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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
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Barsu
ATM: Uttarkashi and Bhatwari on the way Barsu have the last ATM point before your trek begins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rise in the morning and set off for a drive back to Haridwar; the Dayara Bugyal Trek ends here.
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Rated : 5.0
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.
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
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
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.
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!
Rated : 4.0
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.
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.
Rated : 4.0
Unlike the other Dayara treks, we completed this one within 7 days. Except the first and the last day, all the other five days were totally engaging and fun filled. From my personal experience, I would like to suggest everyone not to skip food and follow a strict diet; do not overeat even.
Rated : 4.0
All our group members were first-timers to this trek. And after completing this trek we were like why we didn't came for this trek earlier. Among all the destinatoins, obviously Dayara Bugyal was the main highlight and all our group members were delighted upon reaching this place.
Rated : 4.0
Wow! Is what I have to say. This trek opened our eyes to some of the most stunning sights that there are with green carpeted hills, pine forests, pristine lakes and sights of snowy mountains.
What is the best time to go for Dayara Bugyal Trek?
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
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.
What clothes and equipment should I carry on trek to Dayara Bugyal?
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.
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.
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 but at an extra.
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 but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No. No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited on any type of trek. Since both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches. Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty. Hence don't smoke or consume alcohol during trek.
How is mobile connectivity on Dayara Bugyal Trek?
When it comes to communication, Idea network is the one available at Barsu and all the other major networks are available at Bhatwari. It will be better if you finish your calls before you reach Barsu so that you can keep your family updated on your whereabouts.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Dayara Bugyal trek is considered to be an easy-moderate trek which offers equal opportunities for experts as well as novices. If beginners follow a proper fitness schedule before the start of the trek and keep the health requirements the trek asks for, then it will be suitable for them. But remember, unless you are preparing physically and mentally before this trek, you will find it difficult to complete due to cardio vascular problems. Follow the regular practice or jogging in order to maintain the body perfect for attempting this beautiful expedition.
Is Diamox advisable?
Yes, Diamox is an essential medicine to be carried with you to prevent from falling sick due to the change in altitude. Dayara Bugyal will take you to reach a height of about 12000 feet which is not usual to your daily life and having Diamox handy will help you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness. 10-12 tablets should be there with you as each day, you will climb more distances to experience a drastic climatic variations.
How do I get in shape?
An easy moderate trek is Dayara Bugyal trek and it needs a lot of cardio vascular endurance. For making your lungs work properly during the trek and get oxygen intake smooth, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardio vascular systems function properly. Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed. Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
How is weather on Dayara Bugyal trek?
Dayara Bugyal trek can be done in spring, autumn and winter and the temperature varies unexpectedly at higher altitudes. You will find snow covered trails in April and the cold temperature starts embracing the region from December onward. The day time will be sunny with a temperature varying from 10-15 degree Celsius while night temperature will be around 2-10 degree Celsius. In summer, the day temperature will go up to 25 degree Celsius but the night time will be comparatively cold with 15 degree Celsius. Monsoon should be avoided for the trek since there can be landslides during the trek.
Can we go on Dayara Bugyal trek in winter?
Dayara Bugyal is considered to be the best winter trek destination since it provides us an alpine snow environment. You will be able to see snow cover from December onward and you will walk around 9 kilometers on an average every day. It has only less number of trekkers compared to other popular ones especially in winter and hence if you look for an offbeat experience with limited people around, then Dayara Bugyal is a good option. Options to do skiing make Dayara Bughyal a perfect spot for winter treks. From January to March, the thick snow cover will make skiing a favourite adventure. Barnala is the perfect slope for first time skiers.
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