About Har Ki Dun Trek (Garhwal Himalayas)
- Trekking In Uttarakhand:
Cradle shaped hanging valley in Garhwal Himalayas is our trekking location Har Ki Doon Valley. Cover by snow peaks and alpine vegetation, the valley is above the sea level. It is connected to Bapsa Valley and is snow-covered from December to March. Our trek starts from Taluka village and passes through many other communities like Gangaad, Osala, and Seema. The site is a delight for trekkers, both in summer and winter and is accessible through Govind National Park. We will trek along the Thamsa River till we reach Har Ki Dun Valley. Since the trekking trail isn’t used, birds and animals thrive in this region. One can spot langoor families near Puani Garaat. Black bears, wild boars, and Barasingha are few of the other animals you can detect if you’re lucky. Golden eagles and massive Himalayan griffins also live here.
Basic Details of Har Ki Dun Valley Trek:
- Location: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand.
- Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
- Maximum altitude: Jaundhar Glacier (4300m / 14107 ft.)
- Grade: Easy to Moderate
- Cost: Rs. 12,500 + 5% GST. (Dehradun to Dehradun)
How to reach Har Ki Dun Valley Trek:
Dehradun brings the closest to our base location with the airport Jolly Grant. It is well connected to all the states and city with a daily flight from Delhi.
From Delhi - DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata - Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai - Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai - Dehradun express (12687)
Dehradun is well connected by roads across the country with NH 72 connecting regions like Panchkula, Chandigarh, and Shimla. There are ample local and private buses to Dehradun.
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri - Eight hour drive
Day 2: Sankri to Pauni Garaat via Taluka (2,700 m) - One hour drive as well as five to six hours of trekking
Day 3: Pauni Garaat to Boslo (3,300 m) – 5-6 hours of trekking
Day 4: Boslo to Har ki Dun (3,510 m) & Marinda Tal (3,794 m) - back to Boslo
Day 5: Boslo to Pauni Garaat via Osla- Five hours of trekking
Day 6: Pauni Garat to Sankri via Taluka – Four to five hours of trekking as well as one hour of drive
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun - Eight hour drive
Har Ki Doon Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri
Altitude: 6,455 feet (1,967 meter)
Time taken: Sankri, the base camp for Har ki Dun, can be reached in 8-10 hours from Dehradun. Transport will be organized from Dehradun Railway station at 6.30 am.
Sankri, campground for Har ki Dun, is a little yet a lovely settlement with 250 houses. In top spell, it is normally clamoring with trekkers as it is the headquarters for treks such as Kedarkantha, Bali Pass and Borasu Pass. We start the excursion ahead of schedule from Dehradun and drive at first to the well-known hill station of Mussoorie. The drive to Sankri will take us through the towns and settlements of Nainbagh, Naugaon, Purola, Jarmola, Mori and Naitwar.
We shadow the Yamuna River upstream. The Kamal Ganga River converges with Yamuna close to Naugaon and escorts us till Purola. Purola is the sole remaining vast neighborhood on the course with a huge market. Therefore, it is suggested that if the trekkers want to buy any last minute stuff, they can purchase it from Purola itself. It likewise is the last town where the majority of the mobile networks work. The drive after Purola is through lovely woods of pine trees. From close to the countryside of Mori, the river Tons streams next to us till about Netwar. One can start to feel the dip in temperature from here.
After we cross a check post at Naitwar, we finally enter Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is often viewed as the southern passage to the nature reserve as the vast majority of treks through the locale begin from here. The northern fringe of the preserve converges into Himachal Pradesh. Near here, the streams of Rupin and Supin congregate to frame Tons River, which is the biggest offshoot of Yamuna and in actuality bigger than Yamuna itself, considering the volume of its stream. The summit of Kedarkantha can be seen from different focuses en route from here.
We arrive at Sankri by twilight. The hamlet has various apple plantations which are collected beginning from pre-fall. The market zone is new contrasted with the old hamlet region, a fragment of which is known as 'Saud'. The hamlet furthermore harvests peach, apricots and potatoes. We chill and relax around evening in a visitor house or in camps. The hamlet offers a gorgeous perspective on the sun setting behind the greater Himalayas. The Swargarohini peaks glow in the nocturnal sun, soaring lofty over the edges past Sankri.
Day 2: Sankri to Pauni Garaat via Taluka
- Altitude: 6,455 feet (1,967 meter) to 8,160 feet (2,487 meter) via 6,916 feet (2,108 meter)
- Time taken: 5-6 hours trek. One hour 12 km drive to Taluka, 12 km trek to Pauni Garaat
- Trek gradient: Smooth climb for preliminary 3 kilometers. After that there is a nonstop hike and descent all over the trail.
- Water sources: You can refill your water bottles in the river along the trail.
There is a four-wheel-drive street that interfaces Sankri with Taluka. Trekkers with Treks and Trails drive from Sankri to Taluka (12 km, 60 minutes). Since, the excursion is long, we start as ahead of schedule as possible in the first part of the day. After breakfast we board a SUV and drive through a forest road. The drive is very rough. The vehicle crosses a couple of streams in transit. We arrive at Taluka in about 60 minutes. Taluka is a tiny parish with solid houses, couple of shops and two Government visitor houses. This is rather distinctive from the design fashion in nearby hamlets like Sankri, Osla and Gangad, which are near 300 years timeworn.
This is where the actual trek starts from on a gravel-strewn trail. The climb is outstanding, going past a progression of wild roses, irises, and bamboo, chestnut and cedar trees. The aroma of cedar trees can be sensed about Taluka. Once in a while during winters, or particularly during periods with rather weighty spells of downpour, the way to Taluka might be excessively hazardous for vehicles, as streams stumble into the street and in this way one might be needed to walk a stretch of around 8 km up to Taluka, though it is just in case of heavy rainfall.
We walk along the Supin River spouting through rapids. This spot is favorable for refilling your bottles. Under the shade of pecan, pine and cedar trees, the walk is reasonably pleasurable. In pre-winter we can frequently discover pecans lying around. One must abstain from touching the vegetation on the sides for there are stinging nettle plants here natively known as 'Bichhu ghas' which exactly means 'scorpion grass'. A slight touch can give a stinging sensation which goes on for around twenty to thirty minutes. This grass is used as a spice and is likewise cooked as a vegetable and eaten. High up above on the left, we get the opportunity to gaze at the town of Datmir. It is lined by an arrangement of step ranches. The ranches have the splendid red hued Cholai developing from late rainstorm to early fall.
The trail traverses a couple of streams which converge with Supin River. Following a couple of long stretches of walk, the settlement of Gangad can be seen towards the left, over the Supin River. One can spot a yellow throated marten in the backwoods of this region. We can likewise discover eatable fruitlets of sea buckthorn. They are orange in hue and propagate in packs. Likewise, known as 'leh berries', the delicious and acrid organic buds are a rich source of Vitamin C. We continue our trek and soon we reach the secluded campsite at Puani Garat.
Day 3: Pauni Garaat to Boslo
- Altitude: 8,160 feet (2,487 meter) to 10200 ft
- Time taken: 5-6 hours,10-11 kilometres
- Trek gradient: Easy. Beginning descent of 15 minutes followed by typically level stroll for around an hour and a half. Steep move for 15 minutes followed by a level walk and stone segment polishing off with a progressively rising path.
- Water sources: You can top off your water bottles from the stream along the path
The day commences by moving towards the high altitude village of Osla, which is situated on an inclining nudge around a hundred meters over the Supin River. The scene encompassing Osla is loaded with terraced ranches. The shades of these terrains vary in each season. The red homesteads of Cholai (Amaranth) look astonishing and can be seen post rainy season. Osla is the last settlement on the trail to Har ki Dun. From Osla the path step by step ascends higher and the Supin River can be seen far beneath. We pass through a temple some distance underneath the path towards the right. We go through shrubs of blossoms like orchids, downy blossoms and sunflowers. The rising trail moves high over the confluence of Supin River and the stream from Ruinsara valley. From close to this intersection, we get a perspective on the snow-capped tops of Ruinsara valley including Black Peak, the tallest mountain in the district.
After this, the path crosses numerous streams. The pine timberland has ample of rhododendron trees. There is additionally a flawless stream spouting down in transit, with an assortment of Himalayan snowcapped blossoms along its sides, particularly blue poppy. About an hour later, we go through another part of knolls with a wonderful development of chestnut. The smell of cedar and pine wood trees is inebriating to any nature enthusiast. After twenty minutes, you arrive at a little cascade and bid adieu to the glades. you camp at boslo which is a few kilometres ahead of kalkatiyadhar.
Day 4: Boslo to Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal, return to Boslo
- Altitude: 10200 feet to 11,700 feet (3,566 meter) and back to 10200
- Time taken: 6-7 hours, 14 kilometer
- Trek gradient: Easy. Initial descent of 15 minutes followed by mostly level walk for about 90 minutes. Steep climb for 15 minutes followed by a level walk and boulder section finishing off with a gradually ascending trail.
- Water sources: You can refill your water bottles from the river along the trail
Today’s trek is viewed as the most pivotal section of the Har Ki Dun Trek as we will visit Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal, a little lake development formed due the blocking rock over the waterway stream, which lies two kilometers further in front of Har Ki Dun. As we start the trek, at a short separation a veiled and thundering cascade is chanced upon with a tiny tea ehouse alongside the cascade.
Subsequent to crossing higher up along the right of the stream, we enter the last stretch which is inside a dense forest. The woods opens up into the central camping region of Har ki Dun, directly next to the murmuring stream. This is an all-encompassing spot in Har ki Dun situated at the intersection of two valleys, one starting from Jaundhar glacier and the other from past Hata glacier. Higher up towards the North we can detect the Forest Rest House, while the wood made GMVN visitor house lies further up somewhere out there. The Har ki Dun pinnacle stands tall directly before us behind the Forest Rest House. Towards its left, Hata top which is normally snow secured can be seen. The minor edge to one side, fixed with a couple of dissipated Himalayan birch trees Bhojpatra isolates us from the enormous Har Ki Dun valley that goes up right to the base of Swargarohini Peak. The paper like bark of these trees was utilized in antiquated occasions to compose religious sacred texts.
At the point when you arrive at Har Ki Dun, the sheer excellence of the valley will make you desire to stay there forever. At Har Ki Dun, one can see the immense grounds beneath Swaragrohini-1 pinnacle. The glades here are loaded with snowcapped blossoms. You can discover the whole ground in about an hour or two. Take a gander at the two valleys opening up in front, separated by a stream called Karmanasha. The gorge towards the left goes to Maninda Taal and Borasu Pass and the other, to Jaundar Glacier.
The extensive open knolls following the course of the Supin River can be sigtseen. Further in front of the glades one can stroll among the backwoods of Bhojpatra trees (Himalayan birch) or get a closer look at the Jaundhar glacier and Swargarohini Mountain, for which we would be required to head upwards the Har Ki Dun valley, towards the Swargaroini peak the eastern way. We can decide to unwind and absorb the views for quite a while or we can proceed with our trek to Marinda Tal, in the north, only two kilometer away from Har ki Dun. The path is progressively rising here. It is a little lake framed by an immense stone blocking the stream which ripples down from the base of the Borasu Pass. After the brief homage to Marinda Tal we make our return venture back to Kalkatiyadhar. We take a similar course and it turns out to be a lot simpler as it’s all descending from here. We reach back by early night and rest at the campground.
Day 5: Boslo to Pauni Garaat via Osla
- Time taken: 4-5 hours, 11 kilometer
The trek back to Osla is a simple stroll. On the course we run over a marvellous perspective on the path right to Osla and see the valley slide towards Taluka, around the bend of the edge where the two streams coming from Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara separately, meet. Somewhat shy of this convergence we can get a brief look at a path to one side set apart by a sight of an extension down over the stream. This path goes to join the trail to Ruinsara Lake and is infrequently taken. Subsequent to arriving at Osla, one can wander about in the town, converse with local people and absorb the Garhwali culture. We camp at Pauni Garaat.
Day 6: Pauni Garaat to Sankri via Taluka
- Time taken: 4-5 hours, 12 kilometer, 1 hour drive
- Trek gradient: Easy. Descending trail and flat walking.
- Water sources: You can top off your bottles from the streams along the trail
Promptly in the first part of the day, we leave the campsite of Pauni Garaat and trek till Taluka. The walk is downhill and henceforth takes lesser time than last time. We stroll to the left of the River Supin until we at long last show up at Taluka, from where a vehicle returns us to Sankri. We resign for the day in camp close by the stream or in a visitor house in Sankri.
Day 7: Altitude: Sankri to Dehradun
Time Taken: 8 hours’ drive
The trek to Har Ki Dun ends today as we bid adieu Sankri and reach Dehradun by late afternoon.
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Rental rates for a duration 6N7D:
- Waterproof shoes - INR 700
- 3 in1 jacket - INR 600
- Walking sticks - INR 200
- Headtorch - INR 120
- Poncho - INR 200
- Waterproof gloves - INR 120
- Gaiters - INR 200
- Rucksack: INR 600
What is included in the tour
- Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 7.
- Guide and cook fees.
- Rent for camping equipment.
- Forest entry charges.
- Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.
- All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 7 breakfast.
- Rent for camping equipment
- Clean sleeping bags and mats
- Good quality ‘A’ shaped or dome tents
- Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents with portable toilet seats
- Crampons if required
- Tented accommodation throughout the trek on a twin sharing basis
- Guesthouse accommodation on the first and last day on twin sharing basis
- INR 2800 extra for single sharing throughout the trek
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
- Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
- Accommodation in Dehradun.
- Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.
- Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc
- Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions
- 1 Pair of Thermal
- 3 Pair of Socks + 1 Pair of woolen socks
- 2 Pair of Hand Gloves (Water Proof & Fleece material)
- Sun Cap
- Woolen Cap
- Neck Warmer (Scarf/Buff)
- 2 Quick Dry Full Sleeves (T-Shirt)
- 1 Full sleeves Fleece
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket (windcheater/Heavy Jacket)
- 2 Track Pants (No Cotton or Jeans)
- UV sunglasses
- Sun scream, Lip balm, Moisturizer
- Trek Pole
- Trekking Shoes (No Sports shoes or Woodland shoes)
- Poncho (The Gear used to protect from Rain)
- Day pack (Small one)
- Back Pack 60 liter (+ Rain cover)
- 2 Water Bottles
- Toilet Paper & Wet Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Antibacterial Powder
- Tooth Brush
- Quick Dry Towel
- Crocin (1Strip)
- Disprine (1 Strip)
- Lomotive (1 Strip)
- Digene (1Strip)
- Band Aid - Qty 5
- Neusphorine Powder
- Betadine Tube
- Vomistop/Avomine (Motion Sickness Tablet)
The FAQ on Har Ki Doon Valley Trek:
1. How difficult is the Har ki doon valley trek?
Har ki doon valley trek in comparison is easy to moderate difficulty with another high altitude trek.
2. How much distance do we have to trek each day?
On an average, we cover roughly 4-8kms between our camping stations.
3. What will happen if a trek is extended?
Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.
4. Who will be our lead guide person?
Lead guide person is certified & experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members including local guides, cook, helpers and porters.
5. Is this trek safe for girls?
Our treks are planned with a male: female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.
6. Many people in a tent?
Our tents are all three person tents.
7. What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?
Good physical and mental fitness is expected to complete the Trek. Har ki doon valley trek is ideal for beginners to familiarize themselves with similar high altitude treks.
8. Typical Food menu during a trek?
We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch and evening snacks are served. We believe and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable in high altitudes.
9. What if we encounter a medical emergency?
We are trained to manage emergencies in high altitudes. Our lead guide is professional and experienced. Our team do carry emergency first aid kits and oxygen cylinder.