Har ki Dun, which means Valley of Gods, is situated deep inside Govind Pashu National park. Rich in flora and fauna, the trails are quite often covered in different shades of orchids and other wild flowers. The area was made popular by the Doon school master Jack Gibson after his Banderpunch expeditions. Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle-shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass. Har Ki Dun is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Western Himalayas.
From Har ki Dun one can see the entire North Face of Swargarohini (6,252 m) peak. The legends associated with it say that Swargarohini is the path to heaven that was followed by Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata. Though, the same story is also associated with the Swargarohini steps seen from Satopanth Lake, which lies ahead of Badrinath.
Har Ki Dun trek is a classy river valley trail and it has never lost its charm to trekkers all over the world. Walking through the widespread valley, the remote villages, local lifestyle, culture and hospitality are not to be missed. The sunrise and sunset at Har Ki Dun needs special mention. Ample amount of snow makes it a compelling choice. Walking towards Marinda Tal/Jaundar glacier on the exploration day ignites the adrenaline in an adventurous mind.
A winter wonderland and trekkers delight, the Har Ki Dun Trek is a stairway to heaven that will make you fall for its beauty. The thing that makes it an alluring trek is its accessibility both in summer as well as winter season.
Har Ki Dun catchment area is a major source of Yamuna River System and a main source of the largest tributary of Yamuna, the Tons river. ( Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara Nallah forms the beautiful Tamosa river near Osla. Tamosa flowing beside Taluka and below to Sankri merges with Supin River near Jakhol. Rupin and Supin combined together at Netwar forms the Tons River). This glacier carved spectacular valley is an amphitheatre ringed up by high spurs of rocky Himalayan range. Summer and monsoon brings life to this National park area and remains snow-covered in winter. Accessible for a longer duration of the year and Tea-Houses at Taluka, Seema and Har Ki Dun are compelling factors for many beginners to explore this route.
Other attractions include the temple at Osla which is dedicated to Duryodhana, it was built by the inhabitants of Saur. It is about 13km from Sankri which lies on the steep mountain trail to Har Ki Dun. It is a 5,000-year formation of wooden chambers that are carved elegantly.
This trek is heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbugs. You can even spot various species of birds that thrive in this region. A mixture of exploration and adventure, trek and capturing some thrilling pictures on the trail is an experience of a lifetime.
- Activity type: High Altitude Trekking
- Duration: 6 Night & 7 Days
- Region: Uttarakhand - India
- Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
- Meeting Point: Manali Bus Stand
- Maximum Elevation: 12000ft
- Trekking Distance Approx: 44km
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (220 km drive by NH 507 - approx 10 hours) Altitude: 6,400 feet.
Getting to the Basecamp Sankri. We start early morning from Dehradun railway station at around 6.30am. (We expect you to reach Dehradun the previous night) Drive from Dehradun to Sankri is very scenic and an adventurous journey which takes 8/9 hrs time. Reach Sankri around 5.30pm, Sankri is a very popular place because few famous treks start from here like Har Ki Dun, Bali pass, Borasu pass. You need a full day for this as it is a longboard journey. Overnight stay in Homestay/Guesthouse.
Day 2: Sankri to Pauni Garaat via Taluka (Drive 12 km) (6-7 hour)
After having breakfast, you drive to Taluka village, which is a 45 mins drive from Sankri. The journey starts from a village called Taluka. Gushing Supin river will accompany you all the way to the camp and has few steep climbs and descents. The whole valley turns green and it's very surreal to experience the whole path. The river running right through the valley also adds to the charm of the place. On the trail you can watch and hear lots of different birds, beautiful cascades and different types of wild flowers as well. Today our camping location is beautiful as we camp near the river in Govind National Park. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Pauni Garaat to Kalkattiyadhaar, Altitude- 9,800 ft, Trek Distance: 7 km
We start early in the morning as we know that today is a long journey. We will need to walk and it will check your physical and mentally preparation. Water will be available throughout the trail. Traversing through thick forests with pine trees and rhododendron trees loaded with red and pink flowers during summer. The path gradually leads to steep unfriendly slopes that will be welcoming you. After crossing the major ascends, we will take a break for pack lunch and from here we have a short distance till our camp.
This camp is on meadows overlooking mountains and is undisturbed allowing supernatural beings, you will have time to explore the surrounding camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Kalkattiyadhar to Har Ki Doon top and Back Kalkattiyadhar, Altitude: 11, 768 ft, Trek Distance- 5 km
Today’s trek is short, you will be walking 5km distance and it will take 3/4hrs time. Today is the most crucial and scenic day of all days as you come close to the Himalayas. Route is through the forest with boulder walk, with gradual ascends. The calmness, the complete silence, the serenity of the surroundings is a complete change from the noise, the hustle and bustle of day to day city life. The mesmerizing view of Himalayas on the way is something that will remain in your memories till the end.
Once you reach Har Ki Dun Summit, you will realize that all the pain was worth taking to be where you are! The mountains are decorated with snow and the early morning view with the nascent sun rays gives a pleasing look all around. From the top you can see a closer view of Swargarohini peak (The Stairway to heaven that Pandavas took as per our Hindu Mythology), Hata peak, Black peak, Jundhar glacier etc. After exploring and spending some leisure time on the top we start getting down towards the camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Kalkattiyadhar to Pauni Garaat via Osla, Trek Distance – 8 km, Total Trek Time- 8 hour
Today you will be walking almost 8km in total and it will take 5-6 hrs time depending on your space. On the way there are few water points where you can fill water bottles. The descent is equally long and tiring through pine forest to reach the Osla village and here you can see typical Garwali houses. After taking some rest at Osla village we retrace the same tail to Pauni Garaat camp. This is your last camping day of the trek, so enjoy your night near the riverside camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Pauni Garaat to Sankri via Taluka, Trek Time-5 hour, Trek Distance-10 km
After having breakfast, we start our trek to Sankri village which is just a 5km trek and a 12km drive. Today is an easy and short walk, you can enjoy the scenery and natural beauty around you. Getting down is easy but sometimes we have to be careful, especially people who have knee pain. On the way, we stop at a water point before reaching our final destination. Vehicle will be waiting at Taluka village and drive will take 1hr time to reach Sankri.
Overnight stay in guest house.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun, Distance: 220 km drive, Travel Time-10 hour
You can start early in the morning after having tea so that you can reach Dehradun by 5pm. We advise you to keep one extra day in your plan so that you can avoid missing flights or trains. We will arrange the vehicle (on request) to reach Dehradun and vehicle charges payable in cash to the driver directly.
What is included in the tour
- Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
- Tented Accommodation
- All meals while on trek (Veg)
- Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
- Basic First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader (2), support staff, Helpers
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
- Local route guide
- Transportation Dehradun-Sankri-Dehradun
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals during transit
- Mineral Water or soft drinks
- Transportation of any kind (but can be shared between trekkers)
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
- Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
- Ruck Sack : Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
- Ruck sack cover : Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
- Day Pack : Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
- Trekking Shoes: Good quality rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well use before trek. Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
- T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
- Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
- Warm Jacket: Highly recommended, one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
- Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advised to carry, it is resisting wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
- Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach at campsite. Thermal keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
- Towel: One medium size light weight towel quick dry type
- Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoat/ ponchos is a water-resistance to protect the body from rain.
- Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
- Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
- Undergarments: As per your need.
- Socks: Hiking socks has ability wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
- Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
- Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending also reduce pressure on knee.
- Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
- Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
- Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
- Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
- Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, As per your need
- Toilet Kit Must to carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
- Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
- Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
- Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compare to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
- Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
- Personal Medical Kit: Must to carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
- Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.