Ali Bedni Bugyal trek is one of the most interesting summer Himalayan treks that takes you to the green alpine meadows. The enchanting Bedni Bugyal Meadow lies 11,686 ft above the ground between the Almora, Nainital, Kausani, and Gwaldam hill stations. There are two ways to reach Bedni Bugyal Meadow and Ali Bedni Bugyal Village- The first one is from Lohajung and the second one is from Mundoli and Wan Village. The 6-Day and 5-Night trek takes you through a moderate trail with steep ascents and descents. The 31 Kilometer long Bedni Bugyal trek lets you conquer the village of Ali Bedni Bugyal and its meadows. You come across the Neel Ganga holy river as you pass by Ranka Dhar and Wan Village. The trail takes you through the forests of Rhododendrons, Oaks, and Birch as the grasslands make you witness tiny flowers and blooming wildflowers with the cattle grazing along Gharoli Patal. You get to explore the beauty of Ali Bugyal Village, one of the highest inhabited villages in India. The meadows present you with the entire looks of 6000-7000 ft standing faces of the Himalayas. The most magnificent mountain to view is Mount Trishul and the surrounding green mountains beneath the blue skies.
Maximum altitude: 11686 ft.
Duration: 5N/ 6D
Trek difficulty: Moderate
Trek distance: 31 Kms
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Rail Head: Rishikesh Railway Station
Best Time To Trek: Mid March to Jun and September to October
Start Point/End Point: Rishikesh
Base Camp: Lohajung
Drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung
The drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung takes about 10 hours to complete with a distance of 250 km to cover.
The route takes you through beautiful mountainous roads covered with dense forests.
Witness River Ganga flowing through your journey along with the three holy rivers of Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Karanprayag.
The blending of Alakananda with the Bhagirathi river presents the mint colors visible from far off.
If you are lucky, you will be able to see the Himalayan Belt of Garhwal hills on clearer days.
The Nand Ghunti peak will be directly visible from Lohajung and its mesmerizing shades will enchant you.
Once you reach Lohajung, you can explore the small town and stay overnight in tents.
Trek from Lohajung to Didna Village
Trek for 6.5 kilometers which takes you to an elevation of 8100 ft in 4-5 hours.
Trek to Ruan Bagan Bridge with a descent of 4-5 kilometers.
You can wait some time at the Ruan Bagan Bridge to witness the beauty of the Neel Ganga River.
Refill your water bottle as there are fewer chances of finding water during the trek.
Post crossing Ruan Bagan Bridge, there is a steep ascent for 2 kilometers leading to Didna Village, taking you 2 hours to complete.
Reach Didna Village before lunch as you can take advantage of the accommodation.
The village has no local market but you can find the network connectivity to call your loved ones.
Didna Village To Khobal Tal via Ali Bugyal
Start ascending from Didna Village at 8000 ft to reach the enchanting Ali Bugyal Village at 11000 ft.
Ali Bugyal is mighty enough to be directly visible from the Didna Village Campsite.Start Trekking through the blooming forests of Rhododendrons, Oaks, and Birch Trees.
The 3-4 hour long trek follows a path of lush greenery and vegetation to reach Ali Bugyal Village.
Mostly known to be the highest inhabited location in India, the beautiful village is on a mountain head.
After spending quality time in the beautiful village, you ascend to the campsite near Khobal Tal.
Rest overnight in the camps to start the next day.
Khobal Tal to Ghairoli Patal
The fourth day of the trek starts from the campsite near Khobal Tal to reach Bedni Bugyal Trek point and descend to Ghairoli Patal.
The trekking route is along the right side of Ghairoli Patal.
The distance between the campsite and the Bedni Bugyal Trek spot is 4 kilometers.
The 4 kilometers trek is a steep climb taking 4-5 hours of your time.
Upon reaching the main point of the trek, The Bedni Bugyal Point, experience the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and their lush greenery.
By late evening, descend to Ghairoli Patal for staying overnight in the camps.
Trek from Ghairoli Patal to Lohajung
The elevation of Ghairoli Patal campsite is 10,500 ft for you to start an early morning descent after breakfast.
Start trekking downwards from Ghairoli Patal to Neel Ganga with the 3-kilometer steep descent.
After spending some time at Neel Ganga, you must reach Ranka Dhar crossing a moderate ascent of a kilometer.
From Ranka Dhar, there is a 3 km gradual descent to Wan Village Road Head.
Upon reaching Wan Village Road, drive to Lohajung for 45 minutes.
Stay overnight in the Lohajung guest house.
Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh
After spending the night in the Lohajung guest house, you can enjoy a healthy breakfast. Post the meal, leave for Rishikesh in a private car to cover 210 km for 10 hours.
Carry torches, headlamps, and power banks, as there is no electricity at higher altitudes.
Carry water bottles to refill around the Neel Ganga River.
Carry some warm clothes and thermal wear like jackets, sweaters, scarves, woolen caps, gloves, and socks to beat the temperature drop at higher altitudes.
Also carry a raincoat in case of any sudden downpour.
Wear appropriate trekking shoes that are suitable for any kind of terrain, especially steep ascents/descents.
Pack medicines and first-aid kit.
Carry an adequate amount of toiletry like toothpastes, soaps, moisturizer, and sanitizer.
Take bug repellent.
Don’t forget the eatables like biscuits, quick energy bites, etc., to keep you energized during the trek.
You can reach base camp Lohajung base camp from multiple places but Rishikesh is the most preferable route.
By Air: You can take the flight to the nearest airport- the Jolly Grant Airport. It is 35 km away from Rishikesh. From there, you can take a cab/taxi or bus to reach Lohajung.
By Train: You can take a direct train to reach Rishikesh. It has connectivity to various Indian cities. From there, you can take a direct bus/private taxi to reach Lohajung.
By Bus: You can board a bus from Anand Vihar Terminal around 09:00 PM to reach Lohajung at 05:30 PM the next day.
By Cab: Once you reach Delhi, you can take a cab to reach Rishikesh.
From Rishikesh, you can take a 6-7 hour bus to reach Karanprayag.
From Karanprayag, you can take a jeep to reach the 47-kilometer Tharali.
From Tharali, you can take a cab to reach Debal or directly to Lohajung.
The most preferred way to reach is by taking a direct taxi from Rishikesh to reach Lohajung in 10-12 hours.
Apart from Lohajung, you can take a shorter trek from Karanprayag and skip the Didna Village.
Rishikesh to Mundoli: From Rishikesh, reach Mundoli via a private car/bus at a distance of 240 kilometers. The 8-9 hours journey lets you witness the confluence of Rivers Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Karanprayag.
Mundoli to Wan: Drive for 10 kilometers to reach the starting point of the Trek at Wan. From there, ascend 11 kilometers to reach Bedni Bugyal.
Explore Bedni Bugyal meadow and Ali Bugyal Village for the day.
Bedni Bugyal to Wan: Start descending Bedni Bugyal to reach Wan, and head back to Rishikesh the next day.
Trek to Bedni Bugyal is a moderate-level trek with 6 days and 5 nights, making you carry the necessary items. Also, you need to check the weather before the trek and must follow the instructions given by your trek leader for safety and comfort.
The best time to start Bedni Bugyal Trek is between April to June.
The Bedni Bugyal Trek is a moderate trek with a combination of gradual and steep ascents/descents.
Visit a doctor before the Bedni Bugyal Trek to assess your fitness level and go for other mandatory checkups.
Avoid planning to trek during monsoons as rain can make the steep ascents/descents dangerous.
Refrain from trekking during the night as it can be dangerous.
Don’t litter near the campsite, try to save water, and don’t use plastic bags as we encourage eco-friendly treks.
Carry a 50-60 liter backpack for keeping all the important items as it is a 6-Day Trek.
No telecommunication network lies beyond Didna Village.
How much time is required to do Ali Bedni Bugyal trek?
Bedni Bugyal Trek is a 6 Day- 5 Night Trek that involves 31 kilometers of trail. The trek takes you 11,686 ft above sea level with steep ascents and descents.
Where is Bedni Bugyal located?
Bedni Bugyal is a green meadow located at an elevation of 11,686 ft from the ground. The alpine meadow is located along the Northern edge of the hill stations of Almora, Nainital, Kausani, and Gwaldam. It can be easily reached from Lohajung or Wan Village.
How difficult is the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek?
Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek is a moderate Trek, best suited for intermediate to expert-level trekkers. Even first-timers can choose to enjoy this trek as there are steep ascents and descents at some points but they finish up quickly. You get to rise and descend 11,000+ ft above sea level in a span of 6 days. The campsite areas are habitable and a bit comfortable as they are near the villages. Moreover, you can take this trek with regular prior exercise, like walking, and running.
What is the best time to do Ali Bedni Bugyal trek?
The best time for Bedni Bugyal Trek is the late summertime around June as you get to witness the lush greenery of the alpine meadows. The forests of rhododendrons and oaks look vibrant with blooming wildflowers that make picturesque landscapes ready to be captured.
Is Bedni Bugyal worth visiting?
Yes, Bedni Bugyal Trek is worth it because you get to see the greenest Himalayan meadows lying at a whopping altitude above 11,000 ft. The Ali Bedni Bugyal village is India’s highest habitable village for you to explore and enjoy.