Trek Overview

Region: Uttarkashi District
State: Uttarakhand
Trek duration: 6 Night / 7 Days
Trek Level: Easy to Moderate
Max. Altitude: 3718 metres.
Trek Length: 54 kilometres.
Trek Route: Sankri  Taluka  PuaniGaraat  Gangaad  Chillurgad  Osla Simatra  Har ki Dun.
Trek Package: 10,500/- person

Har ki Dun valley is on the far western flank of Garhwal in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand.
Har ki Dun is one of the oldest Treks in the Himalayas, known as the ‘Valley of Gods’.
Har ki Dun trail takes Travellers back in time with ancient villages that are over 3,000 years old.
Har ki Dun displays Alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests
and ancient villages …
Pandavas are believed to have marched through Har ki Dun on their way to the heavens.
Swargarohini – the stupendous snow-crowned range bears legacy of mythical way to heaven.
Har Ki Dun Valley Trek route is a perfect balance between steep climbs and leisure walks.

Located at the base of the majestic peak of “Fateh Parvat”, Har ki Dun surmounts a height of 3556 meters in the Garhwal Himalayas. This cradle shaped hanging valley is an astonishing amalgamation of glades, solidified streams, coniferous timber lands, ice sheet moraines, the setting of tremendous pinnacles. The moving spectacle of Swargarohini and Bandarpunch massifs accompanying the trek-way merges the senses of beholders in mesmerizing wilderness. The entire trail will cut through the Himalayan ghats, picturesque views of hills, valleys, gorges, and forests. The walk through this Magical River Valley Trail culminates to a glacier carved spectacular valley at Har ki Dun. This area denotes westernmost part of Uttarakhand, bordering Himachal, and receives more snowfall than other similar routes. Frequent snowfall took place as late as beginning of March.

Har ki Dun trek is a traveller’s choice in all the permitted seasons. As of 2019, Forest department is not issuing permit on this trail from December to February. This is enforced considering the corridor of winter migration for wildlife overlapping the trail.

If you are looking for snow, Spring (March/April) is ideal. From May onward through the summer days, the valley of Har ki Dun turns into bright green and luminous. Blue Pine, Deodar (Himalayan Cedar), Kharsu (Oak), Spruce, Silver Fir and Birch trees appear in lush and glossy green.  After monsoon is over by end of August, the valley remains freshly green throughout September. With the fall approaching, The nature`s palette transforms into spectacular yellow, orange and bronze hue. The grass-bed turns into pale yellow with Maple, Chestnut, Walnut and other deciduous tree species transforming in the autumn leaf foliage.

This valley of God & Goddesses let travellers come across the local lifestyle in close proximity. The indigenous native of the Har ki dun trek in Himalayas is an example of how beautifully they are taking care of nature. The indigenous community of farmers here grow rajma, potato and red rice, Amaranth in abundance, make houses out of wood planks, mud with stone tiled roof, weave their own wool and make jackets and coats, engage spontaneously in local tunes and dance moves.

Panorama of the gorgeous settings amid the snow-clad peaks, the captivating extravagance of nature, Har Ki Dun stands out to be no less than a divine experience for every travel-explorer & debuting trekker.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:- 10 Hrs Drive From DEHRADUN To SANKRI Via PUROLA By Road 170 kms

The first day of this journey is all about a hill drive of 210 kms. by NH 507 of around 10 hours

along the mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas to reach Sankri. Sankri is the base camp of our exhilarating expedition and the entry point to the ancient valley of Har Ki Dun.

On the way to Sankri we will cross small mountain towns of Nainbagh, Naugaon, Purola, Mori, and Netwar before finally reaching village Sankri.

The picturesque bends on a parallel to the course of the river Tons, unending canvas of playful pine forest catching light & shade. At every passing mile, the road-scape preludes the glacier basin of highland Himalayas of moraines and alpine meadows.

First stop at Purola, letz the travellers do the last bit of social media updates and calls to the dear ones as afterwards the connection will get fuzzy. BSNL is the only efficient service available in this zone with limited providers.

A short way before Sankri, we will cross the Govind National Park checkpoint. The Govind National Park (altitude ranges from 1,400 to 6,323 meters above sea level) is situated at the confluence of the Tons (or Supin and Rupin rivers). The main wildlife species include Snow leopard, Himalayan Black and Brown Bears, Tahr, Bharal, Musk deer, Serow, Mousedeer, Snowcock, Monal, Tragopan, Chir, Chiker, Koklas and Kaley pheasants.

Sankri, The mountain village of Tons valley, is situated at an altitude of 1950 meters inside the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. A village market place mostly frequented by explorers of mountains may incite the last minute shopping spree in you for the venture ahead.

At the humble Home-stay, travellers will have ample time to unwind while being served with hot soup and freshly cooked dinner.

Day 2:- 12 kms. Drive from Sankri to Taluka and 10 kms. Trek to Chillurgad

ACTIVITES @ SANKRI VILLAGE HOME-STAY IN THE MORNING

  • Introduction to Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Introduction to your Trek- Leader
  • Pre- Trek stretching
  • Trek equipment manoeuvring
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Primary Health Parameter monitoring

The second day of the trek begins with an hour-long drive to Taluka village, the gateway to Har ki Dun Trek route, followed by a 10km trek to Chilurgad village. Right from the first turn you hip hop through lusty mountain curves at a random succession. You would come across streams of clear water bouncing down the hills, wild mountain flowers, Bamboo and Deodar trees gracing your way. Taluka is an inhabited village with concrete houses and a government guest house.

The mighty valley of gods spins along River Supin, mountain pathway is interspersed with forests and bridges. In the first hours of the trek you will find many bridge on the tributary of very animated Supin river. After some more climbing, walking and crossing a few more bridges, the team lands at Gangaad, a hamlet of farming communities, green vegetation, wild orchids. The trekkers settles at a local joint serving hot beverages. Packed lunch is unpacked, travellers bond over the name of this highly on demand place “ The Boss restaurant”.

After the pause, we move upwards through the forest trails of Gangaad, an enticing forest of Chestnut, Walnut and Willow trees. Progressing ahead, harvest fields of potato, millet, and maize will fall on the way giving the whole stretch a ranch house feel.

Pauni Garaat, a green clearing on the banks of Supin is arrived in the afternoon. Birds and animals thrive in this region of Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. One can spot langoor families near Puani Garaat. Black bears, wild boars and Barasingha are few of the other animals to trace if you are blessed enough. The colourful Himalayan Monal, the state bird of Uttarakhand, thrives in the forests here in harmony with Golden eagles and massive Himalayan griffins.

As the Sun sways behind the moving clouds and snow-crowned peaks at the western line, we complete today`s trek at Chillurgad riverside camping at an altitude of 2635 mtrs.

Water of River Supin flows in golden gallore…

Now is the time to repose, relax our stressed tendons by the fireplace…

A cosy night cradled by the river valley culminates in the sound of flowing Supin river.

Day 3:- 9 kms.Trek from Chillurgad to Simantra via Osla Village

The first leg of today’s trail begins with a short trek along the river Supin that takes you to Osla village, a mountain settlement, parked at about 2590 metres., on the steep mountain trail to Har Ki Doon by the meandering Tamosa river. It is a 3,000-year formation of wooden chambers that are carved elegantly. Someshwar Mahadev temple here observes a week long carnival in the month of Shravana to evoke Lord Shiva with local religious folk lore. In local fashion and spoken lingo, one can find similarities with Kinnauri culture of Himachal Pradesh.

The trek team halts for a moment at this ravishing hamlet as beautiful as a picture. A casual chit chat with the villagers shares information about the local economy, organic agricultural practices, pleasures and difficulties living in the remote villages like Osla…

Ever idyllic vibe retained in the surrounding, the trek proceeds through harvest lands, cattle grazing, and slant-roofed huts used as granary and storage. Walking past the wheat fields, we move past to the inhabited areas as the trail ascends over the confluence of Ruinsara and Supin. marvelling glimpses of Swargarohini range of peaks, Bandarpoonch range with Blackpeak (Kaalanag) plays hide & seek in mysterious layers all through the Trek trail standing at an imposing height of 6,387m.

On this incline, our eyes catch glimpses of the Dhauladhar range, trails to Borasu Pass and Baspa Valley can also be made out from here. The high trail winds further down reaching a tabletop green stretch of Kalkattiyadhar making the day for all of us. We proceed post lunch towards Simantra, the campsite for day.

This patch of route in the afternoon light is a celebration for your senses. At every turn nature awaits with handful of surprises for your eyes only.

By the evening, we would reach our campsite at Simantra at about 2727 mtrs.

Here to mention as per Uttarakhand High Court order ( Petition No. : 123/2014 ) , one can not camp on alpine and sub-alpine meadows / grasslands, locally called “Bugyal”.  Therefore forest department has revoked the permit to camp at Har Ki Dun effective from September’18. Starting from Oct’18, our highest camp is at Simatra after climbing Kalkattiyadhar.

Day 4:- 5 kms Trek from Simantra to Har Ki Dun and return

The journey from Simantra to Har ki Dun is 5 kms gaining an elevation of over 700 metres. Trekkers come across the pastures of Dev Thach, where the two rivers of Rupin & Supin meet. From this point, the valley bifurcates into two with Bali pass on the right and Har ki Doon to your left. A quick glance at the valley of Har ki Dun leads the way. The flowery grasslands and pine forests would give way to a small waterfall, and from this point onwards, a steep climbing for minutes would lead you to a level land, with silver-lined mountain peaks becoming more and more prominent all along your path.

A few more meters of climbing will the trekkers to another forest stretch with a gradual incline. Once we reach Har ki Dun after crossing a wooden bridge, the valley divides into two by a rivulet. The one to the left would lead you to Jaundhar Glacier. The intimate views of Swargarohini peaks and Jaundhar Glacier nurtures sheer feeling of wonderland during each lapsing moment. Har Ki Dun Welcomes the traveller with a panorama of exhilarating beauty of the magical valley at 3586 metres.

Our existence is embraced by the meditative serenity of nature.

Returning back to Simantra campsite is righteously reclaimed by the trek leader.

Tonight at the camp-site of course calls for a celebration in the wild.

Day 5: 9 kilometres Trek from Simantra to Chillurgad via Osla

Today we shall retrace our steps back from Simantra through Oslo village to Chilurgarh.

Pay special attention to descending practices. Though climbing down accounts for lesser exhaustion, stressing out the soles with big steps is inadvisable.

Beginning from Simantra camp, this downhill trek would involve descending about 1000 metres in 6-7 hrs. The entralling beauty of the Himalayas on your way back would make one reach several vantage points to capture the eternal charm of the snow-clad peaks. The path to Chilurgad would pass through Kalkattiyadhar and Osla Village.

Chillurgad camp-site brings us back from this mind boggling experience of hanging valley of God.

A night full of starry dream rejuvenates our traveller self.

Day 6: 10 kms.Trek from Chilluragad to Taluka and 12 kms. Drive to Sankri

The morning at the riverside camp-site of Chillurgad is a riot of colours and subtle sounds with zillions of wild folwers pampered by honey bees and butterflies.

The team of Trekiking winds up the camp-site. We willfully bestows to each one of the team to let Har ki Dun trek happen to all of us. A moment of bliss surrounds the ambiance.

The glorious route paving through the valley never stops fascinating the trekkers with it`s faura and fauna.

Day 7: 210 kms.Drive by Road from Sankri To Rishikesh

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Itinerary Briefing

Rishikesh is 250 kilometres North-east from Delhi; travel time by road is 6 hours, by air 30 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.

Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is 16 kilometres from Rishikesh, travel time 30 minutes.
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, situated at 266 kilometres; travel time by road is 7 hours.

210 kilometres by road from Rishikesh to Sankri via

Nainbagh Naugaon  Purola  Mori Netwar  Sankri

  • Day 1: Dehradun To Sankri Via Purola
  • Meeting Point: Dehradun Railway Station
  • Departure: 6.30am
  • Altitude: 1950 mtrs.
  • Distance: 170 kms.
  • Travel time: 10 -11 hrs.
  • Dinner: Sankri Village Home-Stay
  • Night Halt: Sankri Village Home-Stay
  • Day 2: Sankri To Chillurgad Via Taluka
  • Altitude: 2635 mtrs.
  • Distance: 12 kms. By road to Taluka
  • Trek distance : 12 kms.
  • Breakfast: Sankri Village Home-Stay
  • Lunch: Travel Pack
  • Dinner: Chillurgad Camp-site
  • Night Halt: Chillurgad Camp-site
  • Day 3: Chillurgad To Simantra
  • Altitude: 2727 mtrs.
  • Trek distance: 8 kms.
  • Breakfast: Chillurgad Camp-site
  • Lunch: Travel Pack
  • Dinner: Simantra Camp-site
  • Night Halt: Simantra Camp-site
  • Day 4: Simantra to Har Ki Dun & Return to Simantra
  • Altitude: 3586 mtrs.
  • Trek distance: 14 kms.
  • Breakfast: Travel Pack
  • Lunch: Travel Pack
  • Dinner: Simantra Camp-site
  • Night Halt: Simantra Camp-site
  • Day 5: Simantra To Chillurgad via Osla
  • Altitude: 2635 mtrs.
  • Trek distance: 8 kms.
  • Breakfast: Simantra Camp-site
  • Lunch: Travel Pack
  • Dinner: Chillurgad Camp-site
  • Night Halt: Chillurgad Camp-site
  • Day 6: Chillurgad To Sankri Via Taluka
  • Altitude: 1950 mtrs.
  • Breakfast: Chillurgad Camp-site
  • Trek distance: 12 kms
  • Lunch: Travel Pack
  • Dinner: Sankri Village Home-Stay
  • Night Halt: Sankri Village Home-Stay
  • Day 7: Sankri To Dehradun Via Purola
  • Distance: 210 kms.
  • Altitude: 372 mtrs.
  • Travel time: 10 – 11 hrs.
  • Breakfast: Sankri Village Home-Stay
  • Reaching Point: Dehradun Railway Station

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