Ever dreamt of trekking to the endless lush green grassy highlands just how the movies picturize huge Castles located in the middle of nowhere amidst huge gigantic alpine mountains with beautiful cattle grazing and adding beauty to such meadows? So we thought of making your dream come true by adding you to our most anticipated trekking location – the Two best Bugyals of Uttarakhand called The Ali Bedni Bugal. “Bugyal” which means Meadows, there’s no doubt that Uttarakhand being God’s own Land has such beautiful meadows comparable to The Scottish Highlands.
Numerous huge Mountains can be seen all around you welcoming you to enjoy their Sunrise and Sunsets turning the whole place into a Golden Hue. Trekking through the meandering ascents and descents of the Himalayan trail, via dense forests of Oak, Pine, Deodar and other Conifers will lead you to an array of wide 360° panoramic view of Meadows where all of a sudden the forests disappear and all you would see is endless acres of grasslands with lush green nature, the blue sky boasting and layering its bed of clouds with the gigantic mountains standing tall around you nestling the best kind of landscape. One may come across various unknown mountainous flora blooming all over the carpet of grasslands in the summer time. Make sure to perceive every bit of the view and imprint the same in your memory. Walking through this magnificent path would definitely take you to a silent zone of tranquillity restructuring your mind to inhibit the place for the rest of your lives. Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal both being different points happen to have an equal amount of excitement though the latter happens to have more crowd than the former because of its tough trail. But that’s how it is when it comes to trekking, we try to achieve every adventurous heights to accomplish and fulfill our trek to every bit.
Beauty of the Ali Bedni Bugyal
Ali Bedni Bugyal falls at the border of the GARHWAL and KUMAON region of Chamoli at a height of 11,686 ft above MSL. Lohajung which is at a height of 7,600 ft follows a downhill trek of 6,700 ft before reaching the Bedni Kund. Being one of the perfect treks for Beginners, you can feel the excitement right from Dehradun when you start your journey en route Rishikesh, Devprayag, Karnprayag, Rudraprayag, Mundoli and so on to Lohajung. The whole range of smaller to bigger mountains will never leave your side and will accompany you till the end. Various flora and fauna will fascinate you to an extent where you start collecting each of its types for a herbarium of your own. Tall dark coniferous trees ageing besides the hilly roads will welcome you all along the journey. Curvy hilly roads till Lohajung which is initially the base camp for the Brahmatal Trek is full of fascinating views pacing up your heartbeat with each turn. You would not want to blink your eye for you would not want to miss the view of the foggy and misty roads during the winters. Trekkers tend to also make a trip to Roopkund for its beautiful biodiversity and the long-known ancient ‘Mysterious Skeleton Lake’ before when it was open. But since the banning of the Roopkund Trek, trekkers are crowding more in Bedni Bugyal as Roopkund is quite visible from the peak satisfying our trekking community well enough. You would be lucky enough to come across the blooming rhododendrons in the summertime. Be ready to visualize the unforgettable Sunrises and Sunsets through the mountains turning them look more golden (or red-orange) in the golden hour. The Rhododendrons and Oaks have aged enough creating huge dense forests en route the whole trek before entering the Meadows. Perhaps they can also be considered to be the rarest of all other flora in the area. If you are planning to visit this place during the winters, get ready to meander through soft blankets of snow with a large canopy of rhododendrons showering snowfall from its twisted arms above your head. What a heavenly Narnia feel that is!
You will notice how those horses and other cattle graze lazily in these alpine Meadows enjoying every tiny bit of it’s turf. The trek may be steep at certain points challenging you to keep up with your strain but it definitely pays you off with the surprise it awaits at the end. Camping at the Campsites with your colleagues and other co-mates adds more fun to this trek. What’s more, is that you would not be getting any electricity or network right after Lohajung making the trek run more peacefully without any disturbance of the outer world.
Best Season to visit Ali Bedni Bugyal
Be it Summer or Winter, every season has its own charm giving the trekkers a unique experience of viewing and enjoying the trek. Ali Bedni-Bugyal is famous for its meadows and wide grasslands which attracts the trekkers in any season. People often ask this question of when is the best time to trek Ali Bedni Bugyal?
The best time would be in Summer i.e., April- June, As you’ll be experiencing the meadows covered with lush greenery and wildflowers surrounded by the beautiful Himalayas. The weather is warm and lovely during these months, where the temperature in the day time doesn’t arise more than 18°C. However, during the night time, the temperature falls to 3-7°C and sometimes 0°C.
Facilities of our Trekkers
We always value the health of our trekkers. It’s an Easy to Moderate Trek.
Always take the help of local guides or Package guides as they are best acquainted with the route and weather. It’s also better to plan such a trip in a group of more people as it adds safety and more fun and thrill. Our guides, as well as tents, always have the facility of First Aid kits.
Proper Vegetarian Meals including Eggs only are provided to the trekkers to maintain their strength mentally and physically. Instant Emergency Help is also available. In case if a person is suffering from AMS, he/she will be immediately taken to the nearest village hospital.
Proper trekking outfits as necessary will be provided i.e. Microspikes for shoes and Gaiters for trekking in the Snow. Though some of the other essentials might be offered by us but yet it is advisory to bring certain things like your own Sticks, gears. Trekkers are yet advised to bring their own choice of medicines for nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach problems or AMS.
Carry lightweight backpacks as it otherwise adds weights to the body. Carry proper amount of light clothes as well as warmers with a minimum of 4 pairs of socks and 2 pairs of gloves. Proper trek shoes and trek outfits are required to be worn. Make sure all of these are waterproof.
How to Reach the Pickup Point?
One can reach Dehradun via Airport – Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) which is well connected with most of the metropolitan cities or from Delhi.
Or if anyone wants to be picked from Lohajung, they can reach there by availing a train from Dehradun or Delhi to Kathgodam and then hiring a cab or taxi till Lohajung Road – One can reach Dehradun by road from Delhi, being the main metropolitan city with the help of a Cab or Bus or a Train like ‘Jan Shatabdi’.
Day 1: Dehradun to Lohajung, 300 km approx.
Day 2: Lohajung to Tolpani via Didina Village, 11 km approx.
Day 3: Tolpani to Ali Bugyal, 11-12 km approx.
Day 4: Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal, 2 km approx.
Day 5: Geruli Paatal -Neelganga to Wan Village and Back to Lohajung, 10km approx.
Day 6: Lohajung to Dehradun.
Day 1: Dehradun to Lohajung – 300km approx.
(P.S. The mode of transport will ne depending upon the no. of trekkers.)
(We depart at 6:00 Am. And we reach Lohajung at 6:00 pm. The total distance covered will be approx 300km taking around 9-10hours. The road will take us via Rishikesh, Devprayag, Karnprayag, Rudraprayag and so on. Accommodation will be done in hotels once we reach in Lohajung.)
Day 1 of our journey starts from reaching Dehradun early in the morning at the said location. We will be departing at 6:00 AM so make sure to reach the place at least half an hour before. Lohajung falls at a distance of approximately 300 kilometres and will be reaching by the evening only at around 4/5:00 pm taking around 9-10 hours of total time. We will be halting at 2-3 roadway restaurants for some refreshments. En route, we will also be engaging ourselves in small sightseeing at places like Rishikesh & Devprayag. Once we reach Lohajung, we will be assigned to our rooms in hotels for the night. Dinner would be provided from our side.
‘Make sure to withdraw any cash from Dewal which is a market area at a distance of 24 km from Lohajung. The best option is to withdraw the cash from Dehradun itself as it’s all-time available. Online Transactions are also at times available in Lohajung for those using GooglePay or PhonePe but it too depends upon luck!
Lohajung also happens to be the base camp of other treks like the Brahmatal Trek, Roopkund Trek. At a height of 7,600km, this is going to be the last place you will be receiving electricity as well as network (no Jio available). Be sure to make every possible calls because after this you are going to be unavailable from the rest of the world for 4 Days.
Day 2: Lohajung to Tolpani via Didina Village, 11 km approx.
(Next day, after breakfast we start our first trek of the journey from Lohajung to Tolpani via Didina village. It is around 11 km approx and will be taking around 5-6 hours to reach the campsite. 50% of the trail calls for ascension and the rest 50% calls for descent trail. The Campsite will be placed amidst the dense alpine forest)
Day 2 calls for our first trek to Tolpani via Didina Village. The trek will welcome you with dense coniferous forests all around you. The trail starts with a steady climb ascending in the first half followed by a descending trail till Tolkan. To the left of the trail comes Didina village which will be our first campsite. After ascending 1400 feet (from Didina), you reach Tolkaan, a small grassy clearing in the oak forest. Enjoy the quiet night at the campsite amidst the dense forest with an excitement-filled for the next day trekking to Ali Bugyal.
We will start our trekking in the morning at 9:00 after the completion of our breakfast and some sightseeing. Enjoy your time with the over loving locals and their warm hospitality.
Day 3: Tolpani to Ali Bugyal, 11-12 km approx.
(Day 3 calls for a quick wrap from the campsite and start our trek of the day to Ali Bugyal which is around 11-12 km ahead. Start at 9:00 am and we reach by 3-4 Pm. We will camp in this place for the third day)
The third day initially calls for our main trek to Ali Bugyal which is at a height of 3400 meters. This town can be spotted from the Didina village itself and is full of greenery and wide grasslands giving a full panoramic view of the Meadows. Considered to be one of the biggest Meadows of India, this place remains less crowded due to its curvy tricky trail but definitely takes your full attention when you reach at your destination. During winters, you cannot resist the snow-covered Meadows enchanting you to the depth of your heart. The snowy path with dense dark forests becomes a way beautiful trek among all other trekking trails. Not to forget are the beautiful photographs you should capture before moving further as a memory to this awesome trek. Though considered to be an easy trail yet is going to be challenging for its steep ascending rocky trail.
Day 4 : Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal, 2 km approx.
(Day 4 which is basically the second of our main trek to Bedni Bugyal falls at a height of 3,354 meters. Our plan will be, to reach Bedni Bugyal, roam about and return downhill towards Geruli Paatal for camping. The total trek would be about 6 km.)
Bedni Bugyal connects the trails towards Roopkund which is almost near to the Wan Village. Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti can be seen clearly standing tall against your face around the whole wide alpine Meadow you gonna reach to. This lush green alpine Highland adorns itself with varieties of floras amazing you at every step you take. Bedni Bugyal is quite famous and imprinted in the minds of enthusiasts. Not to forget, is a beautiful small lake named ‘Bedni Kund’ also locally called Vaitarani situated amidst the Meadow. The highlights of the flora community are the ‘Brahm Kamal’ which takes our attention at such a height. This meadow has the ability to overpower any other trekking locations especially a Meadow trek spot. Boasting about its humongous acres of land along with the Grandeur of the mountains, this place will run down a chill to your spine once you reach the spot. Being the highest Bugyal of Uttarakhand, trekkers are definitely going to face Heaven on Earth. It is also a major stopover for tourists and devotees during the ‘Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra’ – A very Famous ritual procession taking place once in an every 12 years. People used to trek Roopkund as they used to come to visit this Yatra before.
After spending much time having to enjoy and feel every bit of its calm nature, we come down for our night stay at our campsite in Geruli Paatal which is around 3-4 kilometres from Bedni Bugyal. A total trek of 6 km will be done on this day. Again the camping is done amidst dense oak forest enjoying a nice bonfire with all the people enjoying to their fullest.
Day 5: Geruli Paatal to Neelganga to Wan Village and Back to Lohajung, 10km approx.
(Day 5, today we will be moving back to Lohajung but by a different route which is from Geruli Paatal to Neelganga and then to the very famous Wan Village And finally to Lohajung by car.)
Today we return back to Lohajung but before that, we have a surprise for our trekkers. A whole new beautiful trail from Geruli Paatal to Neelganga and then to the obscured Wan Village from where we return to Lohajung by Car. The trail can be as heavenly as one can imagine it to be. Through the ridges of the alpine Meadow, this trails calls for some mind-blowing scenery along the trek. Big outcrops with huge grassy outlands are what this trail is going to surprise you with.
Wan village is an obscured but a favourite resting spot for all the trekkers going or returning from Roopkund or Homkund treks. This small unknown yet the magical village has its own charm due to its untouched greenery and less or no visitors. With very few people nestling in this village, the trekkers can take a nice short rest and fill up their water bottles if needed. Though many people also choose to stay in the provided accommodations by the villagers to feel the whole quiet and serene vibe of the place. The lush greenery is what attracts these people the most.
Also, one more reason to stay in this village is the famous ‘Laatu Devta Temple’ which is known to be very powerful and religious by the locals. It is said to have absolutely no visitors just anytime. The door of the temple is usually closed and opens at the time of April mostly. Locals usually came up with many ancient stories, one of which is that at this time King Cobra is said to arrive in the temple with its Pearl Stone and the Priest of the temple blindfolds himself while praying and only he is allowed to enter the doors of the temple. The other people are allowed to pray from about 75 metres away from the shrine. But it is yet unknown to the people if there’s actually something such that arrives inside the s babyhrine. This place is mythologically and religiously followed by the locals.
Return to Lohajung is done by car the same day which will be from our side only. Reaching this place by late Afternoon asks for a long rest with a good heavy meal and adding in the last few memories of the place in our travel book. Make sure to grasp every single bit of fun and enjoyment.
Day 6 : Lohajung to Dehradun.
Today, we return back to our main destination point Dehradun by Bus after our breakfast. We will be definitely missing every bit of the trails we’ve covered in the last 6 days, the fun, the tiredness, the scenes, the laughter, everything that added colour to this beautiful trek. The locals and their children will be overwhelmingly expecting you to visit them again.
As for us, we will definitely as usual always bid a sad Sayonara and expect a hopeful Howdy for the next adventurous trek trip.
Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay).
Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).
All necessary entry fees and permits.
First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and support staff.
Porters / mules to carry central equipment.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Food during the transit.
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Gears on Rent (*This price is for per day)
Back pack & rain cover
(50 – 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover
20 – 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Advisable (At least one)
1 Nos. (Hand torch would be an alternative)
Water bottle/Hydration pack
2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit
Consult your doctor
Think about your head
1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.