Dayara Bugyal in October 2016
View of the peaks behind Dayara Bugyal, October; PC: Arnab
This trek is known for its scenic beauty and the undulating slopes of Dayara bugyal. This is an ideal place to ski in the months of January to March. Rest of the year this is a comfortable and rewarding trek in terms of views. It offers clear views of the Gangotri range. The trek passes through some beautiful Oak forests and affords excellent views of the snow-clad peaks. The peaks of Draupadi ka Danda, Srikantha and Jaonli are visible easily. The trek gives you the opportunity to visit one of the best meadows in Uttarakhand.

Trekkers' safety and comfort are of the utmost priority to us at Himalaya Shelter. This is reflected in conduct of our treks, through our curteous and experienced staff, our equipment standards, hygiene, and respect for the nature and outdoors. We equally value the fragile nature of biodiversity and thus indulge in organizing minimum impact treks, while ensuring an authentic and complete experience for our trekkers.
  • Our Equipment: We use 4 season tents on all our treks to ensure an added layer of safety. We have high quality tents from premier mountaineering equipment companies such as Simond, Vango and Alps Mountaineering.
  • The A-shape blue tents are custom made according to our needs of four-season rating. They hold sturdy under extreme wind, snow and rain. Each has enough space for 3 men even including their luggage. The fly is also large enough to store extra baggage and shoes.
    These tents are used for fixed departure groups for treks where Mules can ferry the load.
    All tents are double walled with great insulation against cold, wet and damp conditions.
  • Our Sleepings bags are high altitude ready and ensure comfort during cold weather. We take into account hygiene and thus ensure the cleanliness of our sleeping bags.
  • Our Conduct: Our guides are experienced in the outdoors and always put guest safety first, even if that means making tough decisions.
  • We emphazise on localization as being integral to sustainable growth and thus try to the extent possible to use local food products, which in turn provides trekkers an added experience of getting familiar with local cuisine and culture.
  • At Himalaya Shelter we employ locals while organizing treks, and support their training from institutions such as Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, thus contributing towards rural development through empowering local people.
  • Himalaya Shelter never indulges in setting up of fixed camps which work as achilles heel for the fragile environs of meadows. We urge trekkers to trek responsibly and always raise these concerns with their organizers.
  • Dehradun to Barsu to Barnala Tal (2,200m)

    We drive through the towns of Chamba, Uttarkashi, 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 colorful touch to the forest hues. We pitch tents about 5 km above Barsu village near Barnala Tal and spent the night here. There is a vast meadow at Barnala and one can enjoy the views of Himalayan peaks as well.

  • Barnala Tal to Dayara Bugyal (3,050 m)

    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 Assi Ganga valley.

  • The pond at Barsu village
    A pond at Barsu village in March; PC: Arnab
    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.

    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Wild boar

    Birds

  • Cheer
  • Monal
  • Koklass Pheasants
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Brown Wood Owl
  • Scaly-beasted wren Babbler
  • Golden Bush Robin
  • Beautiful Rosefinch
  • Lammergeier
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Black Kite
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  • Srikanth, Rudragaira, Gangotri peaks, Draupadi ka Danda, Jaonli are visible clearly from Barnala Bugyal and Dayara Bugyal.
  • Bandarpoonch peaks can be seen as soon as we reach Dayara Bugyal.
  • Bhagirathi river during first and last day'ss drive.

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.

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.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 1-2 t-shirts/shirts - preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Hot water bag if needed
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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