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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trek ends here.
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
1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival to Sankri.
2. All stays included from Sankri to Sankri on 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
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 26 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.
2. If cancellations are made between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 25% of the total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
3. If cancellations and rescheduling are made within 7 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
4. Guest can reschedule the tour/trek/activity between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity (Depending on the availability), after this period no rescheduling can be done and no amount can be refunded.
5. Rescheduling of the tour/trek/activity is applicable only once, after that if you want to cancel or reschedule the trek/tour/activity again, it will not be possible and no refund will be processed.
6. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 26 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.
7. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.
8. In case if your tour/trek/activity gets cancelled because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes between 0-7 days from your date of travel, you will be eligible to reschedule the date of your trek/tour/activity or you can get a credit note of the amount paid, however no cash refund will be possible in this case.
9. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
10. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.
Answer: The usual no. of trekkers in a group of Har Ki Doon is 15-20 pax.
Answer: The best time to visit Har Ki Doon is from March to June.
Answer: The Har Ki Doon is a moderate category trek, a person should be able to run for 5 km under 25 mins.
Answer: A proper list of Things to Carry is updated on our website under the Har Ki Doon trek, you must check it.
Answer: There is no mobile network available once you leave Mori, which is 54 km before Sankri.
Answer: The total trekking km is 40 km for the Har Ki Doon trek, which is further divided into 5 days of trekking.
Answer: Yes, you can bring your child to the Har Ki Dun trek, there are no age restrictions.
Answer: Toilet tents are used on the Har Ki Doon trek.
Answer: No, you cannot have liquor or smoke on the trek.
Answer: Yes, not only for women but children can also enroll in the Har Ki Dun Trek.
Answer: It is not recommended to take Diamox on the trek but if the need arises you can consume it.
Answer: Yes, first-timers as well experienced trekkers can take the Har Ki Doon trek.
Answer: No, the Har Ki Doon stays closed during the month of December.
Answer: We recommend you buy trekking shoes for the Har Ki Doon trek, for eg. Quechua Trek 100.
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.
Answer: It takes around 7 days to complete the Har Ki doon trek as per the mentioned itinerary.
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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