About Dodital Trek-
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 the 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.
Dodital Lake Trek Difficulty-
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 provides this type of environment which creates a haven for trekkers to camp immediately. Dodital is approximately 6 kilometers away from Manjhi which is located at a height of 3,307 meters.
This is where the trek turns. The grandiose is illuminating and the nature and refreshing climate and lovely clear water of the freshwater lake are great factors in adding to the camping’s glory. Further, a stroll of 5 km to Darwa Top that goes through narrow gorges, birch woods, rugged colonies, and also includes a range of rivulets that take you into the magnificent Bandarpunch summit and Swargarohini. 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 and 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 picked this location as his home and there’s a temple devoted to him. 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 Dodital Trek/Trip:
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 just a few treks in India which may qualify as a legitimate winter trekking destination. Dodital is among these. For those seeking to research the Himalayas in the winter and adventure snow, then nothing is far better compared to 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.
Dehradun to Uttarkashi
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.
Trek from Sangam Chatti to Bhebra
Pitch your tent at the awesome campsite above the rivulet. Overnight stay in tents.
Bhebra to Dodital trekking
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.
Within this part, be aware it is going to snow in great extent and that this snow is one which comes together with a few excitement and challenges. By late afternoon, reach to the calm lake of Dodital. Set camps there and enjoy beauty of the Lake.
Overnight will be spent in tents.
Dodital trek to Darwa Pass
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. Night will be spent in the camps.
Dodital to Bhebra
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.
Sangam Chatti to Dehradun
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
• Local Guides
Freshly cooked delicious multi-cuisine breakfast, lunch and dinner (veg and non-veg) will be provided.
• 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). Dodital winter trek is also conducted during 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.