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Har ki Dun
Popularly known as Valley of God

TEMPERATURE

-3°C to +15° C

DURATION

7 Days Dehradun to Dehradun

LEVEL

The Trek Experience, Moderate

BEST SEASON

MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE

COST

11,000 ₹
(Include all taxes and Trasportation)

Trek Highlights

The Swaragarohini peak is supposed to be the celebrated pathway to heaven as in mythological references.

Visit famous Someshwar temple when visiting a small village, Osla.

Witness the small rivulets and grazing grounds with lots of cows and horses.

Jaundhar Glacier and Morinda Lake are some of the most charming attractions.

Main attractions of the trek include- Har Ki Dun valley and villages of Sankri, Saud, Taluka, Osla, and Seema.

Har Ki Dun Trek is one of the best treks in Uttrakhand which starts from Sankri. After the wonderful drive following the Yamuna river and the Tons river, as soon as you reach Sankri for the Har Ki Doon trek, the peaks of Swargarohini, Kaalanag and Banderpoonch welcomes you to this wonderland. With each day on the trek, you just take yourself closer to these Himalayan mesmerizers.

 

The beautiful wooden homes that had caught our attention earlier had roofs made of flat stones that were apparently procured from some faraway place. The stones provided the much-needed protection during the harsh winter months. With wood appearing to be the primary source of firewood, furniture, and construction, a rapid discussion on deforestation ensued between us, the cognizant city dwellers, only to die down quickly as our focus was on the villagers and their lives..

 

The villages and locals of Sankri, Saud, Taluka, Osla, Seema add extra vividity to the trek making it a very different trek from the rest of the lot. Borasu villages as they are called regionally. 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. The architecture of the temples are fascinating too. The Someshwar Mahadev temple of Osla, previously called the Duryodhan Temple, is related by legend to the ancient characters of the Hindu Epic - Mahabharata, and also as an incarnation of Lord Shiva, whose presence dominates the region.

The trek passes through the villages walking parallel to the Har Ki Dun Gad which is a tributary of the mighty Supin river. The Supin river then meets its cousin Rupin in Naitwar from where it is called Tamsa or Tons. While during the Summer months of May, June this trek is lush green in nature, monsoons falls by July mid and continues till early September. During the monsoons, the trek is less frequently done as the views are blocked. As per our personal opinion, the trek and the nearby areas just look amazing with clouds playing magic over the mountains. However, when it rains here, it rains continuously.

Post monsoons, the trek reopens and greets the trekkers with fresh green carpet. Slowly by the months of November, the grass start to turn brownish and dry.. the ground prepares itself for the long snow cover, almost for 4 to 5 months.

Har Ki Dun Winter Trek is one of the best winter treks i the Himalayas. Though the beautiful green cover of the valley is hidden and over done by a fresh white carpet of soft snow, the trek becomes just more pretty. The region receives its first snowfall around the middle of December and the snow keeps on piling with each passing day. The snow cover here is good and stays till the middle of April. It makes a wonderful snow trek and since the trek is not that demanding, it makes a apt experience for the Beginners as well.

Geographical Information:

Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at night Perfect for when you want to use just one icon as a vector on the desktop or in your own icon workflow.

Trekking Distance:  47km

Maximum Altitude: 11,675ft

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Dehradun

Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Base Camp: Sankri (6-7 hrs drive from Dehradun)

Snowfall: December to April

ATM: Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (200kms; 6-7 hours)

In the way of dehradun to sankri the first hill station we will reach at mussorie. Mussoorie is one of the most beautiful hill stations not only in Uttarakhand, but the whole of India. It is named after Mansoor, a shrub which is indigenous to this area. Popularly known as the 'Queen of hills' in India, the place seems like a 'virtual paradise' on earth. Lush green forests and lofty mountains adorn the scenic town. 

After that we cross along with Kempty Falls Kempty Fall is one of the most beautiful water fall. Enveloped by high mountain cliffs and situated at an altitude of 4500 feet, the falls present an awe-inspiring view as the water falls down from a high altitude and then splits into five streams.

 

Sankri

 

Final station of Day One is sankri which is banks of the River Tons. We know the excitement of the following day may just keep you keep, but tired eyes may not get you very far. So enjoy a scrumptious meal and tuck in before the adventure begins!


Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka; And it begins from Taluka to Osla (14kms;5-6 hours) Altitude: 6,400ft – 8,700ft

The day starts with 2 hours’ drive through the dense forests and the streams cutting through the lushness of the forests towards Taluka village and from thereon we shall start our trek on the stony trail towards the beautiful village of Seema. Welcomed by the very gracious people of the mountains, Taluka has quite contrasting architectural structure as compared to its other neighboring villages. The trek begins with a small descent towards the banks of River Tons. A distinctly craved shepherd’s trail is visible along the banks of the river that leads to straight into the mixed forests. A few minutes into the forest of conifers and you will come across a cemented bridge.

Cross the stream and soon enough you will see a wooden bridge built across the blue waters of River Supin. Follow the slope that takes you towards the river and get refreshed by the cooling soothing glacial waters. Traverse the bridge and the climb gets steep and alternates between upward and level walks. Continue on the terrain and not long enough, you will see a beautiful village with unique wooden houses on the left side of the River Supin, welcoming you in its paradise. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight - Stay in the wooden forest guesthouse.


Day 3: Osla to reaching Har Ki Doon (11 kms; 6 hours) Altitude: 8,700ft – 11,700

Start your day early as you will be trekking towards Har Ki Doon which is located at a height of 11,700 ft. Right behind the guesthouse you will find a narrow trail leading you out of the village. Walk through the fields of beans and rice, giving the whole stretch a ranch house feel. The lifestyle of the people here still remains like them, simple and content. Enjoy your hike through the vast cultivated lands, grazing cattle, waving across to the small kids and do not forget to click some photographs with them.

After crossing a log bridge, the trail turns for an ascent over the confluence of Supin and Ruinsara rivers. On this incline, you will get fabulous viewpoints to steal glimpses of the Dhauladhar Range out front. Look out for Kalanag (Black Peak) and Bandarpooch ranges looming in the distance. Rivers never misdirect you and therefore, we will continue following them which will lead us straight to our destination. Dense forests gives way to open vast meadows with mountains in the background, creating a beautiful canvass painted through the brush of nature. You will find the campsite set up, facing the mesmerizing ranges. Capture the slow motion of the sun shifting its position during the sunset and a change in the colors of the sky. Spend the most beautiful nights of the trek under the galaxy of twinkling stars and the shiny snow capped mountains. Overnight – Stay in tents.


Day 4: Har Ki Doon to Jaundhar Glacier (9 kms; 5 hours) / Maninda Tal(3kms; 3 hours)/ Rest Altitude: 11,700ft – 12,000ft

Wake up to the beautiful sunrise and let the beautiful view overshadow all your other thoughts. Spend the day today in exploring the Beutiful valley of Har ki Doon. One can see the vast grounds below Swaragrohini-1 peak. Use nature’s meadows as your playgrounds and let the kid in you run free through them. Moving from right side of the campsite on the trail leading towards Swaragrohini-1 peak, we begin with the descent through multiple boulders and fresh sheet of snow.

Experience the crystal clear white snow crunching underneath your shoes, as you wade through it to reach the beautiful glacier. Look at the sky and you will catch awe-inspiring views of Swaragrohini-1 peak, daunting and never leaving your sight. Jaundhar Glacier is located between tow pillar like peaks. Traverse through the ridges, enjoy snow slides on the mountain slopes and you will have a wonderful time at the Jaundhar basin.


Day 5: Har Ki Doon to Osla (11 kms; 4 hours) Altitude: 11,700ft – 8,800ft

Enjoy your last morning in the Valley of Gods as today you would descend to Osla which is situated at the height of 6,400 ft. A recap of the view seen the day prior flashes across your eyes, as you continue savoring the beauty of the location. Listen to the gurgling sound of the river which continues to flow with you throughout your leisurely descent. We shall reach the same wooden bridge which we had crossed to reach Seema village. But today of crossing it, we shall stride straight through it to reach the mythological village of Osla.

Osla holds great importance in the Hindu mythology, as it is the only village that houses the temple of Lord Someshwar. The architect of the temple is sheer beauty to one’s eyesight. Spend the evening exploring the village of Osla and interacting with the locals here. You will be amazed to see how proud they are to stay in the Himalayas and would never want to leave the mountains. Take some inspiration and enjoy the dinner cooked specially by the locals here. Overnight – Stay in a typical Osla styled wooden guesthouse.


Day 6: Osla to Sankri (14 kms; 4-5hours) Altitude: 8,800ft – 6,400ft

Bid adieu to your hosts as you will be descending from Osla towards Taluka and then a drive to Sankri. The river continues to flow by your side throughout the descend. Stroll through the mountain slopes and take enough photographs to capture the wonderful views of nature. Your trek leader shall permit a few enthusiasts to take a dip in the refreshing cold glacial water only if the flow of water is slow and safe. At Travel Trikon safety takes paramount importance and strictly follows the rule of safety first. Reach Taluka and stop for some refreshments at the local tea shop before boarding your ride to Sankri. Welcome abode to your homestay and relax after the tiresome trek. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight – Stay at guesthouse.

Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

Packing Refuge Based Keep it simple and minimal “A heavy pack is a pack filled with anxiety.” Freud.Keeping your pack weight to a minimum is the key to a successful trek. We recommend people joining any of our treks where you will be sleeping in gites (hostels) or refuges be equipped with the following:

Technical equipment Comfortable walking boots or shoes (3 or 4 season)

Walking poles (definitely two) Clothing suggestions

Fleece Waterproof jacket (or big plastic poncho)

Waterproof over trousers

Lightweight puffer jacket for evening comfort in the higher refuges

Warm gloves and hat (for early starts)

Sun hat or peaked cap

Sunglasses

One pair shorts

One pair lightweight walking trousers

Two T-shirts

Good quality walking socks

Other essential items

40 – 60 litre Rucksack

Light weight towel

Waterproof ruck sack cover or waterproof bags to keep your things dry

Sun block for face and lips (Factor 50)

Personal First Aid kit (plasters, Compeed for blisters, paracetamol)

Roll of toilet paper

Water bottle or Platypus type hydration system – 1.5 to 2 litres

Penknife

Head torch for use in refuges

Survival blanket (light foil blanket to keep injured people warm).

Optional items Change of clothing to include:

underwear, tracksuit bottoms, dry shirt, spare socks (think of things that you can wear to both dinner and bed so you don’t need to change)

Camera Paperback novel (light!)

Snack bars/dried fruit/chocolate

Waterproof map case

Ear plugs (there will inevitably be snorers in the refuge)

Buff – good for blocking out light and noise while sleeping, keeping your neck warm, holding your hair etc.

Additional items for Independent Groups

Compass, Altimeter, GPS or Mobile phone with GPS

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (200kms; 6-7 hours)


Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka; And it begins from Taluka to Osla(14kms;5-6 hours)


Day 3: Osla to reaching Har Ki Doon (11 kms; 6 hours)


Day 4: Har Ki Doon to Jaundhar Glacier (9 kms; 5 hours) / Maninda Tal(3kms; 3 hours)/ Rest


Day 5: Har Ki Doon to Osla (11 kms; 4 hours)

Day 6: Osla to Sankri (14 kms; 4-5hours)


Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

INCLUDED

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

ACTIVITIES

Trekking

Camping

Village tour

NOT INCLUDED

Meals during road Journey

Any kind of Insurance

Any expense of personal Nature

Any expense not specified in the inclusion

list Carriage of personal laggage during the trek

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Cancellation Policy

If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

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