Bhyundar Khal Trek
- Altitude: 17490 Ft.
- Trek Length: 90 Km.
- Duration: 9 Days
- Difficulty Level: Challenging
- Base Camp: Govindghat
- Nearest Town: Joshimath
- Pick & Drop: Rishikesh to Rishikesh
- State: Uttarakhand
Bhyundar Khal Trek is one of the less explored treks in Himalayan region. This trek was explored during the time of British India by Sir Frank Smythe he was an english mountaineer and Botanist mostly remembered for his mountaneering in Alps and Himalayas. While Coming back from his successful climb to Kamet he discoverd this beautiful valley.
Bhyundar khal trek initially start from world famous valley of flowers and furthers gradually climbs up to the remote valley of Tipra.
In this trek one can experience some of the best views of the beautiful valley, snow clad moountains, moraines, river and some unique flora during the trek.
1st Day: Rishikesh to Govindghat (1,920 m) Drive
2nd Day: Govindghat to Ghangaria (2,950 m)
3rd Day: Ghangaria to Tipra Kharak Camping grounds (3,700 m) via Valley of flowers
4th Day: Tipra Kharak (3,700 m) to Bhyundar Icefall Camp (4,300 m)
5th Day: Bhyundar Icefall
6th Day: Bhyundar Base (4,600 m) to Bhyundar Khal (5,100 m) to Rataban Glacier (4,500 m)
7th Day: Rataban Glacier (4,500 m) to Edi Udiyar (3,900 m)
8th Day: Edi Udiyar (3,900 m) to Ghamsali (3,000 m) drive to Joshimath
9th Day: Joshimath to Rishikesh
Itinerary (Rishikesh to Rishikesh)
1st Day : Rishikesh to Govindghat (1,920 m) Drive
11 hours drive 380 km
Leave early at 6 am and drive to Govindghat via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Joshimath. Overnight at rest-house in Govindghat.
2nd Day : Govindghat to Ghangaria (2,950 m)
4-5 hours trek: 11 km
Early morning we drive to Govindghat and start the trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walk towards the Bhyundar valley through forest area and a few villages. There are numerous waterfalls and lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 11 kms trek to reach Ghangharia takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule to reach Ghangharia. Overnight in rest houses at Ghangharia.
3rd Day : Ghangaria to Tipra Kharak Camping grounds (3,700 m) via Valley of flowers
7-8 hours trek: 10 km
We start the days trek with a short ascent to the valley. Gradient is moderate and the landscape soothing to the eye. It will take about a couple of hours to reach the valley. There are unending meadows laden with varieties of alpine flowers, network of streams and big mountains all around. The prominent species are Brahma Kamal, Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Primula, Lilium, Potentilla, Ranunculus, Inula, Corydalis, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Ligularia, Morina, Impatiens, Saxifrages Bistorta, Anaphalis, Sibbaldia. One can spend 3-4 hours exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley. We continue our trek to Tipra Kharak and reach by late afternoon.
4th Day : Tipra Kharak (3,700 m) to Bhyundar Icefall Camp (4,300 m)
6-7 hours trek: 6 km
The days trek involves negotiating moraine and technical surfaces. The ascending path is gradual throughout, but challenging at times.
5th Day : Bhyundar Icefall
6-7 hours trek: 5 km
The trek on the glacier continues for about 5 km. The walk is technical and requires use of technical gear. After the glacial stretch, the path goes to the moraine continuously descending to the campsite.
6th Day : Bhyundar Base (4,600 m) to Bhyundar Khal (5,100 m) to Rataban Glacier (4,500 m)
7-8 hours trek: 10 km
On this day we start before sunrise. The walk again involves technical aspects on the glacier, which continues to the pass. It is a trek of about 8 km to the pass, which takes about 5-6 hours, with a stunning view of the greater Himalayas all around. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.
7th Day : Rataban Glacier (4,500 m) to Edi Udiyar (3,900 m)
7-8 hours trek: 6 km
After a trek of 6 km along the valley, one reaches Edi Udiyar, with a grassy and comfortable place to set campsite.
8th Day : Edi Udiyar (3,900 m) to Ghamsali (3,000 m) drive to Joshimath
7-8 hours trek:10 km
Today we will descend to the village of Ghamsali. The frontier villages have mostly been abandoned as villagers have been migrating to towns and cities in the foothills and the plains after the 1962 war with China brought their centuries-old border trade to a halt. These villages come up with great culture and old oral tradition. We further drive to Joshimath. Overnight in a guest house.
9th Day : Joshimath to Rishikesh
11 hours drive: 364 km
We leave from Joshimath and reach Dehradun by evening.
Accommodation: Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 8 – you will be staying at hotel and camps on all days of trekking.
Transportation: To and from the base location.
Meals: All Meals from day 1 dinner to day 9 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
Trek Leader and Local Guide.
Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10 deg c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
Food during transit to and from the base camp.
Backpack offloading charges.
Personal expenses of any kind.
Anything apart from Inclusions.
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee.
6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
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Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
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.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
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Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Things To Pack
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
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