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Dev Kyara Trek
Going above 4000m/13000 ft, Dev Kyara trek is a hidden treasure of Western Garhwal nestled between the Har K i Dun and Supin Valley. In the trekking community this part of the Himalaya is quite famous for treks like Rupin Pass, Har Ki Dun and Kedarkantha.
This one, however, some how got spared. Solitude seeker hikers looking for treks away from crowd, take a note please. Beginners would not find this trek to be too strenuous and despite being short duration trek, even veterans would be pleasantly surprised to find the striking differences of each campsite of the trek, in regards to landscape.
This high altitude meadow offers a splendid view of snow clad beauties like Swargarohini, Kala Nag, Ranglana, Daowdu, Bandarpoonch, Kedar Dome etc. We will be following the Obra Gad upstream during our hike. The trek starts from the place where Obra Gad meets Supin River. This river valley trek, located in the heart of Govind Pashu Vihar National Park, first takes you through dense alpine forest mostly consisting of conifers like chir pine, blue pine, silver fir etc; deciduous species like oak, maple, walnut and of course the rhododendrons.
This part of the national park i.e. the lower elevation is home to a wide range of wildlife such as musk deer, bharals, wild boars, serows, civets, gorals, common leopards etc. As the elevation increases this dense alpine forest gives way to the Western Himalyan alpine shrubs and finally to the lush green sprawling meadows of Dev Kyara. Moving to the true left bank of the stream, one can cross a ridge and access the adjacent Har ki Dun valley exiting via Taluka. That’ll add up 2-3 additional trekking days to the itinerary though.
There are several legends amongst the locals about the place and all include God/s. The most popular one claims this meadow to be the place where Gods met and settled their differences. Supposedly, that’s how Dev Kyara got its name. Some claim this to be the origin of Someshwar Mahadeb. Regardless of the legend, this place is considered to be holy by the locals and visitors are expected to honour the local sentiment.
Dev Kyara trek itinerary:
Day 1: Drive to Sankri from Dehradun. – 200 km – 8/9 hrs. Lodge
Day 2: Drive to Boincha (~6,750 ft) via Jakhol – 19 km – 1½ hrs & trek to Obra (~7650 ft) – 4 km – 2/3 hrs. Camp
Day 3: Trek to Bhawa Water Fall (~11,250 ft) – 8 km – 4/5 hrs. Camp
Day 4: Trek to Dev Kyara (~13,450 ft) – 5 km – 2/3 hrs. Camp
Day 5: Explore around Dev Kyara and return to Bhawa Water Fall (~11,250 ft) – – 5 km – 1/2 hrs. Camp
Day 6: Descend to Boincha – 13 km – 4/5 hrs and Drive to Sankri – 19 km – 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 7: Drive to Dehradun / Mussourie – 200 km – 8/9 hrs or 150 km – 6/7 hrs
- You need to reach on your own to Dehradun on Day 1 morning (by 7 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 6 evening (by 7 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return from Dehradun accordingly. We will arrange transportation to base camp Sankri and return. This is not included in the TREK FEE and you will share equally with the other trekkers.
- Last ATM is at Mori, 25 Km before Sankri but don’t depend till you reach here. Withdraw cash well in advance either in Dehradun, Naugaon or Purola.
- Only BSNL and Vodafone network may work at trek base Sankri, that too very limited connections. Make a phone call back to home from Mori while reaching Sankri. After Sankri there is no presence of network.
Altitude and distance profile of the trail:
Here you will get a pictorial representation of the trail for your understanding.
Best time for Dev Kyara trek:
Dev Kyara trek can be attempted throughout the year apart from the months of monsoon (July-Aug). Each season has something different to offer as you’ll see below.
If you are looking for snow, then Spring (March/April) is the ideal time. Amount of residual snow depends on the actual snowfall during winter months though you can be sure to get some or ample amount of residual snow in spring. Also there is a chance of fresh snow even during spring, especially on the higher altitude of the trail. The area sees its fair share of rhododendrons blooming as well .
From May onward during the summer time, the valley turns into green, bright and luminous. Blue Pine, Deodar (Himalayan Cedar), Kharsu (Oak), Spruce, Silver Fir and Birch trees are lush and glossy green. Due to the heat, glaciers melt faster and pour more water to the tributaries on Tons river. Day time temperatures are warm to pleasant and nights are cooler. If you don’t like the cold atmosphere, certainly this is the season to choose.
As monsoon is over by the end of August, the valley remains quite lush green throughout the September. As the fall approaches, slowly the grass turns into pale yellow. Maple, Chestnut, Walnut and other deciduous tree species take the autumn leaf foliage. The surroundings transformed into spectacular yellow, orange and bronze hues. Not only foliage but an early snowfall chance during late autumn is another basis that you choose this season.
Due to its almost year-round nature it’s more or less on you to decide when you will visit this little piece of paradise.
Summer (May/June): Day time weather remains warm, especially if it is sunny and scorching and can go as high as 20/25°C. Night/early morning temp at Dev Kyara can be around 5°C to 0°C.
Fall/Autumn (Oct/Nov) or Spring (Mar/Apr): From October temperature starts cooling down. At Dev Kyara temperature can plummet to freezing in the night/early morning. Be prepared for 0°C. Expect similar temperatures if you trek during spring.
Winter (Dec/Feb): In Dec the daytime temp remains cool and nights are cold. Night temp at Sankri, Obra and Dev Kyara can be around 2°, -2° and -5°/-10° C.
What type of clothing should I bring for Dev Kyara trek?
It is important to carry proper clothing in this trek. We recommend to use “three layers” of clothing in the campsite during early morning or evening, while you are outside tent.
- A quick dry base layer (Dry-fit t-shirt).
- A warm jacket (Double layer or Fleece jacket ) as middle layer.
- A windproof cum waterproof with hood as the outer layer.
- Additionally you would require a rucksack and a decent trekking shoe.
TREK FEE: ₹ 12800 (Sankri to Sankri) + 5% GST
- Above TREK FEE is based on a team size of 6 to 8 persons. A lower number will increase and a higher number will result in a decrease of TREK FEE.
- Essentially it includes everything that you need, once you reach Sankri. 2 night’s accommodation in lodge (triple sharing rooms), pick up and drop from trek base Sankri to starting point Boincha and back to Sankri, all camping equipment, accommodation in tent on twin sharing basis during the trek, all meals from Sankri to Sankri.
- You need to bring personal clothing/jacket(s), trekking shoes, rucksack.
- Your trek is guaranteed once we accept your booking. Furthermore the tour is insured for a maximum duration of 7 days, including Dehradun to Dehradun against any accidents or natural calamities.
- It doesn’t include the transportation cost to reach Sankri from dehradunand return. It is around ₹ 750 – 1000 one way. You may take a bus from Dehradun to Sankri, fare is around ₹ 400 one way.
For more detailed inclusions & exclusions, check the COST INCLUSIONS tab.
Access to trek base (Sankri):
Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Sankri and back. You pay directly to the driver sharing equally. The fare is ₹ 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero one way. This can accommodate comfortably 5 and up to 8 persons. A Tempo Traveller charges ₹ 9000 (12-13 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE.
Here is a road map with major points enroute from Dehradun to Sankri.
To reach the trek base Sankri independently or by public transportation, check the details in GETTING THERE TAB.
Why treks with HT?
|Expertise:||10 years on ground experience|
|Support staff:||Qualified local & office staff|
|Group size:||Small groups up to 15|
|Insurance:||Travel insured trek and tour itinerary|
|Easy Bookings:||25% Booking Deposit|
Duration: 5 days of trekking; 7 days from Dehradun to Dehradun.
Prerequisite: Prior trekking experience is nice to have. Good physical fitness is always desired in any trek.
Trail Length: 35 Km
Highest Point: ~ 4100 m/13450 ft
Seasons: March to June(Spring/Summur), September to November (Post Monsoon/Fall),
Further Option: Can be combined with Har Ki Dun trek after crossing Obra gad at Dev Kyara.
Access: Trek base is Sankri, 200 Km from Dehradun.
Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)
Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)
Upcoming scheduled dates for Kedarkantha trek:
- You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of 7 days itinerary).
- At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled. You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
- If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
- You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
- Trekkers need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 morning (latest by 8 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 6 evening (around 7 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Dehradun railway station|
|REPORTING TIME||7:00 AM for a prompt departure to Sankri (Day 1)|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM (Day 7)|
How to reach Sankri (The trek base):
Nearest Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)
Nearest Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)
Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Sankri and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 9000 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE and to be paid directly to the driver/owner.
If you wish to reach our Trek Base Sankri on your own by public transportation:
- There are 2/3 privately operated buses from Dehradun (near DDN railway station on Gandhi road) To Sankri. The 200 Km journey will take around 10/12 hours. The busses start at 5:30/6/7 am.
- While returning from Sankri take the morning bus to Dehradun/Vikasnagar and reach by 7 pm.
How to reach Dehradun:
For the treks at Uttarkashi district in Garhwal , one has to reach the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, specially the trek starting from Sankri, Yamunotri etc. Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun are 3 nearby cities in the area and one can move from one to another by public vehicles like bus or shared Jeeps.
For more options to reach Haridwar you can check here.
Haridwar to Dehradun: 55 Km and may take one and half to 2 hours.
Dehradun to Rishikesh: 45 Km and may take around one and a half hour.
You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.
There are direct trains from Kolkata to Dehradun.
KUMBHA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12369 ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; You can take a bus from the terminus just opposite to the railway station referred as Roadways bus stand/ISBT and reach Dehradun in one and half hour. Spend the night in Dehradun and start your onward journey by car next morning.)
UPASANA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12327 ( Very good option to reach Dehradun directly by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)
DOON EXPRESS – Train No. – 13009 (Don’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]
Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berths and hence much better chance to get confirmed.
You can reach Dehradun easily from New Delhi by train or bus (~ 6/7 hours) and is around 260 Km.
Following trains are good to reach Haridwar and run daily.
DDN JANSHTBDI – Train No. 12055 (Arrives DDN in the evening @ 9:10 pm, good choice when you stay the night in Dehradun and have a long drive ahead next day)
NANDA DEVI EXP – Train No. 12205 (arrives DDN early morning @ 5:40 am)
Always avoid booking waitlisted (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.
Govt. Road Transport (Roadways of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab etc.) buses are frequently available in day time and night from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/doit_transport/Transport/Home/ISBT/Fare+Chart). Tickets are available on board for these regular type buses. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS and can be reached easily by booking an auto rickshaw.
For privately operated bus, you can book online from different portals. Select a boarding point suitably. Overnight Volvo/A.C/Push back buses are available. Normally these buses take up to 7 hours to reach Dehradun ISBT. You can book an auto rickshaw for Railway Station (5 Km away)/Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT.
[There are two major bus terminus in Dehradun. The buses from Delhi/Haridwar goes to the ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus) and the other one is the Parvatiya Depot (Hill Depot, from where you can get the buses going up the hills like Uttarkashi, Barkot, Purola etc) located just beside the Railway station.
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant is 25 Km away from Dehradun. book a private taxi to reach Dehradun city. This airport is accessed from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh easily. The flights are mostly via Delhi.
For night stay in Dehradun:
Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Dehradun. There are several options in Dehradun for spending a night while staying in Premium, Standard or Budget accommodation. Options vary from Privately operated Hotels/Lodges, to state run Tourist Rest Houses.
State run GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) operates Hotel Drona complex is 10 minutes walking from the railway Station. You can book an auto rickshaw. From ISBT it is around 5 Km. You can book an auto rickshaw to Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus). This is a reliable and a decent choice for Standard accommodation. The have restaurant and room service.
Check the following for online booking of the above: http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/tour/booktrh.asp
You can call or visit GMVN nearest office or even send an email for more information.The information is available at:
Return from Dehradun:
Normally you reach Dehradun from any trek base by 6/7 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 9 pm or regular bus service as mentioned above to reach Delhi or directly to your homeward journey in the same night.
TREK FEE: ₹ 12800 (Sankri to Sankri) + 5% GST
2 night’s accommodation at Sankri (Day 1 & Day 6) in a lodge on triple sharing basis and dinner. We will provide separate room(s) for male and female member(s) in our Fixed group departures.
Can pick up and drop from Sankri to trek starting point Boinchi and return to Sankri.
All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
Specialised Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
All nights stay in tents on twin sharing basis during the trek. We will provide separate tent(s) for male and female member(s).
Camping equipment/gears like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (If you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag use it for better hygiene). You need to bring a personal rucksack, trekking shoes and suitable clothing for the trek.
Kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.
Basic Medical & First Aid kit. Always bring your personal medicines kit.
Travel insurance cum Medical Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as Dehradun to Dehradun, for a duration of 7 days.
Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and back (₹ 5,500 for Tata Sumo/Bolero and ₹ 9,000 for a Tempo Traveller. Approximately ₹ 750-1000 per person one way for the pick up or drop when shared with fellow trekkers). One way bus ride is ~ ₹ 400.
We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay an additional ₹ 2500 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg. Always carry your personal daypack in case you opted for rucksack offloading.
Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.
Anything which is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.
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- To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before Trek Starting Date.
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- “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
- If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you a very flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
- In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
- In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
- If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
- If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
- In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.
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