What does trekking mean to you? Climbing the mountains or the gateway to discovering yourself or creating the memories? We escape out to mountains, far away from civilization to know ourselves better. Har Ki Dun trek will do even more to you, discover yourself while discovering others by having a sneak peek into the life of villages along the way.
Day 1: Winding roads decorated with dried pine needles from Dehradun to Sankri
Winding roads tells the tales of an exciting journey that is about to start. The 196 KM journey takes you away from city life to the life in mountain villages, their beliefs and their cultures nestled in the lap of Gharwali mountain belt.
Dried pine tree needles adorning the roads to Sankri Village
Someshwar temple at Village Sankri
Day 2: The way till Seema campsite laden with coniferous trees and streams
Finally, it's time to leave the roads and vehicles behind and set on the foot trail to Har Ki Dun Valley. Enjoy the essence of walking in the woods, the honking of vehicles fading away in the music of streams and watch your mind subduing to the tranquility of nature.
Bridge crossing on the way to Seema camp site
Posing for the camera ... aren't they?
Hard white rock like fungus 'not mushrooms'
Streams on the way to Seema camp site
Day 3: Dwelling deep into nature on the way to Kalkattiyadhar
Spending a few days away from the network, deep in the woods is like detoxicating your mind and soul. You get the time to admire the nature in its raw form, you see the live version of those calendar prints and the very important thing that happens is, you let your heart speak and mind listen.
Where ever you'll go, I'll follow
Can't get enough of these streams
Walking past the rice fields at Kalkattiyadhar
Mountain view on the way to Har Ki Dun valley
Day 4: it’s all about the wonderful things when you arrive at Har ki Dun
When was the last time you saw the sun rising from behind the mountains? Do you remember how the orange streaks burst out into the dark sky? Do you wish to have a nap on the floral bed or to sit and stare at the snow covered mountain peaks? Do you wish to open your eyes to the most mesmerizing view of lush green valleys and white peaks? I do, for uncountable times.
Day light break!
Har Ki Dun Valley
Winter view of Har Ki Dun Valley
Day 5: The return journey hold surprises up its sleeves at village Osla
As promised, this trek will offer you the chance to find yourself and at the same time connect with the raw form of life. Walk into village Osla and see how basic their needs are and yet how generous these people are.
Swargrohini peak at 5:30 in the morning
A girl chopping woods at Osla village
Wooden houses of Osla Village
Day 6: Already getting nostalgic on the way back to Sankri
Trekking is like meditation. You go into deep state, connect with yourself, revive your senses and slowly and slowly come out of those circles to a fully awakened state where you wish to apply what have you experienced. Last day of the trek and you try to get some sleep under trees, try to take a dip in every stream, try to capture every bird and promise yourself another such experience.
Let me catch some sleep before I wake up to the city life!
In a nutshell, Har Ki Dun trek has one of the best views to offer, it is a mixture of steep ascents and descents. It offers a walk in the woods, a dip in the streams and enigmatic view of unfathomable mountains, therefore, it's not wrong to call this trek a Beginner's Delight!
Har Ki Dun at Winters