Har Ki Dun Trek
Har Ki Dun Trek, Uttarakhand
Har Ki Dun Trek is one of the most popular treks in Uttarakhand and is a must-visit destination for adventure enthusiasts. Indian Tours offer an incredible opportunity to explore the beauty of the Har Ki Dun valley, which is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush green forests, and a pristine river.
The trek starts from Sankri and takes you through beautiful meadows, ancient villages, and dense forests. As you ascend higher, you will witness panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Swargarohini, Bandarpunch, and Kala Nag. The trail is moderately challenging and suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers.
During the trek, you will get to witness some of the most stunning natural beauty that Uttarakhand has to offer, such as the Osla and Seema villages, where you can interact with locals and learn about their culture and traditions. You will also come across several waterfalls, streams, and wildlife, including langurs, musk deer, and Himalayan black bears.
The Har Ki Dun Trek is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with nature and experience the peace and tranquility of the Himalayas. Indian Tours offer professional guides who are familiar with the terrain and can help you navigate the trail safely. They also provide comfortable accommodations, meals, and equipment, making your trekking experience hassle-free.
Har Ki Dun Trek Quick Facts
|Trek Starting Point||Sankri|
|Trek Distance||Approximately 47 km round trip|
|Highest Elevation||3,566 meters|
|Best Time to Visit||April to June and September to November|
|Trek Duration||6-7 days|
|Major Attractions||Har Ki Dun valley, Swargarohini, Bandarpunch, and Kala Nag peaks, Osla and Seema villages, wildlife, waterfalls, and streams|
|Trekking Company||Indian Tours|
|Trek Inclusions||Professional guides, accommodations, meals, and equipment|
|Recommended Gear||Trekking shoe|
Things to do
Trekking: Har Ki Dun Trek offers an excellent opportunity for trekking enthusiasts to explore the beautiful Himalayan landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and scenic meadows.
Photography: The Har Ki Dun Trek offers a perfect opportunity to capture some of the most stunning natural beauty in India. You can take pictures of the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, forests, waterfalls, and wildlife.
Wildlife Watching: The Har Ki Dun Trek offers a unique opportunity to see some of the rarest species of wildlife found in the Himalayas, including musk deer, langurs, and Himalayan black bears.
Interacting with Locals: The Har Ki Dun Trek takes you through some ancient villages, including Osla and Seema, where you can interact with locals and learn about their culture and traditions.
Camping: The Har Ki Dun Trek offers a perfect opportunity to spend your nights under the stars in the beautiful meadows and forests of the Himalayas.
Adventure Activities: If you are an adventure junkie, you can also indulge in activities like rock climbing, rappelling, and river crossing during the trek.
Relaxation: The Har Ki Dun Trek is also an excellent opportunity to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul in the peaceful and serene surroundings of the Himalayas.
How to Reach Dehradun
By Air: The nearest airport to Dehradun is the Jolly Grant Airport, located approximately 25 km away. Several airlines operate regular flights from major cities in India to Dehradun.
By Train: Dehradun is well-connected to several major cities in India through an extensive railway network. The Dehradun Railway Station is located in the heart of the city, and several trains operate to and from this station.
By Bus: Dehradun is well-connected to several major cities in India through a network of state and private-run buses. You can also take a direct bus from Delhi to Dehradun, which is a popular option among travelers.
By Car: You can also drive to Dehradun from nearby cities like Delhi, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. The roads are well-maintained, and the drive is scenic, making it an excellent option for road trips.
Program ( 07 days / 06 nights )
Arrive at Dehradhun
The journey from Dehradun to Sankri is approximately 190 kilometers long and takes around 9 hours. We begin the journey early in the morning and drive through a picturesque forest of pine trees after Purola, which is the last big settlement on the way and has a large market. We recommend that trekkers buy any necessary items here. Purola is also the last village where most mobile networks work.
While driving towards Sankri, one can catch glimpses of the Kedarkantha peak from various points. Sankri is a small village with a central market and several shops. It is surrounded by apple orchards that are harvested in late summer. On clear days, one can see the Swargarohini peak from here. We reach Sankri by early evening and spend the night in a guest house or camps, depending on the package chosen.
Sankri to Puani Garat
To ensure that we have enough time for the trek, we start early in the morning after having breakfast. We board an SUV and drive for about 10 kilometers through a bumpy forest road, crossing one or two streams on the way. We reach Taluka, a small village with a few shops and two Government guest houses, in about an hour.
The trek begins from Taluka on a stony path, surrounded by the fragrance of cedar trees. We walk along the river Supin, which gushes through rapids. It's essential to avoid "bichchu ghas" (scorpion grass), as even a slight touch can cause a stinging sensation that lasts for about twenty to thirty minutes. Interestingly, this herb is also cooked as a vegetable and eaten.
After walking for a few hours past the villages of Datmer and Gangad, we continue our trek until we reach the secluded campsite at Puani Garat. Here, we set up our camps and spend the night amidst nature's beauty.
Puani Garat to Kalkatidhar
On day three of the trek, we embark on a 10-kilometer journey that takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. We start the day by heading up towards Osla village, which is situated on a sloping spur about a hundred meters above the river Supin.
The initial trail to Osla is the steepest section along the entire trek and can take 30-40 minutes to cover. The landscape surrounding Osla is full of terraced farms, and it is the last village on the route to Har ki Dun.
From Osla, the trail gradually rises higher, and we cross a few fields while the river can be seen far below. Along the way, we come across a temple some distance below the trail towards the right. We pass through bushes of flowers like orchids, fleece flowers, and sunflowers.
Despite the short distance, today's journey allows us to acclimatize to the high altitude and prepare for the next day's journey. We take a breather at the beautiful campsite of Kalkatidhar, basking in the sun and enjoying the stunning views. The ban on camping at Har Ki Dun has had a positive impact on the trekking itinerary, as it allows for more comfort and preserves the natural beauty of the area.
Har Ki Dun trek
Today's trek is quite long, covering a distance of 15 to 17 kilometers and taking about 7 to 8 hours. We'll be visiting Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal, a small lake formed due to an obstructing boulder across the river stream, which is located 2 kilometers further ahead of Har Ki Dun.
At the beginning of the trek, we'll encounter a hidden and roaring waterfall with a small tea shop beside it. As we continue, we'll reach the confluence of the Supin and Ruinsara rivers, which offers a beautiful view of the snow-clad peaks of Ruinsara valley, including Black Peak, the highest peak in the region.
We'll then traverse higher up along the true right of the river and enter the final stretch, which is inside a forest. Later, we'll reach a panoramic spot in Har Ki Dun, located at the junction of two valleys, one originating from Jaundhar glacier and the other from beyond Hata glacier. A minor ridge to our right, lined with a few scattered Himalayan birch trees, separates us from the massive Har Ki Dun valley that goes all the way up to the base of Swargarohini Peak.
After reaching the final point, we'll take some time to relax and soak in the environment before continuing the trek to Marinda Tal, which is located 2-3 kilometers ahead. The trail gradually ascends till we reach the lake, which is formed by a huge boulder obstructing the river flowing down from the base of the Borasu Pass.
After visiting Marinda Tal, we'll make our return journey back to Kalkatidhar on the same route, which becomes much easier as it's all downhill from here. We'll reach the campsite by early evening and rest for the night.
Kalkatidhar to Puani Garat
Following a satisfying breakfast, we begin our return trek to Osla, which is relatively effortless. Along the way, we have an excellent view of the trail leading back to Osla, and we can see the valley descending towards Taluka, where the two streams from Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara merge around the curve of the ridge. Before reaching this intersection, we catch a glimpse of a rarely taken trail on our left, marked by a bridge over the stream, which joins the trail to Ruinsara Lake. Upon arriving in Osla, one can explore the village, interact with locals, and immerse themselves in Garhwali culture. From there, we proceed to our previous campsite in Puani Garat, where we can relax and bask in the sun. We spend the night at the campsite in Puani Garat.
Trek from Puani Garat to Sankri
After breakfast, we depart from our lovely accommodation early in the morning and start trekking back towards Taluka through the same trail we used on Day 1. Despite trekking downhill, the scenery looks different due to the change in perspective. The trek is shorter and more pleasant than before. We follow the true left of the River Supin until we reach Taluka, where we take a vehicle back to Sankri. We spend the night camping beside the river or in a guest house in Sankri.
Sankri to Dehradun
On the last day of the Har ki Dun trek, we depart from Sankri after breakfast and begin our journey towards Dehradun. The drive takes us through some stunning and relatively untouched areas, with the most picturesque stretch being right after we pass the town of Mori. However, the construction of a new hydel project in the area has raised concerns for the environment. As we cross various towns, including Kempty-Mussoorie, we eventually reach Dehradun by late afternoon or early evening, bringing our memorable trek to an end.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
|Professional Trekking Guide||A licensed and experienced trekking guide who will lead the group and ensure your safety throughout the trek.|
|Accommodation||Accommodation in comfortable and clean guesthouses/homestays/tents, depending on the availability of facilities in different locations.|
|Meals||All meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. The food is usually a mix of Indian and Continental cuisine and is prepared fresh by the trekking staff.|
|Trekking Permits and Entry Fees||All necessary permits and entry fees required to enter the Har Ki Dun valley and other restricted areas.|
|Trekking Equipment||Trekking equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, mattresses.|
|First Aid Kit||A comprehensive first-aid kit and medical supplies to deal with minor injuries and illnesses.|
|Transportation||Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and back, in a private or shared vehicle, depending on the size of the group.|
|Mules/Porters||Mules or porters to carry the trekking equipment, supplies, and your luggage during the trek.|
|Camping Equipment||Camping equipment like chairs, tables, and portable toilets, depending on the package you choose.|
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
CANCELLATION AND REFUND:
Cancellations prior to 10 days from the start of the trek are entitled to a full refund(excluding the transaction charges)Cancellation between the 9th day and the 3rd day to the start of the trek will have an 80% refund. Cancellation less than 3 days to the start of the trek will have NO refund. For any assistance mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCLAIMER:This activity is hugely dependent upon weather. The trip may get canceled without any prior notice due to weather or any unforeseen adverse circumstances
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