Dodital, a fresh water lake at an elevation of 3085 meters is an offeat trekking destination in Uttarakhand Himalayas. Located in the border district of Uttarkashi, the 30 Km trek through densely forested areas and deep valleys conclude at Darwa Top at an elevation of 4200 meters. The trek to Dodital is one such trek that offers unique views & colors during different parts of the year. After camping at Dodital, trekkers attempt to reach the highest point (Darwa top) in a day's hike. The trek goes along the Assi Ganga river which originates from Dodital Lake revered as the birth place of Lord Ganesha.
Dehradun to Agoda (7382 ft)- 169 km
Report at Dehradun ISBT by 7:00 AM and drive to Agoda via Uttarkashi covering a distance of around 167 KM. The road journey takes around 7 hours. The road ends 2 KM before Agoda & we trek to Agoda, a beautiful village on the route. Overnight stay in Guest Houes/Camps for the day.
Agoda-Manjhi- Dodital (9921 ft)- 14 km
After breakfast we start our climb towards Dodital. The trail goes through the dense forests of deodar & oak trees. During spring season one can have a beautiful sight of blooming rhododendron flowers. The view opens up once we reach Manjhi which is a temporary settlement of shepherd huts. From Manjhi the train is mostly downhill till we reach Dodital in couple of hours trek. Enjoy the beauty of the sacred birth place of lord Ganesha. Overnight stay in camps.
Dodital-Darwa Top (13,615 ft) - Dodital -10 km
We will start early in the morning as this is toughest day of the trek. There is a steep climb of 5 km to the top which climbs along the stream also the source of Dodital. After crossing the Darwa meadows we reach the top which offers a spectacular view of valley & surrounding peaks. Massive peaks of Banderpoonch and Kala Nag along with several other named & unnamed peaks are distinctly visible from Darwa Top. Start trekking back towards Dodi Tal at around noon. It’ll take 2-3 hrs to descend all the way to Dodi Tal. Overnight stay in camps.
Dodital to Agoda Village - 16 km
After morning breakfast we retrace our path back to Agoda Village. Overnight stay in camps/guest house.
We start our return journey to Uttarkashi/Dehradun by trekking back to the road head & then driving back to Dhradun so as to reach by evening. Trip ends here.
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