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Sankri to Sankri
Dev Kyara is a high altitude meadow located in the Sankri range of Uttarakhand. Located parallel to the Har ki Dun Valley, Dev Kyara Trek takes you to the massive 4 km wide meadow of Dev Kyara at an altitude of 4100M nestled between the Rupin and Supin Valleys. Being an easy trek, the Dev Kyara Trek gives trekkers a chance to explore one of the most untouched and pristine trails in the Western Garhwal Himalayas with awe-inspiring views of Ranglana, Daowdu, Black Peak, Bandarpoonch, Kedar Dome and Swargarohini. This trek allows you to explore two pristine areas of the Garhwal Himalayas, namely the Obra Gad Valley and the Dev Kyara Bugyal while giving you glimpses of traditional Himalayan villages rich in culture. Taking you on a trail alongside the roaring Dibra Gad river, a tributary of Supin river, through dense pine and oak forests, the valley opens to mesmerizing views of the surrounding vistas with the trail laded with colorful flowers, wild mushrooms and wild strawberries. Camping at the Dev Kyara meadow at the foot of the majestic Rangnala Peak with delicious views of Daowdu, and several other unnamed peaks is a treat for trekkers. Considered as a good alternative to the relatively easier Har ki Dun, this trek must be in the bucket list of those who intend to explore something not tainted by crowds. This trek can be done in the pre-monsoon months of mid-May to June and the post-monsoon months from September to November, however, the monsoon months of July and August must be avoided. Stay on this page for more information on the Dev Kyara Trek - Itinerary, Route, Temperature and Precipitation charts, FAQs, and reviews.
Arrive in Sankri
Arrive in Sankri. If you opt for transportation from us then we will board a vehicle from Dehradun ISBT to Sankri. The pick up point will be Dehradun ISBT. The total journey of 210 km between Dehradun and Sankri will be completed in 7-8 hours. Spend the night at a hotel/guesthouse in Sankri.
Sankri to Boincha (3 hrs Drive). Boincha (6762 ft) to Obra (7641 ft) - 3.4 km, 3 hrs Trek
The very first day of the trek starts with a brief drive of merely 3 hours till you reach Boincha, which is the starting point of the trek. The ride takes you through pictersque villages of the Sankri. Boincha is a merging point of two rivers, Dibra River and Supin river. The trail is towards the right alongside the Dibra Gad river. This particular day will be very easy in terms of difficulty, it is always advisable to take it easy in the initial days, especially on day one. After a 30min trek, there will be a concrete bridge that takes you to the opposite side of the Dibra River. Once you cross the bridge there is a small section of steep ascent which merges with another trail. So after a while, you will be heading back to the main trail on the other side after crossing one more concrete bridge. From this point the trek is pretty basic, there is a gradual ascent to the campsite. There are some spots for you to sit and enjoy alongside the Dibra Gad river. The campsite is known as Obra Thatch which is an open field at the centre of the valley. There is also a small wooden temple of Obra Devi right next to one of the huts made by the villagers. So retire for the night in tents.
Obra (7644 ft) to Bhawa Waterfall (11,234 ft) - 8.13 km, 7 hrs
This will be the longest day of the whole trek and also in terms of height gain. 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. As it’s a long day so break it up into two parts, the first part is basically before the lunch which doesn’t offer much change except there are some sections pine and maple trees. If you wish to do this trek in pre-monsoon then you will come across strawberry bushes. Following a steep ascend through boulders the trek changes altogether. The valley opens to a large open ground surrounded giant Mountains. At a distance, the snow-capped mountains start to show. You now enter the glorious campsite named as Bhawa waterfall, it is spectacular. It is a giant meadow right beside a waterfall which is cutting through a Mountain surface. While the other side of the valley is so pretty to look at, it is a forest filled with Birch trees. The sight which is a combination of birch trees and long glades of grass is mesmerising. Retire yourself for the night after a long exhausting day in this one amazing campsite.
Bhawa Waterfall (11,234 ft) to Dev Kyara (13,451 ft) - 5 km, 5 hrs
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 is 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.
Explore Dev Kyara and back to Bhawa Waterfall Campsite (11,234 ft) - 5 km, 5 hrs Trek
Get up early for this day, so that you can trek further up to a point which takes around two hrs from the campsite, leave behind your bags because you will be coming back to proceed towards the previous campsite which is Bhawa waterfall. 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. Bhawa waterfall is such a pretty campsite that another day camping is not bad at all. 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.
Bhawa Waterfall (11,234 ft) to Boincha (6762 ft) - 12 km, 6 hrs Trek. Boincha to Sankri - 3 hrs drive.
This last day will be a long and continuous descend till the very starting point of this trek. So be careful on your knees because going down your whole body weight comes on your legs. The last day gives you 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. Packed lunch will be provided to you as 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.
Depart from Sankri. Drive to Dehradun.
If you opt for transportation from us then we will start our drive to Dehradun before 8am. You will reach Dehradun by evening. So plan your further travel accordingly.
The Dev Kyara trek is an easy trek that can be done by beginners in order to start their Himalayan trekking journey. The trek can also be done by seasoned trekkers as the trail's beauty is unmatched and rejuvenating.
Due to the easy level of this trek, no prior trekking experience is required. However, it is recommended to be well prepared and read extensively about the trek.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
This trek can be done throughout the year. However, if you wish to see snow then from December to April is the best time.
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The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking
The Dev Kyara Trek is meant for beginners and experienced trekkers alike as it takes you to a maximum altitude of 4100M (13,452 ft). This is one of the best valley treks in Uttarakhand with a gradually ascending trail all the way to Dev Kyara. With sections of streams and boulder crossings along, it is recommended to have a decent physical fitness to successfully undertake this trek. The Dev Kyara trek does not require one to have any previous trekking experience but it is advisable to be physically and mentally prepared. Any trekker would love to go on this trek for its unparalleled views of meadows, river, peaks and waterfalls. On Bikat scale Dev Kyara trek difficulty level is 3. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
One should have done an easy trek of 2-3 days upto 2500 M altitude. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge of how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will help.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
1. Jog/Run for 4 Kms in 35-40 mins or Walk continuously for 8 Kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
2. Hold your breath for 25-30 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
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The best months to do the Dev Kyara Trek is from mid-May to June due to the fresh bloom of a variety of colorful flowers and fresh growth of grass on meadows. This is also the best time to see snow slides and the snow-peaked mountains on the trail surrounding the campsites. Post-monsoon months of September and October are a good time to do this trek as the entire trail comes to life with spectaular greenery and pretty flowers, however, the trail and certain sections will be a bit tricky due to being washed away by rain during the monsoon season.
Start point of Dev Kyara Trek is Boincha which is a 3 hour drive from Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for many Uttrakhand treks. It is 180 km from Dehradun. There are indirect public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri.
Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.
There is no mobile reception after Sankri. Even in Sankri, you get only BSNL network. There are a few landline booths in Sankri that can be used on paid basis.
Dehradun is the beautiful capital city of Uttrakhand with a number of attractions to visit. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
The stay at Sankri will be at guesthouse/homestay and we will camp during the rest of the trek.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.
There will be snow during the Dev Kyara trek in the months of March to May.
In the pre-monsoon months of April to June, the skies will be partially clear. The day temperature might range from 10 to 20 deg. celsius whereas at night the temperature might drop to zero or -1 deg celsius. In the post-monsoon months of September and October, the skies will be mostly clear with the day temperatures ranging from 7-10 deg celsius, whereas at night the temperature can be between 5 to -3 deg celsius.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
There are hardly any shops in Sankri from where you can buy. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
The pickup will be from Dehradun ISBT to Sankri (the base village of the trek) and the drop will be at Dehradun ISBT.
Expect to reach Sankri by evening. So plan your further travels accordingly.
It is mandatory to carry ID Proof for the trek. (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried along)
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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