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  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 12127 ft./3696 m
  • 12 Participants
  • April-June | November-December
  • Uttarakhand

Phulara Ridge Trek Overview

Phulara Ridge Trek is one of a kind and offers a rare experience of walking on the ridge with the grandeur of the mountains.  There are very few Ridge Treks in our country, and experiencing Phulara Ridge makes you realize the thrill of a ridge trek. 

The trek features a beautiful forest trail and an exclusive walk on the ridge.  The verdant meadows of Pushtara and snow-capped mountains keep you company, enhancing your experience. 

If you’re seeking an exceptional and remarkable hiking adventure, Phulara Ridge Trek is an excellent option. Strolling along the ridge presents panoramic vistas of the majestic mountains that are unparalleled. 

This one-of-a-kind experience is a must for adventurous hikers since only a few treks in our country offer it. Phulara Ridge trek guides you through a stunning forest trail and an exhilarating walk on the ridge. The verdant green meadows of Pushtara and the snow-capped peaks are there to accompany you and make your journey even more unforgettable.

As you embark on this rare ridge trek, you experience the breathtaking views atop 12000 ft as you continue to explore it for around 4-5 hours. The mesmerizing snow-capped tops of the Bandarpooch, Kala Nag and Swargarohini glisten in front of your eyes at a wide 270-degree angle.  

An experience that offers a plethora of visually stunning landscapes in such a short span, Phulara Ridge is a rare escapade. With the splendid mountain views, the epiphanic ridge walk, the rich wildlife encounters, and the vastness of the meadows, the trek offers it all.

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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 

  • Cab charges to and from Sankri – OWLS Basecamp.
  • 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.

 

Phulara Ridge Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Sankri (6,400 ft.)

On the first day of your trek, you will start your journey from Dehradun to the base camp, Sankri. The drive to Sankri takes you through meandering mountain roads. A day-long drive crosses the river Bhagirathi and passes through Tehri and Chamba. Sankri, the quaint hamlet, serves as a base camp for multiple treks. When you reach Sankri in the evening, this quaint village will be bustling with trekkers from different parts of the country. 

Fare for a 5-7 seater cab will be Rs. 5,500. The cost of a 12 seater Tempo Traveller is Rs. 9,000. The amount will be shared among the participants and paid directly to the driver.

Day 2 : Sankri (6,400 ft.) to Sikolta (9,300 ft.)

The day begins in Sankri. On the journey to Sikolta from Sankri, you will traverse a forest full of pine trees. The trail is moderate and you deal with some steep ascents along the way. After walking for a few hours, the first glimpse of Phulara Ridge surfaces.  

The campsite of Sikolta is on a clearing of grasslands and has a few huts in dilapidated condition. The team camps by the grassland with wilderness as a companion.  Along the trail, Himalayan birds like barbets, woodpeckers, and treepies give you company. Keep your eyes and ears alert in the forest to capture varieties of birds.

Day 3 : Sikolta (6,400 ft.) to Bhoj Gadi (11,150 ft.)

Today’s hike is a rare experience of walking on the Ridge leading to the lush green meadows of Pushtara. The campsite at Bhoj Gadi offers you a glimpse of the ridge at the top. 

Once you set out from Bhoj Gadi, the path becomes steep when you come nearer to the Ridge. The trail ascends till you reach the Ridge. Once the Ridge arrives, it’s a flat walk. For about 4 to 5 hours, you will be on the Ridge enjoying the spectacular views.  While you continue further, you feel the mountains moving along in the distance. The phenomenon is uncommon and surreal. 

The ridge offers majestic views of some of the big mountains. You witness the prominent ones like Draupadi ka Danda, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini. 

The trail today is also known for the Monal sighting. So keep your gear ready to capture the colourful bird, the state bird of Uttarakhand. 

Once you finish walking along the Ridge, the trail descends to the meadow of Pushtara. You will camp by this beautiful meadow for the night. The meadow rolls out like a vast green carpet with no ends in sight. Its beauty multi-folds when Spring arrives, bringing a colourful layer of wildflowers.  

Day 4 : Bhoj Gadi (11,150 ft.) to Pushtara (9,500 ft.) via Phulara ridge (12,127 ft.)

After experiencing a rare Ridge walk with splendid views and the vastness of Pushtara meadow, it is time to head back to the base camp now. 

You will start from Pushtara and reach Sankri via Taluka. Today’s trail is comfortable and mostly descends through a dense forest covered with pine trees to Taluka. From Taluka, you will get on an adventurous ride to the base camp in Sankri.

Day 5 : Pushtara (9,500 ft.) to Taluka (6,800 ft.) then an hour of an adventurous ride to Sankri

After experiencing a rare Ridge walk with splendid views and the vastness of Pushtara meadow, it is time to head back to the base camp now. 

You will start from Pushtara and reach Sankri via Taluka. Today’s trail is comfortable and mostly descends through a dense forest covered with pine trees to Taluka. From Taluka, you will get on an adventurous ride to the base camp in Sankri.

Day 6 : Drive back to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

You will reach Dehradun between 5.00 PM and 6.00 PM.

The cab costs Rs.5,500 for an SUV and Rs.9,000 for a Tempo Traveler. The total number of participants will share the fare among themselves and pay directly to the cab driver.

How to reach the basecamp of Phulara Ridge trek?

✈️ Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

To start your Phulara Ridge trek, head to the base camp village of Sankri. It takes 9-10 hour drive from Dehradun, covering a distance of roughly 190 kilometers. Nestled in the Mori Block of Uttarkashi District, Sankri is a popular spot among trekkers due to its picturesque landscapes and tranquil atmosphere, and the drive to the village takes you through stunning pine forests.

To reach the base camp in Sankri, reach Dehradun, where the nearest railway station and airport are located. 

OWLS arranges pick-up from Dehradun to Sari 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. The cab costs will be divided among the participants and paid directly to the driver. 

Note: The cab costs Rs.7,500 for an SUV and Rs.10,000 for a Tempo Traveler. This amount can be shared among the participants and paid directly to the driver

Travel Plan to Dehradun

The base camp Sankri is around 190 km and is an 8- 9 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 intend to arrive in Dehradun by air make sure your flight lands in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jolly Grant 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. 

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. 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 

Your Trek takes 6 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 6. You reach Dehradun in the evening, between 7 to 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 you prefer the second option then book a flight that departs late morning or early afternoon. The overnight buses from Dehradun arrive in Delhi in the wee hours. Book a flight that departs in the afternoon to avoid rushing.

 

 

Phulara Ridge Trek Map

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Phulara Ridge Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Phulara Ridge Trek?

The total distance of the Phulara Ridge trek is around 25km. The average distance you will cover is 6-8  km per day. You will walk for 4-6 hours every day. 

Is Phulara Ridge trek suitable for beginners?

Phulara Ridge Trek is suitable for beginners. The trail is comfortable with average altitude gain. The minor participants below 12 are to be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The Outdoor Leader will make the final decision on whether a trekker can participate or not. 

Is the Phulara Ridge trek difficult?

Phulara Ridge is categorized as a moderate trek. The trek is 6 days long, traversing a comfortable trail and some tricky patches. The trek starts at an altitude of 6400ft. from Sankri village and climbs to the highest elevation of 12,127ft. It requires trekkers to be in good physical condition to trek comfortably.  

What will be the temperature in Phulara Ridge in summer and winter? 

In the autumn months, the temperature on Phulara Ridge Trek remains pleasant during the daytime. 

The day temperature is recorded between 10°C and 14°C. At night, the campsites get chilly and the temperature drops to sub-zero. The night temperature in Phulara Ridge ranges between 0°C and -3°C. 

What is the best time to visit Phulara Ridge trek?

The best months to consider the Phulara Ridge Trek are September and November. You can also go on this trek in the summer months. During winter, the ridge becomes tricky due to snow. The trail is still unexplored and remains secluded during the autumn months. During autumn months, the trail embraces the shades of autumn. The forest and the valleys turn into a shade of brown. The sky is clear and the mountain views from the Ridge are mesmerizing. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

You will find the remains of the snow at higher altitudes if the region receives heavy rainfall. The snow remains likely if you do the trek in the first week of March. However, there will be no fresh snow on the trek. 

 

What is the cost of the trek?

Phulara Ridge trek cost is Rs. 9499/- 

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. The trek cost covers your accommodation at the base camp and during the trek.

Can we do Phulara Ridge Trek on our own?

Although the Phulara Ridge trek is moderate, it passes through secluded forests. The trek requires experienced guides to help you navigate the hilly terrain and dense forest. 

What is the altitude of the Phulara Ridge Trek?

Phulara Ridge trek is at an altitude of 12,127ft. The trek starts from Yuksom, located at an altitude of 5840ft. 

What is the starting point of Phulara Ridge Trek?

The trek starts in a village called Sankri. Sankri is a famous basecamp village. Sankri serves as a basecamp for other renowned Himalayan treks like Kedarkantha and Har Ki Dun. 

 

Where is Phulara Ridge located?

Phulara Ridge trek is in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand’s Gharwal region. 

 

What is the duration of the trek?

Phulara Ridge is a 6-day long trek, including travel to and from the base camp.

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?

The last place with a mobile network will be the base camp in Sankri.

We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek.