About Dayara Bugyal Trek - Winter treks in Uttarakhand
Dayara Bugyal 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. Reaching the campsite is in itself is very delightful with the forest floor slopes of snow. The trek has differential experience based on the season and the entire winter trek to Dayara if the difficult one.
Highlights of Dayara Bugyal Trek:
Feel close to nature.
Ramble over the lush green expanse of Dayara and Gidara Bugyal.
Feel the peace and serene nature by camping on the Barnala Tal Lakeside.
Trek through the oak and pine forest 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 Dayara Bugyal Trek:
The height of the trek: 12,000 feet
Difficulty level: Easy
Age group: 12-45 years
Trek distance: 9.5 Km (one way)
How to Reach Dayara Bugyal Trek:
The nearest town to join the trek is Dehradun and 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 for 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.
You will reach Sankri by 5:00 pm
Detailed Dayara Bugyal Trek Itinerary:
Day 1 – Dehradun to Barsu (7550 feet)
We all trekkers assemble at the railway station of Dehradun by 6.30am. From here we start our long journey to Barsu covering towns of Rishikesh, Chamba, and Uttarkashi. Our destination Barsu is a tiny village and 32kms far from Uttarkashi and is on the way to Gangothri. Our journey till Barsu is along with Bhagirathi River.
Day 2 – Barsu (base camp) to Barnala taal (9186 feet)
Today we start with a reasonable step ascend through the beautiful landscape of laced Rhododendrons forest cover of Silver oaks & Deodar till we reach Dayara. It is the miles of undulating green meadows stretched beyond our eyesight. Our trail is to the high alpine field Dayara Bugyal which is through the Barnaka meadows.
Day 3 – Barnala tal to Dayara Bugyal (11154 feet)
As we move towards the end of our ascent towards Dayara, the vast meadows unfold in front of us. The field is like a tabletop as you set foot on the meadow the sight of the mighty Himalayas surrounds you. Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch, and many other unnamed peaks are visible from Dayara Bugyal meadow.
Day 4 – Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria Top & Back to Dayara Bugyal (12000 feet)
Today we ascent to the highest point of Dayara Bugyal – Bakaria, divided into many small meadows. Bugyals and Bakaria are one of them. We trek along the fields ascending as we gain altitude till reach Bakaria top. Bakaria top view is mesmerizing we see the Snowcapped Mountains, Valley deep below, towns as far as Uttarkashi in a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire greater Himalayas. As the day passes, we start descending back to Dayara Bugyal campsite for night stay and food.
Day 5 – Dayara Bugyal to Barsu Base Camp (7550 feet)
Today is our last day to the trek as we start descending to Barsu along the trail of the thick forest. We can see the village of Barsu and its adjoining settlement till we reach Barsu by afternoon for camping at night.
Day 6 – Barsu basecamp to Dehradun
Morning post breakfast, we drive back to Dehradun and disperse back.
The FAQ on Dayara Bugyal Trek:
1. When is the best time recommended for the trek?
Best time to go for Dayara Bugyal Trek is during May to July, August end to mid-October and December to February.
2. How difficult is the Dayara Bugyal Trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek in comparison is easy to moderate difficulty with another high altitude trek.
3. How much distance do we have to trek each day?
On an average, we cover roughly 6-7kms between our camping stations.
4. What will happen if a trek is extended?
Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.
5. Who will be our lead guide person?
Lead guide person is certified & experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members including local guides, cook, helpers, and porters.
6. Is this trek safe for girls?
Our treks are planned with a male: female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.
7. 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. Dayara Bugyal Trek is ideal for beginners to familiarize 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 and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable in high altitudes.
10. What if we encounter a medical emergency?
We are trained to manage emergencies in high altitudes. Our lead guide is professional and experienced. Our team do carry emergency first aid kits and oxygen cylinder.
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
- 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)