Tucked away in the Himalayan regions, Dayara Bugyal is a popular trek in the Uttarkashi district. The glowing snow of the mountain ranges from a daunting height of 12,100 ft almost merges with the skyline and looks one with the sky. The terrain of Bugyal is beginner friendly but even the trained hikers take up this trek just because of the beautiful views it offers. You can get a glimpse of some of the high and mighty peaks of Bandarpunch, Black peak and range of Gangotri. The finest of oak and Pine trees and the dark gloomy forests of maple trees make the experience of walking through the woods otherworldly. Dayara Bugyal is the perfect place to spend your weekend with the thrilling trek.
Trek Distance: 22 km
Trek Altitude: 12,100 ft
Difficulty level: Moderate
Best Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter
Things to Do
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear Dayara Bugyal is green meadows sprawling out for a long way. However, you can experience meadows in different shades around the year. Spring and summer brings out the best hues of green and you can see the white sheep grazing in this meadow. Autumn turns the meadows golden and you would be amazed by the contrasting colours of this season.
Himalayan Flora and Fauna
If you are trekking in the Himalayas, you involuntarily expect to have a peek in the wildlife of the Himalayas. Dayara Bugyal does not disappoint you with its several wildlife species and wildflowers lined on your trail. In fact, Dayara Bugyal is deemed to be one of the best places for the bird watchers and wildlife photographers in the Himalayas. There are said to be over 40 species of birds that can be found in the forests of Dayara Bugyal.
Captivating views of Mountain peaks
Dayara Bugyal is underrated when it comes to how stunning views of mountain peaks it offers. The ranges lining the trekking trail are not any dim when compared to the meadows flocking the hillocks. The Black Peak easily overshadows the entire area with its massive height of 21000 ft. and it’s not just a couple of mountains but an entire panorama of Mt. Jaunli, Draupadi ka Danda, Mt. Shrikanth. The Gangotri ranges will stun you just by sitting there amidst the snow.
Clearings and Camping
Dayara has some of the best campsites with secluded spots and clear views of the landscape. Every base, be it Gui, Nayata or Chilpada, offers something different ranging from meadows, mountain views or surrounded by oak trees. You can experience camping in every shade on Dayara Bugyal Trek.
Enchanting Forest trail
Another highlight of the trek is its dense forest trail. You will even come across some water streams here and there. Also, spot a low altitude lake on your way to the top.
What to Carry
- Clothing: thermal wear, windproof jacket, gloves and muffler.
- Trekking: Waterproof backpack, trekking gears, hiking shoes, gloves, sleeping bag, trekking pole, tent.
- Utilities: Sunglasses, scarf, cap, Sunscreen, lip balm and toiletries
- Document: carry your passport size photos, Adhar card/Driver’s licence.
- Electronics: Camera and extra batteries, torch and power bank
- Medicines: your prescription if there is any, Diamox for AMS, Crocin, Paracetamol and first-aid.
- Eatables: Glucose or ORS, energy drink, energy bar or snickers, dry fruits, water bottles, chocolates and snacks.