Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal trek is perhaps one of the shorter hikes on the Himalayas although nothing in short to produce high rewards. The enchanting views of snow capped peaks, sprawling meadows and encompassing thrill of a summit. Dayara an alpine meadow, locally called “Bugyal” is surrounded by dense alpine forest, elevated and spread above 11000 ft. Location wise it is in the district of Uttarkashi, Garhwal division, Uttarakhand. In the summer and monsoon the stretch of the lush meadow is dotted with myriads of tiny flowers. During winters the meadow is covered with fresh snow. The crest of the Bugyal is a top called Bakriya top offering a magnificent 360° panoramic view. In addition of Gangotri region peaks, you can also see the of mighty Himalayan peaks of Bhilangana range. Some of the notable are Bandarpoonch, Jaonli, Rudragaira, Srikanth, Gangotri– I, II and more. As a result, Dayara Bugyal trek is an enchanting trail and adored by amateur and veteran trekkers alike.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||San Francisco International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Raithal (2200m/7200ft) via Uttarkashi- 190 Km - 8 hours
Drive from Dehradun railways station to our trek base Raithal village. Our route follows Bhagirathi River to Uttarkashi town. You can also get morning state transport bus to Uttarkashi. From here Raithal is another 45 Km via Bhatwari town. All the major mobile networks have connectivity here. Night stay in Tourist Rest House/Lodge.
Day 2: Trek to Goi (2850 m/9350 ft) - 4 Km - 4 hours
After three hours of gradual ascend we reach Goi. A few shepherd huts are built in this small opening inside forest by the side of the small lake which the locals call Goital.
Day 3:Trek to Dayara Jungle camp (3340 m/10955 ft- 4 Km - 3 hours - Explore meadows in the afternoon
The forest starts to change after we cross Goi. Major number of Pine and Oak begins to appear. More we proceed towards Dayara steeper the trail gets. It takes around two to three hours to climb this short but steep ascend to Dayara Jungle camp.
The meadow starts from here and as if the forest comes to a halt all of a sudden here. A line of wounded shepherd huts mark the place. Look beyond and the meadow vanishes crawling up and down into unknown uncertainty. Beyond the reaches of the meadow mighty peaks like Draupadi ka Danda I, II, Bandarpoonch, Srikanth, Jaonli stands tall at a distance.
You have got the whole day for yourself to reach out the corners and explore around this vast magical meadow. Get back before it gets dark. have an early dinner and sneak inside your sleeping bags as soon as possible.
Your body needs rest. We have considerable long day tomorrow.
Day 4: Explore Dayara Bugyal - summit to Bakriya top (~ 3660 m/12005 ft), descent to Barnala (2900 m/9510 ft) - 12 Km - 7/8 hours
Today’s trek takes us right through the heart of Dayara Bugyal to reach the highest point of the meadow region, Bakriya Top.
From Dayara jungle camp it takes maximum half an hour of easy ascent to cross the tree line. Keeping the tree line behind we keep ascending for another two hours or so to reach Bakriya Top. The ascent is neither continuous nor very steep. But in the month of winter it gets a bit tricky due to the presence of snow on the trail.
A full three sixty degree of mesmerizing view awaits you once you reach the top. Bandarpunch (6350 m), Jaonli (6600 mtrs), Srikanth( 6133 m), Draupadi ka Danda (6420 m) Gangotri I(6672 m),II (6590 m), Rudragaira (5500 m) creates a gigantic arc behind you. The trail through Agora ang Vebara villages to Dodital disappears far beneath into the treacherous curves of Shivaliks and reappears again near the Darwa pass. On the other side another famous trek destination Kush kalyan can be easily spotted.
Satisfied in mind, camera and soul, we start descending tracing back the same route to Dayara Jungle campsite.
We have a filling lunch here. Though we don’t rest for long. Before our body gets cold we buckle up and take a descent of another hour or two to reach out today’s campsite Barnala.
Day 5: Trek to Barsu (2250 m/7380 ft) - 5 Km - 3 hours - Drive back to Dehradun 190 Km - 8/9 hours
Today we head back towards civilisation. It takes two to three hours of easy descending to reach Barsu.
From Barsu we drive back to Dehradun via Bhatwari and Uttarkashi