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
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.