Phulara Ridge Trek


First of all, tightrope walking is very rare in our country. Just a handful. Discovered the best ridge treks while exploring the Phulara Ridge Trek in April 2018.

A ridge is where two sides of a mountain meet. So walking on a ridge is like walking on the edge of a knife, only the side of the mountain pulls away from you on either side. Some Himalayan treks have small ridge sections. But a full-day hike up the ridge is like no other.

If you’ve ever climbed to the top, you know that at the highest point he can be there for 20-30 minutes. From here you have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. However, this hike reaches an elevation of 12,000 feet in a day (4-5 hours) of hiking.

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His 250-degree panorama of snow-capped mountains accompanies you all the way. These mountains seem to hike together as you cross the winding ridges into the landscape. Below you, the ground has fallen on both sides – once in the meadow, once in the valley. This makes Purara Ridge a unique experience.

Where is Phulara Ridge?

Phulara Ridge is located in the northeast of Uttarakhand, just 25 km from the Himachal Pradesh border.

High altitude hike up to 12,171 feet from MSL. It is located in the Govind Pash Vihar National Park. Other famous treks such as Kedarkantha and Har Ki Du-Ruinsara Tal are also nearby.

Phala Ridge trek is believed to start and end in Sankari. Its geographical location on Phulara Ridge gives it an unfair advantage over other treks as it is in the shadow of the area meaning the sun’s rays do not hit the area directly. As a result, the snow lasts longer on the trails, sometimes into spring.

This is not common on trails below 13,000 feet.

Pushtara Grasslands

After descending the ridge, you will reach Pushtara Grasslands. You will be overwhelmed by the vastness of the pasture. Folds and folds of green carpeted hills stretch as far as the eye can see. Wildflowers are in full bloom. A 360-degree view of the snow-capped mountains. Then you realize that this is a campground. It is no exaggeration to say that this is a year-round campground.

Forests – 

The forests of Prala Ridge are very dense even after a short walk. It is so dense that only rays of light illuminate your path through the dark abyss of the forest. Also, some areas have unmarked hiking trails due to the inactivity of the local population. Because you don’t go into the woods often and you’re probably the only one walking on the road. So the chirping of birds, the rustling of trees, all chirping is amplified by stillness. There are many types of trees such as pine, oak, and oak. Betula, dwarf, rhododendron, and maple are also seen. Forest walks are an absolute delight to watch and Poulara is the most secluded of them all

The Bird – 

Phulara’s dense forests are home to abundant wildlife and birds. Our explorers have discovered 11 Morales in the Himalayas! While not easy to find, this state bird of Uttarakhand makes him one of the most colorful birds we have ever seen. It’s one. Instead of eleven, he is seen with just one. Our explorers also saw barbets, woodpeckers, and the Himalayan whistling boulevard, Drogoth.

Fast Itinerary – 

DAY 1 – 

Mileage: 190 km | Driving time: 9-10 hours | Transportation will be organized from 6:30 am. This costs Rs 6,500 per vehicle (for 5-6 seater SUV) and Rs 10,000 per vehicle (for 11-12 seater Tempo Traveler). This must be shared by the trekker and paid directly to the driver.

Day 2 – Kotogaon to Sikorta

  • Trekking

Trekking Distance: 4.85 km | Hike time: 4-5 hours | Elevation difference: 2,520-2,500m

  • A gentle climb through marked trails and beautiful pine forests. Listening to the chirping of birds in the forest, the sunlight shining through the forest canopy is beautiful.

Day 3 –  Trek from Sikorta to Bhoj Gadi

  • Trek Distance: 4.45 km | Hike time: 4-5 hours | Another day of gradual ascent into the grasslands of Bhoj Gadi. Look for the sunset to see the Alpenglow of the mountains.

Day 4 – 

  • Trek from Bhoj Gadi to Pushthala via Porale Ridge
  • Trekking Distance: 8.4 km | Hike Time: 6-7 hours | Elevation Gain: 11,170ft to 9,860ft over 12,345ft The most exciting day with 2-3 hours of tightrope walking. Hiking the ridge feels like hiking the mountain at 250 degrees. Descend from the ridge to the meadows of Pushtara.

Day 5 – 

  • Hiking from Pushthala to Talka. Drive to Kotgaon
  • Distance: 8.1 km | Hiking time: 6-7 hours | Driving time: 1.5-2 hours | go down. The trail is much more remote and can be a little tricky
  • So be careful at intersections. Keep your eyes open and don’t get lost on the trail.

Return Journey – 

The drive back to Dehradun follows the same route as up. The route runs along the tributaries of the Yamuna River. The road follows the mountainside and you can see the Purola forests and valleys passing by.

Expected to arrive in Dehradun around 7-8pm. Plan your return trip for the next day.

Best Season for the Purara Ridge Trek – 

The best season for the Purara Ridge Trek is the summer months from June to May. The sight of the road gradually changing from a snowy road to a green road is a masterpiece. The combination of blooming rhododendrons, the unique phenomenon of Alpenglow, and the chance to see the colorful meadows of Pushtara make for one of the most ideal opportunities to go hiking.

Another time to climb the Prala Ridge is during the monsoon season. The Prara Ridge Trek is in the postponed monsoon season, which lasts from September to November. The trail has just been groomed by the September monsoon rains. As autumn approaches, the landscape turns a stunning shade of orange and yellow.

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