Delight in embarking on the Gulabi Kantha Trek, a well-known trek in the Yamuna valley in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The ultimate destination of this trek, Gulabi Kantha, is situated at an altitude of 3789 meters above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas.
Gulabi Kantha is known for its scenic beauty of lush green bugyal(meadows) which is filled with pink rhododendrons, giving it the name “Gulabi”. The beautiful destination also has wildflowers, oak, and deodorant trees as well as rich fauna. Gulabi Kantha will also reward you with a spectacular 360-degree view of the Himalayan mountain range and you will be witnessing the Bandarpunch peak, Chaukhamba peaks, Sarutal range, Shivalik mountains range, Fachu Kandi pass, and Bali pass. Visit during the sunset to enjoy an even more breathtaking view.
You will be starting your trek from Hanuman Chatti, the base camp for the trek as well as several other treks. From there, you will be trekking to Gulabi Kantha, halting at Seema Thatch for a night on the way. Your trekking route will take you through highland meadows and dense forests. The five-day long trekking journey will finish at Hanuman Chatti from where you will return to your home with wonderful memories of the trip.
Arrive at Hanuman Chatti
Your Gulabi Kantha trek will begin after you reach Hanuman Chatti, the base camp of the expedition.
Hanuman Chatti is an important part of Char-Dham and is the common base camp for several treks including the Bali pass trek, Fachu Kandi pass, etc.
Opt to visit the Holy Shrine Yamunotri Temple, located five kilometers away, at your own cost.
Enjoy organic dinner and a bonfire in the evening and then retire for the night.
Trek to Seema Thatch (3400 Meters) (10 km by Trek)
Start the second day of your Gulabi Kantha trek with a delicious breakfast and then embark on your trek to Seema Thatch at around 8 am.
Begin your 10 km long journey which you will be completing in 5 to 6 hours.
Trek through a dense forest filled with pine and maple trees and admire the breathtaking natural vista surrounding you.
Halt at Kandola for lunch at around 2 pm and enjoy a mouthwatering spread.
Continue on your journey and reach your destination Seema thatch at around 4:00 pm.
Check in into luxurious tents and enjoy tea with snacks.
Marvel at the beauty of sunset at Seema thatch and retire for the night after dinner.
Trek to Gulabi Kantha (3,789 Meters) and back to camp (10 km by trek)
The third day of your Gulabi Kantha trek itinerary is the one when you trek to your final destination, Gulabi Kantha.
Start at 8 am after a healthy breakfast and trek for 5 km to reach Gulabi Katha in 4 - 5 hours.
Reach Gulabi Kantha at around 1 pm and have a packed lunch.
Wander in the lush green Bugyal (meadow) of the hill, and admire the flora and fauna of the place.
Feel spellbound looking at the panoramic 360-degree view of the surrounding snow-clad mountain ranges such as Kalindi srikala, Shivalik mountains, Chaukhamba peaks, and Bandar Poonch peak.
Learn about the place and its people from your knowledgeable guide.
Delight in having tea while looking at the enchanting view.
Start for your downwards trek and reach Seema thatch camp.
Enjoy dinner with a local wine before retiring for the night.
Trek back to Hanuman Chatti (10 km by trek)
Wake up to enjoy the glorious sunrise at Seema thatch and have your breakfast before you start trekking down to Hanuman Chatti.
Stop for lunch at Kandola at around 1 pm.
Reach the base camp of Hanuman Chatti at around 4 pm.
Relax for the rest of the day after the exhaustive trek for 3 days.
Delight in having dinner with a bonfire and music, and spend the night at the camp.
Tour ends at Hanuman Chatti
Your Gulabi Kantha Trek comes to an end on the fifth day of your trekking trip and you will start your return journey.
You will be escorted to the railway station from where you will return to your hometown with delightful memories of the trek.
Clothes & Footwear:
Do not carry too many clothes as you have to carry them during your trek.
Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers.
Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.
Pack thermals to keep you warm at night.
Take warm clothing such as fleece or woollen layers for heights.
Pack t-shirts and fleece t-shirts which are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast.
Don't forget a headcover such as a cap or balaclava to protect your head during the trek.
Take woolen socks to keep your feet warm and mittens to protect your hands from cold.
A strongly built 50 to 60 liters backpack with good support.
Hiking pole for support during the trek.
Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc.
Sunscreen to protect your skin.
Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones.
Snacks ( Dry fruits, ORS, Electoral etc)
2 Water bottles of 1 liter each to refill with water to keep yourself hydrated during the trek.
Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.
Torch to use at night.
Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty on the trail and at the destination.
Your Gulabi Kantha Trek starts from Hanuman Chatti which is located in Joshimath, Uttarakhand. You will need to reach the nearest railway station or airport and then travel by road to reach the place.
By Road: You can travel from Rishikesh (286 km), or Dehradun (170.7 km) by road to reach Hanuman Chatti. Buses are available from both cities. You can also take a jeep or private taxi from Rishikesh.
By Train: Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest station to Hanuman Chatti. The station is well connected with other parts of India.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Hanuman Chatti. The airport is connected to several other cities in India.
Those going for the Gulabi Kantha Trek will be briefed on the logistics and other important details of the trek before starting the expedition. To make their journey safe and enjoyable, a few tips need to be noted:
Those suffering from pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases should avoid the trek.
Get your medical checkup done to ensure fitness before you go on a trek.
The trek is also not recommended for pregnant ladies.
Pay attention to your trek instructor to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
Do not waste water.
Be careful as you walk. Do not get distracted while walking, which might result in losing your foothold and spraining your legs.
You will trek through an eco-friendly zone, so refrain from littering the local sites or campsites or you may be fined.
Inform your guide before you go anywhere.
Carry all the necessary documents, your ID proof, tickets and vouchers with you during the entire trip.
All personal expenses including a visit to the Holy Shrine Yamunotri temple will be at your own cost.
Where is Gulabi Kantha Trek located?
Gulabi Kantha Trek is located in the Yamuna valley in Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 3657 meters above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek starts from the base camp at Hanuman Chatti and you will need to halt for the night at Seema Thatch on the way to Gulabi Kantha.
How difficult is the Gulabi Kantha trek?
Gulabi Kantha trek is an easy to moderate difficulty level trek. It can be undertaken by both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. Beginners can, however, do a little jogging before they start on the trail to get themselves ready for the trek.
What is the best time to do the Gulabi Kantha trek?
The best time for Gulabi Kantha trek is either during the post-monsoon or the pre-monsoon months. You can go for the trek in the months of April to May or September to October. If you trek during the winter months, the trek becomes a bit difficult and may not be suitable for you unless you are a very experienced trekker.
What is the highest altitude of the Gulabi Kantha Trek?
The highest altitude you will be reaching as a part of your Gulabi Kantha Trek itinerary is an altitude of 3657 meters above sea level ( (12,000 feet).
Is it possible to trek Gulabi Kantha solo?
You will be needing a guide even if you embark on this trek solo. Without a guide, you will not be able to complete the trek even if you go during the best time for Gulabi Kantha trek.