The Dodital Trek, situated in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, which trekkers adore , is regarded as one of the moderately easy treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that is located in Uttarakhand.
Situated amidst the Garhwal Himalayas is this trek, a simple-to-do adventure possible for almost all. Adorned with foliage-covered trees and lush green meadows, the track takes one towards which open up to take one to the bewitching Dodital lake. Perched at an altitude of 1,350 meters, the trek passes through dense woods, and has a track that elevates to an altitude of 4,150 meters to Darwa Top, begins in Bhagirati valley. Dodital is often called Ganesh-ka-Tal. In the Garhwal Himalayan region, it is believed to be the birthplace of the Hindu god Lord Ganesha. This is the nomenclature explanation. The captivating natural ambience surrounding the peaceful lake is ideal for setting up camp.
The Dodital Lake is a mesmerizingly awesome viewpoint and a wonderful place to pitch tents at as it is surrounded by coniferous trees and there is also the fact that the Lake is a home to the Fresh Water Golden Masheer, one of the most famous trout fish in the Himalayas. Snow-capped in the heart of th winter season and almost Savannah-like with its tall grasses and the gushing rivulets, dense alpine forests bursting with foliage and splendidly plenty quantity of flora, the Dodital Trek is one of the most picturesque treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. And this then goes onto the Dwara Pass Top. This is at 4150 m and the trekker can enjoy beautiful visuals of excellent natural beauty. This includes views of the Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges.
Just like the Kalindi Khal trek, this trek is also a moderate-difficulty level one.
The Dodital Trek, which is also one of the winter treks in the Indian Himalayan region starts at Sangamchatti and goes towards Agoda village situated at an altitude of 2,250 meters. The trail tracks the route of the river Asi Ganga and is followed by gentle ascents and descent and passes through a quite village, Bhebra. From Agoda, a 16 km journey that passes through the beautiful forest of Rhododendrons leads to Manjhi, which is perched at a great height. It offers such an environment that forms a haven for trekkers to camp overnight. The trek from Manjhi turns towards Dodital, which is approximately 6 kilometers away and is located at a height of 3,307 meters. The sprawling natural beauty, refreshing climate and tranquil water of the freshwater lake make camping here an absolute bliss. Further, a walk of 5 kilometers to Darwa Top that passes through narrow gorges, birch forest, rocky colonies, and involves a number of rivulets which take you to the stunning Bandarpunch peak and Swargarohini range. Venturesome and enthusiastic trekkers can go out to explore the Asi Ganga valley. There are several treks connecting one from Asi Ganga to Bhagirathi Ganga valley and to the Yamuna valley and thence.
In the period of winter, most of the trail has to be completed over a thick bed of snow that expunges after crossing the village of Agoda.
Full of abundant surprises anf a tasty fulfilment of your escapist desires, the dodital trek is an one true getaway which is worth every penny. Enjoy the chance to tread along wintry cool landscapes. At an altitude of 3085 m along with the bonus of a freshwater lake, this trek is a win-win for all. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode and there is a temple dedicated to him here. Known as The Land of Gods, one comes across dramatic terrain with beautiful lakes, peace-dweller rivers and mountains and high-up-there Himalayan peaks in this high-altitude land. The Dodital trek and Darwa Pass trek does not stand alone as there are several touristy things to do which include a visit to Sangam Chatti, an idyllic village and rifling through the history of the Gujar settlement. Trudge along meadows decorated with snow, lined with pine trees and bask in the beauty of the awe-inspiring Himalayas.
Ascension to the Dodital has a route which passes through deep, interconnected woods, as you are bewitched by the beauty of the greenery around that falls delightfully upon the eye. As you continue trekking you will come across the high mountain peaks and the distant valleys. The dense forests, clearings and the wide grasslands offer an array of good sights to the trekker. The beautiful Dodital Lake and eventually the Dwara Pass Top at 4150 Meters offers mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges, as mentioned above. Also, during the trek, you will come across some of the best campsites surrounded by coniferous coverage. This trek is also very popular among the trekker, nature-philiacs and the photography enthusiasts. This trek is haven especially for the camera-wielding public. Invest your time in getting acquainted with mother nature that you have around you and bask in the glory, the beauty and the mesmerizing characteristics of all the wonderful things that this trek has to offer. As mentioned above, this lake is also home to the fresh Water Golden Masheer one of most famous trout fish in the Himalayas. The trek is also famous among the birdwatchers as well.
Every trek stresses on the need and importance of both acclimatization and fitness, which basically is a must for all trekkers. Once high altitudes are surged, atmospheres and other factors vary greatly because as there is a gradual gain in the level and altitude, the oxygen lessens making breathing heavy and the atmosphere gets thinner. The trick is to gradually ascend with baby-steps (but not too slow either) as this makes adaptation and acclimatization easier and does not weary out the trekker. The trail is more or less a laid out path, with few steep ascents and descents, with the availability of water being more or less frequent. But not to face last minute upsets we advise to keep certain things in mind. This means approximately 1.5 kms in an hour. However given the terrain and the altitude it is considered to be equivalent of 3 km in 1 hour in Plains. If you can run or cover 3 km in 1 hour you are fairly fit for the trek, however it is advisable to keep up the fitness game.
Dodital Trek is at an approximate height of 13000 ft. It is an easy trek and is suitable for first time trekkers as it is not an extremely long one.
Some of the best highlights of this trek/trip are: Famous Temples at Haridwar and Rishikesh, Crystal Clear Lake and Himalayan trout, Verdant Valley: Asi Ganga Valley, Bhagirathi Valley and Yamuna Valley, Snow capped Himalayan Peaks: Bandarpunch peak and Swargarohini Peak, Low altitude trek with gorges, magnificent views, multiple hues, Dazzling variation in scenery, Lush green meadows and thick forests, Rare glimpses of an ancient culture of local people.
There are some things about this trek that need to be known even though at base condition it is an amazing trek. There are few treks in India that can qualify as a true winter trek. Dodital is one of them. For those looking to explore the Himalayas in winter and experience snow, nothing is better than the Dodital trek. One enjoys rewarding sites of snow-white landscapes and gorgeous picturesque views. The trail type is a round trail, mostly covered in snow during winter and goes through rhododendron forests and villages.
Day 1 –
Drive from Dehradun to Uttarkashi and further on to Sangam Chati (6-7hrs/175km)
Begin your first day with a lovely drive from Dehradun after breakfast and have meals en route to reach Uttarkashi soon. Just as dusk begins to overshadow the day, reach Sangam Chatti, an idyllic village market place that will be the starting point of your trek.
· Day 2 –
Trek from Sangam Chatti to Bhebra (2250 M) (3-4 hrs)
Begin your day first with a hearty breakfast and prep for the upcoming adrenaline rush as you gear up for the trek. Begin your journey with an initial steep climb that will take you to the Agoda settlement. this is where you break ground for your trek to Dodital and Darwa Pass. After that, set out on a free-flowing, gradual trail to Bhebra which has plenty of lodges and tea-stops for resting after certain intervals of time.
Pitch your tent at the awesome campsite above the rivulet. From here on, be prepared for snow. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 –
Bhebra to Dodital trekking (3310 M) (5-6hrs)
Relish again a good morning’s breakfast, after which you set out on a trail that goes up steadily from Bhebra through a huge forest. This one is located high above the Asi Ganga and is also a track that leads on to get one to Dodital.
Take a look at a Gujar settlement, just 5 kilometres away located in Manjhi. Take a break here and dig into your packed lunch. From there, you make way through a collection of rhododendrons and pines and coniferous foliage and beauty.
In this section, know that it will snow a lot and that this snow is one that comes along with some challenges and excitement. By late afternoon, arrive at the serene lake. Set camp beside it and take in the beauty that abounds.
Overnight will be spent in tents.
Day 4 –
Dodital trek to Darwa Pass (4150 M) and back (6-7hrs)
On this day, you can either choose to limit your trek and stay near Dodital exploring the beautiful lakeside area or you can choose to hike up to Darwa pass. In case you decide that you want to go to Darwa Pass, start early to ascend the summit that would require quite some strength and energy. The initial part of the trek is a delightful one as you make way through meadows dusted with snow and lined decoratively with rhododendron trees.
The pursuit of reaching the top is a challenging but a rewarding one too. This is a tricky part but no big deal. Witness the majestic Himalayas. Once happy and satisfied, you can go back and retreat to Dodital.
When you are back at the camp, you can enjoy some refreshments and delicacies to eat. Overnight will be spent in the tents.
Day 5 –
Trek from Dodital to Bhebra (2250 M) (4-5hrs)
The easier of all the days that you are on this trek, you will not be wearied out on day 5 since all you do is engage in a steep downhill descent as you go back.
Overnight will be spent in tents.
Day 6 –
Trek from Bhebra to Sangam Chatti (2-3hrs), drive from Sangam Chatti to Dehradun (175km / 6-7hrs)
Once you have had breakfast, set out for destination Sangam Chatti. Enjoy the charming walk through Agoda hamlet. Once you reach, board vehicle to drive down to Dehradun which you will reach approximately round 6:00 PM (depending on if you begin early). Your adventure comes to an end here.
Accommodation in tents during the trek
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner while on Trek
First Aid and Medical Kits
Certified and experienced Trek Leaders
Support Staff Experienced and well versed with the region
Freshly cooked delicious multi-cuisine breakfast, lunch and dinner (veg and non-veg) will be provided.
THINGS TO BE CARRIED:
Basic gear necessary such as backpack, rain cover (in case it drizzles), head torch, a walking stick, a water bottle and a hydration pack and snacks to nibble such as energy bars, dry fruits and ORS for hydration and rehydration. Also carry with self at least one thermos flask.
To keep warm and be comfortable in an unforgivable weather, make sure you carry comfy cotton T-shirts , Fleece T-shirts, Fleece jackets, (Alternative: a woollen sweater), a windbreaker and a waterproof jacket, thermal inners (upper and lower, at least one pair), Trek pants (two, avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris).
Also keep handy a set of amenities for your personal usage that might prove useful in the course of the trek such as Sunscreen cream, Hand sanitizer, Antibacterial powder, Toilet Paper & wipes, Toothbrush and toothpaste, Lip balm, a quick-dry towel.
And the most important of all factors in a trek: SHOES. These ensure the smooth flow of a strenuous trip and hence are very important.
· Trekking shoes (Waterproof and ankle-length or above with grip)
· Floaters/flip-flop (Optional)
· Cotton socks
· Woollen socks
Also, carry woollen gloves for the hand for protection in sub-zero temperatures.
To protect your head from the sun or the snow, whatever weather conditions prevail during the time of your trek, carry adequate clothing and protection.
Sun cap (One that covers the neck as well), Woolen cap, Balaclava, Neck-gaiters
Sunglasses, Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Contact lenses
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Transportation from Dehradun (start) to Dehradun (end) can be availed at an extra cost
The weather conditions generally determine what the best time to visit a trek is.
The weather conditions in Dodital trek are not the most uncomfortable but there is always a possibility of them dropping sort of low.
Best time to travel to Dodital-Darwa Pass trek is in summers (April – June) and winters (Oct – Dec). Winter treks are also conducted in the months between January and March.
Summers: Summertime ensures a healthy as well as greatly bearable in fact almost lovable weather here in this region. The Himalayas are a distinct, amazing sight and the trek feels good and refreshing. Do carry light woollen clothes with you.
Monsoon: Dodital Darwa witnesses a burst of foliage in the rainy season. However monsoon season does see several obstacles like road blockage because of landslides and slippery terrains but it is quite conquerable and the scenic beauty during monsoons is something that incentivizes your mood. Carrying raincoats is advised.
Winters: This region can get literally absorbed in snow in this cold, winter season and the accommodation options become very limited as a result of this. But the snow-laden atmosphere makes the landscape look its best and hence is actually worthy of a visit. Carry warm clothes, thermals etc.
Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes
Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience
Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek
Avoid trekking during the nights
Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek
The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites