Gorson Bugyal Trek

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About Auli Gorson Bugyal Trek

Riding on Asia's longest and highest ropeway, savouring the view of some of the largest peaks in the world, and skiing on the longest ropeway in India -these are some of the salient features of the Auli Gorson Bugyal Trek. Trek to Auli Gorson Bugyal is an easy one, even the amateurs who have a prolonged dream to trek for the first time can go go for it. The trek has even inspired many people to start taking baby steps in this cool adventure.
It is one of the most enthralling yet exciting trekking trails in Garhwal and will take one through the confluence of various books, alpine forest verdant meadows or 'Bugyals' and rhododendrons forests.

Trek starts from Rishikesh; after that trekkers will ride on a ropeway till Auli. Once trekkers reach Auli, they will start trekking to Gorson Bugyal. Most amazing part of the trek is a beautiful view of the Himalayan mountains like Nanda Devi (7817m), Kamet (7756m), the Mana Parvat (7273m) and the Dunagiri (7066m) that will accompany trekkers throughout the trail. A large number of visitors visit this delightful destination in both summers and winters. But the summer season remains as this is when the lush green meadows sprinkled with beautiful wildflowers and blooms into a massive oasis of flowers after the spring thaw.

A trek to Auli Gorson Bugyal can be an exciting experience, even if trekkers are going with their family. The trek gives one an opportunity witness a variety of flora and fauna along with the chance to understand the village life.

Auli Gorson Bugyal Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Savour the sight of magnificent peaks like Nanda Devi Peak, Hathi-Ghodi Peak, Dronagiri Peak, Chaukhamba Peak
  • Experience the greatness of nature by walking through the lush green Auli Garson bugyal.
  • Fell the thrill of riding in Asia's largest and highest ropeway in Auli.
  • Take a holy dip in Devprayag, a sacred place known for the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.
  • Best Time to Visit

    Best time to travel to Auli Gorson Bugyal Trek is summers (April – Mid June) and Winters (October – December)

    In Summers: The weather of Auli Gorson Bugyal remains pleasant and salubrious during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible, and the fresh breeze adds charm to the ambience. Don't forget to carry woollens.

    In Monsoons: The rainfall enhances the beauty of the trek. The forest and meadows become lush green, and the flowers outgrow in number. The weather remains moderate and pleasant. Not a good time to go for trekking, roads remain blocked due to landslides.

    In Winters: Auli receives heavy snowfall during the winter season. During the winter months, the landscapes look scenic, mountains remain covered with a blanket of snow, making the places look like mini Switzerland. Winters are freezing at Auli Gorson Bugyal so do carry heavy woollens.

    Where is the Auli-Gorson Bugyal?

    One of the most scenic places in the Uttrakhand region, Auli Gorson Bugyal, is a highland pastures, lying at an elevation from 2,500–3,500m. It is a popular hub for trekkers and during the spring, one can see here a wide range of wildflowers carpeted over the surrounding meadows. From the stunning fields, one can see the view of the mighty mountains like Nanda Devi (7817 metres), Kamet (7756 metres), Mana Parvat (7273 metres), Dunagiri mountain (7066 metres), Hathi Parvat (6727 metres), Bethartoli (6353 metres) and Ghora Parvat. The thick forest of coniferous, Oak and Deodar, sprinkled on the other side of the meadows, add further charm to this place.

    How to Reach?

    By Air: The nearest airport for Auli Gorson Bugyal airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. The airport is 275 kms away from Auli.

    By Rail: Haridwar is the nearest railway stations for Kalindi Khal Trek. From here taxi/cabs are available for Auli and further destination.

    By Road: Auli can be reached from Haridwar (273 km), Rishikesh (250 km), Chopta (363.5) and Dehradun (293 km) by direct buses or shared jeeps. Buses are available from early morning, and it is advised you leave early to reach early or to give yourself.


Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath

The vehicle will be arranged from Rishikesh Railway Station and the departure time is 6:30 am. The journey is a picturesque one along the Alaknanda, Mandakini and Ganga Rivers.
Reaching Joshimath will take around 10 to 11 hours and their arrangements will be made in a hotel or a guest house.


Day 2 : Drive from Joshimath to Auli and trek to Gorson Bugyal

Post breakfast, leave Joshimath in the pre-booked vehicle to Auli and cover the distance of 18 km to reach there. It is the starting point of Gorson Bugyal trek. On the way catch glimpses of lofty Himalayan peaks.

After a 3 km trek, reach the wide meadow and get jaw-dropping views of snow-covered peaks of Hathi Ghodi, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri and Nar Parvat with other peaks, standing in the glory.

Setup the camps at the desired area in Gorson Bugyal, do fun activities in leisure time then retire for the night.


Day 3 : Gorson Bugyal to Auli and Drive to Rishikesh

Wake up to the beautiful vistas in mesmerizing surroundings. Witness the sunrise and post breakfast head towards Auli.

The vehicle will be arranged from Auli to Rishikesh.


What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags


Toilet tents

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters


What is Not Included In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: – Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)