Dev Kyara Trek

Brief Description

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 March 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.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1 - Dehradun to Sankri - 210 km Drive
2 Day 2
Day 2 - Sankri to Boincha (3 hrs Drive). Boincha (6762 ft) to Obra (7641 ft) - 3.4 km, 3 hrs Trek
3 Day 3
Day 3 - Obra (7644 ft) to Bhawa Waterfall (11,234 ft) - 8.13 km, 7 hrs
4 Day 4
Day 4 - Bhawa Waterfall (11,234 ft) to Dev Kyara (13,451 ft) - 5 km, 5 hrs
5 Day 5
Day 5 - Explore Dev Kyara and back to Bhawa Waterfall Campsite (11,234 ft) - 5 km, 5 hrs Trek
6 Day 6
Day 6 - Bhawa Waterfall (11,234 ft) to Boincha (6762 ft) - 12 km, 6 hrs Trek. Boincha to Sankri - 3 hrs drive.
7 Day 7
Day 7 - Sankri to Dehradun - 210 km Drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

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.

Eligibility: Experience required

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.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  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) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  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.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • 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.
  • 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.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Dev Kyara Trek

The Dev Kyara trek is a beautiful trek to a high altitude meadow. The maximum altitude gained during Dev Kyara trek is 4100 M. The trail of this trek is very easy to cover and offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas all around. Once you reach the massive 4 km wide meadow, you get to see some of the most amazing views with meadows dotted with pretty flowers presenting clear views of stunning peaks. This trek can be undertaken all year round with winter season making it particularly beautiful due to the trail being snow-clad.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

This trek can be done throughout the year. However, if you wish to see snow then from December to April is the best time.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

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

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

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

Eligibility: Experience required

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.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

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.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

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.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Dev Kyara Trek

Dev Kyara Trek is one of the most beautiful valley treks in the Sankri region of Western Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Located alongside the Supin Valley, parallel to the Har ki Dun trail, the Dev Kyara Trek is an excellent trek for beginners and experienced trekkers alike for its spectacular valley views and surrounding peaks. The trail takes you alongside the Dibra Gad river through dense Pine forests, gorious campsites, numerous waterfalls, adventurous boulder sections, eventually to the Dev Kyara campsite which is a 4km long grassland at the foot of the beautiful Ranglana Peak. This trek is the best trek to do this year especially for its extremely untouched and pristine trail.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best months to do the Dev Kyara Trek is from April 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.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

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.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

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.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

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.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

The stay at Sankri will be at guesthouse/homestay and we will camp during the rest of the trek.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

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.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the 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.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

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.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

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.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There will be snow during the Dev Kyara trek in the months of March to May.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

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.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

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.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

There are hardly any shops in Sankri from where you can buy. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

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.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

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.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The pickup will be from Dehradun ISBT to Sankri (the base village of the trek) and the drop will be at Dehradun ISBT.

Transport: What time will we reach the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Sankri by evening. So plan your further travels accordingly.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

It is mandatory to carry ID Proof for the trek. (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried along)

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Best Valley Trek in Uttarakhand

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I had the outright delight to explore the beautiful Dev Kyara Trek and it is simply fantastic. One of the most unexplored regions in the Sankri range in the Western Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, the Dev Kyara trek is the best trek for anyone who is an avid trekker and a nature enthusiast. The trail is easy and takes you through pine forests and the campsites are one of the most beautiful I have come across is any trek. The view of the mighty Ranglana peak from the Bhawa campsite with a waterfall right behind you is the best feeling ever. The final campsite of Dev Kyara surrounded by peaks puts you in a state of euphoria. Absolutely amazing and offbeat trail, I would recommend the Dev Kyara trek to one and all and start trying out different and less frequented trails.

Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trekking days
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats as required
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi

What's not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the trek
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list
  • Meals during road journeys

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