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Har Ki Dun Trek, Uttarakhand

Experience the perfect blend of ancient culture and heavenly mountain beauty, also known as the hanging valley of Himalayas.

Har Ki Dun Trek, Uttarakhand

Duration

7D/6N

Pickup Point

Dehradun railway station

Accomodation

Tent, Home Stay

Overview

Famous for its huge valleys, forests, ancient villages and streams, Har Ki Dun trek is one of the most complete treks in Uttarakhand. With one of the oldest trails in the Himalayas, Har Ki Dun valley is also called ‘valley of gods’ and  ‘the hanging valley’. The trek covers the famous Someshwara Devta Temple and the trail which is believed to be once taken by the Pandavas in Mahabharata on their way to heaven.

The trek to Har Ki Dun starts from Sankri- a small village situated deep into the Himalayas. The total distance of the trek is 49 km making it a moderate difficulty level trek but the trek is famous for its variety. You’ll cross ancient villages and trails, embrace the beautiful sight of deodar trees, and gaze at the views of mighty peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, etc. With a thrilling and exciting adventure, Har Ki Dun trek is the best opportunity for trekkers to explore the best of Himalayas.

Quick Info:
Har Ki Dun trek distance: 49 km
Har Ki Dun temperature:
Winter- Dec to Feb: 8 to 10 degree in day, 0 to -5 degree at night
Spring- Mar to Apr: 15 to 20 degree in day, 0 to 8 degree at night
Summer- May to June: 12 to 15 degree in day, 1 to 5 degree at night
Autumn- Sept to Nov: 15 to 17 degree in day, 0 to 5 degree at night
Har Ki Dun trek best time: Sept to Nov & Apr to Jun
Har Ki Dun height: 11,800 ft
Har Ki Dun trek difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

  • Distance- 195 km, Time- 8 to 9 hours drive
  • Altitude- 1,410 ft to 6,400 ft
  • Meals- Dinner
  • Stay- Guest house/homestay

Day 2: Sankri to Taluka to Seema

  • 12-km drive to Taluka, approx 1 hour
  • Trek from Taluka to Seema
  • Trek distance: 10 km, Time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Altitude: 6,400 ft - 7,000 ft - 8,200 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Camps

Day 3: Seema to Har Ki Dun 

  • Trek distance: 8 km, Time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Altitude: 8,200 ft to 11,800 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Camps

Day 4: Har Ki Dun to Jaundhar Glacier, back to Har Ki Dun

  • Trek distance: 15 km, Time: 8 to 9 hours 
  • Altitude: 11,800 ft to 11,150 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Camps

Day 5: Har Ki Dun to Seema

  • Trek distance: 8 km, Time: 5 hours

  • Altitude: 11,150 ft to 8,200 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Camps

Day 6 : Seema to Sankri via Taluka

  • Trek distance: 10 km, Time: 5 hours
  • 12-km drive from Taluka to Sankri, Time: 1 hour
  • Altitude: 8,200 ft to 6,400 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Guest house/Homestay

Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Distance- 195 km, Time- 8 to 9 hours drive
  • Altitude: 6,400 ft to 1,410 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

  • Start for Har Ki Dun from Dehradun in a shared vehicle.
  • The trek starts from Sankri, situated at 195 km from Dehradun.
  • Stop for breakfast(self-sponsored) after crossing Mussoorie.
  • Drive on the road covered by pine forest along Yamuna and Tons river
  • Make another stop for lunch(self-sponsored) at around 2 PM
  • Reach Sankri by evening and checkin to the guest house.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night.

Day 2: Sankri to Taluka to Seema

  • Wake up early on your first morning of Har Ki Dun trek.
  • Have breakfast and start your 1 hour drive towards Taluka situated at 12 km distance.
  • Start your 10 km trek to Seema from Taluka.
  • Have packed lunch on your way.
  • Encounter wild orchids on your way along with the forest of willow, chestnut, and walnut.
  • Reach the campsite by evening and explore the surroundings.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night in camps.

Day 3: Seema to Har Ki Dun

  • Wake up early and witness a breathtaking sunrise.
  • Have breakfast and start towards Har Ki Dun.
  • Enchant your soul with mesmerizing views of the valleys known as the winter wonderland as the entire trail is covered with snow.
  • Have packed lunch on your way.
  • Gaze at magnificent views of Swargarohini and Jaundhar glacier.
  • Reach the campsite by evening and explore the surroundings.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night in camps.

Day 4: Har Ki Dun to Jaundhar Glacier, back to Har Ki Dun

  • Wake up early and catch the sunrise from behind the Swargarohini Peak.
  • After a scrumptious breakfast, you will start your trek to Jaundhar Glacier.
  • Have packed lunch on your way.
  • With a smearing view of the snow-capped Himalayas, reach Jaundhar by afternoon.
  • Start your journey back to the Har Ki Dun campsite.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night in camps.

Day 5: Har Ki Dun to Seema

  • Post breakfast, start your descent to Seema village via Osla.
  • The trek runs through a thick forest.
  • After around 6 hours, you will reach the beautiful village of Seema. Upon arrival, check-in to the camps, freshen up, and have lunch.
  • Explore the locality and interact with the locals to know about the local culture.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night in camps.

Day 6: Seema to Sankri via Taluka

  • Wake up early and have breakfast.
  • Start your trek to Taluka.
  • Reach Taluka by noon and have lunch.
  • Get transferred to Sankri in a shared vehicle.
  • Reach Sankri by evening.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night in the guest house.

Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Wake up on your last morning in the mountains.
  • Have breakfast and start your journey back to Dehradun.
  • Reach Dehradun by evening and bid farewell to the mountains and your co-trekkers.

How to reach?

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport to Rishikesh. Visitors can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Mumbai or Delhi or connecting flights from anywhere in India. Local vehicles can be availed from outside the airport to reach Rishikesh by road from Dehradun.

By Train: Dehradun Junction Railway Station is well-connected to all the surrounding major cities. Visitors can easily find frequent trains to Rishikesh from Delhi and Dehradun.

By Road: Dehradun is well connected by roads to all major cities and towns, so visitors as per their choice and comfort can take the bus to reach Dehradun smoothly.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

The Har Ki Dun package includes:-

  • Dehradun to Dehradun transfers
  • Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay, Camps)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (double/triple sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent,utensils and crampon (if required)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees 
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek leader, guide and support staff.

Exclusion

The Har Ki Dun package excludes:-

  • Personal essentials
  • Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
  • Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.
  • Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages
  • Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.
  • Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.
  • Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.
  • In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers.
  • Loading and unloading of personnel luggage.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions.

Advisory

  1. Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.

  2. RT-PCR negative certification: This is mandatory for goSTOPS treks. Without it, you will not be allowed to join us. You are exempted only if you’ve taken two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Har Ki Dun trek best time is during the months of April to June and late September to November. During monsoons- July, August and September, the long trekking route might create problems. And for the winter month, the Har Ki Dun valley witnesses a huge snow fall due to which the trail remains closed.
Har Ki Dun trek distance is almost 49 km and it requires one week to finish the trek. Keeping aside the long-distance, the trek takes you to the bounties of nature where you can relax your mind and witness the paradisiacal displays. On the route, you can stroll along the meadows or can walk lazily along the orchid trails. Har Ki Dun trek is one of the best trekking expeditions that one must witness on a vacation.
Winter- Dec to Feb: 8 to 10 degree in day, 0 to -5 degree at night Spring- Mar to Apr: 15 to 20 degree in day, 0 to 8 degree at night Summer- May to June: 12 to 15 degree in day, 1 to 5 degree at night Autumn- Sept to Nov: 15 to 17 degree in day, 0 to 5 degree at night Keep in mind both the temperature and wind flow while packing your woolens.
While you are trekking to a high altitude, the temperatures are sure to drop during the night. For this, it is advisable that you wear at least 3 layers of clothes to keep you warm. Daytimes are mostly warm.
The maximum Har Ki Dun height lies at a massive altitude of of 11,800 ft.
This trek will require 7 days as it is quite time-consuming and will require a trek of almost 5 to 6 hours every day to cover 49 km which is the total Har Ki Dun trek distance.
Har Ki Dun trek difficulty level is easy to moderate. Preparing for this trek is really easy as you need not plan a lot before going for it. All you need to keep in mind is to have the proper gear for trekking and as the region receives an abundance of rainfall, it is necessary to carry windcheaters along. Apart from that, another thing which you should not miss is your identity card as that will be needed at the checkpoints.
The best suited shoes for the Kedarkantha trek route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is also a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village.
Wardrobe essentials like heavy woolen and fleece clothes, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, wind-proof jackets, thermal inner-wear. A sturdy backpack with a plastic or waterproof lining. Trekking shoes, snow boots, trekking poles. moisturizers, chapsticks. torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes, etc.
Start your Har Ki Dun from Dehradun to Sankri. You’ll get transferred to Taluka which is situated at a distance of 12 km from Sankri from where you’ll start your trek.

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