The Dodital Trek, situated in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, which trekkers adore , is regarded as one of the moderately easy treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that is located in Uttarakhand.
Situated amidst the Garhwal Himalayas is this trek, a simple-to-do adventure possible for almost all. Adorned with foliage-covered trees and lush green meadows, the track takes one towards which open up to take one to the bewitching Dodital lake. Perched at an altitude of 1,350 meters, the trek passes through dense woods, and has a track that elevates to an altitude of 4,150 meters to Darwa Top, begins in Bhagirati valley. Dodital is often called Ganesh-ka-Tal. In the Garhwal Himalayan region, it is believed to be the birthplace of the Hindu god Lord Ganesha. This is the nomenclature explanation. The captivating natural ambience surrounding the peaceful lake is ideal for setting up camp.
The Dodital Lake is a mesmerizingly awesome viewpoint and a wonderful place to pitch tents at as it is surrounded by coniferous trees and there is also the fact that the Lake is a home to the Fresh Water Golden Masheer, one of the most famous trout fish in the Himalayas. Snow-capped in the heart of th winter season and almost Savannah-like with its tall grasses and the gushing rivulets, dense alpine forests bursting with foliage and splendidly plenty quantity of flora, the Dodital Trek is one of the most picturesque treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. And this then goes onto the Dwara Pass Top. This is at 4150 m and the trekker can enjoy beautiful visuals of excellent natural beauty. This includes views of the Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges.
Just like the Kalindi Khal trek, this trek is also a moderate-difficulty level one.
The Dodital Trek, which is also one of the winter treks in the Indian Himalayan region starts at Sangamchatti and goes towards Agoda village situated at an altitude of 2,250 meters. The trail tracks the route of the river Asi Ganga and is followed by gentle ascents and descent and passes through a quite village, Bhebra. From Agoda, a 16 km journey that passes through the beautiful forest of Rhododendrons leads to Manjhi, which is perched at a great height. It offers such an environment that forms a haven for trekkers to camp overnight. The trek from Manjhi turns towards Dodital, which is approximately 6 kilometers away and is located at a height of 3,307 meters. The sprawling natural beauty, refreshing climate and tranquil water of the freshwater lake make camping here an absolute bliss. Further, a walk of 5 kilometers to Darwa Top that passes through narrow gorges, birch forest, rocky colonies, and involves a number of rivulets which take you to the stunning Bandarpunch peak and Swargarohini range. Venturesome and enthusiastic trekkers can go out to explore the Asi Ganga valley. There are several treks connecting one from Asi Ganga to Bhagirathi Ganga valley and to the Yamuna valley and thence.
In the period of winter, most of the trail has to be completed over a thick bed of snow that expunges after crossing the village of Agoda.
Full of abundant surprises anf a tasty fulfilment of your escapist desires, the dodital trek is an one true getaway which is worth every penny. Enjoy the chance to tread along wintry cool landscapes. At an altitude of 3085 m along with the bonus of a freshwater lake, this trek is a win-win for all. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode and there is a temple dedicated to him here. Known as The Land of Gods, one comes across dramatic terrain with beautiful lakes, peace-dweller rivers and mountains and high-up-there Himalayan peaks in this high-altitude land. The Dodital trek and Darwa Pass trek does not stand alone as there are several touristy things to do which include a visit to Sangam Chatti, an idyllic village and rifling through the history of the Gujar settlement. Trudge along meadows decorated with snow, lined with pine trees and bask in the beauty of the awe-inspiring Himalayas.
Ascension to the Dodital has a route which passes through deep, interconnected woods, as you are bewitched by the beauty of the greenery around that falls delightfully upon the eye. As you continue trekking you will come across the high mountain peaks and the distant valleys. The dense forests, clearings and the wide grasslands offer an array of good sights to the trekker. The beautiful Dodital Lake and eventually the Dwara Pass Top at 4150 Meters offers mesmerizing views of Dhauladhar and Greater Himalayan Ranges, as mentioned above. Also, during the trek, you will come across some of the best campsites surrounded by coniferous coverage. This trek is also very popular among the trekker, nature-philiacs and the photography enthusiasts. This trek is haven especially for the camera-wielding public. Invest your time in getting acquainted with mother nature that you have around you and bask in the glory, the beauty and the mesmerizing characteristics of all the wonderful things that this trek has to offer. As mentioned above, this lake is also home to the fresh Water Golden Masheer one of most famous trout fish in the Himalayas. The trek is also famous among the birdwatchers as well.
Every trek stresses on the need and importance of both acclimatization and fitness, which basically is a must for all trekkers. Once high altitudes are surged, atmospheres and other factors vary greatly because as there is a gradual gain in the level and altitude, the oxygen lessens making breathing heavy and the atmosphere gets thinner. The trick is to gradually ascend with baby-steps (but not too slow either) as this makes adaptation and acclimatization easier and does not weary out the trekker. The trail is more or less a laid out path, with few steep ascents and descents, with the availability of water being more or less frequent. But not to face last minute upsets we advise to keep certain things in mind. This means approximately 1.5 kms in an hour. However given the terrain and the altitude it is considered to be equivalent of 3 km in 1 hour in Plains. If you can run or cover 3 km in 1 hour you are fairly fit for the trek, however it is advisable to keep up the fitness game.
Dodital Trek is at an approximate height of 13000 ft. It is an easy trek and is suitable for first time trekkers as it is not an extremely long one.
Some of the best highlights of this trek/trip are: Famous Temples at Haridwar and Rishikesh, Crystal Clear Lake and Himalayan trout, Verdant Valley: Asi Ganga Valley, Bhagirathi Valley and Yamuna Valley, Snow capped Himalayan Peaks: Bandarpunch peak and Swargarohini Peak, Low altitude trek with gorges, magnificent views, multiple hues, Dazzling variation in scenery, Lush green meadows and thick forests, Rare glimpses of an ancient culture of local people.
There are some things about this trek that need to be known even though at base condition it is an amazing trek. There are few treks in India that can qualify as a true winter trek. Dodital is one of them. The snowy scenery is outstanding and camp sites are easily reachable. For those looking to explore the Himalayas in winter and experience snow, nothing is better than the Dodital trek. The trail type is a round trail, mostly covered in snow during winter and goes through rhododendron forests and villages. THINGS TO BE CARRIED:
Basic gear necessary such as backpack, rain cover (in case it drizzles), head torch, a walking stick, a water bottle and a hydration pack and snacks to nibble such as energy bars, dry fruits and ORS for hydration and rehydration. Also carry with self at least one thermos flask.
To keep warm and be comfortable in an unforgivable weather, make sure you carry comfy cotton T-shirts , Fleece T-shirts, Fleece jackets, (Alternative: a woollen sweater), a windbreaker and a waterproof jacket, thermal inners (upper and lower, at least one pair), Trek pants (two, avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris).
Also keep handy a set of amenities for your personal usage that might prove useful in the course of the trek such as Sunscreen cream, Hand sanitizer, Antibacterial powder, Toilet Paper & wipes, Toothbrush and toothpaste, Lip balm, a quick-dry towel.
And the most important of all factors in a trek: SHOES. These ensure the smooth flow of a strenuous trip and hence are very important.
· Trekking shoes (Waterproof and ankle-length or above with grip)
· Floaters/flip-flop (Optional)
· Cotton socks
· Woollen socks
Also, carry woollen gloves for the hand for protection in sub-zero temperatures.
To protect your head from the sun or the snow, whatever weather conditions prevail during the time of your trek, carry adequate clothing and protection.
Sun cap (One that covers the neck as well), Woolen cap, Balaclava, Neck-gaiters
Sunglasses, Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Contact lenses
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.