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About the Destination:
There is no doubt in that Uttarakhand holds some of the most beautiful locations. Out of all of the beautiful trek in Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal trek is a must do trek for you. The trek will take you to highland meadows offering some majestic views and stands tall at an elevation of 10,000-12,500 ft. Spreading over an area of 28sq.km the stunning meadows serves as an excellent destination for skiing during winter. Nestled amidst the snow clad mountains this trek will take you through some of an unknown region here.
Get a chance to catch the glimpse of the lake of Barnala Tal strewn across the green alpine prairies during the trek. Starting from the tiny hamlet of Barsu nestled on the Haridwar-Gangothri road which is 32 kms from Uttarkashi get famished by the beauty of the region. There are small rest-houses or GMVN houses in Barsu overlooking the valley where you can rest for some time. During your trek, the route takes you through the gorgeous Oak forests, clear water bodies and sprawling grasslands while offering views of specks of huts, grazing sheep all while overlooking the valley and high-rise mountains.
Spend some time gazing at the amazing beauty of the region as you keep continuing your trek. You will never find any trek more beautiful than this. The green meadows, the beckoning mountains the shining streams will make you stare at it for long. Also, during the trek, you can a chance to witness the majestic sunset. Get ready for this exciting trek this time.
About the Trek:
Known as the beautiful trek, Dayara Bugyal Trek is a must do trek for the ones looking for some time to spend with nature and also the adventure seekers. The trek is considered as an easy to moderate trek and you will be covering a distance of 29kms. On your first day, get ready to head out for that journey at dawn and a day-long drive from Haridwar to Barsu. Soak in the amazing sights Rishikesh, Chamba and Uttarkashi beside the Bhagirathi River. On your second day, you will start your trek from Barsu to Barnala.
Trek for around 4kms through the Rhododendrons, Silver Oak and Deodar forests. You will reach Barnala which is at a height of 8,530 ft. Your third day, trekking includes your trek from Barnala - Dayara Bugyal. Soak in the amazing sight of some majestic peaks like Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black peak and Bandarpunch. Get enchanted by the panoramic views of snowy peaks, lush valleys and such from the top on your fourth day, as you trek from Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria Top and then back to Dayara Bugyal.
On your fifth day, you will trek from Trek from Dayara Bugyal to Pichkiya. You will be trekking for around 6 to 7 hours all the way through a blend of ascends and descends dense woods, little rivulets and alpine meadows. On your sixth day, you will trek from Pichkiya to Barsu which will be around 4.5 kms. Witness the amazing Barsu village and the settlement there. On your seventh day, you will drive back from Barsu to Haridwar.
Dayara Bugyal Trek Highlights:- This trek takes you through some of the most beautiful sights of the region with the valleys, mountains and the dense forest.
Temperature: -4 degrees (Min), 25 degrees (Max), days are relatively warmer
Trekking Distance: 29 kms
Maximum Altitude: 12,000 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Barsu
ATM: Uttarkashi and Bhatwari on the way Barsu have the last ATM point before your trek begins.
On your first day get ready to head out for that journey at dawn and a day-long drive from Haridwar to Barsu covering 220 kms
The route trails takes you through the scenic towns of Rishikesh, Chamba and Uttarkashi beside the Bhagirathi River.
On arriving Barsu that stands tall at 7,545 ft, settle down for the evening in a guesthouse.
Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Today you will begin your trek with a gradual ascend for 4 kms through the Rhododendrons, Silver Oak and Deodar forests.
Reach Barnala at an elevation of 8,530 ft which is the destination for the day. It is this place which marks the beginning of the famed undulating stretches of green prairies or ‘Bugyals’.
Set up your campsite at this ideal location and retire here for the night.
Overnight stay at the camps.
Today you will entails an ascending trek of about 5 kms to the high alpine meadow of Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand that is elevated at 9,980 ft through the Barnal grasslands.
On arriving this vast meadow that resembles a table top, you can catch sight of some majestic peaks like Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and such.
Set up your camps for the night and enjoy your dinner.
Overnight stay at the camps.
Today you will climb up from Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria top, the highest point of the vast meadow standing at 12,000 ft.
Get enchanted by the panoramic views of snowy peaks, lush valleys and such from the top.
Depart from Bakaria back to the campsite at Dayara Bugyal.
Overnight stay at camps.
Begin the day with a hearty meal after which starts your descent to Pichkiya that is at an elevation of 7,873 ft.
After trekking 6 to 7 hours through a mix of ascends and descends over alpine meadows, dense woods and little rivulets.
Reach your campsite of Pichkiya.
Overnight stay at camps.
Today will be your last day of Dayara Bugyal trekking where you will descend down to Barsu along a well marked trail through the surrounding thickets.
Catch sight of the charming village of Barsu and its adjoining settlements can about half way down the trail.
Arrive at Barsu by afternoon and camp here for the night.
Overnight stay at camps.
Wake up to a beautiful morning and after your breakfast drive back to Haridwar.
Head back home.
Dayara Bugyal Trek ends here.
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What is the best time to go for Dayara Bugyal Trek?
The best time to go for the Dayara Bugyal Trek is when the climate is pleasant. You can visit the Dayara Bugyal trek any time of the year. The best seasons include May to July, August end to mid October and December to February. During winter in November, the trek boasts thick blankets of snow which is ideal for skiers.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The fitter you are the more you will take more away from the experience. There is quite a few steep ascend and descend. But if this is your first Himalayan trek, then you must prepare your fitness up to the mark. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time to keep your fitness levels up. Always take the stairs to keep yourself for without any breaks. This will help you to keep your physical justness levels up. Start your day with brisk 10 minutes walk and then some physical exercise like stretching. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly which is very important for high altitude treks.
What clothes and equipment should I carry on trek to Dayara Bugyal?
It is absolutely necessary to pack all the important clothing and equipments needed for your trek. Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars, snacks are advisable. A Flashlight with spare batteries will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Most important aspect of any trekking experience is to own the right kind of shoes. It is important to have comfortable shoes to take you to greater heights. Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
How much weight will I have to carry? Will porters be provided?
A 60 Liter backpack is usually advised by organizers for their trekkers to carry on their trek. But the weight to be carried depends on your requirements and capacity. Porters and mules will be available but at an extra.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
Nutritious food will be provided by the organizers on the trek from time to time. Hygienic and good quality water will also be provided. You will be served Indian vegetarian food. Additional eggs will be provided during this trek. Himalayan water is considered clean but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets to keep the bacteria away.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited on any type of trek. The most important aspect needed for trekking is control and sound mindless. One should have a strong mindset to make through the difficult forest phase as there would be blind curves and steep slopes while in the trek. Usage of smoke and alcohol will seriously damage the overall function of the body. You will lose control and face some serious consequences. So, it is advisable to refrain from smoking and drinking.
How is mobile connectivity on Dayara Bugyal Trek?
Mobile connectivity is poor in the area with only few operators functioning properly. Idea network is the one available at Barsu. All the other major networks are available at Bhatwari. It will be better if you finish your calls before you reach Barsu basecamp so that you can keep your family updated on your whereabouts.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Dayara Bugyal trek is considered to be an easy-moderate trek which offers amazing experience for the first timers and beginners. Beginners should follow a proper fitness schedule before the start of the trek to make it suitable for them. But remember, unless you are preparing physically and mentally before this trek, you will find it difficult to complete it. Following regular practice of walking and jogging to attain a perfect body for this beautiful expedition is ideal.
Is Diamox advisable?
Yes, you can take a Diamox during your trek as you will trekking on a high altitude. Advisable to be take only in the beginning do your trek. Acetazolamide sold in the name of Diamox if a medication that is used to treat mountain sickness for Trekkers. If you find any symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness like headache, nausea and vomiting then you can request your trek leader for one dose of Diamox. During your trek you will come across camps which will have first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations
How do I get in shape?
A proper fit body is necessary to complete this trek. For it you need to do the following to attain a perfectly fit shaped body. A proper cardio vascular structure is needed for crossing slippery roads and gradual climbs through forest ranges, high altitude landscapes and rough terrains. For making your lungs work properly during the trek and get sufficient oxygen intake, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardiovascular systems function properly. Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed. Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of done while shaping your body to do this trek.
How is weather on Dayara Bugyal trek?
Dayara Bugyal trek can be done in spring, autumn and winter during which you will have an amazing time. The temperature varies unexpectedly at higher altitudes. You will find snow covered trails in April and the cold temperature starts embracing the region from December onward. The day time will be sunny with a temperature varying from 10-15 degree Celsius while night temperature will be around 2-10 degree Celsius. In summer, the day temperature will go up to 25 degree Celsius but the night time will be comparatively cold with 15 degree Celsius. Monsoon should be avoided for the trek since there can be landslides during the trek.
Can we go on Dayara Bugyal trek in winter?
Yes, you can go to Dayara Bugyal during the winters. It is considered to be the best winter trek destination for its alpine snow environment. You will be able to see snow covered areas from December. It has only less number of trekkers compared to other popular ones especially in winter and hence if you look for an amazing experience with limited people around then it is the perfect time to visit the Dayara Bugyal. Options to do skiing in the winter makes Dayara Bugyal preferred by many from January to March as thick snow cover perfect for skiing.
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