Commence your journey amidst the picturesque Har Ki Dun Valley under the guidance of an amiable trekking expert. Encounter the mesmerizing Himalayan panoramas and the rich tapestry of flora and fauna, all while immersing yourself in the local traditions. With affable local guides and an indelible encounter, this trek assures an unparalleled expedition of lasting memories.
The Har Ki Dun trek is an adventurous and visually captivating expedition amidst the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. This journey unveils a tapestry of scenic villages, verdant forests, and awe-inspiring landscapes, framed by sweeping vistas of snow-cloaked summits. The trek stands as an idyllic retreat for those seeking adventure and nature enthusiasts yearning for a rejuvenating Himalayan experience.
Har ki Dun – “The Valley of God”:
Har Ki Dun, also known as “the Valley of God,” is an enchanting valley ensconced within Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalayan realm. Resting at an elevation of 3,566 meters above sea level, the valley is enveloped by snow-dappled peaks and dense stands of pine and deodar trees. The appellation pays homage to the renowned Har Ki Dun peak, believed to be the dwelling place of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology.
Embracing status as one of India’s premier trekking destinations, Har Ki Dun affords entrancing vistas of the Himalayan expanse, inviting the chance to soak in the region’s natural splendor. The expedition commences from the quaint Sankri village, nestled at 1,950 meters and accessible via road from the neighboring hub of Dehradun. The valley also houses remote hamlets where time-honored traditions persist, imparting cultural depth to the journey.
A highlight of the trek is the awe-evoking panorama of the Swargarohini peaks, their snow-capped majesty thought to represent a stairway to heaven according to Hindu mythology. The valley is also a sanctuary for diverse wildlife, including the elusive Himalayan black bear, the graceful musk deer, and the enigmatic snow leopard—though spotting these creatures remains rare. The route appeals to a wide demographic due to its manageable ascent and regal vistas, rendering it a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and photographers who relish abundant flora and fauna sightings throughout the journey. Moreover, the trek bestows the privilege of glimpsing untouched interior villages and their pristine cultural heritage.
Har Ki Dun Trek:
Location: Osla Village, Sankari Range, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
Altitude: 3566 m (11700 ft)
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Trek Distance: 47 km
The Har Ki Dun Trek stands as a popular and visually arresting route through the heart of Uttarakhand. This relatively accessible trek welcomes both novices and seasoned trekkers, traversing some of the Garhwal Himalayas’ most picturesque locales.
The expedition commences from Sankri, a quaint village in Uttarakashi district, and meanders through dense woodlands, expansive meadows, and ancient settlements. En route, the trail wends its way through the Govind National Park, a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna, including the majestic Himalayan black bear, elusive musk deer, and elusive snow leopard.
The focal point of the trek is the Har Ki Dun valley, an enclave embraced by snow-draped summits, celebrated for its striking perspectives of the Swargarohini and Jaundhar glaciers. The valley boasts rich cultural heritage, as local lore identifies it as the Pandavas’ passage to heaven in the Mahabharata epic. The trek typically spans 7-8 days, covering approximately 50 km.
Key Highlights of the Har Ki Dun Trek:
– The range of Sankri Village
– Duryodhana Temple in Oslo Village
– Swargarohini Group of Peaks, Kala Nag (Black Peak), Bandarpunch, and other majestic mountains
– Takula village
– Moninda Lake and Ruinsara Lake
Day 1- Sankri village → Taluka → Osla
Today is going to be tough day as we will walk about 14kms uphill towards Osla which might take us 6-7 hours. So, leave early and grab a heavy breakfast and drive up to Takula. You will cross wooden bridges made over water streams and a huge constructed bridge over Supin river will be a landmark. From here our hike will get steep for next 4kms. The trail is rich in flora and fauna and covered with rhododendrons, walnuts and chinar all over. The terrain will become more natural and meadows will welcome you as you reach Osla village. We will camp here for tonight under the stars and wide open sky. Talk to the locals at the village and get different perspectives about the lore’s of the place.
Day 2- Osla → Har Ki Dun
Today the terrain will be less demanding but we still will have to cover 11kms to the valley. Pack your tents early and start moving uphill. Har Ki Dun is situated at the foothills of Hata Peak and a stream flows in between the valley dividing it into two parts. Lush green orchids and nature to offer you the best views of Swargarohini and Juandhar glaciers. Set up your camps early and have a treat of hot tea and nature’s music. In winters the entire valley is covered with snow which gives a pleasant scenic view on full moon nights.
Day 3- Har Ki Dun → Jaundhar Glacier→ Har Ki Dun
Even today we will rise up early to see the breathtaking sunrise from behind the Swargarohini Peak. Leave your camps here as we will head back to the campsite in the evening from Jaundhar Glacier. Jaundhar is the largest source of Tons river and we as humans are lucky enough to see the origin of a river today. It is a widespread piece of land and snow which leads you through rocky terrains and massive mountains. Head back after soaking the natures beauty within you. We will camp[ at the previous day’s site today. Take proper rest and keep yourself motivated enough to reach back to Osla tomorrow.
Day 4- Har Ki Dun → Osla → Sankri
As we head back today towards Osla village make sure you don’t miss the beauty of the places you cross. After walking 12kms downhill we will be in a place where humanity and nature come together to give you an experience of culture and heritage. Osla village is on the right of Seema village, yet another piece of beauty. By this time, you would be tired and exhausted but keep up the spirit and sleep with a beautiful thought in your mind. we will cover 14kms downhill and reach Sankri before sunset. Sankri is hamlet offering village life and tourism at its best. Have dinner at the locals and spend some time with the nature.