The drive from Dehradun to Barsu passes through changing scenery of forests and small villages with the River Bhagirathi flowing alongside the road, most of the time. On the way to Uttarkashi, you will pass through Tehri dam, the highest dam of the country (260m). The reservoir of the dam is called Tehri Lake, a popular tourist attraction of the place. Barsu is an hour’s drive from Uttarkashi. After the day’s journey, check in to the guesthouse / lodge, relax and take a short acclimatization hike. Overnight in the guesthouse/ lodge.
Dayara Bugyal is considered one of the best meadows in the country. The trek today explores the reason why. Start early in the morning and take the trail uphill from Barsu, a small village, barely touched by the modern world. The narrow lanes of the village open up to fields of poppy and wheat. One can see the village women tending to their fields. Trek further up through forests of oak and rhododendron to reach Barnala. From Barnala the trail to Dayara is a steep one.
When you finally see miles and miles of undulating meadow stretching out in every direction, you know that you have reached Dayara. This sight is sure to take your breath away and perhaps make you a firm believer that there is no other meadow as beautiful as Dayara. If you are hiking in summers, you can see scores of wildflowers all around. In winters, the same land is covered with thick sheets of fresh white snow, a sight unlike any other. No wonder Dayara is a perfect place for skiing lovers.Overnight in tents
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 meadow and is the vantage point offering a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, especially the Bandarpoonch range. After spending some time here, we will trek down to Dayara Bugyal, our campsite for the night.
We will start hiking down from our camp at Dayara Bugyal to Barsu after breakfast. The trek takes around 3 hrs and we will reach Barsu around 12 noon. From Barsu, board your vehicle and drive to Dehradun. We will reach Dehradun around 1800 hrs.
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 www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-700 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.
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.
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.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
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
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
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.
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.
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..
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.
Duration: 4 Days | Season: Apr - Jun & Sep - Dec | Grade: Moderate | Max Alt: Bakriya Top (3200m)
Day 1: Dehradun - Uttarkashi - Barsu (2100m) (Drive / 190 km) (6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 2: Barsu - Dayara Bugyal (3300m) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 3: Dayara Bugyal - Bakriya Top (3200m) – Dayara Bugyal (Trek / 4 - 5Hrs)
Day 4: Dayara Bugyal – Barsu – Dehradun (Trek / 3 Hrs) (Drive / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Dayara Bugyal Trek is a long trek through some of the biggest alpine meadows in the Himalayan lap. Trek to Dayara Bugyal gives an amazing paranomic view of the greater Himalayan range. Situated at an altitude of more than 3048m above sea level, the Dayara trek turns into a perfect ground for a perfect class-A skiing, during the winter. Snow trek till Dayara Bugyal takes you through endless lush green meadows, which run parallel to the gigantic peaks of 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.
Trek to Duyara Bugyal is through various shades of oaks and rhododendrons that end in the stunning 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. Snow Trekking at Dayara Bugyal is a trek through parallel ridges of some great Himalayan peaks.
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