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  • 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Easy
  • 11000 ft./3352 m
  • 12 Participants
  • January-June | September-December
  • Uttarakhand

Barnala Lake Trek Overview

Barnala Trek near Dayara Bugyal in Uttarkashi is a perfect weekend trek for people who wish to embrace the absolute wilderness. Barnala is an easy and short hike from a village called Barsu, a perfect treat for beginners. In winter, this easy and short hike receives abundant snowfall to indulge in some snow fights with your trek partners. 

From Barsu, a remote village in Uttarkashi, starts a short hike on a well-marked trail that takes you to Barnala Lake. The lake sits amidst dense pine and oak trees, while the mountain ranges peek from behind. Whether you yearn for solace in the wilderness or an adventurous break, Barnala Lake is an ideal place to visit this winter. 

On your way to Barnala, the Gangotri range keeps you company the whole time. You will also be bowled over by the mesmerising views of Draupadi Ka Danda, Neelkanth, and Shrikanth Gangotri 1, 2, and III. 

Summer in Barnala reveals lush green colours with sprinkles of pink and white flowers. The Barnala meadow is enveloped in lush green shades, refreshing the entire surrounding. 

During the autumn months, the forest is swathed in warm tones. The grassland of the meadow and the forest around the lake also adorn the hues of autumn. Solitary trails and campsites make Barnala a perfect escape in the autumn months. While popular weekend treks near Dehradun and Mussoorie are crowded with hikers, Barnala lets you unplug from the busy trails and campsites.

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Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 8 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Travel cost from pick-up point to and from the basecamp (Dehradun to Barsu cab fare)
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 3)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

 

Barnala Lake Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Barsu (7,000 ft.)

The base camp of Barnala Trek is Barsu village in Uttarkashi district.  Nestled amidst lush greenery and snow-capped peaks, Barsu is a quaint Himalayan hamlet. 

Dehradun to Barsu is around 180 km. The road to Barsu passes through the Mussoorie bypass road. You will travel on the meandering mountain roads and cross one of Asia’s highest dams, Tehri Dam.

The distance of around 180 km is covered in 6-7 hours. On Day 1, you will reach Barsu village in the late afternoon.  

Day 2 : Barsu (7,000 ft.) to Barnala Lake (8,350 ft.)

The distance between Barsu to Barnala Lake is around 4 km. The trail starting from Barsu village is well-marked. The trail starts on a steep ascent for the first few hours and enters the forest. The forest is covered with oak, pine, and rhododendron. During the spring season, there is a riot of colours inside the forest.

The trail is also known for Himalayan birds. Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Griffon, and Magpies are a few of the birds that you spot on the trail.

The team reaches the campsite at Barnala Meadow in the afternoon. Barnala Lake is a short hike from the campsite.

The team heads towards Barnala Lake to witness the magical sunset from here. The lake is known for the dreamy colours in the sky as the sun sets behind the snow-capped mountains. After spending time at the lake and visiting the nearby temple, the team can decide to go ahead to the Dayara meadows or return to the Barnala campsite.

Day 3 : Barnala (8,350 ft) to Dayara Bugyal (11,000 ft) and back.

This is your summit day where you witness the beauty from Dayara Meadows. It is the longest day of your trek.

Day 4 : Barnala (8,350 ft.) to Barsu (7,000 ft.) and drive back to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

Your Barnala lake experience concludes on Day 4. After witnessing the first rays of the sun from the meadows of Barnala you will walk back to Barsu village. The team gathers in the village for a brief reflection session before heading towards Dehradun for the onward journey.

How to reach the basecamp of Barnala Lake trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant International Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The Basecamp of the Barnala Lake Trek is Barsu, a remote village near Uttarkashi. To reach the base camp of Barnala Lake, plan your travel to the nearest airport or the railway station well in advance. The base camp in Sari is around a 10 to 12-hour drive from Dehradun city. 

OWLS arranges pick-up from Dehradun to Barsu for the participants. The pick-up will be available at the Inter-State Bus Stand, Dehradun (ISBT Dehradun).  Reach the pickup location at 6 a.m.

[Note: Fare for a 5-7 seater cab will be Rs. 6,000 per vehicle. The 12-seater Tempo Traveller costs Rs. 10,000. This amount will be split by the participants and paid to the driver.]

Travel Plan to Dehradun

The base camp Barsu is around 180 km and is an 8- 9 hrs drive from Dehradun.  Dehradun is easily accessible by air, train and road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport in Dehradun. You can book your tickets well in advance till Dehradun to avail of tickets at cheaper rates. You can choose to travel by air from any metro city to Dehradun. The other option is to reach Delhi by air and travel by train or bus from Delhi onwards. 

Here is a guide on how to plan your travel step by step to reach Dehradun

  • Reach Dehradun directly by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup from Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

 If you are reaching Dehradun by air, here are a few options for planning your travel. Dehradun Airport is well connected with all the metro cities. You can book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you plan to reach Dehradun by air, ensure to land in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jollygrant Airport. It takes 1 hour to reach the city. You can opt to hire a cab/auto directly from the Airport. The other option is to exit the Airport complex and book an auto. The charges for prepaid cabs at the airport are exorbitant.  Another low-cost alternative to get to Dehradun city is to travel on a city bus. Walk towards the Dehradun – Rishikesh highway and hop on a shared auto or city bus. You will have to wait for the bus. Regular city buses run between Dehradun and Rishikesh almost every half an hour. 

If you land in Dehradun on day 0, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT, Dehradun.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. 

OWLS pick-up will be available on Day 1 at ISBT Dehradun at 6. a.m. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi

This option will be economical for you. Flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then get on a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find bus options at UTC Online or Redbus. Another option is to go to Kashmere Gate and book a bus offline. Try to board a bus or train which will arrive in Dehradun on the evening of Day 0. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily and departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 p.m. and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 a.m. Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. 

How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi 

Your Trek is 3 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 3. You reach Dehradun in the evening, between 7 to 8 pm. 

While returning you can fly directly out of Dehradun to your city. The second option is to travel by bus or train to Delhi. 

If you go with the first option, you can book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 4. 

The second option requires you to travel to Delhi by train or bus.  Once you reach Dehradun in the evening, you can head to ISBT Dehradun and book an AC Volvo bus to Delhi and travel comfortably. The other option to reach Delhi from Dehradun is to book a train. 

If the second option suits you better, book a flight that departs late morning or early afternoon of Day 5. The overnight buses from Dehradun arrive in Delhi in the wee hours. However, it is wise to book an afternoon flight to avoid rushing. 

Some trekkers prefer to stay back for a day and use the buffer day to explore Rishikesh or Mussorie. You can either stay for a night and explore Dehradun city or proceed home the same evening if flying out of Delhi. 

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Barnala Lake Trek FAQ

How long is Barnala Lake trek?

The total distance of the Barnala Lake trek is 15 km. You walk an average of 4 – 5 hours daily. 

Is Barnala Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, if you are a beginner with good physical fitness, you can consider the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader. 

Barnala Lake is one of the most beginner-friendly Himalayan treks. Beginners who wish to start trekking can choose this as your introductory Himalayan trek. As the trail is comfortable, trekkers between the ages of 8-60 years can opt for this trek. These are the minimum and maximum ages of our participants. 

How difficult is Barnala Lake Trek?

It is an easy to moderate trek. The trek spreads over three days through an easy-to-moderate trail and some steep ascents and descents. The difficulty of the trek depends a lot on your preparedness. If you come physically prepared, you can explore the trail comfortably. 

 

What will be the temperature in Barnala trek?

In the winter months, Barnala Lake’s temperature dips to sub-zero. The winter temperature in Barnala Lake ranged between -5 to -6 degrees at night. 

 

 

What is the best time to visit Barnala Lake trek?

The best time to visit the Barnala Lake trek is in winter. Barnala Lake remains accessible throughout the year, except during the monsoon season. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

Yes!

Barnala Lake trek turns into a winter wonderland during winter. The entire trail and the meadow remain buried under a white sheet of snow. Winter is the best time to experience snow on the trek. 

What is the cost of the Barnala Lake trek?

 

 The Barnala Lake  trek cost is Rs 9950/-

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. It also covers your accommodation and meals at the base camp and during the trek.

What is the duration of the Barnala Lake  Trek?

It takes 3 days to complete the Barnala Lake trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 

Where is the base camp of the Barnala Lake trek?

Barsu village Mori Block in Uttarkashi is the basecamp of Barnala Lake  trek. 

Where is Barnala Lake Trek located?

Barnala Lake Trek is in Uttarakhand. The trek starts from a small village called Barsu in Uttarkashi district. 

 

 

 

 

What is the altitude of the Barnala Lake trek?

The trek is at an altitude of 1,000ft. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most of the mobile networks at the base camp in Barsu. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek. 

Will there be hot water facilities?

Drinking water from natural sources is recommended when acclimatising to the mountains’ temperature. Since resources are limited at high altitudes, we do not provide hot water. However, during the winter months, when natural water sources freeze, we do provide water to our participants. Another reason to avoid hot water on our trek is to prevent health issues like diarrhoea.

 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Uttarkashi. 

Carry a sufficient amount of cash with them. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared. 

You can carry the cash for cab fare and food to and from the base camp. We suggest carrying a minimum of 5-6k to ensure you have enough funds for your journey.