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Har ki Dun is one such trek that is famous for its enchanting silence and mesmerizing beauty. Popularly known as "Valley of Gods", har ki dun is a cradle shaped valley that hangs in the Garhwal Himalayas. The valley is surrounded by snow-blanketed peaks and lush green alpine vegetation. The borasu pass connects Baspa valley to Garhwal Himalayas.
At GIO we simply love this trek! If you have seen 'Lord of the Rings' and been awe of the landscape in it, then Har ki Dun will blow your mind with the smorgasbord it has to offer. There are endless lush meadows, wild alpine flower gardens, scraggy mountains, towering snow-capped peaks, glaciers and gushing streams & waterfalls that seem to spring from nowhere. The valley also has a very interesting and culture, very different from any other region around.
Our guides ensure that we get a very up close experience of this culture as this is one of the highlights of this trek. We have made a change in the traditional Har-ki-Dun itinerary by adding another stage which takes you to the high altitude Jaundhar Bamak (glacier). This will add a contrasting element of high altitude scenery to the trek as we cross the 4000 m mark.
The Har Ki Dun valley, also known as the "Valley of Gods", is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass This valley is at and altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is is snow-covered during October to March. On the trail you'll get close views of a big glacier, walk on moraine and scree and get very close to the famous and towering Swargarohini peaks. If you are willing to do more than just touch Har Ki Dun and head back then Har-ki-Dun with Jaundhar glacier is a complete trek having many shades of mountain landscape and culture which are sure to impress even veteran trekkers. For people who love to see flowers there is a small stage possible on the day we leave for Seema from Har Ki Dun to a place called Haata. The meadows here are almost fully carpeted with alpine flowers and make a very pleasing sight. Contrary to the popular belief it’s not a very easy trek and has long walks on almost all days and is suitable for seasoned trekkers as well as fit beginners. This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas. We drive from Dehradun to a beautiful village called Sankri where we spend the first night and from here a short 40 mins drive the next day gets us to Taluka, a small market place which is our starting point. From here we trek up to a place called Seema, walking through beautiful forests and interesting villages.
We meet local people and get to appreciate the local architecture and way of life as we move up the trail. From Seema we hike up to Har-ki-Dun the next day and land ourselves in a complete paradise. Camping on the meadows here is sheer pleasure. We do a day’s excursion from here to Jaundhar glacier reaching up to a height of around 4300 m to get fantastically close to the base of Swargarohini peaks. High altitude terrain here is quite interesting. In the last stage of the trek we walk back to Seema and then to Taluka to finish what is surely going to be a memorable trek.
DEHRADUN – SANKRI (2000M, DRIVE/200 KMS/6-7 HRS)
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 the scenically located hotel Wild Orchid. 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. Overnight stay in the hotel
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, starting point of our trek. The hike today is through beautiful mixed forest sections and along the Supin river. The gradient is moderate throughout with an odd steep patch in between. 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.
EEMA (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 and also of meadows and jungles towards the Ruinsara valley. There are interesting forests en route with lots of opportunities to see variety of birds and meadows having wild flowers. Also to make it picture perfect there is an inviting waterfall and many small rivulets/streams. We reach Har-ki-Dun in about 5-7 hrs moving at a leisurely pace and soaking in the beauty of the valley. Reaching our destination Har ki Dun we land in 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 and small mountains spread all over. Overnight in tents.
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 and has moraine, scree, glaciers all around and the towering Swargarohini peaks overlooking it. The walk is a long one and at times over uneven scree & moraine terrain but 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.
HAR-KI-DUN (3566 M) – SEEMA (2560 M, TREK/3-4 HRS)
We have a leisurely breakfast today and have the option of trekking up to the beautiful meadows at Haata which will take 2-3 hours (round trip) or just relaxing at Har Ki Dun. 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. Overnight in tents.
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.
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.
2 Guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
Accommodation in a hotel/guesthouse at on single/ double occupancy. Accommodation will be in a basic but neat & clean hotel/guesthouse
High quality Camping arrangements
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
3/4 season imported alpine tents.
Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
Good quality Camping Mattresses
Camping stools & tables
Toilet tent with portable toilet seats
First Aid / Medical kit
All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood): 250
Down jacket (for additional warmth): 300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover: 75
Warm Gloves: 50
Waterproof Trekking boots: 300
Rucksack (60 ltrs): 150
Waterproof gaiters: 50
Warm high-length woollen socks: 50
Trekking poles: 60
*Cost in INR per day
Less than 45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
<15 Days: No refund
Har ki Dun.... It is a beautiful great place to trek. Everyone must visit.