Har Ki Doon Trek
Snuggling amidst the cradle shaped Fateh Parvat, the valley of Har-ki-Dun is located at an altitude of 3566 meters and is one of the most gorgeous mountain valleys of Western Himalayas.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
God’s cradle shaped valley!!!
Har ki Doon is another valley nestled in the lap of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand in India where one can see the mighty clouds touching the tree peaks which stand tall in the mountains. Also called the God’s Cradle shaped valley, this trek will mesmerise your senses with the cold breeze and the vast expanse of the ice-clad peaks and meadows. Walking through the valley of Har ki dun, one is greeted with the best views of the Jaundhar glacier and surrounding Swargarohini group of peaks.
The Har Ki Dun valley is popularly known as the gateway to ancient Himalayan villages. The rustic houses, the old temples and the simple living of the locals is sure to leave you spellbound. The picture perfect location is best suited for photography and bird watching. The houses of the region have carvings depicting tales from Mahabharata. Rice, Rajma, and Potatoes farm are seen every-which-where and they can be found in local delicacies as well. The sunrise and sunset at Har Ki Dun needs special mention. You will surely thank us for the time travel the place has to offer. Sankri, Taluka and Osla are the villages which offer the route to the Paradise of Himalayas.
The trek is perfect for beginners who don’t want to climb heights but still wish to see beautiful views without any compromise. The severity of the trek increases as you get into the unexplored regions of Garhwal Himalayas. The beautiful alpine meadows along the glacier basins and spectacular moraine ridges surrounded by medicinal herbs and shrubs of Ayurveda will enchant your senses. The trekking trail to the valley of Har ki Dun was found by Jack Gibson, a teacher at Doon School in 1940’s. He often brought his students on trekking and camping expeditions in this location and has been given the credit for the inception of Indian Mountaineering. Even till date, school kids can be found in a large number especially during summer vacations. Trekkers of all age can handle the difficulty level of this trek as the trails are well defined and are not very steep. Wooden bridges are constructed at water stream crossings and the average distance to be covered does not exceed 12 to 14 kilometres per day.
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Grade – Moderate
Duration – 7 days
Max. Altitude – 11674ft
Total trekking – 54 kms approx.
Region – Sankri-Garhwal, Uttarakhand
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House/Homestay/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek
- Transport from Dehradun to base village and return
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (6450ft)
After arrival in Dehradun we will depart to Sankri. A little sleepy hamlet lost in the wilderness of metro cities, Sankri will be our first stopover. On the way to Sankri we will come across many small roadside restaurants offering simple but sumptuous and mouthwatering meals. The aroma of the freshly cooked meals will raise your hunger pangs and tempt your taste buds for sure. After the lunch we head straight towards our destination. We will reach Sankri in the late afternoon or by evening. The gigantic mountain ranges can be seen from here, and the beautiful sight of the sun setting is dreams come true. Overnight stay in guest house.
Drive from Sankri to Taluka and then trek to Osla (8400ft)
After having breakfast in Sankri, we will get ready for our first day of Har Ki Doon trek. There was practically no road from Sankri to Taluka, and the vehicle will rock like a boat in the high seas. We will pass couple of waterfalls, landslides and thick forests to finally reach Taluka. Few villages will appear as a film set, a mountain backdrop, a river flowing by the side, colorful trees, wooden buildings, and a cute little wooden bridge to the boot. Later we will cross the river Ton. A spectacular view of lush green vegetation wild orchids can be viewed. Arrive at the campsite by evening. The sky will look more beautiful with the moon showering pearls on mountain peaks. Overnight in tents or forest rest house. Overnight stay in tent.
Trek from Osla to Har Ki Dun (11674ft)
Pack your rucksack, sleeping bags and tents and after having the breakfast we start proceeding to our destination. This will be a day where you will view everything white. A day of frozen waterfalls and glimmering snow during winter months. A day of shining peaks and smiling faces. A day of utter bliss and pure satisfaction. You will experience as you are in another world. We have to walk a bit through slushy ice and snow. Towards the end of the trek for the day, there can be many snowy mountains. Nature’s beauty can be enjoyed at its best here. Overnight stay in tent.
Trek from Har Ki Dun - Jaundhar Glacier - Har Ki Dun
Morning will be greeted by chilly wind and white carpet of snow. A truly heavenly and peaceful place, for those wanting to spend some time by themselves! The deception of distances will prompt one to want to go right towards Swargarohini and Jumnar glacier or left towards Borasu pass as everything looks within a stone’s throw. Enjoy a landscape that already has an overdose of raw beauty. Overnight stay in tent.
Trek from Har Ki Dun to Osla (8400ft)
After some cherishing and memorable moments in Harkidoon, we will be traversing back towards Osla. Traverse through beautiful sights and landscapes along the way. The easy downhill trek to Osla covers around a total of 11km. On arriving Osla one can enjoy slurping noodles and sipping tea. Spend the night in the rest houses or tents provided. Overnight stay in tent.
Trek from Osla to Sankri (6455ft)
This will be our last day of the trek through steeper terrains. Same streams, forests waiting to welcome us back, stunning environs with sights of migratory birds disappearing in the snow-peaked mountains and many different flora and fauna species will be visible. Arrive at Sankri by evening and give your body some deserving rest. The trek ends here as the next day we will be heading to Dehradun. Overnight stay in guest house.
Drive from Sankri to Dehradun and then to Delhi
After breakfast board the vehicle and start driving towards Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand! Upon arrival depart for Delhi by bus/train. Har Ki Dun trek ends here.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group