Har-ki-Doon Trek

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Har-Ki-Doon Trek – a trek through sheer artistry of limitless beauty

The trek towards Har-Ki-Doon, that is, the Gharwal region of the Great Himalayas was first unveiled by Jack Gibson, a teacher at Doon School, who fell in love with the U-shaped valley and popularized it among his students and was also credited for inspiring Indian Mountaineers like Jagjit Singh and Cheema, who then later on became the pioneers of the world of trekking.

The Har-Ki-Doon valley is in the Uttarkashi district of the Uttrakhand state of India at an altitude of 3,566 meters at the base of Fateh Parvat, this moderate level trek is one of the famous treks in the Himalayas as it offers everything to a trekker, nature lover and bird-watcher, trailing through treacherous mountain roads, thickly wooded mixed forests, catching the glimpse of rare medicinal herbs, home to high altitude birds through the Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary, and venturing into the most remote regions of the Himalayas with ceaseless views is what the trek encompasses.

This week long trek starts off with a drive on those sharply curved roads with blustery water steams, that leaves one's heart pounding against the rib cage, and reaches a small village Sankri cloaked with clouds, which is where for the first time, the feeling of being in a completely different world is dawned on oneself. Trekking through Taluka, Seema the other two remote villages which in themselves are unaffected by the passage of time and are still culturally intact and untarnished in any way, as the native tribe of the region, the terraced cultivated land patches of rajma, potatoes and rice is seen in abundance, locals here are known for their simplicity and childlike directness, one also gets intrigued by the unfamiliar yet complimentary settlement pattern of the double storied energy efficient houses, made up of cider beams, stones and mud, decorated with the intricate illustrations from the great Indian epic Mahabharata on the wooden doors. The people here claim to be the descendents of the "Kauravas" a clan of royal warriors considered as anti-heroes from the epic Mahabharata and adding to the uniqueness of this place residing here are one of the rare communities that worships "Duryodhana" and has a beautifully constructed and carved temple dedicated to "Duryodhana".

The trek while crossing the ridges and going through moderate inclinations, presents astounding beauty of the snow clothed earth and the picturesque shows itself as the live glaciers that converge and then break through the encircled mighty mountains in one grand gully, Har-Ki-Doon valley is known for the enchanting and spectacular view of the snow clad mountain peaks like the Kala Nag, the Bandar poounch, the mighty Swargrohini and is the centre to the route to excursions more daring in nature like the Shinka Pass, the Borasu Pass, the Ruinesara Taal, the Bali pass and Dhumdharkandi Pass.

A couple of kilo meters ahead and one reaches Jaundhar Glacier 4,300 meters right beneath the legendary Swargrohini peak 6,249 meters, as mentioned in the religious scriptures that the Pandavas in order to enter the heaven climbed up to this mountain as "the pathway towards heaven" hence standing on the name Swagrohini, and the other great mountain range the Bandar poounch is named so because it looks like a tail of a monkey, differentiation of the fact from the fiction and true to what extent is the question that lures many new trekkers towards this destination.

The trek to the Har-Ki-Doon is an easy to moderate trek but one needs to be physically fit, the well marked trails, bridges for the crossing of raging water streams, mild ascends and descends, couple of tricky patches of inclinations, peek to the unexplored regions of the Garhwal Himalayas, glimpse of the local life of the villages is an strangely pleasant encounter in itself that one experiences, the exquisite and vast variety in the flora and fauna, the magnificent mountain peaks with the folklore, the uncertain and ever changing weather and the "can't be explained in words" quality of this Himalayan trek makes it a trek of a lifetime.

Dehradun – Sankri (Day 1)

Topographically with the Ganges in the east, The Yamuna in the west and burrowed between these two holistic and mighty rivers is the city Dehradun of the Doon Valley. The city is well connected because of its vicinity for the Himalayan tourist places , and Himalayan religious points of disembarkation. After reaching Dehradun one starts off early in the morning for the drive of 220kms.to Sankri. This push towards Sankri will take you through beautiful landscape of Mussourie, the illustrious Kempty falls ,and also exposes the first glimpse of the snow clad mountains. The little pueblo and pleasant climate gives a hearty welcome, whereon moving further the roads are literally huge stretch of watery patches, finally one arrives to Sankri a small village at about 2000mts. above the sea level ,with spectacular view of the Himalayan range with the setting sun and an end to the day one.

Sankri – Taluka – Osla (Seema village) (Day 2)

Starting off after breakfast from the little paradise Sankri, one moves towards Taluka a 12km of ruinous road full of sharp bends, water streams spouting down the road ,practically swamping it ,and when this hour long journey to Taluka comes to its end one gets lost in the colors of the flowery site all around and seems to be no less than an eye pleasing buffet for a fauna and flora lover. Taluka a small hamlet with alluring scenic picturesque is the starting point of the Har Ki Dun trek, where one is introduced to the trail towards Seema village plac be near Osla .In the start the trail descends and has a few mild elevations, which goes through the mixed forests of chestnut , deodar trees and willow trees all along the Supin river a tributary of River Tons. On the hike of 14kms one gets to see the locals passing by, a few villages and their unique pattern of housing settlements is eye catching. This long but not very hard trail gets one to a small market place in the Seema village(2560mts.) and a camp alongside the river is just the perfect setting of replenishing oneself for the further trek.

Osla – Har-Ki-Dun (Day 3)

The day's trek starts off from the left of the valley, crossing the bridge across the river Supin and then a steep up climb follows. Hiking for 20 min. one comes across a couple of small streams , a temple surrounded by intriguing forests,meadows with wild flowers and views of the peaks of Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini. Further the trail through the meadows meets a bend , crossing which does take time but is not very difficult ,the second bend holds in a steeper climb and on crossing the bend a gradually increasing climb does get oneself fatigued but the view keeps getting aesthetic ,the meadow of Dev Thach when clearly visible on the right ,then one can pat itself for crossing an altitude of 3000mts.Walking leisurely is the best way to get oneself acclimatized to the altitude and soak in the spellbinding views of the Fateh Parvat and Hata peak ,moving ahead the trail takes oneself through the meadows and mixed forests ,home to many Himalayan birds , a small waterfall and then a slight upslope with snowy patches, which then ends with crossing over a wooden bridge over the Supin river and finally gets to Har-Ki-Dun (3566mts.) . High mountain peaks, snow engulfing the surroundings and smaller mountains strewn all over together is euphoric and with such a view in mind one sleeping overnight in the tents is a blissful experience.

Har-Ki-Dun – Osla (Seem village) (Day 4)

A little exploration and relaxing through the meadows of Haata which is a bit ahead of Har-Ki-Dun, the mighty snow covered peaks surrounding the panorama and the grassy cover under the foot is calming tonic to the senses. After lunch, heading back to the village Seema is an easy trail and one gets ample amount of time to interact with the folks from the village and also gets to know of the untampered ancient culture of the local people. e

Osla – Taluka – Sankri(Day 5)

While trekking back the captivating beauty looks new each time one turns back to recall it, 13km descend is effortless and well marked, then driving back to Sankri , would give oneself scope of being playful and savour the cool ,refreshing waters of the streams .

Sankri – Drehradun (Day 6)

The driveway back to Dehradun from Sankri can be considered as one of the most beguiling drives crossing the one of the most famed hill station Mussourie , one gets back to the city with snapshots of the eccentric beauty of the Har-Ki-Dun trek and a deep imprint of the beauty that the hills are crowned with.

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1 - The package includes ALL meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), snacks and refreshments throughout the trek. Meals would be wholesome, delicious and abundant.
2 - Accommodation in tents on twin-sharing basis.
3 - Transfers from Dehradun to the starting point of the trek and back.
4 - Entry fees, permit to trek and forest camping charges in the region for the entire duration of the trek, wherever applicable.
5 - Needless to say, we'll provide you with sleeping bags, mattresses, tents and other safety equipment required.
6 - We'll have an English-speaking guides and a team of porters / mules to carry common group equipment.
7 - A trained cook along with helper/ requisite staff.
8 - First aid kit.


1 - Expenses that is personal in nature.
2 - Porters/ Mule to carry personal rucksack.
3 - Insurance
4 - Expenses arising out of emergency/evacuation/rain/landslides/unforeseen circumstances beyond one's control.
5 - Though we'll have a well-equipped first-aid kit, we suggest that you bring your own personal medicines.
6 - Anything not expressly stated.

Cancellation Policy

Up to 30 days – 90% Refund
Between 21- 30 days - 80 % Refund
Between11 - 20 days - 50 % Refund
Less than 10 days - No Refund
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1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2. In case of transferring a trek to freind or known should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by Trek Mantra.
3.Trek Mantra holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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