Har ki Dun Trek – Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalaya

Har ki Dun

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Har-Ki-Dun is a trek that has attracted seasoned trekkers and new travellers alike for many years now, thanks to the beautiful landscape and unmatched terrain it offers. Also, Har-Ki-Dun is famous for its 'Lord of the Rings’ like backdrop that awes and enchants. Full of 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 feel it gives is of pure magic.

The season begins in March and is one of the most highly talked about Himalayan treks. 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. Standing at an altitude of approx 3500m above sea level, the Har-Ki-Dun valley is covered in snow during October to March. The valley also has an extremely interesting and culture.

On this Himalayan trek you will get see huge glaciers, will walk on moraine and scree, and get very close to the famous and towering Swargarohini peaks. Going by mythology, it is said that Yudhishtar, the eldest of the Pandavas, climbed this peak to ascend to heaven, hence the name Swarg-arohini.

At GIO Adventures, we regard the culture of Har-Ki-Dun valley as the highlight of this trek, and so our guides ensure that we get a very up close experience of the local culture. We have also made a change in the traditional Har-ki-Dun itinerary by adding another stage which takes you to the high altitude Jaundhar Bamak (glacier). This will add a contrasting element of high altitude scenery to the trek as we cross the 4000 m mark. Exciting, isn’t it?

Although, we’d like to point out that contrary to the popular belief it’s not a very easy trek and has long walks on almost all days. Hence the Har-Ki-Dun trek is suitable for seasoned trekkers as well as fit beginners who won't mind these long walks.

This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas. Trip stars as 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. The trek begins here! On day two, we trek up to a place called Seema, walking through beautiful forests and interesting villages.

We meet local people, see the local architecture and way of life as we move up the trail. From Seema we hike up to Har-ki-Dun the next day and land ourselves in a complete paradise! Camping on the meadows here is sheer pleasure. We do a day’s excursion from here to Jaundhar glacier reaching up to a height of around 4300 m to get fantastically close to the base of Swargarohini peaks. High altitude terrain here is quite interesting. In the last stage of the trek we walk back to Seema and then to Taluka to finish what is surely going to be a memorable trek.

Duration: 7 Days
Season: Mar-Jun, Sep-Dec
Grade: Moderate +
Region: Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
Har ki Dun

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