A high altitude meadow located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Bedni Bugyal is home to rare flowers like the elusive Brahma Kamal and herbs found only here. The term “bugyal” meaning a high altitude meadow also houses the sacred Vaitarni Lake (Bedni Kund) which is a pit stop for Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra, held every 12 years. Coming to the physical aspects, Bedni Bugyal offers uninterrupted views of Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. The whole region is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges and deep valleys due to its strategic location between the Garhwal and the Kumaon ranges. Despite being the highest bugyal of Uttarakhand, Bedni Bugyal trek is considered a moderate one.
Day 2: Lohajung (7,600 Ft) To Didna (8,186 Ft)
Day 3: Didna To Abin Kharak Taal & Ali Bugyal
Day 4: Kharak Taal To Ghairoli Via Bedni Bugyal
Day 5: Ghairoli Patal To Wan Via Ranka Dhar
Day 6: Wan To Kathgodam
Lohajung derives itâ€™s name from mythology and is the base camp to begin the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek. You will be picked up from Kathgodam at around 6 am and driven to the base camp in Lohajung. The 11 hour drive is filled with curved roads, scenic valleys and views of mountain ranges in the distance. On arrival in Lohajung, you can settle down in your accommodation and explore the town a little and shop for things you might need. The mighty Nanda Ghunti is visible from the town. Come night and you retire for the day in anticipation of the trek next morning.
Our first destination of the trek is the Didna village around 11 kms from Lohajung. Taking a trail just behind the bus stand, descend down to an iron bridge of Raun Bagad. The descent takes you through dense mixed forests alive with the cacophony of birds like trusses and swallows amidst the flowering rhododendrons. You also pass through Kulling village on the way, a small hamlet of around 20 houses set in the backdrop of towering mountains. The descent gets quite steep from here and after around two hours of walking from Lohajung, you reach the Wan river. Crossing the iron bridge of Raun Bagad, you reach on the other side to a grassy field along the river banks. From here, you will ascent again and though the climb is moderate you will feel tired gaining altitude. After around 2 hours of climb, you reach Didna village. The campsite for the night is 200 ft from the village.
The campsite of Didna is mesmerizing in the morning and offers a panoramic view of Lohajung, Kulling Village and River Wan all at once. Post breakfast, prepare to hike to the trekâ€™s namesake and the main highlight, the twin meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal. Starting at the campsite and passing a small shepherdâ€™s hut in Tolpani, enter into a dark oak forest. This will be one of the densest oak forests you would have ever seen in India. The light hardly penetrates inside giving it an eerie vibe but is also calm and tranquil. Three kilometres of trekking through the forest, it opens up to give a view of the large expanse of perfectly manicured natural meadows running for acres. This is the Ali Bugyal carpeted with little flowers which dance in the wind. Spend some time here in the meadows appreciating its beauty. Mount Trishul and Nanda Gunthia are visible right from here. The night camp of Abin Kharak is a series of climbs from there.
Next morning, wake up to the dance of clouds over the meadows. The clouds play hide and seek over the green rolling hills sometimes blasting you with morning sunshine and sometimes overcasting the sky. Countless wild horses gallop their way through the meadows as you start the walk to Bedni Bugyal. Bedni Bugyal is just 5 kms from Ali Bugyal at the same level. After a short walk, the Bedni Bugyal unfolds in front of you overlooking the western valley. Cross Bedni Bugyal to start descent into the tree line below. Passing through the oak and rhododendron forests, you reach a clearing in Ghairoli Patal where you are supposed to set up camp for the night. A sense of celebration engulfs the campsite after having crossed the two bugyals of this trek.
Having achieved the target of trekking to Ali Bedni Bugyal, itâ€™s time to descend down to civilization. Taking a steep ridge and climbing down for 2 hours, you reach the Neel Ganga river. Care must be taken while descending down. The Neel Ganga river is a mesmerizing location to brush off the tiredness from the gruesome climb down. Trees overhang alongside the river bank and the water glistens while running through boulders. After freshening up, a short climb on a ridge from the river takes you to the Wan Village. Wan Village is your pit stop for the night. This day also marks the technical culmination of your trek..
This is the last day in your itinerary. The trekking part of your trip ends in Wan basecamp. From here you will be driven to Kathgodam when you began your journey. The arrival in Kathgodam is scheduled between 7 pm and 8 pm and you can plan your onward journey from there in advance.
Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.
Accommodation during trekking in Twilight Camping on twin or triple sharing basis along with all the camping gears like sleeping mattress, blankets and other related items.
Proper food menu is followed based on each trek- its altitude, weather, number of days and health of trekkers. It includes 3 full meals & mid-day + evening meals. (Total five time feed each day during camping) The food menu is planned by the professional trekker & dietitian.
First aid Medical Kit
Permits of treks where permission is to be taken
Qualified & experienced Trek leader, Guide and support staff.
No kind of insurance or medical expenses are included.
Any kind of personal expenses or for porters or ponies are not included.
Any other food & beverage charges other than food menu are not included.
Any other costing involved due to any kind of natural calamity, forced circumstances are out of our control.
Bag offloading up to 10 kgs comes with a fees.(need to pay in cash directly to porter And also confirmation of offloading must be informed us 2 days prior to trek starting day)
Haridwar to Joshimath and return in sharing cab/public transportation
We Recommend you to please read this carefully and bring all Essentials . You can also reach us for more clarification on Things to carry ,We will be glad to assist you .
Govt id card with name and address Backpack (40-60 litres) Can also rent it from campsite .Need to request week before your arrival for confirmation. HOW TO FIND A GOOD BACKPACK Daypack (20 litres) (Mandatory if you offload your main backpack,Please make sure to request for porter for offloading the bag 2 days before your trek) Trekking shoes: No sports shoes. The shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle . Can also rent it from campsite need to request week before your arrival for confirmation. COMPLETE GUIDELINES FOR SHOES Socks (3 pairs): 2 cotton (for trekking) 1 Woollen (for night while sleep) Sandals/Slippers for walking around in the campsite. Ensure they are light. CLOTHS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL Trek pants 2 (including the one you are wearing) Collared t-shirts (3 including the one you are wearing) Preferably light, full sleeve t-shirts. Full sleeve woollen/ fleece (1) Thick jacket: Carry 1 hollow full sleeve windproof jacket/down jacket. (If you have wind cheater jacket?rain jacket then you can pair it with Fleece jacket )Thermal inners: 1 pair of lightweight (optional ) Raincoat/poncho:1 Can also rent it from campsite .Need to request week before your arrival for confirmation.(Mandatory as it can rain/snowfall anytime in Kedarkantha Trek) Woollen cap/ Balaclava: 1 (Must protect ears) Hand-gloves: Mandatory Sun-cap : Optional Sunglasses: Any dark colour but blue. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek. Toiletries : Sunscreen – SPF 40+, moisturiser, light towel, lip-balm/chap stick, small soap, toilet paper(Mandatory), wet tissue (Always use dustbin at campsite)Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory Camera: Carry all accessories – Spare batteries, charger, etc. (optional) Put your battery and mobile phone in sleeping bag to prevent the quick drained of batteries Cutlery: Carry a plate, spoon, coffee mug & a lunch box.(Note : This is optional to carry though we provide all cutlery but don’t forget to bring Lunch box)Water bottles: 2 bottles, 1 Litre each. Trekking pole: Trekking pole is mandatory. Can also rent it from campsite .Need to request week before your arrival for confirmation. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. Personal Medical Kit – Mandatory. (Don’t forget to bring ORS pouch or box And Antacid ) A DETAILED INFORMATION ON MOUNTAINS HAZARD
All these things need to go into one backpack. So make sure they are all light and you carry as less as possible.
Trekking such long distances in high altitudes requires a lot of energy. Our cooks on the trek provide you with as nutritious food as possible. But it should be remembered that a lot of ingredients need to be carried on such high altitudes and it is only human to forget something. We request our members to keep an open mind and enjoy the best of what we can provide.
Let’s look at few food habits you need to follow while trekking:-
Breakfast is the first meal of the day before the beginning of the trek. Complex carbs break down and release energy slowly. This keeps providing you with a constant source of energy throughout the day. Drink at least 4-5 litres of water daily. (mix ORS in water which will maintain the water level) Granola Bars for post-lunch fatigue. (Optional) Trail mixes and granola bars of nuts and whole grains can be used to tackle post lunch fatigue which usually happens 2-3 hours after lunch. They are a good source of carbohydrates and vitamins. Electrolytes for rehydration. Towards the end of the trek, the body becomes dehydrated and depleted of salts and ions through sweating. Electrolytes like ORS should be consumed mixed with water to recharge the body. Carry multivitamin tablets for complications arising due to vitamin deficiency.(optional) Consume hot liquids at night to keep your body warm. (We provide soup at bed time at times )Strictly Avoid alcohol ,It’s prohibited during trek .If we found any banned drugs ,You will sending back instantly and we have rights to file a complain for the same . It is a common myth that alcohol keeps you warm in cold climate,Please avoid it .It makes you susceptible to hypothermia, makes your breathing shallow and accelerates altitude Avoid non-vegetarian food.Non-vegetarian food should be avoided as proteins take a lot of time to digest in high altitudes and cause various gastrointestinal complications. Eggs can be consumed in small quantities. (we do provide boiled eggs at times) Drinking water is not readily available in hills and hence the trekkers are advised to use water wisely and fill their water bottle every time when crossing or walking nearby the river or water springs .
Women safety is paramount. There have been no cases of eve-teasing on our treks. Generally Gender Ratio is 6:4 (M:F)
Our treks are conducted with keeping safety in mind. All the proper gears are provided, the guides are well experienced with the route and the Himalayan terrain.
1.For any trek cancellation, we should be informed at least 15 days prior to the trek starting date. No cancellation charges if cancel before 15 days of trek start date (100% refund except 15% SERVICE charges)
2. In case the cancellation is not made before 15 days then you can keep your money safe by informing us in between 8-15 days from trek staring date and can go for same or another trek on some other date as well. (No refund if cancelation made in between 7 days of trek staring date )
3. We have rights to cancel the trek without any prior notice ,in that case no expenses will be given to client like transportation ,Any hotel stay and any further expense which relate to this trekking trip with Ridingsolo
Season: April-May & September - October
Duration: 7 Days
Highest Altitude : 11,815 ft