Dayara Bugyal Trek

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About Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal means 'high altitude meadow' and is at an elevation of 3,408 metres. These beautiful meadows cover an area of 28 square kilometres. In the summer, these meadows are lush with sweet grass and dotted with wildflowers. During winters, when the snow has covered the ground, these meadows are perfect for skiing.

About Dayara Bugyal Trek

The Dayara Bugyal trek is considered to be one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand with visitors describing their experience as nothing short of a fairy tale. This easy trek takes you up to one of India’s most beautiful high-altitude meadows, surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, and offers you the chance to camp in scenic locations at every stop. The trek is recommended for everyone i.e families with children, nature lovers and adventurers alike. The Dayara Bugyal trek begins at Barsu and takes you through old oak and pine forests, up to an altitude of more than 10,000 feet above sea level. You’ll visit the famous alpine lake near Barnala Bugyal, and you’ll see famous peaks like Kala Nag, Bandar Poonch, the Gangotri Massif I and II, among others.

Endless views of green meadows with soft sunlight falling on the snow-clad Himalayan peaks is just one of the highlights of the Dayara Bugyal trek. The meadows are filled with lush green grass, shepherds lead their flocks of woolly sheep, mountain wildflowers abound, and all this is under overwhelmingly clear blue skies. You will pass fragrant forests with sunlight filtering in through the maple leaves and you’ll want to lie down right there and never leave. You can pick walnuts off the trees, discover clear lakes strewn across the mountains and in whose reflection the surrounding mountain peaks look even more beautiful and then spend some time reading a book near one of the gushing brooks. As night falls, the porters set up camp and light bonfires for you and where you can warm your weary bones and marvel at how beautiful a few days in the mountains can be. The Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most rewarding adventures you can go on.

Dayara Bugyal weather

The best season to visit is April to May but the Dayara Bugyal trek can be undertaken all year long except during the monsoon. It is popular in winter as well, as the slopes are covered with a blanket of snow, turning the meadows into a paradise for snow treks and skiing.

Dayara Bugyal temperatures

In summer the days are warm and sunny and the meadows are at their greenest with temperatures ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to a pleasant 20-25 degrees Celsius in the afternoons. In December to March the day time temperatures range from 11C to 4C and at night from -2C to -8C.

Trek Summary

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Nearest city: Dehradun
  • Total days: 3-6 days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Max altitude: 12,100 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 15-20 km
  • Season: Summer and winter
  • Avg temperature: -5 to 15 degrees Celsius in Winters and 5 to 25 degrees Celsius in Summers

Dayara Bugyal Trek – 6 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal – drive alongside rivers and mountain ranges.

  • Start Time: 6:00 am
  • Distance covered: 181 km
  • Time takes - 5-6 hours drive
  • Overnight: Guesthouse or homestay at Raithal

Day 2: Raithal to Gui – walk amidst the jungle and stare at the night sky.

  • Start point: Raithal
  • End point: Gui
  • Day start time: 06:30 AM
  • Trekking distance: 3.5 kms
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs
  • Overnight: Tents at Gui campsite

Day 3: Gui to Barnala – 3-4 hour trek in the mountains, admire the hilltop views.

  • Start point: Gui
  • End point: Barnala
  • Day start time: 06:30 AM
  • Trekking distance: 3.5 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs
  • Overnight: Tents at Barnala campsite

Day 4: Barnala to Dayara Bugyal and back – have hot chai while viewing the Dodira range.

  • Start point: Barnala
  • End point: Barnala
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 4.5 kms
  • Trekking time: 6 hrs
  • Overnight: Tents at Barnala campsite

Day 5: Barnala to Barsu – visit Kala Nath temple.

  • Start point: Barnala
  • End point: Barsu
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 3 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs
  • Overnight: Tents at Barsu campsite

Day 6: Barsu to Dehradun – listen to soothing tunes on your way back.

  • Start point: Barsu
  • End point:Dehradun
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Drive for 7 hours to Dehradun
  • Trip ends here

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Meet at Dehradun Railway station at 06:00 hrs, and board a vehicle to Raithal. From here, you will be driven for about 5-6 hours and cover 181 kms to reach your starting point of the trek at Raithal. The drive takes you right along the Bhagirathi river and gives you stunning first view of the Gangotri Range as well as Srikanth peak and the Moryana top.

You will have lunch stops on the way (not included in package) and have some quick photography sessions as well, if time permits. By early afternoon, you will reach Raithal. You will spend your night here at a guest house or an authentic homestay.

Day 2:

Post an early breakfast, you'll begin your trek to Gui through a jungle of silver and gold oak trees. It's a beautiful walk of 3.5 kms with a gradual ascent. You will be camping tonight in the middle of a forest with quaint village huts nearby. You will be able to see the Gangotri Range and the Srikanth peak clearly from the campsite.

Day 3:

Wake up in the middle of nature and sounds of the forests and warm up for another beautiful day of trekking! Today's is a short trek of about 3-4 hours in the mountains. You'll climb up to Barnala, where the serene Barnala Tal lies in a clearing in the forest.

The endless views from here is sure to leave you breathless! Enjoy your delicious lunch and spend the rest of the day exploring the campsite and taking in the majestic views all around you. You will be camping in tents overnight.

Day 4:

Today you will begin your summit to Dayara Bugyal, the high altitude meadow top. You will trek through alpine forests that will open up to vast meadows full of wildflowers. The last bit of the climb gets steeper and a bit challenging, but at the end of the climb is the promise of unforgettable views of the mighty Himalayan peaks!

You will come face to face with the majestic peaks of Bandarpoonch that stretch into the entire Dodital range and snow-covered peaks as far as your eyes can trace. Take your time to capture these mesmerizing views in your memories as well as your cameras before heading back to your campsite.

Day 5:

Wake up early to soak in the views for a little longer before you pack up from the campsite and begin your descent to Barsu. Your trail goes via a lovely lake surrounded by old fashioned huts and the Kala Nath temple. You'll reach Barsu, which will make you envious of the simplicity of life here and the friendly and loving people of the mountains. You'll be camping here for the night.

Day 6:

Start your morning early and explore a bit of Barsu. You will be driven to Dehradun from here which would take you about 7 hours and arrive between 16:00 to 18:00 hours. Your Dayara Bugyal trek ends here and you are free to explore further or return to your base city.

Inclusions:

Transportation from Dehradun to Dehradun in private shared vehicles along with accommodation in guest houses or homestays or tents will be included. All veg meals from breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 5 will be provided.

All necessary camping equipment from sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses, toilet tents, kitchen/dining tents, utensils, experienced guides, cooks and support staff, mules to carry common luggage, crampons (if required) will all be included in your package costs. All necessary permits as needed, emergency and first aid kits, stretchers and oxygen cylinders will be included by the operator. All applicable taxes are inclusive.

Exclusions:

Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions, food during transit, any kind of personal expenses are excluded.

Any additional costs for road blocks, delays due to weather, political issues or unavoidable events like taxi strikes or any kind of additional costs for medical emergencies, illness, injury, or evacuation and anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional. Insurance is not included. Mules for personal backpacks are not included and can be arranged for an additional cost of approximately INR 1200, per bag, for the entire trip, if booked in advance, or INR 1500 if booked on the spot. Backpacks should not weigh more than 11kgs strictly.

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Dayara Bugyal Trek – 3 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Dehradun to Barnala Tal – Few hours trek to reach Barnala Tal

  • Start point: Dehradun
  • End point: Barnala Tal
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 5 km
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs
  • Overnight: Tents at Barnala Tal campsite

Day 2: Barnala Tal to Dayara Bugyal – 4 km trek through greenery, overnight camping

  • Start point: Barnala Tal
  • End point: Dayara Bugyal
  • Day start time: 06:30 AM
  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 3 hrs
  • Overnight: Tents at Dayara Bugyal campsite

Day 3: Dayara Bugyal to Dehradun – downhill trek and road trip back to Dehradun.

  • Start point: Dayara Bugyal
  • End point: Dehradun
  • Day start time: 06:30 AM
  • Trekking distance: 9 km
  • Trekking time: 6 hrs
  • Your trip ends in Dehradun

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You will begin with a drive to Barsu from Dehradun crossing quaint and tiny hilly villages and charming towns. It is roughly a 6 hour drive and also a bird-watcher’s delight. You begin your trek from Barsu and cross a few villages to reach an area with a lovely small lake called the Barnala Tal. You may be lucky to spot the famed black eagle on your way. Your first campsite is next to the lake and you will spend the night in tents here.

Day 2:

Today you will start your ascent towards Dayara Bugyal and cross Barnala Bugyal on your way. It is a 4-km trek through tree-lined stretches offering spectacular views of snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Once at the top, enjoy unforgettable expansive views of the Himalayan peaks that stretch across the horizon. Spend the day exploring the beauty of the landscape and return to your campsite for your final night in tents at Dayara Bugyal.

Day 3:

Today you will take in your final moments at the mesmerising high altitude meadow of Dayara Bugyal before beginning your descent towards Barsu. You will reach Barsu by afternoon and begin your drive towards Dehradun. You will arrive at Dehradun by late evening and you are free to explore on your own further. Your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

Transportation from Dehradun to Dehradun in private shared vehicles along with accommodation in guest houses or homestays or tents will be included. All veg meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3 will be provided.

All necessary camping equipment from sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses, toilet tents, kitchen/dining tents, utensils, experienced guides, cooks and support staff, mules to carry common luggage, crampons (if required) will all be included in your package costs. All necessary permits as needed, emergency and first aid kits, stretchers and oxygen cylinders will be included by the operator. All applicable taxes are inclusive

Exclusions:

Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions, food during transit, any kind of personal expenses are excluded. Travel arrangements between base city to Dehradun are not included. Any additional costs for road blocks, delays due to weather, political issues or unavoidable events like taxi strikes or any kind of additional costs for medical emergencies, illness, injury, or evacuation and anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

Insurance is not included. Mules for personal backpacks are not included and can be arranged for an additional cost of approximately INR 300 per day, per bag. Backpacks should not weigh more than 11kgs strictly.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best season to visit is April to May which is the Summer season. You will get to view the vast greenery and lush meadows and grasslands as you trek your way up. It is a beautiful landscape that stretches all the way to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

It is popular in winter as well for the snow experience. As the slopes and the same grassy meadows get covered with a blanket of snow, turning the meadows into a paradise for snow treks and skiing.

However, the Dayara Bugyal trek can be undertaken all year long except during the monsoons.

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Getting there

The pick-up point for the trek is either Dehradun, a famous tourist destination in India or Haridwar, a popular holy site for pilgrims. You can reach by either road, rail or air.

Road: Dehradun and Haridwar can be reached easily by road from Delhi, Haryana, UP, Punjab and other parts of Uttarakhand as they are well connected. There are plenty of buses from both State transport as well as private bus operators plying their services to both the cities nearly 24 hours.

Rail: Both the cities are well connected by rail with the rest of India including a direct train from Chennai to Dehradun via Haridwar. It is directly linked with metro cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Dehradun, as well as Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kochi etc. by a good number of express trains.

Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the airport closest to Haridwar and is also well connected by road. You can take share taxis or state transport buses to reach the main city as the airport is about 25km from the main city.

What to wear

Yet another trek and yet another chance for you to admire the beautiful landscapes of nature! Rules are rules and they are meant to keep you safe, so that you enjoy without any stress on your forehead. Now, here alist of items you must wear without any compromise: Ensure you are wearing comfortable trekking boots,raincoat, windproof jacket, thermal inner wear, 2-3 t-shirt/shirt, 2 trousers/jeans, woollen gloves, warm fleece, woollen cap, woollen socks and regular socks.Also, even though it may be tempting to wear, please avoid wearing expensive jewellery and gadgets on any trekking expeditions

What to carry

For the Dayara Bugyal Trek, you need to be equipped well-enough given the uphill climb and difficult sections at some stages. Here’s what you need to keep handy so that you don’t end up finding yourself in trouble in the middle of your trekking experience. It is best to be prepared.

Waterproof rucksack, torch, trekking pole, sunglasses, water bottle, towel, fully charged camera and phone with extra batteries), identity cards, slippers, specific medication, personal toiletries.

Preparation/Fitness

The trek is suitable for first time trekkers as well as young children to introduce them to trekking and the Himalayas. This can also be your great first snow trek in the Himalayas. Children as young as 4 to 8 years can do this trek with a bit of difficulty.

The trek is suitable for first time trekkers as well as young children to introduce them to trekking and the Himalayas. This can also be your great first snow trek in the Himalayas. Children as young as 4 to 8 years can do this trek with a bit of difficulty.

As an adult, you should have a decent level of fitness and you could train by walking at least 8 to 10 km if you are in the metros and be able to carry minimum 15kgs on your back while doing these long walks to make this a comfortable trekking experience.

This is a great trek to undertake as a family with children or couples young and old, with the above mentioned fitness levels.

FAQs about the Dayara Bugyal Trek

What is unique about the Dayara Bugyal trek?

There are few things that set the Dayara Bugyal trek apart from the rest. The major point of difference is that even families can undertake this trek and experience various natural wonders along the way. It is one of the few treks that gives travellers a glimpse of mountains, rivers, forests, meadows, valleys and clear night skies.

It is also quite close to Dehradun which means that those who want to take a last-minute trek after being enthralled by the mountains in the distance, can do so with ease while you are on a visit to the nearby tourist and pilgrim destinations.

What is the best season for the Dayara Bugyal trek?

The Dayara Bugyal trek offers the best of summer and winter. For those wanting to appreciate the greenery as well as those wanting to admire the snow-white pastures, Dayara Bugyal continues to be a first choice.

The fact that it can be covered in 3 days (including the return), is easier to access and does not involve a high degree of difficulty, makes this a hard choice to ignore. On the whole, Dayara Bugyal is good to visit all year-around (except the monsoon), but yes, it does drop below 0 degree Celsius in winters, so best to be covered in woollens.

Can beginners do the Dayara Bugyal trek?

Yes, the Dayara Bugyal trek can be attempted by beginners with regular supervision from both the trainers as well as fellow experienced trekkers. Even families undertake the Dayara Bugyal trek to experience the lush green meadows and the snow in winter. Mostly, you will be traversing through forests and will not be encountering any major steep climbs during the trek.

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Trip Description
The Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most rewarding adventures you can go on. It’s an easy trek to one of India’s most beautiful high-altitude meadows, surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, and offering you the chance to camp in scenic locations at every stop. The meadows are filled with lush green grass, dotted with charming brooks, mountain wildflowers, and clear skies above. You’ll never want to come back!

NOTE: A minimum of 4 travellers are required to book this trek to Dayara Bugyal.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Dehradun-Dehradun, as per itinerary, in private, shared SUV/Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in tents on twin/triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • All vegetarian meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between base city to Dehradun
  • Any meals during transit in vehicles
  • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 300 per day, per bag not exceeding a weight 12 kgs)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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This scenic 6-day trek to Dayara Bugyal offers you a wide range of experiences including serene campsites, lush trails, astounding mountain views as well as some insight into the local culture. The trek to Dayara Bugyal is very easy trek but has big payoffs in terms of mountain views. You'll get to explore rolling Himalayan meadows with iconic peaks towering over you, and hang out with local shepherds as they graze their flocks on the sweet grass here.

The Dayara Bugyal trek is a relatively easy route, with just a few steep ascents. It's ideal for first-timers, families, and seasoned trekkers alike.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun in private shared vehicle
  • All veg meals from breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 5
  • Accommodation in guest house/homestay/tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen/dining tents
  • Utensils
  • Experienced guide, cook, and support staff
  • Mules to carry common luggage
  • Crampons (if required)
  • All permits as needed
  • First aid kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Any additional costs for road blocks, delays due to weather, political issues or unavoidable events like taxi strikes
  • Any kind of additional costs for medical emergencies, illness, injury, or evacuation
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Mules for personal backpacks (can be arranged for an additional cost of INR 1200, per bag, for the entire trip, if booked in advance, or INR 1500 if booked on the spot.)
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Considered as one of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand, this trek takes you to the lush green meadows of Dayara Bugyal. As you make your way up, you'll see beautiful valleys dotted with wildflowers, sparkling streams running past, and woolly sheep grazing in grassy highlands. Plus, being a high altitude meadow, it also gives you a chance to camp in a campsite that is surrounded by some of the most dazzling snow-capped peaks! The Dayara Bugyal trek is an easy one, and is suitable for beginners.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • Toilet tents with handwash and toilet rolls
  • Kitchen and dining tent with all utensils
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5
  • Qualified and experienced trek leaders, guide, support staff
  • First aid treatment/facilities
  • Any permit charges, forest entry fee and camping charges required
  • Any trekking equipment required
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Stay and food at Haridwar
  • Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar (costs INR 1200 per person, to be paid on the spot)
  • Meals during transit
  • Porters or mules for personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 900 per person, for the entire trip)
  • Any cost other than those mentioned in inclusions
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