We will all assemble at a convenient point in Dehradun early in the morning and from here start with the beautiful drive toward Uttarkashi and further on to Sangam Chati, which will take 30 minutes from Uttarkashi. This is a pleasant drive and we will stop a couple of times to take short breaks/lunch. We will reach Sangam Chatti by early evening and set up a camp. Sangam chatti is a small village market place and the starting point of our trek. In the evening GIO trek leader will brief the whole team on what to expect during the trek and how to keep safe all along. Overnight stay in tents.
After a sumptuous breakfast and with lots of excitement we set out on this exciting trail. The initial climb for the day is steep to the settlement at Agoda. From here the trail is gradual up to Bhebra, which is marked with couple of tea shacks and lodges. We camp at a beautiful campsite above the rivulet. It’s a good warm up hike for the days to come. Overnight in the tents.
After breakfast we set out on the trail which ascends gradually from Bhebra through a mix forest high above the Asi Ganga before entering a side valley leading to Dodital. There is a substantial Gujar settlement at Majhi (3150 m), about 5 kms before Dodital. We take a pit stop here and enjoy our packed lunch. From Majhi the hike is through rhododendron, oak, pine and bamboo forest. Late afternoon we will arrive at the beautiful lake. Tired bones and bodies will get rejuvenated by the serene beauty of this place. We will set campsite by the lake and soak in the natural beauty. Overnight in tents.
Today group members will have the choice of either staying back at Dodital and exploring the lakeside areas or going on the climb to Darwa pass. For Darwa pass we will start early as the climb to the summit is going to take some time and effort. The initial climb from Dodital is pleasant through meadows lined up with rhododendron trees. The climb towards the end is steep but not very long. Once at the top one is rewarded with a magnificent view of the majestic Himalayas. The range of peaks stretch beyond Gangotri as far as towards the east. To the north, the Bandarpunch peak dominates the upper part of the valley. To the North-West, Swargarohini I (6252 m) rises above the Har-ki-Dun valley. We will spend some time at the top and take pictures before retracing our steps towards Dodital. Get back to the camp and celebrate the successful summit of the pass with hot masala tea and some crispy pakodas. Overnight in the tents.
Today we trek back towards Bhebra. It’s a relatively easy walk as the trail is mostly downhill. Overnight in the tents.
After breakfast we will trek for about 2 hours to reach Sangam chatti. It’s a beautiful walk through the village of Agoda. On arrival we board our vehicle and drive down to Dehradun. We will reach Dehradun by about 6 p.m. The trip end here.
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 (April – Jun) days are going to be sunny and warm (18-26 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 5-13 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) the days are sunny and clear with temperatures hovering around (14-22 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (2-10 °C). Mid-December onwards it gets cold with onset of snow. This region experiences heavy snow which melts only by mid-March. During winter months if the day is clear, then it’s sunny with very comfortable weather. Evenings and nights are cold with temperature going down to about –8 °C. In winters we avoid camping and base ourselves at the lodge in Kund to the maximum extent.
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.
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. 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.
06Days |Apr-Jun, Sep - Nov| Mod+| Max Alt: 4,150mts (Darwa Pass)
DAY 01 : DEHRADUN UTTARKASHI SANGAM CHATTI (DRIVE/6-7 HRS/175 KMS)
DAY 02 : SANGAM CHATTI (1350M) BHEBRA (2250 M) (TREK/3-4 HRS)
DAY 03 : BHEBRA DODITAL (3310 M) (TREK/ 5-6HRS)
DAY 04 : DODITAL DARWA PASS(4150 M) -DODITAL (TREK/6-7 HRS)
DAY 05 : DODITAL BHEBRA(2250 M) (TREK/4-5HRS)
DAY 06 : BHEBRA SANGAM CHATTI DEHRADUN (DRIVE/175 KMS/ 6-7HRS/ TREK/2-3HRS)
Dodital Trek takes you through breath-taking alpine lake, hiding by the thick forest of oak, fir and rhododendron. The alpine lake is hexagonal in shape. Thousands of trekkers take the trails of snow dodital treks to witness the magic of nature and beauty. Trek to Dodital Lake are in the Puranas and is thronged by tourists for its religious significance. It has been described as one of the holy lakes where Goddess use to bathe, the same place where she created Lord Ganesha.It's also considered to be a source of 80 Assi Ganga. The river further goes down to meet river Bhagirathi at Gangotri.
Trekking further up the mountains beyond the Dodital lake, across bakaria khaga pass near scenic Darwa top, it's just another ideal place for camping. Dodital Trek is breath-taking and rejuvenates mind and heart.
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