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About the Dayara Bugyal Trek:
Amongst all the treks in Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal is considered to be the most breathtaking trek. 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 Uttarakhand, 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-Gangotri road which is 32 km 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. Wildflowers also bloom around streams and brooks that run across the pastures.
About the destination:
The breathtaking alpine meadow of Dayara Bugyal reigns atop a staggering 12,000 ft., against a stunning canvas of lofty Himalayan neighbours like Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Shrikhand Mahadev, Srikanth peak and Gangotri peaks. The Dayara Bugyal trek is marked by a rich carpet of wildflowers, and dense forests of maple and oak fenced by misty valleys. The highland meadows invite skiers from over the country during winters, when the place receives heavy snowfall. The trail unveils expansive grasslands, alpine lakes and trickling streams that lull the senses with a sylvan symphony. Besides the splendour of the landscape that Dayara Bugyal offers, trekkers also get a rare glimpse into the fascinating cultures of a Himalayan village. As another highlight, trekkers get to witness the dynamic beauty of the rhododendron flowers that grace the trails of the trek.
The Dayara Bugyal trek starts from the quaint little village of Barsu in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Given its easy to moderate level, it also serves as an ideal pick for beginners. It is also not uncommon to see herds of cattle grazing in the sprawling grasslands, accompanied by shepherds. The lush green expanse snuggled in the laps of Himalayan giants is the perfect respite from the humdrum of life. It is a whisper of untamed wilderness to the hearts of trekkers, who flock here every year in search of tranquillity and peace. The wondrous grasslands of Dayara Bugyal are locked in a Himalayan embrace and make for an ideal long weekend trek. Those who wander into this world of untouched beauty leave with far more than what they seek.
Temperature: -4 degrees (Min), 25 degrees (Max), days are relatively warmer
Trekking Distance: 29 km
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.
This 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 : 4.0
If you are either in Haridwar or Gangothri, these treks are fabulous ones to take. The treks are brilliant and cost-effective. They are not too tough or complex too. Also, these treks can be taken over a short time (just one of them) or over a long period of time (together, the two treks). One can work around on how they want to do this trek and pick a package. We took the two together and it was very tiring, but nonetheless well planned and executed.
Rated : 4.0
Dayara and Gidara Bugyal Trek is one of the best trekking expeditions ever. It was really a nice experience. Dayara Bugyal Trek is quite gruesome and tedious, and Gidara Trek is quite thrilling. Together, these two make a killer package of an adventurous trek. I would personally suggest both the treks to be taken together on an extended weekend or a long vacation. The climatic conditions were very supportive when we went. That was a good thing. Also, the trek was well organized. Kudos, to the organizers! I had a nice trip, in short, and I recommend this to you all.
Rated : 4.0
WOW! I have no words to tell how much this trip was nice and interesting. I had a really great time. I want to take more of such treks often. I loved this trekking experience. It was inexpensive too plus the trek guides were really helpful and made our trek experience very smooth safe and adventurous.
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 : 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 : 4.0
Blankets of snow and amazing landscapes made this trek amazing. We enjoyed the trek and captured each and every moment. its a long tiring trek but the enthusiasm of the fellow trekkers and the scenic beauty were my source of inspiration to complete this trek.Had a great time!
Rated : 5.0
When my family had planned for a trip to Rishikesh I dropped out of the trip thinking this is all old people trip place, but then I surfed and read about the places that are close to this destination, the Dayara Bugyal trek, surya top popped up on the screen and I was super excited seeing the images, I just changed my plan and took up this trip with my family. I always loved trekking and this place was a very unique trekking trail that I had ever seen in my life. Watching the villages and the surroundings from such a height is a rare thing that I can never forget. I thank my team of organizers who helped us all the way throughout the trek.
Rated : 5.0
I and my sister had always planned for an adventurous trekking. When we heard about this trek we immediately took up this one and we are happy that we took such a one. Even though this trek was a very tough one, my sister helped me a lot on this trek. Our other co-trekkers were very socializing and so we enjoyed this trip as a gang. Food was good and the climate luckily turned out to be well. The budget friendly trek is what I am looking forward to take up in my near future.
Rated : 5.0
Amazzzzing is one word! Fabulous views of wilderness that compare to any in Switzerland at 12000+ft in our own Garhwal mountains.Off the beaten track to Barasu the jump pt.past it magic happens. Had an amazing time.Great trek and awesome guides, really cool stuff to try out!!
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
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, the consumption of these substances is 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 the 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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