Why Dayara Bugyal Is A Grand Snow Trek For Beginners

Why Dayara Bugyal Is A Grand Snow Trek For Beginners

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By Swathi Chatrapathy


The Dayara Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand is like an underdog when it comes to Himalayan winter treks. It is in-fact a Grand Snow Trek!

Watch this video to know the biggest highlights of Dayara Bugyal trek

In the video below, Arjun Majumdar, founder of Indiahikes tells us why the Dayara Bugyal trek has been sidelined. He tells us what the Dayara Bugyal trek has to offer, especially in winter.

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The trek starts from Raithal, a small hamlet that sits on the mountainside 40 km from Uttarkashi.

From the base camp, the trek immediately enters lovely mixed forests of oaks, maples, rhododendrons and pines. To see such a variety of trees in just one day is rare. No other trek that’s this short has so many trees packed in a day’s trail. And come winter, these forest floors are covered in snow. It’s simply a pleasure to trek through them.

But what lies further ahead can make you weak in your knees.

As soon as you exit the treeline, you enter the meadows of Dayara. The trails runs through the heart of these meadows. Behind you, you see striking views of Mt Srikanth, Draupadi Ka Danda, John Lee and Bhagirathi. In the winters, the entire meadows is covered in a thick blanket of snow, thus giving it the tag of a Grand Snow Trek.

On your right, Mt Bandarpoonch begins to peek at you. As you climb higher, it unveils itself completely, making for a magnificent view. In winter, these meadows are covered in layers and layers of snow.

Not many people know that these are a few of the oldest skiing slopes of our country. Although not as popular as Gulmarg or Auli, this is no less pretty!

The best part of it? You get to camp right in the middle of these snowy slopes. It’s an experience you’ll talk about for a long long time.

So what do you think about this Grand Snow Trek? Drop in a comment in the comment section below if you have done the Dayara Bugyal Trek or if you have any questions, queries or thoughts about this magnificent trek.

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Swathi Chatrapathy

Chief Editor

About the author

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content.

Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters's in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact on a person's mind, body and spirit.

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