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Day 1Barsu to DayaraBugyal (7400 ft to 11050 ft (4-5 hours) moderate climb with some stiff stretches)

The Barnala and Dayara ridges can be seen right from Barsu. The trees and forest a mix of native deciduous assortments, Oak and Rhododendron create a lovelyblend of colours when their leaves gleam in the morning sunlight.

We start from among tree cover which is sparse initially with a number of clearings in between. We trek for a 50 minutes into soberly ascending trail and pass besides the garden we arrive at the last clearing on the route to Barnala. The habitation is called as MathiHoda which means last clearing.

DayaraBugyalcan be seen on the top of the ridgeline from Barnala. Walk across the meadow and enter the tree line again. The second ridge line is steeper than the first. The track is still well laid out and it is hard to miss your way through it. An hour and a half’s climb brings you to the end of the forest and the meadow begins from here. You can get the view of the Bandar Poonch and Black peak.The DayaraBugyal meadow expands out far and wide, but the camping areas are restricted to the suburbs of the Bugyal where there are good sources of water.

Once we arrive here, you can see a couple of minor streams that flow on either sides around the year. We make this our campsite.

Day 2Optional Day 2:Dayara Camp site to BakariaTop and back to camp site exploring the Bugyal. (11000ft to12500ft;6 kms, 5 – 6 hours)

DayaraBugyal’s stretch asks for a day to explore. You need a complete day to explore the meadow by going all the way to Bakaria’s top and back. A short ascent takes you to the top of a ridge called as MoosaDhangi. MoosaDhangi is so called because of the abundance of rats once found in the burrows there. There is an alternative ridge line to climb after MoosaDhangi and make the Bandar Poonch a noticeable subject for photography.

Wildlifecan be seen throughout the trek. It is not unusual to catch glimpses of the mountain cat – looks like a small fox or the mountain deer whose foot prints often spotted on patches of snow. The Bakaria top is visible when we follow the ridge line and cross each hill top until the last and the highest – The Bakaria top. We can spot the village of Agoda – on the route of the Dodital trek. The Bakaria top is the highest point of DayaraBugyal and is at one corner of the meadow.

The decline takes a few hours with the route going straight down avoiding the ridge walk. Dwarf Rhododendrons are common shrubs found on the mountain sides. Following the trail on can reach the camp site.

Day 3DayaraBugiyal to Siyaari

You can start early in summer. A start around 7.00a.m.is perfect for the trek. We choose the path that crosses the stream past the campsite and moves into the oak trees. As we move further we see the magnificent views of Bandar Poonch and other peaks.

A pathway going to GidaraBugiyal can be seen too. The early morning views of DayaraBugiyal are worth every effort to get there. Loads of undulating meadows stretch in every direction with the rays of the gleaming sun catching them. In the months of May-June thousands of yellow, violet and white flowers sprout across the meadows that appear to be like heaven.

You can peep through the trees and spot Barsu many thousand feet below.

We take the short path over a series of switch backs topping at a tiny pass. From the pass, the view of the entire DayaraBugyal is worth a giving a view.

Descending mildly is a wide curve to get to another pass in ten minutes. This is the Gidara pass which further leads to GidaraBugyal.

GidaraBugyal is a lengthier hike and takes another 3 days to complete. But the trail towards Gidara is the way towards Siyari campsite. Siyari is visible from the top of the pass about 800 ft below.

Day 4Siyaari to Barsu

Siyari is a wonderful site to catch sunrise on pastures. Although you need to hike up about 200ft upto a flat.
Catch the first trace of the sun and a hundreds of lambs graze in the morning light.
It’s a long descend to Barsu, we start early from the camp. At the end of the valley the trail contracts and inclinesabruptly into the tree line.The trail is narrow enough for a person to pass through.

Your next terminus is Pichkya – a large clearance in the woodland. The trail compresses out to a big clearing enclosed by oak trees with langoors sleeping on the branches.
30 minutes of the steep descent and gradually moving further right into the foothills the road opens up to a large clearing of grand views of snow peaks in front. You have arrived at ‘Pichkya’.

Pichkiya is a lovely spot to take a break for lunch. In case the team is tired and sore from the long descent, then you can think of camping at Pichkiya too. From Pichkiya it’s only two and a half hours to Barsu. The trail from Pichkya to Barsu is absolutely stunning. Taking the outer path from the right corner of Pichkya we begin the descent from the splendid foliage of oak trees. It’s a fairly long descent of 2000 feet to Barsu. Viewing the beautiful panaroma as we descent to Barsu you can cherish beautiful memories and witnessing the life in the villages of Barsu. It is a captivating moment for trekkers to witness such a beautiful sight. The trail progressively and slowly descends to the village square and brings to an end your enthralling ‘DayaraBugyal’ trek.

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