Best time to visit: March - June, September - December
The Har ki Dun trek is a trail takes you back in time. The cradle shaped valley is populated with ancient villages that are over 3,000 years old. You see villages like Osla, Gangaad and Seema along the trail that are insulated from the outside world. They retain their culture: the clothes that they make out of the wool they weave, the food that they grow on their field, their wooden houses and their places of worship. This is one of the rare treks where you get an intimate look into the local lifestyle.
The valley of Har-ki-Dun is located at the base of Fateh Parvat, at an altitude of 3,556 meters. The valley is surrounded by dense Pine forests and offers amphitheater views of mountains such as Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Black peak. This deserted piece of land is a paradise for flora and fauna lovers. Black bear, Langoors and wild boars are native inhabitants in the region. Golden eagles are also found in this region. The accessibility through Govind National Park makes it rich in flora. You can find trees of Bhojpatra, the flower, Bramhakamal. Swargarohini and Jaundar Glacier are in the south-east of this cradle shaped attraction
Approx. 7 o'clock in the Morning
Camping tents, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
Veg Food (Day 1 Lunch till Day 7 Breakfast).Three Meals a day
Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
Transportation from Manali to Manali.
Meals during road journeys
Any kind of Insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
Carriage of personal rucksack
Anything not Mentioned
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (6,450 ft) | 8 hrs
We will assemble early morning in Dehradun by 7 AM and drive towards Sankri. This small quaint village is the base for Har Ki Dun trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse/hotel in Sankri..
DAY 2: Sankri- Taluka (12 Kms by Road ), Taluka- Seema (12 kms trek)
Early morning drive from Sankri to Taluka in a Taxi. Taluka is the starting point of our trek. After breakfast in Taluka, we will start trekking with packed lunch to Seema (2260m) on an even surface through thick forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows, chinars and a variety of conifer trees. You will come across a few waterfalls on your way. You could either opt for the steep climb of Dhaatmeer village or just trek along the Karmanasha stream. Both the routes meet at Gangaar village. Reach Seema Camps by late afternoon. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 3: Seema- Kalkattiyadhaar (7 kms trek)
The trail from Seema initially is on the left side of the valley and goes past fields. This is followed by crossing an aging bridge over river Rupin, after which we start trekking to the right side of the valley. The trail now ascends through fields and pastures with huts. The coniferous trees on the other side of the valley are beautiful. Then the trail includes a climb to the ridge locally named as Kalkattiyadhar. After a short descent from the Kalkattiyadhar, we arrive at our campsite. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 4: Kalkattiyadhaar-Har Ki Dun-Kalkattiyadhaar (14 kms trek)
As we move ahead from Kalkattiyadhaar camp, the trail gives an impressive view of Har Ki Dun valley. Initially, there's a gradual climb which later gets steeper as it passes through beautiful meadows which opens into Har Ki Dun. A small stream flows by the campsite, with peaks of Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini towering above. After spending some time at Har Ki Dun, we will return to Kalkattiyadhaar camp.
Day 5: Kalkattiyadhaar - Seema (7 kms trek)
Spend some quality time appreciating the sunrise and enchanting view of Swargarohini Peaks from the campsite. During winters, the morning temperature can be quite cold ( around -2 degree) here. After an early breakfast, we head back to Seema. We start by crossing the Har Ki Dun Bridge and then continue with a small walk along the river. Initially, there is a gradual climb up to Kalkattiyadhar and then it is a descend up to Seema. If time permits we will take a short halt at Osla village, where you can see the typical Gharhwali Houses. Like most mountain villages, the location of Osla is such that it gets Sunlight throughout the day. So you can just sit and relax for some time. After a short while, we resume the descend to Seema where we stay for the night.
Day 6: Seema- Taluka (12 kms trek), Taluka- Sankri (15 kms by road)
From here, there are two ways to get down. The first one is via Seema for which we have to descend to the river and cross it using the bridge. The second route which is shorter (but steeper) one goes via Puani. It meets the main trail at a point where there is a watermill. You can spend some time here understanding how watermills work. From this point, we enter the forest. The trail is now along the river. The last few minutes of the trek is over a cemented trail. We arrive in Taluka by afternoon. We board our vehicle and reach Sankri in about an hour or so. Check into the guest house. Celebrate the completion of the Har Ki Dun trek with you trek-mates.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun 198 km Drive
On reaching Sankri, drive back to Dehradun Bus stand, which is around 200 km away. Enjoy the scenery along the route, and keep the memories of your amazing trek etched in your heart forever as you proceed for your homeward journey.
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