DAY 4 : ALI BUGYAL TO PATHAR NACHAUNI VIA BEDNI BUGYAL AND GHORA LAUTANI
TREK : 7 KMS
ALTITUDE : 11320 FT TO 12,818 FT
“Today’s the easiest day of Roopkund trek”, announced Hardik, our trek leader, to the amaze of the entire group. We had to hike a decent altitude from around 11,300ft to 12,800ft to our next stop, Pathar Nachauni, through Bedni Bugyal and Ghora Lotani. Though covering a distance of 7 kms at this altitude may seem a herculean task for many, the gradual ascend and the picturesque surroundings make the day’s trek a beautiful experience indeed. But one does start feeling the thinning air and change in weather, which, at one minute is sunny and at the next, becomes dark and cloudy.
After about a 2 km of gradual ascend from our campsite, we were overlooking the picturesque Bedni Bugyal. This lush green meadow is decorated with varied fauna and a small lake named Vaitarani (Bedini Kund).The towering Trisul and Nada Ghunti is visible from here on a clear day. Legend has it that the four Vedas were written in the meadows of Bedni Bugyal.
The group’s delight knew no bounds when Hardik informed that the trek from this point till Pathar Nachauni would be a moderate walk with just a little ascend. Stepping further, the cheer from our trek staff, their narration of the local fables and stories, and of course, the wonderful vistas gave us the much needed motivation to push ourselves.
After around 4 kms of mild trekking on a narrow path along the mountain edge, we reached Ghora Lotani, which translates to “Horses returned”. The British had to return back from this point on the ridge due to lack of fodder for the horses and hence the name.
True to its folklore, further from this point, the landscape turned rocky with little pastures. From Ghora Lotani, the track changed its position from the left side of the cliff to its right. And what a stroll it was..1 km of sheer magic, to say the least..You will picture breathtaking views of nature’s artistry down the road at its full glory. It turned a bit cloudy, which only added to the mystery in the air..I could hear the silence speak !!!!!!
After about 8 kms of gentle walk, we reached our campsite for day the night, Pathar Nachauni.. And surprise surprise!!! There were two dhabas situated there which served the best coffee I had in my entire life. Everybody was in dire need of a good night’s sleep after the daylong toil. Waking up early next morning was very crucial, as a treacherous day was waiting for all of us ahead.