Har Ki Dun is a beautiful cradle shaped valley in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttrakhand state. It falls within Govind wildlife sanctuary thus making it untouched and unspoilt. Its truly a valley of gods as the name suggests, Har meaning God and Dun meaning valley. Up above are azure blue skies and on your right and left loom dense forests of deodar and chestnut. The climbs are at a gentle gradient thus making it an ideal trek for novices. Its a paradise for solitude seekers and photography lovers. The view of mighty snow clad mountains guarding the valley, river with a number of rivulets and a vast grassland will be a treat for your mind, body and soul. This trek is done in two days because of its distance. The area also serves as a base for summiting Swargarohini(6400 metres). According to Hindu mythology Duryodhan along with his dog went to heaven from this mountain itself thus its considered as a doorway to heaven.
It’s a perfect place to get to know the culture and traditions of locals. The way they build their houses from wood, mud and stones is truly commendable. The wood carvings on the doorways clearly depicts the tales of Mahabharata. They are also dependent on farming and grow Rajma, rice, wheat and potato.
DAY 1 Dehradun to Sankri( 200 kms/ 8-9 hrs)
Upon arrival at Dehradun be prepared for a long but exciting journey. You will pass through beautiful hill station called Mussoorie and by Kempty falls entering Tons river valley. 13 kms before Sankri is Netwar where the checkpost is located to obtain the entry permits as the area beyond this point falls under Govind Wild Life Sanctuary. Night stay at tourist rest house.
DAY 2 Sankri - Taluka - Osla/Seema( 12 kms trek / 6 hrs)
There is a jeepable road from Sankri to Taluka along the Supin river. The starting point of trek of which the major portion is along the river. After a gradual descent and walking for some time the trail enters the forest and passes Ghangad village. After crossing a stream and hiking upriver for another couple of hours, with little uphill climbs at places, Osla village will be visible. After crossing the swift river the trail gradually ascends and reaches to quaint Osla village. Down in the valley across the river Seema with a forest rest house and with other houses is visible. Overenight stay at tent/rest house.
DAY 3 Osla - Har Ki Dun ( 11kms/ 7 hrs)
After breakfast you will head on the trail, cross the wheat fields and a 2 – 3 hours of moderate climb will bring you to the meadow. From her the enticing views of Ruinsara Gad, snow clad mountains and coniferous flora will delight you. The trail climbs to the ridge known as Kalkatti Dhar and leads to a beautiful waterfall next to a local tea shop. The snow clad peaks of Har Ki Dun peaks are visible now and in another 2 hours you will be reaching the mindblowing camping site. Towered by gigantic mountains and the gushing river next to the campsite will surely rejuvenate you. Enjoy the vistas. Overnight camp.
DAY 4 Jaundhar Glacier ( 18 kms/ 6 hrs) or Morinda Tal ( 6 kms/ 2 hrs)
After breakfast you will cross the wooden bridge and a steep uphill trek will lead you to Morinda Tal nestled at 4200 mtrs. This high altitude glacial lake will mesmerize you with its beauty. The view of cradle shaped valley beyond this lake will enrapture you. After soaking in the aura and charm of this place you will retrace your steps back to campsite. Overnight in camp.
DAY 5 Har ki Dun- Osla
After breakfast the trek will commence all the way back to Osla village following the same route. Overnight stay in tent/rest house.
DAY 6 Osla-Taluka- Sankri
After breakfast the trek will commence all the way to Taluka from where a vehicle will drop you to Sankri. Overnight stay in hotel.
DAY 7 Sankri- Dehradun
After breakfast and gathering all the sweet memories of trek vehicle will drop you to Dehradun by evening for your onward journey. The trek terminates here.
|Any medicine(s) prescribed to you by doctor||Thermals|
|Photo ID proof(must)||Woolen Socks|
|Trekking shoes(with a good grip)||Sunglasses|
|Thick jacket(light weight)||Sunscreen|
|Light trek pants||Lipbalm|
Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
Three veg meals in a day
Camping, guide, permits
Accommodation other than provided by agency
Meals other than mentioned above
Porter/mule charges to carry you or your rucksack/bag
Soft drinks, alcohol, beverages etc.
Expenses like shopping & laundry etc.
Cost arising due to unexpected circumstances like bad weather, landslides and blocked roads, accident and medical expenses.