SURYA TOP-DAYRA BUGYAL TREK IN GARHWAL HIMALAYA - INDIA
May to June, Sept to Nov.
As for most Grahwal treks, our starting point is at Rishikesh from where a drive (via Uttarkashi) of 6-7 hours brings us to village Basru (2250m). Here we pitch our tents at Bugyal Sarai for lunch. The afternoon is then yours to explore the nearby village and understand and observe the culture of these self sufficient villagers. Overnight at camp.
Packing for a trek can take quite a bit of time so we start our day early, finish breakfast and get ready to trek up! The schedule is as such that today we trek from Bugyal Sarai to Dayara Bugyal(3150 m) which is a walk of about six hours with a good view of the Himalayas all around. Thrilled but tired enough to hit the sacks immediately we camp overnight at Dayara.
This is an interesting day of trekking. The entire 5 hours from Darya Bugyal to Syari Bugyal is spent walking on the ridge of the mountain. It is a thrilling experience to actually walk with hundreds of meters of cliff below you! However, our guides are prepared to take care of you lest any danger prevails and you have not a thing to worry about. Exhilarated with the slight adventure, we camp below Syari Bugyal for the night.
Early the next day, we finish breakfast and start our trek to Surya Top, which is a summit offering an almost 360 degree view of the Himalayas with prominent peaks such as Bandarpoonch (6350 m), Dropdikadanda (6420 m), Jaonli (6600 m), Srikanth, Gangotri I,II,III etc. clearly visible. Our guides will be able to point out accurately the name of the peaks for you and you can store away the memory in your cameras. This is perhaps the best walk of the entire trek. From Surya top, we walk back on the ridge and divert to our camping at Kornkutta.
The walk is through a nice oak, cedar and rhododendron forest and finally a pretty much downhill walk to the Agoda village. We camp for the night just below the said village, which consists of 20 to 30 houses, double-storied, slate roofed and each with a stone courtyard.
It is now just a 2 and half hours walk down to the awaiting vehicles which will take us back to Rishikesh.