The Har Ki Dun trek is one of the most sought-after treks in the Garhwal Himalayas. The valley of Har-ki-Dun is located at the base of Fateh Parvat, at an altitude of 3,556 meters. The valley is surrounded by dense Pine forests and offers amphitheater views of mountains such as Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Black peak. This deserted piece of land is a paradise for flora and fauna lovers. Black bear, Langoors and wild boars are native inhabitants in the region. Golden eagles are also found in this region. The accessibility through Govind National Park makes it rich in flora. You can find trees of Bhojpatra, the flower, Bramhakamal. Swargarohini and Jaundar Glacier are in the south-east of this cradle shaped attraction. GiveN its beauty and moderate difficulty level, this is an ideal trek for experienced as well as novice trekkers. Stay on this page for more information like Har Ki Dun trek itinerary, route map, temperature chart, photos, videos, and reviews. Scroll to the end to read Har Ki Dun trek blogs.
Arrive in Sankri
Arrive in Sankri. If you opt for transportation from us then we will assemble early morning in Dehradun by 7 AM and drive towards Sankri. This small quaint village is the base for Har Ki Dun trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse/hotel in Sankri.
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. You will come across a few waterfalls on your 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.
Seema- Kalkattiyadhaar (7 kms trek)
The trail from Seema initially is on the left side of the valley and goes past fields. This is followed by crossing an aging bridge over river Rupin, after which we start trekking to the right side of the valley. The trail now ascends through fields and pastures with huts. The coniferous trees on the other side of the valley are beautiful. Then the trail includes a climb to the ridge locally named as Kalkattiyadhar. After a short descent from the Kalkattiyadhar, we arrive at our campsite. Overnight stay in tents.
Kalkattiyadhaar-Har Ki Dun-Kalkattiyadhaar (14 kms trek)
As we move ahead from Kalkattiyadhaar camp, the trail gives an impressive view of Har Ki Dun valley. Initially, there's a gradual climb which later gets steeper as it passes through beautiful meadows which opens into Har Ki Dun. A small stream flows by the campsite, with peaks of Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini towering above. After spending some time at Har Ki Dun, we will return to Kalkattiyadhaar camp.
Kalkattiyadhaar - Seema (7 kms trek)
Spend some quality time appreciating the sunrise and enchanting view of Swargarohini Peaks from the campsite. During winters, the morning temperature can be quite cold ( around -2 degree) here. After an early breakfast, we head back to Seema. We start by crossing the Har Ki Dun Bridge and then continue with a small walk along the river. Initially, there is a gradual climb up to Kalkattiyadhar and then it is a descend up to Seema. If time permits we will take a short halt at Osla village, where you can see the typical Gharhwali Houses. Like most mountain villages, the location of Osla is such that it gets Sunlight throughout the day. So you can just sit and relax for some time. After a short while, we resume the descend to Seema where we stay for the night.
Seema- Taluka (12 kms trek), Taluka- Sankri (15 kms by road)
From here, there are two ways to get down. The first one is via Seema for which we have to descend to the river and cross it using the bridge. The second route which is shorter (but steeper) one goes via Puani. It meets the main trail at a point where there is a watermill. You can spend some time here understanding how watermills work. From this point, we enter the forest. The trail is now along the river. The last few minutes of the trek is over a cemented trail. We arrive in Taluka by afternoon. We board our vehicle and reach Sankri in about an hour or so. Check into the guest house. Celebrate the completion of the Har Ki Dun trek with you trek-mates.
Depart from Sankri
Check out after breakfast and if you have opted for return transportation to Dehradun from us then board your vehicles for the drive back to Dehradun. We will reach Dehradun by late evening.
Har ki Dun is an easy level trek ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For a novice, it is a great start to enter the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first-timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain a good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on this trek for the love of its views and trekking.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
1. Jog/Run for 4 Kms in 35-40 mins or Walk continuously for 8 Kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
2. Hold your breath for 25-30 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
One should have done an easy trek of 2-3 days upto 2500 M altitude. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge of how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will help.
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Start point of Har ki Dun Trek is Taluka which is 12 kms from Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for many Uttrakhand treks. It is 180 km from Dehradun. There are indirect public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri.
Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.
Dehradun is the beautiful capital city of Uttrakhand with a number of attractions to visit. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.
There is no mobile reception after Sankri. Even in Sankri, you get only BSNL network. There are a few landline booths in Sankri that can be used on paid basis.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
It is mandatory to carry ID Proof for the trek. (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried along)
Har Ki Dun trek best time is March to May.
The stay at Sankri will be at guesthouse/homestay and we will camp during the rest of the trek.
We use four-season tents and the sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.
We dig dry pit toilets and set up one toilet tent per batch of seven participants.
The temperatures vary from 15 degrees in the day to -1 degree during the nights.
There will be snow during the Har Ki Dun trek in the months of March and April. Post-mid-November you can expect snow if there is a fresh snowfall.
A Trek leader will be assigned to lead you on the trek.
A trekking pole comes handy while trekking in the snow.
You can shop at the base village Sankri.
Yes, it is completely safe for solo women travellers.
The pickup will be from Outside ISBT, Dehradun at 7:00 AM to Sankri (the base village of the trek) and the drop on the last day will be at the same place in Dehradun by/before 8:00 PM.
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