Maximum Altitude: 13,500 ft
Duration: 7 days
Uttarakhand is a haven for trekkers. From green alpine meadows to snow covered peaks, from rhododendron laden trees to quaint little villages, there is something for everyone, and there is a trek for every season. You might have seen pictures of the mysterious Roopkund Lake or the colourful Valley of flowers. You would have heard about the snow covered Kedarkantha or the grasslands of Dayara. These are few of the famous treks that most of us focus on. And while all of them are stunning, popularity means a trail full with people. If you are someone who’s looking for an offbeat trek to explore then you are at the right place my friend.
Dev Kyara Bugyal – chances are that you have never heard this name before. This is one of the best kept secrets of Uttarakhand. Tucked between the Rupin and Supin Valleys, the enchanting meadows of Devkyara, shadowed by the majestic Devkyara peak, are something right out of a fantasy movie. This massive meadow is surrounded by captivating mountains with the Dibra Gad River meandering next to it and breathtaking vistas of famous mountains like Ranglana, Daowdu, Black Peak Bandarpoonch, Kedar Dome and Swargarohini. This less explored trek is absolutely raw and unspoiled by the crowd. The trail takes you through traditional villages, dense pine & oak forests, green meadows along with moraines, glaciers, and narrow cliffs. It also takes you through beautiful regions of Bhawa, Jakhol and Obra Gad. You will learn about the mythology associated with this place. It’s believed that this place is the origin of Someshwar Devta i.e. Lord Shiva. Every year 22 villages from the area celebrate by carrying a huge idol from one village to another. And if you are still contemplating, then let me tell you that Dev Kyara trek is labelled as the “Trek of the Year – 2019” by Times of India.
Highlights of the trek
- Hiking on one of the least explored trails of Uttarakhand
- Gradual gradient makes this trek beginner-friendly
- Viewing some of the most stunning landscapes
- A chance to explore the cultural villages of Uttarakhand
- Glorious campsite
Day 1: Take a scenic ride to the base camp which is in Sankri. As you begin your journey with from Dehradun, don’t miss to see some beautiful scenery that comes more like a trailer of what lies ahead. It is a long drive that takes you across ancient rivers, villages, and meadows. The journey to Sankri has enormous hills on both sides that keep your eyes from swaying away.
Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Boinche which is approximately three hours away. This drive is extremely scenic with the most beautiful ranges and valleys following you through the ride. You will witness small villages which beautifully carry their culture and history within the simple architecture of their houses and surroundings. Boinchi is the point where the two rivers of Dibra and Supin meet. It is a breath-taking sight that has an unusual charm to it. You will set on the trail and the greenery will accompany you all along your journey with lavish flora all around. You’ll cross multiple bridges and gradually ascend towards your first campsite – Obra Thatch. It is a big open field with a small temple on one side. Have you ever pitched tents? If not, then it’s the perfect day to learn.
Day 3: Once you leave the Obra campsite you will be entering a deep enchanting pine forest which is a continuous ascend. The ground level of the forest is covered with long grasses which makes it very engaging till the time you cross the forest section. If you are doing this trek before monsoon then you will come across colorful flowers, wild strawberries, and wild mushrooms that are difficult to find anywhere else. At a distance, the snow-capped mountains start to show. And after sometime, you’ll find yourself a giant meadow right beside a waterfall. This glorious campsite is Bhawa waterfall. And what’s the first thing we do on seeing a waterfall. Jump in it! Night comes with a blanket of stars. And the waterfall sings a beautiful lullaby for you to sleep.
Day 4: Today’s start from the early morning view to reaching Devkyara campsite, it is like a fairy-tale coming true. As the first rays of the Sun fall on the lush green fields of Bhawa, it will leave you awe-struck. Once you start your trek, the open valleys start unfolding the glorious lush green meadows in the center of the valley with massive mountains on either side shaped like a wall. One of the major highlights will be the number of waterfalls you will come across, not one or two, it is almost over twenty, not so small or not so big but it will keep coming till you reach the Devkyara campsite. The further you walk the more you get closer to Mt. Ranglana. The Dibra River at some sections kisses the exact trail you are walking on. If the season is right then you will be walking endless fields of flowers, some red, yellow and even blue. There are are a few sections with boulder crossing especially just before you reach Devkyara campsite. During pre Monsoon, there are good chances you will be walking on snow especially from April to May. Just after the boulder zone, there is a descending part which takes you to the Devkyara campsite. It is so massive that it doesn’t feel like you are inside a valley, so this is like a base camp to Ranglana peak. The presence of Ranglana peak gives the vibe of an alpine campsite, it means camping at very high altitude right next to snow-capped peaks which generally happens during a Mountaineering expedition. There are many more snow-capped peaks that are visible which is stunning. Explore the campsite and retire for the night.
Day 5: Get up early for this day, so that you can trek further up to a point which takes around two hrs from the campsite. The trail ahead takes you to a big shade under a rock where it is said it can accommodate more than a hundred people easily. The word Dev Kyara means Settling point for God. After visiting this place come back to Devkyara campsite and continue your journey towards Bhawa waterfall campsite which will merely take around two hours. While coming down to Bhawa waterfall from Devkyara campsite you get a different perspective altogether than going up to Devkyara. The greenery of the opposite end of the valley leaves you speechless, the good part is it doesn’t feel like you’re repeating the trail. So retire yourself at the Bhawa waterfall for your last night of the trek with the mesmerizing view of the Bhawa campsite.
Day 6: This last day will be a long and continuous descend till the very starting point of this trek. This is a good chance to relive the forestry trail one last time, so repeating a trail is not bad at all. You will be going back on the same trail you walked in first two days. You will be reaching Boincha by late afternoon and then you will be ending your journey by taking a vehicle to head back to Sankri village which is again a 3 hour drive.
Day 7: Depart from Sankri.
Best Time to visit
The best time to visit this trek is from March to June, and September to November. It is advised to avoid the months of July and August as heavy rainfall is expected during these months which might increase the dangers of accidents. If you want to see snow covered peaks, come during March or April.
The most beautiful of all Devkyara bugyal Trek, the blue Primula can be seen blooming in thousands in the Devkyara bugyal. The best time to see the Devkyara bugyal in full bloom is from mid July to mid October.
How To Reach
Sankri is around a 7 hour drive from Dehradun.
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