Dayara Bugyal trek
Located in Dev Bhoomi (The Gods Land) Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most beautiful yet various treks of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand has no limit of beautiful treks and mountains. It has an altitude of 3750 meters and has such beautiful sceneries and panoramic views. Dayara Bugyal trek has a very beautiful meaning, and the Dayara means boundary, and the Bugyal means lush green plains. So, it clearly indicates that the trail is covered by the lush green plains, which totally hypnotized the trekkers with its charm.
In winters the plains are covered with snow & are very beautiful. Decorated by the enchanting beauty of the Himalayan Range, Bhagirathi River, snow-clad mountains, and some of the evergreen pieces of oak, pine, and rhododendron forests, this ancient plains offers one of the most attractive trekking routes in the world.
Let me share my experience with this blog. I went on this amazing trip along with my three other friends.
We have started on the 12th of November and boarded the bus at around 10:00 pm from ISBT Kashmiri Gate New Delhi. And we reached Uttarkashi the next day.
After reaching Uttarkashi, we had breakfast there and walked around the river for a while, and then called our Guide to pick us up. So after some time, the Guide came, and he picked us up. The name of our Guide was Labhu, who was very nice and talked very sweaty such a kind human and after this, he took us with him to a place called Naga Adventures, a kind of picnic spot in Uttarkashi where they have a homestay for the tourist and we spent a night inside the tent in Naga Adventures.
A pleasing journey through the beautiful terrains and small passes will take you further toRaithal. We took a jeep to Raithal, and it was around 2 hours drive from Uttarkashi to Raithal. After reaching Raithal, we had to take permission from the forest department.
After taking the permission, we started our Dayara Bugyal trek. A constant and gradual trek and this part of the trek will take you through beautiful plains, dense forests of silver oaks, deodar, and rhododendrons.
Daraya Bugyal is 7-9 km from the place called Raithal. First, we had proposed to reach Daraya in one go but switched our plans midway due to Uttarakhand High court regulations, and we cannot camp in the Bugyals. We reach the Gui campsite after 4-5 km and fix our tents there. Gui Campsite has a vast open view of the Himalayan range and had unbelievable views of Gangotri set of peaks, Srikanth peak, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, and other unnamed peaks. But the best part of the campsite we found was late at night when the sky changed into a blue garden with billions of stars and a grand milky way on the border way above the big Himalayas. We are amazed and fascinated.
The extensive Dayara Bugyal looks unique from every angle, and What is unique in the sight of Mt Banderpoonch and Black peak mounting almost 21,000 feet over Dayara. Accompanying these mountains just leaping out of the plains of Dayara is the reason why anyone must do this trek. After reaching the top, we stay there for one night, and the next day we adore the beautiful view of the mountains and click some pictures and after this going back to the campsite, and decided to descend directly to Raithal. Everyone accepted, and we touched Raithal at around 6:00 pm.
From Raithal, we went back to Uttarkashi and big goodbye to our Guide. We again agreed to be back for Kedartal or Gaumukh Tapovan trek. Like forever, We come to
Rishikesh wandered around the ghats with our exhausted legs and boarded our bus to Delhi.
How difficult is this trek?
It is difficult to standardize hardness levels across trekkers. What I can say is that because the Dayara Bugyal trek has so many track options and possible route customizations, someone looking for difficulty can make it that way; someone who wants to take it simple and not take too much stress can tailor it accordingly without missing out on the charm, someone who wants to start his/her children/family to the Himalayas can tailor it that way.
Dayara Bugyal – Is it suitable for children or families?
Yes, I can suggest the Dayara Bugyal trek to children and/or families. However, with certain changes to the plan and certain additional precautions so that your children or family are not very open to the cold- especially children who tend to get exposed much faster than adults, so precautions are essential. Usually, those coming to the Himalayas for the first time do not want to exert too much, so I tend to suggest changes to the route that make it a little easier and not so draining.
Other route options for Dayara Bugyal trek
Yes, there are you could start and end the trek in Barsu, you could start and end at Raithal. You could start at one of those and end at the other. For those who want to make this a little longer and hard, you could start or end this trek at Sangamchatti- this route is steeper and more challenging and goes within denser forests. There is another route that starts at Raithal and covers Dodital and Darba top, but you need notably longer time to do this route. “We start our trek from the Raithal.”
One site, different Charms
Though Dayara Bugyal is just one site, it has different charms. These are the result of various seasons, each of which gives a different view. In the spring season (March-April), the plains start becoming colorful as diverse wildflowers grow. As May approaches, the colors are deepened and grow even brighter, and this continues through the month of June. Come monsoons in the months of July, Aug, and September, and the massive rains cast their spell on the plains. During this time, the grass is at its densest and greenest. As autumn approaches, the lushness starts to wane, and the grass starts to fall or is almost eaten up totally by cattle and other herbivores by now. This loss is neutralized by the drying up of oak leaves, covering the whole region in a sharp orange tone. The last of the wildflowers, spots of green grass here and there, and the yellowing leaves during October and November make a scene that helps to capture photos.
December, January, and February are described here by average to heavy snowfall, which turns the greenery to pearl white. During this time, the Bugyal changes from a trekker and nature lover’s heaven to a fizz ski resort. With no trees to block you as you come down the slopes, you can let your inner adventurer run fierce and speed ahead.
If you are love snow, then you must visit in the December to March time where you can experience the temperature falls down up to -6degree Celsius at night, and in summers, it has a temperature varying from 10 to 20 degrees. Woo Hoo!! It is as exciting as it sounds.
Risk & Respond:
High Altitude Treks: Risk and response a high-altitude trek call for an adventurous attitude, but leaving on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is complete nonsense. That’s why I have listed a few risks and the answer to tackle the risks in the best possible way.
Risk: Height Before you begin the trek, it is necessary to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be conscious of signs of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, vomiting, and general distress.
Response: If you feel any of these signs, notify the Guide on priority and obey his guidance. Every Guide is equipped with a first aid kit to address the situation.
Risk: Weather Weather is inconstant in the Himalayas. Though we are always careful about the changing weather, no one can ensure a snowfall, rain, or Sun. Do realize that your safety is of utmost importance and if the weather is not favorable then not proceed any further from the campsite.
Response: The decision of the Guide to move or wait for the weather to get better will be final.
Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over tough terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg strain, wounds, etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major wounds are very rare.
Response: Guides are well trained to manage emergencies and can heal minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is led to the nearest medical center.
All in all, it is a beautiful yet not so congested trek that is a must-visit for every nature lover, which will cheer up your heart and soul.
So, don’t wait anymore; just pack up your rucksack and explore what nature has to offer!!