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  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 11870 ft./3617 m
  • 12 Participants
  • October-March
  • Uttarakhand

Dayara Bugyal Trek Overview

If there is one trek we suggest to beginners of all ages, Dayara Bugyal tops the list. 

Dayara Bugyal is an easy-to-do trek, therefore, the best one to sign up for as a beginner. One of the prettiest Bugyal treks, Dayara offers splendid views of majestic peaks, walks on beautiful alpine meadows, and the true essence of mountaineering culture.

Bhagirathi keeps you company for most of the drive on your way to the basecamp, Barsu – an ancient and quaint village. Barsu boasts rich Himalayan culture, local tradition, and a minimalistic style of living.

Perched at an elevation of 2200 mt amidst the lush greenery, the village is surrounded by Gangotri Massif. Mt. Sreekanth. You will enter Barsu with the perfect alpine glow on Mt. Jonali and DKD peaks. 

After an initial gradual climb out of the village fields, you’ll find yourself, making your way through the dense Oak and Rhododendron forests. As soon as you enter the woods, you’ll feel an intense and electric connection with your surroundings, courtesy of the rich and diverse flora in a well-balanced Himalayan ecosystem.

 As you approach Dayara, the tree line gives way to small huts set against the stunning backdrop of Mt. Bandarpunch. The snowy slopes of the mountain range exude both power and humility. However, be careful not to wander too far into the Bugyals as you can lose sight of the route.

Dayara Bugyal is an all-year trek as it offers distinct experiences across the seasons, all charming and unique on their way. The trail that leads to Dayara Bugyal remains comfortable throughout the year. In winter, it becomes trickier as snow covers the entire path. Nevertheless, Dayara is a perfect trek to begin exploring the outdoors.

Dayara Bugyal trek brochure

Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 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 Raithal cab fare)
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 6)
  • 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. 

Dayara Bugyal Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Raithal (7,100 ft.)

Raithal village is nestled away from the chaos of city life. The village reverberates the simplicity of people who still are rooted in their culture. Once you reach Raithal, you realize how simple yet satisfying is life in this ancient village. You reach Raithal after a day-long journey. You can explore and understand the lives of locals in the village.

Day 2 : Raithal (7,100 ft.) to Gui (9,750ft.)

Raithal is a quaint village from where you start your Dayara Bugyal Experience. The village is worth exploring before you embark on your trek. It boasts traditional Pahadi houses, a rare sight to find these days. 

The walk from Raithal to Gui traverses through oak and maple forests. You will walk on a flat surface for approximately 3 km. on the first day of the climb, there are no steep ascents or descent, with the easy climb in between.

Day 3 : Gui (9,750 ft.) to Chilapada (10,500 ft.)

The day starts with a comfortable walk as you will pass through forests. The forest ends and opens to lush green clearings. As you reach the campsite early, you can explore the places around the campsite and indulge in photography, or bird watching at this campsite. If you are trekking to Dayara Bugyal in winter, the campsite will be a white carpet covered in snow.

Day 4 : Chilapada (10,500 ft.) to Nayata (9,200 ft.) via Dayara Top (11,870 ft.)

Day 4 of your trek is the longest, and also the summit day. On this day, you will cover a distance of around 9.25 km. You will walk on the undulating meadows of Dayara, and climb to reach the summit, Dayara top. On the same day, you will descend to the campsite at Nayata.

Day 5 : Nayata (9,200 ft.) to Barsu (7,000 ft.)

The campsite of Nayata Campsite is nestled in a clearing covered with lush green grass and surrounded by forests. 

From Nayata you start descending to Barsu village. Barsu is a basecamp village frequented by trekkers heading to Gidara Bugyal, Dodital Trek, and Dayara Bugyal. The village also has a GVMN guest house.

Day 6 : Drive back to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

Your Dayara Bugyal experience ends today, and you will drive back to Dehradun. The cab reaches Dehradun in the evening, between 6.00 pm -7.00 pm. 

The transport cost of Rs 6500 for an SUV and 8500 for a Tempo Traveller will be borne by the trekkers.

How to reach the basecamp of Dayara Bugyal trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant International Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The base camp of the Dayara Bugyal Trek is Barsu, a remote village near Uttarkashi. To reach the base camp, plan your travel to the nearest airport or the railway station well in advance. The base camp in Barsu is a 9 – 10 hours 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.

Travel Plan to Dehradun

The base camp Barsu is around 293 km and is a 10- 11 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. Book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you are flying to Dehradun, ensure to land in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jolly Grant 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 Kashmiri Gate and book a bus offline. 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 6 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 6. 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 you prefer the second option, 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.  Book a flight departing in the afternoon to avoid rushing.

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

 

Dayara Bugyal Trek Map

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Dayara Bugyal Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Dayara Bugyal Trek? 

The distance of Dayara Bugyal Trek is around 26 km. The trek is comfortably completed in six days, including travel to and from the base camp. 

Is Dayara Bugyal Trek for beginners?

Dayara Bugyal is a six-day-long trek. The trek is suitable for beginners who wish to explore the Himalayan trek.  As the trail is comfortable, people between the ages of 8-60 years can opt for this trek. We have zeroed down on this age as these are the minimum and maximum ages of OWLS participants.

How difficult is Dayara Bugyal Trek?

Dayara Bugyal is an easy-to-moderate trek. This indicates that the trek is comparatively manageable compared to other high-altitude treks. The trail is comfortable with some challenging patches. The trek spreads over six days through an easy-to-moderate trail and some steep ascents and descents. It climbs to an altitude of 12250 ft. 

What will be the temperature in Dayara Bugyal Trek? 

During the winter, the temperature in Dayara ranges between 8°C to 10°C. The night temperature ranges between -5°C to -10°C. 

Find out detailed information on Dayara Bugyal temperature/ Dayara Bugyal weather here. 

What is the best time to visit Dayara Bugyal?

Winter and summer are the best time to visit the Dayara Bugyal trek. 

Read more about the best time to visit Dayara Bugyal here. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

Yes!

Ali Bedni Bugyal 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 Dayara Bugyal trek?

The Dayara Bugyal trek cost is Rs 9999/- 

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp.

What is the duration of Dayara Bugyal Trek?

Dayara Bugyal trek typically spans over 6 days, including the time required for travelling to and from the base camp.

What is the altitude of Dayara Bugyal Trek?

Dayara Bugyal trek is at an altitude of 11,870 ft. The trek starts from Barsu, located at an altitude of 7100ft. 

Where is the basecamp of Dayara Bugyal Trek?

Barsu is the basecamp of Dayara Bugyal trek. The trek also starts from Raithal village. 

Where is Dayara Bugyal Trek located?

Dayara Bugyal trek is located in Uttarkashi District in Uttarakhand.  The trek starts from the village of Barsu. 

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.