Har ki Dun trek

One of the most gorgeous among Uttarakhand’s trekking destinations, Har Ki Dun in the Garhwal Himalayas. Har-Ki-Dun Valley is surrounded by dense Pine forests of and offers views of glittering mountain peaks. The area is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Har Ki Dun trek is a favorite in summers and post-monsoon owing to the vibrant greens patched with orchids, rhododendrons, and other blossoms. No other trek is so steeped in mythology to justify the title of “Valley of Gods”.

The trek is suitable for any beginner and proves to be exciting for even an experienced trekker. The Har ki Dun difficulty is rated from easy to moderate and provides a good overall experience. The best time to visit Har ki Dun is during summers and post-monsoon season.

Trek to Har ki Dun takes a total of 7 days and starts from a small village named Sankri situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand. It takes 2 days to traverse from Sankri to Har ki dun and then the group heads onto aundhar Glacier/ Maninda Tal. From there onward the group starts to pull back and return to Sankri, marking the end of the 7-day long trek.

The altitude of Har Ki Dun Trek is 11,700 Ft. one can attain the maximum altitude depends on the subject to his endurance, and other conditions such as a climate, temperature, The trek will open up the valley view and on the higher altitude, everything will look so mesmerizing.

Day 1: Reach Sankri from Dehradun Day 2: Sankri to Puani Garaat via Taluka Day 3: Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhar Day 4: Kalkatiyadhaar to Har-ki-dun to Kalkatiyadhaar Day 5: Kalkatiyadhaar to Puani Garaat Day 6: Puani Garaat to Taluka and then drive to Sankri Day 7: Departure from Sankri to Dehradun.
  • Day 1

    Reach Sankri from Dehradun Altitude: 6,397 Ft. Time taken: 8 to 10 hrs Sankri base camp can be reached in 8 to 10 hours from Dehradun. You can take a cab from Dehradun railway station at 6:30 in the morning. Sankri is a small village with almost 250 houses, but the beauty of the town is so much more, the town consists of some small shops and dhabas. The village is also a trekking route for many trails like Kedarkantha, Barsu pass etc. Morning in Sankari is not less than a fantastic experience one can have; the Swargrohini peak which is visible with the sun shines bright looks like a fairy tale. The whole Himalayan range will entertain you throughout the journey, and you won’t feel bored in this long journey to Sankri base camp. The drive to Sankri will take you through the Nainbagh, Naugaon, Purola, Jarmola and Mori Naitwar, and it would be a mesmerizing feeling to travel to Har ki dun trek, as trekking in Uttarakhand is magic.
  • Day 2

    Day 2: Sankri to Puani Garaat via Tauka Altitude: 6,397 ft. to 8,280 Ft. via 8,694 Ft. Time Taken: 6 hrs, 10 Km. Trek Gradient: Easy to moderate Water sources: Carry your own water bottles On your 2nd day, the cab will take you from Sankri to Taluka which is 12 Km in the distance and will take around 1 Hour to reach. Here you have to trek to reach Puani Garaat. A small village Taluka has fewer houses, but the town is beautiful and give the glance of how mountains of Uttarakhand are so stunning along with that the whole Himalayan range, therefore, treks in India are so famous. From Taluka there we will trek to Punani Garaat where in between you will cross the river and wooden bridge that is going to remind you about the ancient time. As the essence of past is still alive in the mountains, walking ahead, you will witness harvest fields of potato, millet, and maize will fall on the way giving the whole stretch a ranch house feel. Pauni Garaat, a green clearing on the banks of Supin at its energetic best arrived at late in the afternoon as the Sun begins to dip. You will reach your destination that is Punani Garaat have rest and take a proper sleep under the sky, that will feel so wonderful. The whole Himalayan range will introduce you to the best trekking in Uttarakhand.
  • Day 3

    Day 3: Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhar Altitude: 8,280 Ft. to 8,956 Ft. Time taken: 6 hrs, 7 Km. Trek Gradient: Easy to moderate Water sources: Carry your own Start your day by trek heading to Osla town; Osla is a tiny town after hiking for an hour you will enter in a series of cleared land. The Climb is massive after it however beautiful landscape makes up for the efforts; you will soon reach flat land, which is your next Campsite, Kalkatiyadhaar. The trail passes through 3 Garaat or hydroelectricity run teasing units which are utilized by the villagers for isolating husks of millet and maize pursued by establishing to flour. The perfect vibe held in the encompassing, the trek continues through gather lands, dairy cattle eating, and inclination roofed cabins utilized as silo and stockpiles. In the wake of intersection a log connect, the trail turns for a rising. On this slope, you will motivate remarkable perspectives to take looks of the Dhauladhar Range out front. Twisted trails to Borasu Pass and Baspa Valley can likewise be made out from here. The high trail twists further down achieving a tabletop green stretch-Kalkattiyadhar.
  • Day 4

    Day 4: Kalkatiyadhaar to Har-ki-dun to Kalkatiyadhaar Altitude: 8,956 Ft. to 11,768 Ft. Time taken: 5 hrs, 4 Km Water sources: You can refill your drinking water bottles from the lake along the trail. Trek Gradient: Moderate. Today you will begin ahead of schedule when contrasted with different days. Nonetheless, hypnotizing the perspectives were until today, prepare to experience something more. The trail will go into the icy mass bowl having moraines and elevated glades. Tall pine trees will welcome you at each progression. The trail is blended of steep and moderate rise until the Har Ki Dun valley. Similarly, as you rise high, you can see snow fixes and solidified cascades. In winter these areas are secured with thick snow. A valley is a superb spot showing gigantic magnificence in one sight. The enormous pinnacles of Swargarohini, Hata Peak, Black Peak and so forth demonstrate their wondering impressions. The valley is an astonishing amalgamation of glades, solidified streams, coniferous timberlands, ice sheet moraines, the setting of tremendous pinnacles. Endeavour to immerse everything. After investigating the valley making recollections for a lifetime, we return to our last campground at Kalkattiyadhar.
  • Day 5

    Day 5: Kalkatiyadhaar to Puani Garaat Altitude: 11,800ft Time taken: 8-9 hrs, 11 Km Water sources: You can refill your water bottles from the waterway along the trail. Trek Gradient: Easy. Trek back on the same route that you came by. Begin trek early as you have to cover a few hour distance, take a Rest at Osla and proceed onwards to Puani Garaat. You will come back to Punani Garaat from Kalkattiyadhar; The trek could be little tiring so prepare you in advance for the day, and as you go back, you will be able to witness the same beauty. Admire the beauty along with the experience of trekking in Uttarakhand at the Har Ki Dun valley. Later when you reach Punani Garaat, rest has your dinner and cherishes the moments you have collected in Har Ki Dun trek.
  • Day 6

    Day 6: Puani Garaat to Taluka and then drive to Sankri Altitude: 8,280 Ft. 8,690 Ft. to 6,397 Ft. Time taken: 8 hrs, 13 Km. trek + 12 Km. drive Water sources: You can refill your water bottles from the waterway along the trail. Trek Gradient: Easy. Trek back on the same route that you came by. On your 7th day of the trek, you will trek 13 Km to Taluka from Puani Garaat, and it would be better to start the trek early as possible so that it will not get too late. While trekking back to Taluka from Puani Garaat, collect the memories of Har Ki Dun trek with you. Treks in India are so popular, and one amongst them is Har Ki Dun in Uttarakhand and as every trekker may know that trekking in Uttarakhand is a beautiful experience. So keeping every moment of Har Ki Dun Valley you will drive back to Sankri from Taluka, and the path is simple yet beautiful.
  • Day 7

    Day 7: Departure from Sankri On your 8th day, you will drive from Sankri to Dehradun that will take around 10 to 11 hrs to reach so that the drive will start early in the morning. As it will be the End of your Har Ki Dun trek so admire the beauty of Trekking in Uttarakhand in Har ki Dun Valley.
  • Tents ,Sleeping Bags & Mats

  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage

  • Camp Stay

  • Meals during trek

  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges

  • Safety Equipment

  • Services of a Trek Leader

  • Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.

  • Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc

  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

  • Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.

  • Fitness Tips Pre-Trek Preparations Trekking, for its ever-lasting memories and experience, demands just a few things which involve physical endurance with physiological wellness. Not just the one who’s physically fit would do the magic in trekking but one also needs to be mentally fit as well in order to cope up with the adversities one might have to face during the treks such natural calamities, rains or other unforeseen conditions. To keep up with such requirements of trekking here are a few things you can do to get yourself physically fit. Prerequisites of the Trek Cardiovascular Endurance and Stamina Cardiovascular endurance is the primordial thing that this trek asks for along with the stamina to withstand the stringent conditions during the trek. There are number of ways you can increase your endurance level but Jogging regularly with gradual increase in the pace would do the magic in just 2 or 2 and a half months. You can also increase your endurance and stamina through swimming, cycling and much more. Combining the speed and distance target is the most effective way to get your body and mind prepared for the Hampta Pass Trek. If you’re planning to build your stamina in a phased manner then here you should pay heed to: Target completing the distance of 5 Km in 35 min or less at the beginning Pace up your legs to complete the 5 Km in 30 min or less Before you begin the trek, you should be able to complete 10 Km in 60 min or less Strength To build the strength is another most important thing and a major requirement for this trek. The whole journey of the trek is like an eternal staircase, the more you climb the better you can have the view. It goes with a climb followed by a flat then again, a climb followed by a flat. All the scenic beauty of the trek demands no less than the power of your legs. The strength of your legs is something you need to work upon. Here is what you can do to strengthen your leg muscles to bear the pain of the trek. The strength of your legs is something you need to work upon. Here is what you can do to strengthen your leg muscles to bear the pain of the trek. Flexibility The more flexible you are the more you have the chances to get the glimpse with lesser hustle. Stretching is another major aspect of the trekking which provides you the much-needed flexibility to climb the altitudes with ease while carrying the backpack altogether is not an easier errand. Stretching your body at large can bring you the utmost comfort during the trek. Here are some stretching you can do to get the flexibility-Stretch your hamstring, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders. They’ll give strength and help you arrive on the slopes with the relaxed muscles. All these exercises would help you to get through the trek with ease and comfort provided you give an ample time to these. Cardiovascular Exercise Cardiovascular exercise is one of the most sought-after method which provide not just the physical endurance but also the strength to withstand any unavoidable circumstances sternly. Trekking demands the high endurance which you can develop in a month or two where you need to begin with the jogging or running (only if you could do). This practice needs to be combined with the speed and distance targets. You need to keep on increasing both with the time. Begin with the small chunks of the targets and gradually increase for the bigger one. For instance, Begin with a target of completing a distance of 5 Km. in 45 min and then gradually increase it to 7 Km. in the same time and remain stick to this practice until you are able to cover 10 Km. in 80-90 min without fail, at a stretch. Strength Building Exercise Another vital area of improvement, you need to work upon. Before you head to the trek, you need to have the physical strength in order to carry backpacks on the uneven terrains. Considering everything under the sun, you ought to prepare yourself for the core strength. Strength would be make you suffer less than others who’d not pay the heed. Flexibility Flexibility in the body is what the trekking demands the most. Carrying the backpacks without flexibility in your hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulder, lateral sides etc. can prove out to be fatal. More the muscles relaxed, easier would be your trekking experience. Carrying a heavy backpack can bring you the unnecessary pain which may spoil your entire trek. Concentration To pacify you or any other companion, yoga and meditation is the key. These practices not only give you the mental peace but also provide you with a placid inner conscience which is extremely important in order to withstand the cons during the trek. This also improves your decision-making ability in the direst stressful situations, during the trek.

  • Down Jacket (Main jacket), Raincoat/ Poncho, Inner Layer, Tshirt or Fleece, Track Pant, Extra pair of Socks

  • Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores), Woolen Cap, Rucksack (At least 40L), Mufflers/ Neck Warmer, Extra pair of Clothes, Undergarments, Slippers, Power Bank

  • Sunscreen Lotion, Sunglasses, Torch, Water Bottle, Tissue Roll, Hand Sanitizer, Personal Toiletries, Medicines, First Aid Kit, Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

Where To Reach- Reach Sankri by evening or Dehradun railway Station @7am if opt for sharing cab (Note : Sharing cab comes with extra charges 2000/person ) How to Reach- By Air :- Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun. Come one day early if planning to come by flight. By Train :- Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am) Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am) By Bus:- There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi's ISBT Kashmere Gate. We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness. Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station
  • No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

  • Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

  • 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

  • 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

  • 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

  • 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

  • 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

  • No Show . No refund.

  • Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

  • If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

  • If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

  • Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

  • Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

  • What will be the group size?

    Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

  • Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

    All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff. All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

  • I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

    Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

  • What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

    Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

  • What is the average Harki Dun teperature

    The temperature of Har ki Dun trek in winter’s remains 4°C to freezing cold in the night. While on summer the temperature remains from 18 °C to 7 °C. So it’s usually cold there throughout the year. Hence in order to get yourself not bothered with the temperature all you need is to keep yourself tuned up with the changing temperate. However our trek leaders are the trained professionals who would let you know about the precautions, but packing woolen cloth accordingly is your responsibility.

  • What is the height of Harki Dun trek

    The Har ki Dun height varies with every phase you pass as your approach the Har ki Dun trek, you will acclaim a height of around 3500 m.

  • What we will do if it rains

    Bring Poncho (Rain cover) for your backpack and your own. We will continue on the trail as planned. In the camp sites you will stay under the camps and play games. All the camps are water proof so you will remain dry.

  • What is the style of accomodation on this trek

    Your accommodation at Sankri in the beginning and the end at the guest houses where you’d be sharing the rooms with the fellow Trekkers. Food and stay cost is include in your trekking package in Guest house. The stay on the other days will be in the tents which will be provided by the Travel Banjare. Each tent will be shared by three fellow trekkers however special arrangements can be made on request. A separate tent will be assigned as the toilet room at each campsite. Any additional baggage (without valuables) can be left behind at the Sankri.

  • Can i take chold along on this trek? What is the age limit?

    Yes, you can take your child on Har ki Dun trek, but the age limit is above 12 year.

  • What kind of food is served on this trek

    We provide highly nutritious food during the trek. No, it’s generally not advised to carry your own food during the trek but you can carry nuts and dry fruits if required.

  • When will there be snow on this trek

    The best season to see the snow on Har ki Dun trek is the January and February where you can see a lot of snow-clad you can also witness the fresh snowfall at heights if the climate is favorable but if you’re planning to see the snow at large then the Last week of January and first week of February is best.

  • I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

    We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 600 per person per day.

  • Which shoes should I buy?

    Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

  • What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

    During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

  • Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

    Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

  • How many trekkers will be in one tent?

    It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

  • How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

    Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking. In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

  • Can you customize the trip/trek?

    Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

  • Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

    Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

  • Diamox is advisable or not?

    Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor. Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

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