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.
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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.
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