Dayara Bugyal Trek
Lying in the vicinity of famous town of Uttarkashi, Dayara Bugyal is trekker’s paradise. A fitting destination which is ideal for trekking throughout the year, its terrain of huge grasslands falls under moderate category. Starting from picturesque Barsu village, we would be visiting Barnala Lake and Nag Devta temple. On reaching Dayara Bugyal on 3rd day, one can get beautiful views of Mt Srikanta, Mt Gangotri 1, Mt Gangotri 2, Mt Jeonli , Mt Draupadi ka Danda-1 , Mt Draupadi ka Danda-2 among other peaks.
|Pickup/Drop Point||Dehradun Railway Station (In case one opts for transportation, otherwise it would be Barsu village near Uttarkashi)|
|Departure Time||6 AM|
|Return Time||6 PM|
186 KMS DRIVE FROM DEHRADUN TO BARSU VIA UTTARKASHI AND STAY IN GMVN BARSU(30°50’38.83″N,78°36’06.08″E)
- Pick-up would be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station at 6am. After having breakfast and freshup in a hotel near Mussorie , we would drive to Barsu Village(2222m) via Uttarkashi along the banks of Bhagirathi River(In case one has opted for transportation from Dehradun, otherwise trekker need to reach Barsu on their own)
- We would be reaching Uttarkashi after a drive of 6-7 hours where everyone would be given some time to make last minute purchases as this is last town where one can get basic essentials. Drive from Uttarkashi to Barsu provides magnificent views of landscapes surrounding Bhagirathi river. After reaching Barsu which may take about 1.5 hours from Uttarkashi , hot Lunch would be served at Barsu GMVN guest house
- Tea and snacks would be served in the evening followed by briefing for complete trek
- Dinner would be served at around 8 PM
3 KMS TREK FROM BARSU TO BARNALA MEADOWS(30°50’30.16″N,78°34’37.59″E)
- Day 2 starts with morning tea at 7AM. This day is short hike but is a steep climb on well laid concrete trail in beginning followed by gradual ascend to Barnala meadows at 2927mts
- After having breakfast at around 8AM, we start our trek to Barnala Meadows. Hot Lunch would be served at the campsite itself
- Trek is mostly through dense forests. Total time taken would be nearly 2-3 hours and begins near a pond in vicinity of Barsu village
- After having lunch, we will go for a small acclimatization walk from Barnala Meadows to Barnala Lake and Nag Devta temple and return back before it gets dark
- After having snacks in evening and dinner at night we retire for the day
4 KMS TREK FROM BARNALA MEADOWS TO DAYARA BUGYAL(30°50’14.52″N,78°33’51.06″E)
- Day 3 starts with morning tea at 7 AM followed by breakfast at 8 AM and we resume our today’s trek till Dayara Bugyal. The trek is a total ascend from Barnala Meadows and gains a height of approx 450m from Barnala Meadows
- After spending some time near Barnala Lake and at the Nag Devta Temple we take a sharp right turn to ascend till Dayara Bugyal. After approximately 3 hours of trek from Lake, views open up
- From Dayara Bugyal, one will notice Mt Srikanta, Mt Gangotri 1, Mt Gangotri 2, Mt Jeonli , Mt Draupadi ka Danda-1 , Mt Draupadi ka Danda-2 peaks in sequence in North East and East side and at North, one can see Bandarpoonch Ranges and Black Peak. Spend your time wandering in the Dayara Meadows as these meadows takes anyone’s breath away with bonus view of mighty snow clad peaks
- After having hot lunch at the campsite, we relax for some hours till we make our acclimatization walk to Dayara Top and capture the sunset views from there and return back before it gets dark
- After having snacks and soup at 6 and dinner at 8 PM, we retire for the day
7 KMS TREK FROM DAYARA BUGYAL TO SIYARI BUGYAL AND 2KMS TREK TO BAKRIA TOP
- This is the longest day of our trek and we will depart early so that we can reach to Siyara or Gidara Bugyal and return back to Dayara Bugyal campsite before dark and if time permits will go to Bakria Top
- The trail is a rolling one till the Gidara and Siyari Bugyals. After having breakfast and getting packed lunch, we would start our hike
- During winter months (Jan – March) everyone is recommended to carry their sunglasses. Apart from that, normally one would carry daypacks, water-bottles, ponchos and rain cover for this day’s hike and leave rest of their luggage at the campsite itself
- We return back by evening and after dinner at 8 PM, we retire for the day
7 KMS TREK FROM DAYARA TO BARSU
- Day 5 begins with morning Tea at 8 AM and breakfast at 9 AM and we retrace our steps back to Barsu via Barnala Meadows
- During summers and autmns, we spend some time with the shepherds who live near to Dayara Bugyal campsite as this is most relaxing day of the trek and it would take hardly 3-3.5 hours to descend back to Barsu
- After reaching Barsu, we would stay at the same location at Barsu GMVN as on Day 1 and explore the village in evening time and spend some time to experience the lifestyle and culture of local people of this village
- After having dinner and a final thank you note and feedback session, we retire for the day
186 KMS DRIVE FROM BARSU TO DEHRADUN VIA UTTARKASHI
- We wake up early in the morning and after having morning tea and breakfast , we leave for Dehradun via Uttarkashi(In case one has opted for to and fro transportation from Dehradun). We plan to leave by 6:30 AM so that we can reach Dehradun by 6 PM maximum
- We will halt at Mussorie or some other place for lunch for about half an hour in between the drive from Barsu to Dehradun
- Reaching Dehradun by maximum 6 PM marks the culmination of this fascinating trek
- Rucksack (50-60 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for up to 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the end which might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woollens/fleece
- Thick Jacket
- Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava
- Water Bottle.
- Sunglasses (must for winter season as snow reflects UV rays).
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues).
- Headlamp/LED torch.
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch.
ORS/Electrolyte (3 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
• First Aid kits
• Meals (including snacks and soup) starting from Day 1 Dinner till Day 5 Morning Tea
• Tents on Twin sharing basis (Single occupancy also available at extra cost of Rs 500 per night
• Sleeping Bags with fleece linings
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Services of certified Trek Lead and Local Guides
• Meditation at sunrise
• Camping permissions and charges
• Bonfire if time and weather permits
• Fun activities if time and weather permits
• Transportation from Dehradun to Dehradun (It is available at extra charges of Rs 2250 which can be selected while booking the trek)
• Hiking equipment other than those mentioned above. (Trekking Poles, Poncho/Raincoat available at extra cost which can be selected while booking the trek)
• Any meals not mentioned above
• Guide/Support Staff Gratuity
• Any kind of personal/Accidental Insurance
• Any personal expenses
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Mule/Porter services for carrying personal belongings (This service is available at extra cost and can be selected while booking the trek)
Mules/Porter Service: Rs 300 per rucksack per day(it would be charged for 3 days for this trek). If informed at base location or at campsite, charges would be Rs 500 per rucksack per day
Raincoat/Poncho on rent: Rs 100 per raincoat/poncho per day (It would be charged for 3 days for this trek)
Trekking Pole on rent: Rs 100 per trekking pole per day (It would be charged for 3 days for this trek)
*These services can be selected at the time of booking the trek
• For any cancellations 2 weeks prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-14 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded
Example, for a trek starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 18th July, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 19th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount would be refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For a moderate-difficult trek like Dayara Bugyal, a good level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
Mix uphill training and jogging on plains. You can do 2km of uphill running and 2kms of jog on flat surfaces
Here, try adding more resistance and increase the volume
Try to do 4 sets of 12 pushups (add resistance of ¼ bodyweight), 4 sets of 12 squats (Add resistance half of bodyweight), 3*45 seconds Plank Hold and 6*100 meter sprints (full power).
Rest time should be less than 1 minute
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂