Har-Ki-Dun is one of the most attractive among Uttarakhand’s trekking destinations in the Western Himalayas. Located at the base of Fateh Parvat, the valley of Har-Ki-Dun is a cradle shaped valley set at a height of 11,768 feet (3566 mts). One glance at this hidden valley and it seems like a landscape painting on a canvas. No wonder it is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Uttarakhand – both in summer as well as winter season.
Surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation, Har-ki-Dun offers spectacular views of untouched valleys in the far off lands of Garhwal Himalayas that showcases the unprecedented natural beauty of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most beautiful places in India offering numerous trekking excursions.
The mountains of Garhwal come with dramatic formations and diverse geographic regions. Streams of crystal-clear rivers formed by the melting of glaciers, lush green meadows, hamlets, pine forests and rugged terrain form the varied topography of this region.
The trek is age-old and steeped in legends. But it is perhaps the mythological aspect of the Har-Ki-Dun trek that makes this onerous journey more special. A joy for trekkers, both in summer and winter, this valley is accessible through “Govind National Park” known for its rich variety of flora and fauna.
The valley remains snow-covered from December to March. This week-long trek through the valley is one of the most scenic. It would be a heavenly experience to trek along the “Valley of Gods”, and follow the trail once beaten by Pandavas on their way to the heavens via Swargarohini, the mountain that dominates the Har-Ki-Dun valley. So how closer you come to heavens is quite impossible to say, but the panorama of the gorgeous settings amid the snow-clad peaks would be no less than a divine experience. This is the only valley from where you can see Godly Peaks like Swargarohini- I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Black Peak, all together. You can also see the beautiful Ruinsara Peaks from here.
Har-Ki-Dun trek is heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbugs. Owing to its isolation, this area is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. There is a chance to see the various species of birds and mammals growing in this region. You can also see a number of langoors near Puani Garaat.