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Best season : April to June

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Overview

The Surya Top Trek, Uttarakhand enhances the renowned Dayara Bugyal trek, providing a richer experience amidst breathtaking landscapes. Upon reaching the captivating Dayara meadows, hikers often find themselves deeply moved by the vast greenery and majestic mountain vistas, leaving a lasting impression.

Embark on the Surya Top Trek, Uttarakhand to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Dayara meadows. Over two days, explore every corner of these natural wonders. As you approach Devkund, you’ll be surrounded by lush landscapes stretching endlessly. The trek features an exhilarating ridge walk from Devkund to Siyari, offering stunning views of Mt Bandarpunch and Kalanag. The winding path of the ridge reveals hidden treasures, providing an exciting mountain experience.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. The ascent to Surya Top, although not requiring advanced climbing skills, challenges your stamina. Upon reaching the summit, the Gangotri range, Mt Bandarpoonch, and Mt Kalanag, previously distant, seem almost within reach. Mt Bandarpoonch appears tantalizingly close, offering a surreal experience for mountain enthusiasts.

 

In conclusion, the Surya Top Trek, Uttarakhand offers an exceptional hiking experience, fulfilling the desires of any mountain lover. It’s a must-do adventure for those who appreciate the grandeur of the mountains.

Surya Top offers an authentic experience to fully appreciate the magnificence of Dayara meadows. Unlike shorter excursions, this trek allows you to spend two full days exploring the meadows. Arriving at Devkund marks the culmination of your journey through Dayara meadows. Behind you lie vast expanses of meticulously maintained meadows stretching as far as the eye can see. The comprehensive exploration of Dayara Meadows is made possible exclusively through the Surya Top Trek, Uttarakhand.

Itinerary

Day 1: Start your adventure by driving from Dehradun to Raithal, preparing for an unforgettable journey ahead.

The journey from Dehradun to Raithal, the starting point for the Surya Top trek, typically takes about 9 hours by car. Along the way, you'll pass through enchanting forests right after leaving Dehradun. Within the first hour, you'll also drive through the picturesque hill station of Mussoorie, a beloved destination in Uttarakhand. As you travel between Mussoorie and Uttarkashi, you'll come across a captivating viewpoint called the Tingling Point. This spot offers breathtaking vistas of the Garhwal Himalayas. From the peaks near Himachal, such as Swargarohini and adjacent mountains, to Mt Bandarpoonch, Mt Srikanth, the Gangotri Peaks, and the imposing Chaukhamba massif, all the way to the towering Mt Nanda Devi, the panoramic views are truly spectacular. However, these awe-inspiring sights are only visible on exceptionally clear days.

Day 2: Embark on a trek from Raithal to Chilapada, immersing yourself in the wonders of the Himalayas..

As you commence your journey from Raithal, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Mt. Srikanth and Gangotri 1, 2, and 3 in the distance. These majestic mountains become increasingly prominent as you ascend along the trail towards Chilapada. After a satisfying hot breakfast, your trek begins with a gradual ascent through village fields, eventually leading to a flat grassy clearing with a hand pump after about an hour. Take a short break to rehydrate before continuing on your way. Beyond the water source, the path enters an area with denser tree cover. You'll traverse a dense forest dominated by green and brown oaks (moru and chars) and rhododendrons, creating a lush and diverse woodland. Interestingly, unlike other areas, this forest lacks pine trees. Before reaching Gui, the forest occasionally opens up to reveal small clearings. As you ascend from Gui, the previously hidden mountains on the opposite side gradually come into view. Upon reaching Gui, join the main trail and ascend towards Gui Thatch, a small grassy meadow nestled within the woods. Here, you'll find 5 to 6 huts where shepherds, known as Chania, reside. Adjacent to these huts is a small pond with a mound nearby. You'll also notice igloo-shaped structures belonging to the Forest Department near the Chania huts. Continuing half a kilometer from Gui Thatch, you'll enjoy a leisurely stroll through a stunning rhododendron forest. The terrain allows for a relaxed pace, allowing you to fully appreciate the serene atmosphere of the Himalayan forest

Day 3: Embark on a trek from Chilapada to Devkund via Bakriya Top..

Start your journey today with a gentle climb through the picturesque Dayara meadows, where the breathtaking scenery slowly reveals itself before you. The vast expanse of the meadows unfolds to your right, offering stunning views throughout your trek. After a leisurely two-hour ascent, you'll reach the summit of Bakriya Top, one of the highest points in the meadows.

Standing atop Bakriya Top, you'll be greeted by the magnificent sight of Mt Bandarpoonch. The rolling meadows extend endlessly below, creating a stunning panorama. Take a picturesque walk along the ridge, surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain views. On your right, the expansive Dayara Meadows reveal themselves, while the scenic path leads you towards the serene Devkund campsite. From here, your tent will provide a captivating view of the majestic Mt Bandarpoonch.

Day 4: Set out on a journey from Dev Kund to Siyari, traversing the path that leads you through the majestic Surya Top.

Start your day by waking up early and commencing a gentle climb that takes approximately an hour to complete. This ascent leads you to a magnificent ridge, renowned as one of the most impressive in the country. From this elevated viewpoint, you can behold the stunning vistas of the Gangotri ranges on your right and Yamunotri on your left. During autumn, this ridge transforms into a picturesque pathway adorned with colorful flowers, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

Follow the ridge for 4.5 kilometers, reveling in the excitement of the mountainside hide-and-seek game. As you continue your trek, descend from the ridge and arrive at the day's campsite, Siyari. Upon reaching Siyari, take a moment to settle in, unload your gear, and indulge in a satisfying packed lunch.

Embark on a short but invigorating journey to Surya Top, carrying only your daypack with essential items. The trail commences with a challenging 2.5-kilometer climb from Siyari, guiding you to retrace your steps to the ridge. From there, push forward to reach the summit of Surya Top. The strenuous effort will reward you with breathtaking panoramic views as you triumphantly stand atop the peak. Take ample time to absorb the scenery and savor the moment before descending to Siyari before sunset.

Day 5: Trek from Siyari to Nay.

Start your day at sunrise and follow the same path along the ridge until you reach Devkund. While walking among vibrant wildflowers and towering rocks, you'll be greeted by the majestic Gangotri and Yamunotri mountain ranges. This provides a splendid view of Mt. Bandarpoonch from a remarkable perspective.

Upon arriving at Devkund, take a break to enjoy a meal and rest briefly. The journey to Nayata, primarily on a gentle incline, will take approximately 7 to 8 hours. Along the way, you'll pass through the expansive green fields of Dayara. As night descends, these meadows are illuminated by the golden sunlight, with the distant mountains remaining a constant and magnificent presence.

Day 6: Embark on a trekking adventure from Nayata to Raithal.

Start your day's journey by 9 a.m. and allocate approximately 4 hours to reach Raithal. Departing from the Nayata campsite, follow the trail as it winds beneath the dense forest canopy. After 15 minutes of descent, you'll encounter the rain shelter where you previously branched off towards Barnala during your ascent. From there, continue along the main trail.

Continue for another hour until you arrive at a grassy clearing with a water source. Take a moment to rest and rejuvenate before embarking on the final leg of your journey to Raithal. The distinctive arch of Raithal marks the conclusion of your trek.

Day 7: Drive from Raithal to Dehradun

Start your journey from Raithal after enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. Relish the scenic drive back to Dehradun, with an estimated arrival time of around 7 p.m. on the same day.

Note

The above itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, group size, and other factors. It's always best to check with your trekking company for the most up-to-date itinerary and any changes. Additionally, it's important to ensure that you are physically fit and acclimatized before attempting the Surya Top trek, as it involves high altitudes and strenuous trekking.

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Things to Carry

If you are planning to go on the Surya Top trek, here are some essential items that you should carry with you:

  • Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a capacity of at least 40-50 liters to carry all your essentials.
  • Trekking Shoes: Good quality trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support.
  • Warm Clothes: It is essential to carry warm clothes as the temperatures can drop significantly at night. Carry thermals, fleece jackets, down jackets, gloves, and woollen socks.
  • Rain Gear: Carry a raincoat or poncho to protect yourself from rain and wind.
  • Sun Protection: Carry sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, and a hat to protect yourself from the harsh sun.
  • Headlamp or Torch: A headlamp or torch with extra batteries is necessary as there will be no electricity on the trek.
  • Water Bottles: Carry at least two water bottles with a capacity of 1 litre each to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with medicines for headaches, stomach upsets, and other common ailments.
  • Trekking Poles: Trekking poles provide stability and support and reduce the strain on your knees while descending.
  • Miscellaneous: Carry a camera, power bank, and pocket knife for emergencies. 

Make sure to pack light and carry only the essentials to avoid unnecessary weight on the trek.

How to Reach

The Surya Top trek is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, and the nearest city is Dehradun. You can reach Dehradun by air, rail, or road. From Dehradun, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Raithal, the starting point of the Surya Top trek.

Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun .

Nearest Bus Stand: Dehradun  

Nearest Airport: Jollygrant Airport, Dehradun. 

Dehradun is well connected by all three major modes of transportation. One can easily board Train, Bus, or Plane from most of the major cities of India.

Safety & Security

Here are some safety tips that you must keep in mind while on the Surya Top trek:

  • Always carry a first-aid kit with you, including medicines for altitude sickness
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when needed
  • Follow the instructions of your trekking guide and do not venture out alone
  • Respect the local culture and traditions

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

Where is the Surya trek located?

The Surya Top trek lies within the heart of the Garhwal region. It commences at Raithal, approximately 43 km away from Uttarkashi city. During the trek, you'll traverse near the Gangotri ranges and the impressive Bandarpoonch Mountain massif of the Garhwal Himalayas.

What is the best season to visit the Surya Top trek

The Surya Top trek is accessible for five months each year. In summer and spring, vibrant green meadows adorned with blossoming wildflowers offer a mesmerizing sight.

Autumn unveils the finest mountain vistas. The ridge walk and the panoramic view from Surya Top are experiences worth cherishing and sharing tales about.

What is the altitude of Surya Top?

Surya Top, situated at a height of 4000m offers great view of the upper Himalayan peaks such as Bandarpoonch (6350m), Dropdi Ka Danda (6420m), Srikanth.

What essential items should I pack for the Surya Top Trek?

Essential items to pack for the Surya Top Trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, waterproof layers, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, water purification tablets, a first aid kit, and high-energy snacks.

How difficult is the Surya Top Trek?

The Surya Top trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. It entails occasional ascents and descents throughout the day, demanding a reasonable level of physical exertion. With its extended walking days, the trek necessitates participants to be in good physical condition.

Which ATM is closest to the Surya Top trek?

Bhatwari marks the final stop before reaching Raithal, offering one ATM for cash withdrawals, albeit its reliability can be inconsistent. Alternatively, Uttarkashi hosts various private and public bank ATMs, with some even having branches within the town. However, cash availability at Uttarkashi ATMs may be limited. Hence, for last-minute cash needs, Dehradun is recommended.

We suggest carrying around Rs 5000 in cash for transportation to the basecamp, rental gear deposit, and personal expenses en route.

For Hello hiker's trekkers, cash isn't a major necessity upon reaching the basecamp, as all expenses including meals, accommodations, permits, and related costs are covered by Hello hiker's.

When can we expect snow on this trek?

Snow is commonly found along this trek between April and early May. However, accurately predicting snowfall is difficult given its unpredictable nature as a natural occurrence.

Which other treks are near the Surya Top trek?

Numerous treks have been discovered in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Raithal serves as the initial point for another renowned trek, Dayara Bugyal.

I'm over 54 years old. Can I still do this trek?

Absolutely!

For individuals aged 54 and above, a Treadmill Test (dated within the last 12 months) must be submitted within one week of trek registration. Additionally, the ability to jog 5 km within 45 minutes is required.

Is offloading service available for the Surya Top trek?

Expanding the footprint through the presence of porters or mules on any trail poses a risk to the ecosystem. Hence, at Hello hiker's, we advocate against offloading. Embracing the essence of trekking, each trekker carries their own backpack.

However, in cases where a medical condition prohibits carrying one's own backpack, offloading is permitted.

The offloading fee for the Surya Top trek is Rs 2100.

Opening Dates

  • Oct
  • Nov

01/Oct/2023

07/Oct/2023

08/Oct/2023

14/Oct/2023

15/Oct/2023

21/Oct/2023

22/Oct/2023

28/Oct/2023

29/Oct/2023

04/Nov/2023

05/Nov/2023

11/Nov/2023

12/Nov/2023

18/Nov/2023

19/Nov/2023

25/Nov/2023

26/Nov/2023

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