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Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

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Rishikesh to Rishikesh

Treks

6 Days

11500 Ft.

Easy to Moderate

31 Km.

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Overview


The word “Bugyal” translates to a vast expanse of Greenland situated at a high altitude in the mountains. The trail of Ali Bedni Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful alpine meadows and is the gateway to many mystifying valleys, tiny hamlets, coniferous forests, and stunning landscapes surrounded by the great Himalayan ranges.  The experience you relish when you embark on the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is extremely rewarding, not just because of the picturesque view you get at the summit but also because you get to traverse and witness the serene beauty of nature firsthand. Although most treks give you a closer look at the wonderful beauty of the blue skies contrasting with the meadows, what makes Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek stand out is its geographical significance. The Ali Bedni Bugyal along with being two of the largest high-altitude alpine meadows of Asia is also a halt point for the “Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra'' which is a pilgrimage that is organized every 12 years in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Besides its association with the festival, the trail of the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek falls en route to the mysterious Roopkund trek also known as the skeleton lake.  The panoramic view of the Trishul Peaks and the chance to witness the surreal beauty of Bedni Kund which is a freshwater lake nestled in the heart of this meadow adds a different charm to the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek and sets it apart from others. Another fascinating thing about this trek is that because the direction the slope faces is opposite to the rising sun if you are trekking early in the morning, you get to see the sunlight falling through the canopies of trees making beautiful patterns on the ground which may not sound like much when you are reading about them here but will surely make you pause and want to spend a few moments simply staring at them when you are on your Ali Bedni Bugyal trek.In this itinerary, The trek to Ali Bedni Bugyal starts from Haridwar. We board a vehicle from Rishikesh and drive to Lohajung village which is the base camp of the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. While driving on roads full of twists and turns, you will be passing through Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and 

Karnprayag, which are the three prayags of the Panch-Prayag.

 

All along the meandering course of the Alakhnanda river will occasionally come into view as well with the mighty Shivalik ranges of the Garhwal region peeking from behind. Upon reaching the basecamp for the Ali Bedni trek which is a Himalayan village called Lohajung as mentioned above, you will spend the night in homestays, enjoying home-cooked meals before starting your trekking journey.  After a brief trekking session conducted by the trek leader where all the necessary details about what the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek entails, we make our way to Didina. Although the difficulty level for the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is easy to moderate, trekking to the first campsite Didina will test your endurance because the trail is steep and requires a bit of effort. We will be trekking downhill through the forest trails with the stream of Neel Ganga river flowing relentlessly. We’d stumble upon the metal bridge that helps trekkers to cross the river without the hassle and once we have done so, the path winds upwards and we reach Didina after a steep ascent that stretches for approx 2 Kilometers. All the efforts would be worth it because when you get to camp out amidst the mountains at Didinia campsite, all your weariness will vanish only to be replaced by a sense of peace and serenity.  As we begin our ascent, following the steady trail passing through oak forests, we reach the Tolpani region. Tolpani is the last point to acquire water on this trekking trail until you reach the next campsite so it’s crucial that you refill your water bottles. 

 

The forest is extremely dense and hence when the rays of sunlight manage to shine through the green canopies, it ends up illuminating the path, otherwise covered with fallen leaves and moss, with a golden glow. The entire walk seems like a dream. The tree line disappears once the steep climb is replaced by a steady gentle climb to the ridge top and you can finally see Ali Bugyal coming into view.  We set up camps in the Greenlands of Ali Bugyal and enjoy the stunning landscape that resembles the garden of Eden.  The clearing of Ali Bugyal gives you the opportunity to have a closer look at the marvels of nature. With clouds floating aimlessly overhead and the breeze making the grass flutter like butterflies on the ground, the entire trail that you cover is beautiful, to say the least. As we leisurely walk ahead for a few miles and follow the path downhill, a small bend tucked in the mountains unfurls itself and commences the start of the trail of Bedni Bugyal.  The other half of the twin meadows of Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek, the pristine Himalayan meadows of Bedni Bugyal are no less beautiful than what you left behind. Summer, which is the best time to visit the Ali Bedni Bugyal, since the entire trail seems to embody the spring season in its fields with blooming flowers covering every patch of grass that your eyes can see.  The majestic Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks of the great Himalayan range in the backdrop beckon you closer with their stunning landscape. The glacial lake of Bedni Kund situated at an elevation of 11,000 ft comes into view as well. A sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus, it is also the site of worship for devotees of Shiva. During the Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra, the palanquin of Maa Nanda is carried from Bedni Kund to Roopkund.  

 

Although the festival occurs once in 12 years, that doesn’t take away the charm of the lake as the surrounding area of Bedni Kund is adorned by many blooming flowers, one of them being “Brahma Kamal”. What adds more intrigue to the Bedni Bugyal on this Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is that it holds extreme mythological significance as well. For it is believed that Lord Brahma who wrote many of the Vedas and scriptures of Hinduism wrote some of them in the meadows of Bedni Bugyal.  As you keep walking, the tree lines will appear and a sharp descent would commence at the end of the meadow. The lush green forests consist of oak and rhododendron trees and as you keep descending, you will soon reach a clearing, signaling that you have reached the next campsite, Gharoli Patal, where you will be spending a night under the starry skies.  The next day, you will start your descent by embarking on a steep ridge that leads you to the Neel Ganga River. While you are traversing, the vast expanse of land stretches like a green tapestry in front of you, making you want to stop in your stride and simply marvel at the beauty of nature. The cool waves of the river will wash away all your exhaustion and leave you feeling refreshed. After a short climb from the river, you will reach the ridge that overlooks Wan Village. The village is the last checkpoint of our Ali Bedni Bugyal trek expedition. After walking down a steep descent, we will reach the roadside area. From here, we would board a vehicle and drive to Lohajung.

 

What makes Ali Bedni Trek a popular trek is that it consists of two of the largest high-altitude meadows in our country. Apart from that, you get to see the best view of the Trishul peak on this trek and that's reason enough for trekkers to go on an Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek.  Although it’d be a dream come true for any trekker to be able to see the vast expanse of the meadows covered in an ivory blanket of snow, the weather conditions make it almost impossible to do the full circuit for the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek but it doesn’t stop adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers from embarking on this trek during the summer season.  The entire meadow looks stunning with rainbow-colored flowers speckled across the grasslands and this is why the best time to go on the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is from the months of March to May. Because during these months, you get to see the entire trail in all its glory, in different shades of earthly brown and moss green. 

Itinerary


1

Day

Rishikesh to Lohajung (258 Kms, 8 Hrs Drive)

2

Day

Lohajung to Didina (7 Kms, 6 Hrs Trek)

3

Day

Didina to Ali Bugyal (8 Kms, 6 Hrs Trek)

4

Day

Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal (6 Kms, 5 Hrs Trek) | Back to Ali Bugyal

5

Day

Ali Bugyal to Lohajung via Gharoli Patal (9 Kms, 5 Hrs Trek)

6

Day

Lohajung to Rishikesh (258 Kms, 8 Hrs Drive)

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Accommodation: 2 Nights in a  Homestay in Lohajung on a triple-sharing basis. 3 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis.

Transportation: Surface transfer from Rishikesh - Lohajung - Rishikesh by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler (Depending on the number of travelers).

Meals: All vegetarian meals from day 1st Dinner to day 6th Morning tea.

Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks and soup while on the trek.

Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent, Toilet tent. 

Trek Leader: Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.

Permits: All necessary fees and permits. (For Indians)

Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.

Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.

Guide ratio: 1:10 

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Things To Pack


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Rucksack:

You must pick a good quality backpack with a comfortable fit and straps that won’t give you shoulder pain. You can check out your nearest Decathlon store for a good trekking backpack.

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Day Bag / Day Pack:

When you head towards the summit, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one on the campsite.

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Hiking Shoes :

Durable footwear designed for rugged terrains.

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Floaters or Sandals:

Although the entire trek requires a good quality shoe, you still need to let your feet breathe to avoid chafing and blisters. When you are at the camp, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.

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Tees / Tshirts:

You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.

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Poncho:

A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from rain.

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Quick Dry Towel:

A quick dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.

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Sanitizer:

Essential for maintaining cleanliness while trekking.

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Sun Cap / Hat:

A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.

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Sunscreen SPF 40+:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Water Bottle (Re-usable):

Hydration is extremely important when it comes to trekking. Carrying a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.

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Personal Toileteries:

A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.

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Personal Medication / First Aid:

A few cuts and bruises are almost inevitable when you are on a trek so carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, etc is necessary.

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Sun Glasses / Reading Glasses:

Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.

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Charger:

To keep your electronic devices powered during the trip.

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Power Bank:

Ensures your devices stay charged when there are no outlets.

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Personal Documents & ID's:

Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, Drivers License.

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Laundry Bag (Waterproof):

In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in polythene. However, make sure that all the plastic that you are carrying into the woods leaves with you. Don’t litter in the mountains.

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Track Pants:

A good pair of track pants made of polyester will let your skin breathe. They’re lightweight, dry easily, and comfortable to walk around in. You can easily avoid chafing and rashes by investing in a good pair of track pants.

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Trekking Shoes:

A good trekking shoe is comfortable, provides ankle support, and has a good grip as well. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.

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Cotton Socks:

Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.

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Woolen Socks:

A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.

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Woolen Gloves:

Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands and also provide a better grasp on trekking poles.

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Main Jacket:

It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry a heavy jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.

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Woolen Cap:

A woolen cap will help prevent cold when you ascend to high altitude. You can also cover your ears to avoid any pain and discomfort you might face in them when going at high altitudes.

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Hoodie:

A versatile layering option for various temperatures.

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Scarf / Balaclava:

Along with sun rays and chilly winds, you also get hit by dirt and grime during treks which is why it's important to carry a scarf or balaclava so you can cover your face when needed.

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Head Lamp:

You can’t rely on moonlight when you are in the mountains. A torch or even a headlamp with a fresh pair of batteries is always a good idea to bring along.

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Trekking Pole:

The trekking pole assists in more than one way. It saves energy while also providing stability and helps you to maintain proper balance.

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Camera:

This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trek. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.

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Riding Gear:

If your trip involves biking or motorcycling.

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Moisturiser & Cold Cream:

To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

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Lip Balm:

Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.

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Sanitary Pads:

Essential for feminine hygiene.

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Insect Repellent:

Guards against pesky bugs and insects.

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Cash:

Emergency funds for unexpected situations.

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Thermals:

Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when going on a high-altitude trek.

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Snacks / Dryfruits / Energy Bar:

Provides quick energy on the go.

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Positive Attitude:

The most important item for a successful trek or trip, keeping your spirits high and adaptable to the challenges of the journey.

Why Ali Bedni Bugyal trek?


In this Ali Bedni Trek, you first make your way from Rishikesh to Lohajung and witness the majestic Garhwal mountains in the backdrop while the Alaknanda river flows relentlessly. Upon reaching Lohajung you get a closer look at the Nanda Ghunti peak that captivates you with its glory and magnificence.  A cluster of villages can be found near Lohajung and you will get to experience the slow-paced lives that people lead here. If you forgot to pack any extra layers or just need to buy some handwoven gloves etc then you can visit the local shops that people have set up here. 

A zig-zag trail through the forests will lead you to your next campsite which is Didina. The trek from Lohajung to Didina is of moderate level but the steep climb tests your muscle endurance. You will need to drink water regularly while ascending to avoid exhaustion and muscle cramps. After traversing through the village, you will reach the campsite which is at an elevation of about 200ft from the village.   With the stream of river running by its side, the campsite of Didina in this Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is calming and provides some much-needed comfort as well. The valley spreads out like a carpet beneath your feet as you make your way towards Ali Bugyal, one part of the twin Himalayan meadows which come together to make the largest alpine meadows of our country.  The tree lines give way to the ridge top where Ali Bugyal comes into view. You will set up camp in the green fields of Ali Bugyal and enjoy the picturesque landscape that is a blend of blue skies and lush green meadows. As dusk will start to fall, the green grass will acquire a golden glow, making it seem as if you’re sitting in a pool made entirely of sunlight.

The next day after a leisurely walk, you will reach the stunning Bedni Bugyal that overlooks the western side of the valley and provides you with the most beautiful view of your surroundings. 

 

As you keep strolling, you will soon reach the Bedni top which is at an altitude of 12,550 ft and you get to see the best view of Trishul peak and Nanda Ghunti peak from the Bedni top in this Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. You will also catch a beautiful sight of water sparkling in the sunlight, in the middle of all the greenery just a few meters below and that pool of water is none other than the Bedni Kund which is one of the highlights of the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. Finally, the meadows end after you make a steep descent to give way to the oak and rhododendron forests that lead you to Ghairoli Patal. After spending a night here, you make your way to Wan Village after coming across the cool waters of Neel Ganga and finally get to the roadside, commencing your Ali Bedni Bugyal trekking journey.  In a matter of six days, you got to witness the beauty and serenity of meadows whilst also being able to indulge in an enthralling trek that unfolds into something beautiful with every step that you take. The memories you make on a trek like Ali Bedni Bugyal are something you’ll cherish forever. The feeling of being at such a high altitude, more than 11000 ft above sea level, and reaching there after conquering all hardships is a feat that not many people can embark upon, much less achieve.  It goes without saying that the feeling of reaching the top is what makes any trek rewarding but it’s your dedication and strong will that make you worthy of getting the reward of being on top of the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. All this while, you will be traversing in a group of people who share the same passion as you, and that sense of solidarity make this Ali Bedni Bugyal trek even more unforgettable. 

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