Har Ki Dun: Trekker’s Journal in the Valley of Gods

I recently embarked on a journey to Har Ki Dun, nested in the heart of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Uttarkashi District, India. Known as the “Valley of Gods,” this beautiful destination offers a perfect blend of stunning panoramic landscapes, rich bio-diversity, and a glimpse into the timeless culture of the local Garhwali people. Through this journal, I aim to capture the mesmerizing beauty and unique ambience of Har Ki Dun Valley. Join me as I trek through this Himalayan paradise, and let the breathtaking landscape, lush meadows, and ancient traditions unfold before your eyes.

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri – The Journey Begins

Distance: 200 km
I started my adventure with a beautiful journey by road from Dehradun to Sankri. The scenic drive took me through distant mountains unfolding along the roads, lush green valleys, and along the banks of the beautiful Yamuna and Tons rivers. As we climbed higher, the air grew cooler and fresher. Sankri, a quiet yet captivating village at the edge of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, served as the perfect starting point for my trek. I stayed at a Himalaya shelter cottage, where I enjoyed a warm meal and prepared for the trek ahead. The anticipation of the adventure kept me awake, as I lay in bed thinking about the journey

Dehradun to Sankri
  • Day 2: Sankri to Taluka and Taluka to Puani Garat – Into the Wilderness

Drive: 10 km, 1 hr
Trek: 10-12 km, 5-6 hrs
The day began with a short drive to Taluka, the last vehicle point. From Taluka, I embarked on my trek to Puani Garat. The trail took me through dense alpine patches of pine and oak, with occasional clearings revealing stunning views of the surrounding Garhwal Himalayan ranges. I crossed several streams and walked over charming wooden bridges. The sound of rushing water and birds singing melodious tunes accompanied me throughout the trek. The path was alive with the vibrant colours of blooming flowers and the earthy scent of the forest. Reaching Puani Garat, I was welcomed by the sight of traditional wooden cabins and terraced fields. The villagers were incredibly hospitable, and I spent the evening learning about their customs and traditions. They shared stories of their ancestors, their connection to the land, and their way of life, which has remained unchanged for centuries.

Sankri to Taluka and Taluka to Puani Garat - Into the Wilderness
  • Day 3: Puani Garat to Boslo Camp – Stepping into a Dream

Trek: 10 km, 5-6 km
Leaving Pauni Garat, I continued my trek towards Har Ki Dun valley. The trail gradually gained altitude, offering increasingly spectacular views of the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas. I trekked through lush meadows filled with wildflowers and enjoyed the beautiful view of the surrounding forests. Narrow paths were circuiting around the Himalayas as we walked through the trail, the wind gushed by us filling our lungs with purified air, it rejuvenated every cell in my body. As we reached Boslo camp, we were exhausted, but our shelter group welcomed us with mouth-watering pakoras and some juice. we had dinner in the evening amidst the chilly mountain breeze, with millions of stars twinkling as we spent our night in the lap of mother nature

Puani Garat to Boslo Camp - Stepping into a Dream
  • Day 4: Exploring Har Ki Dun – A Day of Wonder

It was a 2 km trek to the summit from Boslo camp Throughout the day i was wondering whether the things I was seeing were real, once we reached the valley it was breathtaking. the valley split into two parts separated by the mighty Supin River I immersed myself in the natural beauty of the valley, taking countless photographs and simply soaking in the tranquillity. I also observed the rich biodiversity of the region, spotting rare birds and alpine flowers that added to the charm of Har Ki Dun Trek.

Exploring Har Ki Dun - A Day of Wonder
  • Day 5: Har Ki Dun to Puani Garat – Retracing My Steps

Trek Distance: 12 km
After a memorable night in Har Ki Dun, I began my trek back to Puani Garat. Retracing my path, I had the opportunity to see the landscape from a different perspective. The descent was much easier, allowing me to appreciate the beauty of the Har Ki Dun Valley and Garhwal ranges even more. I spent another night in Puani Garat, where the villagers welcomed me back like an old friend. Sharing stories of my adventures with them, I felt a deep connection to this remote Himalayan community. The villagers’ warmth and simplicity touched my heart, and I felt a sense of belonging in this faraway place.

Har Ki Dun to Puani Garat - Retracing My Steps
  • Day 6: Puani Garat to Taluka and Taluka to Sankri – Returning to Civilization

Trek to Taluka: 14 km
Drive to Sankri: 12 km
The final descent of my trek took me from Puani Garat back to Taluka. The familiar trail felt comforting, and I enjoyed the last few hours walking through the beautiful forests and meadows, hoping I would come back for this ambience someday. From Taluka, a short drive brought me back to Sankri. The journey felt like a full circle, and I was filled with a sense of accomplishment and gratitude. In Sankri, I relaxed and enjoyed a hearty meal, reflecting on the incredible experiences of the past few days. The memories of the trek, the breathtaking landscapes, and the warm hospitality of the Garhwali people filled my heart with joy.

Puani Garat to Taluka and Taluka to Sankri - Returning to Civilization
  • Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun – Farewell to the Himalayas

Distance: 200 km
Duration: 7-8 hours
On the final day, we drove back to Dehradun, leaving behind the tranquil mountains and valley of Har Ki Dun. The return journey was bittersweet, as I knew I was leaving a part of my soul in the Himalayas. The Garhwali people’s warm hospitality, the breathtaking landscapes, and my memories of the trek will stay with me forever. As I reached Dehradun, I felt rejuvenated and inspired by the natural beauty and cultural richness of Har Ki Dun. This journey had not only been an adventure but a profound experience that touched my soul.

Sankri to Dehradun - Farewell to the Himalayas

Conclusion: A Journey to Remember

Har Ki Dun is more than just a trekking destination; it is a journey into the heart of nature and culture.

The valley’s stunning beauty, coupled with the rich cultural heritage of the region, makes it a must-visit for anyone seeking a break from the monotony of life. As I went back, the serene landscapes and the warm hospitality of the Garhwali people refreshed my soul. Har Ki Dun is not just a place; it is an experience that will stay with me forever.