The Himalayas have something about them that you simply will not find anywhere else. When you think of the Himalayas you may picture mountains with snow on top of them but there are also many scenic meadows. It is not unusual for trekking routes to pass through these meadows and the Dayara Bugyal Trek is one example of this. It does take in some of the mountain range but there are also thick forests and wide open spaces to explore on the trek.

Barsu is the village that will be used as a base camp for this expedition. This small village is located in the district of Uttarkashi and is a full day drive from Haridwar. The whole trip will take seven days which is comprised of two days traveling and five days hiking. A part of the hike will involve trekking to the summit of Bakaria Top which is 12,000ft. This is a very steep incline and so this trip may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. On the first day that you arrive in Barsu, you will stay in a guesthouse. Your accommodation for the rest of the trip will be a warm tent which you will carry with you during the hike and set up every night.

Destination Highlights

Dayara Bugyal is worth visiting because of its wonderful sights. Get your camera on and check out the following:

  • Rich Forests – Towering maple and oak trees shelter you from the sun, and provides you with the much-needed cool when the weather is unforgiving. You can also hold on to the tree’s sturdy trunks for support in case you get tired while trekking.
  • Snow in April – You read that right. The Dayara Bugyal Trail is covered in snow until mid-April, although snow initially falls on the location in December. However, the snow begins to melt by summer. If you choose to trek Dayara Bugyal even in May, you could still see snow-covered mountain peaks and landscapes.
  • Barnala Tal Lakeside – Barnala Tal is a lake beside a meadow. The waters are so clear and fresh that you could drink from it. You could sit down on the grass as you admire Barnala Tal, or build a tent and stay there for the afternoon.
  • Domesticated and Wild Animals – You will see both domesticated and wild animals coexisting in this gorgeous location. There are sheep and cows grazing on the distance, eagles circling above you, and Tibetan wolves prowling around for prey. Don’t worry! They won’t hurt people unless they are disturbed or hurt themselves.
  • Beautiful Mountain Views – From the Raithal base camp, you could see the peaks of Gangotri, Bandarpoonch, and Shrinkand Mahadev mountains. It’s also breathtaking to see them during sunset when the orange rays of the sun blend with the sparkly white peaks.

Best Time to Visit Dayara Bugyal Trek

Summer (April to June) – The weather remains mild during the summer and it will not get too hot. You will be able to get good views of the peaks of the mountains as these will be clearly visible.

Monsoon Season – You will get some great views of the scenery during this season but there is a risk of landslides and so extra care needs to be taken.

Winter (October to December) – It is better to complete the trek in early winter as the area can experience very heavy snowfall during December and January.

Dayara Bugyal Trek Itinerary

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Day 01 - Haridwar to Barsu (7545 ft) (220 km/Full-day Drive)

We will leave Haridwar just after dawn and will not arrive in Barsu until the early evening. During the last part of the journey, we will follow the Bhagirathi River. When we arrive in Barsu we will head straight to the guesthouse where you can check in and spend the night.
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Day 02 - Barsu to Barnala (8530 ft) (4 km, 3–3.5 hours trek)

We will start the Dayara Bugyal Trek with a gentle ascent and today’s route will only be 4km. As we walk from Barsu to Barnela the trail takes us through forests and meadows. When we get to the point where the Dayara meadows begin there are only meadows as far as the eye can see. When we reach the campsite there are amazing views of the Himalayas in the background.
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Day 03 - Barnala to Dayara Bugyal (9980 ft) (5 km, 4–5 hours trek)

We will start walking towards the high-alpine meadow of Dayara Bugyal and this will take us on another ascent. When we have completed this climb you will have spectacular views of the meadows and some peaks of the Himalayas.
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Day 04 - Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria Top (12000 ft) (3 km, 2.5–3 hours trek) (Back to Dayara Bugyal)

Today we will reach Bakaria Top which is the highest point of the trail. This is quite a steep ascent and can be quite demanding. However, when you get to the top you get a 360-degree view of the Greater Himalayas and so it is well worth making the effort. You will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures before we start the descent. We will then head to the camp in Dayara where we will stay overnight.
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Day 05 - Dayara Bugyal to Pichkiya (7873 ft) (8 km, 6–7 hours trek)

This will the longest portion of the trail and we will be trekking for up to seven hours. We will cover a lot of alpine meadows during this part of the trail as well as forests and small rivers. We will reach the campsite at Pichkiya and this is where we will spend the night.
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Day 06 - Pichkiya to Barsu (7545 ft) (4.5 km, 3–4 hours trek)

The trail back to Barsu will be a descent down a well-marked trail that goes through a thick forest. You will start to see the village as we reach the halfway point of the trail. We should reach the camp by the afternoon and then you will have the rest of the afternoon to spend as you wish.
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Day 07 - Barsu to Haridwar (Full-day drive)

The last day of the trip is another full day of traveling as we return to Haridwar.

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