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5 Days
Availability : All Year Round
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
Tour Details

The alpine grasslands of Uttarakhand, known as bugyals, stretch for miles spanning several ridges above the tree-line offering unhindered views of the Himalayan peaks. These grasslands are usually covered in thick snow in the winter and are coloured a stark brown in the spring as the snow melts and a bright green as the rains arrive. Dayara Bugyal, one of the largest grasslands in Uttarakhand that lies in the shadow of the massive Bandarpunch Massif, is a short 7 km climb from the village of Raithal in the Bhagirathi Valley. Excellent for amateur trekkers, this relatively easier trek doesn’t fail to amaze even experienced travelers to the Himalayas due to its sheer proximity to the snowy mountain ranges

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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
  • Panoramic Himalayan views of several major peaks in the Gangotri and Yamunotri region like Bandarpunch, Draupadi ka Danda, Neelkanth, Black Peak etc.
  • The various moods of lush and sprawling grasslands of Dayara Bugyal- an envious green in the monsoons, rustic brown in the summer and peaceful white in the winter
  • The rich flora and fauna of the Himalayas including exotic plants, beautiful flowers and shy birds.
  • Sumptuous Gharwali cuisine prepared from locally sourced naturally grown ingredients.
  • An insight into the rich heritage and culture of the Garhwal Himalayas that has endured for thousands of years.

Day 1Dehradun – Uttarkashi – Raithal Village | Drive – 185 kms, 7hrs

Start in the morning from Dehradun. Visit nearby village in the evening, interact with villagers and learn about history of the place. Overnight at guesthouse. Local cuisine will be served for dinner.

Day 2Raithal (2100 m)– Chaani Goi bugyal (2600 m)| Trek – 5km, 3-4hrs

After breakfast begin trek to Chaani which in local tongue means a group of temporary huts used by villagers who are living away from the villages to take their cattle for grazing. Overnight in tents.

Day 3Chaani Goi bugyal (2600 m)- Dayara Bugyal (3100 m) | Trek – 5 km, 3-4 hrs

Today we head to the grasslands of Dayara Bugyal. The trail passes through a thick jungle to emerge at vast sprawling grasslands surrounded by snow clad peaks. Explore the grasslands. Overnight in tents.

Day 4Dayara Bugyal – Raithal | Trek – 10 km, 5-6hrs

Start downhill trek from Dayara to Raithal and spent the day exploring the Himalayan village. Overnight in guest house in Raithal

Day 5Raithal - Uttarkashi – Dehradun| Drive – 185km, 6 hrs

Drive from Raithal to Dehradun via Uttarkashi. If time permits visit famous Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) and get inspired at the cradle which has nurtured many famous mountaineers. Leave for New Delhi by evening/night train or overnight bus.