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Uttarkashi – Dodital – Yamunotri


A distance of 32km north of Uttarkashi, in the Uttarkashi District of the Garhwal Himalayas


Can be approached by a well-maintained road between Uttarkashi and Dodital. Uttarkashi itself is accessible from the nearest railhead Rishikesh (180km away).

The best route to Dodital is Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - (motorable) - Agora - Dodital - Seema -Hanuman Chatti - Yamunotri


The length of the trek ranges from:

22km (Kalyani - Agoda - Dodital); to

57km (Kalyani - Agoda - Dodital - Hanuman Chatti - Yamunotri)


The duration of the trek ranges from 2 days (Dodital from Kalyani) to 5 days (Kalyani to Yamunotri via Dodital and Hanuman Chatti )




Summer trek


April - October (May to June and mid-September to November)

Difficulty and grading

Grade II Hard

Brief description

Dodital, located to the north of Uttarkashi, has its origins in the several natural springs in the region and its crystal waters are surrounded by dense woods of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendrons. The lake at Dodital is full of fish including the rare Himalayan Golden Trout. Fishing, however, is banned at the lake. The lake provides an idyllic setting for rest and recreation such as boating and bird watching. The forest surrounding the lake is full of wildlife

The trek for Dodital commences from Uttarkashi or Kalyani, both approachable by road. Kalyani to Agoda is a gradual climb through woods, fields and villages along a mule track. The trek from Agoda to Dodital is steep and through thick forests. The Yamunotri stretch of the trek is possible only during the summer. A brief description of the Dodital Yamunotri trek

is placed below:

Day 1: Haridwar - Kalyani

Drive to the road head at Kalyani. The drive passes through the picturesque Garhwal mountains along the Ganges.

Day 2: Kalyani – Dodital

A gradual uphill trek through beautiful landscapes and thick forests past the Asi Ganga and steep cliffs leads up to the Dodital Lake, surrounded by dense forests. This trail is used regularly by the Gujjar shepherds on their way to Uttarkashi. There is a substantial Gujjar settlement at Majhi (3,150m) about 5km before Dodital, on a ridge that affords a glimpse of the Bandarpoonch.

The lake itself is about half-a-km wide and is set in a forest with a temple on its southern edge. Accommodation is available in the form of a Forest Rest House. There are camping sites next to the rest house and at the far side of the lake.

Enroute is the settlement of Agoda, which is a small village with about 20-30 houses. There is a tourist bungalow at one end of the village and also a few dhabas / hotels run by the local villagers, where meals are available.

Day 3: Dodital - Darwa Dhar

The ascent to the Darwa Dhar ridge (4,115m) - the watershed of the Ganga and Yamuna river valleys - passes along the edge of the lake. It crosses the stream flowing into the lake several times before the valley widens. The trail then follows the true valley towards the pass. It is a pleasant climb through flowered meadows with rows of rhododendrons remaining in bloom till mid June. The final climb up the alpine meadow to the Pass is short and steep. The walk to Darwa Pass (4150m) can be completed in 2-3hours. However, an early start enables views of the range of peaks stretching beyond Gangotri as far as Nanda Devi. To the north of the pass, the Bandarpoonch peak dominates the upper part of the valley, while further to the northwest the Swargarohini Range rises above the Har Ki Dun valley..

From the pass, there is a further climb along the ridge to the south. This is under snow till mid-June. The narrow trail continues along the ridgeline for 3-4km with commanding views of the Bandarpoonch and the main Himalayan range. For the remainder of the trek, the trail is up and down across the alpine ridges just above the tree line. A number of camping sites can be observed from the high trail. This includes a campsite in a meadow with rhododendrons at Seema.

Day 4: Darwa Dhar - Hanuman Chatti

The trail from Darwa Dhar to Hanuman Chatti falls steeply, past a number of meadows and a few settlements. The trail is well maintained and about 1km before Hanuman Chatti, crosses a bridge over a tributary of the Hanuman Ganga before joining the pilgrim trail into the main bazaar. Accommodation is available in the form of a Forest Rest House

Day 5: Hanuman Chatti - Yamunotri


Gradual climb to the source of the river Yamuna. This is nominated as the first of the four main pilgrimages undertaken every season by Hindu pilgrims. After completing the trek to Yamunotri, the pilgrims drive to Uttarkashi and Gangotri for the trek to Gaumukh. The pilgrimage to the temple at Kedarnath also involves a trek, before a final drive to Joshimath and Badrinath (the other components of the ‘Char Dham’).

From the main bazaar at Hanuman Chatti, the pilgrim trail crosses the bridge over the Hanuman Ganga to lead to the Yamunotri Valley. The first stage of the trek is usually to the village of Janki Chatti (2,650m) where there are many hotels, dhabas and rest houses. There is also a campsite at the far side of the valley.

The second stage of the trek involves a climb to Yamunotri (many pilgrims return to Hanuman Chatti the same day). From Janki Chatti, the trail begins to become steeper and the passes through a number of gorges in the upper sections of the valley. It takes about two hours to complete the 5km stage to Yamunotri (3,185m). The temple is in the centre of the valley, enclosed by high, snow capped ridges.


Awareness / popularity

Is considered one of the more popular trekking trails in the region.

Logistical support

All logistics including porter and mule-hire is available either at Uttarkashi or Hanuman Chatti. Both centres are thriving towns for trekkers and expeditions requiring staff and porters and are well organized for trekking facilities.

While basic foodstuff can be acquired at these two road heads, processed food needs to be procured at Delhi or Dehradun.

Local authority assistance

High degree of assistance available due to the presence of a number of experienced guides in the region. The Institute at Uttarkashi is also a highly reputed centre for mountaineering, and equipment can be hired from there. The staff at both the GMVN guesthouse and Forest rest house are very helpful and can be approached for assistance.


Location                                                  Accommodation                                        Eating facilities

Kalyani                                                             C                                                                         D

Agoda                                                               TB, C                                                                 D

Dodital                                                             FRH, C                                                              N.A.

Darwa Dhar                                                       C                                                                      N.A.

Hanuman Chatti                                              FRH                                                                   D

Yamunotri                                                        C                                                                        D


Not available except as painted signs on rocks during the trekking season. These signs are generally painted onto the path by trekkers / trekking associations.


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