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 Himalayas region of Uttarakhand and best suitable for first time trekkers in 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 trek nearby is 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. It is a lovely walk to the Har Ki Dun valley with fascinating views of Jaundar Glacier and surrounding Swargarohini group of peaks. As the myth this is the route chosen by the Pandavas for heaven. Duryodhan the villain in the epic Mahabharata is worshiped in the villages of this area. As a winter trek it offers a lot of snow on the trail coupled with ease of accessibility makes it’s a compelling proposition for those who want to experience a memorable winter vacation. Playing with snow on the virgin winter slopes plus a not so easy hike attracted us to explore this valley within the Govind national park area.
Board the morning AC Train for Dehra Dun at 06:55 hrs. Arrival at Dehra Dun by noon. Upon arrival at Dehra Dun met our representative and then transfer to Mussoorie. Its history dates back to 1827 when Captain Young, an adventurous military officer, explored the present site and laid the foundation of this holiday resort which now has few rivals. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and the hustle bustle of a hill resort. It provides many amusements for domestic and foreign tourists.Mussoorie is conveniently connected to road by Delhi and major cities and is the ‘Gateway’ to Yamunotri and Gangotri Shrines of Northern India. Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.
MUSSOORIE – SANKARI – TALUKA (Drive 165 km./ 7 hrs.)
Today’s journey from Mussoorie to Sankari/Taluka is about 165Kms long and takes around 7 -8hours. In route we will stop for breakfast and also get fresh for the rest of the journey. . This picturesque village is about 13 Kms inside the Govind Wild Life Sanctuary (Netwair is the place where the check post is located). Sankri is the gateway to the almost untouched Har-ki-dun (3566m) with the Swargarohini Peak(6096m) towering above it in the backdrop. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
The path from Taluka village is through beautiful forest of Chestnut, Walnut and Willow trees.The day trek to Osla a destination at height of 2650 meter, it will take 6-7 hours. Along the way, you shall cross the Siyan Gad by bridge to reach Dhatmir village. Later you will cross the river towards the right side of Ton river. You shall have a spectacular view of lush green vegetation wild orchids, and if you are lucky may you may also have few encounter with the wild life of Himalaya like barking deer, Bore, Leopard etc. You will experience the real challenges with terrain and changing climates as you continue to cruise forward to your next destination Harkidoon. Night will be quiet pleasing as the tents will give you the comfort that you need. Overnight in tents & Dinner.
The trail from Seema initially continues on the true left of the valley, goes past fields followed by crossing a hanging bridge over river Rupin, to the right hand side of the valley. The trail now ascends, going past fields and pastures with local huts. The coniferous flora on the opposite side of the valley is awesome and is a photographer’s delight. The trail climbs to the ridge locally named as Kalkatti Dhar, The gradual ascent to Har ki dun offers excellent views of the snow covered mountains and lush green terraced mountain fields. The last steep climb of 200 m gets one to the famed meadows of Har ki Dun with the west face of Swargrohini overlooking the valley. The campsite is located by a small stream, with peaks of Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini towering above. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
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.
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 relax for some time have your sumptuous lunch and they explore the area.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
The walk towards Taluka village is equally easy as the previous day. Absorb the natural beauty while taking the relaxing descent down the breathtaking valley!. Overnight in Tents / Guest house & Dinner.
Board the vehicle and start drive towards Dehradun Railway Station at 1700 pm train departure to Delhi arrive at 2245 pm. Transfer to hotel.Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.