Har ki Dun is a little different from all the other treks when we look into the rich historical and cultural significance of the place. It is said to be the land of Duryodhana from Mahabharat, who remains to be the locally worshipped god till date. The people, places and the whole trail captures an insight of a different world as compared to what we’ve seen in our daily lives.
The locals believe that Har ki Dun valley is the same route that Pandavas took in order to reach Heaven and it is locally known as ‘Valley of Gods’. Also, there exists a mountain peak called Swargarohini and the subsequent valley is called the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, which may intrigue you if you’re a Led Zepplin fan.
The trek is suitable for any beginner and proves to be exciting for even an experienced trekker. The Har ki Dun difficulty is rated from easy to moderate and provides a good overall experience. The best time to visit Har ki Dun is during summers and post-monsoon season.
The valley is famous for its orchids and especially rhododendrons, which are specially grown in this region. The flora and fauna mixed with rich culture and immense historical importance secure its position among top contenders in the list of best treks in Uttrakhand.
Trek to Har ki Dun takes a total of 7 days and starts from a small village named Sankri situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand. It takes 2 days to traverse from Sankri to Har ki dun and then the group heads onto aundhar Glacier/ Maninda Tal. From there onward the group starts to pull back and return to Sankri, marking the end of the 7-day long trek.
The reasons you need to check out Har ki Dun trek in 2019 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Har ki Dun with Justwravel.
Mythological stories about the trek:
The trail of this trek is ancient and is linked with legendary stories. According to locals, it is the same route that Pandavas took on their way to heaven and that is why it is called “Valley of Gods”. There is one beautiful peak visible from the valley named Swargarohini and it is called the stairway to heaven. As Yudishthara (one of the Pandavas) climbed this peak with his dog and reached the heaven. Apart from all this, there is one quaint village called Osla, situated on the way to Har ki Doon and it is one of the rare villages having a temple of Duryodhana (a Mahabharata character).
Day 1 : Drive from Dehradun to Sankri
Day 2 : Drive from Sankri to Taluka and Trek to Seema
Day 3 : Trek from Seema to Har Ki Doon
Day 4 : Trek from Har Ki Doon to Jaundhar Glacier/ Maninda Tal to Har Ki Doon
Day 5 : Trek from Har Ki Doon to Seema
Day 6 : Trek from Seema to Taluka and Drive to Sankri
Day 7 : Drive from Sankri to Dehradun
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You will have to report at Dehradun in the morning by 7 AM. Pick up will be from Dehradun ISBT. Then we will start our drive towards the Garhwal Himalayas. Sankri is around 200 km far from the capital city of Dehradun. It usually takes around 7-8 hours to reach there.
We will drive through Mussoorie, Kempty, Nainbagh, Purola and Mori. The drive will be along the Yamuna River until we enter the tons valley. Tons valley is formed by the confluence of Rupin and Supin rivers. Till Mori, the views remain the same but it gets changed after crossing it. After Mori, you will be driving through the pine forest and the journey is quite scenic. The road journey will end at Sankri.
Sankri is a small village having few houses, hotels, restaurants and shops. It is a starting of several treks such as Kedarkantha, Har ki Dun, Bali Pass, etc. To reach the village, we will have to enter the Govind Pashu Wildlife Sanctuary through the Netwara check post. Then the further drive will be through the forest. Overnight stay will be at the hotel/guest house at Sankri.
We will start our day with the early morning drive to Taluka which is 12 km from Sankri. The drive takes 1 hour as the condition of the road is bad. Reach Taluka and start your first day trek towards Seema campsite. The trek is 16 km long and takes 7-8 hours usually.
The trail is a blend of uphill and downhill. It is mostly even and passes through the thick forests of chestnuts, chinars, walnuts and willows. There are some small waterfalls also amidst the way where you can take rest and fill up your water bottles. We will see some tiny villages on the way such as Dhatmeer, Gangaar, etc. We will reach Seema campsite by late afternoon.
Enjoy the sunset. Overnight stay in dome tents.
Today we will trek up to the Har Ki Doon valley. We will take the route towards the Osla village after crossing the bridge over Supin river and continue our trek on the steep section. The trail reaches a ridge named Kalkatti Dhar, from where you will get the first view of Har Ki Doon valley.
Further the trail passes through some green meadows and finally we will reach the campsite. The campsite is situated near the shore of a river stream having mountain peaks right in front of you.
Overnight stay in tents.
Wake up with the cool morning and majestic views of Swargarohini peaks. After having breakfast, today we will hike up to Jaundhar Glacier/ Maninda Tal. The glacier is huge and situated in the Har Ki Doon valley. The initial terrain will be through the boulders and soon you will reach the glacier.
You will have to climb a bit high on a steeper stretch to reach the glacier. The surrounding views from the glacier are just amazing, Later we will get back to the Har Ki Doon campsite.
The route for the descent will be same as the ascent. We will start early morning after having breakfast. The descending trek will be less tiring. We will reach Seema campsite by afternoon. Overnight stay in tents.
Today will be our last trek day as we will proceed towards Taluka. We will drive towards the Sankri village on the same day. Reach Sankri by evening.
Overnight stay in tents
We will start our drive early morning and reach Dehradun by late afternoon. Trip Ends.
Tents ,Sleeping Bags & Mats
Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage
Meals during trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
Services of a Trek Leader
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
Booking amount is non-refundable.
No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.
50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.
90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.
For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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