Bedni Bugyal, a high-altitude meadow perched at an elevation of 3,354 metres is cloistered in the Garhwal Himalayas. It strategically falls in the Chamoli, Uttarakhand and features vast pastures that are a treat to sore eyes. This luscious meadow overlooks the silent water of Bedni Kund, where you can camp under the azure sky.
One can have majestic views of Trishul massif, Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba peaks from here. Bedni is also a major way-station to the famous Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, a pilgrimage festival of Uttarakhand held once every twelve years.
Region : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration : 05-06 Days
Altitude : 3,354 metres/11,000 feet
Grade : Easy
Total trekking distance : 35 km approx.
Nearest Town : Mundoli
Starts from : Wan village
Best time to visit : Mid June to October
Distance from Delhi : 492km
Highlights of the trek : Views of lush meadows of Bedni and Ali bugyal, mountain backdrop and deep valleys.
Delhi ——> Haridwar ——> Rishikesh ——> Karnprayag ——> Mundoli ——> Wan ——> Bedni Bugyal ——> Wan ——> Rishikesh ——> Haridwar ——> Delhi
Bedni Bugyal is located in the north-eastern part of Uttarakhand. It is situated close to China border. Both Bedini and Ali Bugyal are located near Mundoli in Chamoli district and can be easily accessed on foot.
Days are pleasant but nights are cold at Bedni bugyal base.
During the winter months of December to January, the temperature at Bedni Bugyal remains between – 2°C to – 5°C.
In summers the temperature at Bedni Bugyal remains between +6 ° C to +15° C.
Day 01- Arrival at Mundoli (1,750 metres) by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 02- Post breakfast, leave from Mundoli towards Wan followed by Bedini Bugyal (3,375 metres/11,070 feet). In the morning drive 10 km to Wan (2,439 metres).
Day 03- On day three start hiking from Bedni to Ali Bugyal perched at 3,300 metres. After spending some time there descend to Bedini Bugyal (10 km) (4/5hrs).
Day 04- Post breakfast start trekking towards Wan (2,446 metres/8,096 feet) from Bedni.
Day 05- Wrap your journey, drive from Wan to Rishikesh (2,200 metres/7,200 feet).
Bedni Bugyal is 04 to 05 days trek which can be commenced anywhere between May to November. This exhilarating trek has an easy to moderate grade level. The trek begins from Mundoli which is around 240 km away from Rishikesh by road.
The sprawling meadow of Bedni Bugyal is a nature’s bounty cradled in the lap of Uttarakhand. This picturesque alpine beauty is known for its green pastures, studded with varied Himalayan flora. The entire stretch from Mundoli to Bedini Bugyal is known for its rare Himalayan flora, that can only be found in this region.
The sojourn from Mundoli to Wan and later uphill trek leads to Bedini Bugyal about 11 km away from Wan. One can explore the virgin beauty of Bedini and can pitch their tents for overnight camping. For descending, go downhill following the same route back to Mundoli and then hire a vehicle up to Rishikesh.
The journey to Mundoli will cross Haridwar followed by Karnaprayag. Haridwar is 240 km away from Mundoli which is a swift 8 to 9 hours journey by road. En-route, you’ll see the confluence of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag. You’ll reach Mundoli by the evening. Check in at a hotel, have scrumptious dinner and crash into your bed.
Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Wan perched at 2,439 metres above sea level. Wan located about 10 km away from Mundoli is the last village en-route and is an ideal place for trekking. From here, a placid 10-11 km trail leads to Bedni Bugyal. During the trek, you’ll see lofty conifers and Himalayan flora sprinkled everywhere.
Bedini Bugyal is of the best camping location in the Garhwal Himalayas. This picturesque meadow is studded with a wide variety of Himalayan flowers. One can also see a petite lake snuggled in the midst of a green field and a small temple is located nearby. On reaching Bedini Bugyal, curl on the dewy grass and explore its boisterous beauty. Pitch your tents here and have an overnight stay here.
Wake up to the songs of the Himalayan birds found in the region. After having breakfast, gear yourself to trek from Bedni Bugyal to Ali Bugyal, tucked at an altitude of 3,300 metres. The trail leading to Ali also spelt as Aali Bugyal will involve a steep climb up to a thick forest covered with rhododendron, pine, deodar, spruce and oak trees. After a 4-hour gradient, you’ll reach Ali Bugyal. Spend some quality time here before marching back to your campsite at Bedini. On reaching Bedini, have scrumptious dinner and relax.
Wake up early to hike towards Wan situated at 2,436 metres above sea level. Start trekking from Bedini Bugyal to Wan which is a roughly 3-5 hours walk. Wan is the biggest village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This trek is a small one and can be interesting for the beginners. On reaching Wan, have dinner and crash into your tents.
Bid goodbye to the celestial hills of Garhwal and start packing your bags to return home. Have lunch at Rishikesh. If you are planning an overnight stay here then you can visit some of the famous attractions like Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Geeta Bhawan, Trimbakeshwar Mandir etc.
To cleanse your soul, take a holy dip in the water of river Ganga. Don’t forget to see the evening Ganga Aarti performed at Triveni Ghat which remains illuminated by several divas that float on the river water. You can also check out the local market, enjoy street shopping and savour famous Pahadi cuisines here.
Wake up to the chants of shlokas and mantras. Have scrumptious breakfast in the morning and check out from the hotel. You can shop handicraft items and carry back souvenirs of the trip. Drive back to Delhi and wind up your trip here.