A moderate trek which 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 (4150m) 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.
Dodital Lake Summer Trek
Day 01: Delhi to camp Kuflon (1550m)
Board the morning Shatabdi Express departing New Delhi at 7am. Reach Haridwar at 11:30 am. Transfer to Kuflon, near the road head for Dodital, 11 kms from Uttarkashi in the valley of the Assi Ganga.(6-7 hr drive) Overnight Kuflon.
Day 02: Camp Kuflon to Bevra (2400m) 4-5 hrs
Depart for Bevra – the walk is 8 kms (4-5 hrs) of which 2 kms is on the road along the Assiganga 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.
Day 03: Bevra to Dodital (3310m) 6-7 hrs
Early morning breakfast. Commence trek to Dodital, 16 kms (6-7 hrs) with 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.
Day 04 : Trek Dodital to Darwa Pass and back to Dodital. 4-5 hrs
Start early in the morning with packed breakfasts for Darwa Pass. The walk to Darwa top is 5 kms (2-3 hrs). It is a pass at a height of 4150m. 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. A perfect setting for Himalayan wild flowers, Darwa top offers an amphi-theatre view of the Bandarpunch and Swargarohini range of peaks. Absorb the breathtaking views and start the downhill walk to reach the campsite for the hot lunch. One can also spend this day sipping tea, catching up with the local tales, walking around the lake sighting birds or just observing the clear waters of the lake with the trouts making the occasional appearances.
Day 05 : Trek Dodital to camp Kuflon (1550m) 6-7 hrs
Carry on the downhill trek which at times is very steep to reach Kuflon Basics (6-8 hrs). On reaching Kuflon cleanse yourself with a hot water bath or take a dip in the nearby natural water pool. Dinner followed by bonfire and mountain stories.
Day 06 : Camp Kuflon to Delhi
Have an easy start, let the aching muscles rest. An early lunch / brunch and drive back (5 hrs) to Hardwar to board the evening Shatabdi to reach Delhi by 10:45 in the night.