Why Dayara Bugyal Is A Grand Snow Trek For Beginners

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

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

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

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

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

Dayara Bugyal - Indiahikes - Grand Snow Trek
Dayara Bugyal trek in winter is a hidden gem. Less populated, plenty of snow and 360 degree mountain views make it a must see.

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

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

Dayara Bugyal - Indiahikes - Suraj Madhavi - Snow covered meadows
The Dayara Bugyal Trek is an amazing trek during the off season wintry months. Picture by Suraj Madhavi

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

Dayara Bugyal - Indiahikes - Mt Bandarpoonch
Striking views of Mt Bandarpoonch in the distance.

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

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

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


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28 thoughts on “Why Dayara Bugyal Is A Grand Snow Trek For Beginners

    1. Hello Ajmal
      Yes you can trek here this month as well but it will only start snowing somewhere around mid December.

  1. Can we trek to Dayara on 18 of January???
    How much snow would be there?

    Nd what about the dangers like bears??

    Because last time in dayara we’d spotted a bear near our camp….

    1. Hi Shivansh,
      It snowed at Dayara Bugyal 2 weeks ago so most of the snow has melted away. There are patches of snow on the trail. However, there’s another round of snowfall expected soon so go prepared for it.

      You needn’t worry about bears if you are trekking in a group.

  2. Hi All,
    i am planning to trek duryabugyal in the month of may,
    what’s the snow status in the month of may.
    as i am not planning to carry heavy snow gears,
    any help would be appreciated.

  3. Well I saw your campsite photo on trek page I would like to know when was it taken and how would it change in april??

    1. Hi Dhruv,
      The picture of the Dayara Bugyal campsite that you see on the trek page was clicked in January this year. This place will be green in April. It is also likely that there will be patches of snow around.

    1. Hi Akshay,
      It has mostly been sunny at Dayara Bugyal for the past few days. There are patches of snow on the trail, not vast stretches.

    1. Hi Shridhar,
      We recommend this for children who are at least 8 years old. However, you can take your daughter along if she is really fit and active.

  4. We’re planning to do this trek in last week of Dec, this year. How much snow can we expect?
    Last year, we went to Brahmatal during mid Jan expecting good snow, but it was all barren land – couldn’t even spot a patch of snow. We don’t want to get disappointed this year again 🙁

    1. Hi Shashank, what happened last year was highly unpredictable. Because Brahmatal was buried under snow before last year. 🙁 As far as the normal predictions are concerned, the last week of December is definitely when you will see snow! Not too much snow because that’s when it actually starts snowing, but you can expect at least one layer of snow.

      If you want to see snow for sure, then trek in March. There will be snow that has accumulated throughout winter and you’ll get to trek in that.

    1. Hi Neha,

      So far this year it has snowed a lot in the Himalayas as compared to the last two years and hopefully we will get more snowfall. So, the probability is on a higher side that you can expect snow in the month of March and specially in the first half of the month 🙂

  5. Hi,

    I’m planning to do this trek in the last week this December. I’ve been looking to do a good snow trek. Would that be a good time? The video says it will be covered in snow in later half of december, but I read on Uttaranchal’s weather charts that it’s usually clear in December. Was a bit confused. Let me know ASAP please.

    1. Hi, you will find snow in the latter half of December. So, do expect fresh snow as you trek to Dayara Bugyal after mid-December.

    1. Hi Yashowardhan, Dayara Bugyal is a great summer trek for children above the age of 8 years. In fact, under normal circumstances, we even have family batches running on this trek in summer as it is the most comfortable time to trek to this alpine meadow. Temperatures are warm (15-20 degrees in the day and 5-7 degrees at night), days are bright and the meadows are green.

      Having said that, because it is a Himalayan trek, your child will still need basic fitness preparation. To get a perspective, I suggest you read up on how parents prepared their kids for Himalayan treks in this blog – https://indiahikes.com/tips-to-prepare-children-for-trek/

  6. I am currently on the waitlist for the December 23rd batch. Can you please give me a checklist of must have items for this winter trek? I am wondering if I need snow boots, chlorine tablets for purifying stream water, 0 degree jacket etc.

  7. Hi,
    We are planning for Dayara Bugyal winter trek in December 2019, Is it ok to take kids of 10-12 age group for their first time Himalayan trek?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Vijay, it should be fine to take them along, but sure about it because it’s a winter trek. The temperatures could drop to -5 or -7 degrees. And they will have to trek in snow. If they are fit and active, participate in sports at school, they should be able to do the trek. You’ll have to prepare them mentally. If they are not so fit, it’s best to wait it out and take them in April. In April, they’ll see some snow and they’ll have greenery as well, you get the best of both worlds. 🙂