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Dodital Trek

Uttarakhand , INDIA

Dodital Trek Highlights

Dodital Trek Altitude

4150 meters

Trek Level


Trek Duration (Days)

4, 5, 6

Minimum Age


Dodital Trek Months

January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, December

Pictures of Dodital

Overview of Dodital trek

The Dodital trek is a good trek to start your himalayan trekking journey. ‘Tal’ means Lake, so Dodital is a lake, the trek takes you upto the Dodital lake.

This trek takes you through some nice oak, bamboo and pine forests. The trek also passes through villages not very far apart. The trek starts from Sangam Chatti, next to the Asi Ganga river. You have the option to hike up to Darwa Pass from Dodital. A must try, if you trek to Dodital.

The trek is a paradise for birdwatchers, on this trek you could spot the Himalayan Monal, which is the state bird of Uttarakhand. You could also spot many other species like Woodpeckers, Robins, Finches, Magpies, Tailor bird, Grey Shrike, the Himalayan babbler and many more.  
Dodital is known for its Himalayan trouts. Angling is allowed but only with prior permission from the forest department. Its important to note that angling here means you need to release the fish back in the water after catching it. For more information on getting permission and other logistics please do contact a local guide.

The trek also allows for magnificent views of peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini and the Dhaula Dhar range.

From Dodital, the route goes further up towards Yamunotri and Bandarpoonch base camp. Yamunotri is the place where the river Yamuna originates. Bandarpoonch is a peak in the Garhwal Himalayas, it means - “Tail of a monkey”. The monkey in reference here, is Lord Hanuman himself.

The trek can be done all through the year, though it gets challenging during the rainy season and chances of getting stuck in landslides is high. It is best to let a local guide plan it for you as he know the present conditions the best.

A generic itinerary for Dodital trek

A generic itinerary for Dodital trek

Reporting for the trek is at Uttarkashi a day before, which is a 6-7 hr drive from either of Dehradun or Haridwar.

You could catch a late night train from New Delhi to Dehradun. The train will reach early in the morning by around 6 or 7 am. From Dehradun, you could take a shared taxi to reach Uttarkashi.

Day 1: Uttarkashi to Agora (2250 m)
            This will be a 15 kilometer drive from Uttarkashi till Sangam Chatti. Followed by a 5km trek from Sangam Chatti till village Agora. You will be able to see ladder farming on the slopes of the mountain while walking towards Agora. You could also see the local rural costumes of the villagers. We spend the night at a home stay in village Agora.

Day 2: Agora to  Dodital (3310 m)
          We will trek for 15 kilometers on this day.  We start the trek after breakfast and carry our packed lunches along with us. The trek will pass via Manjhi. Manjhi is known as the summer village of Agora, as people from Agora stay here in the summer with their cattle. The trek will pass through dense forests of Pine, Cedar and Oak, which will be filled all the way with sweet tunes of the himalayan birds. If you are lucky you may also get to see wildlife, the forest has Black Bears, Tigers, Deers, Himalayan Goats and more. We will spend the night in tents.

Day 3: Dodital to Darwa Pass or just relax at Dodital (4150 m) 

         We trek up to Darwa top which is 6 km one way. We will carry packed lunch with us. The trek is a gradual but steep climb. From Darwa top we get spectacular views of Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, Srikanth peak, Draupadi ka danda group of peaks.

Day 4: Dodital to Agora
       We return the same way we came up and stay at Agora.

Day 5: Agora to Uttarkashi