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Dodital Trek in Garhwal by Renok Adventures
An ideal beginners trek in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek includes camping alongside the beautiful Dodital ( Dodi Lake) before traversing the Darwa Pass. The pass affords impressive views of the mighty Bandarpunch(link) and the snowy ridges of the Dhaula Dhar as well as the forested ridges and meadows leading down to Hanuman Chatti a famous pilgrim town. There are interesting side trips, including a foray to Yamunotri and the the Bandarpunch Base Camp from this trek.
Dodital is situated at an elevation of 3050 metres surrounded by oak woods, pine, and rhodendron forests. The lake is home to the famous Himalayan Golden Mahseer fish.
Dodital during June
The Dodital Trek is a bird watchers paradise. Throughout the trek birds like the Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Himalayan Tree Pie, Himalayan Babbler, Bush Robin, Pink Finch, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Grey Tit, Munia, Common Chiffchaff, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Grey Shrike, Tailor Bird, Himalayan Monal (Impeyan Pheasant) are commonly seen.
Trek Cost: Rs 7850
Accommodation during Trek (Camping) Meals while on trek (Veg) Permits First aid medical kits Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff
The very first day we will meet at the Haridwar railway station at 6:00 in the morning for our journey through the Shivalik Himalayas. Today’s journey from Haridwar to Sangamchatti is about 175 kms long and will take us around 7 hours. Enroute we will stop for breakfast and freshen up. In Sangamchatti we will stay in an authentic Garhwali village. You can roam around the village play with the cattle, check out the Hydro Powered atta chakki , spot the birds with our guide.
After a few stretching exercises and a Yoga session have a sumptuous breakfast and get ready to trek to our campsite in a village called Bhevra. The initial trek is a gradual ascent through villages and paddy fields. Initially you will meet lot of villagers on the trail as this Dodital trek goes through various villages like Bhevra, Aghoda (Agoda) etc. The Villagers we come across are extremely helpful and you can greet and talk to them but avoid giving the children chocolates or toffees. On reaching Bhevra we will camp for the night on a lovely campsite surrounded by oak trees.There is a lovely stream next to the campsite where you can take a dip to refresh yourself.
We will follow the same routine of morning exercise, breakfast as we did yesterday After breakfast your trek leader will brief you about today’s trek schedule. Today will trek for around 16 kms to Dodital Lake which should take us around 7 hours. The trek from Bhevra (Bebra) to Dodital is easy and there is a well laid path through Rhodendron, Pine and Oak trees. We will stop for our packed lunch at Manjhi a beautiful campsite.A few shops are open on this route to Dodital during the peak season of June. A further 2 hour trek from Manjhi will take us to our destination, the scenic lake called Dodital which is famous for its beauty and The Himalayan Trout fish. Dodital is a sacred lake and as per Hindu mythology this is the place where Lord Ganesh was born.The other name of this lake is Dhundital meaning Ganeshji’s Lake. Please note that fishing is not allowed in this lake but you can take a round of Dodital Lake and enjoy feeding the Himalayan trout fish.
On Day 4 we will go trekking to Darwa Pass top(4150m) and have a packed breakfast on the way.We will trek to Darwa Pass with daypacks containing our packed lunch, a water bottle and Jackets. Darwa Pass top is around 5kms and takes around 3 hours to reach. Darwa pass trek starts beside the stream which feed’s Dodital lake. After few hours the route bifurcates into two, the left one leads to Darwa Pass top and the other one leads to basecamp of Bandarpunch Peak (Monkey’s Tail). From the Darwa Pass top one can get a breath-taking view of the Bandarpunch and Swargarohini ranges. After spending quality time at the Darwa Pass top absorbing the almost 360 degree view of Himalayan ranges we trek down and reach Dodital Lake where a scrumptious hot lunch awaits us.
After having breakfast we trek downhill through the same route to Bhevra (Bebra) which takes around 6 hours. Enjoy the scrumptious dinner and savour local delicacies like Jhangora Ki Kheer or Gahat Rasmi Badi (Kofta).
On our last day after breakfast we get ready for a small downhill trek and drive back to Haridwar which will take us around 7 hours. Reach Haridwar by late evening and take part in Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri and after that catch your train/bus to your destination. Our adventure ends here with a collection of beautiful memories to keep you company.