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Plan The Unplanned brings you the Dayara Bugyal Trek, one of the finest Himalayan treks out there suitable for those looking to attempt their first Himalayan trek as well as the more experienced trekkers looking for a quick Himalayan getaway.

One of the less explored gems of Garhwal Himalayas, Dayara Bugyal is captivating in its own unique way. Bugyal in Garhwali means “Alpine Pasture” or “High Altitude Meadow”. It is arguably one of the prettiest meadows one would come across while trekking in the Himalayas. A perfect trek to step into the Himalayas as you walk through dense jungles, gaze at mighty Himalayan peaks, spend your evenings beside a high altitude lake and a walk on this endless pasture makes this trek very enticing. This Bugyal is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand at an elevation ranging from 10,000 – 12,000 ft. Dayara Bugyal offers some of the best views of Mt. Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Black Peak, Gangotri Ranges, DKD, Srikantha to name a few. So much for a low lying trek that it does not feel real and yet the trekkers are lost in its beauty and the quietness that this place provides.

This is a trek that can almost be done throughout the year and offers changing landscapes during different seasons. During winters, the meadows are covered in multiple feet of snow and on the lucky days, one can experience fresh snowfall. They turn into lush green after the snow starts receding with numerous flowers of different colors blooming in it. A lot of butterflies can be found around this time. The jungles are lit with Rhododendron flowers. The post-monsoon season offers the trekkers with unrestricted views of all the surrounding peaks as the weather is mostly clear. On the onset of winter the meadows appear in hues of golden brown with clear skies for those long distant views. This trek offers a lot in such a short duration and the fact that the trek offers different flavors with the changing season makes it one of the ideal treks to choose round the year.


Trek Details

  • Trek Type: High Altitude Trekking
  • Trek Grade: Easy-Moderate ( Recommended for Beginners)
  • Trek Altitude:  3,904 metres
  • Trek Distance: 18km km 
  • Trek Duration: 3 Nights/4 Days ( Dehradun – Dehradun )
  • Trek Region: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
  • Trek Start Point: Barsu

Dayara Bugyal Trek - An Overview

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun and reach Barsu ( Drive: 7-8 hrs )

Day 2: Barsu to Barnala Tal (Trek: 4- 5hrs )

Day 3: Barnala Tal to Dayara Top and back to Barnala Tal (Trek: 2-3 hrs )

Day 4: Barnala Tal to Barsu and drive to Dehradun ( Trek: 5-6 hrs )

Price Inclusions

  • Transport support from Dehradun to Dehradun.
  • All vegetarian meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day.
  • Professional guide, cook and support staff.
  • Rent for camping equipment.
    Clean sleeping bags and mats.
    Good quality ¾ or 4 season ‘A’ shaped or dome tents
    – Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents.
  • Forest entry charges for Indian nationals – For non-
    Indian passport holders; there will be an additional charge.
  • Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment and NOT personal luggage.
  • Triple sharing Tent accommodation throughout the trek (For Double sharing – Extra charge )
  • Homestay accommodation on 1st Day.
  • All applicable taxes

Price Exclusions

  • Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  • Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions.
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc.
  • Porter/mule charges to carry personal luggage – Can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 300 per day (1 soft bag per person < 12 kg).

How to Reach Dehradun?

One can easily reach Dehradun from Delhi by bus or train, that run overnight and offer comfortable travel experience. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is approx 280 km, which can be covered in 5 to 6 hours. You can check out the IRCTC Website to know more about the trains or RedBus to find out the best options! Please note that you need to reach Dehradun before 6 AM on Day 1, or you can reach the previous night, as per convenience.


Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Dayara Bugyal Trek - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Barsu 

Distance: 225 KMs
Time: 7-8 Hrs Drive
Altitude: 7,300 ft

Reach Dehradun the day prior to the trek or on the same day early in the morning. Transport would be arranged from the Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00 AM to travel to Barsu. The drive is very scenic and the snow-clad peaks play a game of hide and seek. The drive is along the course of River Ganga, and thereafter River Bhagirathi providing mesmerizing views. There are many small villages that cross path en route and a lot of dhabas to satisfy your taste buds. You cross the district headquarters of Uttarkashi city which will also be your point for any last-minute purchases. The trekkers would arrive at the picturesque hamlet of Barsu that overlooks the vast Bhagirathi valley in the evening. Stay is arranged at a guest house in Barsu.

Day 2: Barsu to Barnala

Distance: 5 KMs
Time: 5-6 Hrs walk
Altitude: 9,000 ft
Wake up early to see the mesmerizing view of Srikantha peak and the Sun rising behind it. We hit the trail after breakfast which starts behind a small pond in the village. The trail to Barnala is well marked throughout the day, the oak forest continues to get denser as you walk deeper into the forest. The trail is beautified with Rhododendron Flowers in a particular season. There are a couple of water sources en route where we will be refilling our water bottles. Soon after, the jungles make way for a small clearing which will serve as our campsite for 2 nights. Hot lunch will be served on arrival at the campsite, thereafter we can break for a couple of hours and give out body some rest while you soak into the nature surrounding you. Evenings are reserved for mandatory acclimatization walk. Trekkers can also explore the areas near the campsite and visit Barnala Tal which is only a few minutes of walk away from the campsite. You can see the panoramic view of Srikantha, Gangotri ranges, Jonali Pass, Draupadi ka Danda from near the lake. Bandarpoonch is still elusive and will reveal itself tomorrow.

Day 3: Barnala to Dayara Top and back to Barnala

Distance: 10-11 KMs
Time: 7-8 Hrs walk
Altitude: 12,000 ft
This is going to be a long day of trekking and also the most anticipated day. Today you would get to walk on the endless meadows of Dayara and also summit Dayara Top from where the Himalayas reveal itself on all sides. Today’s trail passes through even thicker forests before opening up to the alpine pasture. At this point of the trek, we are above the treeline in the mesmerizing expanse of Dayara Bugyal. The terrain is completely undulating and we will be crossing one hill over another to reach Dayara Top. Bandarpoonch can be seen very close since arrival at Dayara along with Swargarohini and Black Peak. The view compared to Barnala gets bigger with many Himalayan peaks revealing itself in the form of a huge painting in front of you. We explore the entire stretch of Bugyal where numerous water streams can be seen flowing during the monsoon and post-monsoon season along with a carpet of flowers of different colors. During winters, expect the entire bugyal to be covered in snow and trekkers plowing through them to reach Dayara Top which is an adventure in itself. We will have our packed lunch here before we mark our way back after our exploration to the Barnala campsite, it is a moderate descend from Dayara top to Barnala campsite. We call it a day after having some hot tea and refreshing snacks followed by dinner.

Day 4: Barnala to Barsu and back to Dehradun

Distance: 5 KMs
Time: 4 Hrs walk
Altitude: 7,300 ft
Today we trace our way back from Barnala to Barsu. Since it was a strenuous day yesterday, we will have a lazy start to the day while we spend some time in Barnala by the Barnala tal post our breakfast. We start to descend from Barnala after having our lunch at the campsite, the trail has its own unique beauty seen while descending through the dense forest. The entire Srikantha range and Gangotri ranges are visible while descending right in front of the trekkers and it keeps diminishing in size reminding us of the way they revealed themselves the previous day. We reach Barsu by evening and settle in the guest house where hot tea and snacks will be served. Relax in the guest house in the evening where the trekkers are usually seen discussing the details of the trek with so many other conversations and a lot of them become friends for a lifetime while also making plans for their next big adventure. We have late dinner and call it a day.

We plan to reach Dehradun by 7:00 PM ( approx )


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy


  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.