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A Trek to the birthplace of Lord Ganesh

Dodital Trek 2024

via Agoda

May - June & Sept - Oct 2023

₹ 11999 + 5% GST

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

Dodital Trek  & Dwara Pass

via Agoda

₹11999+ 5% GST

Agoda to Agoda

Transportation Cost
Sumo (Shared by 5-6 Trekkers): ₹7500 - ₹10000
Tempo (Shared by 11-12 Trekkers): ₹7500 -  ₹10000

Dodital Trek is a serene and less-explored trekking destination in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. The trek gets its name from Dodital, a beautiful freshwater lake situated at an altitude of around 10,000 feet.

The trek typically starts from a small village called Sangamchatti, accessible by road from Uttarkashi. From Sangamchatti, the trail meanders through dense forests filled with rhododendrons, oak, pine, and deodar trees, offering picturesque landscapes and occasional glimpses of the Himalayan peaks.

After a moderate hike of around 8-9 kilometres, trekkers reach the pristine Dodital Lake. The clear waters of Dodital are surrounded by lush greenery and offer stunning reflections of the surrounding peaks, making it an ideal spot for camping.

From Dodital, many trekkers extend their journey further to Darwa Top, which provides breathtaking panoramic views of peaks like Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini. The trek to Darwa Top involves a steep climb, and the altitude gain is notable, reaching an elevation of around 13,000 feet.

The best time to undertake the Dodital Trek is typically from April to June and September to November when the weather is pleasant and the trails are accessible. During the winter months, the region receives heavy snowfall, making it challenging for trekking.

Given its relatively lesser-known status than other popular treks in the region like Har Ki Dun or Roopkund, Dodital offers a quieter and more serene experience for nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.

As this region remains less explored, it's always advisable to go with a certified trekking agency like Team Walking The Himalayas which can assist with navigation, ensure safety, and provide insights into the local culture and environment.

Remember to obtain necessary permits, carry essential trekking gear, and respect the environment by following eco-friendly practices to preserve the beauty of this unspoiled trekking destination.

Grade: Moderate
Location: Uttarakhand
Altitude: 4150 m
Duration: 5 Days

Birthplace of Lord Ganesha

Dodital, a beautiful lake nestled amidst the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India, is believed by some to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, a revered deity in Hinduism. The word "Dodi" means Lord Ganesha in the local language, and "Tal" translates to a lake.

According to local folklore and mythology, it is said that Dodital is the place where Lord Ganesha was born. The story goes that Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, created Ganesha out of turmeric paste while she was taking a bath. She then breathed life into the figure and placed him at the entrance to guard her privacy. When Lord Shiva returned and was denied entry by the young boy, a fierce battle ensued, resulting in the beheading of Ganesha by Lord Shiva.

Upon learning the truth and seeing Parvati's distress, Lord Shiva promised to bring Ganesha back to life. He instructed his followers to bring the head of the first living being they encountered, and it happened to be an elephant. Thus, Lord Ganesha was revived with an elephant's head and became a widely revered deity.

Locals believe that Dodital is the very place where this story took place and hence consider it the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The lake holds religious significance and is visited by devotees, especially during certain festivals, to pay their respects.

Whether or not it is the literal birthplace of Lord Ganesha, Dodital's serene beauty and spiritual ambience attract both trekkers and pilgrims alike, making it a cherished destination in the region.

Dodital Trek

Dodital Trek Itinerary

The Dodital trek is a beautiful trekking trail located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It's known for its serene lake, stunning views, and rich biodiversity. Here's a detailed itinerary for the Dodital trek:

Day1: Arrival at Agoda Village (2,251M)

Day 1 of the Dodital trek begins with your arrival at Agoda Village, covering a distance of 164 kilometres and a duration of approximately 7 hours, you might be starting from a distant location such as Dehradun, Rishikesh, or another major city. 

Begin your journey from Dehradun, Rishikesh, or another city from where the distance to Agoda Village is 164 kilometers.


Travel by road, which might take around 7 hours considering road conditions and the terrain.
Upon arrival at Agoda Village, settle into your accommodation or campsite.


Rest, refresh, and prepare for the upcoming trekking adventure.
If time permits, explore the village, interact with locals, and familiarize yourself with the surroundings.

It's important to note that the journey time and distance might vary based on factors such as road conditions, traffic, and the mode of transportation. Ensure you have made the necessary arrangements for transportation and accommodation to facilitate a comfortable start to your Dodital trekking experience.

Day 2: Agoda Village (2,251 meters) to Manjhi (2,880 meters)

Here's a detailed plan for Day 2 of the Dodital Trek from Agoda Village (2,251 meters) to Manjhi (2,880 meters)

Start your trek early in the morning after having breakfast and preparing your essentials for the day's journey.
The distance from Agoda Village to Manjhi is approximately 9 kilometres, which might take around 5 to 6 hours to cover, depending on the trekking pace and trail conditions.
Begin the trek along the well-marked trail, which might involve ascending terrain.
Pass through beautiful landscapes, lush forests, and scenic views of the surrounding mountains.
En route, you may come across streams, small waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna.
Take short breaks as needed to rest, hydrate, and enjoy the natural beauty around you.
Upon reaching Manjhi, set up camp at the designated camping area or stay in a guesthouse/lodging available in the region.
Once you've settled in, take some time to relax and explore the area.
Engage with fellow trekkers, interact with locals if possible, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Himalayas.

 

Remember to stay hydrated, follow the instructions of your trek leader/guide, and maintain a steady pace throughout the trek. Ensure you carry sufficient water, snacks, proper trekking gear, and essentials for the day's journey. Additionally, it's advisable to acclimatize properly to the altitude as you ascend.

Day 3: Manjhi (2,880 meters) to Dodital Lake (3,024 meters)

Here's a detailed plan for Day 3 of the Dodital Trek from Manjhi (2,880 meters) to Dodital Lake (3,024 meters):

Begin your trek after breakfast, preparing yourself for the day's journey towards Dodital Lake.
The distance from Manjhi to Dodital Lake is around 8 kilometres, which might take approximately 4 to 5 hours to cover, depending on the trail conditions and your pace.
The trail may involve some ascending sections, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
Trek through forests, and meadows
, and possibly encounter diverse flora and fauna on your way to Dodital.
As you approach Dodital, the landscape will open up to reveal the serene and beautiful lake surrounded by lush greenery and snow-capped peaks.

Day 4: Dodital Lake (3,024 meters) to Darwa Pass (4,151 meters) to Bhebra

The itinerary for Day 4 of the Dodital Trek involves a considerable distance and a significant elevation gain. Please note that the distance mentioned is quite long, and the elevation gain to Darwa Pass is substantial, reaching an altitude of 4,151 meters. Ensure that you are adequately prepared and acclimatized for such a challenging day. Here's a detailed plan:

Start your day early in the morning, preferably before sunrise, as this is a longer trekking day.
Begin the trek from Dodital Lake, following the trail towards Darwa Pass, which spans around 22 kilometres
.
The initial stretch might involve ascending terrain, gradually making your way towards higher elevations.
Trek through various landscapes, including forests, meadows, and possibly rocky sections as you climb towards Darwa Pass.
As you gain altitude, the views become more panoramic, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
Reach Darwa Pass (4,151 meters), which marks the highest point of the trek. Take some time to rest, admire the stunning views, and capture the scenic beauty.
Descend from Darwa Pass towards Bhebra, which might involve a steep descent.

The trek duration could be around 8 to 9 hours, depending on the pace, trail conditions, and breaks taken.
Upon reaching Bhebra, set up camp or find accommodation if available in the area.
Rest and rejuvenate after a challenging day of trekking.


This day involves significant physical exertion due to the long distance and altitude gain. It's crucial to stay hydrated, maintain a steady pace, and listen to your body's cues regarding fatigue and altitude effects. Be well-equipped with proper trekking gear, sufficient water, snacks, and essentials for the day.

Day 5: Bhebra to Agoda Village (2,251 meters) and then to Dehradun (640 meters) via Uttarkashi (1,158 meters)
Start your day with an early morning breakfast at Bhebra campsite.
Begin the trek from Bhebra to Agoda Village, covering approximately 4 kilometres. The trek duration might take around 2 hours, depending on the trail and your pace.
Upon reaching Agoda Village, take a moment to rest and prepare for the journey ahead.
Bid farewell to the Dodital region and commence the drive towards Dehradun.
 

Drive:

Depart from Agoda Village and head towards Dehradun, a distance of approximately 169 kilometres.
The drive from Agoda Village to Dehradun via Uttarkashi could take around 7 hours, considering road conditions and traffic.
En route, pass through Uttarkashi, a town on the banks of the Bhagirathi River.
Enjoy the scenic views of the Himalayas and the charming landscapes during the drive.
Arrive in Dehradun by the evening, where you can conclude your Dodital trek adventure.

Please note that travel times may vary due to road conditions, traffic, and other factors. It's advisable to plan your departure time from Agoda Village accordingly to reach Dehradun comfortably by evening. This itinerary provides a balance between a short trek on the final day and a substantial drive to Dehradun, allowing you to complete your trek and head back to your starting point.

Q&A

Q1: What is the Dodital Trek?


The Dodital Trek is picturesque in Uttarakhand, India, known for its scenic beauty, serene lake (Dodital), and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The trek typically starts from Sangam Chatti or nearby locations, leading to the Dodital Lake, situated at an altitude of about 3,024 meters.

 

Q2: How long does the Dodital Trek take?


The Dodital Trek is usually a moderate trek lasting around 5-6 days. The itinerary can vary but often includes trekking from Sangam Chatti to Agoda Village, Manjhi, and Digital Lake, and may extend further to Darwa Pass before returning.

 

Q3: What is the best time for the Dodital Trek?


The best time for the Dodital Trek is generally from April to June and from September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, with clear skies and favourable trekking conditions. However, the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so it's advisable to check local forecasts before planning your trek.

 

Q4: What is the difficulty level of the Dodital Trek?


The Dodital Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. The trek involves moderate ascents and descents through forests, meadows, and rocky terrain. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization to the altitude are recommended for a comfortable trekking experience.

 

Q5: Is it necessary to have a guide for the Dodital Trek?


While experienced trekkers might opt for self-guided treks, having a certified guide is highly recommended, especially for those unfamiliar with the region. A guide ensures safety, provides insights into the local culture, and navigates through the trails, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

 

Q6: What permits or permissions are required for the Dodital Trek?


Permits are necessary for the Dodital Trek. Trekkers usually need to acquire permits from the forest department or other relevant authorities. It's essential to obtain the required permissions before starting the trek.

 

Q7: What should I pack for the Dodital Trek?


Essential items for the Dodital Trek include trekking gear (appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, backpack), camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad), first-aid kit, sufficient water and snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes.

Included in the package

  • Certified Trek Leaders are provided to you by Walking The Himalayas. 

  • All the trekking essentials like Tents, Sleeping Bags, Gaiters, Crampons, Liners, Cutlery, etc.

  • All the staff members from the team Walking The Himalayas are experienced including Guides, Cooking Staff, Helpers, and Porters.

  • We promise our travelers to provide delicious, hygienic & and nutritious meals during the trek that include morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks & and dinner).

  • Fully equipped medical kit, oxygen and safety equipment.

  • All forest permits and camping charges.

Not included in the package

 

Transport to and from Agoda– Walking The Himalayas will arrange shared taxis for trekkers. These shared taxis will pick you up from Haridwar Railway Station or Airport. Taxi from Haridwar to Agoda costs around Rs. 7500- 10000 per taxi and Rs. 7500- 10000 per tempo one way. So if you are in a group of 6 - 10 people then a taxi/tempo will cost around 1000-1500 per person for one side.  


Food during transit to and from the base camp – Walking the Himalayas doesn't include meals purchased during the journey to Agoda and back.


Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1,500 - 2000. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 - 10 kg. Walking The Himalayas does not allow Suitcases/Strollers/Duffel bags during the trek, so if you are bringing these then you have to take care on your own. These charges can vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Sagar (Rs.350 per day inclusive of taxes).
 

Personal expenses - Your trekking package doesn't include any kind of personal expenses. 

Cancellation

 

If your trek gets called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) we will not refund your money. Instead of money, Walking The Himalayas will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. You can easily redeem that voucher for the same amount for any of the treks available at the same price. 

In case you wish to cancel your trek please email us at help@walkingthehimalayas.com

Cancellation charges are based on the total trek fee, irrespective of the amount paid either full or partial.

The cancellation policy of Walking The Himalayas is based on the original booking time and the original start date of the trek.

  • If you cancel a trek before 30 days of the trek start date get a full refund after the deduction of 1.99% payment processing fee.

  • If you cancel a trek before 15 days of the trek start date get a refund after a deduction of 20% of the total trek fee.

  • If you cancel a trek before 10 days of the trek start date get a refund after a deduction of 40% of the total trek fee.

  • If you cancel a trek before 5 days of the trek start date get a refund after a deduction of 60% of the total trek fee.

  • The Trek fee is non-refundable if you cancel within 4 days before the trek start date.

Trek cancellation due to weather:

  • In case of an incomplete trek due to weather conditions, you can opt for the same trek again throughout your lifetime on all our fixed departures.

  • This attempt only covers the trek fee and will not include any rentals or the transportation amount paid earlier.

  • This is non-transferable.

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