Easy To Moderate
|Suitable for:||8+ years|
|Experience:||First timer can apply.|
|Fitness:||Cover 4 km of distance in 25 minutes without a stress.|
Why Phulara Ridge Is A Must Do Trek
Govind Pashu Vihar National Park is home to multiple trekking routes. Sankri, situated within the park, acts as a base camp for treks such as Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass, and Kedarkantha. Pushtara Meadows via Phulara Ridge is one of the lesser-known but so far the best ridge trek of the country. The trek is very unique due to the landscape and the nature of its trail. Ridges are uncommon in the Indian Himalayas. But this trail takes you on a walk atop a ridge that lasts for almost 2 hours! Given that this is one of a kind trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, it is slowly earning its well-deserved fame in the trekking world it is best to visit it before the crowds arrive.
The Phulara Ridge Trek stretches for about 25 km. After walking through this ridge for 4-5 hours, you see lovely meadows on one side and a captivating valley along with the mountain views on another side this counts for a mesmerizing experience. Phulara Ridge Trek is in the middle of two valleys where you find a trail to walk. It feels like you are walking through the edges of a knife. Finding huge mountains all around you is certainly spectacular.
Watching entirely snow-covered mountains over an angle of 250 degrees keeps you enchanted throughout the trek, and a stunning view of the other mountain ranges, including Dev Kayara peak from the top of Phulara ridge Trek, makes all the efforts worth it.
About The Trek
Phulara Ridge Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in India, known for its scenic landscapes. Ridge treks aren\t very common in a country like India and only a small number of people strive for ridge summits. Yet, after being explored, this trek is now one of the most sought-after. The Phulara Ridge Trek takes you up to a height of 12,150 m.
Phulara ridge trek starts from a small village named Sankri in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Also, Sankri is a basecamp for other treks, including Har ki dun, Kedarkantha Trek, and Bali Pass trek. The Phulara Ridge trek implies a splendid journey with a high altitude of 12,150 Ft. This challenging trek in Uttarakhand is rated with an easy to moderate difficulty level that largely depends on the fitness level of the trekker. This trek is suitable for both families as well as individual trekkers.
The best time for this trek is from the middle of March to the middle of June. And next, from the middle of September till December. Phulara Ridge trek is also a great trek for monsoon treks, since at that time there are flowers and greenery, making the trek memorable.
At Phulara ridge trek, the temperature ranges between 8 and 15 degrees Celsius during the day and can drop as low as -5 degrees Celsius at night. Hence you need proper gear and clothing to fight the sub-zero temperature.
Make sure to carry extra backup batteries if you are a shutterbug eager to capture the beautiful landscapes of this trek. Alo pack light.
What To Expect During The Trek
To begin with the Phulara Ridge trek, you reach Sankri, which takes almost 10 hours to reach Dehradun. The last ATM is situated at Purola, so make sure to get all the cash you need for your way. At Sankri, you stay at a guest house and find small shops that sell trekking gear and miscellany. The network availability is almost negligible, only the BSNL network works but that too is erratic. From here, you reach Taluka, the trekking point, and pave your way for the journey you\re going to cherish forever.
The Phulara Ridge trek lets you grasp the supreme experience of witnessing the beauty of peaks, forests, grasslands, and the associated natural beauty. It is the perfect combination of many charming surroundings and difficult patches, in addition to thrilling ridges that the visitors need to encounter.
You walk through dense forests before and after climbing the ridge, where you see the different types of tree-like oaks, dwarf rhododendrons, maples, pines, and silver birch. You will also see the vast green carpet of meadows, lovely flowers, greenery, and tiny plants growing everywhere in the landscape. This site makes anyone fall in love with this place. Sunlight streams through the various angles in the dark forest, giving you a pleasant view.
You also get to see many birds on the way. You can hear their chirping in the dark and dense forest. The Himalayan Monal, a colorful bird, is one of the centers of attractions during the Phulara Ridge Trek.
You trek through different altitudes throughout the way- Sankri (1920 Meters), Sikolta (2900 Meters), Bhoj Gadi (3470 Meters), and Phulara Ridge (3700 Meters).
Trekkers get the opportunity to grab ethereal views of prominent peaks like Kedarkantha, Swargarohini, and others. You shall also be entitled to view the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan range that would hold you spellbound with its mesmerizing beauty.
The summit views
The panoramic views of Himalayan peaks from the summit, as well as throughout the trail are the main attraction of the Phulara Ridge trek. The summit offers exotic views of Swargarohini, Kala Nag, Devkyara, Bandarpoonch, Rangnala, Hanuman Top, Top of Sarutal, Vijay Top, and Kedarkantha.
Sankri- the Base Camp
The trek begins from Sankri, which acts as a base camp for over 25 different treks. The distance from Dehradun to Sankri is 200 km and takes 7-8 hours. With gorgeous mountains, tall pine woods, rivers like the Yamuna, Tons, and Kedarganga pouring alongside the path, and Himalayan roads following you the entire journey, this is an extraordinary experience. At Sankri, you will not only be able to witness the lushness of Uttarakhand\s Himalayan Valleys, but you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture and gain insight into life of Himalayan people. Only foreigners used to visit here in 1970, and the number of visitors exceeded 20 a day. At that time, Har ki Dun trek was the most famous one and it was highly visited by trekkers. The number of Bengali trekkers was also high they did many high altitude passes and visited Sankri frequently. Since the popularization of various treks in the area, Sankri is one of the most visited base camps in the Himalayas.
The Pushtara Meadows
You arrive in the Pushtara meadows immediately after descending from the mountain. The grandeur of the meadows will astound you. As far as the eye can see, there are folds and folds of carpeted green hills. Wildflowers bloom in their full splendor. A 270-degree panorama of snow-capped mountains rises in front of you.
For a very short trek, the forests on Phulara Ridge are incredibly dense. So dense that only streaks of sunshine passing through this dark jungle offer light. There are also places where there is no path due to a lack of use. You\re likely to be the only ones on the trail because the woodland hasn\t been walked on as often. As a result, all of the chirps, bird whistles, and tree rustles are amplified in this quiet. There are oaks, pines, dwarf rhododendrons, silver birches, and maples among the trees. Forest walks are beautiful to see, and Phulara offers the most remote of them.
The dense nature of Phulara\s trees fosters the presence of birds and fauna. You might even spot Himalayan Monals here. This Uttarakhand state bird is a rare sighting and one of the most colorful birds ever seen. Even spotting one of them, let alone 11 of them, is a rare occurrence. Barbets, woodpeckers, Himalayan whistling thrushes can also be seen on the trail.
Our journey starts from Dehradun where we will pick you up in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles at 6:30 AM. You are requested to report at the pickup point by the time. From Dehradun, we will drive to Sankri, which is at a distance of 220 km from Dehradun. It may take about 8 - 9 hrs or more to reach Sankri as the mountain roads can be quite bumpy at times. However, the road to Sankri is quite scenic.
On your way, you will cross picturesque places like Mussoorie, Mori, and Naitwar, etc. You will drive along the beautiful Yamuna and Tons River with pine trees lining the road. The River is milky white in some places and clear green in others. The fragrance of pinewood and the beauty of nature will make up for the long ride to Sankri. The last stretch of the road, about 22 km from Sankri, is even more beautiful as you enter the Govind National Park, famous for being home to much exotic flora and fauna. On reaching Sankri, we will check-in at our hotel. After freshening up, you can spend the evening at the quaint hamlet of Sankri at your leisure.
You can head out for a stroll through this charming village. Sankri is a trekkers’ hub as it is the base camp for not one or two but 11 Himalayan treks including popular treks like Har Ki Dun. At Sankri BSNL network is available but it is very erratic. You can also watch a beautiful sunset at Sankri Village in the backdrop of the Himalayas, a great opportunity for shutterbugs to capture all the beauty around. At night, you can have dinner at your hotel or in the local village dhabas to get a taste of the local flavors. Stay overnight at Sankri and we will start our trek the following day.
On the first day of your trekking, today you will trek from Sankri to sikolta basecamp. The first leg of the journey crosses through a serene pine cover and this is a great spot for bird watching. You may spot several varieties of Himalayan birds like treepies, drongos, barbets, woodpeckers, and more in the coniferous thickets.
The trail today is ascending throughout and as you continue climbing uphill, the forest will soon give way to a clearing where you will spot some dhabas. About an hour and a half on the trail, you will come across a bridge crossing which we will get to the other side of the river. Mind your steps as you climb uphill on the trail.
Walk on further and you will arrive at Jainot Thatch followed by an ascent to Marikoda, a scenic spot that unfolds the views of Dhunda Top on the left and the first glimpses of the Phulara Ridge. The trek branches here and one takes you to the beautiful alpine lake Juda Ka Talab while the other takes you to the Sikolta campsite. Walk onwards towards the Sikolta campsite and soon you will observe the majestic snow-covered peaks revealing themselves on the left and in the spring, the path is lined by Yellow Marsh Marigold and Lillies. Keep walking ahead until you reach a clearing in the meadow. This is your sikolta campsite. You may spot some broken Gujjar huts here and towards your right, there is a water source that is filled with water during the post-monsoon season where you can refill your water bottles.
Once you reach sikolta, set your bags down and pitch your tents. This is where you will camp for the night.
Today you will trek to the Bhojgadi campsite from sikolta. The initial climb starts with walking through a dense forest for about 30 minutes. Crossing the forest, you will arrive at a water source, it is a lovely stream that flows under a bridge. You can fill up your water bottles here. Crossing the wooden bridge you will walk for about 15 minutes until you reach ‘Karasu Thatch’, which is a section in the trail filled with verdant green vegetation and lined by yellow wildflower blooms.
From Karasu Thatch, the Kedarkantha Peak is nicely visible. Take the moment to absorb the beauty of your surroundings. From here there are sections of both gradual ascents and descents and you will see the trail ahead dotted with Rhododendron and Bhoj trees. Thirty minutes of further walking opens the trail into lush meadows; Dhunda Top is clearly visible from here. To reach the Bhoj Gadi campsite, you will have to walk for about 15 more minutes. The campsite offers stunning views of Kedarkantha peak, & Swargarohini peaks. Set against the backdrop of green grasslands and the white canvas of snow-covered mountains, this is a great spot for shutterbugs to get their cameras out and capture the beauty of the landscape. Walk around the campsite or simply sit and relax and the serenity of nature engulf you slowly.
Today’s trek will take you to Phulara Ridge and Pushtara campsite. Welcome the day with a mesmerizing sunrise view and you will head towards Pushtara meadows crossing the Phulara Ridge. Today’s trek is full of many ascents and descents and also the most scenic day of your trek.
Starting the trek early in the morning from the Bhoj Gadi campsite, we will reach the highlight point of our trek, the Phulara Ridge in about an hour. The Phulara Ridge is formed by a continuous chain of mountains that crest for some distance. From the ridge, you get unobstructed views of some of the most magnificent peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kalanag, Kedarkantha, Ranglana, Hanuman Top, Sarutal, Hata Peak, and more.
The ridge drops to deep valleys on either side and as such, the mountain views from here are completely unobstructed. You will also catch a beautiful bird’s eye view of the Purola Valley in the distance. As the ridge ends, we will descend towards the vast, undulating meadows of Pushtara Bugyal. A picturesque expanse of green land, Pushtara Meadows offers a pleasant walk after the climb to the ridge. Marvel at the beauty of the meadows, dressed in green and dotted with various Himalayan wildflowers including the fabled Brahmakamal and fankamal. There’s a good probability to spot a rare Himalayan avian species here, the vibrantly colored Monal Pheasant, the state bird of Uttarakhand. The Pushtara Meadows will be our camping grounds for the night.
There are no water sources on the trail so it is recommended to carry at least 2 liters of water from the Bhoj Gadi campsite. You will have expert guidance from mountaineering-certified trek leaders all along the way and learn a lot of fun facts about the trek.
It is a complete descent to the village of Taluka and the last leg of your trek. Descend through the meadows of Pushtara for about 30 minutes and you will come across some broken Gujjar huts. Keep descending following the trail on your right and you will see a treeline start emerging which becomes denser. The valley floor is also strewn with beautiful yellow flows.
Descending for another 30 minutes, you will enter into a forest. Stay on the trail as the forest is quite dense and wide so you may get lost if you wander away from the trail. Towering pine trees loom over you as you walk under their shadows. Be mindful of your steps as there may be a few trees fallen on the ground. You will need to maneuver around or over the trees to cross them.
Further descend for another 30 minutes and you will begin to see signs of civilization. Stay on your trail and you will come across a pathway and water collecting pipe. There’s a huge water tank and stone-roof wooden huts begin to appear on the right. This is the village of Tumrikot. A quaint Himalayan settlement. 30 minutes of walking and you will arrive at the end of your trek. You have arrived at the small village of Taluka. You will also see a clearly defined marking for the Har Ki Doon trek here. You will come to appreciate the simple domesticity of these remote Himalayan villages and their daily life. From Taluka, a vehicle will drive you to Sankri once again. You will stay the night in a hotel or homestay in Sankri.
At night you may venture out to the Sankri local market and buy some souvenirs as a token of remembrance of this memorable trip.
We start the journey back to Dehradun today taking back with you the memories of an incredible experience in the mountains. Drive to Dehradun will take approximately 10 hrs and you will drive along the same scenic road that you came in. The timing may vary depending on the traffic and road conditions. We will drop you off at Dehradun Railway Station and you can book your onward journey from here. If you wish to stay a few more days, you can explore Mussoorie or Rishikesh, popular tourist destinations in Uttarakhand.
First of all everyone has to reach Dehradun, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.
Our pick-up location is Dehradun Railway Station at 06:00 AM
The distance from Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) to Railway Station is 6 km, without traffic it will take 15 minutes.
Options to reach Dehradun
1. Take an overnight train/bust to Dehradun, and then take a cab to the pickup point.
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.
2. Take flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) (25 km, 50 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.
Trekkers will be dropped at Dehradun Railway station by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Dehradun it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.
The distance from Railway Station to Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) is 6 km, it will take approx 25 minutes.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.
If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.
Terms and conditions
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Cash Voucher Terms:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cove||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Windstopper Pant||1 Pair|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Sunscreen cream||1 Nos.|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||1 Nos.|
|Lip balm||1 Nos.|
|Hand sanitizer||1 Nos.|
|Antibacterial powder||1 Nos.|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||1 Nos.|
|Quick dry towel||1 Nos.|
|Head torch||1 Nos.|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Floaters/flip-flops||1 Pair (Optional)|
|Cotton socks||5 pairs|
|Woollen socks||3 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
Fitness regime for:
|Easy To Moderate|
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|16.5 - 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 - 25||Normal|
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