Har ki Doon- A complete trekking guide!

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Also, known by “ the valley of gods” Har ki Dun is a small cradled shaped valley nestled in the Garhwal range of the Western Himalayas. The valley offers rich jungles, rich flora, and fauna, huge variety of alpine wildflowers and spectacular views of the Himalayas. Har ki Dun valley has so much to offer to nature lovers. The valley is all surrounded by snow-covered peaks and heavily wooded forests.

HAR KI DUN lies at an elevation of 3,566 meters above sea level at the base of Fateh Parvat. Har ki dun trek is one of the popular trekking destinations in Uttarakhand. The trek will take you to the dense forests of pines and glittering mountain peaks. It is a paradise to bird watchers as it is nestled in between the Govind National Park. The valley gives captivating of untouched valleys in far off lands of Garhwal Himalayas.

You will walk along the sparkling playful, flowering streams and waterfalls. With each step, the landscapes become more mesmerizing.

Har ki Dun is a must fo adventure and on the list of every trekker. The trek is considered easy to moderate and preferred to experienced as well as beginner.

The trail will pass by so many hamlets and small villages like Taluka, Osla, Seema, and takes you to the beautiful Jaundhar Glacier. You have an option to relax and chill at Har ki Dun or else opt to trek further to Jaundhar glacier or Maninda Tal.

 

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. The distance from Dehradun to Sankri is of 230km which can be covered by taxi.

By Road: Sankri is well connected with the major cities of Garhwal like Dehradun, Mussorie, Purola, and Mori.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Dehradun. Sankri is well connected to other cities like Mussorie, Purola, and Mori.

 

Basecamp

Sankri is the basecamp to the trek of Har ki Dun. Sankri is a small hamlet in Uttarakashi district and trekkers delight. The village offers captivating views of the Himalayan skyline and a lot of mountain peaks gazing at you. You will have the background of majestic mountains, gushing rivers flowing along by your side, lofty pine forests which makes your trip a memorable one.

During this trek, you will pass by villages like Taluka. A small picturesque hamlet located at a distance of 12 km from Sankri. A cluster of wooden houses will grab your attention and you will see diverse Flora and Fauna.

Further, this trek will take you another beautiful village Osla. Osla is nestled on the mountain slopped and surrounded by apple trees. The village is located at a distance of 26km from Taluka. The trek will further take you to the Har ki Dun.

Camping experience at the

 

Best time to visit

The best to visit the valley is in winter as you can enjoy the serenity and solitude of the place. The valley is best with snowfall during the winter season.

Temperature:

Har ki Dun- (-15 degrees) to (-10 degrees)

Sankri – (-1)

Seema – (-3 degree)

 

In summers, the place looks pleasant and there is no fog, the sky remains clear most of the time. If you planning to trek in summers then do not forget to carry woolen clothes as the temperature gets down in the night.

Temperature:

Har ki Dun: (-1) to (-2)

Sankri : 5 degrees

Seema: 1 to 2 degree

 

In monsoons, the region receives heavy rainfalls. It is advisable to avoid trekking as the terrain becomes muddy and slippery. Roads remain blocked due to landslides.

 

Elevation points

Har ki Dun trek begins from Dehradun and from takes you on an exciting drive to reach the basecamp at Sankri. The drive will take you to the enchanting beauty of the places Purola, Nainbagh, and among others. Sankri lies at an elevation of 1950 meters and offers picturesque views of the Himalayas. Trekking from here to the mystical village Taluka which is perched at a height of 2075 meters. Further, the trek to Osla stands at 2560 meters with its beautifully adorned temples. After that, a trek to reach Har ki Dun at 3556 meters will make your trip worth remembering.

 

About the locals

You will get a chance to meet locals during the trek. The towns and villages of Uttarakhand are blessed with beautiful views, temples, and ancient places. The Pahadi culture is totally different from urban culture. Discover the traditions and cultures of the beautiful region and witness the amusing way of living life. You will take a lot from the places and that will give you a lifetime experience.

 

Medical advice and Emergency

Always carry a medical kit with you. With necessary medicines like nausea, headache, stomach ache, relief sprays, bandaids, etc. It is advised to keep a small journal of emergency contact numbers like your family, police, ambulance, fire emergency, tourist control room, etc.

 

Things to carry

  • Good quality of trekking shoes
  • Woolen clothes
  • Torch and whistle
  • Jackets
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • First aid
  • Water bottle and eatables
  • Sunglasses
  • Woolen caps and gloves
  • Extra polybag
  • Rain covers

 

Places to Visit

 

  • Dehradun
  • Sankri
  • Taluka
  • Osla
  • Har ki Dun
  • Jaundhar Glacier

 

This is a complete trekking guide for Har ki Dun Valley. Plan this adventure trek with your family and friends and experience nature at its best. Camping, trekking, birdwatching, and so many other adventure activities are calling you. Take time from your busy life and spend some days in the mountains.

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