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Dayara Bugyal – Simple yet Beautiful

Dayara Bugyal – The biggest meadow of Uttarakhand

Bugyal in the local mountain dialect means “High Altitude Meadow”. Trekking to Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful places in Uttaranchal, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000 – 12,000 ft. This vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty in Uttarakhand trekking circuit. The possibility of Nordic as well as Alpine skiing are immense here, since during winter it provides one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq/kms, one can combine a trek and ski during winter trekking season.

Dayara Bugyal trek starts from two places Barsu and Raithal. The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari- a little township on Uttarkashi Gangotri road about 35 kms. From Uttarkashi, Vehicles can go up to the village of Raithal from where one has to trek a steep incline covering a distance of about 7 kms to reach Dayara and the other route is via village Barsu, 10 kms from Bhatwari from where one has to trek about 8kms to Dayara Bugyal.

Gray langurs or Hanuman langurs, the most widespread langurs of South Asia, are a group of Old World monkeys constituting the entirety of the genus Semnopithecus.

Monal – State Bird of Uttarakhand

This is the best time for birding as all the birds descends from high altitude to lower altitudes due to drop in temperatures.

If some one wants to do this trek here is the ideal itinerary

Day 1 Dehradun to Guest House at Barsu

Arrive at Dehradun/Haridwar in the morning, freshen up, have breakfast and leave for Barsu village Lunch on the way. Arrive at Camp by late afternoon and relax with a hot cup of tea and prepare yourself for trekking in Himalayas. The camp overlooks the Himalayan peaks of Gangotri I, II and III, Jaunli, Draupdi ka Danda and Srikanth.

Days 2 Barsu – Barnala (2700 m) 4 km / 4 hr

Have an early breakfast and get ready for a trekking to Barnala lake (2700 m) about 5 hours away. Trek through the dense forest of Pine and Oak trees. Lunch enroute. Reach Barnala by late afternoon. Explore the forest around the lake and do some bird watching. Barnala is great for bird watching, the most common birds here Whistling Thrush, Red Finch, Monal Pheasant, Koklas etc. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 3 Barnala – Dayara (3250 m) 5 km / 4 hr

Have breakfast and prepare to trek to Dayara. Hot lunch on arrival. The bugyals (meadows), spread over 28 sq kms, are grazing grounds for sheep and cattle and have a 360 degree view of the Himalayas. Spend rest of day walking around the meadows. Overnight stay in tents

Day 4 Dayara – Raithal 7 km / 4 hr

Wake up to a lovely sunrise and walk a little higher for a nice view of Bandarpoonch (6500 mtrs). After breakfast, we will start trekking to village Raithal. Reach camp by early evening. Relax with a hot cup of tea and sumptuous dinner with bonfire. Overnight stay in tents.

Days 5 Raithal – Dehradun / Haridwar

After breakfast leave for Dehradun/Haridwar. Lunch on way, arrive by late afternoon and catch train to go home..

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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Adventure, Mountaineering, Photography, Travel

 

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Mountaineering Manners

Campsite: the campsite which you occupy has probably been in use for years. This perhaps the only site in the are which satisfies the basis requirements like the

I. Availability of sufficient
II. Flat ground near the track,
III. Proximity to clean water
IV. Orientation of the slope
V. Direction of prevailing winds

Remember that another party will be using the same camp-site after you have vacated it. Therefore, leave the camsite cleaner than you found it.

Following actions are recommended:-
I. Keep all your litter in one place deisignated by the team leader
II. All garbage should be collected in one place away from the campsite and burnt
III. The scar on the ground or ashes should be covered with earth or stones
IV. Garbage which does not burn, e.g. tins, bottles, and plastic – wrappers, should be collected, brought back.
V. Don’t throw the garbage in the nearby stream or river and don’t let anyone else do it.
VI. Latrines areas should be allotted and marked with yellow flags. If campsite is to be occupied for some time then dig shallow-trench latrines.
VII. Latrine area should always be allotted downstream from the camp. Equally, do not camp near a stream which has habitation close to it upstream.
VIII. After vacating the campsite all members should thoroughly inspect the campsite and surrounding area and make sure that it is clean in all respects.

At  Renok Adventures we follow the policy of – LNT “Leave No Trace”

While in Himalayas do the following things
• Limit Deforestation
• Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment.
• Make no open fires.
• Keep local water clean and avoid contaminating it.

While Trekking: Do not throw wrappers, empty cigarette boxes or other litter by the way side or in the stream. Keep them in your pockets and empty them at designated place.

 

We at Renok Adventures also support the Green Hiker campaign by WWF India

 

 

 
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