Har Ki Dun literally translates to “Valley of Gods”, and is no less than a slice of paradise for you. The trail takes you through the same path that was chosen by Pandavas when they travelled to the heaven. The civilization in this cradle shaped valley is over 3,000 years old and still untouched.
Har ki Doon attracts trekkers not only for amazingly stunning picturesque locations, but also for cultural beauty of Garhwal region. It is a doorway or a keyhole to peep into ancient villages of the Himalayas. This trek is the simplest trek for the first time trekkers, and takes them through The stone roofs, the two-storey wooden houses and doors with ornate carvings which one can only imagine.
Trek Grade : Moderate
Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days
Max. altitude : 4329 mtrs.
Food : Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg starting from Dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 7)
Transportation : Tata sumo/Innova/Tavera/Tempo Traveler
Accommodation : Camps/Homestay
Special : Distinctly visible Himalayan range
The journey starts from the capital of the state – Dehradun. We need to start early in the morning, as a 10 hour journey awaits us. The first point, Sankri at 6,300 feet above sea level, is usually covered by a waft of clouds and is the gateway for your trekking journey. Sankri is an usual authentic Himalayan village surrounded by Swargarohini peaks, literally translating to, “Ascending to heaven.”
Don’t miss the scene of Sirga here, a village that has been built in such a way so as to receive sunlight early, which maximizes their harvest.
Spending the night will rejuvenate you for the next day’s journey and you will get well acclimatized for the high altitude.
After a sumptuous breakfast, the trek towards Taluka will start. We expect to cover this 12 kilometres long patch of trek by late afternoon. And obviously the evening in hills remains incomplete without a bonfire, some folklore and spooky stories. Night sky watching is not to be missed before jumping in for dinner.
Our next destination for the day is Har Ki Dun, which is situated at an altitude of 2560 meters above sea level. As we move ahead, the terrain offers a spectacular view of lush green vegetation and wild orchids. Chances of encounters with the Himalayan wild life like barking deer, pheasants, Leopard etc. are also there.
Going along with the river and crossing the same from time to time will both comfort and make you feel adventurous.
We have the option to trek towards Jaundhar glacier which will be in complete contrast to every landscape you’ve encountered during previous three days. Jaundhar at 14,200 feet altitude will add an element of high altitude mountain scenery to your trek. You catch some close-up views of the Swargarohini peak sitting over 20,000 feet that according to legends, the Pandavas scaled on their way to heaven. Jaundhar hike will be about 15 kilometers twoways and it will be a relatively difficult day hike. For members not wanting to go here, we have the option to explore around Hata valley, a beautiful valley nearby.
After spending some cherishable moments at Har ki Dun, we will start the journey back to Osla. Familiarity with the trail tells you what to expect on the way back. As we’ll come down to the lower altitude, the path will get easier and easier with the scenic beauty along the path which will keep us going.
This is the last patch of the trek now. Sankri is the point from where we started and it’s here we will complete the circle of our trek. It is a patch of 26 kms long trek. Wild life sanctuaries and parks along the way allow you to take only a glimpse of the diversity of flora and fauna it has to offer, which will leave you wanting to come back here soon again. One can enjoy a fair amount of bird watching on the beautiful way, and the day will end with witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets.
Good or bad, time always flies. Here, starts your journey back to Dehradun and to your normal daily life, packed with beautiful memories from the trek.
“Hippie in Hills” organizes treks, excursions and related activities primarily in the Himalayan mountain ranges and in other outdoor regions. Travel in the remote mountain regions of the Himalayas involves certain inherent risks and dangers to life and property of both – the “Hippie in Hills” team as well as the participants, which include but are not limited to, acts of God, danger from natural elements / extreme weather (landslides, cloudbursts, rock-fall, snowfall, etc.), problems arising out of exposure to high altitudes injuries / accidents on account of travel in difficult terrain, which may result in delays, injury, illness or under extreme circumstances, even death.
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1. Have 4-5 Layers of cloths, including heavy jacket
2. Have something to cover your face
3. Don’t take lot of clothes as you don’t feel like changing clothes
4. Keep your luggage light-weight
5. Solar Lamps and Solar torches are recommended
6. Battery operated things may not work properly because of very low temperature
7. Never skip a meal as there is a requirement of high energy
8. Let a friend or family member know about your schedule
30% of the deposit amount if cancelled 30 days prior to trip start date.
50% of the deposit amount if cancelled 20 days prior to trip start date.
90% of the Full amount if cancelled 10 days prior to trip start date.