The Phulara Ridge trek route, located in Uttarakhand, is one of the most popular trekking destinations in India. This trek draws adventurers, families, and solo trekkers from all over the world for an exciting and delightful experience in the lap of the Great Himalayas. Counted among the most enthralling treks for trekkers in the country, the Phulara Ridge Trek delivers an excellent blend of adventure and scenery to all of its visitors at a high elevation of 12,127 feet. It allows trekkers to step out of their comfort zones and effectively navigate difficult terrain while admiring the majesty of peaks, woodlands, meadows, and other natural beauties.
Phulara Ridge Trek in October enables trekkers to catch the most breathtaking views of famous peaks such as Kedarkantha and Swargrohini in addition to the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan range. Considering the fitness condition of group members, trekkers can select a Phulara Ridge Trek package ranging from simple to moderately difficult. The Phulara Ridge trek package also includes comfortable and friendly lodging, meals, permit and camping fees. The entire trek is conducted under the supervision of a competent and trained leader who ensures utmost safety throughout the trek ensuring you have the most rewarding trekking experience ever.
Maximum altitude: 12,127 ft.
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Trekking distance: 25 kms
Trail type: Round trail
Rail head: Dehradun Railway Station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Snow Season: December to April
Service from: Dehradun to Dehradun (including transportation)
Base camp: Sankri base camp
Best season: Winter Season (November to March), Autumn season (September to November), Summer Season (May to July)
Who can participate:
Individuals over the age of seven.
The trek is open to beginners, although prior experience is preferred.
The trekker should be able to carry a backpack weighing 10 to 15 kg.
Altitude: 6,397 ft.
Time Taken: 8 to 10 hours drive from Dehradun.
On the first day, you will drive from Dehradun to Sankri, a delightful tiny village in Uttarakhand.
While covering the 220 kilometres, you will pass through various cities, including Mussoorie, Naitwar, and Muri.
The last 22 kilometres of the road are even more enthralling as you enter the Govind National Park, famous for its diverse flora and fauna.
After settling into the accommodation and freshening up, you are free to explore the charming Sankri hamlet at your leisure.
Sankri to Sikolta
Altitude: 6,397 ft. to 9,300 ft.
Time Taken: 5 hours
Trek Grade: Moderate
On the second day of your trip, you will begin your Phulara Ridge trek from Sankri base camp to the Sikolta base camp.
Water Sources: Around 3.5-4 hours into the trek, a little stream will be found located near the broken bridge.
Along the way, you will come across beautiful natural sights including pine forests, the lovely alpine lake Juda Ka Talab, blossoming lilies and marigold flowers, and breathtaking peaks.
The trek path also includes excellent bird-watching spots.
Altitude: 9,300 ft. to 11,155 ft.
Time taken: 4 hrs
Trek Gradient: Easy-Moderate
On this ascending trail, you can find a water source, a stream near the bridge after an hour into the trek.
The third day of the Phulara Ridge trek starts from Silkota to the Bhoj Gadi camp location.
The first 30 minutes of the ascent takes you through a deep forest, followed by a cold river stream at a bridge.
After crossing the wooden bridge, you will arrive at Karsu Thatch, a lush green woodland with abundant yellow wildflower blossoms.
After walking 15 more minutes, you will reach your campsite at Bhoj Gadi.
You can also enjoy wonderful views of Kedarkantha and Swargarohini peaks from here.
Bhoj Gadi to Pushtara via Phulara Ridge
Altitude: 11,115 Ft. to 9,500 Ft. via 12,127 Ft.
Time taken: 6 hrs
Trek Gradient: Proceed trail up to the ridge. A flat path at the ridge followed by the descent to the Pushtara.
Water sources: Carry at least two litres of water from Bhoj Gadi as there is no water source on the trek route.
Begin your day with a spectacular sunrise view before heading towards a one hour walk towards the Phulara ridge.
Catch unobstructed views of a number of Garhwal Himalayan peaks, including Bandarpoonch, Kedarkantha, Swargarohini, Ranglana, and many more.
Descent towards the meadow of Pushtara Bugyal which will be the camping site for the fourth day.
Pushtara to Taluka. Drive to Sankri
Altitude: 9,500 ft. to 7,953 ft.
Time taken: 5 hrs trek + 1 hr drive to Sankri
Trek Gradient: Easy-moderate. Descending trail to Taluka.
Descend from the Pushtara meadows to Taluka village in approximately 30 minutes to find several broken Gujjar homes.
Around 1.5 hrs into the trek, you’ll find a water source, a stream just before you enter the forest.
Enjoy the stunning valley vistas, filled with golden flower blossoms and towering pine trees.
Finish your Phulara Ridge walk in the Taluka hamlet and travel to Sankri, where you’ll be staying in a hotel or homestay.
Back pack (50-60l): Bring a backpack with comfortable shoulder straps and a rain cover.
Day pack (20-30l): Carry a lightweight day pack with a rain cover to keep all the items you'll need for the hike handy.
Walking Stick: Bring at least one walking stick for stability and ease of movement when trekking.
Water bottle: Carry at least two reusable water bottles of 1 litre each to keep you hydrated throughout the trek.
Medical Kit: For emergencies, it is advisable to bring a personal medical kit.
Hiking shoes: Wear a pair of high ankle hiking shoes that are comfortable, waterproof, and have a decent grip.
Thermal inners: Since temperatures at high elevations are low, thermal inners are recommended.
Caps: A sun cap and a woollen cap are advisable to keep as it will protect you from Sun and low temperatures.
Oxygen can (6 litres): For health and safety reasons, you may bring an oxygen can as the Phulera Ridge Trek is a high-altitude trek.
Binoculars: Carry a pair of binoculars to get close-up views of your surroundings.
Synthetic hand gloves: The synthetic hand gloves will let you grasp your trekking pole securely when hiking to Phulara Ridge.
1. How to Reach
The Phulara Ridge Trek starts in Dehradun where the participants can travel via train, bus, or plane. Transportation services to and from Dehradun are included in the Phulara Ridge Trek package.
By train: Take an overnight train to Dehradun railway station and then rent a cab to the pickup location.
By bus: Catch a bus from your location to the pickup spot in Dehradun.
By air: Fly directly to Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport from anywhere in the country.
2. Trekking Routes
Kotgaon - Sikolta - Bhoj Gadi - Pushtara via Phulara ridge - Taluka - Kotgaon - Dehradun
Before embarking on a trekking expedition, all trekkers should keep a few important things in mind, such as the difficulty level, average temperatures, and safety requirements at the location. This not only aids in trip planning and packing, but also in preparing for unforeseen circumstances.
Before the trek, get your fitness level certificate and complete any necessary checkups.
Check out the weather forecast before signing up for the trek.
Strictly adhere to the rules provided by the forest authorities and trek leaders for your own safety and that of the natural surroundings.
Pack snacks like energy bars and dry fruits to give you a burst of energy.
As network access is poor in the mountains, complete all important calls before embarking on a Phulara Ridge climb.
Inform the trek in charge right away if you discover something wrong or feel ill during the trek.
You should bring the necessary cash before beginning the walk because there may be no ATMs along the way.
How difficult is Phulara Ridge Trek?
The Phulara Ridge Trek is graded between simple and moderately difficult which means even beginners and novices can enjoy this trekking experience.
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