Arguably the best meadows of India
Is Dayara Bugyal the most beautiful meadow in India? This is a debate that refuses to die. When trekkers discuss about the most beautiful meadow in India – Dayara Bugyal is often placed at the top position, only to be hotly contested and pushed to the next best, after Bedni Bugyal. But there is no debate amongst trekkers that Dayara Bugyal would fall within the two most beautiful high altitude meadows in India. It is not difficult to see why.
For hundreds of years, shepherds from afar have been taking their flock to graze at Dayara. They have come back with stories of the abundance of grass and splendor of the mighty Himalayan mountain peaks cradling the meadows. They described the place with such intensity that soon, word about Dayara Bugyal reached explorers.
When our explorers got back from the Dayara Bugyal trek, they came profoundly affected. The meadows were exactly as the shepherds had described them – but only more beautiful. The mountains they talked about were the Bhagirathi peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black peak and scores of other peaks they could not name. They discovered clear water bodies strewn across the green meadows – in whose reflection the peaks looked even more beautiful. Flowers sprung up around streams and brooks that ran across the meadows.
Difficulty level and Preparation
Dayara Bugyal is an easy-moderate trek. The meadows that you trek on everyday are undulating. Moreover, you walk in and out of the tree line everyday. This means that there will stretches of ascents and descents on each day of the trek. This requires you to be be physically fit. This is a good trek for beginners and experienced trekkers alike.
Here’s a short itinerary of the Dayara Bugyal trek
Day 1: Reach Barsu; 7-8 hours drive from Dehradun. Transport will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station at 6.30 AM. Cost of cab – Rs.5,500 per vehicle.
Day 2: Barsu (7,400 ft) to Barnala (9,640 ft), 3-4 hours
Day 3: Barnala (9,640 ft)to Dayara Bugyal (11,700 ft), 3-4 hours; Excursion to Dayara Top (12,350 ft), 2.5-3 hours
Day 4: Dayara Bugyal (11,700 ft) to Siyaari (11,700 ft), 3-4 hours
Day 5: Siyaari (11,700 ft) to Barsu (7,400 ft), 4-5 hours
Day 6: Drive from Barsu to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun between 6.00 PM and 7.00 PM.
Accommodation on all days will be in tents (3 per tent).
Dayara Bugyal Detailed Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Reach Barsu
- Altitude: 7,400 ft
- Time taken: 7-8 hours drive
The drive from Dehradun Railway station to Barsu will take you about 8 hours. Pick up will be arranged at 6.30 am. The cost of the cab will be Rs.5,500 per vehicle. The total cost of all cabs is to be divided among all trekkers and paid directly to the driver.
Day 2: Barsu to Barnala
- Altitude: 7,400 ft to 9,640 ft
- Time taken: 3-4 hours
- Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Gradually ascending trail throughout.
- Water sources: None. Carry 2 litres of water
The Barnala and Dayara ridges can be seen right from the lawns of GMVN at Barsu. It is an easy-moderate climb with some stiff edges in between. Barnala, a small meadow, is on top of the first ridge. Take the pathway that goes beside the wall of the GMVN, passing the village fields. The fields give way to trees within ten minutes of the climb. The trees, a mix of local deciduous varieties, oak and rhododendron, create a beautiful mix of colors when their leaves glisten in the morning sun.
The tree cover is sparse initially with a number of clearings in between. Take a peep at the mountains in front and notice them getting bigger as you gain height. Half an hour into the moderately ascending trail will bring you to a herbal garden maintained by the govt. Walk past the garden and in twenty more minutes, you are at the last clearing on the route to Barnala. This place is called Mathi Hoda, which means “last clearing.”
The forest cover thickens beyond this and from spring to autumn, the foliage of the trees is thick enough to hide the sky above. Climb up on the well laid-out stone track to the ridge line, which is an hour away.
At the ridge line, the trail gently slopes down. A couple of minutes later, the Gujjar huts and a big clearing are seen. Tall pine trees circle the periphery of the clearing. The trail goes along the side of the clearing, climbing up a small mound at one end. Get on top of the mound and look back. Notice that the skyline has broadened and many more peaks have made an appearance. Run up and in less than five minutes begin the meadows of Barnala.
Barnala is a tree-lined meadow that converts into a ski slope during winter. At the left corner of the meadow is the Barnala Lake. Take a break by the lake watching the reflection of the oak trees in the water.
Day 3: Barnala to Dayara Bugyal. Trek to Dayara Top and back
- Altitude: 9,640 ft to 11,700 ft. Dayara top at 12,350 ft
- Time taken: 3-4 hours to Dayara Bugyal. Dayara top excursion – 2.5-3 hours
- Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. 1.5 hours of gradual ascent followed by an undulating meadow walk to reach the campsite.
- Water sources: None. Carry 2 litres of water.
Dayara Bugyal is on top of the ridge line seen from Barnala. Walk across the meadow and enter the tree line again. Do not forget to turn around to see the views behind as you walk.
The climb up the second ridge line is steeper than the first. The path is still well laid-out and it is hard to miss your way through it. An hour and a half’s climb brings you to the end of the tree line and the meadow begins right there. Climb up a couple of mounds and turn around to see the views. On one side are the new entries, never seen till now – the Bandar Poonch and Black peak.
On the other side are the mountains that were with you until now; the numbers have increased. The view stretches out now to 180 degrees and more. The Dayara Bugyal meadow stretches out far and wide ahead, but the camping areas are limited to the fringes of the Bugyal, where there are good sources of water.
Continue to trek along the right fringes of the meadow with the tree line just below. The trek to the camp site is like a preview to the views in store for the next few days. Capture in your minds and memories, the Bugyals dipping and raising, the skyline around and the long shadows in the golden evening sun.
Pass the Gujjar huts that come up on your left. Within 500 meters, a shady enclosure of oak and pine trees, with a clearing in the center, is seen. A couple of small streams flow on either sides through the year. Make this your campsite. Collect fallen branches and logs from the oak trees around.
Dayara Bugyal’s expanse deserves a day of exploration. Set aside a day if you can for a complete exploration of the meadow, going all the way to Dayara top and back. This should take you 2.5-3 hours.
Day 4: Dayara Bugyal to Siyaari
- Altitude: 11,700 ft to 11,700 ft
- Time taken: 3-4 hours
- Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial steep ascent for 10 minutes followed by a level walk. The trail continues in a series of short descents and ascents throughout, interspersed with ridge walks.
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water. There is one water source on the trail.
If in summer, start early. A 7.00 am start is perfect if you are a bigger group. Take the trail that crosses the stream beyond the campsite and moves into the oak trees. The trail goes out of the forest cover within five minutes, with magnificent views of Bandar Poonch and other peaks.
Keep the tree line on your left and climb up the ridge until you meet the trail that goes to Gidara Bugiyal. It is a breathless 1o min to the trail.
The early morning view of Dayara Bugiyal is worth every effort put in to get there. Miles of undulating meadows stretch in every direction, with the rays of the sun catching them in many moods. If early in the season (May-June), thousands of yellow, violet and white flowers sprout across the meadows – sometimes, there are so many that you have to deliberately skirt around them.
Stick to the trail as it naturally leads you out of the meadows to the north-western edge (your extreme right). On the edge, it descends sharply through a cluster of dwarf rhododendrons, flattening out to a clearing with a shepherd’s hut. There is a small water point here. Beyond the hut, the trail climbs again topping at a flat ridge of Devikund.
Devikund is a small junction that signals the end of Dayara meadows. A trail descends from Devikund to Dodital, two camps away.
Take the trail that climbs upward and to your right. It opens out to a flattish walk on the steep flank of a large mound. Ahead, Badarpoonch keeps you company, ever watching with its presence. The trail curves around the western flank of the mound before descending gently to the top of a ridge.
Oak trees flank the eastern edges of the ridge. Peep through the trees and spot Barsu many thousand feet below. Take the trail that veers off the ridge to the left and gently descends to a thick cluster of rhododendrons. The trail widens considerably and weaves a flattish trail through the rhododendrons before rounding a shoulder again regaining the ridge. The trail continues to weave in and out of the ridge and into clusters of rhododendrons, finally ending the ridge at the base of the climb towards Surya top.
The climb is short but steep, over a series of switchbacks topping at a tiny pass. From the pass, the view of the entire Dayara Bugyal is worth pausing a few moments for. In front, Bandarpoonch seems a touching distance away towering over the entire landscape.
The trail hugs the eastern side of the ridge, descending mildly in a wide curve to get to another pass in ten minutes. This is the Gidara pass. From the top of the pass, the trail bifurcates in opposite directions. The one on the right heads to Pichkiya and the one on the left leads to Gidara Bugyal.
If you’re short of time and want to end the trek quickly, head towards Pichkiya. If you have an extra day in hand, take the trail that leads to Gidara Bugyal. Gidara Bugyal is a longer trek and takes another three days to complete. But the trail towards Gidara is the way towards Siyaari campsite. Siyaari is visible from the top of the pass about 800 ft below.
Follow the trail to Gidara until it hops on to the ridge overlooking the Dodital valley. Catch the last views of the Bandarpoonch looming over the trail. Descend on the ridge until you get to a shallow, from where the trail to Gidara bifurcates to the left. You are at the tip of a valley that faces the Barsu direction. There is no fixed trail but numerous sheep trails descend to the valley floor. Descend to the valley floor and look for a perennial stream that cuts through the bottom of the valley from one end to the other. Establish your Siyaari camp anywhere near the stream.
Below, where the short valley ends, an abandoned cluster of shepherd huts perch on the edge of the ridge. Use the huts to fix your bearings on the location. In the evening, take short excursions to the various hill tops that surround the campsite. The view from the top of them displays the entire snow peak range.
In the morning, climb up the hill again to catch a spectacular sunrise from behind Mt Srikhant.
Day 5: Siyaari to Barsu
- Altitude: 11,700 ft to 7,400 ft
- Time taken: 4-5 hours
- Trek gradient: Easy. Short stretches of ascents and descents for 1.5 hours followed by a continuously descending trail
- Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water. You can refill your bottles from a coupled of water sources along the trail.
Siyaari is a superb location to catch sunrise on a meadow. For that, though, you need to climb up about 200 ft to a flat turn to the left of the valley.
Get up on time to make the 10 minute climb to the flat. Carry enough woolens – it can get a little windy on the top. Perch yourself on a boulder or on grass and catch the rising sun behind the summit.
As a bonus, wait for the hundreds of sheep that the shepherd’s let out to graze in the morning light. Catch the first trace of the sun, bouncing off their backs as they bleat in the warmth of the sun.
It’s a long descent to Barsu. Start early from the campsite. Keep the stream to your left and take the trail that hugs the right of the valley, climbing slightly on its flank. At the end of the valley, the trail narrows and dips suddenly into the tree line. If there are mules with you on the trek, then, this is not the trail for them as it is too narrow. They need to retrace yesterday’s steps to the Gidara pass and head down to Pichkiya from the ridge above.
The narrow trail is just about wide enough for a person to pass through. The trail meanders in and out of roots of the oaks and rhododendrons, sometimes dipping sharply and at times, rising quickly but at most times having around the same altitude. The forest is thick and sunlight rarely reaches the trail. Within half an hour to forty minutes into the trail, take a break at a permanent stream that runs down a gully. The water is clean and pure.
Continue on the trail as it weaves in and out of the routes, until you get to a clearing with a terrific view of the summits in front and the meadows behind. The trail climbs and descends alternately through the thick undergrowth of oak rhododendron and occasionally mixed trees. The trail suddenly curves around a bend to give you a view of a shepherd’s hut perched on a ridge against the backdrop of an empty sky. Get to the hut to catch up with a friendly family of Gujjars. On the right are the last of the descending flanks of the Dayara meadows – a flank the locals call Ki’uttoral.
The shepherd’s hut is a junction of sorts, three trails merge here; the trail that descends from the Gidara pass, another that climbs from Barsu and Pichkiya, and the third, the trail we just came across – that leads to Siyaari and further on the Gidara. From the shepherd’s hut, take the trail that descends into the forest below. The trail gets wide, but descends steeper too.
Your next destination is Pichkiya – a large clearing in the forest, an hour and a half from the shepherd’s hut. Within 10 minutes of your descent, the trail flattens out to a big clearing surrounded by oak trees with langoors sleeping through the branches. In the clearing, cows graze about peacefully. Make your way through the clearing to the outer right and edge and catch the trail that again descends sharply into the forest.
Ten minutes later, over a curve, spot another cluster of shepherd’s huts peeping through the trees. Do not move to the hut but look for a sharp trail that weaves right from the trail and disappears into the thicket. This is the trail that you need to take. The trail that you see ahead ends at the shepherds’ huts.
The trail continuing to descend swerves further right to emerge at another cluster of shepherds’ huts in another couple of minutes. The trail starts to the left and switching back to the right to suddenly emerge into a cluster of trails sprouting out of it. This can confuse trekkers. From here on, and until Barsu, many side trails emerge and again converge together many times. To avoid getting the feeling that you are lost, always take a trail that is descending and moving to the right. Avoid any trail that looks flattish. Though, keep in mind all trails at some point converge and descend to Pichkiya and further on to Barsu.
Half an hour through the steep descent and further right into the mountains, the trail opens up to a large clearing of a grand view of snow peaks. You have arrived at Pichkya. A permanent water source flows on the extreme right hand edge of the clearing. Below the lip of the clearing, there is a small shady flat here, where the water source descends to a small watering hole. This is a favourite of animals to take a dip or simply drink from. There’s another water source a minute into the trail that starts from the outer edge of the clearing across the water source. This is your trail to Barsu.
Pichkiya is a lovely spot to take a break for lunch. In case the team is tired and sore from the long descent, then you can think of camping at Pichkiya too. From Pichkiya, it’s only two and a half hours to Barsu. So camping is an alternative only in an emergency or for the die hard.
The trail from Pichkya to Barsu is utterly beautiful and likely to stay in your memories for long. Take the outer trail from the right hand corner of Pichkya and begin your descent through the splendid foliage of oak trees. The brown carpet of leaves is a delight to walk on. To add to the charm, the trail splits and converges many times, sometimes over a height of only a few feet to lend a picture of fairy tale era. Pack your descent evenly because it is a fairly long descent of 2,000 ft to Barsu.
About an hour through the mystic forest, the trail suddenly plunges to the sound of roaring water to emerge at the foot of a lovely waterfall. The waterfall creates a few dark pools of water. This is a welcome break for trekkers to freshen up from the dust and grime of the last few days of trekking. Drink to your fill from the clean water and cross the stream over logs placed in the water. The trail climbs sharply out of the waterfall to leave the roaring sound behind in a couple of minutes. Soon enough, the trail again continues to descend through the enchanting oak forest.
Spot village women from Barsu foraging for firewood and dry leaves – and you know civilization is not too far off. Sure enough, an hour into the descent from the waterfall, emerge out into the open to a fantastic view of Barsu right below you. You are perched in an overhang of the steep mountain face that towers over Barsu.
Take in the beautiful view and continue your descent as a trail traverses the mountain face. On its descent to Barsu, the upper reaches of Barsu with its pretty wheat and poppy cultivation, soon falls on the trail. From here on, the trail dips towards Barsu quickly, traversing its upper meadows to get a spot close to the temple.
With a trail entering the village from its upper echelon, take your time, witnessing the life in the village of Barsu. Village kids scamper about around their homes, the women thrash wheat and some tend to their cultivation. It is a fascinating moment for trekkers to witness events from a world far removed from modernity. The trail gradually descends to the village square and a primary school surrounded by wheat fields. It brings to an end your enchanting Dayara Bugyal trek.
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, you can phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
- Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin
- Gradually increase the distance to 7 km. Target completing this in 63 minutes
- Before you go on the trek, you should be able to walk at least 10 km at a stretch. Target completing this in 90 minutes
In terms of speed, make sure you’re able to jog 5 km in 35 minutes before the start of the trek. If you are 45 years old and above, your target should be completing at least 3 km within 29 minutes before you go on the trek.
This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover carrying your backpacks and trekking along with your backpack is not a very easy task. You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
- Trekking shoes: The trek distance is long and you will have to walk for long distances which need you to have comfortable trekking shoes. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Three (Five in Winter) Warm Layers: You will be trekking and camping at high altitudes. So make sure you have the apt clothes for the climatic conditions. It will be cold at the higher altitudes so make sure you have at least three layers of warm clothes to protect yourself.
- Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
- Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
- Suncap: The sun is more harsh at high altitudes so wear a suncap to protect your face and neck.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek –
Trek fee: Rs. 8900/-
GST at 5% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek (camping – 3 per tent)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Transport to and from the base camp . Shared taxis will be arranged. It will cost approx. Rs. 5,500 per vehicle which trekkers are to divided amongst themselves and pay directly to the driver.
- Food during transit to and from the base camp
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 250 per day + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
- Stay at Dehradun on the last day.
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
The cancellation charges are as under:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
- Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start and to the end of the trek.
2. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Dehradun railway station at 6.30 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to Barsu in shared cabs.
3. Transport: Transport from Dehradun to Barsu and the return can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (Rs 5,500 per vehicle). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No GST is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport. You can choose to come independently to the base camp.
4. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
Backpack offloading charge is Rs 250 per day + 5% GST. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
5. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
6. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
7. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
8. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
9. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
10. Safety Protocol:
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety
Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.
Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:
1. Fitness criteria before registration
Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Dayara Bugyal trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.
2. Monitoring health on a trek
On the Dayara Bugyal trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.
Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.
3. High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.
4. High Altitude Trek Equipment
To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.
All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.
With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.
Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.
5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek
You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.
We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.
How to get to the basecamp – Barsu
Delhi → Dehradun → Barsu
The Dayara Bugyal trek starts from Barsu, 181 km from Dehradun. Barsu is a small village.
Indiahikes organises transport from Dehradun to Barsu. The pick up is from Dehradun Railway station on Day 1. The cost of the cab is Rs.5,500 per vehicle. This is not included in your trek fee. It is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Transport can also be organised from Rishikesh (Tapovan) upon request.
You will reach Barsu at around 6.oo pm.
To reach Dehradun
The best way to reach Haridwar is to take an overnight train from Delhi.
- 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 5.40
If you cannot find a train, then take a bus. To stay on the safe side, book buses online in advance. Book such that you have some buffer time to make it to Dehradun on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed.
Barsu → Haridwar → Delhi
The Dayara Bugyal trek ends at Barsu. It is again a 7 hour journey back to Dehradun. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs.5,500 per cab. This is to be shared by trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm.
If you are travelling further from Dehradun, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Dehradun post 8 pm. If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by Mussoorie Express (21.20) or Nanda Devi Express (23.30).