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Dayara Bugyal Trek - 4 Days

Dayara Bugyal Trek

Himalayas have always been a charming destination for nature and adventure lovers. Apart from snow clad mountains and forest, Himalayas are also famous for its scenic meadows, also called as Bugyals in local language Uttarakhand. The route to these meadows are also scenic and over the time have become prominent trekking routes. In Uttarakhand, there are several scenic bugyals where one can trek and one such is Dayara Bugyal.

The trek to Dayara Bugyal starts from and ends at a small village, Barsu situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The village is 180 km from the state capital, i.e., Dehradun. It takes around 8 hours to reach the village from Dehradun. The whole trek is scenic and passes through forest, lake, and meadows. One gets to see several snow-capped peaks of Greater Himalayas during the trek. Bakharia Top, standing at an elevation of 12000 feet, is the highest point that can be reached on this trek.

Dayara Bugyal is considered as one of the most spectacular meadows in India. Also "BUGYAL" in local dialect is known as "High Altitude Pasture Land". Among all the treks in Uttrakhand, Dayara Bugyal is considered to be the most beautiful and breathtaking, because of the highland meadows. Located in District Uttarkashi of Uttrakhand, it stands at an elevation of above 10,000 foot. This trek has a unique charm because of the unmatched beauty of the mighty Himalayas and it has become one of the most popular trekking routes for people who are willing to do trekking in Uttarakhand.


Many of the travel enthusiasts have described as a fairy tale which takes trekkers to panoramic open lands through thick forests, ending to a huge lush green meadow.

This trek starts from the Village Barsu which is a very clean place with different style of huts built up all around. People there are all with smiling faces which shows how happy and content they are, living amidst nature. While trekking you will have different types of experiences, a stream flowing where you wish to halt and capture the frames, moving ahead will take you to bed of dried maple leaves often seen in movies and on moving further, you will find sunlight coming on your face after getting filtered from the grove oak trees.

You won't see animals there except a happy-go-lucky dog which will appear on the way to accompany you throughout the trek. Sunsets are very beautiful from the mountains, draws beautiful scenic views changing every passing minute.

Best Time to Visit Dayara Bugyal Trek

April to June (summers) and winters (October to December)

In Summer: The weather remains mild; it's neither too cold nor too hot. During the summer season, the peaks remain visible. Carrying light woolens is advised.

In Monsoon: One of the best yet the terrible time to go for trekking, because there are chances of getting roads blocked due to landslides, but the scenic view is worth taking the risk.

In Winter: The area receives heavy snowfall throughout December and January, which winter season the best time to go for trekking.


In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

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Day 3

Day 4


  • Altitude:  8530 ft
  • Drive:  7-8 hours, 220 km. (Pick up time 06:00 am at the parking of Dehradun railway station)
  • Stay: Check in local Guest House Stay.

We start our drive from Dehradun in the early morning. Barsu is 180 km from Dehradun and it takes around 8 hours to reach the village. We take the Gangotri route and drive through Mussoorie, Dharasu, Bhatwari and then reach Barsu. After reaching Barsu, we relax for some time and check into Hotel / Camps.


  • Altitude:  9,980 ft
  • Trek: 9 km / 6-7 hours)
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Water sources: No water sources, carry 2 liters of water bottles
  • Stay: Overnight stay in Tent.

Wake up early and enjoy the morning with the views. This day we start our trek towards meadows of Dayara via Barnala Tal

Trek from Barsu to Barnala Tal is a simple ascent, which passes through forests of deodar, silver oaks and rhododendrons. As you reach the campsite, you get to see the scenic meadows having Himalayan peaks in the backdrop. We relax for a while then start towards Daya Bugyal.

The initial trek is through dense forest and then you will see a large meadow with great views. The campsite at Dayara is beautiful as it offers views of peaks such as Gangotri 1, 2 & 3, Black Peak, Draupadi ka Danda 1 & 2, Banderpoonch, Srikanth, Jaonli and Rudragaira. After reaching, we relax and explore the campsite.


  • Altitude:  12000 ft
  • Trek: 6-7 km / 5-6 hours)
  • Trek gradient: Easy to Moderate
  • Water sources: Carry enough water, only one water source near the top
  • Stay: Overnight stay in Tent.

Today, we move towards Bakharia Top, which is the highest point on this trek. The trail to the top is quite steep and it continues along the meadows. The top is situated at a height of 12,000 feet and it offers magnificent views of deep valleys and snow laden peaks.

Click pictures and enjoy the views. After all this, we start our downwards trek to Dayara Bugyal and further to Barnatal Tal


  • Altitude:  8530 ft
  • Trek: 4-5 Km/ 2-3 hrs
  • Drive:  7-8 hours, 220 km. (We reach Dehradun by night.)

Get up early & get ready. We start early morning after having breakfast towards Barsu village. We retrace the same route and reach the village by noon. After reaching the village, we have our lunch and start our drive towards Dehradun. We reach Dehradun by night around 8 Pm. Please keep a margin of at least 3-4 hours while booking your return tickets from Dehradun.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transport from Dehradun and return.
  • All accommodation during trek. (Guesthouse, Homestay,).
  • All meals during trek. (Veg. + Egg).
  • Necessary Permits and first aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced mountain guide, and support staff.
  • Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher for emergency case.
  • High altitude rescue expert trek leader.
  • Necessary equipments for climbing, ropes, ice axe and other technical gear for climbing.
  • Mules to carry the central luggage.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation in Dehradun
  • Any type of personal expenses
  • Extra snacks and meals during trek from shop.
  • Insurance of the trip
  • Things not mentioned under Inclusions.
  • Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Personal gear, and equipment

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole


Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1


  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.


    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.


    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

The Dayara Bugyal Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness.

Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a person who has done a high altitude trek before.

The Dayara Bugyal Trek falls in the category of Easy to Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.


Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

By Air:Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun, 180km away, is the closest airport. Taxis, private cars, state road transport buses are available from the airport.

By Rail:Haridwar railway station, 215 kms from Uttarkashi, is the closest railway station.

By Road:Bus and taxis from Rishikesh (170 km), Haridwar (189 km) and Dehradun (144 km) are easily available to reach Uttarkashi.

Price From INR11,500 INR8,800/person
Total 8,800 INR

Trip Facts

  • Uttarakhand
  • 4 days
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 12,100 Ft.
  • Day time: 18°C-13°C; Night time: 0°C-5°C
  • 30-35 km
  • Round the year except monsoon. More snow in the winter months until April.
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Camping, Home Stay
  • Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Dehradun is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • jolly grant airport Dehradun


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