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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 Natinl Village

 

  • Altitude:7,400 ft
  • Stay in Guest house/homestay
  • Drive 180km (6-7 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- Natin 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 Chilapada

 

  • Altitude: 9,500 to 9,800ft
  • Distance is 3km, 2hours
  • Stay in tents
  • Easy trail, Gradual walk
  • Hot lunch in the camp site
  • One liter of water is enough

 

Day 4 - Chilapada to Dayara top and back to Gui

 

  • Altitude: 9,800ft to 12,100ft
  • Distance is 6 km (each way), 6-7 hours
  • Easy to Moderate trail
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Carry enough water, only one water source near the top
  • Massive views of many peaks and Dodital range from top

 

Day 5- Gui to Natin

 

  • Altitude: 9,900 to 7,400ft
  • Distance: 3.5 km 2 hours
  • Easy descend all the way
  • Hot lunch at Natin
  • Stay in guest house

 

Day 6- Natin to Dehradun

 

  • Time taken: 6-7 hoursdrive to Dehradun
  • Leave Natin by 6:30 am
  • You’ll reach Dehradun between 3-4 pm. You can book your travel any time after 6 pm.

 

Who Can Go :-

 

  • First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress.
  • The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack.
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1- Dehradun to Natin Village

 

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- Natin 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 Chelapada

 

Today is a smaller day, just like hiking in mountains. The trail rises slowly as the forest clears and the next camping site of Chelapada will come. It will be a small hike. You can find a flowing stream next to the camping site. You might get some snow traces on the path.

 

Bandarpoonch is highly associated with Dayara Bugyal trek, but you will also encounter many other splendid peaks. After lunch or evening tea you must stroll around and explore the area.

 

Day 4 - Chelapada to Dayara top and back Gui

 

Summit day finally arrived. Today you will go to the highest point and return back to the campsite. With the 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 some time 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 - Gui to Natin

 

The small journey in the mountains comes to an 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 Raithal. 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. Raithal is a lively village where children and villagers will be seen meandering around. Your overnight stay will be in Natin.

 

Day 6 - Natin to Dehradun

 

Have a final cup of morning tea in Natin. 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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