Request suggestion on transport options - Rishikesh - Badrinath - Mana - Joshimath

#1 Jun 4th, 2018, 13:33
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I am taking my 14-yo son to the Pangarchula peak trek this Oct. (The trek plan is Joshimath to Joshimath and is from 13-18 Oct.) I am used to high altitude treks, but it would be the first time for my son. I had plans of doing some day hikes before 13th. One of the options is to visit Badrinath, trek to Vasudhara falls. Believe it or not. in our family circles there is a debate about people with parents visiting Badrinath temple - so the temple itself may not be in our plan, though we are quite religious!

Some advice would help us a lot in finailizing the plan.

Day 1 - Rishikesh/Haridwar to Badrinath - Is this feasible in one day? I see one bus from UK transport? Are there other options? How much would a shared taxi cost per person, and would they be better from Rishikesh or Haridwar?

Day 2 - Trek to Vasudhara falls; throw in Vyas cave and other places around Mana - It seem that 6hrs is more than sufficient from Badrinath to back assuming that we take a jeep to Mana.

Day 3 - Badrinath to Joshimath - what are the bus timings typically? We need to reach Joshimath by evening to join the trek group. Would we be able to start around 11 am and reach in time? Surprisingly UK transport shows a bus only to Dehradun from Badrinath, and I am not sure if that would definitely pass by Joshimath.

Another question... We may also reach Joshimath first and then do the trips from there. If so, can we leave from Joshimath by bus and do the Vasudhara trek in the same day? It seems possible based on report of travel time, but I am not able to get official bus timings. Also how much would a shared jeep be?

Thanks in advance.
#2 Jun 4th, 2018, 17:12
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Day 1 - quite difficult - I definitely doubt if a bus can do it. Its a 300km drive from Rishikesh and if you take 25kmph then it will easily take 12 hours leaving aside any uncalled waits.
Day 2 - Try out a small trek to charan paduka and base of neelkanth. Its also a nice trek and gives amazing views of Neelkanth. Possibly try it on Day 3 if you don't have time on Day 2.

#3 Jun 4th, 2018, 17:32
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My suggestion, which does match with the one above

Day 1 - Break at Joshimath. There are two temples there - Shankaracharya temple is uphill and Narsingh temple downhill - good for a warm up for the next day. (I will not suggest share taxi as they are filled beyond capacity and are driven beyond speeds considered okay!)
Day 2 - Early morning leave for Mana - should reach by 9 - 10 am. Have heavy breakfast, leave for Vasundhara falls. Will take 5-6 hours at avg pace. No water beyond Bhim pul. So make sure to have water on that trip and some light snacks. You can dig into tha maggi when you come back to Bhim pul. Then if you want cover Vyas Gufa and Ganesh gufa. Overnight - Badrinath.
Day 3 - follow cute_lilhunk's lead there. If you have time, do visit the temple ruins at Pandukeshwar on your way back to Joshimath. Rest.
Shared jeeps are okay for day 2/3 for the short trips. Do confirm about the transport options for next day in the evening before.
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#4 Jun 4th, 2018, 18:01
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All buses to Badrinath must go through Joshimath, no other route. It's a long journey, best to spend a night in Joshimath, also part of the road between Joshimath & Badrinath is only open for one-way traffic, so you need to check the times it is open for going up.KK
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#5 Oct 25th, 2018, 11:27
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Hello All,

Thanks all for the suggestions. Here are the updates from the travel.

1. The one-way system between Joshimath and Badrinath seems to off. Vehicles are plying in both directions. There is no limit on when you can travel to Badrinath.

2. As mentioned in the thread, shared jeeps seem to be a hassle for long trips. There is little space, unless you pay extra and get more seats for yourself.

3. We did find decent buses from Haridwar to Badrinath. The one that we took had comfortable pushback seats. The journey took 13.5 hrs though. Only 5 people traveled all the way. A few more till Joshimath. 75% of the passengers were for short trips.

4. We had one more day before the trek. So we covered most of the suggestions - Vasudhara falls, Charan Paduka and beyond, Narsingh temple, Hike upto ITBP gate (half way to Auli), etc. It was a great trip.

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