Difficulty

Easy-Moderate | Level 1

Duration

6 days

Highest Altitude

11,950 ft

Age

8 to 62 years

Duration

6 days

Age

8 to 62 years

Difficulty

Easy-Moderate | Level 1

Highest Altitude

11,950 ft

Why Trekking in Jan and Feb is Better than December

Not many trekkers know that real winter sets in only in Jan and Feb in our country, making it a much better snow experience. Click here to read more.

Why Trek To Dayara Bugyal

Our Only Winter Trek with the Biggest Snow Expanse

Most people don’t know this, but Dayara Bugyal is a favourite trek among a few of the most seasoned trekkers at Indiahikes.

“This trek is superbly rewarding at any time of the year. The snowscape in winter is a world on its own. The forests are splendid in spring, the meadows are an unbeatable green in summer, and they turn orange in autumn, with striking mountain views. You can go any time, and you’ll not be let down,” shares Sandhya UC, co-founder and COO of Indiahikes.

However, we have a soft corner for the meadows on this trek, which are almost crafted to perfection. "The meadows are so perfectly landscaped, that there isn't a single rock or tree out of place. With the royal views of the Gangotri mountain range in the backdrop, the rewards are massively disproportionate compared to the effort you put in," shares Sandhya. It's no wonder that it's a favourite among beginners too.

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Quick Itinerary

A route map of the Dayara Bugyal Trek

Day 1

Drive From Dehradun to Raithal

Drive Distance: 185 km | Drive Duration: 9 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Grand Legacy Hotel, Dehradun.

Day 2

Trek from Raithal to Gui

Trek Distance: 6 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,142 ft to 9,630 ft

Day 3

Trek from Gui to Chilapada

Trek Distance: 2 km | Trek Duration: 2-3 hours | Altitude Gain: 9,630 ft to 10,515 ft

Day 4

Trek from Chilpada to Nayata via Dayara Top

Trek Distance: 9.25 km | Trek Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 10,515 ft to 9,186 ft via 11,950 ft

Day 5

Trek from Nayata to Raithal

Trek Distance: 8.30 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | Altitude Loss: 9,186 ft to 7,142 ft

Day 6

Drive back from Raithal to Dehradun

Drive distance: 185 km | Trek Duration: 9 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes trekkers: Hotel Grand Legacy, Dehradun

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

Onward transport from Dehradun to Raithal: We will arrange transport from Grand Legacy Hotel, Dehradun to Raithal at 6.30 am. The cost of this transport has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs 6,500 per vehicle for SUV and Rs 10,000 per vehicle for Tempo Traveller.

Return transport from Raithal to Dehradun: We organise return transport from Raithal back to Grand Legacy Hotel, Dehradun after the trek. This transport cost has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs 6,500 per vehicle and Rs 10,000 per vehicle for Tempo Traveller. You will reach Dehradun between 6.00 and 7.00 PM.

Stay facility: Your accommodation will be organised in Swiss tents at the base camp. After getting on the trail, you will be camping in Hillman Tents designed for high altitude expeditions by Indiahikes.

Documents required: It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

Cloakroom facility for excess luggage: We have a Cloakroom facility at the base camp for your excess luggage. We do not charge for this. However, please do not leave behind any valuables (such as laptops and mobile phones) in the cloakroom.

Thinking of offloading your backpack? Think again: Indiahikes practices low impact sustainable trekking in every aspect of the trek. Carrying your own personal backpack reduces your impact on the mountains by 20%. We expect all our trekkers to carry their own backpacks unless they have a justifiable reason not to. (Read our thoughts here)

A route map of the Dayara Bugyal Trek

PRO-TIPS

➤ If you're travelling by train, choose the Jan Shatabdi Express as it sits well in your travel plan. It leaves Delhi by 15:20 and reaches Dehradun station at 21:10. You'll get a good night's rest.

 While returning, the DNN Kota Special Train, which starts at 22.50 from Dehradun and reaches Delhi (H Nizamuddin Station) at 04:35 will suit your return schedule well.

Download the GPX file for your Dayara Bugyal Trek

We go to great lengths to ensure you have a safe trek. So here’s a GPX file to help you navigate without getting lost.

Day 1

Drive From Dehradun to Raithal

Drive Distance: 185 km | Drive Duration: 9 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Grand Legacy Hotel, Dehradun.

Day 2

Trek from Raithal to Gui

Trek Distance: 6 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,142 ft to 9,630 ft

Day 3

Trek from Gui to Chilapada

Trek Distance: 2 km | Trek Duration: 2-3 hours | Altitude Gain: 9,630 ft to 10,515 ft

Day 4

Trek from Chilpada to Nayata via Dayara Top

Trek Distance: 9.25 km | Trek Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 10,515 ft to 9,186 ft via 11,950 ft

Day 5

Trek from Nayata to Raithal

Trek Distance: 8.30 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | Altitude Loss: 9,186 ft to 7,142 ft

Day 6

Drive back from Raithal to Dehradun

Drive distance: 185 km | Trek Duration: 9 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes trekkers: Hotel Grand Legacy, Dehradun

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

➤ Onward transport from Dehradun to Raithal: We will arrange transport from Grand Legacy Hotel, Dehradun to Raithal at 6.30 am. The cost of this transport has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs 6,500 per vehicle for SUV and Rs 10,000 per vehicle for Tempo Traveller.

➤ Return transport from Raithal to Dehradun: We organise return transport from Raithal back to Grand Legacy Hotel, Dehradun after the trek. This transport cost has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs 6,500 per vehicle and Rs 10,000 per vehicle for Tempo Traveller. You will reach Dehradun between 6.00 and 7.00 PM.

➤ Stay facility: Your accommodation will be organised in Swiss tents at the base camp. After getting on the trail, you will be camping in Hillman Tents designed for high altitude expeditions by Indiahikes.

➤ Documents required: It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

➤ Cloakroom facility for excess luggage: We have a Cloakroom facility at the base camp for your excess luggage. We do not charge for this. However, please do not leave behind any valuables (such as laptops and mobile phones) in the cloakroom.

➤ Thinking of offloading your backpack? Think again: Indiahikes practices low impact sustainable trekking in every aspect of the trek. Carrying your own personal backpack reduces your impact on the mountains by 20%. We expect all our trekkers to carry their own backpacks unless they have a justifiable reason not to. (Read our thoughts here)

PRO-TIPS

➤ If you're travelling by train, choose the Jan Shatabdi Express as it sits well in your travel plan. It leaves Delhi by 15:20 and reaches Dehradun station at 21:10. You'll get a good night's rest.

 While returning, the DNN Kota Special Train, which starts at 22.50 from Dehradun and reaches Delhi (H Nizamuddin Station) at 04:35 will suit your return schedule well.

Download the GPX file for your Dayara Bugyal Trek

We go to great lengths to ensure you have a safe trek. So here’s a GPX file to help you navigate without getting lost.

The forests become extremely beautiful in winter. Especially in peak winter months of January and February, the boughs of the trees are heavily laden with snow. Every time you shake a branch, you’ll feel soft powder snow drizzle over you.

Picture by: Dhaval Jajal

The snow-laden forests

Why Dayara Bugyal Is A Great Trek For Families

At Indiahikes, we have always been on the lookout for a good trek where a family can trek together with children. Very few Himalayan treks are suitable for this, given the long distances, altitudes and tough terrains. But Dayara Bugyal creates the perfect atmosphere for families. Here is a small photostory:

The trek has beautiful forests where children can connect with nature. Picture by Vishnu Sivanandan

We have always believed that nothing brings a family together like trekking can. This trek allows enough leisure time where families can spend quality time and create stronger bonds.

One of the biggest benefits of exclusive family treks is that children bond with other children. (Here are the benefits.) The campsite settings at Dayara allow children to safely step outside and engage with other children. Picture by Vishnu Sivanandan

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, first went on this trek almost a decade ago. Since then, he has explored the Dayara Bugyal trek from several routes in several seasons. Here, he shares his candid thoughts about the Dayara Bugyal trek.

What I Like and Don’t Like About the Dayara Bugyal Trek

What I Like About the Dayara Bugyal Trek

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, first went on this trek almost a decade ago. Since then, he has explored the Dayara Bugyal trek from several routes in several seasons. Here, he shares his candid thoughts about the Dayara Bugyal trek.

1. The big mountains hanging above the meadows of Dayara

I remember it was early evening when I set out to explore the meadows. The golden-green grass undulated over mounds of hillocks. It was just meadows everywhere. Fluffy white sheep grazed peacefully in small clusters in the nooks of the meadows.

Mt Bandarpoonch, with its shimmering snowy flanks, stood over the meadows like a guardian angel. It was omnipresent. The big massif with Mt Kalanag followed me everywhere.

You always hear of how stunning mountain views are when they jut out of the meadows. But, on Dayara Bugyal it grabs you by the scruff of the neck. Because behind me, in the direction I had climbed up was the entire stretch of greater Himalayas of the Gangotri extension.

I don't think I can say I was stunned. It was more than that. I had to sit down on a rocky outcrop to steady myself at what I was seeing.

I think people have got it all wrong about the views. They talk only about the meadows. It is the mountain views from Dayara that are the stunner.

A view of Mt Bandarpoonch from the meadows of Dayara. Picture by Abhishek TS

2. The vastness of the meadows

I was taken aback at how vast the meadows were. I could not find an end anywhere. Curiosity got the better of me. I had to know where the meadows ended.

I climbed the second and third hillocks. The only thing that I got to see was more endless views of the meadows. I traversed my way towards Bakhariya top, the highest point of the meadows. It was many hills away.

Halfway, I climbed to a ridge that led to a hilltop. From the summit of the hilltop I could see the great deep valley many thousands of feet below me. On one side was the deep valley with the fading rolling hills, on the other were these great mountain ranges. In front was Mt Bandarpoonch. And below me were these endless carpets of green rolling meadows.

Where was I? This couldn’t be earth!

The meadows of Dayara stretch as far as your eyes can see. Picture by Arjun Majumdar

3. The forested trails and the biodiversity

I have trekked to Dayara from multiple routes — what strikes me is how shady the trail is. Right from the base camp until you breakout of the forests into the meadows, the trail is in good shade with lovely forest cover. The biodiversity is high. Which is why you’ll hear a lot of bird calls. While we talk about the meadows, don’t miss out on the forest. Dayara Bugyal is one of the Best Himalayan treks for Bird Watching. See birds spotted on the Dayara Bugyal trek here.

Dayara Bugyal trek is a birder's paradise. Picture by Madhav Anand

4. The camps in the clearings

Be it Gui, Chilapada, Nayata or even Barnala. Enclosed by forest but in grassy clearings, with commanding views of mountain tops, I think I could fall in love with these camps.

They are secluded, plenty of space to stretch your legs, walk about, take a peek in the forests, yet, you can just sit in one corner taking in the views. I have done lots of trek and have loved lots of camps, but if you ask me about Dayara, then I think it has some of the better campsites.

The Gui campsite is a clearing with many hidden surprises. Lovely mountain views greet you when you turn right and behind a mound lies this secret pond. Photo: Anubhav Bhatt

What I Don't Like About the Dayara Bugyal Trek

1. The Campsite near Barnala

I didn’t like the new Barnala campsite. We have had to move down from the upper Barnala camp to the lower Barnala camp, near the forest huts. The lower camp is somewhat cramped with very few views.

It is marshy at one end. I am waiting for when we can go back to the higher Barnala camp. In any case, we don’t camp at Barnala these days. The wonderful new campsite of Nayata is a hop-step-and a jump away. Trekkers simply love Nayata.

The pond near Barnala, beside which the campsite is located. Picture by Sudheer Hegde

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Dayara Bugyal trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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Green Trails

Leaving mountains better than we find them

At Indiahikes, we focus on bringing in new practices that can reduce our impact on the environment.  This is done through constant R&D.  Once these new practices are implemented we focus on achieving the results consistently on all our treks. You will see this as part of our G6 practices. 

Golden 1: Green Sweep - Clean the trail of visible litter.  We have collected more than 1,00,000 kgs of waste since 2016.

Golden 2: Segregation At Source - Segregate all waste collected so that we do not add all this waste to the landfill.  We have diverted 50% of the waste from landfill through segregation

Golden 3: Food Composting - All our kitchen waste is composted into useful humus for the mountain soil.  All food waste is either eaten by mules or composted at source.

Golden 4: Biotoilets - All our human waste is composted at source through our specially designed dry toilet pits. 

Golden 5: Water efficient dispenser  - We have reduced our waste used per trekker by 70% through specially designed water dispenser systems.

Golden 6: Save energy - We use solar panels for our energy use at our campsites.  We are also in the process of redesigning our stove and menu to reduce the amount of gas used on our treks.

Our trekkers are a big part of us keeping our promise to leave the mountains better than we found them. 

  • Indiahikes trekkers do not carry anything that can harm the environment - be it wet wipes, or any packaged food on the trek.  In fact they practice a zero waste trek.
  • Indiahikes trekkers do not buy any packaged food in the dhabas on the trek - they do not take part in feeding the demand for packaged food 
  • Indiahikes trekkers clean the trails of waste using the eco bag as part of the Green Sweep Initiattive 
  • Indiaihikes trekkers carry their own backpack on the trek. They do not offload unless absolutely necessary
  • Indiahikes trekkers do not pee/poop near any water source 
  • Indiahikes trekkers do not stray away from the marked trail

Trekkers who sign up with us pledge to follow these practices.  When you sign up with us, you do too.

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Everything you do on a trek creates an impact. The trail you trek on, the water you use, the waste you generate, how you poop, how you cook, what you eat — everything has an impact. The higher the impact, the greater the damage to the environment. 

Yet, when done sustainably, trekking is one of the most environment-friendly sports.

When you trek with Indiahikes, you trek to leave the mountains better than we found them.  This is part of our Green Trails promise.

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Why fitness matters on the Dayara Bugyal Trek

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On Easy-Moderate treks, you’re likely to trek around 5-6 km each day. Expect gradual ascents and descents along the way. The maximum altitude will be about 12,500 ft. There are no technical sections on these treks, but there could be small sections of steep gradients or tricky patches that require you to be surefooted.

Your goal is to comfortably run 5 km within 38 minutes.

Note: If you are above the age of 58 years, you'll also need to submit your Treadmill Test within 7 days of registration.

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Trek Trivia

Things Nobody Tells You About Dayara Bugyal

Did you know Dayara Bugyal is connected to two other alpine meadows?

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If you have a bit of adventure in your heart, you can explore two more alpine meadows from Dayara Bugyal -- Siyari Bugyal and further ahead, Gidara Bugyal.

Siyari Bugyal is a lot easier to access, via Devkund, a ridge that leads to Siyari from Dayara.

Gidara Bugyal is a lot more difficult to access and requires good fitness levels.

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Available Dates

Avoid December's crowds. Choose Jan, Feb or March.

In Jan, Feb and March, you'll find lesser crowds, more snow deposits and higher chances of snowfall.