THE HANGING VALLEY
Just like not all those who wander are lost, it is truly a great feeling to be lost in the right direction. Har ki dun valley lies amid the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park, in the secluded northwestern corner of the Garhwal Himalayas.
“An amalgamation of the scenic beauty, ancient religion, various beliefs and legends associated to this place assuredly makes it one of the most numinous places in the country
At an elevation of approx. 3500m from sea level, it is a crib shaped hanging valley with pictorial views of the Bandarpunch massif, alpine meadows(snow covered during the winters), pine, chestnuts, chinnar and walnut forests all along the trek. Attributable to its impressive altitude and scenic views of a number of snow covered Himalayan peaks, this region has always been a favorite among trekkers for a long time now.
The valley remains snow-clad from October to March and is an outset point for more distant treks like:
1. Jaundhar Glacier
2. Maninda Tal
3. Borasu Pass
4. Baspa Valley
About the Trek
DEHRADUN TO LOHAJUNG (292 km drive)
The first phase is the journey from Dehradun to Lohajung. A major part of the route falls on All-Weather-Roadmap, so, rest assured the journey would be quite comfortable. The route takes you through the Shivaliks in Rishikesh. From there you follow river Ganga up to Devprayag where you can witness the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi which forms Ganga. Till Karnaprayag you will be travelling along river Alaknanda and then a curvy road will take you to Lohajung. In the evening you reach Lohajung where you will be retiring for the night and charging yourselves up for the trek strating from the day after.
LOHAJUNG TO BEKALTAL (6 km trek)
The trek to Bekaltal is a captivating adventure that takes you through the breathtaking forests of Oaks and Rhododendrons. The trek offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the centuries-old forests that are rich in biodiversity and have an otherworldly charm. As you walk through the forest, the cool mountain air will invigorate your senses, and the sights and sounds of nature will soothe your soul.
One of the highlights of the trek is the dedicated section on Rhododendrons, located just beyond Bekaltal. This section of the forest is simply magical, with trees that are close enough to form a perfect green roof over your head. The Rhododendron trees have smooth and bare trunks that twist and turn in unique shapes and forms. The trees are not too tall and form a nice canopy at the top. The Rhodo forests are a treat to the eyes, and the beauty of these trees is unparalleled.
The Rhododendron forests are particularly impressive during the spring months of March and April when the trees bloom, and the forest transforms into a pink flowery roof. The sight of these magnificent trees in full bloom is simply breathtaking, and it's a moment that stays with you forever.
In winters, the Rhododendron forests are covered in snow, and the trees are transformed into a white snowy carpet. The sight of the snow-covered forest is equally mesmerizing, and the silence of the forest is punctuated only by the sound of your footsteps.
At bekaltal you camp for the night.
BEKALTAL TO BRAHMATAL (5 km trek)
On the second day of the Brahmatal trek, you'll be mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you. As you climb out of Bekaltal, you'll make your way through some of the most captivating rhododendron and oak forests. The scent of the forest and the sound of the birds will transport you to another world, and you'll be filled with a sense of wonder and excitement.
As you near the top of the mountain, your curiosity will be piqued, and you'll be eager to see what lies outside the tree line. When you finally enter the meadow on the mountain top, you'll be greeted by a breathtaking view that will take your breath away. Before you, a wall of white mountains will stretch as far as the eye can see, and you'll be awestruck by their sheer size and majesty.
Climbing all the way up to the ridge will be a challenge, but the reward will be worth it. From the top, you'll be treated to stunning panoramic views of the Trishul range. The sight of the snow-capped mountains against the blue sky will be a memory that stays with you forever.
The Brahmatal trek is an adventure like no other, and the views from the top are just one of the many highlights of this trek. It's an experience that will leave you feeling exhilarated and inspired, and it's one that you won't soon forget.
BRAHMATAL TO BRAHMATAL TOP TO BEKALTAL (6 km trek)
As you set out on the Brahmatal trek, you'll soon discover that one of the best ridge walks in the mountains lies ahead of you. Starting from there and continuing all the way to Brahmatal top, this walk will be a highlight of your trek. On one side, you'll be greeted by the majestic Trishul range fanning out, while on the other side, layers upon layers of mountain ranges will open up before you, arranged in height order and descending all the way to Deval and Tharali.
These are the very same villages that you passed through on your drive to the base camp. To your right, below the Trishul range, you'll see the entire Roopkund trek stretching out before you. Every landmark, campsite, and climb on the Roopkund trek is visible from the Brahmatal ridge. It's a unique experience to be standing on one trek and looking out at another trek, especially one as iconic as the Roopkund trek. The views from the Brahmatal ridge are truly unforgettable, and you'll be left with memories that will last a lifetime.
After reaching the top enjoy the views for some time and then we get back to Bekaltal, our first campsite to retire for the night.
BEKALTAL TO LOHAJUNG (6 km trek)
Get up comfortably in the morning. After having breakfast start you descent back to Lohajung. The journey back to our respective places is always hard but the memories stays forever. These memories help us change our perspectives towards life.
We follow the same path back to Lohajung but everything feels different.
Around evening you get back to Lohajung. Take a bath to rejuvenate yourself and after reflecting upon the previous few days while having dinner you retire for the night.
LOHAJUNG TO DEHRADUN (292 km drive)
As the sun rises, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before packing up and starting our journey back from Jakhol to Dehradun. With our memory banks momentarily full with the experience of our adventure, we can reflect on the incredible sights and sounds of the trek. It's been an unforgettable journey that we will cherish for years to come.
1. All meals Ex Lohajung ( General nutritious meal )
Both during Homestays and Camp stays
Stay in Homestay on first and last day
3. Forest fees
Per person Per day Forest fee
4. Alpine 4 men tents (Triple sharing), good quality sleeping bags and matteresses, toilet tents, utensils.
5. Team leader, chef and support staff. Porters and mules to carry common luggage.
6. Transport from Dehradun to Lohajung and vice versa.
1. Meals during road transit i.e. meals during travel between Dehradun and Lohajung and vice versa.
2.Any kind of medical Insurance.
3.Any personal expenses like extra food, gears etc.
4. Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
5. Carriage of personal luggage during the trek.