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.