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    Dodital Yamunotri Trek

    Dodital is believed to be the land of Lord Shiva. Dodital Lake is at an elevation of 3024 m.

    It is bounded by dense forests comprising of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendrons trees.

    The crystal clear lake harbours some of the rare species like Himalayan Golden Trout.

    The bordering forest area is home to a number of Indian Wildlife species.

    River Yamuna originates from Yamunotri, which is located at an altitude of 3,291 m.

    You cross through a number of shimmering waterfalls while trekking from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri.

    Considered to be one of the four dhams for Hindus, shrine of Yamunotri is situated at an elevation of around 3235 m above sea-level in a steep valley.

    You can view Banderpoonch peak from here. Yamunotri lies nearly 1 km ahead from the temple area.

    River Yamuna originates from the glacial lake on the Kalinda Parvat, which is located high above the temple.

    The uphill trek to reach the Yamunotri is difficult. On the way up, you come across pristine view of the verdant meadows.

    On this moderate-difficult trekking trail, you pass through some of the most fascinating variations in the picturesque landscape.

    The trekking trail is dotted with thick forests, high altitude grasslands, lush green meadows, gurgling streams, murmuring waterfalls, thick virgin forest.

    Dodital-Yamunotri trek soothes your spiritual side and also delights your adventurous side.

    The base of this trek is at Sangam Chatti, which is situated at an elevation of around 1,350 m.

    How to Reach

    Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (motorable) - Aghora - Dodital - Seema - Hanuman Chatti -Yamunotri

    Rishikesh has the nearest railhead, from where one can reach Uttarkashi via Narendranagar.

    Uttarkashi and Dodital have well-maintained motorable roads.

    From Uttarkashi, a track passing through Gangotri, Kalyani, and Aghora, leads to Dodital. Alternate route, Dodital can be reached from Dehradun via Yamuna Bridge and Barkot.

    Exact Location: It is located at a distance of around 32+ km north of Uttarkashi.

    District: Uttarkashi.

    Nearest Town: Uttarkashi.

    Trek Length: Agoda to Dodital: 16 km; Dodital-Darwa Pass-Sima: 16 km; Sima to Hanuman Chatti: 18 km;
    Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri: 13 km

    Best Time to Visit: March to October.

    Things to Carry

    • Walking stick
    • Hiking shoes
    • Woolen clothes
    • Water, juices, snacks
    • Electric torch
    • Medical kit
    • A good compass
    • An extra pair of clothes

    Other Information

    Jankichatti: A small beautiful hamlet, Jankichatt is situated at an altitude of around 8,770 ft above sea level, and is located 5 km from Yamunotri.

    The village is famous for its thermal springs. Its close to the trekking trail connecting Hanumanchatti-Yamunotri.

    Yamuna River meanders through Jankichatt. It houses Lakshmi Narayan Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.

    Dayara Bugyal: Dayara Bugyal means high altitude meadow. Its 27 km from Uttarkashi, near Bhatwari, on the Uttarkashi-Gangotri highway. In winter, the slopes turn into a skiing range.

    The place offers a breathtaking view of the Himalaya Treks.




Dodital Trek

Dodital trek is a short trek and must to do when you are on trekking in Uttaranchal tour. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate through thick forests and across majestic Himalayas landscapes, large meadows and stream crossings.  

The trek begins from Sangamchatti (kalyani) road near Uttarkashi and completes at the Hanumanchatti. From Dodital Lake, you will need to trek uphill to reach the Darwa pass, also called as Bakaria Khaga pass. The alpine meadows of Kanasar are an ideal place for camping.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m


Dodital Hanumanchatti Trek

The trail from Dodital to Hanumanchatti is an amazing route and can be undertaken by first timers and experienced trekkers. If you wish for a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, this is the trekking trail for you. The tranquil and pristine Dodital lies beyond the canyon of the Bhagirathi River between Ganga and Yamuna river valleys.

A little ascend will take you to the Darwa Top, 4450 meters from where the mighty Swargarohini, Bandarpunch seem so close that you will feel that you can touch them with the stretch of a hand.

The route was originally used by local Gujjar shepherd who brought their cattle for grazing. The route was also occasionally used by sadhus to travel between the Gangotri and Yamunotri temples.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m


Dodital Darwa Top Trek

Dodital, also known as Dodi Lake, is situated at a height of 3,024 meters north of Uttarkashi. The Dodi Lake is believed to be a sacred lake as it is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The trek will take you through vast lands covered by rhododendrons and oak trees. Although a long walk, but the trek to Dodital is pretty easy.

The pristine waters are flanked by thick rhododendrons, deodar, pine and oak woods. The lake is famous for rare species of fish such as the Golden Trout called Dodi in the local language. You will also find a small Ganesha temple near the lake. It is an ideal place for taking rest and organizing recreational activities such as bird watching, boating and angling.

The Darwa top is situated at a distance of 5km from Dodital and the elevation is 13,300 feet. The trek from Dodital to the Darwa top is an uphill climb which will take you through thick birch forests and open meadows. However, on reaching the top, the panoramic view of the Bandarpunch and Swargarohini ranges will take your breath away.

The trek to Hanumanchatti from Dodital through Darwa top can be completed in two days. This is followed by an ascent towards yamunotri via the upper stretches of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas. During the trek to yamunotri from Dodital, the trekkers encounter dense virgin forests and high reaching grasslands.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m

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