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Escape to a fairy tale world of trekking tours in India with The Dodital trek & Darwa Pass that opens up many pleasant surprises along the way. Get to unravel a snowy and varied landscape. A freshwater lake in Uttarakhand, trek perched at 3085 meters is a feast for the eyes. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode and there is a temple dedicated to him here. Known as The Land of Gods, Uttarakhand presents a dramatic terrain with beautiful lakes, serene rivers and mountains and rising Himalayan peaks. The many delights of the Dodital trek and Darwa Pass include a visit Sangam Chatti, a quaint village marketplace and getting a whiff of Gujar settlement.
Make way along meadows dusted with snow, laced with pine trees and witness the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Also, if you wish, enjoy ascending to Dodital route through mixed forests. Trek through some of the most beautiful sights of the region. As you continue trekking you will come across the high mountain peaks and the distant valleys. Trek through the dense forest and open meadows as you slowly take the curves and turns. The beautiful Dodital Lake and eventually to Dwara Pass Top at 4150 Meters offers mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges. Also, during the trek, you will come across some of the best campsites surrounded by pine and oak tree.
Don’t miss to click some of the best pictures here while you head out for this trek. This trek is also very popular among the trekker, shutterbugs and the nature lovers. Spend some time close to nature while you head out for this trek and witness the beauty of your surroundings. The lake is also home to fresh Water Golden Masheer one of most famous trout fish in the Himalayas. The trek is also famous among the birdwatchers as well.
About the Trek:
Nestled high up in the mountains at an altitude of 3310 Mts above sea level Dodital trek is another must do trek for you. Known as one of the most beautiful treks in North India this trek has been attracting travellers from far and wide. This trek is named after the rare Himalayan trout which is known as Dodi in the local language. You will start your Dodital trek from Dehradun and then to Uttarkashi. From there you will reach the quaint little village Sangam Chati. From there you will continue your trek with an initial steep climb that will take you to Agoda settlement.
Enjoy camping near the winsome campsite above the rivulet at Bhebra. Continue trekking and your trail will take you through a mixed forest high above the Asi Ganga before entering a side valley leading to Dodital. On your third day, you will be trekking for around 6 hours and to a height of 3310m. Catch the glimpse of the Gujar settlement and then make your way through the rhododendron, oak, pine and bamboo forest. Listen to the noise of the distant valleys and the birds chirping as you continue your trek. You also pass steep ridge and long trail and get a chance to witness the majestic Himalayas.
The Dodital Lake is a beautiful campsite surrounded by pine and oak trees. Soak in the beauty of the region and keep staring for long at the lake. You can also enjoy some birding and come across a variety of birds like Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Grey Tit, Himalayan Babbler, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Grey Shrike, Bush Robin, Pink Finch, Munia, Common Chiffchaff, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Himalayan Tree Pie, Tailor Bird, Himalayan Monal. This Dodital trek package will definitely give you the best experience of trekking while you head out for this trek.
Highlights of Dodital Trek
- Dodital trek is one of the most sought off treks in the world towering at a height of 3310 m and is known as the most beautiful lake in the world.
- This trek will take you through some unknown parts of the region which is less discovered by people.
- Get a chance to witness the beautiful temple which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and which is also believed to be the birthplace of Ganesha.
- During your trek catch the glimpse of the mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges.
- Get a chance to camp under the clear night sky and that too at a high summit surrounded by the mountains.
- For the bird lovers, you can get that perfect shot on your camera of Grey Shrike, Bush Robin, Pink Finch, Munia, Common Chiffchaff, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Himalayan Tree Pie, Tailor Bird and Himalayan Monal.
Temperature: Max 20 and Min -2 degrees
Trekking Distance: 54km
Maximum Altitude: 13,600ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Drive from Dehradun to Uttarkashi and further on to Sangam Chati (6-7hrs/175km)
Delight in the pleasant drive and en route stop for lunch and short breaks. By early evening, reach Sangam Chatti, a quaint village market place that will be the starting point of your trek. You will be briefed by the trek leader on what to keep in mind regarding the trek.
Trek from Sangam Chatti to Bhebra (2250 M) (3-4 hrs)
Dig into a delectable breakfast and gear up for the thrilling trail ahead. Ramble on initial steep climb that will take you to Agoda settlement and mark the beginning of the Dodital trekking and Darwa Pass. Post that, you will experience a gradual trail to Bhebra that is dotted by some tea shacks and lodges.
Pitch your tent at the winsome campsite above the rivulet. From here on, be prepared for snow.
Overnight will be spent in tents.
Bhebra to Dodital trekking (3310 M) (5-6hrs)
Relish morning breakfast, post which you venture on a trail that goes up steadily from Bhebra through a mix forest high above the Asi Ganga before entering a side valley leading to Dodital.
Just 5 km away at Majhi (3150 m), you will witness a Gujar settlement. Take a break here and dig into packed lunch. From there, you make way through rhododendron, oak, pine and bamboo forest.
At this section, expect a lot of snow that comes along with some challenges and excitement. By late afternoon, arrive at the serene lake. Set camp beside it and take in the beauty that abounds.
Overnight will be spent in tents.
Dodital trek to Darwa Pass (4150 M) and back (6-7hrs)
This day, you have two options in front of you. You can either remain at Dodital and unravel the lakeside areas or go on a hike to Darwa Pass.
In case you decide to go to Darwa Pass, start early to ascend the summit that would require some energy. The initial part of the trek is a delightful one as you make way through meadows dusted with snow and laced with rhododendron trees.
At the last leg you will have trudge on a steep and long trail. The coup to the top is a rewarding with stunning sights. Witness the majestic Himalayas. Go trigger happy and retreat to Dodital.
Once back at the camp, sip on piping hot masala tea and some crispy pakodas. Overnight will be spent in the tents.
Trek from Dodital to Bhebra (2250 M) (4-5hrs)
This day is fairly easy as you trek back to Bhebra that will mostly comprise a downhill trail.
Overnight will be spent in tents
Trek from Bhebra to Sangam Chatti (2-3hrs), drive from Sangam Chatti to Dehradun (175km / 6-7hrs)
Post breakfast, trek for around 2 hours to reach Sangam Chatti. Savour the charming walk through Agoda hamelt. Once you reach, board vehicle to drive down to Dehradun which you will be by around 6:00PM: the Dodital trek and Darwa Pass trip ends here.
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Rated : 5.0
Trekking at 3085 feet was like a dream come true epxerieince for me. Trek to Darwa Pass was the most fascinating experience I had so far in my life. Lookinf forward to some other astounding treks with Thrillophilia.
Rated : 5.0
Trekking at a place where the temperature might be somewhere between 12 to -8 degrees was an amazing and memorable journey for me. The challenges, snowy terrains and the awesome views were the main catch of this trek. I enjoyed a lot and m sure everyone will like it.
Rated : 5.0
I always feel at home whenever I come on a trekking trip to the Dodital Lake. There is something really magical about this place. When I get married, this place will surely be my honeymoon destination!
Rated : 4.0
Thi trek was a true revelation! The trek at first seemed not so difficult but once it started it started to get more and more testing and thrilling with the snowcapped mountains and rain in the night made it extremely chilly. Overall I enjoyed this experience so much and I really wished I could go again with my friends. I had a great time and a wonderful experience!
Rated : 4.0
Immensely enjoyed the lush greenery and the balmy weather, basking in the golden rays of the sun. Just like paradise on earth. Loved to meditate in silence at the nearby temple. The local people are really warm and pious. And as for the trek, what can i say, It was brilliant and actually i m speechless!
Rated : 4.0
Nature is so mysterious and hauntingly beautiful. The landscapes seem to whisper a thousand words into my ears, even in silence. I went along with my entire college gang and was caught in a hailstorm! WOW! We could not believe our own eyes! The whole trip felt as if it was a fantastic dream. Now we can’t wait to plan our next trekking adventure. Hoping to get lucky again.
Rated : 4.0
The pristine, serene beauty of the Dodital Lake transported me to a different world. We enjoyed a smooth trek under guidance. We had gone trekking all the way to Darwa. The scenic beauty cannot be described in words. And as do the fun we had during the trek.
Rated : 4.0
Standing by the Dodital Lake gave me a feeling of rare spiritual bliss that I have never felt anywhere else before. Went as a part of a conducted tour. Did not have much say, but it turned out fine. Otherwise the trek was superb. As it was my first trek so i had a lot to learn and explore and the guide we got was very friendly and helpful.
Rated : 4.0
Dodital is one place that made me feel really, really close to Nature. Have come back fully rejuvenated with lots of fresh energy. Nature therapy can perform wonders. Overall the trek was just fine and the facilities could have been a bit more better than what they were.
Rated : 4.0
Thank God we had packed in enough woolens before starting for this place. There were small spells of rain during the trek so the following days were chilly cold. The evening was spent singing songs by the fireplace. Though its not that difficult but A wonderful trek!
When is the best time do Dodital Trek?
The best time to do this trek is from April to November barring the monsoon as there are chances of landslides on the way during those rainy months.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
This trek is fairly easy. But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.
What all things I should carry for Dodital Trek?
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Trekking shoes Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks (3 pairs) Spare laces Trekking trousers Waterproof overtrousers Underwear Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve) Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket Sunhat Warm hat Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2) Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)* Washbag and toiletries Antibacterial handwash Small towel Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Small padlock (to lock your K
What kind of shoes I should have?
You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek to Dodital/
There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 13, all meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, a total of 6 in a day, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. Best is to carry a BSNL sim
How to reach Uttarakashi? Where is Dodital Trek Located?
One can drive from Dehradun to Uttarkashi. Dodital, a fresh water lake at an elevation of 3085 meters is a popular trekking destination in Uttarakhand Himalayas. Located in the border district of Uttarkashi, the 30 Km trek through dense forested areas and deep valleys concludes at Darwa Top at an elevation of 4200 meters.
What will be the Dodital trek temparature?
The maximum temperature can go upto 20 degree Celsius and the lowest can touch about -2 degree celsius.
Is it a good trek for first timer?
This trek is begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.
How much do we have to trek each day?
We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendorts have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
What are nearby tourist places to Dodital?
Dodital in Uttarkashi is a relatively religious place. There are a couple of temples you can visit when not trekking like Shakti and Vishwanath temple. There is another lake by the name ofNachiketa Lake that you can visit.
Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?
The maximum altitude we will trek to will be close to 4150mts.
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