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  • 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 13300 ft./4054 m
  • 12 Participants
  • September-April
  • Uttarakhand

Dodital Darwa Top Trek Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking Dodital Darwa Pass Trek, where the wonders of Dodital merge seamlessly. Ascend to the majestic heights of Darwa Pass at 13,300ft, adding a thrilling dimension to your adventure. This trek stands apart as one of the rare trails accessible year-round, promising a fusion of lush green meadows, picturesque campsites, and the sacred allure of Dodital’s freshwater lake, all against the backdrop of awe-inspiring mountain vistas.

Dodital, coupled with Darwa Pass, promises a spiritual odyssey amidst the Himalayas. Begin your offbeat expedition with Dodital, where locals trek to offer prayers at the revered lake, steeped in myth and legend.

Find solace amidst the tranquil ambience of Dodital’s alpine lake, cradled by a verdant canopy of deodar trees—a perfect respite after a rewarding hike. Delve into the rich tapestry of local folklore, where Dodital is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, evoking a profound sense of reverence as you stand before its sacred waters. Just steps away, the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh offers a sanctuary for contemplation and reflection.

Moreover, Dodital holds the distinction of being the source of the Asi Ganga river, which converges with Bhagirathi in Gangotri. Beyond its mythological significance, the lake is renowned for its rare Himalayan trout, affectionately known as Dodi, lending credence to its name, Dodital, or the lake of Dodi trout.

For those drawn to tranquil trails and serene campsites, the Dodital trek is an essential addition to your bucket list—a sublime retreat amidst the Himalayan grandeur, inviting both seasoned trekkers and novices alike to immerse themselves in its tranquil embrace.

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Inclusions 

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 5 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 Agoda cab fare)
  • Meals during transit to and from Agoda – OWLS Basecamps.
  • 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. 

 

Dodital Darwa Top Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Agoda (7,381 ft.)

Day 1 is the pick-up day of your seven day long experience. The OWLS team will meet you in the morning at ISBT Dehradun.

Agoda is 160 km from the capital city of Dehradun. You reach Agoda village after a 9-10 hour drive on meandering mountain roads. Agoda, the base camp of Dodital-Dayara is a quaint hamlet, home to roughly 100 families. Agoda village is a perfect place for people who long for solitude amidst nature and wish to immerse themselves in a rural lifestyle.

Day 2 : Agoda (7,381 ft.) to Dodital (9,921 ft.)

You leave the slow life of Agoda and head towards the sacred lake of Dodital. After walking through the forest area you reach Dodital. The sacred lake is surrounded by Deodar and Oak forests. The lake remains frozen during the winters.

Day 3 : Dodital (9,921 ft.) to Darwa top (13,300 ft.) and back

On Day 3, you will hike to the highest point of this trek, Darwa Top. Darwa Top is at an altitude of 13300 ft above sea level. After walking on steep ascents for around 5 km, you will reach the top of Darwa. It offers you a majestic view of snow peaks.

You will enjoy the towering Shrikantha (6,140 m), Draupadi ka Danda (5,600 m), Jaonli (6,000 m), Swargarohini group (6,200 m), Kalanaag (6,387 m), and Bandarpoonch (6,316 m) from Darwa Pass.

Day 4 : Dodital (9921 ft.) to Manjhi (9,450 ft.)

Day 5: Manji (9,450 ft.) to Agoda (7,381 ft.) and drive back to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

After spending time in the wilderness, you will return to Dehradun on Day 7. You will be back in Dehradun between 7.00 PM and 8.00 PM. If you are booking an onward journey, make sure to keep some buffer hours.

We suggest OWLS participants keep a buffer day for emergencies. Dodital Trek is 7 days long, however, it is safe to keep an extra 8th day outside the itinerary. In case of bad weather, landslides, or any unavoidable circumstances. If you don’t use the buffer day, you can always explore Rishikesh, Haridwar, or Mussoorie.

How to reach the basecamp of Dodital Darwa Top trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant International Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The base camp of the Dodital-Darwa Top rek is Agoda, a remote village near Uttarkashi. The base camp is around 158km and is 7- 8 hrs drive from Dehradun.  To reach the base camp of Dodital, plan your travel to the nearest airport or the railway station well in advance. 

OWLS arranges pick-up from Dehradun to Agoda 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 is around 158 km and is 7- 8 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 plan to reach Dehradun by air, 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 rickshaw. 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 5 days long, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 5. 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 prefer the first option, book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 4. 

Travel by Train/Bus to Delhi

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 leaves late morning or early afternoon on Day 5.  It is advisable to book an afternoon flight to avoid rushing, though overnight buses from Dehradun arrive in Delhi in the early hours.

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. 

 

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Dodital Darwa Top Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Dodital - Darwa Top Trek?

The total distance of the Dodital – Darwa- Top trek is 22 km. You walk an average of 4 – 5 hours daily. 

Is Dodital Darwa Top Trek suitable for beginners?

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

How difficult is Dodital Darwa Trek?

Dodital is a moderate trek considering the duration and altitude of the Dodital – Darwa trek. 

What will be the temperature in Dodital Darwa Bugyal? 

Dodital registers extremely cold temperatures in winter. The minimum temperature is between -8°C and the maximum temperature of 6°C to 10°C. 

In the autumn months, the temperature tends to be milder. September to November register minimum temperature between 15°C to 18°C. However, it can still get chilly at night, with the minimum temperature dropping to 8°C to 5°C.

What is the best time to visit Dodital - Darwa trek?

The best time to visit Dodital-Darwa trek is winter. Dodital-Dayara remains accessible throughout the year, except during the monsoon season.

Will there be snow on the trek?

Yes. Dodital – Darwa- Dayara is a renowned winter trek. You will find snow in abundance between December and March. 

What is the cost of the Dodital - Darwa trek?

The Dodital – Darwa- Dayara trek cost is Rs 16,499/-

It covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp.

Where is the Dodital - Darwa Trek located?

Dodital – Darwa- Dayara Trek is in Uttarakhand. The trek starts from a small village called Agoda in the Uttarkashi district. 

Where is the base camp of the Dodital - Darwa trek?

Agoda village in Uttarkashi is the basecamp of Dodital – Darwa- Dayara trek. 

Can we do the Dodital trek on our own?

Dodital is a moderate trek and traverses deep and dense forests. The trek requires experienced guides to help you navigate the challenging terrain. If you plan to go solo on this trek, hiring a guide is a must to avoid any unforeseen situation. 

What is the altitude of the Dodital - Darwa trek?

The trek is at an altitude of 13,300ft.

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 Agoda. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek. 

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.

Will there be hot water facilities?

We recommend our trekkers drink water from natural sources when acclimatising to the mountain temperature and altitude. Since resources are limited at high altitudes, we do not provide hot water. However, during the winter months, when natural water sources freeze, we arrange hot water for participants. Another reason to avoid hot water on our trek is to prevent health issues like diarrhoea.