Gulabi Kantha Trek

Gulabi Kantha Trek

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Gulabi Kantha Trek Overview

Delight in embarking on the Gulabi Kantha Trek, a well-known trek in the Yamuna valley in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The ultimate destination of this trek, Gulabi Kantha, is situated at an altitude of 3789 meters above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Gulabi Kantha is known for its scenic beauty of lush green bugyal(meadows) which is filled with pink rhododendrons, giving it the name “Gulabi”. The beautiful destination also has wildflowers, oak, and deodorant trees as well as rich fauna. Gulabi Kantha will also reward you with a spectacular 360-degree view of the Himalayan mountain range and you will be witnessing the Bandarpunch peak, Chaukhamba peaks, Sarutal range, Shivalik mountains range, Fachu Kandi pass, and Bali pass. Visit during the sunset to enjoy an even more breathtaking view.

You will be starting your trek from Hanuman Chatti, the base camp for the trek as well as several other treks. From there, you will be trekking to Gulabi Kantha, halting at Seema Thatch for a night on the way. Your trekking route will take you through highland meadows and dense forests. The five-day long trekking journey will finish at Hanuman Chatti from where you will return to your home with wonderful memories of the trip.

Itinerary of Gulabi Kantha Trek

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Arrive at Hanuman Chatti

  • Your Gulabi Kantha trek will begin after you reach Hanuman Chatti, the base camp of the expedition.

  • Hanuman Chatti is an important part of Char-Dham and is the common base camp for several treks including the Bali pass trek, Fachu Kandi pass, etc.

  • Opt to visit the Holy Shrine Yamunotri Temple, located five kilometers away, at your own cost.

  • Enjoy organic dinner and a bonfire in the evening and then retire for the night.

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What to Pack for Gulabi Kantha Trek

Gulabi Kantha Trek

Clothes & Footwear:

  • Do not carry too many clothes as you have to carry them during your trek.

  • Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers.

  • Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.

  • Pack thermals to keep you warm at night.

  • Take warm clothing such as fleece or woollen layers for heights.

  • Pack t-shirts and fleece t-shirts which are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast.

  • Don't forget a headcover such as a cap or balaclava to protect your head during the trek.

  • Take woolen socks to keep your feet warm and mittens to protect your hands from cold.

Other Essentials:

  • A strongly built 50 to 60 liters backpack with good support.

  • Hiking pole for support during the trek.

  • Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc.

  • Sunscreen to protect your skin.

  • Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones.

  • Snacks ( Dry fruits, ORS, Electoral etc)

  • 2 Water bottles of 1 liter each to refill with water to keep yourself hydrated during the trek.

  • Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.

  • Torch to use at night.

  • Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty on the trail and at the destination.

  • Power Bank.

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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Important Tips for trekkers

Your Gulabi Kantha Trek starts from Hanuman Chatti which is located in Joshimath, Uttarakhand. You will need to reach the nearest railway station or airport and then travel by road to reach the place.

By Road: You can travel from Rishikesh (286 km), or Dehradun (170.7 km) by road to reach Hanuman Chatti. Buses are available from both cities. You can also take a jeep or private taxi from Rishikesh.

By Train: Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest station to Hanuman Chatti. The station is well connected with other parts of India.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Hanuman Chatti. The airport is connected to several other cities in India.

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Where is Gulabi Kantha Trek located?

Gulabi Kantha Trek is located in the Yamuna valley in Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 3657 meters above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek starts from the base camp at Hanuman Chatti and you will need to halt for the night at Seema Thatch on the way to Gulabi Kantha.

How difficult is the Gulabi Kantha trek?

Gulabi Kantha trek is an easy to moderate difficulty level trek. It can be undertaken by both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. Beginners can, however, do a little jogging before they start on the trail to get themselves ready for the trek.

What is the best time to do the Gulabi Kantha trek?

The best time for Gulabi Kantha trek is either during the post-monsoon or the pre-monsoon months. You can go for the trek in the months of April to May or September to October. If you trek during the winter months, the trek becomes a bit difficult and may not be suitable for you unless you are a very experienced trekker.

What is the highest altitude of the Gulabi Kantha Trek?

The highest altitude you will be reaching as a part of your Gulabi Kantha Trek itinerary is an altitude of 3657 meters above sea level ( (12,000 feet).

Is it possible to trek Gulabi Kantha solo?

You will be needing a guide even if you embark on this trek solo. Without a guide, you will not be able to complete the trek even if you go during the best time for Gulabi Kantha trek.