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Dodital Trek

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Dodital, the lake with a lot of mythological history is a very happening trekking destination at the present age. Dodital is the birth place of Lord Ganesha and is said to have witnessed the beheading of the deity by Lord Shiva. A trek with a perfect blend of rapidly changing landscape among any Himalayan trek. Dodital Trek starts with rural villages bustling with activities, it then goes onto a river side camp, very thick alpine woods, a mythical lake in the middle of it and finally a camp at 13,000 ft. on green grass lands atop a meadow looking 20,000 ft. snow mountains straight in the eye. The trek is of moderate difficulty. You are looking at trekking times of 4-5 hours a day on an average. The route is well marked all along and there is no major tricky terrain.

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.

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Overview

  • Destination: Uttarakhand
  • Location: Dodital
  • Departure: Dehradun or Rishikesh
  • Google Map Co-ordinates: 30.8981° N, 78.5247° E
  • Nearest City (Airport): Jolly Grant (Dehradun)
  • Nearest City (Railway Station): Dehradun
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Dates: 11 – 16 Dec, On request
  • Months: March – June(2nd week), September(3rd week) – December
  • Level: Moderate
  • Guide: Available
  • Price: On request

Experience


Dodital is a freshwater lake in Uttarakhand, India, situated at a height of 3,024 metres (9,921 ft). According to one of the popular legends Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode. Another name for this lake is ‘Dhundital’ meaning Ganesh ka tal or lake of Ganesha

You will trek about 21 km over 2-3 days via villages called Aghora, Bewda and Manjhi to reach Dodital (approx 10,000 ft) and finally trek another 5 km to reach Darba top where you camp for a night from where you will get an enchanting view of a number of prominent mountains in the Garhwal Himalayas.

This trek has become a popular trek in recent times owing to its beauty, ease of access and moderate difficulty. It can be easily undertaken by a first timer and gives you a great feel of everything a trekker can ask for- ranging from the forests to the meadows and finally the snows.

During the trek we reach a height of about 13,000 ft gained over a distance of about 27 km. Expect the temperatures to range from chilly to quite cold depending on the time of the year. Broadly the temperature will vary from 5 degrees to 0 degrees at night and expect snow if you are planning this trek between December and mid April- an added attraction for those who wish to get a true Himalayan experience.

The base for the trek is a place called Sangamchatti which is about 15 km from Uttarkashi, located at a height of about 6,000 ft.

All in all a five and a half to six day trek from Dehradun to Dehradun or from Rishikesh to Rishikesh.

Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrive in Uttarkashi
Uttarkashi is the most prominent town on the Rishikesh- Gangotri road on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. This is a 150 km drive from Dehradun through tiring and winding mountain terrain.
Day 2 / Trek from Sangamchatti to Bewra (8km, 3 hr trek). Camp at Bewra.
After a short drive to Sangamchatti, we do a short, fairly simple trek to Bewra. Our camp will be along the stream. The trek is fairly gradual most of the way and the route is well marked. You will cross a couple of villages along the way and hence encounter plenty of local villagers adding a charm to this bit of the trek.
Day 3 / Trek from Bewra to Dodital (14 km, 4-5 hour trek)
The trek for the day goes from Bewra to Dodital via Manjhi. Manhi will offer you the first glimpses of snow in the region. Located at about 8,000 ft. in the middle of dense forests. The trek itself will go through some very tall, dense forests full of Oak and Teak trees. Dodital is a further 5 km from Manjhi on a fairly simple trek route in the middle on pristine forests. The trek for the day is fairly simple to it can get steep at times and is a little long.
Day 4 / Trek from Dodital to Darba top and back to Dodital (5 km steep, 3-3.5 hour trek one way)
Darba top is a steep 3-4 hr trek from Dodital, but is easily the most rewarding day of the entire trek. It takes us to the highest point in that area and the top offers great close up views of the Upper Himalayan ranges. We came here for the night at the beautiful meadows on Darba top.
Day 5 / Trek back from Dodital to Bewra
Day 6 / Trek back from Bewra to Sangamchatti, Drive back to Dehradun.

Reviews

1. Mahesh Paradkar and his wife: Vijaya, son: Parth and daughter: Abha

(A) Your rating of the Dodital trek and the experience: Out of 5(5 being the highest, 0 being the lowest)
5 stars
(B) Things you loved, liked and didn’t like about the trek?
what we liked
The location – Dodital – the nature, mountain views, floura and faunna, great walks, streams and the river – assi ganga and luckily great climate too
The booking experience with Tapas was outstanding.. he helped us with information, tips and guidance right from the day we talked first to the last day we spent in Dehradoon.
the service – Satya and his team- Rajesh, Ashik, Hukum Singh the cook and all others were excellent and provided all the services without a frown or hesitation- throughout the trek.. especially, outstanding support to children on the trek.
the food – great taste and variety despite the limited resources / accessibility.
(C) As a first timer how did you feel about the trek?
My 9 year daughter was the first timer and she enjoyed every minute of the trek- she walked well, ate well and slept well.
this was my first experience of taking the entire family along on a “moderate” trek..
There was nothing we did not like.. some of us had a bit of headache/digestion problems which are quite usual with altitude and the change of water.
(D) Any recommendations for those planning to undertake this trek:
Have fun.. this is a great trek
* Mahesh and Vijaya’s daughter Abha did the did the entire trek to Dodital at age 9. A big congratulations to her

​​2. Rita Kothari

(A) Your rating of the Dodital trek and the experience: Out of 5(5 being the highest, 0 being the lowest)
5 stars
(B) Things you loved, liked and didn’t like about the trek?
Loved the group. The support staff was very good. Its a beautiful trail all the way upto dodital. Camp sites were good.
(C) As a first timer how did you feel about the trek?
Not a first timer. But a good simple trek. Just right with kids.
(D) Any recommendations for those planning to undertake this trek:
Have fun!! Its a great trek for starters!!! Enjoy the campsites!!
​* Rita and Nishad’s son Agastya reached Dodital at age 3 will a little help from us :). A big congratulations to him

3. Kinjal Pandit

(A) Your rating of the Dodital trek and the experience: Out of 5(5 being the highest, 0 being the lowest)
5 stars
(B) Things you loved, liked and didn’t like about the trek?
My wife and me have been trekking for the past 15 years now. But this time was special. We wanted to introduce our 5 yo daughter to the Himalayas and we also had two more families with kids. So the itinerary had to be super custom made to fit our requirement. And all I can say is “My Himalayan Adventure” did not disappoint. The attention to detail was fantastic and most importantly the staff was like family. Satya (the partner) himself trekked with us to ensure all went well, which was really reassuring. All in all, two thumbs up to the team, and we hope to trek with MHA again.
PS: I guess the video will sum it all up.

(C) As a first timer how did you feel about the trek?

(D) Any recommendations for those planning to undertake this trek:
It’s a perfect trek for absolute beginners to get introduced the Himalayas. Specially with My Himalyan Adventure.
* Kinjal and Neha’s daughter Udita finished the entire Dodital trek at age 5. A big congratulations to her

4. Shruthi Rao

(A) Your rating of the Dodital trek and the experience: Out of 5(5 being the highest, 0 being the lowest)
5 stars
(B) Things you loved, liked and didn’t like about the trek?
I loved the Darba top, the semi- frozen lake, hospitable guides and hosts – Tapas and Uncle being so inspiring, the bunch of cooks that kept sending delicious food, and our gang of trekkers providing unending topics of conversation and fun. The only hitch was the sleeping bag, which I felt could have been a little better, but it was still not bad at all.
(C) As a first timer how did you feel about the trek?
It was an exhilarating experience that ensured a complete cut-off from the world as we know it. 4 days of back-to-the-earth feeling, no electricity, network or any other luxury. This is what I was looking for and I was not disappointed. Since we had so much time every day after the trek, it gave us an opportunity to interact, exchange ideas and sometimes just speak relentlessly for hours with our group that hailed from different parts of the country – something small that we still miss out on our day-to-day hectic schedule. This indeed helped us understand our own brothers and sisters so much better and also taught us a lesson or two in respecting the nature.
(D) Any recommendations for those planning to undertake this trek:
Drop the luggage, leave your phone away and take the trek and be prepared to be thrilled. Though not a very difficult trek, it still requires mental and physical preparation. Plenty of warm clothes, sunscreen, a good camera, toilet paper, some chocolates, water bottle and zeal to re-live are a must!


5. Aayushi Bharadwaj

(A) Your rating of the Dodital trek and the experience: Out of 5(5 being the highest, 0 being the lowest)

5 Stars

(B) Things you loved, liked and didn’t like about the trek:

It was really liberating and scenic. The steepness of the tracks made it more adventurous. The sites where we rested for the nights were beautiful and fine.

(C) As a first timer how did you feel about the trek?

I expected something more exhausting but it turned out to be great fun and exquisite.

(D) Any recommendations for those planning to undertake this trek:

GO :)
* Aayushi is the youngest My Himalayan Adventure trekker to reach the summit of Darba top at age 12. Kudos to her!

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Camping & Trekking equipments including tents, sleeping bag, carry mat, dining tent, toilet tent, hot water bottles, gas heater (when needed)
  • Personally trained professional guides, cook, porter/ponies to carry equipment as well as personal luggage.
  • Forest entry and permits wherever needed.
  • Ground support from an experienced team of adventurers.
  • Stay at a resort in Uttarkashi and for the 1st night. Since this is a remote area, the rooms in the resort cottages are basic but clean.
  • High comfort/luxury trek facilities.
  • Food & Beverages: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea etc. (Multi cuisine veg/non-veg prepared by well trained cooks)

Exclusions

  • Any medical expenses, evacuation etc.
  • Any kind of Insurance.
  • Any cost of personal nature.
  • GST.
  • Transport Ex Dehradun / Rishikesh. Can be arranged at an additional cost as per actuals.
  • Price per person valid for a group size of three or more.
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Items not mentioned in inclusions.

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