Dayara Bugyal Trek

The Perfect Himalayan Trek For Beginners
Trek Fee : 9,450 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
? Easy-Moderate treks have even trails and a gentle gradient. No more than 5-6 days long. They do not go to very high altitudes and have easy exits from most campsites.
Easy-Moderate
Duration
Duration
6 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
11,978 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Dehradun railway station
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Raithal
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
September to June

The Complete Guide To Dayara Bugyal Trek


Dayara Bugyal is one of the prettiest meadow treks in our country. At the Dayara meadows, the rolling carpet of grass spreads out far and wide, farther than the eye can see. Add to this the big mountains that pop out of the meadows up close – Mt Bandarpoonch, Mt Black Peak, Mt Jaonli, Mt Shrikanth, Mt Draupadi Ka Danda and many more. This grand combination of the meadows and big mountains is very rare and one of THE reasons why every mountain enthusiast must trek to Dayara.

If you are a beginner, the trek gives you even more reasons to go there. Along with the fantastic meadows, you get a perfect well-rounded Himalyan trek experience. Its lovely forests, picturesque campsites, innumerable high points and ancient villages make it a complete Himalayan trek for new trekkers.

Dayara Bugyal has well laid trekking trails  and evenly paced trekking days. This makes it an “easy trek” addressing one of the biggest concerns of beginners – the difficulty of a trek.

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What I Like And Don’t Like About The Dayara Bugyal Trek

I had heard of Dayara Bugyal much before we had started Indiahikes — I’m going back almost 13-14 years from now.

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I had heard that there were a few, and just a handful few high altitude meadows in our country that could take “The Top Grasslands To See In The World” awards. And that Dayara Bugyal was one of them.

These were all folklore, but my imagination was piqued. I longed for a day when I would step on these meadows.

Such was our urge that very early at the start of Indiahikes, we wanted to explore Dayara Bugyal, over and above other great treks. We had to see the meadows for ourselves because we explored the meadows in 2010!

We did not talk much about it in our blogs and articles at that time and we had kept this little treasure for ourselves, thinking that our country had not matured enough to enjoy the wonders of high altitude grasslands. Frankly, at that time trekkers were obsessed with high altitude treks.

Dayara did make me go weak in the knees. There were no two ways about it. If you had to see something wondrous, perhaps a lifetime experience, then stepping on Dayara meadows would be one of them. I also discovered there was a lot going for the trek even without the meadows.

What I like about Dayara Bugyal trek

➤ 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.

A trekker minimized by the size of the Bandarpoonch range behind him. Picture by Niranjan

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 is the stunner.

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

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

The undulating meadows of Dayara in June. Picture by Arjun Majumdar

Half way, I climbed to a ridge that led to a hill top. From the summit of the hill top 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!

➤ 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.

The lovely forest trails of Dayara Bugyal. Picture by Anuja Gupta

➤ I really liked 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.


What I don’t like about the trek

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 little views.

It is marshy at one end. I am waiting 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.


Best Time To Do The Dayara Bugyal Trek


Dayara Bugyal is a trek that can be done round the year except during the monsoons.  This means that the trek is open and great for almost 8 months in a year.

If we take out the monsoons, we get 4 distinct seasons to experience Dayara Bugyal – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season is different and lovely in its own way.

Dayara Bugyal trek in Spring

Spring in Dayara starts by mid March and goes on till the end of April. The snows start to melt at the upper reaches while the grass begins to turn green at the lower meadows. Tiny flowers make their heads out of the grass while rhododendrons bloom on the trees.

The upper reaches of the Dayara meadows are usually under snow until mid April.

Spring is a great time to experience colour contrasts on the meadows. You see snow, greenery and the colour of flowers all together.

Snow Great time to experience the last of the winter snow. The snow starts to recede from the lower campsites when spring sets. The upper reaches of Dayara are still under snow.
Flora and Fauna You will see rhododendrons in bloom. Green pastures start peeping out from under the melting snow. Canopy of green and brown oaks is thick in the forest section between Raithal to Gui. This is the time to hear birds. Watch out especially for the Himalayan Monal.

Dayara Bugyal trek in Summer

Summers are warm on Dayara Bugyal trek. Picture bright green meadows getting toasted under hot sunlight.

There is also a distinct summer fragrance in the air especially as you trek under the shadows of oaks and maples. You will easily sweat in this season.

The atmosphere also gets hazier as there is a lot of dust and pollen in the air at this time. So, you might not get as sharp views as you get in autumn. But you will see the snow-capped mountains in their grandeur on a clear day.

There’s another plus side to the summers on Dayara Bugyal trek. Without the challenges of cold temperature or snow, this trek is at its easiest in the summers. And so, we open the family batches of Dayara Bugyal trek during this time. It’s a great time to introduce children to the Himalayas.

Snow Most of the snow has melted now and the temperature is warmer.
Flora and Fauna The meadows look green, dotted with yellow, violet and white flowers
For Families The trek is at its easiest in summers. It is a perfect time for family treks on the Dayara Bugyal trek.

Dayara Bugyal trek in Autumn

In autumn (mid Sep — mid Oct) the skies are at their clearest. That’s when you witness the sharp mountain views. Imagine the majestic Gangotri range, Bandarpoonch popping up from the golden meadows under brilliant blue skies. Sounds picturesque, doesn’t it?

And if you wish to capture these ranges through your camera lens, autumn is the perfect time to do so.

Other than the brilliant mountain views, Dayara Bugyal in autumn is a riot of colours. You will witness maple leaves turning fiery red. This is a signature sight in the Himalayas, and against the backdrop of meadows turning golden, well, it is a sight to behold.

Witness these as you trek, inhaling the crisp, pine-scented autumn air.

Snow There is no snow on the trek but temperatures are dipping.
Flora and Fauna The meadows turn golden yellow, maple leaves change colour to fiery red
Mountain Views The air is washed clean of haze after the monsoon and is clear, crisp. This offers brilliant mountain views in the backdrop of the expansive golden meadows.

Dayara Bugyal trek in Winter

In winter, people trek to Dayara Bugyal to experience snow. The landscape again changes colour when draped in the white snow. Soft, powdery snow-flakes loosely hang from pine-trees offering a tinge of Christmas-y feel. Perfect for snowball fights and an experience of snowfall if you’re lucky.

Snow raises the difficulty of the trek. So, prepare well if you are going in winters.

Snow You will find snow from the base camp towards the end of December. The entire landscape and valley will be in white.
Flora and Fauna Pine trees heavy with powdery snow give a Christmas-y feel


Weather And Temperature On Dayara Bugyal Trek

There are four clear seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter – to do this trek. And the weather in each season differs.

So what kind of weather can you expect in these seasons?

Spring (Mid March — Mid April): The winter is receding but hasn’t totally left yet. The snow is still in patches on the ground. On the upper slopes, especially above 10,000 feet it is still snow bound.

Expect cold nights at your higher camps. Temperature during the night can drop to around zero but generally will hover around 1-5 degrees. The day temperatures are usually very pleasant on the trek at an average of 15 – 20 degrees. If the sun goes behind the clouds and there is a bout of rain, then the temperature can fall to around 10 degrees.


Summer (mid-April — June): There is no trace of winter left now. Even above 10,000 feet, you won’t find any snow. The air during the day is warm and you can almost smell the season as you trek through the shadows of oaks, maples.

During the day, the temperature hovers around 20 degree celsius and may go up to 25. At night, the minimum may go till 7-10 degree Celsius.

The nights are cooler and even though it’s summer you will need 2-3 layers to keep you warm after sun-down. The higher camps are colder at night. Sometimes you may wake up to frosty mornings.


Autumn (Mid Sep — Mid October): Autumn is generally like Spring, but a few degrees colder. Nights can be nippy at slightly below zero at the highest camp. As you move towards late November, it is perceptibly colder. Higher camps are 2-3 degrees below zero. Though, at the lower camps the temperature will hang slightly above zero.

While trekking, in autumn, day temperatures are pleasant at around 13 – 18 degrees, but any rain or slight drizzle brings down temperature rapidly to around 8 – 12 degrees. You need to keep a pullover handy with you always.


Winter (December — January): December brings in the snow. Along with it comes the winter chill. Even in lower camps the air is frosty with a sharp bite.

Except sub zero temperatures even at your base camps in the evening in winter.

During the day when the sun is out, it is quite comfortable to trek. The temperature is a balmy 8 — 12 degrees. If you are on snow, then the snow reflects, which makes it quite warm sometimes!

At the higher camp, temperatures could fall below minus 7 or 8 degrees in the night. As long as you are inside your tent and in your layers it is absolutely fine.

On your early morning summit climb, expect to start in temperatures well below zero. The day will get progressively warmer as the sun touches the ground, even though you may be on snow. Be prepared to shed off your layers as you climb.


How To Stay Safe On The Dayara Bugyal Trek

Even though Dayara Bugyal is an easy-moderate trek, it is a high-altitude trek. And you must keep certain pointers in your mind to stay safe. Starting with the difficult sections that you will encounter on this trek.

How difficult is Dayara Bugyal Trek?

Dayara Bugyal is a perfect trek for beginners, it can even be considered as a pre-trek to get used to rigours of high-altitude trekking. Almost like an appetizer. It does not have tricky sections, but a couple of sections on the trek can get challenging. Amongst the high altitude treks on our list (treks that go over 11,000 feet), Dayara Bugyal poses the least risk.

There are two sections that will test your endurance. And for these sections – even though it is an easy-moderate trek – you need to train and have basic endurance and stamina.

To know how to get fit for the Dayara Bugyal trek, click here.

1. From the basecamp to the forest: This initial 1 km stretch is steep. And although there is a well-laid trail, this section will test your stamina. 

2. Climb to Dayara top: The final climb to Dayara top is also steep. And it gets challenging in snow during the winters. As you step out of your campsite for the summit push early in the morning, the snow is going to be hard, having frozen overnight. This snow section continues until you get to the top, getting steeper as you approach the top.

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Here are the important safety tips for Dayara Bugyal trek:

 While climbing the steep sections in snow – especially on your way to Dayara top – wear your microspikes. Hard snow is extremely prone to slips. A small slip can result in injuries like a ligament tear, a sprained ankle or even a fracture. Always put your foot on footholds made by earlier trekkers. Look out for deep footholds. Do not try to make new paths of your own.

| Note: If you are trekking with Indiahikes, your Trek Leader will tell you when to wear the microspikes. Indiahikes technical team will lead in this section to make the footholds required for trekkers to step on.

 AMS: At altitudes above 10,000 ft the chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness are real. Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker. Even experienced trekkers can get affected. Fitness helps in making your trek easier. But do not forget that even a fit person climbing too high too soon runs equal risk of developing AMS.

Some symptoms to watch out for: (a) Persistent headache (b) Feeling fatigue or weak (c) Feel nauseous or vomit (d) Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, often while sitting up or standing suddenly (e) You don’t feel like eating, you have a loss of appetite (f) You don’t sleep very well at night.

The itinerary of Dayara Bugyal trek allows you to acclimatise well. And yet, you must stay alert for any signs of AMS.

Watch the video below to gain clear understanding of Acute Mountain Sickness

Exit Points: There are easy exits on the Dayara Bugyal trek. In case of an AMS emergency at or before Chilapada, you will need to return to Raithal. If you are hit by AMS after reaching the top and crossed over to the other side of the trail, then you have to descend to Barsu. These are long distances and evacuation can take 7-8 hours from the farthest point.

Closest Hospital: If a medical emergency occurs, then the District hospital in Uttarkashi is the closest to you. Uttarkashi can be reached within an hour if you drive from Raithal or Barsu.


How To Reach Dayara Bugyal From Dehradun

You may access Dayara Bugyal trek from Raithal. It is a quaint Himalayan village situated around 185 km from Dehradun.

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If you are travelling on your own, take a bus from Dehradun to Uttarkashi as early in the morning as you can. A bus generally leaves from Dehradun Railway Station to Uttarkashi at 8:00 am. It charges about Rs.250.

There are shared taxis available near Indiranagar Market (Till 10:00 am) or Rispana Pool (From 11:00 am – 12:00 pm) till Uttarkashi . They charge Rs.350. You can reach Indiranagar Market/Rispana Pool using a shared auto (Vikram).

From Uttarkashi you will find shared taxis for Raithal from the taxi stand which is at a walkable distance if you get down at the bus stand. Raithal is 43 km from here. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach there. The taxi will charge Rs.100. These shared taxis are available only till 4:00 pm.

In case you do not find a direct taxi till Raithal, take a shared taxi till Bhatwadi. It will charge you Rs.70. From Bhatwari, Raithal is 10 km away. You can find shared taxis for Raithal from there which charge Rs.30.

| Tip: While this bus hopping may sound cumbersome, we do it regularly at Indiahikes. They are a fun and a good way to know the real Uttarakhand. You also get to meet very interesting local people. So while no one wants to miss a pick up, don’t be too disheartened if it happens. You may just experience one of your best travel moments!

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Alternate Base camp for Dayara Bugyal

You may also access Dayara Bugyal from Barsu which is around 23 km from Raithal.

If you start from Barsu, make sure to spend some time in the village which is buzzing with activity. Take a closer look at its agriculture. It’s rare to find flourishing farms of beans, watermelons, pumpkins at such a high altitude.

Also know that these are ancient Himalayan villages with houses that are 500 years old. Read the story of one such house.

Barsu is also steeped in culture and has its rendition of Pandav Nritya and Ramleela every alternate year. The time for these is decided by the village Panchayat, but it usually happens in the beginning of winter. In 2019, it happened in the first week of December.


What To Pack For Dayara Bugyal Trek

Before you start shopping and packing for the high-altitude Dayara Bugyal trek, watch this video to get a clear idea about what you need to take along.

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Mandatory Documents to carry On Dayara Bugyal Trek

Carry an Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, a passport will do.

You will need to submit your identification to the forest department. Without these, you will not be allowed to trek.

| Tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack to prevent them from getting wet.

If you have registered with Indiahikes, you also need to carry the Disclaimer Certificate and the Medical Certificate.

For an exhaustive list of things to carry, click here.


Connectivity On Dayara Bugyal Trek

Last ATM Electricity Mobile Service Providers Network Hotspots
You will find it at Uttarkashi. If needed, withdraw emergency cash from here. But do not bank upon the last ATM, they too run out of cash. Withdraw cash before you begin your road journey to Sari. Available at Raithal and Barsu. BSNL, Idea and Vodafone at both Raithal and Barsu There are no network hotspots on the way from Raithal to Gui.  From Chilapada to Nayata, you may have sketchy network for Idea, Vodafone  and BSNL. At Barsu, you will have network from all three service providers.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Dayara Bugyal Trek

These questions were answered by Latika Payak, Digital Content Manager at Indiahikes.

Where is Dayara Bugyal?

Dayara Bugyal is a beautiful alpine meadow situated in the north-west part of Uttarakhand in India. It is approximately 45 km from the famous town of Uttarkashi and around 190 km from Dehradun.

To reach Dayara Bugyal, first make your way to the base camp Raithal. It is a quaint Himalayan village. From there, trek through the beautiful oak, rhododendron and maple forest to the Dayara Bugyal.

Dayara Bugyal map Indiahikes

What does Bugyal mean?

Bugyal (pronounced boog-yaal) is a Hindi word that refers to alpine pasture lands or alpine meadows that grow above around 10,500 ft and below 13,000 ft. These alpine meadows are always found above the treeline, so they’re vast open lands, usually with great scenic views of the mountains and valleys around them.

While Dayara Bugyal is the prettiest meadow of our country, there are other alpine meadows in India too. Like the Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, which are two of the most famous bugyals of our country. There’s also Gidara Bugyal which is almost a secret meadow in the trekking world as very few people know about it.

What is the best time to do the Dayara Bugyal trek?

You can do the trek almost all throughout the year, except the monsoon. So, the best season are – spring, summer, autumn and winter. And the trek looks different in all these seasons. 

In spring you will find that the snow has freshly melted and green meadows dotted with flowers have started peeping out. Rhododendrons will also be in bloom in the forest. In summer, the meadows are bright and temperatures are warm. Autumn is known for its blue skies and brilliant view of the Bandarpoonch range and winter on Dayara Bugyal is magical with undulating meadows blanketed in powdery snow.

Short Itinerary

Important note: This is the updated itinerary. It follows the same trail & camps till Barnala, as described in the long itinerary. However, it ends at Barsu instead of coming back to Raithal, as we believe it adds to the overall trek experience.

Map:

You can download the route as a KML file here.

Updated itinerary

Day 1: Reach Raithal; 9-hour 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: Raithal (7,400 ft) to Gui (9,750ft), 4-5 hours

Day 3: Gui (9,750 ft) to Chilapada (10,500 ft) – This is an acclimatization day.

Day 4: Chilapada (10,500 ft) to Nayata (9,220ft) via Dayara Top (12,057 ft) 

Day 5: Nayata (9,220ft) to Barsu (7,400 ft)

Day 6: Return from Barsu to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun between 6 pm and 7 pm. We will drop you at the Dehradun railway station. 

The stay in Raithal will be at a lodge. You will be camping on other days (3 per tent). You can leave behind luggage (no valuables) that you do not require for the trek at Raithal. 

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

The Trek

Day 1: Reach Raithal 

Raithal, the base camp for the Dayara Bugyal trek, is around 9 hours away from Dehradun. The drive takes you through lovely forest stretches. You’re right next to the Bhagirathi river for most parts of the journey. The largest town on the route is Uttarkashi, from where you head to Batwari. As you approach Raithal, you witness the brilliant colours of sunset over Mt Jaonli and Draupadi ka Danda peaks.

  • Altitude: 7,096 ft (2,163 m)
  • Time taken: 7-8 hours drive
Amazing mountain views on the road to Raithal. Picture by Harikrishnan.

Day 2: Raithal to Gui

  • Altitude: 7,096 ft (2,163 m) to 9,750 ft (2,972 m)
  • Time taken: 4-5 hours
  • Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Gradually ascending trail throughout.
  • Water sources: None. Carry 2 litres of water
The adventurous trail to Gui through thick oak forests. Picture by Sudheer Hegde

At Raithal, you can see Mt. Srikhanth and  Gangotri 1, 2, 3 in the distance along with the mountains mentioned above. These become more prominent as you gain altitude on the trail to Gui.

The trail from Raithal to Gui before reaching the water point. Picture by Harikrishnan

The forest where the Gui campsite is located is visible from Raithal.

The trail from Raithal to Gui is a gradually ascending one. The initial trail goes out of the Raithal village quickly and takes you through the village fields. Go along the well laid out trail and  in an hour you come to a flat grassy clearing which also has a hand pump. Take a small water break here and then proceed.

Post the water point, the trail becomes more wooded. You make your way into a forest which consists mainly of green and brown oaks (moru and kharsu) and rhododendron. This makes it a very rich forest. Unlike other places, you do not find pines here.

The forest trail to Gui after water point. Picture by Harikrishnan.

The forest opens up to a couple of small clearings before you reach Gui.

The campsite at Gui is located in a small clearing surrounded by forests. There is a small tal close by. You will find village huts around – these are used by villagers in the summer. There is also a u-shaped forest department hut at some distance.

Gui campsite. Picture by Harikrishnan

Day 3: Gui to Barnala

  • Altitude: 9,750 ft (2,972 m) to 9,842 ft (3,000 m)
  • Time taken: 3-3.5 hours
  • Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Mostly a flat trail through the forest
  • Water sources: None. Carry 2 litres of water.

The days trek sees you carrying on along the trail the climbs out of Gui towards Dayara. As you climb up from Gui, you start seeing mountains on the other side, which were earlier hidden from view. Twenty minutes into the climb,  you come to a rain shelter to your left.  At the rain shelter, the trail to Barnala turns right into the forest.

En route Barnala. You can see Mt. Bandarpoonch peek from behind the mountains. Picture by Harikrishnan.

You are in the midst of an oak forest again.

After trekking for about one and a half hours, you reach the Barnala campsite. The site is at a clearing with a small stream passing through it. There are a few igloo-shaped forest department structures nearby.

The Barnala campsite at night. Picture by Harikrishnan

The Barnala campsite is shielded by small hillocks on three sides but opens up to magnificent mountain view on the fourth side.

Have lunch and rest at the camp. Then begin west from the campsite on the trail headed to the Barnala meadows. You will come face to face with the meadows after 10 -15 minutes of walking. Continue walking through the meadows for another 10 minutes. The trail leads to the Nag Devta temple that is located next to a tal (pond). The walk up to the temple is a bit steep but is well worth the view: as the evening comes, you see the entire Gangotri range light up in a glorious shade of orange.

The Barnala tal. Picture by Krunal Patel.

If you cannot make it to the temple or Barnala meadows for the sunset, then climb up the hill mounds near the campsite. Sunsets on each day of this trek are a sight to behold. 

Barnala meadows. Picture by Harikrishnan.

After lunch, stroll up to a higher point close to the campsite. In the evening, the rays of the sun falling on Bandarpoonch range to the left make for a beautiful sight. As your eyes move to the right, you see Kalanag, Srikhand Mahadev, and finally Draupadi ka Danda at the extreme right.

Day 4: Barnala to Dayara Top to Chilapada

  • Altitude: 9,842 ft (3,000 m) to 12,057 ft (3,675 m) to 10,500 ft (3,200 m)
  • Time taken: 5-6 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Undulating walk across meadows followed by a final ascent.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water. There is one water source on the trail.

The trail to Dayara climbs up from Barnala camp to the upper Barnala meadow which houses the Barnala Taal. At the upper meadow move to the extreme right towards the tree cover. At the entrance of the forest, spot the well laid stone trail that climbs up. Move on the ascending trail which is well paved all the way.  An hour into the climb, the treeline ends bringing you into the fringes of the meadows.  Spot the Chania huts in front. The trail goes right on the edge of the meadow. Look up to your right to see magnificent view of Bandar Poonch and Kala Nag. All the summits which were with you from Raithal and Barnala are now a lot bigger adorning the panorama behind.

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An Indiahikes guide checks his walkie-talkie as Mt Srikanth towers over him. Picture by Sudheer Hegde

The early morning view of Dayara Bugyal 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. In winter, you see miles and miles of powdery snow on the undulating terrain.

Dayara meadows covered in snow during winter. Picture by Harikrishnan.

Spend at least a couple of hours exploring the Dayara meadows before retracing your steps to the Chania huts. The trail to Chilapada goes down behind the huts. The wooded trail is well laid out again. About 30 minutes of descent brings you to Chilapada.

Day 5: Chilapada to Raithal

  • Altitude: 10,500 ft (3,200 m) to 7,400 ft (2,256 m)
  • Time taken: 4 hours
  • Trek gradient: Easy. Short stretches of ascents and descents for 1.5 hours followed by a steeply descending trail
  • Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water.
Going back to Raithal. Picture by Harikrishnan.

It takes about 4 hours to reach Raithal, so start your days trek by 9 am. From the Chilapada campsite, continue on the main trail you came down from Dayara yesterday. The trail continues to descend under a heavy canopy of forest cover. Fifteen minutes of descent brings you to the rain shelter from where you diverted to Barnala on the way up. Continue moving down on the main trail. In an hour’s march, you come over the clearing of Gui – your first campsite. Around Gui is where you get the final views of Mt Bandarpoonch on the trek.

The forests of Gui. Picture by Krunal Patel

Continue further for an hour before coming to the grassy clearing with the water source. Take a break here before completing the final hours descent to Raithal. The arch of Raithal marks the end of the trek. GMVN is half a kilometer down the paved road.

Continue till you reach GMVN . It brings to an end your enchanting Dayara Bugyal trek.

Day 6: Raithal to Dehradun.

Start from Raithal after breakfast. Enjoy the scenic drive back to Dehradun. You are expected to reach Dehradun at around 7 pm on this day.

Important note: We’ve added a new campsite at Nayata. Trekkers will do the trail described above, but instead of retracing the same trail after summitting, we are taking trekkers down the other side of the mountain to Barsu through Nayata, giving them the best of both worlds!
Please refer the short itinerary tab for an overview of the current itinerary. The detailed itinerary will be updated soon. 

Plan Your Travel for the Dayara Bugyal Trek

It is great to see you going on the Dayara Bugyal Trek. While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly. Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.

Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.  

1. Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel


Day -0: Book your air ticket to Delhi or Dehradun. If Dehradun, stay near the Dehradun Railway Station. If Delhi, book night train/bus to Dehradun. Click here for more explanation. 

Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal drive. It is an 7-8 hour drive from Dehradun. Raithal is the basecamp for your trek. 

We organise transport to Raithal from Dehradun Railway station. Our vehicles leave at 6:30 am sharp. It costs Rs 5,500 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers).

Day 2: Trek Raithal (7,000 ft) to Gui (9,500 ft);  4-5 hours 

Day 3: Trek Gui (9,500 ft) to Chilapada (9,500 ft) – This is an acclimatization day; 3-4 hours

Day 4: Trek Chilapada (9,500 ft) to Barnala (9,884 ft) via Dayara Top (12,057 ft); 5-6 hours

Day 5: Trek Barnala (9,884 ft) to Barsu (7,400 ft); 4-5 hours

Day 6: Drive from Barsu to Dehradun.. Start 6:30 am for the drive.

Book return train ticket to Delhi from Dehradun (Nanda Devi or Mussoorie express). Or book direct air ticket from Dehradun (Post 7-8 pm). Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 6. Click here for more explanation.  

| Tip: You can take a night train/bus from Dehradun to Delhi and reach Delhi early morning.

Note:

On your return from the trek you start from Barsu. Our vehicles will be arranged for you. The final stop of the vehicle is at the Dehradun railway station. You reach Dehradun between 6.00 and 7.00 pm. It costs Rs 5,500 per vehicle on the way back.

Dehradun to Raithal-Inidiahikes


2. Planning your onward flight/train booking  

 

If you are travelling from Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or any other city, book your air tickets either for Day Minus One, which is the day before Day 1 on the itinerary or book a flight/train as such where you will reach half an hour before the pick up time.

There are two options for your flight booking.

Option 1:

Fly directly to Dehradun. 

We recommend this. It gives you an added rest day at Dehradun. Most metros are directly connected to Dehradun. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Dehradun is too high, book to Delhi and connect to Dehradun by train/bus. 

The Dehradun airport is inconvenient when it comes to city connectivity (either to Rishikesh or Dehradun). Airport buses that ply between Rishikesh to Dehradun via airport run every hour. In our experience, the hour can stretch to even 1½ hours. 

Taxis are available from the airport (plenty). Prepaid taxis are available (look for the pre-paid taxi counter just out of the conveyor belt at the arrivals). You can also flag down a taxi (bargain a bit) with taxis outside the airport. Airport taxis are exorbitant. They usually charge Rs 1500. 

Usually most passengers take taxis from the airport. Try to hook up with co-passengers on the flight for your taxi ride to Dehradun. 

| Pro Tip: If you want to save real money walk 1.5 km to get to the Dehradun-Rishikesh national highway just outside the airport terminal complex. Take a private/Uttrakhand Vikas Mandal Nigam bus till ISBT Dehradun which will charge you 40 rs. From ISBT Dehradun take a shared auto (shared autos are called Vikrams) till Dehradun Railway Station. Shared autos charge about 10 rs. 

Option 2:

Flying to Delhi. Flying to Delhi may be a lot cheaper than getting to Dehradun. Make sure to book a flight that reaches Delhi by 8.00 pm. You must arrive in Delhi on Day Zero and not on Day 1.

| Note: If you notice the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Dehradun less than Rs 1000 then book directly to Dehradun. The rest and shorter travel time is worth the difference.  

Next, book yourself in the Nanda Devi Express to Dehradun (Train No: 12401). It is a fully AC train that leaves at 23.45 hrs from Hazrat Nizamuddin and gets to Dehradun at 5.40 am in the morning. 

| Note: Earlier the Nanda Devi express would depart from New Delhi railway station. From 26 Aug 2019, it leaves from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. The train now comes from Kota. So expect about 15 to 30 mins delay in arrival. The train number has changed too from 12206 to 12401.

For Metro train connectivity from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, take a metro to Dhaula Kuan metro station. Get off and walk down to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus metro station (there are convenient travelater belts over a skywalk). Take a metro to Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station over the pink line. It takes about 45 mins to an hour to get to Hazrat Nizamuddin over metro.

At Dehradun, wait for Indiahikes pickup at 6.30 am. Contact your driver by 6.00 am. The number of your transport coordinator will be shared with you a week prior to your departure. 

Caution: Do not book on any other train except the Nanda Devi Express. The other option, Mussoorie express, is notorious for its delay. Your pickup vehicle may leave without you. If you do not get tickets on the Nanda Devi Express, take a bus from Delhi to Dehradun, but do not book on the Mussoorie express.

| Pro Tip: Take the afternoon Jan Shatabdi express from New Delhi railway station (leaves at 15.20 pm) to arrive at Haridwar by 9.10 pm. Stay overnight at Dehradun. Take the Indiahikes pickup the next morning directly from Dehradun Railway Station.   

Bus

If in case you do not get a train ticket, there are regular Volvo AC buses from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Dehradun. You also get Non-AC buses. Buses are frequent and not usually crowded. You can get a bus almost every half hour. Buses take 7-8 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. AC bus tickets cost about Rs 700.

3. Planning your return flight/train booking

 

Booking your return tickets require some thought. If your trek ends on day 6, you can book your flight/train tickets for day 7. Make sure to make bookings post 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Next, if your onward flight departs from Delhi, then book flight tickets on Day 8. 

Sometimes trekkers worry if they can book an early morning flight out of Delhi on Day 8. Yes, you can. But book flights that depart only after 8 am. Do not book any flight between 6.00 and 8 am. You may not reach Delhi in time. 

How to get to Delhi on time for an early morning flight

If your flight is early, say between 8.00 and 9.00 am, then there are two options. 

Train: Take the Nanda Devi Express from Dehradun (12402) that leaves Dehradun at 10:50 pm to get to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 4.35 in the morning. From Hazrat Nizamuddin you get airport buses from outside the station as well as taxis. For Metro train walk down to the Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station, take a metro to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus, get off and connect to Dhaula Kuan Airport line metro station (there are convenient travelater belts over a skywalk). From Dhaula Kuan you get metro train to the airport. 

| Note: Earlier Nanda Devi express would arrive at New Delhi railway station. From 26 August 2019, it has been extended up to Kota. It no longer goes to New Delhi railway station. Instead it goes to Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. The train number has changed from 12206 to 12402.    

Bus: The other option is to take a bus from Dehradun. It is about 5½ – 6 hrs journey to Delhi. So if you take a bus that leaves around 9.00 pm, then expect to reach Delhi at around 3.00 am (ISBT Kashmiri Gate). A bus that leaves at 10 pm will reach Delhi around 4.00 am. AC Volvo buses are the fastest, so opt for them. Non AC buses can take up to 7-8 hrs for the journey. 

From Kashmiri Gate ISBT you get Airport buses or taxis.

| Note: Metro trains in Delhi do not start before 5.00 am.  

If you are taking a flight out of Dehradun

If you are taking a flight out of Dehradun then book yourself on Day 8. Most metros are now well connected by Dehradun by flight. 

4. Planning your hotel/stay

 

While booking hotels on your return, always assume book your rooms assuming the buffer day is not being used. Assume the trek is going to run without any hiccups. So what happens if you use your buffer day on the trek? Unfortunately, then you’ll probably lose your hotel booking. So book hotels where you may not have to transfer money in advance. Even if you do, consider it better than missing out on the trek. In Dehradun it is not difficult to find last minute hotel booking if in case the buffer day is used.   

Hotel options at Dehradun
Hotel Drona, which is a government property owned by the GMVN is decent. It is an old, but a large and spacious property. It is about 1.5 kms from Dehradun railway station. Rooms start at Rs 750. Phone: +91-135-2746847. Book online http://gmvnl.in/newgmvn/online_reservation/ Location: https://goo.gl/maps/sjWSkGhe5LfAN8wDA

MyRoom252 is a new backpackers facility in Dehradun. Modern, colourful and clean. Bunk beds start at Rs 300. Rooms are available too. It is not too far from the Dehradun Railway station. Shared autos (which are called Vikrams) can get you there. For online booking: http://www.myroom252.com/. Phone: 086308 81083. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/p5xkbMyUF4X5VHwx9

Nomads House is another new backpackers hostel in Dehradun. The atmosphere is good. The place neat and clean. Indiahikes trek leaders love Nomads House. It is about 10 mins from the Dehradun railway station. Bunk beds start at Rs 400, rooms start at Rs 800. Shared autos are easily available to get to Nomads House. Phone: 9760596464 Location: https://g.page/NomadsHouse?share

 

5. What if you miss the Indiahikes pickup? How to get to Raithal on your own.

If you miss the Indiahikes pick up from Dehradun. Here is how you can get to Raithal base camp on your own. 

If you are at Dehradun, take a bus to Uttarkashi as quickly as you can. A bus generally leaves from Dehradun Railway Station to Uttarkashi at 8:00 am. It charges about 250 rs. 

There are shared taxis available near Indiranagar Market (Till 10:00 am) or Rispana Pool (From 11:00 am – 12:00 pm) till Uttarkashi . They charge 350 rs. You can reach Indiranagar Market/Rispana Pool using a shared auto (Vikram). 

From Uttarkashi you will find shared taxis for Raithal from the taxi stand which is at a walkable distance if you get down at the bus stand. Raithal is 43 km from here. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach there. The taxi will charge 100 rs. These shared taxis are available only till 4:00 pm.

In case you do not find a direct taxi till Raithal take a shared taxi till Bhatwadi. It will charge you 70 rs. From Bhatwari, Raithal is 10 km away. You can find shared taxis for Raithal from there which charge 30 rs. 

| Tip: While this bus hopping may sound cumbersome, we do it regularly at Indiahikes. They are a fun and a good way to know the real Uttarakhand. You also get to meet very interesting local people. So while no one wants to miss a pick up, don’t be too disheartened if it happens. You may just experience one of your best travel moments!

How to get fit for the Dayara Bugyal Trek

Cardiovascular endurance

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.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –

–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.

–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.

–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 47 minutes.

If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.

How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?

Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.

Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometre of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.

Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.

Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek

For < 45 years age : One screenshot of 5 km in 45 minutes and the second 5 km in 40 minutes.

For > 45 years age : Two screenshots of 5 km in 47 minutes.

If you love cycling, cover a distance of 18 km in one hour and upload the same.

Fitness proof to be uploaded with GPS on and along with your picture.

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.

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One month trek fitness routine for easy treks

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.

Things to get for the Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal is a high altitude trek. The trekking gear you need to carry for this trek is what you need for regular treks.

First, The Essentials. You cannot do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes:

Dayara Bugyal requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.  

| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There really isn’t any necessity to buy the higher priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.

| Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are already broken into and in good condition. Rental shoes are not dirty or unhygienic. This is how they are kept clean.

2. Backpack:

For a trek like Dayara Bugyal, you need a 40-50 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack.

| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from.

| Rental: The 48 litre backpack by Adventure Worx is available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are custom-made for our Himalayan treks. Rent them if you don’t have a backpack.

3. Clothes:

Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. 

Base layer:

3 T-shirts:

Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.
Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.


| Buying tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.

| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)

| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space, since you’re already carrying them. 

3 insulation layers:

The highest altitude you reach on this trek is 11,978 ft. At these altitudes it can get freezing cold even in the middle of summer. You will need at least 3 insulation layers for this trek.
You will need 2 light fleece layers, 1 full-sleeve light sweater. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.

1 Outer layer:

A padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t really need a water resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.

| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.

Note: Down/feather jackets are really not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.

| Rental: Padded jackets made by Fort Collins are available on rent at the Indiahikes store. They are custom made for Indiahikes and trekkers find them terrific, even in winter.

Two trek pants:

Twopairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry two  just in case it rains. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon in case of small stream crossings / rain.

| Buying tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.

| Track pants or trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants are not trek pants — so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup.

Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek. 

These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to Dayara Bugyal without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first. 

1. Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. On a trek like Dayara Bugyal, you will find snow all over the trail during winter. Expect to walk on long stretches of snow. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection.

| Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.

Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.

| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.

| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens.   

 2. Suncap:

A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sun strokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance.

| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.

| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sun burns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way. 

  3. Synthetic hand gloves:

On a trek like Dayara Bugyal you are going to be handling snow quite a bit during winters. You’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself in snow. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.   

4. Woollen cap or Balaclava:

Ensure these cover your ears. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. Which is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.

Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is absolutely essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. Do not get a woollen cap that only covers your head. 

5. Socks (3 pairs):

Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry. As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug in the night. If you cannot get woolen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well. 

6. Headlamp:

Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the Dayara Bugyal trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles.

| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you. 

7. Trekking pole (a pair):

Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the Dayara Bugyal trek there are gradual ascents and descents. A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.

| Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store.  

8. Rainwear:

On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing.

Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are really not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.

| Rental: High grade ponchos are available on rent on the Indiahikes store.

9. Rain cover for your backpack:

Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes, your warm gear in your backpack. It is important that your backpack stays dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built in rain-covers. If your back pack does not have a rain-cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic. 

| Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.

10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional):

Some trekkers opt to offload their bags to a porter on the Dayara Bugyal trek. While we do not encourage this practice, in case you opt for offloading, then carrying a daypack is mandatory. In your daypack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites.

A day pack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not day packs. Do not get them.

Other mandatory requirement

1. A toilet kit:

Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.

| Pro tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.

Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like Dayara Bugyal.

| For women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose your sanitary waste.

2. Cutlery:

Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leak proof. You are expected to wash your own cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, bacteria to settle on your cutlery. Incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.

| Pro tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at the highest. Watch this video on why steel cutlery is better than plastic.

3. Two 1 litre bottles or a 2 litre hydration pack:

Dayara Bugyal has 3-5 hours of walk everyday. You need to carry two one litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.

| Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store

4. Plastic covers:

Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.

Useful videos to help you with your gear:

Personal medical kit

Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader

  1. Diamox (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Carry on the medication until you descend down to Barua. Being on a preventive course of Diamox greatly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the Buran Ghati trek.    
  2. Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
  3. Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
  4. Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
  5. Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS. 
  6. ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking.  Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
  7. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.

Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.

| Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.   

Mandatory Documents to carry

These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.

  1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, passport will do. This is required by the forest department for your identification.  
  2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp – Download PDF
  3. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practising doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF

| Pro tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet.  

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

Any abnormal reading will be paid particular attention to and action will be taken immediately.  

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.

The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy 

We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that. 

Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies. 

Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher 

 

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.

Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for. 

If you cancel any rental gear from our store:

  • Cancellation of rental gear 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
  • Cancellation of rental gear less than 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a voucher of the whole amount you have paid for the rental gear. This voucher is applicable on your future treks.

If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:  

The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge. 

If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee. 

Special Cases That Could Occur:

There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.

1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.

2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)

In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you. 

Important note: Your offloading and rental fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.

3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one). 

In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.

How to cancel your trek: 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps. 

  1. Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link
  2. Find your upcoming trek on your home page. 
  3. Click on “Cancel Trek” 
  4. Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
  5. Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable). 
  6. Click on “Cancel Booking” 

How long does the refund process take?

After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.

If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.

What is a Trek Voucher?

Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.

Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable. 

How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?

If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek. 

Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. 

The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)

At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.

So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.) 

To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges. 

Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.

Your trek includes –

  1. Accommodation – Stay from Day 1 to Day 5 (Raithal to Barsu). Raithal and Barsu have guest house accommodation. You will camp on  the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from dinner at Raithal on Day 1 to breakfast at Barsu on Day 6 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment – High quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.

Your trek does not include –

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Dehradun to Raithal and drop you back from Barsu. This will cost approx. Rs. 5,500 one way per 5-6 seater vehicle. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp
  3. Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1000 for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Raithal.
  4. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher

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. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. The trek has gradual climbs and steep descents on the summit day. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 40 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 47 minutes. This is a minimum requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.
Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

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 charges – Rs 250 per day plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

Transport

Transport

Indiahikes will organise transport to and fro Dehradun railway station and the base camp Raithal, on the first day of the trek. This will be in 5-6 seater vehicles. The cost of each vehicle transport one way, is Rs 5500. It will be shared among all the trekkers. The same thing applies to the return journey.

Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab. The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter.

Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.

Discount Policy

Discount Policy

These are the different policies when it comes to waiving off trek fee charges.

1. Scholarship Discount for Kids

At Indiahikes, we firmly believe and encourage children to trek. There’s so much to learn from the outdoors. We want to see more children trekking. Keeping this in mind, Indiahikes has now introduced a 50 percent Trek Scholarship for children on Himalayan treks.

Children between the age of 8 and 12 are eligible for this scholarship. Indiahikes will sponsor half of the trek fee for each child. This scholarship is applicable for easy to moderate treks.

Note - We will have a maximum of three children eligible for the scholarship in each batch. So check with your Trek Coordinator for this.

2. Discount for a group of 10 and above

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.

Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

What will the pick up point be? How is travel arranged?

What will the pick up point be? How is travel arranged?

Indiahikes will organise transport to and fro Dehradun railway station and the base camp Raithal, on the first day of the trek. This will be in 5-6 seater vehicles.

The cost of each vehicle transport one way, is Rs 5500. It will be shared among co trekkers in the same vehicle. The same thing applies to the return journey.

What kind of accommodation is given on this trek??

At Raithal you will be staying in the guest house. There are different types of dorms available.
Based on the number of trekkers rooms will be given. Whereas on the other campsite you will be staying in tents.
You are going to share the tent with other 2 trekkers.

How do I prepare for the trek, it is my first trek, is it an easy one?

Dayara bugyal is considered an easy moderate trek. It is a very good trek for first timers. That said, you still need to make sure you are physically fit to walk 7 - 8 km on an average in the mountains.

You can begin preparation by going for brisk walks and then do brisk jogs to improve your cardio. Your target should be to cover 5 km in 40 minutes comfortably by the start the trek.

Is there an option to not carry my backpack and do the trek?

Is there an option to not carry my backpack and do the trek?

Yes this is called offloading your backpack. It means a porter or a mule will carry it for you. You will receive it at the end of the day at each campsite. It is at an extra charge of Rs 1050 and is for the entire duration of the trek. You need to book and pay for this beforehand online.

Can i bring luggage i do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before  the trek begins?

Can i bring luggage i do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before the trek begins?

Yes we have an option of leaving behind extra luggage you do not need on the trek, at our base camp, Raithal.
Ensure you leave no valuables (laptops, cash, electronics) in this luggage.

There is no extra charge to leaving this luggage at the base camp, and you do not have to pre book it anywhere.

Can I find snow on this trek?

It depends on the season. If you want to do snow trek for this then December to April would be the best option.
If you want to enjoy the greenery on the meadows then May to June and September to November would be the best option.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Dayara Bugyal Trek

Krunal Gangadia

Batch of
February 2020

My favorite activity on the trek was, how to make our own tents with blind eyes - It was an amazing experience with the help of helpers and the other 5-6 peoples who are suppose to be blind-folded from their eyes and making tent basis the instructions of the helpers.

We did it! Yeah.

One more thing I felt, by renting the necessary trekking gears helps us in our trekking a lot and even to our pockets too. Also not to carry through out our whole journey which helps easily to lift our luggage.

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Ruchira Kadam

Batch of
January 2020

This was my 1st Himalayan trek and it was awesome. We got to experience everything we wanted to like snowfall, chilling cold, scenic beauty everything. In this trek freezing cold was big challenge I followed the instructions mail which we received from our trek co ordinator which was really very helpful in evry sense .things to Cary to trek ,how to layer up in winter etc every thing was well mentioned in mail .our trek leader  and guide were very supportive and helpful  ,we were served with hot n delicious food . So overall everything was just amazing .though we were not able to attend summit due to heavy snow but whatever time we spent on mountain was amazing ...thanks to India hikes for this unforgettable experience.

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Pradeep Chandrasekhar

Batch of
December 2019

Minimalist usage of resources, as we use natural resources in a luxurious way.. mountains have thought me we can live with minimalist usage

Trek was awesome and the way Dushyanth and guides led us the trek was flawless. The arrangements and safety was superb. But my only concern was tent stay for 3 was bad. We had to struggle with 3 inside the tent. Apart from that every was taken care superbly.Trek gears were very useful and helped us to achieve the summit.

Jakoozaa activity before the trek and stretch exercises after trek was very much needed. And small activities inside dinner tent kept us engaging.

The fitness plan before trek was very much needed to achieve the summit. It helped us to sustain in the mountains

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kodati gopinath

Batch of
December 2019

It's a wonderful experience overall in my first Himalayan trek... Best of my life so far.

Trek went very well, two guides took good care of the route and the team during entire trek.Health checkup is done before and after trek. Every team member is taken care very nicely.

I rented gloves with out which trek can't be completed.

 

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Konala Abhilash

Batch of
December 2019

This trek is like a life changer for me. I learnt so many things on the mountains and cherished every moment. I now know my real endurance and strength levels and this trek gave me a clear path on what to improve about myself. My god, the beauty of snow capped mountains are awesome. This trek boosted my confidence a lot and showed the value of discipline in life and how lucky we are to have all these luxuries in life which in day day to life are taken for granted. Before taking this trek im not sure about my strength to complete the trek but after doing the summit i experienced the peace and happiness both in the journey and reaching the summit. This trek is my lifelong beautiful memory and thank you for making this trek this awesome.Tthe trek is quite comfortable I think all the basic amenities possible are provides thank you so much for keeping us safe. The food is great actually i really not expected this kind of delicious food on the mountains. All the health checkups from time to time are done without fail to ensure maximum fitness to everyone thanks to that. Overall i loved the trek and how it is organized im looking forward to complete all the treks in Indiahikes.

The warmups before and after the trek are good and actually cool us down after a day long trek. Our trek leader Drishyant make sure we are safe from cramps or body pains after the trek. The warmup session before the trek is very good and it kept us going. we had so much fun in dinner tents by sharing stories of everyone and really enjoyed a lot

I thought indiahikes is just another trek company and i just book this trek just by asking question on quora. so I was a little skeptical about the trek and Indiahikes. But after completing the trek now I'm very satisfied about my decision. This is by far most professional and friendly experience I had. Providing security, safety and management of trek is topnotch. Thank you for the experience and im looking forward for memories with Indiahikes.

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Dhaval Patel

Batch of
December 2019

This is my first trek ever travelling solo and  attempted it just to put myself out of my comfort zone. And, oh well that was the best decision I have ever made. I learned a lot after completing this trek. I think I am taking a lot from the mountains. Now I am more confident than ever, On top you've got lot of time with just yourself, and you wonder how peaceful the nights were. I am over whelmed by walking in woods and snow.

Morning warm ups, and then the best - acclimatization walk. There's lot of activity to know each team member briefly.

Green Trails initiative is for try to better the mountain environment.
With an Eco-bag at the start of your trek. Dispose of your waste in it
Every trekker is just as responsible.

 

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Avni Vij

Batch of
December 2019

There is so much that mountains offered me but two big things were patience and resilience. Taking caution with each step, listening to your body, and continue to move, even when you are tired and you feel your bag is too heavy, you can't take another step.  
The other thing the mountains gave me were ample opportunities to marvel at the beauty around me and thus hope.

I loved the trek and these were some of the things that made it so great:
Our Trek Leader, Dushyant, was amazing! He was supportive, kind and firm when he needed to be.
The campsites were beautiful and the kitchen teams and our guides did whatever they could to make it comfortable for us.
The food exceeded my expectations. I loved how warmly they offered it to us and how delicious it was!
I really enjoyed people around me who came with us on the trek.  I have definitely made a couple of friends for life!
The sleeping bags and Dushyant's tips helped me keep myself warm even with all the snow around me.
The stress on safety protocols and routines such as filling up health cards assured me I was in good hands.

All the gears we rented were useful to us. We were slightly disappointed because we rented a pair of trekking poles but only received one- the reason was communicated and I understand but perhaps it can be avoided in the future treks.

Sustainability, Care, Transparency
I loved all the efforts India Hikes have put in making our treks green- from the concept of Eco Bags, the dry toilets to 3 Sink Washing System to re-using flex posters to use it as charts in the base camp. It shows great respect for nature and local people.

 

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Prashanth Chandrashekar

Batch of
December 2019

Calmness and serenity within oneself is one of the major lessons I take back from the trek.  I have rented trek poles and it's of very good quality.

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ojas tomar

Batch of
December 2019

Discipline I find is one of the key factors in completing the trek and this is one of the qualities I realized to develop in myself from the trek. It was a lovely trek and your team made it even more lovely.

It was very good . Every mornings and evenings there was oxymeter reading . We felt safe around your team . I went to trek with my friend , we are girls aged 18 . We had a lot of fun because we felt safe in every aspect. It was an amazing experience I would love to trek with you again for sure.

I loved the concept of your green trails initiative . We left no wrappers in the mountains, we took our garbage in your ecobags . It was such an amazing thing . I had my own dustbin .

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prajakta tambe

Batch of
December 2019

Patience and being Peaceful is what mountains taught me during the trek. There was perfect execution of plans from the organizatoin.

The idea of each team member having an eco-bag was really brilliant!

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saarthak bhatt

Batch of
December 2019

First of all would be being punctual and valuing time. Secondly, the trek taught me to keep trying in my life irrespective of whether I feel I may ace it or not.

The trek was perfect, couldn’t have been better. Kudos to the indiahikes team! Great job, had a wonderful lifetime experience and made many memories to cherish!

Good gear, I rented a trekking pole and was lucky enough to get a brand new one. Truly a hats off experience.

The fitness and green trails are something which were never heard of before in any trekking / adventure sport organisation. Innovative idea,great job guys!

 

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Vamshi Krishna

Batch of
December 2019

Doing your bit by keeping your surroundings clean is an important lesson  I take back from the mountains.

The trek went really well. Was very well organized and food was amazing.The safety standards were upto the mark.

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Nishi Porwal

Batch of
December 2019

Mountains taught me many things. They helped me in making some good friends. Mountains taught me to live in minimum resources and there is a life beyond city.

The trek was awesome and you guys were a great support to me. Before starting the trek I give a thought as it was looking quite impossible to me but people around me kept motivated me.

You guys have a very good safety standard. Your daily health check-up helped a lot.

Green trails is a very good idea followed by indiahikes. It taught me to keep aur surrounding clean and green and our mountains are very important part of our economy.

 

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drasti vadhar

Batch of
December 2019

To experince and being in the moment is the most important lesson I take from the Trek. It was an amazing experience overall.

Green trails initiative according to me is very much a necessity and to be able to do that creatively is a good thing.

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Kirthiga R

Batch of
December 2019

The main factor that drew me to the mountains is how humongous and majestic they are. Everyone are felt and treated equal without differences in mountains. It tells you no matter how sound you are finally or by social status, you are as tiny as you can get in presence of these giant mountains.

My personal takeaway is that, you can push your physical limits and achieve things if you are mentally strong, even harsh environmental factors doesn't bother if the goal is so clear and mind is so strong.

This is my first high altitude trek and it turned out to be so special because I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. We were presented with snowfall in nayata campsite after our summit decent. It was a first snow encounter for many of us in the team and we had very good fun playing around in snow.

Not only that, the whole of our trek group was so vibrant and sportive to an extent that we used to play many team building games after reaching every campsite. This added as positive factor for the overall trek.

Absolutely fantastic safety standards. This being my first solo trip my husband had huge concern on my safety and after reading so many reviews about female solo travelers with Indiahikes, he was convinced to certain extent and let me do the booking.

After reaching the base camp, I was presented with the safety routines - oxymeter, health checkups and documenting the readings and also the safety gears - micro spikes, gaters etc. The safety measurements are very much satisfactory and added confidence to me that I can finish the trek in sound health.

We played several team building games and activities conducted by our trek leader at campsites and all of them were very lively. Right from our morning stretches, to massages after a tiring trek day to playing Mafia, it was fun filled. I had rented out outer jacket, trek pole and shoes. The gears were all well maintained and in good condition.

Green trails initiative is something so personal to me because it was aligned with my principles in reducing usage of single use plastics.

We were happy to contribute a bit to mountains by collecting possible wastes from our trails in the eco bags and segregating them after reaching the base camp.

 

 

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Krishna Patel

Batch of
December 2019

I gained a lot of self confidence there.
And I learned to live life with the minimum of things available.

This was my first trek and it was an amazing experience with indiahikes .All the management team were very helpful to us especially tanmay kapil jayraj and the dinner team

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Smit Premani

Batch of
December 2019

Life Lessons to take back from a trek

I learned how to adjust with any situations in life.
To keep the environment clean.
To save the nature for our future life.

The trek was awesome.
The scenery was fabulous.
It was a bit cold but the weather stood with us in many situations.

Yes, i rented the trekking pole and it was in a very good condition.
It helped me a-lot during the trek and made me reach the summit. Fitness is one of the  main things you need to do a trek. Also the green trail thing was very influencing for me.

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Ayush Agarwal

Batch of
December 2019

I saw that how spoilt we are to get such luxurious lifestyle and we take this for granted. After living in the mountains I learnt that we've cherish even the tiniest bit that we have because everyone does not have that also.It was fine till the ascent of the first day, not being used to such severe cold I was not feeling well so I had to descend down on 2nd day.

I rented the trek pole and it was of a very great help, I wouldn't think of this trek without a trek pole.

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Siddhartha Vadhar

Batch of
December 2019

Trekking is a form of self development for me , mental and physical.This 6-7 days of digital detox helps me a lot .

The trek was well organised . This was my first trek with India Hikes. Dayara bugal was a beautiful trek . this was my second trek ,first one with India hikes and i can say that your overall arrangement was really nice . The trek leader also did a really good job.

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Nitin Sutrave

Batch of
December 2019

Respect nature, respect the environment and stay protected. Rest will take care of itself is something I found profound after the trek. Haven't seen better safety measures than india hikes

Fitness and Green Trails are important aspects. Though I feel the fitness part of it is generalised across all treks.
The required fitness level should vary with trek difficulty and also time of the year.

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Aishita Khandelwal

Batch of
December 2019

Never giving up attitude is one of the biggest lesson I take back from the trek.

The Safety standards were very good and the rented equipments were very reliable and economical.

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Nishi Porwal

Batch of
December 2019

Green trails is a very good idea followed by indiahikes. It taught me to keep aur surrounding clean and green and our mountains are very important part of our economy.

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Monica Mishra

Batch of
December 2019

All the activities during evening were a delight! Played various games, had long talks about travel plans, got to know the fellow trekkers, it was just great! Had the most fun time! Also, a local energetic song at the beginning of trek each day was the best to boost the energy!!

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mehelee pradhan

Batch of
December 2019

Minimalism is the one thing  I am taking back with me.How you can use very little to actually live large.

I loved the trek.it was wonderful. I barely faced any difficulty,it was safe thats why we confide in indiahikes.

The bagpack was a little too heavy in itself, without any thing in it.
Renting the gloves ,socks,jacket,trek poles were good and cost efficient.

Fitness is a very important part.and you guys make sure that we have that. Leaving the mountains as we found it is a big thing.So green trails ar a big initiative.I also.picked up.some trash.and enjoyed doing so.

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Krishnangi Desai

Batch of
December 2019

This was my first trek ever. And i have a lot to take back with me. This trek has taken a lot of effort to reach at the top and then given me a beautiful memory which is going to be with me forever.
I have learnt that no matter how big the obstacles stand in front of you, with little bit of courage and strength you can climb the tallest mountain that comes before you.

The trek was beyond my expectations . Right from the management by India Hikes , to food , to time management. Each and every aspect was commendable.

Our trek leader Himanshu Singla was one of the best person i have come across. He is a humble human being who is very much passionate about trekking and more importantly encouraging his trekkers in completing the trek and most importantly enjoying it all through. His team building activities in the evening have made us come close together as a group .

Green trails by india hikes are one of the best practices by India Hikes. Also having an eco bag to collect waste left on the mountains and leaving the mountains better is a very encouraging value we have followed throughout our trek

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Monica Mishra

Batch of
December 2019

Dayara Bugyal is my 3rd trek with Indiahikes. Everytime I come to Himalayas, it teaches me something new. Sometimes it's patience, sometimes it's being organized, taking care of your health and being happy with as little as you have!

This was my first snow trek (though I have done Sandakphu in winter before but it had no snow at all!). I always complement Indiahikes for being so well organized starting from trek leader's briefing, food, taking care of the team, etc! Himanshu is very mature for his age and handled every situation perfectly! At freezing -12 temperatures he motivated for all of us to keep going and making this a successful summit! We celebrated New year's day on the summit and it was a dream come true!

Safety in Indiahikes is 100% and this is why all my Himalayan treks have with with you and will continue to do so!.

Rented a poncho and a waterproof pair of gloves. Never had the need to wear the Poncho as it did not snow during the trek. Gloves were very clean and of best quality with no wear and tear of any kind.

Green trails is an integral part of Indiahikes and kiddos for it!! No carbon footprint is very necessary to keep our mountains and environment clean and I have been a part of it each time I am in the mountains regardless of I am trekking or traveling.

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Prashant Godse

Batch of
December 2019

Lessons I take back from the trek

- Keep ego low to reach highest point in life
- Your well being and wellness is in how you care about people and how humble you are and the mountains teaches you this.

Gear renting option had made our trekking economical

Green trails is concept which is going to help not only in mountain but in plains also. 

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Shivangi Tanwar

Batch of
December 2019

The trek teaches you How to be responsible and meticulous. The trek requires a lot of management and discipline, and it taught me to respect time and the limited resources we had. It brought me closer to the environment.

It was awesome! I had the the most amazing time and made new friends and memories. The year started with on an awesome note.

I rented a few things and they were all in good shape. 

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Anand Choudhary

Batch of
December 2019

One of the best things i learned from this trek is "RANGER ROLL". Its such a cool thing and will go long way in changing few things in my life. Its so small thing yet it impacts our packing in a huge way.

 never expected trekking can be so fun. Right from our safety to food to camp sites to fun activities and all the sessions of instructions. India Hikes, you people are awesome!! Special thanks to Trek leader, Mr. Singla and trek guides for making our 5 days so fun that it was hard for us to return back to normal lives.he instructions on Trekking, Gears, Safety, etc, we received from them was in so detail that novice trekkers like me didn't have a single doubt remaining in our mind. A BIG thank you to Kitchen staff at each camp site for diligently working in cold hours for making delicious food for us. I never imagined in my life that i will  be getting desserts in evening in such harsh weather conditions and that too on treks. One of the best part that i will remember my entire life will be the quality of food we got at each campsites.

The Health card thing was awesome. Taking Oxygen & BP level reading for each participant twice a day could give more insight to trek leader on health condition  of participants. Also trek leader Mr. Singla left no stone unturned to ensure safety of each one of us. Asking each one of us twice a day on how we feel might be a simple gesture but we felt really good that yeah we are in safe hands.

It is a really great idea where each one us could actually contribute towards environment by collecting waste articles on our trek into our ECO BAGS!! The speed at which these mountains are getting polluted, initiatives like this help in preserving nature in a big way.

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Shreya Valecha

Batch of
December 2019

The stillness, yet the strength of the mountains is unbelievable. As I reached the summit, all the effort and tough times I went through while climbing was just forgotten. Living around nature is like you have entered a whole new world, the snow glittering in the moonlight and then shining in the sunlight adds on to the experience all together. I definitely take some wonderful memories back home from my first himalayan trek and it wasn't only the mountains that I learnt from but also the people who joined along, everyone being so humble and supportive.

At the first trek, we got certificates during debriefing, that have now become online. I like that special feeling of receiving certificates on the spot.
The trek was fabulous. Dhaval sir, our trek leader was very engaging and shared interesting things with us.
Deepraj sir and Satish sir were also amazing guides.
Loved the trekking experience, yet again.

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Nagesh Alai

Batch of
December 2019

Local culture and equanimity of the mountain folks towards the difficult terrains and climes.

Besides, the team work, camaraderie and spirit of 'one for all' and 'all for one' so necessary to make a successful summit.

Very well organized. The trek leader, Dhawal Jajal was very good and patient. Deep and Satish were useful allies in the trek. They made it manageable for us. And the cooks making delectable food for us in those heights and cold cant be complimented enough.

Loved the Green Trail initiative. It brings out starkly the human responsibility for this malaise and what they can do about it. Responsible enjoyment of nature is well communicated by IH.

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Bhavana Prithviraj

Batch of
December 2019

Resilience. One main Quality to develop in a trek. Gears and safety protocols was very much upto the mark.

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Monotosh Das

Batch of
December 2019

A trek is a short snapshot of life which makes us bond with others we had never met before yet become comfortable with and experience the nature, which we forget in everyday life.

As my first himalayan trek, I had nice experience trekking with indiahikes. Communication and organisation was perfect before the trek.
During the trek - all the members of indiahikes did what they could in tough condition to make it a perfect trek, which means we could enjoy the beautiful himalayas with peace fo mind.

Fitness is essential for any trek and I was very happy to see the green trail initiative being followed throughout. 

 

 

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Nilesh sharma

Batch of
December 2019

The lesson of Self confidence where nothing is impossible is a life lesson I take back from this trek.

I loved everything about trek. Only thing which I didn’t like is the way we started from Dehradun. It should be more coordinated. Otherwise one of the best experience of my life.

Yes, I rented backpack and trek pole. Both were in good condition and worth renting.

 

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Ruby Thomas

Batch of
December 2019

Lessons I take back from the mountains

- It is good to slow down
- It is good to ask for help
- It is good to not have to win - coz the mountains are going to be there regardless.

This is my first ever serious trek and I absolutely loved. 12 days have gone by since the trek ended and I can still see the path we took, the scenes we saw, the laughter we shared and the peace I felt.

First and foremost - our team from India hikes - Dhaval sir was amazing.. gentle  soul and yet so strict when required.. he brought all of us together, gently nudging us in the right direction, encouraging us, telling us stories about the treks and the mountains and yet partaking in our fun and frolic in equal measure.  Dhaval sir was truly inspiring.

I have not felt safer...regular monitoring and Dhaval Sir made it so easy for us to go upto him and tell him if we are feeling unwell.

Rented the trekking poles - wont have made it even half was through without it and the Microspikes provided to us were true life savers!

Post debrief session, we were taught about segregating waste and what happens to each of it.  It was a true eye opener - 90 percent of what we collected was landfill. That is really scary and I am already trying to reduce my usage of plastic wrapped things to the extent possible

 

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Tista Nayak

Batch of
December 2019

 

 

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Nidhi Bhatt

Batch of
December 2019

The biggest lesson I'm taking back from this trek is about managing time and learning it for the nature! The nature is never late or doesn't miss on anything thing. The sun will rise on time and the stars will twinkle on time! And so we must stick to out schedule and respect it too.

There is no doubt that this was the best trip I've ever had! Bout not only the trek was so beautiful but even our trek leader Pranav was the sweetest person I've met so far. He was so cooperative and always available to answer the silliest possible question that one wants to ask. Besides being such a sweetheart he was so positive and motivating. I wouldn't have reached the summit if it wasn't for him. There was no doubt  he had that even one of us will not be able to make it and there we were.. all 19 of us could reach the peak! He has answered all the questions with such patience  and have been smiling all the time.
Also I had the best batch I could ask for. There were these amazing people who were selfless and helping each other even beyond there reach.
The supporting staff and the kitchen staff are irreplaceable in true words.
I just didn't want to go back home. And I'm so sure of coming back sooner! The safety and the facilities were flawless!
Not only the trek leader took all the efforts of making sure of our health but he also took a step ahead in explaining different conditions to us and making sure that we're all self-sufficient if needed. The very idea of having these health checkups have blown my mind and has made me feed so safe even before taking these oximeter readings I was sure that I'll be fine even if the readings were out of the range.
There was absolute no negligence when it came to health and safety of each one of us!

It's amazing how Indiahikes is taking all these efforts towards sustainable development and encouraging recycling too!
This was one of the finest experience and I know I speak for everyone when I say this.
We will do our bit to ensure that we leave the mountains better than we found them!

 

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Shyam Desai

Batch of
December 2019

Sustainability is one of of the major lesson I take back from the trek. I loved the trek. I has the best team and trekkers. Food , tents equipments everything was amazing.

Yes safety standards were very good and infact the guides were amazing too, as they helped us a every bit of the trek.

Renting the gears is good option as it is afforded at very economical price. It's a very good move of green trails. I truly believe that we should experience the nature at its best and to do that we also need to keep it clean which is very much understood by India Hikes.

 

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Sri Gopal Malani

Batch of
December 2019

I realized that there is no finish line in the mountains in a way. Gears and Equipments were absolutely safe and secure.

The best think i liked about the indiahikes was about his concept of green trails,  taking care of nature.

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Tista Nayak

Batch of
December 2019

I loved the mountains and the challenges imposed by the low temprature was very enjoyable.

The trek was nice but a little underwhelming. I would have liked more of a challenge, fewer rest stops and repeatedly waiting for everyone to catch up. It was difficult to build a rythmn. It would also be nice if the group would stick to timings a bit more (the role of trek leader could be key here) since packing, getting ready and then waiting for others to get ready when it's so cold is really not pleasant.

As for fitness, multiple people on the trek mentioned that they sent wrong screenshots/ se screenshot for multiple people. There was less than random overlap between such people and those lagging behind. I may be being a  bit harsh here, it was an easy/beginners trek, but since everyone in the group goes as fast as the slowest person, I think IH ought to be a bit more stringent on following up with the fitness requirements it prescribes (less emails, more thorough checking of submitted info).

Safety standards were overall good. One key space for improvement- on the summit day we were supposed to use our crampons till we reached the base camp that evening. However, we were asked to take them off when we reached the camp where our stuff was since the next batch needed them. No one was hurt but there were a lot of slips on the walk from that camp down to the next campsite,which could have been avoided with better infrastructure/ coordination by IH.

 

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Yash Trivedi

Batch of
December 2019

Disciple,  punctuality and love for nature are the things I learnt from the mountains. Team work and helping each other are also some of the many things I learnt in this journey.

My trekking experience was great. It was my first ever and i loved everything about it. I loved the management I loved how the campsites were organized.  The trekking members are now my closest friends and I loved the scenery and the trek and hiking all around the day.

I liked the idea about green trails very much , it is a very good step for the protection of our mother earth.

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Shyam Desai

Batch of
December 2019

Time management, Punctuality, Discipline are one of the many values learnt from the trek. Gears rented were in very good condition and economical.

Green Trails is very thoughtful measure taken by indiahikes to keep the nature as it is and enjoy the most.

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Karan Shethna

Batch of
December 2019

Patience and punctuality will take you to places unimagine and I learnt this by being in a place beyond imagination.

Safety measures were the most amazing part of Indiahikes.Right from oxymeters to food supplies,everything was top notch.

Rented gears were all well maintained in a very good condition and a nice facility for some of us occasional trekkers.

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Samkit Shah

Batch of
December 2019

Things I learnt from the trek

1. Minimalist approach to life
2. Its more about psychological strength than physical strength you require.
3. Would always remember this trek as this was my first ever trek!

Absolutely, I loved the trek to the core. And if i have to say some changes than it would be as below:
1. Provide lukewarm water to wash utensils. Its very difficult to wash utensils with such freezing water in minus degree temperatures.
2. Try to make the camp environment more light. I felt that it was more of a professional approach at the cost of fun.
3. Making inventory management more effective. We had to give away micro spikes at the time of descending at chilapada campsite so that the next batch can utilise that. And that made our descending difficult. Almost half of us fell while descending atleast 5-6 times. Fortunately no one got injured.

One of the best service provided by you is renting a gear. We made most of it by renting everything we could and that saved us atleast 3-4 thousands. :)

Fitness test really helped me personally for the trek. Also its helping me after my trek.

Green trails is an appreciable initiative towards sustainable environment.

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Kesha Shah

Batch of
December 2019

Saving and conservation attitude, Sustainability are the main things I take back from this trek.

IH can give a small token of appreciation to the person who collects the most waste or who generates least amount of waste

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Sudipta Dutta

Batch of
December 2019

The approach of keeping the mountains clean and green inspired me. I'd definitely follow it.

The trek was really great for its picturesque, snow covered trail and snow-white peaks in clear blue sky. We had excellent trek leader and guides. Trek leader took care of everyone from the very beginning to until we reach to final camp. Guides had good knowledge of the trails and they are quite efficient. They are aware of the feelings of local people and told us about the myths and stories that made our journey more enjoyable.

I'd request Indiahikes to provide more nutritious food during the trek. It was a winter trek and would be better if supply of lukewarm drinking water could increased. One small request from this trekker, like the summit day can you provide some dry fruits everyday while we walk through the trails.

IH follows good standard of trekker safety. Everyday we had a health check up and trek leader took care of everything. On summit day IH provided microspikes to ease our trek on the ice and snow. To climb to the peak trek guide made our path using a rope and he guided everyone to reach to the top through the slippery path.

Trekker's safety and clean and green approach must be appriciated.

 

 

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Nidhi Bhatt

Batch of
December 2019

Yes I did rent a trekking pole and a down jacket. And they were truly helpful as well as affordable too.
The pope make it a lot more simple and the down jackets were a blessing.
Also, it was really helpful to use micro spikes during our summit but was a little disappointing to not use gaiters. Never the less we were glad that all of us could reach the summit and also have this great experience of using the rope.

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Mayuresh Joshi

Batch of
December 2019

There was no problem throughout the trek, leader Braham kept all of us busy at camping sites and added knowledge about trekking gears and equipment, food and stay arrangement was good at all camping locations, transport to and fro was upto the mark!
Finally weather always plays important roll in the successful trek, and our batch was quite lucky to get good weather for all days.
On the other side three people per tent is still not acceptable to me, many times I informed about the inconveniance caused, but it was not agreed to till date by IH and explained always by giving some reason for that! Please this to be considered.

Various games played during stay at camp sites and the information given about trekking gears and equipments was the most appreciable!.

It is nice IH is always involved in keeping the trail clean and green by arranging Green Trails and inculcating habit in trekkers to keep mountain environment as is - at its own beauty!

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Sai Abhinand Thummalakunta

Batch of
December 2019

I loved this trek cause the sites were beautiful, people were great and the trek lead did a great job integrating all of us in well.

One thing I would like to suggest is the trek preparation regime (body fitness regime) provided by indiahikes is extremely inadequate. I followed that for my trek before this and I struggled throughout the trek. However for this trek, I followed this regime and it worked wonders for my endurance. If I was still smiling at the sumit, it’s because of this. I would highly encourage this (or some regime similar to this) be recommended to first time trekkers to help prepare them better for mountains.
The safety standards set up are good. It was very good that our trek lead followed it to the dot. This level of implementation was missing in my last trek and I hope every trek lead implements this as Braham.

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Rahul Reddy

Batch of
December 2019

Patience is key when it comes to trekking in mountains. Be patient and you will be rewarded at the end of the day.

I loved the trek. The trek leader Braham made the experience memorable. We were well taken care of by our guides Robin and Devaraj. The trek group was very accommodating/friendly. Below are some of the improvements that i would suggest to improve our experience. i suggested the same to the trek leader on our last day

1) The group needs to be educated on tent etiquette on day 1 For ex: How to maximum space within a tent ( just as an example, The trekking bags should be placed outside the tent at the back door and not inside the tent)

2) For people who are elder, squatting in compost pits is a huge problem. There needs to be some sort of portable potty chair or something that will make it easier for them. we had young children as well as one senior (age 67) in the group struggling with the compost pits. the compost pits are the only reason they hesitate to do more treks. One of the senior person in the group was hesitating to eat any food because they didn't want to use compost pits in the morning.

3) Sleep is very essential for a good trekking experience. All the sleeping bags are not of the same quality. For two days, i got sleeping bags which were very crampy, especially near the feet. This makes us feel suffocated. But on the third day, i got a sleeping bag(model is alaska 400 ...) which was very good/spacious. This sleeping didn't make me feel suffocated at all. All the sleeping bags should be of the same quality. If not, on day 1, people should be told to reach out to trek leader in case their sleeping bag isn't the right fit. i assume there will be some spare ones.

4) 3 people per tent is sometimes an issue. I understand from the trek leader why 3 people per tent makes sense. i agree with most of the reasons. Maybe we should have slightly bigger tents. It gets a little too stuffy sometimes.

All safety protocols were followed and i always felt safe throughout the duration of the trek.

The games in the dinner tent every night were fun. The entire team got to know each other well.

Very impressed overall. i am looking forward to my next trek with india hikes. I hope some of the feedback i have given is considered. My expectations with India hikes is very high after this trek.

 

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Y Anjali

Batch of
December 2019

Not to crib about things, to live a simple life is the most important lesson Iearnt from the mountains.

The trek was awesome, the cold temperatures was making the experience a little bit difficult but i enjoyed the trek throughout.

Yes, i rented shoes and trek pole. Unfortunately i couldn't rent ponchos as the stock was over. One thing India Hikes could do is send an email to people who booked the trek and ask in the email as in how many people want to rent the things, in that way they will get to know the exact idea on how many people want to rent and can keep the stock ready.

The way Indiahikes sticks to their core values is impressive. IH Greentrails is one of the best thing happened to Indiahikes, this is the best way to keep our mountains clean.

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Lakshmi Vellayappan

Batch of
December 2019

Mountains are really addictive. We take nature so much for granted, only when you are at the mountains I realized that it is the other way around. It really taught us to be happy despite having nothing. I actually wanted to do the trek to see what I am capable of. It really helped me to rediscover  myself. The best thing of 2019 is those 6 days.

Such a process oriented organisation the logistics, food.. it takes too much of co-ordination and involvement to do things. And IH does it.  Hot water facility at all campsites would be appreciated.

Special appreciation to the trek leader Braham and our guides Robin & Deshraj. This trek was more of a family with all the trekkers, guide and the trek leader. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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JAHANVI MERCHANT

Batch of
December 2019

Simplicity. Adaptability. Sustainability are the lessons to be learnt from the treks.  loved every aspect of it except the cold , which can't be changed.

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Lakshmi Vellayappan

Batch of
December 2019

The trek Leader was constantly keeping a check on all trekkers. Both the safety standards and the safety knowledge our trek leader Braham possessed was incredible.

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Ana Beatrice Acuña Dengo

Batch of
December 2019

Mountains are a wondrous but unfamiliar landscape for most. Whatever you can do to help others feel comfortable (e.g. giving advise on how to stay warm, how to walk on icy terrain), can make a massive difference in their experience and help grow a love of trekking.

The overall experience was very positive and I am pleased that it gave me a chance to meet trekkers from all of India and share some quality time in the mountains.

There were some managerial issues which I feel need to be addressed: first of all, the pick-up at Dehradun. My recommendation: give the driver a list of passengers and ask him to wait in a particular spot in the bus station with a sign "Indiahikes: Dayara Bugyal". This way, even if people cannot speak Hindi, they can find the driver and cross their name off the list. This would save a lot of hassle and stress.

If possible, the trek leader should check the trekkers' equipment before leaving base camp and help them gage what they need to take and wear. We had two people in our group wearing track suit bottoms and shoes that were not waterproof, as well as others with rucksacks which were much too heavy. It may be time consuming, but it could really improve trekkers' experiences.

The size of the groups should also be restricted to ensure better experiences for trekkers and an opportunity to form a connection in the team. I would recommend limiting group sizes to 15 people.

We were informed that Indiahikes has specialised "microspikes" for walking on ice, however we were not offered any on our decent, which involved an icy trail with patches of 'black ice'. For experienced trekkers this was not an issue, but it would have made the beginners more comfortable and helped reduce the risk of injury from slipping and falling. 

The gear we rented (rucksack and trekking poles) were in good condition, apart from a broken buckle on the rucksack, and were user-friendly. We welcome the initiative to rent out tiffins and mugs and would have liked to have the chance to rent them on our trek.

I was very impressed by Indiahike's Green Trail philosophy and how strictly it was followed by the guides! We were constantly reminded to pick up after ourselves and others and asked politely not to buy anything on route wrapped in plastic. It was a pleasure to walk through clean, unpolluted meadows! Please continue these efforts.

Regarding the fitness test, I believe this is a very important approach and can help make people's experiences much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, given the fitness level of some of the trekkers in our group, it is clear that it is not well enforced.

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Megha C S

Batch of
December 2019

 The vibe that I got on Summit day is like combination of both happiness and emotional. The day taught me ,this is the life. From the day when I started preparing for the trek to the day of Summit, my life changed a lot. Changed mentally and physically. I'm not a sports person,but for fitness part I started running doing workouts everything. When everyday passes my mind told me ,Yes You Can. But when it turned to the first day of my trek ,I thought of quiting,I dont why.🙄. I couldn't catch up my mind. At that time my trek leader Nithin and fellow trekmate PM ,they stand by my side ,and helped me to route my mind. To motivate me to my dream. From their I walked and walked and reached my dream. Like everyone I'm also happy to see the mountains.But there I saw the mountains all are bonded,just like us. They all are same,just like us.. We all are coming from different cultures,perspectives,... But on those wonderful days, the daytimes,every nights at tents ,the fooding times ,everything we spent together, we're all same, we all are well bonded to each other. Just Like the MOUNTAINS.

First of all,this was my first high altitude trek. More than that this is my first ever solo travel story. The decision for me to do a trek was actually came from a depression. Everyone have a dream to go and explore places in North India ,to see mountains, the snow,. I also have. After completing my studies and entering a job ,I merely forgotten about it. 10 hrs of work!

At first the support trek leader gave to us. For everyone walking from first to last he was with them. The morning warm up activity and the evening discussions were also enjoyable.

Indiahikes is the best one to choose for both the beginer and others. Some of my fellow trekkers were actually planing for their 6th trek with Indiahikes. Green trails was a great initiative taken by indiahikes. To become a part of it during trek is having a responsibility towards nature.

 

 

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Udheern Reddy

Batch of
December 2019

 

 

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Amith Prakash M

Batch of
December 2019

Mental and physical boundaries that I had set for myself are completely broken. Now I know if I set my mind to anything, I can achieve it.
It was a much needed break with beautiful learnings.

At some points there were some confusions with the trek organizers. Mainly the walkie talkie availability, sleeping bag issues and necessary information regarding them, food shortage once or twice.
But those are minor issues, overall, it was amazing nonetheless.

Maybe you can think of making the trekkers pitch their own tents? Because this was a short and easy trek, we were free for most of the times post lunch. Free time could be used in better ways with learning activities

Except for the necessary informations regarding sleeping bags and jakana.
We were never informed about the difference or how to use the jakana. We struggled a lot at night due to the cold.

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Harsha Hegde

Batch of
December 2019

The value of being reileint and persisitent needs to be incorporated into our lives and trekking teaches us these values in many ways.

Trek went well, trek leader Gautham and Rana were very helpful and patient for our silliest questions.

The memory name game conducted by the trek leader was very much fun.

 

 

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Udheern Reddy

Batch of
December 2019

This is my first trek ever and it has taught me many things one of it is to push your mind and body to reach the top and the feeling we get after achieving it is worth the struggle apart from that the trek has given me exposure to talk and interact with many people, in fact all the six members with me who finished the trek became very close to me.I really loved the trek!! From the pick up point till the end of the trek everything was spot on!! I want mention specifically Goutham our trek leader , Parvez Rana our trek guide for always being there whenever we needed anything and also the cooking staff for providing us hot food throughout the trek!!

Yeah safety of each individual was taken care very professionally by the trek leader .

The sessions conducted in the free time in the evenings where the trek leader told us about himalayas and what to do when an avalanche hits you etc.. was very informative.

This particular trek was more about mental fitness than physical fitness to me as the trekking part was easy but the weather was tough to handle and the initiative taken by the india hikes to clean the mountains is one of the reason i wanted to trek with india hikes!!

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Geetha Kamath

Batch of
December 2019

Yes I did rent trekking poles, shoes and ponchos.
The shoes were brand new and absolutely top notch. Inspite of using these in snow day in and day out, they were completely water proof and had good grip.
The trek poles are a nuisance to carry when you are travelling via flights but indispensable during treks especially winter treks, and therefore renting is the best solution. 

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Vinit Gada

Batch of
December 2019

After the trek I started loving the nature .
As hot water was provided in the trek so now I have got a habit of drinking hot water. 
I am doing my own work and also sleeping early and getting up early in the morning . 
Trying to use less amount of packet food also .

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Bhawya Anantha

Batch of
December 2019

This is my first ever trek...travelling so far I really had many questions in my mind...But Indiahikes made my journey easy , beautiful and most memorable. 
Credit goes to the entire team at India Hikes ...
Trek leader Nithin and guides where so supportive..at such heights and climate they made us feel home.. 
 

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Shruti Muzumdar

Batch of
December 2019

The lesson I learnt from this trek is mountains are as highly unpredictable as life. I had expected the cold to be severe but not this harsh. I also learnt that you have to be patient with life and not be disheartened if it doesn't go as per the plan.

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Suptaru Manna

Batch of
December 2019

Though the trek was an incomplete one, but thankful to IH for allowing  me to stay one more night at GUI to make a memorable  day in my life.

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Salman Bagwan

Batch of
December 2019

I learnt to never give up. Loved the Snowfall. Good Safety Standards.  Enjoyed the warm up and cool down sessions by the Trek Leader . Green trails is a great initiative by India Hikes

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MANGESH DHAVAN

Batch of
December 2019

Dayara Bugyal trek is awesome. For new trekkers like me, it was an fabulous experience. Had amazing times trekking through the snow covered terrains and peaks. Nature lies in the best form in this trek. we Enjoyed a lot and had a lifetime memorable trek experience!
I have no words to tell how much this trip was nice and interesting. I had a really great time. I want to take more of such treks often. I loved this trekking experience. It was inexpensive too plus the trek guides were really helpful and made our trek experience very smooth safe and adventurous.

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Devkumar Shende

Batch of
December 2019

The days on the trail were refreshing. I enjoyed nature at its best in the Himalayas. I have returned  with high spirits and energy from the mountains. The snowfall during the trek was very enjoyable.

The trek was well taken care of with excellent safety protocols. I had rented Poncho and other equipments from IH, best quality at very low prices.

Games and Stretching sesisions by the Trek Lead was very enjoyable

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Carlos Garcia Hernandez

Batch of
December 2019

I learnt a lot about myself through this trek, qualitites like endurance, reselience and how I handle tough situations.

I love trekking with IH and would suggest a lot of friends to trek with India Hikes although there were time management issues from the trekkers and sometimes we had to wait after getting ready to start the trek. The time delay was mainly due to repacking by the trekkers at the campsite. A little briefing on how to pack and unpack a rucksack in a trek would be very helpful in my opinion.

There was some confusion with the transition from the basecamp to the vehicles on the last day. Recce of the safer routes by the trek leaders could be suggested.

All the safety equipments are gear were taken care of smoothly.

I rented a jacket and trek pole and am very satisfied with the service you offer at reasonable prices for international travellers as well

The trek leaders were very engaging . I love the passion and commitment they put in every single thing.

Deep and Pranav were amazing leaders.

Specially I love Pranav, his calmness, passion and positiveness made me feel so confortable all the time.

I really appreciate green trails initiative and the way leaders share thier knowledge and commitment with environment. Really believe this has a positive impact on trekkers.

 

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RAJENDRA JADHAV

Batch of
December 2019

It is a divine feeling to be in the mountains. You can feel the presence of the divine in the serene nature and tranquility of the summits.The overall trek experience was amazing but felt the quality of food was not good as compared to my previous trek with IH.

Safety standards are perfectly upto the mark. Renting gear actually helped a lot and avoided carrying of unnecessary loads. The warm up and relaxation excercises conducted by the trek leaders were very much fun.

The fitness standards followed by you make the trekking experience more joyful. The Green Trails is genuinely a novel  concept but I did not find  anybody much enthusiastic about this noble contribution, in this batch. The trek leaders too failed to motivate the trekkers towards it.

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hemanth kumar garkula venkata

Batch of
December 2019

I loved the journey as much as the destination itself. The trek was really good for a beginner. The Trek leaders really took care of us.  I would be better if the Trek leaders are equipped with more insights and knowledge of the places that we head to,so that they can give us the history of the place.

Warmup excercises are a must I feel before a trek and these excercises conducted by the trek leaders were very helpful.

The trek leaders educate us a lot about the Green Trails which is a great initaitve by IH but more participation by the trekkers is needed according to me .

 

 

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Carlos Garcia Hernandez

Batch of
December 2019

 

 

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Mohit Mansharamani

Batch of
November 2019

Our trek experience was fantastic, from greenery to snowy conditions from clear milky way skies in night to cloudy weather conditions. Tanmay Angre our trek leader made sure we had safe and fun trek. Food by Lokendra Ji was healthy and delicious. Isha (Wife) and I really enjoyed the trek and were surprised and happy to see the sustainable way IH manage the trek. We really liked when we learned about Green Trails and I wish to participate in it some-time. We wish India Hikes very best in their efforts to sustainable and safe treks.

If I talk about your safety standards they are amazing. Our trek leader Tanmay Angre's dedication towards our safety was really appreciable. He was regularly monitoring our body readings and taking care when the conditions got really tough for us especially when it was snowing heavily.

Lastly, we rented 2 ponchos and a trekking pole, all the gears were in good condition. I was really pleased to see the things you make available for beginner trekkers so that they do not spend unnecessarily on the equipment they might not need later in their life.

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Ishita Mehta

Batch of
November 2019

Things I liked: Quality of the trekking materials. Right from the renting gears to tents, Punctuality in terms of serving food,Professionalism and helping nature of guides, trek leaders and the India Hike teams,The concept of Green Trails, Accomodation in the return base camp at Barsu.


 

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Newton Alex

Batch of
November 2019

The overall experience was good. The overall process was well orchestrated right from registration, to reaching the base camp, the trek itself and drop back to Dehradun. Good job on that. 
 

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HARSHAD SHETE

Batch of
November 2019

Green trails is a great intiative and very commendable. It makes us realise how much important it is to keep environment clean and healthy for living creatures. It teaches us to respect nature and not throw plastics and garbage in mountains and take all the garbage back home. 

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Anirudh Rao

Batch of
November 2019

This was my first Himalayan trek and indiahikes made sure that I fall in love with the mountains and trekking because of the unconditional warmth the team has shown. I was expecting a good trip but thanks to you guys this will be a forever cherished trip. Thank you!

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Harini B

Batch of
November 2019

Dayara Bugyal trekking was a wonderful experience. IH team was efficient and well prepared to lead the team. They were on their toes, especially our trek leader Ayushi was awesome! She made sure all of us drank water, made us feel comfortable, would check on us if we are taking our medications on time if any, motivated us ...
Loved the yummy food after a tiring trek. Food was not oily, not spicy but well prepared for every one's palette and was really appreciated. Oh and the surprise dessert would make the meal complete. :-)
IH team let us trek in our own pace, there were a few of us who would be in the tail end and we would have Baldev Bhai motivating us. The whole trek was organised very well. Team lead made sure we reached the summit well on time to avoid any sudden weather changes. On the whole was a lovely experience!
Core values of IH - I think is to make the trekking experience for each and every person a memorable one.
Safety and Puncutality.
After being on the trek realised how important fitness was and why our coordinator was pushing us before the trek and making sure we were exercising.
Green trails - making the mountains cleaner, toilet pits, taking back the sanitary napkins, composting wet waste all are very good initiatives. 

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Norshahirah atikah binti Abd ghani

Batch of
October 2019

I was a beginner with a lot of 'what ifs'. Having to complete this trek helps me to start believing in myself. I shouldn't doubt my capabilities to go extra miles and never self reject. I am stronger than what i can think of :) 
I rented a poncho and a trek pole. Didn't manage to use poncho but trek pole is in good condition. Having to rent reduce the burden to carry it especially when boarding the flight. Thanks !
I have mad respect for the values you guys uphold and the way your team positively tries to cultivate it in each team member. We did carry our garbage back to the city because we strongly feel the responsibility after hearing the explanation. 

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abhilash mukherjee

Batch of
October 2019

I rented a jacket through Indiahikes rentals and it was very good and comfortable. 

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Khushbu Singh

Batch of
October 2019

Indiahike team members punctuality, discipline, equality, patience of team leader was really praise worthy and specially the medical care they take is just remarkable...carry on buddies!

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Akash Sehrawat

Batch of
October 2019

Our group was amazing and we shared some truly memorable moments. :) The trek leader Ayushi was an absolute charm making everything so seamlessly comfortable. 

Deepraj, Shivraj and the Kitchen Staff were most humble and approachable. The food: Absolutely delicious:) Lot of variety, nutritious and quantity was always more than enough for all of us.

Most importantly, everything happened on time. The food was served hot and always on time. I am impressed with the co-ordination and the whole process. 

Thank you. My next trek will surely be with you guys :)

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Shama Nagabhushan

Batch of
September 2019

The trek was super awesome. Our trek leaders Akshay and Deep Raj are very talented, have great knowledge about mountains and humble people. They thought us how to build the tents,ensured that we are on time everyday, served us breakfast, lunch, dinner with love. Akshay provided us insights on what fitness parameters we are supposed to work on and what treks we need to take up in the coming years. Happy to have same trek leaders in the upcoming treks as well :)
Really thankful to India hikes and  the trek leaders for making my first Himalayan trek so beautiful and memorable. 

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Mythreyi Srinivasa

Batch of
September 2019

Yes, mountains have thought me to b humble. They stand there tall for centuries together being so beautiful & yet so strong. This experience Equips me to find solutions to the problems I face in day today life. Already planned to come for Hamta pass next year. 

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Alok Sarasan MP

Batch of
September 2019

A Very good initiative of helping and serving the nature. We in the cities hardly get time to think of waste management. But I was happy that we got an opportunity to do our part during the trek.

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Jyotsna Aggarwal

Batch of
September 2019

I want to thank our trek leader " Nitesh " alot. He is a diamond. He is a true nature lover by heart. I learned so many things from him. He is role model for youngsters.. Nitesh ke liye jitna kaha jaye utna kam hai....he is very energetic, knowledgeable, creative, a true lover of nature, daring, caring, sweet, hard working, motivating.

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Jyotsna Aggarwal

Batch of
September 2019

Fitness norms should be strict and compulsorily followed by the trekkers as in mountains health is not a thing which we can take casual or easy

Green trail idea is awesome. I liked it very much....
Thankyou Indiahikes... for teaching me about green trails.

Basically we should leave the mountains in a better condition than we found them. 

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Disha POPAT

Batch of
November 2018

Adjustment in every situation and life is uncertain are the two best things I have learned from this trek.

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Priya Amrute

Batch of
October 2018

The trek was awesome, especially the food. All along we felt taken care for very well.

The only thing that could be better was  sleeping arrangements. 3 in a tent was fairly uncomfortable. We could do with a slightly bigger tent. 
 

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Prakash Chitnis

Batch of
October 2018

The safety standards were adequate and properly carried out. The trek leader did health checks regularly and advised necessary medication and followed up whenever there were any problems like someone having a headache, slight breathlessness etc. The no smoking and no alcoholic drinks rule also makes good sense.

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Jatin Jain

Batch of
October 2018

Initially found it difficult because of lack of exercise but as time passed, the company and especially the trek leader Madhu, supported me and this made me complete the trek.

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Reshama Rathi

Batch of
October 2018

Trek was awesome. It's always great to trek with IH. It is well organized and trek leaders are also amazing.

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Dhwani Mody

Batch of
October 2018

The trek leader and the trek staff was commendable. We always felt comfortable having them around. Our trek leader was approachable friendly and most importantly he eased our entire journey. We had a wonderful time with Madhu. Cheers to him.

2. Saumitra was on and off our trek but it was good to share stories with him and he was also friendly and helpful throughout.

3. Dilipbhai , Vikas Bhai and kitchen staff have made a great team to arrange food, tent, and all the other basic requirements.

4  Overall this being my first trek, India hikes has left a lasting impression on me. Thanks for such a lovely team.
Overall trek was awesome.

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Chintan Mody

Batch of
October 2018

Trek was really beautiful. Hats off to you for all the arrangements. We never felt any discomfort throughout the trek. Food was also superb and even in Jain, you made some amazing and healthy dishes. At such high altitude also you never missed to give us a dessert along with each meal. It was a really beautiful trek and the view from the summit was really awesome. We could see everything..forest, river, mountains, Himalayan peaks, meadows,  birds, wildlife and even snowfall. Group was awesome and have made some good friends and would really like to come again for the trek.

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AJEYAA CHOUDHURY

Batch of
October 2018

This was my first trek and I went alone and I think this was the best decision that I took for myself.
I am not someone who can vegetarian food continuously for five days. I don't know how the cooks prepare such great food in such difficult conditions but every dish that they made was excellent. 
Everything about this trek, the entire experience was so wonderful that it is very difficult to put into words. I could never have hoped for a better first trek and I can't wait to figure out when my next trek's going to be. 

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My First Snow Trek: Dayara Bugyal

Read 9-year-old Isha's incredible blog about her trek to Dayara Bugyal. This was her first trek. It is an extremely detailed blog, filled with facts from the trek. This is a must read for anybody going on the trek.

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An 8-year-old’s First Trek Experience In The Himalayas

At Indiahikes we believe that children between the ages of 8 and 13 are most impressionable. They are full of energy on treks! And are always eager to see and learn new things. They also come up with the most questions and observations. Stuthi Aithal went on the Dayara Bugyal Trek with us in June

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In our years of experience as a trekking organisation, we have observed that adults imbibe lessons from the outdoors on a daily basis. Children are much more receptive to the world in their growing years. It is the perfect time to inculcate valuable lessons from trekking which will stay with them throughout their life.

On a family trek, not only are you exposing your child to trekking at a young age but you are also deepening your bond as a family. Trekking facilitates this sense of heightened bond as well their own personal growth.

Most families that trek together work towards staying fitter and healthier. Photo by Manjari Singh

Dayara Bugyal is perhaps our most ideal trek for children. With its campsites located at just the right distance from each other, it has a perfect balance of trek time and leisure time. Mountain views and alpine meadows like these are hard to find elsewhere at such ease.

This initiative is under the Experiential Learning Programme.

How Is It Different From A Regular Trek?

Family treks will have only families with their children of age limit 8 to 17. Children of age 13-17 can also join this trek without their parents. Further we also have scholarships for children trekking as part of the family treks. For 8 -12 year olds 50 % scholarship, and for 12-17 year olds a 30% scholarship.

Parents have the support and comfort of having other parents in the same group. Children will trek and be engaged in activities along with other children. This will encourage them to form meaningful bonds of friendship.

On the first day, we will organise the children into teams. They will be responsible for certain camp related activities and will switch roles every other day.

In an exclusive trek for children, they will be camping, learning to pitch tents and trekking. Picture by Geet Tryambake

Here’s a peek into what the teams will do:

  • The Camp set-up team oversees pitching of tents. They make sure pitching and dismantling is done properly. They also help those who need assistance.
  • The Green Trails team ensures that everyone are engaged with keeping the trails and campsites clean. They oversee waste segregation. They see to it that the toilets and washing areas are set up and clean.
  • The Cooking team assists the cook and helps in serving all meals. They ensure that all eat well and there is no wastage.
  • The Trek Leader Assistants team assists the Trek Leader in keeping discipline with regard to timing. They will also aid those who are struggling or need any help.

Along with this there will also be co-operative games, star gazing on clear nights, story time, wilderness survival tips and knowledge sharing sessions.

Reflections at the end of each day will allow children to contemplate their learnings and experiences of the day. It’s a time of introspection and gratitude.

What Scholarships we provide

We are offering a scholarship to all children trekking with us on the exclusive family batches.

  • 8 – 12 year olds – 50% scholarship
  • 13 – 17 year olds – 30% scholarship

You can follow these steps to avail them:

Step 1: Click on the date that suits you on the selected trek page.

Step 2: Start the registration process. You will require unique emails IDs for all participants, including the children.

Step 3: For the scholarship – before making the payment, send an email with a proof-of-age of your child to [email protected] Any id card with the Date Of Birth will do.

Note: Mention the subject line as “Proof of age for (selected trek).”

Step 4: Our Trek Coordinator will get back to you within 24 hours with a voucher for your child.Step 5: Make the payment once you get a thumbs up from the Trek Coordinator.

Will My Child Be Safe on trek?

We understand that trekking with your child may cause you to worry about their safety. All our past family trekkers however have always found our treks to be safe.

Here are some of the commonly asked questions we receive from parents.

  – Who will ensure safety on the trek?

Our Trek Leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders.  They have been trained in wilderness survival and emergency medical aid. They are capable of taking care of any emergency on a trek. Our staff is constantly in touch with each other though radio communication to ensure that all the children and safe and sound.

  – What safety gear do you carry? 

We carry fully stocked high altitude first aid kits, oxygen cylinders, ropes and stretchers. In addition to this these treks have easily accessible exit routes for any emergency evacuation.   Click on this link to watch a video about what equipment we use.

– How do I prepare my children for a Himalayan Trek?

Active preparation is important for any trek, especially for children. Watch this video on how to get children trek fit. 

Also remember to pack the right things for the trek.

Our Experience With Children

From our records, 79 children aged 6-12 years and 55 children aged 12-16 years have completed the Dayara Bugyal Trek with us and we have had no untoward incident.

Children are excited to get certificates at the end of the trek from our Trek Leader.

In 2018 alone, we have taken 943 children below 18 years of age on our Himalayan treks. This is not counting the 1000+ school students we have taken on local and Himalayan treks.

There is no doubt that children naturally learn more in the outdoors. The joyful memories created and the natural learning experienced can last a lifetime!

 

Available dates

Sep October 2020 Nov

No cancellation charges for trek bookings from July 1st until Dec 31st

(choose a trek any time in future)

In light of COVID-19, since travel and treks are uncertain, Indiahikes has waived off all cancellation charges if you register for a trek before Dec 31. Which means, for all registrations before Dec 31, even if the trek is in December or later, apart from the basic 4% transaction charges, there are no cancellation charges from Indiahikes.

This helps you to register for a trek with peace of mind, knowing you can cancel your trek even until the last moment. Trekkers have started registering for treks, and we'd like you to do so with full confidence. We don't want you to worry about losing out through cancellations.

  • What the colours mean
  • Available
    Registration is on.
  • Small Group
    This means max. of 8 trekkers in the group.
  • Waitlist
    The group is full, but cancellations are likely to happen. We have 5 waitlist slots for every group. You may register for the group. Waitlist slots confirmation chances are high if booked more than 30 days in advance.
  • Last 'x' slots
    Indicates the number of slots available in a batch.
  • Full
    Indicates the group is full. No further slots are likely.

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72 thoughts on “Dayara Bugyal Trek

      1. Hi Shrabani, click on the “Register Now” button on the Dayara Bugyal trek page to view availability and register online.
        Registering for an Indiahikes trek is an entirely online process. Once you choose the dates that suit you, our system will guide you through the process.
        You will be able to pay using your credit card / debit card/ net banking and other standard online payment options.
        Once you register, your trek coordinator will get in touch with you and help you prepare for your trek before the start of your trek. Thank you 🙂

    1. If you’d like to see green meadows, time your trek between April and June. In April, Dayara Bugyal has a good mix of snow and greenery, since it’s Spring. Everything is just sprouting and fresh! In May, you’ll see more green. In June, you’ll see flowers sprouting in the meadows, especially around the second week of June. That’s a treat to the eyes! 🙂 So choose any of these months and you’ll see lush green meadows!

    1. Yes, as long as you have a fitness routine and you train for at least a couple of months before the trek, you should be able to do the trek comfortably. 🙂

    1. Hi Rohit, you can do it with you family in December. The only thing you must be wary of is the low temperatures. It could drop to -3 or -5 degrees at night. And you’ll have to keep at least 5 minimum layers for your son. If he is fit and energetic, and also works on his stamina, he should be able to do the trek.

      Having said that, if you’re going with your son, March/April would be a better time to take him. It won’t be as cold, and it’s the onset of spring. There will be greenery and snow, you’ll see the best of both worlds!

    1. Hi Kaavya, you’ll find all that is included and excluded in the fee here – https://www.indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/#trek-fee-inclusions-and-exculsions
      To give you a gist, everything from the base camp back to the base camp is included — your food, stay, equipment, everything.
      The journey from Dehradun to the base camp is not included in the fee. You’ll have to pay your driver directly. It will come up to around Rs 1,100 one way per person.
      Apart from this, you’ll not have any expenses on the trek, except if you rent gear or offload your backpack. These are optional expenses.

      1. HI Swati,

        I am a fat, and i have never done treks, i am very keen to start afresh. Want to have this experience. I want to opt for this since its for beginers. Would you suggest this trek for someone who takes 20 mins for 3 KM on a treadmill.

        Thanks
        shruti

        1. Hi Shruti, a trek is perhaps the best way to get back on track in terms of fitness. 20 minutes for 3 km is a really good start! You can definitely go on the Dayara Bugyal trek, I think you’ve made a good choice of a trek. It challenges you, yet it doesn’t push you too much.

          Go for this trek, but continue the fitness work out until you actually go on the trek. Try and increase the 3 km to 5 km over a couple of weeks. That will help build the stamina required for this trek. I hope to hear from you after the trek too! 🙂

  1. Hello Indiahikes team,

    My wife and I have done the Kedarkantha trek in winter 2018 and the Buran Ghati trek in summer 2019 (both with Indiahikes!).

    We are keen to attempt Dayara Bugyal in summer 2020 with our young daughters (age; 13 & 8 in 2020).

    We would like to know if the kids also need to qualify for fitness with a run of 5kms for the family trek? Or is there any other qualification criteria for children?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Nikhil

      Nice to hear about the entire family coming back to trek 🙂

      If your daughters follow a good active routine, they will do fine. So we take exceptions here and don’t ask for any fitness screenshots. It’s the adults who don’t prepare for the trek, that we ask for fitness screenshots. For your daughters, you can watch this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdwG06s3LAw

      Great to know that you are looking at the exclusive family treks. I am sure you will have a unique experience compared to your previous treks.

      Read more about the learning experiences here – https://www.indiahikes.com/how-we-enhance-learnings-for-children-on-our-family-treks/

  2. Hello Indian Hikes,

    I’m interested in bugyal trek in December. I”m kind of interested in camping and trekking on snowy mountain, want to experience the thrill, adventure and serenity of the nature. I’ll be alone from my end. Kindly let me know which batch ill be most fit in and on which date of December.

    By the way. I like presentation and layout of each trip description. It very easy to understand.

    Thank You!!!!

    1. Thanks Nikhil! Glad you like the info on the page. 🙂 If you’re looking to trek and camp in snow, the end of December onwards (any time after December 20th) would be the best time. You can go any time till mid-April and you’ll get to trek and camp in snow!

  3. Hi. As I see all the batches in April are marked as family treks. So would this be a strictly family trek or other people are also allowed? I mean do we need to gather family/friends to be able to come on these, or can 3 of us from a family join?

    1. Hi Mukta, the family treks are exclusive to families. But we will have regular batches as well. We’ll put out the dates soon and let you know as soon as we do!

  4. Hi
    We went to brahmtal in March last week in 2019
    There was loads of snow .
    Planning a family trek same time in 2020
    May be dayara or chandrashila
    Will there be enough snow at dayara ( as brahmtal had )
    If not what other trek option do we have
    Thanks

    1. Hi Himani, we can’t promise you as much snow as Brahmatal had last year, because the winter last year was pretty aggressive, long and intense. Dayara will definitely have snow in March and even till mid-April. If you’re taking family, they’ll surely have a good time because it’s the right amount of snow. Even Deoriatal-Chandrashila will have snow at that time of the year. 🙂

  5. Hi Indiahikes Team,

    I am planning to join 10th Nov batch – have below questions:
    1. Will there be snow in mid Nov?
    2. What temperature range can we expect?

    Kindly reply.
    Thanks

  6. Hii,
    All treks from Dehradun like Kedarkanta, Har Ki Dun are almost full , i have registered for Dayara Bugyal Trek for 29th Dec’ 19 batch, i wonder why there is so less response for this trek during December as compared to other treks in the same region.

    1. It’s mostly because treks like Kedarkantha are very popular through word of mouth. They are older treks and more people have done them. Dayara Bugyal is a newer trek, not many people have seen it. So don’t worry, you’ve made a grand choice to bring in the New Year! 🙂

    1. That would be too young Neelam. The youngest children we take on this trek are 6, and only if they are inching towards 7. For a 4-year-old this trek is a bit too much.

  7. Hi
    Will this trek have more of a family and older crowd during mid December?
    Also is it really crowded like Kedarkantha?
    Can you suggest an alternative?

    1. Hi Simran, this trek is not crowded like Kedarkantha. You may find a few families, but not so much older crowd. The average age of our trekkers is between 18 and 35. It’s a great trek in winter actually.

      If you’re looking for something more difficult, you could look at Mukta Top. It’s a new trek with hardly any crowds. You’ll find information about it here – https://www.indiahikes.com/mukta-top/

  8. Hi,

    We are a group of girls who would be a part of this trek in the last week of Dec.
    I wanted to know the process of renting gears as the site is a little confusing.

    1. Hi Nidhi, you can rent gear after you sign up for your trek. You just have to open the rental store, login with your Indiahikes account. Once you do that, you’ll be able to order your rental gear. You’ll have to pay for it in advance and pick it up at the base camp. Hope this helps! 🙂

  9. Hi,

    Me (33 yrs) and my wife of similar age want to do this trek, dayara bugyal. We do not have any prior trekking experience. Although we don’t have any medical problems, but we don’t claim to be super fit as well.

    So, can we make this trekk happen for us?

    Will it be apt for us if we attempt this trekk in mid December or January?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Indradeep, both of you can absolutely go ahead and do the trek. Most people who trek with us are beginners and they all come back with great, safe experiences. And Dec January is a grand time to do this trek. So go ahead.

      Just keep in mind that it will get very cold, especially post sundown, So make sure you take at least 5 warm layers.

      Also keep in mind that even though we mark it as easy-moderate, it requires good physical training for at least a month before the trek. So start jogging everyday, try and cover 4-5 km everyday within 40 minutes and that will help you have a comfortable trek. 🙂

    1. Hi Bhavika, we almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.

      Every trek page has a detailed cancellation policy. Please check the section for further details. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Arun, yes. All of our trekkers, no matter how young / old / experienced they are send us screenshots. It’s just to help us guide you better towards better fitness for a Himalayan trek. 🙂

  10. Is it possible to do this trek solo or by 2 people in January ? Want to experience snow trek. We have the necessary camping gear including multi fuel stove etc. Have done other treks like markha valley solo. But not such low temperature treks.

    1. Hi Subramani, there’s going to be very high snow. But you can do the trek. Even if you are trekking on your own, we would recommend camping alongside our campsite (in case you need help), and trekking just after our teams so that you can use the steps that they have cut in the ice. It would help you.

  11. Hello!

    I am planning to register for this trek in January 2020. I checked out the fitness requirements section and the itinerary. I have a few questions-
    1. How long would you recommend one should train for this trek?
    2. What would the temperatures be like and will we need spikes/crampons etc?
    3. How much is the total distance and how much will be covered each day?
    4. How many participants are usually in one group and how many leaders?

    Please let me know 🙂

    Thanks,
    Charuta

    1. Hi Shamli,

      Good to see that you have begun your training for our trek.

      Yes, you will need to submit 2 screenshots 5km in 50 mins, and 5km in 47 mins. You can cover the distance in a combination of running and walking, but you should attempt the entire 5km at on shot.

      For any other questions on fitness, please get in touch with your Trek Experience Manager, they will be able to help come up with a fitness plan for you. You could also give us a call on 080-468-01269. We’ll be able to help you better by talking to you!

  12. Thanks Swathi.
    Indiahikes starts from Raithal. We were wondering if we could start from Barsu.

    Also, is there going to be a lot of ice and not just snow. Crossing the glaciers on the way to the summit of stok kangri was challenging/slippery.

  13. We are group of 4 adults (45 years), reasonable fitness level. We are thinking of this trek either in Jan or Feb or Mar – 2020. Wanted to understand weather conditions in these months and possible difficulties for which we need to be mentally prepared. If Jan, would it be difficult to walk due to snow

    1. The weather in Jan and Feb is pretty extreme. It is peak winter, so you can expect temperatures to drop down to -10 degrees or lower in the evenings. There will be a lot of snow as well. You will need at least 5 warm layers to tackle the cold.

      On the other hand, if you do have time in March, I’d recommend doing the trek then. The weather slowly transforms to spring, you’ll see some greenery as well, and there will be some warmth too. It would give you a more rounded experience.

  14. We would like to go during March with family. My mother in law is 51 . She is fit and hits the gym thrice a week, but she has a problem of bowel movements. Can she be a part of the trek. Do you have covered areas for toilets

    1. Hi Radhanath, this would depend on how severe your Mother in law’s case is. We have toilets at all campsites. They are deep pits, and dry toilets (you have to use toilet paper and not water). The toilets are very comfortable, with privacy. We have separate toilet tents for men and women. But en route, on the trail, there are no toilets. You will have to go out in the wild. If you have any specific questions and would be more comfortable talking over the phone, feel free to call us on 080-468-01269. I think we may be able to help you out better with more specific details about your Mother in law’s health issues.

  15. Hello,

    I have registered for Dayara Bugyal treak on 24th december but it’s in Waitlist. Is there any chances of confirmation? If yes, then when will i get to know?
    I need to arrange my travel beforehand. Please let me know.

    1. Hi Prashant,

      I wouldn’t recommend signing up for the waitlist on December 24th. There are already 2 others on it, and they will get the first preference when there are cancellations. Since you have to plan your travel as well, don’t leave this to the waitlist.

      It’s best if you can choose another date for Mukta Top or perhaps another trek on the same date.

      Dayara Bugyal is available on January 12th and is a fantastic trek (Mukta Top’s neighbouring trek actually). It’s got great views and good snow cover in Jan. So you could easily go for that.

    1. Hi Abdul, you’ll have to reach the Dehradun Bus Stop at 7 am on December 16th. All trekkers will be meeting there. We’ll pick you up and drive to Raithal from there. It takes around 8 hours to reach Raithal.

    1. Hi Geeta, are family treks are exclusively for families only, specifically for families with children. They are different in the way we conduct them. You can read about how they’re different here – https://www.indiahikes.com/family-children-trek/

      We have these only for Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha and Deoban Weekend Trek. If you’re a non-family member, you’re welcome to join us on our regular dates for these treks, or any of our other treks. 🙂

  16. Hi,
    I was interested to go Dayara-Bugyal-Trek in the month of January. Is there any possibility of addition of new dates on 23rd and 24th of January 2020.

  17. I never trekked to the mountains. This is the first time I’m planning. I’m interested in taking DAYARA BUGYAL TREK. I want to go there in the month of Jan or Feb. But I’m a from a place which has a humid climate. So will I be able to go for trekking in these months ? or If I plan a trek in the month of March, will I get snow? Also, regarding fitness, I go to Zumba classes 3 days a week. I’m a beginner. So, I’m I fit enough to take this trek?

    1. Hi Sangeetha,
      Yes, you’ll find snow on Dayara Bugyal in the month of March 🙂
      For an easy-moderate trek like Dayara Bugyal, you should ideally be able to run or jog a distance of 5 km under 40 mins, which shouldn’t be a problem since you have more than a month to train.
      And as long as you are physically fit and have layered up properly, you’ll have no problem at all trekking to Dayara Bugyal in winters.
      You can read more about layering up for a winter trek here: https://www.indiahikes.com/layering-himalayan-winter-trek/

  18. Hi,
    I and my friends are planning for a trek in March end and we are beginners. Wanted to know which trek has more snow cover during this time, whether Dayara Bugyal or Chandrashila?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Vijwal,
      Both Dayara Bugyal and Deoriatal Chandrashila are beautiful treks to do in March. If the amount of snow you’ll come across on the trail is your criteria for selection, then Dayara Bugyal is one I would recommend 🙂

  19. Hi,

    Am planning on this trek with my 12 year old son in March (more around the 2nd week of March) . Would this be a good time to see the meadows or would it be still under snow ? Also this would be the 1st trek for both of us, hence would you recommend the same ?

    1. Hi Sanjay,

      More than March, I suggest you go for the early summers. That’s the best time to introduce children to the Himalayas. First because in summer the Dayara Bugual landscape transforms to a bright meadow dotted with flowers. Secondly – and this is a prime reason – the temperature will be warmer (minimum may dip to 5 degrees). In the second week of March, temperature will be lower than that and there will be snow in places.
      It’s a great choice for a first trek. But because it is a high altitude trek, you will need basic fitness and endurance for this 🙂 You may look at our fitness guide for this – https://indiahikes.com/trek-fitness-workouts-indiahikes/ Happy trekking!

    1. Of course Tanmay, lots of trekkers come solo with us and make the best of friends when they are on the trek. You’re welcome to join us by yourself. You will not feel alone once you meet your trekking team. 🙂

    1. Hi Pia, it would depend on when you want to trek and how many team members you have with you. You can give us a call on +91-080-468-01269 to discuss it and take it further. If the dates work, we’d be happy to organise the trek for you!