Best Season: All Year except in July-August
Price Per Person: 3 Day Itinerary - 7,500/- | 5 Day Itinerary - 9,999/-
Trek Duration: 3 Days (Barsu to Barsu) | 5 Days (Raithal to Barsu)
Maximum Trek Altitude: 3,794 meters | 12,447 Feet; Trek is easy to moderate with gradual ascent (ideal for families)
Total Trek Distance: Barsu to Barsu - 15 KM | Raithal to Barsu - 20 KM

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.

Below is the short itinerary for Dayara Bugyal Trek -

3 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Barsu to Barnala Tal (2,200 m) - 6 hours' drive, 2-3 hours' trek
  • Day 2: Barnala Tal to Dayara Bugyal (3,050 m) - 1 hour trek
  • Day 3: Dayara Bugyal to Barsu and drive back to Dehradun - 3 to 4 hours' hike, 6 hours' drive

5 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal - 190 KM in 6-7 hours' drive
  • Day 2: Raithal to Chilpada trek, via Ghuyin - 7 KM in 5-6 hours
  • Day 2: Chilpada to Barnala Tal via Dayara Bugyal & Bakaria Top - 1 hour trek
  • Day 4: Baranala Tal to Barsu trek - 5 KM in 3 hours & drive to Gangnani (25 KM in 1 Hour) or Harsil (55 KM in 2 Hours)
  • Day 5: Gangnani/Harsil to Dehradun Drive - 225 KM in 8 to 9 Hours

How difficult is Dayara Bugyal trek?

  • Dayara bugyal is an easy trek with with not very high altitude.
  • The distance is less and for the 3 day itinerary we trek 15 km and for the 5 day itinerary we trek 20 KM. Only the hike to Bakaria Top can be slightly steep and trekkers may choose to go to the top depending on their fitness.
  • It can be done by families including children generally above 6-7 years in age and old age people who don't have any chronic health issues and are able to walk 5-7 km in a day.

How is the weather of Dayara Bugyal?

  • April - June: The weather is warm during the day with plenty of sun, especially at lower altitudes near Barsu or Raithal. It gets cooler as we gain altitude in and around Barnala or Chilpada. Evenings are cool and breezy, while the nights are tolerable. The temparature is around 28 degrees max and 7-8 degrees minimum. Rains spells are abrupt.
  • July - August: Monsoon rains lash most of Uttarakhand during these months and although it is not absolutely safe during the drive, the trek can be done as the trail is well laid. The Meadows bloom wildly in these months and it can be a sight worth the effort.
  • September - October: The weather gets colder and although it is very pleasant in September with minimal rainfall and not too warm days. It becomes colder as we approach October and minimum temperatures can be in the range of 4-5 degrees.
  • November - January: Dayabugyal receives snowfall in peak winters and even around Barnala or Chilpada.Temperatures ae below freezing point, with campsites becoming as cold as -5 to 6 degrees.
  • February - March: While February is still cold, most snow recedes by March and tempreratures go beyond freezing point with lowest being 3-4 degrees, max being 18-21 degrees.

What are the top highlights of the Dayara Bugyal trek?

  • 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.
  • We follow the Bhagirathi river during first and last day's drive.

Harsil

    Around 55km from Barsu. Harshil is a beautiful village in the Uttarkashi district. Perfect place for nature and solitude lovers.
    As early as the mid 19th century, the valley of Harsil became a centerpiece of the adventures of Frederick E Wilson, an Englishman who had deserted the British Army following the mutiny of 1857. He escaped to this valley and with practically no money, he built a fortune by timber trade and eventually became famous for his Apple orchards, with the Apples of Harsil famous around the world. He married a local, eventually remarrying another local young lady, with whom he settled down in the valley. Harsil is also popularly known as the ‘Camper’s Bay of Uttarakhand'. Even to date it is not very commercialized, making the place a peaceful getaway.

Gangnani

    Gangnani : 30 km from Harsil, is known for its Natural Hot springs and great views on the Himalayas. The Hot water spring at Gangnani is called Rishikund. A large no. of devotees take a dunk in this normal heated water spring prior to heading towards Gangotri. There are2 kunds,1 for male and another for female. A temple dedicated to sage Parasara, father of Veda Vyas is near the Kund. Being an ideal spot for meditation, Gangnani goes about as an ideal retreat for nature lovers with majestic Himalayan views.
  • 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.

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal drive

    We start our trip from Dehradun railway station at 6:00 am, and move towards Raithal village. It takes around 8 hours to reach Raithal. Raithal village is the base camp for the Dayara Bugyal trek which is 32km from Uttarkashi and it's on the way to Gangotri. We will be passing through Mussoorie, Chamba, and Uttarkashi. There will be an Overnight stay at Raithal in a Homestay or Guest House.

  • Chilpada Camping
    Camp at Chilpada
    Day 2: Raithal - Ghuyin – Chilpada

    After early breakfast, we begin our trek. Raithal to Upper Raithal is a quick hike of simply 1 km which may be effortlessly performed in much less than an hour. It is a perfect campsite to mark the start of the trek with beautiful views of Mt. Shrikanth, Mt. Jaunli & Mt. Draupadi ka Danda.
    Moving ahead you’ll witness a stunning forest full of flora and fauna. A 4 km step by step ascending course from Upper Raithal ends in shepherd huts at Ghuyin, an old-fashioned little hamlet instantly out of a mythical world. After a quick rest at Ghuyin, we’ll start moving to Chilpada The path from Ghuyin to Chilpada is easy. Shepherd huts mark the start of Dayara Bugyal. This day trek is going through open land and dense woodland at exceptional locations. You will witness igloo huts a beautiful lake(Gui taal) in Gui, a majestic landscape of Rhododendrons, and a forest covered with Silver oaks & Deodar trees.
    Visible peaks from Chilpada base camp will be Mt.Shreekantha, Mt.Gangotri, Mt.Jaunli, and more.

  • Day 3: Chilpada - Dayara Bugyal - Bakria top - Barnala Tal

    Wake up at sunrise to witness the spectacular beauty of Dayara Bugyal. Starting from Chillpada to Dayara Bugyal.
    Dayara bugyal is one of the most beautiful meadows in India. it’s Vast and pristine offers different landscapes in different seasons, You can go to the summit of Bakaria Top, which is 3 km from Dayara Bugyal. you can explore the region, and then we trek down to Barnala Tal. We set up our camps at Barnala taal.
    On this day, we can explore the nearby Gidara Bugyal and walk on the ridge connecting Dayara to Assi Ganga valley. The Banderpunch massif, Mt Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda, the Black peak can be seen clearly from here. We trek back to our camp.

  • Day 4: Baranala Tal to Barsu trek & drive to Gangnani (25 KM in 1 Hour) or Harsil (55 KM in 2 Hours)

    We trek downhill back to Barsu and leave in our vehicle for Harsil. We reach by afternoon.  The place has a small army cantonment with a helipad and a Garhwali village. It's a tiny hamlet away from the crowd and we walk about soaking in the environment. There are several forest trails around the village.
    From Barsu we hop into a vehicle and drive to Gangnani, an hours' drive away which boasts a hot water spring, or the quaint Harsil which has magnificent camp grounds, lying on the route to Gangotri.

  • Day 5: Harsil/Gangnani to Dehradun

    We drive back to Dehradun and reach by early evening. The drive from Harsil or Gangnani (depending on where we stayed the night) to Dehradun takes around 8 to 9 hours to reach. We will be dropping you at Dehradun railway station. Trekkers can further choose to head to Rishikesh for rafting or zipline adventure or relax in a resort in Tapovan.

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.


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