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Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Easy
Max Altitude :- 12,100 Ft.
Approx Trekking Kms :- 22 Kms Approx
Ideal for the first-timers, the height of Dayara Bugyal Trek is at such perfect altitude, that it experiences a subtle coldness and springy aroma, all year round. The evergreen beauty of Dayara Bugyal’s rocky yet green terrains is filled with wildflowers, a variety of pebbles, and clean lakes and streams. Nevertheless, the best time to experience this particularly (often) underrated winter trek might be between December to February.
The pasture lands of Uttarakhand’s alpine heights are focal points for many of our splendid treks in the region. These are the Bugyals—fecund grassy uplands secreted away in mountain laps where shepherds take their herds in summer days before the winter snow renders them fallow. Dayara is a relatively lesser-known Bugyal, accessible from Uttarkashi by just a short, crisp trek but it pays off magnificent rewards.
Dehradun To Dehradun
12,100FT / 3688 Meters Approx
25 Kms Approx
Note : Normally Trekkers are expected to carry their personal luggage on their own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 2200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2600/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 KGS. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Dayara in the local tongue refers to a circular plot of land, reflecting the hoop-shaped grassy turf of this Bugyal, margined by dark oak and maple woods, and beyond the green reaches, a glowing snowline of the Bandarpoonch and other ranges. A rambling walk through the undulated pastures of Dayara will bring you out of the world frames of its green ecosystem, the whispering wilderness of the oak woods, and somewhere far away, a breathless peak view panorama gradually unveiled. Along the entire stretch, at different junctures, you can catch glimpses of the Gangotri set of peaks, Srikanth peak, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak.
Another high point of the journey comes on the fourth day when we are ascending 12, 100 ft. from our Dayara campsite to Dayara Top. A ridge walk takes you to convergences of many adjoining meadows including the Giddara Bugyal. You will also find a decent trail to Dodital- a freshwater lake that is the origin of Assi Ganga. The summer meadows are infused on this stretch with a spray of wildflowers, all yellow. On all of this paradisiacal effervescence, the snow thatched Bandarpoonch will cast an iridescent impression. The walk ambles down from here to Barsu, a pretty settlement memorable for its silkenly flowing buckwheat fields and poppy beds. Before reaching the village, we make the last stop at Barnala, a small crystal waterhole flanked by a temple of the Nag Devata.
Dayara Bugyal Trek is an excellent choice for beginners, makes for a phantasmagorical photo-op, and is an absolute delight for naturalists.
Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal Village
Day 2: Raithal to Gui
Day 3: Gui to Chilapada
Day 4: Chilapada to Dayara Top and Return To Chilapada
Day 5: Chilapada to Raithal
Day 6: Raithal to Dehradun
A secluded yet serene village, Raithal will become the starting point for our trek. It is around seven to nine hours’ drive from Dehradun. During your drive, you’ll see the scenic beauty of forests, the beautiful Bhagirathi brook, and several paradisiacal sceneries that you might have seen in our collection of Dayara Bugyal photos.
To reach Dehradun by road you’ll have to reach Delhi first, from where you can board a bus from ISBT Kashmere Gate or Majnu Ka Tila. If you are coming by air then the nearest airport will be Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun and the nearest railhead is Dehradun. Once you reach Dehradun, you can easily get a taxi, or book a cab to Raithal. During your drive from Dehradun to Raithal, around 45 kilometers away, while crossing the town of Uttarkashi, you’ll be welcomed at a distance with a mesmerizing sunset over the sternly standing mountain Jaonli and the peaks of Draupadi Ka Danda. Further, you’ll also get a glimpse of beautiful Mt. Shrikhand, and the Gangotri Peaks.
Once you reach the basecamp, you’ll be meeting your batchmates and our team of professionals.
Our adventurous journey will start from the base camp at Raithal, where you’ll meet your team and the professional guide and leader, who will guide the batch towards the Dayara top. From here, you’ll move forward through the alpine forests, towards the campsite at Gui, an ancient and an undiscovered village.
After a little break at basecamp, we will start our climb upwards, leaving behind Raithal and eventually reaching the pasturelands of the area. The trek of Dayara Bugyal immediately starts through the blend of trees and shrubs, of the maple, oak, and pine forests along with wildflowers. From dry leaves crushing beneath your feet to wet plants passing by touching your skin, you can expect anything from this particular trek route of Himalayas.
Once we will reach the water point, where you can freshen up a bit, we will continue our trail along the woods of variant oaks. The fragrance of wildflowers now will become more prominent, as we’ll reach the ending line of the forest.
After mapping a few more steps, we’ll reach the campsite. While resting at the camp, you can get a closer view of the before-mentioned ranges. Here, you can explore the various forests and the culture of villagers who live nearby.
An easy trek through the woods, trek route from Gui campsite to Chilapada is a relaxing stroll towards our destination. Within twenty minutes you’ll be able to see the rain shelter amidst the dense wilderness. From there, within thirty to sixty minutes of climbing, we will reach Chilapada. At the campsite of Chilapada, one can get a closer view of the gurgling streams, which enhances (now) visible Dayara and various other peaks.
After lunch, we can head towards the Barnala pasturelands, which is around ten to fifteen minutes climb from the campsite. The meadows of Barnala are as pleasing as the bugyals of Dayara. The vibrant flowers, grazing cattle, and various temples make you want to stop and keep staring at the view for hours.
On the way, you might also get a glimpse of various igloo-like structures and houses. Further, through the meadows, we will climb on a steep surface, which will be the only tough path in our journey, to visit Nag Devta temple. During our journey to this temple, the trekking pole will be handy trek equipment. Once you’ll reach the temple, you can explore it. While our way back to the campsite, you’ll be able to see the entire belt of Gangotri ranges covered with the hue of the evening sky.
During the dusk, you’ll be able to capture the calming sights of Chilapada campsite around you. Starting early in the morning, we will lead uphill through the grazing lands of Barnala, entering the forest area again. You’ll enjoy the shed of trees above you till the next one hour, after which we will enter the meadows again. While climbing through these open areas, you’ll be able to see various Chania huts, while on your right will be grand Mt. Bandarpunch and Mt. Kala Nag. The oak and pine trees will cheer you up as you’ll climb.
If you’ll opt to do this trek during summers or spring, then you’ll be able to walk through the meadows filled with bright shades of a variety of flowers, especially rhododendrons. During the winter season, you’ll be walking on the blanket of snow. Again, don’t forget your trekking pole, high-ankle shoes, and warmer if you are planning to do this trek in winters.
After this strenuous climb, you’ll finally be exploring the exquisite pastures of Dayara, reaching the peak of Dayara. After exploring the meadows of Dayara for some time, you can head towards one of those Chania huts that you had seen before. After getting a bit refreshed, from that Chania hut you can easily descend towards Chilapada.
The journey amidst the mountains of Dayara Bugyal come to an end today. Wake up early to get packed up to descend back to Raithal.
Throughout the trail, you can relive the fond moments from the ascent days. It seems as if the mountain peaks are calling you back. Natin is a lively village where children and villagers can be seen meandering around. Here, you will have a delicious hot lunch. Overnight stay will be in a guesthouse at Chilapada.
Have a final cup of morning tea in Raithal. Cherish the goodbyes to your fellow trekkers. After taking a memorable group picture, get into the cab that will ride you back to Dehradun at 6:30 AM. This will be a 9-hour long ride, from between the mountains, valleys and with the Bhagirathi River that was also a guide to you throughout the trek.
If you want to explore Uttarakhand, then you can visit the Oak Grove School, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Chota Char Dham, Haridwar, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, Rishikesh, a prime yoga center of the nation, various shrines of local deities like Durga and Shiva, other religious sites like Piran Kaliyar Sharif, Hemkund Sahib, Reetha Sahib, and Nanakmatta Sahib for Sikhs, Mindrolling Monastery and the Buddha Stupa. The Mindrolling Monastery could be easily visited on your way back to Delhi by bus. Skiing resorts, Auli and Munsiari are also famous sports attractions. Jim Corbett National Park, Vasudhara Falls, are also amongst other major tourist destinations.