Har Ki Doon Trek
Trek Through The Trail Taken By The Pandavas To Reach Heaven
Har Ki Dun Trek
Located at an altitude of 12,000 ft, Har Ki Dun Trek is one of the most mesmerizing valleys in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is also known by another name i.e., “The Valley of Gods”. The valley is beautifully surrounded by alpine vegetation and is extremely rich in Flora and Fauna. This valley is connected to Baspa Valley through Borasu Pass and is the main source of the Yamuna River. People from around the globe go for this trek in order to experience spectacular views, attractive beauty, a calm environment as well as tempting greenery. In India, this trek is considered the finest river valley trail that has never fail to entice trekkers around the world. The exquisiteness of valley is the primary attraction. Changes of colors in every season often make this route a perfect choice for nature and trek lovers. During your trek, you just cannot miss the wide lush valley, culture & hospitality of the people as well as remote communities en route. An appealing view of the Laundhar glacier, as well as the surrounding Swargarohini group of peaks, definitely makes your trek exciting and thrilling. The state bird of Uttarakhand named Himalayan Monal and several other animals can be spotted in the forest region during the trek. Not only this, but valley also offers stunning views of Jaundhar Glacier, Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini Peaks I & II as well as the Black peak that are definitely a treat to your eyes.
|Trek grade:||Easy To Moderate|
|Trekking distance:||52 KM|
|Maximum altitude:||12,000 Ft|
|Nearest airport:||Jolly Grant (Dehradun)|
|Nearest railway station:||Dehradun|
|Mode of transport from Dehradun:||by taxi from dehradun to Sankri|
|Best Time for Treks:||March-June/Sep-Nov|
Day Wise Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Day - Dehradun to Base Camp Sankri (210km drive)
- It will be a long drive of almost 10 hours for 210kms.
- Last ATM at Purola
- You can find several small shops on the way for trekking gears and collections.
- At night, you will be staying in a guest house.
- We will arrange a taxi for our trekkers to reach Sankri from Dehradun.
- By evening, you will reach Sankri.
Photos by Nilmani Parth
Through the Yamuna and Tons valley, we will leave from Dehradun to base camp Sankri which is almost a 210km drive. On the way, you will come across the Yamuna bridge along with an attractive view of dense pine forests.
The drive to Sankri is definitely scenic because you will pass through the most attractive places in the Himalayas including Mussoorie, Nainbag, Damta, Newman, Mori, Purola as well as Netwar.
You need to know that Sankri lies in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of the Uttarkashi district. It is a beautiful village with a mini market which is popular for wooden huts that serve lip-smacking food.
In the Sankri, you will also see apple orchards along with greenery all around. After reaching the base, you can enjoy a pollution-free environment along with spectacular views of snow-covered mountains.
By the evening, you will be reaching Sankri and witness the breathtaking sunset behind the mountain ranges. From the base camp, you can have an amazing view of all four peaks in the Swargarohini range.
Sankri is the base camp for this trek which is basically a small and pretty village with almost 250 houses. You can find a few dhabas as well as shops in Sankari. From this base camp, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sun setting right behind the greater Himalayas. Not only this but the peaks of Swargarohini glitter in the evening sun standing high over the ridges beyond Sankri.
The night stay will be scheduled in camps at Sankri right under the clear sky covered with millions of stars. In the night, you will be served with a healthy and delicious dinner. We, at TrekUp India, will also arrange a taxi from the Sankri base camp to Dehradun.
Day 2: Sankri to Taluka (10km drive) Taluka to Seema (14km trek)
- You will reach Taluka from Sankri within one hour as it is a 12km drive.
- The altitude of Taluka is almost 7,000 ft/2,100m.
- The trek distance is 14km that will take 7-hour time.
- While trekking you will find several spring-water points.
- Served with packed lunch.
- The trek level is an easy level walk and then gradual ascent is a few parts.
- Night stay in camp along with delicious dinner.
Photos by Nilmani Parth
After having breakfast, we will leave for Taluka. Drive from Sankri to Taluka, early in the morning. On the way to Taluka, you will pass across dense forests as well as beautiful water streams pouring down the roads.
You can hear the chirping of birds and rare species of birds that are found only in mountains. The state bird of Uttarakhand, “Himalayan Monal” is also found in the area of Taluka.
Get ready to enjoy the stunning views of sprawling wild orchids and if you are lucky enough, you will also encounter the wilderness of the Himalayas such as Leopards, barking deer, bores, and many others.
You need to know that Taluka is a small yet beautiful village with traditional house structures and a few dhaba that serve simple and lip-smacking food. After reaching Taluka, all the trekkers will rest for some time and then finally start trekking for Seema which is 14km away from Taluka.
On the way, you will also encounter snow at patches where the sun does not get the chance to enter for a long time. It is important for you to know that Seema is not a village but only a shelter point for tourists.
During trekking, you will experience great adventure because at the time of trekking you will not only come across rocky surfaces but also traditional wooden bridges as well as green trails with the Supin river flowing on your left side.
You will also witness different animals and birds too while trekking that is often found only in mountains. During the trek, you will find several spots of water streams that offer fresh drinking water. By the evening, you will reach Seema via Gangar village.
Just before Seema, all the trekkers will camp on a small green field from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of nature.
Day 3: Seema - Kalkati Dhar (8 km trek)
- A long day of trekking as you will trek for 8km.
- Steeper ascent
- Witness beautiful meadows, waterfall & a variety of flora and fauna.
- You will be reaching kalkatidhar by evening.
- Packed lunch.
- Several spring water points.
- Camp stay with mesmerizing views of nature
Photos by Nilmani Parth
Seema to Kalkatidhar covers 8 km, which takes us about 6 hours to complete and begins early in the morning, around 6 a.m., post breakfast. After 45 min you will be in Oslo village. Osla village is situated on the opposite shore of the river. There is a bridge called the Seema Bridge, a hanging bridge crossing the Supin River with the background of massive snow-covered mountains; this is the perfect place for taking beautiful photos. The path crosses three “great” or hydroelectricity run chaffing units used by the villager to separate the husks of maize and millet and then grind them into flour. With the tranquillity preserved within the landscape, the trail winds through harvest fields, cattle grazing and the slant-roofed houses used as granaries and storage. It is also possible to spot Amaranth trees. In the monsoon season, they take on an orange-red hue, which creates an edgy contrast to the scene. Within half an hour of the hike, you’ll be treated to a fantastic panorama of Mt. Bandarpoonch and the Swargarohini mountain ranges. Between the cashew nuts forests and walnuts is the tranquil village of Osla. Osla village is a fascinating place with rich mythology associated with the village. There is a belief that during ancient times, there was an era when the Osla village was home to one clan loyal and dedicated to Duryodhan of the Kauravas. And were so faithful that they constructed a temple to him. And today, they teach Duryodhan in the village. In addition to the tales, the village is home to a 2000-year-old Someshwar Temple and a few houses. The temple is distinctive in its design. Villagers are very welcoming here and dress according to a particular fashion that reflects their culture and customs. The village is home to one king who visits every month. This is the time when the main pooja ritual is conducted. After a brief chat with the villager, they continue up the hill.
From Osla, the trail gets rather steep. At the incline, you’ll have stunning views to get views at The Dhauladhar Range out front. The paths that lead to Borasu Pass and Baspa Valley can be seen from this point. The high trail winds further down, reaching a tabletop green stretch of Kalkatidhar. Kalkatidhar is a gorgeous open meadow with stunning views of famous peaks such as Bugyal Devsu and Mt. Black Peak. On the left side, you’ll be able to look out over the Ruinsara Range and the Kedarkantha Summit. Enjoy the view, rest, and get ready for the summit the next day.
Day 4: Kalkatidhar to Har Ki Dun to Maninda Lake and back to Kalkatidhar (12 kms both side)
- Altitude: Har Ki Dun – 12,000ft And Moninda Lake – 13,025 ft
- Trekking: 12km, 5 – 6 Hours
- Easy ascent till Har Ki Doon summit then little moderate ascent to maninda lake.
- Ruinsara lake is surrounded with meadows, rhododendron bushes.
- Mixed trail of boulders, meadows.
- You can see the waterfall along the way.
- Water source sufficient.
- Lunch en route and light lunch on site
Photos by Rahul Chauhan & Nilmani Parth
This morning you’ll start earlier than other days since it’s also the longest day for the trek. The trek begins after breakfast. While the views are stunning, they have been until now, be prepared for more. The trail will lead you into the glacier basin with mountain meadows and moraines. Large pine trees will greet you on every step.
The trail begins by climbing up to the intersection between the Supin River and the River from the Ruinsara Valley. From here on, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the mountains. The trail is a mix of moderate and steep climbs to reach the Har Ki Dun valley. As you ascend, you will see icy snow patches and snow-covered waterfalls. In winter, these areas are covered in dense snow. Har Ki Dun Valley Har Ki Dun Valley is a fantastic place that displays incredible beauty all in one glance. The massive mountains that comprise Swargarohini, Hata Peak, Black Peak, etc., show breathtaking views. It is an excellent mixture of meadows and coniferous forest, frozen streams, glacier moraines, and the backdrop of gigantic mountains. The trail eventually ends at an elevation of 45 degrees and isn’t as steep as it appears; in the presence of snow, it becomes ever more complex. The final part of the hike ascends an eddy and through dense forests until it reaches The Har Ki Doon summit. From the summit, you can see stunning perspectives from Swargarohini I peak, Hata Peak and Black Peak.
Marinda Tal (also known as Morinda Tal) is a stunning high-altitude lake accessible after reaching Har Ki Dun valley. Maninda Tal, located at an altitude of 3,970 meters, appears stunning with Hatta and Swargarohini mountain as a backdrop. Once we have explored the valley, and creating memories that will last a lifetime, we return to our final campsite at Kalkattiyadhar.
Day 05: Kalkatidhar To Seema (8 km trek)
- Trekking back to Seema early in the morning
- Breathtaking views of the landscape
- Packed lunch
Photos by Nilmani Parth
The valley is such an incredible place that it becomes very difficult for the trekkers to come back from this valley. Right after having breakfast, you will start trekking back to Seema early in the morning.
Night stay will be scheduled in the camp at Seema and all trekkers will be served with dinner in the camp itself only. Make sure to witness the sunset of mountains because this is something you cannot miss.
Day 6: Seema to Taluka (14km trek) Taluka to Sankri base camp (10km drive)
- You will be trekking back to Taluka from Seema which is 14km
- Served with hot delicious food
- After reaching Taluka, we will drive to the Sankri base camp
- Taluka to Sankri is a 10km drive.
- Stay in guest house.
Photos by Nilmani Parth
Get ready to trek for the last time from Seema to Taluka via dense forests. By afternoon, you will be reaching Taluka and then drive back to Sankri base camp. The 14km trek from Seema to Taluka is going to give you an amazing experience with lots of memories so make sure to capture every moment.
Therefore, day 6 is going to be the last day of your camping and the stay will be scheduled at Sankri base camp.
Day 7: Departure from Sankri to Dehradun
- Driving back to Dehradun from Sankri which is 210km
- It is going to be a log drive of almost 10 hours, be prepared
- You will be reaching Dehradun by evening
- Get your bookings done accordingly in trains from Dehradun
Photos by Nilmani Parth
You will be reaching Dehradun by early morning from Sankri by taxi. So, get your tickets done accordingly beforehand.
Food Provided by Us During the Har Ki Dun Trek
We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.
After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.
The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like Upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya, Chala-Puri, Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.
In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.
Safety During Har Ki Dun Trek
Trekking with us for har ki dun trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.
Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.
We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.
We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain
Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.
Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.
For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority
At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.
We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.
Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.
How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us
Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekup India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at Trekup India introduced radio(walkie-talkie).
Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.
Explore our New Safety Protocols
In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. Our On-trek safety checks includes:
- Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
- Stretchers team appointed on every trek
- Trained mountain staff and full safety
- Additional oxygen cylinders
- Special medical kit for high altitude treks
- Microspikes on all types of snow treks
- Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
- Technical team on all snowy slopes
What should you pack for the Har Ki Dun Trek?
Being an trekking, adventure & travel company, we get many questions from our trekkers and most common question that arises is what to carry or what should we pack for the trek? Sometime it becomes difficult to explain in details and therefore below we have prepared the detailed packing list, helpful for all trekkers coming to the Himalayas. Whenever we go on trek or start packing things one should remember the packing pattern i.e. either you start from head to foot or foot to head, this way there will be rare chance that you will forget the items to pack, so go step by step.
Make sure your backpack should be comfortable neither too big nor to small and for a week trek 60-70 liters of backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure that your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support and pockets should be accessible quickly.
All trekkers should keep in mind that daypack is very important, this will be a great help to you while on trek, also every single day you won’t be carrying you backpack therefore for day excursion , shorter hikers, sightseeing you can carry your stuff in it.
- Trekking shoes: Preferably water proof, ankle support.
- Walking / Hiking sandals: This can be used off trek i.e. in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometime used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safe than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots.
- Sneakers (Optional): For normal driving days or can use around the camp
- Socks (3-4 Pairs) – Make sure to choose material wisely, it should be quick drying, warm and comfortable.
- Hiking / trekking jacket: Carry good quality layer jackets
- Hiking pants: Check some kind of long nylon blend, light and quick drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pant.
- Undergarments as per your habitual requirement
- T-Shirts and Shorts (3-4 Warm comfortable)
- Ordinary Shirt / T-shirt – Just in case everything gets wet this will help for roaming around.
- Long Sleeve shirt – can be used as a base layer on colder days
- Socks – at least 4-5 pairs
- Leggings – Can be used specially chilling morning and evening , to keep your body warm
- Thermals – get 2 pairs of thermals, this will be great need a body to keep it warm.
- Buff / Balaclava – This is a must to carry to cover your neck and this item is an ideal solution to keep your neck / throat warm.
- Beanie Cap- Very helpful item for colder and windy days should carry 1, also sometime when its freezing cold you can use it a night as well.
- Hiking Hat- this will basically help during the day time specially from the sun rays, make sure it has a strip so that wind does not below is far from your headJ..
- Gloves – 01 pair will be enough to keep your hand warm and nice.
- Rain wears
- Rain Coat and Pant – Carry a pair of it to protect you from the rain OR
- Rain Poncho – during long rains, the waterproof jackets starts leaking but poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly.
- Rain covers: Some small water proof to cover your backpack and daypack as well for your gadgets.
- Gadgets and Electronic
- Trekking Poles
- Mobile phone
- Spare batteries for phone and camera, powerbank
- Light weight flash light or headlight
- Waterproof bag made up of plastic for camera
- Music system / Bluetooth
- Plug/converter for electrical items
- 1 liter water bottle
- Journal with pen would be good idea to keep your notes.
- Some book of your interest for ideal time
- Get into habit of keeping Map and guide book of the region.
- Hygiene & Personal toiletry
- Sunscreen with UV protection
- 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
- Toilet paper/tissues/wet-wipes
- Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
- Deodorant / Talcum powder
- Sanitary pads/tampons (For female traveler)
- Bio gradable Soap
- Nail clipper
- Your other personal items that you use on daily basis
- Personal First aid Kit and Energy – below are some common medicine generally required / used during your adventure trip, however please consult your doctors prior.
- Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
- Butterfly bandage for small cut
- Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
- Latex gloves used when its wound bleeds
- Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
- Medicine for cold, flue / fever headache
- Some pain killers
- ORS pouches
- Quick pain relief spray (External use)
- Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
- Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
- Bug Repellent
- Carry some nutria / energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.
9.Compulsory Documents to Carry
These are files needed to be submitted at Forest Department before ypur trek. With no of these, you will not be permitted to trek .Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Id’s like adhaar, voter id, etc.
Important note: You can book rent gears, what you can rent & buy from us and what you need to get from your home town, make your bagpack easy not heavy.
Click the link: https://rent.trekupindia.com/
Now you are all set for your Adventure trip with Trekup India!!
Trek Cost Inclusion
- Stay is included on all days of the trek ( from Sankari to Sankri ).
- Guesthouse stay will be at sankari and on other days you will be staying in tents (2 per tent).
- All meals from dinner at Sankari on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7 are included. Meals are simple, nutritious and vegetarian.
- All the trek equipment will be included like a sleeping bag, kitchen & dining tent, utensils, mattress, tent, toilet tent, and crampon (if needed).
- Note:- Tents and sleeping bags are custom made of Trekup India which are tested on high altitudes by our mountain expert trek team.
- First aid medical kits, oxygen cylinder as well as stretcher.
- Check our on trek safety protocol here.
- All the needed forest entry fees along with permits.
- Your trek will be led by a trained, experienced professional guides and trek leaders with a solid guiding background, times of particular nature and trekking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking terrains.
Trek Cost Exclusion
- All kinds of personal expenditures are excluded.
- Anything that we have not mentioned avobe.
- The trek cost is not inclusive of meals bought during the journey on 1st day and last day. ( Food starts from dinner at base camp on day first till last day breakfast ).
- Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: bag weight should not be more than 11 kg.
- Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
How To Reach Sankri Base Camp?
- Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Dehradun by flight that is located almost 25km away from the city. You can find regular flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
- However, if you are planning to reach Dehradun by flight then it is better to come one day in advance.
In case, you want to reach Dehradun from Delhi by train then two express trains are quite convenient. With the train, it is an overnight journey. The two trains are mentioned below:
- Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
- Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)
From Delhi, you can find a regular bus service for Dehradun. ISBT Kashmere Gate is the main bus station in Delhi from where you will find both ac and non-ac buses for Dehradun.
However, it is always better to take government buses from Kashmere Gate ISBT. The bus will drop you at Dehradun ISBT and then we will send our staff who will pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station, so you need to reach there.
- At 06:00 am, Tata Sumo or any other vehicle like this will only pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station.
- By 04:00 pm, you will be reaching Sankri.