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Dayara Bugyal Trek - November 2010

  1. 1. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 1 About Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand: Garhwal is situated in the middle of Himalayas, with Himachal Pradesh in the West and North – West, Tibet in the North, the plains of western Uttar Pradesh in the South and Kumaon in the East Garhwal and Kumaon have some of the finest peaks of the Himalayas. Geographically, Tons River separates Garhwal from the Himachal Pradesh in the west, and district boundaries of Kumaon in the east. Starting from the foothills from the south, the region extends upto snow clad peaks, making the Indo Tibetan boundary. The lure of Garhwal Himalayas is irresistible for the mountaineer, as it nestles some of the most challenging peaks e.g. Nanda Devi, Trishul, Shivling, Bhagirathi, Kamet, Neelkanth, Dunagiri, & Banderpoonch etc. About the tour: The trek to Dayara Bugyal, in the district of Uttarkashi, is among the best of post monsoon treks and takes one through the jungles to a huge, heavenly high altitude meadow with breathtaking panoramas. Dayara Top offers magnificent close ups of peaks like Banderpoonch, Draupadi, Gangotri I, II & III, Kalang, Srikantha etc. Situated at around 4000 m height and spread over an area of 28 sq km, Dayara Bugyal, during winter, provides excellent & one of the best ski slopes in India. DAYARA BUGYAL TREK
  2. 2. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 2 Trip Highlights: Total Duration: 6 nights/ 7 days (Ex Delhi) Trek Duration: 4 days Style of Tour: Organized Camping Trek Grade: Moderate Maximum Altitude: 4122 m/ 13603 ft Best Season: May to Mid-June and Mid-September to Mid-October Accommodation: Hotel Nights – 3; Camping Nights – 3 Food: Delhi to Delhi – BB basis/ AP basis Travel & Transfers: Travel in small vehicle/ coaches, depending on the group size Comments: This is high altitude trek. Recommendations: Previous walking experience is helpful. We do not recommend this tour to members with chronic problems like epilepsy, asthma and those related to blood pressure or heart. ITINERARY: (November 15-21, 2010) Day 01: New Delhi – Haridwar- Uttarkashi- Barsu Leave Delhi early morning around 4 a.m. and stop by at Haridwar for a holy dip in the Ganges – the most sacred river of India. Round the year, devotees from all over the country flock here in their thousands to perform "Poojas" or prayers. Renowned for the "Maha Kumbh Mela" which appears every 12 years and the enchanting "Aarti" at "Har Ki Pauri" which captives the beholder with hundreds of burning wick lamps floating down the Ganges at night. Drive to Uttarkashi after Breakfast and about 30 km further to Barsu, the starting point of the trek. Overnight in Tourist Rest House.
  3. 3. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 3 Day 02: Barsu – Barnala Tal (6500 ft; 4-5 hrs) Post breakfast, trek starts! A steady walk up through the pine and rhododendrons, one reaches the small but beautiful serene lake. Draupadi ka Danda is seen all along the trail. Overnight in tents. Day 03: Barnala Tal – Dayara Bugyal (10,000 + ft; 4-5 hrs) Morning after breakfast trek up to Dayara Bugyal through the forest and get above the tree line onto the alpine meadows of Dayara Bugyal. The beautiful sloping meadow is an attraction for skiers during winters. Overnight in tents. Dayara slopes (summers/winters) Day 04: Dayara Bugyal – Dayara Top (4122 m/ 13,603 ft) – Dayara Bugyal Trek up to the Top for close up views of majestic peaks like Banderpoonch, Draupadi & Gangotri range. Back to Camp in the evening. View from Dayara Top, Dayara Bugyal &enroute Dayara (Left-Draupadi Peak, Middle- Draupadi ka Danda Glacier, Right-Top view) Day 05: Dayara Bugyal - Raithal (9 kms; 5 hrs) Morning after breakfast trek down to Raithal village and drive up to Uttarkashi. Enjoy the evening strolling through the bubbling local town market on the bank of Holy Bhagirathi. Overnigt in Tourist Rest House. Day 06: Uttarkashi - Rishikesh Dive to Rishikesh. Be the part of divine “Aarti” at Ganges and rediscover yourself through the meditation / walking through the most frequented religious town of India, offering gateway to Himalaya and, as few say, the God.Overnight in the Aashram next to the Ganges. Day 07: Rishikesh – New Delhi (205 km / 5 hrs): Dive to New Delhi. Tour ends!
  4. 4. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 4 COST PER PERSON (Ex New Delhi): Group Size IHA Member (Indian or Foreign) INR or USD Non IHA Member (Indian National) INR Non IHA Member (Foreign National) USD 12 Rs. 14,000 or $ 315 Rs. 20,000 $ 475 The booking would be on “first come-first serve” basis. IHA members will get the first preference. Only after interested IHA members have been included, non members would be permitted in case seats are available. COST INCLUDES: 1. Accommodation:  Rishikesh/Uttarkashi/Barsu: In a small neat and clean guesthouse on twin sharing / BB basis (Includes Bed & Breakfast)  On the trek: In camping tents on twin / triple sharing basis including all meals 2. Travel:  Travel from New Delhi to Barsu & back to New Delhi in small vehicles / coach depending on the participating members 3. Others:  Local experienced guide on the trek COST EXCLUDES: 1. Govt. Service Tax as applicable 2. Hotel Taxes 3. Food expenses before or after reaching Delhi 4. Charges for „personal‟ porters hired over and above the porters / mules hired for our trek. 5. Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc. 6. Tips to the camping staff, porters & guide. 7. Any extra costs incurred due extension / change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “INDIAN HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES” and its associates. 8. Items not specified in “Cost Includes”.
  5. 5. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 5 SPECIAL NOTES: 1. Please ask for a separate quote in case any IHA member wants to join in at Rishikesh/ Uttarkashi/Barsu. 2. Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite / hotels & adjust to these situations then & there. 3. The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various reasons. 4. The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible. 5. Prices are subject to change depending on the availability of rooms, transport, etc GENERAL INFORMATION: Our effort is to give a clear idea about various aspects of the trip to avoid any misunderstanding during the trek. We request you to please read all the information given herewith carefully. ACCOMMODATION: In cities/towns/remote places: In small neat and clean hotels/guesthouses on twin / triple sharing basis On the trek: Accommodation will be in small camping tents on twin / triple sharing basis FOOD: As rule of IHA, all meals from Delhi to Delhi are covered in the cost. No liquor is allowed on IHA trips. A typical menu on the trek will be as follows, Breakfast: Bread toast with jam and butter, plain parantha, eggs (omelette / bhurji), porridge Mostly pack/working lunch: Fruity, fruits, dry fruits, chocolates, namkeens, noodles/puri-bhaji, Boiled egg / potatoes. Evening tea & biscuits Dinner: Soup, chapatti, rice, dal, vegetables (as per season), sweet dish ON THE TREK: Equipment:  All camping equipment like carry mats, tents, will be provided by IHA. Sleeping bags will be provided by IHA to members only on a returnable basis. But if you prefer, you can bring your own sleeping bags.  Besides camping tents there will be separate kitchen tent. A dining tent will be provided, depending upon the camping place.  Dry toilet tents would be put up.
  6. 6. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 6 Luggage & Porters:  Porters / Mules will carry all personal luggages up to a maximum of 15 kgs. Members will carry only a small rucksack while walking. Please ensure that your rucksack has sturdy straps.  If the member wishes to hire a porter so that he can walk along with the guest, then an extra porter can be arranged on the spot for which the client must make the extra payment. TIPS / GRATUITIES: Although the local crew and guides work extremely hard all through the tour and at the end of the tour expect a bit extra. IHA, as a practice, contribute a tip of INR 500 to INR 1000 per person as a token of thanks and appreciation. It is individual members wish to contribute more towards this cause in case they wish to. Any one member from the group can take this initiative and contribute to the local welfare be it medical aid or to the village school or to the village governing council. TRAVEL: AIR & RAIL TRAVEL: The fare, for International / Domestic flights and rail are excludes in our tour cost. LAND ARRANGEMENT: All the travel in Utatrakhand will be by coach or small vehicle depending upon group members. GROUP SIZE: Requisite Group Size: 12 Pax. We have a group size of not more than 12, plus leaders. Larger groups will take away the fun of travelling and make it impossible for us to maintain „Personal IHA Touch‟. TOUR ESCORT: IHA has well qualified and highly experienced mountaineers as its members and leaders, proficient in mountaineering skills with Basic & Advance mountaineering courses through reputed Mountaineering institutes. Besides IHA Leaders, our tour escorts are locals with good experience in leading trekking & other trips. Most of these escorts are good at communicating in English. AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: While on the trek the temperatures expected during the day are as high as 18º to 20º Celsius and average night temperatures expected are 5º to 7º Celsius except during bad weather when the temperature can go as low as sub zero.
  7. 7. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 7 MEDICAL & FIRST AID: IHA leaders are trained for medical exigencies and carry a fully equipped medical kit for first aid and minor ailments. However, this trip takes us through remote region where professional medical help may not be available. It would be advisable to speak to your expedition/trek leader in case of any health problems that you may face on the trek. INSURANCE: Any kind of insurance on luggage, accident, life or other allied matters is not provided for by “INDIAN HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES”. Members coming on IHA trips will have to make their own arrangements for the same. BOOKING: The tour booking will be confirmed by the IHA only upon receipt of 100% advance payment. The booking would be on “first come-first serve” basis. Selected participants would be informed of their participation and the same would also be uploaded onto the IHA site along with 3 wait listed members. Members who fail to make the list will be informed and their fee would be returned without any deduction. TERMS OF PAYMENT: Payment to be made either in cash or by cheque / DD in favour of “INDIAN HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES” payable in New Delhi, India. OR Payment can also be made directly to our ICICI Bank account number 072305000537 – Delhi (Shahdara) Branch – RTGS Code ICIC0000723. (In case of any direct deposits made, we would request you to keep us informed either by phone or email. The bookings will be confirmed only on issue of receipt from IHA) CANCELLATION BY YOU: In the event of any cancellation by you, the following charges shall be levied as per the following terms:  46 days before date of departure: 20% of tour cost  45 to 31 days before date of departure: 50% of tour cost  30 to 15 days before date of departure: 80% of tour cost  15 to 0 days before date of departure: 100% of tour cost (Will be considered as no show)
  8. 8. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 8 CANCELLATION BY „INDIAN HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES‟ & REFUNDS  „IHA‟ reserves the right to cancel a tour without any reason, whatsoever.  „IHA‟ reserves the right to refuse or cancel any booking if it considers it necessary. In such cases, IHA shall refund all the money that member/ non-members have paid.  If cancellation or alteration by INDIAN HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES is caused by events including war or threat of war, strikes, civil strife, natural disaster, technical or political difficulties affecting air or ground transport, or events amounting to force majeure, this will naturally limit our liability. If such events occur before the departure date, we will do our best to make alternative arrangements.
  9. 9. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 9 RECOMMENDED KIT LIST 1. Duffel Bag / Kit bag [Recommended if luggage is to be carried by porters or ponies] 2. Minimum 60 - 70 liters of backpack - For backpacking treks 3. Small backpack with sturdy straps 4. Proper hardy trekking shoes with spare laces – please ensure that they are well broken in before the trek [No exceptions… no tennis shoes!] 5. Slippers / Sports sandals / Floaters [For walking around at campsites] 6. Sun Cap (Complimentary from IHA) 7. Small towel or scarf to use underneath cap to shield ears 8. A pair of walking sticks [A must have] 9. 4 pairs nylon socks, 2 pairs woolen socks [Two pairs of socks while walking are suggested to avoid blisters] 10. For trek- 3 pairs of trousers, 3 shirts [track suits are great, AVOID jeans or any other tight fitting pants] 11. Full sleeved thick woolen sweater / Fleece jacket 12. Cotton or nylon thermal inners [Essential for the entire trek] 13. Woolen monkey cap / Balaclava 14. Wind cheater / Wind Breaker 15. Poncho / Water Proofs 16. Woolen hand gloves 17. Sun glasses [Good quality, 100%-uv-protection lens, not of blue shade] 18. Cold cream / Hand lotion, sun screen lotion 19. Chapstick or Lip Balm 20. Torch with 2 extra sets of cells [No pencil cell torch, No torch with AA or AAA size batteries. Head lamp is best] 21. Light towel [Should be a thin quick-drying towel] 22. 2 Water bottles (1 liter each) [AVOID simple plastic bottles one hard plastic bottle is recommended for boiled water at higher camps] 23. Adequate underclothing 24. Air Pillow 25. Personal toilet kit, toilet paper 26. Personal medicines (with written instructions), assorted antiseptic plaster / blister kit / friction free tapes 27. Plastic bags to contain all the above, plus a few spare ones [Re-sealable Ziplocs are ideal for storage – get lots of them] 28. Water purifying material (Complimentary from IHA) (Please note that the Kit List mentioned is a standard one for all our trips, hence one can make a few changes.) For more details contact us at: INDIAN HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES New Delhi Tel: +91 98111 00992 / 99588 35533 Mumbai Tel: +91 9930804482 Email: Website:
  10. 10. Indian Himalayan Adventures (IHA) – Trek to Dayara Bugyal (2010) 10 Typical morning at Dayara Bugyal INDIAN HIMALAYAN ADVENTURES New Delhi Tel: +91 98111 00992 / 99588 35533 Mumbai Tel: +91 ….. ….. Email:  Website: View of Banderpoonch Peak