Dayara Bugyal Trek

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The Dayara Bugyal Trek, presented by Plan The Unplanned in collaboration with IWasThere, is one of the best Himalayan treks available, suitable for both first-time Himalayan trekkers and seasoned trekkers looking for a fast Himalayan getaway.

Dayara Bugyal, one of the lesser-known jewels of the Garhwal Himalayas, is captivating in its own right. Bugyal means "Alpine Pasture" or "High Altitude Meadow" in Garhwali.

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful meadows encountered when trekking in the Himalayas. This trek is suitable for stepping into the Himalayas while wandering through thick jungles, looking at mighty Himalayan peaks, enjoying your evenings beside a high altitude lake, and taking a stroll on this limitless pasture. This Bugyal is located in Uttarakhand's Garhwal Himalayas, at elevations ranging from 10,000 to 12,000 feet. Mt. Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Black Peak, Gangotri Ranges, DKD, and Srikantha, to name a few, can all be seen from Dayara Bugyal. Too much for a low-lying trek that it doesn't feel genuine, but the trekkers are enthralled by its elegance and the serenity it brings.

This is a trek that can be undertaken almost all year and provides various scenery depending on the season. Over the winter, the meadows are blanketed in several feet of snow, with new snowfall on occasional occasions. After the snow melts, they turn a lush green hue, with many flowers of various colours blooming. About this time, there are a lot of butterflies. Rhododendron flowers illuminate the jungles.

The weather is mostly clear during the post-monsoon season, giving trekkers unlimited views of all the nearby peaks. The meadows turn a golden brown colour as winter approaches, with blue skies for those long-distance views. This trek provides a lot in just a small period of time, and the fact that it switches flavours with the seasons makes it one of the best treks to go on all year. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Barsu

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Arrive in Dehradun the day before the trek or early the next morning on the day of the trek. Travel to Barsu will be scheduled from the Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00 a.m. The drive is breathtaking, and the snow-capped peaks play hide-and-seek. The drive follows the Ganga River and then the Bhagirathi River, offering breathtaking views. There are numerous small villages along the way that you can pass by, as well as numerous dhabas to feed your appetite. You'll travel through Uttarkashi city's district headquarters, which will also act as a drop-off point for any last-minute transactions.In the evening, the trekkers will arrive in the picturesque hamlet of Barsu, which overlooks the vast Bhagirathi valley. A guest house in Barsu has been planned as a place to stay. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Day 2: Barsu to Barnala

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Early risers will be greeted with a stunning view of Srikantha peak and the rising sun behind it. After breakfast, we set off on the trail, which begins behind a small pond in the village. The trail to Barnala is well marked during the day, and as you venture further into the tree, the oak forest becomes denser. During some seasons, the path is adorned with Rhododendron Trees. We'll be refilling our water bottles at a lot of water bodies along the way. The jungles soon give way to a small clearing that will be our campsite for the next two nights. After a hot lunch is delivered upon arrival at the campsite, we will take a break for a couple of hours and give our bodies a rest while you take in the scenery. The evenings are set aside for a necessary acclimatisation stroll. Trekkers will also discover the areas around the campsite, including Barnala Tal, which is just a short distance away. From near the lake, you can see a panoramic view of Srikantha, Gangotri ranges, Jonali Pass, and Draupadi ka Danda. Bandarpoonch is now a mystery, so it will be unveiled tomorrow. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Day 3: Barnala to Dayara Top and back to Barnala

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This will be a long day of trekking, but it will also be the most awaited. Today you will be able to stroll through Dayara's infinite meadows as well as summit Dayara Peak, from where the Himalayas can be seen on both directions. Before approaching the alpine pasture, the trail today travels through much thicker forests. We are above the treeline in the mesmerising expanse of Dayara Bugyal at this stage in the trek. To get to Dayara Top, the ground is absolutely undulating, and we'll be crossing one hill after another. Since arriving at Dayara, Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, and Black Peak have been visible in the distance. In comparison to Barnala, the view becomes more expansive, with several Himalayan peaks showing themselves in the shape of a massive painting in front of you. During the monsoon and post-monsoon seasons, we visit the whole stretch of Bugyal, where multiple water streams can be seen flowing alongside a carpet of flowers of various colours. Expect the entire bugyal to be shrouded with snow during the winter, with trekkers ploughing through it to reach Dayara Peak, which is an experience in and of itself. We'll eat our packed lunch here before returning to the Barnala campsite after our exploration; the descent from Dayara top to Barnala campsite is mild. After some hot tea and light snacks, followed by dinner, we call it a day. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Day 4: Barnala to Barsu

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We're tracing our steps back from Barnala to Barsu today. We'll have a lazy start to the day after our breakfast, since we had a long day yesterday. We'll spend some time in Barnala by the Barnala tal. After lunch at the campsite, we begin our descent from Barnala; the trail has its own special beauty as we descend through the dense forest. When descending immediately in front of the trekkers, the entire Srikantha and Gangotri ranges are visible, and they begin to shrink in scale, reminding us of how they showed themselves the day before.

We arrive in Barsu in the evening and check into the guest house, where we will be served hot tea and snacks. Relax in the evenings at the guest house, where trekkers are typically seen sharing the particulars of the trek along with a number of other subjects, and many of them become lifelong friends while still making preparations for their next major adventure. We finish our late dinner and call it a night. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Day 5: Barsu to Dehradun

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The car will arrive in the morning at 7:00 a.m. for the journey to Dehradun. It is often best to begin your journey early in the morning to avoid roadblocks or landslides, which are common in Himalayan terrain. By 6:00 p.m., you should be in Dehradun. I was there when they advised their trekkers to book their onward travel after 8:00 p.m.

Dayara Bugyal Trek

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