Dodital – Darwa Pass Trek
Uttarakhand | 6D/5N | 13,616 Ft.
April – June and September – November
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Nested in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, Dodital is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. It is often referred to as a beginner’s delight. The trail winds through pristine Himalayan forests, home to oak and pine trees, and high altitude meadows which lead to the unmatched beauty of Dodital Lake, and the stunning Darwa Pass perched at 4,150 meters. The trek opens up a panoramic window to captivating views of the Dhauladhar ranges. And while the trek is preferred most during the pre and post monsoon months, winters add a fairytale touch to the journey. Besides the unprecedented beauty of the trails during winters, it also offers you a dose of solitude as not many trekkers can be seen on this trek during winters. The beauty of the trek is so dynamic, that the trek changes colours every season!
Max. Altitude – 4,150 meters
Duration – 6 days
Level – Moderate
1. Do it for the sweeping views of the Dhauladhar Range from the top!
2. The trek can be done throughout the year. Every season the trails change colors drastically, switching from vibrant hues to lush greenery to a pristine white!
3. Believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, the beauty of the lake will instantly captivate your fascination. Moreover, the many myths and tales that surround the trek will keep you thoroughly entertained, even if you’re an atheist.
Day 1 Report to Base Camp Sangamchatti
Drive from Haridwar Railway Station, and begin the long but scenic drive towards Uttarkashi. Throughout the drive, you can see beautiful mountain valleys and several green rivers. As you approach Sangamchatti, you can catch glimpses of tall snowy peaks peeking out of their cloudy haloes! Arrive at Sangamchatti in the evening, and explore around. Post dinner, retire to your assigned rooms for overnight stay.
Altitude: 1,350 m
Distance: 175 km
Time Taken: 7 hours drive
Day 2 Trek from Sangamchatti to Bebra
We start the trek after an early breakfast. The day is moderate, with a few steep sections. Once you pass the little village of Agoda, the beautiful meadow of Dayara Bugyal comes into view, wearing a thick snow carpet during winters. The ascent is now quiet gradual, and the trail moves along the banks of the Assiganga steam right up to Sangamchatti. The trail now follows a stiff uphill climb for about 5 km, and plunges through dense forests. Overnight camping at Bebra.
Altitude: 2,250 m
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 5 hrs
Day 3 Trek from Bebra to Dodital
After a sumptuous breakfast, we leave behind the beautiful campsite of Bebra. The first few minutes of the trail are exhausting as you climb up a steep track from the valley. Once you cross the top, the trail eases out, and pristine forests, tall trees and a linear canvas of the Dayara hills greet you. Soon you reach a spot called Dharkot, which affords you a sweeping view of the valley below. Now, the trail can be seen shrouded Inder fresh, powdery snow.
Throughout the trek, the Bandarpoonch massif keeps you company, and you can see it transform with vibrant beauty every hour. The trail follows some gurgling streams and opens up to the beautiful lake, which can be found completely frozen in certain sections. The lake is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, and legend has it, that this was where his father, Lord Shiva beheaded him as he stood guard while Goddess Parvati was bathing in the same lake. The campsite looks absolutely dreamy in the night, as an expanse of bright, starry skies chaperones you. Camp here overnight.
Altitude: 3,310 m
Distance: 15 km
Time Taken: 9 hrs
Day 4 Trek from Dodital to Darwa Top and back
The most challenging day of the trek, with steep ascents. We begin early in the morning, post breakfast, and start at a steady pace as the altitude gain today is considerable. The trail starts off steeply, and coils through semi-frozen streams to cross. Despite the steepness of the incline, the blanketing beauty of the trail leaves you stunned, overshadowing the exhaustion and fatigue. Soon, the tree line falls away, and the final climb begins again on a steep incline before opening up to Darwa Pass. Prepare to be thoroughly mesmerised as the Himalayan behemoths like Srikanta, Black Peak, Draupadi Ka Nanda, and Swargarohini peaks surround you. From here, Darwa Top can be ventured into but requires gaiters and crampons. Spend some time, collect albums full of wallpaper worthy photos, along with untouched memories to be tucked away in your heart forever. We begin descending and reach Dodital by 04:00 pm. Camp overnight.
Distance: 4.5 km
Time Taken: 3 hrs
Day 5 Trek from Dodital to Sangamchatti
The last day of the trek, and considerably long as we cover 22 km in one day. Leave early post breakfast, and start the descent. Be careful as to not twist your ankles here. Once at Sangamchatti, you can rest, and soon leave for Haridwar.
Distance: 22 km
Day 6 Depart for Haridwar
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents.
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Transportation from Haridwar to Sangamchatti and Sangamchatti to Haridwar
- Food during transit
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Whom is the trek for?
The level of this trek leans more towards moderate level of difficulty, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek.
Which is the best season for the trek?
The months of April, June, September, October, and November are ideal for this trek, as the temperature and weather conditions aren’t extreme, but rather pleasant. Monsoons should be avoided, as the area becomes slippery and highly prone to landslides.
What are the weather conditions during the trek?
During summers, the weather remains warm and pleasant, with bouts of cold winds at higher altitudes. Light woollen clothing will work just fine here. Post monsoons, the temperature ranges somewhere between 7 to 15 degrees, dropping considerably during November and December. Carry a minimum of 3 warm layers.
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / post-monsoon well-experienced, 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, go to Trekmunk Checklist.