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 o...
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 t...
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
I had never been on a trekking before, but when my best friend suggested a trek to the Dayara Bugyal I was reluctant to agree to it. But then my sister had already been there and she suggested me to take up a chance and go around. I enjoyed the trek a lot. Thank you guys for making my first trekking experience so memorable.
Rated : 4.0
Taking up a trek to such a destination is not a bed of roses, but if you go out with your friends or age group you can surely enjoy the whole lot. And that's what I loved about this trek. It tells you exactly what nature is how beautifully the creator made this entire world. It completely changed my perception of live. Just loved the trek.
Rated : 4.0
I first felt that this trek reviews that I had read are a bit over rated but this trek proved me wrong. It was an amazing vacation. I never wanted to come back. The place made me fall in love with nature. And the good thing is that I'm going there again.
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 : 4.0
If you are a trekking lover, you have to take up a trek to the Surya top. Rishikesh is the starting point and so you can commute to this place very easily when you happen to visit North India. You can surely enjoy this trek if you go along as a gang.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dayara Bugyal Trek starts from the Barsu village. This is a small village which is situated on the Haridwar -Gangotri road. This village is about 32 km distance from Uttarkashi. It is surrounded one side by the high rise mountains covered with snow.
Below is the way to reach the Dayara Bugyal trek.
First, you will have to reach Dehradun from any part of the country. Here from you will have to go to the base camp of Barsu at Haridwar -Gangotri road, which is at a distance of 220 km from Dehradun.
It's a day-long journey, so it would be better to start your trip from Dehradun in the early morning. Since the journey is long, it would be better if you get your meal and breakfast finished before leaving to reach the destination. After reaching Barsu village, you need to take rest for the night in any guest room and then can start the Dayara Bugyal trekking from the next morning.
It all depends, wherefrom you count the time for Dayara Bugyal trekking. If you count it including all the time of your journey, it will take much about a week, but if you count the time only to ascend and descend the trekking path, it will almost take 20-40 hours, including both ascending and descending the trek.
If you compare it to other trekking and holiday packages, the cost of the trek to Dayara Bugyal is much cheaper than those. It fits easily under the budget of everyone. The actual price of this trek is around 10150 INR, but after a 16% discount, you can get it at 8500INR per head from Thrillophilia..
The Dayara Bugayal trek is among the most adventurous trekking site of Uttarakhand. This place is situated on the highland below the high show peaked mountains of Himalaya.
The actual height of the Dayara Bugyal trekking site is somewhere between 10000 to 12500ft. This place remains filled with Meadows and snow in winter.
The trek to Dayara Bugyal is safe for everyone. If you are fit enough to trek that much distance, no any issue you will get throughout the journey and the trekking. The temperature of this place is moderate, and the days are quite warm.
Through the trekking way, you will get many places to rest where you can also enjoy the beautiful mountains, water bodies, and oak tree forests. At every smaller distance, you will get some local temporary shops which you can use to get some snacks, water, and other small meal to keep you energetic throughout the ways.
The trek to Dayara Bugyal not for any specified number of people. Here you can travel either with one, two, or many companion or solo. In all the ways, you will enjoy the trek and nothing else. Even alone, here you will get no issue, but it is also true that when people have some companies with them, their joys and excitement doubles and triple.
At the same time, many people want to travel alone what over the conditions may be. So only in one line, either you are with people, or alone, you can do this trek safely.
Here in this trek, there are many difficulty levels that you can choose as per convenience. The whole trek is divided into many small parts. After each section, you can take rest and then move ahead. Some treks are steeper than others.
So if you want to increase your difficulty level, you can choose to go without taking rest and using the more steep trek, and if you want to go comfortably, you can keep your trek continue while taking some rest in between. There are no unpleasant things in this trek which you will find more complicated and out of your capability.
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