Dayara Bugyal Trek

Rolling meadows, quaint tals and spectacular views!

Dayara Bugyal is a high altitude meadow in the Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand. It is easily accessible throughout the year be it summer or winter. It is particularly pretty during the monsoon though not many people brave the rains! During the spring and summer the meadow is green and dotted with the early blooms that proceed the winter snows. In the monsoon the burst of blooms is unimaginable, one has to think where to put their foot as there are so many of them. In the winter Dayara is ideal as a winter trek for those who wish to enjoy the snow. It also has perfect gentle slopes for skiing both for beginners as well as those who their way around a slope.

Short Itinerary 

Day FromTo Altitude Distance/Time
Day 1Dehradun Uttarkashi 120km (by car)
Day 2 Uttarkashi Barsu 2100m 50km (by car)
Barsu Barnala 2880m 5km/2.5hrs
Day 3 Barnala Dayara Bugyal 3030m 5km/2.5hrs
Day 4 Dayara Bugyal Bakara Top 3484m 4km/2hrs
Bakara Top Dayara Bugyal 3030m 4km/2hrs
Day 5 Dayara Bugyal Barsu 2100m 10km/5hrs  
Barsu Uttarkashi 1352m 50km (by car)
Day 6UttarkashiDehradun   120km (by car)

Trek Grade: Easy

Best Season: Early April – Mid June; Early August to Early February

Detailed Itinerary

Barsu – Barnala

The path leading away from Barsu towards Barnala takes one right across the village of Barsu and climbing up affords the trekker panoramic views not just of the village below but also of the mountain range ahead in the distance. It is a view out of a fairytale, of a village quite literally nestled in the lap of snow clad mountains.

The rest of the way up to the camp in Barnala is wide and in the autumn covered like a blanket with golden leaves. In the winter the blanket is that of snow a pure white sugar like carpet that is nothing but welcoming. The way is also completely surrounded by a forest. Also on the way is a pretty little tal called the Barnala Tal that gives the camp site its name.

Barnala – Dayara Bugyal

From Barnala all the way up to Dayara Bugayal we move away from the tree line and start walking on the gentle slopes of the bugyal (meadow). Powdered slopes, ever inviting and alluring, underneath your feet and gigantic Himayalan peaks up ahead keep your eyes fixed on them, making the journey to the top seem light and breezy. The effort of climbing up is forgotten as your senses are already overwhelmed by the beauty and splendour around them.

Dayara Bugyal – Bakra Top – Dayara Bugyal

The climb up to Bakra Top also continues in the same vein. The only thing that is different is the way you forget to breathe as you reach the top and see the sight in front of your eyes. There are those who forget to breathe, others who are surprised to find tears rolling down their cheeks; quite unexpectedly. That is the effect that the Himalayas can have on you, unearth your deepest emotions and lay them bare at their feet.

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