3350 m/11000 ft
Highest Point
20 Km
Trail Length

Bagji Bugyal Trek: A Blissful Stroll Amidst Majestic Peaks

Embark on a delightful journey with the Bagji Bugyal trek, a short but captivating hike nestled in the far eastern flank of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. Perfect for beginners, families, and those seeking a quick escape to nature, this less-explored trail promises breathtaking mountain views, making it an ideal getaway.

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A Symphony of Peaks

Bagji Bugyal offers a unique charm as even the short and easy walk provides uninterrupted mountain views. The trail showcases the imposing Trishul massif, Mrigthuni, and a series of peaks in Kumaon. Catch glimpses of Nandaghunti, Bethartoli, Devtoli, and Maiktoli, creating a picturesque panorama. The easy walk begins at Ghes, an interior village even by Himalayan standards, gradually leading through Oak and Rhododendron forests.

Soothing Meadows and Panoramic Peaks

In approximately 5 hours, the trail unfolds the transition from forests to alpine meadows, locally known as Bugyal. Ascend to Bagji Bugyal Top, where breathtaking views of Maiktoli in the northeast to Chaukhamba in the northwest open up on clear days. Trishul and Mrigthuni majestically dominate the northward direction, while the south offers a cascading valley vista, creating a perfect synthesis of nature’s beauty.

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Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh (start by 6 am) to Ghes village (2520 m/8500 ft) – 250 Km by car – 10/11 hours. Camp.
  • Day 2: Trek to Bagji Bugyal base (~3200 m/10500 ft) – 6 Km – ~ 5 hours. Camp.
  • Day 3: Trek to Bagji Bugyal and climb the top – explore the area and then descend to Dhulomb. 6-7 Km – 5 to 6 hours. Camp.
  • Day 4: Trek down to Himni village – 7 Km – Camp. ~ 4 hours. Camp.
  • Day 5: Drive from Himni to Rishikesh – By car – 265 Km – 10/11 hours.

Important Notes:

  • Reach Rishikesh on Day 0; either fly to Dehradun (DED) or take Volvo bus services from ISBT Kashmiri Gate Delhi. Arrange your stay accordingly.
  • Trek base camp Ghes can be approached from Kathgodam; however, Rishikesh is recommended.
  • Return to Rishikesh by 7 pm on Day 5; arrange inward and outward journeys accordingly.
  • Pickup and drop to Rishikesh by car can be arranged, shared by trekkers, and paid directly to the driver. Transportation to and fro base camp is NOT INCLUDED in the TREK FEE.
  • The last ATM at Deval is 25 Km before, but cash availability may be limited. Withdraw in advance.
  • Mobile connectivity: Airtel and Jio work at Trek base Ghes.

Who Can Plan This Trek?

A fairly easy trek, suitable for beginners, families, and those looking for a relaxed walk. Comfortable walking for 5 to 6 hours a day at a leisurely pace is all it takes.

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Seasons and Best Time to Visit:

  • Summer (May – June): Bugyal turns green, with clear mornings and occasional afternoon showers.
  • Autumn (Oct to Nov): Clear mountain views, grass turns yellow-golden, and some flowers remain till the end of September.
  • Winter (Dec to Feb) – Snow Trek: Clear Mountain views, snowfall starts from late December to the end of February.
  • Spring (Mar-Apr): Residual snow in March, clear mountain views, and a sprinkle of Rhododendrons.

Clothing and Expected Temperature:

  • Winter (Dec to Feb): Ghes: 2° to -5°C; Bagji Bugyal base camp: -5°C to -10°C.
  • Summer & Autumn (May to Oct): Daytime pleasant; night/early morning temperatures at campsites can range from 10°C to 2°C.

Ensure you carry three layers of clothing for winter; a thermal base layer, a heavy jacket for insulation, and a windproof cum waterproof outer layer. In summer and autumn, a mid-layer jacket and a waterproof cum windproof outer layer are sufficient.

Access to Bagji Bugyal Trek Base – Ghes Village

Arrangements for pickup from Rishikesh to Ghes and drop from Himni to Rishikesh can be made, shared among team members, and paid directly to the driver. A Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx charges ₹7500 one way, accommodating 5 to 6 people. A Tempo Traveller charges ₹10500 (12 seats) one way. This cost is NOT included in the TREK FEE.

Embark on the Bagji Bugyal trek, a short yet enchanting adventure that promises the perfect blend of tranquility, picturesque landscapes, and the joy of exploration.

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Duration: 3 days of trek; Rishikesh to Rishikesh in 5 days.

Prerequisite: Ideal for beginners/families/first Himalayan trek.

Grade: Easy

Physicality: 5/10

Trail Length: 20 Km

Highest Point: Bagji Bugyal ~ 3350m/11000 ft.

Seasons: March to June (Spring-Summer), September to November (Autumn-Fall), December to February (Winter/Snow).

Further Option: Continue trekking from Himni Village to Balan Village and cross Ali Khal to reach Ali Bugyal. From here complete the circuit including Ali Bedni Bugyal (6 trekking days, 8 days, Rishikesh to Rishikesh).

Access: Trek starting point (trek base) is Ghes, 250 Km from Rishikesh.

Railway station: Haridwar (STN Code: HW). Rishikesh is 1 hour from here, 25 Km

 Airport: Dehradun (DED) or Delhi

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Upcoming Scheduled Dates for Bagji Bugyal Trek:

  • You can easily find the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar provided inside the Booking Form or the REGISTER NOW form. The starting dates of the tour are highlighted as per our 6-day itinerary.
  • To receive all the necessary information, simply submit the REGISTER NOW form, and it will be sent to your email.
  • In case you are part of a group and the available dates do not align with your schedule, you have the option to select the Custom date mode by clicking on “Select your custom date” and filling out the displayed form accordingly.
  • Alternatively, you can conveniently view all the available dates at a glance on our TREK CALENDAR.
  • Trekkers are required to arrive in Rishikesh on Day 1 morning, ideally no later than 6 am. The return to Rishikesh is scheduled for Day 5 evening, around 6 to 7 pm. Please make arrangements for your tickets for the inward journey and return accordingly.
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Getting to Lohajung (The Trek Base)

By Train: The nearest rail stations are Rishikesh (STN Code: RKSH, YNRK) and Haridwar (STN Code: HW). Rishikesh is just 1 hour away from Haridwar, approximately 25 km. Travelers can reach Kathgodam/Haldwani from these stations and then proceed to Lohajung.

By Air: The nearest airports are in Dehradun (Code: DED) or Delhi. From either airport, travelers can reach Kathgodam/Haldwani and then proceed to Lohajung.

Pickup and Drop Service: We offer pickup and drop services from Kathgodam to Lohajung and back. The fare is shared equally among team members. The cost for a one-way journey is Rs. 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx and Rs. 9000 for a Tempo Traveller.

Public Transportation: If traveling independently, there are no direct buses or shared car services from Kathgodam to Lohajung. Travelers can reach Haldwani by 6 am and take a shared jeep service to Deval, which is 25 km before Lohajung. From Deval, another shared service or private hire may be necessary to reach Lohajung.

From Haridwar/Rishikesh: Travelers can reach Rishikesh the night before and board a bus for Mandoli/Lohajung at 5 am the next morning. This privately operated bus takes 12 to 14 hours to reach Lohajung. The route passes through Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Tharali, and Deval.

Return from Lohajung: Buses to Rishikesh depart early in the morning from Lohajung and reach by 6 pm.

How to Reach Kathgodam?

For treks in Kumaon or bordering areas of Garhwal, Kathgodam/Haldwani is the usual starting point. Lal Kuan is just 20 km and Haldwani is 5 km before Kathgodam. Buses, shared taxis, and private cars are available.

By Train: Trains from New Delhi to Kathgodam run daily. Recommended options include RANIKHET EXP (Train No. 15013), UTR SAMPRK K EX (Train No. 15035), and ANVT KGM SHT (Train No. 12040). Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets are advisable.

By Bus: Govt. Road Transport buses are available from Anand Vihar ISBT in Delhi. State transport companies offer online reservations for Volvo/A.C Luxury buses.

Accommodation in Kathgodam: For those arriving the day before the trek, standard accommodation options are available in Kathgodam. State-run KMVN operates a Tourist Rest House opposite the railway station. Private hotels/lodges near the railway station and bus terminus are also available.

Departure from Kathgodam: Travelers typically reach Kathgodam from the trek base by 5/6 pm. Trains or buses departing after 7 pm are suitable for onward journeys to Delhi or elsewhere.

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Day 1

Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung, covering a distance of 220 km in approximately 10/11 hours.
Traverse through the picturesque landscapes of the Kumaon region, passing by charming towns like Almora and Kausani.
Enjoy the gradual ascent through the Garhwal administrative region, winding through coniferous forests and wide valleys.
Arrive at Lohajung, situated at an elevation of ~2320 m/7600 ft, and witness the mesmerizing sunset hues on the Nandaghunti massif.
Check in at the Tourist Rest House/Lodge and prepare for an unforgettable alpine adventure.
Day 2

Trek to Didna

Embark on a thrilling trek to Didna, covering a distance of 10 km in approximately 5 hours.
Traverse through enchanting forests and rugged terrain, soaking in the serene ambiance of the Himalayan wilderness.
Arrive at Didna and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surrounding landscape, preparing for the adventures ahead.
Day 3

Trek to Ali Bugyal Forest Camp

Continue your trekking journey to Ali Bugyal forest camp, covering a distance of 8 km in approximately 5/6 hours.
Trek through lush meadows and verdant forests, marveling at the natural beauty of the Himalayan terrain.
Arrive at Ali Bugyal forest camp and unwind amidst the serene ambiance of the Himalayan wilderness.
Day 4

Explore Bedni Bugyal and Descend to Gahroli Patal

Begin the day with a climb to Bedni’s top, offering panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.
Explore the expansive meadows of Bedni Bugyal, adorned with vibrant wildflowers and surrounded by towering mountains.
Descend to Gahroli Patal after a day of exploration, covering a distance of 7 km in approximately 6/7 hours.
Relish the tranquility of Gahroli Patal and spend the night surrounded by the serene Himalayan landscape.
Day 5

Trek to Wan and Return to Lohajung

Trek down to Wan, covering a distance of 9 km in approximately 4/5 hours, and prepare for the journey back to Lohajung.
Board a car for the scenic drive back to Lohajung, taking around 1 hour to reach this charming mountain town.
Relax and rejuvenate amidst the serene ambiance of Lohajung, reminiscing about the adventures of the past few days.
Day 6

Return Journey to Rishikesh

Bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Lohajung and embark on the return journey to Rishikesh.
Follow the picturesque route back to Rishikesh, passing by scenic towns and breathtaking vistas along the way.
Arrive in Rishikesh, concluding the journey with a sense of fulfillment and unforgettable memories.

Note: The distances and altitudes provided are approximate, offering an overview of the trekking itinerary.

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Trek Fee: ₹ 9,950 (Ghes to Himni) + 5% GST.

– This cost is applicable for Fixed Group Departure treks. Dates for such treks can be found in the Booking Enquiry Form or the Upcoming Treks Calendar.
– A 10% Group Discount is available for bookings of 5 persons or more in a Fixed Group Departure trek.
– Customized treks are available for private groups with flexible dates. The cost varies based on the number of participants and inclusions.
– To book a trek, submit the Booking Enquiry Form on the trek details page to receive relevant details via email and phone call.

Accommodation in tents (Day 1 to Day 4) on a twin-sharing basis.
All meals during the trek, including breakfast, packed/hot lunch, evening snack, and dinner with coffee/tea/soup.
Experienced Trekking Guide with local knowledge.
Specialized Cook, Support staff, and Porters/Packed Animals.
Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Microspikes/Crampon.
Kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent.
All permit fees, camping charges, and forest levies.
Car drop from trek end point Wan to Lohajung on Day 5.
Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
Travel cum medical insurance covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals up to 60 years of age).

Transportation from Rishikesh to Ghes and return from Himni to Rishikesh. Tata Sumo fare is ₹ 7,500 one way.
Personal Rucksack/Backpack carrying personal belongings (optional horse carriage service available at ₹ 900 per rucksack for the entire trek).
Tips/gratuities to the GVH support staff.
Anything not mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal.

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  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://greenvalleyhimalayas.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place on the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before the Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from the Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.


  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reasons (s), we provide you avery flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within the next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to inform a minimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if know)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour 15 days before the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within the next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before the tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any requests for shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process a refund of the remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before the Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire, or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

If you need more clarifications write to info@greenvalleyhimalayas.com

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