Dodital & Darwa Top Trek:

About Dodital trek

Dodital trek is sweet trail to delight you year-round. Be it summer, winter or even monsoon, this trek is easy to access. Dodital at an altitude ~ 3100 m/10170 ft, is a medium size freshwater alpine lake in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. The emerald green lake is nestled inside thick Oak, pine, cedar and rhododendron forest. It has formed due to accumulation of  natural streams coming down from the surrounding mountains. An outward stream from this lake keeps the balance of the water level and referred to as Assi Ganga.

Dodital trek, a truly year round trek
Dodital is ideal snow trek who wish to avoid crowd in popular winter treks
Dodital: Eye soothing green during summer and monsoon
Snowing at Dodital in winter

According to the mythology, this is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The name originated from Dhundi-Tal meaning lake of Ganesh. You will locate a neat small temple beside lake on your left, once you reach. Dodital lake is also one of the habitats of introduced Brown Trout species widespread in Indian Himalayas. In summer or fall, it provides a near perfect set up for rest and recreational activities like angling, boating and bird-watching. In winter, it becomes a fairyland, with snow covered conifer forests and snow-capped ridges on the horizon. Camping beside this idyllic and quite setup is surely a delight.

Reaching Dodital
Ganesh temple
Camping on snow
Perfect place to sit and relax

The easy walk along the trail to Dodital, through dense forest, grasslands on the mountain slope, by the river gorges and remote hamlets, reaches the climax at the Darwa Top. From this top you can see both the Gangotri and Yamunotri side with peaks unfolding on both valleys. On our way we will cross villages of Dhandakla, Agoda, Bhebra and the summer-monsoon settlement (locally called Chhani) at Manjhi. This wide valley is formed by Assi Ganga/Dodital Ganga River and you can locate villages and settlements on the other side as well.

Classy forest walk
Oak and Rhododendron forest
Dhandalka: First village on our way
Bhebra village
Wide valley on the way to Dodital

For the beginners, the trek is an ideal one, in these 6 days, you can get the essence of a proper Himalayan trek. Walking amidst dense forest, trading narrow trail by deep river gorge, crossing streams, camping in wilderness, negotiating steep climb and finally trading knee-deep snow in winter all of these experiences staying within 10000 ft is rare. Though the trail is steep at places, but the altitude being not so high, with ample amount of oxygen in the air, anyone can savour the beauty of this trek.

Brief Itinerary for Dodital trek:

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Agoda village via Uttarkashi town – 170 Km – 7 to 8 hours. Lodge accommodation or camp.
Day 2:  Trek to Manjhi, on the way we cross Bhebra village –  8 Km – 4 to 5 hours. Camp in a twin sharing tent.
Day 3: Trek to Dodital lake – 7 Km – 3 to 4 hours.  Camp in a twin sharing tent. Explore the lake and temple in the afternoon.
Day 4: Start early in the morning (by 6 am) and climb to Darwa Pass (3780 m, 30°54’51.0″N 78°30’43.1″E) and the adjacent Darwa Top (~ 4100 m) for the mountain views. Return to Dodital camp – 10 Km – 8 to 10 hours with a moderate pace.
Day 5: Trek down to Agoda via Manjhi and Bhebra– 15 Km – 6 to 7 hours. Lodge accommodation or camp.
Day 6: Drive from Agoda to Dehradun – 7 to 8 hours


  • You need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 morning by 9 am. Similarly return to Dehradun on Day 6 evening by 5 pm. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and back to home from Dehradun accordingly.
  • Last ATM is at Uttarkashi town.
  • You will get Airtel and Gio networks at basecamp Agoda village. After that you will not get a network.

 TREK FEE:  12,500 (Agoda to Agoda) + 5% GST

  • Above TREK FEE is applicable for a minimum of 8 members and you can choose any date for your trip. Check COST INCLUSIONS tab for more breakups.
  • TREK FEE includes tented or  homestay/lodge accommodation at Agoda, Bhebra/Manjhi and Dodital.
  • All meals during the trek.
  • Entry fee and permits, trekking guide, support staff during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance for 7 days.
  • Transportation to Agoda and return are not included and  is approximately ₹ 7500 for a Tata Sumo,  ₹ 11500 for a Tempo Traveller, one way.
  • For detailed inclusions and exclusions check the COST INCLUSIONS tab.

Access to Dodital trek base (Uttarkashi):

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Uttarkashi and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is ₹7500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges ₹ 11500 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE.

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

Don’t forget to check the List of things to carry in Dodital trek or download the PDF.

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Highest Point4100 m/13450 ft
Trail Length40 Km

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
January 4, 2024

It was a great experience with Himalaya Trekkers, their hospitality and food was really good. The trek guide and the kitchen staff was so humble that they made sure of fulfilling all of our needs and wishes. My best memory of this trip is roasting potatoes in the campfire, we all enjoyed talking under the fool moon and eating roasted potatoes.

September 27, 2019

We had excellent trip both guide and cook were great. Also thanks for your guidance and great service HT. Sure we will definitely look for you for our next trip.

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