Har ki Dun Trek

The Har - Ki - Doon trek is one of the most famous treks in the Garhwal Himlayas.The valley of Har-ki-Doon is located at the base of Fateh Parvat, at an eleveation of 3556 mts. Har-Ki-Doon Valley is surrounded by dense Pine forests of and offers views of glittering mountain peaks. Owing to its isolation, the area is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers.This is a place where you can find Trees of Bhojpatra flower Bramhakamal. Swargarohini and Jaundar Glacier are in the south-east of Har-ki-dun. Towards the west you can see Bandar Punch peak. Given to its beauty & moderate difficulty level this is an ideal trek for experienced as well as beginners.


1 Region Uttrakhand
2 Difficulty Level Moderate
3 Maximum altitude 3500 M
4 Total Trekking Distance 67 kms Approx.
5 Accomodation type Guest House/Camps
6 Food Nutritious food suited for trekking / 3 meals a day
7 Trail Type Round trail.The trek starts and ends at Sankri.
8 Rail head Dehradun is the nearest rail head to Sankri.
9 Base Camp Sankri (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)
10 Best Season April to June and August to December
11 What is Included in the trek fees Food as per menu on the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Safety Equipments
Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage
Services of a Trek Leader
Transportation if specified in Itinerary
12 What is not included in the trek fees Meals during road journeys
Meals during hotel/guest house stay
Carriage of Personal Bags during the trek
Any kind of Insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trek Fee

8600

Sankri to Sankri

Service Tax @ 9% is applicable on the fee.


You Can Save Upto 25% On this Trek
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Trek Dates

25-03-2017 - 30-03-2017(Open)
01-04-2017 - 06-04-2017(Open)
08-04-2017 - 13-04-2017(Open)
14-04-2017 - 19-04-2017(Open)
15-04-2017 - 20-04-2017(Open)
22-04-2017 - 27-04-2017(Open)
29-04-2017 - 04-05-2017(Open)
06-05-2017 - 11-05-2017(Open)
13-05-2017 - 18-05-2017(Open)
20-05-2017 - 25-05-2017(Open)

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Sankri


Report in Sankri by 5 PM. Sankri is 185 Kms away from Dehradun. You can get a shared taxi or public transport for Sankri early in the morning from Dehradun bus stand. It will take 7-9 hours for you to reach Sankri from Dehradun. Night stay in Hotel / Guest house.

DAY 2: Sankri- Taluka (12 Kms by Road ), Taluka- Seema (12 kms trek)


Early morning drive from Sankri to Taluka in a Taxi .Taluka is the starting point of our trek.After Breakfast in Taluka, we will Start trekking with packed lunch to Seema (2260m)on an even surface through thick forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows, chinars and a variety of conifer trees, with a few waterfalls on the way.You could either opt for the steep climb of Dhaatmeer village, or just trek along the Karmanasha stream. Both the routes meet at Gangaar village.Reach Seema Camps by late afternoon.Overnight stay in tents.

DAY 3: Seema-Har ki Dun (14 kms trek)


The trail from Seema initially continues on the true left of the valley, goes past fields followed by crossing a anging bridge over river Rupin, to the true right of the valley. The trail now ascends, go past through fields and pastures with huts. The coniferous flora on the opposite side of the valley is awesome and much adorable. The trail climbs to the ridge locally named as Kalkatti Dhar, from where the trail traverses to give you awesome view of Har Ki Dun. From here initially the trail climbs gradually and later gets steep in times go past through beautiful meadows to the campsite at Har Ki Dun. The campsite is by the small stream, with peaks of Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini towering above. Overnight in the tents.

Day 4: Har Ki Dun - Jaundhar Glacier - Har ki Dun (15 Kms Trek)


Today we will go upto Jaundhar glacier & come back to the camps.

Day 5: Har ki Dun - Seema (14 kms trek),

Return trek upto Seema. Stay in Camps/Guest house

Day 6: Seema- Taluka (12 kms trek), Taluka- Sankri (15 kms by road).

After breakfast we will start trek to Taluka with Packed Lunch & reach by afternoon. We will board our vehicle from Taluka for Sankri. Reach Sankri by 2 PM Approx. Trip ends here. Today stay & dinner is not included in the fee.
For participants who book their transportation from Sankri to Dehradun with us : Vehicle will leave from Sankri after you arrive here. It will take 7-9 hours to reach Dehradun. We will reach Dehradun by 10 PM Approx. Trip ends here. If you are planing to do an overnight travel to Delhi on the same day, please book it after 11 PM in the night.


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Trek Story

A Participant Experience : Har Ki dun Trek

Day One - From Taluka to Seema : Trek begins with a ride to Taluka from Sankri where we had spent the previous night. Jeeps are the only mode of mechanized transportation between these two points. There is no road for the better half of the journey, but that doesn't stop the drivers from zipping along the treacherous path. It is insane how they zoom around hairpin curves without a second thought. Taluka is smaller than Sankri, but it seemed toovmodernized to be called a village. In small shops with thatched roofs they were selling all kinds of consumer products-maggi, soap bars, toffees-but no mineral water bottles. After a cup of tea we heaved our rucksacks and began the real journey.

Trekking began with a stretch of cemented track. I remember it quite distinctly because it gave me the (absolutely wrong) impression that the rest of the trek would be similar to the first kilometre. But it would not have meant what it means had it been a trek on a cemented track all the way. It was as if the rocks which ached my soles at night, made an impression on my mind as I gingerly found my way over them.

I had expended my energy after the first two or three hours. So I don't recall much of the scenery. Wherever we went we had mountains on one side and a steep river valley on the other. If you slipped, you would end up in the river. The real question then would be whether you would drown to death or freeze to death or freeze and then drown.

On Day One my emotional state was intimately connected with the track we were walking on. If the track ahead of me was plain, I would feel at ease. If it rose steeply, frustration grew steeply in my mind and I had an existential crisis.

But the moment of reckoning came, ironically, towards the end of the Day One, when we were very close to our destination-Seema. We had been walking since the past six hours and our guest house was nowhere in sight. The night was approaching rapidly as the sun had set beyond the mountains. Of the nine members of our group, four had some lead over the rest five, of which I was one. The five of us had the guide with us. His name was Chaen Singh. Chaen Singh and I were leading the way in the falling darkness. I could barely see beyond ten metres now. The track was a bit tricky so Chaen Singh left my side and went back to help the others. It was then I felt a wave of doubt. As I stood there, miles away from home, disoriented, dependent entirely on the guide, like a blind person is dependent on his stick, I asked myself-what the hell am I doing here. I felt vulnerable and suddenly all the horror stories about people getting lost in the woods came rushing to me. To make matters worse I saw a light bobbing up and down in the distance and growing brighter every moment. I was sure it was the panther Sushant mentioned last night. Of all the things my mind could have done, it reminded of a random clip I saw on NGC in which a lioness pounces upon its prey even before it has stopped breathing. Funny how our brain works.

Lucky for me, it wasn't a man-eating panther. It was just a guy-which makes so much sense since felines are not known to own torches.

When we reached Seema, we were welcomed with hot tea and delicious pakoras. As we sat around the fire and ate, I decided to not to go further. I felt broken in body and spirit. My legs hurt. My back hurt. I had not expected this trek to be this tough. It was so tough! The climb was tough! The ice was tough! The cold was tough!

I told Sushant I won't go any further. I would spend the next two days here at the guest house at Seema. I didn't care about what anyone would say or think. I didn't care if anyone teased me or pulled my leg for it. I simply couldn't endure this trek any longer. Neither would I complete this trek nor would I go for any more...EVER!

I had said all these things and more, and then repeated it a few times before going to bed.

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A Participant Experience : Har Ki dun Trek

A Participant Experience : Har Ki dun Trek

Day Two (part one) - At the top! From Seema to Har ki Dun : A good sleep is therapeutic. No sore feet. No back ache. No cranky Adi. When I woke up I felt so charged up that I was the first to freshen up. I strolled out of the guest house and took in the first sights of Seema.

Seema, I was told was an extension of a (relatively) bigger village called Osla. It was just a collection of buildings, of which our double storey yellow guest house was perhaps the biggest. The cook told me there was a Shiv Mandir nearby. I could also go down to the stream, he told me. It had nothing else. Nothing. Else. It was then that a dawn of realisation hit me. What on earth would I do for two freakin' days while the others went to the top and came back?! I would go insane!

When the guys woke up and came down, the conviction to continue only grew stronger. As we sipped warm morning chai, standing on the porch, six guys and the guide took upon themselves the task of, according to Amandeep, brainwashing me. And as he later observed, it did not take much time. In about an hour's time I was struggling with a steep climb on my way to Har Ki Doon!

The first couple of hours to Har Ki Doon were especially enjoyable. Walking slowly on the well treaded track, I absorbed the view beholding me. The mountains were imposing. Since it was the dry month, they were devoid of a forest cover. The bareness added to their grandeur and made the mountains look dead, mummified. The river flowing through the valley was the exact opposite. You could hear it gush, especially if the currents were fast, as it made its way across rapids and small waterfalls. It was lively, sounding young and energetic, unlike the desolate mountains. (It is quite ironic since geologically speaking himalayan rivers are older than the mountains).

But my personal favourite part of Day Two was the stretch across the flat plains. You wouldn't have expected it all, more so because it lay right after a very steep climb. You're standing at the base and all that you see, as you throw your neck back, is boulders-nastily angled. You ask the guide where the track is(twice) and he finds your questions amusing. The climb drains you and you're panting hard, you're sweating and as you haul yourself across the last tiny bit of the stretch you realise it was worth it. Lush green plains! You are mighty relieved! You haven't seen land so flat in the past two days! You wonder if you can talk Sushant into camping here but before you can actually he orders everyone to start walking again.

Everyone started walking - I didn't.

I confess. If this trek was an exam, I passed only because I cheated. I was on a mule for the rest of the journey. I think it is cheating(and I am not proud of it either). I nursed my ego by telling myself that since I hadn't cheated in any exam I ever wrote it was okay to cheat here. (I know it's a screwed logic, but..ya know).

The mule was officially christened Audi by Ankit. The ride was an experience. Embarrassing and disgusting(when the mule infront of Audi would pause to poop-apparently mules do that a lot.), but a legitimate experience.

After lunch we made quick progress and on Audi I was quite ahead of others. When we were an hour away from our destination, the sky clouded.

"It's snowing", the guide announced.

Where?! Where?! Where?!

I turned my head around wildly. The first snowfall of my life! I expected it to be dramatic-like when it rains, with thunders and all. But snowfall isn't like rainfall. What you see is air around you being filled by some really teeny weeny white particles-like very fine white dust in the air. But in few minutes, you see there are millions and millions of them floating merrily in the air. They settle on your cap, on your gloves. They stick to your eyelashes and you try to catch them on your tongue. And only when your sleeves are covered with a white powdery substance are you convinced that indeed it was your first snowfall!

I got another high when I finally set my eyes on our destination. Har Ki Doon was here! An enormous valley in the midst of enormous mountains. The view was stunning. The brown lifeless hills had given way to white ones. The sheer size of the valley was mind blowing. To realise that we were the only human beings for many, many miles before us...was a humbling. At Seema I had said-there is nothing here. I don't know how to describe the nothing of Har Ki Doon valley. There was so much of space and so much of time that it would be really easy to lose track of both.

Our guest house was located atop a rather flat place. It comprised three structures-kitchen, main house for sleeping and an office space. I got down from Audi and walked a few paces towards the edge of the flat place. A few more steps down and I would have been walking in the cradle of the river valley. I didn't. I was scared but not of slipping and getting hurt.

I was scared of walking down the valley and getting lost-getting lost in the timeless beauty. Having lived in a city for all my life, the quiet of Har Ki Doon had a calming effect on me. I could have spent hours staring at the valley-the trees, the twisted tracks of mud, smoothened rocks. The guide told me it was a British who discovered this valley. I wonder what drove him to this edge of the world. How intense the spirit of adventure would have been in him to make him walk for so long, to bring him here...so far away from any civilization.

Two mountain chains wound around the valley. From where I stood I could only see for a few kilometres. The mountains turned west, out of sight. There would be a world beyond that turn I thought. A world as beautiful as this one... existing, flourishing... waiting to be discovered. I can only imagine...


About Author

Name : Aditi Vijayan

Aditi is a member of the species Homo Sapien who likes to trek but likes it more to blog about it afterwards. Apart from trekking and blogging, she enjoys Coldplay, hot coffees, Chinese food and good jokes which make her laugh aloud.

A Participant Experience : Har Ki dun Trek



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From : Shayoni Mazumdar
Har ki Dun Trek - 2013

"For me this trip was a validation of the belief that if you think you can – then you will. And every member of this group, whether I spoke to or not, made a difference. The solidarity created unknowingly, the feeling of having one goal- the comfort of someone waiting round the corner with a bottle of water(often empty), the happiness of waiting round the corner for some one with a bottle of water telling them that we’re almost there; the feeling of satisfaction at achievement of something inspite of the obstacles created in your mind, by your mind, the breathtaking picture that becomes more beautiful with every step that you take, compelling you to take one more step towards your destination."

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From : Aditi Vijayan
Har ki Dun Trek - 2013

"I got another high when I finally set my eyes on our destination. Har Ki Doon was here! An enormous valley in the midst of enormous mountains. The view was stunning. The brown lifeless hills had given way to white ones. The sheer size of the valley was mind blowing. To realize that we were the only human beings for many, many miles before us...was a humbling. At Seema I had said-there is nothing here. I don't know how to describe the nothing of Har Ki Doon valley. There was so much of space and so much of time that it would be really easy to lose track of both."

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