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Max Altitude

11,400 FT

Grade

Easy To Moderate

Duration

7 Days

Trekking KM.

50 KM

Suitable for:10+ years
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:Cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

13,000 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Dehradun to Dehradun | included transport
  • Rs 11,400 Trek Cost & Rs 1,600 Transportation (All included in the cost)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail Type Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Sangamchatti
  • Rail HeadDehradun is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • AirportJolly grant airport Dehradun
  • Base CampUttarkashi (5-6 hrs drive from Dehradun)
  • Best Season
    • Summer Treks (Mid Apr - Jun)
    • Autumn Treks (Sep - Mid Nov)
  • SnowDecember to March
  • Services fromDehradun to dehradun | Included Transport
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse


  • Region - Uttarakhand
  • Duration - 7 Days
  • Grade - Easy To Moderate
  • Max Altitude - 11400 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 50 Kms.

Why Dodital Is A Must-Do Trek?

A hidden paradise in the laps of the Uttarakhand Himalayas, Dodital s one of the most beautiful high-altitude lakes in the northern part of India. The emerald lake nestles in the lap of the mighty mountains and offers a very serene tranquil environment. The lake derived its name after the Himalayan trouts that are locally known as Dodi. It is one of those rare lakes where you can find Himalayan Trouts.

It is a 22 km trek from Sangamchatti and is an easy trek that becomes moderate if you also include the Darwa Pass. From Darwa Pass, you can see a wide range of Himalayan mountains. The Dodital Lake is 1.5 km in circumference and is surrounded by Deodar trees all around. There is a temple located on the corner of the lake dedicated to Lord Ganesha. According to the legends, it is said that Lord Ganesha was born in this place.

For bird lovers, Dodital Lake is a great place to spot avian species like Bush Robin, Tailor Bird, Grey Shrike, Pink Finch, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, and Common Chiffchaff, Himalayan Tree Pie, and Himalayan Monal. This lake trek is a great choice for both trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. The easy grade of the trek makes it suitable for anyone who wishes to do a Himalayan Trek.

About the trek

Located 3310 m above sea level, Dodital Trek is a great option for beginners as well as seasoned trekkers. If you are planning to start out on your trekking journey, Dodotal Trek is a great place to start. The trek starts from the quaint hamlet of Sangamchatti, which is located near Uttarkashi.

From Sangamchatti, we will trek to the beautiful campsite at Bebra passing by the lovely settlement at Agoda. You will trek through a mixed forest with the Asi Ganga River flowing below. On Day 3, we trek from Bebra to Manjhi campsite followed by a trek to Dodital Lake the next day. Camping by the lakeside, we will head to Darwa Top the next day and return back to Dodital.

The next day, we will trek through dense forests and meadows to Darwa Pass, a high vantage point from where you see stunning views of the Dhauladar Range and other Greater Himalayan Ranges.

What can you expect at the trek?

Dodital Trek is an easy to moderate grade trek that takes you to a maximum altitude of 4200 meters at Darwa Top. Although it is an easy grade trek, it is 22 km long and it is best to prepare for the trek a month before you go on the trek. The trekking trail goes along the Asi Ganga River, which originates from Dodital Lake. The trek presents distinctly beautiful landscapes at all times of the year.  During the summer months, it is green and vibrant in colors and that is also a good time for birdwatching and recreational activities like boating, angling, etc. during winter, the trek turns into a winter wonderland, with the beautiful snow-covered coniferous forests, and snow-covered ridges. The knee-deep snow makes the trek quite difficult, however, the views that you get are totally worth the climb.

The temperature in Dodital in summers lies between 10°C to 18°C and in winters it drops between -5°C to -10°C. On your way, you will cross the villages of Agoda, Bebra, and the summer-monsoon settlement at Manjhi. The walk to Dodital is fairly easy, you will walk along grasslands on the mountain slopes, locate remote villages, camp in the wilderness, and savor the beauty of the trek.

Though the trail is steep at places, the overall altitude is not so high, with an ample amount of oxygen in the air due to the forests, anyone can savor the beauty of this trek and the chances of AMS are also pretty low.

Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Health Awareness

    • Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
    • Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 - 130 mm Hg)
    • Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
    • Should not have Liver and kidney issues
    • Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Very High blood pressure etc
    • No pacemaker implant
    • People with the Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek

     

    Government Employees {SCL}

    Government Employees can avail the benefit of Special Casual Leave (SCL) when you join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rules of the Pay Commission, Special Casual Leave can be availed  for up to 30 days in a calendar year for trekking/mountaineering expeditions through a registered organization. Trek The Himalayas is a registered adventure tour operator by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Ministry Of Tourism (MOT) 
    Trekkers have to apply for leave at least 20 days before trek departure date.

     

    Note

    • Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive At Uttarkashi
    • Drive Distance: 140 km approx. | Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
    • Stay: in the hotel

The trek starts from a small village called Sangamchatti which is about 12 km away from Uttarkashi. Today, you will drive from Dehradun to Uttarkashi. We will pick you up from the designated point and drive to Uttarkashi, which is about 140 km away from Dehradun. It takes about 5 to 6 hrs to reach the destination. The drive is long and goes through twists and turns on the Himalayan roads passing through forests and many religious temples.

 

Uttarkashi is a religious town located on the banks of the River Bhagirathi and is also home to the NIM Mountaineering Institue. It is popular for its rich cultural heritage and immense natural abundance. Sweeping mountain views, decorate the town on all sides. The entire town is lined with many temples and holy places. The Vishwanath temple is the most popular here and is located in the center of the town. It is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva. The entire temple is a huge site that comprises other shrines of Markandeya Rishi, Ganpati, and Sakshi Gopal. While you are at the premises take full advantage of the Akhand Abhishek and Akhand Jyoti. They are of prime importance and bring happiness.

 

An interesting thing that you will observe at Vishwanath Temple is that the Shivalingam is almost 56 cm in height and there’s a slight tilt in the southwards direction. There’s also a Nandi Statue outside the temple. If you believe the literature of Skanda Puran, Uttarkashi is the home of Lord Shiva for Kaliyug and it is also part of the twelve Jyotirlingas. When in Uttarkashi also visit other notable temples like Markandey Rishi, Kuteti Devi, Sakshi Gopal, Gopeshwar Mahadev, Koteshwar Mahadev, and Sakshi Gopal Temple.

 

Apart from pilgrim spots and temples, Uttarkashi is also a hub for all adventure lovers as it serves as the base for many popular treks like Dyara Bugyal Trek, Kedartal Trek, Sartal Trek, Har Ki Dun Trek, etc. Uttarkashi has a considerably big market, so if you want to withdraw any cash from ATM or buy some last-minute miscellaneous stuff for the trek. We will stay the night in a hotel at Uttarkashi and continue on our journey the next day.

Day 2 : Drive From Uttarkashi To Sangamchatti And Trek To Bebra via Agoda
    • Altitude: 7500 ft
    • Drive Distance: 12 km | Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hr
    • Trek Distance: 7km | Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
    • Stay: in tents (twin-sharing)

The starting point of the trek is at Sangamchatti, which is a 45-minute drive away from Uttarkashi. Sangamchatti lies beside the Assi Ganga River, which originates from the Dodital Lake and this river will accompany you all throughout your trek.

 

The winding trail takes you through beautiful green landscapes, which are covered in snow in winter. About 5 km into the trek and you will arrive at the village of Agoda. From here you can see Bakra Top and Dayara Bugyal in the distance. The trail from Agoda to Bebra is not very steep compared to the one from Sangamchatti to Agoda. From Agoda, it is a downhill route to Bebra as Bebra is located in a valley. The trail to Bebra is dotted with tea shacks, so you can stop and reenergize yourself if you ever feel like it. You can expect to reach Bebra by early evening. 

 

Bebra is an idyllic village sitting near a gushing stream and green fields all around. You can spot local farmlands of potatoes, beans, and Rajma here. We will pitch up our tents here. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the tents. After a sumptuous dinner, you will head into your tents to rest for the night and wake up well-rested for the next days trek.

Day 3 : Bebra To Manjhi
    • Altitude: 9,433 m
    • Trek Distance: 9 km | Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
    • Stay: in tents (twin-sharing)

Get excited as today you will trek to Dodital Lake. Dodital Lake is situated at an altitude of 10,900 ft and it is located approximately 6 km away from the Manjhi campsite. If you are going in winter, the trail will be covered in snow and the lake will be frozen, however, the trek will be fairly easy.

 

The lake is situated in such a picturesque location that it is a true delight for all nature lovers as well as photographers. The view of Dodital Lake begins to up as you inch closer to the end of the trail. When you get the first view of the lake, surrounded by the snow-covered mountain peaks, the image stays in your mind forever. The vast expanse of the mountains and the tranquil environs of the lake will fill you with a sense of peace and fulfillment - a perfect remedy for your tired soul.

 

Tonight we will camp near the lakeside and on a clear day, you can see a canopy of stars up above at night. You will reach Dodital by afternoon and thus you will have ample time to explore the surroundings of the lake. You can also visit the Ganpati Temple located at the corner of the lake. As per mythology, Dodital is believed to be the place where Dinner will be served hot at the campsite and at night you will stay in your tents.

Day 4 : Trek From Manjhi To Dodital
    • Altitude: 10,900 ft
    • Trek Distance: 6 km | Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
    • Stay: in tents (twin-sharing)

Get excited as today you will trek to Dodital Lake. Dodital Lake is situated at an altitude of 10,900 ft and it is located approximately 6 km away from the Manjhi campsite. If you are going in winter, the trail will be covered in snow and the lake will be frozen, however, the trek will be fairly easy.

 

The lake is situated in such a picturesque location that it is a true delight for all nature lovers as well as photographers. The view of Dodital Lake begins to up as you inch closer to the end of the trail. When you get the first view of the lake, surrounded by the snow-covered mountain peaks, the image stays in your mind forever. The vast expanse of the mountains and the tranquil environs of the lake will fill you with a sense of peace and fulfillment - a perfect remedy for your tired soul.

 

Tonight we will camp near the lakeside and on a clear day, you can see a canopy of stars up above at night. You will reach Dodital by afternoon and thus you will have ample time to explore the surroundings of the lake. You can also visit the Ganpati Temple located at the corner of the lake. As per mythology, Dodital is believed to be the place where Dinner will be served hot at the campsite and at night you will stay in your tents.

Day 5 : Trek From Dodital To Darwa Top and Back
    • Altitude: 13,300 ft
    • Trek Distance: 5 km (each side) | Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
    • Stay: in tents (twin-sharing)

Wake up to a beautiful view of the lake and that of the Bandarpoonch Massif. Today, we will trek to Darwa Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 13,300 ft and it opens up a panorama of mighty Himalayan peaks.  We will start early in the morning. It’s a 5 km steep hike to Darwa Top.

 

The initial part of the trek is quite beautiful and is dotted with Rhododendron trees. As you keep gaining altitude towards the summit, the tree line starts to fade away slowly and mountain views begin to open up. The last leg of the trek is particularly difficult as you have to trudge on a steep and long trail. But once you reach the top, you will realize that the climb was totally worth it with the rewarding views ahead. From Darwa Top you can clearly see the Bandarpoonch Massif and some other peaks of the Greater Himalayas including Draupadi Ka Danda (5,600m), Srikanta (6,140 m), Jaonli (6,000 m), Kala Nag (6,387 m), and Swargarohini group (6,200 m).

 

After spending some time at the top and relishing the views, we return back to Dodital Lake. In winter, it is not possible to go beyond Dodital so often we return back from Dodital instead of moving ahead to Darwa Pass. You will be served delicious snacks on reaching the campsite and a sumptuous dinner at night. Overnight stay will be in camps beside the Dodital Lake.

Day 6 : Trek From Dodital To Sangamchatti And Drive Back To Uttarkashi
    • Trek Distance: 22 km | Duration: 6 to 7 hrs
    • Stay: In a hotel

The last day of your trek and you will cover the longest distance today, a whopping 22 km in one hike. Trek down the same route that you came in. En route, you will again pass the villages of Manjhi, Bebra, and Agoda.

 

From Manjhi it is a rapid decline but you need to be mindful of the rocky paths. You can expect to reach Sangamchatti by early evening. After the end of the trek, we will head back to Uttarkashi, about 12 km from Sangamchatti. You will check into a hotel at Uttarkashi. Sleep well after your long day of trekking.

Day 7 : Drive Back To Dehradun
    • Drive Distance: 140 km approx. | Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
    • Leave Natin by 6:30 am
    • Breakfast and lunch excluded
    • You will be dropped at Dehradun Station in a Tata Sumo/ Tempo Traveller or a similar vehicle
    • You will reach Dehradun between 3-4 pm. You can book your travel any time after 6 pm
    • Note: Distance, altitude, and trekking hours are approximate and rounded off.

The beautiful journey in the mountain ends today and you will drive back to Dehradun along the same winding and beautiful mountain roads. Dehradun is approximately 140 km from Uttarkashi and takes about 5 to 6 hrs depending on the road and weather conditions. If you are planning your onward travel from Dehradun the same, its safe to book your tickets after 7 pm to account for any delay.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

First of all everyone has to reach Dehradun, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.

Our pick-up location is Dehradun Railway Station at 06:00 AM

The distance from Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) to Railway Station is 6 km, without traffic it will take 15 minutes.

 

Options to reach Dehradun

1.  Take an overnight train/bust to Dehradun, and then take a cab to the pickup point.

We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.

2.  Take flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) (25 km, 50 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

Trekkers will be dropped at Dehradun Railway station by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Dehradun it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.

The distance from Railway Station to Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT)  is 6 km, it will take approx 25 minutes.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher & oxygen cylinder
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
7. Transport from Dehradun to Uttarkashi to Sangamchatti and return as per the itinerary
8. Mules to carry group equipment.

1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)

1- Satellite phone/setphone - is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly

Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Base camp
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

Cancellation terms:

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected]  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

Note

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Waterproof gloves1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters2 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woollen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Easy To Moderate

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BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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