A train is the best mode of transport for this leg. There are mainly three trains (Shatabdi Express, Uttar Sampark Kranti Express and Ranikhet Express) available between Delhi and Haldwani. I always recommend Ranikhet Express as it starts from Delhi in the night at 10:30 PM and reaches Haldwani in the morning at 04:30 AM. Reaching Haldwani in the early morning is a good idea for onward journey. Kathgodam is the last rail-head on this section and 10 kms away from Haldwani. It is better to leave the train at Haldwani, rather than Kathgodam, because Haldwani is a bigger city and transports for onward journey can be arranged here in a better manner
Depart from Katgodam - road goes many interesting tourist places like Kousani ,Sameswar.Haldwani ,Gwaldam and many mountain interesting villages and rivers can seen during the traveling and arrives to Lohajund interesting place on the ridge beautiful view of Nanadaghunti peak from the hotel.
. Gentle 5 k downhill, then 3 k.uphill trek through forests of oak, rhododendrons (bloom end April - beginning May), pine, and stately deodar trees. Frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Views down into the wooded and now steep-sided and wild Neel Ganga valley. Camp at Didna, Camp on the meadows surrounded by forest with view of Lohajung valley and Didna village can be visit in the evening.
Uphill 9 k trek through forests of oak, rhododendrons (bloom end April - beginning May), pine, and stately deodar trees and seasonal huts for villagers where they spend their summers with their cattle. The trek continuous to Alibugyal beautiful camp side on the ridge with spectacular views of some famous Himalayan peaks Chaukhamba, Srikanth and Gangotri massif.
Uphill 5 k then 3k moderate uphill trek goes through the famous Alibugyal with spectacular views of Bedni and Pider valleys. Bedni Bugyal is a charming green meadow adorned with flowers in a spell binding varieties, in full bloom. There is a small lake situated in the midst of the meadow, where tarpons are offered by the devotees. Situated nearby is a small temple where the devotees pay their obeisance, during their halt at Bedni Bugyal camp.
Uphill 3 k and gentle downhill 2k. trek along the other side of the ridge with spectacular close views of the high Himalayan peaks Nandaghunti, Trishul and panoramic views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks .Uphill 2k and 1k gentle downhill trek to Baguvasa camp. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, belchers & eagles, and hardy bukeriwale (mountain headers with their flocks of sheep & goats). Beautiful camp site on the Mora ine of Baguvasa and spectacular views of Garhwal region Himalayas Chaukhamba Massif Srikantha, Jonli and Thalaysagar. Bagua means flowery park and Basa means place. And rightly the place was full of variety of flowers including the rare Bhram Kamal, a special godly lotus found at only and between the altitudes of 14000 - 15000 f
Uphill 4k through the moraine trek to Roopkund passes through delightful alpine pasture lands and snow fields, offering magnificent views of the Trisul, Nanda Ghunti, Badrinath peaks. When the snow melts, human and equine skeletons remains can be seen. Some of them with flesh still attached. These remains have been preserved in the Alpine conditions for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died approx. 500 -600 years ago. In the afternoon trek back to Patharnachini.
Uphill 2k and 3k gentle downhill trek to Bednibugyal camp at Bednibugyal.
Downhill 9 k and 1k uphill trek through forests of oak, rhododendrons (bloom end April - beginning May), pine, and stately deodar trees and 1k uphill trek continuous to Wan village trail head. 10 k. beautiful drive by jeep along the Neel ganga River to Lohajung town.
Return drive to Rishikesh. Stay in hotel. (Possible to reach Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town as opposed to Rishikesh. One hour further) Also option for Rafting in Rishiukesh.
Return to Delhi.
|7||BaguvasaDay Trek||Roopkund/Patharnachini||9||9||4700/4100||Trek: Camp|
|9||Bednibugyal||Lohajung via Wan||7||20||2300||Trek/Veh: Hotel|
Mr. Rajesh Negi