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7 Days
Availability : May-June, Sep-Oct
Trek Grade: Moderate
Tour Details

The bountiful jungles covering the upper reaches of Shivalik Himalayas in Uttarakhand are home to a number of lakes teeming with diverse flora and fauna. As one climbs higher one comes upon serene water bodies nestled in the lap of the mountains. The high altitude lake of Dodital is one such destination that is blessed with nature’s bounty in the form of jungles of oak, fir, spruce and deodar and a variety of birds. For trekkers looking to spice up their nature hike till Dodital can climb to Darwa Pass and then continue to Hanuman Chatti in the Yamuna Valley. This cross country trek is perfect for trekkers who prefer the solitude of offbeat routes.

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Price Includes

  • Stay in tents during trek and home-stay/ guesthouse (max 2/3 person per room/tent depending upon place and availability of rooms). Toilet tent would be used
  • All meals during the trek (meals during travel not included). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea (thrice a day). Meals would be vegetarian.
  • All permits like forest permission, camping fee, etc.
  • Services of trek leader, guide and helpers.
  • Equipment - Sleeping bag, liner for sleeping bag, camping mattress
  • High altitude medical kit (includes altitude sickness medicines)
  • Micro spikes if needed for the trek (while walking on snow/glacier)

Price Excludes

  • Rucksack, trekking shoes, jackets, poncho, rain coat, trekking pole and other personal use equipment etc.
  • Personal backpack offloading. Backpack can be offloaded (weight limit is maximum 8Kg) at an additional charge if required.
  • Transport (transport can be arranged if requested on additional charge)
  • Any optional activity (like paragliding etc.) outside trekking itinerary
  • Entry ticket to any other place before or after trekking
  • Kashi of the north, Uttarkashi on the banks of Bhagrirathi is known for the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
  • Panoramic Himalayan views of several major peaks in the Gangotri and Yamunotri region like Bandarpunch, Draupadi ka Danda.
  • Relax on the shores of the high altitude lake of Dodital situated above 3000m.
  • Sumptuous Gharwali cuisine prepared from locally sourced naturally grown ingredients.

Day 1Dehradun - Uttarkashi | Drive-145km, 6hrs

Catch early morning bus or hire a taxi to reach Uttarkashi. One can visit Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and Vishwanath temple after lunch.

Day 2Uttarkashi - Sangam Chatti - Agoda | Drive-20km, 1hr; Trek-6km, 2-3hrs

Drive from Uttarkashi to Sangam Chatti. Some sections of the road is unmetalled. From Sangam Chatti it is easy and gradual climb till Agoda. One can roam around the village to experience pahadi life.

Day 3Agoda - Dodital | Trek-16km, 5-6hrs

Today is also easy but long trek till Dodital. Today one can feel real peace in the midst of spruce, deodar, rhododendron jungle. On the way we will pass by Bebra and Manjhi where there are some shops for serving trekkers. Phone signal comes till 1-2km from Bebra. From Manjhi, the trail to Dodital is almost levelled trek. At Dodital pay a visit to the temple and hear the story of association of the lake with Lord Ganesha from the priest. There is a path along the circumference of the lake. Take the route to click pictures of the lake from various angles.

Day 4Dodital - Darwa Pass | Trek-5km, 4-5hrs

This is steep trail till Darwa pass but the views from there makes it worthwhile. Views of Bandarpunch peak, valley leading to the peak and seemingly endless meadows from Darwa pass are amazing.

Day 5 Darwa Pass - Shema | Trek-13km, 5-6hrs

This is the day of trekking on meadows. It is mostly an easy day following the rolling ridges as we leave the Gangotri region and venture into Yamunotri.

Day 6 Shema - Hanuman Chatti - Barkot | Trek-12km, 3-4hrs; Drive-35km

Today is steep downhill trek to Hanuman Chatti which is small place with few shops around. Drive from here to Barkot for overnight stay.

Day 7Barkot - Dehradun | Drive-130km

One can check out the marvelous wooden temples around Barkot and then head to Dehradun.