Beginners trek in Autumn – Phulara Ridge & Panwali Kantha
Autumn is a beautiful time to go trekking in the Himalayas. The valleys, the forests and meadows slowly transform into a fusion of warm hues. For those who are new to trekking, there is no better time to take that first step into the wilderness than the magical season of autumn. So, if you are looking to venture into the world of trekking this autumn, we have two amazing autumn treks for you!
Phulara Ridge Trek
Grade: Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude: 12,150 ft
Duration: 6 Days
Trek Distance: 30 km
We think ridge walks are one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the Himalayas. The experience of treading along a narrow crest, embraced by mountains on every side, is nothing short of exhilarating. Picture yourself ascending gradually into the Himalayan heights, only to be met with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of majestic peaks encircling you. It’s an adventure that thrills the senses and captures the heart. This is exactly what you get on the Phulara Ridge Trek!
An epic ridge walk!
The highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the exhilarating ridge walk, where you’ll traverse a continuous path connecting the Kedarkantha summit to the mountain range behind Taluka village. With mountains stretching towards Yamunotri on one side and a beautiful valley extending from Sankri to Har Ki Dun on the other, the walk feels like a serene stroll on the summit, treating you to breathtaking views for hours.
The beautiful Pushtara Meadows
Descending from the ridge, you’ll be captivated by the enchanting Pushtara Meadows, with acres of velvety green carpets inviting you to bask in nature’s serenity. The grassy knolls roll for acres and acres in folds of velvety green carpets! You would just feel like lying down in the vibrant green meadows and absorbing the sublimity of nature!
Walk Through Beautiful Himalayan Forest
In the heart of the Phulara Ridge trek lies an immensely dense forest that exudes an aura of mystery and enigma. The thick canopy of trees casts an almost impenetrable darkness, with only occasional beams of light filtering through the tree gaps. This secluded forest patch creates a sense of solitude, and it’s quite possible that you’ll find yourself as the sole explorer on this trail. Forest walks in the Himalayas are always rewarding and Phualara Ridge Trek offers one of the best!
Learn more about Phulara Ridge Trek.
Duration: 5 Days
Max Altitude: 10,800 ft approx.
Trekking Distance: 40 km approx.
The meadows of Uttarakhand Himalayas, known as Bugyals, boast pristine beauty and serve as grazing grounds for animals. Among the many meadow treks in the Himalayan region, Panwali Kantha stands out as a trek that allows you to truly connect with Mother Earth. Nestled within the Garhwal Himalayas at 11,500 ft between Gangotri and Kedarnath Ranges, Panwali Kantha offers an unforgettable experience. Following the old Chardham pilgrimage route from Gangotri to Kedarnath, the trek unveils the charm of remote villages in the nooks of the Garhwal Himalayas. Starting from Ghuttu and culminating at the revered Triyuginarayan temple, the trek’s moderate altitude makes it an excellent choice for all seasons, especially autumn.
Sunrise and Sunset Spectacle
The trek to Panwali Kantha offers enchanting views of sunrise and sunset from the ridge, adding a touch of magic to the journey. As the golden hour bathes the snow-capped peaks and snow-laden meadows in its radiant glow, the landscape transforms into a mesmerizing display of molten gold.
Captivating Mountain Vistas
Among the highlights of the Panwali Kantha Trek are the captivating mountain vistas, providing a breathtaking panorama of the entire Chardham Ranges. From Yamunotri to Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, you’ll be treated to a magnificent spectacle of these revered peaks.
Encounter Himalayan Fauna
Panwali Kantha Meadows serve as a grazing ground for various animals, granting you the chance to spot some of the Himalayan’s fascinating wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might be fortunate enough to catch glimpses of Ghorals, Bears, Weasels, and even the rare Musk-deer.
A site of great religious significance, the Triyuginarayan Temple, situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, holds immense reverence among Hindus. This sacred place of worship is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is believed to be the holy site where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati tied the celestial knot.
Get to know more about the wonderful Panwali Kantha Trek.
Join us in these two beautiful treks and immerse yourself in the enchanting magic of autumn in the Himalayas. Let’s kickstart your trekking journey and create unforgettable memories amidst the glorious hues of autumn in the Himalayas!