Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek
The subtle delicacy of this Himalayan sojourn enamors one with the grandest grandeur of twin grasslands. Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is the beautiful amalgamation of 2 scenic meadows -Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal. These mammoth meadows stun you with an infinite expanse of green carpet flanked by the Himalayan giants of Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. The colossal Himalayan ranges stretching from Chaukhamba to Neelkanth to Mandani, Mrigthuni, and Kedarnath are the prime attractions of the trek. The imposing peaks resplendent with the golden rays of the sun at dawn and dusk are a sight to behold. Meandering trails through thick Conifers and deep dark woods are soaked with natural splendor. The winding trails are lined by the fauna of oak, rhododendrons, walnut, pear, and Himalayan roses. As one
journeys along, the warbling wind and chirping of mountain birds are your constant companions. What strikes you in the face is the sudden epiphany of the lush blanket as soon as the dense tree line disappears. You spend 2 days in this lavish bounty of verdurous greenery. All this plus one gets a chance to explore the mountain villages of Didna & Wan and learn about the customs & lifestyles of the local populace. The temples of Nanda Devi and Latu Devta (local deities) offer a devout rendition of the trek. Bedni Kund at the Bedni top is a site of religious reverence for locals. The once famous Roopkund trek was a part of this trekking trail. The twin meadows were the major highlights of the Roopkund Trek. Due to the ban by the honorable High Court of Uttarakhand, Roopkund Trek cannot be undertaken until further notice. The Ali Bedni trekking trails are much quieter and calmer as a result of this ban.
- Accommodation During the trek.
- All Meals Veg (Organic Mountain Food).
- Campfire at Campsite if (Available)
- Trekking Permit & Forest Camping Charges
- Safety Equipment (First Aid, Medical Kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Etc.)
- Service of an expert trek leader
- Service of an expert trek team (Guides, Cooks, helpers, porters, mules)
- Achievement Certificate
- Memories for a lifetime
5% GST Service tax.
Food during traveling from (Rishikesh to Lohajung & Return)
Backpack offloading charges addition (Rs. 250/ Per Day/ Per Bag)
Personal expenses of any kind.
Anything apart from the inclusion.
- Backpack & Rain Cover (50-6literre)
- Day Pack & Rain Cover (2literlitre, If you a hire mule or porter)
- Milton Thermos (1ltr) (Avoid Bisleri Bottles)
- Hiking Shoes waterproofwater proof and with ankle support)
- Torch (With extra batteries)
- Glucose, ORS, Chocolates, biscuits, and dry fruits
- Personal Medical kit (If required)
- Original ID Card
- Trek Pants – 2 Nos. (Avoid Jeans, Shorts, Capri, Fitting Denims)
- T-shirts – 4 Nos. (2 Full Sleeves, 2 Half Sleeves)
- Sweater – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Woolen)
- Jacket – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Down feather)
- Thermal Wear – 1 Nos.
- Gloves – 2 Nos. (1 Woolen, 1 Waterproof)
- Socks – 5 Nos. (3 Cotton, 2 Woolen)
- Warm Inner-wears
- Rain Coat / Poncho – 1 Nos.
- Handkerchief/towels – 1 Nos.
- Slippers – 1 Nos.
PROTECT YOUR FACE & HEAD
- UV sunglasses – 1 Nos.
- Caps – 2 Nos. (1 Sun Cap, 1 Woolen Cap)
- Balaclava – 1 Nos.
- Sunscreen Cream
- Body Lotion
- Lip Balm
- Toilet Paper & Wipes
- Tooth Brush & Paste
- Quick Dry Towel
- Books (If you like reading)
- Music Instruments (Guitar, Flute)
TIPS TO MAKE THIS TRIP MEMORABLE:
- a) Appreciate Nature for everything it presents you
- b) Temporarily leave behind the comforts of city life
- c) Utilize the silence to search for answers within
- d) See the beauty in physical hardship and endure the vagaries of nature
- e) Connect with your inner voice
- f) Take a break from the connectivity of Social Media
TIPS TO MAKE THIS TRIP PLEASANT:
- a) Carry all the items mentioned in the list provided by SkyHikes.
- b) Begin some fitness exercises about a month before the trek. Use stairs in
- place of Elevators
- d) Be polite to everyone including the villagers, shop keeper and vehicle
- e) Carry loose change, so that you can pay the shopkeepers the exact
- f) Be on Time and don't keep people waiting for you.
- g) Apologize if you have caused any inconvenience to others.
Day 1: Drive Rishikesh to Lohajung
Day 2: Lohajung to Didna
Day 3: Didna to Ali Bugyal
Day 4: Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal Top and back to Ali bugyal
Day 5: Ali Bugyal to Wan. Drive from Wan to Lohajung.
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh.
Day 1 Day 1: Drive Rishikesh to Lohajung
Lohajung is the base camp for the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. The best way to reach here is from Rishikesh. The route, once you cross Rishikesh, is beautiful. You drive along mountain roads, 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. If you reach before sunset, the colours of the peak will enthral you. Lohajung is at the centre of 12-15 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 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, which translates to ‘War with Lohasur.’
Day 2 Day 2: Lohajung to Didna
From Lohajung, just behind the bus stand is a trail that takes you to Raun Bagad, an iron bridge, just below Didna village. This is a well-marked trail descending through mixed forests. All along your walk to Raun Bagad/Kulling you hear the whistles of the thrushes, the soft chirps of the swallows among the Rhododendrons. 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. If you have taken the route on the road, Kulling village springs out on you at a bend (6 kms from Lohajung, 7,650 ft). Kulling is a cluster of 20 odd houses set against the emerald green of stepped hills. From the Kulling village, it is quite a descent to the Wan river. You lose elevation and you don’t like it, knowing in a while you’ll have to climb all the height lost on the other bank. If you have taken the trail through the mixed forest, then it is a gradual descent to the river and you don’t feel it. Two hours out of Lohajung, you reach an iron bridge over the river. This is Raun Bagad, a grassy bank on the river – a good place to camp. Think about this if you reach Lohajung early and looking for a homestay that gives you a head start. The trail starts to climb right after you cross the river. It is a zig-zag climb to Didna. The climb’s moderate but your legs tire easily. Breathing hard, you’ll reach Didna in about an hour and half’s time. Stretch it to two if your conditioning isn’t great. Didna village can be a bit confusing with many trails running into it. Stick to the trails that go around the village on the outer periphery — they lead directly to the Didna homestay, a clearing 200 ft above the village.
Day 3 Day 3: Didna to Ali Bugyal
Didna is an ideal homestay with a clear stream running down to its right. The campsite gazes across the valley. Lohajung, Kulling and Wan span left to right in a sweep. Behind you through the Oak forest, high above is your highlight for the next part of the trek – the twin meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal. Start your day by walking towards Tolpani, a cluster of shepherd’s hut 3 kms away and a 1,000 ft higher. The trail to Tolpani moves away from the general direction of Ali Bugyal. The climb, however, is a good one through some of the densest oak you’ll see. Under you is a never ending brown carpet of leaves. Once you are on the ridge leading to the twin meadows, turn around start walking towards them. The forest continues to flaunt the trail on either sides. After walking for a shade under 3 kms, the landscape suddenly opens up. Soak in the mesmerising sight of the undulating meadows of Ali Bugyal. You are on the top of a ridge that spreads in every direction. Acres and acres of green meadow scooped out of the mountainside. Ali Bugyal campsite is series of climb right out of the forest, a depression in the bugyal. Stay at Ali bugyal campsite the night here.
Day 4 Day 4: Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal Top and back to Ali bugyal
Clouds drift in from below, glide over the ridge and slide down the either side, all in a slow swift motion. You watch countless horses grazing on the bounty of nature. Foals tearing themselves across the turf in an uninhibited abandon, just being themselves. The climb over, leisurely walk your way to Bedni Bugyal, 5 kms away and more or less at the same level. 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! 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. A “L” in the folds of the mountain, and the Bedni Bugyal unfolds below you, a heavenly strip of green overlooking the western valley. Take the trail heading to back to Ali bugyal.
Day 5 Day 5: Ali Bugyal to Wan. Drive from Wan to Lohajung.
From Ali Bugyal, it is a steep ridge descent to the Neel Ganga. Take your time because you will rarely see a more wondrous stretch of forest cover. The bridge on the Neel Ganga is an idyllic location to wash the dirt and grime of the long trek. Trees overhang the river and the water trips and falls over boulders in the shade. The water is cool and refreshing. From the river it is a short half-hour climb to the ridge above Wan village. There are many routes to the bottom of the Wan village, and all roads eventually lead down to the road junction (Kasar Bagad) near the hydel project. It takes about an hour and half to get down to Kasar Bagad. It is a steep descent. There is an alternative longer route to get down to Wan. From the ridge top of Wan, take the main trail that runs to the right. Follow the trail until it reaches the Cyprus trees at the lower Wan village. Spend time looking at the Cyprus trees because they are centuries old! You’ll take a jeep from Wan to Lohajung. It’s a drive of about 45 mins.
Day 6 Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh.
You’ll leave for Rishikesh early in the day. You will reach Rishikesh between 7 pm and 8 pm. Check out the reaching time to rishikesh and plan accordingly your further journey.
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