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.
Highlights of Har Ki Doon Valley Trek:
Explore the unexplored parts of Gharwal Himalayas.
Cross the Swargarohili – banquet of the mythical stairway to heaven.
Stay at the small hamlet on Osla to visit the famous Duryodhana Temple.
Campsite location with bonfire under the open night sky.
Witness the grazing wild horses and cows as we pass through multiple small streams.
Witness the majestic view of sunrise from the campsite at Sankri.
Time spent on clicking pictures of the enchanting views of the meadows.
Learn about the local culture and their day to day life.
Basic Details of Har Ki Doon Valley Trek:
The height of the Trek: 11,700 Feet
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
Group Size: Medium Groups
Minimum Age: 14-45 Years
Duration: 8 Days
Km One Way: 27 Km
How to reach Har Ki Doon 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.
Har Ki Doon Valley Trek Itinerary:
Day 1 Dehradun to Sankri Village (Base Camp) - 210 km | 6400 Feet
Our journey starts as we hit the road from Dehradun Railway station. Be ready by 6.00 am to enjoy the drive. We drive all our trekkers to Kempty Falls near Mussoorie to enjoy a hearty breakfast. Smell the freshness in the air as the journey recommences till we pass by Purola. Trekkers will enjoy the glimpse of the River Tons joining a glacial stream to become the River Supin. Then we enter the Govind National Park and be lucky enough to spot some wildlife. As we reach our destination Sankri for today by approximately 6 pm, one can see the glimpse of the quaint and quiet village which now a hive for the trekking season.
Day 2 Sankri Base Camp to Puani Garaat via Taluka Village -12 km | 8300 Feet
After an early breakfast, a thrilling drive awaits you that will take us to the village of Taluka from where we begin our trek. For the most part, the river Supin is our constant comrade as we traverse through thick vegetation consisting of Oaks, Rhododendrons, Elms, & Deodars, amongst umpteen floras. We navigate through routes that alter between level ground, to gentle & sharp gradients. Winding tributaries & rivulets cut across our path.
Inhale the delightfully fresh alpine air, while absorbing the magnificence of the Himalayas that surrounds you. The trek is taxing today, but amidst the endless forest, crossing bridges and passing by villages, we can admire how man & nature have blended in perfectly to create a harmonious balance, that is a sight for sore eyes...and feet! Relish a lovely meal & recoup before we continue towards Paurani Goraat. Once you reach the campsite, not only will you sigh in relief, but also in admiration at nature's beauty that engulfs you. If curiosity gets the better of you, why not do a quick recce before settling in for a hearty dinner?
Day 3 Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhaar - 7 km | 9000 Feet
Wake up to sensational views & gorge on a nutritious breakfast while listening to the birds chirping at the crack of dawn. Levelled as well as steep trails greet you today. We pass through the lively village of Osla. Perceive the modest way of life of the folk in the mountains which makes them a happy lot! Rosy-cheeked children may waylay you for a brief chat, which you would enjoy thoroughly.
Admire graceful waterfalls that can be seen plunging regally from the precipices of the mountains. Slowly, grass & weeds such as the Alpine Cat's Tail, Meadow grass & Horseweed (to name a few) appear in patches & then more frequently, & before you know it, you have reached a meadow: a genuinely serene setting! Catch your breath before you ascend farther to reach the campsite. You may use this opportunity to explore your immediate surroundings, where you could discover interesting sights & sounds near Kalkatiyadhar.
Day 4 Kalkatiyadhaar to Har-Ki-Doon - 5 km | 11700 Feet
Pearly snow dots the landscape in the otherwise grassy terrain, or during the winter months, you will find a solid mantle of snow. The distance to Har Ki Dun may seem shorter, but the trail is mostly a steep activity. More lucid streams are strewn across the region & white tufts of cloud hover over the towering snow-laden peaks, creating a spectacle that will keep you rooted to the spot: but we need to move ahead till we reach the glorious valley. This ethereal vale has a beautiful stream flowing through it & one feels as if they have entered 'swarg' or heaven, with the majestic Swargarohini peak in the background. Why not sit around a campfire & listen to the legends surrounding this region from your camp leader? With such invaluable vistas around you, this adventure is sure to make others see green!
Day 5 Rest Day in Har-Ki-Doon - 11700 Feet
A new dawn of discoveries awaits you today. Many tempting options lie before you. If you are here in the winters, then why not floric in the snow & explore the flora of the surrounding area? Here & there, you may spot the Kashmiri Lousewort which has lovely purple coloured flowers, or Wild roses, Kulem which has pinkish flowers, and Geum Elatum which has bright yellow flowers. Red Sorrell, Thistles and Himalayan Knotweed may also be espied. If beautiful, tranquil waters are what you crave to behold, then you could relax by the babbling brook near the camp, or head to the small but scenic Maninda Lake, which is barely a few hours away. Perhaps the distant snowy summits winking at you in the sunlight piques your interest, then you could attempt the trek to the Jaundhar Glacier & the Jaundhar Basin.
You would have to leave early to reach the basin through a gradual climb, which would take close to 6 hours. Enclosed in shimmering snow, the Swargarohini gazes unruffled at all regular occurrences. Whichever way in which you decide to spend your day, rest assured it will be one of the most productive days ever spent in your life, & that's not even an exaggeration!
Day 6 Har-Ki-Doon to Puani Garaat - 14 km | 8300 Feet
"Focus on how far you have come, not how far you have to go” This famous quote sums up the last stages of our journey. Cast your eyes around you to draw inspiration from the opulent panoramas as we have a long trek before us. Two routes will take us to Paurani Goraat, both of which offer equally stunning views. We thread our way back through Chestnut, Himalayan Maples, Alders, Elms, Ash & Pine trees amongst many others noble & silent sentinels of the forest. Once at the campsite, gorge on lip-smacking refreshments. View the last rays of the setting sun orchestrating a dazzling array of gold, orange, fire, salmon, & pink hues across the sky.
Day 7 Puani Garaat to Sankri Base Camp via Taluka – 12 km | 6400 Feet
The 12km trek may seem daunting at first but is a thoroughly gratifying adventure because, for the most part of the way, we venture through the terrain which is declivitous. It would be a good time for some last minute bird-watching since it will be your last day in this wonderfully obscure region of western Uttarakhand. Birds of breathtaking beauty such as Rosefinches, Warblers, Buntings, Bulbuls, Wagtails, and Flycatchers & Bush Robins can be sighted on your way. As you unwind in the evening in Sankri, we will conduct a small ceremony where we will hand over your certificate for having concluded the trek successfully!
Day 8 Sankri Base Camp to Dehradun - 210 km
Our goodbye to such a wonderfully tranquil and divine region is over a healthy breakfast. Our transport awaits as we check out the hotel by 8 am. The drive back to Dehradun is all about the memory you have about the place with last minute photos. We have ensured that the trek has been paced in such a way that you have been provided with ample rest to make it an enjoyable experience. Once in Dehradhun, part ways with your fellow trekkers, with the promise of experiencing yet another thrilling adventure with us.
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.
What is included in the tour
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Sankri to Sankri (VEG)
- All accommodation from Sankri to Sankri
- All campaign equipments
- Medical Kit
- Professional Trek Leaders (Experienced Guide/Staff)
- All forests permits
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Transport from Dehradun-Sankri & Sankri-Dehradun
- All Meals from Dehradun-Sankri & Sankri-Dehradun
- Mules (A Hybrid Animal) to carry personal luggage
- Single room accommodations
- Hard Drinks (This also includes undistilled fermented beverages)
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
- Extra meals
- Any other which not mentioned in the inclusion list.
- 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)
- Sun Glass
- 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)