Dodital Lake Trek -

6 days, 5 nights
Visit : Uttarkashi, Bevra, Dodital, Agoda

Dodital is said to be the birth place of Lord Ganesh, and is also the source of the Assi Ganga. This moderate trek starts from the Bhagirathi valley, goes up to the lake of Dodital (wrapped in perfect wilderness) to the alpine meadows and crosses over at Darwa Pass (4,150 m) and finally to the Yamuna watershed. Traditionally, this trek has been continuously used by the Gujjars, the nom ...

Dodital is said to be the birth place of Lord Ganesh, and is also the source of the Assi Ganga. This moderate trek starts from the Bhagirathi valley, goes up to the lake of Dodital (wrapped in perfect wilderness) to the alpine meadows and crosses over at Darwa Pass (4,150 m) and finally to the Yamuna watershed. Traditionally, this trek has been continuously used by the Gujjars, the nomadic herdsmen who get their buffalos to the high meadows every summer and occasionally by the pilgrims/sadhus walking between Gangotri and Yamunotri. We go right up to the Darwa Top and retrace our steps.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • This trek crosses through diverse mountainscapes and watershed basins alike. It's the ideal blend of adventure and beauty all in one package. If this sounds like your idea of a fun week, then this is the trip for you!
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Dodital is said to be the birth place of Lord Ganesh, and is also the source of the Assi Ganga.
  • A moderate trek which starts from the Bhagirathi valley and crosses over at Darwa Pass to the Yamuna watershed.
  • This trek has been used by the sadhus walking between Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Start of Tour

Uttarkashi

End of Tour

Agoda

  • Day 1Dehradun - Uttarkashi
    • Welcome to the mountains! We start this amazing journey to the Dodital lake by first driving from Dehradun to Uttarkashi. The drive could take us upto 7 hours or so and passes through some beautiful mountain terrain. Keep your cameras at the ready.
      Depending upon the number of members in the trekking group, we will arrange a pickup and drop from Dehradun to Uttarkashi and back. This will be shared equally by each member of the team and is to be paid directly to the driver in cash. Typically a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx/Bolero charges Rs 4500 one way which can accommodate 6 to 8 people. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE and to be payable directly to the driver.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Uttarkashi - Sangamchatti - Bevra
    • This morning, we depart for Bevra. The walk is 8 km, of which 2 km is on the road along the Assi Ganga stream. Bevra is a camping spot 1.5 kms ahead of Agoda village. A dip in the stream in Bevra is the best way to wash out the first day body aches.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 3Bevra - Dodital (3310m)
    • After an early morning breakfast, we commence our trek to Dodital (16 km), with a packed lunch. The walk is gradual. The rhododendron and oak trees mainly dot the trek with occasional seabuck thorn bushes. There is no habitation beyond Bevra except for the shepherd shelter in Majhi. Dodital at 10,000 ft is a fresh water lake amidst thick jungle. The brown trout in the lake adds to the beauty.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Dodital - Darwa Pass - Dodital
    • The walk to Darwa Pass is about 5 km. The entire walk is an uphill climb. It starts with the climb along the feeder to Dodital breaking into a thick birch forest opening into the high meadows. The pass at 4,150 m offers an amphitheatre view of the Bandarpunch and Swargarohini Range of peaks. After we take in all the breathtaking views, we start our descent to reach the campsite for a hot lunch. You can spend the rest of the day sipping tea, catching up with the locals, sightseeing around the lake, and enjoying the scenery.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5Dodital - Agoda
    • Our downhill trek will take around 6 or 7 hours on our way back to Agoda. We'll be back in civilization tomorrow. Spend this night with your new found friends, sharing stories and making memories.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6Agoda - Sangamchatti - Dehradun
    • It's time to let your muscles relax. We can enjoy a slightly late start. After a leisurely breakfast, we trek down to Sangamchatti and drive to Dehradun passing through the same magnificent terrain that enthralled us on the way up a few days ago. You could choose to stay back on your own or board one of the evening trains to go back to Delhi.

      Similar to the arrival day, we will arrange a vehicle to transfer you back to Dehradun. The cost of the vehicle will be shared equally between all members of the trekking group.

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    • Meals - Breakfast
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Inclusions

  • Royalty and permits, camping charges etc.
  • Basic Medical and First Aid Kit.
  • Porters or mules to carry upto 10kg of your personal luggage packed in a soft duffel bag or rucksack.
  • Transport of the trekking equipment.
  • Sleeping Bag with mattress.
  • All trekking arrangements with the necessary number of dome or ridge shaped tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent etc.
  • Travel insurance covering high altitude trekking trips.
  • All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
  • Experienced Local Guide.
  • Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL).
  • All meals during the trek along with early morning tea and evening snacks.
  • 5 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary. Guesthouse accommodation in Uttarkashi and camping during the trek.

Exclusions

  • Government Service Tax of 5.0%.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Any meals during the transit to/from Uttarkashi.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Optional activities.
  • Any transportation to/from Uttarkashi. The cost of the vehicle between Dehradun and Uttarkashi is to be paid in cash on the spot.
  • Tips for the local guide and support staff. This is as per your discretion and will be collected by the Trip360 OEL towards the end of the trip.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2019

Hub Single Accommodation Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Dehradun 13,900 10,900
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

We stay in a guesthouse in Uttarkashi. During the course of our trek, we stay in comfortable 2 or 3 man tents.

Things to Carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    1. Woolens/thermal underwear.
    2. Wind/rain proof jacket.
    3. Good hiking/trekking shoes ; spare sandals.
    4. Socks - cotton+woolen / gloves.
    5. Water Bottle - at least 1 Lit.
    6. Flash Light and spare batteries - important.
    7. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woolen hat/gloves.
    8. Sunglasses.
    9. Sunscreen/Sun block SPF 50 and more.
    10. Vaseline/Lip Salve.
    11. Insect Repellent (if you are prone to bites).
    12. Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.
    13. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage.
    14. Kari mat / Thermarest (optional).
    15. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on a walk.
    16. Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.
    17. Thermal underwear for cold days.
    18. Shorts / swimsuits for those warm days and a possible swim.
    19. Personal medication, if any.

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    The food menu during the trek will be regular nutritious Indian food. Nothing tastes better than the black tea we pass you through the flaps of your tent early in the morning. Your breakfast could have an option of sandwiches or chapatis with a vegetable. We may have packed lunch on some of the longer days of the trek. Your hot meals will be a delicious mix of local vegetables, rice, chapatti and a sweet surprise in the end. We try and incorporate a lot of fresh local produce into your meals. Your cook during the trip will also be a local. You could try and get a local secret recipe from the cook. We will provide you safe boiled drinking water throughout the trek. Milk and eggs will be provided if available.

  • Clothes to carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    1. Woolens/thermal underwear.
    2. Wind/rain proof jacket.
    3. Good hiking/trekking shoes ; spare sandals.
    4. Socks - cotton+woolen / gloves.
    5. Water Bottle - at least 1 Lit.
    6. Flash Light and spare batteries - important.
    7. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woolen hat/gloves.
    8. Sunglasses.
    9. Sunscreen/Sun block SPF 50 and more.
    10. Vaseline/Lip Salve.
    11. Insect Repellent (if you are prone to bites).
    12. Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.
    13. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage.
    14. Kari mat / Thermarest (optional).
    15. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on a walk.
    16. Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.
    17. Thermal underwear for cold days.
    18. Shorts / swimsuits for those warm days and a possible swim.
    19. Personal medication, if any.

  • Our Crew

    The number of people in the crew will be determined by the group size. In most cases the group consists of the Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL), a local guide and additional support staff like cooks, helpers etc. Each one of these people are vital towards the successful completion of the trip and do their bit in assisting in the overall logistics of the trip.

  • Flight Information

    You will have to arrive in Dehradun early on Day 1. If that's not possible, you could arrive a day earlier and we could pick you up from a central location in Dehradun which will be communicated in advance.

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like Electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other high altitude destinations because the most of the regions lie over 2600 meters (8500 ft). People in good health should not get alarmed by this but if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, you must take the advice of a doctor who has experience with the effects of altitude. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.
    Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

  • Luggage Info

    In case the trekker wants to off-load the bag to be carried by a pack animal, the facility is provided and the cost is covered under the price of the trek. Thus there is no extra off-loading charge. We request that such bags not weigh more than 10Kg. Trekkers will also be required to carry a small day pack with them on each day. It will contain water bottles, food as and when provided by the staff (packed lunch for instance), any necessary medicines the trekker must carry on person, a warm layer and a water-proof jacket.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 am by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 am and reach our camp for the day by 2-3pm, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and a 8-10 hour walking day. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you'd get into camp for a welcome cup of tea.

  • Approximate Group Size

    Max 15 people

  • Money to carry

    It is recommended that guests carry about Rs. 5000 cash in person during the trek. This may be required during an emergency. Also, according to practice, on the last night of the trek, the group tips the staff and cash will be required for this as well. Usually tips start from about 1500 for guide and cook and 1000 for rest of staff. Guests may choose to tip the staff more. The tip may be handed over to the trip leader.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

  • Books to Read

    Folk Tales of Uttarakhand by Deepa Agarwal - Uttarakhand is known as the land of folk tales and lore. The people of Uttarakhand hold these stories very close to their heart. This is a good read to appreciate the simple lives of these wonderful locals.

    The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts - This is an account of India from the perspective of a foreigner who has made it his home. Though it is primarily set in Mumbai, it tells the story of an outsiders perspective into India and gets into the minds and thought processes of what an Indian identity means.