Har Ki Dun
Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped valley in Garhwal Himalayas also known as “The Valley of Gods”. Admire the bracing climate and soothing green in this paradise.
Har Ki Dun Trek Fee:
Rs 9,000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Sankri to Sankri)
Duration: 8 Days
Highest Point: (3645 m)
Best Season: Throughout the year
Summer Temperature: (5° C to 15° C)
Winter Temperature: (-3°C to -5° C) (-5°C to -10°C)
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Enthralling valley in Garhwal Himalayas
Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped valley nestled in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, it is a part of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The enchanting beauty of the Himalayas their bracing climate and the soothing green leaves nothing more to be desired. The peaks and glaciers in the Bandarpoonch range are a mountaineer’s delight. The path follows the tons river from Netwar village through the villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla.
Valley of Gods
Scenery and climate of the hills are ravishing. There is a mythological story behind Har Ki Dun valley, in ancient times the Pandavas took the same route to ascend to heaven via Swaragarohini and this is also known as “Valley of Gods.”
Majestic mountain views
From top of Har Ki Dun valley Swargarohini (I) (II) (III) Bandarpoonch Black Peak and Ruinsara peaks are visible all together.
Perfect summer and winter trek
You’ll see snow covered mountains in winters and alluring greenery in summers. This place is rich in bio-diversity and variety of flora and fauna. Ancient villages are present here and you will be delighted by the local lifestyle of villagers.
Popular Trek in the Garhwal Himalayas
Most of the people are familiar with the Har Ki Dun valley, it is one of the most picturesque trek in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is a part of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary which offers excellent panorama views of the Himalayan peaks.
Himalayan Hikers gives you every information of this trek: Trek details, photos, maps, temperature, weather, level, essential things to take on a trek, how to reach there and best time to go.
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
Best Season: Throughout the year
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: Dehradun to Sankri (210 km) (7/8 Hours) (1920 m)
Day 2: Sankri to Taluka (11 km) on same day trek to Cheludgad /Seema (13 km) (2700 m) (4/5 Hours)
Day 3: Cheludgad to Seematra (7 km) (4/5 hours) (3400 m)
Day 4: Seematra to Har-Ki-dun (7 km) (3/4 hours) (3645 m)
Day 5: Explore Har Ki Dun valley and its surroundings (3/9 km) (4/6 hours) (Manida lake) (Jaundhar Glacier)
Day 6: Har Ki Dun to Cheludgad and trek to OSLA Village (14 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 7: Cheludgad to Taluka (13 km) (2400 m) then Drive to Sankri
Day 8:-Drive from Sankri to Dehradun (210 km) (7/8 hours)
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✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in Hotel Sankri
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌ Medical Certificate
❌ Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌ On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌ Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
Reviews of Happy Trekkers ☺
The experience of Har Ki Dun trek was really fantastic. Reaching Sankri and spending two days there; knowing about the villagers and exploring their culture taught me many lessons of life which I would have never learned in the cities. Those 10 days, I lived a totally different life! Living in camps away from luxuries and still enjoying everything to the fullest was something which I did not expect at all.
Greenery all around, birds chirping, clear blue sky and twinkling stars at night, Ahh, Paradise it is! ☺ I felt the peace in mountains and got to know so much about rich culture of Garhwali people. The experiences are just incredible! – Margriet Pousma, Germany
We were 7 friends in a group and planned a good vacation of 10 days. Our friends who trekked with Himalayan Hikers, highly praised and recommended this company, so we booked a trek with them. The leaders on the trek were Pradeep and Deshraj we called Deshraj, Deshu bhai 😀 Whoa! What a great experienced guides they are, Kudos to them and their energy!
Their knowledge of every peak which was visible during the trek, really impressed us all. The interest was doubled and we eagerly moved further. Whenever we got tired, they motivated and helped us every time. And yes, the mythological stories of Pandavas added taste to the adventure! This team has given us unforgettable memories to cherish ☺ since then I have done many treks with the team, but the first Har Ki Dun trek with Pradeep and Deshu bhai was lit. – Varun, Delhi
To describe har ki dun I only have these words – “WOW”. After witnessing nature at its best I lost my heart there. I had no idea that my first Himalayan trek would be so amazing. Everything went smooth on the trek because of good arrangements and execution. The facilities and services provided were outstanding and the adventure of this trek was perfect for us. After combining everything, I want to say that our group had a great experience. – Abhishek Bhargava, Mumbai
I have a keen interest in exploring and when I came to know about “the Valley of Gods” my interest just boosted and there was a curiosity to know about every tale and story related to it. The Pandavas roamed there and I too wanted to go. I think Har Ki Dun is one of the best trek in India. There are a number of places I’ve visited but there is something special about this one.
My expectations were not very high about the services because the aim was to just explore. But…. The way we were treated was heartwarming and they left great impressions. Now twice in a year my husband and I go on treks with them and share a very strong bond. Exploring with them is very safe and fun at the same time ^_^ – Meenakshi Sati, Bangalore
Dehradun to Sankri (210 km) (7/8 Hours) (1920 m)
We can arrange vehicle from Dehradun Railway station and it leaves for Sankri at 6:30 am.
Note: The fare is directly payable to the driver. (Rs 1100 per person)
it takes 7-8 hours to reach there. The drive to Sankri is a picturesque one and you will come across plethora of sceneries on the way.
The scenic beauty of valley attract the visitor’s eye. You will see Yamuna River and Tons valley across the Yamuna Bridge, the crystal clear water gives a very refreshing feeling if you feel tired on the way. Drive is through some splendid places i.e. Mussoorie, Damta, Nowgao, Netwar and Purola. These are the villages where you can see people working in fields and you can have a glimpse of their lifestyle. When you go through the forests, peep out of your window and look at the combination of dark and light greenery, it looks picture perfect.
We cross an entry gate of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Sankri lies there. When the Baraadsar mountain range and other snow-capped mountains are visible then you are about to reach Sankri, it will take 15-20 minutes more.
Sankri is a small village with less number of houses, there is a famous mini market of Sankri with few wooden huts serving traditional and delicious food. From here you can have a glance of some mountain ranges, it is surrounded by the mountains and the environment is pollution free, relish the beauty of Sankri. We own a hotel named “Swargarohini”, enjoy your dinner and relaxing stay there.
Sankri to Taluka (11 km) trek to Cheludgad/Seema (13 km) (2700 m) (4/5 hours)
Post breakfast, we will drive towards Taluka. It is a small village with concrete houses and you can easily find few shops and hotels there. Trek starts from here and on the way you can have views of magnificent snow clad mountains, cross a bridge over a stream and follow the trail.
Now go through beautiful dense forest and a river is visible flowing through the woods below. Continue trekking and you will see a village named Datmir, ahead reach a green vast meadow which will take you to the thick forest section. The trail changes to the mixture of steep and levelled path after some time it turns muddy.
After some hours of trekking you can see Har ki Dun Ganga River flowing through the woods. From here again go through the forest and afterwards you will come across green fields and a shop on the way.
Cross a bridge and higher you will be welcomed by the views of some snow covered peaks. To reach Seema cross one more bridge. After 1 hour of hike, you reach Seema, it is a small village and Osla is a big one located on other side of the river.
Setup your camps and overnight stay will be in tents.
Cheludgad to Seematra (7 km) (4/5 hours) (3400 m)
Start your trek to Seematra, packed lunch will be provided. Osla is bigger one and you can opt. for steep climb of Osla village because the route is a shorter one. The trail has extremely beautiful views you can also trek along the Karmansha stream, both the routes take you to the same place.
This is also one of those few treks where one can come across the local lifestyle. The villages on the trail are ancient and has some stories behind them, there is Duryodhan’s temple which is worshiped by the villagers.
The trail takes you through dense forest and you can notice fallen trees on the way. This place is highly rich in flora and fauna and you can spot different variety of trees and animals living in this region. There are many flowing streams on the way; if you need you can fill your water bottles from there, the water is clear and is safe to drink.
Now, the trek is alongside the river and on the way some meadows will open from where you can have delicious mountain views, ahead you will be mostly trekking on muddy path.
Reach your campsite setup your tents, have food and retire for the night.
Seematra to Har Ki dun (7 km) (3/4 hours) (3645 m)
Trail of Har ki Dun further leads to Borasu Pass, after a steep climb today we will gain altitude. Packed lunch will be provided which you can have in middle of the day.
Start the trek and cross bridges, after coming upwards, Seema and a waterfall will be visible. You will come across many streams on the way which you will be passing through bridges and grassy fields. Then the trail becomes steep and further you will be hiking on the plain terrain.
Until you reach Har Ki Dun a river on the left will remain in sight. Take rest breaks and then continue hiking. The trail from muddy changes to rocky, covered by rocks and again becomes muddy which climbs and levels up. After sometime a meadow unfolds and majestic views of snow covered mountains will surprise you, as we climb high you can see lush green valleys and views of Kala Nag and Bandar pooch.
The trail is not levelled, it climbs up and downwards Seema is still visible. Come across wide meadows and after the climb of ups and downs Har Ki Dun valley can be seen at a distance. Now the trail takes you through thick forest of pine and after half an hour you can reach Har ki Dun valley, it is divided by Karmanasha stream. Swargarohini stands tallest amongst all.
You will be fascinated by the ecstatic views. Feel the divine aura and spirituality here, ask about the myths related to “the Valley Of Gods”. After spending some time there in peace, for relaxation come to your campsite and retire for the night.
Explore Har Ki Dun valley and its surroundings (3/9 km) (4/6 hours) (Manida lake) (Jaundhar Glacier)
Beauty of the Himalayas, invigorating climate and the soothing green leaves nothing more to be desired, in the morning have a glance of Son and Supin River with the gushing water sounds. After breakfast go and explore Har Ki Dun valley, there are alpine flowers covering the meadows with alpine vegetation.
Go to Manida Lake is 3 km away from the valley. Take left from the campsite then trek towards Hata peak and come across undulating meadows with many wildflowers. Reach the Lake there Brahma Kamal are found in abundance with exotic views of glaciers and valleys.
If you want to go to Jaundhar glacier, then you have to cross some ridges, the trail is not easy and remains covered in snow, ahead it eases. After reaching final ridge you will see the Jaundhar Glacier and other towering peaks, then we’ll return back to the campsite and enjoy delicious lunch and overnight stay there.
Har Ki Dun to Cheludgad and trek to OSLA Village (14 km) (5/6 hours)
After breakfast with packed lunch, trek starts to village OSLA which is 13 km away. Relish the beautiful sights and variety of landscapes on the way. Black Peak and Bali Pass sights will surprise you ahead.
Getting back will be a bit long journey and may take some more time but this downhill trek is an easy one. Cheludgad is your campsite for today, where you stayed on Day 2. Start trekking to OSLA, it is a famous village rich in culture and there is a temple of “Duryodhan”. Villagers say that he lived in this village and people here worship him since the ancient time.
At this village spend time and return to your campsite Cheludgad. Enjoy your food and stay in tents.
Cheludgad to Taluka (13 km) (2400 m) and Drive to Sankri
Cheludgad to Taluka is an easy descent from where the trek started. On the way have glance of peaks standing strong and the green landscapes with extreme beauty.
Follow the same trail through rich forests and spot birds and Langurs on the way. Reach Taluka, vehicles will be arranged for you till Sankri. Get in “Swargarohini Palace” have your dinner and enjoy relaxing stay there.
Drive from Sankri to Dehradun (210 km) (7/8 hours)
Vehicle will be arranged, after breakfast leave for Dehradun, have lunch en route.
Note: The fare is directly payable to the driver. (Rs 1100 per person)
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
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-
ATM Point: Withdraw money before your journey, Purola is the last point where you will find ATM.
There are no networks during the trek, in Purola all the networks are available and in Sankri only Vodafone and BSNL signals are there but the connectivity isn’t good. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting of the trek.
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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
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– 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.
- Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90 Precent of Trek/adventure program cost.
- Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50 Precent of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost.
- Cancellation in less than 20 days – No refund