Surya Top Trek

Trek To The Land Of Meadows

Trek Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

12,950 ft

Base Camp

Raithal, Uttarkashi

Best Time

May, june, Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec

Surya Top Trek

Surya Top Trek extends the popular Dayara Bugyal trek, allowing one to experience even more breathtaking scenery. Trekkers are often emotionally overcome when they reach the picturesque Dayara meadows, amazed by the vast expanse of lush green grasslands and the stunning mountain vistas. The setting is truly dramatic and unforgettable.

Experience the majesty of Dayara meadows in all its glory with the Surya Top Trek. This two-day trek allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the meadows, exploring every nook and cranny. As you reach Devkund, you’ll be surrounded by endless stretches of lush greenery that seem to go on forever. The trek also features a thrilling ridge walk from Devkund to Siyari, with breathtaking valleys on either side and stunning views of Mt Bandarpunch and Kalanag. The ridge walk is anything but ordinary, twisting and turning to reveal hidden gems and offering a unique hide-and-seek experience with the mountains.

When you believe this hike couldn’t improve, the ascent to the Surya Top presents itself. While not requiring specialized climbing skills, it challenges your stamina. Upon reaching the summit, the Gangotri range, Mt Bandarpoonch, and Mt Kalanag, previously visible from a distance, now appear to be within arm’s reach. In particular, Mt Bandarpoonch is so near that it feels as though you could leap across and land directly on its slopes. Such breathtaking vistas are the ultimate dream for any admirer of mountains.

In conclusion, the Surya Top trek fulfills all the requirements for an excellent hiking experience. It is an essential adventure for any individual who appreciates mountains.

This trek offers the perfect blend of ease and excitement, providing a comprehensive Himalayan experience. At 12,950 ft, Surya Top offers breathtaking views of towering peaks such as Bandarpoonch, Dropdi Ka Danda, and Srikanth. The journey also allows for an immersive experience into the local culture of Barsu and Agoda villages. The trek meanders through dense Deodar, Oak, and Rhododendron forests, culminating in a picturesque high Himalayan meadow, Dayara, before reaching the summit of Surya Top. This trip is a paradise for bird enthusiasts and wildflower enthusiasts, with an array of Monal pheasants, eagles, butterflies, and more.

Trek Cost

11,450 +5% GST | From Raithal to Raithal
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Pickup time 12 P.M from TRC Taxi Stand, Srinagar, in front of Tourism Office Building

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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 Surya Top Trek

Day 1: Begin your adventure by driving from Dehradun to Raithal, ready to embark on an unforgettable journey

  • Altitude: 1,800 m/ 5905 ft.
  • Driving Range: Around 190 kilometres (approximately 8-9 hours).
  • Pickup Point: Prince Chowk, Dehradun at 6:30 AM.
  • Automobile Type: Tata Sumo/Tempo traveller or a comparable setting of transportation.
  • Available Network: BSNL.
  • Expected Arrival Time in Raithal: 5:00 PM.
  • Stay: At guest house on sharing basis.

Dehradun to Raithal, the starting point for the Surya Top trek, takes around 9 hours by car. The journey takes you through captivating forests right after leaving Dehradun, and within the first hour, you’ll pass through the picturesque hill station of Mussoorie, a popular destination in Uttarakhand.

As you journey between Mussoorie and Uttarkashi, you’ll encounter a breathtaking viewpoint known as the Tingling Point, offering awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas. From the peaks near Himachal, including Swargarohini and adjacent mountains, to Mt Bandarpoonch, Mt Srikanth, the Gangotri Peaks, and the imposing Chaukhamba massif, all the way to the towering Mt Nanda Devi, the panoramic views are truly stunning. However, these spectacular views are only possible on exceptionally clear days.

Uttarkashi, the biggest town along the path, precedes the journey to Bhat, nearing Raithal; one can marvel at the stunning hues of the setting sun casting its glow upon the peaks of Mt Bandarpoonch, Mt Srikanth, Mt Jaunli, and Draupadi ka Danda.

Day 2: Raithal to Chilapada by Trek - Exploring the Himalayas

  • Elevation: 3200 meter – 10,500 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 6.8 kilometres
  • Stay in tents on twin sharing.

As you embark on your journey from Raithal, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the stunning views of Mt. Srikanth and Gangotri 1, 2, and 3 in the distance, with the mountains mentioned earlier becoming more prominent as you ascend in altitude along the trail to Chilapada. Following a satisfying hot breakfast, you’ll begin your trek, which starts with a gradually ascending path that takes you through the village fields, eventually leading you to a flat grassy clearing with a hand pump after an hour. Take a brief break to rehydrate and continue on your journey.

Beyond the water source, the path transitions into an area with more trees. You enter a dense forest dominated by green and brown oaks (moru and chars) and rhododendrons, creating a lush and diverse woodland. Interestingly, unlike elsewhere, there are no pine trees in this forest. Before reaching Gui, the forest occasionally opens up to reveal a few small open spaces. As you ascend from Gui, the previously concealed mountains on the opposite side gradually appear.

Starting at Gui, join the primary trail and ascend towards Gui Thatch. This particular area is a small grassy meadow within the woods. On one side, there are 5 to 6 huts where the shepherds, known as Chania, reside. Adjacent to these huts is a compact pond with a mound right next to it. Additionally, you will notice the Forest Department’s igloo-shaped structures near the Chania huts. Continuing half a kilometre from Gui Thatch, you will enjoy a leisurely and effortless stroll through a stunning rhododendron forest. The terrain allows for a relaxed pace, allowing you to appreciate the Himalayan forest’s ambience fully.

As you continue your journey, you will encounter several streams that vary in their flow, whether running, dried up, or frozen, depending on the season. After successfully crossing one of these streams, you will discover a shelter that protects you from rain. Chilapada is only a short 20-minute walk away from this shelter. As you proceed on your trek, watch for a trail on your left that appears to be broken. Follow this trail instead of the main one, as it will lead you to Chilapada, a small area nestled amongst the meadows. Take a moment to appreciate the surroundings.

Day 3: Trek From Chilapada to Devkund Through Bakriya Top

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite on sharing basis.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 8 kms
  • Time Taken – approx. 6 to 7 hrs
  • Trek Grade – Easy to Moderate

Begin your journey today with a gentle climb through the picturesque Dayara meadows, where the breathtaking scenery will slowly unveil itself before you. The vast expanse of the meadows will stretch out to your right, providing stunning views throughout your trek. After a leisurely two-hour ascent, you will reach the summit of Bakriya Top, one of the loftiest points in the meadows.

As you stand at Bakriya Top, the grandiose sight of Mt Bandarpoonch unfolds. The rolling meadows stretch out endlessly below, creating a stunning panorama. Embark on a picturesque walk along the ridge, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. The expansive Dayara Meadows will unveil itself on your right, while the scenic path leads you towards the tranquil Devkund campsite. From this vantage point, your tent will offer a captivating view of the majestic Mt Bandarpoonch.

Day 4: Trek from Dev Kund to Siyari through Surya Top

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite in tents on twin sharing.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 7 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 7.5 hrs
  • Altitude – 12,950 feet / 3947 meter.
  • Trek Grade – Moderate

Begin your day by rising early and embarking on a gentle ascent that takes around an hour to complete. This climb leads you to a magnificent ridge considered one of the most impressive in the country. From this lofty vantage point, you can take in the breathtaking views of the Gangotri ranges to your right and Yamunotri to your left. This ridge is transformed into a picturesque pathway adorned with vibrant flowers during autumn, creating a truly ethereal atmosphere.

Proceed along the ridge for 4.5 kilometres, enjoying the thrill of the mountainside hide-and-seek game. As you continue your trek, you’ll descend from the ridge and arrive at the day’s campsite, Siyari. Once there, take a moment to settle in, drop your gear, and enjoy a satisfying packed lunch.

Embark on a brief but invigorating journey to Surya Top, equipped with only your daypack containing the bare necessities. The trail begins with a challenging 2.5-kilometre climb from Siyari, leading you to retrace your steps to the ridge. From there, push on to reach the summit of Surya Top. The strenuous effort will be met with breathtaking panoramic views as you stand victorious at the top. Take time to soak in the scenery and relish the moment before descending to Siyari before sunset.

Day 5: Siyari to Nay by trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the camp.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 9 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 7 hrs

Begin your day at sunrise. Follow the identical path along the ridge until you reach Devkund. While strolling amidst the vibrant wildflowers and massive rocks, you will be under the watchful gaze of the towering Gangotri and Yamunotri mountain ranges. This will allow you to witness the magnificent Mt. Bandarpoonch from a remarkable vantage point.

Upon reaching Devkund, enjoy a meal and rest briefly. The journey to Nayata, primarily on a level incline, will require approximately 7 to 8 hours. Along the way, you will traverse the expansive verdant fields of Dayara. As night falls, these meadows come alive with a stunning display of golden sunlight. The remarkable aspect is that the majestic mountains in the distance remain constantly visible.

Day 6: Trek From Nayata to Raithal

  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Distance – 4 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 4.5 hrs
  • Trek Grade  Easy

Begin your day’s journey by 9 a.m. and allow approximately 4 hours to reach Raithal. From the Nayata campsite, follow the trail as it descends beneath a dense forest canopy. After 15 minutes of descending, you’ll reach the rain shelter where you previously diverged to Barnala during your ascent. From there, continue down the main trail.

Proceed for another hour until you reach a grassy clearing with a water source. Take a moment to rest and recharge before embarking on the final stretch of your journey to Raithal. The iconic arch of Raithal signals the end of your trek.

Day 7: Drive from Raithal to Dehradun

Begin your journey from Raithal after having tea, coffee. Take pleasure in the picturesque drive as you return to Dehradun. You are expected to arrive in Dehradun at approximately 7 p.m. on this particular day.

Surya Top Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Surya Top 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.

Surya Top 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 Surya Top 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: 4 Nights in tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and 2 days in a guest house.
  2. Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with Dinner on Day 01 to tea, coffe on day 6 (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 Surya Top Trek

Surya Top 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.

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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.

Foot Gears

When it comes to planning a trek, one of the most important aspects is to ensure that you have the right kind of foot gear.

  1. Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours when you reach the campsite, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your shoes. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  2. Socks– you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  3. Microspikes & Gaitorswill be provided by Trekup India when required. You don’t have to carry them.

Personal First Aid Kit

Don't forget to pack your personal first aid kit! It's always better to be safe. So, make sure you're prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  1. Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  2. Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  3. Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  4. Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  5. Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  6. Medicine for cold, flue/fever, headache
  7. Some pain killers
  8. ORS pouches
  9. Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  10. Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  11. Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  12. Bug Repellent
  13. Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  14. Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

You might also consider bringing a camera, binoculars, portable charger, and snacks. Be well-prepared and tackle any trail with confidence.

  1. Trekking Poles
  2. Mobile phone
  3. Camera
  4. Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  5. Lightweight flashlight or headlight
  6. A waterproof bag made of plastic is used for the camera.
  7. Plug/converter for electrical items
  8. 1-litre water bottle
  9. A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  10. Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  11. Get into the habit of maintaining a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

Remember to pack hygiene and personal toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and toilet paper.

  1. Sunscreen with UV protection to shield your skin from harmful rays
  2. 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels to help you dry off quickly in case of rain or sweat
  3. Toilet paper, tissues or wet wipes for maintaining hygiene while on the trek
  4. Toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth freshener to keep your mouth clean and fresh throughout the journey
  5. Deodorant or talcum powder to help you stay fresh and odor-free, especially during hot and humid climates
  6. Shampoo to keep your hair clean and healthy
  7. Sanitary pads or tampons (for female trekkers) to manage menstrual cycles
  8. Lip-gloss or salve to protect your lips from dryness and chapping
  9. Bio-degradable soap to keep yourself clean and hygienic while on the trek
  10. Nail clipper and other personal items that you use daily
 
By packing these items, you can ensure that you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.