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Overview

If you are looking for a trekking experience that takes you through some of the most scenic landscapes in India, the Dayara Bugyal Trek Uttarakhand is one to consider. Located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, the trek is famous for its stunning meadows, dense forests, glistening streams, and majestic mountain peaks. In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about the Dayara Bugyal Trek, from the best time to visit the must-see attractions along the way.

The Dayara Bugyal Trek is a breathtaking journey that offers stunning green meadows, dense forests, glistening streams, and views of the majestic mountain peaks views of Uttarakhand. This trek takes you on a journey through the heart of the Garhwal Himalayas, where you will experience the culture, traditions, and hospitality of the local people.

The trek begins in Dehradun and takes you through the beautiful villages of Uttarkashi, Barsu, and Raithal. The local people are warm and welcoming, and their simple way of life is a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of city life. As you walk through the villages, you will be struck by the traditional architecture and the charming way of life of the locals.

The trail to Dayara Bugyal is moderately difficult and winds its way through dense forests of oak and rhododendron. The sound of birdsong and the rustle of leaves underfoot will transport you to a different world. You will also encounter streams and waterfalls along the way, which provide a refreshing respite from the trek.

As you ascend higher, the landscape changes, and you will find yourself surrounded by snow-capped peaks and green meadows. The vast expanse of the Dayara Bugyal Trek Uttarakhand meadow is a sight to behold, and the views of the Bhagirathi group of peaks are simply awe-inspiring. The meadow is covered with vibrant flowers and grasses, which lend a colourful hue to the landscape.

The trek also includes a visit to the serene and holy Barnala Tal Lake, which is surrounded by towering peaks and dense forests. The clear waters of the lake are mesmerizing, and you can spend some time relaxing and enjoying the serene environment. The lake is also considered a holy site, and many pilgrims come here to offer prayers.

The trek is not just about the physical journey but also a spiritual one. As you trek through the mountains and valleys, you will find yourself connecting with nature and yourself. The experience of trekking through the Himalayas is humbling and awe-inspiring, and it will leave you with a sense of accomplishment.

The trek ends back in Dehradun, but the memories of the journey will stay with you forever. The Dayara Bugyal Trek is a journey that will challenge you, inspire you, and leave you with a new appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. It is a journey that will touch your heart and soul, and one that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal Village

Raithal, the base camp for the Dayara Bugyal trek uttarakhand, is approximately nine hours away from Dehradun. The journey takes you through picturesque forest stretches once you leave Dehradun. After an hour, you pass through Mussoorie, which is one of the most renowned hill stations in Uttarakhand.

As you proceed towards Uttarkashi, you come across a viewpoint known as the Tingling Point, which offers breathtaking views of the Garhwal Himalayas. On a clear day, you can see a range of mountains from Swargarohini and adjacent peaks in Himachal, Mount Bandarpoonch, Mount Srikanth, the Gangotri Peaks, the Chaukhamba massif, all the way to Mount Nanda Devi.

The route's most significant town is Uttarkashi, from where you continue to Bhatwari. As you approach Raithal, you can witness a stunning sunset over the peaks of Mount Bandarpoonch, Mount Srikanth, Mount Jaunli, and Draupadi Ka Danda.

Day 2: Raithal Village to Gui

From Raithal, you can observe the distant peaks of Mt. Srikanth and Gangotri 1, 2, and 3, along with the previously mentioned mountains. As you ascend towards Gui, these peaks become more visible and prominent.

The forest where the Gui campsite is situated can be seen from Raithal. The trail from Raithal to Gui is a gradual uphill climb. Initially, the trail leads out of the Raithal village and takes you through fields. Follow the well-marked path, and in about an hour, you'll arrive at a flat grassy land. Take a brief pause here for water and continue toward Gui.

Beyond the water point, the trail becomes increasingly wooded. You will enter a forest that is primarily composed of green and brown oaks (moru and kharsu) and rhododendron, making it a lush forest. Unlike other regions, there are no pine trees present here.

Before arriving at Gui, the forest opens up to a few small clearings. The campsite at Gui is situated in a small clearing, surrounded by forests. There is a small table nearby, and you will find village huts in the area that are used by villagers in the summer. Additionally, a U-shaped hut belonging to the forest department is present at some distance.

Day 3: Gui to Chilapada

On this day of the trek, you continue along the trail from Gui towards Dayara. As you ascend from Gui, you begin to see mountains on the other side that were previously hidden from view.

Today's trek is short, covering a distance of only 3 kilometers, with gradual ascents and flat sections in between.

Starting from Gui, join the main trail and climb up to Gui Thatch, a small meadow located in the forest. On one side, you will find 5-6 Chania huts and a compact pond in front of them. There is also a mound beside the pond. You will also notice igloo-shaped structures of the Forest Department near the Chania huts.

Gui Thatch offers stunning views of the entire Gangotri range, including Shrikanth, Gangotri I, II, and III. You can also spot the Jaonli peak on the right and the top of Bandarpoonch on the left.

The next half-kilometer from Gui Thatch is an easy walk through the beautiful rhododendron. Take your time to soak in the setting of the Himalayan forest.

Here, you may have the opportunity to participate in a hug-a-tree experience facilitated by your Trek Leader, which helps you connect more deeply with the forest.

As you continue, you gradually start ascending again and cross a couple of streams that may be flowing, dried, or frozen depending on the season. Just five minutes after crossing these streams, you will see an umbrella-shaped rain shelter, which serves as a rest point. Chilapada is not far from here. Take a break, catch your breath, stretch your legs, and pause for 10-15 minutes before proceeding further.

Chilapada is only 20 minutes away from the rain shelter. After five minutes of trekking from the rain shelter, you will notice a broken trail on your left. Leave the main trail and follow this broken trail, which leads to Chilapada, a small opening between the meadows.

Day 4: Chilapada to Dayara Top and Trek to Nayata

The starting point of Dayara Bugyal, Chilapada, provides ample time to explore the vast meadows as it is situated nearby. After hiking through the forests for about half an hour, the tree line comes to an end, and the edge of the meadows comes into view. However, the full extent of the meadows is not yet apparent.

Chania huts can be spotted in front of you, and the trail continues along the edge of the meadow. If you look to your right, you will be greeted by the stunning views of Bandar Poonch and Kala Nag. The summits that accompanied you from Raithal and Gui are now significantly larger and add to the panoramic view behind you.

A photo opportunity presents itself early in the morning as the sun's rays illuminate the vast expanse of Dayara Bugyal's undulating meadows. The view is worth every effort expended to get there. During May and June, thousands of yellow, violet, and white flowers blossom across the meadows, sometimes in such abundance that one must deliberately navigate around them.

During winter, the undulating terrain is covered in miles and miles of powdery snow.

Day 5: Nayata to Raithal Village

To begin your trek to Raithal, it is recommended to start by 9 am, as it takes approximately 4 hours to reach the destination. From Nayata campsite, follow the same main trail you used to come down from Dayara Bugyal the day before. The trail continues to descend while being covered by a dense canopy of trees.

After 15-20 minutes of descending, you will reach the rain shelter from where you had diverted towards Barnala on the way up. Follow the main trail downwards from here.

Continue walking for about an hour until you reach a grassy clearing where a water source is located. Take a break and rest here before finishing the final hour's descent to Raithal. The arch of Raithal signifies the end of your trek, and GMVN is located half a kilometer down the paved road.

Continue walking till you reach GMVN, which marks the end of your enchanting Dayara Bugyal trek.

Day 6: Raithal Village to Dehradun

After having breakfast at Raithal, begin your journey back to Dehradun. The drive back is very scenic and enjoyable. It is anticipated that you will arrive in Dehradun at around 6:00 PM on the same day.

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Things to Carry

If you are planning a trek to Dayara Bugyal, it’s important to carry the right gear and equipment to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. Below is the list of some essential items to carry:

  • Trekking shoes: A good pair of trekking shoes with a sturdy grip is essential for the rocky and uneven terrain of the trek.
  • Warm clothes: Dayara Bugyal is located at an altitude of around 12,000 feet, so it can get quite cold, especially at night. Carry warm clothes, including a jacket, fleece, thermal wear, and gloves.
  • Rain gear: The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so carry a raincoat or a poncho to protect yourself from rain and wind.
  • Sun protection: Carry a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Water bottle and snacks: Carry a reusable water bottle and some energy bars or snacks to keep yourself hydrated and energized during the trek.
  • First aid kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with items such as band-aids, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any prescription medication that you may require.
  • Headlamp/flashlight: Carry a headlamp or a flashlight with extra batteries to navigate through the trek during the night.
  • Trekking poles: Trekking poles can help reduce the impact on your knees and provide stability on rocky terrain.
  • Please note that it’s important to pack light and carry only essential items. Overpacking can make the trek more challenging and uncomfortable.

How to Reach

Reach Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, India. Dehradun is well-connected by road, rail, and air.

To reach Dayara Bugyal via Dehradun and Raithal, you can follow these steps:

  • By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well-connected to major cities in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. You can take a direct flight to Dehradun from these cities or take a connecting flight.
  • By train: Dehradun railway station is well-connected to major cities in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. You can take a direct train or a connecting train from these cities to reach Dehradun.
  • By bus: Dehradun is well-connected by road to major cities in North India, such as Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Mussoorie. You can take a state-run or private bus from these cities to reach Dehradun.
  • By car/taxi: You can also hire a car or a taxi to reach Dehradun from nearby cities. The drive from Delhi to Dehradun takes about 6 hours.

From Dehradun, take a taxi or a bus to reach Raithal village or Natin village, which is about 190 km away. The journey takes about 7-8 hours.

From Raithal or Natin village, start the trek to Dayara Bugyal, which is about 9 km away. The trek difficulty level is moderate which takes around 4-5 hours.

Alternatively, you can also hire a jeep or a shared taxi from Raithal to reach Barsu village, which is about 3 km away from Dayara Bugyal. From Barsu, you can start the trek to Dayara Bugyal.

Safety & Security

Trekking to Dayara Bugyal is an adventurous experience, but it’s important to prioritize safety during the journey. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Acclimatize properly: Dayara Bugyal is located at a high altitude, so it’s important to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Take breaks and stay hydrated to help your body adjust to the altitude.
  • Follow the trail: Stick to the marked trail and avoid taking shortcuts or exploring off-trail areas. Going off-trail can be dangerous and increase the risk of getting lost.
  • Carry essential gear: Carry essential gear such as trekking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, sun protection, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. These items can help you stay safe and comfortable during the trek.
  • Stay hydrated: Carry enough water and drink regularly to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, and other health issues.
  • Respect nature: Respect the environment and avoid littering. Carry your trash with you and leave the trail and the camping site clean.
  • Be prepared for emergencies: Carry a whistle, a headlamp or flashlight, and a fully charged phone. In case of an emergency, these items can help you call for help and stay visible.
  • Follow the instructions of the guide: If you are trekking with a guide, listen to their instructions and follow their lead. They are experienced and can help you navigate through the trail safely.

Remember that trekking to Dayara Bugyal can be physically and mentally challenging, so it’s important to prepare yourself physically and mentally before starting the trek.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that planning an outdoor trip brings a lot of excitement and joy. However, we also know that cancellations can be disappointing. While Hello Hikers rarely cancels treks due to our efficient ground operations, cancellations can happen due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions, government regulations, or any other factors beyond our control. In such cases, the following cancellation policy will be applicable.

To ensure a hassle-free experience, we recommend making your booking at least two months in advance. If you do need to cancel your trek, please inform us in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive written advice.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

We have designed a cancellation policy that is fair, feasible, and convenient for all our customers. The procedure is as follows:

  • If you cancel your trek 21 or more days before the start date, we will deduct 10% towards GST and transaction charges and refund 90% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 15-20 days before the start date, we will deduct 30% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at base, ration, etc., and refund 70% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 7-14 days before the start date, we will deduct 50% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at the base, ration, trek leaders, permits, equipment, etc., and refund 50% as a trek voucher that is valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 1-6 days before the start date, we will deduct 100% as all arrangements have been made, and we are ready to take you on the trek.

We also have some terms and conditions for the trek voucher:

  • The voucher will be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
  • The voucher can be used for any trek with Hello Hikers.

Thank you for choosing Hello Hikers, and we hope to see you on our treks soon!

FAQS

Why to Choose Dayara Bugyal?

If you're looking for a beautiful and off-beat trekking destination in India, then Dayara Bugyal Trek should be on your list. Dayara Bugyal Trek is a perfect blend of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural experience, making it an ideal destination for your next trekking expedition.

Here are some reasons why you should choose Dayara Bugyal Trek as your next destination:

Scenic Beauty: Dayara Bugyal is a high-altitude meadow located at an altitude of 3,408 meters. The trek offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and verdant meadows. The scenery is so beautiful that it has been compared to the Swiss Alps. You'll get to witness some breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Bandarpunch and Gangotri. 

Ease of Access: Dayara Bugyal trek is easily accessible from Dehradun, which is well-connected by road, rail, and air. The trek starts from a village called Natin, which is only a few hours' drive from Dehradun.

Suitable for Beginners: The trek is ideal for beginners as it is not too difficult and can be completed in 4-5 days. The pathway is indicated with visible markings, and there are numerous designated camping areas distributed throughout the route. The trek does not require any technical skills or equipment. 

Cultural Experience: The Dayara Bugyal Trek takes you through several small villages and towns, where you can experience the local culture and lifestyle. You'll get to interact with the locals and learn about their traditions and customs.

Adventure Activities: If you're an adventure enthusiast, then you'll be happy to know that the Dayara Bugyal Trek offers plenty of adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, and river crossing.

Is Dayara Bugyal a tough trek?

Dayara Bugyal is a moderate trek and can be done by people with a basic level of fitness and trekking experience. The trek covers a distance of around 18-21 km, and the altitude gain is around 1,200 meters. The trek is known for its stunning views of the Himalayas and the beautiful meadows of Dayara Bugyal.

However, the trek can still be challenging, especially for those who are not used to trekking at high altitudes. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, and the altitude can cause altitude sickness in some people. It's important to acclimatize properly and stay hydrated during the trek.

What is the total distance of Dayara Bugyal?

The total distance covered in the Dayara Bugyal trek is around 18-21 kilometres depending on the route taken. This distance is usually covered over 4-5 days, with each day involving an average of 3-4 kilometres of trekking. The trek covers a total altitude gain of around 1,200 meters (3,900 feet), starting from the village of Raithal or Barsi and leading up to the picturesque meadows of Dayara Bugyal.

Why is Dayara Bugyal famous?

Dayara Bugyal is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty and stunning views of the Himalayas. It is a high-altitude meadow located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India, and is situated at an altitude of around 3639 meters above sea level. The meadow is spread over an area of around 28 square kilometres (10.8 square miles) and is surrounded by towering peaks such as Srikanth, Draupadi Ka Danda, and Gangotri.

The trek to Dayara Bugyal is a popular one, offering trekkers a chance to experience the natural beauty of the region while enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayas. The meadow is covered with a carpet of lush green grass and wildflowers during the summer months, making it a sight to behold. 

Dayara Bugyal trek best time

The best time to undertake the Dayara Bugyal trek is during the summer months of April to June and the post-monsoon months of September to November. During these months, the weather is generally pleasant and the skies are clear, offering trekkers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

In the summer months, the meadows of Dayara Bugyal are in full bloom, with wildflowers carpeting the entire region. The weather during this time is generally warm during the day and cool at night, making it an ideal time for trekking.

In the post-monsoon months of September to November, the weather is generally clear, with mild temperatures during the day and cool nights. During this time, the meadows of Dayara Bugyal Trek turn a golden brown, making it a beautiful sight to behold.

How difficult is Phulara Ridge Trek?

It is regarded as a moderately challenging journey to complete the Phulara Ridge journey. The hike is situated in India's Uttarakhand area and ascends to an altitude of around 3,650 metres (11,975 feet).
From Sankri to Sankri, the walk is around 22 kilometres (13.6 miles) long and usually takes 3 to 4 days to complete. Although the track is clearly marked, certain steep sections call for a high degree of fitness and endurance.
It is crucial to adequately acclimatise before tackling this trek because it includes camping in high-altitude areas.

Best Time to Visit Dayara Bugyal

The best time to visit Dayara Bugyal is from May to June and September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the skies are usually clear, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding peaks.

In May and June, the weather is warm, and the meadows are in full bloom, making it an ideal time for nature lovers and photographers. The temperatures during this time range between 10°C to 15°C during the day and 5°C to 10°C at night.

From September to November, the weather is cooler, and the landscapes are painted with beautiful autumn colors. The temperatures during this time range between 5°C to 10°C during the day and 0°C to 5°C at night.

It's important to note that the Dayara Bugyal Trek is closed during the monsoon season, which is from July to August. The heavy rainfall during this time can cause landslides and make the trekking trail slippery and dangerous.

Therefore, if you're planning a trek to Dayara Bugyal, it's recommended to visit during the best time to ensure a comfortable and safe experience.

Is Phulara Ridge Trek Similar to Dayara Bugyal Trek?

There are two beautiful treks in India's Uttarakhand region: the Phulara Ridge Trek and the Dayara Bugyal Trek. They are not exactly the same, though.

A lesser-known walk that passes through pristine pine, oak, and rhododendron forests is the Phulara Ridge walk. With breath-taking vistas of the Garhwal Himalayas, it gradually climbs to the crest of Phulara Ridge. Beginners and experienced hikers both will enjoy the walk.

In contrast, the Dayara Bugyal trip is a well-known and well-liked trip that leads through the breathtaking meadows of the Dayara and Gidara Bugyals. The Bandarpunch peak and the Gangotri range may both be seen from every angle during the journey. It has harsher ascents and descents than Phulara Ridge Trek, despite being regarded as ideal for novices.

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