HAR KI DUN
Camp beside gurgling streams, visit villages lost in time, gaze at the milky way or witness an enormous Himalayan peak up close!
Har ki Dun, which means Valley of Gods, is situated deep inside Govind Pashu National park. Rich in flora and fauna, the trails are quite often covered in different shades of orchids and other wild flowers. The area was made popular by the Doon school master Jack Gibson after his Banderpunch expeditions.
The path winds up alongside the Tons river from Netwar village. The trek is along the Supin river through the scenic Garhwali villages of Taluka, Gangad and Osla. Har ki dun has numerous camping places and one Forest Guest House. An extra rest day is ideal to explore several trails which continue from the Har ki Dun camp.
From Har ki Dun one can see the entire North Face of Swargarohini I (6,252 m) peak. This face drops to about 2,000 m in less than 2 km distance and is yet to be climbed. The legends associated with it say that Swargarohini is the path to heaven that was followed by Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata. Though, the same story is also associated with the Swargarohini steps seen from Satopanth Lake, which lies ahead of Badrinath.
Best in : Mar-May, Sept-Oct
Max. altitude : 4300 m (14100 ft)
Highest camp : 3550 m (11600 ft)
Duration : 7 days
Trek distance : 64 km
Cost: 10,400- per person. Dehradun to Dehradun
Duration: 6 Nights, 7 Days
Maximum Group Size : 12
Tent Sharing Basis : Double Occupancy
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The drive to Sankri passes through Mussoorie and the villages of Naugaon, Sauli, Purola and Netwar. The road runs alongside the Yamuna till Sauli. At Sauli, the road takes a left towards Purola. After a short distance, the road runs parallel to Tons, which is a tributary of Yamuna, for a while. After Netwar, we enter Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. The stretch of the drive to Sankri is through the forest. Night stay will be arranged in a hotel/ guest house in Sankri.
The road from Sankri to Taluka is rugged. It is an unleveled mountain road, where vehicles can barely traverse. The 12 km distance takes about an hour to commute by Jeep. Upon reaching Taluka, we begin our trek. Half way through the trek, we reach Giangad, a small village with about a dozen houses. We stop here for lunch and then proceed towards Osla. Trekkers must aim to reach Osla well before sunset. Osla is an ancient Himalayan village with unique culture and architecture.
The climb to Har Ki Dun from Osla is a combination of ascents and descents and flat land traversing. The trail leads one to gurgling streams and bridge crossings. Kalkathiyadhaar, an ideal place to stop for lunch, offers magnificent views of the mighty Swargrohini. Post lunch, trekkers are required to commute mild ascents and flat terrain. Enroute Kalkathiyadaar to Har Ki Dun, one comes across a small waterfall which could serve as a resting place. From the waterfall, a series of ascents and flat terrain commutes leads to Har Ki Dun. Trekkers are expected to stay in tents at the Har Ki Dun campsite. Tutorials on tent pitching can be conducted for interested trekkers.
The trail goes from Osla to Taluka via Giangad. We may stop at either Giangad or a nearby clearing for lunch. Being mostly downward, this part of the trek does not prove very strenuous. Upon reaching Taluka, we board Jeeps to travel to Sankri. Night stay will be arranged in a hotel/ guest house in Sankri.
This is the final day of the trip. The group is expected to reach Dehradun by 6 pm.