7 Days 6 Nights
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. But it is perhaps the mythological aspect of the Har Ki Dun trek that makes this onerous journey more special. It would be a heavenly experience to trek along the ‘Valley of God’, and follow the track once beaten by Pandavas on their way to the heavens. 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.
Har ki Dun exists as one of the most spiritual and ancient treks of all time. Being the most beautiful valley in the Garhwal region, this trek attracts a large number of tourists every year. It is agreed to be one of the top listed favourable summer treks for the trekkers that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenic views. You would find meadows covered in green patches with orchids, rhododendrons and dense jungle all around you during the trek. Har ki Dun is nested at a height of 11,675ft and still is granted as an Easy trek for the trekkers with little or no experience at all.
Har ki Dun is known as the hanging valley and along with that, this trek would take you through some of the most beautiful scenes. This trek is also known as beginners trek and during your trek, you would come across some lush greenery and the vibrant beauty of the mountains. You can soak in the positive energy dripping from the beauty of the region with the dense alpine forests and the panoramic view of the mountains.
This trek is one of a kind because it would take you through one of the most unexplored regions of Garhwal Himalayas where civilization has not affected the lifestyles of the simple hill folk here. The forests have decorated the area in such a way that every scene would be picturesque. This place is rich in wildlife and is a heaven for nature lovers as well those people who are deep bird watchers. This trek can be done both in summers and winters and is accessible through Govind National Park. The Har Ki dun trek takes you through thickets, terraced fields, glaciers, fragrant orchids, and sprawling meadows giving you an overall experience of every kind of terrain. You would get once in a lifetime chance to witness the various species of birds and mammals that thrive in this region. You can easily spot a number of langurs near Puani Garaat.
This place is a cradle shaped valley which is filled with ancient villages that are around 3000 years old. You would not just witness the beauty of the region but also get an opportunity to meet the local people and learn about their day to day life. While on the route of your trek you would come across many horses and cows grazing at the meadows and river banks. This trek is the real heaven for all nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbug enthusiasts. You can capture some of your best shots while you head out for this trek. Before you head out for the trek in the morning, you need to refresh yourself with some hot cup of tea or even coffee.
This place has a heart of itself as it is filled with a variety of vegetation and animals. It is located at the base of Fateh Parvat, at an altitude of 3,556 meters which makes approximately more than 11,600ft. Apart from being totally surrounded by dense pine trees, this place offers a special habitat to animals like black bears, langurs, and wild boars. This trek is not challenging and can be said to be a moderate to difficult trek with just 44kms to trek. So it can be done by fit beginners or families with children over 9 years.
Though, reaching Har ki Dun would involve about 5-6 hours of walking each day and hence you should be prepared for that. You will spend days walking through the gorgeous landscape, and evenings around campfires under starry skies with the snow-capped mountains around you. But if you choose this to be your first trek, then there might be some problems for you on the trek, so you need to be mentally and physically prepared for it. You can start a regular fitness routine 3 to 5 months prior to your trek and start preparing your body for the trek. This is a widely traversed trek and with a little hard work and dedication, you will be able to complete this trek.
The trek would take approximately 7- 9 days to complete. The base camp would be the Sankri village. First, you need to reach Dehradun which you can reach by road, air or even train. After that, you would drive to Sankri and then to Pauni Garaat. From here the trek to Har ki Dun begins.
Day one is all about a hill drive along the mountains of the Himalayas. These are several modes of transport for reaching Dehradun from New Delhi. Running seven days a week, Nanda Devi Express leaves New Delhi railway station just before midnight and arrives at Dehradun at about 6 in the morning. This overnight journey would be quite comfortable as compared to a bus ride. To reach Sankri – the base camp – before dusk is quite important so that you may have ample time to relax and prepare yourself for the trek. So if you board a local cab at 7 am in the morning, you could expect to reach Sankri anytime between 6-7 in the evening. En route, you would pass local settlements at Nainbagh, Naugaon, Purola and Mori Naitwar.
6,397 ft to 8,645 ft. 12 Km Drive and 10 Km Trek 7 to 8 Hours duration. Camping in Chilurgad by 3 PM. Accommodation and food in Tents.
The second day of the trek involves a 12 km drive to Taluka followed by a 10km trek to Chilurgad. The initial phase begins with an hour-long drive to Taluka. Since the route happens to be landslide prone, it may remain closed during rainy season. So you may opt for a trail that takes you past about a little less than a dozen mountain curves. You would come across streams of clear water bouncing down the hills and wildflowers, bamboo and deodar trees gracing your way. Taluka is an inhabited village with concrete houses and a government guest house.
After an initial trek to a valley along River Supin, you follow a path that would be interspersed with forests and bridges. Another hour of the trek and you reach a bridge on a tributary of Supin river. You’ll find a camping ground as you cross this bridge. After some more climbing, walking and crossing a few more bridges, you’d reach Gangaad, a hamlet with few inhabitants. Green vegetation, wild orchids and majestic views of the impressive peaks would highlight, and at the same time, soothe this arduous trek.
8,645 ft to 8,986 ft. 9 Km Trek. 5 to 6 Hours duration. Camping in Simantra by lunch. Accommodation and food in Tents.
The first leg of this day begins with a short trek along the river that takes you to Osla, a small village. At about 8500 ft, this village has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. You may have a short stop here in this village as you proceed further. As you begin your trek, you would find steep terrain as well as level grounds. You would have to cross two streams, with the second one having a wooden bridge for trekkers to walk over it. Subsequently, as you proceed ahead of a mountain bend, a series of grasslands would follow. Some of these have been used for cultivation at some point in time. With incline increasing gradually, you would find several boulders and tracts of grass.
After crossing two more meadows, just below the valley over Supin, you?ll find a wooden bridge that leads you to the grasslands of Dev Thach, Bali Pass, and Ruinsara Taal. But on your trek to Har Ki Doon, you need not take this route. Walking past the wheat fields, you move to the inhabited areas as your trail ascends over the confluence of Ruinsara and Supin. Now in this section of your Har ki Dun trek, you’ll find areas providing some of the majestic views of Kalanag and Bandarpoonch mountain peaks. By the evening, you would reach your campsite Simantra at about 8950 ft.
8,986 ft to 11,760 ft. 5 Km Trek and exploring around to Har ki Dun and 5km back to Simantra Jaundar Glacier or Maninda Taal are within reach treks from Har Ki Dun . 6-7 Hours duration. Camping in Simantra. Accommodation and food in Tents.
Jaundhar Glacier or Maninda Taal are within reach treks from Har Ki Dun. 6-7 Hours duration. Camping in Simantra. Accommodation and food in Tents. The journey from Simantra is 5kms where you?d gain an elevation of over 2,500ft. On your right, you come across the pastures of Dev Thach, just where the two rivers meet. From this point, the valley bifurcates into two with Bali pass on the right and Har ki Doon to your left. On your way to the camping site, you could now have a glance at the peak of Har ki Dun. The grasslands and pine forests would give way to a small waterfall, and from this point onwards, a steep climbing for minutes would lead you to level land, with patches of snow becoming more and more prominent all along your path.
Some more climbing would take you to a forest stretch with a gradual incline. Along the way, you’ll find some forest guest house huts just above a small ridge. Once you reach Har ki Dun after crossing a wooden bridge, you’d see the valley dividing into two by a rivulet. The one to the left would lead you to Jaundhar Glacier, in case you decide to undertake this arduous trek. On your way, the scenic beauty of the Himalayas will keep charging you for this literally uphill task. This would include the proximate views of Swargarohini peaks and Jaundhar Glacier. Explore Har ki Dun for an hour depends upon the time you are reaching there and then return back to Simantra campsite.
Trek Distance 13 km – 6/7 Hours journey
Mode of journey – On foot – 13 km
Altitude – Cheludgad camp – 2600 Meters
Night Stay – on twin share basis
After breakfast with packed lunch, trek starts to Har Ki Dun valley to via village OSLA which lies 13 km away. Relish the beautiful sights and variety of landscapes on the way. Black Peak and Bali Pass sights will surprise you ahead.
OSLA, it is a famous village rich in beautiful culture and there is a temple of “Someswar mahadev ” built in ancient architecture. Villagers believe that he lived in this village and worship him.
At this village spend time and return to your campsite Cheludgad. Enjoy your food and stay in tents there.
Trek Distance 23 km – 4/5 Hours journey
Mode of journey – On foot – 12 km – By taxi 11 km
Altitude – Sankri base camp – 1920 Meters
Night Stay – on twin share basis
After breakfast, Cheludgad to Taluka is an easy descent. On the way have glance of peaks standing strong and the green landscapes. Last view of this trek
Follow the same trail through rich forests. Spot birds and Langoors on the way.
Today – It is your last breakfast on this trek with Rockclimber team. The certificates will be given and we will bid you all a goodbye from Sankri.