Phulara Ridge trekkers are witnessing a brilliant blooming phase on the trek right now. The trail is filled with blooming wildflowers and mushrooms.
“I’ve never seen this many mushrooms in my life in a single trek!” exclaims Assistant Trek Leader Panchami, who has been on the trek twice since the beginning of September.
She also distinctly remembers the heady scend of pine while descending down from the Phulara Ridge into the forest section.
“This trek has a great mix of forest and meadows. The meadows on this trek are endless, filled with flowers, with shepherd huts popping up here and there,” she adds.
Till now, Panchami’s favourite experience on the Phulara Ridge trek has been camping at Bhoj Gadi. “We had a brilliant stargazing experience at night at Bhojgadi because the autumn skies were so clear,” she shares.
Phulara Ridge is a beautiful ridge trek of our country which takes you through dense forest, meadows and can boast of a 250 degree mountain view from the ridge walk. But witnessing so many flowers blooming on the trek is a rare experience.
“I have been on the Phulara Ridge trek in April. At that time, I saw quite a few flowers blooming on this trek, especially in the Pushtara meadows. But that wasn’t as many as these. This scale of blooming is expected post-monsoon, for a brief period. This blooming is the reason why we called the trek ‘phulara’,” shares Suhas Saya, who explored and coined the name of this trek in the spring of 2018.
This blooming season will barely last for a week more. After that, the landscape will start flaunting the autumn colours.
Soon, trekkers will witness the sharpest views of Hanuman Top, Sarutal Top, DKD, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Swargarohini, Hata Peak, Ranglana, Devkyara valley, Lekha Top, Vijay Top, Kedarkantha from the Phulara Ridge.