Dodital Yamunotri Trek

Dodital Yamunotri Trek

Details Of The Dodital Yamunotri Trek

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Dodital Yamunotri Trek

7 Popular Peaks:
Bandarpunch West ( 6316m ), Gangotri I ( 6672m ), Swargarohini 1 ( 6252m ), Gangotri 2 ( 6590m ), Draupadi ka Danda ( 5622m ), Swargarohini 2 ( 6240m ), Bandarpoonch East ( 6045m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Dodital ( 3090m )
3 Tranquil Rivers:
Asi Ganga, Yamuna, Hanuman Ganga
2 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Aghora, Bevra

Why Should You Do The Dodital Yamunotri Trek

  • 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
  • 📅 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 From: Sangam Chatti
  • 🚩 Ends In: Janaki Chatti
  • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, 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

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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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Dodital Yamunotri Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Sangam Chatti ( 190 Kms,7 - 8 hours )

Drive Day

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.

Day 2From Sangam Chatti To Manjhi, Via - Aghora, Bevra ( 14 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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.

Day 3From Manjhi To Dodital ( 6 Kms,2.5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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.

Day 4From Dodital To Seema, Via - Darwa Top ( 14 Kms,6 - 7 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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

Day 5From Seema To Hanuman Chatti ( 12 Kms,6 - 7 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 6From Hanuman Chatti To Yamunotri

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

We follow the well laiden pilgrimage route to Yamunotri.

Day 7From Yamunotri To Uttarkashi, Via - Janki Chatti

Trek, Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Yamunotri: 3213 meters / 10539 feet
  • Janki Chatti: 2540 meters / 8332 feet
  • Uttarkashi: 1450 meters / 4756 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 8From Uttarkashi To Rishkesh ( 170 Kms,7 - 8 hours )

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Uttarkashi: 1450 meters / 4756 feet
  • Rishkesh: 552 meters / 1811 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

We drive back to Rishikesh

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  • Day 1


    Arrival Day
    From Rishikesh (552m ) To 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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