The trek to Dayara Bugyal is a once on a lifetime opportunity that should not be missed. It is called every trekkers delight for the simple reason that at a very reasonable altitude it promises stunning landscape and an enthralling trekking experience.
It is not a very difficult trek and is really easy to successfully complete with simple guidance. The fabulous camping spots make it a must in every nature lovers bucket list. The base camp village of the trek is a small town called Raithal, very close to Uttarkashi.
Read below our carefully designed detailed itinerary that will give you an overview of the trek and will race your heart and compel you to sign up for this exotic experience!
DEHRADUN TO RAITHAL
6:30 AM – First Meet and Greet @assembling point
The staff of Himalayan Freaks will meet you at assembling point, Clock Tower, Dehradun. Team is requested to be there on time. The team will then board the vehicle (Tata Sumo) and depart for Raithal
Breakfast and Lunch en route.
5:00 PM- Check In, Tea and Snacks, Team Introduction and Market Time
You will start from Dehradun and after crossing several small but well known touristy towns, you will reach the peaceful village of Raithal. Situated about 40 kms from Uttarkashi, Raithal is a breathtakingly beautiful Himalayan village nestled in the snowy realms of Garhwal. It is blessed with the magnanimous Bhagirathi River and offers panoramic view of several popular Himalayan Peaks.
You will check in the Himalayan Freaks Guest House/Lodge and then meet your instructors and the rest of the team. Snacks and Tea will be followed by a short brief of next day’s program. Instructors will give you time to shop for trek essentials in the local market.
Post some leisure and shopping time, you will come back to the guest house.
7:00 PM- Soup, Preparation Time, Gear Inspection and Backpacking Session
Post hot soup, instructors will once again finally brief and prepare the team for leaving for the mountains. This will be followed by some “Dos and Don’ts” plus a check of equipment, gear and necessary items. The instructors will also teach you the right way to pack your rucksack for the mountains. Participants are requested to take all sessions very seriously.
8:00PM- Dinner and Lights Out
For an early and adventurous day ahead it is advised that everyone sleeps on time and gets ample rest.
RAITHAL TO GUI
6:30 AM - Wake up, Morning Tea and Rise and Shine Warm up session
It is a must to start your day in the mountains with a good warm up. The energizing session will also serve as an excellent ice breaker for the team to make everyone familiar and comfortable with each other.
8:00 AM- Breakfast and Departure
Post breakfast the team will start the adventurous trek to Dayara. You will cross dense jungles and will be amazed to see a lot of Alpine vegetation unlike other treks.
It is advised that the team rests only at designated rest points decided by our trek leaders, as it a gradual and challenging ascent.
1:00 PM- Acclimatization walk, lunch and tent Pitching
The view of the campsite will recharge your soul and all the tiredness will be gone! The freshness of the Himalayan air will purify your mind and body and you will be awestruck by the sheer beauty of the location.
The first thing upon reaching will be a short acclimatization hike. An acclimatization trek is a short hike that is conducted to make the participants familiar with the surroundings of a new place, the flora and fauna of it and mainly to get used to the new climate, altitude and temperature. This is why it is also advised to not rest immediately upon reaching a higher altitude.
This will be followed by hot lunch which will then be followed by the most important session of the trek – tent pitching.
Tent Pitching is a fundamental part of outdoors and every camper and trekker must know how to pitch their own tents. The theoretical lecture and demonstration will be followed by participants pitching their own tents.
Once the tents are pitched, they will be inspected by the instructors. Then, the team will be briefed about camping rules and the Leave No Trace Policy of HF.
5:00 PM – Tea and Snacks and Leisure Time
The team will be given some leisure time to relax, interact with each other, explore the camping spot and relax.
7:00 PM- Reflection Session
The last session of the day will be the Reflection Time. Reflection sessions will be conducted every day where in the evening all participants and instructors will share their thoughts and learning so far. Post dinner and after some star gazing everyone will be asked to go back in tents as being out in the wild at night is not advisable.
GUI TO BARNALA
6:30 AM- Rise and Shine Warm Up and Breakfast
9:00 AM- Mountain Terminology Session
This class on mountain terminology is carefully placed in the schedule to familiarize participants with important mountain terms as they begin ascending to even higher altitudes and venture on more difficult terrain. It is important to know these terms not only for knowledge but also for better communication and safety.
10:00 AM Depart for Barnala
Having learnt some mountain terminology it will be time to trek to the next stop the Barnala Tal. It is a popular tarn (high altitude lake) of the Garhwal region.
Gradually you will ascend higher and into the heart of Himalayas and in no time you will be surrounded by glistening and shimmery mighty Himalayan peaks. The peak of Bandarpoooch is especially best visible from Barnala. You can also go to the Kala Nag temple and indulge in some photography around the area. As you explore the area, you might come across locals (visiting the temple) as well as the nomadic hill folks (gujjars).
2:00 PM- Lunch and Tent Pitching
4:00 PM- History of Himalayas session
The very learned and highly experienced trek leaders will share some useful and fascinating information about treks in general and the Himalayas. This will help you get a better idea of the location you are exploring and the massifs and peaks that are surrounding you.
5:00 PM- Snacks and Tea followed by Soup and Reflection
The reflection sessions become more and more interesting as the group comes out of their shell and undertakes more adventurous tasks each day. Instructors will also engage the participants in some fun team building and experiential learning games.
Before dinner, there will be a detailed briefing for the next day, i.e. the most important of the trek- the summit! Since you will be going to the maximum altitude and lowest temperature, a thorough brief and gear and equipment check will again be conducted by our trek leaders
8:00 PM- Dinner and sleep
BARNALA TO DAYARA TOP AND BACK
6:00 AM- Wake up, Early Breakfast and Leave for Summit
The main objective of the trek will be not only successfully summit the Dayara top but also be back by lunch!
This is going to be a very exciting trek as gradually the ascent will become challenging and even strenuous for some. However, the captivating views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks will instill a fresh spirit in you and you will realize it’s totally worth! The most attractive feature of the Dayara top is the vastness of the green meadows encompassed by sparkling Himalayan peaks. You will be thrilled to find yourself so close to peaks you had so far just been admiring from a considerable distance!
Another highlight of the Dayara top is the lovely view of adjoining bugyal, Giddara!
2:00 PM- Hot lunch at Barnala
Hot tea and snacks will await you at the campsite where as always you will pitch your tents and then get some time to rest.
7:00 PM- Reflection and Learning
Finally as the day comes to an end your instructors and leaders will discuss the challenges you faced while summiting and the learning that happened in the process. Things you learned about yourself and the mountains. You can share your personal thoughts on fulfilling the challenging endeavor of summiting a peak!
8:00 PM- Dinner and Back to tents
BARNALA TO BARSU
6:30 AM - Wake Up, Warm Up, Breakfast and Departure for Barsu
The small settlement of Barsu will be your final destination for the day.
The route is going to be easy however make sure you are always listening to the leaders and still working and operating as a team. The last bit of the trek is always tricky as one tends to become overconfident while descending and having reached the summit successfully. However, we @HF make sure that till the end, the trek is executed in an organized and disciplined manner.
2:00 PM- Lunch and Check up
Upon reaching Barsu, you will have Lunch followed by a health check-up of the entire team by instructors.
You can connect with your family as the network is decent, unwind and unpack and submit company gears and equipment in case you had borrowed.
5:00 PM - Snacks and Tea and Rest
You can utilize the time to relax or take a stroll in the local market. You can always interact with fellow trekkers and tourists.
7:00 PM - Soup, Reflection and Bonfire
For one last time the entire team of instructors as well as participants and staff sit together and reflect upon the wonderful journey they just undertook. This will be followed by a bit of celebration to mark the victory over mountains and also of you having conquered your fears and taken up something challenging in life!
9:00 - Dinner and Lights Out
SANKRI TO DEHRADUN
6:00 AM- Wake up and Morning Tea
6:30 AM- Early breakfast and depart for Dehradun
After bidding goodbye to your instructors, you will board the HF vehicle back to Dehradun. You will be escorted by one of our representatives.
Lunch will be en route. You will reach Dehradun around 5’o clock in the evening and can either stay overnight or take an overnight train/bus for your location.
These frequently asked questions will be of great help to solve your own doubts and queries. Have a look!
1. Which is the best season to trek?
This depends on a lot of factors. What do you mean by best? Are you looking to seeing a lot of snow? If yes, then the summer treks around May June promise more snow. However, they are way more challenging. If you are looking to be more comfortable and enjoy scenic beauty, then you must opt for the October season. Every trek has its own beauty which varies season to season. Read up about the treks to get a better idea.
2. What will the weather be like?
Again, depends on which trek you are opting for at what time of the month and what the altitude of the place is.
Treks are mostly conducted at a time when the mountains are enjoying good weather. In extreme winters and rainfall time treks do not happen. Please check the temperature of the place on the internet before you opt for it. Prepare yourself accordingly. Nights and mornings are damn cold, and it can get really hot in the day.
Please remember that mountains are unpredictable when it comes to weather. Rainfall, snowfall is common. The course of the trek is decided according to the weather on a daily basis by trek leaders.
3. What should I pack?
Please refer to the Himalayan Freaks To-Pack List. Carry everything
4. What kind of a bag do I need?
It should be more than 60 liters. opt for a good quality branded rucksack that is durable and comfortable.
5. How many trek leaders will be there?
This depends on the number of participants. We ensure a healthy ratio of leaders and clients for your adequate care.
6. Should I carry my own food?
Yes, only dry snacks and not a lot of it because you must carry the bag to the top. Pack light.
7. How many people stay in one tent?
This depends on the size of the tent. We carry four men tents that are comfortable and spacious for four people
8. What kind of food will we get in the mountains? Will we cook our own food?
No. A dedicated kitchen team will trek along with you. The food is fantastic
9. Do I need any documents ?
Refer to the terms and conditions page
10. I don’t have prior trekking experience. What should I do?
You must definitely trek because everyone has a first time. But make sure to pick a moderately easy trek if it is your first time. Prepare physically
11. I am not physically very fit. Can I go?
Physical fitness is a must for treks. For a fun and enjoyable experience train yourself before signing up for a trek. We expect a recent medical certificate from an authorized MBBS doctor proving that you are fit for high altitude trekking. You can download the medical form from the website
If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart, asthmatic, or bronchial disorders, or have high blood pressure you are advised against coming on HF trekking trips that go to altitude.
12. Will I get my money back in case I cancel it last moment?
Refer to our cancellation and refund policy page
13. What is the age limit?
14 to 70 (Minors have to be accompanied by parent/guardian)
14. Are there toilets there?
In the mountains, toilet tents are pitched which basically means that you do your business in pits dug in the ground. Sometimes, depending on the situation one might have to go in the open. This is part of the mountain life
15. Do we carry our own tent and sleeping bags?
No these are carried by porters and provided by us. If you wish to get your own sleeping bag you can.