Dayara Bugyal Trek
Uttrakhand | 6D/5N | 12,057 Ft.
All Year Round
December – February (Winter/Snow) and March – April (Spring/Snow)
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Easy
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Dayara Bugyal Trek.
One of the most beautiful, yet blissfully lesser trodden trails in India, Dayara Bugyal is a winter wonderland. The verdant greenery of the meadows is a treat throughout the year, but come winter, an enchanting carpet of snow lends it a fairytale appeal. An uninterrupted stretch of white as far as the eyes can see, flanked by snow-capped majesties of the Himalayas and dense forests – already sounding magical, isn’t it? Now, don’t let the name fool you. Although the meadows of the Dayara Bugyal trek remain unmatched, its grandeur isn’t restricted only to them. The forest trail leading to the meadows is a delight to the senses. A pristine, unending blanket of snow paves your way, as you tread on the rocks and pebbles, guarded by snow-laden trees. Furthermore, as you make your way to Dayara from the beautiful campsite of Gui, the majestic Mt. Bandarpoonch fills the sky! A part of the trek is also chaperoned by the very same mountain.
Climbing up to an altitude of 12,057 ft., this easy to moderate level of the Dayara Bugyal trek makes it an ideal choice for first-timers, whereas the ever-changing beauty of the meadows endears it to avid trekkers every year. For a beginner, the Dayar Bugyal trek checks almost all the necessary boxes – Beautiful meadows, check. Beautiful trails, check. Beautiful campsites, check. Breathtaking views, check. As a bonus – fewer crowds, check!
While Dayara Bugyal trekking is relatively easy, the importance of good fitness and stamina cannot be overstated. It is imperative to follow a regular fitness regime in order to make the most of the trek.
Although the Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most underrated winter treks, compared to the likes of Brahamatal and Kedarkantha, it is gaining rapid popularity, which comes as no surprise.
Book your Dayara Bugyal trek package with us now, and brace yourself for six undisturbed days in the laps of the Himalayas. Escape the mindless chatter and bright lights of the city life, and delve deep into the world of the Himalayas. We’ve got the best Dayara Bugyal trek cost and services lined up for just that!
Best Time To Visit
Although the Dayara Bugyal trek can be attempted any time through the year, winter is the best time to make the most of it. The lush green carpet of the meadows and forests is layered by powdery snow, and the forests look like something right out of Narnia!
How To Reach
Raithal is at a distance of about 226 km from Dehradun.
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, which is well connected to major cities of India. There is a decent frequency of flights to Dehradun. From Dehradun, a 9 hours drive will lead you to Raithal.
The nearest railhead is Dehradun, which is fairly well connected to other cities of the country. If you’re traveling from Delhi, take the Mussoorie Express or Nanda Devi Express to reach Dehradun. If you’re traveling from other parts of India, it is advisable to take train/flight to Delhi, and then travel by either of the aforementioned trains to Dehradun.
Take a train/flight to Delhi, from where you can find frequent buses for Dehradun from ISBT Kashmiri Gate or Majnu Ka Tila. Although you can book the bus on the spot, it is wise to book your bus in advance. From Dehradun, take a cab for Raithal.
Day 1 : Arrive at Raithal from Dehradun
Raithal is the base for the Dayara Bugyal trek and makes for a scenic 9 hours drive from Dehradun. The road winds through beautiful forests, while the gurgling Bhagirathi river runs alongside for a good part of the drive. Once you cross the town of Uttarkashi and near Raithal, the skies welcome you with a mesmerizing sunset over the Mt. Jaonli and Draupadi Ka Danda peaks.
Altitude: 7,400 ft.
Time Taken: 7 – 8 hours drive
Day 2 : Trek from Raithal to Gui
Along with Mt. Jaonli and Draupadi Ka Danda peaks, you can see the magnificent Shrikhand Mahadev and the Gangotri I, II, III peaks dominating the skyline. Further into the trail to the campsite of Gui, the view of these peaks becomes more well defined. The forest that houses the campsite of Gui is visible clearly from Raithal.
Embark on the gradually ascending up the trail to Gui, which leaves the little village of Rithal and enters the fields. The trail from here on is well marked and brings you to a clearing in an hour. There’s a small hand pump, where you can take a short water break before resuming the trek.
Once you cross the water point, the trail weaves through dense woods, mainly of oaks and rhododendrons. Notice that no pines can be seen here. You cross a few more clearings before reaching the Gui campsite, which is also a lovely little clearing thriving under the watchful gaze of the nearby forests.
Altitude Change: 7,400 ft. To 9,500 ft.
Time Taken: 4 – 5 hours trek
Day 3 : Trek from Gui to Barnala
The trail is quite easy, almost a level walk through the forest. The trail leaves Gui, and the hitherto hidden mountains become clearer. About twenty minutes later, a rain shelter appears on the left, right in the midst of a dense oak forest. An hour and a half of trekking bring you to the campsite of Barnala which, again, is at a beautiful clearing cut by a gurgling stream. You can now see some igloo-like structures not very far from the campsite.
Surrounded by hills on three sides, the Barnala campsite offers mind-blowing views of the mountains. Have sumptuous lunch at the campsite and rest for a bit. Once you’re rested, take the trail leading to the Barnala meadows, which takes about 15 minutes to reach. From here, another 10 minutes walk will bring you to the Nag Devta temple perched along a pond. The trek to the temple is quite steep, but the views more than makeup for it. In the evening, the sunset bathes the entire Gangotri range in fiery hues of orange. The view is sure to remain etched in your eyes.
Altitude Change: 9,500 ft. To 9,884 ft.
Time Taken: 3 – 3.5 hours Trek
Day 4 : Trek from Barnala to Dayara Top; Descend to Chilapada or Gui
Start for Dayara Bugyal early in the morning to catch the meadow in all its glory. Take the trail leading to Barnala meadows, and move further up to the right side, by the trees. As you enter the forest, the trail uphill is well paved. Follow this trail. After an hour of ascending, the treelike finally ends, giving way to the peripheries of the meadows. The Chania huts can be spotted from here. On your right, the lofty Bandarpoonch and Kala Nag lord over the meadows. The peaks that you could see from Raithal are much more prominent now. The meadows unroll in every direction, bathed in golden sun rays. During spring/summer, the crisscross of floral colors like yellow, white, and violet adorn the green carpet of the meadows. The landscape takes a drastic turn as the winter sets in, sprinkling dollops of white, powdery snow everywhere.
Spend quite a few hours taking in the beauty and exploring the Dayara meadows, and then make your way back to the Chania huts. If you’re heading to Chilapada, the trail dips down from the huts and is well marked. A half hour’s descent and you’re there.
Altitude Change: 9,884 ft. To 12,057 ft. To 9,500 ft.
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hours
Day 5 : Trek from Chilapada to Raithal
Start the trek back to Raithal by no later than 09:00 AM. Stick to the main trail that you took from Dayara the other day, and continue to descend. The rain shelter that marks the trail to Barnala appears about fifteen minutes into the descent. Follow the main trail for an hour and the Gui campsite crops up. As you leave Gui behind, you get your last glimpses of the majestic Mr. Bandarpoonch. Another hour’s trekking brings you to the clearing with the hand pump, where you take a short break and continue the final trek down to Raithal. The GMVN guest house is about half a kilometer away now. Once you’ve reached GMVN, your trek officially ends.
Altitude Change: 9,500 ft. To 7,400 ft.
Time Taken: 4 hours
Day 6 : Drive from Raithal to Dehradun
The drive to Dehradun begins after a hearty breakfast. You can expect to reach Dehradun by 07:00 PM.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Accommodation and Food in Dehradun: Food and stay in Dehradun are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun, we can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation to and fro Raithal from Home city/Dehradun is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
Questions about the Trek
Who is this trek meant for?
This trek is considered easy to moderate. It is well suited for beginners as well as regular treks. This trek is a valley trek, you trek in the valley of gods.
What are the things to be carried on the trek?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer.