About Har Ki Dun
Walking through beautiful alpine meadows, ridges, glacier basins and dense coniferous forests, you enter high alititude villages where you can seize an opportunity to experience a traditional Garhwali culture, one of its kind! ‘Har’ means God, ‘Doon’ means Valley, hence, you are in the Valley of God. Treat yourself to a view of the magnificent peaks like Swargarohini I, II, III, Bandarpooch and KalaNag, with a snow-filled basin just under. You may get goosebumps in case you are able to spot wild bores, barasinghas or black bears. Try not being their food ;).This valley is of significant importance in terms of Hindu Mythology for dual reasons, those that you could inquire about while you trek. Let the everchanging mountain weather brush your fatigue off.
- Those joining from Dehradun, please meet the Travel Trikon Team at 6 AM at Dehradun Railway Station on Day 1.
- For departures, kindly make your transport arrangements from Dehradun post 6 PM accordingly.on Day 7.
- Do note Missing the train means missing the event, no refunds would be entertained by Travel Trikon
Batch 1 : 11th November - 17th November
Batch 2 : 28th December - 03rd January 2019 ( New Year Special Batch )
What is included in the tour
- Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic tents and guesthouse (Triple sharing basis)
- All meals during the trek
- Dinner on Day 1
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Day 2 to Day 6
- Breakfast on Day 7
- Professional trek leads, event management fees and support staff
- First aid medical kits and medical assistance during the trek
What is NOT included in the tour
- Cost Escalation due to natural reasons, obstructions, landslides etc.
- Any personal expenses incurred during the trek
- Offloading of bags during the trek
- Breakfast and Lunch on Day 1
- Lunch and Dinner on Day 7
- Anything other than above mentioned inclusion
- 5% GST
- Surreal trek through the glistening white snow covered mountains
- Drive through “Queen of Hills” –Mussoorie and reach the astonishing village of Sankri located on a hill slope
- Get to touch the sky and get an eye level view of the famous mountain summits
- Catch glimpses of Swargarohini Peaks I, II, III, Bandarpooch and Blackpeak glistening and showcasting its beauty
Day 1: We begin our 200-km drive from Dehradun to Sankri (will take a minimum of 10-11 hours)
Day 2: Take on the wheel for a 11 km drive to Taluka. We begin our 14-km trek, spanning over 5-6 hours with the compass directed at Seema, our destination for the night.
Day 3: We are already on our way to Har Ki Doon, a 11 km trek that would span over 6 hours.
Day 4: Explore your hearts out, either at Jaundhar Glacier or Maninda Tal or simply spend some time with yourself and rest at the campsite
Day 5: Bidding goodbye, begin your 11 km descent to the only abode of Duryodhana, Osla walking for 4 hours.
Day 6: End game guys as we begin our trail back from Osla to Sankri – a 14 km- 5 hour trek.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (200kms; 10-11 hours)
Our drive to Sankri begins. The banks of the River Tons are a treat by themselves, especially so as they slowly give way to the ‘Queen of Hills’ (a.k.a Mussoorie). Take a moment to take it all in. It will be late in the evening when we will reach the base village. We know the excitement of the following day may just keep you keep, but tired eyes may not get you very far. So enjoy a scrumptious meal and tuck in before the adventure begins!
Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka; And it begins from Taluka to Seema (14kms;5-6 hours)
Altitude: 6,400ft – 8,700ft
The day starts with 2 hours’ drive through the dense forests and the streams cutting through the lushness of the forests towards Taluka village and from thereon we shall start our trek on the stony trail towards the beautiful village of Seema. Welcomed by the very gracious people of the mountains, Taluka has quite contrasting architectural structure as compared to its other neighboring villages. The trek begins with a small descent towards the banks of River Tons. A distinctly craved shepherd’s trail is visible along the banks of the river that leads to straight into the mixed forests. A few minutes into the forest of conifers and you will come across a cemented bridge. Cross the stream and soon enough you will see a wooden bridge built across the blue waters of River Supin. Follow the slope that takes you towards the river and get refreshed by the cooling soothing glacial waters. Traverse the bridge and the climb gets steep and alternates between upward and level walks. Continue on the terrain and not long enough, you will see a beautiful village with unique wooden houses on the left side of the River Supin, welcoming you in its paradise. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight - Stay in the wooden forest guesthouse.
Day 3: Seema to reaching Har Ki Doon (11 kms; 6 hours)
Altitude: 8,700ft – 11,700
Start your day early as you will be trekking towards Har Ki Doon which is located at a height of 11,700 ft. Right behind the guesthouse you will find a narrow trail leading you out of the village. Walk through the fields of beans and rice, giving the whole stretch a ranch house feel. The lifestyle of the people here still remains like them, simple and content. Enjoy your hike through the vast cultivated lands, grazing cattle, waving across to the small kids and do not forget to click some photographs with them. After crossing a log bridge, the trail turns for an ascent over the confluence of Supin and Ruinsara rivers. On this incline, you will get fabulous viewpoints to steal glimpses of the Dhauladhar Range out front. Look out for Kalanag (Black Peak) and Bandarpooch ranges looming in the distance. Rivers never misdirect you and therefore, we will continue following them which will lead us straight to our destination. Dense forests gives way to open vast meadows with mountains in the background, creating a beautiful canvass painted through the brush of nature. You will find the campsite set up, facing the mesmerizing ranges. Capture the slow motion of the sun shifting its position during the sunset and a change in the colors of the sky. Spend the most beautiful nights of the trek under the galaxy of twinkling stars and the shiny snow capped mountains. Overnight – Stay in tents.
Day 4: Har Ki Doon to Jaundhar Glacier (9 kms; 5 hours) / Maninda Tal(3kms; 3 hours)/ Rest
Altitude: 11,700ft – 12,000ft
Wake up to the beautiful sunrise and let the beautiful view overshadow all your other thoughts. Spend the day today in exploring the bountyful valley of Har ki Doon. One can see the vast grounds below Swaragrohini-1 peak. Use nature’s meadows as your playgrounds and let the kid in you run free through them. Moving from right side of the campsite on the trail leading towards Swaragrohini-1 peak, we begin with the descent through multiple boulders and fresh sheet of snow. Experience the crystal clear white snow crunching underneath your shoes, as you wade through it to reach the beautiful glacier. Look at the sky and you will catch awe-inspiring views of Swaragrohini-1 peak, daunting and never leaving your sight. Jaundhar Glacier is located between tow pillar like peaks. Traverse through the ridges, enjoy snow slides on the mountain slopes and you will have a wonderful time at the Jaundhar basin. A more chilling option would be to proceed towards Maninda Tal which is a beautiful glacial lake situated in the heart of the mountains. Brahma Kamal, a rare flower which blooms only at night and is used as offerings to various deities, is found in abundance near this glacial beauty. Return back to the campsite. Those wishing to enjoy the astounding views of the valley, can stay at the campsite and spend the time at their leisure. Overnight – Stay in tents.
Day 5: Har Ki Doon to Osla (11 kms; 4 hours)
Altitude: 11,700ft – 8,800ft
Enjoy your last morning in the Valley of Gods as today you would descend to Osla which is situated at the height of 6,400 ft. A recap of the view seen the day prior flashes across your eyes, as you continue savoring the beauty of the location. Listen to the gurgling sound of the river which continues to flow with you throughout your leisurely descent. We shall reach the same wooden bridge which we had crossed to reach Seema village. But today of crossing it, we shall stride straight through it to reach the mythological village of Osla. Osla holds great importance in the Hindu mythology, as it is the only village that houses the temple of Lord Duryodhana. The architect of the temple is sheer beauty to one’s eyesight. Spend the evening exploring the village of Osla and interacting with the locals here. You will be amazed to see how proud they are to stay in the Himalayas and would never want to leave the mountains. Take some inspiration and enjoy the dinner cooked specially by the locals here. Overnight – Stay in a typical Osla styled wooden guesthouse.
Day 6: Osla to Sankri (14 kms; 4-5hours)
Altitude: 8,800ft – 6,400ft
Bid adieu to your hosts as you will be descending from Osla towards Taluka and then a drive to Sankri. The river continues to flow by your side throughout the descend. Stroll through the mountain slopes and take enough photographs to capture the wonderful views of nature. Your trek leader shall permit a few enthusiasts to take a dip in the refreshing cold glacial water only if the flow of water is slow and safe. At Travel Trikon safety takes paramount importance and strictly follows the rule of safety first. Reach Taluka and stop for some refreshments at the local tea shop before boarding your ride to Sankri. Welcome abode to your homestay and relax after the tiresome trek. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight – Stay at guesthouse.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun
Things to Carry
- A photocopy of your Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID Card/PAN Card/Aadhar Card/ Driving License)
- Rucksack – If you are offloading your Rucksack, you will need a small daypack to carry your basic essentials
- Good trekking shoes and a pair of slip-ons, if required for campsite
- 2 Water Bottles (1 litre each)
- Woolen or Fleece Gloves and a pair of waterproof gloves
- Cotton socks and woolen socks (2 pairs each)
- Balaclava, Woolen scarf – If you do not have a Balaclava, you can carry Monkey cap instead
- Thermal Inners
- Fleece Jacket, Snow Jacket or Padded Jacket (1 each)
- Windcheater or Poncho
- 2-3 pairs of trek pants
- 2 collared and full sleeved t-shirts – Do not carry loose t-shirts as they tend to make you feel cold
- Camera or Binoculars
- Ready to eat snacks, Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D Powder – Carry nuts, dryfruits, energy bars to munch during the trek. They provide instant energy whenever it hits the lower base.
- Cap, Sunglasses – Do ensure that your sunglasses are UV Protected. Do not carry reflectors.
- Headlamp/LED Torch – Mandatory
- Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer, Mosquito repellent, if required
- Polythene Bags or Zip-lock Bags – These help to segregate wet clothes, used wet wipes or sanitary napkins on trek
- Any medicines that you normally consume – Please consult your doctor in this regard
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Fitness & Health – Though trekking is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.