Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal Trek: Walking on one of the prettiest meadows in the Himalayas

  • Upcoming Ali Bedni Bugyal autum and winter treks from Oct to Dec.
  • Private/customised treks for your own group/family is open as per your preferred date. TREK FEE will be same for a group of 8 to 9 persons i.e. ₹ 9950 + 5% GST per person (Lohajung to Lohajung) and will be proportianately lower or higher as number of persons in a private/customised tour.

Below is your Complete Guide to Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek for 2023. Click on a link to navigate to a specific part of the information.

About the trail
Brief itinerary
Altitude & Distance graph
Best time to visit
Why this a perfect snow trek?
What else on this trail?
Expected temperture range
Clothing required
How to reach basecamp?

About the trek:

Ali and Bedni “Bugyal” two adjacent alpine meadows form one of the most eye soothing and peak view rich trail, Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal trek. Literally you will be spending almost 2 days on the vast expanse of the alpine meadows , locally called Bugyal. Be it summer, autumn, winters or spring you can walk on this rolling stretch of meadow, sometimes shades of green, yellow, or perhaps golden brown. During the peak winter months expect a white blanket covered with snow. Here is some photographic evidence.

Ali Bedni Bugyal: A grand Himalayan trek
The expanse of Ali Bugyal (PC – Anomit)
Winter wonderland during winter
Summer time panoramic view of Bedni Bugyal: Serene and pristine
Its a perfect winter trek for snow (PC – Emmanuelle)
Stretch of Bedni Bugyal while walking towards Bedni top

You can even try this trail in monsoon, when meadows are covered with myriads of wild flowers. Meadows are greenest during monsoon or just after monsoon in September. In a nutshell, it’s truly a year-round trek.

A different look in monsoon

What else you may ask, additionally if you are surrounded by high mountains, from Kumaon and Garhwal Himalayas? Straight ahead are Trishul, Nandaghunti and Mrigthuni unfolding their gigantic massifs. Aerially these are very close to you, not more than 5 Km as the crow flies!

For those who want to push a step forward, there is a climb to Bedni Bugyal Top some ~ 300 m/1000 ft . From Bedni top and Bedni Bugyal meadows, you will get panoramic views of Garhwal heartland i.e. Chaukhamba region. Stretching from Neelkanth and surrounding peaks in Badrinath valley to Kedarnath, Mandani peaks in east, magnificent Chaukhamba pillars (I,II,III, IV) are definitely the central attraction.

Mt. Trishul standing over 7000 m/ 23000 ft
Nandaghunti peak (PC – Jayanta)
Bedni Kund: Reflections of Nandaghunti (L) and Trishul (R)
Sunrise on Chaukhamba

Weather is unpredictable on mountains, especially on Bugyals. There is a saying locally that “Mumbai  ka fashion aur Bugyal o ka mausam“, implicating that the weather keeps changing on meadows frequently. While mornings are normally clear with outstanding mountain views, afternoons are misty. Snowing naturally occurs from December to February during winters, but it may snow as late as early May as well.

Ali Bugyal: A lovely walk on the alpine meadows
Scenic Ali Bugyal walk
Misty meadows in the afternoon
Snow covered Bedni Bugyal during spring (April)

Two campsites on this trek are nothing short of brilliant. Ali Bugyal Forest camp is on the fringe of the forest and grassland with high mountain views. Gahroli Patal is a sweet camping spot nestled inside Oak and conifer forest.

Ali Forest camp (PC – Akash)
Moutain views from Ali Forest camp (PC – Akash)
Gahraoli Patal campsite
Treeline starts while descending from meadows

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh (6 a.m.) to Lohajung (~2320 m/7600 ft) – 250 Km by car – 10/11 hours . Lodge accommodation (3/4 sharing).
Day 2: Trek to Didna village (~2480 m/8135 ft)  – 10 Km – 5 hours. Homestay on a sharing basis.
Day 3: Trek to Abin Kharak camp beside Ali Bugyal (~ 3350 m/11000 ft) – 8 Km – 5/6 hours . Twin sharing tent.
Day 4: Climb to Bedni Top (~3800 m/12500 ft) and descend to Bedni Bugyal meadows – explore (Bedni Kund, Nanda Devi temple etc) – lunch – trek down to Gahroli Patal (~ 3200 m/10500 ft) – 8 Km – 6/7 hours total hike. Twin sharing Tent.
Day 5:  Descent to Wan village  – 9 Km – 4/5 hours – drive to Lohajung – 15 Km – 45 mins. Lodge (3/4 sharing).
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh– 250 – 10/11 hours. Dehradun airport or Haridwar is another 1 hour from Rishikesh.

Important notes on itinerary :

  • Often it is convenient to reach Rishikesh anytime on Day 0. Either you can fly to Dehradun (DED, Jolly Grant airport) which is only 1 hour drive from Rishikesh. Otherwise you can get Uttarakhand state transport volvo bus services (morning and overnight) from ISBT Kashmiri Gate Delhi to Rishikesh (5/6 hours). Arrange your stay in Rishikesh accordingly.
  • You may opt for a shared transportation with other group members (NOT included in the TREK FEE) from Rishikesh on Day 1 at 6 a.m. Pick up spots in Rishikesh are Natraj Chowk and Tapovan Police checkpost on Badrinath road. Else you are free to reach basecamp independently.
  • Cab fare is ₹ 7500 and ₹ 10500 for a Tata Sumo and Tempo Traveller one way respectively. This is shared equally by the availing team members and paid directly to the driver.
  • ATM: Last ATM at Deval, 25 Km before, but very often without cash. Withdraw well in advance, either from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Gauchar, or Karnaprayag.
  • Mobile connectivity: Airtel & Jio networks work at basecamp Lohajung and Didna village.

Altitude and distance profile graph for Bedni Bugyal trek:

Below is a pictorial representation of the trail profile. You can estimate the relative gradient for ascent or descent on each day.

Ali & Bedni Bugyal Trek: Distance and Altitude chart

Seasons & best time to visit Bedni Bugyal

As already said, you can visit Ali and Bedni Bugyal throughout the year. Every season has its uniqueness and charm. Here is a season and month wise breakup.

Summer (May – June): Bugyal starts changing to green. During morning weather remains clear for good mountain views. Afternoons are cloudy or may have occasional pm showers.

Monsoon (Jul – Aug): For people who love wild flowers and don’t mind to walk in rain or mist. Monsoon peaks during mid July to mid August. Meadows remain rich and profuse.

Post Monsoon/Autumn (Sep to Nov): Residual rain in first half of September. Bugyals are green and some flowers remain till end of September. From October grass will turn into yellow and golden. After monsoon this season offers clear views of the mountain without haze.

Winter (Dec to Feb): Clear views of the mountains. Snowing starts from late December and continues till end of February. Bugyals are yellow-golden to brownish during this time.

Spring (Mar-Apr): Residual snow normally in March, although snowfall may occur even in April. Clear mountain views. You will get some Rhododendrons on your way.

Why Ali Bedni Bugyal as a winter snow trek? When do you get snow?

Easily accessible winter treks are often crowded, typically during mid December to late January. It is hard to find respite or solace in any of the popular winter treks. No matter how small is your group, there will be many other groups trekking along and literally huddling around as campsites during winters are limited.

Many of you who are experienced trekkers or even the newbies often prefer a less crowded and moreover a serene atmosphere as one should be expecting on a hiking trail. Not being a popular winter trekking destination (doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful though!) this trail will give you a chance to get close to nature with abundance of beauty and “views”.

Ali Bugyal: Serene and tranquil

If your foremost priority is to get snow on this trail, then choose this trek between late December to mid of February. This area  is bordering with Kumaon region and usually snowfall starts later than the winter trekking trails located in western Garhwal. January gives you a better chance to walk on snow. Also being very close to the Brahmatal trail (basically the trails are on the opposite sides of the valley) you should get snow on either trail at any given time.

Anything more in this trek?

Apart from the scenic meadows with fascinating high peak views there are other takeaways from this trek. Your first days trek is till Didna which is picturesque village on the shoulder of a mountain ridge. You will get good amount of time in the afternoon to explore Didna and surroundings. Its a charm to meet the friendly local people, and observing their simple lifestyle. Similarly the trek ends at Wan village, a fairly large village in context to Himalaya. You may also visit Latu Devta temple, a blessed one locally.

This trail is a part of the famous Roopkund trek which was once crowded in peak trekking season. Due to camping ban order on meadows and Bugyal now Roopkund trek is closed/not possible. So it is also a nice opportunity for you now to spend your trekking days on a serene and calm trail what it used to be 15 years back 😎

At Didna village
HT Didna homestay accommodation
Life at Didna (PC: Kalyja)
Didna village in winter
Kids at Wan village

Expected temperature range in Ali Bedni Bugyal trek:

As this trek can be done almost all year, temperatures will vary accordingly. Usually the minimum temperature is attained for a place during the mid-night to early morning hours. On the other hand, temperatures are normally on the higher side from late morning to early afternoon.

Additionally, there will be wind chill factors in the mountains. A steady 15 to 20 Km per hour wind can bring the “feels like” temperature significantly lower.

Winter temperature (Dec to Feb):

From December to February during winter the daytime remains cool and nights are pretty cold.

Lohajung: 2° to -5°C;
Didna: 0°C to -5°C
Ali Bugyal Forest camp: -5°C to -10°C
Gahroli Patal: 0°C to -8°C

Note that the temperature will be around 6° to 8°C warmer at a given place inside the tent, and still, the temperature inside the tent can be freezing. Keep adequate warm layers with you.

Spring-Summer & Autumn (Mar to Nov):

Day time weather remains warm and pleasant. It can be as high as 25°C during mid day in the lower altutude. Night and early morning temperatures at camp sites  range between 10°C (lower camps) to 5°C (higher camps). From November onward, nighttime temperatures will start to drop and may reach freezing by the middle of the month.

What type of clothing should I bring for this trek?

It is important to carry proper clothing on this trek. Three layers of clothing are recommended at the campsite in the early morning or evening while you are outside your tent.

  1. Base layer (moisture-wicking layer; use synthetic and avoid cotton): A quick-dry base layer (dry-fit t-shirt, half or full sleeves) & trekking pants (synthetic, preferably quick-dry, and some wind- or water-proof material is useful)
  2. Mid layer (warm clothing): Usually a warm jacket (synthetic, hollow fibre, fleece, or down jacket, etc.), but you may use combinations of layers as well (e.g., a light jacket + hoodies + a sweater or a thermal, which you may already have with you).
  3. Outer layer (weatherproofing): a windproof and waterproof jacket with a hood is best, or a poncho or raincoat.

Note that we don’t have any gear renting facilities, although at some bases, you may get a few on the spot. You may read our opinion on whether should you buy or rent your trekking gear to get a broader understanding.

Check a comprehensive List of things to carry in a himalayan trek or download the PDF. Also read how to choose right trekking gear before purchasing any gear.

Access to trek base Lohajung:

We may arrange a pickup  from Rishikesh to Lohajung and return. This will be on a cost to cost basis and shared by the availing team members. You pay directly to the driver, sharing equally.  The fare is ₹ 7500 for a Tata Sumo, one way and can accommodate 5 to 6 people. Whereas a Tempo Traveller charges ₹ 10500 (10 to 12 seats) one way. Approximately, ₹ 2500 per person when you avail both ways. This cost is not included in the TREK FEE.

Or else you may reach Lohajung independently and join us here. Here is a road map with major points en route to Lohajung.

Reaching our trek base Lohajung
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Why treks with HT?

Highest Point3800 m/12500 ft
Trail Length35 Km
Expertise:10 years on ground experience
Support staff:Qualified local & office staff
Group size:Small groups up to 15
Insurance:Travel insured trek and tour itinerary
Easy Bookings:25% Booking Deposit

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
June 5, 2022

Very well planned and organized treks. Went to Ali Bedni Bugyal with Himalaya Trekkers. Rhik is very quick to respond to any queries. Sapta is great at coordination. Good guest houses at Lohajung and Didna. Camping gear, Tents, Sleeping Bags were of excellent quality, clean and well maintained. Dev Singh & Jayveer were excellent trek leads. Food was well cooked and served in time. And they care about the participants!

May 20, 2022

This trek has so much to offer you, not just views but so many experiences. This was my first solo trek. I was very anxious about the whole thing but I also didn’t want to back out.
Saptarshi was kind enough to help me get out of this indecisive phase. I still remember bugging him so many times with my doubts on how to reach the base camp and how to travel safely alone from Chhattisgarh to lohajung. He made sure to make me feel safe with the itinerary and kept checking up on me the day I left my hometown as I was travelling alone.
Our guide Dev Singh Ji is the best guide one could have for this trek. He’s so experienced and full of fun stories and history. Coincidentally, I was the only girl in this trekking group but I never felt that way cause of the comfort level he tried to provide.
For any female solo trekker, THIS is the ultimate experience. You’re going to love it. Don’t think a lot about it, just talk to Saptarshi he’ll make sure to get you on board!

November 13, 2021

I recently did my first Himalayan trek – Ali Bedni Bugyal (6 days) with HT and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The trek was very well organised and coordinated by their team. There was proper communication and planning by the backend team throughout the trek. Saptarishi and Rick are very friendly and supportive towards any query or help that you might require.
Our guides, Dev Singh and Bhuwan Bisth are locals from the neighbouring villages and they were exceptional in the way they engaged with us during the trek. We were impressed by their vast knowledge about the mountains and their humble behaviour. Our head chef Munna Bhai needs a special mention for his elaborate menu of delicious dishes. He made sure to cook some special ‘jain food’ for my friend during every meal. The homestay at Didna village and camping sites at Ali Bugyal and Gairoli Pathal were perfect.
All in all, a great trek; organised meticulously by team Himalaya Trekkers. Thank you!

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