Dodital Lake Trek

Area : Garhwal Himalayas

Duration : 7 Days (5 days trekking and 2 day travel)

Best Season : Round the year except July and August

Grade :

Easy to Moderate
On these treks one does not require to trek for more than 5 - 6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less challenging.

Altitude : 4150 mts/13612 ft

Total Trekking : 54 K.M

About Dodital Darwa Pass Trek

Blessed with elevated grassland that is bedded with snow during the winters, gurgling streams, dense alpine forest and rich variety of flowers, the Dodital Trek is one of the picturesque treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The trek originates from the Bhagirathi valley, which is nestled at an altitude of 1,350 meters, and passes through a mysterious forest and ascents gently to a lofty height of 4,150 meters to Darwa Top. Dodital is often dubbed Ganesh-ka-Tal and is considered as one of the sacred lakes in the Garhwal Himalayan region as it is believed that it is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, one of the Hindu deities. The captivating natural ambiance surrounding the serene lake is ideal for camping overnight. There is an opportunity to explore the Asi Ganga valley. There are subsidiary treks transporting one from Asi Ganga to Bhagirathi Ganga valley and to the Yamuna valley and vice versa.

Dodital Lake

The Dodital Trek, which is also one of the winter treks in the Indian Himalayan region starts from Sangamchatti and heads to Agoda village nestled at an altitude of 2,250 meters. The trail passes through the river Asi Ganga and is followed by gentle ascends and descends and passes through a secluded village, Bhebra. From Agoda, a 16 kilometers journey that passes through the beautiful forest of Rhododendron leads to Manjhi, which is tucked at a mighty 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 series of rivulet takes you to the stunning Bandarpunch peak and Swargarohini range.

The Dodital Trek, which is undertaken all throughout the year, is considered as one of the easy to moderate treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that is located in Uttarakhand; the duration of the trail is approximately 7 - 8 days. During the winter season much of the trail has to be done over a thick bed of snow that expunges after crossing the village of Agoda.

Dodital Darwa Pass Trip Highlights

  • 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, spectacular views, multiple hues
  • Dazzling variation in scenery
  • Lush green meadows and thick forests
  • Rare glimpses of an ancient culture of local people.

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Dodital Darwa Pass is in summers (April – June) and winters (Oct – Dec). Winter treks are also conducted in the months between January and March.

Summers: The weather of Dodital Darwa Pass remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry light woolens with you.

Monsoon: Dodital Darwa turns greener during the monsoon season. Although trekking becomes challenging and there are chances of getting roads blocked for a couple of hours due to landslides, the scenic beauty during monsoons is worth taking the risk for. Carrying raincoats is advised.

Winters: The region gets blanketed in snow during the winter season and the accommodation options are also restricted to few. But Dodital Darwa looks the best during winters and indeed the trek becomes more difficult. Carrying heavy woolens is advised.

Where is the Dodital?

Dodital is located to the north of Uttarkashi. The trek for Dodital begins from Uttarkashi or Kalyani, both approachable by road. Kalyani to Agoda is a gradual climb through woods, fields and villages along a mule track. The trek from Agoda to Dodital is steep and through thick forests. The Yamunotri stretch of the trek is possible only during the summer.

How to Reach Dodital?

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Uttarkashi, which is situated at a distance of 215kms. Dodital can be reached easily from Uttarkashi by a motorable road. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Uttarkashi.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Uttarkashi is at Rishikesh, which is situated 225kms away. Rishikesh is well connected with major destinations of India. Uttarkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal and many other destinations to Uttarkashi.

By Road: Uttarkashi is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand. Buses and Taxis to Uttarkashi are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, Barkot, Chamba etc.

Dodital Lake Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar – Uttarkashi (225 kms/6 hrs)

In the morning, take an AC train for Haridwar from Delhi at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar, meet our guide who will assist you with reaching Uttarkashi via Rishikesh and checking in to your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Uttarkashi - Sangamchatti - Manjhi (16 kms / 6-7 hrs)

After the breakfast, drive to Sangamchatti; from there, trek to Manjhi via Agoda Village and Bevra. Upon arrival at Manjhi, pitch the camp for overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 03: Manjhi - Dodital (3307 mts / 10847 ft) (6 Kms / 3–4 hrs)

Today, begin your trek through thick forests and climb steep cliffs to reach Dodital. Dinner and overnight stay in the tent.

Day 04: Dodital - Darwa Top (5 kms / 3 hrs)

Early in the morning, trek up to Darwa Top with packed breakfasts. The walk to Darwa top is 5 kms (2-3 hrs) long. Darwa Top is at a height of 4150 mts and the entire trek is uphill climb via thick birch forest opening into high meadows. Upon reaching Darwa Top, enjoy the breathtaking views and then start the downhill walk to reach the campsite for the hot lunch. One can spend the rest of the day relaxing, catching up with the local tales, walking around the lake, sighting birds or just observing the clear waters of the lake and spotting trouts. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 05: Dodital - Agoda (2250 mts / 7380 ft) (17 kms / 4-5 hrs)

After the breakfast we will trek down till Agoda, which is a 17 Kms Trek. Overnight stay in camps at Agoda.

Day 06: Agoda - Rishikesh (4 kms trek + 200 kms Drive)

In the morning, after the breakfast, trek down to Sangamchatti, which is a 4kms trek, and from Sangamchatti, drive down to Rishikesh. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure activities. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07: Rishikesh - Haridwar – Delhi

Early in the morning, transfer to Haridwar Railway Station to catch a train for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by afternoon.

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Things to Carry for Dodital Trek

  • Windproof jacket
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve
  • Woolen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woolen cap, Woolen gloves
  • Woolen socks and regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Sturdy Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Personal medications
  • Personal toiletries

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Dodital Darwa Pass Trek?

You should book Dodital Darwa Pass Trek two months in advance so that you get ample of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Dodital Darwa Pass is New Delhi Railway Station at platform no. 16. We will hand over the train tickets and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar, our guide will pick you from the railway station and then will assist you further.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Dodital Darwa Pass trek?

Dodital is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 13615ft (4150m) minimum age required is 5 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Dodital Darwa Pass trek?

In the months between April and June and September and November the temperature during the trek can go as low as 10 Degree Celsius during the night. In the months between December and March the temperature drops to minus. July and August is rainy season.

How long we trek during Dodital Darwa Pass Trek?

We plan our treks in such a way that after 5-6 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, we cover distance of 8 to 10 kms per day.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is a good shoe brand with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

23 March 2016 09 April 2016 16 April 2016
23 April 2016 30 April 2016 06 May 2016
13 May 2016 20 May 2016 27 May 2016
03 June 2016 10 June 2016 17 June 2016
24 June 2016 16 Sept 2016 23 Sept 2016
30 Sept 2016 07 Oct 2016 14 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016 28 Oct 2016 05 Nov 2016
12 Nov 2016 19 Nov 2016  

Dear Team,
I did the Dodital Trek mid-October and I would like to thank you for the great organization. Everything worked fine and the team with the guide and the cook were great! I hope to do another trek in India later and will certainly come back to you again.
Kind Regards,

Dear Team,
I have now safely arrived back at my computer and want to thank you for the good experience we had with your organization, with Satish, the guide, Anil, the cook, Chandramani, the helper, the pony man and the driver. Even if the rain made some parts of the plan impossible to come true, we enjoyed the flexibility and suggestions we got about how else to deal with the situations.
So: Thank you again. Best regards,
Christiane, christiane schmitt
Poststrasse 9, D 40213 Düsseldorf

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