Backpacking Trek Dayara Bugyal | Surya Top | Uttarakhand – GIO Adventures

Backpacking Trek Dayara Bugyal - Surya Top


DAY 01: Dehradun – Uttarkashi – Barsu ( 2100 m) Drive 190 km/ 6-7 hrs

The drive from Dehradun to Uttarkashi is a beautiful one passing through village markets, along the river Bhagirathi to reach the town of Uttarkashi. From here it’s another hours’ drive to the village of Barsu. On arrival we check into the guesthouse / lodge, relax and take a short acclimatization hike. Overnight in the guesthouse/ lodge.

Meal Plan –D

DAY 02: Barsu – Dayara Bugyal (3300 m) Trek /5-6 hrs

After a sumptuous breakfast start climbing above the village of Barsu towards Dayara bugyal. The trek passes through beautiful forests of Oak and Rhododendron to reach the meadows at Barnala. It’s a steep climb from Barnala meadows to reach Dayara. The panoramic view of the Himalayas from here is breathtaking to say the least. Situated at an elevation of about 10,000 feet above sea-level, this vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty. During winter it provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq. kms. Overnight stay in tents.

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

DAY 03: Dayara Bugyal – Bakriya Top ( 3200 m) – Syari Bugyal (3200 m) Trek /5-6 hrs

On this day we will ascend towards Bakriya Top. This is the highest point of this beautiful meadow. Bakriya top lies at the edge of this beautiful meadow and is the vantage point offering exiting views of the Himalayas with undulating meadows towards the north and excellent views of the underlying valleys towards the south. From the camp at Dayara we continue to ascend on the carpeted meadows to reach Bakriya top. We spend some time here and later commence another interesting stretch of trekking and surely one will not forget for a very long time. You walk is on absolutely green carpeted meadows towards Syari bugyal with big mountains seemingly at touching distance. The meadows never seem to end and so does your excitement. We will reach our campsite. Enjoy the beautiful campsite and relax for the evening. Overnight in the tents.

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

DAY 04: Syari Bugyal – Surya Top (3700 m) – Syari Bugyal – Barsu Trek 5-6 hrs

Another glorious morning in the mountains and this is how we start our day. After breakfast we start trek towards Surya top. This is a summit offering an almost 360 degree view of the Himalayas with prominent peaks such as Bandarpoonch (6350 m), Dropdi ka Danda (6420 m), Jaonli (6600 m), Srikanth, Gangotri I,II,III etc. From Surya top, we walk back on the ridge and return to our camp exhilarated with the adventure and beauty all around. Have lunch and post lunch start descending towards the village of Barsu. Overnight in the lodge at Barsu.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 05:Barsu – Uttarkashi – Dehradun Drive 190 kms/ 6-7 hrs

Early morning after breakfast we start driving towards Dehradun. We will reach Dehradun around 2 pm in the afternoon.

Meal Plan – B



Transport can be arranged by us which you can pay directly

Please Note: If you need cost to book on double sharing basis (2 people staying in a room/ tent) please ask us for the price for the same.


  • 2 guides for the group. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks
  • Accommodation in a basic hotels/ campsites/ guest houses with neat and clean rooms with basic amenities on triple sharing. Sharing pattern can change at times depending upon the availability
  • High quality Camping equipment
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn't mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Toilet tent (1) for women
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Meal plan In the detailed itinerary given to you, on all days you will see B, L, D mentioned against each day, this indicates the meal plan for the day. If you have (B, D) mentioned it signifies you will get breakfast and dinner on this day. Similarly (B, L, D) indicates you will get all meals and so on.
    On our backpacking treks you get simple food which is fresh, hygienic, tasty and has a strong local flavour The meals will be self-cooked by the team ( participants and guides)
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)


  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Service Tax
  • Insurance


  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.




Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)


Down jacket (for additional warmth)


Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover


Warm Gloves


Waterproof Trekking boots




Rucksack (60 ltrs)


Waterproof gaiters


Warm high-length woollen socks




Trekking poles


*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra


  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund


Transport Options (Delhi – Dehradun – Delhi)

For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same

Weather Details

In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Woollen gloves
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  12. Raincoat / Poncho
  13. Small light weight towel
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  16. Sun glasses
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole
  18. Sunscreen Lotion
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Book, if you like reading
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  25. Carry rain cover for your bags
  26. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  27. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)


Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

5 Days |Apr-Jun, Sep-Dec| Moderate| Max Alt: 3700mts (Surya Top)


DAY 01: Dehradun Uttarkashi Barsu ( 2100 M) Drive 190 Km/ 6-7 Hrs
DAY 02: Barsu Dayara Bugyal (3300 M) Trek /5-6 Hrs
DAY 03: Dayara Bugyal Bakriya Top ( 3200 M) Syari Bugyal (3200 M) Trek /5-6 Hrs
DAY 04: Syari Bugyal Surya Top (3700 M) Syari Bugyal Barsu Trek 5-6 Hrs
DAY 05: Barsu Uttarkashi Dehradun Drive 190 Kms/ 6-7 Hrs


Wandering through one of the biggest alpine meadows in the Garhwal Himalayas, this trek will give you a series of brilliant panoramas of the greater Himalayan ranges, pulling you towards them. At an altitude of 3048m above sea level, these slopes at Dayara, transform into a perfect ground for class A skiing, during winters, as the snow takes over. For this trip though, you will be walking through a series of unending lush green, high altitude meadows (also called Bugyal in the local Garhwali language), which run parallel to a progression of high peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas. En-route you will hike to an alpine lake near Barnala bugyal. For height gain, you will hike to a vantage point called Surya Top, the illusory view which you get from here, will include famous peaks of, Kalanag or Black Peak(6387m), Bandar Poonch (6316m), Jaonli(6600m), The Gangotri Massif I II and III, Draupadi Ka Danda, as well as many other unclimbed virgin peaks.

Exploring a dense forest filled with different shades of red and green, you will climb above the tree line of, oaks and rhododendrons, and reach the open pasture lands of Dayara Bugyal, followed by Siyari Bugyal, at some distance. Most of the hike is moderate except few sections, where the gradient becomes a bit steep. All the fatigue is gone once you sit in front of a fire, as you camp for the night at the Meadows. From, sleeping under the Milkyway; to walking along the ridges parallel to some Greater Himalayan peaks, we assure this trek will give you strong hit of wonder and surprise.

Duration 5 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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