Dayara Bugyal would fall within the two most beautiful high altitude meadows in Garhwal Himalayas. It is not difficult to see why. For hundred of years shepherds from far have been taking their flock to graze at Dayara. They have come back with stories of the abundance of grass and splendor of the mighty Himalayan mountain peaks cradling the meadows. They described the place with such intensity that soon word about Dayara Bugyal reached explorers.
When the explorers got back from their treks to Dayara Bugyal, they came back profoundly affected. The meadows were exactly as the shepherds had described them – but only more beautiful. The mountains they talked about were the Bhagirathi peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black peak and scores of other peaks they could not name. They discovered clear water bodies strewn across the green meadows – in whose reflection the peaks looked even more beautiful. Flowers sprung up around streams and brooks that ran across the meadows.
Dayara Bugyal along with its twin Gidara Bugyal is perhaps one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. The meadows stretch out far and wide and all around the meadows are the many towering snow peaks. The trek showcases some of the best scenery the Himalayas have to offer. The Bugyals and the sky around with their every changing hue can show you new scenery at every season of the year.
Area :- Garhwal Himalayas
Trip Duration :- 5 Night / 6 Days
Trip Grade :- Easy to moderate
Highest Point :- 3657 mts (Bakaria Top)
Highest Camping Point :- 3150 mts
Best Time :- Mid April to June – September to November
Day 01: Drive Rishikesh to Barsu(2250mts, 6/7 hrs)
We leave at dawn break and drive to Barsu which is a day long journey. We pass through the towns of Chamba and Uttarkashi. Barsu is a small village about 32 kms from Uttarkashi and is on the way to Gangotri. The drive to Barsu from Uttarkashi is along with Bhagirathi River. Barsu is the base camp for DayaraBugyal trek, Overnight Camp at Barsu.
Day 02: Trek Barsu to DayaraBugyal (3150 mts, 6/7 hrs)
Finish breakfast and get ready to trek up! The schedule is as such that today we trek from Barsu to DayaraBugyal which is a walk with a good views of the Himalayas all around. As we end thescend at Dayara, the vast meadow unfolds in front of us. The meadow is like a table top as you set foot on the meadow the sight of the mighty Himalayas surrounds you. Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III,Jaonli, DraupadikaDanda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and many other unnamed peaks are visible from DayaraBugyal meadow. Thrilled but tired enough to hit the sacks immediately. Overnight camp at Dayara.
Day 03: Trek DayaraBugyal to Bakaria Top (3657 mts) and back to DayaraBugyal
Bakaria Top is the highest point of DayaraBugyal, it's a steep ascent to Bakaria top. DayaraBugyal is divided into many small bugyals and Bakaria top is one of them. We start trek along the meadows and gain altitude gradually till we reach Bakaria Top. The views from the top take your breath away. Snowcapped mountains, Valley deep below, towns as far as Uttarkashi can be seen from the top. It offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Greater Himalayas. We descend back to Dayara to camp for the night.
Day 04: Trek DayaraBugyal to Pichkiya (2400 mts, 5-6 hrs.)
We begin our descent to Pichkiya. We walk through the vast stretches of the alpine meadows and the sub alpine forests. Pichiya campsite is a small grassland situated in between the alpine forests. The inner dry valleys, dwarf rhododendrons grow along with patches of grasslands near the campsite. Overnight camp Pichkiya.
Day 05: Trek Pichikya to Barsu (2250 mts, 3 -4 hrs.)
We descend down to Barsu along a well-marked trail through the thick forests. The village of Barsu and the adjoining settlements can be sighted half way down the trail. We each Barsu by afternoon and camp for the night.
Day 06: Drive Barsu to Rishikesh.
After breakfast we drive back to Rishikesh with the sweet memories of the trip. Upon arrival in Rishikesh trip ends.
1 – 2 pax : Rs. 38000/- per person
3 – 4 pax : Rs. 33000/- per person
5 – 8 pax : Rs. 30000/- per person
9 – 12 pax : Rs. 26500/- per person
Transportation during the trip (Rishikesh to Rishikesh)
National Park Trekking permit Fees
Forest Department Camping Charges
Meals (1st Day Dinner till Last Day Lunch)
Accommodation in Dome tents on twin share basis with rubber/foam mattress
Porters and Ponies
Professional trekking guide and necessary staff
Any personal expenses
Any kind medical, evacuation (emergency) hospitalization and rescue expenses.
Any personal porters or ponies
Any kind of stay in Rishikesh
Any kind of breakfast and lunch on 1st day of road journey
Any kind of that expenses which are not of trip nature
Any kind of transportation beyond the route and itinerary.