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Dayara Bugyal Trek

It is a short trail along with captivating snowy meadows and high Himalayan peaks in winter.
  • Uttarakhand
  • 6 Days
  • 23 KM
  • 12,057 FT
  • Easy
  • ₹ 8900
    $ 125*
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    The price is for a group of 16 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-Indians.

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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    All Year

  • Base Camp

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    Raithal, Uttarakhand

  • Pickup Point

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    Railway Station, Dehradun

  • Minimum Age

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    For this adventure, we only allow people above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this adventure.

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Highlights

  • 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.

Overview

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 neighbors (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 the 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, a 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.


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.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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 kilometers 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.

Meals : Dinner Only
Accommodation : Homestay/ Hotel
Time Taken : 9 hours
Altitude : 7,400 ft.
Distance : 226 km

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.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 hours
Altitude : 9,500 ft.
Distance : 7 km

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.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 4 hours
Altitude : 9,900 ft.
Distance : 4 km

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.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 hours
Altitude : 9,500 ft. via 12,057 ft.
Distance : 8 km

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 kilometers 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.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Hotel/ Homestay
Time Taken : 4 hours
Altitude : 7,400 ft.
Distance : 4 km

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 center 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.

Meals : Breakfast Only
Accommodation : Not Included
Time Taken : 9 hours
Distance : 226 km

How To Reach

We can arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Dehradun, the charges for the same are not included in the package. The cost of the cab can be shared among the trekkers joining the trek. For communications purposes, we will create a Whatsapp Group before the departure date of the trek and will share the details regarding the transportation. The drop at Dehradun after the trek will be arranged in a similar way.


How to reach Dayara Bugyal Trek Base Camp - Raithal

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 can reach Dehradun in the following ways:


By Air

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.


By Train

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.


By Bus

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.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • 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-course meal plan.
  • Camping 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.
  • Trek 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. 


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Dehradun: Food and stay in Dehradun and during transit to Raithal and back 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 to and fro base camp - Raithal: Flights or other means of transport are 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 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 the 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. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, 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.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once. 

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim. 


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek 


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations: 

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. 


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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