Har ki dun trek
Known as the Valley of Gods, the valley of Har Ki Dun is one of the most attractive trekking destinations in the Western Himalayas. Located at the foot of Fateh Parvat, the Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle-shaped valley located at an altitude of 11,768 feet (3,566 meters). The glance at this hidden valley looks like a landscape painting on canvas. Undoubtedly, this trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Uttarakhand – both in the summer and winter season.
Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and alpine vegetation, Har-ki-Dun offers a breathtaking view of unspoiled valleys in the Garhwal Himalayas’ distant lands that showcase the unparalleled natural beauty of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most beautiful trekking destinations in India, offering numerous trekking excursions.
The Garhwal Mountains feature impressive formations and diverse geographic regions. The streams of crystal clear rivers formed by melting glaciers, hamlets, lush green meadows, pine forests, and rugged topography form this region’s diverse terrain.
The trek is centuries old and covered with legends. But perhaps it is the mythological aspect of the Har Ki-Dun trek that makes this journey more memorable. This valley is a delight for trekkers, both summer and winter, accessible through Govind National Park, known for its rich diversity of flora & fauna.
The valley remains snowy from December to March. This one-week trek through the valley is one of the most scenic places. Trekking through the Valley of the Gods and following the path once beaten by the Pandavas on their route to heaven through Swargarohini, a mountain overlooking the Har Ki-Dun Valley, would be a heavenly experience. So how close you got to the heavens is impossible to say, but the panorama of the magnificent landscapes among the snow-capped peaks will be nothing more than a divine experience. This is the only valley from where you can see the Divine Peaks such as Swargarohini I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Black Peak all together. From here, you can also see the beautiful peaks of Ruinsara.
The Har Ki Dan trek is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and photography lovers. Its isolation makes the area a haven for bird watchers too. There is an opportunity to see various species of birds and mammals that grow in this region.
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri
The drive to Sankri from Dehradun is an enchanting 9-10 hour uphill ride over 188 km through Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori and Naitwar. All along the way, you will pass through beautiful valleys and forest cover. Sankri is our base camp, a small but beautiful and quiet village in the Uttarkashi region of Uttrakhand; the last road leads to the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The stay will be in a Homestay, Camp or guesthouse on a sharing basis. The trek will start the following day at 07:00 AM with a healthy breakfast and brief knowledge of the Har-Ki-Dun trail by our team.
Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka | Trek from Taluka to Puani Garaat
The trek starts from Taluka, followed by a 10 km trek to Puani Garaat, which can be reached in approximately 6 hours. After the initial trek into the valley along the Supin River, you will follow a trail punctuated by forests and bridges. No music can come close to comparing to what is played here. After another hour of hike, and you will reach a bridge on a tributary of the Supin River. Crossing the bridge, you will find a camping site. After a few more ascents, walks and crossing a few more bridges, you will arrive at Gangaad, a small village with few inhabitants. The overnight stay will be at Puani Garaat.
Day 3: Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhaar
The 3rd day begins with a short trek along the river that takes you to Osla, a hamlet about 8,500 feet above sea level; In this village, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Temple’s architecture is a miracle in itself. You can spend some time here and explore the village before going ahead. Osla also has one STD, but the network to connect to the phone depends entirely on the weather. When you start your hike from Osla, you will find steep slopes as well as flat areas. You would have crossed two streams, and the second had a wooden bridge that you could cross. Subsequently, as you move ahead of the bend of the mountain, a succession of meadows would follow. Some of them were once used for cultivation. As you gradually increase the incline, you will find several huge boulders and lawns of grass. After passing two more meadows, just below the valley above Supin, you will find a wooden bridge that will lead you to the meadows of Dev Thach, Bali Pass and Ruinsara River. Passing wheat fields, you find yourself in inhabited areas, and your trek ascends along the confluence of Ruinsara and Supin. From this vantage point, you can enjoy the thrilling views of the Black Peak and Bandarpoonch. In the evening, you will reach your Kalkatiyadhaar Camping site, which will take around 6 hours.
Day 4: Kalkatiyadhaar to Har Ki dun and back to Kalkatiyadhaar
The trail from Kalkatiyadhaar to Har ki Dun is 5 km, where you will ascend to an altitude of 2,812 feet. On the right, you will see Dev Thach pastures, where the two rivers meet. On that point, the valley bifurcates into two parts: Har Ki Dun on the left and Bali pass, Ruinsara Taal on the right. Along the way, you can have a glance at Har Ki Dun Peak and Hata Peak. The meadows and pine forests will give way to a small waterfall, and from here, a steep climb will take you to level ground within minutes, with patches of snow becoming more visible along the way. A little more climbing will lead you to a forest area with a gradual ascent. Reaching Har Ki Dun after the wooden bridge, you will see a valley divided into two parts by a rivulet. The valley on your left leads to the Maninda Taal pass, Borasu pass and another; to the Jaundar glacier. This will include coming views of the Swargarohini peaks and Jaundar Glacier. After spending some time in Har Ki Dun, we will return to the Kalkatiyadhaar camp.
Day 5: Kalkatiyadhaar to Puani Garaat
The return trip to Puani Garaat village will be through Osla; this downhill trek includes a descent of approximately 3,500 feet in 5 hours. Wake up in comfort as the day is easy, and start your 7 km hike after breakfast. The mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas will always inspire, and you will find multiple vantage points to capture the timeless charm of the snow-capped peaks. After reaching Puani Garaat, we will stay there in camps.
Day 6: Puani Garaat to Taluka; drive to Sankri from Taluka
On day 6th, you will head towards Taluka, from where it all began, about a 10 km long trail, which takes about 5 hours. The trail runs along the river. Follow the path, alternating with forests and bridges. The way back to Taluka is easy with successive descents. Once you reach Taluka, then drive to Sankri, where you will stay overnight at your guesthouse/camp/homestay. Walkthrough this quiet village and learn a few words in the local language; this is prized and often results in more out of the experience.
Day 7: Drive to Dehradun from Sankri
Departure from Sankri early in the morning, preferably before 07:00 AM, as the journey takes 9-10 hours.
Mythology about Har ki Dun Trek
Har ki Dun is located in the valley of the majestic peaks of Swargarohini. It is believed that Yudhishthir from Mahabharata was sent to heaven with a dog from this divine peak. The ancestors of the inhabitants of this region had a significant influence on the Mahabharata characters. The ancestors of this region and its surroundings are said to have been under the rule of the Kauravas and Pandavas.
Is Har ki Dun Valley trek difficult to hike?
The trek from Taluka to Har Ki Dun is easy-moderate, making it ideal for beginners. Although the Har ki Dun trek covers a long distance, the trek is not as challenging as one might expect. This trek is ideal for those new to wildlife as it combines different types of topography and landscapes and offers an all-around trekking experience.
This trek takes you through some of the most isolated villages in India that have yet to be touched by civilization. These small villages of Osla, which come across on the trek, are located in a picturesque location. You will see the distinctive lifestyle of the villagers and their rich cultural traditions. The inhabitants of this region are very welcoming and welcoming. Shepherds come to this region for several months to graze their animals on the hilly grass.
The valley remains snowy from December to March. This one-week valley trek is one of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand. The key attractions of the Har ki Doon Trek are stunning views of the mighty Himalayan peaks such as the Swargarohini Peak Group, Kala Nag (Black Peak), Bandarpoonch and many more.
The Har ki Doon trekking route is scenic and filled with diverse flora and fauna. Along the way, take photos of the diverse flora and fauna, the wooden village houses, the scenic beauty of the trail, and the people’s cultural heritage.
Har ki Dun Trek Travel Tips
-Although the Har Ki Dun trek is graded easy, the distance covered is relatively more. Hence, the trekkers need to be physically fit for this trek.
-One can also find mules and porters for hire, especially during the trekking season if one has difficulty carrying the luggage.
-When travelling in monsoons, make sure to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you start your trip or trek.
-It is advisable to have an experienced tour guide to accompany you on your trek. The guide would know the route well and help you valid going off course.
Trek Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
Highest Altitude: 3,587 Metres
Trek Distance: 48 Kilometers
Best Time to Visit:
In Summer- April-June
In Winter- October-December
Snow Trek- January to March
In Summer- Day: 8°C To 15°C & Night: 0°C To 7°C.
In Winter (December – January) – Day: -2°C To 5°C & Night: -10°C To -5°C