The Auli Gorson Bugyal trek is also known as the Snow View trek because during winter (January to March) it remains covered in thickest of snow, having areas with nearly 6ft of snow in Auli. This trek offers some of the most eye-catching views of the Garhwal Himalayas: a number of high altitude peaks like Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Parbat, Ghoda Parbat, only to name a few. Auli is quite rightly known as the winter-sport destination of India. It brags about some of the longest snow-capped slopes - as long as even 3km - which makes it the longest skiing slope of Asia.
Where is it?
Auli is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India.
Auli can also reached in the following ways:
By Air: The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. This is about 275km from Auli. Delhi airport to Jolly Grant should cost about 2500 INR by air.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Haridwar. This is about 285km from Auli. Delhi railway station to Haridwar railways station should cost about 500 INR by train.
By Road: The nearest motor-able point is at Joshimath. This is about 16km from Auli. Should cost about 500 INR by car.
By cable-car: Auli is reachable from the town of Joshimath by a ropeway ride of 4 km. The rope-way ride costs about 750 INR/person, up and down inclusive.
The Snow View trek is one of the easiest treks of India. The trail offers magnificent views of the Garhwal Himalayan range, Shivaliks and more. This is one comfortable trek and an ideal one for beginners who want to savour the Himalayas.
Snow View trek is no doubt a do-it-yourself trek. The trip begins at Haridwar and ends at Rishikesh in 5 days. The overall cost of the trek part should be about 8,000 INR.
When to do it?
Auli is at its best during December to February. At this time, Auli is covered in thick snow and breeds winter-sports - snow-skiing, snow trekking, and more - both national and international.
Snow View trek begins from Haridwar. A journey of 40km by car from this ancient pilgrimage site leads to Rishikesh. Joshimath is about 245km from Rishikesh and should take about 8 hours or so. Auli is 8km from Joshimath via ropeway. Next comes Gorson Bugyal which is a 4km uphill trek from Auli. Rest of the trek is a retrace of the exact same trail but backwards to Rishikesh, and eventually Delhi.
This is the route of the Snow View trek:
Haridwar* > Rishikesh* > Joshimath* > Auli* > Gorson Bugyal > Auli* > Rishikesh*