Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek
Imagine an endless expanse of pristine green meadows, surrounded by some of the tallest Himalayan peaks. Sounds fascinating right? This is what you will be experiencing for real when you go for Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek. This high altitude meadow trek begins from Lohajung in Uttarakhand and is Asia’s largest high altitude meadow.
The trek starts from a beautiful Himalayan village called Lohajung and we make our way on to Didina. A long day awaits us as the trekking trail is steep and will require every bit of effort, but your efforts would be rewarded as you would get to camp out amidst the mountains at Didina. From Didna, we will trek to Khobal Tal and also make a stop at Ali Bugyal, a bugyal whose beauty is enchanting and will draw you in.
Don’t miss out on a chance to see the sunset and its last golden rays falling on Mt. Trishul’s peak. A bigger adventure awaits you when you will get closer to the Trishul Massif, while arriving at Bedni Bugyal the next day. Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is a perfect trek for beginners who like a bit of challenge along with the stunning views that come with a Himalayan Trek. The altitude change is not swift which makes it an ideal Himalayan trek for beginners to try.
With close proximity to Nanda Devi’s south face, you will be able to take in some stunning views of the Himlayan peaks such as Mt. Trishul, Maiktoli, Mrigthuni and Nanda Ghunti. You can also witness Chaukhamba Massif.
The best time to go for Ali-Bedni Bugyal Trek would be in summers (April-May-June) when the meadows are in full greenery and this is the time when wildflowers grow.
1st Day: Rishikesh to Lohajung (185 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)
2nd Day: Lohajung to Didina (7 Kilometers, 6 Hours Trek)
3rd Day: Didna to Kobal Tal/Ali Bugyal (4.5 Kilometers, 5 Hours Trek)
4th Day: Khobal Tal to Gharoli Patal (6 Kilometers, 5 Hours Trek)
5th Day: Gharoli Patal to Lohajung (6 Kilometers, 5 Hours Trek)
6th Day: Lohajung to Rishikesh (258 Kilometers, 8.5 Hours Drive)
Itinerary (Rishikesh to Rishikesh)
1st Day : Rishikesh to Lohajung (185 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)
- The group will assemble at Rishikesh ISBT at 6:00 AM.
- We'll meet the team captains and a tour briefing would also be provided.
- After which, we’ll head out for Lohajung.
- Midway, we'll be making a short sightseeing stoppage at Rudraprayag.
- We'll reach Lohajung in the evening.
- Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Lohajung.
2nd Day : Lohajung to Didina (7 Kilometers, 6 Hours Trek)
- Post breakfast, we will head out for Ranu Bagad.
- On reaching Ranu Bagad, we'll start our trek after a short break and trek briefing.
- We'll reach Didina in the afternoon.
- Post-check-in, Lunch will be served.
- After lunch, the rest of the day is at leisure. Participants are recommended to relax and prepare for the next day.
- Dinner will be provided in the evening followed by some group bonding activities.
- Overnight stay Didina.
3rd Day : Didna to Kobal Tal/Ali Bugyal (4.5 Kilometers, 5 Hours Trek)
- Breakfast will be served early morning followed by a short day briefing.
- After that, we'll head out for Kobal Tal in the afternoon.
- Before reaching Kobal Tal, we'll make a sightseeing stoppage at Ali Bughyal.
- On reaching Kobal Tal, lunch will be served and the rest of the day is at leisure and the participants are recommended to enjoy the scenic views in the Asia's largest bughyal.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Kobal Tal.
4th Day : Khobal Tal to Gharoli Patal (6 Kilometers, 5 Hours Trek)
- Post breakfast, we'll head out for Gharoli Patal.
- Midway, we'll cross Bedni Bughyal, which is another one of the attractions this trek.
- Lunch will be served in the afternoon upon reaching Gharoli Patal.
- The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay at Gharoli Patal.
5th Day : Gharoli Patal to Lohajung (6 Kilometers, 5 Hours Trek)
- Post breakfast, we'll head out for Neel Ganga.
- On reaching Neel Ganga, we'll rest and enjoy sightseeing views.
- After that, we'll move over to Ran Ka Dhar followed by Wan Village.
- Finally, we'll start for Lohajung.
- Post-check-in, lunch will be served.
- The rest of the day is at leisure and this day is perfect for local sightseeing and souvenir shopping.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Lohajung.
6th Day : Lohajung to Rishikesh (258 Kilometers, 8.5 Hours Drive)
- Post breakfast, we'll start on the back journey to Rishikesh.
- We'll reach our destination by the evening.
- The group will disassemble here and we'll return home with good experiences and happy memories.
- End of tour.
Transporation in Tempo Traveller from Rishikesh to Rishikesh.
Accommodations in Homestay/Camps on sharing basis as per itinerary.
Meal Plan: AP (Breakfast+ Lunch + Dinner, starting from Day 01 Dinner till Day 06 Breakfast)
Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.
First Aid Kits
All Required Permits
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation from Manali or Srinagar.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 44 days to 30 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 20 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 19 Days to 10 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 10 Days to 06 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 06 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand.
There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.
If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.
JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).
Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.
Things To Pack
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents, and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. The minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Well, it totally depends from person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having a problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
No, but our trek leaders are certified in the Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry a first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in the booking.
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are an odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees.
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the accommodation can be in a hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/homestay.
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. Waterproof shoes with ankle support will work well.
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Usually, we take a maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters, and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have good experience in leading groups.
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then does bring the pole. Some people think that the trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s up to you.
Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is situated in Uttarakhand.
Lohajung is the base camp of the trek.
Lohajang Pass is the starting point of the trek.
Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is a summer trek. The best months are May, June, August & September.
The trek to Bedni Bugyal is not difficult, but it is recommended that you prepare for it at least a fortnight ahead of time. Running, cycling, and swimming are all good ways to increase muscular strength.
A total of 6 days are required at minimum.
The trek consist of 35 kilometers on the large.
Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station.
Uttarakhand Roadways provides all kinds of bus services between Delhi ISBT to Haldwani. The distance between Delhi to Kathgodam is 294 km which takes about 7 hours to cover.
On the trail, BSNL network coverage is patchy at best.
Nainital and Almora are some of the major nearby attractions.
The minimum age limit is 13 years, however they are supposed to be accompanied by their parents.
Yes! Provided that they submit a certificate mentioning their physical fitness for the trek.
At Deval, but it is recommended to withdraw cash at Nainital or other popular destinations.
Yes! This trek is beginners friendly.
It will be pleasant during the day but colder during nights
3-10 kilometers on a daily basis.
During the summer, the temperature will range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the day. The nights will be frigid, with temperatures ranging from 0 to 5 degrees Celsius. The colder it becomes the higher you go in altitude.
Yes! we can camp at during the trek.
There are no food stalls, it is advisable to carry on your own food. Packaged foods and snacks should be carried.
There are no food stalls, it is advisable to carry on your own food. Packaged foods and snacks should be carried.
Trekking, Meadows, High altitude grasslands & Camping.
Expect no snow on this walk because it is mostly a summer trek at an ordinary altitude.
Please carry your personal meical kit with all the necessary medicines you would need on the trek.
Trekkers should be physically fit and have good walking stamina.
Yes! Anybody with good physical health and good walking stamina can do this trek.
Ali Bedni Bugyal Details
‘Yeh Haseen Waadiyan Yeh Khula Aasman’, transcribes to ‘These beautiful valleys and the wide-open sky. If only there was another way to describe these magnanimous snow-clad mountains with lush green meadows at their foothills! The view of the Himalayas on a general note leaves you speechless. Here, you gape at the sight that lies ahead of you.
Tucked away from the masses and the easy access to city life, Ali Bedni Bugyal lies in the northern part of Uttarakhand. Of the lesser-known treks, this one has been gaining popularity over the past few years.
If you’re a mountain lover, places like Almora, Ranikhet, Kausani and Bageshwar might seem like direction pillars for you. Lying ahead of these, you have the closest village of Lohajung, where you alight for this trek.
If you’re travelling through the state of Uttarakhand, the major bus stations where you can find public transport are either from Rishikesh or Dehradun. The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun itself. Commuting within the state is fairly feasible and easy to figure; whether travelling solo or otherwise.
The best travel months being April to June and September to early November; you can variably choose between the summer or the winter experience. It is recommended to enjoy the best of the meadows that you travel during the summer. For adventure aficionados, winters are always their preferred calling.
The Trek Route
Commence your journey embracing the ascents and descents from Lohagunj to Didna Village. A quaint village amongst the many in the hills where you begin alienating from the hustle-bustle of your tedious lifestyle.
The trek to Ali Bugyal is a culmination of mesmerizing hamlets lined with rhododendrons, oaks and birch trees. The highest populated village here treads to Khobal lake which piques to satiate your mature cravings.
Waking up to a sight that astounds you deeply is what you can expect here. Rising up to succumb to the beauty of the Himalayan ranges, with Mt. Trishul, Nandaghunti and Mrigthuni straight ahead of you. The captivating panoramic views of the Himalayas that you witness so close to you is indescribable.
If you trek further up Bedni top, you can expect the all-encompassing sights of the Garhwal region. Neelkanth, Mandani peaks, Chaukhamba and a stretch of Badrinath to Kedarnath as well.
The Bedni Kund allows you the delight of astonishing reflections of the mountains. The stretch of meadows extends for an expanse which makes you tread down memory lane picturing all those movies you had imagined such scenes in.
The route from Ghairoli Patal is your path to head back from your trek. Swishing around villages with wildflowers the bloom through spring is lined through your hike trail. You halt at villages all along your route including Neel Ganga, Ranka Dhar and Wan Village. If you wish to experience a taste of local life, there are locals here with homestays. You can spend a couple of days with them and trek up each day if you’ve fallen in love with the mountains.
An Experience To Remember
Nestled away from humankind, the Himalayan mountains bestow their presence, while the meadows lay calm for miles abound. The complementing scenery combined together elevates your experience to an outstanding one.
On a cloudy morning, you would feel like you’re walking amidst them. Looking down, you’d notice lakes streaming around the mountain next to you. Slightly lifting your head up, you’d be staring at glorious mountains mightily standing affixed to your gaze.
Trek up Bugyal top and perch on the meadows there. Await the clouds to dance away revealing a picturesque panorama of hills standing in absolute silence. Watch the sun rays reflecting off the snow-covered mountain tops and let time disperse any thoughts you might build.
Living right there, at the moment, is when you feel the absolute connection. This is where you experience the best moment of your trek. All the effort was absolutely worth it.
The Perfect Getaway
If you are at those crossroads of life and looking for direction, the hills have a way of communicating. You will be surprised to know how many travellers seek answers from the mountains.
When you watch the sun alighting and the pink rays dissipating on the snow-studded mountains in synchrony, you attain a level of peace. This moment of solace helps you reconnect with yourself and answers all the unanswered questions that you’ve been ignoring for this long.
A well-kept secret for a long time, these mountains provide you with the immense joy of discovery. Finding trails where sheep would have trodden on, you might discover pathways with views uncalled for.
In each direction that you look in, the mountains have secrets to share. Valleys overlooking villages that gleam at night, when the moon shines high on and lights up the meadows. There is no better harmony than you could imagine.
Experience the local cuisine and reside in simplicity with those around you. They unknowingly ensure that you never miss your family. The vibe and warmth extended are impeccable.
The weather remains perfect throughout the year. Depending on your endurance of cold, you can travel here during a season of your choice. If you have experienced the meadows in your trips elsewhere, there is no better time than the winters here.
With a 360-degree spread of snow with the meadows covered, the trek becomes an arduous one. Nonetheless, nothing is treacherous for a traveller seeking to explore the best of natures gifts. With the right acclimatization, it is your fortitude and stamina that precedes the journey to your destination.
If that still doesn’t entice you all the way. Picture the sun ablaze, shining bright orange through the entire landscape. With the clouds making way for the rays to pass through and fall on the snow-topped meadows. There could be nothing similar that you would have seen in your lifetime.
The most crucial trek essential that you need to bring along with you is your morale and will to explore the undiscovered. The rest falls suit eventually.
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