Close to Uttarkashi is the pristine settlement of Bhangeli, a village where local residents welcome you to their vernacular home stays. It is from Bhangeli that one begins the trek to Gidara Bugyal, said to be the highest meadow of Asia. Dotted with forests and waterfalls, the trail is a one of its kind experience. One camps for the night with the transhumance Van Gujars, the shepherds who camp here with their flock in the summer. Sharing the day with them is an unforgettable experience.