About Dayara Bugyal Trek-Winter treks in Uttarakhand
Dayara Bugyal is in Uttarkashi district, meaning "high altitude meadow." Dayara Bugyal Trek is the view post-winter to see the meadows that were a lovely green so far turn into a beautiful carpet of unending white. The white snow carpets are everything that sits on the rocks, pebbles, stones, and everything else. Reaching the campsite is in itself very delightful, with the forest floor slopes of snow. The trek has different experiences based on the season, and the entire winter trek to Dayara is the difficult one.
Highlights of the Dayara Bugyal Trek
Feel close to nature.
Ramble over the lush green expanses of Dayara and Gidara Bugyal.
Feel the peace and serene nature by camping on the Barnala Tal Lakeside.
Trek through the oak and pine forests to encounter wild animals.
Watch the majestic sight of snow-covered peaks like Bandarpooch (6,316 m), Bhagirathi (6921 m) and Black Peak (2,734 m).
Basic Details of the Dayara Bugyal Trek
- The height of the trek: 12,000 feet.
- Level of difficulty: easy
- Age group: 12 - 45 years
- Duration: 3 days and 2 nights
- Trek distance: 9.5 km (one way).
- Cost: Rs. 7,500 + 5% GST. (Dehradun to Dehradun)
How to Reach Dayara Bugyal Trek
The nearest town to join the trek is Dehradun, which is connected throughout India.
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi.
• Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)
• Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there, you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.
Vehicles are available for pick-up from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:30 am.
Dayara Bugyal Trek Itinerary
Day 1-Dehradun to Barsu to Barnala Tal (2,200m)
We drive through the towns of Chamba, Uttarkashi, and Bhatwari to reach Barsu. A number of temples and ashrams are situated in Uttarkashi. The famous Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also based here. The road to Barsu diverges from near Bhatwari. The final 30 km is an uphill drive. Barsu is a quaint little village with a reservoir and a GMVN guesthouse. This village is a birder's paradise, with many ground birds easily sighted. It is very easy to spot a black eagle on this trek.
We follow the trail past the reservoir and, after the village, enter a forest. Trees like oak, rhododendron, walnut, and maple are most common here. One can find walnuts lying on the trail during autumn. In spring, the red rhododendrons provide a colourful touch to the forest hues. We pitched tents about 5 km above Barsu village, near Barnala Tal, and spent the night here. There is a vast meadow at Barnala where one can enjoy the views of Himalayan peaks as well.
Day 2-Barnala tal to Dayara Bugyal (3,050m)
We start post-breakfast. Once we clear the tree line, the walk becomes very rewarding with unending views of the snow-clad peaks. We reach Dayara Bugyal and pitch our tents. We spend the afternoon exploring the area and can hike up to Bakariya Top for a panoramic view of the meadows. The Banderpunch peaks are visible clearly towards our north. Towards our east, a range of Himalayan peaks, including Srikantha, Draupadi ka Danda, and Jaonli, can be seen. We can also explore the nearby Gidara Bugyal and walk on the ridge connecting Dayara to the Assi Ganga valley.
Day 3-Dayara Bugyal to Barsu and drive back to Dehradun.
We trek downhill back to Barsu and leave in a vehicle for Dehradun. We reach Dehradun by early evening.
What is included in the tour
- Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 3.
- Guide and cook fees.
- Rent for camping equipment.
- Forest entry charges.
- Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.
- All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 3 lunch.
- Tented accommodation throughout the trek.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
- Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
- Accommodation in Dehradun.
- Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.
- 1 Pair of Thermal
- 3 Pair of Socks + 1 Pair of woolen socks
- 2 Pair of Hand Gloves (Water Proof & Fleece material)
- Sun Cap
- Woolen Cap
- Neck Warmer (Scarf/Buff)
- 2 Quick Dry Full Sleeves (T-Shirt)
- 1 Full sleeves Fleece
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket (windcheater/Heavy Jacket)
- 2 Track Pants (No Cotton or Jeans)
- Sun Glass
- Sun scream, Lip balm, Moisturizer.
- Trek Pole
- Trekking Shoes (No Sports shoes or Woodland shoes)
- Poncho (The Gear used to protect from Rain)
- Day pack (Small one)
- Back Pack 60 liter (+ Rain cover)
- 2 Water Bottles
- Toilet Paper & Wet Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Antibacterial Powder
- Tooth Brush
- Quick Dry Towel
Medicines to carry
- Crocin (1Strip)
- Disprine (1 Strip)
- Lomotive (1 Strip)
- Digene (1Strip)
- Band Aid - Qty 5
- Neusphorine Powder
- Betadine Tube
- Vomistop/Avomine (Motion Sickness Tablet)
The FAQ for Dayara Bugyal Trek
1. When is the best time recommended for the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is best experienced between May and July, August end to mid-October, and December to February.
2. How difficult is the Dayara Bugyal Trek?
In comparison to other high altitude treks, the Dayara Bugyal Trek is of easy to moderate difficulty.
3. How much distance do we have to trek each day?
On an average, we cover roughly 6-7 km between our camping stations.
4. What will happen if a trek is extended?
For reasons beyond our control, when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.
5. Who will be our lead guide person?
The lead guide person is a trained and experienced professional.These guides are locally sourced and have other team members, including local guides, cooks, helpers, and porters.
6. Is this trek safe for girls?
Our treks are planned with a male-to-female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.
7. How many people in a tent?
Our tents are all three-person tents.
8. What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?
Good physical and mental fitness is expected to complete the trek. The Dayara Bugyal Trek is ideal for beginners to familiarise themselves with similar high-altitude treks.
9. What is a typical trek food menu?
We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch, and evening snacks are served. We believe that vegetarian food is best, and that's what we serve. It's easy to digest and better at high altitudes.
10. What if we encounter a medical emergency?
We are trained to manage emergencies at high altitudes. Our lead guide is professional and experienced. Our team does carry emergency first aid kits and an oxygen cylinder.