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Sankri to Sankri
The Phulara Ridge Trek is a stunning trek in the Sankri range of Uttarakhand. The trek displays some of the most glorious sights in the Himalayas with a spectacular ridge walk almost throughout the trek. The panoramic views you get because of the ridge walk is awe-inspiring and makes you wanting for more and more. The eye-catching meadows of Pushtara are one of the many highlights of this trek. The trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers alike who wish to explore the unmatched beauty of the Sankri range and also enjoy a trek that stands out from all others. The best time for the trek are April - June and September to December. Stay on this page for more information of the Phulara Ridge trek.
Arrive at Sankri
Arrive at Sankri. If you opt for transportation from us then we will assemble early morning (7 AM) in Dehradun and drive towards Sankri. Overnight in guest house/hotel in Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand located at a distance of 180 km from Dehradun. When it comes to trekking In India Sankri is quite a popular trailhead as a lot of treks starts from here like - Har Ki Dun, Bali pass, Borasu Pass, Ruinsara Tal, Bharadsar lake. If you reach early - go for some bird watching.
Sankri (6397 ft) to Sikolta (9300 ft) - 5-6 hours
We start our trek from Sankri with the initial ascent taking you through a lovely pine forest. You will be able to see a variety of birds on the trail. After a couple of clearings, you get the first glimpse of Phulara ridge. Thet rail takes you through deodar trees followed by a ridge to your right while the snow-capped peaks stand tall and mighty to the left. Followed by an hour more of walk through a patch of colorful flowers takes you to the third clearing which is the Sikolta campsite. Overnight in tents.
Sikolta (9300 ft) to Bhoj Gadi (11,155 ft) - 5 hours
About 30 mins steep ascent from the Sikolta campsite takes you darkand dense forest. The trail takes you to a big clearing where the grass is studded with pretty flowers. The tree line declines and you get to see the lovely Kedarkantha peak to the right. The trail takes you to a lovely meadow with bhoj trees. The Dhunda Top is the highest point followed by a winding trail to the campsite. Overnight in tents.
Bhoj Gadi (11,155 ft) to Phulara ridge (12,127 ft) to Pushtara (9500 ft) - 6-7 hours
You can see the top of Phulara ridge from the campsite. From here it takes about an hour to reach the top of the ridge. As you walk on the ridge you get to see the snowcapped mountains on either sides moving with you. Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Swargarohini, Baraadsar Peak, Ranglana, Devkyara valley, Lekha Top, Vijay Top, Kedarkantha, etc. The trail descents down and you cross the valley to reach the stunning meadows of Pushtara which will be our campsite for the night. Overnight in tents.
Pushtara (9500 ft) to Taluka (7950 ft) - 5 hours trek. Drive to Sankri - Drive, 1 hr.
The trail descends down to Taluka. The tree line becomes dense with pretty flowers complementing the sight. You eventually reach the forest. Once you reach the Taluka village you get to see the trail leading to Har ki Dun valley. Our vehicles will drive you from Taluka to Sankri. Overnight in guesthouse.
Sankri to Dehradun - 198 km Drive
Depart Sankri and expect to reach Dehradun by evening.
Phulara Ridge trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For the novice, it is a great start to enter into the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first-timers. Therefore, it is recommended to maintain a good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on Kedarkantha trek for the love of its views and trekking.
Since Phulara ridge trek is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running is recommended.
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.
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.
The best time to do the Phulara ridge trek is April to June and September to November.
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The starting point of Phulara ridge trek is Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for Uttrakhand treks. It is 180 km from Dehradun. There are public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri. You can also take a shared taxi that will cost you around INR 600. Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.
There is no mobile reception after Sankri.
There are a number of places to visit in Dehradun and Mussoorie. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much-touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.
The minimum age limit for Kedarkantha trek 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.
When you arrive in Dehradun you will be transferred to Sankri, your stay will be made at local guest house or homestay in Sankri. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
In winters, during the day, the temperature will range from 15-25 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 5 to 0 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.
Chances of snow on the trek will be high in the month of May only.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sankri. Sankri is a very small village and it would be difficult to find anything major there. Minor toiletries are available.
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.
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.
The pickup will be from Outside ISBT, Dehradun at 7:00 AM to Sankri (the base village of the trek) and the drop on the last day will be at the same place in Dehradun by/before 10:00 PM.
Expect to reach Dehradun late in the evening. Make sure your bookings from this point to your respective destinations are late in the night, post 22:00 Hrs or early in the morning on the next day.
It is mandatory to carry ID Proof for the trek. (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried along)
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.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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