5250 m/17220 ft
Highest Point
90 Km
Trail Length

Ronti Saddle Cross Trek: A Thrilling Descent into the Heart of the Himalayas

Embark on an extraordinary journey with the Ronti Saddle Cross Trek, a trail that connects the famous Roopkund and the revered Ronti Saddle to the Dhauli Ganga basin in the northeast direction. This unique route, also known as Ronti Pass, unveils an entirely new perspective as we descend from Ronti Saddle, negotiating steep rock sections, and boulders, and finally reaching the sacred temple of Bhabisya Badri on the Joshimath to Malari Road.

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Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Early morning start from Rishikesh and reach Sutol (~2300 m/7545 ft) via Rishikesh, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Ghat. 240 Km by car – 10 to 11 hours – Lodge/Homestay accommodation.
  • Day 2: The trek begins! Trek to Lata Khopri (3080 m/10100 ft) – 12 Km – 6/7 hours. Camp.
  • Day 3: Continue the journey, trek to Bhujani (3550 m/11640 ft) – 8 Km – 4/5 hours. Camp.
  • Day 4: Head to Sila Samudra (3900 m/12800 ft) – 5 Km – 2/3 hours. Camp.
  • Day 5: Trek to Homkund (4620 m/15150 ft) via Dodang – 11 Km – 6/7 hours. Camp.
  • Day 6: Ascend to Ronti Saddle (5200 m/17050 ft) – 2/3 hours and then descent over the glacier to camp on the moraine. Intermediate camp 1.
  • Day 7: Trek down to the edge of the moraine and grassland. Intermediate camp 2.
  • Day 8: Continue the descent to the cave camp. Intermediate camp 3.
  • Day 9: Trek down to the first village on the trail, Subhai. Camp. Subhai village is adjacent to the Bhavishya Badri temple.
  • Day 10: Descend to the road head and drive to Rishikesh via Joshimath. 10 hours.
  • Day 11: Buffer day.

Important Notes:

  • Commencing from Rishikesh, the trek takes you through picturesque landscapes, quaint villages, and challenging terrains.
  • Accommodations include homestays and camps, offering an immersive experience of the local culture.
  • The trail demands a mix of endurance and agility as you navigate through varying altitudes and terrains.
  • A buffer day is provided for flexibility in case of unexpected conditions or for leisurely exploration.

Why Ronti Saddle Cross Trek?

  • Unique Descent Route: Distinguishable from the usual Ronti Saddle route, this trek unveils an entirely new descent path, adding an element of exploration and adventure.
  • Sacred Temples: The trail leads to the revered Bhavishya Badri temple, providing a cultural and spiritual dimension to the trek.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Traverse through alpine meadows, rocky terrains, and glaciers, offering a diverse and immersive Himalayan experience.

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Who Can Embark on This Trek?

  • The trek is suitable for enthusiasts seeking a challenging yet rewarding adventure.
  • Participants should possess a good level of physical fitness and stamina.
  • Age range: 18 to 60 years.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Proper clothing for varying temperatures, including warm layers for higher altitudes.
  • Trekking shoes with a good grip, trekking poles for stability, and a comfortable backpack.
  • Three layers of clothing for camping, including a thermal base layer, a warm insulation layer, and a weatherproof outer layer.

Access to Ronti Saddle Cross Trek Base – Sutol Village:

  • The journey begins from Rishikesh, covering approximately 240 km by car through breathtaking landscapes.
  • Homestays and lodges in Sutol provide a comfortable start to the trek.

Embark on the Ronti Saddle Cross Trek, where every step takes you deeper into the heart of the Himalayas, unveiling new vistas, cultural richness, and the thrill of exploration. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

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Duration: Rishikesh to Rishikesh in 10 days plus a buffer day.

Prerequisite:  At least 2 Himalayan treks, one of which must be a high-altitude trek (~4500m), involving walking on snow and negotiating rough rocky terrain.

Grade: Difficult

Physicality: 8.5/10

Trail Length: 8 days of trekking; Walking from Sutol to Ronti Saddle via Dodang and Homkund. Descend to Bhabisya Badri on the Dhauli Ganga valley (on Joshimath Malari road). Distance around 90 km.

Highest Point: Ronty Saddle ~ 5200m/17050ft

Seasons: June & September

Access: The Trek starting point (trek base) is 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 Ronti Saddle Cross 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 10 evening, around 6 to 7 pm. Please make arrangements for your tickets for the inward journey and return accordingly.
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Arranged Pickup Service: Depending on the trek members, we facilitate a pickup from Kathgodam to Lohajung and from Joshimath to Haridwar back. The cost is shared equally among team members.

Public Transportation Options:

  1. From Rishikesh: Travelers can reach Rishikesh by night, which is 23 km from Haridwar, and catch the early morning bus for Mandoli/Lohajung. Departing at 5 am, this privately operated bus takes approximately 12 to 14 hours to reach Lohajung, passing through Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Tharali, and Deval.
  2. From Delhi: Another option is the regular Uttarakhand Parivahan state-operated bus service from Delhi to Lohajung, known as the Delhi Deval service. Departing from ISBT Anand Vihar in Delhi around 4 pm, this journey is lengthy, taking about 24 hours to reach Lohajung. The route passes through Haldwani, Kathgodam, Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam, Tharali, and Deval. Presently, the bus runs until Tharali.
  3. From Joshimath: Buses for Rishikesh/Haridwar depart early in the morning, around 6 am, reaching their respective destinations by 7/8 pm.

These options provide flexibility for travelers to choose the most suitable mode of transportation based on their preferences and schedules.

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Day 1

Drive from Rishikesh to Sutol

Start your adventure with an early morning drive from Rishikesh, passing through scenic towns like Karnaprayag and Nandaprayag, and reach Sutol (~2300 m/7545 ft) after a 10 to 11-hour journey covering 240 km by car.
Check into your Lodge/Homestay accommodation and prepare for the upcoming trekking expedition.
Day 2

Trek to Lata Khopri

Begin your trekking journey with a scenic hike to Lata Khopri (3080 m/10100 ft), covering a distance of 12 km in approximately 6/7 hours.
Traverse through enchanting forests and rugged terrain, soaking in the pristine beauty of the Himalayan landscape.
Set up camp at Lata Khopri and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surrounding wilderness.
Day 3

Trek to Bhujani

Continue your trek to Bhujani (3550 m/11640 ft), covering a distance of 8 km in approximately 4/5 hours.
Trek through picturesque trails, ascending to higher altitudes, and enjoying breathtaking views along the way.
Set up camp at Bhujani and spend the night surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks.
Day 4

Trek to Sila Samudra

Embark on a thrilling trek to Sila Samudra (3900 m/12800 ft), covering a distance of 5 km in approximately 2/3 hours.
Trek through rocky terrain and rugged landscapes, marveling at the raw beauty of the Himalayan wilderness.
Set up camp at Sila Samudra and prepare for the adventures ahead.
Day 5

Trek to Homkund via Dodang

Continue your trek to the legendary Homkund (4620 m/15150 ft) via Dodang, covering a distance of 11 km in approximately 6/7 hours.
Trek through challenging terrain, crossing glaciers and rugged paths, to reach the sacred lake of Homkund.
Set up camp at Homkund and bask in the spiritual ambiance of this sacred pilgrimage site.
Day 6

Trek to Ronti saddle

Begin your trek to Ronti Saddle (5200 m/17050 ft), a challenging ascent that may take 2/3 hours.
After reaching Ronti Saddle, descend over the glacier to camp on a moraine, setting up Intermediate Camp 1.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers as you settle in for the night.
Day 7

Descent to Intermediate Camp 2

Trek down to the edge of the moraine and grassland, covering a distance dictated by conditions and terrain, approximately 4/5 hours.
Traverse through diverse landscapes, descending further into the valley, and setting up Intermediate Camp 2.
Enjoy the change in scenery as you make your way down from the high-altitude campsite.
Day 8

Descent to Intermediate Camp 3

Continue the descent to the cave camp, trekking through varied terrain for approximately 4/5 hours.
Arrive at Intermediate Camp 3 and settle in for the night, soaking in the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape.
Reflect on the incredible journey and bond with fellow trekkers around the campfire.
Day 9

Trek to Subhai Village

Trek down to the first village on the trail, Subhai, adjacent to the Bhavishya Badri temple, covering a distance of approximately 4/5 hours.
Explore the quaint village and interact with the locals, experiencing the rich culture and traditions of the region.
Set up camp in Subhai and relish the sense of accomplishment after completing the challenging trekking expedition.
Day 10

Return Journey to Rishikesh

Descend further to the roadhead and drive back to Rishikesh via Joshimath, a journey of approximately 10 hours.
Reflect on the unforgettable experiences and cherished memories of the Homkund trek as you journey back to civilization.
Arrive in Rishikesh and conclude your epic adventure, filled with moments of triumph, camaraderie, and natural beauty.
Day 11

Buffer Day

Utilize this day as a buffer for any unforeseen circumstances or to relax and explore the vibrant town of Rishikesh at your leisure.
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TREK FEE: ₹ 39,500 (Sutol to Subhai) per person + 5% GST

Please note that the mentioned cost is valid for a group consisting of 6 to 8 individuals. It’s important to highlight that this fee does not cover transportation, personal porterage, or the expenses related to a buffer day.

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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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