Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty Level: easy
Highest Altitude: 4,150 m / 13,615 ft.
Trekking Distance: 58 Kilometer
Temperature: In summer- Daytime temperature: 13°C to 18°C and Night time temperature: 7°C to 12°C. In winter- Daytime temperature: 4°C to 11°C and Night time temperature: -10°C to -2°C
According to legends, Lord Ganesha chose Dodital as his abode. There is a temple devoted to the Lord Ganesha here. Another name for Dodital Lake is 'Dhundital' meaning “Ganesh ka tal” or Lake of Ganesha. Dodital is a freshwater lake in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, India, situated at a height of 3,078 meters (10,100 ft.) and the Darwa Pass Top is at 4,150 meters (13,615 ft.). Assi Ganga rises from Dodital and joins Bhagirathi. The confluence is at Gangori.
The Trek to Dodital is one of the picturesque in the Himalayan region of Garhwal. The captivating natural atmosphere surrounding the serene Lake is ideal for camping overnight. There is an opportunity to explore the Valley of Assi Ganga. The Dodital Trek, which is also one of the winter treks in the region of the Indian Himalayas, which is untouched beauty by trekkers starts from Sangamchatti and heads to Aghora village situated at a height of 2,256 meters. The trail goes through the river Assi Ganga and is followed by gentle ascends and descends and goes through a detached town, Bebra. From Aghora, the trail 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 sanctuary for trekkers to camp overnight. The trek from Manjhi to Dodital Lake is approximately 6 Km which takes about 2-3 hours to reach there and is located at a height of 3,078 meters. The sprawling natural beauty, reviving atmosphere and peaceful water of the freshwater lake make outdoors here a flat out ecstasy. Further, a trail of 5 kilometers to Darwa Pass 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.
Best Time to Visit: Dodital Trek is best for all the year to visit. Best seasons include December to March, Expect hiking on the snow in the mid of December. During winters, Dodital covered in the thick blanket of snow ideal for skiers. Best time in summer to experience Dodital includes April to June.
Day 1: Reach at Kuflon (4,775 ft.), 160 Km drive from Dehradun
The drive from Dehradun to Kuflon passes through Mussoorie and Uttarkashi which takes about 6-7 hours to reach there with stunning views of mountain terrain. After reaching to Kuflon which will be our base camp for Dodital Trek, stay will be in Trekkaro luxury campsite on sharing basis. Kuflon is a very peaceful village with having very limited number of population. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Dehradun Railway Station at 06:30 AM. Cost of the Cab is Rs. 5,500/- per vehicle.
Day 2: Kuflon to Sangamchatti by road; Sangamchatti (5,200 ft.) to Bebra (7,250 ft.)
Early morning after having breakfast, drive from Kuflon to Sangamchatti in a Taxi which takes approximately 30 mins. In Sangamchatti, you can roam around the village which was earlier very well constructed but in 2012, there was a massive flood which washed the most of the major areas of village. It is the starting point of the trek to Bebra through the Assi Ganga Stream, small villages and paddy field; this trail is around 4 hours long, ascending gradually. Overnight stay at Bebra will be organized in tents surrounded by oak trees.
Day 3: Bebra (7,250 ft.) to Dodital (10,100 ft.)
Today’s trek is quite long but easy which includes 16 km distance and takes about 5-6 hours to reach Dodital Lake through the rhododendron, pine and oak trees. We would carry packed lunch box during the trek and would stop for having it at Manjhi which is a beautiful small village. From here, it would take 2 hours to reach Dodital Lake which is famous for the Lord Ganesha abode, beauty and Himalayan Trout fish. There is a temple devoted to the Lord Ganesha here. Another name for Dodital Lake is 'Dhundital' meaning “Ganesh ka tal” or Lake of Ganesha. After a great day, spend the night in camp near the Dodital Lake.
Day 4: Dodital (10,100 ft.) to Darwa Pass Top (13,615 ft.) and back
Today is the most visually mesmerizing day of the entire trek. Get up comfortably by 07:00 AM, have breakfast and get ready to climb to the top of Darwa Pass Top. The trek to the top of Darwa Pass requires around 2½ hours of steep climb. It begins adjacent to the stream which nourishes Dodital Lake. Following couple of hours, the course bifurcates into two, the left one take you to Darwa Pass top and the other one leads to basecamp of Bandarpunch Peak. As you reach the Darwa Pass top, you will see a 360° of the snowy peaks around of Bandarpunch and Swargarohini ranges. In winter, the trails can consist of knee deep snow. Spend some time here and descend to the camp at Dodital Lake.
Day 5: Dodital (10,100 ft.) to Bebra (7,250 ft.)
Today you would be leaving this abode chosen by Lord Ganesha. After breakfast, start walking to Bebra from Dodital Lake followed by some easy descending trail. It takes 5-6 hours to trek down to Bebra through oak, pine and rhododendron forests once again. Tomorrow, we will be back in civilization. Spend your precious time with the new found friends, sharing stories and making memories with them. This is the last campsite of the Dodital Trek. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Bebra (7,250 ft.) to Sangamchatti (5,200 ft.); drive back to Dehradun from Kuflon
Get up comfortably by 07:00 AM. The descending path from Bebra to Sangamchatti will be quite gentle which takes about 2 hours. Drive to Kuflon from Sangamchatti and then depart from Kuflon to Dehradun Railway Station preferably by 11:30 AM since the journey takes 6-7 hours. Expected to reach Dehradun by 07:00 PM. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Kuflon at 11:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 5,500 per vehicle.
How To Reach
Jolly Grant airport is located 25 kilometers from the city, serving to Dehradun. Daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the train from Delhi to Dehradun overnight
• Nanda Devi Express(12205):- Departure:- 23:50; Arrival:- 05:40
• Dehradun Express(12687):- Departure:- 21:10; Arrival:- 05:00
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Dehradun. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trustable.
Usually, the buses left you in the Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun railway station via Ola/Uber Cab/Auto Rickshaw/Shared Three Wheeler.
There is no direct bus to Kuflon run by the Uttrakhand Government, so you have to share a cab with Trekkaro co-trekkers.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• LED Torch
• One Water Bottle (one litre)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
• Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID)
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools. Stay from Day 1 to Day 5 (Kuflon to Kuflon). In Kuflon, Stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (2-3 per tent).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 6. (Veg/Non-Veg food + Egg)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
5- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C), Pole, Headlamp and Water Bottle.
6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters, etc. as required.
7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Dehradun to Kuflon and drop you back from Kuflon. This will cost approx. Rs. 5,500/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.
2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 1050/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Kuflon.
4- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeemed it within a year on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean feat to entertain, cook, guide and facilitate, but for our guides, they handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a LOT of moving part and potential for things to go awry. From last one year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and provide you nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others’ in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair for yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to do treks or survive in the not so pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we insure about the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware about the health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body not adjusted with the environment we always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carrying the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness specific medicines - Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons and Headlamp. Now, before registering the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gears and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gears to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags which can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degree Celsius. It’s always warmer in tent so we ensuring you with quality shelter.
So even we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps our bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks are come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or area we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.