5 Days 4 Nights
Dodital trek is sweet trail to delight you year-round. Be it summer, winter or even monsoon, this trek is easy to access. Dodital at an altitude ~ 3100 m/10170 ft (Geo Coordinate (30.8913359 N,78.5176831 E), is a medium to large freshwater lake in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. The emerald green lake is nestled inside thick Oak, pine, cedar and rhododendron forest. It has formed due to accumulation of natural streams coming down from the surrounding mountains. An outward stream from this lake keeps the balance of the water level and referred to as Assi Ganga.
According to the mythology, this is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The name originated from Dhundi-Tal meaning lake of Ganesh. You will locate a neat small temple beside lake on your left, once you reach. Dodital lake is also one of the habitats of introduced Brown Trout species widespread in Indian Himalayas. In summer or fall, it provides a near perfect set up for rest and recreational activities like angling, boating and bird-watching. In winter, it becomes a fairyland, with snow covered conifer forests and snow-capped ridges on the horizon. Camping beside this idyllic and quite setup is surely a delight.
The easy walk along the trail to Dodital, through dense forest, grasslands on the mountain slope, by the river gorges and remote hamlets, reaches the climax at the Darwa Top. From this top you can see both the Gangotri and Yamunotri side with peaks unfolding on both valleys. On our way we will cross villages of Dhandakla, Agoda, Bhebra and the summer-monsoon settlement (locally called Chhani) at Manjhi. This wide valley is formed by Assi Ganga/Dodital Ganga River and you can locate villages and settlements on the other side as well.
For the beginners, the trek is an ideal one, in these 6 days, you can get the essence of a proper Himalayan trek. Walking amidst dense forest, trading narrow trail by deep river gorge, crossing streams, camping in wilderness, negotiating steep climb and finally trading knee-deep snow in winter all of these experiences staying within 10000 ft is rare. Though the trail is steep at places, but the altitude being not so high, with ample amount of oxygen in the air, anyone can savour the beauty of this trek.
Picturesque trekking route: The trek to Darwa Top starts from Sangam Chatti, which is a small village located 15 km from Uttarkashi. The 27 km trek route from Sangam Chatti to Darwi Top goes through beautiful oak, deodar, and rhododendron forests, quaint villages, and the sacred lake of Dodital. Throughout the journey, you’ll come across new experiences and beautiful locations that will make your trek to Darwa Top worthwhile.
Mesmerizing views from the Top: The benefits of trekking to Darwa Top doesn’t end just on its picturesque trails. It goes even further to exhibit one of the best views of the snow-clad mountains. The route till Dodital is mostly covered with oak, deodar, and rhododendron forests.
However, once you cross Dodital and continue your journey to Darwa Top, you’ll start seeing the snow-clad mountains up close. The gradual climbs through the narrow gauges and rocky fields will guide you straight to the mesmerizing views of Swargarohini, Banderpunch, Draupadi ka Danda, and other mountain peaks.
Adventure lover’s delight: The trek to Darwa Top is an amalgamation of experiences. Whether you are looking for camping at some of the best places, trying out traditional dishes of Uttarakhand, engaging in Village Tourism, bird watching, photographing, or seeking a respite in nature, the trek to Darwa Top offers them all. And the best part of the trek is that it is moderately challenging and hence can be undertaken by moderately fit people who are looking for some thrill and recreation.
Note: Darwa Pass is also known as Darwa Top, Darba Top, Darba pass.
Darwa Top is popular place for following activities/ interests – Adventure, High Altitude Mountain Pass, Trekking.
Divine Travels offer Dodital Darwa Top Trek 4 nights and 5 days package include food, stay and transfer.
Uttarkashi, Dodital Darwa Top Trek From Rishikesh
Maximum Altitude: 2250 Distance Covered: 5 km From Uttarkashi it will be a drive till Sangam Chatti, from where it will be a 5 kilometre hike (Trekking) Sangam Chatt to Agora Village basecamp. Dinner & Overnight stay in basecamp.
Maximum Altitude: 3310 Distance Covered: 15 km Overnight stay at Dodital (Breakfast, Pack Lunch, Dinner + Stay in Tent)
Maximum Altitude: 4150 Distance Covered: 12 km Trek We trek to Darwa Top and return back to camp at Dodital. Overnight stay at Dodital (Breakfast, Pack Lunch, Dinner + Stay in Tent)
Maximum Altitude: 3310 Distance Covered: 15 km Trek Overnight stay at Agora Basecamp (Breakfast, Pack Lunch, Dinner + Stay in Tent)
Morning Breakfast 5kms Trek Agora Village to Sangamchatti and drive Sangamchatti to Rishikesh via Uttarkashi. Lunch in Uttarkasi, arrive in Rishikesh Tour End.