The Phulara Ridge; PC: Karan

Numerous trekking trails are situated within the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. Among the many treks beginning from the base camp of Sankri, such as Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass and Kedarkantha, is the lesser known but incredibly unique trek to the Pushtara Meadows via Phulara Ridge . What makes this trek unique is the landscape that one traverses through. Ridges are quite uncommon in the Indian Himalayas. But this trail takes you on a walk atop a ridge that lasts for almost 2 hours! Given that this one of a kind trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas is slowly earning its well-deserved fame in the trekking world, it is best to pay it a visit before the crowds arrive.

Below is the short itinerary for Phualara Ridge Trek -

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Mori river campsite - 7 h drive
  • Day 2: Mori River Campsite to Sankri (1,950 m) to Sikolta (2,740 m) - 1h drive + 3-4 h trek
  • Day 3: Sikolta(2,740 m) to Bhoj Gadi (3,536 m)- 4-5 h
  • Day 4: Bhoj Gadi (3,530 m) to Pushtara (2,900 m) - 3-4 h hike
  • Day 5: Pushtara to Taluka to Sankri - 5 h trek + 1 h drive
  • Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun drive lj h drive

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  • Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

    It is easiest to get to Sankri from Dehradun or Mussourie. The journey of 8-10 hours by road will not feel tiresome, though. With the river Tons singing you a lullaby for most of the part, pass the bustle of touristy hill stations. Allow quaint little towns of the Uttarkashi district like Purola to calm you down. Ultimately, give in to the mountains and one of its quiet, network-less settlements - Sankri. Sankri is a homely and welcoming village, the windows of which open to the Swargarohini ranges. The sunrise and sunset here is a sight to behold.

  • valley of flowers
    Day 2: Sankri to Sikolta

    The trek commences with a slight ascend through a dense forest of towering pine trees. It is tempting to play hide-and-seek among them, but leaves crunching below your feet give you away! The forest makes way for an enchanting clearing where you will encounter the only dhaba on this trek. If you are lucky, you will find a villager welcoming you with his melodious flute.
    On reaching Sikolta, set your bags down and take an excursion to Juda ka Talab, a well-known lake among the trekking community.

  • Bhoj Gadi - Pushtar Ridge Trek
    Day 3: Sikolta to Bhoj Gadi

    The day begins with an ascent through a forest, again. This time, it leads to a wooden bridge. Cross this bridge with a cascading brook flowing underneath it, conquer a short patch of steep ascent and you will be rewarded with the picturesque opening of Karsu thatch. You will also find wooden house - like abandoned but intriguing structures.
    The walk through islands of rhododendrons opens to a meadow of plain green grass of Bhoj Gadi. Set against a backdrop of purple-grey hued and snow-capped mountains, this is one of the most beautiful campsites on any Himalayan trail you will witness. Roam around the area, pose with a fascinating arrangement of stones and a log, or just sit and let serenity and meditativeness wash over you.

  • Pushtar Bugyal
    Pushtar; PC: Ayush
    Day 4: Bhoj Gadi to Pushtara via Phulara Ridge

    This day is the highlight of the trek. About an hour from Bhoj Gadi, we descend to the iconic ridge - the Phulara Ridge. A ridge is a chain of mountains that form a continuous crest for some distance. Its narrow edges drop into valleys on either side. This grants you an unobstructed view of some of the most majestic Garhwal Himalayan mountain ranges – including Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch, in 3 directions. You would be awestruck, to say the least.
    Once the ridge ends, you descend into the vast, undulating Pushtara bugyal i.e. Pushtara meadows. Post the exhilaration of the ridge walk, you feel a sense of liberation as you marvel at the expanse around you.
    To add to the range of emotions, is the charm of the countless variety of flowers, including the brahmakamal and fankamal, that bloom during summer. The ridge has been named “Phulara” for good reason. Also feel the excitement at spotting the rare monal pheasant, the state bird of Uttarakhand. There is a greater probability of spotting them on today’s trail.

  • Day 5: Pushtara to Taluka, drive to Sankri

    A full day of descent to civilization. We continuously descend along the trail today, as you make your way towards Taluka. After crossing the grasslands we enter the dense untouched forests and continue across them for rest of the trail. As you descend towards Taluka, you will find increasing number of trees. You will be greeted by little yellow flowers, which to some extent help you ease the sadness of reaching the end, and make you realize the worth of the treasure you have gathered in the last few days. Descending through dense forest, you will observe bands of langoors on trees. We start to come across scattered settlements, eventually reaching the quaint village where you will be greeted by curious and warm villagers and their children asking for candies. You will appreciate the architecture and smile at the simple domesticity of village life in the remote Himalayas. A vehicle will take you to Sankri from Taluka. We take a vehicle back to Sankri for the hour long drive.

  • Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun

    We start the journey back to Dehradun and arrive by late afternoon or early evening. Trekkers can choose to journey furthet to Rishikesh or Tapovan to conclude the jounrey in a more astounding way.

  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m), Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II and III and Banderpoonch are visible from Kedarkantha top. Jaonli, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda and Jorkanden are visible in the trek. Swargarohini can be seen from Sankri and other points in the trail as well.
  • Yamuna during first and last day's drive.
  • Tons and Supin during first and last day's drive.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek. Possible guest house accommodation on Day 5.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts � preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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