Highest Altitude: 4151 mts Total Trekking Distance: 59 kms
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Dodital trek is popular among trekkers for the pristine beauty of the Dodital lake, nestled among mountains at an altitude of 3310 mts above sea level.
It is a beautiful alpine lake in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is supposedly the birth place of Lord Ganesha and there is a temple which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

The trek to this iconic lake takes you through dense Oak, Rhododendron, and Maple forests. During the trek experience the mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges.
Get a chance to camp on meadows under the clear night sky surrounded by mighty peaks.

Encompassing an area of 28 sq kms, the Dayara Bugyal is one of the largest high altitude meadows in the country (Bugyal is a synonym for meadows in Garhwali).
Located in the Gangotri valley, this trek offers unparalleled views of the Gangotri side of the Garhwal Himalayas. The yogis say, that every peak here has a story!
You can almost reach out and touch peaks like Bandarpoonch, Srikanth Kailash, Draupadi Ka Danda!
The trail to the Bugyal takes you through some beautiful Coniferous, Maple, and Rhododendron forests.

These two beautiful trails are connected by a less frequented jungle trail, allowing the trekkers to enjoy the beauty of both treks in one big trek!


About the area
Dodital – Dayara lies very close to the Uttarkashi in the Gangotri valley in the Garhwal section of Uttrakhand.  The Char Dham lies in Uttarakhand and is thus called Dev Bhoomi (Gods abode).
This area is a major Hindu tourist/pilgrim destination.
The native language is Garhwali and the people are often referred as Pahadi (Mountain folk).

Expected Weather

  • Chances of rain / hail – Unlikely
  • Snow on trail – Possible
  • Temperatures –  Afternoons around 10 degrees Celsius;
    Nights around 0 to 1 degrees Celsius at higher camps

 How are we making your experience better?

  • We maintain a ratio of 1 trained staff per 5 trekkers.
  • Our trip leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders and are capable of handling medical emergencies in the wilderness.
  • Our guides are trained naturalists and love sharing information about the local flora and fauna and also the culture.

In short we provide a complete all-round outdoor experience!

A message from Ankit –

This trek is a personal favourite. When I recced this one, I knew this was unlike other treks, this one was special!
This trek is specifically suited for wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, and people who enjoy jungle trails and camping deep inside dense forests!
Also, unlike other Dayara bugyal treks, where you just briefly visit Dayara bugyal, here you walk on the Bugyal all through the day and traverse it completely!


Day 1: Drive from Dehradun/Rishikesh to Agoda (2251 mts)
Drive time: 9 hrs
Overnight stay in a village homestay.

Day 2: Trek from Agoda to Manjhi (2880 mts)
Trek distance: 10 kms; Trek time: 5-6 hrs
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 3: Trek from Manjhi to Dodital (3024 mts)
Trek distance: 5 kms; Trek time: 3-4 hrs
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 4: Trek from Dodital to Darwa Top (4151 mts) and back 
Trek distance: 10 kms (up & down total); Trek time: 6-7 hrs
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 5: Trek from Dodital to Tilotya (2450 mts) via Satgadi
Trek distance: 12 kms; Trek time: 8-9 hrs
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 6: Trek from Tilotya to Gagoru (3100 mts)
Trek distance: 6 kms; Trek time: 4-5 hrs
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 7: Trek from Gagoru to Barnala (2799 mts) via Dayara Bugyal (3700 mts)
Trek distance: 10 kms Trek time: 6-7 hrs
Overnight stay in camps.

Day 8: Trek from Barnala to Barshu (2528 mts)
Trek distance: 6 kms; Trek time: 3-4 hrs
Drive back to Dehradun/Rishikesh.
Drive time: 8-9 hrs
Trek ends on reaching Dehradun / Rishikesh

Trip includes:

  • Travel from and to Dehradun/Rishikesh on first and last days.
  • Complete stay and accommodation during the entire trek.
  • All meals starting from evening tea on the first day to Breakfast on the last day.
  • Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent, sleeping bags etc.
  • Forest Entry Permission charges.
  • Guide and expertise charges

Trip Excludes:

  • 5% GST
  • Meals or drinks purchased by participants during the travel or trek (example biscuits, fruits etc)
  • Rentals for personal gear (Refer things to get section)
  • Trek Insurance (Optional)
  • Flight/Train/Bus ticket till Dehradun
  • Backpack offloading charges. You are expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porterage service at ₹400/day.

On Day 1 we start at 09:00am. We suggest you book your arrival such that you reach Dehradun/Rishikesh before 09:00am on Day 1. If you're coming via flight, you may want to land the previous night. If you don't want to stay a night in Dehradun/Rishikesh you may arrive on Day 1 of the trek itself. The overnight Nandadevi train starts from Delhi and reaches Dehradun at 05:00am/06:00am. (Dehradun to Rishikesh by road is approximately 1 hour 15 mins.) Similarly for departure, on the last day we will be reaching Dehradun by dinner time. If you're booking a flight for your departure we suggest you book a flight for the next day. If you don't want to stay a night and want to leave on the last day itself, the overnight Nandadevi train starts from Dehradun at 11:00pm.

A certified trek leader, a guide, cook & porters will accompany you during the trek

The common perception is that alcohol makes you feel warmer, however it also dehydrates you & dehydration can be fatal while trekking. Hence consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Smoking in camps is not allowed.

Wild animals do not frequent camps. They tend to stay away.

We’ve been organizing treks for over two years and have had many female trekkers trek with us. In fact, a lot of them come solo for treks. There has never been a complaint about the atmosphere of a trek, about other trekkers or our professionalism. They have all been kind enough to leave a review.

You will be sleeping in twos or threes in your tents in sleeping bags. The sleeping bags are snug and comfortable. If you are used to sleeping on a pillow, do carry an inflatable pillow or any small cushion that could provide you pillow-like comfort to sleep.

In all the camps where the accommodation is in guest houses/home stays, there will be proper toilets. On the day of camping, we will have toilet tents, the standard, most hygienic way of answering nature’s call. A deep pit will be dug in the ground and once you’re done, you will have to use a shovel & throw in some dirt from a mound of dirt kept nearby. These will be dry toilets with no water hence please carry tissue roll for the toilet tent (refrain from using wet wipes as they are not bio degradable), for the rest of the days, you can carry rolls as per your convenience.

On day 1 you may get bathing facilities at the home stay. Through the rest of the trek, there are no bathing facilities at campsites.

Tents do not have charging stations.

1. Good Sturdy Backpack: Prefer a trekking pack over a backpacking one. The size of the backpack depends upon the participant. Normally for a 7-9 day trek a 50-60 litre pack should suffice. 2. Shoes: Any Waterproof trek (not hike) shoe would be ideal. 3. Socks: 3 pair cottons and 3 pairs of woolens. 4. Trek pants (Ideally Water Resistant): Get two quick dry summer trek pants .On summit climb or a major altitude gain day you can replace one dry fit trek pant with Shell trekking pants. If you don’t have a trek pants you can replace it with Gym Track pants. 5. T shirt/Base layer: Get 3 T shirts/trekking base layer on the trek, one of which should be thick and full sleeve. Avoid cotton and prefer dry fit. 6. Fleece/ Sweater/Good quality Hoodie: Get 1 fleece jacket or sweater . Fleece is preferred over sweater or hoodie as it is lightweight and easy to carry. Sweaters and Jackets can be heavier than Fleece for the warmth they offer. 7. Down/ Padded Jacket – Down/Padded jacket (Upto -5 degrees ). If you don’t want to get a padded/Down jacket, get two fleece. Cotton track pants for camp – These are specifically for cold evenings at the campsite.This can be ignored if you are comfortable wearing your trekking pants in the camp. 8. Thermals : 1 pair. We wear thermals only upon reaching the campsite not while trekking. 9. Windproof Jacket: All rain proof can be used as Wind proofs. Required as an additional layer during trekking in windy conditions. Avoid if you have a rain proof jacket. 10. Rainwear: Option A – Rain set – One Waterproof jacket (3000 mm waterproofing), Rain proof pants and Bag cover Option two – Poncho that covers your body and bag completely. We ideally recommend Option 1 as poncho makes trekking difficult. 11. Woolen Cap/ Balaclava: (1) To cover your ears, head and neck.Get one woolen cap and one neck warmer or balaclava. 12. Neck Warmer/ Scarf (1): For evenings. Avoid if you are comfortable using a Balaclava. 13. Gloves: 2 gloves out of which 1 can be water proof and one woollen. The waterproof one has to ideally be padded and a size larger than you normally use. This is so that you can wear both your gloves together if required. 14. Suncap – 1 15. Sunglasses – 1 16. Toiletries – Also include sunscreen, moisturizer and lip-cream 17. Headlamp/Torch -1. Preferably headlamp. 18. Two water bottles (1 litre each) – One can be a thermos Flask. One can also get a hydration pack. 19. Camp shoes/Flip flops for camp Plastic covers for inside the backpack to keep your clothes dry 20. Daypack – Required if you have a summit days climb. Preferably one that can be compressed. 21. Documents: 2 passport sized photograph, Address and Photo proof (Driving License or Aadhaar card), Doctor’s Medical certificate saying that you are fit for the trek. We reserve the right to not take you on the trek if you fail to produce this. 22. Trekking pole

Meals will be provided by us. However you may carry snack items to much on like dry fruits, biscuits, chocolates, protein bars, or nuts.

Yes, you are ideally expected to carry your backpack. But you do have an option of offloading your bags on a mule for an additional cost. The cost will be 400/ per day per bag. One is expected to inform us about offloading 1 week prior to the trek

Yes, this trek is ideal for first timers.

6-8 kms slow jog OR 25 kms cycling. Pace is not important, consistency is important (non-stop jogging/running/cycling);;;;;Squats 35-40 x 3, Lunges 35-40 x 3, Calf raises 35-40 x 3;;;;;;;;;;;Climbing stairs 25-30 floors with bagpack

In case of cancellation If you cancel – – 60 days before the trip: we can process a complete refund minus minimum processing charges. – between 30-45 days before the trip: you will be refunded 50% of the trek fee. – within 30 days before trek starts: No refund. – and your spot is replaced in a full batch: we will process a complete refund after canceling minute operational charges. (For fixed departures only);;;;; Covid cancellation policy- 15 days before the start date of the trek – 100% refund or Wandering Boots Adventures voucher. 7 days before the start date of the trek – 50% refund or Wandering Boots Adventure voucher.