Why This Trek?
The Har Ki Dun means Valley of Gods is a treat for first time trekkers and nature lovers. Har Ki dun is a moderate trek which takes you to the one of the least explored places in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and best suitable for first time trekkers in Himalayas and also who are experienced in other parts of Himalayas. Sankri serves as the base for Har Ki Dun Trek which is common to other treks like Kedarkantha Trek, Ruinsara Lake Trek etc.
The Har Ki Dun means Valley of Gods is a treat for first-time trekkers and nature lovers. Har Ki dun is a moderate trek which takes you to the one of the least explored places in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and best suitable for first-time trekkers in the Himalayas and also who are experienced in other parts of Himalayas. Har Ki Dun Trek lies in the Govind Wild life Sanctuary and National Park and other famous treks nearby are Kedarkantha Peak Winter trek. Har Ki Dun Trek gives you the magnificent views of famous peaks of Swargarohini, Bandar Poonch, Kala Nag or Black peak and Har Ki Dun peak itself.
Destinations Covered in the Har Ki Dun Trek: Sankri, Govind Wild Life Sanctuary.
- 04 Nights accommodation during Trek (Camping) on triple sharing basis.
- 02 Nights accommodation in Sankri ( Guest house / Home stay / Hotel) on triple/quad sharing basis.
- All veg Meals from Day 1st Dinner to till Day 7th breakfast.
- Morning Evening Tea/Coffee with light snacks.
- All fees and permits (Only for Indians)
- Basic First Aid Medical kit with Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi meter.
- microspikes required.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff.
- Surface transfer from Dehradun – Dehradun as per itinerary.
What’s not Included :
- Any meals during transit.
- Any expenses incurred due to natural reason.
- Any fees and permits ( for Non-Indians)
- Anything which is not a part of above mentioned inclusions.
More Information On Garhwal:
- About Garhwal
- History of Garhwal
- History of Garhwal Himalayas
- Geographical region of Garhwal
- Flora and Fauna in Garhwal
- Districts in Garhwal Region
- Famous peaks of Garhwal
More Information On Uttarkashi:
- About Uttarkashi
- History of Uttarkashi
- Geography of Uttarkashi
- Best Season to Visit Uttarkashi
- Places to visit around Uttarkashi
- Demographics of Uttarkashi
- How to reach Uttarkashi?
- Hotels at Uttarkashi
- Weather of Uttarkashi
- Flora and Fauna in Uttarkashi
- Religious Places in Uttarkashi
- Travel routes from Uttarkashi to nearby places
- Treks starting from Uttarkashi
- Attractions in Uttarkashi
Here’s a Brief Har Ki Dun Trek Itinerary:
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun – Sankri (6,455 ft) (10-11 hrs)
Day 2: Drive from Sankri (6,455 ft) – Taluka (12 kms) and Trek to Osla (14 kms) (8400 ft)
Day 3: Trek from Osla – Har Ki Dun (11674 ft.) (11 kms) (5 to 6 hrs)
Day 4: Exploration Day at Har Ki Dun.
Day 5: Trek from Har Ki Dun – Osla (11 kms) (3 hrs)
Day 6: Trek from Osla to Taluka and drive back to Sankri (7-8 hrs)
Day 7: Drive from Sankri – Dehradun.
It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains.
Detailed Har Ki Dun Trek itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun – Sankri (6,455 ft) (10-11 hrs)
The very first day we will meet at Dehradun railway station at 7:00 in the morning for our journey through curvaceous roads of the Shivalik Himalayas. Today’s journey from Dehradun to Sankri/Taluka is about 200 km’s long and takes around 10 hours. Enroute we will stop for breakfast and also get fresh for the rest of the journey. Reach Sankri late in the evening and take full rest at the camp for the Har Ki Dun Trek.
Day 2: Drive from Sankri (6,455 ft) – Taluka (12 km’s) and Trek to Osla (14 km’s) (8400 ft)
We will follow the same routine of morning exercise, breakfast and our trek leader will brief about today’s trek schedule. Today will trek for around 14 km’s to Taluka campsite to Osla Village. There is a unique temple of Duryodhana of Mahabharatha in Osla village situated at an altitude of 2650m. Along the trek route, you will cross bridges over Tons river, the lush green valley covered with wild orchids of Himalayas and if you are lucky then you may encounter the rich wild life of the Himalayas like barking deer, Bharal, Blue Sheep, Bear or Leopard too. Reach camp and immerse in the pristine beauty of Garhwal Himalayas. Pitch your tents and try your hand in Night Long exposure photography.
Day 3: Trek from Osla – Har Ki Dun (11674 ft.) (11 km’s) (5 to 6 hrs)
Today we will go trekking from Osla to Har Ki Doon to Har Ki Dun top and once you reach there you would not want to come back the beauty is such. The trek is rewarding through open meadows and views of snow capped peaks. After trekking for about 6 hours you will reach the camp relish on delicious lunch prepared by our team and enjoy the views of the pristine trek in the Himalayas.
Day 4: Exploration Day at Har Ki Dun
Today is our exploration day those who want to enjoy the most exotic book reading session can relax in the camp and rest can trek up to Jaundhar Glacier which is around 4 Kms and takes around 3 Hrs to reach but the view of the glacier is to die for. After our healthy breakfast and packed lunch, we will start the today’s leg of Har Ki Dun Trek the visit to Jaundhar Glacier. After spending few hours we will return to Har Ki Dun camp.
Day 5: Trek to Har Ki Dun – Osla (11 km’s) ( 3 hrs)
Today will the easy part of the Har Ki Dun Trek but going downhill is always a tricky one. We will be trekking by the same route so you have an idea about the landscape. After a tiring day relaxes for some time have your sumptuous lunch and they explore the area.
Day 6: Trek to Osla to Taluka and drive back to Sankri (7-8 hrs)
Be ready to trek down the entire leg of Har Ki Dun Trek from Osla Village to Sankri in one go, though it will be long it will not be that tiring as the entire route is downhill. Reach camp and relax …now onwards no more trekking.
Day 7: Drive from Sankri – Dehradun.
Today will be the most complex day the on one side you will be happy that no more trekking, on the other hand, gloomy because the trek is going to end. We will start our drive early in the morning so that we reach on time at Dehradun Railway station to catch your train or flights for onward journey. Our trek ends here #HappyTrekking
Fitness Required for Har Ki Dun Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Har Ki Dun Trek is a moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness
Trekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.
Fitness Required: The Har Ki Dun Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to get for Har Ki Dun
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs): A good quality backpack from reputed brand and try it before buying.
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely
- Trekking Shoes : Always invest in a good quality trekking shoes, we recommend Forclaz 500 by Quechua.They are light weight, good grip, sturdy and easily available throughout India.
- 3 Quick Dry Tees
- 2 Track Pants
- 1 Pair of Thermals
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks
- 1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- 1 Poncho
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket
- One Heavy Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf
- Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Dark Sunglasses
- 1 Pair Woolen socks
- Trekking pole
- Woolen cap/monkey cap
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Har Ki Dun Trek?
Har Ki Dun Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done throughout the trek and is particularly enjoyable during winters. The trek is situated in the Uttrarkashi district of Uttarakhand on the Himachal Uttarakhand border.
When is the best time to go to for the Har Ki Dun Trek?
The best time for Har Ki Dun Trek is during the winter months of December,January,March, April and May. But this trek can be done and is enjoyable throughout the year.
How difficult is the Har Ki Dun Trek?
Har Ki Dun Trek is considered by comparison a moderate high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek.
What are the temperatures during the Har Ki Dun Trek?
During the Har Ki Dun Trek temperatures vary between -15 to 10 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6 Kms each day and it takes around 6 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek?
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can follow the list at things to carry
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at How to Buy Trekking Shoes
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Har Ki Dun Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize the Har Ki Dun Trek?
Yes Har Ki Dun Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund.
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Dehradun is the base location for our Har Ki Dun Trek. Our meeting point in Dehradun is the railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to Sankri. The entire drive from Dehradun to Sankri takes around 8 Hours.
Reaching Dehradun by Flights
Jolly Grant Airport is the Airport in Dehradun and is situated on the outskirts of Dehradun. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Dehradun.
Reaching by train
Dehradun is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major pilgrim centre.
Following is the list of useful trains to reach dehradun from Delhi:
12017 DEHRADUN SHTBDI
19565 UTTARANCHAL EXPRESS
22659 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14309 UJJAINI EXPRESS
14317 IND DDN EXPRESS
12055 DDN JANSHTBDI
12687 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14041 MUSSOORIE EXPRESS
12205 NANDA DEVI EXPRESS
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching Dehradun by Road (Bus)
Dehradun is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Dehradun which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Anand Vihar.