Fachu Kandi Pass is a mountain pass that connects Sankri, a base for many treks in Uttarkashi to the Yamunotri Valley, concluding at Hanuman Chatti. The pass compares to the likes of Hampta Pass or Sar Pass in terms of altitude, which is relatively low at 4,275 meters. This trek is a scarcely trekked route with virgin meadows along the way and unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas in its full glory. The trek starts from Sankri village, following the route of Kedarkantha almost up to Juda ka Talab. The trek takes us to the rare ridge section of Phulara Ridge, which in itself is a beloved trek within the trekking community. We get to camp on the peripheries of Pushtara Meadows and even visit a glacial lake known as Saru Tal before we finally crossover the pass into the Yamunotri valley. The Fachu Kandi Pass trek combines the thrill of these 3 treks, namely - Phulara Ridge trek, Saru Tal trek and finally the pass, rising just above 14,000 feet. Furthermore, if one has enough time, the Kedarkantha summit can be added to the itinerary as well, making this very unique as you have the possibility of having been through 4 unique trekking routes in less than 7-8 days.

8 Nights 9 Days Available on request Dehradun, Uttarakhand
What makes this tour special
  • Scenic Beauty: Fachu Kandi Pass trek takes you through some scenic trekking destinations such as Kedarkantha and Saru Tal.
  • Flora and Fauna: The trek takes you through dense Pine and Rhododendron forests, providing opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife.
  • Local Culture: On this trek, you'll come across small villages providing a glimpse into the local Garhwali way of life.

Day 1 – Dehradun to Sankri: Drive Distance: 190 KM | Duration: 8-9 hrs |Altitude Gain: 2100 ft. – 6,750 ft.

We start the journey early from the city of Dehradun and drive initially to the queen of the hills – Mussoorie. Consecutively we cross Kempty Falls, known for its waterfall. After just over 100 km, we pass close to the temple of Lakhamandal. According to locals, Duryodhana of the epic Mahabharata conspired to burn the Lakshagriha house of the Pandavas around this area. Purola is the last big settlement on the route with a large market. So, it is recommended that the trekkers can buy anything they might have missed out. It is also the last village where there is a good network connectivity.

The arrival of Mori, where you will find the last ATM, is preceded by a beautiful drive along the river Tons, through a straight stretch of road running parallel to the river. The river Tons flows beside us till Netwar. We enter the wildlife sanctuary (Govind Pashu Vihar) at Netwar. Tiuni, located not far from here, habors the confluence of the rivers of Rupin and Supin to form Tons. The peak of Kedarkantha can be seen from various points along the way from here. We reach Sankri by early evening. We drive towards Kotgaon by taking a road headed uphill, right to the village of Sankri. Overnight stay at Sankri.

Day 2 – Sankri to Juda Ka Talab: Trek Distance: 5 KM | Duration: 4 hrs |Altitude Gain: 6,750 ft. – 9,100 ft.

Our trekking journey starts from Kotgaon after a walk to Sankri from where we continue heading inwards towards the Saud (Saur) village and after a walk of approximately 1 km from Sankri. Take a right turn towards the trail headed to Kedarkantha. The trail is steep from here, all the way up to Juda ka Talab. We come across tea stalls halfway through the journey and cross a stream which can be used to fill your water bottles.

The trek takes you through dense forests of pine and the trail is well marked. We camp either at Juda or slightly ahead of Juda Ka Talab. The path diverges into two from the Lake, with the left heading towards Phulara and the straight one heading towards Kedarkantha. We take the trail to the left. Overnight stay at Juda Ka Talab.

Day 3 - Juda Ka Talab to Bhoj Gadi: Trek Distance: 6 KM | Duration: 4 hrs |Altitude Gain: 9,100 ft. – 11,000 ft.

We continue on the eastward trail to Bhoj Gadi, through the dense Pine trees. After almost 2 KM we cross a stream where a broken bridge can be seen. We can use this stream to fill water bottles and take a short break here. After another 20-30 minutes of walking, we come across a small clearing, before losing the sight of the trail again in the forest. The ridge that can be seen to our right, connects Pushtara Meadows all the way to the Kedarkantha peak, and is known as Phulara Ridge. One can even summit Kedarkantha and follow this ridge to Bhoj Gadi, which is slightly below the ridge. We trek one section of this ridge on our way to Pushtara Meadows. The ascent from Juda Ka Talab to Bhoj Gadi is more gradual than day 1. Overnight stay at Bhoj Gadi campsite.

Day 4 - Bhoj Gadi to Pushtara Meadows via Phulara Ridge: Trek Distance: 7 KM | Duration: 5 hrs |Altitude Gain: 11,000 ft. – 12,150 ft. - 12,470 ft.

After a climb of 20-30 minutes from Bhoj Gadi campsite, we reach the ridge top, from where we simply follow the astounding trail to the east, all the way to Pushtara Meadows. It is an easy day with very little ascent. The day can be well utilized to enjoy the beauty of the ridge with panoramic views on its either sides. We can even see Kedarkantha from here.

Day 5 - Pushtara Meadows to Rateri: Trek Distance: 4 KM | Duration: 3 hrs |Altitude Gain: 12,470 ft. – 13,000 ft.

The trek today is short and we split the journey to the Fachu Kandi Pass in order to acclimatize to the high altitude. The trek can be covered in 3 hours at a comfortable pace. Overnight stay at Rateri.

Day 6 - Rateri to Saru Tal: Trek Distance: 3 KM | Duration: 2 hrs |Altitude Gain: 13,000 ft. – 13,779 ft.

Saru Tal is an alpine Tarn, situated at an altitude of 4,150 meters. It is a small lake with a ridge surrounding it on one side, similar to Roopkund, although not in as grandeur setting. Yet the beauty and solitude that this lake provides, is bound to leave you speechless. Wild grass and flowers bloom alongside this lake in summers. The trek can be challenging for some people, as the high altitude leads to lack of oxygen in the atmosphere, and each step becomes slightly more difficult. It is important to find a steady but comfortable pace. The journey is not very long, so it is not required to rush through any stretch. We can camp near the lake, but with caution, so as to not damage these fragile environs in any way. Overnight camping at Saru Tal.

Day 7 - Saru Tal to Leka Dogri via Fachu Kandi Pass: Trek Distance: 11 KM | Duration: 8 hrs |Altitude Gain: 13,779 ft. – 14,290 ft. - 8,530 ft.

The ascent to the Pass from Saru Tal is short but steep. We are required to gain an altitude only around 140 meters vertically, before we start the descend and the trek henceforth becomes easy, as we no longer struggle with the altitude. It will take less than an hour to reach to the Pass even at a slow pace. The views from the top are magnificent. The long walk down to Leka Dogri is sometimes gradual, while at other times it is a steep descend. We rest midway to eat our packed lunch. Arriving at the camp in this secluded forest, by late afternoon, we can spend the rest of the day exploring the floral surroundings. Overnight camp at Leka Dogri.

Day 8 - Leka Dogri to Hanuman Chatti to Dehradun: Trek Distance: 5 KM | Duration: 2 hrs |Altitude Gain: 8,530 ft. – 7,874 ft.

The trek to Fachu Kandi Pass concludes today as we leave for Hanuman Chatti, which is downhill. After covering the stretch in under two hours, we take the vehicle back to Dehradun. Overnight stay in a hotel in Dehradun.

Day 9 - Departure from Dehradun.

It's time to say goodbye and cherish unforgettable memories of this trek and start your return journey back towards your respective cities.


What is included in the tour

  • Transportation: Dehradun to Dehradun.
  • Accommodation: Twin/Triple sharing (guest house and tents).
  • Meals: Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 8.
  • Expert Team: Certified guide, cook, and support staff.
  • Permits: Forest and association permits.
  • Camping and Dining: Equipment and cutlery.
  • Gaiters and Crampons: Included for your comfort and safety.
  • First Aid: Comprehensive first aid kit for your well-being.
  • Stay in Dehradun after the trek.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Personal trekking gear, clothing, and equipment.
  • Air/Train travel till Dehradun and return from Dehradun.
  • Food during transit.
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended for your safety).
  • Bag Offloading / Mule / Horse / Porter Charges (available at an extra cost of Rs. 400 per day).
  • Personal expenses, such as snacks, beverages, and souvenirs.
  • Any additional activities or excursions not specified in the itinerary.
  • Any costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances, such as flight delays or medical emergencies, bad weather, etc.
Pickup point
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India View on Map
Things to carry

Basic Gear :

Back pack & rain cover

(40 - 50 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps) (can be rented from Mountainfit)

Day pack + rain cover

10 - 20 ltr (If you hire a mule or porter and also for Summit day)

Walking stick

Advisable (At least one) ) (can be rented from Mountainfit)

Head torch

1 Nos. ) (can be rented from Mountainfit)

Water bottle/Hydration pack

2 bottles of one litre each



Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral/ors

Personal Medical Kit

Consult your doctor


Clothing :


2 to 3 (Dri Fit Preferred)

Full T-shirts

1 Nos.

Fleece jacket

1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)

Down feather / Hollofil jacket

1 Nos.  (can be rented from Mountainfit)

Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)

1 Pair

Thermal inners (upper and lower)

1 Pair

Trek pants

2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)

Poncho (Rain Protection)

1 Nos. ) (can be rented from Mountainfit)

Personal Utilities :

Sunscreen cream

Hand sanitizer


Antibacterial powder

Toilet Paper & wipes

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Lip balm

Quick dry towel

Sun cap

1 Nos.

Woollen cap

1 Nos.

Buff / Bandana

1 Nos.


U/V protected advisable.

Protect your feet :

Trekking shoes

1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)


1 Pair (Very useful to roam around camp).

Cotton socks

4 pairs

Woollen socks

2 pairs

Gaiters and Crampons

1 Pair (MountainFit team will notify you if required)


Protect your hands :

Waterproof gloves

1 Pair

Fleece/woollen gloves

1 Pair


Few Important Tips:

  • Dress in layers: Carry at least 3 layers at the trek.  Weather is quite unpredictable so we need to keep ourselves warm. Keep it simple, but warm enough. Pack your backpack as per provided trek essential list.
  • Thermos Flask (1ltr) is very important on winter trek as water in normal bottle freezes due to severe temperature.
  • Do not carry any precious items like jewellery at the trek. Mountainfit Team will not be responsible for loss or damage of such items.
  • Carry extra plastic bags for wet clothes/garbage/etc. “DO NOT LITTER THE TRAIL, KEEP IT CLEAN”
  • Drone and satellite phone is not allowed so please don’t bring any.