Bhyundar Khal Himalayan Trek
It is a very memorable, exciting, beautiful and most thrilling high altitude trek from Gamsali valley to famous Valley of flowers. The trail passes through ice, snow, moraines, rivers, streams, high pasture lands and fabulous mountain scenery. Fundamental knowledge of mountaineering is a must for this trek. At certain places, the rope has to be fixed to cross deep crevasses. At a few places, recurrent ice falls can cause some trouble.
The actual trek starts from Malaria village 60 km from Joshimath and 330 km from Rishikesh. Essential provisions, rations, porters, guides, etc can be hired from local tour operators based at Joshimath. Inner line Permit is required for this trek and can be obtained from the sub-Divisional Magistrate, Joshimath. A permit is also required from the Divisional forest officer, Nanda Devi National Park, Joshimath which can be obtained after remitting requisite fee, documents etc, documents etc.
|Trip length:||10 Days|
|Grade:||Moderate to Challenging|
|Accommodation:||Deluxe Hotel and Tents (on trekking days)|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner|
|Maximum altitude:||5100 M Bhyundar Khal|
Itinerary in Brief
Rishikesh- Joshimath (280 Kms- Drive)
Drive to Joshimath in a shared private vehicle (Toyota Innova – 1 vehicle for 5 people). Enroute see four confluences on Holy River Ganga (Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Karna Prayag and Nanda Prayag). Late evening arrival at Joshimath. Check-in, dinner and overnight stay at Joshimath. Panchvati Inn Joshimath Homestay.
Joshimath- Govind Ghat(1700M)(26 Km Drive)- Ghangharia (3100M)(13 Kms Trek)
Post early breakfast, you drive from Joshimath to Govindghat (a small hamlet situated on the confluence of Alaknanda and roaring Laxman Ganga and start point for the fully escorted streak). Govind Ghat to Ghangharia (base village for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib) is a beautiful trek route with magnificent views and river accompanying you throughout. Hot lunch on the trek route. In the late afternoon, arrive at Ghangharia on the banks of Laxman Ganga. Dinner and overnight stay inGhangharia.stay at Valley of flowers Holiday Home.
Ghangharia (3100M)- Tipra Kharak Camping Grounds (3700M) (10 Kms Trek)
Post early breakfast, you start your much-awaited trek to Valley of Flowers. It is an easy walk through lush green and spectacular landscape stunning views and blooming wildflowers are for you to explore once you enter Valley of Flowers. This day is a treat to nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. Valley stretches for about 10 km. It is up to you to explore as much as you can during the time your trek leader allocates (Altitude Valley of Flowers 3658 mtr). (Option to hire pony is NOTavailable as Valley is UNESCO World Heritage Site) After having packed lunch in Valley of Flowers, start your trek Tipra Camping Ground. Dinner and overnight stay at in Tipra Camping
Tipra Kharak (3700M)- Bhyunder Icefall Camp(4300M) ( 6 Kms Trek)
Post early breakfast, you start your day, The day’s hike involves negotiating moraine and technical surfaces! The ascending path is gradual throughout, but challenging at times. Dinner Overnight in tents.
Bhyunder Icefall Camp(4300M)-Bhyunder Khal Base(4600M)(5Km Trek)
Post early Breakfast, The trek on the glacier continues for another 5 km. The walk is technical and requires the use of technical gear. After the glacial stretch, the path goes to the moraine continuously descending to the campsite. dinner & Overnight in tent.
Bhyunder Base (4600M) - Bhyunder Khal (5100M) - Rataban(E) Glacier (4500M) (8Kms Trek)
Post early Breakfast, The walk involves technical aspects on the glacier, which continues to the pass. It is a trek of about 8 km to the pass, which takes about 5 hours, with a stunning view of the greater Himalayas all around. Dinner and overnight stay in Tent.
Rataban (E) Glacier (4500M) - Edi Udiyar (4500M) (6Kms Trek)
Post early Breakfast, After a trek of 6 km along the valley, one reaches Edi Udiya, with a grassy and comfortable place to set campsite. Dinner & Overnight in the tents.
Malari – Joshimath (approx. 60 km. 2-3hr drive)
Post early breakfast, drive from Malari village towards Indo-Tibet border (approx. 60 km. 2-3hr drive)*to Joshimath, On the route from Malari to Joshimath, the scenery changes from lush green to stark rocky with spectacular colours and rock formations. If you are lucky, you can see plenty of Himalayan wildlife on this route – Himalayan Thars, musk dears, mountain goats and perhaps snow leopard! Malari is a beautiful also old Himalayan Village with a very unique architecture and slate roofing of old houses. Say hello to the villagers and understand their lifestyle (optional). Lunch en route. Lunch en route. Return to Joshimath for dinner and overnight stay at Panchvati Inn Joshimath Homestay
Joshimath – Rishikesh (approx. 280 km, 9-10hr drive).
Post early breakfast drive in private vehicle from Joshimath to Haridwar (approx. 345 km, 9-10hr drive). Lunch en route, Dinner on arrival at Rishikesh. Drop at Haridwar Railway Station for late night (approx. 2330hrs) train to New Delhi. Trip ends