Har Ki Dun Trek is an Enthralling valley in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand India.
Har Ki Dun Trek comes under Govind Wildlife Sanctuary National park. No doubt, the Himalayas have enchanting beauty, bracing climate, and desirable soothing green meadow. So, what else can be better than spending some days here in the serenity?
Trekking to this enthralling valley can be a divine experience for a lifetime. Har Ki Dun trek comes in the category of epic historic adventure treks where you can find the essence of mythology with lavish meadows, grasslands, mountain ridges, pine forests, glacial ranges, and jaw-dropping views of the Great Himalayas.
During the trek, you will come across the ancient villages that are about 300 decades old and will surely take you back in time. On the trail, you will encounter the local lifestyle and communities with lavish vegetation grown in the fields. Today also, the local people there still worship Duryodhana As their deity.
Thus, Har Ki Dun trek is filled with solemn surroundings and legendary culture and is a must-go for all the travel lovers and nature seekers out there.
Har Ki Dun Trek the Majestic valley in Garhwal Himalayas
Encapsulated in the alluring Garhwal region of the Great Himalayas in Uttarakhand, a cradle shaped valley rests there abut by the footsteps of Indian mythology and till today, is known to be “Har Ki Dun.”
It exists for more than 500 decades, no doubt that it is renowned as the “Valley of Gods” Har ki dun has captivating essence of history and mythology with the scenic beauty of sublime climate surrounded with desirable soothing greenery.
So, this is the reason why Har Ki Dun is known as “The Valley of Gods.”
Truth Behind The Myths
Many fables and tales of the era of Mahabharata are admired here. But, it is essential aware of the readers and trekkers about the real facts and myths.
Many trekking companies profess about the myths regarding the worship of Duryodhana at its temple by the local people there or the chronicle of Yudhishthir reaching heaven through the Har ki Dun trail. The truth is none of this exists here as per accurate facts and research.
On the contrary, the chronicle of Yudhishthir reaching heaven through the Har ki Dun trail never exists here. Instead, the saga of reaching heaven was through the path of Badrinath towards Swargarohini peak at Narayan Parvat (mountain). The locations elapsed are Laxmi van, Chakaratir, Sahastradhara, and Satopanth Lake.
Furthermore, there is no existence of any Duryodhana temple at the Mori district of Uttarkashi. Instead, the temple, which is claimed as Duryodhana Temple, is the Someshwar Mahadev temple, a chapel of Lord Shiva. Thus, Har Ki Dun is also known as “The valley of Shiva.”
Why Choose Har Ki Dun Trek?
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Har Ki Dun trek.
See firstly. The trekking distance is a total of 56 km, which is covered into 7days. It comes under a moderate level of easy to moderate because of the things that this trek has to offers. These are:
No high altitude mountain sickness due to the forthcoming of the forest region.
The trail is not that abrupt and sheer as compared to other treks. So, beginners can easily do this trek.
You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, lakes, pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and culture.
Do spare time in Interaction with locals, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology.
During the winter season, this fascinating valley remains covered in snow, and the white sheet of snow makes it look like a magical wide snow-land.
And, in summers, the valley turns different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers, and woods blooming in different colors.
About Base camp Sankri
Not only Sankri is the base camp for the Har Ki Dun trek but also for 25 + Himalayan treks. Thus, it always remains busy by the hustle and bustle of trekkers. This small village is genuinely beautiful because of its pleasant setting and calm environment.
There are quaint wooden houses made of Deodar wood. And also some hotels and restaurants serving delicious local food. Their specialty is “Red Rice.” So, get to know the villagers and have a glimpse of their lifestyle. It is the best place to explore the Himalayan culture and tradition.
You will also have some excellent views of lofty Swargarohini Peaks and Bandarpoonch. And yes, do not miss their glorifying sunrise and sunset views.
Moreover, the nearest village to Sankri is “Saur” The temple of Someshwar Devta there is highly worshiped by the villagers.
Therefore, the base camp will leave you admiring with its exquisite beauty.
The altitude we are going to cover at Har Ki Dun Trek
Sankri – 1920 Meters
Cheludgad camp – 2600 Meters
Har Ki Dun Camp – 3645 Meters
Getting to Himalayan Hikers Base Camp Office at Sankri
Take the night train from Delhi to Dehradun.
(Special A/C train from New Delhi would be best)
You can reach Dehradun Railway Station around 5:00 am to 7:00 am, vehicles will arrange, and there you will meet our office members.
Note: – Himalayan Hikers arrange vehicles for you from Dehradun Railway Station Pickup and Drop Tempo
Transport costs per person one way Rs. 1100/- Extra pay to directly your taxi driver
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity
ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Purola is the last point where you will find ATM.
(If you want to withdraw money, then do it in Dehradun.
Mobile Connectivity: There will be no networks during the trek; in Purola, your device will receive the networks. At Sankri, only Vodafone and BSNL signals are there, but you cannot rely on the connectivity because the signal strength is not good. So make sure you finish all your essential work and calls before starting the trek.
Key Points Har Ki Dun Trek
Duration: – 6 Nights 7 Days
Base camp: – Sankri
Summer Temperature: – Day (5°C to 15°C) Night (2° C to 8° C)
Winter Temperature: – Day (-2°C to -5° C) Night (-5°C to -12°C)
Har Ki Dun Altitude: – 3500 Meters
Best Time: – All year
Trek Level: – Moderate
Trek distance: – On foot 64 Km – By taxi 442 km
Group Size: – 20 people
Short Itinerary Har Ki Dun Trek
Day 1- Pick up to you from Dehradun railway station – Drive to Sankri Market – 210 Km (8/9 Hours (1920 Meters)
Day 2 – Trek from Sankri to taluka by taxi – 11 km same day trek to Cheludgad camp (12 km) (4/5 Hours) (2600 Meters)
Day 3 – Trek from Cheludgad camp to Bhasla camp Har Ki Dun (13 km) (6/7 Hours) (3500 Meters)
Day 4 – Exploration Day (Manida Lake) (Jaundhar Glacier) Har Ki Dun valley back to camp (4/5 Hours)
Day 5 – Trek from Har Ki Dun to Cheludgad via OSLA village (13 km) (5/6 Hours) (2600 Meters)
Day 6 – Trek from Cheludgad camp to Taluka (12 km) (4/5 Hours) Same day Drive to Sankri Hotel
Day 7 – Sankri to Dehradun by taxi (210 km) (8/9 Hours)