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Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

Uttarakhand,Uttarakhand
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Overview

Ali and Bedni Bugyal two adjacent alpine meadows form one of the most eye soothing and peak view rich trail, Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal trek. Literally you will be spending almost 2 days on the vast expanse of the alpine meadows , locally called Bugyal. Be it summer, autumn, winters or spring you can walk on this rolling stretch of meadow, sometimes shades of green, yellow, or perhaps golden brown. During the peak winter months expect a white blanket covered with snow.

Trek Info

Trail Type : Circle trail | Camping in various locations, starting and ending at the same point.

Rail Head : Dehradoon Railway Station

Airport :Jolly grant Airport - Dehradoon

Base Camp :Lohajung

Best Season :March | April | May | June | September | October | November

Service From :Lohajung to Lohajung

Meals :Veg

Stay :Guesthouse / Camping tent

Region :Uttarakhand

Duration :6 Days

Grade :Easy

Maximum Altitude :12100 Ft.

Approx Trekking KM :32 Km

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Itinerary

(Uttarakhand To Uttarakhand)
1
Day :1 Drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung | Duration: 10-11 hours | Drive distance: 260 km
    Lohajung is the base camp for the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. The best way to reach here is from Kathgodam. The route, once you cross Nainital, is beautiful. You drive along mountain roads, and through forests. You also get glimpses of the Garhwal mountains in the distance on a clear day.Once you reach Lohajung, you find yourself face to face with the beautiful Nanda Ghunti peak. Lohajung is at the centre of 7-8 nearby villages. There are a couple of local stores where you can buy jackets, hand gloves, caps, shoes etc. if need be. However, it is advised that you carry all the required things for the trek beforehand and not rely on these shops. You will have a mobile network in most parts of Lohajung. Lohajung, as the locals say, is the place where Goddess Parvati had a war (Jung) with the demon, Lohasur. Hence, the name translates to ‘War with Lohasur.’
2
Day :2 Drive from Lohajung to Wan. Trek to Gehroli Patal | Trek Duration: 6 hours | Trek Distance: 6 km
    You’ll start by taking a vehicle from Lohajung to Wan. It’s a drive of about 45 mins. The initial trail from Wan is cemented through a cluster of houses. 15 minutes into your trek, you will find a cluster of centuries-old Cypress trees. From here, there are two trails you can spot. One goes straight ahead to the ridge. The second one acts as a deviation from the Latu Devta temple. Latu Devta is a local deity, who is believed to protect the area. The mountain folk pay obeisance to him before ascending higher on the Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra. Ring the temple bell here for a safe trek before going back to the ascending trail to the ridge – Ranaka Dhar. It takes 35-45 minutes to ascend from Wan to Ranaka Dhar. From here, it is a short descent to the iconic Neel Ganga. The bridge on Neel Ganga is an idyllic location to take a breather. Trees overhang the river and the water trips and fall over boulders in the shade. The water here is cool and refreshing. From here begins the beautiful continuous ascent to the first campsite, Gehroli Patal. The trail now winds through Oak and Rhododendron forests and the path is strewn with dry leaves that crunch and crackle beneath your trekking shoes. There are walnut, pear, Himalayan roses and other flora you can find on this climb. You may even spot birds like a flycatcher, and magpies. Keep a lookout. This is a trek of about 3 hours that brings you to a clearing with a green trekker’s hut and the welcome sight of Trishul. This is Gehroli Patal. On a clear day, you get astounding views of Mt Trishul commandeering over the area. We will set up camp here.
3
Day :3 Trek from Gehroli Patal to Abin Kharak via Bedni Bugyal | Trek Duration: 4 hours | Trek Distance: 5 km
    Start your day with a climb through the oak and Rhododendron forest. The trail takes a steep ascent and crosses the tree line, leading you straight to Bedni Bugyal. Far ahead, hundreds of meters is the famous Bedni Kund. From here, just 800 metres away is the highest point on the trek, the Bedni Top. You get the best views from the top. Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti appear right in front of you. The weather fluctuates in these parts and you can have moments of wild sunshine followed by anxious cloud cover. Keep your raincoat handy. Sometimes it rains for a few minutes leaving you frustrated, at times it could rain for a few hours. From Bedni Top, descend down to the main trail. You need to stick to this main trail. This is the trail which takes one to the famous trek of Roopkund. The opposite side is Ali Bugyal and takes the gradual descent. Takes a sharp turn on the ledge hugging the mountains. Now leisurely walk your way to Ali Bugyal, 2 km away and more or less at the same level. From Ali Bugyal, Abin Kharak campsite is on the left side of the ridge and in a depression in the bugyal. We will set up camp here.
4
Day :4 Trek from Abin Kharak to Didna | Trek Duration: 6 hours | Trek Distance: 9 km
    Take some time in the morning to soak in the mesmerizing sight of the undulating meadows of Ali Bugyal. If you are tempted to take off your shoes and allow the feel of the carpet on your toes, just go ahead and do it! You are on the top of a ridge that spreads in every direction. Acres and acres of green meadow scooped out of the mountainside. Today's trek is all about descending from Abhin Kharak and reaching Didna. Start your day and about 1.5 km later, the landscape suddenly opens up. Walk for about 1.5 - 2 km, you'll see Mt Chaukhambha behind you on the right. Though far away, you can identify the peak. Don't miss to turn back and see the view as you are trekking down. From here, you will further descend down to Tolpani. The forest continues to flaunt the trail on either side. You reach Tolpani, a cluster of shepherds’ huts 3 km away and 1,000 ft lower. Continue to walk on the ridge through the forest section. You need to take the trail to the right. The descent, however, is a good one through some of the densest oak and rhododendrons you’ll see. Under you is a never-ending brown carpet of leaves. The forest keeps changing every half an hour and perhaps is one of the most untouched sections until you reach Didna. Didna is an ideal campsite with a clear stream running down to its right. This campsite gives you the experience of camping in one of the most remote villages of Uttarakhand. The campsite gazes across the valley. Lohajung, Kulling and Wan span left to right in a sweep.
5
Day :5 Trek from Didna Kulling. Drive to Lohajung | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | Trek Distance: 6 km
    Today's trek starts with a steep zig-zag descent from Didna. Stick to the trail that goes around the village on the outer periphery — they lead directly from the Didna campsite, a clearing 200 ft below the village. The descent is steep and your legs can tire easily. Your next stop is to reach the iron bridge over the river. All along your walk to Raun Bagad, you hear the whistles of the thrushes and the soft chirps of the swallows among the rhododendrons. This is Raun Bagad, a grassy bank on the river – a good place to camp. Below, the Wan river tumbles about as it rushes to meet the Bedni Ganga and seemingly out of the depths of the river, you’ll spot Lammergeiers, their massive wings stretched out catching the eddies. From the iron bridge, Lohajung is two hours away from here. From here, you have one trail that goes to Kulling and the other one takes you to Lohajung. The route of Kulling village is quite an ascent from the Wan river. This is a shortcut one can take. However, the trail is very much exposed and steep. You gain elevation very rapidly. Kulling is a cluster of 20-odd houses set against the emerald green of stepped hills. You take a vehicle to Lohajung from here. The other trail some trekkers take to Lohajung is a well-marked trail with a gradual ascend through mixed forests. Have lunch in one of the clearings on your way to Lohajung. This is a much more gradual ascent to reach Lohajung. You are expected to reach Lohajung by 2-3 pm.
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Day :6 Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh | Duration: 10-11 hours | Drive distance: 260 km
    Reach Rishikesh; 10-11 hours drive from Lohajung.

Inclusions

1. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).

2. All necessary entry fees and permits.

3. Accommodation: - Guest house, Home stay, camping during Trek.

4. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.

5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

6. Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent, kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

7. Staff Insurance.

8. Porters/mules to carry central equipment.

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Exclusions

1. Any kind of personal expenses.

2. Food during the transit.

3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

4. Insurance.

5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

7. Transport (Non Ac)

8.Any expense incurred or loss cost by reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, natural calamities (landslides, floods), flight delays/rescheduling/ cancellations, any accidents/medical evacuations, riots/strikes/war/pandemics etc.

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What to carry

  1. Trekking shoes: A good pair of trekking shoes is essential for a comfortable and safe trek. Look for shoes that are sturdy, provide good ankle support, and have a good grip on different types of terrain.
  2. Backpack with rain cover (50-60 ltr): A backpack is necessary to carry all your gear. Make sure it's the right size for your trek, and comes with a rain cover to keep your belongings dry in case of rain.
  3. Thermals (upper and lower): Thermals are lightweight and comfortable base layers that help regulate your body temperature in cold weather. Bring both upper and lower thermals to keep warm.
  4. 3 T-shirts (advisable quick dry): Choose quick-drying T-shirts made from breathable and moisture-wicking materials. This will help keep you cool and dry during your trek.
  5. 2 trek pants: Choose lightweight and comfortable trek pants that are easy to move in and can dry quickly if wet.
  6. Jacket (-10 degree): A warm jacket is essential for cold weather. Choose a jacket that is waterproof and windproof, and provides good insulation.
  7. Fleece or hood (2): Fleece jackets or hoodies are great mid-layer options to keep warm. Bring at least two, as they can also be used as an extra layer at night.
  8. Sunglasses (UV protected): Protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays with sunglasses that are designed for outdoor activities.
  9. Sun cap: A sun cap or hat with a brim will protect your face and neck from the sun.
  10. Hand gloves: Bring a pair of lightweight gloves to keep your hands warm and protected from wind and sunburn.
  11. Woollen cap: A woollen cap will keep your head and ears warm at night or in cold weather.
  12. Socks (3 pairs min): Bring at least three pairs of good quality socks that are moisture-wicking and provide good cushioning and support for your feet.
  13. Headlamp: A headlamp will come in handy if you're hiking in low-light conditions or need to find your way in the dark.
  14. Trekking pole (if needed): Trekking poles can help reduce strain on your legs and provide additional support on steep terrain.
  15. Rain cover\poncho: A rain cover or poncho will keep you and your gear dry during unexpected rain showers.
  16. Day pack (if you plan to offload your bag): If you plan to offload your backpack during the trek, bring a smaller day pack to carry essentials like water, snacks, and a first aid kit.
  17. A toiletry kit: Bring a small kit with personal hygiene items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
  18. Lunchbox, cup, spoon: If you plan to bring your own food, bring a lunchbox, cup, and spoon to carry and eat your meals.
  19. 2 one-litter bottles: Staying hydrated is crucial, so bring at least two one-liter bottles to carry water.
  20. 2-3 plastic covers to keep your wet or used clothes: Plastic bags are useful for keeping wet or dirty clothes separate from the rest of your belongings. They can also be used to pack out any trash or waste you generate during the trek.
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How to reach

It is essential for everyone to arrive at Rishikesh (06:00 am)

Pick-up Location - Tapovan, Laxmanjhula,

Once you have reached Rishikesh, HDD will manage the rest of your travel arrangements, if you have opted for HDD's pick-up service, you can select this option during the booking process by adding it as an add-on.

Options to reach Rishikesh - First, you can arrive at Delhi, Dehradun airport or Chandigarh. The journey from these locations to Rishikesh is explained below.

1. Take overnight train/bus to Rishikesh.

2. Take overnight train/bus to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (25km | 35 min drive with normal traffic).

3. Take overnight train/bus to Dehradun and drive to Rishikesh (50km | 1hr 20min drive with normal traffic).

We always recommend going for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am.

4.  Board a flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) (21 km, 30 min). If you're arriving by air, then come one day in advance.

The designated drop-off point is Tapovan, Rishikesh.

Reach in Rishikesh by 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Please consider planning your subsequent travel arrangements after 10:00 pm.

Note - In July and August month always have a buffer day in your Itinerary due to Monsoon.

It's highly advisable to keep a buffer day in your travel plan. If the buffer day is not needed, it can be used to explore Rishikesh.

If you prefer to travel independently to Base camp and don't want to take HDD's pick-up service, you can either take a government bus or book a private cab from Rishikesh. Your trek coordinator will provide guidance on how to arrange for the bus or cab booking.

HDD offers comfortable transportation through Tempo Traveler, Bolero, or equivalent vehicles. If you wish to upgrade your mode of transportation, please contact your trek coordinator for further assistance.

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Cancellation policy

Life is unpredictable and we understand sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavor to make it as easy possible for you. However, please understand we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of programme. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below-

Cancellation prior to 30 days from start of the event: Get monetary refund with 15% of cancellation charges on trek fee.

Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of event: 50% on trek fee is non refundable and the remaining 50 % will be given as cash voucher which is valid for 1 year.

Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of event: No refund.

Please note cancellation will be only accepted by email.

Note: The Himalayan Daredevils reserves the right to cancel a programme before departure in the event of logistical problems arriving due to natural calamities, strikes, wars on any other circumstances that makes the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.

Itinerary changes & trip delays:

We plan itineraries based on the information at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, there are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changes or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc. We will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However The Himalayan Daredevils are not be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.

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