Dodital – Darwa Pass Trek
Uttarakhand | 6D/5N | 13,616 Ft.
April – June and September – November
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Dodital – Darwa Pass Trek.
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.
Dodital – Darwa Pass Detailed Itinerary
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
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 Haridwar: Food and stay in Haridwar are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Haridwar, we can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from Haridwar to Sangamchatti and Sangamchatti to Haridwar 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
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, download the checklist from the footer.