Dayara Bugyal Trek

The Meticulously Manicured Meadows

Trek Grade

Easy - Moderate

Highest Altitude

12,090 ft

Base Camp

Raithal

Best Time

Round the year except Monsoon

Dayara Bugyal Trek

At Dayara Bugyal Trek, we deeply admire the meticulously manicured meadows, which offer a picturesque setting that’s hard to beat. The attention to detail in landscaping is evident, with no single rock or tree out of place, creating a breathtaking backdrop for the majestic Gangotri mountain range. The rewards of this trek are disproportionate to the effort put in, making it a popular choice for beginners as well. The location of Dayara Bugyal, situated at an elevation of over 10,000 feet, is a significant factor in its beauty. From this vantage point, the Greater Himalayan range stretches out in all its glory, with the towering summits of the Gangotri range, including Bandarpunch, Kala Nag, Srikanth, Jaonli, and Draupadi Ka Danda, seemingly within reach. Trekkers often spend hours gazing at the sunset over these mountains, taking in the awe-inspiring sight.

During the summer, the meadow becomes renowned for its vibrant array of alpine flowers, showcasing a splendid mix of hues. The Himalayan blue poppies, daisies, and primroses are among the frequently spotted flowers. The oak and rhododendron forests encircling the meadow add to the picturesque scene, providing a stunning contrast against the majestic snow-capped mountains. This trekking route also serves as a habitat for various bird species, including the Himalayan monal, which holds the esteemed title of Uttarakhand’s state bird.

Nestled amidst towering Himalayan peaks, Dayara Bugyal is a breathtaking destination that attracts visitors from far and wide. The landscape is dominated by dense forests of maple, oak, and misty valleys, creating a picturesque setting that changes with the seasons. During heavy snowfall, ski enthusiasts flock to the highland meadows while trekkers explore the lush grasslands, serene alpine lakes, and babbling streams that offer a sensory retreat. The trek also provides a glimpse into the unique culture of a Himalayan village, and the vibrant Rhododendron flowers that line the trails add to the overall beauty of the experience.

Dayara Bugyal Trek Videos

Videos by experts watch these videos to prepare well for a Successful Trek

why trekup india
Play Video about why trekup india

Want To Trek Like Pro?

Check out the following videos if you want to trek like a pro trekker and improve your skills. These videos contain helpful tips, tricks, and techniques to help you trek like a pro. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced trekker, these videos can provide valuable insights to enhance your trekking experience. So, watch the videos below by Trekup India experts to take your trekking skills to the next level.

Know Everything About Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur when individuals travel to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet. It is caused by the decrease in air pressure and oxygen levels in the air as altitude increases. Symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness, it is important to gradually adjust to high altitudes and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. To learn more about this condition, check out the videos by Trekup India.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Dayara Bugyal Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal Village by 182 kms drive

  • Altitude: Raithal Village 2176 meter / 7142 feet
  • Drive time: 8-9 hours.
  • Driving Route: Dehradun – Suwakholi – Moryana Top – Uttarkashi – Bhatwari – Raithal
  • Pick-up Location: Prince chowk, Dehradun  is 06:30 AM
  • View of Gangotri range starting from Moryana Top.
  • Stay in a Guesthouse

On the first day of the Dayara trek, participants will go to our homestay in Raithal, Uttarkashi. Those who have opted for a drive from Dehradun to Raithal with Bikat should arrive at the meeting point by 6.30 AM. During the journey to the basecamp, we will acclimate to the mountain climate, get to know our fellow trekkers, and take in the breathtaking scenery, including yellow mustard fields, changing hilltop hues, the tranquil Bhagirathi river, and the stunning Tehri Dam Falls.

By taking the path through Dhanaulti, we can reach Chinyalisour. As we travel through these charming towns and villages in Uttarakhand, we will glimpse Raithal after passing through the lively town of Uttarkashi, following a quick route towards Maneri.

Once we had completed the lengthy journey and had some time to relax, we proceeded to provide an overview of our itinerary, impart knowledge on important guidelines and protocols, and educate participants on the importance of environmental conservation. As an organization dedicated to learning, we also offer a comprehensive briefing on essential trekking skills, including a demonstration on properly packing backpacks and sleeping bags. Additionally, we secure the necessary forest permits, complete any required paperwork, and obtain clearances on the first day to ensure a seamless and trouble-free trek for everyone involved.

Day 2: Trek From Raithal to Gui

  • Altitude: Gui 2,900m/9,500 ft
  • Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Trek Distance: 4.3 kms
  • Trail Type: Easy trail. Gradual easy ascent.
  • Meals: Break fast at Raithal & Hot lunch on the campsite
  • Stay: In tents on twin sharing 
  • A well-marked trail leads to the campsite
  • Carry 2 litres water bottles if you don’t have access to water sources

After enjoying a satisfying morning meal, we begin our journey from Raithal village towards our camp near Gui Lake. At the start, the path meanders through a narrow passage lined with stepped farms and fields of ripe rice, accompanied by a nearby stream.

After an hour, we venture into a dense forest filled with wood and oak trees, known locally as Mohru and Pangar. This continues until we reach a spacious area with shepherd shielings. Our camping spot is not too far from here. The trees create a thick canopy above us, giving us a feeling of being in the wilderness, far from the busy city life. From this picturesque location, we can catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Srikanth, Mt. Bandarpoonch, and DraupadikaDaanda peaks. On a clear and sunny day, we can even see the entire panorama of the Garhwal Himalayas, stretching from Gangotri to Mt. Jaonli, from these expansive grounds. Today, we will gain an elevation of approximately 848 meters.

After a brief break for snacks and rest, we continued our journey towards Gui Campsite, located approximately four hours away from Raithal. We arrived at the campsite by early noon and set up our tents with the help of a demonstration from the trek leaders.

After reaching our campsite, we enjoy a satisfying lunch, then prepare to explore the breathtaking Gui Lake, whose waters are frozen solid even during the day due to the cold winter temperatures near the lake. As we return to our campsite, the sky is painted with hues of orange and pink, creating a picturesque sunset that shouldn’t be missed. Afterwards, we delight in warm appetizers before having an early supper for the remaining part of the evening.

Day 3: Trek From Gui to Dayara Bugyal Top and Retun

  • Altitude: Dayara Top 3,700m/12,100ft
  • Trek Duration: Approx 8 hours.
  • Trek Distance: 4.3 kms
  • Trek Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner
  • Stay: In tents on twin sharing
  • Keep enough water with you, there is only one source of water near the top

After breakfast today, you will trek from Gui to Dayara Bugyal and Bakaria top Summit. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and be prepared for a day full of amazing views, including Bandarpunch (6,300 Meters) and Black Peak (6,387 Meters). The trail will take you up from Gui towards Dayara, where you will see the mountains on the other side, previously hidden from sight. The early morning sight of Dayara Bugyal is breathtaking, with vast meadows stretching in all directions and the sun’s rays illuminating them in various ways. Reaching this beautiful destination is worth the effort.

The breathtaking vistas of Bakaria Top’s surrounding peaks, including Draupadi Ka Danda, Shrikhand Mahadev, Mt Jaonli, and the Gangotri mountain range, are the primary draw of this picturesque location. As you ascend to the Summit, take in the stunning panoramic views of the towering Himalayan peaks. After reaching the Bakaria Top summit (12,645 feet) around 1:30 pm, take a moment to relax and enjoy a delicious veg biryani for lunch.

During the beginning of the season (May-June), numerous meadows are filled with an abundance of yellow, violet, and white flowers. Occasionally, the quantity is so vast that you have to go around them purposefully. The undulating landscape is covered in countless miles of soft, powdery snow in the wintertime.

Prepare yourself to journey down into the unspoiled fields. Follow the same path back and make your way back to the campsite.

Day 4: Trek to Raithal from Gui Campsite (covering a distance of 05 km) will take approximately 3 to 4 hours. Afterwards, we will drive to Dehradun on the same day.

  • Trek Duration:  3-4 hours
  • Trek Distance: 4.5 kms
  • Trail Type: Easy Trail
  • Meals: Breakfast at Gui and Hot lunch at Raithal

Trek from Gui to Raithal, then drive to Dehradun, covering a distance of 235 kilometres. After breakfast, descend back to Raithal village through a 4.5-kilometer trail. On the way back to Dehradun, passing through Uttarkashi, there will be lunch. Expect to arrive in Dehradun between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Plan your further travel accordingly.

Dayara Bugyal Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Dayara Bugyal Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Dayara Bugyal Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Dayara Bugyal Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay: 2 Nights in tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and 1 night in a guest house.
  2. Meals: Trekup India provides freshly cooked meals during the trek, starting with Dinner on Day 01 to breakfast, lunch on day 4 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  3. Transport (Optional): Dehradun to Raithal and return on sharing jeeps  
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

Things to Carry, pack for trek
Play Video about Things to Carry, pack for trek

Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.