To start, ridge treks are a rare occurrence in the United States. Quite a few are missing. In April 2018, we explored the Phulara Ridge trek trip and found what appears to be one of the best ridge treks in the world.
Now, the meeting point of two mountain slopes is called a ridge. Because of this, traversing a ridge is similar to walking along a razor edge, with nothing but the steeply sloping mountain sides on either side of you. Some Himalayan hikes feature short stretches of the ridge. But nothing beats spending an entire day hiking along a ridge.
If you’ve ever climbed to the top of a mountain, you know that you only get to enjoy the view for a little period (20-30 minutes). Views of the surrounding mountains are particularly stunning from here. A high point of 12,000 feet is reached after 4-5 hours of hiking on this hike.
The view of the snow-capped mountains, which spans 250 degrees, stays with you for the duration. Moving along the ridge that winds its way into the countryside, you can almost imagine that the mountains are making the journey with you. Both sides of you descend into a valley or a meadow below you. As a result, visiting Phulara Ridge trek is like nothing else you’ve ever done.
Itinerary in a Flash
Come to Kotgaon (6,397 ft)
Drive time: 9-10 hours; 190-kilometre trip; Indiahikes trekkers picked up either Grand Legacy Hotel Lalpul in Dehradun or Library Chowk in Mussoorie
Transportation services will begin at 6:30 a.m. Trekkers must split the fee with the driver, which is Rs 6,500 for a 5-6 passenger SUV or Rs 10,000 for an 11-12 passenger Tempo Traveller.
Travel between Kotgaon and Sikolta.
The average person can expect to hike between 6,520 and 8,925 feet in elevation during a 4.85-kilometer (2.5- to 3.5-hour) trek.
The trail gradually ascends through the beautiful pine woodlands. In these woods, the sound of birds singing and the sight of sunshine filtering through the canopy are both enchanting.
The Trail of Bhoj Gadi, from Sikolta
4.45 kilometres in length; 4-5 hours of hiking time; 8,925 feet to 11,170 feet in elevation increase
A day of steady climbing brings you over the tree line of pine, Deodhar, and dwarf rhododendrons and into the Bhoj Gadi grasslands. Keep an eye out for the alpenglow of the mountain peaks as the sun sets.
Trekking the ridge of Phulara between Bhoj Gadi and Pushtara
Altitude gain/loss: 11,170 ft. to 9,860 ft. via 12,345 ft. Distance of trek: 8.4 km Time required: 6-7 hours
The day we walked along the ridge for two or three hours was the most thrilling. The 250-degree mountains seem to be making the journey with you as you stroll up the ridge. Pushtara’s meadows can be reached after a steep descent from the ridge.
Carry on foot from Pushtara to Taluka. It’s time to head to Kotgaon.
Drive time: 1.5-2 hours; altitude drop: 9,860 feet to 6,520 feet; total trek time: 6-7 hours
Make your way down through the stretch of mixed forest that was dense on day one. The path is less travelled and more challenging. Be wary of the paths that cut across the landscape. Don’t close your eyes and hope you won’t stumble off the path.
The trip from Kotgaon to Dehradun via car.
Travel Time: 4.5 hours | 190 kilometres 9-10 hours spent
Place of Disposal: Dehradun’s Hotel Grand Legacy
Again, this transportation fee is the responsibility of the trekkers and must be given to the driver in cash. Trekkers must split the fee with the driver, which is Rs.6,500 for a 5-6 passenger SUV or Rs.10,000 for an 11-12 passenger Tempo Traveller.
Depending on the route you choose and the weather, the distance between campsites could change by as much as 100 metres. Additionally, the height could shift by as much as 100 feet for the same reasons.
In addition to the Medical Certificate and Waiver/Release form, trekkers must also bring a copy of their photo identification. Permission to go on a journey necessitates this.
Kotgaon lacks any sort of infrastructure. Do not put this, or any other necessary steps, off until later.
Our resort is located on campus, so visitors can easily stay with us throughout their time in Kotgaon.
Two people to a tent during the hike.
You can store your extra gear in our Cloak Room at camp. Don’t leave anything of value in the cloakroom.
Tents suitable for two people to share may not be available in May, June, July, and August. For one thing, tent components come from many locations around the world. However, worldwide instability has hampered their export. As a result, tents are in limited supply around the world. However, even though there will be three of you in each tent, you will still have plenty of room.