Dodi tal lake is a pristine freshwater lake in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand in northern India. The lake holds a holy stature for the denizen of the valley of Assi ganga river, which originates from Dodi tal. The river Assi ganga later merges with Bhagirathi at Gangori near Uttarkashi. The origin of the name of the lake owns to a healthy population of ‘Dodi’ or the Himalayan Trout at the lake. There is a temple of Lord Ganesh on the edge of the lake, where local people come to pay homage on cosmologically important days of the year. Mythological memes suggest that it was here Lord Shiva cut the head of son Ganesha because he wouldn’t let him through towards the lake where Parvati was bathing.
Categorically, the trek to Dodi tal lake is pretty straightforward with semi-mild steeps, but generally false flat trail. It is an ideal backpacking experience for someone who want to spend some quality time in nature exploring wildlife, flora and culture of one of the least understood civilizations in Himalayas. Five km or three miles ahead of the Dodi tal lake is Darwa meadows, from where you can have a grand look at big peaks like Bunderpoonch (Monkey Tail), Swargarohini and long view of the Shreekanth Mahadev, Gangotri range of peaks amongst many others.
Dreamcatcher Adventure suggests tailor-made trekking program for Dodi Tal that will love up to your adventurous expectations. Backed up by a team of swift mountaineers you can let loose and soak in your mind and body in the aura of nature. Dodi tal lake will live up its name and have embraced many soul in mystical ways.
Dodi Tal Trek Overview
Below is a day to day plan of the trek, which we customize based on specific group requirement:
Driving on DAY 01
Once you arrive in New Delhi, a flight to Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun is our quickest way to get near the Himalayas. On arrival you will be escorted by our team and after a quick briefing we will sit back for a scenic drive to Uttarakashi, which is about 6-hour drive, worth 170-km. Night stay at the hotel.
Drive and Hike on DAY 02 (06 km)
The next day we take a quick 45-minute drive to Sangam Chatti. After mounting our gears on pony we take a stroll to Agora village (2200 m), which is about 06-km from the road head. This is pretty little village is an excellent place to speak to local people and get personal with their lifestyle. Night stay Agora in Tents.
Day 03 Trek Plan (14 km)
After an early morning tea and early breakfast we begin the 14-km trek to Dodi Tal lake (3100 m) with packed lunch. The trail feature for the day is up and flat sections mostly. The distance should be covered in about 7 hours depending on overall health of the team. Enroute you will pass through the shepherd village of Manjhi – which is really a Chani or seasonal shepherd village. We reach Dodi late in evening. Sip tea/coffee and have Pakora and enjoy this beautiful place.
Day 04 Plan (10 km)
Technically a REST DAY, but we will go for a hike to Darwa top, which is pebbly trail till half way and thereafter turns into an alpine grassland trail. At Darwa Top you will experience an altitude of about 4000 m and get a close look at some high Himalayan peaks. After a breather and few munchies we will head back to Dodi tal lake, ideally spend the day checking out pretty birds of the mountains, especially the dazzling Himalayan Pheasant or Monal.
Day 05 Plan – 14 km
It’s time to return. We take the same trail back to Agora village. Enjoy the scenes, nature and culture.
Plan for Day 06 – 06 km
Take a hike back to Sangam Chatti where you will be back in the modern world of motorcars and roads. After a cup of tea and quick breather we will head back to Dehradun the same day – 160 km / 7 hours.
Day 07 – Trip Ends
Board flight for New Delhi.
Accommodation: Standard 03-Star hotels on Day 01 and Day 06. Dome tents and sleeping bags during the trek.
Transport: Toyota Innova, Mahindra Scorpio or SUV of similar categories. Economy class travel on airways.
Food: Typical nutrition-filled diet essentially covering India, Chinese, Continental and western cuisines. Refer to our ‘Trekking Menu’ for the same.
Trekking Gears: World class trekking equipment known for their durability.
Tour Cost: INR 39,990 per person (min 02 pax / max 06 pax)