Har ki Dun, which translates to "Valley of Gods," is located deep within the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand's North-Western Uttarkashi district, which borders Himachal Pradesh to the north.
The paths, which are abundant in vegetation and animals, are frequently blanketed in various hues of orchids and other wild flowers. Tenzing Norgay and his companion John Martyn, together with Doon schoolmaster Jack Gibson, ascended Bandarpunch in 1937. In the region, Jack Gibson led many trips and mentored young Indian mountaineers. The flora, wildlife, and Garhwali culture of Har ki Dun became known to the rest of the globe as a result of this.
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (6-8hrs)
We leave Dehradun early in the morning and drive to Mussoorie, a well-known hill station. We pass near to the Lakhamandal temple after little over 100 kilometres. Locals claim that Duryodhana of the Mahabharata plotted to fire the Pandavas' Lakshagriha home in this location. Other settlements along the way include Damta, Purola, Mori, and Netwar. We follow the Yamuna River upstream. The river Kamal Ganga joins the Yamuna around Naugaon and follows us all the way to Purola. Purola is the route's final major town with a sizable market. As a result, it is advised that hikers purchase whatever they may have overlooked in Purola. We get at Sankri in the early evening. It's a tiny hamlet with a central market and a few stores around the streets. Apple orchards abound throughout the town, which begin harvesting in late summer. In comparison to the ancient village area, which includes a section known as 'Saud,' the market area is modern. Peaches, apricots, and potatoes are also grown in the hamlet. On a clear day, the Swargarohini peak may be seen from here. We sleep in a guest home or a camp at night
Day 2: From Sankri to Puani Garat (5-6hrs)
We start as early as we can in the morning because the travel is long. We board an 7 seater car after breakfast and go through a wooded road. The journey is a little rough. On the journey, the car passes one or two creeks. In approximately an hour, we arrive in Taluka. It's a tiny community with two government guest rooms and a few businesses. The trip begins on a gravel trail from here. The scent of cedar trees may be detected across Taluka. During the winter, or especially during periods of severe rain, the route to Taluka may be too unsafe for cars, as streams rush over the road, and one may be forced to walk an 8-kilometer stretch up to Taluka, but this is only done on rare occasions. We take a walk beside the Supin River, which is rushing over rapids. The trail passes through a few creeks that converge into Supin. The settlement of Gangad may be seen over the river to the left after a few hours of walking. In the woodlands in this location, a yellow throated marten is available to see. We can also locate edible seabuckthorn fruits. They have an orange hue and grow in clumps. The juicy and sour fruits, sometimes known as 'leh berries,' are high in Vitamin C. We continue our journey and soon arrive at Puani Garat, a remote campground.
Day 3: From Puani Garat to Kalkatidhar (3-4hrs)
We'll start the day by driving up to Osla village, which sits a hundred metres above the Supin River on a steep ridge. The first portion of the route to Osla is the steepest of the entire journey, taking 30-40 minutes to complete. Terraced farms dot the countryside near Osla. Every season changes the colours of these regions. From late monsoon onwards, the red farms of Cholai (Amaranth) appear spectacular. With its high nutritious content, this grain is a popular choice among the locals. Aside from this, a broad variety of kidney beans are grown in the area. On the way to Har ki Dun, Osla is the last settlement. The route gradually climbs higher from Osla and passes through a few fields, with the river visible far below. We come upon a temple on the right side of the route, some distance below the trail. We go past flowering shrubs that include orchids, fleece flowers, and sunflowers. The travel today is quite short, allowing you to acclimate to the high altitude and prepare for the trek tomorrow. We may take a break and relax in the sun at Kalkatidhar's lovely campground. The restriction on camping at Har Ki Dun has had a beneficial impact on the hiking route, since it allows for more comfort while still preserving Har Ki Dun's natural beauty.
Day 4: From Kalkatidhar to Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal and return back
The day's trip might be deemed long because we'll be visiting Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal, a tiny lake formation owing to an obstructing rock across the river stream 2 kilometres ahead of Har Ki Dun. As we begin our journey, we come across a hidden and roaring waterfall with a little tea store alongside it. The broad open meadows that follow the Supin river's flow can be explored. Further ahead of the meadows, one may stroll through forests of Bhojpatra trees (Himalayan birch) or gain a better view of the Jaundhar glacier and Swargarohini peak by heading up the Har Ki Dun valley and eastwards towards the Swargarohini peak. We have the option of relaxing and taking in the scenery for a while, or continuing our walk to Marinda Tal in the north, about 2-3 kilometres from Har ki Dun. The route progressively ascends at this point. It's a tiny lake produced by a massive boulder blocking the river that runs down from the Borasu Pass's base. We return to Kalkatidhar after a brief excursion to Marinda Tal. We follow the same path, which is considerably simpler because it is all downhill from here. By early evening, we've returned to the campground and are resting.
Day 5: From Kalkatidhar to Puani Garat (3-4hrs)
The trek back to Osla is very simple. On the way, we have an excellent view of the trail all the way to Osla, and we can see the valley fall into Taluka, around the bend of the hill where the two streams coming from Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara meet. A route to our left, highlighted by a sight of a bridge down across the creek, can be seen a little distance from this juncture. This route connects to the Ruinsara Lake trail and is rarely used. After arriving at Osla, visitors may wander around the hamlet, converse with people, and learn about Garhwali culture. From here, we continue on to our previous campground at Puani Garat, where we may relax and enjoy the sun.
Day 6: From Puani Garat to Sankri (4-5hrs)
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we depart from this lovely home and begin walking towards Taluka following the same path we hiked on Day 1. Although the vistas appear to be different as one travels downward, the viewpoint changes significantly. The stroll is shorter and more pleasurable than previously. We walk along the left bank of the River Supin until we reach Taluka, where we board a car to return to Sankri. We retire for the day to a riverside tent or a guest home in Sankri.
Day 7: From Sankri to Dehradun (7-8hrs)
As we leave Sankri today, the trip to Har ki Dun comes to an end. The trip up to Mori through the lesser-traveled areas is nevertheless breathtaking. Although the new hydel project has put the delicate surroundings in this area at increasing risk, the section just after crossing Mori town is still the most beautiful throughout the entire route. Rafting and kayaking, which were once popular in this area, are no longer possible. Regardless, the region's natural beauty is preserved to a large extent. We get in Dehradun late afternoon or early evening after passing through the towns and eventually Kempty-Mussoorie.
Day 8: From lower Dhamni to Jaan ki chatti via yamunotri
The trek's final day has arrived. You can get up early in the morning for one final breath of fresh air, shoot a few photos as memories to look back on, and watch the last sunrise from the campground. As this is the last day of the journey, you will be served breakfast and certain activities will be conducted in groups. The route then continues for an hour through a beautiful forest, eventually leading to a paved trail that ascends all the way to Yamunotri. You may go to the popular Yamunotri shrine here. To wash away the tiredness, enjoy a relaxing swim in the boiling hot water springs of Yamunotri. We continue down the Yamuna, following the pilgrims' path to Jaan Ki Chatti, a tiny bustling village where we will spend the night in a guest home. The next day, you'll leave for Dehradun, bringing this incredible journey to a close.
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