Duration: 7 Days
Max Altitude: 4300mts (Jaundhar glacier) 3600mts (hari ki dun)
Approx kms: 64kms
Best Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-nov
Max group size: 12
Located in the middle of the cradle shaped vale below Fateh Parvat, Har ki dun Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Western Himalayas! This valley can be reached by trekking through Govind National Park. The park is known for its rich variety of flora and fauna. Har ki dun or “Valley of the Gods” is a U shaped valley with a terrific contrast of alpine meadows along ridges and glacier basins, surrounded by towering peaks. Trekkers also have the opportunity to explore the Himalayan wildlife as well! No Prior experience of Himalayan trekking is required. The trails are quite manageable and not high on gradient. The trek promises a good view of the towering 5000 to 6000 meter Himalayan peaks, namely Swaragrohini massif, Fateh Parvat, Kalanag and Bandarpoonch ranges. The village life as seen at Osla, Sankri and Taluka is an experience in itself! It feels as if the native village tribes of the region have frozen in time. The local villagers of the valley are known as Parwati and claim their descent from the “Kauravas” clan of Mahabharata. From temples, to caves, to scenic villages, to rocky mountain peeks, to glaciers, to the wonderful local architecture, this trek promises a mixture of natural beauty and history!
Day 1:- DEHRADUN-SANKRI (200 Kms) 7hrs drive
Day 2:- SANKRI (2000 M) – TALUKA – SEEMA (2560m, Drive 40 mins & Trek/15 kms/5-6 hrs)
Day 3:- SEEMA (2560 m) – HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m, Trek /5-7 hrs)
Day 4:- HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m) – JAUNDHAR GLACIER (4300m) – HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m, Trek /7-8 hrs)
Day 5:- HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m) – SEEMA (2560 m, Trek/3-4 hrs)
Day 6:- SEEMA (2560 m) – TALUKA - SANKRI (2000 m, Trek / 3-4 hrs & Drive/40 mins)
Day 7:- SANKRI – DEHRADUN Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs
Day 01: DEHRADUN-SANKRI (2000m, Drive/200 Kms/6-7hrs)
From Dehradun we will drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. We will stop for lunch en route. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part, along the beautiful Tons river. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri we will check into a scenically located hotel. Sankri is paradise on earth and we will take an evening stroll in this beautiful hamlet to get our muscles charged for the trek to come. Over here one can enjoy a glimpse of the setting sun, disappearing behind the greater Himalayan mountain ranges! The peaks of Swargarohini stand tall over the ridges beyond Sankri. The Swargarohini is also of great historic significance, but more on that later!
Day 02: SANKRI (2000 M) – TALUKA – SEEMA (2560m, Drive 40 mins & Trek/15 kms/5-6 hrs)
We start the day with a short, scenic & adventurous drive to Taluka, the starting point of our trek. The hike today is through beautiful mixed forest sections and along the Supin river. The forests are rich in wild life and is a veritable paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. The gradient is moderate throughout with an odd steep patch in between. There are a few sections where there will be steep ascents, but every now and then the trail relaxes, giving certain section of level walks. This region is blessed with a very old & unique culture, which thankfully is still preserved. You will get a very up close & personal experience of it today. On the trail you will meet locals from the nearby villages and get to see the special construction style of the local dwellings. We will cross a few villages en route to reach Seema, a small market place. We will camp ahead of seema in beautiful fields by the riverside, overnight in tents. Taluka village is a small village centered on concrete houses and the architecture is different from the other villages of Sankri, Osla, Gangad etc.
Day 03: SEEMA (2560 m) – HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m, Trek /5-7 hrs)
After breakfast we cross over to the other side of the Supin river and negotiate a steep climb to get warmed up for the day’s hike to come. It is delightful day where you catch some fabulous views of the Bandarpoonch & Swargarohini peaks. Now would you like to hear something interesting!? The folklore of Swargarohini is that the Pandava brothers of the “Mahabharata” took the route to enter heaven by climbing this peak! The trail towards Har Ki Dun will gradually gain altitude with few steep sections, but generally leisure level walks. This journey will include a beautiful waterfall, along with many rivulet and streams! You will be able to see a wooden bridge below the valley over Supin river, and if you choose, you may cross the bridge into the meadows of Dev Thach, Ruinsara Taal and Bali Pass. The landscape is beautiful, eventually leading you to the snowcapped mountain of dhauladhar! As you reach this destination, look for the Kalanag (Black Peak) and Bandarpooch ranges (White peak) looming in the distance. The meadow of Dev Thach are also clearly visible towards your right side across the confluence of the two rivers. We reach Har-ki-Dun in about 5-7 hrs moving at a leisurely pace and soaking in the beauty of the valley. Upon reaching our destination, Har ki Dun, it becomes evident as to why this place is considered to be an absolute paradise. This open valley has been blessed with so many natural elements that one is pleasantly surprised by its beauty. There is a network of streams, many a meadows carpeted with flowers and big/small mountains spread all over. From Har Ki Dun one can see the vast camping grounds below Swaragrohini-1 peak. The meadows here are full of alpine flowers.
Day 04: HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m) – JAUNDHAR GLACIER (4300m) – HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m, Trek /7-8 hrs)
Jaundhar glacier adds a beautiful element of high mountain scenery to this trek! This place is in total contrast to the lush green Har Ki Dun. Instead we are greeted with moraine, scree, glaciers all around and the towering Swargarohini peaks overlooking it. The terrain is a mix of boulders and snow. The altitude gain is very marginal (Only 150 meters) so the trek remains easy. Here is an interesting fact! If it rains in Harkidun, there is a high probability that it will snow at the Glacier. The walk is a long one and at times over uneven scree & moraine terrain, but it will surely be worth the effort. We get magnificent views from the glacier and having captured them in our cameras, we will head back to Har Ki Dun. Overnight in tents.
Day 05: HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m) – SEEMA (2560 m, Trek/3-4 hrs)
We have a leisurely breakfast today, after which people are free to explore on their own. After lunch we will hike down to Seema. Depending on the time we reach Seema we can decide to visit the ancient temple at the nearby village of Osla and also get a chance to interact with the locals and get to know more about their tradition & culture. You can find temples and caves dedicated to Duryodhana, the Kaurava prince, in Osla village. For people who love to see flowers, we can visit a place called Haata (optional). The meadows here are almost fully carpeted with alpine flowers and make a very pleasing sight. The path follows the tons river from Netwar village up through the scenic villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla. Within the valley one can find Trees of Bhojpatra, the rare Bramhakamal, and many varieties of fauna. Towards west one can see the Bandar Punch mountain. People here depend on farming Rice, Rajma, and Potatoes for their survival! Their way of living is quite fascinating due to it’s simplicity, yet intricacy as well. A series of beautiful double storied houses are constructed using Cider wood rafters, stones and mud, often decorating the doorways with beautiful woodcarvings. The carvings depict tales from the Mahabharata! The inhabitants here are an ingenuous lot, and the construction of the houses not only looks aesthetic, but are also energy efficient as well as earth quake resistant!
Day 06: SEEMA (2560 m) – TALUKA - SANKRI (2000 m, Trek / 3-4 hrs & Drive/40 mins)
Early morning, trek down from Seema to Taluka and from here drive down to Sankri. There will be plenty of opportunities today for a refreshing bath in the super cool waters of the many streams we cross/pass by. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 07: SANKRI – DEHRADUN Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs
Post breakfast, depart for Dehradun. You can also have a brief stopover at Mussoorie, one of India’s most popular hill stations. The drive from Mussoorie to Dehradun would take an hour, from where you could continue ahead towards your onward destination
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail, which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
3. Trek equipments.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced Professional trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Dehradun and return.
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