Enjoy The Grandest Mountain Views In This Highland Meadow Trek
Hike across the twin alpine meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal full of wildflowers, chirping birds, and grazing cattle
Witness the grandest views of Mt. Trishul I (7120 meters) and Mt. Nanda Ghunti (6309 meters)
Enjoy remarkable sunrises and sunsets on Mt. Trishul from the Abin Kharak campsite at Ali Bugyal
Hike through the dense and ancient oak and rhododendron forests on the trail and click memorable photographs
Soak in the local culture of the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas by interacting with the people of the charming hamlets of Wan and Didina
Do the exciting and challenging side-trek to Roopkund
Visit the enchanting and religiously significant Bedni Kund at Bedni Bugyal (3354 meters)
The nearest airport from the hub is Jolly Grant, located in Dehradun. This airport enjoys good connectivity with the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi NCR. It also has direct flights to Mumbai and connecting flights to various other cities in India. From Jolly Grant, you need to rent a cab …
The nearest airport from the hub is Jolly Grant, located in Dehradun. This airport enjoys good connectivity with the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi NCR. It also has direct flights to Mumbai and connecting flights to various other cities in India. From Jolly Grant, you need to rent a cab or take a bus to reach Rishikesh, which is just 35 kilometers away. If you are traveling via train, you can get down at the Rishikesh railway station. You need to reach the Rishikesh railway station via train from the Haridwar railway station. There is excellent railway connectivity from major Indian cities to Haridwar. Alternatively, you can get down at Haridwar railway station and drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh has a massive network of motorable roads, connected to major North-Indian cities like New Delhi, Dehradun and Haridwar. While you get the Uttarakhand state transport buses from Dehradun and Haridwar, there are also options of daily inter-state night-bus service from Kashmiri Gate ISBT, New Delhi.
Rishikesh acts as the hub for numerous adventure activities that spread across Uttarakhand and other parts of Northern India. Hence, finding accommodation in Rishikesh is a cakewalk. There is a wide range of accommodation options for Rishikesh. These include luxury and boutique hotels that usually have a high star-rating, guesthouses, …
Rishikesh acts as the hub for numerous adventure activities that spread across Uttarakhand and other parts of Northern India. Hence, finding accommodation in Rishikesh is a cakewalk. There is a wide range of accommodation options for Rishikesh. These include luxury and boutique hotels that usually have a high star-rating, guesthouses, backpackers’ hostels, standard hotels, homestays, etc. According to your choice of accommodation, the price per night will vary. It ranges from USD 7 to 10 (INR 500 – 800) for hostels having dormitories and decent homestays. Standard hotels and guesthouses charge a little more, approximately USD 15 to 30 (INR 1000 – 2400) per night. The luxury hotels, boutique hotels and other high star-rated options have a per night price tag of USD 100 (INR 7500) and more. Of course, all these prices will vary according to your choice of add-ons and amenities. The prices will soar in the peak tourist season and it will also be hard to get an accommodation without prior booking. But traveling with a renowned tour operator or travel agency keeps you covered against those uncertainties. Apart from these pricey options, there are several GMVN resorts, guesthouses and tourist complexes that are relatively inexpensive but deliver quality amenities.
The Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is an ideal trek for beginners and amateurs looking to gain experience before high-altitude expeditions. Hence, you can embark on this journey if you want to use it as a pre-trek. The ascent is smooth and gradual, although the descent is quite steep during the tail-end of the trek. Apart from this, if you are a photography enthusiast or an experienced nature photographer, you will not want to miss the opportunity to embark on this trek. You get enchanting views of sunrise and sunsets on Mt. Trishul from the Abin Kharak campsite on Ali Bugyal as well as from Bedni Bugyal. The sunlight playing hide and seek through the dense oak and rhododendron forests on the trail, gorgeous meandering meadows ending in hushed hamlets, and the reflection of Mt. Trishul on the crystal-clear waters of the enchanting Bedni Kund also call for some fantastic shots!
The Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek best time is between mid-March to June (pre-monsoon/summer) and early September to end-October (post-monsoon/autumn). However, the autumn season is considered best for trekking cum photography enthusiasts as the clear blue skies and the pleasant weather conditions create the perfect ambiance. The trail gets snow between mid-December to mid-March. Hence, you will get the receding snowline if you are trekking during late February or early March. Remember to wear shoes with microspikes, as it is pretty common to slip on the snow-clad trail and sustain moderate to severe injuries.
The round trail starts and ends at Lohajung, covering approximately 32 kilometers and reaching a maximum elevation of 3460 meters. The entire trek can be done within 6 to 7 days. Since it is pretty easy, the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is suited for beginners, amateurs, and those conditioning themselves for high-altitude treks. Even teenagers are taken to this trek as part of their summer camps. Therefore, you don’t need a very high level of physical fitness to embark on this trek. However, you should be adequately fit. A month of cardiovascular endurance and flexibility training consisting of swimming, cycling, stair climbing, brisk walking on undulating terrains, running, stretching of various muscles, etc., should do the trick.
For the gear guide and trek checklist, you should mandatorily carry full-sleeve t-shirts, thermal inners, quick-dry track pants, fleece t-shirts, fleece jacket, a down feather/woolen jacket, wind, and waterproof jacket and pants. Apart from these, always carry a waterproof poncho, suncap, woolen cap, neck gaiters, sunglasses, cotton and woolen socks, sturdy hiking boots with good grips and micro-studs, waterproof gloves and fleece/woolen gloves, and floaters/flip-flops. Carry a backpack (50- 60 liters) and daypack (20-30 liters) with suitable rain covers, a sturdy walking stick, headlamps with extra batteries, water bottle or hydration packs, and personal medical kits along with a first-aid kit. Your list of toiletries should contain sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm, extra toilet paper, and wet wipes, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizers, quick-dry towels, antibacterial and antifungal powder, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Consider carrying energy bars, dry fruits, etc., for your snacking options as it is next to impossible to find a cook or a tea stall at this height. If you are trekking with a group or your family, it is advisable to get a local cook to accompany you for meal preparation.