Destination : DELHI- RISHIKESH – SANGAMCHATTI – AGODA – MANJHI – DODITAL
Grade : Moderate to Tough
Season : Jan – June & Sept – Dec
Dodital, literally meaning the Dodi Lake, is at an elevation of 3024 m north of Uttarkashi. Crystal clear waters are surrounded by dense oak woods, pine, deodar and rhododendrons. The lake is full of fish and is known for some rare species like the Himalayan Golden Trout. The forest surrounding the lake is also full of wildlife. It provides an idyllic set up for rest and recreational activities like angling, boating and bird-watching.
The trek from Dodital to Hanuma Chatti via Darwa Top takes two days, moves on to the upper reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas in Yamunotri; the place where the sacred river Yamuna originates from high up in the mountains is the Dodital lake- mysterious, alluring, and simply beautiful! The serene, tranquil surroundings, gurgling streams, crystal clear water, and dense alpine forests make for an ideal retreat. The trek from Dodital to Yamunotri takes you through high altitude grasslands and dense virgin forests. The scenery en-route is really astounding!
DAY 01: DELHI – RISHIKESH (224 KMS 6-7 HRS DRIVE)
In the morning take an AC Train for Haridwar at 06:55 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs. On arrival met our representative and then transfer to Rishikesh and check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the nearby area by your own. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02 : RISHIKESH – SANGAMCHATTI
In the morning after breakfast drive to Sangamchatti via Uttarkashi. The drive takes you through the picturesque Garhwal Mountains along with the holy Ganges. Overnight stay at guest house/tent.
DAY 03: SANGAMCHATTI – AGODA (2250 MTS/7380 FT) – MANJHI (16 KMS/6-7 HRS)
In the morning after breakfast trek to Manjhi via Agoda Village. Upon arrival at Manjhi set out camp for overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
DAY 04: MANJHI – DODITAL (3307 10847 FT) (6 KMS/ 3 – 4 HRS)
A gradual zigzag trek through beautiful landscape of thick forests and steep cliffs brings you the mysterious Dodital. Dinner and overnight stay in the tent.
DAY 05: DODITAL (3307 MTS/10847 FT)
Day free to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Lake and surrounding dense forest. The scenic beauty of Dodital can compel any nature lover to camp here for days together, the lake, the surrounding pine forest, the towering Darwa Bugyal on one side and the valley on the other is serene and enticing. The parikrama around the lake is of 1.5 kms. A few streams coming from Darwa Bugyal feed the lake. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
DAY 06: 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). It is a pass at a height of 4150 mts. 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 trout making an occasional appearance. After exploring the Darwa Top trek back to Dodital for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 07: DODITAL – AGODA (2250 MTS/7380 FT) (17 KMS/4-5 HRS)
After breakfast we will trek down till Agoda. It is a 17 Kms Trek, Overnight in camps at Agoda.
DAY 08: AGODA – RISHIKESH (4 KMS TREK + 140 KMS DRIVE)
Morning after breakfast Trek down to Sangamchatti 04 Kms Trek, and from Sangamchatti drive down to Rishikesh 140 Km drive. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 09: RISHIKESH – HARIDWAR – DELHI
Early in the morning transfer to Haridwar railway station to catch a train for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by afternoon.