Phulara Ridge Trek

Heaven On Earth

Trek Grade

Easy to Moderate

Highest Altitude

12,250 ft

Base Camp

Sankari

Best Time

April,May,June,Sept,Oct,Nov

Phulara Ridge Trek

The Phulara Ridge Trek is an adventurous trek that takes you along a narrow pathway formed by the convergence of two mountainsides, with steep drops on either side. Walking along the ridge is akin to traversing an axe edge, with completely vertical on both sides. This trek, perched at a lofty altitude of 12,250 feet, offers a breathtaking 250-degree vista of snow-draped mountains, creating an illusion of the mountains moving in tandem with your traverse along the ridge.

Located in the northeastern part of Sankari, Uttarakhand, just 25 km from the Himachal Pradesh border, the Phulara Ridge finds its home within the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park, near renowned treks like Kedarkantha and Har Ki Dun Trek. The trek begins and ends at Sankari, and its unique geographic location means that the direct rays of the sun don’t reach the area, allowing the snow on the trails to linger longer, sometimes even into spring. This intriguing aspect of the trek is sure to captivate your senses.

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Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Phulara Ridge Trek

Day 1: Pickup From Dehradun to Sankri

  • Pickup location: Prince Chowk, just 400 meters from Dehradun Railway Station.
  • The pickup time will be 6:30 AM.
  • It’s a 210 km drive from Dehradun to Sankari base camp.
  • Dinner will be at our Hotel.
  • Tonight, you will be staying at an altitude of 1930 meters.

Sankari, the base camp for the trek, is a tiny but beautiful village with 250 homes. It has a handful of restaurants and shops. During peak times, the village is bustling with trekking activity as it serves as the basecamp for numerous treks like Kedarkantha, Bali Pass, and Borasu Pass. The village offers stunning views of the setting sun behind the higher Himalayas, with the Swargarohini mountains sparkling in the evening sunlight. The route to Sankari passes through Nainbagh, Naugaon, Purola, Jarmola, Mori, and 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, and then on to Sankari.

Day 2: Sankari to Sikolta By Trek

  • Altitude: The trek begins at an elevation of 6,397 ft (1,950 m) and ascends to a height of 9,300 ft (2,835 m).
  • Time taken: It typically takes around 5 hours to complete the trek.
  • Trek gradient: The trail features a moderate gradient, steadily ascending throughout the trek.
  • Water sources: There is a small stream located near a broken bridge, which can be found approximately 3.5-4 hours into the trek.

The first part of the trail takes you through a beautiful pine forest. It is well-marked and wide, making it easy to navigate. Keep an eye out for various bird species along the way, such as drongos, barbets, treepies, and woodpeckers. After about 1.5 hours of climbing, you will encounter a small concrete bridge. As you continue, you will pass a broken Dhaba and reach the first “Jainol Thatch” clearing. After climbing for another 10 minutes, you’ll get to the second clearing called “Marikoda”, where you can see Dhunda’s peak and the Phulara Ridge.

Further along the trail, you will encounter two forks. You can either continue straight to reach Juda Ka Talab or explore the left trail from the fork, passing through beautiful pine forests filled with the fragrant aroma of Himalayan Cedar and Deodhar Cedar. After about 30 minutes, you will reach the main trail leading to JKT. As you follow the forest trail to the left, you will be greeted by the beautiful sight of a ridge in the distance and snow-capped peaks to your left. You will also come across a small bridge and a stream where you can refill your water bottles.

Continuing the climb for 40 minutes, you will notice yellow marsh marigolds and purple lilies along the trail. Eventually, you will reach the Gecko Rock, a large rock that resembles a lizard with its head up. This will lead you to the clearing of Sikolta, a beautiful meadow with broken Gujjar houses where you can pitch your tents. The water source is located to the right, but be mindful of flooding streams after the monsoon.

Day 3: Trek From Sikolta to Bhoj Gadi

  • Altitude: The trail starts at 9300 feet (2835 meters) and ascends 11,155 feet (3400 meters).
  • Time taken: The hike typically takes around 4 hours to complete.
  • Trek gradient: The trail offers an easy to moderate gradient, with a gradual ascent throughout.
  • Water sources: A stream conveniently located near the bridge approximately one hour into the hike provides a reliable water source for hikers.

It takes about 30 minutes to ascend from Sikolta through the dense, dark forest. Pay attention to the few fallen trees along the trail. At the end of the trail, you will encounter a bridge. After crossing the bridge, there is a short descent followed by a steep ascent through a narrow section of landslide terrain measuring approximately 100 meters.

You can refill water from the stream underneath the bridge, which separates the valley. Continue climbing for 15 minutes to reach the more extensive Karsu Thatch clearing, where the grass is full of yellow flowers. As you enter the extensive clearing, you will see the Kedarkantha peak. 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. Along the trail, you can see rhododendrons and some Bhoj trees, and after the monsoon, the flowers begin to bloom. As you continue, the clearings will open up, and you will enter 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 will lead you into a beautiful meadow, which serves as your campsite. The stream running down the valley is your water source. You can go for an excursion or acclimatization walk to the top of the hill. A long ridge runs up to the top, which can lead you down to Kedarkantha. From this campsite, you can see the Purola region, Swargarohini and Devkyara, Lekha Top, Vijay Top, and other peaks, making it the perfect spot to catch beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

Day 4: Bhoj Gadi to Pushtara via Phulara ridge

  • Altitude: The trek starts at 11,115 ft (3,400 m) and reaches a maximum altitude of 12,127 ft (3,696 m) before descending to 9,500 ft (2,896 m).
  • Time taken: The trek typically takes around 6 hours to complete.
  • Trek gradient: The trek is considered easy-moderate. The trail to the summit involves a gradual incline. After reaching the ridge, the trail flattens out before descending to the Pushtara.
  • Water sources: There are no natural water sources along the trail, so carrying at least 2 litres of water from Bhoj Gadi is recommended to ensure an adequate supply for the trek.

From the campsite, you can see the top of the ridge. The climb is pleasant at the beginning of the day. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the summit of the hill. This trail is known for spotting many Himalayan Monals, a species of pheasant known for its vibrant colours. On this day, I saw seven Monals as I approached the ridge. The view from the ridge is stunning, offering a 250-degree view of the snow-peaked mountains. The trail ends at the beautiful ridge with slight ascents, and you can feel the snow-capped mountains moving with you as you trek. The ridge is also home to a variety of alpine flowers, adding to the scenic beauty of the trail.

After another hour of hiking, you’ll reach the end of the trail, where it takes a right turn. This marks the beginning of a grand entrance to a truly magnificent view, with a few stones along the way, adding to the natural charm. The peaks of Hanuman Top and Sarutal Top stand tall and proud, commanding your attention from right to left. From this point, continue to the right. At the top, you might catch an intermittent signal from Vodafone, a reminder of the modern world amidst this natural wonder. There are several ascents and descents you can choose from, each offering a unique perspective of the landscape. Cross the base of Sarutal to continue your adventure.

Prepare for a descent followed by a gradual ascent. The drop is to the right, and the valley of Purola unfolds in the distance, framed by majestic pines. It’s important to note that this section is inaccessible during winter due to snow and lack of water sources. Crossing the snow section in April can be a challenging and tricky task, but with the right preparation, it’s a challenge that can be overcome. With snow, it took me approximately an hour and fifty minutes. Without snow, this section would have taken about 30 minutes to complete. Despite the challenges, this section is a haven for Monals and wildflowers, offering a unique and rewarding experience.

Once you have crossed the valley, you will enter the right-hand side of the hill. 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 set up your camp.

Taloti is found in the valley if you cross it. The melting glaciers have created a beautiful medium-sized lake. Pushtara is a large lake with much water on its right side. The Gujjars, a local nomadic community, have a small graveyard here, a place of reverence and reflection that adds a touch of solemnity to the landscape. It is a great place to tell stories and spend the night.

Day 5: Pushtara to Taluka. Drive to Sankari

  • Altitude: Starting from 9,500 feet (2,896 meters) and descending to 7,953 feet (2,424 meters).
  • Time took: The trek will take approximately 5 hours, followed by a 1-hour drive to Sankari.
  • Trek gradient: The trek is classified as easy to moderate, with a gradual ascent along the trail leading to Taluka.
  • Water sources: A stream can be found approximately 1.5 hours before entering the forest, providing a reliable water source for trekkers.

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, which comes from Taloti Valley, is visible to the right. Continue to descend and follow this trail. Keep going towards the right. The tree line begins to rise. The floor is covered with yellow flowers, like a bed where you can 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 giant 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 town 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 town 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.

Phulara Ridge Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Phulara Ridge Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Phulara Ridge Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Phulara Ridge Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay: 3 Nights of tented accommodation at individual campsites of Trekup India on twin sharing and 2 nights at Trekup India Luxury Hotel at Sankari on multisharing.
  2. Meals: Trekup India will provide freshly cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 1 to  tea, coffee on day 6 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian) 
  3. Transport (Optional): Dehradun To Sankari and return. ( 1500 extra )
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Phulara Ridge Trek

Phulara Ridge Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.