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About the Destination:

Amongst all the treks in Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal is considered to be the most breathtaking. The trek brings us to a highland meadow  situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand which stands tall at an elevation of 10,000-12,500ft.

This lush green expanse of meadows serves as an excellent destination for skiing during winter and is spread over 28 sq km. This breathtaking location is nestled amidst towering snow-peaked mountains. While on this memorable Himalayan Dayara Bugyal trekking tour in India at Uttarkhand, catch sight of the lake of Barnala Tal strewn across the green alpine prairies– in whose reflection the peaks look even more beautiful. 

The trek starts from the tiny hamlet of Barsu nestled on the Haridwar-Gangothri road which is 32 kms from Uttarkashi. One can settle in any one of the rest-houses or GMVN houses in Barsu that overlook the stunning valley on one side and the snowy mountains on the other.

The route of the Dayara Bugyal Trek trails through gorgeous Oak forests, clear water bodies and sprawling grasslands while offering views of specks of huts, grazing sheep all while overlooking the valley and high-rise mountains. Wild flowers also bloom around streams and brooks that run across the pastures.

Temperature: -4 degrees (Min), 25 degrees (Max), days are relatively warmer

Trekking Distance:  29 kms

Maximum Altitude: 12,000 ft

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Drive from Haridwar - Barsu (220 kms/day-long drive)

    Embark on your journey at dawn with a meal and a day-long drive from Haridwar to Barsu covering 220 kms. The route trails through the scenic towns of Rishikesh, Chamba and Uttarkashi beside the Bhagirathi River. On arriving Barsu that stands tall at 7,545 ft, settle down for the evening in a guesthouse.

  • Day 2 -

    Trek from Barsu - Barnala (4 hours)

    This 4 kms long trek is a gradual ascend landscaped beautifully with Rhododendrons, Silver Oak and Deodar forests. Reach the destination for the day which is Barnala at an elevation of 8,530 ft. It is this place which marks the beginning of the famed undulating stretches of green prairies or ‘Bugyals’. Set up your campsite at this ideal location and retire here for the night.

  • Day 3 -

    Trek from Barnala - Dayara Bugyal (5 kms)

    This day entails an ascending trek of about 5 kms to the high alpine meadow of Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand that is elevated at 9,980 ft through the Barnal grasslands. On arriving this vast meadow that resembles a table top, you can catch sight of some majestic peaks, namely Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and such. Spend the night in the camp set up here.

  • Day 4 -

    Trek from Dayara Bugyal - Bakaria Top - Dayara Bugyal (3 kms)

    his day marks the climb up from Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria top, the highest point of the vast meadow standing at 12,000 ft. Get enchanted by the panoramic views of snowy peaks, lush valleys and such from the top. Depart from Bakaria back to the campsite at Dayara Bugyal.

  • Day 5 -

    Trek from Dayara Bugyal - Pichkiya (8 kms)

    Begin the day with a hearty meal after which starts your descent to Pichkiya that is at an elevation of 7,873 ft. After trekking 6 to 7 hours through a mix of ascends and descends over alpine meadows, dense woods and little rivulets, reach the campsite of Pichkiya.

  • Day 6 -

    Trek from Pichkiya to Barsu (4.5 kms)

    This last day of Dayara Bugyal trekking, it involves descending down to Barsu along a well marked trail through the surrounding thickets. Catch sight of the charming village of Barsu and its adjoining settlements can about half way down the trail. Arrive at Barsu by afternoon and camp here for the night.

  • Day 7 -

    Drive from Barsu to Haridwar

    Rise in the morning and set off for a drive back to Haridwar; the Dayara Bugyal Trek ends here.

Stay

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  • Guest House
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  • Homestay
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  • Campsites

Meal

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  • Vegetarian and Egg dishes
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  • All Meals Included

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Accommodation during the trek (Guest House, Homestay, Campsites)
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  • Transportation from Haridwar to Barsu and return journey
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  • All meals while on the trek (Vegetarian and Egg Dishes)
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  • Equipments during the trek (Sleeping Bags, Mattress, Kitchen and Dining Tents, Utensils, Crampon)
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  • Permits
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  • First Aid and Medical Kits, Oxygen Cylinder and Stretcher
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  • Qualified, experienced professional trek leader, guide and supporting staff

Things To Carry

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  • Wardrobe essentials like heavy woolen and fleece clothes, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, wind-proof jackets, thermal innerwear
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  • A sturdy backpack with a plastic or water-proof lining
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  • Trekking shoes, snow boots, trekking pole
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  • Moisturizers, chap sticks
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  • Torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes and a whistle

Advisory

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  • To avoid frost-bite from freezing temperatures, wear proper fitted trekking boots to keep warm
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  • For proper blood circulation, avoid wearing thick socks or more than one pair of socks
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  • Instead of denim jeans, wear track pants
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  • Avoid carrying snacks and junk food
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  • Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items
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  • Always carry a couple of pairs of thermal innerwear
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  • Wear waterproof jackets and gloves
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  • Always pack light and carry only the essentials
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  • It is mandatory to carry your identification proof

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Avani Kakkar

     Rated : 4.0

    We recently visited Haridwar and wanted to go to Gangothri too. However, a friend of mine suggested this trek on the Haridwar-Gangothri road, and we immediately took this. This trek, Dayara Bugyal, is one of the best treks to be taken in the country. The trekking experience was awesome. It was not that tiring too.

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    Story by Deven Naik

     Rated : 5.0

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    I am very choosy about the places to visit because I am a corporate employee and I don’t want to waste my time and money at any place. Hence I have enquired about the good places to do trekking in North India and one of my colleagues and another friend of mine suggested to select the Himalayas. One of them suggested Dayara Bugyal which is a skiing place during winter. I thought then I will go for skiing at Dayara Bugyal but unfortunately I could not go last year. I waited for long and then I changed my plan and visited Dayara Bugyal during normal time. Trekking and camping were the options available at that time. To be frank, even trekking was amazing at this location as the places are at high altitude and the routes are bravely astounding. Forests, valleys, meadows, small streams, narrow paths, heights and so on. You will never get bored. I went with one of my friends from college. We joined a team of other 10 people at Hairdwar where the trip started. We visited different temples too on the way. Stay was arranged in hotels and at Barnala and Dayara Bugyal, we did camping. Oh my god, such a ravishing beauty. Both the places are apt for simple camping. The nature brings comfort at its best. Campfire kept us bonded through the nights. We shared a lot of experiences with each other. Played some games and had food together. A variety of beautiful moments came to us. The tour organizers were also with us. Three or four people. They were very careful about the food and accommodation and I am thankful to them for organizing the trip very beautifully. It was a moderate to challenging trek but I completely enjoyed it. The misty mornings were the most spectacular time throughout the tour. The tall peaks of the Himalayas were clearly visible during the trekking trip from the top of some of the hills and from Dayara Bugyal too. The exotic surrounding made me think not to go back home. Such a nice place it is.

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    Story by Neha Pandey

     Rated : 5.0

    Everything about this Dayara Bugyal trek is awesome. For new trekkers like me, it was an fantabulous xperience. Had amazing times trekking through the snow covered terrains and peaks. Nature lies in the best form in this trek. Enjoyed a lot and had a memorable trek experience!

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    Story by Kartik Reddy

     Rated : 5.0

    Uttrakhand has various beautiful locations for trekking, but Dayara Bugyal is my favorite. i have been on this trek umpteen times . the operators are also perfect everthing goes so smooth. thanks guys for making our trip so awesome

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    Story by Giriraaj Marar

     Rated : 5.0

    This was the first trek of my life and i really loved it. i have become the fan of travelling and my new year resolution is to go on one trek everymonth. really amazing experience

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    Story by Aryan Agarwal

     Rated : 5.0

    gud way to spend some quality and adventourous time with your friends. will teach you to perform in a team and be a helping hand during tough times. really loved it.

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    Story by Dhanvin Naik

     Rated : 4.0

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    I am a big fan of adventure activities. Trekking to the Himalayas was a wish of mine for long time. I started achieving it with a trekking trip to Dayara Bugyal. Very romantic place it is. A lot of greenery and pleasant meadows everywhere. One week during October, I chose to partake in this trekking. The place is located at a great height and the views are really soothing. I had the best experience. A lot of people have been there doing camping, trekking and other adventure activities. Tents were there at different places. I went to a lot of hills and high places and took photographs of the greenery present around the place. Photographers will love this place. Due to the presence of alpine forests, tall trees, meadows, Dayara Bugyal looks so amazing. There is no replacement for this place ever. I met one couple who was from South India and this was the first ever trip to North India for them. When I talked to them, they told me they never expected such beauty here. Yes, it is a different location to spend time in the middle of rejuvenating nature without losing anything. Long treks made my days special and all the locations I have trekked through are clearly in my mind still without fading. Our mind and soul become purified and relaxed completely.

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    Story by Varun Vasisth

     Rated : 4.0

    Being a lover of height, I simply enjoyed this trek to the core of my heart. Starting from Barsu to Dayara Bugyal and Pichkiya, the trails were easy and scenic. Just one piece of suggestion: make sure you are properly stuffed with warm clothes; lovely and easy trekking path even for beginners!

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    Story by Som Mehrotra

     Rated : 4.0

    perfect way to spend your weekend. very refreshing and rejuvenating. One can take a break from daily hectic schedule and have a refreshing trekking experience with friends.Looking forward to visit again sometime!

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    Story by Sachin Pothuvaal

     Rated : 4.0

    went with frnds and people, it is one unforgettable experience i had during the trek. Awesome place to visit and engage with natural scenic beauty of the surroundings.A must visit place with friends and family.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go?

      You can visit the Dayara and Gidara Bugyal trek any time of the year, best seasons include May to July, August end to mid October and December to February. During Winters November onwards this destination boasts thick blankets of snow ideal for skiers

    2. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.

    3. What clothes and equipment should I carry?

      Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.

    4. Which type of shoes should I carry?

      Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.

    5. How much weight will I have to carry? Will porters be provided?

      A 60 Ltr backpack is advisable to carry but amount of weight to be carried depends on your requirements and capacity. Porters and mules will be available and costs are included in the trek package.

    6. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      You will be served Indian vegetarian food and eggs during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.

    7. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited.

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