6 Days / 5 Nights (Dehradun to Dehradun)
Easy to Moderate
In summer: day time 6°C to 15°C & Night Time 2°C To 7°C.
In winter: day time 0°C To 5°C & Night time -10°C To -5°C
Life is complicated and it is no picnic! From the tantrums of your boss to the worst break up, life is a black hole that keeps draining you.
In these times, you need to pack your bags, once in a while and detox from all the negativity hovering above you.
Imagine waking up to a field of meadows upon the Himalayas and you see the shepherds taking their flock, walking up the trail for grazing; the birds chirping, the warm, orange sun shining coyly through the clouds.
You sip your favourite tea breathing in the greenery around you; no odour of the sharp petrol, no sound of the cars honking but only sheer peace. The mountains in their magnificence, hold nature’s gift, left untainted, left untouched, only waiting for you to wander in complete wonder of their majestic existence.
You and I both know the A to Z of a claustrophobic life.
Therefore, you need this adventure-filled trekking experience to Dayara Bugyal.
Planning this getaway would steer your life in a better direction. For once, be the one behind the steering wheel of your life, take charge and love yourself; put yourself first then see the magic.
Dayara Bugyal awaits for you with a series of adventure trekking, mystical healing for your soul, a perfect opportunity to rekindle with yourself and mend relationships.
This could be it for you to fill your travel diaries and photo albums!
Dayara Bugyal is the little secret of the Himalayas and the perfect winter trek for beginners. Dayara Bugyal reigns atop a staggering 3657m against a stunning canvas of lofty Himalayan neighbours like Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Shrikhand Mahadev, Srikanth peak and Gangotri peaks. Situated at an elevation of 10,000 ft above sea level the vast meadow spread over an area of 28 sq. km amidst the snowy mountains is the most unusual piece of nature yet a remarkably brilliant one you will ever get to see.
Bugyals are alpine pasture lands or meadows in higher elevation range between 3,300 m and 4000m of the Himalayas in the district of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.
Along with the lush green meadows, you get an adventure-packed Himalayan Trekking experience. Its sacred forests that represent a life of serene peace and tranquillity, the very petite campsites with strangers and friends having a bonding time over a cup of tea, all add up to the next adventure for you!
The Dayara Bugyal trek is marked by a rich carpet of wildflowers, and dense forests of maple and oak trees fenced by misty valleys.
Also called “Nature’s own Garden”, Dayara Bugyal is a perennial scenic beauty because it offers an all-season of adventure except for the monsoons.
Best Time to Visit: Dayara Bugyal Trek is best for all the year to visit except July and August.
Dayara Bugyal trek in Winter :
In winter, Dayara Bugyal is known for its snow that glows like diamonds in the sun. The entire landscape will be in white and the pine trees would be covered in snow. A mesmerising sight, it is the next stop destination for all skiers and folks that want to just have a special winter holiday.
Dayara Bugyal trek in Spring :
In Dayara Bugyal, spring starts from mid-March till April. It turns over to a new leaf because it is the season when the lush green meadows spring up and the flowers of yellow, violet and white prance and teases the soft spring breeze. The landscape remains a blend of the melting snow caps, the meadows and the mesmerizing flowers.
Warn your friends and family because you will be spamming them with your snaps all over their social media feed in no time!
Dayara Bugyal trek in Summer:
When life gets rough, we got to let go of the steam and what better time and place than Summer in Dayara Bugyal?
The summer breeze and the green meadows are the perfect summer getaway to relax and rejuvenate under the sun. While it may get warmer, the trek is easier during this time and you’d still see the glory of the Himalayas dashing under the sun.
Dayara Bugyal trek in Autumn :
Autumn in Dayara Bugyal looks like an artist celebrating the colours on his canvas. While the maple leaves turn red and the meadows to a golden orange shade, the backdrop of the Gangotri range, Bandarpoonch range all orchestrate to give you a blissful state of mind and a feast of hues for your eyes.
About the trek
Aren’t you excited already to know what other things Dayara Bugyal has to offer you? Dayara Bugyal holds an inexplicable amount of scenic beauty breathtakingly feeding an aesthetic to one’s soul.
While you heal spiritually, mentally, it allows you to take bail from the hastiness of life. The quiet of the forests that cradle the trekking trails all the way up to the summit, you will soon be seeing plenty of irresistibly eye-catching scenes from mountain tops and below. Every nook and corner is not to be missed.
If you’re a newbie, a complete stranger to trekking, Dayara Bugyal Trek is perfect for you! The trek has been rated as easy to moderate, and you can indeed have an experience of a lifetime!
The Dayara Bugyal is a 5-6 days long trek and the total trekking is estimated to be around 40 km to cover an altitude of 3850mts.
The trek starts from an enchanting hamlet named Barsu on the Haridwar-Gangotri road that overlooks the graceful valley and the snow-clad mountains. With every set of steps you take, the trail delivers a spectacular sight of grasslands stretching far and wide to an endless world of green fostered by the towering grandeur of the Himalayas.
It remains a perfect opportunity to learn about cultures, the flora and fauna and the outstanding geography of the Himalayas.
While on your trek, your trial will be led by a line of pine trees. In winter, clad with snow, you will also be led by small shrubs with berries growing on it. This part of the region is a carpet of grasslands and rhodendorens spread far and wide surrounded by a variety of flowering plants
The region also has an abundance of bubbling streams sourcing from the glaciers. If one gets lucky, you may get to see Himalayan Brown Bears hibernating, Tibetan and Himalayan wolves and even the golden eagle circling the grasslands
At night, listen to the hooting owls out in the oak trees.
The route of the Dayara Bugyal Trek reflects the rustic life which only existed in poems. However, Dayara Bugyal Trek brings these poems to come alive and takes you to moments of living in nature. The oak forests, the scattered huts, shepherd dogs, frolicking lambs and flocks of sheep grazing in the meadows and basking in the sun, wildflowers blooming, it sure seems like an exact rip off from a beautiful rustic poem.
If you’re an outdoorsy person, Dayara Bugyal Trek is a tailor-made trekking experience for you because it is also a hotspot for skiers from the country during winter. The vast expanse of meadows covered in snow serves as an excellent destination for skiing.
Who can go?
• Rookies are welcomed to start off their trekking adventures
• It is recommended to prep with some cardio exercise. Therefore, trekkers must be fit and have enough stamina.
• Trekkers should be able to carry a 10kg backpack
• Cardiac patients, high blood pressure, asthma and epileptic cannot be accustomed to these kinds of activities.
Places to look out for
Barnala Tal Lake
The Barnala Tal Lake is located 5km away from Barsu Village. Situated around an array of oak trees, watching the sunrise and meditation by the still, mirror-like lake doesn’t sound bad to start off your day.
At Bakaria Top the highest point of Dyara Bugyal, enjoy a beautiful sunrise with your loved ones. You deserve these serene moments because it doesn’t always come easy. Enjoy the view of the perfect Himalayan Ranges descending from paradise to earth.
While you could afford only a ridge walk to the Gildara top, it is totally worth it because you would not only see the Gangotri ranges – Gangotri I, II, Jaonli, Draupadi Ka Danda but you will be able to strike off seeing the Bandarpoonch from your bucket list. Right from the ridge, you can also add the entirety of the Gidara meadows to fit in your canvas.
Get ready because it is going to be a long ride on the road.
At 6:00 am from Dehradun, drive through the towns of Mussoorie, Chamba, Bhatwari to reach Barsu.
Once you reach Uttarkashi, you will stop for lunch. You may go for sightseeing a number of temples and ashrams like the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, a hotspot for pilgrimage, where a number of pilgrims from far and wide flock together.
Because of the fame for the mighty mountains, Uttarakhand has earned, the famous Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also based here.
By evening, you will reach Barsu village, located 32km away from Uttarkashi and it is the most common base camp for the long-awaited trekking Dayara Bugyal.
If you have that relentless wanderer in you even after a long road trip, you can wander around the village flourishing with lush green fields, farms of beans, watermelons, pumpkins and many more
In the summer months, you can also be a part of the Butter festival.
Barsu is also known to be one of the most ancient Himalayan villages with houses that are five hundred years old. You can discover some more history, folklore, myths, by interacting with the locals and even from your guide.
Barsu has guesthouses which will accommodate you for a good night’s rest. This hamlet overlooks a Valley on one side, while the other side will show you the grandeur of the majestic Himalayan peaks immersed in the heavenly glories of the sky.
After a good night’s rest, you can now get ready to hike to Barnala Tal, a must-visit lake and a tourist attraction.
Once you walk from Barsu you will find yourself in the midst of silver oaks and deodar trees. Guided by scenic mountains like Draupadi ka Danda, it is guaranteed that the beauty of the trees on both sides of the trail and the mountains will soothe the ” tired” in you.
Although, the trail at first, maybe steep, in no time the forest opens up and you’ve reached your campsite. You may rest and start a few adventures as bird watching and nature walks.
However, the most noteworthy trek to be mentioned here is the 30 minutes trek to Barnala Tal. The lake freezes during winter and stays serene calm during the other seasons.
There is also a Nag Devta Temple next to the lake from where you can see the entire Gangotri range
Do not miss out on the sunsets in this trek. You can hike up to Bakaria top (12500 feet altitude) for a landscape view of the meadows and watch the sun sleep in the arms of Bandarpoonch range and other stretches. Some other places you can explore are the Gidara Bugyal, a walk to the hills connecting Dayara to Assi Ganga Valley can turn the events to a fun one instead of a tiring one.
On your Route:
Day 1 and 2 was just a trailer.
Your trekking experience is set to get even better because today is the day you will hike to the place you’re meant to complete. The real trekking starts from here when the hours of walks increase along with the umpteen of places you’d like to see.
You need to have an adequate amount of rest before making a trip to the top of the Dayara Byugal trails.
The trail to Dayara Bugyal starts from Barnala campsite. A well laid some trail will help you ascend to your destination.
The trail exposes expansive grasslands, lakes and gurgling streams and the stretch of the Himalayan Mountains like Black Peak, Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III, Jaonli and there you go! You can finally say that you have seen the greatness of the Himalayan Peaks.
The trail is marked by rhododendron flowers and scattered herds of cattle grazing the meadows.
The hike is rather a peaceful one because of the shady trail and the bird calls amidst the towering trees and mountains. Rare species birds like Lammergaier and the Griffon can be sighted here and Dayara Bugyal takes pride to be a home for them.
After a few hours of hiking, you will reach Dayara Bugyal. And while words are not enough to explain the overwhelming power of this alpine meadow, you might just forget all the physical and mental war you’ve gone through.
Dayara Bugyal is a wildfire of lush green grasslands with budding flowers surrounded by trees and cradled by misty valleys. The meadows look like a carpet of grass that stretches infinitely. One cannot wrap up the sight just by elevating your feet once.
The grassland is considered to be sacred by the local habitats and is claimed to be home to angels.
On your Route:
View from Camp side:
You need to have a healthy and nutritious breakfast before you start your day. Free your mind and have a fresh new outlook. You will have to walk 6-7 hours not on a ramp but on a series of ascending and descending trails to Pichkiya.
While you enjoy nature’s goodness of the stretching alpine meadows and the alpine forests, in no time, you will have finally reached Pichkiya. The vibe from such positivity and immaculate beauty of nature will boost your excitement to get going!
Pichkiya is a small grassland campsite located between the alpine forests. Camp here for the night and have some quality time with your loved ones.
Descending down a trail seems easy. However, the mountain trail from Pichkiya to Barsu is slightly narrow.
But because of many years of trekking, the trails are well marked and bifurcated by thickets. You need not worry to get lost on your way back. An experienced guide will definitely lead you to the correct places at the right time.
You will descend down to your initial camp, Barsu. Halfway down the trail, you will witness Barsu along with other adjoining settlements with different colours of the tin roof.
If you haven’t got the opportunity to communicate with the people there, this is your last chance. You will have enough time since you will reach Barsu by afternoon. You may interact with the settlers there. This is where you complete the cycle of trekking or travelling: you garner experiences, stories, and you learn from them.
Soon you will realise that you have finally made it! You have successfully completed the trekking spree and now it’s time to go home. Leaving a trace of you here and there, life in Barsu will go on.
A night under starry nights, with the perfect music to set the mood, pull off an overnight in Barsu for the last time.
Fun Activities you cannot miss
The speciality of Uttarakhand is its amicability to blend the Himalayas in the north and the plains of Terai in the south.
This paves a gateway all the way up to the sky for an irresistible adventure for you to take on. It’s time for you to spread your wings and glide over the pine tree, lush green valleys and the snow-covered Himalayan peaks.
Dayara Bugyal is one of the ideal paragliding sites and you would not want to miss this opportunity. This place is a calling for all adrenaline junkies.
Paragliding courses are also offered and do not fret and have doubts. Paragliding clubs ensures the safety of people and ensures the best outdoor adventure.
You are going to love the skiing adventure in the winter in Dayara Bugyal!
Although it doesn’t have a specific infrastructure for skiing like the one in Auli, a ski resort, Dayara Bugyal is a destination for professional skiers because of its natural area of snow on the slopes.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering also offers a full 21 days of course for skiing. Dayara Bugyal just happened to be the training ground for skiing.
But if you’re a total newbie to skiing, you can still enjoy the snowfall and enjoy sledge rides and snowball fights, shaping angels on the snow, this place is a paradise to escape to. Isn’t it exciting?
Dayara Bugyal, at the bosom of the Himalayan mountains, is home for those who seek peace and healing. It is a calling for all those wanderers, the nomads in the soul right to the core, for an exhilarating experience of hiking up the Himalayan mountains.
To those weary in mind and spirit, it summons you for an exquisite adventure of a lifetime to replace your burdens on your shoulders with a backpack. The beautiful Himalayan sites call you to come to rest your head in nature’s bosoms. Hike the greatest heights and feel like you have conquered the world
Jolly Grant airport is located 25 kilometers from the city, serving to Dehradun.Daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the train from Delhi to Dehradun overnight
Nanda Devi Express(from new delhi):- Departure:- 23:50; Arrival:- 05:40
Dehradun Express(from Nizamuddin):- Departure:- 21:10; Arrival:- 05:00
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Dehradun. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trust worthy.
Usually, the buses left you in the Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun railway station via Ola/Uber Cab/Auto Rickshaw/Shared three Wheeler.
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INDEMNITY AND RISK OF LIFE ADVENTURE UNDERTAKEN:
You understand that venturing in the high altitude and indulging in adventurous activities like trekking and mountaineering expeditions may expose you to inhospitable conditions which may pose serious risks to you in forms of physical or medical injury, and might even result in your death.
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At MountMemory we believe in sustainable tourism through responsible travelling and it is one of our prime pillars of the organization. In all of our trip, we focus on keeping the mountains clean, benefiting the local community through our travels into their place and conservation of the natural flora and fauna of the place. We try to leave the mountains in better conditions than what we got into it. We make sure that in any case, we i.e our clients and staffs cause no harm to the environment at any cost. If possible and feasible, we even put voluntary efforts to clean the mountains and raise awareness amongst the local community. Irresponsible behavior with the environment will not be tolerated and we may also consider excluding the culprit from the group. In such cases, no refunds whatsoever will be made.
TRIP LEADER, SAFETY AND AUTHORITY
All our trips will be headed by a trip leader who will be a Himalayan High representative. In all the cases he will be guiding the clients to safety norms and will put all his efforts to keep the group safe, healthy, comfortable, motivated and take towards successful completion of the trip. In case of any unforeseen conditions like bad weather, medical evacuation, etc, it is the Trip Leader who will take the decision of the further itinerary or course of action based on his experience, judgement of the situation and safety of the entire group. He, and only he, has the sole right to take the decision with regards to the course of action and itinerary on the field for the safety and benefit of all the members in the group.
We DO NOT provide insurance of any kind. Adequate and valid travel insurance is advisable for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue, air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it when required. You need to make sure that your insurance covers ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES like trekking and mountaineering at the required altitude.
CHANGES IN THE ITINERARY:
Please note that mountain adventures are always unpredictable. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause flight delays, road blocks, or getting stranded in one place, etc. In such cases, we will be required to change the itinerary as per the situation. The itinerary will be changed with the best intentions to complete the trip as much as feasible, for everyone in the team. Such changes will always be made to keep the total number of days in the trek to be unchanged, If for any case, where the number of days increases, extra cost for the day needs to be borne by the clients for the extra days. The amount will be calculated by MountMemory office/staffs. In no case any refund will be made if the trip is cancelled in the middle due to situations beyond our control. However, every effort will be made to adjust the remaining days to change to some other itinerary.
Moreover, MountMemory does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed flights, trains or buses, but would assist to make alternative arrangements wherever possible. Please also note that while on the field, we may have to make some changes in the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances.
DOCUMENTS TO BE CARRIED
You must carry a valid photo identity card like passport, voter’s ID or aadhar card. These documents might be required for issuing various permissions required to travel. MountMemory is not responsible for the safety of these documents; It is advised that proper care be taken to protect your documents from getting damaged due to rain, theft, misplacement, etc. Also, please carry 2 passport sized photos. Many permits require them. It will only be used when required.
Also, very importantly, carry MountMemory Travel Disclaimer and Medical Certificate in original copies which needs top be submitted to the trek leader in the base camp.
INJURIES AND EVACUATION:
MountMemory would not be financially liable for any injury/health conditions/emotional or other conditions suffered by the client during the trip. Similarly, our package cost does not include any personal insurance. We advise the clients to take adequate insurance packages, including medical emergencies and evacuation by Helicopter, wherever available and required.
However, MountMemory will take all the necessary care required to take care of any injuries. The team will be accompanied by a Team Leader who will handle required first aids and work out the evacuations.
What if you get injured in middle of the trek ?
Such situations will be treated as emergency and we will act according to the seriousness of it. While sometimes we may require to give you full attention, without affecting the entire team. While on other occasions, it might be a minor injury and treated accordingly, with importance. If we require to send you back, we will accompany a helper with you, who will take care of you and take you down to safety. The entire team is expected to cooperate fully on such occasions. We will abide by our Terms of Travel for such situation, and you are expected to read it before you join one of our fixed departures.
Can emergency to some individual in the group disrupt your plan and schedule ?
We plan strictly to stick to the planned schedule and keep the group shielded from individual emergencies. However, sometimes a bad case of emergency can disrupt the entire plan as we prioritized to save a life first. We take with us enough extra resources so as to answer the individual emergency without disrupting the plan of other unaffected trekkers in the team. However, if the condition is too serious, others in the group might get affected due to this as well. This might be a little compromise in service promised, change in itinerary, etc. It seldom happens, but there is a chance for that. Cost escalation for unscheduled return from the trek will not be borne by us.
Cost of an emergency situation ?
All the expenses made during an emergency situation or unplanned situation has to be borne by the individual trekker. We will assist with all our knowledge, information and connections to respond to that emergency immediately and get you back to safety.
SERVICES MISSED OR UNUSED OR UNSCHEDULED RETURN:
There will be no discounts or money refunded for missed or unused services, this includes voluntary or involuntary termination/departure from tour, i.e. sickness, death of a family member etc, late arrival on the tour, or premature departure either voluntarily or involuntarily.
Cost escalation for unscheduled and unplanned return from the trek will not be borne by us.
THEFT ON TRIP
MountMemory will not be responsible for any theft or loss of personal belongings on the travel duration. It is upto the client’s top take care of their personal belongings. However, Himalayan High will try their best to act to the situation, but not legally liable to do so, by taking proper actions including reporting to local police administration, talking to locals, etc. A travel insurance taking care of theft on tour is advised for this matter.
UPDATING OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
MountMemory reserves the right to update and amend these terms and conditions at anytime. It is the responsibility of the Client to keep updated with any changes. The current version of terms and conditions will always be found on the website www.themountmemory.com and will be the terms referred to in any dispute.
Any cancellation by a Client must be made in writing and acknowledged by the Company. The date on which the request to cancel is received by MountMemory will be accepted as the Cancellation Date and hence determine the cancellation charges applicable. Mentioned below are our cancellation charges.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date – 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure – 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by MountMemory.
c) MountMemory holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice. Refund Policy
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.