BIRTHPLACE OF LORD GANESHA
For those who are seeking an exciting and adventurous trekking experience in Uttarkashi, the Dodital-Darwa Pass trek is an excellent option. This trek is highly regarded as one of the most beautiful treks in North India, attracting travelers from around the world. The trek is named after the rare Himalayan trout, known as Dodi in the local language, which is found in the Dodital Lake.
During the trek, you will be treated to some of the most stunning scenery in the region. You will pass through mountain villages, verdant vegetation, and bubbling streams of water. The Dodital Lake, considered sacred by locals as the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, is a major highlight of the trek. Its crystal-clear waters and serene atmosphere are sure to leave you spellbound.
The Darwa Pass, which is also part of this trek, offers breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the region. These peaks include Mt. Bandarpoonch, Mt. Srikanth, and Black Peak, DKD 1 & 2, Jaonli. The pass also serves as a gateway to Yamunotri, a holy site that has been visited by pilgrims for centuries. However, reaching the pass can be a challenging task due to the steep elevation gain and snow climb in winter. Therefore, it is recommended to undertake this trek during the months of April to June and October to December, which are considered the best times for trekking in the region.
Overall, the Dodital-Darwa Pass trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Uttarkashi region. It is a perfect blend of adventure and spirituality, making it a popular choice among trekkers of all ages and abilities. Whether you are an experienced trekker or a beginner, this trek is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of this region
About the Trek
DAY 1 - DEHRADUN TO SANKRI
We gather at our meeting point in Dehradun we start our journey to Sankri. Sankri is a small yet picturesque town in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, close to Govind Pashu National Park. It is about 195 kilometers away from Dehradun. Sankri may be reached by private taxi in about 6 hours and by bus in around 8 hours.
DAY 2 - SANKRI TO TALUKA TO SEEMA
We take a ride on a local jeep from Sankri to Taluka early morning. About an hour is needed for the drive. Taluka serves as the strating point of our trek. Following breakfast at Taluka, we will set out on our hike through dense stands of chestnut, walnut, willow, chinar, and various conifer trees to Seema Camp (2560 M), carrying a packed lunch. A few waterfalls can be found along the journey. The forest trail is quite easy with some small steep sections . By late afternoon, arrive at Seema Campsite. Overnight camp at Seema.
DAY 3 - SEEMA TO RAINBASERA
The journey continues to follow the Supin river today. The first major landmark is Debshu Bugyal, from which we can see Kala Nag, also known as Black Peak, in all its magnificence. We will descend through the forest to the river over a sandy route and loose stones after crossing Debshu Bugyal. We'll use a bridge to cross the Supin River. We will once more ascend after passing the bridge, this time with the Supin river running to our right. There are a few precarious places with slick terrain where we might need to detour. To get to our campground, which is next to the river, we must go along the river. Camps overnight stay.
DAY 4 - RAINBASERA TO RUINSARA LAKE
We'll be strolling along the Supin River for the last time on this day. We'll go to Ruinsara Tal this afternoon. A picturesque lake called Ruinsara is bordered by rhododendron shrubs and grasslands. Although not challenging, the trail is exhausting. The campground is lovely, and we'll get to stay in wooden cottages rather than tents. Our camps are bordered by the Supin River on one side and the little Ruinsara Lake on the other. The scenery is mesmerizing from the campsite. The pass known as Yamuna Kanta, which leads to Yamunotri and is considered a challenging walk, is located to the southwest of Ruinsara Tal. The magnificent Banderpooch Peak (6,387 m) is located to the east. The views of Dhumdhar Kandi (5,873 m), Kala Nag (6,387 m), and White Peak (6,102 m) to the east, south, and southeast, respectively, are breathtaking.
DAY 5 - RUINSARA LAKE TO ODARI
It's a short, straightforward hike of around 4 kilometres today. We initially make our way through the thick foliage to the Supin River. We will ascend to a little meadow after crossing the river via a bridge, then turn south-east to follow the river. The trail meanders toward the south-west after around three kilometers of walking. From here, it takes a kilometer of walking to get to our campsite, Odari. Odari is a Japanese word that implies a rock cave. According to legend, Bali (Hanuman's brother) is said to have spent one night in this cave. The camping has breathtaking views. We will have an unobstructed view of Swargarohini 1 and 2 in the north-east. The participants' learning sessions on strategies that can be useful in the next days will be held in the afternoon.
DAY 6 - ODARI TO BASE CAMP
The day begins with a little journey to the base camp in the southwest, but this would not be a simple hike. On a loose stone-filled mountain ridge with a 60 degree gradient, we will have to hike. We will be camping at a height of 4678 meters, therefore today is a crucial day. Keep yourself active and hydrated to reduce your risk of developing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Subzero temperatures will cause a significant increase in difficulties. At high altitudes, acclimatization also requires more time. Spend the night in the camps.
DAY 7 - BASE CAMP TO BALI PASS TO LOWER DHAMINI
We will cross the Bali Pass (4950 m) today and arrive at Lower Dhamni, our second and final campsite. As we approach the pass, we move south-east. The hardest and longest walk is scheduled for today. Around six in the morning, we'll break camp and begin our trip. The trail to the pass is still covered in snow, therefore previous skills will be needed. From base camp, it will take two to three hours to get to the pass. Enjoy the panoramic views of mountains like Swargarohini, Banderpooch, the Garhwal ranges, and the Yamnotri valley after we reach the pass. After passing through the Bali Pass, the trek's most captivating and challenging section begins. We will descend along a virtually steep slope covered in large stones and scree. We'll come across the goat route once we cross this stretch. One must mentally prepare for this leg's crossing because we'll be walking on a crooked path that's occasionally only 6 inches wide. We will stop at a location named Upper Dhamni to recuperate for a little after this incredibly difficult section. We will continue our trip to Lower Dhamni after taking a break. Staying with your trek leader and crew is advised because the path is perplexing.
DAY 8 - LOWER DHAMINI TO JANKI CHATTI TO DEHRADUN
Our trek's final day is today. The initial pathway leads through a woodland before joining a cement pavement. The 4.5 km-long trail has a slight rise to Yamunotri. Reaching Yamunotri will take about one hour and thirty minutes. You can take a soak at Yamunotri's sulfur hot springs after arriving there. Leg pain can be relieved by taking a bath in a hot spring. We will travel the approximate 5-kilometer regular pilgrims path to Jaan Ki Chatti from the Yamunotri shrine. We get into the car that is waiting for us and travel to Dehradun. We reach Dehradun late in the evening and this ends our epic journey.
All meals during the trek. ( Gerenal nutritious meal )
Accommodation in camps/homestays.
Alpine 4 men tents (Triple sharing), good quality sleeping bags and matteresses, toilet tents, utensils.
Team leader, chef and support staff. Porters and mules to carry common luggage.
Transport from Dehradun to Agoda and back to Dehradun.
Meals during road transit i.e. meals during travel from Dehradun to Agoda and vice versa.
Any kind of medical insurance.
Any personal expenses like rental gears, etc.
Any expense not specified in inclusions.
Carriage of personal luggage during trek.