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About the Destination:
The Dodital trek is a perfect escape into a nature that we have found in fairy tales only which opnes up millions of tiny attractions and surprises. Get to unravel a snowy and varied landscape. Dodital is a picturesque lake in Uttarakhand that can be approached only after a trek to an altitude of 3085 meters but be sure, it will be a feast for your eyes. The natives believe in a legend saying that Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode and a temple dedicated to him nearby is seemed to be the proof that the locals strictly believe in it.
Uttarakhand is quite surprising with multiple lakes, grand terrains and wonderful high altitudes regions which offer the best views of the Himalayan peaks. The many delights of the Dodital trek and Darwa Pass include a visit Sangam Chatti, a quaint village marketplace and getting a whiff of Gujar settlement.
Meadows dusted with snow is not uncommon on your way to the lake as well as the thickets of pine trees and other tall trees. It is up to you to select the mixed forest trails to reach up Dodital but make sure you are completely into it. This trek is a golden chance to bring home exotic moments with nature at its best and we cannot craft those moments anywhere else. As you continue trekking, the esteemed nature unwinds itself, showing you the relishing valleys and the supporting mountains at a distance. Those glorifying sights can be the natural boosters to let you gain more energy and complete each stretch.
Trek through the dense forest and open meadows as you slowly take the curves and turns. The beautiful Dodital Lake and eventually to Dwara Pass Top at 4150 Meters offers mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges. Also, during the trek, you will come across some of the best campsites surrounded by pine and oak tree.
For photographers, it is a precious spot and for adventure seekers it is the right choice and for nature lovers it is heaven-like. To keep your mundane life aside, to dive into the appropriate cuddling given by the nature, you should come to do this trek. Grab this chance to spot Water Golden Masheer in the lake, one of the most famous trout fish in the Himalayas. The trek is also famous among the birdwatchers as well.
About the Trek:
A six day trekking package to Dodital located at a height of about 3310 Mts above sea level is right at your fingertips. You are not only becoming a part of the most exciting treks in the Himalayas but also gaining a chance to wonder how beautifully nature retains its contributors, be it lakes or mountains or forests or wild species. This trek till date has achieved millions of hearts worldwide and now it is your turn to be a charming visitor of Dodital and her parental regions.
Dodital trek is named after the rare Himalayan trout which is known as Dodi in the local language. Kick start your Dodital trek from Dehradun. Uttarkashi will be the first and foremost destination from where you will move to the little village Sangam Chati. As you proceed on your trek with an initial steep climb you will be taken to Agoda settlement.
Enjoy camping near the winsome campsite above the rivulet at Bhebra. Get ready to capture the glimpses of wild trails that will take you through a mixed forest high above the Asi Ganga before entering a side valley leading to Dodital. The third day made with a trek for 6 hours is designed to carve the trails reaching a height of 3310m. You will be able to catch the first glance of Gujjar settlement and then make your way through the rhododendron, oak, pine and bamboo forest.
Listen to the noise of the distant valleys and the birds chirping as you continue your trek. You must be really energetic to have the steep ridges and long trails to bow to you. If you succeed, what then comes to welcome you would be really surprising. Yes, the distant mountains spread their visibility across the forests to fall on your eye balls.The campsite at the lake is yet another primary significance every trekker loves about Dodital. It is a breathtaking serenity where you pitch your tents and sleep under the starry sky. Soak in the beauty of the region and keep staring for long at the lake.
You can also enjoy some birding and come across a variety of birds like Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Grey Tit, Himalayan Babbler, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Grey Shrike, Bush Robin, Pink Finch, Munia, Common Chiffchaff, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Himalayan Tree Pie, Tailor Bird, Himalayan Monal. This Dodital trek package will definitely give you the best experience of trekking while you head out for this trek.
Highlights of Dodital Trek
- Head out to take part in one of the brilliant high altitude treks in India that is towering at a height of 3310 m. Dodital is known as the most beautiful lake overshadowing many others in India.
- Be excited to conquer the less travelled paths going through wild thickets and unpredictable terrains.
- Get a chance to witness the beautiful temple which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and which is also believed to be the birthplace of Ganesha.
- During your trek catch the glimpse of the mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges.
- Get a chance to camp under the clear night sky and that too at a high summit surrounded by the mountains.
- For the bird lovers, you can get that perfect shot on your camera of Grey Shrike, Bush Robin, Pink Finch, Munia, Common Chiffchaff, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Himalayan Tree Pie, Tailor Bird and Himalayan Monal.
Temperature: Max 20 and Min -2 degrees
Trekking Distance: 54km
Maximum Altitude: 13,600ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Arrive in Dehradun to start with a drive to Uttarkashi and en route have lunch and short breaks.
By evening, you will reach Sangam Chatti which is a quaint village market place and that is the starting point of your trek.
Get a briefing of the trek from your trek leader and retire for the night.
After a delicious breakfast, head out for a thrilling trail ahead.
Ramble on initial steep climb to Agoda settlement and mark the beginning of the Dodital trekking and Darwa Pass.
After which, you will experience a gradual trail to Bhebra that is dotted by some tea shacks and lodges.
Pitch your own tents and stay overnight here.
Post breakfast, take the trail that goes up steadily from Bhebra through a mix forest high above the Asi Ganga before entering a side valley leading to Dodital.
Just 5 km away at Majhi (3150 m), you will come to see the Gujar settlement.
Take a break here and dig into packed lunch.
Continue after lunch through the thick forests of rhododendron and oak trees.
At this section, expect a lot of snow that come along with some challenges and excitement.
Arrive at the serene lake in the afternoon and there only you will set up your camp and stroll around the aching beauty.
You can either remain at Dodital and unravel the lakeside areas or take a challenging trekking trail to Darwa Pass.
In case you decide to go to Darwa Pass, start early to ascend the summit as the initial part of the trek is a delightful one but then on it becomes challenging and tiring.
At the last leg you will have trudge on a steep and long trail.
But till the summit, you will be accompanied by stunning sights.
Witness the majestic Himalayas and then head back to the campsite to have a hot masala tea and pakodas.
Stay overnight in the tents.
Take today's easy trek to Bhebra that will mostly comprise a downhill trail.
Overnight will be spent in tents.
Post breakfast, trek for around 2 hours to reach Sangam Chatti.
Get a charming walk through the Agoda hamlet.
Then board the vehicle to Dehradun and the trip ends after you reach Dehradun.
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When is the best time do this trek?
The best time to do this trek is from April to November barring the monsoon as there are chances of landslides on the way during those rainy months.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
This trek is fairly easy. But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.
What all things I should carry for the trek?
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Trekking shoes Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks (3 pairs) Spare laces Trekking trousers Waterproof overtrousers Underwear Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve) Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket Sunhat Warm hat Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2) Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)* Washbag and toiletries Antibacterial handwash Small towel Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Small padlock (to lock your K
What kind of shoes I should have?
You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?
There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 13, all meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, a total of 6 in a day, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. Best is to carry a BSNL sim
How to reach Uttarakashi? Where is Dodital Trek Located?
One can drive from Dehradun to Uttarkashi. Dodital, a fresh water lake at an elevation of 3085 meters is a popular trekking destination in Uttarakhand Himalayas. Located in the border district of Uttarkashi, the 30 Km trek through dense forested areas and deep valleys concludes at Darwa Top at an elevation of 4200 meters.
What will be the temparature like?
The maximum temperature can go upto 20 degree Celsius and the lowest can touch about -2 degree celsius.
Is it a good trek for first timer?
This trek is begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.
How much do we have to trek each day?
We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
For girls, trekking is extremely safe. The trekking company has highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
What are nearby tourist places to Dodital?
Dodital in Uttarkashi is a relatively religious place. There are a couple of temples you can visit when not trekking like Shakti and Vishwanath temple. There is another lake by the name ofNachiketa Lake that you can visit.
Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?
The maximum altitude we will trek to will be close to 4150mts.
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