Phulara Ridge Trek
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Phulara Ridge Trek
A ridge is in which two sides of the mountain come together. Therefore, walking on an ridge is similar to the walk on a knife-edge in which there are only sides of the mountain that drop down each side. There are some ridge sections in a few Himalayan treks. But, having an entire day of trekking along a ridge is an experience that is unmatched. If you’ve completed a climb to the summit you’ll know that you’re at the highest place for around 20-30 minutes. From this point, you have a stunning view of the surrounding mountains. While on this trek you’re standing at a high altitude of 12,000 feet for the an entire day’s trek(4-5 hours! ).
The stunning 250-degree view of mountains that are covered in snow will be all the way! It gives you the impression that the mountains are traveling with you when you travel along the ridge that cuts in the landscape. In front of you, the ground is swept down the opposite side, one of them into a meadow, the other into the valley. This is the thing that is unique about Phulara Ridge a unique experience.
Where is Phulara Ridge?
Phulara Ridge is located towards the north-east of Uttarakhand just 25 km from the border with Himachal Pradesh. It’s a high-altitude trek that has a maximum elevation of 12,171 feet. It’s located within the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. It is close to other well-known treks such as Kedarkantha and Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal.
It is believed that the Phulara Ridge trek starts from and finishes at Sankari. The geographic place that lies on Phulara Ridge gives it an unjust advantages over others treks. It’s located within the area’s shadow, which means the sun’s rays don’t strike the area directly. This means that the snow on the trails lasts longer, and sometimes even into spring. This is not a common occurrence for a trail that is with a lower elevation than 13,000 feet.
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Why You Should Do Phulara Ridge Trek?
1. Pushtara meadows
After you have walked down the ridge and you are within The Pushtara meadows. The sheer size of the meadows will awe you. The folds and folds of carpeted green hills extend to as far as your eyes can reach. Wildflowers bloom in all their splendor. There is a 360-degree view of mountains covered in snow. Then you realize that this is the place you’ll be camping! We’d even go so in the direction of calling it our camp site during the whole year.
2. The forest
If you are only going for a short walk the forest that lie on Phulara Ridge is extremely dense. It is so dense that just streams of light coming through the forest’s dark abyss will illuminate your way. In addition, due to the inactivity of the residents, you will find areas that aren’t marked with trails. Because the forest isn’t frequently walked upon and you’re likely to be the only person walking the trail. Therefore, all the chirps, the chirps of birds, the rustles of trees they all become magnified by the silence. There are many varieties of trees, including pines, oaks and oaks. You can also see silver birches, dwarf rhododendrons and maples. Forest walks are an absolute delight to observe and Phulara is the most remote of them all.
3. The bird
The dense forest of Phulara will be awed by the abundance of wildlife and birds. Our explorers spotted 11 Himalayan monals! This bird of state of Uttarakhand is not easy to spot and is among the most colorful birds we’ve seen. It’s a treat to see even one – not even 11. Our explorers also saw barbets, woodpeckers and Himalayan Whistling Thoroughfares and Drogos.
Best Time To Do The Phulara Ridge Trek
The best time to take this Phulara Ridge trek would be during the summer months between June and May. The gradual transformation of the path from snow to green is a sight to behold. The combination of the blossoming Rhododendrons, the chance of seeing the unique alpenglow phenomenon as well as the colorful meadows of Pushtara makes it one of the most ideal occasions to go on a trek.
Another time to take on Phulara Ridge is during the monsoon season. Phulara Ridge trek is in the monsoon postponement season, which runs from September through November. The trails are lush green in September freshly spruced up from monsoon rains. As you progress towards autumn, the landscape shifts hues, transforming into stunning shades of oranges and yellows. Also, you’ll get some of the most spectacular views of mountains during this time of year.
Day Wise Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Pickup From Dehradun and drive to Sankri
- Pickup Location – Prince Chowk, Just 400 mtrs From Dehradun Railway Staion.
- Pickup time will be 7.00 AM.
- Its 210 kms drive from Dehradun to Sankari base camp.
- Dinner will be at Our Guest House.
- Today you will be staying at alltitude of 1930 mtrs
Sankari the base camp for the trek is tiny but beautiful village that has 250 homes. A handful of restaurants and shops comprise the retail activity in Sankari. In the peak time the place is typically full of trekking activity since it is the basecamp of numerous treks like Kedarkantha, Bali Pass and Borasu Pass. The village provides a stunning views of the setting sun behind the higher Himalayas. The Swargarohini mountains sparkle in the evening sunlight rising high over the ridges to the west of Kotgaon.
The route to Sankari will traverse Nainbagh, Naugaon, Purola, Jarmola, Mori Naitwar (a left-hand turn from Naitwar will take you to Dhaula which is the base camp for the Rupin Pass and Bharadsar lake trek then Sankari.
Day 2: Sankari to Sikolta By Trek
- Altitude 6,397 ft (1.950 m), to 9,300ft (2.835 m),
- Time taken: 5 hours
- Trek gradient: Moderate. All along the ascending trail.
- Water sources A small stream located near the broken bridge. This is approximately 3.5-4 hours into your trek
The first ascent takes you through the beautiful pine forest. The trail is well-marked and wide. After an hour and a half of climbing, you will cross a small bridge made of concrete. As you see many birds during the trial, keep your ears and eyes wide open.
You will see drongos (barbets), treepies, woodpeckers, and many other birds. You will cross a broken Dhaba later on the trail. Continue on this trail for 30 minutes. Here you will find the first clearing. It is also known as “Jainol Thatch”.Continue climbing for another 10 minutes to reach the second clearing. This area is known as ‘Marikoda. If you look to your left, you can see Dhunda’s peak. From this point, you can also see the Phulara Ridge.
You will find two forks on the trail. You can follow the trail straight ahead to reach the Juda Ka Talab. Either follow the trail to JKT, then turn left at the lake, or explore the trail to your left from this fork. You will be passing through beautiful pine forests. As your legs feel the soft crunch of the forest floor, the Himalayan Cedar and Deodhar Cedar aromas fill the air. The forest floor will echo with the sound of tiny bees buzzing. After a pleasant half hour, you will reach the main trail. This is the trail that leads to JKT. Follow the forest trail to the left. Surprised to see a ridge in the distance? Here, the sunlight cuts through the canopy beautifully. Now you can see snowcapped peaks to your left. A small bridge will be crossed. You will find a stream running down the hill, where you can refill your water bottles.
Continue climbing for 40 minutes from this point. You will find yellow marsh marigolds and purple lilies along the trail. The Gecko Rock is a large, beautiful rock. It has the appearance of a lizard with its head up. The trail leads to the clearing of Sikolta. This is a beautiful meadow with broken Gujjar houses. You can pitch your tents in another clearing. The water source is to the right. After the monsoon, the streams will be flooded.
Day 3: Trek From Sikolta to Bhoj Gadi
- Altitude9300 ft (2.835 m), to 11.155 ft (3.400 m).
- Time taken: 4 hours
- Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. All along the ascending trail.
- Water sources A stream located near the bridge about an hour into the hike.
It takes about 30 minutes to ascend from Sikolta through the forest patch. The forest is dense and dark. Pay attention to the few fallen trees along the trail. A bridge can be seen at the end of the trail. There is a short descent to the bridge and a steep ascent through a narrow section of the landslide terrain. This section measures approximately 100 meters.
You can refill water by filling the stream that runs underneath the bridge. The stream and bridge separate the valley. Continue climbing for 15 minutes to reach the larger Karsu Thatch clearing. The grass is full of yellow flowers. You will see the Kedarkantha peak as you enter the big clearing. From here, you can see the gradual decline in the tree line. Keep to your left and continue the gradual ascent. For another 30 minutes, the ascent will be gradual. You can see the rhodo and some Bhoj trees on the trail. After the monsoon, the flowers begin to bloom. You will see the clearings open up, and then you can enter the lush green meadows. Walking on the green cover is a treat for your legs and eyes.
The highest point on this hill is the Dhunda Top. After a gentle climb of 15 minutes and another trek for 10 minutes to the left, the trail leads you into a beautiful meadow. This is your campsite. The stream runs down the valley. This is your water source. You can go for an excursion/acclimatization walk to the top of the hill. A long ridge runs up to the top, which can lead you down to Kedarkantha. You can see the Purola region, Swargarohini and Devkyara, Lekha Top, Vijay Top, and other peaks from here. This campsite is the perfect spot to catch beautiful sunsets and sunrises.
Day 4: Bhoj Gadi to Pushtara via Phulara ridge
- Altitude: 11.115 ft (3.400 m), to 9.500 ft (2.896 m), via 12,127ft (3.696 m),
- Time taken: 6 hours
- Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Follow the trail to the summit. Flat trail to the ridge, followed by a descent down to the Pushtara.
- Water sources None At least 2 litres of water should be carried from Bhoj Gadi
From the campsite, you can see the top of the ridge. The climb is pleasant to begin the day. The climb to the summit of the ridge takes approximately 45 minutes. This trail can be used to spot many Himalayan Monals. On this day, I could see seven Monals as I approached the ridge. It is a stunning view from the ridge. The 250-degree view of the snow-peaked mountains. The trail ends at the beautiful ridge. There are slight ascents that you can see. You can feel the snow-capped mountains moving with you as you trek.
After another hour of hiking, you reach the end of the trail. Here it turns right. You will feel as if you have a grand entrance to the magnificent view, with few stones along the way. From right to left, the peaks are Hanuman Top and Sarutal Top. From this point, take the right. At the top, you can catch an intermittent signal from Vodafone. There are many ascents and descents you can take. Cross the base of Sarutal.
You will be descending a little bit and then gradually ascending. The drop is to the right. The valley of Purola can be seen in the distance between the tall pines. Because of the snow, this section cannot take during winter months. Also, this section does not have any water sources. It is difficult and tricky to cross the snow section in April. With snow, it took approximately an hour and fifty minutes. It would have taken about 30 minutes without snow to complete the Sarutal section. This section is home to Monals and wildflowers.
You will enter the right-hand side of the hill once you have crossed this valley. There are a few big mountains in front of you. Continue to your right as you descend. The vastness of Pushtara meadows will amaze you. It is a great spot to put up your camp.
Taloti is found in the valley if you cross it. The melting glaciers have created a beautiful lake of medium size. Pushtara is a large lake with much water on its right side. The Gujjars have a small graveyard that gives the bones a chill. It is a great place to tell stories and spend the night.
Day 5: Pushtara to Taluka. Drive to Sankari
- Altitude 9,500ft (2.896 m) to 7,953ft (2.424 m),
- Time taken5 hour trek + 1-hour drive to Sankari
- Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Continue to Taluka by ascending the trail.
- Water sources You will find a stream about 1.5 hours before entering the forest.
It would take you to Taluka. You will descend through the meadows for the first 30 minutes. Here you will see broken Gujjar huts. The trail is visible to the right coming from Taloti Valley. Continue to descend and follow this trail. Continue to descend and continue going towards the right. The tree line begins to rise. The floor is covered with yellow flowers. It’s like a bed where you can just lie down.
Continue your descent for 30 minutes, and you will reach the forest. There are good trails that lead into the forest. It is large and easy to lose your way if you wander off-trail. The cover is well-lit, and the trees are spread out. Later, you will be surrounded by huge pine trees. It seems like you are a tiny person trekking through the forest. Crossing trees that have fallen on the ground is necessary. During your trek, a group of curious langurs watches you and follows you as they leap effortlessly from one tree to the next.
You will see a small village to your right. Keep an eye on the right. This will not take you to the village but assures you of following the trail. This forest is a beautiful place to descend for approximately an hour and thirty minutes. You hear very few bells as you reach the last stretch of dense, uncut forest. A herd of goats and cows are grazing in the forest. There is also very little logging activity, indicating you are near civilization. If you continue on the same trail, you will see a path and a pipe that collects water from the stream. You will see a large water tank and wooden huts with stone roofing. This is Tumrikot. You will reach the end of your trek after walking for about 30 minutes through a beautiful village. A few shops can be found in the small village of Taluka. The Har Ki Dun trail can be marked
Day 6: Leave Sankari at 7.00 am. The time to return is Dehradun at 6.00 pm.
After the final briefing and certificate ceremony, you will leave for Dehradun.
Food Provided by Us During the Phulara Ridge Trek
We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.
After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.
The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya, Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.
In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.
Safety During Phulara Ridge Trek
Trekking with us for Phulara Ridge Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.
Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.
We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.
We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain
Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.
Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.
For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority
At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.
We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.
Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.
How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us
Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.
Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.
Explore our New Safety Protocols
In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers.
Our On-trek safety checks includes:
- Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
- Stretchers team appointed on every trek
- Trained mountain staff and full safety
- Additional oxygen cylinders
- Special medical kit for high altitude treks
- Microspikes on all types of snow treks
- Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
- Technical team on all snowy slopes
What should you pack for the Phulara Ridge Trek?
Being an trekking, adventure & travel company, we get many questions from our trekkers and most common question that arises is what to carry or what should we pack for the trek? Sometime it becomes difficult to explain in details and therefore below we have prepared the detailed packing list, helpful for all trekkers coming to the Himalayas. Whenever we go on trek or start packing things one should remember the packing pattern i.e. either you start from head to foot or foot to head, this way there will be rare chance that you will forget the items to pack, so go step by step.
Make sure your backpack should be comfortable neither too big nor to small and for a week trek 60-70 liters of backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure that your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support and pockets should be accessible quickly.
All trekkers should keep in mind that daypack is very important, this will be a great help to you while on trek, also every single day you won’t be carrying you backpack therefore for day excursion , shorter hikers, sightseeing you can carry your stuff in it.
- Trekking shoes: Preferably water proof, ankle support.
- Walking / Hiking sandals: This can be used off trek i.e. in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometime used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safe than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots.
- Sneakers (Optional): For normal driving days or can use around the camp
- Socks (3-4 Pairs) – Make sure to choose material wisely, it should be quick drying, warm and comfortable.
- Hiking / trekking jacket: Carry good quality layer jackets
- Hiking pants: Check some kind of long nylon blend, light and quick drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pant.
- Undergarments as per your habitual requirement
- T-Shirts and Shorts (3-4 Warm comfortable)
- Ordinary Shirt / T-shirt – Just in case everything gets wet this will help for roaming around.
- Long Sleeve shirt – can be used as a base layer on colder days
- Socks – at least 4-5 pairs
- Leggings – Can be used specially chilling morning and evening , to keep your body warm
- Thermals – get 2 pairs of thermals, this will be great need a body to keep it warm.
- Buff / Balaclava – This is a must to carry to cover your neck and this item is an ideal solution to keep your neck / throat warm.
- Beanie Cap- Very helpful item for colder and windy days should carry 1, also sometime when its freezing cold you can use it a night as well.
- Hiking Hat- this will basically help during the day time specially from the sun rays, make sure it has a strip so that wind does not below is far from your headJ..
- Gloves – 01 pair will be enough to keep your hand warm and nice.
- Rain wears
- Rain Coat and Pant – Carry a pair of it to protect you from the rain OR
- Rain Poncho – during long rains, the waterproof jackets starts leaking but poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly.
- Rain covers: Some small water proof to cover your backpack and daypack as well for your gadgets.
- Gadgets and Electronic
- Trekking Poles
- Mobile phone
- Spare batteries for phone and camera, powerbank
- Light weight flash light or headlight
- Waterproof bag made up of plastic for camera
- Music system / Bluetooth
- Plug/converter for electrical items
- 1 liter water bottle
- Journal with pen would be good idea to keep your notes.
- Some book of your interest for ideal time
- Get into habit of keeping Map and guide book of the region.
- Hygiene & Personal toiletry
- Sunscreen with UV protection
- 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
- Toilet paper/tissues/wet-wipes
- Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
- Deodorant / Talcum powder
- Sanitary pads/tampons (For female traveler)
- Bio gradable Soap
- Nail clipper
- Your other personal items that you use on daily basis
- Personal First aid Kit and Energy – below are some common medicine generally required / used during your adventure trip, however please consult your doctors prior.
- Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
- Butterfly bandage for small cut
- Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
- Latex gloves used when its wound bleeds
- Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
- Medicine for cold, flue / fever headache
- Some pain killers
- ORS pouches
- Quick pain relief spray (External use)
- Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
- Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
- Bug Repellent
- Carry some nutria / energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.
9.Compulsory Documents to Carry
These are files needed to be submitted at Forest Department before ypur trek. With no of these, you will not be permitted to trek .Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Id’s like adhaar, voter id, etc.
Important note: You can book rent gears, what you can rent & buy from us and what you need to get from your home town, make your bagpack easy not heavy.
Click the link: https://booking.trekupindia.com/rent-trekking-gears/
Now you are all set for your Adventure trip with Trekup India!!
Trek Cost Inclusion
- Stay is included on all days of the trek ( from Sankari To Sankari ). You will be staying in guest house / hotel on sharing basis.
- Transport charges from Dehradun To Sankari and return.
- All meals from dinner at Sankari on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 are included. Meals are simple, nutritious and vegetarian.
All the trek equipment will be included like a sleeping bag, kitchen & dining tent, utensils, mattress, tent, toilet tent, and crampon (if needed).
Note:- Tents and sleeping bags are custom made of Trekup India which are tested on high altitudes by our mountain expert trek team.
First aid medical kits, oxygen cylinder as well as stretcher.
Check our on trek safety protocol here.
All the needed forest entry fees along with permits.
- Your trek will be led by a trained, experienced professional guides and trek leaders with a solid guiding background and trekking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking terrains.
Trek Cost Exclusion
- All kinds of personal expenditures are excluded.
- Anything that we have not mentioned avobe.
- The trek cost is not inclusive of meals bought during the journey on 1st day and last day. ( Food starts from dinner at base camp on day first till last day lunch ).
- Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 600 per day, per bag. Note: bag weight should not be more than 11 kg.
- Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
How To Reach Rishikesh Or Haridwar?
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Rishikesh by flight that is located almost 25km away from the city. You can find regular flights from Delhi to Rishikesh.
However, if you are planning to reach Rishikesh by flight then it is better to come one day in advance.
In case, you want to reach Dehradun from Delhi by train then two express trains are quite convenient. With the train, it is an overnight journey. The two trains are mentioned below:
- Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)
- Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)
From Delhi, you can find a regular bus service for Dehradun. ISBT Kashmere Gate is the main bus station in Delhi from where you will find both ac and non-ac buses for Dehradun. However, it is always better to take government buses from Kashmere Gate ISBT. The bus will drop you at Dehradun ISBT and then we will send our staff who will pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station, so you need to reach there.
- At 06:00 am, Tata Sumo or any other vehicle like this will only pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station.
- By 04:00 pm, you will be reaching Sankri.