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Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand

The only winter trek in Uttarakhand with the biggest snow expanse

Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand

Duration

4 Days/3 Nights

Pickup Point

Dehradun railway station

Maximum Altitude

12,000 ft

Best time to visit

Winter

Difficulty level

Easy, Moderate

Accomodation

Tent, Home Stay

Overview

Dayara Bugyal trek is the only winter trek with the biggest snow expanse in Uttarakhand. Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a huge meadow at a height of staggering 11,950 ft, that is what this trek really is. This breathtaking alpine meadow with a magnificent canvas of peaks like Bandarpoonch, Mt Jaunli, Mt. Shivling, DKD2, and many more is nothing short of a breathtaking experience for the trekkers.

The trek starts from Raithal, a peaceful village near Uttarkashi. The trail consists of huge green grassland which turns into a white snow carpet in the winters. With a wide range of verdant valleys, shining streams, and blooming flora, Dayara Bugyal trail will keep on amazing you throughout the trek.


 Quick info:

Dayara Bugyal trek distance: 17 km
Dayara Bugyal trek temperature:
Winter- Dec to Feb: 8 to 12 degree in day, 0 to -8 degree at night
Spring- Mar to Apr: 15 to 20 degree in day, 1 to 5 degree at night
Summer- May to June: 15 to 25 degree in day, 5 to 10 degree at night
Autumn- Sept to Nov: 10 to 18 degree in day, 0 to -2 degree at night
Dayara Bugyal trek best time: November to April
Dayara Bugyal trek height: 11,950 ft
Dayara Bugyal trek difficulty level: Easy to moderate


 Detailed Information:

Dayara Bugyal trek distance- Dayara Bugyal trek route is 17 km long. The distance in Dayara Bugyal trek is evenly distributed on all 3 days of trekking. Trek for 5 km from Raithal to Gui through the forest area that becomes denser as you reach Gui campsite. On your next day, trek to Dayara Bugyal from Gui and back to Gui campsite through the dense forests of oak and rhododendron in the span of 5-6 hours covering a distance of 7 km. From Gui, cover a distance of 5 km as you reach Raithal.


 Dayara Bugyal height- Dayara Bugyal is situated at an elevation of 11,950 ft.

The altitude gain throughout the span of 3 days would be as follows:-
On the first day of the Dayara Bugyal package, you will reach Raithal which is located at a height of 6000 ft. Next day, cover an altitude of almost 3500 ft as you trek to Gui campsite located at a height of 9500 ft. Climb to a soaring altitude of 11,950 ft to reach the Dayara top on Day 3 of Dayara Bugyal trek package.


 Dayara Bugyal trek difficulty level- Dayara Bugyal trek is a perfect trek for beginners as the difficulty level is easy to moderate.

The trek starts from Raithal Village and the initial 1 km stretch is a little steep. Even though the trail is well-laid, it will test your stamina making it excitingly challenging. The rest distance is easily covered in the span of 3 to 4 hours as you walk through the dense forest which opens up leading to vast meadows blossomed with colors. The climb to Dayara top is steep towards the end. In winters, the snow makes the trek even more challenging but the views of magnificent peaks make it all worth it.


 Dayara Bugyal trek weather-

Dayara Bugyal trek in Autumn (October and November)
During these months the weather in Dayara Bugyal is clearest. You can easily witness the sharp mountain views and maple leaves turning fiery red. The day time will be sunny with a temperature ranging from 10-15 degree Celsius while night temperature will be around 2-10 degree Celsius during autumn.
Dayara Bugyal trek in Winters (December to February)
Dayara Bugyal is considered to be one of the best winter treks. It starts to snow during these months on the trek. The trekking trail is covered in snow with snowflakes loosely hanging from pine trees offering a hint of Christmasy feel. Dayara Bugyal temperature varies from 8 °C and 12 °C during the daytime and temperature drops to -5 °C and -10 °C during nighttime. During these months, the trek to Dayara Bugyal boasts thick blankets of snow which makes it ideal for skiers.
Dayara Bugyal in Spring (March and April)
The snows start to melt during these months while the grass begins to turn green in the meadows. Dayara Bugyal temperature ranges between 3 °C and 17 °C during daytime and will drop to 0 °C during nights. Spring is a great time to experience color changing contrasts of the vast meadows.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1- Dehradun to Raithal

  • Distance- 181 km, Time- 7 to 8 hours drive
  • Altitude- 1410 ft to 6000 ft
  • Meals- Dinner
  • Stay- Guest house/hotel

 Day 2- Raithal to Gui

  • Trek distance- 5 km
  • Time- 5 hours
  • Altitude- 6000 ft - 9500 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

 Day 3: Trek to Dayara Top, back to Gui

  • Distance- 7 km, Time- 7 to 8 hours
  • Altitude- 9500 ft to 12100 ft to 9500 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

 Day 4- Gui to Raithal, return to Dehradun

  • Trek distance- 5 km, Time- 2 to 3 hours
  • Drive distance- 181 km, drive time- 7-8 hours
  • Altitude- 9500 ft - 6000 ft - 1410 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal

  • Get on the Dayara Bugyal trek route from Dehradun at 7 AM.
  • Get in a shared cab from Dehradun railway station.
  • Stop for breakfast and lunch(self-sponsored) on your way.
  • Reach Raithal by evening and check in to the guest house/hotel.
  • Meet your guide and co-trekkers.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night.

 Day 2: Raithal to Gui

  • Wake up and witness the first morning view of your Dayara Bugyal trek.
  • Have your breakfast with a view.
  • Get briefed by your guide and start your trek.
  • The trail is a mix of gradual ascents and patches of deep forests.
  • Get the magnificent sight of Gangotri range on your way.
  • Reach the campsite in the afternoon and have lunch.
  • Get acclimatized in the evening and explore the surroundings.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night.

 Day 3: Trek to Dayara Top, back to Gui

  • Get up and have your breakfast to start your ultimate adventure.
  • This is the day on which you will climb the maximum Dayara Bugyal trek height of 12,000 ft.
  • Pass through pine forests and alpine meadows.
  • Reach the top and gaze at the views of peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Srikanth, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda, Jaonli, etc.
  • Get to know about all the peaks visible from your guide. 
  • After spending some time at the top, start your journey down to Gui campsite.
  • Have packed lunch on your way down.
  • Reach at the campsite by evening and relax.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night. 

Day 4: Gui to Raithal, return to Dehradun

  • Get up in the morning and enjoy your breakfast.
  • Start your journey towards Raithal.
  • Reach Raithal and start your journey back to Dehradun.
  • Reach Dehradun by evening as your memorable Dayara Bugyal experience comes to an end.

How to reach?

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun that is 20km away from the city. Visitors can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Mumbai or Delhi or connecting flights from anywhere in India. Local vehicles can be availed from outside the airport to reach Dehradun by road from that will take around 40-45 mins to reach the city depending upon the traffic.

By Train: Dehradun Junction Railway Station is well-connected to all the major cities. The Dehradun Railway Station is located 1-2 kilometers away from the city centre and should take you only ten minutes, depending on traffic. Visitors can easily find frequent trains from Delhi to Dehradun.

By Road: Dehradun is well connected by roads to all major cities and towns like Delhi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. It's situated at a 6 hours drive from Delhi.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

  • Accommodation on double/triple sharing (Guest house, Home stay, Camps)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (double/triple sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek leader, guide and support staff.

Exclusion

  • Personal essentials
  • Equipment: Gumboots,trekking poles,etc
  • Insurance: Personal and travel insurances
  • Beverage: Mineral water bottles, bottled or canned beverages
  • Snacks: Chocolates, dry fruits, protein, or nutrition bars
  • Entertainment: Camera or drone fees
  • In case your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or due to personal reasons after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers
  • Loading and unloading of personnel luggage
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

Advisory

  • Guests must be vaccinated with both doses of Covid vaccine.
  • The organization reserves the rights to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • In unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, the trek may get canceled or altered. In such cases, the operator will try to provide with an alternate option. However, a cash refund will not be applicable in this situation. 

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation are made 30 days before the date of travel then 25.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation are made 15 days to 30 days before the date of travel then 50.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation are made 0 days to 15 days before the date of travel then 100.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

The difficulty level of Dayara Bugyal is easy to moderate. Dayara Bugyal trek length is 17 km and the average Dayara Bugyal trek distance covered per day is 4-5 km which takes around 5 hours to complete. You will also be accompanied by two guides who will keep guiding and motivating you throughout the journey.
Dayara Bugyal offers different temperatures in each season. Winter- Dec to Feb: 8 to 12 degree in day, 0 to -8 degree at night Spring- Mar to Apr: 15 to 20 degree in day, 1 to 5 degree at night Summer- May to June: 15 to 25 degree in day, 5 to 10 degree at night Autumn- Sept to Nov: 10 to 18 degree in day, 0 to -2 degree at night
Absolutely. Dayara Bugyal is famous for its winter experience. It offers meadows which look like a huge canvas of snow. Also, this trek welcomes less trekkers in winters as compared to other snow treks which makes it an offbeat experience. Dayara Bugyal temperature in the winter varies from 8 to 12 degrees in daytime and 0 to -8 degrees at night.
The maximum altitude that you’ll climb during this trek is 11,950 ft. The trekking trail passes through the dense forests of oak and maple leaves and some vast meadow clearings. You’ll be able to witness the view of multiple snow peaks from the top.
Dayara Bugyal trek best time is from the month of October to March. You’ll be able to experience 3 types of weather at Dayara Bugyal during these months and have a unique experience every time.
All the members of support staff are certified in wilderness first aid and are trained for all concerns related to high altitude. The staff will be carrying a first aid kit to ensure the maximum safety of the trekkers.
The trek is led by professional trek leaders who have completed basic and advanced mountaineering courses. There will be one guide who leads the group and another guide who will be walking at the end of the group making sure of the safety of the whole group.
The best suited shoes for the Dayara Bugyal trek route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village.
Absolutely. The safety of girls is of foremost importance to us. We always create a friendly environment for everyone on the trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips who are very experienced and reliable.
No. Female trekkers share tents with female co-trekkers. If you are the only girl on the trek, you get a separate tent for yourself during your trek.
The Dayara Bugyal trek length is 17 km long and starts from the Raithal, this village is situated at a distance of 210 km from Rishikesh and 20 km from Uttarkashi. It is surrounded one side by the high rise mountains covered with snow.
It is essential to carry comfortable jeans or trekking pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as clothing essentials to prevent the cold climate at the destinations, especially at night time.
The accommodation during the trek will be in camps or tents on double/triple sharing basis. The camps are sanitized and will be in good condition.
Yes, since it is a high altitude trek it is advisable you should carry diamox with you. Diamox will help you to avoid the uneasiness that happens due to acute mountain sickness.
The group usually consists of 15-20 people. It is an ideal group size. We believe in providing a good experience and memory.
Dayara Bugyal is an easy to moderate trek, hence anyone with an average fitness routine can easily do this trek. Although someone with a serious medical condition like heart disease or breathing problem should consult a doctor beforehand.
Route for this trek is as follows: Raithal -> Gui -> Dayara Bugyal Top -> Gui -> Raithal
A 60 Ltr backpack is advisable to carry but amount of weight to be carried depends on your requirements and capacity.
Consumption of liquor and smoking is not advisable on high altitude treks. As both these activities dehydrate the body easily and make it very difficult for trekkers to complete the stretches.
Healthy and nutritious vegetarian Indian food will be provided during this trek making sure that you have enough energy to continue your trek. Himalayan water is considered clean but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.
Beyond the base location there will be no network connectivity. Only BSNL/Jio network will be there on the base location. So it is advisable to be prepared well for the same.
All trekkers must carry a medical kit for the Dayara Bugyal Trek. The medical kit should contain basic medicines like Crocin, Diamox, Avomine, Avil, Disprin, Combiflam, Norflox and Digene besides medical essentials like a crepe bandage, cotton, antiseptic, band-aid, gauze and ORS packets. Besides these, all trekkers must carry any medicines prescribed to them personally by their physicians.
Yes, February is said to be the best time to go for Dayara Bugyal trekking. Dayara top receives snowfall during this month. The temperature ranges from -15 degree celsius to 5 degree celsius. The trek would be thrilling but that’s one of the best times to enjoy real adventure.
Yes, you can easily rent trekking equipment at the base camp Raithal. There are various options available at the base camp and make sure to check the quality of the gear before renting and that they should be in good working condition
A well-trained and friendly guide is essential for the trek so they could arrange for the necessary permits and guide you safely through the mountain terrains.

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