Snuggling amidst the cradle shaped Fateh Parvat, the valley of Har Ki Dun is located at an altitude of 3566 meters and is one of the most gorgeous mountain valleys of Western Himalayas. It is situated in the district of Uttarkashi of Garhwal in Uttarakhand State. It is surrounded by densely populated endless forests and snow-clad mountain peaks. With abundant flora and fauna at a close range, the valley has got the attention of many bird watchers and nature lovers since decades.

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Har Ki Dun is popularly known as “Valley of Gods”. ‘Har’ is another name of the Hindu God, Lord Krishna and this mesmerising valley is widely known to be the Valley of Lord Krishna. It is also called as the valley where fairies meet. The valley holds tremendous value according to the Hindu Epic of Mahabharata. The Swargarohini peak which is located at an altitude of 6096 metres is believed to be the place from where Pandavas proceeded to heaven. Har Ki Dun is the only place in the country which has temples of the Kaurava Prince Duryodhana and his allies Karna. Local residents and communities of this region worship Duryodhana as their God.

The beautiful alpine meadows along the glacier basins and spectacular moraine ridges surrounded by medicinal herbs and shrubs of Ayurveda have enchanted trekkers and holiday makers from all around the globe. The picture-perfect location is best suited for photography and bird watching. The houses of the region have carvings depicting tales from Mahabharata. Rice, Rajma, and Potatoes farms are seen everywhere and they can be found in local delicacies as well.

The trekking trail to the valley of Har Ki Dun was found by Jack Gibson, a teacher at Doon School in 1940’s. He often brought his students on trekking and camping expeditions in this location and has been given the credit for the inception of Indian Mountaineering. Even till date, school kids can be found in a large number especially during summer vacations. Trekkers of all ages can handle the difficulty level of this trek as the trails are well defined and are not very steep. Wooden bridges are constructed at water stream crossings and the average distance to be covered does not exceed 6 to 8 kilometres per day. Camps set up by the forest department come in handy for campers and trekkers.

The valley of Har Ki Dun is situated within the jurisdiction of Govind National Park which gives an insight into the stunning variety of wildlife present in Himalayas. You may spot Musk Deer, Indian Porcupine, Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Parakeets, Minivets, Himalayan Palm, Snow Leopards, Common Otter, Cuckoos, Hodgson’s Fly Squirrel, Steppe Eagle, Black Eagle, Warblers, Sikkim Vole, Finches, Goral, Civet, Buntings, Himalayan Rat, Wild Boar, Bearded Vulture, Thrushes, Koklass Pheasant, Western Tragopan, spot Hedgehog and Monal Pheasant. If you plan your trek during the month of April and May, the Rhododendron trees and wild Himalayan flowers are a delightful sight. Large number of flowers including Lilies, Primulas, Orchids, Blue Poppy, Anemones and Potentillas are found during the stunning summers. The high-altitude flower Brahma Kamal or Saussurea obvallata can be found close to Har Ki Dun.

The shimmering sacred lake of Ruinsara that flows below Mount Swargarohini at an altitude of 3350 is a spell-binding sight. The trail to Lake Ruinsara leads through spectacular meadows, rhododendrons forests, pine forests, deodar forests and conifer forests and proceeds towards Yamunotri Pass. Har Ki Dun is an abode to many of the purest streams and rivers. During the trek, you will witness the source of Karmanasa stream which graciously flows to meet the Obragaad stream beneath the village of Sankri. The stream forms into River Supin which proceeds to merge with the sparkling Rupin River which flows from the state of Himachal Pradesh. At Netwar, River Rupin combines to emerge as Tons River which is a major tributary of the legendary River Yamuna.

Taking a stroll in breath-taking landscapes dominated by the Mount Swargarohini, Kalanag, Fateh Parvat and Bandarpoonch will be a life-altering experience for every visitor.

Trip Highlights
  • Har Ki Dun is popularly known as “Valley of Gods”
  • Views of Hata, Swargarohini peak and Fateh Parvat.
  • Govind National Park is home for unique flora & fauna.
  • Experience the essence of mythology at temple at Osla.
  • Enticing Vast grasslands, mountain views, pine forests, deep valleys and jaw dropping views of great Himalayas.
Trip Facts
  • Base Camp : Sankri
  • Duration : 6 Nights – 7 Days
  • Har Ki Dun Altitude : 11500 ft
  • Sankri Altitude : 1920 ft
  • Best Time : All Year
  • Temperature in Summer : Day (5℃ to 15℃) Night (2℃ to 7℃)
  • Temperature in Winter : Day ( -2℃ to -5℃) Night ( -5℃ to -10℃)
  • Chandgad Camp Altitude : 8550 ft
  • Trek Grade : Moderate (Subjective to Individual)
  • Total Trek Distance : On foot 64 km and SUV 450 km
Why to choose?

Even though multiple trekking trails are available to choose from, it is essential to understand the very reason to opt for Har Ki Dun Trek is..

  • The Altitude gain is not too high and the distance of 56 km covered in 7 days.
  • A moderate trek, and an individual of minimum fitness can do with gradual acclimatization and with no fear of Altitude sickness. The trail is scenic with forest cover, fresh air and Perennial water all along the trail.
  • It has much more to offer than hiking, like interaction with locals, Lifestyle, Variety of flora and fauna, rich heritage and can be done round the year.
  • During winter, this valley transforms into wonderland and will be covered with white sheet of snow. In summers the valley turns into different hues, with Kaleidoscope of colors, wildflowers and woods in different shades & colors.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12 and Above.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Any trip extensions, Stay due to road blocks or landslides, extra meals, Accommodation
Itinerary:
Day one - Enticing ride from Dehradun to Sankri (8 Hours, 210 Kilometres).
Enticing ride from Dehradun to Sankri (8 Hours, 210 Kilometres). Meet and Greet. Pre booked vehicle Pickup from the Dehradun railway station. Drive to Sankri – 210 km Dur 8 hours (Altitude 6300 ft).
On your arrival to the exotic city of Dehradun, our representative will meet you at Railway station and steer you to a guest house. Enroute you have a sumptuous breakfast.
Avoid eating oily food, intake more fluids and fruits. If you have motion sickness, take a pill, eat light and sit in the front seat. Wear Warm clothing as you reach Altitude and be warm. Reach Sankri a small settlement in the lap of nature at an altitude of 6300 ft by evening.
Overnight stay in Guest House at Sankri.
Day two - Drive from Sankri to Taluka. Trek from Chandgad campsite.
Drive from Sankri to Taluka by SUV 11 km. Trek from Chandgad campsite, Distance 12 km (Duration 4/5 Hours) Altitude 8530 ft
After a healthy breakfast, with packed rucksacks we drive towards Taluka. Many species of forest trees, invigorating smell of pine trees and perennial streams greet us. Taluka is a small hamlet with small settlement and gateway to Har Ki Dun valley. A Panoramic view of snowclad mountains greets you and trek begins from here. The trail passes through dense forest and on the way Supin river is visible flowing through the woods for company. As you continue on the right-hand side on the high ridge strategically located Datmir village comes to sight. It is again a gateway for less known Maldaru lake Trek. The scenic beauty changes as you climb up and down.
You come close to the Supin river and can see it flowing through the woods. After passing through green fields, you will be welcomed by towering peaks in distance. From here, cross a bridge to reach Chandgad Campsite. Help porters to Set Up tents and Overnight stay.
Day three - Trek from Chandgad Campsite to Har Ki Dun.
Trek from Chandgad Campsite to Har Ki Dun Distance 13 km (Duration: 6/7 hours) Altitude 10,500 ft
Today after breakfast, after a briefing on the day's plan, start your trek. Cross the Supin over a rope bridge to reach Osla Village. Take the hilly path,even though it might feel a bit tiring in the start. The trail passes through dense forest cover, rich with all varieties of flora and fauna. Osla village is snugly located overlooking Himalayan peaks. Houses constructed of pine wood, dorned with artistic carving are captivating. This place is related to mythology and you would get to know about many stories which are penned around Pandavas and Kauravas. The staple food being Potato, Rajma, Red rice is grown here. While men take care of the local livestock, finding women busy with grass collection in fields is a pretty common site here.. Artistically carved temple of Someshwar Mahadev, the local deity, hosts an annual festival. After walking along the river, crossing grasslands, a gradual ascent and walking amidst pine forest. Reach the campsite with beauty all around and a silent flowing stream for company. Har Ki Dun campsite gives the impression of fairyland.
Overnight Stay in Tents.
Day four - Unravelling the beauty of Har Ki Dun.
Exploration day to Maninda Tal and Jaundhar Glacier back to Campsite Duration 4/5 hours.
You will be at leisure to explore the wondrous Har Ki Dun valley for the day. Firstly, you can visit the tranquil Maninda Tal which has an abundance of Brahma Kamal flower and Medicinal plants. You can take a stroll to Kala Nag and get a view of Ruinsara peaks, Bandarpoonch, and Swargarohini I, II and III peaks and the glorious peak of Mount Swargarohini from close quarters today. The vast expanse of this region is overwhelming as there are remarkable destinations in all directions. The beautiful Jaundhar glacier close to the high altitude Borasu Pass is 2 kilometres away from Har Ki Dun and is another highlight of this location.
You can indulge in photography in the densely populated grassy patches and alpine flower meadows. You will feel relaxed sitting in the lap of nature whilst gazing at huge snow-clad mountain peaks and picturesque valleys. You will reside the night in your camps/tents.
Overnight Stay in Tents.
Day five - Trek from Har Ki Dun to Chandgad Campsite Via Osla Village.
Trek from Har Ki Dun to Chandgad Campsite Via Osla Village Distance 13 km Duration 5/6 hours Altitude 8530 ft.
You will begin your trek back this morning. You will pass through a wooden bridge crossing to reach the forest of Pine. You will reach the mountain ridge and the densely populated forests and soon the odour of Cedar and Pine wood will flare your nose. Watch for the Blue Poppy flowers as you cross through the crystal streams here. The Pine forests and Rhododendron trees are a half an hour walk from this place. Walking alongside many small streams and gorgeous meadows, you will reach Osla village from where the sight of Fateh Parvat and Hata Peak will mesmerise you.
The trail descends towards the confluence of River Ruinsara and River Supin and from this spot, the ravishing meadow of Dev Thatch is clearly visible. The views of Black peak or Kalanag will surprise you. As you arrive at Osla, camps/tents will be set up for the night.
Overnight Stay in Tents.
Day six - Trek from Chandgad Campsite to Taluka Distance. Reach Sankri Sameday. Overnight stay in Sankri.
Trek from Chandgad Campsite to Taluka Distance 12 km Duration 4/5 hours. Reach Sankri Sameday. Overnight stay in Sankri.
You will start on a downward trek early this morning towards the quiet village of Sankri. The trail is a downward slope and the distance can be covered quickly while lost in the beauty of the divine Himalayas. Interact with villagers, with livestock or working in fields. Walk along the ridge, be cautious during the descent. Reach Taluka and transfer to Sankri after all members arrive. Overnight Stay in Sankri.
Day seven - Drive from Sankri to Dehradun.
Drive from Sankri to Dehradun by SUV Distance 210 km Duration 8 hours.
What to Expect?

A trip graded as a Moderate takes you to high altitude regions - above 3000m / 10,000 ft and will involve considerable altitude gain 800 ft - 1200ft over the course of the trek. Altitude will have an effect, hence one would need to be careful about Acclimatization. The guide will educate about acclimitization procdure. Moderate treks will have multiple days which involve considerable amount of ascents and descents and would require walking for more than 5 - 6 hours.
There might be a day or two of camping in relatively high altitudes above 4000m / 13,000ft. A typical trek will last around a week to ten days depending on the region and is fro those who have exposure to Himalayan treks, for people who have completed a beginner trek.
Good fitness levels are needed to enjoy these trips.Preparation of your body by doing some fitness actitivies before the trip would help. Prior trekking experience would be an added advantage.

Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Routes to reach
    • By Train : We recommend to Overnight train to Dehradun from Capital city of Delhi. New Delhi to Dehradun A/c special train from New Delhi is the best option. The Scheduled reaching time to Dehradun Railway station is at 5:40 am.
      Nanda Devi Express – Train No 12205 (Departure 11:50 pm: Arrival 5:40 am)
      Dehradun Express - Train No 12687 (Departure 21:10 pm: Arrival 5:00 am)
    • By Flight : Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There are daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
    • By Bus : Buses ply frequently from New Delhi to Dehradun from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses options too are available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the suitability clause for this trek?
This trekking expedition is definitely suited for a person who is physically fit to walk approximately 5 to 6 kilometres per day without facing any health issues on a normal day. A person suffering from heart ailments, asthma and such similar problems may consult a doctor before registering for this trek. It is suggested that the doctor is aware of the schedule and climatic conditions before approving for participation in the trek.

2. How can I best prepare myself for the trek?
You are advised to exercise and go on daily long walks and jogs for a few weeks before your trek.

3. What are the expected adversities in climatic conditions during the trip?
The temperature can get as cold as -5 degrees in few regions during the night. It basically depends on where you come from. If you are an Indian, you will feel very cold in these places and it is advised that you carry warm clothing and other required supplementary like a high altitude professional jacket along with your other essentials.

4. What type of food will be provided during the trip?
Edible vegetarian/ non-vegetarian Indian food will be provided throughout the trek. We do not take you hunting for food. Relishing food while trekking in the glorious Himalayas will be one of the best you can get.

5. Is it safe to consume water from streams in the mountain?
The water found in these regions is pure and consumable. You will always have the option of buying mineral water when available.

6. Do mobile phones work in these locations?
You may charge your phones wherever electricity is available during your stay. The last point where you can charge your phone is at Dehradun. Although, there is a chance you might get electric points in villages further high up.

7. How many members will be staying in the dome tent?
About 3 members will be staying in the tent. It would be warm and comfortable.

8. What about ATMs?
Carry sufficient cash with you and keep it safe. After Dehradun last point to withdraw cash is at Purola.