Har-Ki-Doon, covered by glittery mountain peaks, snow, pine forest attracts tourists because of its beautiful look. This place is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers and that’s it is paradise for trekkers. This moderate trek takes you to the smallest amount of unexplored regions of Garhwal chain. Being one amongst the remotest places, Har ki Doon trek offers pleasant beauty and is one amongst the foremost stunning places of India giving various trekking excursions. Har ki Doon lies in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state, terribly near the border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.This is amongst one of the most admired treks of the Himalayas.
This trek is very easy and enthralling that’s why it is suggested to the first time trekkers to visit here. If you are in a full sway to enjoy your trek and trip then try out your first trek practice, then absolutely you should choose the Har Ki Doon trek as your trekking destination. The trekking path steady ascends the aspect of the ridge across the stream giving bewitching views of the majestic chain of mountains. This trek provides pleasure, enthusiasm to youngsters and makes trek very exciting, very easy to climb high, and basin is full of flowers and fauna.
Duration – 09 Days
Difficulty level – Moderate
Season- Summer, Autumn, Winter
Location- Uttaranchal (Garhwal Himalayas)
Minimum Group Size: 08
Board the overnight train from Delhi to Dehradoon. Transfers to the Trek Carrier as discussed to Sankri/Saur through the Yamuna and Tons valleys across the Yamuna bridge, Nainbagh, Nowgaon, Purola, Jarmola (Jarmola is one of the biggest and most beautiful pine forests in Asia), Mori and Netwar. Trek to a tiny market in Sankri, a few wooden huts serve simple yet delicious food. Dinner and overnight stay at the GMVN (Garhwal Mangal Vikas Nigam) rest house or the Forest Department’s rest house or perhaps in tents.
We have to trek for 12 km nonstop today. So we offer you breakfast and make each of you carry your own packed lunches so that you can rest and catch a bite at your own convenience- perhaps at one of the tiny waterfalls lining this route. You can also appreciate the wild roses and irises, chestnuts, sycamore and deodar trees and bamboos which line the trail. Hot dinner and cozy tents will be waiting for you once you reach the camp, a Km from the Taluka village.
Another 12 km to cover today so we take in packed lunch again. From Taluka the trail descends to the river valley and continues through the forests on the left side of the valley. The river valley continues winding through some fields as well as apple orchards until it reaches Osla (2560m), we however to not divert at Osla but continue till Seema. You could either opt for the steep climb of Dhaatmeer village, which is a path with beautiful views, or just trek along the Karmanasha stream. Both the routes meet at Gangaar village. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.
Har ki Dun is known for its vast valleys and huge waterfalls as well as an excellent view of the mountains above and is present just beyond the confluence of two beautiful alpine meadows. A trek of roughly 11 km after fueling ourselves with breakfast and carrying packed lunch for the way will get us to our destination. The area is home to a number of rare species of Himalayan birds and flowers, and is full of birch and spruce. After the last steep climb of approximately 200m, you have the grassy field of Har-ki-Dun divided by the clear and calm Karmanasha stream. The beautiful Swargarohini stands tall overlooking this Valley of God. Dinner and overnight stay in tent. A full moon would be an added bonus.
It’s now time to head back to but who says that you cannot enjoy the downhill as much as the uphill? Just before we trek down, we take a short climb of 2 km to Jaundhar glacier. Trekking back then first to Har ki Dun and then to Seema, where dinner and camps await us.
The walks now are a reverse of what we experienced while climbing along the same way. For today it’s further down today as from Seema we gear ourselves with packed lunch and a full breakfast to trek back to Taluka.
Breakfast and trek back to Sankari, with packed lunch and you can relive your stop at the tiny waterfalls and rivulets as you walk down the same path. Walking down off course is easier so this time you get to appreciate the beauty more with the loom of tiredness. Drive to Mori for the late check-in at the Camp for overnight fixed camping.
Day at leisure with River Rafting in the upper stretch of Tons River, a tributary of Yamuna. The stretch is 14 Kms long with Class 04 Rapids. Post lunch we go on a session of rappelling and Kayaking. Evening at Leisure at the Campsite.
Early morning wake up call for breakfast and departure. Drive to Kanatal at 2575 mtrs. It’s a 10 Hrs (270 Kms) drive from Sankri/Mori to Kanatal. Overnight at leisure. Wake up call for departure at Camp for Dehradoon Railway Station.