Har Ki Dun is famous under the name of ‘Valley of Gods’. However, it has another literal meaning behind its name which is derived from local folklore. According to the folklore, a Dhaki (Drummer) while playing his Nagara (a drum) had got lost in the valley while searching Lord Someshwara (A form of Lord Shiva). ‘Har’ is often related to Lord Shiva. Thus, the valley received its name ‘Har Ki Dun’ which stands for ‘The sound of Shiva’ or ‘The Sound of God’. Here 'Dun' means sound. Thus, this is how the valley has its roots with the divine association. Har Ki Dun trek covers up to 47kms of distance and is at an altitude of 11,675 ft. This trek which is often known as ‘beginner’s trek’ is famous for its lush vegetation and variety of fauna. Har Ki Dun offers a majestic view of the surrounding snow-clad Himalayan peaks like Swaragarohini, Black peak and banderpoonch and at its summit point, one can witness the North Face of the Swargrohini peak; popular as the pathway to heaven. A few places one can visit while on the trek are; Panorama Point, Duryodhana Temple, and Jaundhar glacier. The native villages of Har Ki Dun are tucked in the lap of the valley and they capture the true essence of the region. Two of the villages; Sankri/Saud and Taluka, are more easily accessible in terms of connectivity through motor vehicles. However tucked deeper within the valley lie - Datmir, Gangad, Puani, and Osla. These villages can be reached through trekking only. The flora of the place has an array of alpine forests, wildflowers, and lush meadows where the villager's horses, cattle, and other cattle graze. You get to witness langurs, wild boars, black bears, and Barasingha amongst other mammals and animals native to the ancient region. Nature lovers are in for a delight as they can peacefully do bird watching and experience enchanting natural sights. As one is taken through some of the deeper unknown lands into the majestic valley of “Har Ki Dun’, they also get to come across the “Thamsa” river which has its origin in the valley. Supin River runs parallel to the Har Ki Dun valley and as one goes ahead on the trek, they witness a few streams on the way, flowing effortlessly through the enchanting forests. It’s no surprise that one who spends their time at Har Ki Dun valley , find themselves in a magical place disconnected from the rest of the world. This is an untouched land with its few surrounding villages that have retained their natural beauty and lifestyle. The valley is a place that offers a treat to the eyes and calmness to one's soul, all this while being quite easy to trek.
Har Ki Dun trek is believed to be the route that had been traversed by the Pandavas when they were on their journey to heaven. Undoubtedly, the divine beauty of the ‘Valley of Gods’ reinstates one’s faith that this route shall lead one towards heaven. Har Ki Dun Valley is situated in Govind pasu Vihar National Park, at a height of 11,675 ft. In the bosom of the mighty Himalayas, lies the Har Ki Dun cradle-shaped valley blooming with flora and fauna, untouched by the urban civilization. The Har Ki Dun trek is a goldmine for nature lovers, adventure seekers and lovers of photography.
The enchanting vista is complemented by Har Ki Dun weather which is perfect for both summer and winter treks. It offers to be a lovely destination for a summer holiday thus it is Har Ki Dun best time for the trek. At the same time, it also is a perfect trek in winters if you have your eyes on a snow-trek. The entire Har Ki Dun valley remains sheathed under a blanket of snow from December to April.Trekkers create the most memorable moments as they get to have a bonfire under the starlit night sky and discover the vibrant flora and fauna of the Valley of Gods.
Har Ki Dun Height: 3599 meters (11,811 ft).
Har Ki Dun Temperature: In summers it ranges from 15°C – 21°C and in winter it ranges from 13°C and can dip down to -11°C at night.
Closest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport
Closest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station
Other places near Har Ki Dun Valley: Jamdhar Glacier (13 km away), Morinda Tal (2.9 km away), Osla Village (26 km from Taluka) and Ruinsara Tal (7.8 km away)
Distance covered: Drive 197 km
All the enthusiastic trekkers collect at Dehradun, a city with its own charm. Alongwith our well-trained guides and everyone ready for the journey ahead, we start our journey and drive towards what shall be the starting point of our trek – Sankri. The journey is full of mesmerizing views of the mountains and we shall often witness the Tons river that will run parallel to us as we move towards our destination.
Sankri is located in the Govind Pasu Vihar National Park at an altitude of 1950mts. It surprises one with its picturesque beauty and quite well-to-do facilities. Thus, after a 10-11 hour long drive, amidst which we shall make a few stops for lunch and refreshment we finally arrive at the secluded and calm village of Sankri.
On reaching Sankri, we shall check into the pre-booked hotel/ resort. A delicious dinner shall be served and everyone can relax from the tiring full day journey, as well as prepare themselves for the trek that shall follow the next day. If one feels like it, they can explore the Sankri village and interact with the locals. They can take a short tour of the village and its small markets. They can explore the indigenous crafts, home-grown eatables, and other native things Sankri has to offer.
The trek leader briefs us about what the course of the journey shall be for the next day. After this, we can tuck ourselves in our cozy beds to rest and prepare for the exciting journey which shall follow.
Distance covered: Drive 12 km, Trek 9 km
We wake up to a breath-taking sunrise at Sankri. This is definitely a sight one shouldn’t miss. It is best witnessed with the morning tea or coffee, as the sunrise hits the snow-peaked Swargrohini. Today is the day all the trekkers shall hit the road and embark upon an adventure. They are provided with a healthy and energizing breakfast. Everyone is expected to ensure they have a good supply of water bottles and a few energy fuelling snacks that shall keep them hydrated and energized along the way.
We shall drive from Sankri to Taluka before we embark upon our trekking journey. On our way to Taluka, we get to experience more of the pine forests and meadows. Our drive comes to a stop at Taluka. Taluka is where the actual trek begins as everyone ascends towards Ganghad which is at a height of 2560mts. On our adventure, we get to cross the Tons river and move through Dhatmir village. One gets to experience the Himalayan flora and if lucky, we might spot Boars, Barking Deer, and other animals native to the region. Osla is where we have our campsite and once we reach our destination, we shall retire to our respective tents and relax. The evening shall be lively and entertaining as we will have a bonfire and sit and share tales under the clear starlit night sky. The experience is blissful due to the fresh and positive atmosphere of the campsite that lies amidst raw natural beauty. We will have a sumptuous dinner amidst this lovely ambiance and then retire to our beds, as the next day trek shall be way more energy-consuming and adventurous.
Distance covered: 15 km
Today we shall trek to the main campsite which we all have been eager to set foot on since we set out on our journey to Har Ki Dun. The trek is an 11km terrain. As we start walking with our guides leaving the beautiful Osla village behind, we shall delve deeper into the lush green vegetation of the Himalayan region. We will walk through the meadows adorned by orchids and shall be able to view the lovely mountains enveloping the valley.
The Har Ki Dun height that we shall ascend to is 6200mts from where we started at Osla. On our way, we get to cross wooden bridges that run over streams and rivers and walk through coniferous forests. Thus, when we reach the Har Ki Dun trek site we are delighted to be surrounded by the Har Ki Dun and Swargrohini peaks which magnificently stand towering above is. The Har Ki Dun temperature is perfectly suited according to the season in which you shall choose to trek. The gentle breeze, the soothing atmosphere, and the blissful silence make you fall in love with the Har Ki Dun trek. The journey is adventurous and the destination proves to be exciting and delightful.
Distance covered: 15 km
The sunrise at the Har Ki Dun valley looks astounding as the sun comes up from behind the mighty mountains and fills the valley up with the morning light. We shall have our breakfast amidst this natural ambiance and then prepare ourselves to embark further into Uttrakhand trekking experience. One becomes quite familiar by now, with the Har Ki Dun trekking routine, and has well acclimatized to the Har Ki Dun weather. Thus, all prepared and belly –filled we embark upon our Har Ki Dun trekking trail once again.
Today, we shall be traversing almost 15kms from the campsite and back. We will visit the Jaundhar Glacier. The Jaundhar glacier is the summit of the Har Ki Dun valley trek and it is quite a huge glacier. The trail is grassy and snowy if you tend to trek in winters. On our way to Jaundhar glacier, we may witness a beautiful snowy trail in winters which makes the trek to Har Ki Dun one of the best treks in Uttrakhand. We spend a wonderful time trekking and exploring the region, clicking pictures, and doing a variety of activities or nothing at all (if that is what you please) but just taking in the natural beauty of the Har Dun valley has to offer. We then trek back to our campsite at Har Ki Dun and rest for the night after an exhausting but fulfilling day.
Distance covered: 11 km
Today’s trek shall take almost the entire day. However, the trek shall be easy because we will be traversing downhill. As we descend downhill, we shall cross a few villages on our way. The landscape and sceneries we will witness, seem to be right out of a painting. Har Ki Dun Valley Trek fuels your imagination and creative senses. It is one of the best treks to take up if you wish to take a break in life and simply be one with the source.
We reach Osla physically tired but mentally and emotionally fresher than we have ever been. We re-energize with a lovely dinner and it is advised to ensure that you are well hydrated after the entire trekking experience. We finally, rest the night at Osla as the next day we shall embark upon our final Har Ki Dun trek.
Distance Covered: 26 km
We spent a very relaxing night at the quiet village of Osla and today we shall hit the trail descending back to Sankri village. The journey is easy as we go downhill and experience the Himalayan beauty throughout the Har Ki Dun trek. On reaching Sankri, we can finally call it a day. Make sure you indulge yourself in the local cuisine and head out to explore the village of Sankri. You are at one of the best trekking destinations of Uttrakhand and it would be a shame to not familiarize yourself with the local lifestyle and all the exotic things the place has to offer.
People who were strangers earlier have now created some unforgettable bonds on this lovelyHar Ki Dun trek experience. Others have to combat their fears and everyone has made little achievements on this amazing adventure. The Har Ki Dun trek is sure to be an enriching experience that adds so much value to your life.
We check out of Sankri and hit the road to Dehradun. We shall drive and reach Dehradun by late evening. The wonderful trekking adventure of Har Ki Dun thus comes to a wonderful end and all the travelers depart to their respective destinations from here on.
The Har Ki Dun trek package includes:
- Transportation support on Traveller, Ertiga, or Innova (depending on the size of the group) throughout the journey.
- Accommodation on sharing basis.
- All meals (vegetarian), including everything from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6.
- A well-experienced and certified trek leader.
- Supporting staff.
- Forest permit.
The Har Ki Dun trek package does NOT include:
- Anything that has not been covered in the inclusions mentioned above.
- Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. The cost per bag (10/12 kg) is 300 perday.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of personal medication.
Clothes: At least two pairs of trekking pants, which are both breathable and durable in the face of rough weather conditions, are an absolute necessity. Moreover, carry at least three t-shirts (synthetic material advised) and a couple of warm protective layers (down layer, fleece jackets, thermal wear, etc.) for the duration of the trek. Insulation is a must even during the summer season because temperatures can drop down drastically, especially at the summit of the trek. It is strongly advised to also carry an outer layer that can be folded and fits conveniently in your backpack, without taking up too much space. The best way to dress in the mountains is to layer your clothes such that they can easily be taken off and stored when the temperature is hot and can be accessed easily when required.
Accessories: At least three to five pairs of socks are also advised. Not only will they protect from the cold weather, but thick socks also cushion your feet from the impact of the terrain. The need for a pair of strong trekking shoes is unavoidable, especially for the Har Ki Dun terrain. Along with this, a pair of lighter camping shoes should be brought along as well. Too much exposure to heat could even cause a heatstroke, which is why a sun cap is vital. Thick gloves are an absolute necessity, because of the snow if you’re trekking in winters. A raincoat or poncho is also advised, for protection from rain and snow.
Food and water: Apart from a little bit of patience and determination, trekking in the Himalayan region requires energy. To keep these levels from dropping, one must keep replenishing them with energy-intensive snacks like chocolate bars, cheese, and nuts. It is mandatory to carry a water bottle (insulated bottle advised).
Miscellaneous: It is also advised to carry a set of cutlery per person (a mug, a spoon, and a tiffin) and a miniature toilet bag with items like toothpaste, lip balm, and moisturizer. A strong walking stick is also advised, as it adds volumes of ease to your uphill-trekking experience.
The Har Ki Dun trek difficulty level has its bar set pretty low. The Har Ki Dun valley is quite secluded and therefore it is one of Uttrakhand’s best trek for summer months May to June and also suitable for autumn in late September and spring. Har Ki Dun Trek in Monsoon months i.e. July to September is quite a challenge though the route is pretty simple. So trekkers do trek even in Har Ki Dun weather of monsoons for the challenge and adventure.
Har Ki Dun temperature averagely ranges from 10 degrees to 15 degrees during the day time. The temperature can also drop down to as low as 2 degrees to 5 degrees in the night. Keep in mind both the temperature and wind flow while packing your warm clothes.
Har Ki Dun Trek is one of Uttrakhand’s best trek in the Garhwal region. It is also known as beginner’s trek therefore the Har Ki Dun Trek difficulty level bar is set pretty low. The trail takes you to the enchanting valley of Har Ki Dun that lies at the base of Fateh Parvat which is at an altitude of 3556mts. It is one of the most adventurous and easy-to-do Himalayan treks. No special physical training is expected to be done for the trek. However, a person with breathing disorders or physical injury should avoid the Har Ki Dun Trek.
The Har Ki Dun temperature can range from warm in the mornings to chilly in the nights. The Har Ki Dun weather generally ranges from cool to chilly throughout and we witness snowfall in winter.Thus greatly dependent on the temperature and weather one should make sure they carry warm clothing. Wardrobe essentials for the Har ki Dun trek shall include heavy woolen and fleece material clothes, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, wind-proof jackets, thermal, warm inner-wear. A sturdy backpack with plastic or waterproof lining. Trekking shoes, snow boots, trekking pole, moisturizers, chapsticks. Torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes, and a whistle.
The Dehradun to Har Ki Dun Trek distance is around 98.7 km. After reaching Dehradun we shall drive to Sankri which is the commencing point of Har ki dun trek.
On the Har Ki Dun Trek, one should carry trekking shoes and Snow boots. The Har Ki Dun Trek terrain varies extremely so make sure you carry comfortable and suitable shoes.
All meals are provided by our team on the Har Ki Dun trek. The cuisine shall be vegetarian. Safe and clean drinking water will be available on the trek.
The Har Ki Dun Trek is completed well within 6-7 days. We shall trek for 5 hours on an average each day and cover almost 47 km of trekking trail. The Har Ki Dun Valley is full of eye-catching flora and fauna and adorned with mesmerizing Himalayan beauty. The Har ki Dun trek is a long one and one should ensure that they remain well hydrated throughout and are physically fit and mentally prepared to perform the trek.
The size of the group that shall perform the Har Ki Dun trek depends on the number of bookings that are received and accordingly the group is formed.
One should essentially carry a 6 Litre backpack on the Har Ki Dun trek. The weight shall however depend on the requirements of the trek and personal too.
The Har Ki Dun trek begins at Sankri. One shall connectivity at Purola and Sankri for a BSNL connection. Further on, we do not get connections. Therefore, it is advised that you should inform your family members or other related people about poor connectivity during the Har ki Dun trek. At the guesthouse in Sankri, there will be charging points where you can charge your mobiles and other devices.
Har Ki Dun trek is almost 47 km long and requires a complete 6-7 days of the trek.Har Ki Dun Valley has beautiful meadows to walk through and breathtaking sights to behold. It is an easy trek and one of the best treks in Uttrakhand.
According to the policies and terms of the Har ki Dun trek, consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicant or smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited.
Yes, Har ki Dun trek is an easy trek despite being one of the longest treks as the route is almost 47 kilometers. It takes up to 6 to 7 days to complete the trek. But Har Ki Dun Valley trek is considered a beginner’s trek therefore, it is not difficult. The trek is easy as the terrains are not much elevated or rugged making them easy to travel. All you need for this trek is good stamina as it is quite a long trek. If you are a beginner and wish to commence your trekking experience on an adventurous note, Har ki Dun trek is definitely the trek for you.
Yes, there are dangerous wild animals at Har Ki Dun Trek as it lies in the Govind National Park, which is popular for its variety of flora and fauna. Therefore, the Har ki Dun trek should not be done solo but one should always go with a group and teammates. It is equally important to stay inside the tents and only leave the tent with a fellow trekking member. As far as avalanches are concerned, one can remain assured that the Garhwal Himalaya region barely faces avalanches and therefore, these regions serve well for trekking purposes.
The Har Ki Dun Trek actually commences from Sankri. We shall all meet at Dehradun and from there, the trekking team shall leave together for Sankri. We go to Taluka from Sankri which is around 12km from Sankri, from Taluka we shall start trekking towards Osla and further move towards Har Ki Dun from Osla. The trek is planned through 6-7 days and we have suitable campsites and stopping points where we shall rest through our entire trip.
The Har Ki Dun trek is safe for women and there is no such harm to anyone as there are people present on the base camps. Apart from this, the basic medication and security of the trekkers are taken care of by the trekking guide. We simply expect the trekkers to follow the guidelines given as these are experienced trekkers who have a thorough knowledge of the geography and such adventures.
Har Ki Dun weather is mostly warm during the day. Since we are trekking to a higher altitude the temperatures are sure to drop during the night. Therefore, it is advised that one carries appropriate woolens and warmers during the whole trek.
The distance fromDelhi to Har Ki Dun is about 450 km and to reach Har Ki Dun Valley you will have to take a direct flight, train, or bus to Dehradun, as per personal convenience. Once at Dehradun, we shall drive toSankri together with the rest of the trekking members.
The total Har ki dun trek distance is estimated to be 47 km which we cover in 6 to 7 days. The trek is easy to moderate and takes you through some of the most picturesque beauty of the Himalayan region. You will trek around 5 to 6 hours every day during your Har Ki Dun trek.
Har ki dun trek is quite suitable for beginners one can easily acclimatize with daily ascend and the altitude. But if you find any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which includes a headache, nausea and vomiting then do inform your trek leader. Every campsite has first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations, therefore your comfort and well-being shall be taken care of.
Yes, one can perform the Har Ki Dun trek in February. But for that, you ought to be an experienced trekker as February is a challenging month for the trek. There are chances of frequent snowfalls and the temperature drops considerably low. In case, you are not comfortable with trekking in the snow then this month shall not be favorable for the trek.
Har Ki Dun trek is an easy to moderate trek and it’s suitable for first-time trekkers who have decent stamina. The trail path is fairly easy with only a few challenging tracks in between. But if you still wish to prepare yourself then you can start with briskly walking for 10 minutes every day followed by some form of physical exercise and jogging. You can also practice yoga every day to regulate your breathing. While at home try to climb 10 stairs as this practice will help you acclimatize to the ascending trails.
Yes, Har ki dun trek perfect for first timer trekkers and beginners. Each day you will be trekking for around 5-6 hours. Every day we shall have certain trails that ascend or descend but, the trails are quite easy with very few challenging pathways.
Yes, you can do the Har Ki Dun trek in December. This is the time when the region receives heavy snowfall. The mercury meter ranges from 0 to 5 degrees Celsius and is accompanied by the extremely chilling breeze, so make sure that you carry enough woolens for yourself. The winter Har ki Dun trek is more challenging than the summer one as the snow makes the trail more difficult to traverse and so is the overall experience owing to the snowfall and low temperatures. The trekkers who love snowy terrains can choose to do the Har Ki Dun trek in winters. The valley looks magical when covered with snow.
For the Har ki dun trek, your child should be at least 9 to 10 years old. If your child falls in this age group and is physically fit then he/ she can come with you on the trek.
When we set off for the Har Ki Dun Trek, your guesthouse at Sankri will have concrete toilets with water facilities. While on your trek, we provide toilet tents and these are waterproof. There will be 2 to 4 tents depending on the size of the group. The toilet tents will have a deep pit for your nature calls. You will also have a mound of soil and a shovel with which you shall cover it up. This is the most hygienic way for you in the wild. Also, toilet paper is recommended instead of wet wipes on Har ki Dun trek.
It is quite easy to prepare oneself for the Har ki dun trek.One does not have to do much prior planning. All you need to keep in mind is to pack the proper gear for trekking and as the region receives an abundance of rainfall it is necessary to carry waterproof backpacks and windcheaters along. Apart from that, it is extremely important to carry your identity proof as that will be needed at the checkpoints. The rest of the schedule takes place according to the well-prepared itinerary we have for you.
Well, definitely! One can trek up to Har ki dun solo as well. The trail is indeed a frequented one and one can meet new people when traveling solo. Traveling solo is a great opportunity to be with oneself and nature, disconnected from the world. But if you travel in a group the hike gets a little easier and you could also join a group if you are interested in the trek.
The highest point of Har ki Dun lies at an altitude of 11,657 ft. The Har ki Dun trek begins at an elevation of about 1,950mts at the hamlet of Sankri and then increases gradually with the ascent.
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