Phulara Ridge Trek
Longest Ridge Walk
One of the Himalayan treasures that is less well known is the Phulara Ridge trek, which may be found hidden inside the expansive panorama of the Sankri range. It is in close proximity to the well-known Kedarkantha trip, making it an ideal destination for hikers who are always searching for something fresh to try. In the Himalayas, a ridge is often included in many of the high-altitude treks, but in this case, it is the highlight of the trip. There is no other ridge that is as noticeable as the Phulara Ridge; if you can picture a paradisiacal road on the highest point with a view of gigantic glaciers and peaks on both sides, you have a good idea of what it looks like. The Phulara Ridge is a mountain range in Uttarakhand that winds its way through various valleys and meadows, looking almost as a tiny version of the Great Wall of China. Even if the walk gives us the opportunity to spend more than four hours on this paradisaical path, a stroll along this path seems both timeless and immortal. This Himalayan refuge may be found tucked away in Sankri, Uttarakhand at a height of 3,700 metres. It is a 5-day walk that includes a dose of culture, nature, and adventure, and it is excellent for both novice trekkers and experienced trekkers who are searching for an experience that is one of a kind. The paths of Phulara lead us through some dark woodland sections that have magical feelings, wide pastures, and beautiful green meadows with panoramic views over the course of five days.
- Trek Distance: 30 kms
- Height: 12171 Ft.
- Grade: Easy to Moderate
- Best Time: May, June, September, October
The beautiful village of Sankri serves as the departure point for the Kedarkantha Trek. The road trip from Dehradun to Sankri is about 200 km long and travels through mountainous terrain on twisting roads. If you reserve your transportation with us, our cars will pick you up at the Dehradun I.S.B.T. terminal at 7 in the morning. You should plan to get at Sankri about sunset time. During this incredible road trip, we will go via Mussoorie as well as many other charming towns, where we will be treated to a spectacular view of the lush vegetation and rolling hills. We are going to take a trip that follows the banks of the River Tonnes, which will ultimately morph into the River Supin farther downstream. By the time it becomes dark, we'll arrive in the Sankri. As a result of the several treks that are located in the surrounding region, Sankri has developed into a busy centre for hikers over the course of the last few years. There is a breathtaking panorama of the setting sun across the valley from where you will be staying, which is either a hotel or a guest home. Dinner will be given, and your trek guide will give you a comprehensive briefing on all of the aspects of the hike that you will be experiencing.
On the second day of the Phulara Ridge trek, you will leave the Sankri base camp and go in the direction of Juda Tal. Along the way, you will pass through a beautiful pine forest, and around 1.5 hours into the climb, you will find a little bridge to cross. It is important to remember to take cautious steps when ascending, and later on there will be several damaged dhabas that you will come across. After 30 minutes of hiking, you will arrive at the first location, which is known as "Jainot Thatch." Later on, after more than ten minutes have passed since you started the hike, you will have to make your way up towards Marikoda. Once you reach the top, you will get a magnificent view of Dhunda and a sight of the Phulara Ridge. After putting in a significant amount of effort throughout the hike, you will eventually arrive to "Juda Tal," which is a pleasant meadow area. You should get some rest in the tent, eat supper and then start getting ready for the next walk the following day.
Beginning in Juda Tal on the third day of your journey up the Phulara Ridge, you will make your way up through the forest to Bhoj Gadi, which will take around half an hour. Be cautious while you travel into the forest since it will be dark and deep, and you may see some trees that have fallen on the route. Pay attention to your trip leader and follow his or her instructions. Later on, you will come to the bridge that is located along the path; after a brief descent, there will be a steep incline after the bridge. You'll be able to fill your water bottles in the picturesque stream that flows close to the bridge where you'll be standing. You will arrive at Karasu Thatch after continuing to climb for another fifteen minutes or so. The location is rich in lush vegetation, including flowers with hypnotic yellow petals and green leaves. You will be able to see the Kedarkantha peak as well as changes in the surroundings, such as a decrease in the tree lines, and from this point on, the elevation will be more gradual. As you continue to walk, you will encounter a thirty minute long moderate rise. Along the path, there are few Rhododendron trees as well as Bhoj trees. If you delay your departure for a few more minutes, the beautiful green meadows will become accessible. You will have a view of Dhunda Top, which is the highest point, and after another 10 to 15 minutes of hiking, you will arrive to Bhoj Gadi, where you will be camping. You will be able to relax and get used to the altitude while staying here, but the view of Kedarkantha peak, Swargarohini, and a few other peaks is what makes this campsite the most stunning feature.
A mind-boggling dawn may be like a sweet surprise to start the day; it takes an hour to go to the top of the ridge and wait for the bird century to begin. It is almost as if you are strolling beside mountains that are just next to you, and no matter where you go, the mountains continue to follow you. Salt stains the mountains that can be seen from the vantage point of the hilltop. The open-air ascent will provide you with more opportunities to observe both sides, which is a fortunate development, and you will be treated to breathtaking views of snow-covered hills on both sides. After a stroll of around 2.5 hours, Pushtara will relieve you of the tension caused by the stressful day. The path will include a combination of steep ascents and descents, and you will get views of the Purola valley and towering pine trees. You will get the opportunity to have a clear look of the peaks such as Hanuman Top, Sarutal Top, DKD, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Swargarohini, Hata Peak (HKD), Ranglana, Devkyara valley, Lekha Top, Vijay Top, and Kedarkantha. During the time that you spend exploring the Phulara Ridge, you will make your way towards Pushtara, an amazing location that will serve as your campsite for the fourth day. After you have reached your destination, stop for some rest and food, and then continue your journey across Uttarakhand to take in the region's breathtaking scenery.
The fifth day will begin with a walk of half an hour till you reach Taluka. On the route back to Sankri through Taluka, you will see Gujjar houses that have been destroyed. Meadows are like soft sofas that you can sit on for far too long until someone prods you to get up and move about in them. It will take you an hour to get from the grassland to the middle of the pine and oak forest, but the scenery will be more than enough to delight your spirit while still allowing you to connect with nature. Broken trees may provide obstacles, thus use caution while traversing the stems of any broken trees. Two hours later, when the smoke from the fire begins to go into your nose and you have to click the button to indicate that you are present, someone near you is about to reach Sankri. After another forty minutes of walking, you will have reached your ultimate target at the lodge. From this location, the Phulara Ridge walk will come to a close, and the next day, you will make your way towards Dehradun. Be sure to hold on to all of your memories, and in the meanwhile, you should go to Sankri, which is a beautiful hamlet located in Uttarakhand. Sankri is the starting point for a number of hikes around Uttarakhand. You may look at it from the perspective that the community is so attractive because it is nestled in the Himalayas.
This is the last day of the trek to Ruinsara Lake, and we will depart Sankri in the morning to make our way to Dehradun by the late afternoon.
Things to Carry
- Government ID Card and 2 Passport size photo
- Up to 60lts backpack with its waterproof cover
- Water bottle (temperature maintained one)
- Personal Medical Kit
- Snacking items
- Fleece T-shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Trek pants
- Woolen gloves
- Toothbrush and paste
- Toilet papers
- Wet wipes and Tissues
- Lip balm
- Woolen Cap
- Trekking shoes
- Woolen Socks
- Quick dry towel
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