The gorgeous Dayara Bugyal trek, Uttarakhand

Endless green meadows, pine-scented forests, sparkling brooks, clear alpine lakes, and Himalayan peaks all around – the Dayara Bugyal trek is perfect for those longing for fresh air and pure, untouched nature.

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About Dayara Bugyal

The Dayara Bugyal trek is considered to be one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand. It is a high altitude meadow that lies at 11,100 feet. The meadows cover an area of 28 square kms, which means you’ll have spectacular views and open space in all directions. In the summer, these meadows are lush with sweet grass and dotted with wildflowers. During the winters, when the snow has covered the ground, these meadows are perfect for snowy trails. On this trek, you’ll see famous peaks like Kala Nag, Bandar Poonch, the Gangotri Massif I and II, among others.

Dayara Bugyal: Trek itinerary

Most Dayara Bugyal trek itineraries include a pick-up from Dehradun, from where you’ll be driven to the start point. The trek usually begins at Barsu, a small village about 6 hours from Dehradun. Over the next day or two, you’ll trek towards Dayara Bugyal, hiking through pretty forests to the open meadows at the top. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the many meadows on this trek, and will return to Dehradun about 4-5 days later.

Best time to Visit Bugyal trek

The best season for this trek is April to May but it can be undertaken all year long, except during the monsoon. In summer the days are warm and sunny and the meadows are at their greenest. The pine forests look like they are straight out of a fairy tale. Gurgling brooks and gleaming alpine ponds dot the landscape, but the highlight is the sprawling green meadows.

Weather Information

Dayara Bugyal is also one of the best winter treks in Uttarakhand. During these months, the meadows are covered with a blanket of snow, with day temperatures range from 11 degrees Celsius to 4 degrees Celsius, and night temperatures dropping to -2 degrees Celsius to -8 degrees Celsius.

If you’re going to Uttarakhand, you should read our blog on Top Things to do in Uttarakhand.

Dayara Bugyal Trek: Difficulty level

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, including beginners, families with children, nature lovers and adventurers alike. Read our blog to find Easy Snow Treks in India.

Top Dayara Bugyal treks

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Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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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 lunch 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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Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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6
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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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Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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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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This Dayara Bugyal trek is filled with wonderful landscapes and gorgeous views. You'll walk through green meadows with endless views of soft sunrays lighting up the Himalayan peaks around you. You'll climb up through India’s most beautiful high-altitude meadows, surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, stopping to camp in scenic locations at every stop. The meadows are filled with lush green grass, dotted with charming brooks and mountain wildflowers, with clear skies above. From November onwards, the slopes are covered with a blanket of snow, turning into a paradise for snow trekking and skiing. This trek to Dayara Bugyal is mostly comfortable, except for a few steep sections.
    Inclusions
  • Twin-sharing rooms in guest-house/lodge in Barsu for two nights
  • Accommodation in alpine tents on twin-sharing basis for 2 nights
  • Clean sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses
  • Separate toilet tents for men and women
  • Kitchen/dining tent
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5
  • Porter/mules for camping equipment
  • Forest entry fees, camping permits
  • 2 guides for 15 trekkers
  • First Aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport from Dehradun-Barsu-Dehradun (can be arranged for INR 2730 per person)
  • Porter/mule for personal bags (can be arranged for INR 1100 per person)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • 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, roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance

FAQs about the Dayara Bugyal trek

What is the packing list for the Dayara Bugyal trek?

Do make sure you have comfortable trekking shoes and a sturdy backpack. In all seasons, you will need to dress in layers and use a warm jacket and thick fleece, but in winter, you will also need thermals and waterproof gloves. You will be provided with a complete list of equipment and clothing by your operator, so do make sure you go through that carefully while packing.

Can first timers do the Dayara Bugyal trek?

Yes. The Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the easiest treks in Uttarakhand and is suitable for beginners and families. You should be prepared to trek for 4-6 hours each day. In the winter, the trek becomes marginally more challenging, but this is still considered an easy snow trek.

How do I reach the Dayara Bugyal trek?

Most trek itineraries begin with a pick-up from Dehradun. You’ll have to book your own tickets from your home city to Dehradun, and your accommodation there. The operator will arrange your transport from Dehradun to the start point of the trek and back again.

What is the best season for the Dayara Bugyal trek?

This trek runs almost all year round, except during the heavy rains. The best season depends on what you want to experience: a glorious summer trek in the Himalayas, with warm days and pleasant nights, and greenery all around OR a spectacular snow trek with semi-frozen ponds, snowy peaks and stunning vistas everywhere.