The lea of Ali and Bedni are key highlights of the Roopkund Trek Trek but if you are not prepared to do a genuine high elevation trek then Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal is a spot on trek for you. Ali Bugyal is a lavish green knoll resting at the highest point of the mountain like an extravagance penthouse of a skyscraper.
The drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung is long but rewarding as it passes through popular hill stations of Kumaon region. If traveling in group you can book a cab to Lohajung or else you can break the journey in two parts. First take a bus/shared cab to travel from Kathgodam to Gwaldam then travel from Gwaldam to Lohajung.
Ideally Lohajung is the last road head but jeeps do travel from Lohajung to Wan on Kachha Raasta. There are couple of shops and handful of guest houses at Lohajung. Overnight in guesthouse.
Start your trek by downhill from Lohajung towards Raun Bagad where a bridge is resting over Neel Ganga River. It takes around 2-3hrs to reach Raun Bagad. The trail is gorgeous and covered with Rhododendron and Oak trees. The gushing sound of Neel Ganga is constantly audible.
It takes another 3 hours to reach Didina Village that is hanging over the mountain across the bridge. The climb is steep and goes through a verdant forest. Take breaks in between to catch your breath and continue trekking upwards. Didina is a quaint little village where you can either enjoy a home stay or stay in tents at Didina campsite.
Start early in the morning to witness the best of widespread Ali Bugyal. The trail is pleasant for few hundred meters but as soon as you enter the dense oak forest the climb starts. It is one long climb inside the forest but the pure mountain breeze makes it pleasant.
After a minor descent the climb again continues over a ridge that leads to Bedni Bugyal. While walking on the ridge take a final look at the magical Ali Bugyal.
After crossing the ridge, prepare yourself to witness a completely different form of nature’s beauty. The days trek ends up at Bedni Bugyal, an enormous lush green meadow spread over the mountain. A steep ridge arching up into the dusk offers the enchanting view of the enormous western flank of Trishul (7,120mts). The reflection of Trishul peak on the divine Bedni kund is a treat to eyes.
Start after having a good breakfast because it is one long descent today. The trek descends gradually and can be covered in 5hrs of time. Enter the dense forest and descend continuously until you reach a bridge over Neel Ganga. Rest for a while and climb for an hour on the mountain opposite to the bridge. Soon you’ll reach a flat wide path crossing through farms of the local villagers. It will take you another hour to reach Wan. Drive from Wan to Lohajung.