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To tell the truth, we started this trek with many doubts and inhibitions. Especially since we had 2 children aged 7 & 8 who had done only single day tr...
Sanjay Kumar Gond
Hi All, I took Har Ki Dun trek, booked via Thirllophila. The operator made all the arrangements. Though I was travelling Solo, I was surrounded with co...
Trip Location: Dehradun
Silently waiting for the avid travellers to explore it to its core Har ki dun trek will definitely make you trekking expedition a memorable one. It’s a favorite summer trek for the trekkers and takes you through some of the most beautiful scenic views. Meadows, green patches with orchids, rhododendrons and dense jungle will be your friend during the trek. You will trek around 5 hours of trekking each day and cover a distance of 47 km. Perched at an altitude of 11,675ft this trek starts from Sankri basecamp.
You can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the evening sun while you are at the village. The drive from Sankri will take you through sprawling wild orchids and Himalayan wildlife like barking Deer, Bores and Leopards. Then you will start trekking to Osla another small hamlet which offering some scenic views. You gradual ascend to Har ki dun trek is adorned with wild orchid fields and from an elevation of 6,200m. Feast your eyes at the amazing view of the Swargarohini and Jaundhar glaciers.
While on the trek Har ki dun camp you will come across the picturesque views of the glaciers and the valley just right in front of you. The climb is steep but the beautiful landscape compensates for the struggle. You will reach your campsite on the fourth day. Also, you will come across many pine forest, rhododendron trees and alpine trees which include blue poppy. Get a chance to witness the verdant grazing grounds where you will see a lot of horses and cows grazing in the field.
You will trek back from Osla on your fifth day and spend the night in the rest house and the tents. On your seventh day you will trek back to Sankri and from there get ready for your return journey back home on the seventh day. Har ki dun trek package will definitely give you that perfect trekking expedition you have been long waiting for.
Tucked away in the bosom of Gharwal Himalayas, Har ki dun trek is one of the most sought off trek these days. Known as the hanging valley with an exotic beauty this trek takes you through some of the most beautiful scenes. Also, known as beginners trek you will come across the lush greenery and the verdant beauty of the mountains. Soak in the beauty of the region with the dense alpine forests and the panoramic view of the mountains.
This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayas where civilization has not affected the lifestyles of the simple hill folk here. The forests decorating the area are rich in wildlife and are a paradise for nature lovers as well as bird watchers. This trek can be done both in summers and winters and is accessible through Govind National Park. The Har Ki dun trek takes you through verdant thickets, terraced fields, glaciers, fragrant orchids, and sprawling meadows.
Get a chance to witness the various species of birds and mammals that thrive in this region. You can also spot a number of langoors near Puani Garaat. This cradle shaped valley is filled with ancient villages that are around 3000 years old. Also, not just witness the beauty of the region, get a chance to meet the local people and learn about their day to day life. While on the trek you will also see many horses and cows grazing at the meadows and river banks.
This trek is heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbugs. Capture some of your best shots while you head out for this trek. Refresh yourself with some hot cup of tea every morning before you head out for the trek.
Har Ki Dun Trek Highlights:
- Harki dun trek is one of the most beautiful treks which will take you through some of the most unknown and unexplored parts of Gharwal Himalayas.
- During the trek, you will come across the Swargarohini the snow peak which is said to bears bequest of the mythical stairway to heaven.
- Visit the famous Duryodhana Temple while you are at the small hamlet Osla.
- You will also have the chance to camp under the brilliant night sky and that too with a bonfire.
- Pass through the small streams and witness the grazing grounds of the horses and cows.
- Stop for a while and meet the friendly locals of villages and learn about their day to day life.
- Get a chance to witness the majestic sunrise while you are at Sankri.
Har ki Dun Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at night
Har ki Dun Trekking Distance: 47km
Har Ki Dun Altitude: 11,675ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Sankri
Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Sankri (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)
Snowfall: December to April
ATM: Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Reach Dehradun early in the morning and directly head off on a car journey to the tiny hamlet called Sankri, which is the origin point of the Har Ki Dun trek.
During the drive, witness the magical beauty of the surroundings and also enjoy the stunning views of the towering mountains that entices trekkers from across the globe.
A quick lunch on the way will keep you reenergised and at the end of 10 hours drive, you will finally reach the quaint little village of Sankri that is located at a height of 1,950m.
After your arrival in the vicinity, check-in into one of the hotels/resorts and relax for the day; overnight stay will be in Sankri.
After having breakfast in Sankri, get ready for your first day of Har Ki Doon trek. Before embarking on the trek, ensure that you have enough of bottled drinking water and energy bars to keep you going.
By late afternoon and after your arrival in Taluka,
Trek towards Osla that stands at an altitude of 2560m.
Along the way, traverse through the Siyan Gad by bridge to reach Dhatmir village and cross the Ton River as well. Enjoy amazing views of sprawling wild orchids, and if lucky, encounter the wilderness of the Himalayas like Barking Deer, Bores, Leopards and the likes. Spend the night in the tents provided.check-in into a tent to spend the night under the star clad sky and enjoy the freshness. Evening will be delighted with a lively bonfire, snacks, different folk lores about the locale and a delicious dinner.
This day entails cruising 11km towards your next destination of Har Ki Dun Pass throughout which you will experience a gradual terrain and pleasant views of the valleys, plains and towering mountains.
The gradual ascent to Har Ki Dun is adorned with wild orchid fields and from an elevation of 6,200m offers excellent views of the Swargarohini and Juandar glaciers.
On arrival at the Pass, settle down in the campsite with peaks of Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini towering above.
The day starts with a healthy meal and continues on to a trek towards the Juandhar glaciers, which is a 55km stretch of white snow and patches of green grass.
Feast your eyes with the picturesque views of the glaciers and the valley post which you can return back to the Swargarohini campsite. After a long day of trekking for about 15km, retire for the night in the camp.
Trekking back to the village of Osla will take up the entire day. Traverse through beautiful sights and landscapes along the way.
The easy downhill trek to Osla takes around 3-4 hrs and covers around a total of 11km. On arriving Osla, spend the night in the rest houses or tents provided. During the trek, it is advisable to take food on time to avoid dehydration and other sort of altitude sickness.
The 7th day is the last day of the trek covering 26km through steeper terrains and stunning environs with sights of migratory birds disappearing in the snow-peaked mountains. After about 6 to 7 hours, finally arrive back to Sankri; overnight stay in Snkri.
This day is highlighted by a back drive to Dehradun. Following your arrival in Dehradun; at about 7 to 8pm, the adventure of the Har Ki Dun trekking comes to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
To tell the truth, we started this trek with many doubts and inhibitions. Especially since we had 2 children aged 7 & 8 who had done only single day treks till date. Our trek leader Makkhan Singh gave us a complete overview of what we could expect but nothing prepared us for the unadulterated natural beauty that was all around us from the start to the finish of the trek. From Deodar trees in the lower ranges to tall pine forests on taller peaks. The autumn colours were visible in full glory. Many moments bring a smile back to our faces like speaking to the villagers we met on the way, finding a couple of langoors spying on us, having black tea with herbs that instantly refreshed us and many more such memories. Camping was a whole new experience for all of us. It taught us the discipline of timing and the regard for others comfort. The cooks who accompanied us were very thoughtful about our children and tried their best to serve food that kids would enjoy. Needless to say, the snow was the best part of the trek. We made a snowman with the help of trek guide Ashish. He was wonderful with our kids. He played with them, but was also very careful about their safety. I wish to wholeheartedly thank each and every one in the team who helped organize this trek so perfectly. We didn't feel a single moment of confusion or uncertainty over any of the arrangements made. This experience has definitely made us wish to do more such treks in the future.
Rated : 5.0
Hi All, I took Har Ki Dun trek, booked via Thirllophila. The operator made all the arrangements. Though I was travelling Solo, I was surrounded with company of good locals and other fellow trekkers, all heading towards Har Ki Dun. It was 07 days trek & was a awesomely memorable journey. I really enjoyed whole trek and company of Rishab & Nitin bhai (Guides). They really took good care of me and my fellow trekkers. I meet many people and few became good friends of mine with whom I'm still communicate. Guys, I recommend every new trekkers, solo or group to go for it. This trek is easy to moderate with mesmerizing views with really tasty foods along the trek camping. Though, I visited at end of June but rain was at beginning and bothered us very little. Those snow covered mountain tops and chilled water river streams are beautiful. Along the way, is wooden bridges, water steams, cold clouds, lush green dense forests and few Maggie shops by local peoples to take rest and spend some time with nature. Thanks again to Thrillophilia!
Rated : 5.0
I booked the Har Ki Dun Trek through Thrilloplilia for November 24 to November 30. Its been the most incredible trek of my life. The trek operators are professionals & took very good care of us. The camps & food was awesome mostly. The guides were responsible & cooperative & knew their role. On the last day we got snow and could not proceed to Har Ki Dun but the trek through the snow was awesome. All in all a great trek experience. I would definitely recommend this awesome trek through Thrillophilia.
Rated : 5.0
The things I have seen , the things I have done are pretty amazing . I can tell you tales about it , show you volume of pictures , speak on lengths about it but you wont understand . And its not your fault . Beautiful things are hard to understand and even more hard to earn. Unless you are there breathing in all what I had , you wont get it. And such an everlasting impression could only be created by wonderful people around - my trek guide Nanu , cook Jeeta and Trek coordinator Raj mohan . Rightly called as Valley of Gods through alpine meadows, ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages will leave you spellbound in its web of magic , will give you 7 days of peace amd tranquility and lifetime of memories .
Rated : 5.0
Excellent experience All arrangements were made perfectly. Small group size of 5 ppl with one local guide Daya and our trek leader Anish. Both of them and our cook made sure we were very comfortable all the time. For first time trekkers this is ideal group size. Tents were twin sharing which was very comfortable. last nightof the trek we spent in Osla village courtesy our local guide Mr Daya. Would definitely recommend Thrillophilia. Do note that that the first and last days are quite tough given you cover 14 Km. Also we met with landslides on our way back due to bad weather but we felt safe with our crew and were able to continue our journey back in no time. Hats off to their courage and presence of mind. Highly recommend. Lastly food was excelelnt with soups and desserts served on the last 3 days, could not have asked for more on the amazing trip
Rated : 5.0
We were not sure about our physical fitness so we had a call with Thrillophilia Sales Executive and she has cleared the doubts and recommended us to start walking 5 km a day for over 20 days to prepare well for the trek. Her suggestion was truly helpful. We had to trek 45 km in total and someday the trek was for 14km. Preparing for it makes it quite easy for us to complete the trek and enjoy it thoroughly.
Rated : 5.0
We visited there in the month of November which was a very peak time to see snowfall. Although the level of snow was around 4 feet which makes it difficult to trek but luckily the guide was motivating enough and the crampons and microspikes helped a lot in climbing up. The feeling of accomplishment when we reached the summit was amazing.
Rated : 5.0
Har Ki Dun is indeed one of the best treks in Uttarakhand. It also gave us a glimpse into the KedarKantha Trek. We got to see mountain ranges, rivers, forests, villages, and glaciers. It had everything a trekker was looking for.
Rated : 5.0
Exploration of 500 old villages was the best part about the trek. People do live the traditional way, growing its own food, the wooden houses and all. It was amazing seeing that and learning more about the village from the guide. Worth a visit.
Rated : 5.0
The trek is for 5 days and 2 days are for the drive only. The Sankri Village is indeed beautiful and the hotel accommodation was great and had the best views of the mountains. We joined a group departure and it was the best group.
Being the remotest place to visit, Har ki Doon valley is best trekked during Summer months May-June and Spring months late September and October. During monsoon months, July-August-September, the long trekking route may create problem though many trekkers love to challenge themselves during monsoon as the route is not difficult.
The average temperature in Har ki doon region ranges from 10 degrees to 15 degrees during the day time. The temperature can also drop down to as low as to 2 degrees to 5 degrees in the night. Keep in mind both the temperature and wind flow while packing your woolens.
One of the known treks in Garhwal Himalayas, Har Ki Dun trek is often a synonym for the beginners to trekking. This trek paves you to the green valley of Har Ki Doon valley located at the base of Fateh Parvat at 3556m and is the most visited trail for experiencing adventure in the Himalayas. Anyone breathing disorders or physically injured individuals aren't advised to do the same. No special physical training except a good stamina level is required for this trek.
Any adventure enthusiast on this trek is likely to carry the following. Have a cross check on your list too. Wardrobe essentials like heavy woolen and fleece clothes, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, wind-proof jackets, thermal inner wear. A sturdy backpack with a plastic or water-proof lining. Trekking shoes, snow boots, trekking pole. Moisturizers, chap sticks. Torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes and a whistle.
The distance between Dehradun to har ki dun is around 98.7 km. After reaching Dehradun you will have to drive to Sankri which is the origin point of Har ki dun trek. Once you reach Dehradun you will be picked up and then drove to Sankri and then to Taluka from where you will begin your trek.
Trekking shoes and Snow boots are a must have for this trek. The terrain varies extremely so make sure you care these.
All meals are provided on this trek, veg dishes will be served and safe drinking water will be available.
Har Ki Dun trek will require 6-7 days as it is quite a time consuming one and will require a trek of almost 5 hours each day to cover 47 km. The entire route is arched with the spellbinding views of glaciers and alpine forests that will add up to your trekking expedition. On Har Ki Dun trek, make sure that you keep yourself hydrated as the trek is quite a long one.
The size of the group can vary depending on the bookings we receive.
It is advisable to carry a 6 Ltr backpack, weight to be carried will depend of you requirements and capacity.
On your Har Ki Dun trek while you are at Purola and Sankri you will have intermittent BSNL connection. So before heading out for the trek inform your family members about poor connectivity during the trek. While you are staying at the guesthouse in Sankri there will be charging point where you can charge your mobiles.
Har Ki Dun trek is almost 47 km long and requires one whole week to complete it. Keeping aside the long-distance, this trek takes you to the bounties of nature where you can soothe your body and witness the paradisiacal displays. On the route, you can stroll along with the meadows or can walk lazily along with the orchid trails. Har Ki Dun trek is one of the best trekking expeditions that one must witness on a vacation.
Keeping in mind the policies and terms of the trek, consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicant or smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited.
Yes, Har ki Dun trek is easy in spite of being one of the longest treks as the route is almost 47 kilometers and it takes up to 6 to 7 days to complete the trek. The trek is easy as the terrains are not much elevated or rugged that makes it easy to trace. All you need for this trek is good stamina as it is quite a long trek with a few levels of difficulty. If you are a beginner and wish to start your trekking experience with a bang then this is the best choice for you.
Yes, there are dangerous wild animals at Har Ki Dun Trek as it is a part of Govind National Park that is known for its wide array of flora and fauna. It is advised to always trek with your teammates and not go solo for this trek. Apart from this, one must ensure that they stay inside the tents and leave it only with a fellow trekking member. Speaking of avalanches, there is no harm to anyone with that as this region of the Garhwal Himalayas hardly faces any of them that makes them perfect choice in all the seasons.
There are taxis and buses available Purola to Sankri. You can also hire a jeep Sankri to Taluka if you want to avoid the 12 km trek. The main trekking pint for Har ki Dun starts from Taluka. You will then trek to Osla and then reach Har Ki dun.
The trek is safe for women and there is no such harm to anyone as there are people present on the base camps. Apart from this, the basic medication and security of the trekkers is taken care of by the trekking guide. One must make sure that they follow the guidelines given by the guide, as they are experienced and have substantial knowledge about the geography of the place.
While you are trekking to a high altitude the temperatures are sure to drop during the night. For this, it is advisable that you were at least 3 layers of clothes to keep you warm. Daytimes are mostly warm and you will also get the perfect view of the mountains if you are doing this trek in summer.
The distance between Delhi and Har Ki Doon is about 450 km and to reach out to Har Ki Dun you will have to take a direct flight, train, or bus to Dehradun whichever is convenient for you. From there to reach the base camp that is based in Sankri you can take a bus or drive for about 10 hours.
The total trekking distance of Har ki dun trek is 47 km which you can cover in 6 to 7 days. The trek is easy to moderate and takes you through some of the beautiful views of the glaciers and alpine forest. Each of your days you will trek around 5 to 6 hours every day during your trek.
Har ki dun trek is quite suitable to people who are beginners and you can easily acclimatize well with daily ascend. But if you find any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which includes a headache, nausea and vomiting then inform your trek leader. During your trek, each of the campsite holds first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations.
Yes, one can witness Har Ki Dun trek in February. But one must be an experienced trekker for this month as there are chances of frequent snowfalls and the temperature bar also stoops down that makes it a little difficult. In case, you are not comfortable with snow then this is not the right month for you.
Har Ki Dun trek is an easy to moderate trek and it’s suitable for the first-time trekker with a decent fitness. The trail path is fairly easy with mostly steep trails to ascend and descends. But if you still want to prepare yourself then you can start with brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some physical exercise and jogging. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly. While at home try to climb 10 stairs which will help you to adjust later while steep climbing.
Yes, Har ki dun trek is a perfectly good trek for the first timers and beginners. Each day you will be trekking for around 5/6 hours to prepare yourself physically. You will have some steep climb and descend every day.
Yes, you can visit Har Ki Dun trek in December as the region receives heavy snowfall. The mercury meter ranges from 0 to 5 degrees celsius and is accompanied by the bone-chilling breeze, so make sure that you carry enough woolens for yourself. The trekkers who love snowy terrains head to Har Ki Dun as the land turns up into a fairytale land with trails alpines on the route.
For the Har ki dun trek, your child should be at least 9 to 10 years old. If your child falls in this age group and is physically fit then he/ she can come with you on the trek.
Your guesthouse at Sankri will have concrete toilets with water facilities. While on your Har ki dun trek, we provide toilet tents which are waterproof. There will be 2/ 4tents depending on the size of the group. The toilets tents will have a deep pit for your nature calls. You will also have a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up which you can cover it up. This is the most hygiene way for you in the wild. Also, toilet paper is the advisable instead of wet wipes.
Preparing for the Har ki dun trek is really easy as you need not plan a lot before going for it. All you need to keep in mind is to have the proper gear for trekking and as the region receives an abundance of rainfall it is necessary to carry windcheaters along. Apart from that, another thing which you should not miss is your identity card as that will be needed at the checkpoints. Rest planning could be done by just preparing an apt itinerary according to the altitudes and climatic conditions or you can just book a package from the operators.
Well, the answer is absolute Yes! One can hike up Har ki dun trek solo as well. The trek is indeed a frequented one and one can meet new people and travel solo. While the trails showcase exceptional views traveling solo gives you a chance not only to rediscover yourself but to also get close to nature even more. But if you travel in a group the hike gets a little easier and you could also join a group if you are alone.
The highest point of Har ki Dun lies at a massive height of 11,657 ft. The trek begins at an elevation of about 1,950 m at the tiny village of Sankri and then increases gradually with the ascent.
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