Har Ki Dun Trek - The Valley of Gods, Uttarakhand

TT1721

 Har Ki Dun, Sankari Range, Uttarakhand, India

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  • Maximum Altitude: 3510m - Har ki Dun
  • Best Season: Apr-Jun; Sep-Nov; Possible in other months, subject to weather conditions
  • Level: Medium
  • Weather: The nights can be cold. Day temperatures are pleasant during summer
  • Restrictions: None
  • Getting from/To: Sankri is connected by road from Dehradun and is about 7 hours’ drive.
  • Equipment: None for walking

Day 01: Dehradun to Sankri - 8h drive

We start early from Dehradun and reach the village Sankri by evening. The final stretch is through the Govind Pashu National Park after we cross a check post at Netwar. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.

Day 02: Sankri to Osla (2200m) - 1h drive + 5-6h trek

Post breakfast we are transported from Sankri to Taluka. The drive is a bit bumpy. The trek commences from Taluka on a stony path. With the river Tons gushing through rapids beside us, under the shade of walnut, pine and other trees, the walk is quite pleasant. Often the passing villagers greet us on the way.

The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Tons. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. We continue our hike and then cross a bridge for the final stretch. After about fifteen minutes of uphill walk, our destination unfolds itself - the quaint village of Osla. We set camp here or stay in a hut with a local family.

Day 03: Osla to Har-ki-Dun (3510m) – 4-5 h

From Osla the trail gradually rises higher and passes through bushes of flowers like orchids, fleece flowers and sunflowers. The ascending path climbs high above the confluence of Tons river and the river from Ruinsara valley.

After traversing higher up along the left side of the river, we camp at a very panoramic spot in Har ki Dun, located at the junction of two valleys – one originating from Jaundhar glacier and the other from beyond Hata glacier.

Day 04: Explore Har ki Dun

Usually we spend a layover day here at Har ki Dun. The vast open meadows following the course of the Tons river can be explored. Further ahead of the meadows one can walk among the forests of Bhojpatra trees (Himalayan birch) or get a closer glimpse of the Jaundhar glacier and Swargarohini peak.

Day 05: Back to Osla - 3-4 h

The journey back to Osla is an easy walk. After reaching, one can roam about in the village, talk to locals and soak in the Garhwali culture.

Day 06: Osla to Sankri – 4-5h trek + 1h drive

Early in the morning, we bid farewell to the villagers of Osla and hike till Taluka. A vehicle from Taluka takes us back to Sankri, where we retire for the day in camps or guest house.

Day 07: Sankri to Dehradun – 8h drive

We leave Sankri and reach Dehradun by late afternoon on this day.

  • Garhwali villages with unique wooden Houses.
  • Age old temples dedicated to Someshwar, the local form of Lord Shiva.
  • Har Ki Dun valley consists of some vast meadows on the foot of Himalayan peaks.
  • Trail is mostly along the river Supin going upstream.
  • Splendid views of Kala Nag and Swargarohini peak, which are snow-capped all through the year.
  • View of some glaciers like Jaundhar and Hata.
  • Walk through pine forests as well as through natural flower fields.
Stay Envisaged Stars Destination Nights
Tents
Sankri 2
Tents
Osla 2
Tents
Har ki Dun 2
Inclusions
  1. Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 9.
  2. Guide and cook fees.
  3. Rent for camping equipment.
  4. Forest entry charges.
  5. Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.
  6. All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 9 breakfast. We provide hot breakfast and hot dinner. On trekking days, packed lunch will be provided.
  7. Tented accommodation throughout the trek.
Exclusions
  1. Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
  2. Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  3. Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  4. Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes need to be confirmed with us.
  5. Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the stick is used or not.
  6. Accommodation in Dehradun.
  7. Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 250 per day per bag.
Terms and Conditions

Things to carry:

  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Comfortable Trekking Shoes: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket/Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 T-shirts/Shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 Trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Torch/ Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Thermal Inner-wears
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Woolen Cap
  • Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
  • Identity Cards
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Specific personal Medication
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen cream/ Moisturizer/ Lip Balm
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunglasses (it should be U/V protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation

If the user wishes to cancel any booking due to any reason whatsoever, the same shall be only valid if the vendor is notified of the cancellation in writing on its official address or via e-mail, at least 15 days before the commencement of the trip or adventure activity. Any refund due to the user by the vendor shall be subject to cancellation charges.

Written cancellations will only be acknowledged if they are received by the vendor on their official address or e-mail on working days. Cancellation request received on Sundays and public holidays shall be processed only on the next official working day.
 

Refunds

The following refund shall be payable to the user in case of valid cancellation of a booking:

  • If the cancellation request is received before 30 days from the commencement of the trip, the whole amount paid for the trip will be refunded.
  • If the cancellation request is received between 15 to 30 days from the commencement of the trip, 50% of the trip cost shall be refunded.
  • In cases where the cancellation request is not received before 15 days from the commencement of the trip Himalaya Shelter shall not be liable to pay any refund.
  • Cancellation for booking made within 15 days of departure date will not be liable for any refund.

NOTE: 3% processing fee would be charged for cancellation refund.

The above mentioned refunds are subjected to deductions for any expenses that may have been incurred for hotel booking or transport etc., by the vendor.

In cases where the request for cancellation is received after the commencement of the trip or if the user voluntarily drops out of the trip for any reason whatsoever, the vendor shall not be liable to pay any refund. Furthermore, no refund shall be payable by the vendor for any of the service or facility provided by them in their packages, but not availed by the user.

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    Trail Overview

    Har Ki Dun, which means Valley of Gods, is situated deep inside Govind Pashu National park. Rich in flora and fauna, the trails are quite often covered in different shades of orchids and other wild flowers. The area was made popular by the Doon school master Jack Gibson after his Banderpunch expeditions. This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayas where civilization has not affected the lifestyles of the simple hill folk here. The path winds up alongside the Tons river from Netwar village through the scenic villages of Gangad and Osla. Har-Ki-Dun has numerous camping places and one Forest Guest House. An extra rest day is ideal to proceed to get a clearer view of the Jaundhar glacier. Har ki Doon trek starts from Sankri at 1950m passing through verdant thickets, terraced fields, glaciers, fragrant orchids and sprawling meadows.

    Duration : 7 Days
    Trail Type : Fixed Departure
    Location : Har Ki Dun, Sankari Range, Uttarakhand, India
    Maximum number of people : 10
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