We start our drive from Dehradun to Barsu [ 186 km, 7 hrs ] early in the morning. The drive is visually appealing as the route is a mix of changing mountain terrain and the colours of holy river Bhagirathi as we go deeper into the valley. Our drive ends as we reach village Barsu. Barsu is a tranquil village which is frequented by trekkers as it is the base-camp of Dayara Bugyal trek. The locals are devotees of Nag Devta and the village has a temple dedicated to Nag Devta. The day ends with a relaxing dinner and an overnight stay in a homestay.
The trek starts early in the morning after breakfast. The village perishes behind the forest trail as we ascend ahead of Barsu on the well-marked trail. The trail goes through an oak & rhododendron forest which finally leads us to a small patch of ameadow. The meadow is home to the beautiful Barnala Tal which is a natural high altitude lake and the holy Nag Devta Temple at one corner of the lake. The day ends as we set up camps for an overnight stay.
Meals: B, L, D
The trek starts through the forest trail in the morning. As we ascend leaving the forest trail behind we are greeted with some shepherd huts called Chani in the local dialect. As we pass the huts the meadow, Dayara Bugyal welcomes us with the backdrop of the snow capped Himalayan peaks. The lush green expanse of 28 square kilometers has streams and rivers that originate in this alpine meadow. The majestic Himalayan peaks, including Srikanth, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda, Jaonli, Bandarpunch and Swargarohini are visible from the meadow. We enjoy our time at Dayara top and after relaxing we trek back to Barnala Tal, our campsite for the night.
Meals: B, L, D
The trek starts early in the morning as we descend from Barana Tal to village Barsu [ 4 km, 3-4 hrs ]. The local community in Barsu is involved in agriculture but over the recent years Barsu has seen a surge in tourism. Thus, a number of guesthouses for tourists have come up bringing in employment. The locals also work as guides, cooks and porters.The day ends as we drive from Barsu to Dehra Dun filled with the memories of the beautiful Dayara Bugyal.
Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). From dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4
Accommodation is on Homestay (Day 1), Camp (Day 2 to Day 3)
Accommodation on triple/Quad sharing basis
Guide and support staff
Common equipment (Tent, Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet Tent)
Personal equipment (Sleeping bag & mat, Gaiters, Microspikes)
Any permit/ entry free
Accommodation in Dehradun
Food during the transit
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage (available at extra cost of INR 300 per day for 12 kg per person)
Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc
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Though everyone emphasizes the beauty of the alpine meadows and fecund grasslands in their Dayara Bugyal Trek review, many stunning aspects compel you to participate in this adventure. It is an easy to moderate trek and hence does not demand immense physical fitness. However, you should be adequately fit and adjusting easily to high-altitude climates. Apart from the usual views of the spectacular Himalayan peaks, you can venture into some of the best campsites. The Dayara campsites are secluded and often enclosed within a forest clearing. The Gui campsite has hidden surprises like a mound and a quaint little pond. There are other picturesque campsites like the Nayata, Barnala, and Chilapada.
The Dayara Bugyal Trek is one of those few Indian Himalayan treks that take place almost around the year. The trek is open for nearly eight months, barring the monsoons. During late December and early January, you get Christmas-y feels with the alpine valleys and pine trees loaded with snow. During late March and early April, the snow starts receding, and the rhododendrons begin to bloom. It marks the onset of the colorful spring across the Bugyal, and you can listen to the chirps of the rare Himalayan birds like the Monal. If you are hiking to the Dayara Bugyal during summers (April to June), expect green pastures dotted with colorful flowers and sheep grazing over the lush meadows. It is the perfect time for families to visit this place. The best time for the Dayara Bugyal Trek is the autumn season, spanning from mid-September to early December. Though the temperatures start dipping, there is no sign of snow, and the clear, blue skies washed clean of the monsoon clouds offer you panoramic mountain views.
The Dayara Bugyal trek distance is approximately 22 kilometers. Since there is no apparent limit to these grasslands, you can consider the trek distance quite more than this. It is a round trail that starts and ends at the Natin village and takes you to an approximate elevation of 3690 meters.
The trek is fitted for beginners and amateurs without any experience in high-altitude mountain expeditions. It could even be planned over a weekend and executed within 5 to 6 days. The Dayara Bugyal Trek itinerary should be sorted ideally to fit all your requirements and even the desire for side-treks. You should have a few days in hand for this easy to moderate trek because mountain climates are prone to drastic changes.
Keeping the elevation in mind, you should do adequate acclimatization, or else you could fall victim to AMS. The terrain is not vicious, and hence it does not require technical expertise. But you should be adequately fit physically and mentally to combat adverse weather conditions and unprecedented hazards that might spring up at higher altitudes.
You might travel alone, in a group or with a reputed travel and tour agency. In each case, you should do personal research of the Dayara Bugyal Trek cost to avoid getting duped. Pack for all eventualities, but pack light. While carrying other essentials, do not forget to bring your identity proof. Carry quick-dry t-shirts and waterproof track pants along with extra pairs of thermal inners. Take waterproof jackets and gloves but avoid wearing multiple pairs of socks to prevent blood circulation problems. Properly fitted and sturdy trekking boots keep your feet warm and prevent frostbites from freezing temperatures. You should carry your personal water bottle and hydration packs to avoid littering the Himalayan regions with disposable plastic.