If you are planning some adventure in the mountains in the near future, then opting for Har ki Doon trek can be a great choice. A part of the Garhwal Himalayas, this place is a must visit for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It lies closer to the border between Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. This trek is considered an easy one and thus is recommended for first timers. However, a lot of excitement can be experienced on this trail that starts from the picturesque village of Sankri. From here, trekkers move towards another scenic village – Taluka, which is technically the starting point of this trekking adventure.
After admiring the scenic landscape of Taluka and staying here overnight, the following day the journey moves towards Osla, which is famous for rich vegetation with Himalayan peaks in the background. Next day, the group proceeds towards the foothills of Fateh Parvat, the location of Har ki Doon. Enjoy the scenic vistas of this place and click pictures of the untouched natural beauty.
The next destination on the trip is Jaundhar Glacier, which is known for its lush greenery and snow-capped mountains. On the following two days, descend back to Osla and Sankri. On the trek from Osla to Sankri, witness the exotic flora and fauna of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The last day’s plan is the drive from Sankri to Dehradun, from where you proceed for your onward destination.
The Har ki Doon trek gives an opportunity to adventure enthusiasts to witness and admire the beauty of the Himalayan region, which since centuries has been a popular retreat for travellers from across the globe.
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun – Sankri (6,455 ft) (10-11 hrs)
On reaching Dehradun railway station in the morning, drive towards Sankri-a small village showcasing a stunning view of lush greenery, snow-capped mountains and smoke coming out of small huts. The journey from the plains to the mountains is a 200km drive and will take around 10 hours to reach. Sankri village is the starting point of both Kedarkantha and Har Ki Dun trek. On the way, you will be served with breakfast and lunch. On reaching in the later evening, bask in the nature's glory. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 2: Drive from Sankri (6,455 ft) to Taluka (12 km) and Trek to Osla (14 km | 8400 ft)
At morning, post breakfast, you will drive towards Taluka which will be the starting point of today's trek. After a drive of 12 km, you will reach Taluka, where your trek leader will give you instructions regarding the do's and don’ts of the trek. On reaching Taluka, you will see a lot of flowers blooming before you. Once you begin the 14km trek, you will come across suspension bridges, wild flowers and some lucky trekkers might spot rare wild animals such as blue sheep, bears, barking deer or even a leopard. On arrival at Osla, which is settled at 8400 ft., pitch your tents and let yourself unwind surrounded by the beauty of such a striking village and its scenic landscape.
Day 3: Trek from Osla - Har Ki Dun (11674 ft.) (11 km | 5 to 6 hrs)
Today, rise up to ascend towards Har Ki Dun, from where the majestic views of the delightful sight of two peaks, namely Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini, will spellbind you with its beauty. The fascinating trail is another point of attraction for the trekkers as the path laden with lush greenery, dense forests, and vast meadows with the view of snow-peaked mountains is definitely a paradise and a captivating treat to eyes of every trekker. After trekking for a distance of 11 km, which will take about 6 hrs, you will reach the majestic valley of Har Ki Dun where you can take rest at your camps. Enjoy the pristine views of the valley donned with tiny rivers and species of flora and fauna scattered all over the region. At night, indulge in a sumptuous meal and later sleep within the lap of the nature.
Day 4: Exploration Day at Har Ki Dun
Rise up to a beautiful morning at Har Ki Dun, surrounded by snow-peaked mountain and alpine vegetation. Waking up to such a landscape will make you never want to leave this place. Explore the lush meadows below the Swaroghini-1 peak that will take your around 1-2 hours of strolling. Laid back travellers can rest the campsite, while the rest can trek to Jaundhar glacier, which will be a 4 km trek, taking around 3-4 hours. Post breakfast, you will leave for the trek to the glacier, where the amphitheatre views of the entire range will be a wonderful place to spend time. After spending some delightful hours at the picturesque point, you will return for the base.
Day 5: Trek to Har Ki Dun – Osla (11 km | 3 hrs)
After breakfast, you will leave the stunning valley of Gods, taking memorable experiences and paradise-like view along with you. You will descend via the same route, but you need to be careful, as the route while going downwards turns quite risky. Throughout the trail, you will encounter spectacular species of flora and fauna. Click pictures to brighten up your Instagram feed. You would descend for a continuous 3 hrs and will reach Osla, where you can give rest to your knees. Have a tasty lunch and explore the area, as you might love the extensive variety of flowers blooming everywhere around the valley. Stay overnight at camps.
Day 6: Trek to Osla to Taluka and drive back to Sankri (7-8 hrs)
In the morning, you will need to be prepared to trek down from Osla Village to Sankri. Post breakfast, the trek will be tiresome as you will descend the entire trail at one go till Sankri. However, the stunning views of the Taluka and Sankri village will shoo away your thoughts of tiredness. With a leisurely walk at a constant pace, you will reach the camp. On reaching, just give rest to your body and legs. Soak your legs in warm water to soothe your aching muscles.
Day 7: Drive from Sankri - Dehradun
Today morning, you will have mixed emotions, as your paradise-like trip will end today. You will start the drive back early in the morning to reach Dehradun railway station on time. You can continue your onward journey as soon as you reach the railway station.
Destination Covered- Dehradun-Taluka-Harkidoon-Gangad-Sankri-Dehradun
Altitude – 11,675 feet
Grade – Easy to Moderate
Best Time to go: April to June, September to October
Region - Uttarakhand
It was great fun and exciting, made some good friends and experienced some amazing views The entire crew was great and well organized, especially the catering staff with their wonderful meals. Just want to mention that we couldn't make it to the Glacier, we walked almost 3/4 of the way and had to come back!
I did Har Ki Dun trekking because this trek has everything! I booked this trek through Adventure Nation for June with two other friends. June-October is the best time to go on this one. Basically, the trek has everything you could ask for...it has waterfalls, beautiful flora and fauna in the Wildlife sanctuary, amazing views of Bandarpoonch and Swaragarohini and interacting with the local people all along the way. We even went to markets and bought a bunch of souvenirs! It was a wonderful experience. My best memory is from the day we trekked to Hata valley. Even though we hadn't trekked so much that day, I was mildly tired. But once we reached this place and saw the beauty that surrounded us, it was so incredibly refreshing, I couldn't believe my eyes!! Absolutely breathtaking!
Har Ki Dun trek has so much snow on it!! So, if you love snow like me, you must go on this trek on the right time. This trek is beautiful as it is, thanks to the natural scenic trail but it's made even more beautiful thanks to all the snow. Jaundhar glacier is definitely the best example of all the beauty I'm talking about. But truly you get to experience the best scenes when you get to camp by the riverside and enjoy all the views under the blanket of stars in a clear sky. This clear sky might sometimes rain so do not forget to take a raincoat with you for emergency times as rainfall is very common here. It would not ruin your experience, will make it a little more challenging but even more fun! Thanks, Adventure Nation for giving me the chance to have such an awesome experience.
Har Ki Dun trek in Uttarakhand is one of those trekking experiences you need to have in order to better understand how natural beauty can be so refreshing and rejuvenating. I had the best time on this trek with my friends. We booked through Adventure Nation months in advance and were constantly briefed about the process even after the payments were made. Their contact with the guide team was solid as we were greeted by the lot who came in with lots of preparation. I did fall a little sick after the first two days, perhaps failed to acclimatize too soon because it was my first trek. However, no sickness can actually stand the test of nature's refreshing charms. And with all the support from my fellow trek mates and the learned guides, I had a wonderful time. Thanks a lot!
Har Ki Dun trek in Uttarakhand is a special trek in many ways. You get to visit the local market places, interact with local people in villages as you pass by, you get to stay at a wildlife sanctuary, you get to observe the natural fauna and flora of the areas you pass through, you get to appreciate the beauty of Jaundhar Glacier! What more can you want from a single and such a simple trek. It is so much more than what you paid for it! Enjoy and have a blast. Make sure not to dirty your surroundings while you?re having a good time.
We started the Har ki Doon trek from this village called Sankri and then trekked to another Taluka. So, I like the fact that you get to interact with the locals scenes on this trek, not all of them allow this level of engagement. All of this is essential for making lifelong memories. Especially if you want to go on more treks. You won't get the kind of information you get from locals anywhere else. And this one is a pretty easy trek to undertake which at no point exhausts you so you can very easily go on this one without friends, you are sure to make new ones anyway!
Thanks, Adventure nation for the booking. I really enjoyed this trek. I was looking for something easy and doable. Your team really helped me decide accurately which trek I should go on and it was also put together beautifully. I made some new friends on the trek, definitely an experience I'm ready to have again soon in life. If you're a first timer like me you can still go. Enjoy and have fun on this beautiful trek full of uplifting scenery all along the way!
Har ki Doon trek came like a breath of fresh air for me. It was a much needed break that I had been wanting to take for the longest time. Har ki Doon and Hata valley were the perfect escape for me. It is the perfect blend of nature and thrill of trekking. Had so much fun with the awesome people that accompanied us and all the places we visited were all really beautiful!
This is a very easy trek. It is longer than a normal weekend getaway but it is as easy as that one. So go on this if you have a few more days than a regular weekend and are in need for some exceptional beauty. You will so much amazing flowers on this one. Truly fascinated by all the beauty our country has.