Dev Kyara Trek Photo Story
What exactly is trekking?
For some, it is simply a rendezvous with nature, some look at it as a challenge they want to overcome, some look for an escape from city life, for others, it is an emotion they look to experience.
Does not matter how you look at it. There are some treks which make you realize what life is when you let go of everything in search of something exotic. Without any expectations set foot into the unknown and let the natural beauty and wonder of the Himalayas take you to the paradise we all say it is.
Such is the Dev Kyara Trek which is absolutely raw and unspoiled by the crowd. Located in the Sankri region in Western Garhwal of Uttarakhand, this beauty is the best valley trek in the Indian Himalayas.
Loaded with a sensational trail alongside the Dibra Gad river that takes you through pine and oak forest, boulders, streams, flower-laden fields, massive meadows, numerous waterfalls, glorious campsites, uncountable waterfalls, snowfields, and several snowcapped peaks and passes, the Dev Kyara Trek is labelled as the "Trek of the Year - 2019" by Times of India.
Time to take you through the gallery of this quaint yet charming Devkyara Bugyal trek.
Day 1: Forest trail along the meandering Dibra Gad river to the religious Obra Gad
The trail starts from the converging point of Dibra Gad and Supin River and takes you on a gradual ascent to the Obra Gad campsite which has a religious significance to the locals.
The trail starts from the meeting point to Supin and Dibra Gad river
Trail crisscrossing across the Dibra river
Patches of rocky trail en route to Obra Gad campsite
Charming greenery all around you
Walking alongside the roaring river is so soothing
Obra Gad campsite
Splendid valley views
Day 2: From dense forest to a humongous meadow - A change in scenery
Today will be a very interesting day in terms of change in the landscape. The trail takes you through dense pine and oak forests with maple trees, wild strawberries and wild mushrooms to eventually reach the campsite of Bhawa.
Bhawa is hands down one of the best campsites you will ever see in your life. With a charming waterfall cutting its way through the mountain in the background, the Bhawa campsite is a mind-blowing massive meadow with epic vistas around it. It is straight out of a fairytale.
A treat for forest lovers
The massive spread of trees makes it so attractive
With frequent open sections, you get picturesque valley views
The sudden boulder sections along the trail break the monotony of the trek
Absolutely stunning visuals will leave you wanting for more
The trail opens up as you gain altitude
Snow-capped peaks being to appear as you move towards the Bhawa campsite
The valley opens widely as soon as you come out of the forest, simply amazing
The star of the Bhawa campsite, the Waterfall, cannot go unnoticed as soon as you enter this stunning campsite
No words can justify the beauty and charm of the Bhawa campsite
A campsite too huge to fit in the frame
Day 3: A significant change in terrain to reach the Devkyara campsite surrounded by mighty snowcapped peaks
With the trail taking you across numerous streams and boulder sections along with an alluring spread of colorful flowers, the day ends with the astounding Devkyara campsite located at the foot of a beautiful peak, Ranglana.
Surrounded by several unnamed snowcapped peaks and passes, the Dev Kyara campsite is the highlight of the trek.
One cannot fail to notice close to twenty waterfalls that present themselves all along the trail that makes you wonder if this is real or not.
Believe it or not, it is very much real.
The trail towards the Dev Kyara campsite with the winding Dibra Gad river alongside
The views demand your attention and make you stop after every step
Several snowslides present themselves as you inch your way towards Ranglana peak
Flower-laden trail is very pleasing
The valley opens up even more with unparalleled views of the snowcapped peaks at a distance
The Dibra Gad river with the beautiful Ranglana Peak in the background
The Dibra Gad river kisses the trail as it roars its way down
Presence of unnamed passes along the trail makes it all the more vibrant
Numerous waterfalls along the trail make it a unique experience
The views keep you hooked and awe-inspired
The occasional boulder sections and rocky terrain are the only challenges in this trek
Gosh! How did the landscape change to this in just 3 days?
With you being the only one on this pristine trail, it can't get any better than this
With the majestic Hata peak of the Har ki Dun valley at a distance, the Devkyara campsite hides beyond this snowslide
Dev Kyara campsite at the foot of Ranglana Peak
Ranglana Peak (5554 M)
While returning from Devkyara campsite to Bhawa you get a chance to see everything you had missed the first time you took this trail
Wonderful visuals everywhere
The absolutely spectacular Dev Kyara Trek lies parallel to the crowded Har ki Dun trail and is certainly more beautiful and pristine than the latter.
Time to venture into new unexplored regions of the Himalayas to see what you have been missing out on.