Winter Trek On Snow To Dayara Bugyal: A Photo Gallery

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Winter Trek On Snow To Dayara Bugyal: A Photo Gallery

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By Latika Payak


It’s a treat to experience the Dayara Bugyal trek in winters. The setting is strikingly different from the rest of the year because the meadows are buried under soft, powdery snow.

We’ve put together a gallery just so you know what exactly we are talking about.

So go through these images and tell us in comments, do they make you want to trek in the winters?

Your trek begins from the Raithal base camp situated around 184 km from Dehradun. You easily take around 7-8 hours – driving through lovely forest and alongside Bhagrathi river – to reach this remote village. Picture by Indiahikes Trek Leader Tanmay Angre


Next day morning, as you begin your trek from Raithal to Gui, you step into a lovely forest of maple and oak trees. In winters, the forest floor is covered with snow and leaves are also drooping under the weight of snowflakes. What’s striking is, you won’t find pines here, like you usually do on other Himalayan treks. While trekking to Gui, also watch out for prominent views of Mt. Shrikanth and Gangotri 1,2,3.


As you trek further towards Barnala, you cross the treeline and enter the delightful meadow which is now buried under snow. In winter, you see miles and miles of an undulating white landscape. There is also the picturesque Barnala Tal with a pretty, pink-roofed summer house by its side. If you manage to capture it through your lens in this white, wintery setting, do share it with us so we can add it to this photo story. It’s indeed a sight to behold!


From Barnala, you start climbing to Dayara Top. Now the tree-line is far below you and you are trekking on soft, fresh snow. In deep winter, you find knee-deep snow on the Dayara Bugyal trek in the first week of December. Spend some time exploring this meadow buried under snow before descending to Chilpada. Picture by our Photo Manager Harikrishnan P.


Another view of the Dayara campsite during morning hours. Picture by: Yash Choudhary


A spectacular view from the top. Picture by Dhiraj Kamble.

Recently Slope Manager Ravi Ranjan shared some spectacular photos from the previous winter season. With winter season just around the corner, these images made us tingle with anticipation.





Latika Payak

Senior Content Writer

About the author

Latika is a Senior Content Writer and one of the rare team members who has seen Indiahikes from its initial days. She was among the first few to begin creating content at Indiahikes, documenting treks around Maharasthra, interviewing trekkers and writing their stories.

Latika started trekking after joining Indiahikes and has trekked to Roopkund, Hampta Pass, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, Tarsar Marsar, and Har Ki Dun.

With a strong background in print media and have worked with several publications. Latika is always hunting for great stories hidden in the folds of the mountains. Horror stories from ancient routes and villages of the Himalayas are her favourite.

She is presently working on bringing out news from the remote trekking regions of our country.