HAR KI DUN
Har ki dun valley is situated in garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3500 mts.This valley is also called hanging valley sometimes as it is surrounded by snow-covered peaks on both sides. If one goes by the famous folklore, which says that Yudhishthir; eldest among five pandavas reached to heaven by taking path that went through this valley and followed to Himalayan peak facing the valley also known as Swargarohini; staircases to heaven.
Dec 18’ - Jan 19’
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 25
- Day 1: Arrival at Dehradun and journey from Dehradun to Sankri Village
- Day 2: Sankri -Taluka – Osla
- Day 3: Seema to Har-ki-Dun (3,510 m)
- Day 4: Explore Har ki Dun
- Day 5: Har ki Dun to Osla – Seema village
- Day 6: Osla to Sankri via Taluka
- Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun
- Accommodation in triple-sharing tents
- Stay in a hotel
- In room facilities: central heating/room heaters and hot water (on request)
- Meals (veg.)
- Kitchen and dining tents with utensils
- Toilet tents
- Sleeping bags
- Camping mattresses
- First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
- Transport from Leh to road head and return
- All applicable taxes
- Additional ALTOA fee (will be approximately INR 2500, to be paid in cash)
- Pick up and drop
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 650 per day per bag up to 9 kgs)
- Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions
- In case of natural calamity if trek days are reducing or trek is getting cancelled, no refund will be processed.
Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest airport, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun. Come one day early if planning to come by flight.
You may take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
- Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)
- Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)
Regular buses are available from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
We would suggest you to take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Private buses you may take from outside ISBT but they are not trust worthy.
Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to the Dehradun Railway Station.
- Our vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
- You will reach Sankri by 5:00 pm
- Food in transit from Dehradun to Sankri is not included in the trek cost
Har ki Dun
It is a greeish-blue glacial lake at an altitude of 3380 m. Situated amid the snow-laden peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, one can have a 360 degree of mesmerising view as in the south West of the lake lies the pass leading to yamunotri, East of it lies the Bandarpunch peak and in north, lies the epic Swargarohini peak which according to mahabharat wad trekked by Yudhishthir; eldest among five pandavas, for reaching to heaven. Swargarohini is also called staircases to heaven. Surrounded by neat and untouched meadows, the lake is located on the foothill of Mt. Kalanag and is about 8 km from Osla. That is one reason, why this part of the land worships Pandavas and even Duryadhona, the Kaurava Head.
Har ki dun trek is highly recommended trek for beginners, who fear for uncertainty and strength involved in trekking. One can enjoy the beauty of nature adorned with green vegetation and snow clad mountain peak; both at same time. Let the fragrance of orchids scintillate you and be lost in the lap of nature.
This trek is imperative to nature lovers, adventure seekers and shutterbug lovers. Photography can be a fun here as one can capture some of the best shots. One can get a chance to encounter various species of birds and mammals in this region.
This valley has ancient villages that are around 3000 years old. If you have love for various civilizations,then It is the time to bring out, your inquisitive soul and experience the overwhelming life and attitude of locals, who are still untouched by the technological changes going in outside world. Learn from them, the art of enjoying life inspite of hardships that come your way. Har ki dun is generally snow-covered from October to March but nature lovers can visit it any time except during heavy downpour. Apart from Swargarohini other attractions include Duryodhana Temple, meadows, sunrise and sunset.
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Available Dates For Treks
- 9 Dec to 14 Dec 18 (open)
- 10 Dec to 15 Dec 18 (open)
- 11 Dec to 16 Dec 18 (open)
- 15 Dec to 20 Dec 18 (open)
- 16 Dec to 21 Dec 18 (open)
- 17 Dec to 22 Dec 18 (open)
- 18 Dec to 23 Dec 18 (open)
- 20 Dec to 25 Dec 18 (open)
- 21 Dec to 26 Dec 18 (open)
- 22 Dec to 27 Dec 18 (open)
- 28 Dec to 2 Jan 19 (open)
- 29 Dec to 3 Jan 19 (open)
- 30 Dec to 4 Jan 19 (open)
- 31 Dec to 5 Jan 19 (open)
- 1 Jan to 6 Jan 19 (open)
- 5 Jan to 10 Jan 19 (open)
- 6 Jan to 11 Jan 19 (open)
- 13 Jan to 18 Jan 19 (open)
- 19 Jan to 24 Jan 19 (open)
- 20 Jan to 25 Jan 19 (open)
- 26 Jan to 31 Jan 19 (open)
- 27 Jan to 1 Feb 19 (open)
Temple construction of lord Siva has folklore and goes back to the time of Mahabharata. It is narrated as- after the war, the Pandavas trekked to Himalayas for seeking blessings from Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva thought to put pandavas on test and hence did not appear in his original form instead disguised them as herd of buffalo and tried to mislead the path of Pandavas. Bheem seeing the herd played a trick. He stood on two rocks with his legs opened wide. The buffaloes were made to pass under Bheem’s leg. One of the buffalo refused to pass under his leg resulting in fight with Bheem. In this fight, Bheem ripped apart the buffalo in pieces. The place where the parts of buffalo fell, were considered sacred and Pandavas later constructed temples of Shiva to worship.
Trekking is an adventure sport and trekking on mountains can be a thrilling experience. Laden with white sparkling snow, Kedarkantha summit touches the altitude of 3800 meters or 12468 Feet above the sea level. The view from the top offers scintillating experience. This trek is open for all months except July and August as rain can annoy trekkers and also snow is not seen in these Months. Precisely summer and autumn are the best season for trekking as It displays the natural beauty This peak is one of the attractive trekking destination in Himalayas. It is best suited for enthusiasts, having a longing for challenging yet simple trek. Not only experienced but beginners can also enjoy the trek and get prepared for trekking higher Himalayan ranges.
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We often discuss over how karma decides Heaven and Hell for us. Though the whole concept may seem to be a work of fiction but hope it definitely ignites your soul to see, how the path to heaven may look like that was taken by the Eldest of the Pandavas for reaching to heaven. Give your trekking kit a renewal and shed the dirt from it so that you can experience the famous trail of HAR KI DUN, which literally means Valley of Gods. It lies in Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3600m.
Day 1: Arrival at Dehradun and journey from Dehradun to Sankri Village
The most exciting trek of Har Ki Dun starts from Dehradun. Reaching Dehradun is easy and it can be reached by air, train and road as well. Upon reaching to Dehradun, our journey starts to the beautiful hilly village of Sankri. It takes almost 8 hours to reach Sankri from Dehradun. During this road journey by our comfortable SUVs, you will witness the most spectacular views. Situated at alleviation of 2,700 mt. approximately, this village is our base and stay is arranged with locals to give our trekkers a sneak peek into the local life of Himalayan people. Typical Himalayan cuisine is served in dinner.
Day 2: Sankri -Taluka - Osla
After having a light and nutritious breakfast we are all set to reach our first destination which is Taluka village, situated at an altitude of 2,410mts. It is a 12km journey through a motorable road. It takes 4-5 hours to reach here. The trail contains thick dense forest and amazing flora and fauna. It is already noon while reaching here. After having Lunch packets, we start our first leg of trekking to Osla village; a modest villa on one side of the Rupin River. It is a trek with highs and lows while you enjoy the breath-taking view of Mother Nature. You cross certain wooden bridges and after trekking for couple of kilometres, trekkers will encounter Chestnut, Walnut and Willows trees. Further, the trail will take you to the Gangar town, and in the wake of intersection streams and climbing, you will achieve a point from where Oslatown is visible. This Garhwali hamlet is untouched by technology and is still flaunting its historical roots and Someshwara temple. During whole trek we are preferably walking over right side of the Rupin River. After occasional climbs our next stopover will be Seema Village, a residential area on the inverse side of Osla town, which has a guest house and certain small shops. . As it is already dark upon reaching here, Overnight stay is arranged in rest house/tent.
Day 3: Seema to Har-ki-Dun (3,510 m)
After having breakfast we are all set to explore the mesmerising Har ki dun valley. The trek has a picturesque view and leaves us spellbound. You will cross a bridge over Supin River, and climb a steep route until you reach a small bridge over a stream. It will half an hour to diligently cross this stretch. The trekking trail is visible one and for the next 4kms, gradually ascending towards the left top over a vast expanse of lush green meadow. After certain kilometres of trek, the Ruinsara Valley, Kala Nag (Black Peak) and Banderpunch Range are standing with grandeur. A vast plain land is here where we can see grazing sheeps and shepherds managing them. After crossing this stretch you will enter another valley that leads to Har ki Doon. Har ki Doon valley comes in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas and also it is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass. You will witness a wide variety of flora and fauna with passing this trail. The route descends as you walk on the left side of the cascading river. Additionally, you can see the seldom discovered Brahma Kamal bloom around Morinda Lake, an excellent elevated lake that can be secured with a short trek from the campground. The hills gave way to mountains, and the mountains to giants until the valley opens into the cupped palm of Har Ki Doon, the "Valley of God." There is a beautiful camping ground at Har ki Doon with a calm stream flowing in between. Tuck your tents here and the night sky shower all its love in form of twinkling stars At the night time campfire gives a perfect flavour to this stay as having dinner around it while light music soothing your senses is a blessing in the lap of nature.
Day 4: Explore Har ki Dun
Rays of sun kiss your foreheads and you wake up to the most enchanting views of nature. Get yourself indulged in various activities here like photography, music, writing down your memoirs etc. Har ki dun valley is also considered as the base point for several mountaineers who wish to travel to other Himalaya peaks. Har Ki Dun valley, offers more than one expects from mountains, explore the Morinda Lake which flaunts the rare Brahma Kamal which is found in abundance here. This is a rare cactus that blooms only at night. Near lies the Jaundhar glacier and Borasu pass. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the majestic peaks like Kalanag, Bandarpunch, and Swargarohini. If you’re willing to have a trek to the Jaundar Glacier, start moving to the right of Har-ki-Dun campsite.
Day 5: Har ki Dun to Osla – Seema village
After taking breakfast we will set our journey for Seema via Osla. During descend we will see some Himalayan villages. Stop at Osla and explore the terrace farms and gardens here which are rich in organic produce. The life of people is really tough here but their love for nature and Himalayas will surely motivate you. Capture the sheep, shepherds and other aspects of Himalayan life in your cameras. Locals welcome you with warmness and joy. In the centre of the village there lays a temple dedicated to Someshwara, which is a form of Lord Shiva. Several festivals are celebrated through the year and August festival is predominant. So if you trek in august enjoy the festivity and hospitality of Himalayan village. .Trek back on the same route that you came by is always a bit easy; you can refill your water bottles from the river along the trail. Reach to base camp at Seema village where all the buildings are wooden with some intricate carvings in some. Spend night with your fellow travellers. Have a campfire and music to soothe your souls.
Day 6: Osla to Sankri via Taluka
After taking exquisite breakfast, it is the time to say goodbye locals. This Trek is moderate and takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Taluka. From Taluka, with three cheers for your successful trekking head to comfy SUVs which will take you to Sankri. Night stay is arranged in a Guest house along with Dinner.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun
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