Dodital is a freshwater lake situated at an altitude of 3,024 metres above the sea level. The lake can be reached by a moderate trek of 20 km which starts from a small village Sangamchatti in the Uttarkashi district. The trek passes through dense forests and deep valleys and takes you up to the Darwa top which is situated at 4,200 meters. The top offers amazing panoramic views of snowcapped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas.
Apart from the serene lake, the place also dwells one temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is believed that Lord Ganesha was born here. That’s why there is one more name of this trek which is ‘Dhundital’ meaning Lake of Ganesha.
Drive from Dehradun to Sangamchatti and Trek to Agora (2220 Mtr) - (130 Km Drive / 05 hrs. & 05 Km trek )
Trek from Agora to Manjhi (2880 Mtr) to Dodital (3100 Mtr) (14 Km trek/ 6 or 7 Hrs.)
Dodital- Darwa top(4100 Mtr) - Dodital (05 Km one side)
Dodital to Agora
Agora to Uttarkashi - Dehradun
Reach Dehradun and start your mountain journey in the early morning after breakfast. We will take some short breaks in between and one lunch break at Uttarkashi. Sangamchatti is just 15 km from Uttarkashi and is the starting point of the trek. After reaching Sangamchatti, we will start our trek to Agora, which is 5 km from Sangamchatti.
Dinner and overnight stay in Camps
After having breakfast, we will start our trek towards Manjhi and further to Dodital. Today’s trek is 14 km long and will take you through the dense forest of Oak, Pine, Deodar and Rhododendron. The trail is uphill throughout the whole route till Manjhi. The trail is comparatively easier and flat from here and offers great views of surroundings.
Explore the lake and a nearby temple which is dedicated to the Goddess of Food. As there are several varieties of birds in the vicinity, one can spend a quality time by doing bird watching there. Himalayan Trout Golden Fish can be found in the lake.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps at the lake site.
Wake up and get ready for a trek to Darwa Top. We will start our trek with the packed lunch and after having breakfast. Situated at a height of 4200 meters, the Darwa Top is 5 km from Dodital. Reach the top and enjoy the magnificent views of Banderpooch, Kala Nag and other Himalayan peaks.
Dinner and overnight stay at Dodital site.
On this day, we will trek back to Agora. The downhill trek will be easier and takes less time. We retrace the same route and reach back to Agora village.
Dinner and overnight stay at Agora.
We start our day with a small trek of 5 km back to Sangamchatti and then begin our drive back to Dehradun. You will be dropped at Dehradun by evening.
Transport from Dehradun to Uttarkashi and return
Guide and Cook Fees
Forest entry charges
All Veg meals starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 5 Breakfast
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum 12-15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.