Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

30 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

3535 mts.


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The Ali Bedni Bugyal is part of the famous Rookund trek. Since Roopkund trek is temporarily closed, we thought about launching the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek, which in itself is a complete trek & offers excellent views of Higher Himalayan ranges. The twin bugyals of Ali & Bedni are amongst the best in the country and are very well know in the trekking community. The trek is fairly easy & suited for beginners. Experienced trekkers can also do this trek just for the sake of unmatched views this trek offers. Stay on this page for more details about Ali Bedni Bugyal trek.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Dehradun/Rishikesh to Lohajung - 296 km Drive

Arrive in Dehradun by early morning, and board our vehicles for the drive to Lohajung - the base of Roopkund trek. Pickup time from Dehradun is 7 AM. The road winds through beautiful Kumaon region. We pass though Almora & Kausani. On the way, you will get some spectacular views of peaks like Kamet & Panchachuli. We will arrive in Lohajung by the evening & check into a guesthouse for the night. The town of Lohajung ( Starting point of many other famous Treks too ), located at 2300 M is also a small mountain pass connecting Gwaldam side to Wan side of the mountain. Spend some evening time in the small market of Lohajung which by the way closes very early or enjoy a beautiful sunset from the balcony of your guest house. Dine early & break into bed for a good long nights sleep. * We provide pickup from Rishiksh as well. The pickup point in Rishikesh is Natraj Chauk & pickup time is 8 AM.


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Day 2

Lohajung to Tolpani | 2529 FT | 11 Kms

After warmup & briefing we begin our trek. We trek through the forest following the Neel Ganga river. The initial trek is downhill till be hit the river. After we cross the river throught the metal bridge, the trail winds upwards. After a good climb of around 2 hours, we reach Didina. From Didina, Tolpani is a gradual 1 km ascent. The tip of the ridge which is Ali Bugyal, can be seen from many points on the trail. As the trek continues, we get set into it and start negotiating the climb towards our first campsite of the day which is Tolpani. We reach Tolpani by late afternoon & setup our camps.


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Day 3

Tolpani to Abin Kharak/Khobal Tal | 2456 M | 7.5 Kms

We start early today in order to enjoy the best views. The is a brief climb till the Ridge of Ali bugyal. Once we reach the ridge the trek is fairly easy with long sections of flat walk or gradual ascent. We will walk through the Ali Bugyal with mountains on our both side far in the distance. You will realize on the trek that these meadows are one of the best in the country. As you are walking through the Ali Bugyal, Nanga Ghunti & Trishuli are prominently visible in the East. We trek easy today taking frequent halts. You will get ample time to click pictures, so make good use of cameras today. Our campsite for the day is a forest section between Ali & Bedni Bugyal. It is also called Abin Kharak or Khobal Tal.


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Day 4

Abin Kharak/Khobal Tal to Ghairoli Patal | 2456 M | 5 Kms

Today is going to be a relaxed day. There is hardly any climb. We trek to the Bedni Bugyal. There is no clear demarcation between two bugyals. However, the bedni Bugyal has a small pond which is also known as Bedni Kund. This will be our halting point for the lunch. Post lunch we trek to the Bedni top to get one of the best view of our surroundings. The trail upward from this point can take you to the famous Roopkund Lake. The trek to Roopkund lake is temporarily closed due to Uttrakhand high court ban on camping in Bugyals. After a brief halt at the top, we descend down to Ghairoli Patal, which is again a campsite in the middle of dense jungle.


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Day 5

Trek from Ghairoli Patal to Wan. Drive from Wan to Lohajung |2316 M | Trek Distance : 6Kms

In the morning board vehicle for the return journey to Haldwani. Reach Haldwani by evening. You are advised to book your return from Kathgodam/Haldwani after 9 PM to have sufficient time at hand in case of any delays in the road journey.


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Day 6

Lohajung to Dehradun/Rishikesh

In the morning board vehicle for the return journey to Dehradun/Rishikesh. Reach Dehradun by late evening. There is a gap of approx. 1 hour in dropping time at Rishikesh & Dehradun. We will first drop at Rishikesh & then at Dehradun. You are advised to book your return from Dehradun/Rishikesh after 9 PM to have sufficient time at hand in case of any delays in the road journey.



Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For the novice, it is a great start to enter the world of trekking. The Ali Bedni Bugyal trek can get a bit rigorous for the first-timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on this easy trek for the love of its views and trekking.

Eligibility: Experience required

The Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. Basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

The Ali Bedni Bugyal is part of the famous Rookund trek. Since Roopkund trek is temporarily closed, we thought about launching the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek. which in itself is a complete trek & offers excellent views of Higher Himalayan ranges. The twin bugyals of Ali & Bedni are amongst the best in the country and are very well know in the trekking community. The trek is fairly easy & suited for beginners. Experienced trekkers can also do this trek just for the sake of unmatched views this trek offers. Stay on this page for more details about Ali Bedni Bugyal trek.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is a summer trek. It can be done from March to November. The best months are May, June, August & September.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

Ali Bedni Bugyal trek begins from Lohajung which is about 200 km from Kathgodam/Haldwani. There are no direct buses from Kathgodam/Haldwani to Lohajung. But you can take a shared jeep which will cost you around INR 900. It takes around 12 hours to get to Lohajung from Haldwani/Kathgodam.
Kathgodam is well connected to Delhi through rail and road transport. Here is how you can reach:
By Road: Uttarakhand Roadways provides all kinds of bus services between Delhi ISBT to Haldwani. The distance between Delhi to Kathgodam is 294 km which takes about 7 hours to cover. You can book your bus tickets online through https://utconline.uk.gov.in/ or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi. These taxis come at exorbitant prices.
By Rail: Kathgodam is the last railhead before Lohajung. Board Ranikhet Express from Delhi which reaches Kathgodam early in the morning. Or you can take Delhi Sampark Kranti which reaches Kathgodam in the night in case you want to stay for the night.
By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the closest to Lohajung at a distance of 256 km. There is one Air India flight running everyday between Delhi and Pantnagar. It is suggested to make your bookings well in advance due to low frequency of flights. In case you are flying to Pantnagar, take a taxi from airport to Kathgodam and then take one of those shared jeeps to reach Lohajung.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL network connectivity is sparsely available on the trail.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Kathgodam is located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand. Nainital is 53 km from Kathgodam and can be reached by local buses. Nainital is a famous tourist spot in the mountains & visited by a lot of people all around the year. Naini Lake is the heart of Nainital where you can enjoy boating, yachting, and paddling. Perch on the Tiffin Top to enjoy the views of Nainital. Stroll at The Mall Road where you can buy some souvenirs from the trip.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

At Lohajung, the base camp of the trek the trekkers will have a stay at a guest house before the start of the trek. During the return also the stay will be at a local guest house at Lohajung.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

In summers, during the day, the temperature will range from 15-25 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0 to 5 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Since this is primarily a summer trek to an average altitude, do not expect snow on this trek.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Dehradun has a sufficiently large market. However, do not leave anything for last minute buying as there will be no time for shopping because of immediate transportation to Lohajung. Lohajung is a very small village and it would be difficult to find anything major there. Minor toiletries are available.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

We will pick up the participants from Dehradun - Main Bus Stand or Natraj Chauk in Rishikesh and take them to the base camp of the trek Lohajung.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

The participants will be dropped at Dehradun - Main Bus Stand or Natraj Chauk in Rishikesh by the evening a day after returning from the trek.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) is the mandatory document required for the trek.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Meals
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Technical equipment ,Safety Equipment.
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a certified mountaineer as trek Leader.
  • 2 Nights Hotel stay in Lohajung.

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Transportation to & from Lohajung.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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