About Har Ki Dun Trek
Har ki Dun Trek crosses through the Har Ki Dun Valley, situated in the Garhwal Himlayas in Uttarakhand. It is a cradle shaped hanging valley and is located in the midst of snow covered mountain peaks and alpine vegetation. It is connected to the Bapsa Valley by the Borasu Pass.
The Har Ki Dun Valley Trek is considered to be one of the oldest Treks in the Himalayas, referred to as the ‘Valley of Gods’ as according to myth, it was here that the Pandavas of the Mahabharata ascended to Heaven.
Altitude: 3,587 m
Difficulty Level: Easy
Base location: Sankri in Uttarakhand
The Har Ki Dun Valley is located at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level and remains snow covered mostly from October to March. Also, the starting point of the Trek is Taluka Village and the Valley is at a distance of 25 kilometres from this village.
This Trek is done at both the seasons – summer and winter. The walk to the Har Ki Dun Valley is along the Jaundhar Glacier and the Swargarohini group of mountain peaks, which, according to myth, is considered to be the stairway to the Heaven. The trek is amongst alpine meadows, pine forests and glaciers which is a soothing sight to the nature lovers.
How to Reach Sankri
Sankri is the base location for this trek and Taluka is the starting point. But to reach these places one has to first reach Dehradun. There are several ways to reach Dehradun –
- By Air: The airport of Dehradun is the Jolly Grant Airport, which is located 20 km away from the city centre.
- By Bus: Dehradun is a well connected place with most of the cities in North India such as Delhi, Shimla, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie and Agra. There are bus services available from all these places to Dehradun, near Clement Town.
- By Train: Dehradun is connected by regular train services to cities Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ujjain, Chennai and Varanasi. The Dehradun Railway Station is located round 1-2 kilometers away from the city centre and should take you only ten minutes, depending on traffic.
- Self Drive: Dehradun has a strong road network, which calls for an exciting driving experience. Dehradun is well connected by road to cities like Delhi by the NH 58 and 72 which is approximately a 4 hour drive. Chandigarh is located at a distance of 167 kilometers and is almost a 3 hours’ drive. It is also well connected to cities like Haridwar and Rishikesh.
ITINERARY for Har Ki Dun Trek
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (187 Km, 6-7 hrs drive)
The cheapest way to reach Sankri from Dehradun is around Rs 500 seat in a bus. One can reach the Mussorie bus stand (different from ISBT Dehradun and 5 km away from it) located close to the Dehradun railway station. A bus would take 10 hours to reach Sankri. Buses are there only during early morning.
Then another option would be taking a shared taxi which would cost Rs 800-900 if not full, else at least Rs 600 per seat, it would however reach within 7 hours.
One can also choose to drive or hire a taxi from Dehradun to Sankri, passing through Mussoorie, Uttarkashi District, Naugaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. Also along the way, there are beautiful pine forests and you will also see the River Tons flowing. On the way to Sankri, you will cross the Govind National Park which is one of the places to visit on this Trek.
(Reaching Purola, you should get done with important calls and internet usage because hereafter, connection will get fuzzy. BSNL is the only efficient service available in this zone with limited providers. )
Day 2: Sankri to Pauni Garaat (6397ft – 8280ft; 8 km; 12 km drive to Taluka and 13 km trek to Puani Garaat)
The day begins with a drive from Sankri to Taluka which is the starting point of the trek. On reaching the village of Taluka, the trail begins where the first thing to do is to cross river Tons and to forge ahead while keeping the river to the right. Soon, you will enter a coniferous forest and you will be required to cross the stream. On the trail, you will come across the Supin tributary. Pauni Garaat, the first camp of the trek, is a clearing on the river banks of Supin.
Day 3: Pauni Gaarat to Kalkattiyadhaar (7 km; 6 hours)
On this day, the trail will lead you Osla Village which is famous for Someshwar Temple. On your journey onward, you will have to cross three hydroelectricity run chaffing unit. After crossing a wooden bridge, there is a gain in altitude and from the height, you will be get a beautiful glimpse of the Dhauladhar Range, Borasu Pass and the Bapsa Valley.
As you reach the top, you will be able to see the Kalanag (Black Peak) and Bandarpooch rangesin the distance. This day’s campsite is at this top point, known as Kalkattiyadhar.
Day 4: Kalkattiyadhar to Har ki Dun Valley (8,956 ft – 11,768 ft; 4 km; 5 hours)
On the hike, the meadow of Dev Thach will be visible along with a waterfall from where the ascension starts. After hiking for about quarter of an hour, you will see the valley diving into two – with Har-ki-Dun on the left and Ruinsara Taal, Bali Pass on the right.
As soon as you come across the mountain bend, you will see the Har Ki Dun Peak and the Hata Peak and below them is the Har ki Dun Valley. Explore this stunning Valley for some time before moving onward with the trail. The trail will lead you into several more meadows and across several more streams and all along the way, there are picturesque pine trees, cedars, chestnut and blue poppy. You can spend the night in some of the Forest Gust House huts.
Day 5: Exploring the Har ki Dun Campsite
There are several exquisite sights to see in the Har Ki dun Valley. The two of the main ones are the Maninda Taal and the Jaundhar Glacier.
- Maninda Taal (3 km; 3-4 hours): From the campsite, on your left go towards the Hata Peak which will take you through an alpine meadow. Ahead, you will see a glacial lake which is the Maninda Taal. A rare cactus – the Brahma Kamaal blooms here but only in the night.
- Jaundar Glacier (9 km; 5-6 hours): This is to the right of the Har ki Dun campsite, towards the Swaragrohini 1 peak. On the trail, you will see around 6 high ridges which needs to be crossed in order to go into the Jaundar Basin.
Day 6: Har Ki Dun to Puani Garaat (11768ft – 8280ft; 11km; 7 hours)
This day marks the return journey from the trek. Move towards Kalkatiyadhaar and then to Osla where you can take a break before heading towards Puani Garaat.
Day 7: Puani Garaat to Sankri (8280ft – 7953ft; 8 hours; 13 km trek to Taluka and 12 km drive to Sankri)
The descending trek is quite easy and manageable as the slope is consistent. From aluka, you will have to drive back to Sankri and onwards to Dehradun.
From Dehradun on reaching the village of Purola, your phone connection will be inconsistent as BSNL is the only efficient service available in this zone with limited providers. You will find some satellite phones in the village of Osla on the trek.