Gidara Bugyal

Trekkers' Best Kept Secret
Trek Fee : 9,250 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
Moderate
Duration
Duration
7 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
13,802 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Dehradun railway station
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Bhangeli
Age
Minimum Age
12
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
September

Gidara Bugyal: Trekkers’ Best Kept Secret

Gidara Bugyal is an ancient, pristine meadow that is well known in the trekking circles. It is one of the largest high altitude meadows you will set foot on. It is larger than its twin Dayara Bugyal. Possibly larger than the twin meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal as well. It takes at least two days to traverse!

The lovely meadows of Gidara Bugyal, all to yourself. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

Even though it is well-known in the trekking circles, Gidara is extremely secluded. There are very few people that actually trek in these meadows. The only signs of civilisation you are likely to spot are the shepherds and their settlements around your first campsite, Rikoda. You may see a mountain dog or two. But you are likely to be the only group trekking and camping in these meadows!

Gorgeous campsites on the Gidara Bugyal trek! Picture by Akshay Aralikatti

Geographically, Gidara is about 15 km away from Dayara. It is also at a slightly higher elevation. Which means that the mountains you see from Dayara – Bandarpoonch, Gangotri I, II, Draupadi Ka Danda, Jaonli, Srikanth – look much closer and much grander from here. It is especially fascinating to see these mountain faces from a slightly different perspective.

Having said that, the Gidara Bugyal trek is a moderate one. It has treacherous paths, steep ascents and descents. You need to prepare well for this trek.

What to watch out for

Ridge walk

The ridge walk to the Gidara Top is easily one of the best highlights of this trek. If you are lucky and there are no clouds, the view from here is a spellbinding panorama. Right in front of you are the Gangotri ranges – Gangotri I, II, Jaonli, Draupadi Ka Danda. Srikanth stands prominently among them. On your left, you see the indomitable Bandarpoonch etched in the sky. The entire Gidara meadows, right to the very end, can be seen from this ridge!

You see several mountain peaks from the ridge, such as Gangotri I, II, Jaonli, Draupadi Ka Danda and a close view of Bandarpoonch. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

The climb to Rikoda

While a lot can be said about the Gidara meadows themselves, the climb to Rikoda under the shade of the forest is quite pleasant. The flora on the trail is quite dense. And even though the trail is quite steep and hard on your legs, you can’t help but be awed by the dense foliage. You pass by a lovely waterfall as well as Gujjar settlements on this climb. It’s quite fascinating to get a peek into their lifestyle as you trek along.

The untouched forests towards Rikoda are a delight to trek through. Picture by: Akshay Aralikatti

Gangnani Hot Springs

The Gangnani hot water springs are something you will pass by on the way to Bangeli. Devotees on the way to Gangotri usually make a stop here to refresh themselves. These hot springs are very clean and well maintained. It makes for a wonderful rejuvenation after your trek.

To read detailed trail information, head over to the long itinerary section.

Banner image credit: Akshay Aralikatti

Here’s a short itinerary for the Gidara Bugyal trek: 

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun (2,132 ft) to Bhangeli (7,647 ft).
Pick up from Dehradun railway station at 6.30 am. Make sure you arrive in Dehradun atleast 1 hour before the pickup time. The cab will drop trekkers at the Bhangeli roadhead. The last stretch of 1.5 kms to Bhangeli will have to be covered on foot.

Drive distance: 186 km
Drive duration: 7 hours
RouteGoogle maps link

Trek distance: 1.5 km;  800 ft ↑ & 100 ft ↓
Trek duration
: 1 hour

Day 2: Trek from Bhangeli (7,647 ft) to Rikoda (10,510 ft).
Trek distance: 6.5 km;  3,375 ft ↑ & 588 ft ↓
Trek duration
: 5 hours

Day 3: Trek from Rikoda (10,510 ft) to Dokrani (12,052 ft)
Trek distance: 5 km;  2,040 ft ↑ & 550 ft ↓
Trek duration: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Trek from Dokrani (12,052 ft) to Thalotya (12,406 ft) via Gidara Bugyal (12,608 ft)
Trek distance: 8.5 km; 2250 ft ↑ & 1820 ft ↓
Trek duration: 7 hours

Day 5: Trek from Thalotya (12,406 ft) to Tirya (11,103 ft) via Gidara Top (13,802 ft).
Trek distance: 8.5 km; 1,700 ft ↑ & 2,600 ft ↓
Trek duration: 7-8 hours

Day 6: Trek from Tirya (11,103 ft) to Bhangeli (7,647 ft).
Trek distance: 7.5 km; 935 ft ↑ & 3,508 ft ↓
Trek duration: 6 hours

Day 7: Trek from Bhangeli (7,647 ft) to Bhangeli Road Head, and drive to Dehradun (2,132 ft).
Trek distance: 1.5 km; 100 ft ↑ & 800 ft ↓
Trek duration: 1 hour

Drive distance: 186 km
Drive duration: 7 hours
Route: Google maps link

You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm. 

If you are travelling further from Dehradun, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Dehradun post 8.00 pm.

Important points to note:

–You will be staying in tents overnight (3 per tent).

–Cost of transport to and from Dehradun is not included in the trek fee. It will be shared equally amongst the trekkers.

– Keep your original govt. approved ID card with you.

Here is a detailed itinerary for the Gidara Bugyal trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Bhangeli

  • Drive distance: 186 km 
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Route: Google map link 
  • Trek distance: 1.5 km;  800 ft ↑ & 100 ft ↓
  • Trek duration: 1 hour
  • GPS coordinates of Bhangeli: 30°55’2.07″N, 78°40’10.43″E
  • Final altitude: 7,647 ft

The base camp for the Gidara Bugyal trek is Bhangeli, located 186 km from Dehradun.

From Dehradun, drive towards Uttarkashi, this will take you about 4 hours. You can stop here for lunch. From here, drive towards Bhatwari, take the right towards Gangotri, and continue on the same route. Before you reach Gangnani bridge, there is a small inconsequential road that leads to the left. Take this turn towards the Gangnani hot springs. Continue on the road and you will reach a roadhead. This is the last point for vehicles. 

From here, you will have to cover the last 1.5 km stretch by foot, trekking through a mixed forest of deodar, oak and pine trees to reach Bhangeli village.

The trail is well laid out with stone steps. The villagers use this path too. You will be walking through deodar, oak and pine trees. After trekking for 20 minutes, the trail will veer gradually towards the left, and you will soon spot two tall pine trees overlooking a valley on the right. You can spot the Bhagirathi river meandering through the valley. 

From this point, if you look towards the left, Bhangeli village will come into view. It is a gradual 10 minute ascent towards the village. You will reach Bhangeli by 4 pm.

Bhangeli is a small ancient Himalayan village with about 46 stone and wooden houses. Stay the night here.

Bhangeli is an ancient village with a few homes.

Day 2: Bhangeli to Rikoda

From Bhangeli, ask for directions towards the village temple. The trail to the temple takes a left away from the village. Climb the stone steps until you reach the temple. Proceed to cross the temple,and take the path that goes towards the left. The forest path is wide and a well defined dirt trail. You will find occasional rocks and stones defining the trail on turnings. Large oaks and maple trees form a canopy over you. 

After walking for about 2 hours, you will come across a beautiful waterfall on your left. This is an ideal place to take a break. You can fill your water bottles up here (There are multiple places on this trail where you can fill water). Cross the  bridge made of wooden logs to get to the trail on the other side.

Waterfalls on the way to Rikoda. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

After about 3 hours on this forested trail, you will see a small Gujjar hamlet with about four stone and mud homes. Make a stop here and talk to them! It’s quite fascinating to get a peek into their lives: you see grazing animals that their livelihood depends on, the unusual architecture of their houses. 

Visit the Gujjar huts for a peak into their simple mountain lifestyle. Be respectful, ofcourse! Picture by Akshay Aralikatti

Before winter settles in, they dismantle the roof of the house and head to warmer regions for the season. They do this because the snowfall during winters is several feet high, which will in turn damage the roof. 

As you follow the trail, you will go through grasslands with thin tree lines. They clear up quite suddenly up to form Rikoda.  Camp in this clearing for the night.

Day 3: Rikoda to Dokrani

The clearing of Rikoda is the perfect campsite to wake up in. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti

From Rikoda, the trail ascends for approximately 15 to 20 minutes into the forest. It is a gradual ascent until you reach a point where the trail veers left. From here, you will be able to see the river at the bottom. Start descending towards river. It will take about 45 minutes to an hour to cross the river. Once you are at the river, look slightly to your right, you will spot a man-made bridge made of logs. Use this to cross to the other side. 

Crossing the wooden make-shift bridge towards Tirya. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

After crossing the river, you will spot your campsite on your return, the 5 th day – Tirya. From Tirya, take the path that goes left and start your climb towards the campsite of the day, Dokrani. The climb begins as a steep ascent, and levels out after a point. You traverse this side of the mountain until you hit a  narrow gully. Climb the steep gully to reach your campsite for the day, Dokrani. 

Dokrani is a clearing sitting on the mountain. From here, you have the vantage view of  the trail you have come on. You can also see the mountains from Gangotri range in the distance – Srikanth, Gangotri I, II, Draupadi ka Danda.

Get some rest. The day ahead is a long one!

Day 4: Dokrani to Thalotya via Gidara Bugyal 

Leave Dokrani and traverse the length of the mountain’s spurs and gully’s. After about 3 kms of this traverse, you will finally reach the ridgeline of Gidara Bugyal. Cross over and descend to the meadows. You are finally in one of the largest meadows you will ever step foot on!

A view of the Gidara Bugyal in early June, when snow patches cover the meadows.Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

This unending meadow, a carpet of green with dynamic undulations, is sandwiched between two mountains. You traverse the length of this meadow, which is full of ascents and descents, on what looks like mounds.  Little streams criss-cross over these meadows. After about a 3 km walk on the bugyal, you cross one last mound under which  your campsite for the day was hidden – Thalotya.  Thalotya is a vision in lavender pink – filled with rhododendrons!

A glimpse of Thalotya is filled with lavender rhododendrons. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

Rest well, tomorrow is a long, strenuous day!

Day 5: Thalotya to Tirya via Gidara Top

Retrace your route in the bugyal for about 2.5 kms, and start climbing the mountain on your left. After about a kilometre of this climb, you will find yourself walking on what seems like a ridge. This ridge walk is easily one of the highlights of this trek. 

If you are lucky and there are no clouds, the view from here is a spellbinding panorama. Right in front of you are the Gangotri ranges – Gangotri I, II, Jaonli, and Draupadi Ka Danda. Srikanth also stands prominently among them. On your left, you see the indomitable Bandarpoonch etched in the sky. At the mountain’s foot, you will see Bhimtal. The entire Gidara meadow, right to the very end, can be seen from this ridge!

On your right, in the distance, you can estimate where Dayara Bugyal is.  Behind you is Sangam Chatti, Uttarkashi. Sangam Chatti is where our Bali Pass trekkers end their trek.

Once you are at Gidara Top, spend some time soaking in the views. Then there is a gradual descent on the ridgeline. Once you reach the edge of the ridgeline, it is a steep descent all the way down to your next campsite, Tirya. 

A stream running through Gidara Bugyal. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

Tirya is a place that is tailor-made for camping. It is a clearing nestled between a forest, with wildflowers sprouting across it. It is fed by two water streams, that fill the silence with a persistent sound of rushing water.  What a dream it is to camp here! 

And after a steep climb and descent devoid of water points, it is a relief to get to a point where you can refill water again.

Day 6: Tirya to Bhangeli

From Tirya, you cross over the river and start ascending on a forested trail towards Rikoda. After about an hour of ascent, the trail levels out.  In about 15 to 20 minutes more, you gradually descend to your very first campsite, Rikoda. Pass through the clearing of Rikoda and enter the forest again.  You are retracing the same route you trekked on your first day with all of it’s drama: the beautiful waterfalls and Gujjar hamlets.

From Tirya, cross the bridge and ascend to Rikoda. Picture by Akshay Aralikatti.

Day 7: Bhangeli to Dehradun

  • Trek distance: 1.5 km
  • Trek duration: 1 hour
  • Drive distance: 186 km
  • Drive duration: 7 hours
  • Route: Google maps link

On the last day, you will head back to the Bhangeli roadhead via the forest trail you ascended on day 1. The descent is easy, so take your time and enjoy this untouched forest trail for the last time. From the roadhead, you will drive back to Dehradun. On the way, you can stop at the Gangnani hot springs for a much deserved rejuvenating dip. 

You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm. 

If you are travelling further from Dehradun, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Dehradun post 8.00 pm.

Trek Map

Elevation Chart

How to reach base camp– Bhangeli

Delhi → Dehradun → Bhangeli

The base camp for the Gidara Bugyal trek is Bhangeli, around 186 km from from Dehradun. Indiahikes organises transport to Bhangeli from Dehradun.

To reach Dehradun-
The best way to reach Dehradun is to take an overnight train from Delhi.

  • 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 6.00

The pick up is at 6.30 am from Dehradun Railway Station on Day 1.  

If you cannot find a train, then take a bus which can be booked online in advance. To stay on the safe side, book such that you arrive in Dehradun atleast 1 hour before the pickup time since buses usually get delayed.

The cab fare is Rs.5,500 per vehicle. This is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid directly to the driver. You will reach Bhangeli at around 2.00 pm.

The trek begins from Bhangeli the next morning.


Getting back

Bhangeli → Dehradun → Delhi

The Gidara Bugyal trek ends at Bhangeli. From here, you’ll be retracing your route back to Dehradun. It takes around 7 hours to drive back to Dehradun. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs 5,500 per cab. This is to be shared by trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm. 

If you are travelling further from Dehradun, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Dehradun post 8.00 pm. If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by Mussoorie Express (21.20 – Dehradun) or Nanda Devi Express ( 23.30 – Dehradun).

Network Connectivity

BSNL Network available in patches. Do not count on this to make any important calls.

Cardiovascular endurance – Target 10 km in 70 minutes

On the Gidara Bugyal trek, you are trekking an average of  8 km each day.  To prepare your body, begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 10 km in 70 minutes. It takes time to cover this distance in a given time- so start slow, and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

Strength – Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each set

This is an important area you need to work on. At the end of this trek, you would have completed a 40 km in 5 trekking days.  For a trek like this, you must strengthen your core muscles. For strengthening your core muscles, holding a plank and it’s variations (elbow, side planks) are the best exercises to go about doing it.

Flexibility

Flexibility determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. It is an aspect that will help you trek comfortably. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back.  On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, for a 40 km trek, can become a strain. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek in 4 weeks.

On this page, you will find

Useful videos to help you with your gear (Skip to section)
> A list of everything you need for the trek
> A list of medicines for your trek (Skip to section)
> A list of mandatory documents (Skip to section)
> A downloadable checklist (Skip to section)

Useful videos to help you with your gear

Bare necessities:

1. Trekking shoesThe Gidara Bugyal trek has steep sections of ascent and descent. So its imperative that you have a good pair of trekking shoes to make the climb easier on your foot. So ensure you wear a good pair of shoes.

2. Backpack (30-40 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. But enough to keep you warm.

1. Three warm layers: The highest altitude you reach in this trek is 13,802 ft. You will need at least three warm layers (two light layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.

2. Two trek pants: Two pairs of pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry an extra pair just in case it rains. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.

3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry two. Let one of these be a dry fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day.4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer near the Gidara Top, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
2. Suncap: The sun is harsher at high altitudes, which is why a sun cap is mandatory.
3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woollen hand gloves which is water resistant.
4. Balaclava or a woollen cap
5. Socks (3 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.

Others

  1. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. We do not like biodegradable wet wipes because they take a long time to decompose in the mountains. Use toilet paper instead.
  2. Sanitary waste: Make sure you bring your used sanitary napkins back to the city with you. Carry a zip lock bag to put used napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  3. Cutlery:Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. We do not allow biodegradable or disposable cutlery on our treks.
  4. Two water bottles: 1 liter each.
  5. Plastic covers: While packing, use Ziplock covers to compartmentalization of things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. You also need ziplock packets to keep soiled sanitary napkins if you use them on the trek.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Crocin – 10 tablets
  2. Avomine (optional, in case of motion sickness)- 1 Strip
  3. Combiflam- Half Strip
  4. Muscle relaxant – Half Strip
  5. Digene – Half Strip
  6. Avil – 1 strip
  7. ORS – 6 packs
  8. Knee Brace (If you are prone to knee injury)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. The Disclaimer certificate needs to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.) – It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id. Since Bhangeli will have limited facilities to photocopy, do not leave this till the end. 
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

If you’re shopping or packing for the trek, you can download this quick and simple checklist for offline use.

Here’s a quick info-graphic to give you an overview of everything you need in your backpack.

How safe is the Gidara Bugyal trek?

The Gidara Bugyal trek is a moderate one. Almost all days involve steep ascents or descents. There’s usually excessive snow pre-monsoon, and the ridge is narrow. There are slim chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness though the trail is designed such that your body has enough time to acclimatise to the surroundings.

If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have an eligibility criteria for the Gidara Bugyal trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Gidara Bugyal trek has to meet the fitness requirements. We ask you for proof of your fitness and guide you to get fit enough for the trek.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the Gidara Bugyal trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.

  •    Oxygen Level
  •  Pulse Rate

Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.

This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.

3. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.

4. High Altitude Trek Equipment

To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you compulsorily need to know if you’re going on the Gidara Bugyal trek

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Acute Mountain Sickness:

On the Gidara Bugyal trek, the trail is designed such that your body has enough time to acclimatise to the surroundings. So probabilities of Acute Mountain Sickness are low, however, it is imperative that you take necessary precautions.

At any campsite, inform your trek leader about your condition immediately if you identify any symptom of AMS. If the symptoms don’t alleviate it is best to head down to a lower campsite.

This risk can be avoided by going on a course of Diamox. Even while on Diamox, the risk of AMS still prevails. While AMS can be treated with rest and medicines for the most part, the symptoms must be recognised before it can go to advanced stages – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

HAPE and HACE are critical conditions that can be fatal within hours.And they can occur without AMS preceding them. So it’s doubly important to recognise any symptoms and nip them in the bud.

Take this specific precaution – Go on a preventive course of Diamox

We strongly advise you to go on a preventive course of Diamox. Diamox is a blood thinner and helps you acclimatise much faster and reduces the chance of AMS by around 80%. Take half a tablet twice a day from one day before your trek.

What to do if you have symptoms of AMS?

If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.

Watch the below video to understand the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. In this video, Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes will also tell you the protocol to follow when you see someone showing symptoms of AMS.

Exit points on the Gidar Bugyal trek

The closest exit on this trek is at the base camp, Bhangeli, where there is a road head. Evacuation can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.

Closest hospital

The closest hospital from Bhangeli is in Uttarkashi, that is, District hospital.

Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks

If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life -saving steps you can take. Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.

Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker. There are three life-saving medicines that we suggest you always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

If you are trekking with Indiahikes, do not administer these to anyone without consulting your Trek Leader. If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.

Also ensure that you are well hydrated throughout the trek and do not skip any meal.

You can watch the video below to learn about HAPE and HACE and how to tackle them. In the video, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about High Altitude Pulmonary and Cerebral Edema, what the symptoms are and how to tackle them.

We cannot stress enough on how important it is for you to communicate any symptom to your Trek Leader. Only then your trek leader will be able to take steps at the right time.

Acute Mountain Sickness — Good reads

If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.

What Happens To Your Body At High Altitude

What Is Acute Mountain Sickness? A Quick Look At AMS, HAPE And HACE

How To Treat Altitude Sickness – AMS, HAPE, & HACE

How To Prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), HAPE and HACE

For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.

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Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

 

Trek cancellation policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

In the unlikely case of a trek being called off by us at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Your trek fee includes:

  1. Accommodation – Stay from Day 1 to Day 6 (Bhangeli to Bhangeli). Bhangeli is a campsite. You will camp on the trek as well (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from dinner at Bhangeli on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment – High quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.

Your trek fee does not include:

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Dehradun to Bhangeli and drop you back to Dehradun. This will cost approx. Rs. 5,500 one way per 5-6 seater vehicle. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp
  3. Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,250 for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Raithal.
  4. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please log in to your account and cancel.
Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

Fitness

Fitness

The Gidara Bugyal trek is a moderate grade trek. You start at an altitude of 7,647 feet and reach an altitude of 13,802 feet in 4 days. Ideally, you should be only gaining 1,000 ft a day. However, the Indian Himalayas climb very quickly. This is called a forced ascent.

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 35 minutes by the time your trek starts.

If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 40 minutes. This is a minimum requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 22kms in 60 minutes.

Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

In order to be prepared for a high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.

Green Trails

Green Trails

We have a strong Green Trails policy at Indiahikes. We do not allow any disposables on the trek, except for toilet rolls (No wet wipes.) Every trekker will be issued an Eco Bag to bring back his / her own litter and dispose of it safely at the end of the trek. All trekkers will follow trail and camp etiquette as instructed by the Trek Leader.

Indiahikes reserves the right to terminate your trek if you're found flouting the rules set by the organisation.

Transport

Transport

Indiahikes will arrange transport from the pick-up point, that is Dehradun Railway Station on Day 1 of the trek. All trekkers must are at Dehradun Railway Station before 6:30 AM. Transport charge to the base camp is Rs.5,500 per SUV. This will be split among all the trekkers. The total distance covered is 186 km and will take 6-7 hours.

No Smoking and Drinking

No Smoking and Drinking

Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited on any Indiahikes trek. These are deterrent to your health at high altitude. Anyone found smoking or drinking while on the trek (right from Dehradun) will be asked to end their trek and turn around to the base camp.

I am a first time trekker. Will I be able to do the Gidara Bugyal trek?

I am a first time trekker. Will I be able to do the Gidara Bugyal trek?

The Gidara Bugyal is considered a moderate trek. You start from the basecamp Bhangeli which is at an altitude of 7,647 ft feet and reach an altitude of 13,802 ft feet in a matter of 3 days. On the fourth day, you will be trekking for almost 7 hours. This makes the trek a moderate one. It is a good trek for fit first-timers.

You will need at least 4 weeks of solid preparation for this trek. You can begin preparation by going for brisk walks and then do brisk jogs to improve your cardio. Your target should be to cover 5 km in 35 minutes comfortably by the start the trek.

Will I be able to get mobile connectivity on the trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

Will I be able to get mobile connectivity on the trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

You'll get very sketchy network on the trek, if at all. There are no charging points as well on the trek.

Bhangeli is the last point where you'll get mobile network coverage for most operators, that is, BSNL, Vodafone & Airtel.

Can I bring luggage I do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before  the trek begins?

Can I bring luggage I do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before the trek begins?

Yes, we have an option of leaving behind extra luggage you do not need on the trek, at Bhangeli. Ensure you leave no valuables (laptops, cash, electronics) in this luggage. There is no extra charge for leaving this luggage at the base camp, and you do not have to pre-book it anywhere.

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack (have a porter carry it for you). This will cost Rs 1250 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Bhangeli, the amount will be Rs 350 per day inclusive of tax. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed.

Online offloading in advance is possible up to five days prior to the trek start date. You can opt for this from your dashboard directly.

What are the toilets/washroom facilities like on the trek?

What are the toilets/washroom facilities like on the trek?

Toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. There will be a room freshener as well. It’s the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and do not use wet wipes since these are not bio-degradable.

What equipment can I rent from you?

What equipment can I rent from you?

We provide the following gear for rent - backpack, trekking shoes, trekking poles and padded jackets. You can book your gear through your profile on the Indiahikes dashboard.

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    1. There would be a little too much snow in winter, blocking trails. So we will not be running it in winter. We’ll open it up again in summer.

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