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The Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is a great option for those looking to explore an offbeat location this winter. The trek starts from the town of Lohajung and leads through some of the most stunning alpine meadows in Uttarakhand. The views from here are simply breathtaking!
The trek to Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal is absolutely beautiful, with vast meadows and thick forests clinging to the steep slopes and hills.
Bedni Kund, located in Bedni Bugyal, is also of religious importance to the locals. It is a small lake that is surrounded by meadows and forests.
Nestled in the Himalayas, Ali and Bedni Bugyal are two adjacent alpine meadows that offer some of the most pristine and peak-view rich landscapes in the region. The grassy slopes are carpeted with wildflowers, and the tranquil setting is perfect for peaceful camping and trekking.
This trek is open for trekking almost throughout the year, with each season offering a different vibe and beauty of the mountain. The best time to visit this place is from October to March for the winter trek experience. The pre-monsoon season, from May to June season is more suited for enjoying the lush green meadow filled with flowers that are in full bloom. The best winter treks in India offer stunning views of snow-covered landscapes that resemble scenes from storybooks.
Ali Bedni is one of the most extensive alpine meadows in India, and its beauty is amplified by the blanket of snow that covers it. Every trekker should experience the wonder of these unique places at least once in their lifetime.
The trek takes you through the dense forests of Rhododendron and Deodar. It is about 15 kilometres, and it is one of the most beautiful treks you can find in India. This is an easy trek and does not require special skills or equipment. However, it is always advisable to trek with a group and an experienced guide.
The first part of the trek is easy as it passes through dense forests. The most memorable sight on this trek is undoubtedly the majestic mountains towering overhead. The ridge of Ali Bugyal is a perfect spot to catch the sunset behind Mt. Trishul, while the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas provide a stunning backdrop.
From Ali Bugyal, you can get a breathtaking view of Mt. Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Mrigthuni unfolding their gigantic massifs. The Ali Bedni Bugyal trail is relatively untouched and provides an excellent opportunity to explore this pristine landscape.
So make the most of it while you can!
The best time to do the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is during the summer months when the meadows are lush and green and wildflowers are in bloom. This is the time to see the best of the scenery.
For the winter trek experience, the best time to visit this place is from October to March, with the meadow carpeted with the thick sheets of snow, while the May to June season is more suited to enjoying the lush green field filled with flowers which are in full bloom.
Another good time to do the trek is during the post-monsoon season when the skies are clear, and the views of the mountains are at their best. If you’re looking for great photographs of the mountains in the region, this is the time to go.
Lohajung is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and can be easily reached by flying into Dehradun. From there, it’s just a one-hour bus ride to Dehradun. If you’re looking for an added rest day before making the journey to basecamp, we recommend spending some time in Rishikesh. This quaint town is nestled amidst the mountains and offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and relaxation.
There are several ways to reach Dehradun from Delhi.
One can take the Dehradun Shatabdi train, which leaves at 6:45 am from New Delhi Railway Station and reaches Haridwar by 11:30 am. From Haridwar, there are buses that ply at frequent 10-15 minute intervals to Dehradun. The journey takes about 1.5 hours.
Alternatively, one can take the Dehradun Jan Shatabdi train from Hazrath Nizamuddin station, which leaves at 3:20 pm and reaches Haridwar by 7:33 pm.
If you’re looking for a comfortable and affordable way to travel from Delhi to Dehradun, take an overnight bus! Buses are frequent and usually not crowded, so you can quickly get a seat. The trip will take around 8-9 hours, and tickets usually cost Rs.500-900. Make sure to get on a bus that arrives in the early morning hours so you can directly catch further transport to Lohajung.
Distance: 295 km
Time Taken: 12 hours (Drive)
Altitude: 2,300 m (7,545 ft)
The Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek starts from the tiny village of Lohajung. Lohajung is a beautiful mountain village located in the heart of the Uttarakhand region. The village is home to some of the most stunning views in the country, with the majestic Nanda Ghunti peak often visible. The village gets its name from a local legend in which Goddess Parvati fought and defeated a demon called Lohasur.
The best way to reach Lohajung is from Dehradun via Rishikesh, a beautiful journey in itself. The route to Lohajung passes through winding roads and forests, with glimpses of the magnificent Garhwal mountains in the distance.
You’ll drive along winding routes with the roaring Alaknanda River occasionally coming into view. We’ll pass through Devprayag, Karnprayag, and Rudraprayag – the three prayags of the Panch-Prayag. The mighty Shivalik ranges of the Garhwal region loom, beckoning us closer and providing us with beautiful views to gaze at until we reach our basecamp.
Once you reach Lohajung, you will be mesmerized by the sight of the beautiful Nanda Ghunti peak. If you arrive before sunset, you will be treated to a spectacular show of colours as the sun sets behind the peak.
Lohajung is home to 12-15 villages in the vicinity. There are a few local stores where you can buy items like jackets, hand gloves, caps, and shoes if you need them. However, it is advisable to carry all the necessary things for the trek with you beforehand so that you don’t have to rely on these shops.
You will have mobile network coverage in most parts of Lohajung. We’ll be spending the night in Lohajung with the mighty Mt. Nanda Ghunti looming over us, before starting the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek.
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Altitude: 2,454 m (8,050 ft)
This is the first day of the much-awaited Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek! After a nutritious breakfast, we’ll gather for a briefing on the upcoming trek. Then we’ll start our journey to Didna, our first campsite.
Soon, you come to the village of Kulling, which is a cluster of around 20 houses set against the backdrop of the emerald green hills. From Kulling, it’s quite a descent to the Wan river. You lose elevation quickly, and you know that you’ll have to climb back up on the other side.
As you walk through the forest, the song of the birds fills the air. You can smell the fresh scent of the river below, and you catch a glimpse of a vulture soaring overhead. The path descends gradually to the river, where you find a campsite perfect for an early start on your hike.
Raun Bagad is a beautiful spot, with the river rushing by and the hills towering above. The air here is so clean and refreshing that it’s hard not to feel invigorated. Below, you can see the Wan river rushing by to meet up with the Bedni Ganga.
However, taking the trail through the mixed forest is a gradual descent to the river. After two hours of walking from Lohajung, you reach an iron bridge over the river. This is Raun Bagad, a grassy bank on the river where it would make an excellent place to camp for the night. If you’re looking for a campsite that will give you a head start in the morning, this is one to consider.
The trek to Didna is steep and challenging, but the beautiful views of the Neel Ganga river make it worth the effort. As we make our way up, we’ll catch glimpses of the quaint village before finally arriving at our campsite. Reaching Didna village can be confusing, with many trails running into it. But if you stick to the trails that go around the village on the outer periphery, you’ll find the Didna campsite 200 ft above the village. This area is a beautiful floral wonderland, with mostly wildflowers and herbs growing here and colourful flowers blooming in the spring.
Once we’ve settled in, we’ll have some free time to explore the area before coming together for a group bonding session in the evening. Dinner will be served under the stars, and we’ll retire for the night in our cosy tents.
The trek from Lohajung to Didna is a difficult one, as it involves a steep climb in the beginning. Many people find the first day of the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek challenging, as their muscles are not yet warmed up. This is where your preparation and endurance come in handy.
By being physically and mentally prepared, you will be able to push through this challenging section and enjoy the rest of the trek.
Distance: 9 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Max Altitude: 3,550 m (11,650 ft)
Didna is an idyllic campsite with a clear stream running down its right. The camp looks across the valley, where Lohajung, Kulling and Wan span left to right in a sweeping arc. Behind you, through the oak forest, you can see the twin meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal, high above.
Today, we’ll start our trek towards Tolpani, a cluster of shepherd huts and cover a distance of 3 km and gain 1000 ft in altitude.
The trail to Tolpani moves away from the general direction of Ali Bugyal, but the climb is a good one through some of the densest oak you’ll see. The ground beneath you is a never-ending brown carpet of leaves.
When you reach Tolpani, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the valley below. Take some time to explore the shepherd huts and meet the friendly residents before heading back down the mountain. The trail from Tolpani to Ali and Bedni Bugyal is a journey full of natural beauty. As you make your way, you will see the peak of Chaukhambha in the distance.
After a while, you will reach an opening where you can see the mesmerizing sight of the undulating meadows of Ali Bugyal. After enjoying the views, continue to Abin Kharak campsite for a well-deserved rest. You will be camping on the top of a ridge that night and wake up to an incredible view in every direction.
Distance: 6 km
Time Taken: 4 hours
Max Altitude: 3,825 m (12,550 ft)
Today, we’ll trek through the second bugyal. It is a sight to behold as you walk through the Bebni Bugyal. You’ll be surrounded by lush green grasslands and jaw-dropping Himalayan peaks in the backdrop. In the summertime, the meadows are filled with beautiful flowers, attracting tourists from all over.
From Abin Kharak to Bedni Bugyal, there is an arduous ascent that tests your stamina and endurance. This is not as challenging as the previous day. However, it still poses a considerable physical challenge because you are now crossing the 10,000 feet mark, and your body starts to feel the strain of being in high altitude conditions.
Make sure to capture the reflections of the mountains in Bedni Kund, a stunning lake located in the middle of the meadows.
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. Clouds drift in from below, glide over the ridge and slide down either side, all in a slow, swift motion. You watch countless horses grazing on the bounty of nature. Foals are tearing themselves across the turf uninhibited abandon, just being themselves.
The views from Bedni Bugyal are some of the most spectacular in the whole of the Garhwal Himalayas. To the north, you can see Trishul, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot; to the south, you have Chaukhamba. In the east, you can see the sunrise over the Himalayas, and in the west, you can see the sun setting behind them.
The trek to Bedni Top is an exhilarating experience, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The highest point on the trek is 12,550 ft, and from there, you can see Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti in all their glory. If you’re lucky, you may also glimpse Bedni Kund hundreds of metres below.
As you enjoy your hot, packed lunch on the grasslands, take a break and head towards Gehroli Patal by following the descending route. The path goes through forests with tall trees and flora, and fauna. Make sure you do not rush and tumble over. The open ground between the dense forest is Gehroli Patal. It will also be your camping place. Enjoy the peaceful afternoon and sleep tight in the tents.
We’ll be trekking back to the civilization today. Make your way back to Lohajung. We will be taking a different trail to get back to Lohajung, making it a circular route. Enjoy the scenery as you go, and be careful not to miss any steps. Soon, you’ll be back to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
As you start your trek from the campsite, the trail will take you through a bridge over the Neel Ganga River, which is a steep descent from the Gehroli Patal campsite. It takes at least two hours for everyone to complete this stretch of trail. Take your time because you will rarely see a more wondrous stretch of forest cover.
The bridge over 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 fall over boulders in the shade. The water is cool and refreshing.
From the river, it is a short one-hour climb to the ridge above Wan village. Follow the main trail that runs to the right until you reach the Cyprus trees at the lower Wan village. Be sure to take some time to appreciate these trees – some of them are centuries old!
There are many different routes you can take to reach the bottom of Wan village. No matter which path you choose, you will eventually end up at the road junction (Kasar Bagad) near the hydel power project. The trek takes approximately one and a half hours. Keep in mind that the descent is quite steep, and it can be more challenging than ascending for some people.
If you’re looking for a longer route, you can take the main trail from the ridge top of Wan. This trail will lead you to the Cyprus trees at the lower village. Once the whole group has reached Wan village, we’ll drive from Wan to Lohajung. The drive takes around 45 minutes.
Distance: 295 km
Time Taken: 12 Hours (Drive)
It is the last day of the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek. Today is the day you’ll be parting ways with your trek leader, trek mates and the support staff. It is sure to be an emotional moment for everyone after spending a week in the mountains together.
If you opt for transportation with us, your vehicles will pick you up in Lohajung in the morning and leave you at Dehradun I.S.B.T by 7 PM. If you plan to continue your travels, you can say goodbye to us at Lohajung.
If you’re looking for a winter trek that’s not as crowded as the popular ones, try this one. It’s located in a beautiful and serene area, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in the natural beauty around you.
Plus, Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is not as well-known as some other winter treks, you’ll have a more intimate experience and likely have the trail to yourself. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a newbie, this is an excellent option for anyone looking to enjoy a winter trek without dealing with large crowds.
If you are looking to experience snow while trekking, the best time for Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is between late December and mid-February, when the trail is located near the Kumaon region.
January is typically the month with the most snowfall, but you can expect to see snow on the trail during that period. This is also an excellent time to experience the snow on the Brahmatal trek, as both routes are located on opposite sides of the valley.
The Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is classified as an easy trek, making it perfect for hikers of all levels of experience. However, there are a few basic requirements that all participants must meet in order to join the trek.
First and foremost, you must be in the good physical condition and be able to hike for several hours at a time. You should also be comfortable walking on uneven terrain. If you have any health concerns or are not physically fit enough to complete the trek, we recommend consulting with your doctor before signing up.
Additionally, since the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek takes place in a rural area, participants must be prepared to live without many of the creature comforts they are accustomed to. We recommend packing light and bringing only the essentials. This includes clothing that can be layered, comfortable walking shoes, a first-aid kit, and any medications you may need.
Lastly, all participants must be respectful of the local culture and traditions. We ask that you please refrain from littering, smoking, or engaging in any other activities that could negatively impact the environment or the community.
By meeting these basic requirements, you will be well on your way to enjoying a safe and enjoyable Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek!
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