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Dodital - Yamunotri Trek

Dodital - Yamunotri Trek

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About The Dodital - Yamunotri Trek

The Dodital - Yamunotri Trek connects the emerald lake of Dodital to the holy shrine of Yamunotri, one of the 4 revered pilgrimage site for the Hindus, known as Char Dhams, in the Dev Bhoomi of Uttrakhand. Yamunotri is also the source of River Yamuna.

Dodital is a serene lake in the lap of the Himalayas deep in the valley of Asi Ganga. The lake apart from being peaceful, beautiful and picturesque, also holds religious significance for the Hindus. It is considered as the birth place of the Hindu Gord - Lord Ganesha

It just takes couple of trek days to reach Dodital from hub of Uttarkashi and is one of the easier to do treks in the Himalayas. To get onto the Hanuman Ganga valley from the Asi Ganga Valley, one needs to cross the pass known as the Darwa Top. The snow covered peak of Banderpoonch dominate this region. The climb to the Darwa top is an good strenuous one but very much rewarding when compared to the view it has to offer from the top. From the top of Darwa Pass, The Dodital - Yamunotri trek route splits into two major treks. One descends down the Hanuman Ganga valley or traverses the other side of the mountain wall to reach Yamunotri, whereas the other goes straight to the more difficult Bamsharu Khal trek, almost to the base of Banderpoonch summit. 

After crossing Dodital, The Dodital - Yamunotri Trek turns into a grade higher and rewarding in return. The route climbs up steep to the Darwa Top and then down to the campsite of Seema, a beautiful looking small flat meadow beside the Hanuman Ganga. Further, it follows the Hanuman Ganga down to Hanuman Chatti where it meets the Yamuna coming down from Yamunotri. From Hanuman Chatti, the route follows the Yamuna river to its source at Yamunotri.


Mythological Belief:

As per the legend, Dodital is the very place in Hindu mythology where the epic act of Lord Ganesha -  a very important Hindu God with the body of a human and head of an Elephant, was born. It is believed that Parvati, Ganesha's mother wanted to take bath and had ordered Ganesha, her son to guard the site. Ganesha was the son of Lord Shiva (The Hindu God of Destruction ) and Parvati, but Lord Shiva was unknown of the fact that Ganesha was his son, as he was born in his absence. When Parvati was taking bath, Lord Shiva returned from his yatra and was obstructed bravely and aggressively by Ganesha. This made Lord Shiva very angry and he cut off Ganesha's head. When Parvati saw this, she broke down and got angry with Lord Shiva, and wanted to destroy the entire creation. She wanted Lord Shiva to undo his act, which had become a very difficult problem to solve. Lord Brahma (Hindu God Of Creation ) intervened to rescue the crisis and suggested Parvati to reconsider her decision. Parvati had 2 wishes to be fulfilled - Firstly Ganesha be brought back to life and secondly Ganesha to be worshiped before offering puja to any other God. On this, Lord Shiva came out with a solution that any animal's head could be used to bring back life to Ganesha and he advised his soldiers to bring the head of the first animal they sighted, facing North. Soon his helpers started to look out for that animal and they returned with an Elephant's head which was fixed on Ganesha's torso and he came back to life.


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Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Dodital - Yamunotri Trek

Day 1From Rishikesh To Sangam Chatti, Via - Uttarkashi

Quick Information:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Early morning take the scenic mountainous drive to Sangam Chatti via Uttarkashi. It takes about 8 hours to reach.

Once you reach, you will be greeted with one of our staff. Team introduction happens over a cup of coffee and snacks and with that, we will also share few details on the trek. We will issue the personal equipment to you to be used on the trek and returned at the end.

A hot tasty dinner and then our bed calls us. Tomorrow we will start our trek, and we need good rest today, specially for our spinning head after the long drive.

Accommodation: Hotel / Sangam Chatti
Meals: All Meals

Day 2From Sangam Chatti To Manjhi, Via - Aghora, Bevra

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Brief Details Of The Day:

After having our breakfast, we pack our lunch and set out for the trek to Manjhi. Today is the starting day of our Dodital trek. We start in good time and it takes about 5 hours for us to reach. The trek passes by the village of Aghora and Bevra before starting to climb to Manjhi, 6 kilometers before reaching Dodital.

Manjhi is a beautiful campsite and the snowy peak of Banderpoonch is visible from here.

Accommodation: Tents / Majhi
Meals: All Meals

Day 3From Manjhi To Dodital

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Brief Details Of The Day:

The trek from Manjhi to Dodital is a short one. The trail follows the Assi Gorge upstream and takes about 2 hours to reach. The trails is mostly under forest cover.

Once we reach, we are overtaken by the presence of the beautiful lake of Dodital. We trekked more last day to give ourselves enough time in this serene wonderland amidst the forest of conifers and mountains.

Do take time to visit the temple.

Accommodation: Tents / Dodital
Meals: All Meals

Day 4From Dodital To Seema, Via - Darwa Top

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we reach the highest point on our Dodital Yamunotri Trek. We trek to the top of the Darwa pass which takes trekkers to the other side of the valley - The Hanuman Ganga valley.

The climb is steep starting from the Dodital and takes an effort of 3 hours to reach the top. The trail is straight forward, but is steep and is a mixed terrain of small rocks and grasses.

From the top, we get great views of Banderpoonch and also see the Hanuman Ganga valley on the other side. We cross over the pass and descend on the other side to the campsite of Seema. 

Seema is a lively campsite in a flat surface beside the Hanuman Ganga

Accommodation: Tents / Seema
Meals: All Meals

Day 5From Seema To Hanuman Chatti

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Brief Details Of The Day:

We descend down following the Hanuman Ganga river and meet the pilgrimage route to Yamunotri in Hanuman Chatti

Accommodation: Hotel / Hanuman Chatti
Meals: All Meals

Day 6From Hanuman Chatti To Yamunotri

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Brief Details Of The Day:

We follow the well laiden pilgrimage route to Yamunotri.

Accommodation: Hotel / Yamunotri
Meals: All Meals

Day 7From Yamunotri To Uttarkashi, Via - Janki Chatti

Quick Information:
  • Yamunotri: 3213 meters / 10603 feets
  • Janki Chatti: 2540 meters / 8382 feets
  • Uttarkashi: 1450 meters / 4785 feets
  • Approximate Time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek, Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

We trek back to Janki Chatti road head from where we board our vehicle to take us to Uttarkashi

Accommodation: Hotel / Uttarkashi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8From Uttarkashi To Rishkesh

Quick Information:
  • Uttarkashi: 1450 meters / 4785 feets
  • Rishkesh: 552 meters / 1822 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 170 Km
  • Approximate Time: 7 - 8 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

We drive back to Rishikesh

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 8 Days, Rishikesh to Rishikesh
  • Highest Altitude: 3786m
  • Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: Apr May Jun, Aug Sep Oct
  • Terrain: forest, meadows, rocky, snow in winters
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • Starts At: Sangam Chatti
  • Ends At: Janaki Chatti
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sangam Chatti
  • Mobile Network: BNSL, sparsely
  • Internet Option: No
  • Temperatures:
  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali
+ Short Travel Itinerary

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  • Day 1


    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Sangam Chatti (1600m ), Via - Uttarkashi (1450m ) . 7 - 8 Hrs. 190 Kms
    Overnight In: Sangam Chatti (1600m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Sangam Chatti
    Meals Included: All Meals
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2


    From Sangam Chatti (1600m ) To Manjhi (2942m ), Via - Aghora (2142m ), Bevra (2235m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Manjhi (2942m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Majhi
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3


    From Manjhi (2942m ) To Dodital (3090m ) . 2.5 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Dodital (3090m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Dodital
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    From Dodital (3090m ) To Seema (2069m ), Via - Darwa Top (3786m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Seema (2069m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Seema
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5


    From Seema (2069m ) To Hanuman Chatti (2540m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Hanuman Chatti (2540m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Hanuman Chatti
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Hanuman Chatti (2540m ) To Yamunotri (3213m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Yamunotri (3213m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Yamunotri
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek, Drive

    From Yamunotri (3213m ) To Uttarkashi (1450m ), Via - Janki Chatti (2540m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Uttarkashi (1450m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Uttarkashi
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 8


    From Uttarkashi (1450m ) To Rishkesh (552m ) . 7 - 8 Hrs. 170 Kms
    Overnight In: Rishkesh (552m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
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+ Trek Highlights
  • Can be considered one of the easiest treks in the Himalayas to get introduced to High Altitude Himalayan Treks.
  • The beautiful lake of Dodital which is also religiously considered a holy place by the Hindus
  • The villages and locals of the region gives an enriching experience of the Himalayas, its culture and life style
  • The trek to Darwa Top presents a good challenge to overcome rewarding in return with grand vista for view
  • Yamunotri is the source of River Yamuna, one of the major tributary of the Ganges and is also one of the 4 revered pilgrimage site for the Hindus, known as Char Dhams
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+ Cancellation Policy

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We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

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