Overview

Har Ki Dun is famous under the name of ‘Valley of Gods’. However, it has another literal meaning behind its name which is derived from local folklore. According to folklore, a Dhaki (Drummer) while playing his Nagara (a drum) had got lost in the valley while searching Lord Someshwara (A form of Lord Shiva).

‘Har’ is often related to Lord Shiva. Thus, the valley received its name ‘Har Ki Dun’ which stands for ‘The sound of Shiva’ or ‘The Sound of God’. Here 'Dun' means sound. Thus, this is how the valley has its roots with the divine association

Har Ki Dun trek covers up to 47kms of distance and is at an altitude of 11,675 ft. This trek which is often known as ‘beginner’s trek’ is famous for its lush vegetation and variety of fauna. Har Ki Dun offers a majestic view of the surrounding snow-clad Himalayan peaks like Swaragarohini, Black peak and Bandarpoonch and at its summit point, one can witness the North Face of the Swargarohini peak; popular as the pathway to heaven. A few places one can visit while on the trek are; Panorama Point, Duryodhana Temple, and Jaundhar glacier. The native villages of Har Ki Dun are tucked in the lap of the valley and they capture the true essence of the region. Two of the villages; Sankri/Saud and Taluka, are more easily accessible in terms of connectivity through motor vehicles. However tucked deeper within the valley lie Datmir, Gangad, Puani, and Osla. These villages can be reached through trekking only.

The flora of the place has an array of alpine forests, wildflowers, and lush meadows where the villager's horses, cattle, and other cattle graze. You get to witness langurs, wild boars, black bears, and Barasingha amongst other mammals and animals native to the ancient region. Nature lovers are in for a delight as they can peacefully do bird watching and experience enchanting natural sights. As one is taken through some of the deeper unknown lands into the majestic valley of “Har Ki Dun’, they also get to come across the “Thamsa” river which has its origin in the valley. Supin River runs parallel to the Har Ki Dun valley and as one goes ahead on the trek, they witness a few streams on the way, flowing effortlessly through

the enchanting forests.

It’s no surprise that one who spends their time at Har Ki Dun valley , find themselves in a magical place disconnected from the rest of the world. This is an untouched land with its few surrounding villages that have retained their natural beauty and lifestyle. The valley is a place that offers a treat to the eyes and calmness to one's soul, all this while being quite easy to trek.
 

Har Ki Dun Height: 3599 meters (11,811 ft).

Har Ki Dun Temperature: In summers it ranges from 15°C – 21°C and in winter it ranges from 13°C and can dip down to -11°C at night.

Closest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport

Closest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

Other places near Har Ki Dun Valley: Jaundhar Glacier (13 km away), Morinda Tal (2.9 km away), Osla Village (26 km from Taluka) and Ruinsara Tal (7.8 km away)

 

Brief Itinerary:
 

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

  • Distance covered: Drive 197 km

Day 2: Sankri to Taluka and Trek from Taluka to Ganghad

  • Distance covered: Drive 12 km, Trek 9 km

Day 3: Ganghad to Kalka Tidhar/Vasla.

  • Distance covered: 15 km

Day 4: Vasla/Kalkatidhar to Har Ki Dun and back to the campsite.

  • Distance covered: 15 km

Day 5: Trek from Kalkatidhar/Vasla to Ganghad.

  • Distance covered: 11 km

Day 6: Trek from Ganghad to Sankri.

  • Distance Covered: 19 km

Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Distance covered: Drive 197 km

 

 

6 Nights 7 Days 17 Apr, 24 Apr, 01 May, and more Har ki Doon, Uttarakhand
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Transportation support on Traveller, Ertiga, or Innova (depending on the size of the group) throughout
  • the journey.
  • Accommodation on sharing basis.
  • All meals (vegetarian), including everything from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 7.
  • A well-experienced and certified trek leader.
  • Cook
  • Supporting staff.
  • Forest permit.
  • Camping equipment like tents, sleeping bags,gaiters, and crampons (if required) will be provided.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • 5 % GST
  • Anything that has not been covered in the inclusions mentioned above.
  • Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. The cost per bag (10/12 kg) is 300 per day.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Any kind of personal medication. 
Highlights

Things to carry:

  • Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
  • Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
  • Floaters or Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes
  • 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
  • 3 Pair of Socks
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks
  • 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
  • One down feather Jacket
  • Sun Cap
  • One Scarf
  • Light towel
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Water Bottle 1 Lt
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
  • Personal Medicine Kit
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Trekking Pole
  • CAMERA extra batteries 
Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

Distance covered: Drive 197 km


All the enthusiastic trekkers collect at Dehradun, a city with its own charm. Along with our well-trained guides and everyone ready for the journey ahead, we start our journey and drive towards what shall be the starting point of our trek – Sankri. The journey is full of mesmerizing views of the mountains and we shall often witness the Tons river that will run parallel to us as we move towards our destination.


Sankri is located in the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park at an altitude of 1950mts. It surprises one with its picturesque beauty and quite well-to-do facilities. Thus, after a 10-11 hour long drive, amidst which we shall make a few stops for lunch and refreshment we finally arrive at the secluded and calm village of Sankri.

On reaching Sankri, we shall check into the pre-booked hotel/ resort. A delicious dinner shall be served and everyone can relax from the tiring full day journey, as well as prepare themselves for the trek that shall follow the next day. If one feels like it, they can explore the Sankri village and interact with the locals. They can take a short tour of the village and its small markets. They can explore the indigenous crafts, home-grown eatables, and other native things Sankri has to offer.

The trek leader briefs us about what the course of the journey shall be for the next day. After this, we can tuck ourselves in our cozy beds to rest and prepare for the exciting journey which shall follow.


Day 2: Sankri to Taluka and Trek from Taluka to Ganghad

Distance covered: Drive 12 km, Trek 9 km


We wake up to a breath-taking sunrise at Sankri. This is definitely a sight one shouldn’t miss. It is best witnessed with the morning tea or coffee, as the sunrise hits the snow-peaked Swargrohini. Today is the day all the trekkers shall hit the road and embark upon an adventure. They are provided with a healthy and energizing breakfast. Everyone is expected to ensure they have a good supply of water bottles and a few energy fuelling snacks that shall keep them hydrated and energized along the way.

We shall drive from Sankri to Taluka before we embark upon our trekking journey. On our way to

Taluka, we get to experience more of the pine forests and meadows. Our drive comes to a stop at Taluka. Taluka is where the actual trek begins as everyone ascends towards Ganghad which is at a height of 2560mts. On our adventure, we get to cross the Tons river and move through Dhatir village. One gets to experience the Himalayan flora and if lucky, we might spot Boars, Barking Deer, and other animals native to the region. Osla is where we have our campsite and once we reach our destination, we shall retire to our respective tents and relax. The evening shall be lively and entertaining as we will have a bonfire and sit and share tales under the clear starlit night sky. The experience is blissful due to the fresh and positive atmosphere of the campsite that lies amidst raw natural beauty. We will have a sumptuous dinner amidst this lovely ambiance and then retire to our beds, as the next day trek shall be

way more energy-consuming and adventurous.


Day 3: Ganghad to Kalka Tidhar/Vasla.

Distance covered: 15 km

Today we shall trek to the main campsite which we all have been eager to set foot on since we set out on our journey to Har Ki Dun. The trek is an 11km terrain. As we start walking with our guides leaving the beautiful Osla village behind, we shall delve deeper into the lush green vegetation of the Himalayan region. We will walk through the meadows adorned by orchids and shall be able to view the lovely mountains enveloping the valley.

The Har Ki Dun height that we shall ascend to is 3200mts from where we started at Osla. On our way, we get to cross wooden bridges that run over streams and rivers and walk through coniferous forests. Thus, when we reach the Har Ki Dun trek site we are delighted to be surrounded by the Har Ki Dun and Swargrohini peaks which magnificently stand towering above is. The Har Ki Dun temperature is perfectly suited according to the season in which you shall choose to trek. The gentle breeze, the soothing atmosphere, and the blissful silence make you fall in love with the Har Ki Dun trek. The journey is adventurous and the destination proves to be exciting and delightful.


Day 4: Vasla/Kalkatidhar to Har Ki Dun and back to campsite.

Distance covered: 15 km

The sunrise at the Har Ki Dun valley looks astounding as the sun comes up from behind the mighty mountains and fills the valley up with the morning light. We shall have our breakfast amidst this natural ambiance and then prepare ourselves to embark further into Uttarakhand trekking experience. One becomes quite familiar by now, with the Har Ki Dun trekking routine, and has well acclimatized to the Har Ki Dun weather. Thus, all prepared and belly –filled we embark upon our Har Ki Dun trekking trail once again.

Today, we shall be traversing almost 15kms from the campsite and back. We will visit the Jaundhar Glacier. The Jaundhar glacier is the summit of the Har Ki Dun valley trek and it is quite a huge glacier.

The trail is grassy and snowy if you tend to trek in winters. On our way to Jaundhar glacier, we may witness a beautiful snowy trail in winters which makes the trek to Har Ki Dun one of the best treks in Uttarakhand. We spend a wonderful time trekking and exploring the region, clicking pictures, and doing a variety of activities or nothing at all (if that is what you please) but just taking in the natural beauty of the Har Ki Dun valley has to offer. We then trek back to our campsite at Har Ki Dun and rest for the night after an exhausting but fulfilling day.


Day 5: Trek from Kalkatidhar/Vasla to Ganghad.

Distance covered: 11 km

Today’s trek shall take almost the entire day. However, the trek shall be easy because we will be

traversing downhill. As we descend downhill, we shall cross a few villages on our way. The landscape and sceneries we will witness, seem to be right out of a painting. Har Ki Dun Valley Trek fuels your imagination and creative senses. It is one of the best treks to take up if you wish to take a break in life and simply be one with the source.

We reach Ganghad physically tired but mentally and emotionally fresher than we have ever been. We reenergize with a lovely dinner and it is advised to ensure that you are well hydrated after the entire trekking experience. We finally rest the night at Ganghad as the next day we shall embark upon our final Har Ki Dun trek descend.

Day 6: Trek from Ganghad to Sankri.

Distance Covered: 19 km

We spent a very relaxing night at the quiet village of Osla and today we shall hit the trail descending back to Sankri village. The journey is easy as we go downhill and experience the Himalayan beauty throughout the Har Ki Dun trek. On reaching Sankri, we can finally call it a day. Make sure you indulge yourself in the local cuisine and head out to explore the village of Sankri. You are at one of the best trekking destinations of Uttarakhand and it would be a shame to not familiarize yourself with the local lifestyle and all the exotic things the place has to offer.

People who were strangers earlier have now created some unforgettable bonds on this lovely Har Ki Dun trek experience. Others have to combat their fears and everyone has made little achievements on this amazing adventure. The Har Ki Dun trek is sure to be an enriching experience that adds so much value to your life. 

Pickup point
Har ki Doon, Sankari Range, Uttarakhand, India View on Map