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Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand (with transport)

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4 Days 3 Night

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people


English, Hindi


Group of 5+ can customise datesThe pasture uplands of Uttarakhand’s alpine heights are focal points for many of our splendid treks in the region. These are the Bugyals—fecund grassy uplands secreted away in mountain laps where shepherds take their herds in summer days before the winter snow renders them fallow. Dayara is a relatively lesser known Bugyal, accessible from Uttarkashi by just a short, crisp trek but it is one that pays off magnificent rewards.

Dayara in the local tongue refers to a circular plot of land, reflecting the hoop shaped grassy turf of this Bugyal, margined by dark oak and maple woods and beyond the green reaches, a glowing snowline of the Bandarpoonch and other ranges. A rambling walk through the undulated pastures of Dayara will bring you out of the world frames of its green ecosystem, the whispering wilderness of the oak woods, and somewhere far away, a breathless peak view panorama gradually unveiling. Along the entire stretch, at different junctures, you can catch glimpses of the Gangotri set of peaks, Srikanth peak, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak.

Another high point of the journey comes on the fourth day when we are ascending to 12, 100 ft. from our Dayara campsite to Dayara Top. A ridge walk takes you to convergences of many adjoining meadows including the Giddara Bugyal. You will also find a descent trail to Dodital- a fresh water lake which is the origin of Assi Ganga. The summer meadows are infused on this stretch with a spray of wildflowers, all yellow. On all of this paradisiacal effervescence, the snow thatched Bandarpoonch will cast an iridescent impression. The walk ambles down from here to Barsu, a pretty settlement memorable for its silkenly flowing buckwheat fields and poppy beds. Before reaching the village, we make a last stop at Barnala, a small crystal waterhole flanked by a temple of the Nag Devata.

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  • View more than 8 peaks which are higher than 6000 meters.
  • Experience trekking to an altitude of 12100ft.
  • Stargazing from the camps.
  • Package inclusive of transportation
  • Perfect trek for beginners.


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Day 1 : Dehradun - Raithal (8530 ft) (200 km Drive)

  • Pick up from Dehradun Railway station at 7.30.a.m.

  • Drive to Raithal via Uttarkashi

  • Arrive at Natin village, a small village located 30 km above the city of Uttarkashi which serves as the starting point of the trek. Stay at the homestay in Natin.

  • A quick introduction & briefing session with the trek leader and fellow travelers.

  • Dinner and rest at the homestay.
  • Day 2 : Raithal - Chelapada( 9500 ft) via Gui (8 km, 6-7 hours trek)

  • The day will start with a group ice-breaking session and Breakfast will be served.

  • Afterward, we'll take an uphill short trek of 5 KM through the Oak Forest in order to reach Chelapada Campsite.

  • On arrival at Chelapada Campsite, Lunch will be served.

  • The lunch will be followed by an acclimatization walk and evening snacks will be served.

  • Overnight stay at camps.
  • Day 3 : Chelapada - Dayara Bugyal Top (12100 Ft) back to Chelapada (12 Km)

  • Post breakfast, we'll head out for trekking to Dayara Bugyal.

  • On arrival, we'll have a packed lunch at Dayara viewpoint.

  • After sightseeing, we'll descend back to the Chelapada campsite.

  • On arrival at Chelapada Campsite, we'll have dinner and end the day.
  • Day 4 : Gui -Dehradun (Decend) (235km)

  • Gui to Raithal, Drive to Dehradun, 235Km Drive

  • Descend back to Raithal village from Gui after breakfast on a 5 km descend the trail.

  • A 235 km drive back to Dehradun from Raithal village passing through Uttarkashi.

  • Lunch and evening snacks during transport will be provided on the road side inns.

  • The expected time of arrival in Dehradun will be 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM . So you can plan your travel further accordingly.
  • Included/Excluded

    • Group of 5+ can customise dates
    • Transport to and from Dehradhun
    • Safety equipment
    • First aid
    • Oxygen cylinders
    • Stay in Tents / Homestays / Lodges
    • Veg Meals only
    • Permits/ Forest fees
    • Experienced Trek Leader & Team
    • Meals during Dehardhun transport
    • Mules/Porter (₹350/day)
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips

    Additional information

    Things to Carry

      Trekking Gear

    • A rucksack with rain cover
    • A water bottle or a hydration pack
    • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
    • UV protection Sunglasses
    • Clothing

    • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 1
    • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts- 1 or max 2
    • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 1
    • Fleece jacket- 1
    • Full sleeves sweater- 1
    • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
    • Woolen sock - 1 pair
    • Cotton Socks- 1 or 2 pairs
    • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
    • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
    • Woolen cap - 1
    • Sun cap or Biker Scarf for protection from sun- 1
    • Footwear

    • Proper hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) - 1 pair (no sport shoes)
    • Lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
    • Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women

    • Tampons or sanitary napkins.
    • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose of non-biodegradable waste.
    • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
    • Utensils

    • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
    • A plate and a spoon
    • A mug - preferably aluminum
    • Miscellaneous

    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars
    • Mobile charging powerbank

    ATM & Mobile Network

    • We recommend to either carry cash or withdraw at Dehradun as there are hardly any ATMs in Natin or post that.
    • All major mobile networks are available till Uttarkashi.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
    • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
    • Cancellation less than 20 days and 10 days to the start of the trek — 25 % refund.
    • Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek :- No refund.

    Tour Advisory

    • All meals on the trek will be only veg. This is to avoid digestive issues due to stale meat at high altitudes.
    • People suffering from Bronchitis, Asthma, TB, Epilepsy & heart conditions are not eligible for the trek.
    • People with high blood pressure and higher BMI are also not eligible for the trek.
    • Children below 8 years are not allowed.


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    What About drinking water?
    The Himalayas are filled with streams and rivers. This is the main source of drinking water for the trek.
    Our kitchen staff use the same water for cooking purposes as well.
    The water is clean and is perfectly healthy to consume. In fact it is much better than the chlorinated water that you get in your cities.
    We do understand that you might have concerns with the water and want to be extra careful.
    Here is what you can do.
  • You can use chlorine tablets or water purification tablets in your bottle. You can find these tabs on Amazon. Try searching for water purification tablets.

  • You can also go for a slightly more expensive but more permanent option. You can buy the life-straw bottle which ensures clean water.
  • How is the toilet facility at the trek?
  • Toilet facilities on all treks in Uttarakhand are dry toilet systems.

  • Process: Once you are inside the toilet tent, you find a pit. This will be very much similar to the Indian-Style of Toilets. You need to squat down and find peace. After you are done, wipe yourself with a tissue paper. Dispose of the tissue itself along with the waste and then cover all the waste with the loose mud, already available at your hands reach.
  • Is there mobile charging facility during trek?
    No, there will be no charging facility during trek. Advice you to carry powerbanks for phones/cameras.
    What is the best time to go for Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    You can visit the Dayara and Gidara Bugyal trek any time of the year, best seasons include May to July, August end to mid October and December to February. During Winters November onwards this destination boasts thick blankets of snow ideal for skiers
    What is the level of fitness expected from the participants for the Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide.

    Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.
    What clothes and equipment should I carry on trek to Dayara Bugyal?
    Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh.

    Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
    Which type of shoes should I carry for the Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
    How much weight will I have to carry at Dayara Bugyal Trek? Will porters be provided?
    A 60 Ltr backpack is advisable to carry but amount of weight to be carried depends on your requirements and capacity.
    Porters and mules will be available but at an extra cost of 350 provided you request for its arrangement well in advance.
    What kind of food will be provided during Dayara Bugyal trek?
    You will be served Indian vegetarian food and eggs during this trek.
    Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    No, the consumption of these substances is strictly prohibited on any type of trek. Since both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches.

    Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty. Hence don't smoke or consume alcohol during the trek.
    How is mobile connectivity on Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    When it comes to communication, Idea network is the one available at Barsu and all the other major networks are available at Bhatwari. It will be better if you finish your calls before you reach Barsu so that you can keep your family updated on your whereabouts.
    Is Dayara Bugyal a good trek for a first timer?
    Dayara Bugyal trek is considered to be an easy-moderate trek which offers equal opportunities for experts as well as novices. If beginners follow a proper fitness schedule before the start of the trek and keep the health requirements the trek asks for, then it will be suitable for them.

    But remember, unless you are preparing physically and mentally before this trek, you will find it difficult to complete due to cardio vascular problems. Follow the regular practice or jogging in order to maintain the body perfect for attempting this beautiful expedition.
    Is Diamox advisable at Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    Yes, Diamox is an essential medicine to be carried with you to prevent from falling sick due to the change in altitude. Dayara Bugyal will take you to reach a height of about 12000 feet which is not usual to your daily life and having Diamox handy will help you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness. 10-12 tablets should be there with you as each day, you will climb more distances to experience a drastic climatic variations.
    How do I get in shape for Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    Dayara Bugyal trek is an easy moderate trek trek and it needs a lot of cardio vascular endurance. To make your lungs work properly during the trek and get oxygen intake smooth, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardio vascular systems function properly.

    Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed. Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
    How is weather on Dayara Bugyal trek?
    Dayara Bugyal trek can be done in spring, autumn and winter and the temperature varies unexpectedly at higher altitudes. You will find snow covered trails in April and the cold temperature starts embracing the region from December onward. The day time will be sunny with a temperature varying from 10-15 degree Celsius while night temperature will be around 2-10 degree Celsius.

    In summer, the day temperature will go up to 25 degree Celsius but the night time will be comparatively cold with 15 degree Celsius. Monsoon should be avoided for the trek since there can be landslides during the trek.
    Can we go on Dayara Bugyal trek in winter?
    Dayara Bugyal is considered to be the best winter trek destination since it provides us an alpine snow environment. You will be able to see snow cover from December onward and you will walk around 9 kilometers on an average every day.

    It has only less number of trekkers compared to other popular ones especially in winter and hence if you look for an offbeat experience with limited people around, then Dayara Bugyal is a good option. Options to do skiing make Dayara Bughyal a perfect spot for winter treks.

    From January to March, the thick snow cover will make skiing a favourite adventure. Barnala is the perfect slope for first time skiers.
    Where does Dayara Bugyal trek start?
    The Dayara Bugyal Trek starts from the Barsu village. This is a small village which is situated on the Haridwar -Gangotri road. This village is about 32 km distance from Uttarkashi. It is surrounded one side by the high rise mountains covered with snow.
    How do I get to Dayara Bugyal trek?
    Below is the way to reach the Dayara Bugyal trek.
    First, you will have to reach Dehradun from any part of the country. Here from you will have to go to the base camp of Barsu at Haridwar -Gangotri road, which is at a distance of 220 km from Dehradun.

    It's a day-long journey, so it would be better to start your trip from Dehradun in the early morning. Since the journey is long, it would be better if you get your meal and breakfast finished before leaving to reach the destination.
    After reaching Barsu village, you need to take rest for the night in any guest room and then can start the Dayara Bugyal trekking from the next morning.
    How long does it take to trek to Dayara Bugyal?
    It all depends, wherefrom you count the time for Dayara Bugyal trekking. If you count it including all the time of your journey, it will take much about a week, but if you count the time only to ascend and descend the trekking path, it will almost take 20-40 hours, including both ascending and descending the trek.
    What is the height of Dayara Bugyal?
    The Dayara Bugayal trek is among the most adventurous trekking site of Uttarakhand. This place is situated on the highland below the high show peaked mountains of Himalaya.

    The actual height of the Dayara Bugyal trekking site is 12,100 ft. This place remains filled with Meadows and snow in winter.
    Is it safe to do Dayara Bugyal trek?
    The trek to Dayara Bugyal is safe for everyone. If you are fit enough to trek that much distance, no any issue you will get throughout the journey and the trekking. The temperature of this place is moderate, and the days are quite warm.

    Through the trekking way, you will get many places to rest where you can also enjoy the beautiful mountains, water bodies, and oak tree forests. At every smaller distance, you will get some local temporary shops which you can use to get some snacks, water, and other small meal to keep you energetic throughout the ways.
    Can I do Dayara Bugyal trek solo?
    The trek to Dayara Bugyal not for any specified number of people. Here you can travel either with one, two, or many companion or solo. In all the ways, you will enjoy the trek and nothing else. Even alone, here you will get no issue, but it is also true that when people have some companies with them, their joys and excitement doubles and triple.

    At the same time, many people want to travel alone what over the conditions may be. So only in one line, either you are with people, or alone, you can do this trek safely.
    What is the difficulty level of Dayara Bugyal Trek?
    Here in this trek, there are many difficulty levels that you can choose as per convenience. The whole trek is divided into many small parts. After each section, you can take rest and then move ahead. Some treks are steeper than others.

    So if you want to increase your difficulty level, you can choose to go without taking rest and using the more steep trek, and if you want to go comfortably, you can keep your trek continue while taking some rest in between. There are no unpleasant things in this trek which you will find more complicated and out of your capability.


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