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Har Ki Dun Trek 

 4 Nights 5 Days  Uttarakhand, India 

Har Ki Dun Trek   4 Nights 5 Days  Uttarakhand, India 

TrailHikers welcomes you to the picture perfect and beautiful Har-Ki-Dun Valley. Witness the splendor of this scenic valley on Har Ki Dun trek alongwith camping en route on beautiful locations and large meadows like Debsu Thatch. Trek 4 km beyond Har Ki Dun to Jaundar Glacier. Har Ki Dun trek is one of the best Himalayan trails in India which is also an ideal hike for both amateurs & experienced trekkers. Har Ki Dun is a scenic valley walk mostly on an easy gradient along the rivers Rupin and Supin.

The best season to go Har Ki Dun is from Sept to Dec and March to June. The months of Dec & March are good if one is planning for a snow trek.

Starting  9,750* per person 

Inclusions

  Food    Camp accommodation    Trek Equipment

Who can do Har Ki Dun trek ?

  Har Ki Doon trek suitable for all age groups. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, this is a great valley trek for you which offers amazing forest trails, scenic meadows & views of majestic peaks.

Har Ki Dun Trek

Summer – 2018

Suggested itinerary to do Har Ki Dun trek in 4 nights & 5 days. Trekkers can also combine this trek with Ruinsara Tal trek which requires a long itinerary of 8 nights 9 days

 Day 1   Arrival at Sankri

An 8 hour road drive from Dehradun to Sankri via the beautiful hills of Mussoorie, Barkot & Purola. You can take a bus or hire a taxi from Dehradun to Sankri.

Your stay is arranged at a guest house in Sankri.

Har Ki Dun trek

Village Taluka

 Day 2   Taluka – Seema / Osla

Distance : 12 km Time : 6-8 hrs
Level : Easy to Moderate

From Taluka, its best to start early in the morning after a good breakfast and get some aloo-paranthas packed from a dhaba for lunch. There is a short descent to the river followed by level walking on the path heading east along the river for about 40 mins, which brings you to a bridge. Cross the bridge and you are in the small meadow. Two paths branch out – one goes up the mountain, and the other goes left along the river. Head north-east, up the river. This is easy, level walking, keeping the river to your left. Then the path turns east and starts climbing up the mountain. It’s a gentle gradient as the track meanders through green forest.

Har Ki Dun trek

First view of snow clad peaks

If you have started early, there is no need to hurry and you can savour the sights and sound of the forest. Walk uphill for about an hour, then there’s descent to a cute bridge over a stream, and then another 30 mins of climbing up. Another half an hour of almost level walking brings you to the gentle descent for Gangad village, with houses across the river, perched on the hillside. Hot tea awaits you at a small dhaba so pull out the aloo-paranthas from your backpack and dig into them !

Har Ki Dun trek

A bridge on a small stream

For Seema/Osla (a village that has two names!), recross the river, and continue walking up river for another couple of hours of easy walking. There is a little uphill climb at places. Landslides, rains and fallen trees necessitate small detours at times. You start passing cultivated fields as you near Seema / Osla Village. There is a Forest Rtaest House and a Garhwal Mandal Guest House and two dhabas for tea and food. The village is across the river with houses clinging on the steep hillside.( If you have the energy, just an hour’s walk east will bring you to a large pleasant meadow called Debsu Thatch, where you can pitch your tent. However, there are no dhabas here and you will have to cook your own food.)

Har Ki Dun trek

Village Osla

 Day 3   Seema / Osla – Har Ki Dun

Distance : 12 km Time : 7-8 hrs
Level : Easy to Moderate

Start early recrossing to the left bank of the Asi Ganga. Heading north-east along the river, you cross a little bridge, which frequently gets washed away ! It is only a small stream, with convenient boulders to cross if the bridge is missing. as you turn a bend, barely 200m later, look north. There is an enchanting little waterfall emerging from tree-fringed mountains. Climb along the river for another 500m until you come to an intersection. The path branching off towards the north-west will take you across the river and onwards to Har-Ki-Dun Valley.

The path descends towards a bridge across the river. It may take time to traverse this stretch because it gets muddy just near the bridge and it is wiser to negotiate the slippery terrain cautiously. Once across the bridge, a level 30-mins walk between the wheat fields brings you to the path going north-east. The sun is already quite fierce by now. A 2-3 hr moderate climb brings you to the meadow at the top. Rolling grass and alpine flowers greet you and provide an ideal setting for a lunch break. This is the grazing pasture land of the Seema/Osla village. As you look east, down below you can see the Ruinsara Gad or stream and a cute bridge, which takes you to Ruinsara Tal.

Har Ki Dun trek

Beautiful Har Ki Dun valley

It takes another couple of hours of pleasant, leisurely walking to cross the meadows and arrive at a sparse forest. About an hour on this track brings you to an open tin-roofed structure where you acn stop for a biscuit break. Then the track heads down a moderate slope, bringing you to a small stream with a rickety bridge. Climb down, cross and then climb up for about 30 mins. Another hour of easy walking brings you to the playful Har-Ki-Dun Gad with the water cascading around boulders. There is a sturdy wooden bridge, which you cross, and a short climb brings you to a nice camping place if you want to pitch your tent. Or walk another 15 mins and you are at the Forest Rest House in the Har-Ki-Dun Valley.

 Day 4   Rest at Har Ki Dun valley

Spend a day resting at Har-Ki-Dun, going on short walks and enjoying the vistas or if you’re still up for exercise and stiff climbing, you can head north-east up the valley 4 km to the Jaundar Glacier (4,300m). This may require technical skills and it may be better to walk up just a couple of kilometres there and back.

 Day 5   Osla – Taluka – Sankri

From Osla, you can retrace your steps back to Taluka on Day 4 and a jeep drive to Sankri, the same evening. Sankri has some good options for a night stay – GMVN guesthouse and few good hotels.

Villages of Har Ki Dun 

A short blog by Raman Sharma

Har Ki DunHar Ki Dun trek is undoubtedly one of the most scenic Himalayan treks in India, but it has a lot more to offer. The beautiful villages in the Har Ki Dun region will charm, mesmerize and make you wonder. As you pass through the villages like Taluka, Seema, Osla and Gangaad, you will realize how the indigeous mountain people have maintained harmony with nature. Village people of Har Ki Dun have a self sustained lifestyle which will teach you the importance of preservation of natural environment.

Village people in the region are warm, welcoming and very friendly. It is because of this that the tourism has flourished so much in this region. Even a stranger will feel a sense of warmth in the eyes of villagers here. Village people in the region have a great sense of hospitality which will give you a sense of security even as you trek in this remote Himalayan region.

Villages in the Har Ki Dun region appear to be disconnected from the noisy urban world which makes them even more rustic. The life in these villages moves at its own pace with every body doing their own thing. People here have different ways to earn a livelihood. Many people do farming, some do sheep & goat herding, some knit sheep wool clothes known as ‘Bandi’ locally. Many youth in this region work as trek guides cooks & porters with trek operators who organise the Har Ki Dun trek.

Any person with a sensible mind will realise the need for the conservation of these ancient Himalayan villages and the indigeous people. Har Ki Dun trek is truly an amazing trek which will make you visit back in time as you cross the ancient villages of Har Ki Dun.

– Raman Sharma is the founder of TrailHikers with more than 20 years of experience in Himalayan exploration. He is also actively involved in nature conservation & eco tourism in Uttarakhand.

Brief Itinerary 

 Day 1  Arrival at Sankri
Stay arranged at local guest house

 Day 2 Taluka – Seema / Osla
Distance : 12 km Time : 6-8 hrs
Level : Easy to Moderate

 Day 3 Seema / Osla – Har Ki Dun
Distance : 12 km Time : 7-8 hrs
Level : Easy to Moderate

 Day 4 Rest at Har Ki Dun valley

 Day 5 Osla – Taluka – Sankri

How To Book 

Step 1 : Register for the trek here  www.trailhikers.in/trek-registration 

Step 2 : As per the availability of trek dates & slots, we approve your registration and mail you a booking link to secure an online payment

Step 3 : You secure an online booking for the trek via secure payment process on our website

Step 4 : On successful payment, you will receive a booking confirmation & travel guide mail containing the contact details of your batch’s trek leader, Pick up details etc.

How To Travel 

Getting There & Out

From Mussoorie to Sankri, it’s 161 km/7 1/2 hrs by car. There are no direct buses to Sankri; you must change at Purola (55 km/2 1/2 hrs)

Dehradun to Sankri : Private buses early in the morning at 5:30-6:00 am from near Dehradun Rly Station operate daily take about 10 hrs to reach Sankri at 4:00-4:30 pm. From Sankri you can take a shared jeep to Taluka (11 km).

Return from Sankri: You can take an early morning bus to Dehradun(5:30/7:30am) or you can opt for sumos which ply through the day to Purola from where you can get taxis or buses for Mussoorie or Dehradun.

Trek Cost

9,750* per person

04 Nights / 05 Days

(Sankri to Sankri)

* 5% GST applicable on trek charges 

Trek Dates

Custom dates available for a group of 5 or above 

Custom dates available for a group of 5 or above 

Quick Facts

  Duration
4-5 Days

  Level
Easy to Moderate

  Ideal Season
May-June / Sept-Oct

  Distance
45-50 km

  Location
Uttarakhand, India

Wildlife

  Mammals

  Langur
  Wild Fox
  Indian Crested Porcupine
  Yellow throated marten
  Wild boar
  Black bear
  Blue Sheep/ Bharal

  Birds

  Black Francolin
  Koklass Pheasant
  Kalij Pheasant
  Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  Himalayan Woodpecker
  Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  Great Barbet
  White-throated Kingfisher
  Crested Kingfisher
  Slaty-headed Parakeet
  Himalayan Swiftlet
  Snow Pigeon
  Oriental turtle Dove
  Black Kite
  Lammergeier 
  Himalayan Griffon

 Mountain Peaks

  Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m) (Visible en route to Har ki Dun from Osla)

  Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II, III (the complete North Face is prominently visible from Har ki Dun camp)

  Lower peaks – Har ki Dun peak, Hata peak

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FAQ’S

Who can do this trek ?

Har Ki Dun trek is an ideal trek for beginners who are looking for a trail on an easy to moderate gradient. Any physically active & healthy person can do this trek.

How to physically prepare for this trek ?

Har Ki Dun trek involves hiking almost 8-10 km daily, so its better if you include jogging or walking in your daily routine at least a month before the trek.

Is this trek suitable for kids ?

Har Ki Dun trek is recommended for kids aged 10+ years. The trek involves atleast 8-10 km of daily walking which can be very strenuous for children below 10 years. 

What is the best season to do this trek ?

The best season to do Har Ki Dun trek is May to June and Sept to Oct. It is a high altitude trek so its not recommended for rainy & winter season when there is too much snow on the upper reaches. 

What is the ideal duration for this trek ?

Har Ki Dun trek can be done in 4 nights 5 days from village Sankri. The trek itinerary also includes 1 night stay on arrival at Sankri and 1 night stay on departure, so the trek requires almost a week if you are coming from Delhi NCR region. 

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