Renowned as the ‘Land of Gods’, Uttarakhand in the north of India is a Himalayan paradise that attracts tourists from all over the globe. It has a stretch of attractions that seem never ending. From pilgrimage sites to nature sightseeing to thrilling adventure sports, the state has a bundle of it all. Prominent places that you would be getting to explore as part of the tour packages include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Nainital, Corbett, Ranikhet, Almora, Uttarkashi, Kedarnath, Dehradun, Gangotri, Auli, Mussorie, Varanasi and the list goes on and on.
Har ki Dun trek nestled in the middle of a valley below the Har Ki Dun summit, it is a trekking treat in both summer and winter. Har ki Dun, which means Valley of Gods, The trek is along the Supin river through the scenic Garhwali villages of Taluka, Gangad and Osla. Har ki dun has numerous camping places and one Forest Guest House. An extra rest day is ideal to explore several trails which continue from the Har ki Dun camp.
Region – Uttrakhand
Duration – 6 Night /7 Days
Dates – 21st Nov ,29th Nov
Grade – Moderate
Season – Apr – June, Sept -Dec
Max Altitude – around 3794 m
Day 1 – Drive from Dehradun to Sankri – 8 hrs
Day 2 – Drive ( 1 hr) Trek from Sankri to Seema (2600 m) 6 hrs
Day 3 – Trek from Seema to kalkatidhar (3300 m) 3 hrs
Day 4 – Trek from Kalkatidhar to Har ki Dun & Marinda Tal, return to Kalkatidhar (3,794 m) 7 hrs
Day 5 – Trek from Kalkatidhar to Osla 4 hrs
Day 6 – Trek from Osla to Sankri 5hrs ,Drive ( 1 hr)
Day 7 – Drive from Sankri to Dehradun 8 hrs
We start the journey early from Dehradun and drive initially to the famous hill station of Mussoorie. After just over 100 km, we pass close to the temple of Lakhamandal. According to locals, Duryodhana of the epic Mahabharata conspired to burn the Lakshagriha house of the Pandavas in this area.
In some distance, on top of a hill we can see the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya overlooking the valley. From near the village of Mori, the river Tons flows beside us till about Netwar. The fall in temperature can be felt from here. We officially enter Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary after we cross a check post at Netwar. It can be considered the southern gateway to the sanctuary as most of the treks across the region are accessed from here onwards. The northern border of the sanctuary merges into Himachal Pradesh. We reach Sankri by early evening. It is a small village with a central market lined with a few shops. The village has numerous apple orchards which are harvested starting from late summer.
One can see the Swargarohini peak from here on a clear day. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.
Overnight Camp ( D)
Since, the journey is long, we start as early as we can in the morning. After breakfast we board an SUV and drive through a forest road. The drive is quite bumpy. The vehicle crosses one or two streams on the way. We reach Taluka in about an hour.
The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. It is possible to come across a yellow throated marten in the forests of this area.
We continue our trek and soon, the quaint village of Osla unfolds itself. One comes across a small hut with a water mill on the right of the trail. Water mills use the power of streams to grind grains and are locally called ‘gharaats’. After less than an hour, we reach Seema which is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla. We set camp here.
Overnight camp ( B,L ,D)
Today we start the day by heading up to Osla village, which is located on a sloping spur about a hundred meters above the river Supin. The landscape surrounding Osla is full of terraced farms. The colors of these lands differ in every season. The red farms of Cholai (Amaranth) look amazing and can be seen from late monsoon. Osla is the last village on the route to Har ki Dun.
The ascending path climbs high above the confluence of Supin river and the river from Ruinsara valley. From near this confluence, we get a view of the snow-clad peaks of Ruinsara valley including Black Peak, the highest peak in the region. The journey today is rather short, which gives the opportunity to acclimatize to the high altitude and prepare for the next days journey.
Overnight camp (B, L,D)
The days trek can be considered to be rather long as we today visit Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal, a small lake formation due to the obstructing boulder across the river stream, which lies 2 KM further ahead of Har Ki Dun. As we start the trek, at a short distance a hidden and roaring waterfall is encountered with a small tea shop beside the waterfall
The forest opens up into the main camping area of Har ki Dun, right beside the gurgling stream. This is a very panoramic spot in Har ki Dun located at the junction of two valleys, one originating from Jaundhar glacier and the other from beyond Hata glacier. Higher up towards the North we can spot the Forest Rest House, while the wood crafted GMVN guest house lies further up in the distance. The Har ki Dun peak stands tall right in front of us behind the Forest Rest House. Towards its left, Hata peak which is usually snow covered can be seen. The minor ridge to our right, lined with a few scattered Himalayan birch trees Bhojpatra separates us from the massive Har Ki Dun valley that goes up all the way to the base of Swargarohini Peak. The paper like bark of these trees was used in ancient times to write religious scriptures.
We can choose to relax and soak in the environment for some time or we can continue our trek to Marinda Tal, in the north, just 2-3 km away from Har ki Dun. The trail is gradually ascending here. It is a small lake formed by a huge boulder obstructing the river which flows down from the base of the Borasu Pass.
We take the same route and it becomes much easier as its all downhill from here. We reach back by early evening and rest at the campsite.
Overnight Camp (B,L,D )
The journey back to Osla is an easy walk. On the route we come across a good view of the trail all the way to Osla and see the valley descend towards Taluka, around the curve of the ridge where the two streams comng from Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara respectively, converge. A little short of this intersection we can get a glimpse of a trail to our left marked by a sight of a bridge down over the stream.
After reaching Osla, one can roam about in the village, talk to locals and soak in the Garhwali culture. Again we can either set camp or stay with a local family.
Overnight camp (B,L,D)
Early in the morning, we leave the village of Osla and trek till Taluka. The walk is downhill and hence takes lesser time than before. We walk to the true left of the River Supin until we finally arrive at Taluka, from where a vehicle takes us back to Sankri. We retire for the day in camp alongside the river or in a guest house in Sankri.
Overnight Camp (B,LD )
We drive back from sankri to dehradhun for onward journey.
Price per Person (Indian National)
|Har ki dun trek||INR 15400/-|
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