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Dayara and Gidara Bugyal Treks

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Bugyal in the local language means “High Altitude Meadow”.For hundreds of years shepherds from far have been taking their flock to graze at Dayara. They have come back with stories of the abundance of grass and splendor of the mighty Himalayan mountain peaks cradling the meadows. They described the place with such intensity that soon word about Dayara Bugyal reached explorers. When the explorers got back from their treks to Dayara, they came back profoundly affected. The meadows were exactly as the shepherds had described them – but only more beautiful. The mountains they talked about were the Bhagirathi peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black peak and scores of other peaks they could not name. They discovered clear water bodies strewn across the green meadows – in whose reflection the peaks looked even more beautiful. Flowers sprung up around streams and brooks that ran across the meadows. Dayara Bugyal along with its twin Gidara Bugyal is perhaps one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. The meadows stretch out far and wide and all around the meadows are the many towering snow peaks. The trek showcases some of the best scenery the Himalayas have to offer. The Bugyals and the sky around with their ever changing hue can show you a new scenery every season of the year. During winter it provides excellent & one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sqkms.


Brief Itinerary:


Day 1:- Dehradun to Barsu 200kms drive

Day 2:- Barsu to Dayara Bugyal (3350mts) 7hrs trek

Day 3:- Dayara Bugyal to Patanatuna (3500 mts) 6hrs trek

Day 4:- Patanatuna – Gidara(3750 mts) 4 hrs trek & Return to Patanatuna

Day 5:- Patanatuna to Barnala - 5hrs descent

Day 6:- Barnala - Barsu 2hrs trek & drive to Dehradun


Detailed itinerary:-


DAY 01: Dehradun to Barsu 200kms drive

We leave at dawn break and drive to Barsu which is a day long journey. We pass through the towns of Rishikesh, Chamba and Uttarkashi. Barsu is a small village about 32kms from Uttarkashi and is on the way to Gangothri. The drive to Barsu from Uttarkashi is along with Bhagirathi River. Barsu is the base camp for Dayara Bugyal trek, Overnight stay at Barsu in a guest house/camp.


DAY 02: Barsu to Dayara Bugyal (3350mts) 7hrs trek

The trek to Dayara Bugyal is 7kms and is a normal ascend. We pass through the beautiful landscape of Rhododendrons, forest cover of Silver Oaks, Deodar. Barnala is a place from where the famed meadow of Dayara starts. The miles of green undulating meadows stretching as far as your eye can see is a beautiful sight. The trail to the high alpine meadow Dayara Bugyal, is through the Barnala meadows. The landscape is picturesque and the dense forests lend a sneak peak of the greater Himalayas. As you end the ascend at Dayara, the vast meadow unfolds in front of you. The meadow is like a table top as you set foot on the meadow the sight of the mighty Himalayas surrounds you. Overnight stay in camps.


DAY 03: Dayara Bugyal to Patanatuna (3500 mts) 6hrs trek

Patanatuna is a beautiful site to camp. Sight of Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli, DraupadikaDanda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and many other unnamed peaks are visible from Palatuna. A mesmerizing place to stay for the night. Overnight stay in camps.


DAY 04: Patanatuna – Gidara (3750 mts) 4 hrs trek & Return to Patanatuna

Morning after breakfast return trek to Gidara (12,000’-13,000’) Packed Lunch. Gidara Bugyal is one of the biggest meadows in the Garhwal Himalayan region. Not to mention the Sun rise & Sunset views from the meadows, enjoy a session of great photography before retiring for the day. Explore the meadows & cover as much ground on the meadows as you like. Trek back to base, dinner & Overnight at Patanatuna Camp.


DAY 05: Patanatuna to Barnala - 5hrs descent

Morning after breakfast Trek to Barnala. An easy 5-6 hours descent. Overnight in jungle camp.


DAY 06: Barnala - Barsu 2hrs trek & drive to Dehradun

Morning after breakfast trek down to Barsu & Get ready for the drive back to Dehradun. Trip ends here.


List of Essentials:


1. Shirts / T-shirts

2. Trousers / Track Pants

3. Windproof jacket

4. Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater

5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)

6. Woolen cap

7. Mittens (Woolen gloves)

8. Scarf

9. Woolen socks (extra pairs to be carried)

10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

11. Raincoat / Poncho

12. Towel

13. Water bottle

14. Cap / Hat

15. Walking stick / Trekking pole

16. Sunscreen Lotion

17. Lip Balm

18. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

19. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

20. Camera

21. Sunglasses

22. Personal toiletries

23. Books, if you like reading




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 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)




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Where Uttarakhand
Duration 6 Days - 5 Nights
Difficulty Moderate
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