From Dehradun we will drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. We will stop for lunch en route. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part along the beautiful Tons river. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri we will check into the scenically located hotel Wild Orchid. Sankri is paradise on earth and we will take an evening stroll in this beautiful hamlet to get our muscles charged for the trek to come. Overnight stay in the tents.
We start the day with a short, scenic & adventurous drive to Taluka, starting point of our trek. The hike today is through beautiful mixed forest sections and along the Supin river. The gradient is moderate throughout with an odd steep patch in between. This region is blessed with a very old and unique culture which thankfully is still preserved. You will get a very up close & personal experience of it today. On the trail you will meet locals from the nearby villages and get to see the special construction style of the local dwellings. We will cross a few villages en route to reach Seema, a small market place. We will camp ahead of Seema in beautiful fields by the riverside. Overnight in tents.
After breakfast we cross over to the other side of the Supin river and negotiate a steep climb to get warmed up for the day’s hike to come. It is a delightful day where you catch some fabulous views of the Bandarpoonch & Swargarohini peaks and also of meadows and jungles towards the Ruinsara valley. There are interesting forests en route with lots of opportunities to see variety of birds and meadows having wild flowers. Also to make it picture perfect there is an inviting waterfall and many small rivulets/streams. We reach Har-ki-Dun in about 5-7 hrs moving at a leisurely pace and soaking in the beauty of the valley. Reaching our destination Har-ki-Dun we land in absolute paradise. This open valley has been blessed with so many natural elements that one is pleasantly surprised by its beauty. There is a network of streams, many a meadows carpeted with flowers and big and small mountains spread all over. Overnight in tents.
Post breakfast, we trek to explore the magnificent meadows at Hata Valley. These are undulating meadows; the meadows provide amazing views of Hata peak. In the afternoon return back to Har Ki Dun. Overnight in tents.
We have a leisurely breakfast today and have the option of trekking up to the beautiful meadows at Haata which will take 2-3 hours (round trip) or just relaxing at Har-ki-Dun. After lunch we will hike down to Seema. Depending on the time we reach Seema we can decide to visit the ancient temple at the nearby village of Osla and also get a chance to interact with the locals and get to know more about their tradition and culture. Overnight in tents.
Early morning, trek down from Seema to Taluka and from here drive down to Sankri. There will be plenty of opportunities today for a refreshing bath in the super cool waters of the many streams we cross/pass by. Overnight in the tents.
Post breakfast, depart for Dehradun. You can also have a brief stopover at Mussoorie, one of India’s most popular hill stations. The drive from Mussoorie to Dehradun would take an hour, from where you could continue ahead towards your onward destination
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required..
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
Sometimes you want to plan a trip to your own liking as according to your schedule & time as against taking a set group package tour, which leaves on fixed dates. You may want to go on a differemt trail to reach the destination or avoid a particular stretch or climb a certain peak. We handle the nitty gritty of planning such a trip.
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7 Days | Mar - Jun & Sep - Nov | Moderate + | Max Alt: 4300 mts (Jaundhar Glacier)
Day 1: Dehradun - Sankri (2000m) (Drive / 200 kms / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 2: Sankri (2000m) - Taluka - Seema (2560m) (Drive / 30 mins) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs )
Day 3: Seema (2560m) - Har-ki-Dun (3566m) (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 4: Har-ki-Dun (3566m) - Exploration to Hata Valley
Day 5: Har-ki-Dun (3566m) - Seema (2560m) (Trek / 3.5 - 4.5 hrs)
Day 6: Seema (2560m) - Taluka - Sankri (2000m) (Trek / 3.5 - 5.5 hrs)(Drive / 40 mins)
Day 7: Sankri – Dehradun (Drive / 200 kms / 6 - 7 hrs)
At GIO we simply love this trek! If you have seen 'Lord of the Rings' and been awe of the landscape in it, then Har ki Dun trek will blow your mind with the smorgasbord it has to offer. There are endless lush meadows, wild alpine flower gardens, scraggy mountains, towering snow-capped peaks, glaciers and gushing streams & waterfalls that seem to spring from nowhere. The valley also has a very interesting culture, very different from any other region around.
Our guides ensure that we get a very up close experience of this culture as this is one of the highlights of this trek. We have made a change in the traditional Har-ki-Dun itinerary by adding another stage which takes you to Hata Valley (3850m). This will add a contrasting element of high altitude scenery to the trek.
Har Ki Dun Valley
The Har Ki Dun valley, also known as the "Valley of Gods", is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above sea level and is snow-covered from the month of October to March.
For people who love to see flowers there is a small stage possible on the day we explore Hata Valley. The meadows here are almost fully carpeted with alpine flowers and make a very pleasing sight. Contrary to the popular belief Har Ki Dun trek not a very easy trek and has long walks on almost all days and is suitable for seasoned trekkers as well as fit beginners. This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas. We drive from Dehradun to a beautiful village called Sankri where we spend the first night and from here a short 40 mins drive the next day gets us to Taluka, a small market place which is our starting point. From here we trek up to Gangad, walking through beautiful forests and interesting villages.
The next day we trek to Kalkatti Dhar and camp there for the night. From Kalkatti Dhar we hike up to Har-ki-Dun and land ourselves in a complete paradise. Har Ki Dun gives an opportunity to meet local people and get to appreciate the local architecture and way of life as we move up the trail. Camping on the meadows here is sheer pleasure. We do a day’s excursion from here to Hata Valley reaching up to a height of 3850m. From here you get the exquisite view of Hata Peak Jeju Peak. In the last stage of the trek we walk back to Gangad and then to Taluka to finish what is surely going to be a memorable trek.
Alike other treks, even for the Har Ki Dun Trek - GIO Adventures assists you with professionally qualified expert guides. Our guides will run a small course on climbing techniques to get you to know more about the sport and get comfortable with it.
The Mesmerizing Beauty of Har Ki Dun
The cascading rivers flowing under the shadow of towering mountains and lush green forests can be a dreamers dream. Every year India trekking enthusiasts come to seek solace and peace in the silent peaks of the Himalayan range. Basking in the half hidden a pleasant sun of the mountains and the calm breeze makes every moment pleasant and worth remembering. Har ki Dun is one such trek that is famous for its enchanting silence and mesmerizing beauty. Popularly known as "Valley of Gods", har ki dun is a cradle shaped valley that hangs in the Garhwal Himalayas. The valley is surrounded by snow-blanketed peaks and lush green alpine vegetation. The borasu pass connects Baspa valley to Garhwal Himalayas. At an altitude of 3500m approx above mean sea level, this pass is snow covered from the months of October-March.
GIO Adventures simply loves to sale mountain peaks and give people a visual treat through the prism of adventure and excitement. Har ki Dun Trek is in itself a powerhouse of divine mystical beauty. The Valley has been a center of interesting cultures and traditions which are completely different from the rest of the regions. GIO Adventures takes you through a journey of exploring various cultures and traditions that rest in the valley. All the guides are well experienced and have a detailed knowledge of the mountains and to give trekkers a close experience of the culture tops their priority list. The mountain trail gives you a much closer view of the famous Swargarohini peak. The whole trekking route is full of mountain landscapes and natural scenery which enchants the mind and hearts. The meadows of alpine flowers carpeting the grass and lush vegetation makes the ever lasting memory. The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas also offers a beautiful trail. A drive from a village called Sankri is as short as a 40 mins drive to Taluka, popular local marketplace. It also serves as a starting point for the trek up to the place called Gangad. This trek is also a dream come true for the nature lovers, as the trek takes you through forests and villages.
A lot of locals can be interacted with, and the architecture and cuisines can be appreciated through these trails. People prefer to camp on the plains to find the sheer pleasure of the silent valley. The last stage of the trek is a walk back to Gangad and then to Taluka to finish the Har Ki Dun Trek. .
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal, Uttarakhand|