forecast and snow expectations:

One important factor for Kedarkantha being the most popular winter trekking destination in India is Walking on ample snow. You normally get easy access to snow, at relatively low altitude and easy terrain.

  1. Chance of snowing intensifies during late December to January. As of now, weather forecast predicts precipitation chance of 50% around Christmas.  This in turn should result into snowfall as already temperatures comfortably going below freezing.
  2. This is only early winter season and early to predict snow conditions in January. Although walking may be challenging and indeed strenuous during late winters. The trail may receive 2/3 numbers of moderate to heavy snowfall during late December to January.

You can check current weather forecast of Kedarkantha trek base Sankri and get an estimate of the coming days for your planning pupose.

PS: All photos are shared by HT staff.

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Brahmatal snow update for 2019-20 winters:

Some of you have already booked your winter trek to Brahmatal or maybe finalising soon. Here is the latest update from Brahmatal trek trail as per first week of December 2019. This will surely help you to decide and choose your desired date for this exquisite winter trek.

  1. First snowfall of the season occurred on 27th November 2019. This is usual first snowing time in this region.
  2. During first week of December 2019, you will get some snow at or above 3000 m/10000 ft.
  3.  Between 4 to 6 inches of snow deposited on stretches of meadows to Brahmatal and the lake itself.
  4. Thin snow blanket towards Khamila Top also referred to as Brahmatal Top.

Brahmatal trek latest photos during December 2019:

Below are the pictures of Brahmatal trail between 1st to 4th December 2019 that you can get first hand Brahmatal snow update for winters of 2019-20. As a result of late November snowfall, trail already has deposition of some scattered snow around Brahmatal lake and surrounding meadows. Whereas the lower altitude of the trail from Lohajung to Bekhaltal and approach to Brahmatal remains snow less.

Brahmatal route as of early December 2019
Brahmatal: Early December, around 6 inch of snow deposited
Bramhatal campsite inside forest cover
Sunset time
Beautiful clear weather during the trek

Forecast and snow expectations:

  1. This year winter arrived on time in the Himalayas. Temperature is already plummeting below freezing on or above 3000 m/10000 ft. Even Lohajung is attaining a minimum temperature of 2°/3°C on a regular basis by early December.
  2. As its sunny in daytime, some amount of already deposited snow on trail will melt in coming days. However there should be additional snowfall as well. We expect another one or two snowfall by later half of December. In such condition, you will get moderate level (6 inch to 1 foot) of snow blanket on Brahmatal trail during Christmas New Year time.
  3.  Apart from days during snowfall, weather should remain clear for fantastic view of the high mountains.
  4. Usual sunny days accompanying cold nights. Prepare for -10°/-12° C as minimum outside temperature at Brahmatal during early hours of morning.

You can check the current readings by clicking weather forecast of Brahmatal trek base Lohajung.

Note: Check with us for in case you need any latest weather update directly from base camp Lohajung.

PS: All photos are shared by HT staff.

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By this late April 2019, lowlands of India already facing a promising spell of summer. Temperatures steadily charting over 40° C. Many of you have already booked your tickets to the Himalayas for a respite. Some of you surely finalised which trek to go, some yet digging in to chose the right one.

It is a good time to get an update about how spring ended on mountains this year 2019. Here are the treks that we finished from 10th to 20th April.

Also it will help you to check the current snow conditions till the end of Spring (late April) in different regions like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh (around Kullu Manali valley). Furthermore to get an idea about how much it would be remaining in coming months May and June.

Snow conditions forecast for high altitude treks in summer 2019:

Last winter, i.e. 2018-19 was normal in its course and snowfall was good. Due to steady snowfall in winter till February 2019, deposited snow on high altitude is as expected and not low/minimum like last 2/3 years. In our assumption:

  • In Uttarakhand, any trek which is going around 15000 ft is pretty difficult to complete by mid of May. Treks like Rupin pass  or Bali Pass will probably open by later half of May.
  • Himachal has lower “snowline” comparing to Uttarakhand. As of late April, heavy snow is present at 3000 m/10000 ft. It is wise to go to treks like Bhrigu lake only after mid May and Hampta pass after mid of June for this summer.
  • Good news is that for all high altitude moderate grade treks will have snow in June, this summer.

Sikkim/Darjeeling trekking trail weather and snow updates:

The weather upon on Sikkim/Darjeeling was usual in the end of spring. Some cloud, mist, showers, and views of the mountains as well.

Sandakphu trek update:

  • Started on 14th April. Weather was misty and flowery, as expected. Some Rhododendron and Magnolia bloom. Occasional afternoon rain showers. No remaining snow.
  • The team got clear views of the high mountains, Kanchenjunga and Sleeping Buddha from Sandakphu. Weather was sunny from Kalapokhari to Sandakphu and till the end of trek, Srikhola.

You can get an idea of current weather and forecast for Sandakphu here.

Here are some photos we received from the team members:

At Tumling
Fog and mist
Some colours
Clear skies at Sandakphu on 18th April 2019
Sunny day while descending from Sandakphu

Goecha La trek update:

  • Trek which started on 14th April got good Mangnolia around Tsokha and decent Rhododendron in Tsokha to Phedang stretch.
  • Weather was typically misty till Dzongri. Light snowfall occurred at Dzongri, Thansing and above.
Magnolias at Tsokha
On the way from Tsokha to Phedang
At Goecha La Sunrise Point (View Point 1)
At Tsokha

Uttarakhand trekking trail weather and snow updates:

Good amount of deposited snow at ~ 3500 m/11500 ft. Trails are covered with snow above 3000 m/10000 ft, as of late April. We anticipate that residual and scattered snow will remain on treks like Har Ki Dun, Kedarkantha, Bedni Bugyal, Kuari Pass till mid May. High altitude treks going above 15000 ft will have more than 2 ft of snow by mid May.

Har Ki Dun trek update:

  • During mid of April, weather was unsettling in most of the Uttarakhand. It snowed on 16th and 17th April at Simatra campsite and above.
  • Only one of our team member decided to take the challenge and reach Har Ki Dun.
  • The route is open now and snow is melting.
Near Kalkatiyadhar before snowing
At Har Ki Dun on 17th April
Fresh snowfall in Spring is not uncommon

You can get an idea of current weather and forecast for Har Ki Dun here.

Dayara Bugyal trek update:

  • Still more than 6 inch of deposited snow on Dayara Bugyal. Towards Bakriya top snow is almost a feet.
  • Weather was inclement during mid April, though for couple of days. Once cleared the team good good views.
From Goi campsite
Dayara Bugyal snow covered on 18th April 2019
Fun time on snow
Barnala camp

You can get an idea of current weather and forecast for Dayara Bugyal here.

Himachal Pradesh trekking trail weather and snow updates:

Treks around Manali has not really opened till late April due to heavy snow. Only a day hike or two is comfortable at present. Up to one foot of deposited snow at ~ 3000 m/1000 ft mark. In our estimation routes like Beas Kund, Bhrigu Lake will open to all around mid May or later this year. Teams will probably start crossing Hampta Pass from beginning of June 2019. All routes around Manali will have residual snow in June 109.

From Vashisht, Manali an estimation of snow line
Negotiating snow slope above Moridugh
Fully frozen Bhrigu lake – 27th April 2019
Descent on snow

Final take on treks for this summer of 2019:

  • Most of the Easy grade trekking trails in Uttarakhand should have remaining snow till mid to end of May 2019.
  • It is a good idea for you beginners to explore these great summer treks in May and June.
  • Treks around Manali kike Bhrigu lake or Beas Kund will have ample snow throughout May and residual in June 2019.
  • High altitude treks or moderate grade treks like Rupin Pass, Bali Pass or Hampta pass will be comfortable in late May to June with residual snow.
  • Check our Fixed Departure trek calendar which is adjusted considering the weather and snow conditions of this season.

All pictures are shared by HT trekkers and staff.

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