Har-Ki-Dun is one of the most appealing hiking sites in the Western Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Har-Ki-Dun Valley is located at the base of Fateh Parvat, at an elevation of 11,768 feet. This valley is a delight for hikers in both summer and winter, and it is accessible through "Govind National Park," which is noted for its diverse flora and wildlife. The journey is legendary and centuries old. Garhwal mountains have stunning landforms and different geographical zones. The diversified landscape of this region includes streams of crystal-clear rivers generated by glacier melting, lush green meadows, hamlets, pine woods, and rough terrain. But it's the legendary part of the Har-Ki-Dun trek that makes this difficult journey so memorable. Because of its remoteness, this location is a haven for bird watchers and environment enthusiasts. Trekking through the "Valley of Gods" and following the path used by Pandavas on their trip to the skies through Swargarohini, the peak that dominates the Har-Ki-Dun valley, would be a divine experience. So how near you go to paradise is hard to determine, but the view of the exquisite surroundings amid the snow-clad peaks would be nothing short of divine. This is the only valley where you can see all of the Godly Peaks, including Swargarohini-I, II, III, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak. From here, you may also view the stunning Ruinsara Peaks. There is a chance to witness the numerous bird and animal species that thrive in this area. A handful of langoors may also be seen near Puani Garaat. Har-Ki-Dun journey is ideal for nature enthusiasts, adventurers, and photographers.
The travel from Dehradun to Sankri takes 9-10 hours and covers 188 kilometres, passing through Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori, and Naitwar. Sankri serves as our base camp. It is a small but lovely and peaceful village in Uttrakhand's Uttarkashi district, and the last road leads to the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. Throughout the trek, you will pass through magnificent valleys and forest cover. The stay will be shared at a Guest House/Camp/Home Stay. The route will begin the next morning at 7:00 a.m. with a hearty breakfast and a quick Har-Ki-Dun hike by the Trekkaro crew. Transport from Dehradun Railway Station to Sankri will be provided at an extra cost at 06:30 AM. The cab fare is Rs. Rs. 5,500/- per vehicle.
The journey starts at Taluka and continues for 10 kilometres to Puani Garaat, which takes around 6 hours to reach. Following an initial climb to a valley beside the Supin River, you will continue on a tree-lined track with bridges. Nothing will ever compare to what is going on here. After another hour of trekking, you will come to a bridge across a Supin River tributary. You'll come upon a camping spot when you cross this bridge. After further trekking, walking, and bridge crossings, you'd arrive in Gangaad, a hamlet with few people. Greenery, wild orchids, and breathtaking views of the massive peaks would both enhance and soothe this difficult journey. Overnight stay in Puani Garaat.
The day begins with a short trek along the river that takes you to Osla, a small village about 8,500 ft. above sea level; this village has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of this temple is a miracle in itself. You may spend some time here and explore the village before moving on. There is one STD also in Osla but phone connectivity depends entirely on the weather. As you begin your trek from Osla, you would find steep terrain as well as level grounds. You’d have crossed two streams, with the second one having a wooden bridge for trekkers to walk over it. Subsequently, as you proceed ahead of a mountain bend, a series of grasslands would follow. Some of these have been used for cultivation at some point in time. With incline increasing gradually, you would find several huge boulders and tracts of grass. After crossing two more meadows, just below the valley over Supin, you’ll find a wooden bridge that leads you to the grasslands of Dev Thach, Bali Pass, and Ruinsara River. Walking past the wheat fields, you move to the inhabited areas as your trail ascends over the confluence of Ruinsara and Supin. From this vantage point, you will see the majestic views of Black Peak and Bandarpoonch. By the evening, you would reach your campsite Kalkatiyadhaar which takes about 6 hours.
The trek from Kalkatiyadhaar to Har-ki-Dun is 5 Km where you’d gain an elevation of 2,812 ft. On your right, you come across the pastures of Dev Thach, just where the two rivers meet. From this point, the valley bifurcates into two, with Har-Ki-Dun on the left and Ruinsara Taal, Bali Pass on the right. On your way, you could now have a glance at the peak of Har-Ki-Dun and Hata Peak. The grasslands and pine forests would give way to a small waterfall, and from here, a steep climbing for minutes would lead you to level land, with patches of snow becoming more and more prominent all along your path. Some more climbing would take you to a forest stretch with a gradual incline. Once you reach Har-Ki-Dun after crossing a wooden bridge, you’d see the valley dividing into two by a rivulet. The valley towards your left is going to Maninda Taal and Borasu Pass and the other; to Jaundar Glacier. This would include the proximate views of Swargarohini peaks and Jaundar Glacier. After spending some time at Har Ki Dun, we will return to Kalkatiyadhaar camp.
Trekking back to the village Puani Garaat would pass through Osla, this downhill trek would involve descending about 3,500 ft. in 5 hours. Wake up comfortably as the day is easy and start your 7 km of the trek after having breakfast. The mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas would always be encouraging and you would find several vantage points to capture the eternal charm of the snow-clad peaks. Camp at Puani Garaat.
Today you will be heading towards Taluka from where it all started approximately 10 km long trail counting about 5 hours. The trail is all the way along the river. Follow a path that would be interspersed with forests and bridges. The way back to Taluka is easy with consistent descents. After reaching Taluka then drive to Sankri, get settled in for an overnight stay in guest house/camp/homestay. Roam around this quiet village and learn some words of the local language, this is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience.
Depart from Sankri early in the morning, preferably before 07:00 AM since the journey takes 9-10 hours. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Sankri to Dehradun Railway Station at 07:00 AM. Cost of cab – Rs. 5,500/- per vehicle.
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