Dayara Bugyal Trek

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  • Uttarakhand
  • 6 Days
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  • Easy Moderate
  • 12300 ft
  • 12-16°C
  • 5-14°C
  • Uttarkashi
  • Idea, BSNL
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White snow caped meadows of Dayara bugyal in winters

If you are a fan of hiking and serenity, here’s the perfect hike for you? Here’s bringing you one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand with beautiful valleys with streams of water running across high altitude meadows and vivid flora and fauna and is a perfect choice for beginners as the trek route is easy to traverse.  

The Dayara Bugyal trek is home to snow topped trees, stretches of snow covered grounds, cattle feeding on the greenest meadows around and nature’s many marvels.


Dayara Bugyal has snapped up the position of being the most beautiful high-altitude meadows and also considered one among the top two treks in India. It’s not very difficult to comprehend why considering the green pastures in these mountains have always acclaimed the shepherds around for almost half a millennium.

This trek is exactly how kids would describe a scenery while putting together a work of art during school days. Mountains, snow peaks, meadows , it is a never ending dream. The trek is a collection of picturesque views of Bandarpoonch peak in the Himalayan Range.


Pic Credit: Sumit Pant


The trek includes a full day drive, easy walks to villages, steep climbs to the summit and a downhill exploratory stride.

The view is not easy to describe but briefly put, do expect to see lots of greenery around you, with villages at certain pauses, a brilliant summit and absolutely tantalizing view of Black Peak, Bandarpoonch, Bhagirathi peaks and countless other mountains.


Pic Credit: Sunny Joshi

Day 1: Haridwar to Barsu 7545 ft; (Discovery hike will arrange pickup from dehradun railway station at 6.30 am )

Day 2: Barsu (7545 ft) to Dayara bugyal, 8-9km

Day 3: Dayara Bugyal (8540 ft) to Bakaria Top (12300 ft), 3km

Day 4: Dayara Bugyal (8540 ft) to Pichkiya (7873 ft), 8km

Day 5: Pichkiya (7873 ft) to Barsu (7545 ft),5km

Day 6: Barsu to Haridwar ( departure day)


Day 1- Haridwar to Barsu (7545 ft)

Estimation time of comple: 7-8 hrs

Estimation distance of drive: 220km

Tip: get ready to make memory

We depart from Haridwar early in the morn towards Barsu. Barsu is a base camp for Dayara Bugyal and is the destination to a path full of valleys and mountains. Rishikesh, Chamba and Uttarkashi will pass on the way as we travel the full day to reach our destination.

The drive alongside River Bhagirathi is simply beautiful. Once reaching Barsu we would be staying here overnight


Day 2- Barsu (7545 ft) to Dayara Bugyal (8530 ft) via Barnala

Estimation time of completion: 6-7 hrs

Estimation distance of trek: 8-9 km

Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite or refill from the natural source


Pic Credit: Kailash


On the first day of trekking we will be aiming at reaching Dayara. Dayara is located west of Barsu at around 9KMS. The landscape on the path is filled with rhododendrons and forests of indigenous Silver Oaks and Deodar.

The renowned meadows of Dayara starts from Barnala. Upon crossing Barnala the meadows and grasslands are visible for miles.

frozen lake in winters Pic Credit : Arjun chauhan


The flowers embedded within this meadow makes a pleasant treat for the eyes. The trail passes through Barnala Meadows to reach the Dayara Bugyal.   

The entire view culminates in a stretch of grasslands spotted with flowers around and dense forests on the sides that are a preview to the greater Himalayas. While you reach the Dayara, the entire view unravels to form a glorious playground of grass, trees and flowers.


Pic Credit: Kailash


This area is fenced with the Himalayas overlooked by mountains like Srikanth, Gangotri I, II & III, Black Peak, Bandarpoonch, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Srikanth, Rudugaira, Jaonli and many others. We will camp in the shadows of these mountains overnight at Dayara.


Day 3- Dayara Bugyal (8540 ft ) to Bakaria Top (12300 ft) back to Dayara Bugyal

Estimation time of completion: 2- 3 hrs

Estimation distance of trek: 3 km

Tip: carry at least 2 liters from the campsite



If Dayara Bugyal is a cake, then Bakaria Top is a cherry on top. The summit is home to breathtaking views consisting of snowcapped mountains, great valleys below and towns and hamlets from afar can be clearly seen.

The ascend to this particular Bugyal out of the many takes about 3 hours of steady climbing through the meadows. Out of the multiple Bugyals, this one is débuted as Bakaria.



Upon reaching Bakaria, you will not miss out on the 360 degrees of panoramic beauty of the Greater Himalayas. Upon spending the day there, we will descend early evening to return to camp at Dayara.


Day 4- Dayara Bugyal (8540 ft) to Pichkiya (7873 ft) 8 Km, 6-7 hrs

Estimation Time of completion: 6-7 hrs

Estimation distance of trek: 8 km

Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite


The green lust meadows


On Day four we descend down to Pichkiya. It’s a trail not unlike the second day with beautiful meadows stretching throughout the journey. It will take us around 7 hours to reach our destination but fret not as the walk is surrounded by alpine lands, streams running in parallel and alpine forests.

The campsite at Pichkiya is on a small grassland situated between these forests. Along with the alpine forests, do note the beautiful rhododendrons growing along the patchy meadows around the campsite.


Day 5- Pichika (7873 ft) to Barsu (7545 ft)

Estimation time of completion: 3-4 hrs

Estimation distance of trek: 5 km

Tip: carry sufficient water atleast 2 liters from the campsite


Pic credit: Arjun Chauhan


We further descend to Barsu for 4 hours the next day but this time we pass through the contrasting thick forests. The beauty lies in the sight ahead where hamlets like Barsu and others can be seen from halfway down the trail. Once we reach Barsu around 3pm, we rest and camp for the night.


Day 6- Barsu (7545 ft) to Haridwar whole day drive

Estimation time of completion: 7-8km

Estimation distance of trek: 220km

Tip: left mountain and trail clean

We drive back to Haridwar on the route we came by. From Haridwar you may take the night train to Delhi or stay back to roam around this city. It may also not be a bad idea to take the adventure one step further by going white water rafting at Rishikesh.

Hiking Shoes

Type: Depending on Terrain & the difficulty of the Trek, you will to choose the right kind of Grip & Sole for the Shoe. We recommend that you check for water-resistance & a deep yet flexible sole for the all factors that you will face

Importance: Your legs need to be well taken care of by the shoes over the course of the Trek. Different Terrains pose different threats & the right kind of shoe will make all the difference in the world.



Type: This purely depends on the kind of Trek you are undertaking

  • Short Treks (1 – 3 Days) – 15litres to 20litres
  • Long Treks (3 – 10 Days) – 40litres to 60litres

Importance: Your Backpack is as important as your Shoe. Your entire journey will be with the Backpack full of your belongings and all the essentials you need. We recommend that you test the back and choose according to the Trek, your height & comfort it provides.



Type: This is 10litres – 15litres Daypack Backpack you need to have with you for the Summit.

Importance: Your Daypack will be for those Summit days and shorter days when you just need your essentials with you.



Padded Jacket – You will need 1 pair of the Jacket for Summer & Winter. Ensure that the jacket is wind-resistant & capable of keeping your warm up to -10 degrees

Fleece JacketYou will need 2 pairs of the Fleece Jacket. Make sure it’s Cotton or contains more Cotton.

Thermals – You will only require 1 pair of this in the Winter, Summer is optional. It should also be made primarily of Cotton. This will keep your warm during the nights when the temperature usually tends to drop.

Trek Pants – Exclusively meant for Trekking, you will need minimum 2 pairs of Trekking Pants with you always. Ensure it is made of Cotton & provides you maximum comfort to you and is durable.

Collared T-shirts – Carrying 2 – 3 pairs are normally recommended. The collar will help keeping the neck from being too exposed to the Sun and being Sun-burnt.

Sun Caps – At high Altitudes, the Sun might be harsh and direct exposure of your head to the sun is not something we would recommend. Carry Sun Caps in case these situations arise to keep your head cool.

Woolen Caps – The nights get very cold in the Mountains and you must protect your ears and head from the cold winds. Woolen caps are essentials during the nights to keep your ears and head warm.

Water-proof Gloves – You will need water-proof gloves as you move towards colder and wet parts of the Trek. Keep your hands clean & warm without getting them wet and most importantly to give you the grip and firmness you need.


Trek Accessories

  • Trekking Pole: The Trekking/Hiking Pole saves you almost 60% of your energy when you are climbing a steep slope during high altitude conditions. We make it mandate to carry a Trekking Pole with you for our Treks.
  • Head-lamp or Torch: A Head-Lamp is something we make mandate too for our Treks. Carrying this will help you see better in dark places. In case, you are unable to procure a Head-lamp then we suggest carrying a Torch.


Daily essentials

Toiletries: We recommend that you carry all your Toiletries essentials and all other cosmetic & personal requirements by yourself to avoid borrowing. (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Lip-balm, Moisturizer, Face-wash, Other creams & essentials, Toilet roll, Sanitary Pads, etc.)

Bottles & Boxes: We recommend that you carry all your own Water Bottle, we suggest two 1litres bottles that you will need. And also, your own Boxes to eat the food we provide for both convenience and hygienic purposes.


Mandatory Documents to bring:

Carry these document mentioned below and hand them over to the trek leader at the base camp. You need to bring one copy of Disclaimer and one photocopy & Original copy of Government Photo ID.

You also need to bring the Medical certificate approval from the doctor that you are physically fit for high altitude point.

The following possible risk/ challenges many come across in the trek of Dayra Bugyal.

Risk of slip/skid-

Dayra bugyal is a moderate trek with lists the patience of challenge facing trekker, it develops confidence, patience and planning strategy.

While trekking in winter season there is a possibility of slip/ skidding as the track is covered with snow especially in the month of December, January and as weather is unpredictable in Himalayas.


Safety measure

The following measures are arranged by the Discovery Hike to overcome these problems.

There shall be a briefing session about the risk of slip/skidding under a trained person who will be your trek leader at the base camp and make the trekker aware about do’s and don’ts.

  • The Discovery Hike shall provide with crampons to the trekker for safety in winter trek. These crampons are especially design to have a better grip on snow trail and minimize the risk of skid up to 95%.
  • Trek leader shall accompany the team and shall aware to the team members about the situation.
  • While choosing your shoe the shoe should have a good grip


Risk related to AMS

There are chances of AMS at high altitude trek. On Dayra Bugyal trek as the altitude gradually changes from 7545 ft to 12300fts in 6 days duration. In Dayra Bugyal campsite there is no such case of AMS was noticed till date.


Safety measure

Anticipating the above situation, there is a provision to start a course of DIAMOX from the day one as DIAMOX decreases the chances of AMS to a great extent

The trek is well trained to identify the symptoms of AMS; he should immediately inform the trek leader for their advice. The trek leaders are equipped with high altitude medical kit and oxygen cylinder. The use of these precautions shall help the trekker. If the situation is not under control trekker shall have to descend from high campsite to low altitude campsite


Risk related to blister, cuts and cramps:

Blisters cuts and cramps are very often occurring while we are walking or trekking on uneven trail.


Safety measures:

If the trekker gets blister or cramp, should immediately inform the trek leader for its treatment who is accompanying with treatment kits.

To avoid blister it is suggested that to carry/wear proper trekking shoes that fit your foot well and shoes should be of breathable nature and good grip.

For legs cramps condition put cramps spray that is available with you and also with the trek leader.


Risk related to harsh weather conditions:

It is well known fact, that the weather condition at high altitude especially in Himalayan region is unpredictable, it many turn into worst condition.


Safety measures:

The trek leader shall decide whether proceed further or stay till suitable condition. if conditions remains harsh and the situation may diorite further, for safety measure team shall have to descend, though company has provision to provision to provide all weather tents to meet the weather challenges.


Risk related to communication:

On the trek of Dayara Bugyal the altitude raises from 7545 ft to 12300 ft the communication link gets weak and weaker as we proceed ahead towards Dayara Bugyal trek and from a certain altitude we lose total communication, consequently are cut off from the rest of the world. We need not worry about the disconnection or delinking.


Safety measure:

To link ourselves to the rest of the world we have alternative way to maintain the communication to the different people with the help of walkie-talkie. This will help us to communicate with different people at the different campsite.


Emergency/ immediate rescue

These are chances to become serine due to health reason or any other reason and the trekker is to be rescued immediately


Safety measure:

The situation becomes serious any point of time due to any reason, as due to AMS, Cramps , illness , breathing congestion and need to rescue to trekker. The team leader and trek staff will immediately movalise the resources (porters, mules) accompanying the team as well as a team which is standing by at different campsite will help to rescue the trekker. Airlift in acute situation will be arranged as soon as possible.


Risk of low level of oxygen level at higher altitude

It is natural and scientific fact that the oxygen level gets thin, thinner and thinnest as we proceed from low altitude to high, higher and highest altitude as a consequence of that we feel problem in breathing and problem may arise, it doesn’t with trekker. In Dayra Bugyal trek they may no such cases of low oxygen level but still, any one faces it here is the safety measure.


Safety measure

If someone comes across that situation and feels breathing problem and any other problem related to low quantity or low level of oxygen. The company have a full prove provision to cope up with such situation. The ample no of oxygen cylinders are with the trek leader, staff and accompanying person of the company. If any trekker feels problem due to less level of oxygen, he/she should immediately inform the trek leader or decent down to lower campsite for immediate remedy.

You enjoyable and purposeful trekking, your safety during entire course of trekking is our prime motto. Hand to hand your corporation in this regard is highly solicited. It is desirable to keep yourself away from away kind of objectionable sustenance’s.

Trek fees = Rs. 8500 + 5% GST.

Inclusion-exclusion policy

Services Included

  1. Accommodation (guest house, home-stay, camping)
  2. All meals during trek
  3. Forest permits and allowance
  4. First aid medical kit and medical equipment (oxygen cylinder, BP machine and oximeter)
  5. Qualified and experienced trek leader services
  6. Qualified and experienced trek staff services (cook, porters, mules, and helper)
  7. Trekking equipment (crampons, stretcher, ice ax, rope, all-weather tents, sleeping bags etc)

Services Excluded

  1. Transport from Haridwar to Barsu and back
  2. Food during transit
  3. Mules or porter carrying personal luggage
  4. First and last day stay at Haridwar
  5. Anything not mentioned under Services Included


Payment policy

Option1: The trek fee can be paid by making an online transfer.
Option 2: The trek fee can be paid via cheque /demand draft (Mail us on

Note: If you choose Option 2, ignore the online registration procedure. Once you send us the email for the payment through cheque/demand draft, our team will get back to you immediately to help you through the complete payment process and respond to any of your queries.


Cancellation policy

The first step to cancel the trek is by emailing us on

If the trek is canceled due to natural reason like natural calamities, flood or other political reasons, Discovery Hike will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed for the same or a different trek with a time frame of one year.

If you wish to cancel your trek due to your personal reasons then these are the parameters under cancellation policy

Prior to 25 days Full refund
Cancellation between 20-25 days to start of the trek 50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to start of the trek No refund


Backpack offloading policy

If you can’t carry your own backpack and would require a porter for the whole trip then you will have to bear these charges.

If informed well in advance Rs. 1350 + 5% GST
Informed on the day of the trek day Rs.340 per day plus 5% GST

Note: (The last moment backpack offloading amount needs to be paid at the base camp to the trek leader)


Transportation policy

The transportation charges for the trek amounts to Rs.1200 which needs to be paid separately on the payment link which Discovery Hike sends you via email (GST is only applicable on trek and not on transport).

The light vehicle can hold 5 to 6 trekkers
The Tempo traveler can accommodate 8 to 10 trekkers
Most vehicles used are owned by Discovery Hike

On- Trek Policy

  1. If the participant is sent down due to safety reason by the trek leader the money will not be refunded to the participant.
  2. If the participant is expelled from the trek due to misbehavior, misconduct, threat or danger to another trekker the trek fee will not be refunded to the participant.
  3. If the participant is caught consuming alcohol & other objectionable substances, the participant is expelled from the trek with no refund.
  4. If the participant is not found fit during the course of the trek, he/she is legally bound not to be carried on the trek.
  5. The participant has to follow the instruction and guidelines set by Discovery Hike and submit the necessary documents to the trek leader at base camps.

NOTE: (Discovery hike has full rights to expel the participants during the trek if he/ she is not fit under the criteria set by us)


Fitness Policy

  1. If the participant is sent down or asked to return for safety reasons, the participant needs to abide by it.
  2. Discovery hike has employed experienced staffs, who can deal with the high altitude conditions with expertise, however they are not professional doctors.
  3. If any participant is asked to return or taken to the hospital due to a worsening medical condition, then he/she needs to bear the hospital and medical expenses


Non Liability:

Discovery hike is not responsible for your belongings if in case it is damaged or lost

Discovery Hike transport departs from Haridwar Railway station at 6.30am. You are expected to arrive and contact the driver before the departure from Haridwar station to ensure that there is no inconvenience caused for other trekkers


Delhi → Haridwar → Barsu

To reach the Dayara Bugyal trek you need to first arrive at Haridwar Railway station from where you can then travel by a vehicle arranged by Discovery Hike. Haridwar Railway station is a significant railway station in Uttarakhand.


 Railway Options.

Delhi -> Haridwar
Train Number: 12055
Departure: Delhi at 3.20 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 7.50 pm

Kolkata -> Haridwar
Train Name: Doon express
Train Number: 13009
Departure: Howrah Jn at 8.25 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 04.45 am

Mumbai -> Haridwar
Train Name: Dehradun express
Train Number: 19019
Departure: Mumbai at 00.05 am
Arrival: Haridwar at 12.45 pm

Chennai -> Haridwar
Train Name: Dehradun express
Train Number: 12687
Departure: Chennai at 9.40 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 03.00 am
Please ensure that your dates of arrival are before the date of the treks. Do note that these are overnight journeys.


 Bus Options.

Delhi → Haridwar

There are frequent buses that depart from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Station.

It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance. Please do note that if you leave around 7 pm from Delhi you will reach Dehradun by 6 am in the morning.

you can also book  online ticket from Red bus app

 Air Travel Options

You can also book flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant. The distance between Jolly Grant and Haridwar is approximately 25 kms.


Fitness Tips for the Mountains:

The Mountaineer Fitness Plan starts with training both the Mind & Body. It’s a physically grueling task to trek a mountain, but the mindset wins it all in the end and the body will come to the rescue. Persistence consists of 50% you Mind & 50% your Body.

We at Discovery Hike believe that with our Mantra of SSS, you get in the right shape of mind and body before you come to trek with us. Whether you are a Beginner or a Pro. An adult or a teenager you follow this regiment for 30 days prior to your Trek, it will provide you the desired results.


What is the SSS, you ask? It is:





Stamina – You will need to particularly enhance your current stamina to a fiercer one to undertake any Trek. You will need spare 30 – 45 Daily for this activity and increase it based on the Trek.

You will need to start with walking 4 km & more gradually. Effectively your goal will be to walk for 4+km a day.

Once you have successfully completed walking, turn this into running/jogging for the same distance. Effectively your goal will be to run 4+ km a day


Strength – Working on Stamina is just restricted to your running. Strength is working on various parts of your body to compliment your Stamina. Upper Back, Lower Back, Core, Legs, Arms & more.

Upper Body – You will need to do Push-ups after you have done with your running exercise. You will need to make it 5 – 10 push-ups a day. Repeat the same in sets of 3 daily. Effectively your goal will be to reach 15 – 30 push-ups daily.

Lower Back – Perform a Plank starting with 30 seconds a Day. Add 10 – 15 seconds more daily to improve the strength you add to you core. Effectively your goal will be to perform a Plank for 3 – 5 minutes.

Arms – You can do lights lifts in the Gym. If not the gym, you can use a heavy book or object & move it towards your shoulder without losing form & repeat the same for both arms for about 30 times in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 100 lifts in each arm.

Legs – You will have to start with squats of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Alternatively, you can also do Wall sits-up of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 15 – 30 squats/sit-ups.

Core – You will need start with crunches of 5 – 10 in sets of 3 and keep adding more towards by the day. This will build not just the core but your Lower back & Stamina too. Effectively your goal will be to reach 30 – 50 squats in a day.


Stretch – Probably the most neglected but the most crucial part of the exercise Stretching. This will enable all your muscles to stay intact & be activated rather than cramping. It will improve your performance in all activities you undertake. decrease your risk of injuries, help in your joints movements & enable your muscles to work at their best.

Shoulder stretches

Wrist stretches

Hamstring stretches

Calf stretches


Mental Health – The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for some Mental Rest & Relaxation.


Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation

Soak in a warm bath

Listen to soothing music

Practice mindful meditation

Sleep early and Rise Early


Hope the above suggestions proved to be useless. These are merely guidelines to be in the right shape of Mental & Physical state. If you are already following a regiment that is suitable to your body, we suggest that you continue. This is for Beginners and Start-up kit for those who are about to undertake the Trek with us.



BMI for different trek grade conditions are different. If anyone above the cutoff will be considered as overweight and not be allowed to trek with us.

BMI cut off for high altitude trek

1. BMI For easy trek Not above 29
2. BMI for moderate trek Not above 28
3. BMI for difficult trek Not above 27



BP cut off is different for different altitude. If BP is above our cutoff the trekker need to Decent down as soon as possible to the core base. Higher reading is dangerous.

BP cut off for high altitude trek

1. Systolic reading Not more than 160
2. Diastolic reading Not more than 100



We shall see you soon

– Discovery Hike Team

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