Har Ki Dun is a famous trek in Govind national Park. Har ki Dun valley is situated beneath the Har Ki Dun peak and unmatched in natural beauty. Govind national park is very famous for its rich,diversifeied and variety of Flora & fauna. Trail for this trek passes through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, conifer forests and Himlayan villages. This is a must to do trek in winter.
o Grade : Easy To Moderate
o Max Altitude : 11,675 Ft.
o Approx Trekking Km : 77 Kms.
o Best Season: April to November
o Temperature : In summer and fall day time weather remains warm. Night temp at Har Ki Dun can be around 10 deg to 2 deg C. In winter the daytime temp remains cool and nights are cold. Night temp at Sankri, Seema and Har Ki Dun can be around 2, -2 and -5/-10 deg C respectively.
This is a beautiful trek through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers especially orchids. This area has some of the most beautiful forests. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Banderpoonch Range are a mountaineer's delight. The Har-ki-dun valley is famous for its flowers and meadows. The path follows the tons river from Netwar village up through the scenic villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla. Har-ki-dun has many camping places and also a forest guest house. A rest day is ideal to explore the nearby jamdar glacier or make a short excursion to Ruinsara Lake
Length: 6 Nights/ 7 Days; from Sankri to Sankri
Access: Sankri is connected by road from Dehradun and are about 7 hours drive. dehradun can easily be reached from Delhi or any other parts of India
Maximum altitude: 3600m Har-ki Dun
Total Distance: 64 km trekking
Weather: The nights can be cold. Day temperatures are pleasant during the season
Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov
Day 01 : Dehradun to Sankri (210kms) - 8 hrs drive
We start early from Dehradoon and reach Sankri by evening. We spent the night in guesthouses in Sankri. The final 22kms are through the Govind national park and is a very beautiful but bumpy ride
Day 02 : Sankri to Taluka/Daatmir (2200m) - 15km (5hrs)
Post breakfast we start from Sankri to Taluka. It is a lovely walk along the true left of the river, passing through forests, apple orchards and fields. There are many small tea shops on the way. We reach our campsite for the day near the village of TALUKA or up near the village of Datmir
Day 03 : Taluka/Daatmir to Seema/Osla - 11kms (5hrs)
Post breakfast we start the day towards the village of SEEMA. The tons river is always on our left and it's a delightful walk beside it. At some places we have to cross over small streams which merge into the tons river. The village of Seema has a few small dhabas and a GMVN hotel. However the camping sites are better at OSLA, across the river, on the way to Har-ki-dun
Day 04 : Seema/Osla to Har Ki Dun (3510m) - 12 km
We begin from our overnight camping site and cross the tons river from the stone bridge near Seema. The trail now rises higher and offers some beautiful views of the Ruinsara valley and the peaks in the banderpoonch range. The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the tons and Ruinsara gad. The camp is at the meeting point of the two valleys from jamdar glacier and the views are excellent. In summer the route can get a bit busy
Day 05 : Har-Ki-Dun Explore and Back To Osla - 12 kms
We start the day with breakfast and spend some time to explore the nearby area. The campsite offers beautiful views of jamdar glacier, Hata peak and the swargarohini peak. According to Hindu mythology this is also the gateway to heaven. We return back to campsite and head back to Osla village
Day 06 : Osla to Sankri - 26kms
Today is a long day and hence we start early. However it's an easy walk and once we reach Taluka village the final 12 kms can also be covered in a shared jeep. We spent the evening strolling around Sankri village. Overnight is in guesthouses
Day 07 : Sankri to Dehradoon - 210 Kms
We leave Sankri and reach Dehradoon by late afternoon
Dehradun- Sankri Taluka/Daatmir- Seema/Osla- Har Ki Dun- Osla- Sankri- Dehradun
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The Har Ki Dun Trek
According to the legend, it is believed that “Har-ki_Doon” means “valley of the gods”. “Har” is one of the names of lord Shiva and “Doon” is a valley spread in the Himalayas. It is believed that Lord Shiva used to stay in “Har-ki-Doon”. One day Someshwara Devta, the present deity of this region, arrived in the valley from Kashmir and requested Lord Shiva to move away so he can be sole Lord of the valley. Lord Shiva followed his request and moved away.
Har Ki Doon is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas, at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level, south east of the Janundhar glacier. Har-Ki-Doon Valley is a base for Mt. Swargarohini (ht. 21000 ft). This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass. This is the only valley from where you can see Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Blackpeak, all together. You can also see the Ruinsara peaks from here.
There is legend our old granth (books) it is mentioned that Pandav went to Swarga (Heavan) through this mountain. This valley is and is snow-covered during October to March .It offers rich jungles of Pines,Bhojpatra, the rare Bramhakamal etc abundant in bird and animal life and are a veritable paradise for photographers, bird-watchers and nature lovers. The cascading rivers flowing under the shadow of towering mountains and lush green forests can be a dreamers dream. Every year India trekking enthusiasts come to seek solace and peace in the silent peaks of the Himalayan range. Basking in the half hidden pleasant sun of the mountains and the calm breeze makes every moment pleasant and worth remembering. One can also spend time identifying herbs & shrubs used for Ayurveda. Duryodhan is worshipped as a God by a few communities here, and one can get to see the Duryodhan Temple.
Har Ki Dun Trek villages
The villages and locals of Sankri, Saud, Taluka, Osla, Seema add extra vividity to the trek making it a a very different trek. There is a drastic difference between the local rituals and traditions of the villages of these part of Garhwal Himalayas. Bordering with the neighbor state of Himachal Pradesh these villages present a mixed breed of the culture which is unique in itself. The structure of their houses and religious practices are unique and are insightful to learn. People depend on farming Rice, Rajma, and Potatoes for their survival here! They construct very beautiful double storied houses using Cider wood rafters, stones and mud, often decorating the doorways with intricate wood carvings- depicting tales from the Mahabharata! One might find many locals sitting around the Hukka pipe usually in the early evenings, as this is a way of the local men to socialize and entertain themselves after a hard day at work. Some of the villages are described below:
Sankri- It is a small village that lies at an altitude of 1920m above sea level. The clock seems to slow down at Sankri. It usually gets quite breezy out there in the evening and it is the best time to spend in Sankri with sun setting behind the towering mountains.
Taluka- at an altitude of 2410m above sea level, Taluka is the last point connected by motorable road. A small hamlet nestled in the lap of nature, the village is also known for its beautiful "Pahari cottages" made out of an intricate wood , stone and mud ensemble - a must see, as it is considered earthquake proof, and contains the animal sheds on the ground floor, utilizing their body heat to warm the living area located directly above ! The village has guest houses and a few shack shops providing daily provisions to the local inhabitants.
Seema- the village is situated at an altitude of around 2800m above sea level on the right side of Supin river. The village has a few shops selling limited supplies of daily use! A Forest Rest House and Tourist Bungalow are available for the visitors.
Osla- thevillage Osla is on the other side of the Supin river, almost 215m/700 ft above the river bed.
Har Ki Dun Trek difficulty
o Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort. If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.
o Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. No one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance and do not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.
o Begin the fitness preparation by jogging for 4 km daily. Before the trek you must be able to cover 4 km in 25-30 minutes. Flexibility exercises are extremely important so you don’t get cramps on the trek. Practice carrying your packed backpack and ensure that you are comfortable with it.
o Layering with warm clothes in winter essential.
o Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
o Purola and Sankri have BSNL mobile phone connections that work intermittently (both mobile and landline).
o Signal is intermittent in the mountains. Do not depend on it. Finish all your important calls at Purola. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity.
Things to get for Har Ki Dun Trek
o Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella (Preferable) any one is must.
o Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs) with Rain Cover and comfortable shoulder straps
o Floaters or Sandals.
o Trekking Shoes.
o 3 Pair of cotton Socks.
o 1 pair woolen socks
o Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket.
o One Heavy Jacket (Down Feather preferable).
o Sun Cap, woolen cap.
o One Scarf.
o Light towel.
o Lip Balm.
o Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+).
o Water Bottle/Hydration pack-2 bottles of 1 Lt each.
o Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries.
o Personal Medicine Kit.
o Toothbrush and toothpaste
o U/V protected dark sunglasses.
o Walking Stick (advisable)
o Snacks- Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
o 2 Synthetic Trek pants
o 2 Full sleeves T-shirts
o 1 Fleece T-shirts
o 1 Pair Wind & waterproof jacket & pant
o 1 Pair Thermal inners
o 1 pair Waterproof gloves & Fleece/woollen gloves
Har Ki Dun Trek route map
The trip starts from Dehradun as you embark on a 8 hour long drive to Sankri through beautiful beautiful zigzag Himalayan roads with river Yamuna flowing on our right side. Those roads were good enough to give you dizziness. After a long drive via Naugaon and Purola, you enter dense pine forests of Mori where you see beautiful roads and treacherous flow of river Tons. This drive through pine forests remains the highlight of the day. On your way to Sankri you will come across tiny yet very welcoming roadside restaurants with the sweet smell of freshly cooked vegetables and hand toasted Paranthas, this sweet smell may surely raise your hunger prank from a long hibernation.
From Sankri the track is well marked and passes through dense forest with breathtaking views of the valley sprawled below and the gushing river Supin. The drive to Taluka is one of the most exciting and thrilling roads in the Himalayas of Garhwal. It takes about an hour to reach Taluka, The trails is beautified by the village for unique creations by the villagers, their houses and temples by the gorge of Supin river.
The trail from Taluka village initially descends and then continues gradually on the true left of the valley adjoining the river Supin. Later the trail winds upwards through beautiful forest full of Chestnut, Walnut and Willow trees, and continues to the village of Gangar. One has to cross a stream here and continue to climb to finally vet a bird eye 's view of the settlement of picturesque Osla village at a distant on the true right of the valley. From this point, one continues to trek to Seema. The campsite is located opposite to the village of Osla and separated by the swift river. The trail from Seema initially continues on the true left of the valley, goes past fields followed by crossing a hanging bridge over river Supin, to the right hand side of the valley. The trail now ascends, going past fields and pastures with local huts. The coniferous flora on the opposite side of the valley is awesome and is a photographer's delight. The trail climbs to the ridge locally named as Kalkatti Dhar, The gradual ascent to Har ki dun offers excellent views of the snow covered mountains and lush green terraced mountain fields. The last steep climb of 200 m gets one to the famed meadows of Har ki Dun with the west face of Swargrohini overlooking the valley.
One can relax and explore the Morinda lake in the first half of the day. One can see Kala nag, Bandar poonch, Ruinsara peaks and the majestic Swargarohini even before one reaches Har ki dun. A truly heavenly and peaceful place, for those wanting to spend some time by themselves feeling one with the vast expanse! One realizes that it is not a destination spot by itself, it doesnt feel like one, you will want to go right towards Swargarohini and Jumnar glacier or left towards Borasu pass (Taking one to Chitkul in Himachal). The huge and picturesque valley is flanked by massive mountains on three sides, and the valley floor is covered in soft grassy patches.
Har Ki Dun Trek weather
While this region gets heavy snowfall in the winter and the Har Ki Dun Snow Trek also fascinates few trekkers in the winters, however, the real beauty of this trek is relished best post monsoon or pre-monson when the snow recedes to expose the beauty of this region. During the winters, you cannot even proceed to Har Ki Dun most of the time due to thick layer of snow. While the views remain the same both during winters and other season, the greens of this valley will be a very pleasant experience on the trek, and will also allow you to explore Har Ki Dun to the full capacity.