Dayara Bugyal Trek:

  • Upcoming group fixed departures to Dayara trek starting on  22nd Jan from Dehradun.
  • Private, customised treks for your own group or family open as per your preferred date. TREK FEE will be same for a group of 8 to 9 persons i.e. ₹ 9950 + 5% GST per person (Raithal to Barsu) .

About the trek:

Dayara Bugyal trek is perhaps one of the shorter hikes on the Himalayas although nothing in short to produce high rewards. The enchanting views of snow capped peaks, sprawling meadows and encompassing thrill of a summit. Dayara an alpine meadow, locally called “Bugyal” is surrounded by dense alpine forest, elevated and spread above 11000 ft. Location wise it is in the district of Uttarkashi, Garhwal division, Uttarakhand.  In the summer and monsoon the stretch of the lush meadow is dotted with myriads of tiny flowers. During winters the meadow is covered with fresh snow. The crest of the Bugyal is a top called Bakriya top offering a magnificent 360° panoramic view. In addition of Gangotri region peaks, you can also see the of mighty Himalayan peaks of Bhilangana range. Some of the notable are Bandarpoonch, Jaonli, Rudragaira, Srikanth, Gangotri– I, II and more. No wonder that Dayara Bugyal is an enchanting trail and adored by amateur and veteran trekkers alike.

Dayara Bugyal: A winter snow land
Dayara Bugyal trek: An exquisite winter trek destination
Fascinating peak views from Bakriya top

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Dehradun to Raithal drive via Uttarkashi – 190 Km –  8/8 hours
Day 2: Trek to Goi – 4 Km – 3/4 hours
Day 3: Trek to Chilapra – 4 Km – 2/3 hours. In the afternoon explore the meadows
Day 4: Early morning trek to Bakriya top  and descent to Barnala – 12 Km –7/8 hours
Day 5: Trek back to Barsu – 5 Km – 2/3 hours – Drive to Dehradun – 190 Km – 8 hours

  • Trekkers need to reach on their own to Dehradun on Day 1 morning (by 8 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 5 evening (around 8 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and back to home from Dehradun accordingly.
  • Last ATM at Bhatwari, 12 Km before trek base Raithal. However it is wise to withdraw cash from Dehradun or Uttarkashi.
  • All major mobile networks work at Raithal. During trek you will get intermittent connection, here and there.

The local habitats of surrounding villages like Raithal, Barsu, Salan, Agora,consider this Bugyal to be a holy one. Especially the shepherds and monsoon settlers who come here each year to graze their cattle. Van Gurjars/Gujjars ( are pastoral semi nomadic community and spend the summer and monsoon in this area. locals celebrate a month long butter festival on the birthday of Hindu God Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu & the narrator of Bhagbat Geeta. Daraya, being well accessible in the months of winter, is a good destination for beginners to experience snow and to master the technicalities of hiking in a snowy terrain before going to a longer duration Himalayan trek.

Wild flowers on alpine slopes in summer
Summer settlement of villagers for farming and cattle grazing

The trek starts and ends at two picturesque villages Raithal and Barsu.

Bhagirathi valley on the way to Raithal village
Barsu village, where our Dayara Bugyal trek ends

This trail also fits well for them who wish for an outdoor experience with family and children. It’s a nice way to introduce your kids to nature in Summer to Autumn. This experience will give the scope to learn from local culture and lifestyle in broad spectrum. Beautiful campsites are adequate to give you a complete experience in itself. Though shorter in duration than most other winter treks, yet views, meadows, camping and adequate snow suggest that Dayara Bugyal trek has strong promise for a popular winter trekking destination. Here is one Dayara Bugyal winter snow trek photo story from our trekkers.

Goi campsite: Shepherds hut for summer grazing
Train inside evergreen forest and Oak trees
Barnala: An exquisite campsite
Dayara jungle camp/Chilapra in winter

Altitude and distance profile graph for Dayara Bugyal trek:

Check the below pictorial representation for our Dayara Bugyal trail

Dayara Bugyal trek: Distance & Altitude details

Clothing for Dayara Bugyal trek:

It is important to carry proper clothing in winter as the campsite temperatures are sub zero in winter.

Winter:  From December to February during winter the daytime temp remains cool and nights are cold. Night/early morning  temperature at Raithal, Jungle camp and above can be around 5°C, 0°C to 2°C and -5°C to -10° C.

Three layers of clothing is mandatory in the campsite while outside tent.
1) A thermal base layer (warm woolly-cot material).
2) A heavy jacket (Double layer or Fleece jacket ) as middle layer.
3) A windproof cum waterproof with hood as the outer layer.

Summer & Fall: Day time weather remains warm and pleasant. Night/early morning temperatures at camp sites  can be from 10°C (lower camps) to 5°C (higher camps)

You will not require the thermal base layer from May to October.

Access to Dayara Bugyal trek base (Raithal):

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Raithal and from trek end point Barsu to Dehradun back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 5000 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 8000 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE.

To reach the trek base Uttarkashi independently/public transportation check the details in GETTING THERE TAB.

Download the list of things to carry in Dayara Bugyal trek

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Trail Length25 Km
Highest Point3660 m/12005 ft
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
September 22, 2019

I trekked along with group thru Himalaya Trekkers couple of times (Dayara Bugyal and Valley of Flowers) and had a fantastic experience both the times. HT offers team of true professionals delivers the best in minimum cost with greater level of services. The guides, support staff and cooks are well trained, service oriented and most importantly cares about you like family. Involvement of HT from the planing of trek until execution of plan is awesome. They respond all small and big concerns swiftly, calmly and guide you well.
We completed the trek to Dayara in Jan 2019 and finished Valley of Flowers during Sep 2019. Experience and memories from both the treks are fresh as LIVE and reminding us to continue with our next spree to the Himalayas. We are up for the next challenge, our next milestone in Himalaya. We look forward to HT and hoping to add more wonderful experiences in near future…

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