Har Ki Dun Trek

Trek to the Valley of Gods through the magical villages lost in time
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Duration
7 Days
Trek Altitude
12,447 Feet
Destination
Uttarakhand
Trek Distance
57 KM
Group Size
12
Best Time
July to September

Har Ki Dun Trek Overview

Discover the captivating beauty of the Har Ki Dun trek through our comprehensive guide, revealing its unique cultural significance and awe-inspiring landscapes, making it an ideal choice for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Har Ki Dun trek is a valley trek situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in the Uttarkashi district of north-west Uttarakhand. It is a cradle-shaped valley that can only be reached by trekking. The distance to the Har Ki Dun valley is 25 km from the road head, making the total trek distance 50 km. It takes 2 to 3 days to reach the valley and another 2 days to return.
In 1937, Doon School master Jack Gibson, along with Tenzing Norgay and his colleague John Martyn, climbed Bandarpunch Peak. Gibson made several expeditions in the region and trained young Indian mountaineers. The flora, fauna, and Garhwali culture of the Har Ki Doon Valley became known to the outside world through these expeditions.
The name "Har Ki Dun" has two different interpretations
The first is the literal translation, i.e., Valley of Gods - Har is the name for Shiva, one of the trinity gods as per Hinduism, and Dun means valley.
The second name is more closely related to local culture and traditions. The second translation is "The sound of Shiva or the Sound of God." Every year, the valley hosts a festival to welcome Lord Someshwara, a form of Shiva, with a drummer playing the drum.
Ages ago, the Valley supposedly witnessed the disappearance of a Dhaki. During the festival month each year, people claim to occasionally hear the distant sound of drums played by the Dhaki in the early hours of the day. Many village elders mention hearing these drums multiple times throughout their lives.

Places to visit and Highlights of Har ki Dun Trek:

Har Ki Dun Valley in itself is remarkably beautiful. But we get to further explore more places ahead of the Har Ki Dun Valley. Explorers can take three main routes in different directions from Har Ki Dun

Marinda Tal:

Marinda Tal is a small but beautiful pond that forms on the stream that runs towards Har Ki Dun from the Borasu glacier. It lies in the north-west direction from Har Ki Dun. We have to trek 2.5 to 3 KM to reach the beautiful lake.
A huge boulder obstructs the flow of the river making a shallow pond, surrounded by massive mountains, some of which remain covered in snow throughout the year.
The altitude of Marinda Tal is 3,800 meters. An alpine meadow surrounds it, providing a good camping spot on our way to the Borasu Pass trek.
Marinda Tal Lake

Hata Valley:

The Hata Valley features expansive alpine meadows that offer views of the Hata peak, visible from Har Ki Dun. Hata Peak altitude is 5,820 meters and it demarcates Uttarakhand from Himachal.
Hata Valley is in the north direction, and to the right of Marinda Tal. It is around 3 KM in distance one way.

Jaundhar Glacier:

The Jaundhar Glacier is located at the base of the massive Swargarohini peak. The glaciers in this region have retreated dramatically by a few kilometres, a testament to the effects of global warming.
To reach the glacier viewpoint, you have to trek at least 5 kilometres from the Har Ki Dun valley. The trek takes you towards the Swargarohini peak in the east direction. The glacier is a further 2 to 3 kilometres from the viewpoint.

Devsu Thatch:

Devsu Thatch located at an altitude of 10,032 feet, is a sprawling meadow above the Supin River. Devsu Bugyal is surrounded by dense forests. Graced with beautifully landscaped grassy mounds and an array of flowers, including orchids, poppies, anemones, primulas, daisies, and marigolds, it offers a mesmerizing experience. Barefoot strolls on soft grass become a sensory dance with nature, inspiring a day of camping to savour the beauty.

Villages of Har ki Dun Valley- Osla and Gangaad:

The trek of Har ki Dun Valley is not only famous for its mesmerizing landscapes, views of the Himalayan Range, and the beauty of Mother Nature that reflects through each and every tiny wildflower that blooms into it but also because of the remote villages that lie in the lap of the Har ki Dun Valley. Osla and Gangad are two famous villages that you will be able to see/visit during your Har ki Dun Trek.
Osla is the most famous village of all due to its rich heritage and unique culture. The villagers of Osla are really kind-hearted and welcoming. In case you are willing to go for the Himalayan Village Exploration program, you will find many cozy homestays in Osla and Gangad where you can stay comfortably and interact with the villagers and observe their lifestyles. If you get a chance, you can enjoy the traditional cuisine at Sankri/Osla. A wholesome Garhwali Thali containing Kafli, Manduva roti (Millet Roti) and Red rice with local dal cooked in a wood fired oven will surely be a luxurious delicacy for you.
There is a 5000-year-old ancient temple. Some people believe that this temple was dedicated to Prince Duryodhana and in earlier days, the villagers of Osla used to worship him. But nowadays, they deny this and don't like their village to be associated with a devil personality. Hence, the temple is said to be dedicated to Someshwar Devta. The fine and intricate wooden carvings of the Someshwar Temple will amaze you. A similar work of art can be observed in the wooden carvings of old wooden houses in Osla village.

Flora and Fauna of the Har ki Dun Valley Trek:

Flora: Deodar cedar, Chir pine, Oak, and Conifers such as Spruce, Blue pine, and Silver fir
Fauna: Himalayan Snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Brown bear, Monal pheasant, Bearded vulture, Golden eagle, Western tragopan, Steppe eagle, and Black eagle
Har ki Dun trek can also be considered a great destination for bird watching in Uttarakhand. During the Har ki Dun Trek, you will be able to spot many rare species of birds that are found only in the Himalayas. It will be interesting to know that the Snow Leopard project was started from the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park the territory of which covers the Har ki Dun Valley. Please don't worry, you will not encounter this rare wild cat 'Snow leopard' during the trek.

Rhododendron arboreum:

Rhododendron arboreum, also known as Burans or the forest tree. It blossoms in red, pink or white and provides a striking note of aberration to the green background. It is conspicuous in the various altitudes modified to suit the Himalayan region.

Best Time to Visit Har ki Dun Valley Uttarakhand:

You can undertake the Har Ki Dun trek throughout at least 7 months of the year. The trek remains accessible in various weather conditions and all seasons, except during the monsoon month, when rain can pose significant challenges.

Har Ki Dun Trek in Spring (March - April)

In late March, generally in the last week of the month, the Har ki Dun trek reopens. The trail may be slightly difficult to navigate as verglas (ice layers) are very common on the trail right after it reopens and up to at least the first week of April. This makes the trail very slippery, and thus, it is important to use micro-spikes during your trek.
The grasslands gradually start changing hues from brown to green, and by mid-April, the flora is in significant bloom.
har ki dun trek in april
During these months, the nearby peaks such as Hata Peak, Swargarohini, and other higher reaches remain covered in a lot of snow, offering a very contrasting and beautiful landscape. Expect the weather to be very cold at night. Snow can still be found at Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal. By late April, the days are very pleasant while the evenings are still quite cold.

Har Ki Dun Trek in Summer (May - June)

Summers are undoubtedly the best time to trek to Har Ki Dun. The weather is really pleasant with warm days during the day and relatively pleasant evenings. Summer showers melt snow in lower reaches, allowing floral bloom, while the peaks remain covered in snow.
This makes the landscape breathtakingAfternoon showers become common during the Har Ki Dun trek in summer, but the weather is generally clear and will remain so until the last week of June.
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By the end of June, the monsoon arrives in the valley, and the wildlife sanctuary closes. For adventure seekers, August can still be a unique time to consider the trek, accounting for the associated risks.
The locals celebrate the vibrant Har Ki Dun festival to welcome Lord Someshwara at the beginning of August. It can be a unique time to explore the trek or at least the villages of Har Ki Dun valley. The trek in general resumes in the month of September.
Har Ki Dun Valley Summers Beautiful Har Ki Dun Valley in June with Swargarohini in the background.

Har Ki Dun Trek in Autumn (September - October)

The month of September has the maximum floral bloom among the months that the trek is open, owing to the preceding monsoon rains. However, the snow even from the higher reaches melts away.
September can be a good time to plan for the Har Ki Dun trek as often the rains are minimal. By October, the autumn colors take sway. The Har Ki Dun Valley looks like a world covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.
The evenings can be very chilly in October. While the snow would have to wait until mid-November, October rains can bring some snow to the valley, especially by the end of October. November marks the arrival of winter and snow will begin to envelop the valley.
Har Ki Dun Autumn Har Ki Dun Valley in October

Har Ki Dun Trek in Winter (November - December)

Snow generally arrives in the Har Ki Dun valley and around the Osla village by mid to late December. In recent years, the November month has seen significant, albeit very few, spells of snow in the Har Ki Dun valley.
This covers the valley in a white snowscape. However, excessive snow can close the trek. For the lucky few who are able to complete this trek in December month, around the first couple of snowfalls, the valley turns into a fairy world right out of some Disney fairytale.
Expect the weather to be really cold, and temperatures to be sub-zero at the Kalkatidhar or Boslo campsites. Verglas can be present on some stretches, and thus micro-spikes are really a must.
Overall, the spring-summer months from mid-April to mid-June and the September month are the safer months for visiting Har Ki Dun. Those planning to visit during other months should conduct a thorough weather check before making plans.
Seema Winters Har ki Dun

Har Ki Dun Trek Difficulty Level:

Har Ki Dun is considered a moderate level trek in terms of difficulty. The trail follows a well-laid path all the way to the Har Ki Dun valley, a route that the native people of the valley have used for many years.
The total distance to the last village of the Har Ki Dun valley, Osla, is 14 km from the starting point of the trek. Some sections have minor steepness, and the final stretch of about 0.5 km is notably steep. During the first day of the trek, we covered only around 10 km, leaving the steep section for the second day.
Overall, the trail is gradual all the way to the valley. The distance from the last village to the Har Ki Dun valley is another 11 km. Thus, the total distance of 25 km is covered in 3 days. On the third day, we go further to Marinda Tal, which is 2.5 km ahead of Har Ki Dun. The approximate walking distances for each day are as follows:
An additional two days of driving to Sankri and back to Dehradun complete the entire journey, making it a 7-day trip.
If you can walk long distances, you can easily trek to Har Ki Dun without worrying much. Children aged 9 or above have been able to complete this trek with us without any difficulty.

Har Ki Dun Trek Route:

Har Ki Dun Trek Route offers an enchanting journey through the pristine valleys and ancient villages of the Garhwal Himalayas. This picturesque trail captivates trekkers with its breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks and lush meadows.
    • Sankri village serves as the base camp for a trek to Har Ki Dun valley. It is a village that also serves as a basecamp for other popular treks such as Bali Pass Trek, Rupin Pass Trek, Borasu Pass Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, etc.
      Sankri is located 190 km from Dehradun, and the drive goes via Mussoorie, Kempty Falls, and Naugaon, where the route to Yamunotri and Sankri diverges. Purola and Mori are two important towns ahead of Naugaon. From Mori, expect little to no network coverage and a bumpy road as we enter Govind Wildlife Sanctuary.
    • The Har Ki Doon trek starts with a drive from Sankri to Taluka, from where we trek to the Har Ki Dun valley. It is situated approximately 25 km farther ahead of Taluka. The entire trek is 50 km, and an additional 2.5 km to Marinda Lake.
    • The trek is along the Supin River and goes through the Garhwali villages of Taluka, Gangad, and Osla. The trekking route is densely forested up to Osla, the last village. Har Ki Dun has one Forest Guest House and one Garhwal Mandal guest house (GMVN).
    • Camping in the Har Ki Dun valley has been prohibited since the Uttarakhand High Court banned camping in meadows in 2018.
    • From Har ki Dun Valley, one can see the entire North Face of Swargarohini I (6,252 m) peak. This face descends to about 2,000 m in less than a 2 km distance and has not been climbed yet.
    • Some associate it with the path to heaven that the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata supposedly took. However, the story is actually linked to the Swargarohini steps visible from Satopanth Lake, located beyond Badrinath.
    • The beautiful Marinda Tal, formed by a huge boulder obstructing the river, can be trekked in an hour from Har Ki Dun, at a distance of 2.5 km. We can explore the Hata Valley to the north of Har ki Dun.
    • The hike to the Jaundhar Glacier viewpoint that takes us to the Swargarohini Base is not feasible owing to the long distance.
    • There are many passes in this region, and a few of them cross over into Kinnaur, Himachal, such as Rupin Pass & Borasu Pass. Those towards Yamunotri & Gangotri, such as Bali Pass, Fachu Kandi & Dhumdhar Kandi, go to the Gangotri valley.

The beautiful valley with Swargarohini peak is obscured in the clouds rising high

Har Ki Dun Trek Route Map:

The Har Ki Dun Trek Map showcases the enchanting trail through the Garhwal Himalayas, leading to the picturesque Har Ki Dun Valley. Meandering alongside the Tons River, the map highlights the breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and lush meadows, offering a captivating adventure for trekkers and nature enthusiasts alike. har ki dun trek map

Documents Required to do the Har Ki Dun Trek:

  1. Photo ID Proof (Aadhar Card / Passport and Visa for Foreign Nationals)
  2. Medical Fitness Certificate
  3. Trek Insurence

What to Pack for the Har Ki Dun Trek?

The Har ki Dun Trek is an easy trek; However, it's essential to be well-prepared for the journey. Here are some of the things that trekkers should carry for the trek and their uses:
  • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack is essential for carrying all the necessary gear and supplies for the trek. Look for a backpack with good support, padding, and ventilation.
  • Trekking shoes: A good pair of trekking shoes is essential for the rugged terrain and high altitudes. Look for shoes with good ankle support, waterproofing, and sturdy soles that can handle rough terrain.
  • Warm clothes: The temperature may drop at night, and it's important to carry warm clothes like fleece jackets, thermal innerwear, and gloves to stay warm.
  • Rain gear: The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and it's important to carry rain gear like a waterproof jacket and pants to stay dry in case of rain.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses: The sun can be intense at high altitudes, and it's important to carry sunscreen with high SPF and sunglasses to protect the skin and eyes from the harsh UV rays.
  • Water bottles: Staying hydrated is essential for trekking at high altitudes, and it's important to carry at least two water bottles and a water purification system like a water filter or tablets.
  • Snacks: Trekking at high altitudes can be physically demanding, and it's essential to carry high-energy snacks like energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits for quick energy boosts.
  • First aid kit: A well-stocked first aid kit with essential medicines, bandages, antiseptics, and pain relievers is crucial in case of any injury or illness on the trek.
  • Headlamp or torch: It's important to carry a headlamp or torch for navigating in the dark.
  • Personal toiletries: Carry personal toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, and wet wipes for personal hygiene.

Your Cozy Stay at Sankri: Himalaya Shelter Guest House:

Sankri is considered to be the base camp for many famous and lesser-known and offbeat treks like Bali Pass Trek, Ruinsara Lake Trek, Dhumdhar Kandi Pass Trek, Maldaru Tal Trek, and many others.
To get well acclimatized, staying at Sankri for at least one night is preferable before starting the trek. On the first day, when you reach Sankri, you will be accommodated at the Himalaya Shelter Guest House. The Guest House offers a cosy and comfortable stay to the trekkers. The spacious rooms with attached washrooms and electric geysers provide trekkers with much-required comfort. You can sit on the balcony and enjoy the beautiful sunset views. The spectacular sight of the sun setting behind the Himalayas will be a mesmerizing experience for you. Delicious and hygienic food will be served to you. If informed in advance, we can serve you the delicious Garhwali Thali.

Due to its prime location, spectacular views, peaceful surroundings, spacious rooms, luxurious stay, delicious food and excellent services, Himalaya Shelter Guest House, Sankri attracts many trekkers and travellers and also hosts nature lovers who are looking for a great work-from-the-mountains option.

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Har Ki Dun Trek Itinerary

Drive: 190 km, 8 hrs

Altitude Gain: 2,100 ft – 6,725 ft

Accommodation: Cottages/Guest House

Meals: Dinner

We start the journey early from Dehradun and drive initially to the famous hill station of Mussoorie. After just over 100 km, we pass close to the temple of Lakhamandal. According to locals, Duryodhana of the epic Mahabharata conspired to burn the Lakshagriha house of the Pandavas in this area. Damta, Purola, Mori and Netwar are some of the other villages on the route. We follow the river Yamuna upstream.

 

The river Kamal Ganga merges with Yamuna near Naugaon and accompanies us till Purola. Purola is the last big settlement on the route with a large market. So, it is recommended that the trekkers can buy anything they might have missed out by Purola itself. It also is the last village where most of the mobile networks work.

 

The drive after Purola is through a beautiful forest of pine trees. In some distance, on top of a hill we can see the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya overlooking the valley. From near the village of Mori, the river Tons flows beside us till about Netwar. The fall in temperature can be felt from here. We officially enter Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary after we cross a check post at Netwar. It can be considered the southern gateway to the sanctuary as most of the treks across the region are accessed from here onwards.

 

The northern border of the sanctuary merges into Himachal Pradesh. Close to here, the rivers of Rupin and Supin merge to form Tons, which is the largest tributary of Yamuna and in fact larger than Yamuna itself, in terms of volume of flow. The peak of Kedarkantha can be seen from various points along the way from here.

We reach Sankri by early evening. It is a small village with a central market lined with a few shops. The village has numerous apple orchards which are harvested starting from late summer. The market area is new compared to the old village area, a part of which is known as ‘Saud’. The village also produces peach, apricots and potatoes. One can see the Swargarohini peak from here on a clear day. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.

Let’s know some interesting facts about today’s road trip to Sankri. You will witness spectacular views and some ancient heritage sights on the way that represents our country’s rich culture. One such place is Lakhamandal. We will talk about it later though.
Kempty…You must have heard this word right? On the way to Sankri when you leave Mussoorie, you will pass through beautiful Kempty waterfalls also known as Kempty Falls. You will get a chance to witness the beauty of this famous Himalayan waterfall.
When you will start riding on the Mussoorie – Yamunotri road, you will come across another beautiful place named Lakhamandal. It is not exactly on our way but If the time allows, you can pay a visit to this temple. While passing the town you will realize why Uttrakhand is called Devbhumi. Lakhamandal is mentioned in the ancient Indian scripture, the epic Mahabharata. This temple is famous not only because it is mentioned in Mahabharat, but also because of its significant architecture. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva.
Let’s move a little further, and you will reach Ganganani, famous for its natural hot springs. Ganganani is a small village in Uttarakhand near Harshil Village. Here, you will take a break by the riverbank. Sit down, dip your legs in the water, and listen to the soothing music of the river. You will reach Sankri by the evening and check into the beautiful cozy guest house.

Drive: 10 km, 1 hr

Trek: 10-12 km, 5-6 hrs

Altitude Gain: 6,725 ft – 8,270 ft

Accommodation: Alpine Tents

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

 

Since the journey is long, we start as early as we can in the morning. After breakfast, we board an SUV and drive through a forest road. The drive is quite bumpy. The vehicle crosses one or two streams on the way. We reach Taluka in about an hour. It is a small village with a few shops and two Government guest houses. The trek commences from here on a stony path.

 

The fragrance of cedar trees can be felt around Taluka. Sometimes during winters, or especially during periods with rather heavy spells of rain, the road to Taluka may be too dangerous for vehicles, as streams run across the road and thus one may be required to walk a stretch of around 8 km up to Taluka, albeit it is only occasional.

 

We walk close to the river Supin gushing through rapids. Under the shade of walnut, pine, and cedar trees, the walk is quite pleasant. In autumn we can often find walnuts lying around. One must avoid “bichchu ghas” which literally translates to ‘scorpion grass’. A slight touch can give us a stinging sensation which lasts for about twenty to thirty minutes. This herb is also cooked as a vegetable and eaten. Often the passing villagers greet us on the way. High up above on the true left, we get to see the village of Datmer. It is lined by a series of step farms. The farms have the bright red colored Cholai growing from late monsoon to early autumn.

 

The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walking the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. It is possible to come across a yellow-throated marten in the forests of this area. We can also find edible fruits of seabuckthorn. They are orange in color and grow in bunches. Also, known as ‘leh berries’, the juicy and sour fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C. We continue our trek and soon we reach the secluded campsite at Puani Garat.

Trek: 10 km, 5-6 km

Altitude: 8,270 ft – 10,830 ft

Accommodation: Alpine Tent

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

 

Today we start the day by heading up towards Osla village, which is located on a sloping spur about a hundred meters above the river Supin. The initial trail to Osla is the steepest section along the entire trek and can take 30-40 mins to cover. The landscape surrounding Osla is full of terraced farms. The colors of these lands differ in every season. The red farms of Cholai (Amaranth) look amazing and can be seen from the late monsoon.

 

This grain is a powerhouse with its rich nutritional values and a favorite among the locals. Apart from these Kidney beans in wide varieties are cultivated in the area. Osla is the last village on the route to Har ki Dun. From Osla the trail gradually rises higher and we cross a few fields, while the river can be seen far below. We come across a temple some distance below the trail towards the right. We pass through bushes of flowers like orchids, fleece flowers and sunflowers.

 

 

The journey today is rather short, which gives the opportunity to acclimatize to the high altitude and prepare for the next days journey. We can take a breather basking in the sun at the beautiful campsite of Kalkatidhar. The ban to camp at Har Ki Dun has had a rather positive outlook to the trekking itinerary, as it allows for more comfort & at the same time preserves the natural beauty of Har Ki Dun.

Trek: 15-17 km, 7-8 hrs

Altitude: 10,830 ft – 12,530 ft – 10,830 ft

Accommodation: Alpine Tents

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

 

The day’s trek can be considered to be rather long as we today visit Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal, a small lake formation due to the obstructing boulder across the river stream, which lies 2 KM further ahead of Har Ki Dun. As we start the trek, at a short distance a hidden and roaring waterfall is encountered with a small tea shop beside the waterfall.

 

The ascending path offers stunning views above the confluence of the Supin and Ruinsara rivers. From here, you can admire the snow-clad peaks of Ruinsara Valley, notably Black Peak, the highest in the area. To the north, the Har Ki Dun valley unfolds in the distance, with a clear view of the Forest hut. Continuing higher on the right of the river, you enter a final stretch through a beautiful forest. Emerging from the woods, you arrive at Har Ki Dun’s main camping area, nestled beside a babbling stream. This panoramic spot sits at the junction of two valleys, one originating from Jaundhar Glacier and the other beyond Hata Glacier, offering a breathtaking natural spectacle.

 

Higher up towards the North we can spot the Forest Rest House, while the wood-crafted GMVN guest house lies further up in the distance. The Har ki Dun peak stands tall right in front of us behind the Forest Rest House. Towards its left, Hata peak which is usually snow-covered can be seen. The minor ridge to our right, lined with a few scattered Himalayan birch trees Bhojpatra separates us from the massive Har Ki Dun valley that goes up all the way to the base of Swargarohini Peak. The paper-like bark of these trees was used in ancient times to write religious scriptures.

 

The vast open meadows following the course of the Supin 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, for which we will have to head upwards the Har Ki Dun valley, towards the Swargaroini peak in the eastern direction.

 

We can choose to relax and soak in the environment for some time or we can continue our trek to Marinda Tal, in the north, just 2-3 km away from Har ki Dun. The trail is gradually ascending here. It is a small lake formed by a huge boulder obstructing the river which flows down from the base of the Borasu Pass.

After our short visit to Marinda Tal we make our return journey back to Kalkatidhar. We take the same route and it becomes much easier as its all downhill from here. We reach back by early evening and rest at the campsite.

Trek: 10 km, 4-5 hrs

Altitude Loss: 10,830 ft – 8,270 ft

Accommodation: Alpine Tents

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

 

The journey back to Osla is an easy walk. On the route we come across a good view of the trail all the way to Osla and see the valley descend towards Taluka, around the curve of the ridge where the two streams comng from Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara respectively, converge. A little short of this intersection we can get a glimpse of a trail to our left marked by a sight of a bridge down over the stream.

 

This trail goes to join the trail to Ruinsara lake and is rarely taken. After reaching Osla, one can roam about in the village, talk to locals and soak in the Garhwali culture. We continue our journey from here to our earlier campsite of Puani Garat where we can spend time basking in the sun.

Trek: 10 km, 5 hrs

Drive: 10 km, 1 hr

Altitude Loss: 8,270 ft – 6,725 ft

Accommodation: Cottages/Guest House

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

Early in the morning, post breakfast we set out from this beautiful abode as we start trekking through the same trail we trekked along on Day 1, towards Taluka. Although the views seem different as the perspective changes significantly trekking downhill. The walk takes lesser time than before and is enjoyable. We walk to the true left of the River Supin until we finally arrive at Taluka, from where a vehicle takes us back to Sankri. We retire for the day in camp alongside the river or in a guest house in Sankri.

Distance: 190 km, 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast

Journey Ends: Arrive in Dehradun between 5 and 7 PM

The trek to Har ki Dun concludes today as we leave Sankri. The drive up to Mori through the unique lesser-touched regions is still amazing. The stretch right after crossing Mori town is still the prettiest along the entire journey, albeit the new hydel project has put the fragile environs at increased risk in this area. Rafting and Kayaking which was earlier prevalent here are no longer feasible. Regardless the beauty of the region remains to a significant degree. After crossing the towns and finally Kempty-Mussoorie, we reach Dehradun by late afternoon or early evening.

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FAQ's about Har Ki Dun Trek

Har ki Dun distance from dehradun:

The distance from Dehradun to Har Ki Dun is 222 kilometers (138 miles). This includes 200 kilometers by road to Taluka via Mussoorie & Sankri, and 22 kilometers by hiking from Taluka to the GMVN guest house in the Har Ki Dun Valley. The travel time can vary from 8 to 10 hours, and the hiking distance of 22 kilometers takes an average of 15 hours to cover.

The Har Ki Dun valley trek is usually open from April to June and from September to November. During the winter months (December to March), the trek is closed due to heavy snowfall, and it is not recommended to attempt the trek during this time.

The best time to visit the valley is during the months of May and June when the weather is pleasant, and the valley is adorned with blooming flowers.

The trek is generally safe. The trail is long but very well laid through villages. The altitude of the trek can cause altitude sickness, and trekkers should take necessary precautions such as acclimatizing properly and drinking plenty of water.

The trek should be completely avoided during the monsoon season. While wildlife such as black bears are found ahead of Osla, incidents involving trekkers are very rare. An experienced trek leader will always be present to assist you with any hurdles during the trek to Har Ki Dun.

Mori, being a small village, has limited banking facilities and only one ATM available. It is advisable for trekkers to carry enough cash with them from Dehradun or Mussoorie to avoid any inconvenience.

BSNL & JIO networks work till Sankri, while other networks only work till Mori. There is no network coverage beyond Sankri.

As Sankri is the last location with access to electricity, it is advisable to bring extra batteries or a power bank for your electronic devices.

For medical emergencies, the closest hospital is located in Mori or Purola.

However, for major medical emergencies, it is important to note that the nearest hospital is located in Mussoorie or Dehradun which can take approximately 8-9 hours to reach.

The Swargarohini peak, Black peak, and Jaundhar Glacier are visible during the Har Ki Dun trek.

 

Highlights of Har ki Dun Valley Trek:-

  • Garhwal Himalayan gem: snow peaks, alpine flora, and renowned for views of majestic Swargarohini from Har Ki Dun
  • Path ventures through Boslow woods, emerging with awe-inspiring snow patches.
  • Hidden Ruinsara Gad, Devsu Thatch: mesmerizing meadow, captivating tiered landscape.
  • Immersive stays: Gangad, Datmir villages; passage through culturally-rich Osla village.
  • Beyond words: Thamsa river, Swargarohini allure, valley views—trek’s essence firsthand.
  • Kalkatiyadhar Meadows: Overlooked gem, vast with panoramic valley, mountain views.

The valley has a unique mythology – it is said that the Swargarohini peak (visible from Har Ki Dun) was used by the Pandavas to ascend to heaven.

The name of the valley has two separate interpretations – firstly, it is translated as “Valley of Gods” or “Shiva’s Valley”. Secondly, it is believed that the sound or song (Dhun) of Shiva can be heard in the valley, played by a Dhaki (drummer) who had disappeared in ancient times.

The Dhun is said to welcome Lord Someshwara (an avatar of Shiva). There is a temple dedicated to the deity in the last village of Osla. The Har Ki Dun festival is celebrated in the Osla village in August every year.

Har ki Dun trek difficulty level:

Har Ki Dun is a moderate trek in terms of difficulty.

During the first day of the trek, we cover only around 10 km, leaving the steep section for the second day. Overall, the trail is gradual to the valley. The distance from the last village to the Har Ki Dun Valley is another 11 km. Thus, the total distance of 25 km is covered in 3 days. On the third day, we go further to Marinda Tal, which is 2.5 km ahead of Har Ki Dun.

Best time to go for Har ki Dun Valley:

Summers are undoubtedly the best time to trek to Har Ki Dun. The weather is really pleasant with warm days during the day and relatively pleasant evenings. Summer showers melt the snow in lower reaches, making way for floral bloom, while the peaks will still be covered in snow. This makes the landscape breathtakingAfternoon showers are common during the Har Ki Dun trek in summer, but the weather is generally clear and will remain so until the last week of June.

By the end of June, the monsoon arrives in the valley, and the wildlife sanctuary closes. For adventure seekers, August can still be a unique time to consider the trek, accounting for the associated risks. The vibrant Har Ki Dun festival celebrated by the locals to welcome Lord Someshwara is held at the start of August and can be a unique time to explore the trek or at least the villages of Har Ki Dun valley. The trek in general resumes in September. After the last week of November, the Valley closes again until the mid-March or start of April, depending on the snow conditions of the Valley.

Har ki Dun Base camp: Sankri

The base camp of Har ki Dun Trek is ‘Sankri village. Sankri village is the last road pass to Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The village offers you enthralling views of the many mountain peaks of the Himalayas gazing at you from afar.
Direct Bus to Sankri:
From Dehradun, you can get direct buses to Sankri from the bus station near the railway station. Roadway buses start from Dehradun to Sankri at 5:30 am and 7:30 am. Tickets can be bought from Mussoorie Bus Stand near Dehradun Railway Station.

 

The last bus only goes to Hanol via Mussoorie at 8:00, You will need to get down at Mori, and from Mori, you can take a shared vehicle/ Private taxi to reach Sankri

Dehradun to Sankri is a beautiful eight to nine-hour journey passing through the deep pine forests and exotic flora and fauna. Kedarkantha, Bali Pass, Har ki Dun, Rupin Pass, etc. are a few of the very popular destinations that observe the arrival of innumerable trekkers and backpackers.

In December, heavy snowfall blankets the region, prompting authorities to close the gates. But when March arrives, the gates swing open once more, inviting trekkers to relish the delightful weather.

May is a fantastic time to embark on the Har Ki Dun trek. Even in March and April, Har ki Dun retains an ample amount of snow, making it a dream for snow lovers. During the day, you can enjoy the pleasant weather, typically around 15°C, with occasional refreshing breezes. However, nights can get quite chilly, with temperatures dipping to 2°C to 3°C.

In March, the gates open, inviting trekkers to discover the scenic beauty of Har Ki Dun. May is an excellent time for this trek, with lovely weather ideal for camping and trekking. What truly sets Har ki Dun apart is the abundant snow blanketing the landscape throughout March and April, ensuring a distinctive and captivating adventure.

In November, it gets really cold in Har ki Dun. Nights are freezing, below zero. Even during the day, it’s not very warm, with the highest temperature only reaching about 13°C. At night, it can drop even lower, to around -1°C.

Getting to Har ki Dun Valley for the trek begins with reaching the charming village of Sankri, situated approximately 200 kilometers away from Dehradun. Once you’ve arrived in Sankri, you have a couple of options. You can choose to trek to Taluka or opt to rent a jeep for the journey to Taluka. From Taluka, your adventure continues with a trek of about 22 kilometers, leading you to the breathtaking Har ki Dun Valley.

Har Ki Dun is located at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483 feet), and the maximum altitude of the trek is 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) at Marinda Tal. Har Ki Dun Trek is one of the most mesmerizing valleys in the Garhwal Himalayas.

The Har ki Dun trek is a easy to moderate level trek. The trails are not steep but they are long in distance. The valley is about 27 kilometers from Sankri and takes about 5 days to return to the base camp in Sankri, which can be challenging for some people.

The Har ki Dun Trek typically takes 5 to 7 days from base camp Sankri, with daily hikes of around 10 to 13 kilometers within 5 to 6 hours.

Inclusions
  1. Transport support from Dehradun to Dehradun
  2. Pick-up location: Prince Chowk, near Dehradun Railway Station
    Pick-up Time: Around 7:30 am
  3. All vegetarian meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day
  4. Professional Guide, Cook and Support staff
  5. First-Aid kit with Oximeter and Portable Oxygen Cylinder
  6. Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents with portable toilet seats
  7. Rent for camping equipment like Clean sleeping bags and foam mattresses, Good quality ‘A’ shaped or dome tents, Camping stools, Table and Crampons and gaiters if required
  8. Forest entry charges for Indian nationals (Additional charges will be applicable for international tourists)
  9. Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment and NOT personal luggage
  10. Accommodation throughout the trek on a triple-sharing basis
  11. Guesthouse accommodation on the first and second last day on a triple-sharing basis
  12. All applicable taxes
Exclusions
  1. Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  2. Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
  3. Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions
  4. Accommodation in Dehradun
  5. Adventure Insurance
  6. Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, roadblocks etc
  7. Porter and mule support to carry personal Luggage can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 350 per bag per day (weighing up to 12 kg)
  8. Please carry a lunch box for packed lunch/breakfast to avoid using polythenes and Aluminium foils. Keeping the Himalayas clean is our own responsibility. Reduce the use of Plastic when you are in the abode of the Sacred Himalaya. 🌱