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Dayara Bugyal Trek


It is nothing less than a magical feeling to be surrounded by lush green spaces, streams and tracks, having majestic mountains in the backdrop. This is but enough to get the hearts of trekkers of all natures racing. India and especially the northern part of the country is blessed to be able to boast of a host of such landscapes which do not just make for picturesque backdrops, but provide the best of the trekking experience to be had. The state of Uttaranchal is where most of the action for trekkers lies in the country, and the state is practically in the cradle of the mighty Himalayas. One such beautiful trekking experience to be had in the state is the Dayar Bugyal.


The trek to this beautiful natural wonder commences from the foothill town of Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is incidentally also the starting point of many pilgrimage treks, the trek to the Hindu temple of Kedarnath being the predominant. Uttarkashi is easily approachable by road from major Uttaranchal cities such as Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. The hike to the mesmerizing Darya Bugyal is about 15 kilometers long, and would take you witnessing some of the most beautiful and untouched parts of nature. The literal translation of Bugyal is in fact a meadow situated on a high altitude, which is what it is famous for as well.


A beautiful lake overlooking a wide region of lush green pastures awaits trekkers as they approach it from Uttarkashi. The backdrop to this exquisite natural meadow comprises of some mighty Himalyan peaks suck as Kala Nag (Black Snake) and Bandar Poonch (Money Tail). The area around the lake is about 28 square kilometers and provides ample space for trekkers to head to and set up camps for overnight stays. The same area serves as a venue for some excellent skiing experience during the winter months.


Brief Itinerary


Day 1 :- Haridwar to Barsu (7545 ft) 200km.


Day 2 :- Barsu to Barnala (8530 ft) 4km. 

Day 3 :- Barnala to Dayara Bugyal (9980) 5km. 

Day 4 :- Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria Top, back to Dayara Bugyal(12000 ft).

Day 5 :- Dayara Bugyal to Pichkiya (7873 ft). 

Day 6 :- Pichkiya (7873 ft) to Barsu(7545 ft). 

Day 7 :- Barsu to Haridwar. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Haridwar to Barsu (7545 ft) 220kms whole day 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 32 kms 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

Day 02: Barsu to Barnala (8530 ft) 4 Km, 3-3½ hrs trek.


The trek to Barnala is 4 Kms and is a normal step ascend. We pass through the beautiful landscape of laced 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. With the lofty Himalayan ranges looming in the background Barnala campsite is an ideal place to camp for the night. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 03: Barnala to Dayara Bugyal (9980 ft) 5 Km, 4-5 hrs trek.


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. Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III , Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and many other unnamed peaks are visible from Dayara Bugyal meadow. Overnight stay in camps.

Day 04: Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria Top (12000 ft)3 Km 2½-3 hrs, back to dayara Bugyal.


Bakaria Top is the highest point of Dayara Bugyal, it’s a steep ascent to Bakaria top. Dayara Bugyal is divided into many small bugyals and Bakaria top is one of them. We start trek along the meadows and gain altitude gradually till we reach Bakaria Top. The views from the top take your breath away. Snow capped mountains, Valley deep below, towns as far as Uttarkashi can be seen from the top. It offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire greater Himalayas. We descend back to Dayara to camp for the night.

Day 05: Dayara Bugyal to Pichkiya (7873 ft) 8 Km, 6-7 hrs trek.


We begin our descent to Pickkiya. The trail takes around 6 to 7 hrs with a few ascends in between. We walk through the vast stretches of the alpine meadows and the sub alpine forests and small spiralling rivulets. Pichkiya campsite is a small grassland situated in between the alpine forests. The inner dry valleys, dwarf rhododendrons grow along with patches of grasslands near the campsite.

Day 06: Pichikya (7873 ft) to Barsu (7545 ft) 4½ Km, 3-4 hrs trek.


We descend down to Barsu along a well marked trail through the thick forests. The village of Barsu and the adjoining settlements can be sighted half way down the trail. We each Barsu by afternoon and camp for the night.

Day 07: Barsu (7545 ft) to Haridwar whole day drive.


We drive back to Haridwar to board the night train out to New Delhi.

How to Reach


By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun.


By Train :-

From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205. 

From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009) 

From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019) 

From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)


By Road :-
By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar. Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Haridwar to NH58 at Roorkee (35 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.




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