Dayara Bugyal is one of the most fulfilling treks and its captivating trail allures amateurs as well as experienced trekkers alike.
An easy level trek combined with the amazing scenic view that Dayara Bugyal offers in all seasons, makes it a popular summer trek as well as one of the best winter treks. Dayara Bugyal trekking requires no prior experience and can be done by anyone with decent fitness level. The trek route is easy to traverse which makes Dayara Bugyal a perfect beginners trek and most recommended trek for children, families and first timers. It is the largest meadow in India surrounded by dark oak and pine forests with 360 degree view of snow- capped mountains like Gangotri Range, Bhilangana range, Jaonli, Bandarpoonch, Srikanth, Black peak, Rudragairaetc.
The Bugyal is considered as a holy one by locals of the villages nearby and the shepherds and monsoon settlers who come here each year to graze their cattle. Interacting with them gives you an opportunity to learn from local culture and lifestyle in broad spectrum.
Dayara Bugyal has an ever changing landscape in different seasons with a variety of views. In the summer months (April- June) the sight of sunlight reflecting different shades of green dotted with yellow, violet and white flowers bursting in places goes for miles, making it the perfect summer trek. In winter months (Nov- Feb) the meadows are snow clad and they seem never-ending and so is their beauty. Most people prefer to take this winter trek in December.
If possible try to reach Rishikesha day before the trip starts. That also gives you enough time to relax and to prepare for the trek. Meet the team in the evening and the trek leader will brief you about the trek.
We will start from Rishikesh at about 7am. Most part of the journey will be along the river Bhagirathi. We will cross Uttarkashi on the way and reach Natin through beautiful forest stretches. As we approach Natin we would get a clearer view of Gangotri range and Srikanth peak Night stay at guest house/ Homestay
Our trek starts early in the morning after breakfast. The trail is gradually ascending and goes through forests of green and brown oaks, no pine trees here though. Preferably carry 2 liters of water for the day. We reach Gui by lunch time. The campsite is surrounded by forest and there are some huts that are used by the local villagers during summers. Explore the area around after lunch. Overnight stay in tents.
This will be a relatively smaller day. A short hike through the oak forest would take us to Chilpada which is a clearing with a flowing stream passing through it. Have lunch and take a stroll around and observe the shades of sky and reflection of the setting sun on the peaks of DraupadikaDAndaI,II, Bandarpoonch, Srikanth and Jaonlivisible from here.Come back to your tents before it gets dark, have dinner and retire for the day. Rest well for a considerably long trek the following day.Overnight stay at Chilpada in tents.
We start early morning to climb to the Dayara top. This will be an ascent of about 3 hrs. itwill initially pass through forest and then open up to vast meadows which are green with patches of tiny flowers in summers and covered with fresh snow in winters. The Final ascent to the top would be a little steep and could be little tiring. However once on the top with the closer and clearer view of the peaks you would forget all about the physical strain. The peaks of Bandarpunch (6350 m), Jaonli (6600 mtrs), Srikanth( 6133 m), DraupadikaDanda (6420 m) Gangotri I(6672 m),II (6590 m), Rudragaira (5500 m) form a majestic arch making the view enthralling. We will spend some time here soaking in the moments capturing the views. Having satiated our mind and soul we will start our journey back to Chilpada. At Chilpada we will have our lunch and wind up to start our descent toBarnalacampsite which will take about 2 hrs. Overnight stay at Barnala
We will pack-up after breakfast and take an easy descent to Barsu. This is the day when you can see the life of people in the villages of Uttarakhand. Go out and interact with the warm people smiling faces and get to understand their customs and culture. Overnight stay at guesthouse/ homestay
This is the last day of our tour. We will start our journey around 7am and drive to Rishikesh via Bhatwari and Uttarkashi and have lunch en-route. We reach Rishikesh by evening where our tour ends.