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  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 11100 ft./3383 m
  • 12 Participants
  • October-April
  • Uttarakhand

Bagji Bugyal Trek Overview

Trekking in the remote areas of the Himalayas is often accompanied by folklore and stories. The locals in the base villages often have stories of mysteries and beliefs, sometimes tales of the past.

Bagji Bugyal, adjacent to Bageshwar and Chamoli remains untouched by the maddening crowd. The Bugyal is spread over a large area and situated at an altitude of 11100 ft. above sea level. Its unending meadows spread like a lush green carpet in spring with wildflowers adding a riot of colors. The same meadow is covered in the colors of autumn in October, and it turns into shades of golden. The trail is secluded with hardly any trekkers on the way. You traverse through unexplored forests, picturesque campsites, and a trail full of small streams flowing. The route is decorated with coniferous forests till the forest area concludes and the grassland opens.

The trek offers you majestic views of view of Mt. Satopanth (7075 m), Mt. Chaukhamba (7138 m), Mt. Trishul (7120 m), and Mt. Nanda Ghunti (6309 m). The mountains present you with a clear and crisp views as the sky remains clear during the autumn season.

The towering mountains, the sound of nature, and the calmness of meadows offer you an absolute wilderness experience. Bagji’s Bugyal trail has rare flora and fauna. If you are lucky enough, you’ll get to witness Musk Deer and Monal at the Bugyals.

Blessed with mountains, meadows, and virgin forests, Bagji Bugyal is a perfect getaway if you are longing to be in the wild. The 6 days-long trek lets you witness and experience the rawness of nature in its full glory.

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Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Travel cost from pick-up point to and from the basecamp (Dehradun to Ghes cab fare)
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 6)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list.

Bagji Bugyal Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2150 ft.) to Ghes (7,900 ft.)

It takes 10- 11 hrs to cover the distance of 292 km between Dehradun and Ghes. Today’s journey passes through meandering mountain roads to reach the Bagji Bugyal Trek base camp. 

 

Day 2 : Ghes (7,900 ft.) to Dwalkhet (9,811 ft.)

You will start climbing from Ghes village in the morning after breakfast. The first campsite in Dwalkhet awaits you in the afternoon. The path winds through a lush forest and comprises both gradual and steep ascents. It takes approximately 4-5 hours to reach Dwalkhet. 

 

Day 3 : Dwalkhet (9,811 ft.) to Bagji Bugyal Campsite (10,600ft.)

On Day 3 you will start from Dwalkhet in the morning. After walking around 3-4 hrs, you will reach the Bagji Bugyal. The trail today passes through some steep ascent, and descent and passes through a forest. After walking for a while, the Bugyal welcomes you with all its glory.

Day 4 : Bagji Bugyal (10,600ft.) to Bagji Top (11,100 ft.) to Dolam (9,870 ft.)

You will head towards the summit early in the morning.  Today’s trail will take you through a forest path with steep ascents and gradual descent. The lush green grass in the meadow will tempt you to take off your shoes and feel the softness beneath your feet.

You will walk for 4-5 hours to reach the summit, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the sunset and witness the first light of the day embracing you.

Day 5 : Dolam (9,870 ft.) to Himni village (8,400 ft.), and Drive to Ghes village (7,900 ft.)

You will start descending towards Himni village. Today the trail passes through meadows, forests, and some steep descent. After walking for around 5 hrs you will reach Himni Village. From there you will drive to the basecamp Ghes and halt for the night.

Day 6 : Drive from Ghes (7,900 ft.) to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

Depart from Ghes village and head to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm. The cab costs Rs.8,000 for an SUV and Rs.11,000 for a Tempo Traveler.

How to reach the basecamp of Bagji Bugyal trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant International Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The base camp of Bagji Bugyal Trek is Ghes, a remote village in the Eastern Garhwal.  To reach the base camp of Bagji Bugyal, plan your travel to the nearest airport or the railway station well in advance. The base camp is around an 8 to 10-hour drive from Dehradun city. 

The distance between Dehradun and Ghes is approximately 292 km. Ghes is a quaint village located in the Dewal block of Chamoli District that still retains its traditional charm, and remains untouched by modern-day practices. As you make your way to Ghes, you will pass through scenic uphill narrow lanes and be greeted by the sight of traditional Garwali houses painted in bright hues of blue or yellow with stone slate roofs, adding to the beauty of the place.

OWLS helps to arrange the pick-up from Dehradun to Ghes for the participants. The pick-up will be available at the Inter-State Bus Stand, Dehradun (ISBT Dehradun).  Reach the pickup location at 6 a.m.

Travel Plan to Dehradun

The base camp Ghes is around 292 km and is a 10- 11 hrs drive from Dehradun.  Dehradun is easily accessible by air, train and road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport in Dehradun. You can book your tickets well in advance till Dehradun to avail of tickets at cheaper rates. You can choose to travel by air from any metro city to Dehradun. The other option is to reach Delhi by air and travel by train or bus from Delhi onwards. 

Here is a guide on how to plan your travel step by step to reach Dehradun

  • Reach Dehradun directly by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup from Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

 If you are reaching Dehradun by air, here are a few options for planning your travel.

Dehradun Airport is well connected with all the metro cities. Book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you plan to reach Dehradun by air, ensure to land in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jollygrant Airport. It takes 1 hour to reach the city. You can opt to hire a cab/auto directly from the Airport. The other option is to exit the Airport complex and book an auto. The charges for prepaid cabs at the airport are exorbitant.  Another low-cost alternative to get to Dehradun city is to travel on a city bus. Walk towards the Dehradun – Rishikesh highway and hop on a shared auto or city bus. You will have to wait for the bus. Regular city buses run between Dehradun and Rishikesh almost every half an hour. 

If you land in Dehradun on day 0, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT, Dehradun.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. 

OWLS pick-up will be available on Day 1 at ISBT Dehradun at 6. a.m. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi

This option will be economical for you. Flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then get on a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find bus options at UTC Online or Redbus. Another option is to go to Kashmere Gate and book a bus offline. Try to board a bus or train which will arrive in Dehradun on the evening of Day 0. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily and departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 p.m. and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 a.m. Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi.

How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi 

Your Bagji Bugyal Trek spans over 3 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 3 around 7 and 8 pm.

While returning, you can fly directly out of Dehradun to your city. The second option is to travel by bus or train to Delhi. 

If you go with the first option, you can book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 4. 

The second option requires you to travel to Delhi by train or bus.  Once you reach Dehradun in the evening, you can head to ISBT Dehradun and book an AC Volvo bus to Delhi and travel comfortably. The other option to reach Delhi from Dehradun is to book a train. If the second option suits you better, book a flight that departs late morning or early afternoon of Day 5. The overnight buses from Dehradun arrive in Delhi in the wee hours. However, it is wise to book a flight departing in the afternoon to avoid rushing. 

Some trekkers prefer to stay back for a day and use the buffer day to explore Rishikesh or Mussoorie. You can either stay for a night and explore Dehradun city or proceed home the same evening if flying out of Delhi. 

 

Bagji Bugyal Trek Map

Bagji Bugyal Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Bagji Bugyal Trek?

The total distance of the Bagji Bugyal trek is around 30km. The average distance you cover is 6-8  km.  You walk for 4-6 hours every day.

Is Bagji Bugyal Trek suitable for beginners?

Bagji Bugyal is an easy-to-moderate trek and is perfect for beginners. The average walking hours are comfortable as compared to other high-altitude treks. Bagji trek trail is comfortable and easy to navigate for beginners. It is perfect for people who long to explore an offbeat trek in the Himalayas. 

How difficult is Bagji Bugyal Trek?

The Bagji Bugyal trek can be categorised as easy to moderate, considering the duration and the altitude gain. The hike spreads over six days through an easy-to-moderate trail and some steep ascents and descents. It climbs to an altitude of 11,100ft when you reach the Bagji Top. 

What will be the temperature in Bagji Bugyal trek?

Day temperature will be around 20°C to 22°C in Bagji Bugyal. Night temperature is on the lower side between 10°C-15°C. In the winter months, Bagji’s temperature dips to sub-zero. The temperature in winter can go down from 10°C to 5°C. In autumn, the maximum temperature is between 15°C to 18°C degrees, and the minimum can dip to 8°C to 5°C. 

What is the best time to visit the Bagji Bugyal Trek?

The best time to do the Bagji Bugyal trek is winter. The trail gets covered in a white sheet of snow in winter. It starts snowing in December and you can expect snow till early March. 

Although all three points of the trek are accessible throughout the year. It is better to avoid the monsoon season. The continuous rain obstructs part of the Himalayas during the monsoon season. During the monsoon season, the trails become wet, slippery and muddy. There is an increased risk of landslides due to incessant rainfall. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

You will find snow if you do the trek in winter. Bagji Bugyal starts receiving snowfall towards December. 

What is the cost of the trek?

The Bagji Bugyal trek cost is Rs. 10499/- 

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

What is the altitude of the Bagji Bugyal trek?

Bagji Bugyal is at an altitude of 11,100ft. The trek starts from Ghes, located at an altitude of 7940ft. 

What is the duration of the trek?

Bagji Bugyal is a 6-day long trek. This includes travel to and from the basecamp. 

What is the starting point of the trek?

The trek starts from the village of Ghes. Ghes is around an 8 – 9 hrs drive from Dehradun. 

Where is Bagji Bugyal located?

Bagji Bugyal Lake trek is in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand Gharwal region. The trek starts in a village called Ghes. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most of the mobile networks at the base camp. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek. 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Karnaprayag. Carry a sufficient amount of cash with them. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared. 

You can carry the cash for cab fare and food to and from the base camp. We suggest a minimum of 5-6k to ensure you have enough funds for your journey.