Difficulty

Moderate | Level 2

Duration

6 Days

Highest Altitude

12,550 ft

Age

7 to 58 years

Duration

6 Days

Age

7 to 58 years

Difficulty

Moderate | Level 2

Highest Altitude

12,550 ft

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Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

The Only Meadow Trek With Stunning Mountain Views

Out of the other meadow treks in our country — Dayara Bugyal, Gidara Bugyal, and Bhrigu Lake trek — Ali Bedni has the grandest of mountain views. That’s because of one thing —  the sight of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti jutting right out of the meadows.

Jutting out doesn’t mean you see the tops of these mountains, you see the entire face — almost 6000-7000 feet of it — rising right in front of you.

The spring season is about to end on the Ali-Bedni Bugyal trek. Soon, green meadows will start peeping out from under the snow.

By summer, you see meadows carpeted with fresh grass.

The surprise of finding yourself in Ali Bugyal after trekking through dense forests is unbeatable. The moment you get out of the shades of the forest cover, you see acres and acres of green carpet sprawled out in front of you. Mt Trishul, stands tall against the blue skies, making for a formidable backdrop. Horses and their foals tear themselves across the turf in an uninhibited abandon while the cattle graze lazily on this bounty.

The walk to Bedni Bugyal from here is exhilarating! It is a walk that tempts you to take off your shoes and feel this carpet for yourselves. The Bedni Bugyal is another stop in this meadow country – a strip of vibrant green, overlooking the western valley.  Popping right out of this meadow-like sentient, silent guards are the mountains of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. If you climb the Bedni Top, other high risers of the imposing Chaukhamba range open up before you. These incredible settings make these twin meadows a must-do on the trekker’s bucket list.

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Quick Itinerary

Route Map of the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek

Day 1

Reach Lohajung

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive Duration: 10-11 hours

Reach Lohajung; 10-11 hours drive from Rishikesh. Transport will be arranged from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 am.

The cost of a cab – Is rs 7,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Tempo Traveller is Rs 10,500, which is to be paid by trekkers directly to the driver.

Day 2

Trek from Lohajung to Didna

Trek Distance: 8 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude gain: 7,550 ft to 8,150 ft

Trek gradient is moderate-difficult. A steep descent from Lohajung and a steep ascent for most of the trail that levels out only in the last 100 meters. Carry sufficient water. You will cross streams intermittently where you can refill your water bottles.

Day 3

Didna to Abin Kharak via Ali Bugyal

Trek Distance: 9.3 km | Trek Duration: 6 hours | Altitude gain: 8,150 ft to 11,145 ft via 11,550 ft

Easy to moderate. Gradual ascent for almost 3 km and a level walk on an undulating meadow, followed by a short descent to the campsite. Carry sufficient water. You will cross streams intermittently where you can refill your water bottles.

Day 4

Abin Kharak to Gehroli Patal via Bedni Bugyal

Trek Distance: 5.60 km | Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude gain & loss: 11,145 ft to 10,350 ft via 12,550 ft

Easy. Rolling meadows followed by a slightly steep ascent to Bedni Top and gradual descent to Gehroli Patal. Carry sufficient water. No water sources are on the way.

Day 5

Gehroli Patal to Wan. Drive from Wan to Lohajung

Trek Distance: 6.30 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude loss: 10,350 ft to 7,550 ft

Moderate. This day is full of descent for almost 2,500 ft. Carry sufficient water. You will cross streams intermittently where you can refill your water bottles.

Day 6

Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive Duration: 10-11 hours

Reach Rishikesh; 10-11 hours drive from Lohajung. Transport will be organized by Indiahikes. Cab cost – Rs.7,000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which is to be paid by trekkers directly to the driver.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek.
  • Trekkers must carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek. Since Lohajung has no facilities to take a photocopy, do not leave this till the end.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

Route Map of the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

Transport will be organized from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 AM. Cab cost – Rs.7,000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which is to be paid by trekkers directly to the driver.

Return Travel

Depart from Lohajung around 10.00 AM on Day 6. It takes 10-11 hours to reach Rishikesh. Indiahikes arranges this transport for Rs. 7000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which will have to be shared by trekkers. You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 PM.

Day 1

Reach Lohajung

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive Duration: 10-11 hours

Reach Lohajung; 10-11 hours drive from Rishikesh. Transport will be arranged from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 am.

The cost of a cab – Is rs 7,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Tempo Traveller is Rs 10,500, which is to be paid by trekkers directly to the driver.

Day 2

Trek from Lohajung to Didna

Trek Distance: 8 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude gain: 7,550 ft to 8,150 ft

Trek gradient is moderate-difficult. A steep descent from Lohajung and a steep ascent for most of the trail that levels out only in the last 100 meters. Carry sufficient water. You will cross streams intermittently where you can refill your water bottles.

Day 3

Didna to Abin Kharak via Ali Bugyal

Trek Distance: 9.3 km | Trek Duration: 6 hours | Altitude gain: 8,150 ft to 11,145 ft via 11,550 ft

Easy to moderate. Gradual ascent for almost 3 km and a level walk on an undulating meadow, followed by a short descent to the campsite. Carry sufficient water. You will cross streams intermittently where you can refill your water bottles.

Day 4

Abin Kharak to Gehroli Patal via Bedni Bugyal

Trek Distance: 5.60 km | Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude gain & loss: 11,145 ft to 10,350 ft via 12,550 ft

Easy. Rolling meadows followed by a slightly steep ascent to Bedni Top and gradual descent to Gehroli Patal. Carry sufficient water. No water sources are on the way.

Day 5

Gehroli Patal to Wan. Drive from Wan to Lohajung

Trek Distance: 6.30 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude loss: 10,350 ft to 7,550 ft

Moderate. This day is full of descent for almost 2,500 ft. Carry sufficient water. You will cross streams intermittently where you can refill your water bottles.

Day 6

Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive Duration: 10-11 hours

Reach Rishikesh; 10-11 hours drive from Lohajung. Transport will be organized by Indiahikes. Cab cost – Rs.7,000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which is to be paid by trekkers directly to the driver.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek.

Trekkers must carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek. Since Lohajung has no facilities to take a photocopy, do not leave this till the end.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

Transport will be organized from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 AM. Cab cost – Rs.7,000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which is to be paid by trekkers directly to the driver.

Return Travel

Depart from Lohajung around 10.00 AM on Day 6. It takes 10-11 hours to reach Rishikesh. Indiahikes arranges this transport for Rs. 7000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which will have to be shared by trekkers. You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 PM.

Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.

Many trails lead to Didina, but reaching this village it is not easy. Photo by Yash Trivedi

The experience of camping amidst dense oak and rhododendron trees at the Gehroli Patal campsite is stunning. Photo by Yash Trivedi

Abin Kharak campsite is a series of climbs right out of the forest, in a depression in the bugyal. Stay the night here. Photo by Yash Trivedi

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.

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Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Here is Arjun Majumdar, Founder and CEO of Indiahikes talking about Ali Bedni Bugyal. Arjun is an entrepreneur by profession and a trekker by passion, Arjun started Indiahikes in 2008 with a vision to explore and document new trails, solve problems in the mountains and implement sustainable ways of trekking.

What I Like About the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

What I Like About the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Here is Arjun Majumdar, Founder and CEO of Indiahikes talking about Ali Bedni Bugyal. Arjun is an entrepreneur by profession and a trekker by passion, Arjun started Indiahikes in 2008 with a vision to explore and document new trails, solve problems in the mountains and implement sustainable ways of trekking.

1. Grand Mountain Views From The Most Beautiful Meadows Of Our Country

You see Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti in their grandest of views. They are jutting out. By jutting out I mean you see their full face, like the entire 6,000-7,000 feet of Mt Trishul right in front of you. Imagine the grandiosity with the sun setting on it. 

You haven’t seen such grand views on any trek. Forget about any meadow trek. 

To add to it, you are at around 11,500 feet with the evening rays on Mt Trishul, especially from Bedni Bugyal. It is a powerful sight. I have seen trekkers standing in these meadows with tears in their eyes. 

And I want you to watch this.

The views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti on the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek are incomparable to any other trek. Picture by Dhaval Jajal taken in March 2021

2. Unforgettable sunrises and sunsets while camping at Abin Kharak

You may not know this, but we have an extra camp near Ali Bugyal called Abin Kharak. This is just off the meadows. You can get in and out of the meadows quickly from here. 

Watch out for this campsite. You won’t get a more rewarding experience on a trek. Now you have the opportunity to not just see the sunsets but also the sunrise from these meadows.

Early morning rays touching Mt. Trishul Photo by Sudarshan Jaganathan.

3. A unique experience of trekking through ancient and dense forests

The oak and rhododendron forest on the Ali-Bedni Bugyal trek are the densest I have trekked in. Perhaps, they are also the rarest because most of these trees are easily a thousand years old.

They are so grand and so old. And you are meandering through these trees with their roots all over the ground. It’s not something you will experience on most treks. 

Especially if you do it early in the morning, as we are going to be doing it. 

In many places, you see sunlight falling from spectacular angles. It’s a photographer’s delight to catch these sun rays falling through the leaves at charming angles. It creates lovely lighting.

Evening light in the forests of Ghaeroli Patal. Picture by Arvind Kumar

An imposing Mt Trishul rising behind Bedni Bugyal in month of April.

Picture by: Sadguru Prajapati

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Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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Why fitness matters on the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

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On Moderate treks, you walk for about 6-8 km each day. The ascents and descents could get steep. The maximum altitude will range between 13,000 ft to 14,000 ft. You’ll come across tricky patches frequently (like snow or scree), which require you to navigate with a certain amount of caution. There might also be small stream/river crossings.

Your goal is to 5 km with an intention to finish within 35 minutes.

Note: If you are above the age of 58 years, you'll also need to submit your Treadmill Test within 7 days of registration.

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Trek Trivia

Things Nobody Tells You About Ali Bedni Bugyal

The Unheard Pahadi Myths of Shiva and Parvati

The Ali Bedni Bugyal trek has seeped into the Shiva-Parvati mythology. While such mythological stories find their way into every household as bedtime stories, theaw pahadi stories are rarely heard of.

The entire trail of Ali Bedni marks the journey of Shiva and Parvati and their children between Kumaon valley, Parvati’s home, and Kailash Manasarovar, where Shiva and Parvati lived after their marriage. The entire route does exist and covers an aerial distance of around 155 km. 

It is said that all of them carried out this journey every four years to visit Parvati's maternal home and then return to Manasarovar. 

The peaks of Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Bethartoli and Bethartoli south symbolise Shiva, Parvati and their children. Today, when the sky clears and these four peaks can be seen, the Pahadis believe the four of them to have reached back to their home. 

Nanda Devi Raat Jaag Yatra (pilgrimage), which occurs roughly every 12 years, is carried out on the same path in remembrance and honour of this grand journey. One of the biggest Pahadi festivals, it has a participation of 1.5 Lakh people, who hike together barefoot through this trail.

Leaving Mountains Better

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of the waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing the use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

By signing up to trek with Indiahikes, you also sign up to do your part to ensure that the mountains are left in better condition.

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