Gidara Bugyal Trek The Unexplore Meadow in the Himalayas
Gidara Bugyal is a hidden gem in the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand. Being one of the largest high altitude meadows in this country, the Gidara Bugyal is twice as big as Dayara Bugyal and Ali and Bedni Bugyal. It takes almost 2 days to traverse the entire length of the Bugyal but surely one of the most stunning experiences. Gidara Bugyal is located near to Dayar Bugyal and is at a higher altitude. The trek takes you through undulating meadows, grasslands, diverse flora and fauna, near-zero footsteps of other travelers due to its pristine and offbeat nature and mesmerizing campsites. Even though this is an easy trek best suited for both beginners and experienced trekkers, for a novice it is recommended to be in good physical shape due to steep and treacherous sections of the trail. The ridge walk to Gidara Top at 4240 meters in one of the highlights of this trek as you are presented with uninterrupted views of the mighty peaks of Gangotri, Jogin, Srikanth and DKD on a clear day. The best time for Gidara Bugyal trek is in the pre-monsoon months of May and June and in the post-monsoon months of September and October. Stay on this page for more information on the Gidara Bugyal Trek..
Gidara Bugyal Trek – Gidara Bugyal lying at an elevation of 13,802 feet is perfect for trekkers in Uttarkashi district.
The highlight of this trek is that it is larger than the well-known pristine Dayara Bugyal and is wider than the two fable Ali and Bedni Bugyal! Most probably, it can be traversed in 2 days.
Despite being the perfect trekking destination, it is highly secluded. Very few people are aware of these meadows.
The first campsite of Gidara Bugyal Trek is Rikoda and the only settlement spotted there are of shepherds.
Spot high mountains from there and enjoy being the only group trekking and camping in these lone meadows!
The Rewards in Gidara Bugyal Trek
The distance from Gidara to Dayara is 15 km and Gidara lies at a little higher altitude.
It rewards you with the grand views of Bandarpunch, Gangotri (I) (II), Draupadi Ka Danda, Jaonli and Srikanth.
Get fascinated by the close views of these lofty Himalayan peaks from a different angle.
The terrain isn’t easy becuase the ascents and descents are steep.
So, prepare well for this trek because of its moderate gradient. It turns out to be best for adventure lovers!
The Highlights of Gidara Bugyal Trek
Adventurous Ridge Walk
traversing the ridge to reach Gidara Top is the best part of this trek.
If the weather is clear then the panorama view of mountains will leave you enticed.
The Gangotri group of peaks stands in front and Srikanth peak stands tall amongst all.
Towards the left Bandarpunch is seen touching the sky and the full view of the Gidara meadows is clearly visible.
Trek to forest
When you head towards the first campsite of Gidara Bugyal trek i.e. Rikoda, you go through the dense forest area under the shade of trees.
The trail is steep and on the way are Gujjar huts. Glance of their lifestyle is a delight of this trek.
Hot Springs of Gangnani
The hot springs of Gangnani lies on the path to Bangeli. Take a short break here and spot devotees refreshing themselves while going to Gangotri.
The pure hot water springs are maintained well which makes it a perfect rejuvenating spot after the treacherous trek.
Why to choose Gidara Bugyal Trek?
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Gidara Bugyal trek.
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of 37 km which is to be covered into 7 days. Yet, it comes under moderate level of easy to moderate because of the things that this trek has to offers. These are:
The trail is not that abrupt and sheer as compare to other treks. So, beginners can easily do this trek. And family
You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, lakes, pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and culture Gangotri range.
During winter season, this fascinating Gidara Bugyal remains covered in snow and the white sheet of snow makes it look like a magical wide snow-land.
And, in summers, the valley turns totally different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers and woods blooming in different colors.
Please carry the documents given below
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Note: – Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.
Necessary Items for trekkers
Photo ID Proof.
Rucksack/Backpack (40 to 50 Litre) & Rucksack cover (Waterproof).
Daypack- one small day pack (15-20 L) with you during the walk.
Trekking Shoe- A good quality rubber sole shoe..
T-shirt Dry fit/Quick dry type.
Warm Jacket-Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill.
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater.
Under garments/Inner wear.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles.
Water bottle/Hydration pack.
Sunglasses -UV protected.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries.
Wet tissue paper.
Camera with extra cells
Medications and a first-aid kit
Carry Personal Medical Kit
Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)
Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)
Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
Disprin – (Cures headache)
Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)
Avil – (It treat allergies)
Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)
Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)
Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.
Advisory:- follow covid-19 guidelines
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