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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- Dehradun to Raithal

  • Altitude:7,400 ft
  • Stay in Guest house/homestay
  • Drive 181km (5-6 hours)
  • Main market at Uttarkashi, another market at Bhatwari
  • Network is available (Airtel, Idea, BSNL)
  • View of Gangotrirange from Moryana top
  • Front view of Shrikanth peak and massif view Gangotri range from Raithal
  • Pick up time 06:00 am at the parking of Dehradun railway station
  • Route:- Dehradun- Suwakholi-Moryana Top -Uttarkashi - Bhatwari–Raithal


Day 2- Raithal to Gui

  • Altitude: 7,400 to 9,500 ft
  • Stay on meadows in tents
  • Distance is 3.5km will take 4-5 hours
  • Easy trail. Gradual ascend throughout
  • No water sources, carry 2 liters of water bottles
  • Same view as Raithal, village huts around, campsite surrounded by forests of silver, gold oak trees, bloomed with rhododendrons.


Day 3- Gui to Dayara Bugyal

  • Altitude: : 9,500 ft to 11,100 ft
  • Stay in tents
  • Distance is 3.5km will take 4-5 hours
  • Easy trail. Gradual ascend throughout
  • No water sources, carry 2 liters of water bottles
  • Views of Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag and neighbor peaks


Day 4 - Dayara Bugyal to Dayara top and back

  • Altitude: 11,100 ft to 12,057 ft
  • Stay in tents
  • Time taken: 5-6 hours
  • Easy to Moderate. Trudging through meadows having gradual ascend until final steep ascent
  • Carry enough water, only one water source near the top
  • Massive views of many peaks and Dodital range views from top


Day 5 - DayaraBugyal to Barsu

  • Altitude: 11,100 ft to 7,400 ft
  • Time taken: 3-4 hours for trek
  • Easy descend till Barsu
  • Carry enough water


Day 6 - DayaraBugyal to Dehradun

  • Time taken: 6-7 hoursdrive to Dehradun
  • Leave Barsu by 6:30 am
  • You’ll reach Dehradun between 3-4 pm. You can book your travel any time after 6 pm.
  • Route:- Barsu – Bhatwari – Uttarkashi – Moryana Top – Suwakholi - Dehradun

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1- Dehradun to Raithal


Raithal, is a pleasant village famous as base camp of Dayara Bugyal trek. It is around 38 km away from Uttarkashi. The village is flourished with lush greenery. Bhagirathi River flows throughout the way to the village. The route to Raithal is like a pathway between the mountains. You will get first glimpse of Gangotri range, Shrikanth peak from Moryana top. Here you will halt for a small break if you wish to capture the splendid peaks. As you approach closer to Raithal the views of mountain peaks get bigger, Shrikanth peak is one of the prominent peaks from here. You will spend the night in guest house or get authentic home stay.


Day 2- Raithal to Gui


Start early morning with energized spirit to embark on the actual trek. The trail on this is a walk through the jungle. It is filled with silver, gold oak trees. The route to campsite is well marked and the campsite at Gui always remains in line of sight. The trail is ascending gradually hence it will take around 4-5 hours to reach to the next resting point.


The camping site is unique in a way that is surrounded by alpine trees unlike mountains. You will spot quaint village huts near the campsite. The view from Gui is almost same as from Raithal, with clear views of Gangotri range and Shrikanth peak. Under the beautiful night sky you can relax and re-energize yourself.


Day 3- Gui to Dayara Bugyal


Today is smaller day, just like hiking in mountains. The trail rises slowly as the forest clears and sights of hidden neighbor peak becomes visible. Post winter, until mid-April the snow does not melt. You might get some snow traces on the path.


Dayara Bugyal campsite unlike the previous day is a open site. Camps will be placed exactly opposite, in front of the mountains. Sneak out of the tent and big peaks will be standing in front of you. Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikhanth Mahadev, Draupadi ka Danda, and its neighbor peaks are some of these peaks. Bandarpoonch is highly associated with Dayara Bugyal trek, but you will also encounter many other splendid peaks. Some remains of snow around the tents form a perfect camping site picture. After lunch or evening tea you can stroll around and explore the area.


Day 4 - Dayara Bugyal to Dayara top and back


Summit day finally arrived. Today you will go to the highest point and return back to the campsite. With first few steps under forest, the trail gradually opens up, leading to vast meadows. Hereafter, you will find yourself trudging on the green meadows blossomed with colorful flowers.


Walking on such beautiful terrain with stunning views of Bandarpoonch and other peaks, you will fail to notice that you have finally reached closer to the top. You might also spot a sparsely filled water stream. The final climb is steep but it is worth the physical strain, because you will end up standing in front of the Dodital range. Bandarpoonch seems a touching distance away. The trail then takes you to the Gidara pass. Pass distinguishes ways to Pichkiya and Gidara Bugyal.


Give yourself sometime to inculcate the serenity of the landscape and take back your steps to return to the campsite. This day might seem hectic, as we try to reach campsite till the lunch time.


Day 5 - Dayara Bugyal to Barsu


The small journey in the mountains comes to end today. Wake up early and get all packed up to store the trek memories in permanent storage.


The trail as you might have guessed is easy descent till Barsu. Before that you will spot an attractive lake near Barnala. Old fashioned huts will be surrounding the lake. A peaceful temple of Kala Nath lies next to the lake. Curious photographers will be happy to capture the frame of temple besides the lake, lying between the mountains. You will be astonished to see how devoted people here are even in sparsely populated region. Amongst adventurers Barnala is also famous for skiing.


Barsu is 5 km away from Barnala. Throughout the trail you can relive the past fond moments by just looking behind. It seems as if the mountain peaks are calling you back. Barsu is a lively village where children and villagers will be seen meandering around. Barsu to Dehradun is a 7 hours drive. You will reach station in the evening to catch your train that will take you back to your sweet home. Sweet home where you will only cherish the Dayara-Bugyal trek moments.


Day 6 - Barsu to Dehradun


Have a final cup of morning tea in Barsu. Say final good bye to your fellow trekkers, exchange numbers, and lots of memories. Take a wonderful group picture and get into the cab that will ride you back to Dehradun. This will an 7 hours ride, between the mountains, valleys and Bhagirathi river. The river which guided us throughout the trek.

You will reach Dehradun by 3 to 4 PM, from here you can lead your return journey as you have planned. Make sure to take back loads of adventure filled memories and take a pledge to come back to the mountains.


How to Reach


By Air :-  Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun


By Train :-  Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi

  • Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
  • Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)


By Bus:-  There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.
Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
  • You will reach Raithal by 2:00 pm
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