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I have so many memories of Har Ki Dun trek. Right from the day ones drive from Dehradun to small village which is a stating point of the trek. The grou...
Had an amazing experience with the trek members. Har Ki Dun is a true marvel of the nature. However, I personally feel, all the trekkers should also fo...
About the destination:
Tucked away in the bosom of Gharwal Himalayas, Har ki dun trek is 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.
About the trek:
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 favourite 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 Juandar 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.
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.
Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at night
Trekking Distance: 47km
Maximum 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
I have so many memories of Har Ki Dun trek. Right from the day ones drive from Dehradun to small village which is a stating point of the trek. The group members were amazing and very friendly. We trekked to some of the remote villages of Himalayas and witness the stunning beauty of Uttarakhand. Out trip leader was very friendly and funny. Food during the trek was good and stay was in camps which was the most amazing thing. Overall I loved the experience and I am glad that I went for this trek. Special thanks to our trip organizers and our trip leader for solving our every problem.
Rated : 5.0
Had an amazing experience with the trek members. Har Ki Dun is a true marvel of the nature. However, I personally feel, all the trekkers should also focus on how to maintain an eco-friendly atmosphere and conserve the natural beauty of the whole valley.
Rated : 5.0
It is a beautiful trek. I guess, everyone can participate in it. The hikes are that too challenging. Weather might be a challenge. Carry nice of trekking shoes and warm clothes. From the day one our guide was very supportive. Stays were very good specially campsites and bonfire in the evening. Make sure you carry extra memory card as you won't be able to stop yourself from clicking pictures.
Rated : 5.0
Most of the days of the Har Ki Dun trek required 5-7 hours of trekking. Our group had experienced trekkers and thus it became easy for me to complete this exhilarating trek. Also, the trek organisers were too good when it came to assisting the trek members. The way they carried out the trek was really praiseworthy. The heights were really enticing and the views; words really fall short for them.
Rated : 5.0
This was my heard earned vacation time and I have to admit one of the best vacations. Thanks to all the travel blogs I finally got the motivation to travel alone and damn it was fun! You get to meet so many new people and trust me guys the freedom that you'll have in travelling solo is just inexplicable. I'm glad I picked Har ki Dun...such an amazing place. Great experience.
Rated : 5.0
Great trek! Awesome people who were part of our entire group and what a place. Wow! I had no clue India has such amazing trekking destinations. This was my first trekking experience and I truly enjoyed it. Food was average but camping in the night was amazing. Special thanks to our trip leader he was really amazing and funny.
Rated : 5.0
Beautiful place...it looks as if you have landed in some foreign land.The entire trek is beautiful, also, you will get to see small-small villages in between which makes Har ki Doon trekking all the more memorable experience!
Rated : 5.0
The more the height in this trek, the more stunning it gets. Really like a dream come true trek. Enjoyed it a lot with the friendly guides and group members. Passing through beautiful remote villages and beautiful alpine forest was mesmerizing. The best part of the trek was camping in the evening and hot food after long day trek. Weather is cold carry enough woolen clothes. It is a good trek for beginners.
Rated : 5.0
This was my first trek in Himalayas and my friend suggest that I should go for Har Ki Dun vallley trek. Trek is not very difficult and first time can easily do this trek. If you like to see majestic and natural beauty this trek is perfect. You will come across lot of small images during this trek. During our trek one day we got the snow and we trekked in soft snow. Out guide told us the story of Pandavs and how they scaled this mountain to enter heaven. Overall nice experience and if you are beginner you can go for this trek.
Rated : 5.0
It was cold but it was beautiful and we had a blast. Make sure you carry enough warm clothes and good trekking shoes. Trek was not that difficult except few terrains. I was amazed by the views of snow covered mountains and alpine forest. The best part of the trek was reaching Jaundhar Glacier. The whole stretch was covered with snow and the view was amazing. I had seen so many different spices of birds and our guide told us that most of these are migratory birds. Stay arrangement was good so was the food. I totally enjoyed this trek.
What is the best time to go for Har Ki Doon Trek?
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.
What is the difficulty level? What kind physical fitness will be required to do Har Ki Doon Trek?
Them 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.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side during Har Ki Doon 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
What is the Distance between Dehradun to Har Ki Doon?
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.
Which type of shoes should I carry on Har Ki Doon Trek?
Trekking shoes and Snow boots are a must have for this trek. The terrain varies extremely so make sure you care these.
What kind of food will be provided during Har Ki Doon trek? What about safe drinking water?
All meals are provided on this trek, veg and egg dishes will be served and safe drinking water will be available.
How many people will be in a group during Har Ki Doon trek?
The size of the group can vary depending on the bookings we receive.
How much weight will I have to carry during Har Ki Doon?
It is advisable to carry a 6 Ltr backpack, weight to be carried will depend of you requirements and capacity.
Will there be mobile connectivity on Har Ki Doon trek?
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.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
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.
What is the Har Ki Doon trek route?
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.
How is Har Ki Dun trek weather?
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.
What is the Har Ki Dun Trek Distance?
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.
Is Diamox is advisable?
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.
How do I get in shape?
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.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
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.
Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
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.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like 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.
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