Har ki Dun Trek
"Every travel with WANDERERS is an experience of a life time."
Har Ki Dun Trek is one of our all-time favorite treks in Uttarakhand's Garhwal Himalaya. With endless lush meadows, snowcapped peaks and wild alpine gardens, it is one of the finest trekking destinations. We offer a combination of Jaundhar Glacier along with Har Ki Dun Trek. This undoubtedly will be a trek that you will remember for life. The Har Ki Doon Trek Valley is at an altitude of 3500 Meters above sea level. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass. For people who love to see flowers there is a small stage possible on the day we leave for Seema from Har Ki Dun to a place called Haata.
The meadows here are almost fully carpeted with alpine flowers and make a very pleasing sight. For flower lovers, there is a trail on the way back from Har Ki Dun to Seema. The place is known as Haata.
This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas. We drive from Dehradun to a beautiful village called Sankri where we spend the first night and from here a short 40 mins drive the next day gets us to Taluka, a small market place which is our starting point. From here we trek up to a place called Seema, walking through beautiful forests and interesting villages.
Day 1 – Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (210kms/ 8 – 9hrs)
Reach the Dehradun railway station by 06.30am and assemble. We freshen-up and have a glass of hot tea right outside the railway station. We start the drive from Doon railway station by 7am. On reaching Kempti falls we can have breakfast. The drive from Kempti falls onwards will be the typical mountain roads. On to our left we will have the tons river flowing. We cross Nain bagh, Naugaun and Morri to reach Purola by 1.30pm. We have a good meal and are ready to push for Sankri. Purola is the last town where we have ATM's. Having mentioned that, it would be good to manage cash from Dehradun itself. We cross Naitwar and the forest check post to enter the "Govind National Park". From here it takes us about 40 to 45 mins to get to Sankri. We should reach Sankri by 4.30pm and check into the rooms. And rest for the day.
At around 7pm we have a team briefing with soup in which we get to know each other better. We will share the plan of the trek in terms of routes, evacuation strategies, picture moments and much more...
Day 2 – Drive from Sankri to Taluka (11kms/ 1hour), Trek from Taluka to Gangaad (9kms/5 hrs)
After a good breakfast, a 45mins drive will take us to Taluka the starting point of the trek. This is a 11 kms road covered by the drive. Generally in the early winters (first 2 weeks in Dec) the road journey gets disturbed due to snowfall. Due to this the vehicle does not go beyond a certain point. That point is at a walking distance to the starting point of the trek. That is why we need to start the day by 8 am from Sankri. On reaching Taluka, we get to see the forest official signs in red and green mentioning Har ki Dhun – 27 kms (one way). Trek along the Rupin nalla (river) on the left side towards the first campsite Gangaad. Gangaad has decent sized home stays, one of them being "Yes boss". We plan to spend the night here.
Day 3 – Gangaad to Kalkatiya dhaar/Seematra (8kms or 12kms/4-5hrs or 6-7hrs)
Today's trek is very scenic and we reach to a camping site called Puani garaat/ chiloor gaadh. Puani garaat means wheat mill by the running water source, puani – water, garaat – make. We walk straight towards Seema village. On the left ridge we can see the Osla village, which we shall be visiting on our return. After seema, we take the cemented bridge on our left and enter into the Har kin dhun valley. Now the river is on our right and here onwards this is termed as the Har ki dhun nala (river). If we cross towards the right side, we get to the Ruinsara taal and Bali pass route. From Seema we reach the land where the villagers from Osla and seema have crops harvested. We can see step farming being practiced on the left side of our walk. Another hour of walk and we reach Kalkatiyaa dhaar campsite. If we have water sources available we camp for the night here in Kalkatiya dhar. If not, we ascend from kalkatiyaa dhaar on the ridge that turns left into the Har ki dhun Valley. Another 30 mins trek from here and you reach Seematra campsite. In either of these of places, water will be available.
Day 4 – Kalkatiya dhaar/ Seematra to Har ki Dhun (8kms or 6kms/5-6hrs or 3-4hrs)
We start early today by 8am. The starting of the route has 3 to 4 descends and a couple of interesting waterfalls. In the winters, the main waterfall is generally frozen and is a spectacle in itself. After the 3 descends you see a camping area on the right side which is called a Baslau. Cross Baslau and trek for about over an hour and reach the Har ki dhun campsite.
Day 5 – Explore HKD – Maninda taal (6kms/4hrs)/ Jaundhaar glacier (18kms/ 7-8hrs)
Today could be utilized as a rest day also. For a short hike, take the left ridge and climb for approx 3 kms to a lake called Maninda taal. Spend some time there and return. Otherwise if we take the right side over the Har ki dun valley we can trek for approx 9 kms to reach Jaundhaar glacier. To and fro to Jaundhaar glacier from Har ki dhun would be a long and exerting walk. It involves steep ascends and long valley walks. We prefer going till the Maninda taal and returning than attempting Jaundhaar glacier.
Day 6 – HKD to Osla (15kms/ 7-8 hrs)
Today's trek is long in terms of distance and involves a lot of steep descends. We retrace our steps all the way till kalkatiyaa dhaar and stay on the right ridge to get to Osla village. This is the largest village on the entire route. We see many locals grazing their sheeps, goats, cows and buffaloes. There are many home-stays available in Osla. Osla has very old and an ancient temple that was built in the 13 th century (as per the locals). The locals state that this was built durng the Pandava's times, when they were taking this route to enter the gates of heaven via the famous Swargarohini peaks. Saumeshwar devta - form of Lord Shiva is worshiped in this temple. The sculptures and designs of this temple along with some houses of this village take us back in time. Some locals also believe that this used to be a Duryoyodhna temple until a few decades ago and recently Saumeshwar devta has come and taken place here. There is no way to cross-check these facts but there are many more folklores from this village.
Day 7 – Osla to taluka (12kms/ 6-7hrs) to Sankri (11kms drive/ 1hour)
Start from Osla by 7am so that we can reach Sankri by early evening. Cross the bridge after a steep descend of about an 45 mins to get to paani garaat. Retrace the route to Gangaad, Bhidaaka and get to Taluka. Have packed Lunch at Bhidakaa. From Bhidakaa it would take about an hour and a half to reach to Taluka. We take the vehicle back to Sankri and relax for the rext of the evening.
Day 8 – Drive from Sankri to Dehradun (220kms/ 7 – 8hrs)
We leave from Sankri by 7 am so that we reach Dehradun by 4 pm at max. Take a drop straight to the railway station. If we have some time to kill in Dehradun, enjoy a good meal at Doon Darbar (for non-vegetarian food).
Sankri – 6440 feet – Taluka – 8700 feet – Gangaad 8200 feet – Kalkatiya dhaar – 8960 feet – Har ki dhun – 11,800 feet – Maninda taal – 12,100 feet
Meals – Nutritious and vegetarian meals – Sankri to Sankri
Accommodation – 2 nights in a hotel/ hostel accommodation and the rest camping and home stay if need be Travels – Dehradun railway station to Sankri drive (210kms)
Sankri to Dehradun (210kms)
2 guides and one trek lead for the group of maximum 10 – 12 trekkers.
All the guides are well experienced and have many years of relevant experience in guiding these routes
Clean sleeping bags
Toilet Tents (2)
First Aid with medical kit, oxy metre, oxygen cylinder, stretcher (just in case)
Forest, camping, trekking charges and licenses
Service tax 5%
Transport from Delhi to Dehradun or Dehradun to Delhi
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.
New Friends Colony
Account Number : 006961900002710
Account Type : Current Account
Name : M/S Wanderers
IFS Code : YESB0000069
Note: Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips. For any concerns forpayments, feel free to call us.
45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund
Trek Related Articles
Packing Essentials for Har ki Dun Trek Har Ki Dun Winter Trek