Gidara Bugyal Trek

Gidara Bugyal, the name seems to  resonate with Dayara, as if a kin of it. Although there is an approach from Dayara for this bugyal for hardcore trekkers yet people prefer to start the trek from Bhangeli village.

Gidara is a meadow in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand. It’s size is bigger than any other bugyal in Uttarakhand and has an elevation of 4,309 mtr above sea level which makes it the highest green meadow. Being an unexplored area, it is known only in the trekking community.  It’s popularity is minimal, however it deserves to be explored. The only civilization you will find here is a group  of shepherds with their sheep and dogs. So if you desire to spend time away from civilization and wish to dive deep down in nature then this Bughyal is the perfect place for you.

Highlights

Duration - 6N\7D

Grade - Moderate to Difficult

Season - Spring,Autumn

Terrain - trails,Meadow

  • Exploring Bhangeli village

  • Experiencing local shepherd’s lifestyle

  • Exploring Gidara Bugyal

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun (2,132 ft) to Bhangeli (7,520 ft)


Pick up from Dehradun railway station at 6.30 am. Make sure you arrive in Dehradun atleast 1 hour before the pickup time. The cab will drop trekkers at the Bhangeli roadhead. The last stretch of 1.5 kms to Bhangeli will have to be covered on foot.

Drive distance: 188 km

Drive duration: 7 hours

Trek distance: 1.5 km;  800 ft ↑ & 100 ft ↓

Trek duration: 1 hour


Day 2: Trek from Bhangeli (7,520 ft) to Rikoda (10,857 ft)


Trek distance: 5.2 km;  3,375 ft ↑ & 588 ft ↓

Trek duration: 6 hours


Day 3: Trek from Rikoda (10,857 ft) to Dokrani (12,192 ft)


Trek distance: 3.2 km;  2,040 ft ↑ & 550 ft ↓

Trek duration: 4 hours


Day 4: Trek from Dokrani (12,192 ft) to Thalotya (12,116 ft) via Dokrani Bugyal (12,870 ft)


Trek distance: 2.2 km; 2250 ft ↑ & 1820 ft ↓

Trek duration: 3 hours


Day 5: Trek from Thalotya (12,116 ft) to Thirya (10,672 ft) via Gidara Top (13,900 ft)


Trek distance: 9.7 km; 1,700 ft ↑ & 2,600 ft ↓

Trek duration: 10-11 hours


Day 6: Trek from Thirya (10,672 ft) to Bhangeli (7,520 ft)


Trek distance: 6.6 km; 935 ft ↑ & 3,508 ft ↓

Trek duration: 5 hours


Day 7: Trek from Bhangeli (7,647 ft) to Bhangeli Road Head, and drive to Dehradun (2,132 ft)


Trek distance: 1.1 km; 100 ft ↑ & 800 ft ↓

Trek duration: 40 minutes

Drive distance: 188 km

Drive duration: 7 hours

You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm.

What's Included

  • All Essential Permits For Trek

  • Porter Or Mules For Central Equipment

  • Camping And All Meals On Trek

  • First Aid

  • Cooking And Camping Staff

  • Central Equipment Like Sleeping Bags,Mattress and Tents

What's Not Included

  • Stay On Arrival And Departure from roadhead.

  • Personal Porter Or Mule

  • Special Medicine Or Any special Health Kit

  • Transportation

Trek Guidelines

Pre

  • Depending on the duration of the trek, we must pack certain essentials which our body might require - vaseline, hand creams, toilet rolls, hand sanitisers, etc.

  • For beginners, it is advisable to pack medicines meant for acute mountain sickness like nausea, headache, dehydration, fatigue and diarrhea. Please carry medicines after consulting your doctor. 

  • For people who have had two or three experiences of trekking and have experienced certain issues with their body while trekking, please consult your doctor and carry your medicines for the trek. 

  • Please do inform your trek leader about any medical illnesses which you have experienced during previous trekking experiences. 

  • To avoid itches in external hair such as beard, pain due to long toenails , it is recommended to please either cut or trim them to avoid painful trekking. 

  • For all trekkers, two weeks prior to your trekking dates, please follow stamina building exercises such as jogging, skipping and core exercises , which will enable a successful trekking experience.

  • Check all safety measures with your Trek leader and please ensure that you do not compromise on following the recommended safety measures. 

  • Please extra inners and thermals, extra gloves, extra caps> 

  • Please carry at least 4 pairs of woollen socks. 

  •  Please carry your own trekking pole. 

  •  It is advisable that you carry your own basic utensils such as a mug,  a bowl, a spoon etc. on your trek.

During

  • Before starting at the base, please discuss clearly with your trek leader about your trekking experiences which could be amatuer to professional. 

  • Please also inform the trek leader about any certain issues related to any illness while trekking. 

  • Before reaching the starting point at the base, please make sure that you wear clothes in three or four layers. 

  • While trekking,you might want unlayer the clothings (jacket) slowly, on reaching a rest point , please make sure to wear your jacket. This will preserve the body heat from the wind chill.

  • Keep hydrating your body during the trek by consuming water in sips and NOT in large quantities.

  • Always follow the rules of acclimatization as advised by your trek leader. 

  • Please don't skip any meals which would be provided during the trek. Eating right and sleeping well are the biggest secrets to having a fit body while you are on the trek in the mountainous terrains. 

  • Please follow the rules of LNT - LEAVE NO TRACE , for example - do not leave any kind of litter on your trekking trail or at your camp site. 

  • The aim is always to finish the entire quantity of food made on the trekking journey. If there is any quantity of food left after consuming it, it is important to bury it , so that we can avoid the visit of any animals

  • At the camp site, there will be a toilet tent provided for nature’s call, however, if you wish to not use it and would like to defecate in the open, PLEASE DIG A PIT, DEFECATE INSIDE IT and COVER IT with sand/mud or stone.

Post

  • You can discuss the challenges you faced with your trek leader after you complete it. 

  • If you feel any kind of biological illness, please do visit and consult your doctor after the trek.