Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Do you want to trek the favourite trek of many experienced trekkers? Then Dayara Bugyal should be added to your bucket list for trekking in Uttarakhand. Another reason is that this trek is doable for a beginner also. Dayara Bugyal Trek can be done in all seasons. It has its charm in spring, summer, autumn, or winter. The meadows are covered with a carpet of velvet greenery. The gigantic Himalayan mountains in the backdrop provide a perfect setting to soothe the eyes and mind.
Dayara Bugyal is absolutely exquisite and one of the best treks in India. You start from beautiful sparsely populated villages, across dense forests, and stony and rocky terrains, and get drawn into the vastly spread green meadows.
The views of the mountain top from Dayara top and Bakaria top are unexplainable in words. The mountains are so up close right in front of you. The sun lit the snow-clad Himalayan mountains in hues of orange. It is beyond a magical experience.
It is rich in biodiversity, as local farmers bring their animals for grass grazing on the meadows.
What is the meaning of Bugyal?
It means a high-altitude grassland, such as alpine, pastures, and meadows.
Dayaral Bugyal Trekking Difficulty Level
The difficulty level of any trek depends on the altitude, weather conditions, terrain, and number of days. Dayara Bugyal Trek is easy to moderate level. Beginners can also do the trek. Basic level fitness is necessary for any trek. There is a steep increase in elevation from 9600 ft at Gui to 11800 ft at Dayara top and 12400 ft at Bakaria top. So physical and mental preparation is always recommended for a smooth and comfortable trek.
It is beginner friendly and good for family treks along with kids.
Dayara Bugyal Trek Distance
The total trek distance either from Barsu or Raithal and return is about 20 km covered in 4 days.
Dayara Bugyal Trek Height: The highest point of this trek is Bakaria Top at 12,400 feet. Dayara Top is at 11,800 feet and is the second highest point.
Dayara Bugyal Trek Temperature: The days are warmer, as the sun shines bright. During the night the temperature drops below 0 degrees.
Best time to visit Dayara Bugyal Trek
From mid-September to May/ June it's open to treks. All four seasons spring, summer, autumn, and winter are covered, making it a mesmerizing and unforgettable trek. The colours keep changing during seasons, from lush green meadows to browns and snow-covered terrains.
Dayara Bugyal trek is also famous during monsoons (July, August to September) for Butter Festival.
- Trekking Permits
- Trekking equipment
- Safety equipment
- Trek Leader & Guide
- Food during transit
- Porter or mule for carrying personal luggage
- Stay on the last day
- Personal expenses & goods of any kind
- Anything apart from inclusions
- Unscheduled stay due to unfavourable conditions
- Cost Escalation due to ‘Force Majeure’ and evacuation charges
Dehradun to Barsu
Early morning depart from Dehradun for Barsu. On the way, witness changing mountain terrains, mountains, valleys, and visuals of the holy river Bhagirathi. The first day ends on reaching Barsu village, which is a tiny and quiet village, visited mostly by trekkers. It is also the base camp of our trek. There is a nice Temple of Nag Devta, and villagers here are devotees of Nag Devta. There will be an overnight stay at Barsu. Relax in the beauty of the village in a homestay.
Barsu to Barnala Tal
Post breakfast, we shall proceed with our trek early in the morning. There is a well-marked trail leading toward Barnala Tal. We shall bid bye to Barsu. On the way, you shall see forests of oak and rhododendron leading toward small meadows leading to Barnala Tal. It is a natural high-altitude lake with a Nag Dev temple adjacent to it. At Barnala Tal, we shall have an overnight stay.
Barnala Tal to Dayara Top and return to Barnala Tal
Distance: 8 KM | Time for Barnala Tal to Dayara is 1 hour. We shall start trekking early in the morning after breakfast. Taking the leads of a forest trail, ascending towards Dayaral Bugyala and Dayara Top. The Dayara Bugyal comes with great scenic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges of Gangotri, Srikanth, Mt. Jaonli, Bandarpoonch, Draupadi ka Danda, and Swargarrohini. We shall spend some time here and immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature surrounded by meadows and snow-clad mountains. After a nice time at Dayara top, we shall return to Barnala Tal for an overnight stay.
Barnala Tal to Barsu and Drive to Dehradun
Trek: 4 KM in 3-4 hours (Barnala Tal to Barsu) | Barsu to Dehradun: 182 km in a 7-8 hours drive. It is the end of our beautiful serene trek at Dayara Bugyal. We shall start early in the morning and descend towards Barnala Tal and Dehradun. On reaching Dehradun, you can tour around Dehradun with beautiful memories of Dayara Bugyal.
Barsu village at an altitude of 7,200 feet is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. This tiny and picturesque hamlet is connected by road to major destinations of Garhwal and is famous for the base camp of Dayara Bugyal.
Things To Pack
A good comfortable and sturdy pair of trekking shoes is required for trekking. As the terrain changes from forests, rock paths, and green soft meadows, it has to be a good quality one. Have a nice pair that suits even a winter trek.
A backpack to carry essentials and other nicknacks is necessary. So a 50-60 litre backpack will be good.
Sufficient clothes for 5 -6 days like t-shirts, track pants, thermal inners, light winter warm clothes, fleece jackets. Carry lightweight and easily dryable clothes. As the sun can get strong, so something to cover the neck and face. A hoodie and a padded jacket are a must.
Water bottle, socks, trekking stick, sunglasses, woollen caps, rain cover for bag and wind sheeter, extra bags for soiled clothes, toiletries, sunscreen, medication for motion sickness, painkillers for sprain, or pain repellent sprays.
Government-approved ID cards for legal purposes to take prior permission for the trek from forest officials.
Fitness and Safety
Dayara Bugyal trek is an easy to moderate level trek. It is beginner friendly. It does have certain steep sections, but it is not a major concern. It is the first trek for many people.
Dayara Bugyal is located 190 km approximately from Dehradun and 20 kilometres trek from Barsu or Raithal.
Yes, treks are carried out in December in Dayara Bugyal Trek. The snow starts falling in December and it can get up to knee level. Using a trekking pole/stick will be very useful. Carry good warm clothes and jackets to survive the cold weather.
Dayara Bugyal is located in Uttarkashi District in Uttarakhand state in India. It is in the heart of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
The trek starts from Dehradun. So one will have to travel from Delhi to Dehradun via road, train, or flight. The train is comfortable and easy. Many of the local buses and cabs are from the Dehradun railway station.