Har Ki Dun Trek Overview
Har ki Dun, is a valley that is situated in Govind Wildlife sanctuary, Uttarkashi district in north-west Uttarakhand. It was a cradle shaped valley that can only be reached by trekking to the valley. The distance to the Har ki Dun valley is 25 KM from the road head. Thus the total trek distance is 50 KM. It takes 2 to 3 days to reach the valley and return in another 2 days.
In 1937, Doon school master Jack Gibson along with Tenzing Norgay and his colleague John Martyn climbed Bandarpunch peak. Jack Gibson made several expeditions in the region and trained young Indian mountaineers. The flora, fauna and Garhwali culture of Har ki Dun region thus became known to the outside world.
Trekking to the Har Ki Dun Valley
- The Har Ki Dun trek starts with a drive from Sankri to Taluka, from where we trek to the Har Ki Dun valley. It is situated approximately 25 KM further ahead of Taluka. The entire trek is 50 km and additional 2.5 km to the Marinda Lake.
- The path winds up alongside the Supin 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, one Forest Guest House & one Garhwal Mandal guest house (GMVN). Camping in the valley is prohibited since a few years.
- 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.
What is the best time for Har ki Dun trek?
Har Ki Dun trek can be done in at least 7 Months through the year. The trek can be done in different weathers and in all seasons except during the Monsoon month when rain can make the trek very challenging.
Har Ki Dun trek in March & April months (Spring)
Har Ki Dun trek stays closed during the peak winter months of December to early March. By late March, generally the last week on the month, the trek reopens. The trail will be slightly difficult to navigate as verglass (ice layers) is very common on the trail right after trek reopens and up to at least first week of April. This makes the trail very slippery and thus it is important to use micro-spikes during your trek. The grasslands gradually start changing hue from brown to green and by mid April the flora is in significant bloom. During these months the nearby peaks such as Hata peak, Swargarohini and other higher reaches stay covered in a lot of snow. This offers a very contrasting and beautiful landscape. Expect the weather to be very cold in the nights. By late April the day's are very pleasant while the evening still quite cold.
- Transport support from Sankri to Taluka & return to Sankri
- Certified Trek Leader, Cook and Support Staff
- Meals from Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Breakfast. Veg Meals with Egg preparations will be served. Jain meals can be arranged on request
- Accommodation in Guest House Day 1 & 6 in Guest House, rest in camps
- Forest Permits
- Camping Equipment including tents, kitchen & dining tents, toilet tents etc
- Any Add Ons apart from the inclusions above
- Meals during road journey to Sankri and return
- Personal Luggage Porterage charges. INR 1500 for the trek. INR 300 per day.
- 5% GST