About Har Ki Doon Trek

Har Ki Doon Trek is an endearing trekking destination located in the picturesque beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas. This valley is also known as “The Valley of Gods” and is one of the best and finest spots for trekking. Har Ki Doon is extremely rich in Flora and Fauna covered by alpine vegetation. As you travel past the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, the ascent unfurl a medley of snow-capped peaks, verdant valleys and stunning landscapes and alpine pastures creating a picturesque backdrop for the adventure ahead. This valley is nestled at an altitude of around 3,566 meters (11,700 feet) above sea level.

The main attraction of the trek is reaching the Har Ki Doon Valley itself which is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and offers mesmerizing views. Har Ki doon Valley is also regarded to be the resting place of Pandavas from Mahabharata Epic. The mythological significance of Har Ki Doon Valley is deeply engraved in Hindu Mythology. Particularly in the epic tale of Mahabharata. According to legend, Pandavas ascended to heaven at the end of their earthly lives through the route of Har Ki Doon.

Some of the greatest snow-clad peaks are visible from Har Ki Doon Valley such as Swargarohini, Bandarpunch and Kala Nag. This trek offers breathtaking sceneries, and a variety of wildlife species including Himalayan Black Bears, Musk Deers, Langur Monkeys and a wide range of bird species.

Quick Facts: Har Ki Doon Trek

  • Har Ki Doon is located in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand.
  • It is nestled at an altitude of around 3,566 meters (11,700 feet) above sea level.
  • This valley offers breathtaking views of stunning landscapes, alpine meadows, dense forests and Lush Valleys.
  • This trek is of moderate difficulty level and it takes around 6-7 days to complete.
  • Best Time to visit Har Ki Doon is April to June and September to November.
  • Har Ki Doon is paradise for photography enthusiasts with abundant natural beauty to capture.
  • This valley is also known for wildlife spotting including Musk Deer and Black Bears.
  • Camping under starry skies in this valley adds to the tranquility of the trek.

Top Attractions near Har Ki Doon Trek

There are several attractions to explore near the Har Ki Doon Trek. Here are some of them:-

  • Ruinsara Lake- Ruinsara lake is a captivating serene lake surrounded by lush green meadows, charming landscapes, towering peaks and breathtaking views. It is a one day trek from Har Ki Doon Valley.
  • Jaundhar Glacier- This glacier is nestled amidst the himalayas, providing a glimpse into the raw beauty of the region, this trek might be little challenging from Har Ki Doon yet rewarding because of its breathtaking views.
  • Swargarohini Peak- This peak is believed to be the path to heaven, according to Hindu Mythology. The towering presence of Swargarohini Peak adds a sense of grandeur to the stunning landscape surrounding Har Ki Doon.
  • Har Ki Doon Waterfall- Precisely a short trail from Har Ki Doon campsite, this waterfall cascades down from the mountainside allowing a short refreshing break during the trek.
  • Marinda Tal- This small glacier is enroute to the Har Ki Dun trek and offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks. It is also known as Marinda Tal.
  • Osla Village- Osla Village is a traditional local hamlet known near the Har Ki Doon Trail. It offers the views of traditional and cultural life, terrace fields, wooden houses and friendly inhabitants.

How to Prepare for Har Ki Doon Trek

Preparing for Har Ki Dun trek requires several key steps to ensure safe and enjoyable experience, here are some of the tips-

  • Physical Fitness- Start with regular cardiovascular exercise to build stamina and endurance. Focus on flexibility exercises, strength training.
  • Acclimatization- Stay near Har Ki Doon to acclimate your body in Sankri village since Har Ki Doon is at a higher altitude. Acclimatization is necessary for the trek.
  • Gear and Equipment- Invest in high quality gear and equipment, including sturdy hiking boots, moisture wicking clothing, insulated layers, waterproof jackets, pants, trekking poles, a backpack, sleeping bag and a tent if camping.
  • Pack Light- Pack essential only to keep backpack light, carry enough clothing layers for varying weather conditions basic toiletries, first aid kit water purification tablets, snacks and refillable water bottles.
  • Training Hikes- Before the trek, embark on training hikes to adjust to the trekking conditions and build your hiking endurance. Gradually increase the difficulty and duration of your training hikes to prepare for the trek.

How difficult is the Har Ki Dun Trek?

The Har Ki Doon Trek presents a moderate level of difficulty offering a balanced blend of challenge and rewards for trekkers. The trek takes 6-7 days to cover the distance of around 80-70 kilometers round trip through diverse terrain of Garhwal Himalayas. While the trail features well defined paths, trekkers will encounter rocky sections, river crossing and occasional steep ascents and descents along the routes. Ascending to altitudes reaching 3,566 meters and (11,700 feet) above sea level at its highest point, the trek requires a gradual acclimatization to mitigate altitude related issues. While the weather conditions in the Himalayas can be unpredictable with cold temperature, rain and snowfall, proper gear and equipment can help mitigate these challenges. Despite its difficulty the Har Ki Doon Trek Package offers unlimited fun, and surreal experience amidst unforgettable natural beauty.

Best time to do Har Ki Doon Trek

  • Spring (April to June)- During this season the weather is generally mild and pleasant with clear skies and comfortable temperature during the day. The surrounding valleys are vibrant with lush greenery and landscapes come alive with vibrant colors as flower blooms creating a picturesque setting for the trek. The trails are less challenging as snow starts melting at higher elevations making it an ideal time for the trek.
  • Autumn (September to November)- This season offers post-monsoon clarity with excellent visibility and clear skies offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and landscapes. The weather is cooler compared to summers making it more comfortable for trekking during the daytime. The foliage begins to change color painting the landscapes with hues of red, orange and gold adding to the scenic beauty of the trek.

FAQ's

1. Where is Har Ki Doon situated?

Har Ki Doon is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas of the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.

2. What is the best time to do Har Ki Doon Trek?

Spring from (April to June) and Autumn from (September to November) are the best time to do Har Ki Doon Trek.

3. Why is Har Ki Doon so famous?

Har Ki Doon is famous due to its mythological significance and also it is extremely rich in flora and fauna.

4. Is Har Ki Doon a high altitude trek?

The Har Ki Dun trek is of moderate altitude making it accessible for novice and experienced trekkers both.

5. How do I reach Har Ki Doon?

Embark on a train journey from Delhi to Dehradun. After reaching Dehradun Railway Station, take a taxi, bus or cab from there to Sankri.

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Itinerary

Day 0

Drive from Dehradun to Sankri Village | 198 Kms

  • Assemble at the boarding point in Dehradun (location will be shared) and drive to Sankri village which acts as the base camp for the Har Ki Dun Trek.
  • After arriving in Sankri village, check-in to our comfy homestay and have some leisure.
  • In the evening, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in Sankri Village.

Day 1

Drive from Sankri to Taluka (12 Kms) | Trek to Pauni Garaat (10 Kms)

  • Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, we will begin our drive from Sankri Village to Taluka which acts as a starting point for the trek. 
  • After reaching Taluka, we will begin our hike to Pauni Garaat. The trail to Pauni Garrat passes through dense forests of willows, chinars, chestnuts and walnuts. Enroute, enjoy beautiful views of some exquisite waterfalls.
  • After reaching Pauni Garaat, check-in to our campsite and enjoy the stunning sunset scene.
  • In the evening, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in Pauni Garaat.

Day 2

Trek from Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhaar | 8 Kms
  • Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, we will start our trek towards Har ki Dun Valley.
  • We'll be travelling through the village of Osla. The hiking trail arrives at a ridge called Kalkatiyadhar after crossing the pristine Supin River. From here you will get the first glimpse of majestic Har Ki Dun Valley. The trail continues through more verdant meadows until arriving at our campsite.
  • After arriving in Kalkatiyadhar, check-in to our campsite and have some leisure.
  • In the evening, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in Kalkatiyadhar.

Day 3

Trek from Kalkatiyadhar to Har-Ki-Dun & back | 14 Kms

  • Wake up early in the morning witnessing gorgeous views of Swargarohini peaks and post breakfast, we will begin our trek towards Har Ki Dun Valley.
  • The trekking trails starts from lush green meadows and soon you will witness the soul-soothing waterfalls before reaching the Har ki Dun Valley. Get lost in the natural charm of this charming valley.
  • Arrive back to Kalkatiyadhar and have some leisure.
  • In the evening, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in Kalkatiyadhar.

Day 4

Trek from Kalkatiyadhaar to Puani Garaat via Seema | 8 Kms

  • Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, we will begin our walk downhill from Kalkatiyadhar to Puani Garaat.
  • After arriving in Puani Garaat, check-in to our campsite and have some leisure.
  • In the evening, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in Puani Garaat.

Day 5

Trek from Puani Garaat to Taluka (10 Kms) | Drive to Sankri (12 Kms)

  • Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast, we will begin our walk downhill from Kalkatiyadhar to Puani Garaat.
  • After arriving in Puani Garaat, check-in to our campsite and have some leisure.
  • In the evening, savour home-style cooked dinner and overnight stay in Puani Garaat.

Day 6

Drive from Sankri to Dehradun (198 Kms) | Trek Ends

  • Wake up early in the morning and post morning tea, check-out from our homestay in Sankri and drive towards Dehradun.
  • By late evening, you will be dropped at Dehradun. Trek ends with lots of amazing memories and unforgettable experiences.

Inclusions

  • Transportation: Tempo Traveler/Bolero or similar (from Dehradun to Dehradun).
  • Accommodation on sharing basis: 2 nights in basic homestay/guesthouse (Sankri) and 4 nights in camps (Pauni Garaat & Kalkatiyadhar).
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner (starting from Dinner on Day 1 till morning tea on Day 7) and complimentary evening tea & snacks. All provided meals are vegetarian only.
  • Well qualified and experienced trek leader and support staff.
  • All necessary entry fees and forest permits.
  • First-Aid medical kits for emergencies.
  • Camping & trekking equipment - sleeping bags & mattresses, snow gaiters, microspikes & rope (if required).
  • Driver allowances, toll taxes, parking, road & state taxes.

Exclusions

  • Any extra meals apart from the ones mentioned under inclusions.
  • Travel Insurance, items of a personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc.
  • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage.
  • Any other costing involved due to circumstances like natural calamity, weather conditions, riots, roadblocks, landslides or any other forced circumstances which are out of our control.
  • GST (5%) is applicable extra.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the above inclusions.

Price Summary

Price ₹11500


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