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Bamsaru Khal Trek

This trek visits the remote Hanumanganga valley and the base of the Bundarpunch massif - source of the Hanumanganga River and its confluence with the Yamuna River in Hanumanchatti. Plus Alpine forests of oak, rhododendron, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Chhaya Gidara & Dayara bugyals (Alpine meadows) with their spectacular views of the snow-capped high Himalaya peaks from Bamsaru pass and views of both the Hanumanganga valley and Dayara Gidara valley, There are vistas of dramatic peaks - Bandar Punchh, Black peak and the panoramic Gangotri range of mountains, etc. The Bamsaru-Khal trek is known for its flower-sprinkled meadows and unspoiled nature.

Bamsaru Khal Trek

Serene Dodi Tal (holy lake), forest bordered and mountain rimmed, is home to the famous sacred golden trout watched over by a solitary shadu from his lonely lake-side temple. From here it's up to the mountain top meadows for visits with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats. There are frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above and chances to see ibex, snow fox, Himalayan belchers & eagles. And one can enjoy seasonal contacts with Gujars (generally handsome tribal Muslim mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking & their herds of buffalo, as well as visits to local picturesque mountain villages.

Day Start Reach Hrs Kms Alt(mts) Mode/Acco
1 Delhi Rishikesh 6 225 600 Veh/Train: Hotel
2 Rishikesh Uttarkashi 7 185 1200 Veh: Hotel
3 Uttarkashi Bhevra 5 27 2300 Veh/Trek: Camp
4 Bhevra Dodi Tal 7 15 3000 Trek: Camp
5 Dodi Tal Dharva top 7 6 3500 Trek: Camp
6 Dharva top Bingad 6 9 3200 Trek: Camp
7 Bingad Bamsarukhal base 6 10 4300 Trek: Camp
8 Bamsarukhal base Cross pass to Gidara Bugyal 8 12 4100 Trek/Veh: Hotel
9 Gidara Bugyal Gujarhut 6 8 3600 Trek: Camp
10 Gujarhut Dayara Bugyal 5 7 3200 Trek: Camp
11 Dayara Bugyal Uttarkashi 7 52 1300 Trek/Veh: Hotel
12 Uttarkashi Rishikesh 6 200 600 Veh: Hotel
13 Rishikesh Delhi 6 220 500 Veh: Hotel
Legend: Alt=Altitude; Veh=Vehicle; Acco=Accommodation

Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
bamsaru-khal In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.

Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.

Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.

Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.

Day 3 : Uttarkashi - Bhevra (27 kms/5 hrs)
bamsaru-khal-trekkingDrive 20 kms to the trail head. Scenic drive along the roaring Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges, through terraced fields, deodar forests, and villages to the tranquil, park like Assi Ganga Stream valley to Sangamchatti village, then moderate 5 k uphill trek to Agora village through terraced fields, then gentle 2 k downhill trek through forests to Bhevra campsite in terraced fields by a babbling brook, surrounded by a forest, beneath the mountains. See families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above.

Day 4 : Bhevra - Dodi Tal (15 kms/7 hrs)
Moderate 8 k uphill, then gentle 7 k up and downhill trek through forests of oak, rhododendrons (bloom end April - beginning mkay), pine, and stately deodar trees. Frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Views down into the wooded and now steep-sided and wild Assi Ganga valley. Camp at Dodi Tal, sacred as well as scenic lake famous throughout northen India for its beauty, its religions significance and its sacred golden trout. There is a temple on the shore presided over by a local pundit. Camp on the lake shore with views up into the mountain forests and high passes to be visited on the morrow.

Day 5 : Dodital-Dharvatop (6 kms/8 hrs)
Steep 6 k uphill trek over Dharva Pass, then gentle 1 k downhill trek. Follow a stream bordering juniper groves and then up, up into the high grasslands with fine views of Bandar Punchh mountain's snowy summit, Black Peak, etc. from the pass, also down into the Hanuman Ganga valley & Bandar Punchh valley. Meet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats, and Gujars. (generally handsome muslim local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking contacts with & their herds of buffalo (June - September). Camp in a bugyal (Alpine valley) at Dharva Top bugyal with spectacular views of Bundarpuchh peak .

Day 6 : Dharvatop - Bingad (9 kms/7 hrs)
bamsaru-khal-trekking-photosSteep 3 k uphill trek over the high ridge then 5 k up and downhill trek through the bugyals and high ridges with different angle views of Bundarpunch. 2 k. downhill trek to Bingad River camp surrounded by beautiful landscapes and view down the Bingad valley and the beautiful sunrise on the Bundarpunch peak.

Day 7 : Bingad - Bamsarubase (10kms/6hrs)
10k uphill trek along the Bingad River through the bugyals with many small streams and spectacular views down the valley and a close view of Bundarpunchh. We will continue in the beautiful Bingad valley, exploring our day to Deodamini, a higher meadow closer to main summit of Banderpunchh. Then we will return to Bamsarubase. Camp surrounded by bugyals.

Day 8 : Bamsarubase - Gidara bugyal (12kms/8hrs)
4 k uphill trek to Bamsaru pass through the meadows and moraine with spectacular views from the pass of both Gidara Bugyal valley and Bingad valley, and panaromic views of the Himalayan Gangotri range and Bundarpunchh range. Downhill trek 4 k, and then a 4 k up and down hill trek goes through many small rivers and bugyals - camp at Gidara bugyal one of the most famous bugyals in Garhwal.

Day 9 : Gidara bugyal - Gujarhut (8kms/6hrs)
Moderate 8 k up and downhill trek along the ridge with spectacular views of the high Himalayas and valleys. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, belchers & eagles, and hardy bukeriwale (mountain headers with their flocks of sheep & goats). Beautiful camp sie on the Alpine meadow of Gidara bugyal and spectacular views of Srikantha, Jonli and Thalaysagar.

Day 10 : Gujarhut - Dayara bugyal (7kms/5hrs)
bamsaru-khal-images3 k. moderate uphill, then 4k. downhill trek along ridges with spectacular views of Dayara valley. Meet with hardy bakriwale and Gujars. Camp at Dayara bugyal.

Day 11 : Dayara bugyal - Uttarkashi (52kms/7hrs)
Downhill 10k. trek through forests of oak, rhododendrons (bloom end April - beginning may), pine, and stately deodar trees. Barnala is seasonal huts for villagers where they spend their summers with their cattle. The trek continuous to Barsu village trail head. 42 k. beautifull drive by jeep along the Bhagirathi river to Uttarkashi town.

Day 12 : Uttarkashi - Rishikesh (185kms/6hrs)
Return drive to Rishikesh. Stay in hotel. (Possible to reach Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town as opposed to Rishikesh. One hour further).

Day 13 : Rishikesh - Delhi (225kms/6hrs)
Return to Delhi.

Best time to visit Bamsaru Khal Trek : May, June, August, September and October