Have you ever wondered about the reality of the song – “Stairway to Heaven”? That’s just right about our Har ki dun Trek to the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarkashi. Known as the Hanging valley, this trek is the most sought off trek by travellers and climbers. You will be absorbed in the captivating views of the Swargarohini peaks, Bandarpoonch and the BlackPeak. Ancient villages for over a century old will accompany you throughout the trek alongside the alpine forests. The whole trail from Dehradun to Har ki dun, en route Mussorie, Sankri, Osla, Taluka is beguiling.
The snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas are definitely nothing less to be added to your travel book. The speciality of this trek that allures our trekkers to plan this trip is it’s easy to moderate walk covered both in Summers as well as Winters. This whole 7 days trail over an altitude of 11,810 ft. is undoubtedly waiting for you to come and explore its charm. Passing through small streams of rivers like the Yamuna, Tons, Stumbling upon the beautiful flora (various orchards) and fauna of the Garhwal region, handed over to the enchanting grazing grounds and camping valleys under the widespread starry night sky showering its whole galaxy, followed by the sun rebelling across the mountains, reddening and goldening the whole sight in the mornings are what you are going to experience alongside the whole trek. This trek is indisputably and patently one of the best treks for beginners to start with and a bliss to come across.
Enjoy some beautiful local hot shots of mixed herbs tea and the accompany of the locals and your co-mates every morning with some good poses for your camera with the Himalayas boasting it’s grandeur in the background.
Best season to visit Har ki Dun.
Har ki Dun is a winter wonderland and can be visited almost eight months in a year. Every season has its own charismatic charm which enables the trekkers to extract every bit of their trekking experience. It can be accessed by them during summers as well as in Winters. This quality of Har ki dun Trek makes it more spectacular and convenient.
From the onset of spring in March through the summer until late June, Har ki dun Trek is an ideal trekking destination. The arrival of monsoon season disables and disseminate several vital site seeing locations along with flooding several streams of the trek but no later than September, the trek resumes and can be availed till mid-January. The heavy snowfall makes it impossible to trek along the trails until spring.
You can prefer any season according to your convenience to lure the wonders of Har ki Dun valley. During the months of March till June, the grasslands revive themselves into the lush shade of green with the arrival of spring and later with rains. The valley remains the same till the months of September and October. No later, the grasslands turn brown with the onset of autumn, progressing into winters. It still looks stunning and has its own fascinating beauty. By the month of mid-December and January, the valley is covered with white crystal snow and looks exceptionally alluring. The temperature varies according to the different seasons ranging from 15 degree Celsius in the morning to -10 degrees during nights, especially in Winters. The days are usually pleasant but nights are chilling cold. It is completely upto you to decide the trek in accordance with the season but It will be our responsibility to make your trekking journey a memorable and remarkable experience during all seasons.
Facilities of our Trekkers
Health is wealth and we value your life and welfare more than any other aspect of trekking. The difficulty level of the trek is easy to moderate and it can be availed easily by a single person itself planning to go for a solo trip.
It is always beneficial to plan the trek properly with a group of people as it induces more fun and thrill. Being accompanied by a group also aids safety. However, ensure to seek guidance from local or packaged guides in order to secure your journey experience. They are best acquainted with the route and weather suitable for trekking.
We are always a step ahead in taking care of your safety. The facility of First aid kits is always available within our lodging tents and with touring guides to prevent mishaps. Trekkers are also advised to bring their own medicines to treat nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhoea and AMS. In case of an emergency or a situation of AMS, the person will be immediately taken to the nearby village hospital.
We supervise the mental and physical health of the trekkers by serving vegetarian meals comprising eggs to maintain the stability and strength of the body. We also look after your necessities as a trekker and keenly fulfil those by providing trekking outfits that are essential along with microspikes and gaiters for trekking in the snow. It is always advisory and beneficial to carry some essentials with you before arriving at the pickup location. Although, we don’t compromise your safety and necessities.
Backpacks are a requisite for the trekkers to conveniently store and carry their essentials with them. Don’t forget to keep warm as well as comfortable clothes for the trip along with a few pairs of socks and gloves to keep you to tepid. Don’t stuff your backpack with unnecessary things or otherwise, it will cause hindrance during the trek. Trekking clothes are crucial during a trek that includes trekking shoes as well as outfits. All the above-mentioned things should be waterproof including your backpack. Make sure to plan and invest smartly.
How to Reach the Pickup Point?
There are several ways and means of transportation to reach the pickup point. One can use airways as a medium of travelling from any metropolitan city or Delhi to Dehradun as Jolly Grant Airport is located 25 kilometres from the main city. You can always come a day early if availing the facility of airways. Another medium is via train as there are several train’s that suffice your need to reach Dehradun. Although, taking the overnight train journey is the most efficient way to reach the pickup point before time. You can also avail the bus facility according to your convenience. It will leave you at Dehradun ISBT and from there you will have to reach the Railway Station.
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri, 200 Km approx. Day 2: Sankri to Taluka via local vehicles and Taluka to Seema by trek, 12 Km approx. Day 3: Seema to Kalkattiyadhaar via trek, 7 Km approx. Day 4: Kalkattiyadhaar to Har Ki Dun valley via trek, 10 Km approx. Day 5: Kalkattiyadhaar to Seema. Day 6: Seema to Sankri via Taluka. Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun by road.
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri – 200Km approx.
(P.S. The mode of transport will be depending on the number of trekkers)
(We depart at 6:00 AM from the Dehradun Railway Station en route Mussoorie, O Naugaon, Purola, Mori to reach the final destination at Sankri by early evening. The total distance covered will be approximately 200 KM, taking around 9-10 hours. Accommodation will be arranged accordingly)
Day 1 of our journey begins early in the morning from Dehradun Railway Station which is the pickup location. Make sure to reach the prior location half an hour before the reporting time as we will depart at 6:00 AM sharp. Sankri is a small village but a famous base camp for trekking and it serves as a starting point of great Himalayan treks such as Kedarkantha, Phulera Ridge and Bali Pass. They add an extra oomph to your experience to Sankri, which is distanced 200 kilometres from Dehradun. The travelling time is around 9-10 hours and we reach our destination by 4/5:00 PM in the evening. We will quickly pull up at popular road stop restaurants for relishing grub and continue our trip via the road. Our journey will en route by road and so will we be exploring irresistible sites on the way. The road from Mussoorie keeps you engaged with its own expelling beauty. You will be admired by the captivating Himalayan Range and Yamuna River that streams alongside the route. On your arrival at Mussoorie, you can dive into the delights of Kempty Fall, which is an eminent sightseeing location. You will be allured with the divinity and purity that encompasses the atmosphere. Moving further, you will come across various small villages amongst which is O Naugaon and Purola. These villages are incorporated on the way and are inhabited by the local communities. Further afield, we reach Mori which is yet another small village and is distanced 33 KM from Purola. It is surrounded by enticing pine forests on either side and the Tons River engulfs the scenic beauty. Our arrival at Mori will soothe your exhaustion from travel with its hypnotizing aura and pleasing atmosphere. The twilight encloses the whole valley and makes your journey worth it. We finally reach Sankri, our assigned destination and no later, we will allocate rooms to you along with a relishing dinner for the night.
Ensure to keep all your essentials with you before leaving from Dehradun. In case of money withdrawal, you can do the same at Dehradun before the commencement of the journey.
The Sankri range is a popular destination for Bird watching, camping, offbeat, orchards and village tourism. It is the perfect destination for the ensuing personal interests of exploration. It is a route to the paradise of the Himalayas and a trekker’s delight. Thereby, Sankri will be our base camp for the further trekking to higher mountain ranges of Taluka, Kalkatiyadhaar and Har ki Dun. The altitude of the trekking point is 11,811 feet and there will be no mobile networks available, so don’t hesitate to let go of your stressful life in order to welcome a beguiling experience of trekking.
Day 2: Sankri to Taluka via local vehicles and Taluka to Seema by trek, 12 Km approx.
(Next morning, we will begin our journey from Sankri to Taluka by road, distanced 12 kilometres approximately and from Taluka to Seema via trek of approximately 12 kilometres. The complete journey to reach the campsite will take around 5-6 hours.)
Our actual trek will commence from Taluka. The drive from Sankri to Taluka is rejuvenating as either side of the road are surrounded by pristine forests of pine trees. It will introduce us to the terrain of our trek closely. We meander through the breathtaking, twisting curves which makes the journey more exciting. You will experience the melodies of enchanting birds and animals. The River Supin that flows along the forests accompanies you throughout your drive to Taluka. This region is blessed with ancient traditions and unique cultures that have been preserved carefully. You will experience the bliss of these traditions alongside meeting locals from the nearby villages. The trail levels up through the forest of conifers until reaching the first cemented bridge to cross the river. You can refill your bottles here and besides, you will also find food shacks on the bank of river Supin, which makes it an ideal place to rest before moving further. These stores are packed with refreshments and beverages to add delight to your journey. We will find many such outlets on our way. On reaching Taluka, we will trek upto Seema crossing some small inhabited villages. The trail will be plain and rocky. On the way to Seema, You’ll come across beguiling streams with fresh water from the Himalayas and small bridges. Once we reach our destined point for the day, you can adore the intrinsic beauty of the mountains and relish the hospitality of the local communities. We will lodge in tents ahead of Seema in peaceful meadows by the riverside.
Day 3: Seema to Kalkattiyadhaar via trek, 7 Km approx.
(Day 3 calls for what you have been waiting for since day 1. We will start trekking from Seema to Kalkattiyadhaar early in the morning after breakfast and the distance will be 7 kilometres. It will take around 3-4 hours to reach the next camping site.)
Post breakfast, we will commence our trek to Kalkattiyadhaar and the trail will go through meadows and pastures occupied with the imprints of nature. The trek further proceeds through harvested and cattle grazing fields accompanied by slant roof huts. The Osla village is yet another small village located in between the cashew and walnut forests. It has its own expelling and serene essence of beauty. Many ancient stories and temples lie in the heart of Osla village. Proceeding ahead on the inclined trail, you will be able to steal glimpses of soothing viewpoints. En route Seema to Kalkattiyadhaar comprises a combination of inclined and declined paths with numerous water streams and falls on the way. The lush green forests will leave you intrigued. Always ensure to fill your water bottles before or in between the trek from the nearest streams of freshwater since there is no source of water for nearly 2 kilometres on the way to Kalkattiyadhaar. On approaching the valley, you will come across hypnotizing views bifurcated by a brook, Maninda taal and Borasu pass towards the left. We will pitch in the camp here to further traverse the valley and stay overnight.
Day 4: Kalkattiyadhaar to Har Ki Dun valley via trek, 10 Km approx.
(Day 4 initially appeals for our main trek to Har ki Dun. Our trek will begin early in the morning post breakfast. The Har ki Dun valley is distanced 10 kilometres from Kalkattiyadhaar and will take 6 hours to trek to the highest point of our journey which lies at an altitude of 8200 feet.)
The most awaited day of your trek approaches and on this day, we will start our trekking earlier than the usual time in order to capture every ounce of beauty. However, the days prior to this were captivating but there’s more to it that you will unveil on the way to Har ki Dun. The trail will lead us into the glacier basin with moraine and alpine meadows arousing in beauty. You’ll encounter tall pine trees accompanying you at every step. The trail is mixed of moderate and steep ascend up till Har ki Dun valley. On reaching higher levels of the trek, you’ll come across small ice patches, which are covered with heavy snow during winters. On our arrival at the highest peak of the trek in Har ki Dun, you’ll feel the joy of freshness surrounding the whole valley. You will be sight struck by the arresting beauty and glimpses of flower beds, meadows, coniferous forests, glacier moraines and frozen brooks. The valley is a paradise itself with an idyll utopia to curb your desires to explore. After exploring and engulfing the luring essence of the valley, we will head back to our previous campsite at Kalkattiyadhaar.
Day 5: Kalkattiyadhaar to Seema.
(As usual, we will begin in the morning after breakfast and return back to Seema via Osla village)
Our trek will be reciprocated on Day 6. We will revisit the former places in order to return back to our pickup point. It will enable you to relive your memories by retracing the steps through the Osla village and the mesmerizing beauty surrounding it. We will follow the same trails as earlier to reach Seema and pitch in our camps. Don’t be upset, you will still have a chance to reconcile with the starry nightfall in the mountains.
Day 6: Seema to Sankri via Taluka.
(We will head back from Seema to Taluka first and then reach Sankri by roadways.)
We will set off with 5 hours declining trek to Taluka, climbing down the trail leading us back to revitalizing beauty of the lower hills occupied with dense forests and perennial streams. The descending trek will not consume much time and we will reach Taluka soon to head forward to Sankri. It will also account for less exhaustion and you will feel lively while recollecting your memories on the way back to the campsite. We will stop at the familiar places to rest and continue the proceeding journey via road to reach Sankri. We will lodge in Sankri for the night.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun by road.
Your trekking journey comes to a blissful end with departing from Sankri to Dehradun. It is a 10-hour drive that will conclude your trip to the Himalayas. The Co fellows will be dropped at the Dehradun Railway Station, from where the journey had begun and will demise too. You will be taking a ride back home loaded with beautiful moments and everlasting joy encountered throughout the trek of Har ki Dun.
Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay).
Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).
All necessary entry fees and permits.
First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and support staff.
Porters / mules to carry central equipment.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Food during the transit.
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Gears on Rent (*This price is for per day)
Back pack & rain cover
(50 – 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover
20 – 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Advisable (At least one)
1 Nos. (Hand torch would be an alternative)
Water bottle/Hydration pack
2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit
Consult your doctor
Think about your head
1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.