Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand's Hidden Gem
Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful treks in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Bugyal translates to "high altitude meadow." The Dayara Bugyal Trek is famous for the view it offers after winter, when the meadows that were previously a lovely green turn into a beautiful carpet of unending white. The white snow carpets are everything that sits on the rocks, pebbles, stones, and trees. Reaching the campsite is in itself very delightful, with the forest floor slopes of snow. The trek has a different experience based on the different seasons. The Dayara Bugyal trek is an ideal beginner trek to get introduced to the Himalayas. It is a round-the-year trek with scenic beauty and mesmerising views.
Highlights of 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.
- Difficulty level: Easy
- Age group: 12-45 years
- Duration: 5 days/4 nights
- Trek distance: 9.5 km (one way).
- Cost: Rs. 8000+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.
Dehradun's 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.
Detailed Dayara Bugyal Trek Itinerary
Day 1 – Dehradun to Raithal (7000 feet)
Today we are meeting at Dehradun railway station at 6:30 am and moving towards Raithal village. It will take around 8 hours to reach Raithal. Raithal village is the base camp for the Dayara Bugyal trek, which is 32 km from Uttarkashi and on the way to Gangotri. Today we will pass through Rishikesh, Chamba, and Uttarkashi. The overnight stay will be at Raithal.
Day 2 – Raithal (base camp) to Gui/Chilapada (9500 feet)
After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Gui campsite. Today's route is a gradual ascent through the beautiful landscape of laced Rhododendrons and a forest of silver oaks and deodar till we reach our campsite in Gui. On the way to the campsite, you will also see majestic mountain views and peaks like Mt. Jaonli, Mt. Srikantha, Mt. Gangotri, and a lot more. You will also pass through the Gui Taal and the forest department's concrete hut. Overnight stays will be at Gui campsite in tents.
Day 3 – Gui to Barnala Taal via Dayara Bugyal Top(12500 ft)
Today we will do our last stretch towards Dayara. You will be awestruck by the sight of the Dayara Meadows. It is a dream come true and it will leave you speechless. The Dayara meadows are pristine and vast, one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. From Dayara Bugyal, you can see many peaks, such as Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black Peak, Bandarpunch, and many other unnamed peaks. After enjoying the top view, we will descend back towards Barnala taal. Overnight stay at Barnala taal campsite.
Day 4 – Barnala tal to Barsu Base Camp (7000 feet)
Today is our last day of the trek. After our breakfast, we click some beautiful pictures and start descending to Barsu along the trail of the thick forest. It is a gradual descent to Barsu village. We'll reach Barsu by afternoon. An overnight stay would be at Barsu.
Day 5 – Barsu basecamp to Dehradun
In the morning, post breakfast, we drive back to Dehradun and disperse. We would say goodbye to each other and would hope to see you on our future treks and trips.
What is included in the tour
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Barsu to Barsu (VEG)
- All accommodation from Barsu to Barsu
- All camping equipment’s
- Medical Kit
- Professional Trek Leaders (Experienced Guide/Staff)
- All forests permits
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Transport from Dehradun to Barsu and Barsu to Dehradun
- Transportation till Dehradun and back
- All meals during Dehradun to Barsu and Barsu to Dehradun travel
- Mules (A Hybrid Animal) to carry personal luggage
- Single room accommodations
- Bottled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras, etc.
- Anything that not mention in “cost include”
- 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. Typical food menu during a trek?
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.