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)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Easy
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Dayara Bugyal Trek.
Adorned with probably the largest number of Hindu Temples and pilgrimages in the world, the state of Uttarakhand is known as the Devabhoomi (land of the gods) of India. Sharing its borders with its Himalayan neighbours (Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh), the land of Uttarakhand is filled with some of the major traverses of the nation. As Uttarakhand is an agriculturally rich land, during your visit to any of the various mapped trails of Uttarakhand, you’ll be able to capture a diverse range of cash crops and fruit farmsteads like basmati rice, soybeans, pulses, oilseeds, wheat, groundnuts, pears, plums, oranges, apples, litchis, and peaches.
The stretches of Uttarakhand region are adorned with the snow-laden mountain peaks, thus making it a tourist spot for sports adventurers, explorers, and nature lovers. Trekking in Uttarakhand is an attraction for many of its visitors, not only because of the nature of this sport but also due to Uttarakhand’s well-defined trek routes, amazing landscapes, and interesting passages through the Bugyals (high altitude grazing piece of land or meadow). Filled with a number of easy trails, weekend treks in Uttarakhand are also quite common and a great option if you are looking for a family vacation or spend an adventurous time with your friends or solo.
Taknaur Renge is one of the unique and lesser-explored tourist villages of Uttarakhand, situated on the ranges of Uttarkashi district. On the lapse of this verdant village rests the gorgeous Bugyal of Dayara. This high altitude pasture ground of India serves as perfect grazing land for cattle and is one of the most naturally immaculate places of the country. The alpine pastureland of this particular bugyal is not only treating to one’s eyes but works as a freshener to one’s mind, body, and soul. Although Dayara Bugyal Trek is not a tough trip, still, as it is away from the hustle-bustle of busy city roads, technology, and pollution, this bugyal appeals professionals from around the globe, due to its serenity, simplicity, and purity. Also, as one of the least explored treks, this bugyal has everything that might appeal to a novice in trekking.
Ideal for the first-timers, Dayara Bugyal height is at such perfect altitude, that it experiences a subtle coldness and springy aroma, all year round. The evergreen beauty of its rocky yet green terrains is filled with wildflowers, variety of pebbles, and clean lakes and streams. Nevertheless, the best time to experience this particularly (often) underrated winter trek might be between December to February.
Dayara Bugyal Uttarakhand’s winter wonderland is called so for a reason. Although its meadows remains a tourist attraction throughout the year, during winters, the beauty of this place gets to its extremes. Skiing is one of the doable sports during the winters through these bugyals, due to smooth slopes and tops. The shades of the meadows shift from gorgeous green to glowing golden by the time of autumn. During winters, the surrounding Himalayan Ranges (like Gangotri, Srikanth, and Bandarpunch), oak and maple trees, and even pasture blanketed with the sumptuous white snow, the difficulty level hikes a bit, making the forested trails more adventurous, and the campsites also become more memorable and ironically warmer. Thus, Dayara Bugyal winter trek is a once in a lifetime experience for many tourists, skiers, and even professional climbers. Accordingly, it is rather thought-provoking, why this breathtaking and spectacular alpine trek route is often missed by the Indian and Himalayan trekkers.
The trek begins from the basecamp at Raithal, an ancient Indian village and around seven hours drive from Dehradun. Our trek initiates through the forests of maple, oak, and pine, covered with wildflowers. From the village of Raithal, we will cover four to five hours journey to reach the undiscovered trail of village Gui. The traverse from our campsite at Gui to Barnala is a very relaxing climb of around three to four hours. The meadows of Barnala will make the whole climb worth it. Once we reach the campsite at Barnala, we will be covering fifteen minutes of moderate trekking on a tough hill slant to reach Nag Devta Temple. The Dayara Peak will be by day four of our trekking period. On the same day, we will exit from Dayara Top through the trail of Chilapada, after clicking some pictures of Gangotri Ranges, Mount Bandarpunch, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda, Mt. Kala Nag, Dayara Meadows, Bakaria Top and Siari. Alternatively, there are also other trails to reach back to our basecamp at Raithal, like traversing down towards Gui. The path is well-marked and simple. There’s a guesthouse at around half a kilometre away from the water point, which will be shown to you as a checkpoint during your way uphill towards Dayara Top. Once you’ll reach Raithal’s basecamp, your climbing journey with Trekmunk will officially come to an end.
The highlights of this amusing offbeat trail will be as follows:-
- The trek immediately begins through the forests of pine, oak, maple, and also the famous wildflower, rhododendrons.
- The rare, verdant, and exquisite alpine meadows of Dayara.
- A very close and panoramic view of massive Gangotri peaks, along with the mountain Bandarpunch. Along with these, you’ll also be able to see the ranges of Bhagirathi, Jaonli, Draupadi Ka Danda, Kala Nag, and Srikanth.
- Ascending towards the peak, you’ll soon reach the Dayara Top. You’ll also see the Bhakar Taj, Bakaria Top, and Siari from there.
- As it’s the Devabhoomi of India, you are bound to see various Shiva and other Shiva temples.
- Nag Devta Temple will be visited and explored after reaching the village of Barnala.
- Barnala meadows and other campsites are like the rare and perfect icing on the top.
After your trekking period, we recommend you to stay a day or two back to explore this beautiful place, that is the vicinity of Uttarkashi. You can explore the ancient villages of Gui, Basu, or Raithal, interacting with the locals of the area, and sharing your experience through blogs and with friends. You can also explore the lakes and temples of Uttarkashi district. In Dehradun, there are a number of tourist spots like Tapkeshwar Temple, Robber’s Cave, Gandhi Park, and Malasi Deer Park.
Lastly, as the route of Dayara Bugyal map through the pasture lands of the Himalayan Villages, the tourists are readily invited by the village-people, to experience Himalayan culture, rituals, and traditions. In this particular Bugyal, you can easily find the shepherds with their cattle, various ancient temples, and various natives busy with their routines. You’ll be walking through the alienated yet culturally rich area of India. This Bugyal is a rare mountainous meadow as it is the only accessible high altitude meadow amidst a few know.
Best Time to Visit the Bugyals of Dayara
This trek is available throughout the year. As this Bugyal is amongst the rare alpine meadows of India, this is a must-visit trek, especially if you are a nature lover, professional trekker, or a beginner. The trek veils different shades according to different seasons and months.
During summers, that is during the months of March and April, the meadows of Barnala and bugyals of Dayara are green and filled with gorgeous bedding of various flowers. During autumn, during the months of September, October, and November, the smooth and green pastures are transformed into shades of yellow, and golden.
The place becomes extremely gorgeous, and heart-warming, as the winters arrive. During the months of December, January, and February the meadows are embraced with a blanket of white, due to snow.
How to Reach Base camp of Dayara Bugyal Trek
The trek starts from the base at Raithal. Raithal is isolated heaven of India. It is 45 kilometres away from Uttarkashi town and is amongst the least travelled yet fully sustainable villages of Uttarakhand. At a distance of around 226 km from Dehradun, one can easily reach this village within a few hours. You will have to reach the pickup point in Dehradun and we will arrange a cab for you guys, for which you will be liable to pay, not included in the package.
How to reach Dehradun:
The nearest airport to reach Raithal is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, which is well connected to all major cities of India. There is a decent frequency of flights to Dehradun from around the country.
The nearest railhead to reach the base camp is Dehradun. The station is fairly well connected to all the major cities but might not be the best choice to reach Dehradun. Accordingly, if you’re travelling from Delhi, try to book your seat in Mussoorie Express or Nanda Devi Express to reach Dehradun. If you’re travelling from any other part of India, then it is advisable to take a train or flight to Delhi first, and then travel by either of the aforementioned trains to Dehradun.
To reach Raithal through a bus, take a train or a flight to Delhi first. From Delhi, you can easily find frequent bus services for Dehradun from either ISBT Kashmiri Gate or Majnu Ka Tila. Although you can book the bus on the spot, it is advisable to book your bus in advance, to avoid any delays. Once you reach Dehradun, you can take a cab to reach the base.
Duration: 6 days
Difficulty Level: Easy
Maximum Altitude: 12,057 ft
Approximate Trekking km: 23 km
Dayara Bugyal Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive at Raithal from Dehradun
A secluded yet serene village, Raithal will become the starting point for our trek. It is around seven to nine hours drive from Dehradun. During your drive, you’ll see the scenic beauty of forests, the beautiful Bhagirathi brook, and several paradisiacal sceneries that you might have seen in our collection of Dayara Bugyal photos.
To reach Dehradun by road you’ll have to reach Delhi first, from where you can board a bus from ISBT Kashmere Gate or Majnu Ka Tila. If you are coming by air then the nearest airport will be Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun and the nearest railhead is Dehradun. Once you reach Dehradun, you can easily get a taxi, or book a cab to Raithal.
During your drive from Dehradun to Raithal, around 45 kilometres away, while crossing the town of Uttarkashi, you’ll be welcomed at a distance with a mesmerizing sunset over the sternly standing mountain Jaonli and the peaks of Draupadi Ka Danda. Further, you’ll also get a glimpse of beautiful Mt. Shrikhand, and the Gangotri Peaks.
Once you reach the basecamp, you’ll be meeting your batchmates and our team of professionals.
Altitude: 7,400 ft.
Time Taken: 7 – 9 hours (drive)
Approximate Distance: 226 km
Day 2 : Trek from Raithal to Gui
Our adventurous journey will start from the base camp at Raithal, where you’ll meet your team and the Trekmunk professional guide and leader, who will guide the batch towards the Dayara top. From here, you’ll move forward through the alpine forests, towards the campsite at Gui, an ancient and an undiscovered village.
After a little break at basecamp, we will start our climb upwards, leaving behind Raithal and eventually reaching the pasturelands of the area. The trek of Dayara Bugyal immediately starts through the blend of trees and shrubs, of the maple, oak, and pine forests along with wildflowers. From dry leaves crushing beneath your feet to wet plants passing by touching your skin, you can expect anything from this particular trek route of Himalayas.
Once we will reach the water point, where you can freshen up a bit, we will continue our trail along the woods of variant oaks. The fragrance of wildflowers now will become more prominent, as we’ll reach the ending line of the forest.
After mapping a few more steps, we’ll reach the campsite. While resting at the camp, you can get a closer view of the before-mentioned ranges. Here, you can explore the various forests and the culture of villagers who live nearby.
Region: Gui Village
Altitude: 9,500 ft.
Time Taken: 4 – 5 hours
Approximate Trekking km: 7 km
Day 3 : Trek from Gui to Barnala
An easy trek through the woods, trek route from Gui campsite to Barnala is a relaxing stroll towards our destination. Within twenty minutes you’ll be able to see the rain shelter amidst the dense wilderness. From there, within thirty to sixty minutes of climbing, we will reach Barnala. At the campsite of Barnala, one can get a closer view of the gurgling streams, which enhances (now) visible Dayara and various other peaks.
After lunch, we can head towards the Barnala pasturelands, which is around ten to fifteen minutes climb from the campsite. The meadows of Barnala are as pleasing as the bugyals of Dayara. The vibrant flowers, grazing cattle, and various temples make you want to stop and keep staring at the view for hours.
On the way, you might also get a glimpse of various igloo-like structures and houses. Further, through the meadows, we will climb on a steep surface, which will be the only tough path in our journey, to visit Nag Devta temple. During our journey to this temple, the trekking pole will be handy trek equipment. Once you’ll reach the temple, you can explore it. While our way back to the campsite, you’ll be able to see the entire belt of Gangotri ranges covered with the hue of the evening sky.
Altitude: 9,884 ft.
Time Taken: 3 – 4 hours
Approximate Trekking km: 4 km
Day 4 : Trek from Barnala to Dayara Top; Descend to Chilapada or Gui
During the dusk, you’ll be able to capture the calming sights of Barnala campsite around you. Starting early in the morning, we will lead uphill through the grazing lands of Barnala, entering the forest area again. You’ll enjoy the shed of trees above you till the next one hour, after which we will enter the meadows again. While climbing through these open areas, you’ll be able to see various Chania huts, while on your right will be grand Mt. Bandarpunch and Mt. Kala Nag. The oak and pine trees will cheer you up as you’ll climb.
If you’ll opt to do this trek during summers or spring, then you’ll be able to walk through the meadows filled with bright shades of a variety of flowers, especially rhododendrons. During the winter season, you’ll be walking on the blanket of snow. Again, don’t forget your trekking pole, high-ankle shoes, and warmer if you are planning to do this trek in winters.
After this strenuous climb, you’ll finally be exploring the exquisite pastures of Dayara, reaching the peak of Dayara. After exploring the meadows of Dayara for some time, you can head towards one of those Chania huts that you had seen before. After getting a bit refreshed, from that Chania hut you can easily descend towards Chilapada.
Region: Dayara Peak and Chilapada
Altitude: 12,057 ft. (climb); 9,500 ft. (descend)
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hours
Approximate Trekking km: 8 km
Day 5 : Trek from Chilapada to Raithal
You’ll need to wake up quite early the next day to reach Raithal timely. The trail from Chilapada to Raithal will be quite similar to the one that we covered on day two. From Dayara descend towards the rain shelter, from where you’ll reach the Gui campsite, after an hour. While continuing your trail from there, you can take the last glimpses of Mt. Bandarpunch, as you’ll leave it behind you. After another hour’s trek downwards, you’ll reach the earlier seen water point, where you can freshen up as we did before. Finally, from the water point, you’ll commence towards your final trek back to Raithal. Various guesthouses like GMNV will be easily available, at around 0.5 kilometres of distance from the water point.
After reaching the guest house, you can rest and plan your journey further. Your trekking period will officially come to an end.
Altitude: 7,400 ft.
Time Taken: 4 hours
Approximate Trekking km: 4 km
Day 6 : Drive from Raithal to Dehradun
From Raithal’s guest house, you can easily ride back to Dehradun, which is a popular tourist place. You can either explore the beauty of the state or can leave for your respective states.
After the trek, you can explore the ancient villages and valleys like Gui, Basu, and Raithal. You can also explore the town of Uttarkashi, famous for its lakes, like of Dodital and Nachiketa and temples like Shakti, Vishwanath, and Kuteti Devi. Further, in Dehradun, there are a number of tourist spots like Tapkeshwar Temple, Robber’s Cave, Mall Road, Gandhi Park, and Malasi Deer Park.
If you want to explore Uttarakhand, then you can visit the Oak Grove School, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Chota Char Dham, Haridwar, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, Rishikesh, a prime yoga centre of the nation, various shrines of local deities like Durga and Shiva, other religious sites like, Piran Kaliyar Sharif, Hemkund Sahib, Reetha Sahib, and Nanakmatta Sahib for Sikhs, Mindrolling Monastery and the Buddha Stupa. The Mindrolling Monastery could be easily visited on your way back to Delhi by bus. Skiing resorts, Auli and Munsiari are also famous sports attractions. Jim Corbett National Park, Vasudhara Falls, are also amongst other major tourist destinations.
Altitude: 7,400 ft.
Time Taken: 4 hours
Approximate Distance: 226 km
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.
FAQs and Reviews
1. When is the best time to go to for this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is available all year round. In each season, the trek comes with its own shades, sceneries, and highlights. Although the trek is an evergreen one, it can be best experienced during winters, between December to February. Trekking towards Dayara Bugyal in December can become once in a life-time experience for many. The whole Bugyal of Dayara gains a heaven-like look during winters as the mountains, pastures, and valleys which are spread across the area get embellished with snow. Other than during the summers, the meadows are lush green and the same smooth slopes get completely transformed to shades of yellow, during the autumn. Thus, the trek could also be experienced between the months of March to April or September to November.
2. How difficult is this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek ranges between easy to moderate in its difficulty levels. It is one of the best options to choose from if you want to go for a short vacation with family or friends. It is also a good choice if you are someone who likes to explore undiscovered routes and villages, less crowded areas or offbeat alpine meadows. If you are a nature lover, then to this trek is a good option. Lastly, if you are a first-timer, then also it is a good start for becoming an admirer of trekking sport.
3. How much fitness is required for this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is although an easy level traverse, the required basic fitness cannot be ignored. A good amount of stamina, and a healthy body, both physically and mentally, are the prerequisites for any adventurous trips, thus, good physical strength is a must. No prior trekking experience is required for this trek, which means beginners are always welcomed by us but it is advisable that you do basic exercise such as jogging, sit-ups and similar for 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the trek. Moreover, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking 4-5 kilometres daily for 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the trek. Lastly, have a good frame of mind, strength and challenging spirit, as you press on to continue climbing until you reach the peak. Remember that the end result is always priceless.
4. Is it safe for first-timers?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is often underrated by many climbers, tourists, and the first-timers or beginners. The reality is, it is one of the safest, extremely beautiful, and amongst the most cherished trails in the alpine Himalayan trek routes of India by the trek enthusiasts. Nevertheless, you must keep in mind that it is a high altitude or an alpine trek route. The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed but it might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part but if you are mentally strong it won’t affect you. This is of the best trek for the first-timers who have no prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas. You can book a seat for this trek without worrying.
5. What will the temperature be like on this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek can be visited at any time of the year as its temperature remains between -6 to 25 degrees all year round, that means Dayara Bugyal weather usually remains pleasant and clear, throughout the year. Although the temperature can differ at different altitudes and during different climates, the temperature remains at around 10 degrees minimum and at 20 degrees maximum during the day-time (depending upon the season). It might drop below zero degrees during the night.
6. When will there be snow on this trek? Can it be done in Snow?
Dayara Bugyal Trek route experiences snowfall between the months of December to February. The best time to visit the Bugyals of Dayara to experience and trek on snow could either be the starting days of December or starting end days of January when the chances of heavy snowfall are comparatively less, and the whole area gets adorned by snow.
7. Which are the best months for this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek could be done in any month of the year. Still, if you’ll ask Trekmunk, then this place could be experienced best in either the days spanning between March to April when the glorious wild and other flowers are in full bloom, or in the months between December to February when the snow covers the Bugyal in its majestic embrace. The meadows transform to the shades of golden during the autumn months, like mid- and October. As you can sense it, the best months to book this trek are all, except May to July, when the chances of rainfall are prominent. Except for the months of monsoon, the trek is a simple one all year round.
8. What things do we need to carry?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is not a tough trek. Accordingly, you’ll be required to keep only the basic things, like your personal health, and weather. The most important amongst all will be, your shoes, clothes, at least one warmer (holofoil jacket fleece jacket, scarf) at least three pairs of quick-dry round-necks, trek pants, six pairs of socks, sunscreen SPF 50+, towel, lip-balm, torch, at least one water bottle, and personal medicines. We will also send you a list of the detailed checklist when you book your trek with us.
9. What type of food is served during this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek package includes an experienced cook, who will be going along with the team and the batch during the journey. While on the campsites, healthy and warm food service will be provided by the accompanied professional cook, the camp staff, porters and mules. Vegetarian Indian food will be served by the team during the trek which will be nicely cooked by Trekmunk’s high altitude chefs. The food-plan will be as follows: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks And Dinner. The water will be given through clean streams of the area. You can bring with you water purification pills, in case you are cautious about it, although it is not necessary. Thus, one thing you can be one hundred percent assured of is the food served on this trek will be one the best that you might have encountered throughout your life. Generally, only vegetarian food is served on a trek because the non-vegetarian food has a high amount of protein which makes it difficult to digest. We don’t compromise on the quality of the food. Hence, all you need to do is explore the beauty of the trek without worrying about the food.
10. How do I book this trek with you?
Dayara Bugyal Trek cost trek could be easily arranged with Trekmunk by just clicking on the “Inquire Now” button, given at the information page of each trek. The inquiry is required to check the availability of dates and perfectly initiate your journey to your dream trek destination. Just click on the book now button on the information page, fill out the form and you will be taken to the payment link. Within minutes from that, you will be all ready to venture into the wild. If you want to customise your trek, you are just required to carefully fill-up the form that will open as soon as you’ll click on the above-mentioned button. Fill in the basic details, your desired trek option and services, and lastly, your preferred month, time, and date to visit the place. Next, just hit the “send” button as soon as you complete the details. Our expert will contact you soon, at your preferred time for further arrangements.
11. Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?
Dayara Bugyal Trek does not require any technical gears or other trek equipment. The things in the checklist should be easily available at your home only. Backpacks, raincoats and other types of equipment are necessary too if you are doing this trek during winters. Backpacks and shoes including other items will not be available for rent by us. These are the things you need to bring on your own. You can check our website to make sure that you know about all the things that you need to carry by yourself on this trek. It is advised to carry all those things for your own convenience. The only accessories that we will provide on rent for this trek are trek poles and ponchos.
12. Is this a good trek for a first-timer?
Dayara Bugyal Trek as one of the well-marked yet an unexplored, undiscovered, and less opted trails in the Indian Himalayas, due to its alienated geographical placement on the maps and simplicity of the route. Although it is often ignored by the trekkers and tourists, it is steadily gaining prominence among the beginners and various nature enthusiasts. The trek has a level ranging from easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. It might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part but if you are mentally strong it won’t affect you. This is of the best trek for the first-timers who have no prior experience of trekking a summit. Accordingly, this trek is perfect for first-timers.
13. Who will be there with us on the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek will be along with you throughout the journey. The package includes a trekking guide and the professional staff which will accompany you and other trek participants during the climb. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside you who want an adrenaline rush in their life as well. People from different spheres of life joining each other on an isolated trek might seem like a thrilling adventure. You will feel like going with strangers won’t be that fun but believe me, you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in future. We will also have porters, kitchen staff and mules along with us to make our journey a comfortable one.
14. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek trails through various empty vast lush green meadows, valleys, village routes, and several dense forests. During the trekking period, the facilities of Toilet Tents will be provided by the company. Toilet Tents are basically washroom/toilet facilities on the trek put a little far away from the campsite. The toilet tent has a hole dug right into the earth, which you are required to cover with mud after your business is completed.
15. What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?
Dayara Bugyal is in itself the best place that you’ll be visiting by the end of the trek. We will be visiting Nag Devta Temple during the trekking. After the trek, you can explore the ancient villages of Basu and Raithal. You can also explore the lakes and temples of Uttarkashi district. In Dehradun, there are a number of tourist spots like Tapkeshwar Temple, Robber’s Cave, Gandhi Park, and Malasi Deer Park. If you want to explore Uttarakhand, then Oak Grove School, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Chota Char Dham, Haridwar, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, Rishikesh, various shrines of local deities like Durga and Shiva, Piran Kaliyar Sharif, Hemkund Sahib, Reetha Sahib, and Nanakmatta Sahib, Mindrolling Monastery, Skiing resorts like Auli and Munsiari, Jim Corbett National Park, and Vasudhara Falls are famous tourist attractions.
16. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is one of the trails, where safe drinking water is easily accessible. The whole Uttarkashi district is famous for its clean mountain water streams, which are completely safe to drink. Water points are also available at different intervals of the day to day routes. The water that we take from streams is safe and uncontaminated. But still, if you want it to be 100 per cent pure, you can carry chlorine tablets with yourself. You can get it easily at any kind of medicine store.
17. Which type of shoes should I buy for this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is an easy level trek, and during the whole trail of the trek, we are ought to encounter many kinds of water bodies that we will have to cross. So, it is very important to wear a high ankle trekking shoe that is waterproof. Normal shoes are not suitable for this type of Himalayan trek. If you can buy or have already, it is suggested to always wear high ankle trekking shoes for any alpine trekking trails.
18. Is the trekking pole necessary?
Dayara Bugyal Trek comprises of simple steeps and slants, minimum alpine altitudes, and moves along the safe pasturelands and forest routes. Trekking poles might not seem necessary for this trek. A trekking pole helps in providing balance when we pass through streams. They assure you a safe climb through the snow or rocky paths by reducing the stress on your knees while carrying a heavy load on our shoulders. They are very useful to cut our way through the blanket of snow present on the trail. We provide trekking poles for rent and we strongly advise you to carry it for all the above-mentioned reasons.
19. What is the Starting and ending point of this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek’s base camp will be at Raithal, which is around 226 kilometres away from Dehradun. The ending point will be the same, although there are many exits from the Dayara Top to end the trek. To reach Raithal, you’ll need to reach Dehradun first, which can be easily arrived by air, railway, or even by road through a bus. Once you’ll reach Dehradun you’ll have to take a cab or taxi to reach Raithal. Once you reach back to the starting point at Raithal, you can easily drive back to Dehradun the next day and can expect to be there by 7 am.
20. How to reach the base camp of this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek starts from Raithal, where our team would be waiting for you at the base camp. To reach Raithal’s base camp, you are expected to reach Dehradun airport/station first. The nearest airport to reach Raithal is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, which is well connected to all major cities of India. The nearest railhead to reach the base camp is Dehradun, again, fairly connected to all the major cities. If you’re travelling from Delhi, try to book your seat in Mussoorie Express or Nanda Devi Express to reach Dehradun. If you’re travelling from any other part of India, then it is advisable to take a train or flight to Delhi first, and then travel by either of the aforementioned trains to Dehradun. By road, you can take a bus. You’ll have to take a train or a flight to Delhi first., from where you can easily find frequent bus services for Dehradun from either ISBT Kashmiri Gate or Majnu Ka Tila. Once you reach Dehradun, you can take a cab to reach the base and enjoy around 7 to 9 hours drive through the town of Uttarkashi to Raithal.
21. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the minimum and maximum age limit?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is one of the best treks for a family vacation, as it simple, scenic, and calming. The difficulty of this trek is considered to be easy to moderate. Nevertheless, walking hours are extremely long and tiring. The minimum age limit for this trek will be 10 years. You have to make sure that your child is fit and willing to do the trek else he/she will be whining all the way to the top. If you think that your child is fit enough for this trek and his/her legs can carry them till the summit and then back to the campsite even after reading the itinerary, you are most welcomed to experience this trek with your kid. Just make sure that they don’t have any kind of lung or heart problems.
22. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Dayara Bugyal Trek routes will be covered mostly during the daytime when the temperature will be above ten degrees. During nights, you’ll be sleeping inside the warm tents and blankets. Alcohol consumption in a cold atmosphere will only lower your core body temperature, thus it is strictly inadvisable to drink such beverages during the trek. Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Consumption of alcohol can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.
23. What kind of Tents and Sleeping bags are provided to us on the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek package includes various sleeping and other required tents, and also sleeping bags, which will be provided by our team. At Trekmunk, we assure and guarantee the safety and quality of each of the equipment we provide. Currently, talking about the tents, we are using 3 men Coleman, husky and Vango tents which are 5000 mm waterproof. When it comes to sleeping bags, we have custom A shape Columbia sleeping bags especially made for expeditions. It can withstand up to a maximum of minus 20 degrees centigrade. Still, we recommend you to bring your personal sleeping bags if it is possible and convenient for you.
24. Can I leave our extra travelling clothes at the basecamp and collect them after the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek basecamp will be at Raithal, which will be both the starting and ending point of our journey. With Trekmunk has well-defined cloakrooms and campsites. Thus, you can leave your travelling clothes in the basecamp and then collect them later after the trek is over. We have cloakroom facilities available for all the travellers.
25. Do I have to carry any documents with me?
Dayara Bugyal Trek excludes the conveyance of any sort of personal documents, but still, you can keep with you your identification cards, in case of any kind of emergency. Usually, if the treks are through dangerous or restricted areas, one is required to keep a set of documents along with you on the trek. The forest department has made it compulsory to showcase the identity proof and other documents in order to proceed for the trek. There is a list of documents that you should usually keep along with you along with the identity card, like Medical Certificate, Mischief Managed, Disclaimer and Personal Information about yourself.
26. Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to this trek? What will we do if it rains?
Dayara Bugyal Trek does not experience heavy rainfall. The weather condition will depend upon the time period of the year, in which you’ll decide to travel. From May to October, you can expect a little bit of rainfall, which is rare. Nevertheless, be prepared for the worst scenario that might occur and carry all the necessary things that are required irrespective of whether it is going to rain or not. Rain depends on the weather. If you opt for this trek during the rainy season, you can obviously expect rain. If the rainfall is light and there is only drizzle, we will continue. But if the rainfall is too heavy, we will have to stop. We will have raincoats with us. So, there is nothing to worry about the rain.
27. Is there a doctor going with us on the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek package includes the Trekmunk’s professional team and staff, which will accompany you throughout the journey. In case of any health-related issues, the team will take care of the person. The safety kits and equipment will also be provided by us. Our trek leaders are very experienced and they have knowledge about all the necessary things that need to be taken care of during a trek. Our trek leaders have enough medical knowledge and experience to handle any kind of medical emergencies that can happen on a trek. There’s another plus point of having oxygen cylinders along with us and your oxygen level will be checked daily. This will make sure whether you are fine enough to proceed for a further trek or not.
28. Do we get a mobile network on the trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is an undiscovered trail of India, hidden in the northern valleys of Uttarakhand. Usually, any alpine treks routes do not support good mobile network. Thus, the mobile network is not guaranteed during the trekking period. BSNL might be the only mobile network that might work in patches along the way if you are lucky. As you leave behind Raithal, it might get weaker and weaker and then a few kilometres ahead you will find your smartphone with no network at all. But who needs network when mountains are calling you.
29. Are smoking and drinking allowed on this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is an extremely beautiful and a moderate level trek. The whole journey will be like a detox from the busy city life. You’ll not require any illicit means to calm your mind when you’ll be near the pure and green nature throughout the journey. Trekmunk does not support smoking and drinking on this trek or on any other trek. Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Smoking can Drinking can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.
30. Is Diamox advisable?
Dayara Bugyal Trek must not require a Diamox if you have done alpine trekking before. In case, you are a beginner or have high altitude sickness, it will be wise to take the medicine, at least a day before starting to climb. Diamox is a kind of medical prophylaxis agent which helps in the prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness. Above a height of 8,000 feet from mean sea level, an individual is prone to acute mountain sickness. As this trek exceeds the 8,000 marks, Diamox can be taken. The currently advised dosing is 250 milligram which should begin 24 hours before making an ascent. You should talk to your doctor and your trek leader about it as they are the only people who can give you the best advice.
31. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Dayara Bugyal Trek journey be although an easy one, but it requires and expects basic fitness levels from each participant, along with a good frame of mind, strength, and positive behaviour. Although no prior trekking experience is required for this trek, and first-timers are welcomed, if you are physically weak or do not walk much, please do basic exercises such as jogging, sit-ups and similar for a few weeks prior to the start of the trek. Moreover, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking at least four kilometres daily for at least 10 days, starting prior to your trek journey. Keep yourself in a good frame of mind and be mentally prepared for climbing for four hours per day during your trekking period.
32. Is it safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is though undiscovered trek routes of Uttarakhand, it is still a safe one. Nevertheless, Trekmunk is strictly dedicated to the safe journey of its travellers, be it of any gender. That said, our team ensures the safety of female solo travellers as well to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk. We never compromise when it comes to the safety and security of our travellers. Till now, many independent and solo female travellers have completed a lot of treks along with us. There has been no complaint or disappointment by any of our members. All of them have always returned back happily. They have given satisfied reviews and are keen to hike a trek again with us in the future. You can check the reviews on our website for more details.
33. I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me( Portage/Offloading of bags)?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is an easy climb, and thus one is expected to carry their bags by themselves. Trekmunk can provide you with a mule or a porter, but an extra amount will be charged for this. You cannot transfer or expect your load to be carried by your batchmates. You are expected to carry only necessary stuff during the trekking period. In fact, it is advisable that you carry your own rucksack unless necessary as it is one of the highlighting features of the whole adventure. If the need is unavoidable then obviously it will be better than you let us know in advance if you wish to avail the service.
34. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
Dayara Bugyal Trek campsites will be arranged by the company. Each campsite will consist of a limited number of tents and thus, the accommodation will be on the twin sharing basis, that is there’ll be two people in each tent. In some cases, we can accommodate three trekkers in a tent but chances of such an incident are very rare. You are expected to try and follow the norms of the tentmate etiquettes in order to have a warm and happy stay inside the tent. It is very important to create a healthy environment inside the tent. We can assure you that you may enter the tent as strangers but you will go back to becoming good mates.
35. Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is a high altitude Himalayan trek, and thus it is highly recommended to keep your personal medicines (if any) along with you. Although our team will provide you with the medicinal kit, it will still be wise to keep your own little pouch of basic medicines like Paracetamol, Crocin, Diamox, Avil, Combiflam, Norflox, Crepe Bandage, Digene etcetera. Generally, you should always consult a doctor before going on any alpine trek. So make sure you consult an experienced doctor and tell him about all your past medical history and symptoms. Acknowledge him about the altitude you are planning to climb and the difficulty level of the trek. He will probably suggest you prophylaxis medication or else a prescription of acetazolamide. All these drugs are tested and it is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of altitude sickness.
36. Can we change the itinerary?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is a fixed departure trek and thus the itinerary could not be modified according to your personal choices. We take a lot of members alone with us for a trek and it is difficult to change the plan at the last moment except if trek leaders feel like it needs to be changed due to bad weather or any other natural calamity. Moreover, when you do a high altitude trek, it becomes very important to have a planned schedule. Otherwise, things may get worse because there are many factors that can affect a trek. So, to have a successful trek experience, it is important to trust the trek leaders and follow the planned schedule. Just in case you have a personal batch, you can talk about this when you book and our back end team can figure out if there is any possibility of this.
37. Can we customize this trek?
Dayara Bugyal Trek details, as read by you on the website, is for the fixed departure. You can easily customize this trek. Just remember to check the “Customized Private Trek” box in the enquiry form. Our expert will contact and arrange a customized private trek package for you accordingly.
38. What is AMS? How to prevent it?
Dayara Bugyal Trek is an alpine meadow trek, and thus AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness could be experienced by many travellers. This is an altitude sickness which usually happens once you reach above the height of 8202 ft (from the sea level). As we ascend, due to change in elevation, there is a change in various other factors such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, radiation and oxygen saturation. The temperature and atmospheric pressure gradually fall down and the ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) increases with a hike in altitude. Moreover, the humidity and oxygen level tends to lower down. These changes have an adverse effect on our body and sometimes our body fails to withstand it. Due to these changes, there arises a condition called altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS). The prevention tips are:- You should always try to ascend a mountain as slowly as possible, It will be good if you plan a few extra days and spend it acclimatizing after every 3000 feet, Before starting to ascend, make sure you have a day of rest and a night of tight sleep, Drink plenty of water, Eat with proper guidelines. Avoid non-vegetarian food at high altitudes. Also, avoid alcohol and caffeinated products
39. How big are the groups?
Dayara Bugyal Trek will be done along with sixteen participants, accompanied by the trek leader, guide, porters, cook, and other necessary staff. The size of the group will hover around sixteen. The bigger the group, the lesser the fun and serenity amidst the rare and breathtaking alpine meadows. Trekmunk doesn\'t have bigger groups because they take away the essence of trekking. Thus, we try to accommodate an average number of people that will end up making the experience of the whole journey blissful. When you have a small group, it’s easier for everyone to interact with each other and this adds up to the beauty of the trek. We assure you that you’ll cross your paths with fifteen wanderlusts like you and will take back home amazing memories, turning those strangers into your friends.
40. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Dayara Bugyal Trek requires basic fitness levels, and anyone who does routine physical activity must be fit for this trek. A good amount of stamina and healthy body and mind is a must as the trek will comprise of at least an hour of continuous climbing on slants and rocky terrains. If your body will ache during the climbing, you’ll neither fully enjoy the beauty of this adventure sport, nor the area that you are visiting.