Dodital is a perfect trek for beginners. Dodital Trek (Dodi Lake) is at a height of 3310 Mtrs & Darwa pass at a height of 4140 Meters, making it a great choice for people wanting to explore the higher altitudes in Uttarakhand.
Dodital trek can practically be done throughout the year. It is also a beautiful trek when attempted in winters. Trekkers looking to trek and camp in the snow should attempt the Dodital Trek in winters. The Himalayan Trout Fish is called Dodi in local language and is found in abundance in this high-altitude lake. As per the Hindus, Dodital is the birth place for Lord Gangesha. There is a dedicated temple for Lord Ganesha at this lake.
Additionally, we have an option of booking the forest guest house for someone who wants to be comfortable in a room.
It is a great trek for first timers. There is also an option of staying back at Dodital if someone doesn't want to trek to the Darwa top. Uttarakhand region also offer some more treks like Brahmatal Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, Valley of Flowers Trek & Dayara Bugyal Trek for beginners.
Day 1 : Haridwar - Uttarkashi - Sangam Chatti
The journey from Haridwar to Sangam Chatti is about 180 Kms. We will stop on the way for breakfast. We will start early to make it to Sangam Chatti in time so that we have time in the evening to explore the authentic Garhwal village. One can interact with locals and be part of their culture & cuisine. Sangam Chatti will be our starting point for Dodital Trek.
Day 2 : Sangam Chatti – Bhebra
After having breakfast, we start our trek. The initial trek is a gradual ascend and through number of villages and fields. There are small tea shops and other settlements along the way to Bhebra. We camp at Bhebra which also has a concrete set of rooms for one to stay. We will have the entire evening to relax and explore around. There is a stream that flows right next to the campsite at Bhebra.
Day 3 : Bhebra – Dodital
We start early today. After having breakfast, we set out on a moderate trail through Rhodendron, Pine and Oak trees. We will reach Manjhi where we have small shops (only in the summer months). We will stop here for lunch that we packed from Bhebra.
Another 5-6 Kms from Manjhi is our destination for today, the beautiful Dodi lake (Dodital) According to Hindus, it is also the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. You can also see a lot of Himalayan Trout Fish but as fishing is not allowed, one can simply feed them and take a walk around the lake. The majestic Dodi lake is frozen in the winter months making it even more beautiful.
Day 4 : Dodital - Darwa Pass – Dodital
The trek today takes a lot of energy and effort as it is quite steep. We will have our breakfast on the way. The initial ascend from Dodital is pleasant through meadows circled with rhododendron trees followed by slightly steep trek towards the end.
Once at the top, one can have a view of peaks like Bandarpunch, Swargarohini and others. We spend some time on the top and click pictures and then start retracing our steps back to Dodital.
Evening at campsite in Dodital Trek.
Day 5 : Dodital – Bhebra
We start after breakfast & descend to Bhebra. It is relatively easy descend and can be covered in about 5 hours. Evening at leisure. We enjoy some local cuisine and enjoy the rest of the night.
Day 6 : Bhebra – Haridwar
It takes about 2 hours from Bhebra to Sangam Chatti. We have our breakfast on the way down and start out journey back to Haridwar. Our trek ends here.
1) Meals - All the meals from Sangam Chatti to Sangam Chatti.
2) Accommodation -
- Camping/forest guest houses while on trek on twin sharing basis.
- While camping, wanderers will provide: dry cleaned sleeping bags and mattresses with fresh individual fleece liner for hygiene.
- Toilets – clean and hygienic (traditional cat pit style).
3) Trek Leader - An experienced mountaineer who is also a certified wilderness first aid responder.
4) Guide - There will be a well experienced local guide who is well versed with the local topography.
5) Camping & trekking permits and permissions from the local administrations/ authorities.
6) Other Equipments (if required) can be rented from Wanderers.
1) Transport - To the base (Sangam Chatti) and back.
2) Any meals/services not mentioned above
3) Any costs in accommodation & food arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
5) Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
6) Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
7) Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.