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Har ki dun trek is one of the most interesting treks adventure lovers and nature admirers wait for. It is known as hanging valley with an exotic beauty and it takes you through some of the most beautiful serenity one can ever witness. Also, known as beginners’ trek, you will come across the lush greenery and the verdant beauty of the mountains. This is an opportunity to get soaked in beauty created by the dense alpine forests and the panoramic view of the mountains.
Har ki Dun is a moderate trek that can show you 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.
Pack your bags to witness the various species of birds and mammals in this region and get a chance to 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:
Waiting for the true lovers of adventure and nature, Har ki dun trek is promised to keep you engaged to the most thrilling moments during the trekking expedition. It’s a favourite summer trek that will take you to enjoy the glorious visuals of vast green meadows, green patches with orchids, rhododendrons and dense jungle will be your friend during the trek. Here on this 8 day trek, you will trek around 5 hours each day and cover a distance of 47 km. Perched at an altitude of 11,675ft this trek starts from Sankri basecamp.
The sunset views from the village are the enjoyable ones during this trek. 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.
On your walk up to reach Har ki Dun campsite, you may come across the picturesque views of the glaciers and the valley just right in front of you. Though you will have to negotiate a lot with the astounding trails, the final scenery you will witness is worth all the struggle you put. 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.
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.
- 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 morning and drive to the small village called Sankri, which is the origin point of the Har Ki Dun trek.
While you drive to Sankri, the glimpses of towering Himalayan Peaks would amuse you for sure.
A quick lunch on the way and you will reach Sankri that is located at a height of 1,950m after a drive of 10 hours.
Check into one of the hotels/resorts and relax for the day; overnight stay will be in Sankri.
Prepare for the exciting trek from Sankri to Taluka today. Carry enough bottled drinking water and energy bars to keep you going.
By late afternoon you will arrive in Taluka, check-in into a tent to spend the night under the star clad sky and enjoy the freshness of Taluka.
In the evening, relax by the bonfire, munch on some snacks, listen to the mysterious yet different folklores about the locale and a delicious dinner.
After breakfast, head towards Osla that stands at an altitude of 2560m.
Cross the Siyan Gad by bridge to reach Dhatmir village and cross the Ton River too.
Be excited to grab the scenery enhanced by the sprawling wild orchids, and if lucky, encounter the wilderness of the Himalayas like Barking Deer, Bores, Leopards and the likes.
Stay overnight in the tents.
Amble through the startling serenity to your next destination of Har Ki Dun Pass. You will experience the gradual terrain and pleasant views of the valleys, plains and towering mountains.
The gradual ascent to Har Ki Dun will take you to a height of 6,200m that 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.
Post breakfast, trek to Juandhar glaciers, which is a 55 km stretch of white snow and patches of green grass.
Enjoy the feast offered by the glaciers and thick greenery and return to the Swargarohini campsite.
After a long day of trekking for about 15 km, retire for the night in the camp.
Take the whole day to trek back to the village of Osla.
The easy downhill trek to Osla takes around 3-4 hrs and covers around a total of 11 km.
Upon arrival at Osla, spend the night in the rest houses or tents.D
uring the trek, it is advisable to take food on time to avoid dehydration and other sort of altitude sickness.
Today, you would cover 26 km through steeper terrains and stunning environs with sights of migratory birds disappearing in the snow-peaked mountains to reach Sankri.
Reach Sankri after the tiring journey for 6 to 7 hours.
Stay overnight in Sankri.
This day is highlighted by a back drive to Dehradun.
Following your arrival in Dehradun at about 7 to 8 pm, the adventure of the Har Ki Dun trekking comes to an end.
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What is the best time to go for Har Ki Doon Trek?
Har Ki Doon Trek is considered to be ideal to trek in winter to early spring. Ideal time to go for Har Ki Doon trek is from December to Mid-April.
What is the difficulty level? What kind physical fitness will be required to do Har Ki Doon Trek?
Har Ki Doon is considered aneasy level trek. Physical preparation is mandatory, for all treks. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side during Har Ki Doon Trek?
Here is the basic checklist which should help you with your packing. As a general rule, it is advised that you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. It is ideal to carry a backpack [40-60 L] and include the following – Trekking shoes, Thermals, Synthetic Trek pants, T-shirts, Top and bottom thick Fleece, wind-proof jackets, sunglasses, LED Torch, Head Torch, Trekking pole, Socks [2-3 pairs], synthetic hand gloves. You need to also carry a day pack of around 20 L which will hold all the toiletries – Light towel, Sunscreen [with high SPF formulation], moisturiser, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, water bottle, Garbage bags, dryflo tube/buff, Poncho, Power bank, warmees [in case you feel cold] and medicines – Diamox 10-15 tablets, Crocin 5-6 tablets, Band-aid pack of 10, Cotton roll, soframycin, O2 [Diarrhoea], Moov/Relispray, ORS/Electral 8-10 packets, Avomine [Motion Sickness]. It is advisable to consult a doctor for medicine before packing.
What is the Distance between Dehradun to Har Ki Doon?
The total distance between Dehradun to Har Ki Doon is around 98 km. Once you Dehradun you will have to take bus or taxi to Sankri which is the origin point of Har Ki Doon trek.
Which type of shoes should I carry on Har Ki Doon Trek?
One needs proper trekking shoes during the trek and should strictly avoid sports shoes or sneakers. Since you have to walk in dense forests along with steep ascent and descent, it is advisable to have all-terrain water proof shoes. These are easily available. It is also advisable to walk in these shoes and get your feet used to it before the trek. Here are some brand recommendations – Forclaz, Columbia. Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face.
What kind of food will be provided during Har Ki Doon trek? What about safe drinking water?
Freshly cooked food will be served during the trek. Vegetarian food will be served to the group keeping both health and taste in mind. Tea and Coffee will be served during the breaks. All the members are encouraged to eat well. Safe drinking water is provided to all the members throughout the trek.
How many people will be in a group during Har Ki Doon trek?
The size of the group varies depending on the bookings received. Usually it can go up to 10-12 people per group.
How much weight will I have to carry during Har Ki Doon?
It is advisable to carry a 60L backpack for this trek. Furthermore, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
Will there be mobile connectivity on Har Ki Doon trek?
Mobile network is inconsistent during the trek. Most of mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. BSNL is the only mobile network that work in patches along the way (but is inconsistent).
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
Consumption of any type of liquor or narcotic substance should be avoided and it can lead to dangerous implications. Alcohol also leads to dehydration, which you cannot afford during the trek. Smoking will cause heavy breathing problems at high altitude.
What is the Har Ki Doon trek route?
Buses and taxies are available fromPurola to Sankri. Alternatively, a jeep cane be hired fromSankri to Taluka if you want to avoid the initial 12 km trek. The key trekking point forHarki Dun starts from Taluka, leading to Osla and then you reach Har Ki dun.
How is Har Ki Doon 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 Doon Trek Distance?
The total trekking distance is 47 km for Har Ki Doon trek, which is covered in 6 to 7 days. Every day you will be expected to trek for around 5 to 6 hours.
Is Diamox advisable?
While you are trekking in high altitude region, you are prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whose symptoms are – headache, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. To overcome this Diamox is helpful. It is advisable to keep it handy or to have 1/2 a tablet in the morning and 1/2 a tablet 30 minutes before bed [kindly consult your doctor before taking any kind of medicines].
How do I get in shape?
Har Ki Doon is considered an easy to moderate level trek, beginners can try this trek only if they are physically fit. Regular cardiovascular workouts will help you get in shape for most of the treks. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. You can start jogging every day and then do regular cycling for some time.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Har Ki Doon is considered a moderate level trek, novices can try this trek only if they are physically fit. It is advisable to spend enough time getting some additional exercise before taking up this trek. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. It is mandatory to be physically fit, for all treks.
Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
Of course, you can take you child for this trek provided he is physically fit to do the trek Child above the age of 10 can join this trek accompanied by parents
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
Every professional trek organiser carry toilet tents during the trekking. There are separate tents for both women and men. One needs to carry wet wipes and toilet paper with themselves which will suffice. A deep pit is dug up, where you do your business and once done cover it up with enough dirt. A room freshener is kept handy by organiser and tents are properly sanitized.
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