Har Ki Dun Trek

duration Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 11,700 Ft
visit Best time to visit Apr - Jun, Sept - Nov
age Minimum Age 7+
Camp Base Camp Sankri
Camp Accommodation type Guest House
About the Har Ki Dun Trek

Har ki Dun Trek is one of the most scenic treks amongst all the Uttarakhand treks. Especially famous for its massive open lush green valleys, Har Ki Dun Trekking offers a splendid leisure walk through the viridescent valley in the summers. Though the trek is offered all around the year except monsoon, summers are the ideal time to enjoy the more vibrant colors of the landscape.


Har Ki Dun Trek visits the hanging village of Oslo that is famous for its Someshwar Devta temple (Lord Shiva)! The villagers of Oslo are always happy about two other things. One is that their village is in the Himalayas and the second, that they enjoy the facility of satellite phones. More towards the Chilurgad you pass from the famous spot of the confluence of Thamasa and Ruinsara River.

 

Mythological Connection of Har Ki Dun Valley

 

The hike to Har Ki Doon connects to visit many mythological spots from Hindu mythology. It is believed that this valley has a past with the age of the Mahabharata. According to the locals, the eldest brother of the Pandavas, Yudhishthira, scaled the Himalayan peak ‘Swargarohini’ on his way to heaven. Besides, you will also find the only Duyudhan temple at Oslo along the way to har ki doon valley. 


Also See: Chadar Trek


On the exploration day, you will be trekking to har ki doon, leave your excess luggage at the Kalkatiyadhar campsite, and trek freely, you will be amazed by the beauty of Har Ki Dun. From the valley, you can have an open view of the grounds below the Swargarohini peak. 


Not only this, Har Ki Dun valley offers a great view of untouched valleys in the far lands of Garhwal Himalayas. The vast green meadow of Har Ki Dun will amaze you with its beauty, you will be wishing not to go back from the spot. This will be the day of the trek where you will be willing more to stay, explore, and spend enough time with the magic of the valley.

 

Weather at Har Ki Dun Trek

The Har Ki Doon Trek is safe in all weather conditions during the times it is open. However, there are a few occasions where the weather affects the trail's and terrain's nature.


Expect to see snow as soon as you approach the path if you're trekking to Har Ki Dun in the winter (December) and the year's winter snow has already fallen (sometimes even from Taluka).


Given that Har Ki Dun is a deep valley that receives little sunshine, snow can be seen there until the end of April, and occasionally into early May. From Kalkatiyadhar onwards, expect to see snow if you're trekking in the summer.

 

Har Ki Dun Trek Best Time

You can journey through the summer until late June, starting in the spring month of March. Then comes the monsoon, which closes the Govind Pashu Vihar Sanctuary for roughly three months. After that, the hiking season begins in September and lasts until mid-January the following year. Following that, the heavily snow-covered trail makes trekking impossible until later in the spring.

 

Har Ki Dun Trek Difficulty Level

The Har Ki Dun trek package comes under the easy to moderate category as the trail consists of gradual ascent and descent. The good news is that there aren't many areas of the Har Ki Dun walk that are difficult in terms of topography. The trek's great distances may tire you out, but there aren't many tough spots on the trail that will put you to the test.


The trek of Har Ki Dun welcomes all types of trekkers as it has much more to offer and you will have a great time exploring the valley.

 

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri


Altitude: 6,455 ft.

Drive: 6-7 hrs. (187 km)

Meals: Dinner

Stay: Stay at a guesthouse on a sharing basis.

  • Take a shared cab from Dehradun (8-9 am) and reach Sankri, it will take around 7 hours to reach.
  • Move along the Yamuna River, Sankri is the base camp for many treks such as Kedarkantha, Bali pass, etc.
  • Reach Sankri guest house, rest for a while. In the evening head out and explore on your own
  • Have your meal at 8.30 pm and retire for the day.

 

Day 2: Drive to Taluka and Trek to Ghanghad

 

Altitude:   6,455 ft to 8,160 ft

Drive: 12 km

Trek: 10 km

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a double / triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get transferred to Taluka which is the start point of the trek.
  • A few km into the trek cross a small stream through a Cemented bridge, then another stream through a wooden bridge.
  • A couple of hours into the trek, take a halt at Someshwar Devta temple and start again.
  • The trail ascends, view the confluence of Thamasa & Ruinsara River, Few more meters to the campsite, and enjoy a view of the snow-capped Dhauladhar range.
  • Rest for the day at the campsite, enjoy snacks in the evening hours and later have your dinner and retire for the day.

 

Day 3: Ghanghad to Kalkatiyadhar

 

Altitude:   8,160 ft. to 9,922 ft.

Trek: 7 km

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a double / triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready, and move towards the wooden bridge which divided the valley, from here take the left.
  • Pass through the pine & rhododendron forest, crossing streams and mountain bends. Have the first view of Har ki Dun and Hata Peak.
  • Cross the boulder section and reach the campsite area near the Thamasa River.
  • Rest for the day at the campsite, enjoy snacks in the evening hours and later have your dinner and retire for the day.

 

Day 4: Kalkatiyadhar to Har Ki Dun and back to Kalkatiyadhar

 

Altitude: 9,922 ft to 11,700 ft and back to 9,922 ft

Trek: 6 km

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a double / triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready for a trek to Har Ki Dun Valley. Leave the luggage at the campsite.
  • Once you reach the valley, the sheer beauty will never want you to leave the place. From the valley, you can have a vast view of the grounds below the Swargarohini peak.
  • After spending enough time at Har Ki Dun, retrace your way back to the campsite. Enjoy your dinner (8.30 pm onwards) and retire for the day.

 

Day 5: Kalkatiyadhar to Ghanghad

 

Altitude: 9,922 ft to 8,160 ft

Trek: 7 km

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a double / triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready and head back to Ghanghad campsite.
  • Be ready for the steep boulders section, pass through the meadows with pine, walnut, and cedar trees.
  • Reach the campsite, rejoice in the memories of day 3, and with evening snacks watch the sunset.
  • Enjoy your dinner (8.30 pm onwards) and retire for the day.

 

Day 6: Ghanghad to Taluka and drive to Sankri

 

Altitude: 8,160 ft. to 6,455 ft.

Drive: 12 km

Trek: 10 km

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay: Stay in guesthouses on a sharing basis

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready to reach back to the start base point (Sankri).
  • Cross the same cemented and wooden bridge one after the other built over streams and reach Taluka.
  • Take the shared cab from taluka to Sankri, Have your evening snacks & dinner at respective times and retire for the day.

 

Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

 

Meal: Breakfast

Drive: 187 km (6-7 hrs.)

  • Wake up to a fresh morning, have your breakfast and start your return drive to Dehradun (reach around 6 pm).
  • With a heavy heart bid bye to the majestic memories of Har Ki Dun trek.

 

Trek ends here.

Air: Take a flight to Jolly Grant (Dehradun) airport and from there take a Shared / Private cab or a local bus to reach Dehradun Railway station.

Road: Volvo transfers are available from Delhi to Dehradun, It takes around 6 hrs to reach Dehradun from Delhi.

Rail: Dehradun has a railway station so book a train to Dehradun railway station direct and if there in no direct train available from your city then book a train to delhi and from there either you can book another train or take a bus to Dehradun.

Before booking a cab or bus to or from Sankri, it is advisable to contact the trek operator first as they have the local transport facility running which usually borne and shared between the trekkers.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf / muffler (optional)

5. Woolen cap, Woolen gloves, Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking / Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters / sandals / slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses (polarized / UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack / small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

Inclusions:

1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival to Sankri.

2. All stays included from Sankri to Sankri on double / triple sharing basis:

 (i) Guest house on day 1 to day 6

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 7 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability, while staying at guest houses in Sankri only.

6. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

7. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

8. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc

 (ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

9. Covid Related Information

 

Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 7 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

7. Separate tents on request, will be charged extra (INR 1,500 per tent)

  1. If cancellations are made within 2 days prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.
  2. If cancellations are made between 3-7 days prior to the start of the trek, EITHER 75% of total package amount will be returned to the guest (25% of total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.
  3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of the total advance will be refunded.
  4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of the booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.
  5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.
  6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
  7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Q1. How many people will be in a group during the Har Ki Doon Trek?

Answer: The usual no. of trekkers in a group of Har Ki Doon is 15-20 pax.

 

Q2. What is the best time to go for Har Ki Doon Trek?

Answer: The best time to visit Har Ki Doon is from March to June.

 

Q3. What is Har ki Dun Trek’s difficulty level? What kind of physical fitness will be required to do Har Ki Doon Trek?

Answer: The Har Ki Doon is a moderate category trek, a person should be able to run for 5 km under 25 mins.

 

Q4. What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side during Har Ki Doon Trek?

Answer: A proper list of Things to Carry is updated on our website under the Har Ki Doon trek, you must check it.

 

Q5. Will there be mobile connectivity on the Har Ki Doon Trek?

Answer: There is no mobile network available once you leave Mori, which is 54 km before Sankri.

 

Q6. What is the length of Har ki Doon Trek?

Answer: The total trekking km is 40 km for the Har Ki Doon trek, which is further divided into 5 days of trekking.

 

Q7. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

Answer: Yes, you can bring your child to the Har Ki Dun trek, there are no age restrictions.

 

Q8. What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

Answer: Toilet tents are used on the Har Ki Doon trek.

 

Q9. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

Answer: No, you cannot have liquor or smoke on the trek.

 

Q10. Is it safe for a woman to go on the Har Ki Dun Trek?

Answer: Yes, not only for women but children can also enroll in the Har Ki Dun Trek.

 

Q11. Is Diamox advisable?

Answer: It is not recommended to take Diamox on the trek but if the need arises you can consume it.

 

Q12. Is this a good trek for a first-timer?

Answer: Yes, first-timers as well experienced trekkers can take the Har Ki Doon trek.

 

Q13. Can I go for Har Ki Dun trek in December?

Answer: No, the Har Ki Doon stays closed during the month of December.

 

Q14. Which type of shoes should I carry on Har Ki Doon Trek?

Answer: We recommend you buy trekking shoes for the Har Ki Doon trek, for eg. Quechua Trek 100.

 

Q15. What kind of food will be provided during Har Ki Doon Trek? What about safe drinking water?

Answer: The cook on the trek will provide properly cooked veg food and safe drinking water is available at all the campsites as mentioned in the itinerary.

 

Q16. How much time does it take to complete Har ki Doon trek?

Answer: It takes around 7 days to complete the Har Ki doon trek as per the mentioned itinerary.

 

Q17. Can I visit har ki dun trek in February?

Answer: Yes, you can trek to Har Ki Doon in the month of February, the most part of the trek will be covered under the snow.

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