Har Ki Dun

Har Ki Dun


Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped valley lying in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand which is also known as “The Valley of Gods”. This picturesque valley is a perfect summer and winter trek.

Region: Uttarakhand

Duration: 8 Days

Highest Altitude: (3645 m)

Best Time: Throughout the year

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Summer Temp: (5° C to 15° C)

Winter Temp: (-2°C to -5° C) (-5°C to -10°C)

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Why This Trek?

A Divine Valley in the lap of Himalayas

Har Ki Dun trek is a part of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and is a great trek in the Himalayas. The abundant beauty, divine aura and rich greenery attracts people from different areas of the world to explore this remote region.

Har Ki Dun

Mythological Tale

Another name for ‘Har Ki Dun’ is ‘Valley of Gods’. It is believed that the Pandavas from Mahabharata took this route via Swargarohini while ascending to heaven.

Har Ki Dun is one of those few places where Duryodhana is worshipped, he was the supporter of Kauravas. He is worshipped in this region because villagers say that he used to live in the village present there.

Har Ki Dun

Trail Type

This region is wealthy in Flora and Fauna and the trail takes you through undulating meadows, high ridges, dense pine forests and quaint villages. It gives you opportunity to explore the old lifestyle and cultural values of the people living in Himalayas.

On Har Ki Dun trek walk along Thamsa River and on the way spot colourful Himalayan birds and animals.

Mountains All around

The Har Ki Dun valley lies amid snow-capped peaks and the highest point offers jaw dropping views of Black peak, Ruinsara peak, Swargarohini (I, II, III) and towering Bandarpoonch peak with magnificent sight of other snow covered mountains.

Ancient Villages

Go through the quaint villages of Himalayas and experience getting back in time. The houses are made in old pattern and villagers here live simply, they grow the crops and weave sheep wool to make clothes.

Someshwar Devta and Duryodhan is worshipped in this region. There is a temple of Duryodhan at Osla which is the main attraction of this village.

It can be Done throughout the Year

During winter season the thick snow sheet covers the valley and makes it look like a small snow land. And, during summers it comes alive and blooms to the fullest.

Har Ki Dun

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Key Points of Har Ki Dun Trek

  • Level: Moderate (this trek is good for beginners)
  • Proper conditioning & training of body required
  • Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature.
  • Shoes are the single most important equipment.
  • High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
  • Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
  • Travel light
  • The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.

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Duration: 8 Days (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Best Season: Throughout the year

Level: Moderate

Highest Points: (3645 m)

Trekking distance (total) (56 km)

Weather: Temperature falls after sunset

Winter temperature: (-3°to -5°C) (-5°C to -10°C)

Summer temperature: (5°C to 15°C)

Short Itinerary Har-ki-Dun

Day 1: Reaching Sankri from Dehradun

Distance – 210 km
Time taken – 7/8 hours
Altitude – 1920 m

Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka and trek to Cheludgad

Distance – 11 km (Drive) 13 km (Trek)
Time taken – 4/5 hours
Altitude – 2700 m

Day 3: Cheludgad to Seematra

Distance – 7 km
Time taken – 4/5 hours
Altitude – 3400 m

Day 4: Seematra to Har Ki Dun

Distance – 7 km
Time taken – 3/4 hours
Altitude – 3645 m

Day 5: Exploration Day. Explore Manida Lake and Jaundhar glacier then return to campsite

Distance – 3 to 9 km
Time taken – 5/6 hours

Day 6: Har Ki Dun to Cheludgad and trek to Osla

Distance – 14 km
Time taken – 5/6 hours

Day 7: Cheludgad to Taluka and drive to Sankri

Distance – 13 km (Trek) 11 km (Drive)
Time taken – 4/5 hours
Altitude – 2700 m

Day 8:-Sankri to Dehradun

Distance – 210 km
Time taken – 7/8 hours

How to Reach the Basecamp Sankri?

– If you are coming from Bangalore and Ahmedabad then you can directly board flight to Dehradun.

Bangalore -> Dehradun-> Sankri

Ahmedabad -> Dehradun-> Sankri

– If you are coming from Delhi

Delhi -> Dehradun -> Sankri


Take the night train from Delhi to Dehradun.

We suggest:

– Nandadevi Express
– DDN Jan Shatabdi


You can reach Dehradun from Delhi by a bus, board it from (Delhi) ISBT, it is good if you pre book the seats.

(Reach Dehradun Railway Station between 5:00 am to 6:00 am and vehicle will be arranged from there.)

Reach Sankri by yourself

– Take a bus from Railway station of Dehradun, the first one leaves at 5:30 am, the other one at 6:30 am and the last bus leaves at 7:00 am. So reach there on time.

– You can also hire a taxi from Dehradun Railway Station, the fair is Rs 5500 from Dehradun to Sankri (210 km)

Har Ki Dun Trek Rainfall Chart
Rainfall Chart of Har Ki Dun Trek
Things to Take

Mandatory Documents Please carry the documents given below

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
  • Risk Certificates

Trekkers must bring :

  • Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
  • Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
  • Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
  • Daily wear socks
  • Thermals are very important
  • 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
  • Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
  • 1 raincoat or poncho
  • Jacket
  • Thick gloves
  • Trek pants
  • Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Personal toiletry items

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-

ATM Point: Withdraw money before your journey, Purola is the last point where you will find ATM.

Mobile Connectivity

There will be no networks during the trek. All the networks will be available at Purola and in Sankri has Vodafone and BSNL networks but the connectivity is intermittent. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting of the trek.

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Rent Equipment

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kitPersonal Insurance

We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.

(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)

– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)

– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)

– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)

– Avil – (it treat allergies)

– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)

– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)

– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


– Band aid

– Cotton

– Stretchable/elastic bandage

– Gauze


– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.

– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.