Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal Trek
Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand
4 days


Dayara Bugyal in the local mountain dialect means "High Altitude Meadow". Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful places in Uttaranchal, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000. The splendour of the high mighty Himalayan peaks like the Bhagirathi, Bandarpoonch, Draupadi ka Danda, Black Peak and others cradling Dayara Bugyal is a truly breathtaking sight.

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Event Organiser Ravers Expeditions
Event Date Dec 29, 2016
Event End Date Jan 1, 2017
Event Location Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand
Pickup Point Dayara Bugyal
Pickup Time 8:00 AM
Things to Carry Will be informed later
Itinerary DAY 1 : Barsu to Dayara Bugyal 7400 ft to 11050 ft (4-5 hours)
Alt gain: 3500 ft, 7 kms via Baranala easly to moderate climb with some stiff stretches in between. The Barnala and Dayara ridges can be seen right from the lawns of GMVN at Barsu. Barnala a small meadow is on top of the first ridge. Take the pathway that goes besides the wall of the GMVN passing the village fields. The fields give way to trees in ten minutes of the climb. The trees, a mix of local deciduous varieties, Oak and Rhododendron create a beautiful mix of colors when their leaves glisten in the morning sun.
The tree cover is sparse initially with a number of clearings in between. Take a peep at the mountains in front and notice them getting bigger as you gain height. Half an hour into the moderately ascending trail brings you to a Herbal garden maintained by the govt. Pass besides the garden and in twenty more minutes you are at the last clearing on the route to Barnala. The place is called as Mathi Hoda which means last clearing. The forest cover thickens beyond this and from Spring to Autumn, the foliage of the trees is thick enough to hide the sky above. Climb up on the well laid out stone track to the ridge line which is an hour away.
At the ridge line the trail gently slopes down. A couple of minutes later, come up the Gujjar huts and a big clearing. Tall pine trees circle the periphery of the clearing. The trail goes along the side of the clearing climbing up a small mound at one end. Get on top of the mound and look back. Notice that the skyline has broadened and many more peaks have made their appearance. Run up and in less than five minutes begin the meadows of Barnala. Barnala is a tree lined meadow which converts into a ski slope during the winter months. At the left corner of the meadow is the Barnala lake. Take a break by the lake watching the reflection of the Oak trees in the water. Dayara Bugyal is on top of the ridgeline seen from Barnala. Walk across the meadow and enter the tree line again. Do not forget to turn around to see the views behind as you walk. The climb up the second ridge line is a steeper than the first. The path is still well laid out and it is hard to miss your way through it. An hour and a half’s climb brings you to the end of the tree line and the meadow begins right there. Climb up a couple of mounds and turn around to see the views. On one side are the new entries, never seen till now – the Bandar Poonch and Black peak. On the other side are the mountains which were with you till now, their numbers have increased. The view stretches out now to 180 degrees and more. The Dayara Bugyal meadow stretches out far and wide ahead, but the camping areas are limited to the fringes of the Bugyal where there are good sources of water.
Continue to trek along the right fringes of the meadow with the tree line just below. The trek to the camp site is like a preview to the views in store for the next few days. Capture in your minds and memories, the Bugyals dipping and raising, the skyline around and the long shadows in the golden evening sun. Pass the Gujjar huts which come up on your left and in less than 500 meters, a shady enclosure of Oak and pine trees with a clearing in the center is seen. A couple of small streams flow on either sides through the year. Make this your campsite. Collect fallen branches and logs from the Oak trees around light a good fire to warm the chilly night.

DAY 2 : Dayara Camp site 11000ft to Bakaria Top 12500ft and back to camp site exploring the Bugyal. Distance: 6 kms, 5 – 6 hours
Dayara Bugyal’s expanse deserves a day for exploration. Set aside a day if you can for a complete exploration of the meadow going all the way to Bakaria top and back. Head up from the camp site and gain some height on the meadows. Move up heading right and traverse through the many sections of the meadows. A short stiff climb up takes you to the top of a ridge called as Moosa Dhangi. Moosa Dhangi gets its name because of the abundance of rats once found in the burrows there. There is another ridge line to climb after Moosa Dhangi and make the Bandar Poonch a prominent subject of your photographs from here.
All through your explorations, be on the silent look out for various wild life that can be on the prowl. It is not uncommon to catch glimpses of the mountain cat – looks like a small fox or the mountain deer whose foot prints often spotted on patches of snow. Get down from Moosa Dhangi and go up the next ridge. The Bakaria top is visible and is 3 hill tops away. Follow the ridge line and negotiate each hill top until reaching the last and the highest – The Bakaria top. The ridge line exposes the other side of Dayara Bugyal. Spot the village of Agoda – on the route of the Dodital trek. The Sangam Chetti – Agoda- Dodital – Dayara Bugyal trek route reached Dayara Bugyal here. The Bakaria top is the highest point of Dayara Bugyal and is at one corner of the meadow. On one side see the mountains and the entire Dayara meadow spread out while on the other see the hills coming up in layers. Spot the town of Uttarkashi nestled deep down amidst the hills in the south. Spend time basking in the sun and wind with the views on the Bakaria top.
The descent takes a couple of hours with the route going straight down avoiding the ridge walk. Several streams which run dry during the non rainy months are found on the way down. Dwarf Rhododendrons are the common shrubs found on the mountain sides. The path is narrow but is easily spotted. Sticking to the trail is not necessary as long as you head in the general direction of the camp site.

DAY 3 : Dayara Bugiyal to Siyaari
If in summer start early. A 7.00am start is perfect if you are a bigger group. Take the trail that crosses the stream beyond the campsite and moves into the oak trees. The trail goes out of the forest cover in 5 minutes with magnificent views of Bandar Poonch and other peaks. Keep the tree line on your left and climb up the ridge until you meet the trail that goes to Gidara Bugiyal. It is a breathless 1omin to the trail. The early morning views of Dayara Bugiyal is worth every effort to get there. Miles of undulating meadows stretches 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 so many that you have to deliberately skirt around them. Stick to the trail as it naturally leads you out of the meadows to the north western edge (your extreme right). On the edge it descends sharply through a cluster of dwarf rhododendrons, flattening out to a clearing with a shepherd’s hut. There is a small water point. Beyond the hut, the trail climbs again topping at a flat ridge of Devikund.
Devikund is a small junction that signals the end of Dayara meadows. A trail descends from Devikund to Dodital, two camps away. Take the trail that climbs upward and to your right, It opens out to a flattish walk on the steep flank of a large mound. Ahead Badarpoonch keeps you company, ever watching with its presence. The trail curves around the western flank of the mound before descending gently to the top of a ridge.
Oak trees flank the eastern edges of the ridge . Peep through the trees and spot Barsu many thousand feet below. Take the trail that veers off the ridge to the left and gently descends to a thick cluster of Rhododendron. The trail widens considerably and weaves a flattish trail through the rhododendrons before rounding a shoulder again regaining the ridge. The trail continues to weave in and out of the ridge and into clusters of Rhododendrons, finally ending the ridge at the base of the climb towards Surya top. The climb is short but steep over a series of switch backs topping at a tiny pass. From the pass, the view of the entire Dayara Bugyal is worth pausing a few moments for. In front Bandarpoonch seems a touching distance away towering over the entire landscape.
The trail hugs the eastern side of the ridge, descending mildly in a wide curve to get to another pass in ten minutes. This is the Gidara pass. From the top of the pass, the trail bifurcates in opposite directions. The one on the right heads to Pichkiya and the one on the left leads to Gidara Bugyal. If time is short and you want to end the trek quickly, head towards Pichkiya. If you have an extra day in hand, take the trail that leads to Gidara Bugyal. Gidara Bugyal is a longer trek and takes another 3 days to complete. But the trail towards Gidara is the way towards Siyari campsite. Siyari is visible from the top of the pass about 800 ft below. Follow the trail to Gidara until it hops on to the ridge overlooking the Dodital valley. Catch the last views of the Bandarpoonch looming over the trail. Descend on the ridge until you get to a shallow from where the trail to Gidara bifurcates to the left. You are at the tip of a valley that faces the Barsu direction. There is no fixed trail but numerous sheep trails descend to the valley floor. Descend to the valley floor and look for a perinial stream that cuts through the bottom of the valley from one end to the other. Establish your Siyari camp anywhere near the stream.
Below, where the short valley ends, an abandoned cluster of shepherd huts perch on the edge of the ridge. Use the huts to fix your bearings on the location. In the evening, take short excursions to the various hill tips the surround the campsite. The view from the top of them show up the entire snow peak range. In the morning, climb up the hill again to catch a spectacular sunrise from behind Mt Srikhant.

DAY 4 : Siyaari to Barsu
Siyari is a superb location to catch sunrise on a meadow. For that though you need to climb up about 200ft to a flat, to the turf left of the valley. Get up in time to make the 10 min climb to the flat. Carry enough woolens – it can get a little windy on the top and perch yourself on a boulder or on the grass to catch the sun rising behind the summit in a 180 degree panorama. As a bonus, wait for the hundreds of sheep’s that the Shepherd’s let out to graze in the morning light. Catch the first trace of the sun, bouncing off their backs as they bleat in the warmth of the sun. It’s a long descend to barsu, so as usual, start early from the camp. Keep the stream to your left and take the trail that hugs the right of the valley, climbing slightly on its flank. At the end of the valley the trail narrows and dips suddenly into the tree line. If there are mules with you on the trek, then, this is not the trail for them it is too narrow. They need to re trace yesterday’s steps to the Gidara pass and head down to Pichkiya from the ridge above. The narrow trail is just about wide enough for a person to pass through. The trail meanders in and out of roots of the oaks and rhododendrons, sometimes dipping sharply and at times rising quickly but at most times having around the same altitude. The forest is thick and sunlight rarely reaches the trail. Within half an hour to forty minutes into the trail take a break at a permanent stream that runs down a gully. The water is clean and pure.
Continue on the trail as it weaves in and out of the routes until you get to a clearing with a terrific view of the summits in front and the meadows behind. The trail climbs and descends alternately through the thick undergrowth of oak rhododendron and occasionally mixed trees. The trail suddenly curves around a bend to give you a view of a Shepherd’s hut perched on a ridge against the backdrop of an empty sky. Get to the hut to catch up with a friendly family of gujjars. On the right are the last of the descending flanks of the dayara meadows – a flank the locals call “Ki’uttoral”. The Shepherd’s hut is a junction of sorts, three trails merge here; the trail that descends from the gidara pass. Another that climbs from Barsu and Pichkiya. And the third, the trail we just came across – that leads to siyaari and further on the Gidara. From the Shepherd’s hut take the trail that descends into the forest below. The trail gets wide, but descends steeper too.
Your next destination is Pichkya – a large clearing in the forest, an hour and a half from the Shepherd’s hut. Within 10mins of your descent, the trail flattens out to a big clearing surrounded by oak trees with langoors sleeping through the branches. In the clearing, cows graze about peacefully. Make your way through the clearing to the outer right and edge and catch the trail that again descends sharply into the forest. Ten minutes later, over a curve, spot another cluster of Shepherd’s hut peeping through the trees. Do not, move to the hut but look for a sharp trail that weaves right from the trail and disappears into the thicket. This is the trail that you need to take. The trail that moves ahead ends at the shepherd’s huts. The trail continuing to descend swerves further right to emerge at another cluster of shepherd’s huts in another couple of minutes. The trail starts to the left and switching back to the right to suddenly emerging into a cluster of trails sprouting out of it. This can confuse trekkers. From here on, and until Barsu, many side trails emerge and again converge together many times. To avoid getting the feeling that you are lost, always take a trail that is descending and moving to the right. Avoid any trail that looks flattish. Though, keep in mind all trails at some point converge and descend to Pichkiya and further on to Barsu.
Half an hour through the steep descent and gradually moving further right into the mountains the trail opens up to a large clearing of grand views of snow peaks in front. You have arrived at ‘pichkya’. A permanent water source flows on the extreme right hand edge of the clearing. Below the lip of the clearing, there is a small shady flat here the water source descends to a small watering hole. This is a favourite of animals to take a dip or simply drink from. There’s another water source a minute into the trail that starts from the outer edge of the clearing across the water source. This is your trail to Barsu. Pichkiya is a lovely spot to take a break for lunch. In case the team is tired and sore from the long descent, then you can think of camping at Pichkiya too. From Pichkiya it’s only two and a half hours to Barsu. So camping, is an alternative only in a emergency or for the die hard. The trail from pichkya to Barsu is utterly beautiful and likely to stay in your memories for long. Take the outer trail from the right hand corner of Pichkya and begin your descent through the splendid foliage of oak trees. The brown carpet of leaves is a delight to walk on. To add to the charm, the trail splits and converges many times, sometimes over a height of only a few feet to lend a picture of fairy tale era. Pack your descent evenly because it is a fairly long descent of two thousand feet to Barsu. About an hour through the mystic forest, the trail suddenly plunges to the sound of roaring water to emerge at the foot of a lovely waterfall. The waterfall creates a few dark pools of water. This is a welcome break for trekkers to freshen up from the dust and grime of the last few days of trekking. Drink to your fill from the clean water and cross the stream over logs placed over the water. The trail climbs sharply out of the waterfall to leave the roaring sound behind in a couple of minutes. Soon enough, the trail again continues to descend through the enchanting oak forest.
Spot village women from barsu foraging for firewood and dry leaves – and you know civilization is not too far off. Sure enough an hour into the descent from the waterfall, emerge out into the open to a fantastic view of Barsu right below you. You are perched in an overhang of the steep mountain face that towers over Barsu.
Taken the beautiful view and continue your descent as a trail traverses the mountain face. On its descent to Barsu the upper reaches of Barsu with its pretty wheat and poppy cultivation soon falls on the trail. From here on, the trail dips towards Barsu quickly, traversing its upper meadows to get a spot close to the temple. With a trail entering the village from its upper echelon take your time, witnessing the life in the village of Barsu. Village kids scamper about around their homes, the women thrash wheat and some tend to their cultivation. It is a fascinating moment for trekkers to witness events from a world far removed from modernity. The trail gradually descends to the village square and a primary school surrounded by wheat fields. It brings to an end your enchanting ‘Dayara Bugyal’ trek.

Includes :
• 2 guides for the group of maximum 14 trekkers so 1 guide for 7 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
• Accommodation (hotel or Guest house or home stay or camping).
• Good quality camping arrangements.
we believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetizing meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek.
• 3/4 season imported alpine tents ,sleeping bag , mattresses , Hot water bottles in the night (during the trek), Camping stools, Mess Tent, Toilet tents.
• All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on last day. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
• Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations.
• Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any).
• First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations).
• Service Tax
• Transport

Excludes :
• Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
• Any meals/services not mentioned above.
• Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
• Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
• Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Insurance.
• Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs.).

Instructions & Guidelines NA
Difficulty Level Moderate

Event Description

Trekking Routes for Dayara Bugyal Trek :
Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Barsu - Barnala Bugyal - Dayara Bugyal - Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi
Dayara Bugyal in the local mountain dialect means "High Altitude Meadow". Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful places in Uttaranchal, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000. The splendour of the high mighty Himalayan peaks like the Bhagirathi, Bandarpoonch, Draupadi ka Danda, Black Peak and others cradling Dayara Bugyal is a truly breathtaking sight. Camping near Barnala Tal, a small natural lake en route Dayara, is the highlight of the trek. Suitable for all almost age groups, this is considered as an easy trek. This vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty in Uttarakhand.



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