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Har Ki Dun Trek

Har Ki Dun

  • 7 Days
  • Group : 12 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Easy
  • Start: Dehradun
  • Altitude
    Max Altitude: 11,650 ft.

Har Ki Dun Trek is a popular trekking route in the Garhwal Himalayas, located in Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the most beautiful and easy treks in the region, offering stunning views of snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, and alpine meadows. The trek starts from Sankri village and takes you through Taluka, Osla, Har Ki Dun valley, and finally to an awesome viewpoint of Jaundhar Glacier.

The trail is full of surprises as it passes through dense forests of pine trees, gushing streams, and quaint villages. As you ascend higher up the mountain range, you will come across breathtaking views of snow-covered peaks like Swargarohini I & II, Bandarpoonch Peak, and Black Peak. You can also spot various species of birds and animals along the way.

The best time to visit Har Ki Dun Trek is between March to June and September to October when the weather is pleasant for trekking. During this time, you can enjoy clear skies with bright sunshine during the day and starry nights at night.

Har Ki Dun Trek offers something for everyone – from experienced trekkers to inexperienced beginners – with its diverse terrain and spectacular views. It’s an ideal trek for those who want to experience adventure while being surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Departure & Return Location

Dehradun I.S.B.T (Google Map)

Departure Time

7 A.M.

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
Highlights of Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Jaw-dropping ViewsThe Har Ki Dun Trek offers breathtaking views of some of the most famous peaks in the Himalayas like Swargarohini Group, Kala Nag (Black Peak), Bandarpunch and Swargarohini Peaks.
  • Unspoiled NatureThis region has remained untouched by modern civilization, so you can enjoy nature in its purest form as you traverse through slim hairpin bends, tall pine trees, and old bridges.
  • Maximum ElevationThe maximum elevation of Har Ki Dun Valley is approximately 11,650 ft, which makes it an ideal trek for beginners.
  • Traditional VillagesYou will get to experience the local culture as you pass through traditional villages like Taluka and Osla. You can also interact with the locals to get insights into their lifestyles.
  • Spiritual SignificanceKnown as the Valley of Gods, Har Ki Dun Trek is believed to be the site where Pandavas did penance for their sins. This makes it a great place for spiritual seekers.
  • Snowy TrailsAs you ascend, you may come across icy snow patches and snow-covered waterfalls, making it a thrilling experience.
Best Time For Har Ki Dun Trek
Har Ki Dun Weather & Temperature

The best time to visit Har Ki Dun is from April to June, during the summer season. This is when you can expect pleasant weather and clear skies for optimal views of the mountains. The days are usually sunny with temperatures ranging between 10-20 degrees Celsius. During this period, you can also expect some snow in higher altitudes which adds an extra layer of beauty to your trekking experience.

In addition to summer, the post-monsoon season (September-December) is also considered an ideal time for this hike. During these months, you will get clear skies with temperatures ranging between 5-15 degrees Celsius. However, it’s important to note that the monsoon season (July-August) should be avoided as heavy rains can make the terrain difficult and dangerous.

When it comes to temperature and weather conditions on the trek itself, it’s important to be prepared for all kinds of conditions. In general, you should expect cold nights at higher altitudes with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees Celsius at times. During daytime hours, however, temperatures tend to be milder with highs reaching up to 20 degrees Celsius in some areas. It’s also important to note that strong winds can occur at any time so it’s always a good idea to bring along warm clothing and layers just in case.

Overall, the best time for Har Ki Dun Trek is in April-June or September-December when you can expect pleasant weather and clear skies for optimal views of the mountains. However, it’s important to keep in mind that unpredictable weather conditions can occur at any time so it’s always a good idea to come prepared with warm clothing and layers just in case!

Har Ki Dun Photos
Har Ki Dun Itinerary

Day 1Dehradun to Sankri

Distance: 190 km
Time: 10 hours
Altitude: 1,900 m (6,230 ft)

Today is the first day of our journey to the small hamlet of Sankri situated at a distance of 200 km from Dehradun. Arrive at Dehradun early and head off to Sankri which will take an average of 8-9 hours by road.

During the drive witness the alluring beauty of the surroundings and also enjoy the stunning views of the mountains that attract trekkers from all around the globe. A quick lunch on the way will make you feel energized and at the end of the long journey, you will finally reach the tiny hamlet of Sankri. Overnight stay will be at a hotel at Sankri.

Day 2 Sankri to Taluka (Drive, 12 Km), Trek to Seema (11.8 Km / 4.5 Hours)

After having breakfast at Sankri, get ready for the first day of the Har Ki Dun trek. Make sure you have enough drinking water and energy bars to keep you going. You will reach Taluka by late afternoon. After having a short break embark on your journey to Osla.

Along the way, you will travel through the Siyan Gad by a bridge to reach Dhatmir village and cross the Tons River as well. Enjoy the beauty of the sprawling wild orchids and wilderness of the surroundings. If you’re lucky you might also spot Barking Deer, Bores, Leopards, and the likes.

Spend the night in the tents provided and enjoy the quiet of nature under the starlit sky. Spend a wonderful evening with a bonfire, snacks, local folklores, and an appetizing dinner.

Day 3Seema to Kalkattiyadhaar (6 Km, 4 Hours)

After having breakfast, we will start for our trek to Kalkattiyadhaar and the initial trail is on the left side of the valley and goes past fields. After crossing a bridge over river Rupin, the trail continues on the right side of the valley and then ascends through fields, pastures, and huts.

And at last, we come across the ridge called Kalkatiyadhaar. After a short descent from the ridge, we will come across our campsite. We will have our dinner and sleep inside the comforts of our camp.

Day 4Kalkattiyadhaar to Har Ki Dun & back (8.4 Km / 6 Hours)

Wake up early and start your walk towards Har Ki Dun. The trail is initially gradual but later on, becomes quite steep as it passes through the beautiful meadows of Har Ki Dun. A small but steady stream flows by the campsite. The glistening water is made more magical by the rays of the sunshine on it.

The expanse of the Har Ki Dun valley paired with the incredible views of the snow-clad mountains towering right in front of your eyes is a view to be cherished forever. After spending some time at the top and feasting your eyes upon the splendid landscape in front, return back to the Kalkattiyadhaar camp.

Day 5Kalkattiyadhaar to Seema via Osla (7.3 Km / 3 Hours)

Wake up early to experience the alluring sunrise and the splendid views of the Swargarohini peaks from the camp. Have an early breakfast and head back to Seema. We will start by crossing the Har Ki Dun bridge and continue our walk along the river.

Initially, the climb is gradual and then it descends up to Seema. If everything goes as per plan and time permits, we will take a halt at Osla village where you can see the typical Garhwali houses and the lifestyle of the people residing there. After some time, resume your journey to Seema and stay there for a night.

Day 6 Seema to Taluka (10.5 Km / 3 Hours) and then to Sankri (Drive, 12 Km)

From here, there are two ways to descend down to Sankri. One is via Seema and the other is the shorter (but steeper) route via Puani. It collides with the main trail at the point where there is a watermill. Spend some time here understanding how watermills work.

Next comes the forest trail which is along a river. The last few minutes of the trek are through a paved trail. We will arrive at Taluka by the afternoon and after lunch, board our vehicle to reach Sankri which will take one hour or so. Check into a hotel and enjoy the completion of the trek with your mates.

Day 7 Depart from Sankri

Have your breakfast and after packing up the bags, board your vehicles for the return back to Dehradun. With this, we mark the end of our trekking services of the Har Ki Dun trek. Expect to reach Dehradun by evening.

Har Ki Dun Trek Map

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How difficult is the Har Ki Dun Trek?

The Har Ki Dun trek is considered to be an easy-moderate trek suitable for beginners who are in good physical condition. The trail includes a gradual ascent through lush green forests, river crossings, and some steep climbs over rocky terrain.

The trek takes around 7 days to complete from Dehradun, with a maximum altitude of 11,650 feet at the Jaundhar glacier. Overall, the trek offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, hidden valleys, and traditional villages. Proper fitness training is recommended before attempting this trek.

What are the requirements for participation?

Here are the general requirements for participating in the Har ki Dun trek:

  • Age limit: Participants must be at least 5 years old.

  • Physical fitness: The trek involves walking for several hours daily, with some steep climbs and descents. Therefore, participants must be physically fit and able to manage the strain of walking for extended periods.

  • Medical fitness: The trek goes to an altitude of over 11,000 feet. Participants should be in good health, without any pre-existing medical conditions. Asthma, high blood pressure, and heart-related issues can create problems in high altitudes.

  • Equipment and gear: Proper trekking equipment is necessary for the safety of the participant. Essential items like a backpack, trekking shoes, warm clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle should be brought. If you don’t have trekking gear, you can rent it from us.

Following these requirements ensures that the participant has an enjoyable and safe trekking experience.

What kind of food will be available on this trek?

On the Har Ki Dun Trek, you can expect to enjoy delicious and healthy meals prepared by experienced cooks. Breakfast typically includes items such as bread toast, poha, upma, besan chilla, aloo paratha, pancakes, etc. Lunch usually consists of pulao, fried rice, rajma (kidney beans), kofta (vegetable balls), kadhi (yogurt-based dish), salad, and pickles. Snacks like pakora (fritters), pasta, and popcorn are also served in the evening along with tea or coffee.

In addition to these meals, it’s also a good idea to carry plenty of chocolates, dry fruits, biscuits, and other snacks for energy while trekking. Dried fruits, seeds, and nuts are great for instant energy boosts while dates and sesame seed-based food are ideal for colder temperatures. 

If you have any specific dietary requirements, you can get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to accommodate them.

What kind of accommodation will I get on Har Ki Dur Trek?

During the Har Ki Dun trek, you will be provided with accommodation in tents on a twin-sharing basis. Advenchar provides tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats. You will be required to carry your personal belongings, warm clothing, and toiletries in your backpack.

We set up in scenic locations with great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The tents are relatively spacious and comfortable for a night’s sleep. In case of bad weather or any unforeseen situation, we may arrange for a guesthouse or a homestay in nearby villages. However, this is not a common practice and depends on the situation.

It is essential to note that you should not expect luxury accommodation during the trek. The idea is to experience the beauty of nature, and as a result, the accommodation is usually basic but clean and hygienic. Additionally, the tents used on the trek are capable of withstanding winds, rain, and cold temperatures.

Are there any medical facilities available on this trek?

During the Har ki Dun trek, there are no hospitals or medical facilities available en route. In case of a medical emergency, Advenchar will provide basic first aid and will make arrangements to evacuate the participant to the nearest hospital. Therefore, it is essential to carry a basic medical kit that includes items like painkillers, antiseptics, band-aids, and any personal medication required.

High altitudes can cause altitude sickness in some individuals, and it is essential to know the symptoms and take necessary precautions to prevent it. Advenchar’s trek leaders are wildness first-aid course certified. The trek leaders are trained to handle altitude sickness, and they will guide you through the process of acclimatization by managing the ascent and descent. It is also recommended to drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and tobacco during the trek.

It is always better to check with a doctor before undertaking a trek and inform the trek operator of any pre-existing medical conditions before the trek.

What kind of clothing should I bring for this trek?

The weather during the Har Ki Dun trek can be unpredictable and cold, and the temperature can drop significantly during the night. Therefore, it is essential to carry warm clothing and layers to adjust the temperature according to the weather.

Here is a list of clothing items that you should pack:

  • Thermal Innerwear: This is necessary for cold nights and early mornings, and you can wear it under your clothes.

  • Fleece or down Jacket: A warm fleece or puffy down jacket is necessary for cold and windy conditions.

  • Trek pants and T-Shirts: Comfortable trekking pants that dry easily and T-shirts suitable for trekking are recommended.

  • Warm Hiking socks: Three-four pairs of warm socks are necessary.

  • Trekking Shoes or Boots: Good quality waterproof trekking shoes or boots with a sturdy sole with good grip and ankle support are essential to avoid any injuries.

  • Gloves and Woollen cap: Carry a pair of warm gloves and a woolen cap to avoid heat loss from the body.

  • Raincoat or Poncho: The weather can be unpredictable, so it is essential to carry a raincoat or poncho to stay on the safe side.

  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: The sun’s rays can be harmful at high altitudes; therefore, it’s important to carry sunglasses and sunscreen.

It’s essential to pack smartly and avoid carrying too many clothes. Try to opt for quick-dry and lightweight clothing items. Additionally, you can rent some of the trekking gear and clothing from the trek operator if you don’t have them.

How to prepare for Har Ki Dun Trek?

Preparing for trekking requires both physical and mental preparation. Here are some ways to prepare for the Har Ki Dun trek:

Physical Preparation:

  • Build endurance: Trekking involves walking for extended periods and uphill climbs. Start by building your endurance by walking or jogging for at least 30 minutes daily, and gradually increase the time and intensity.

  • Strengthen your muscles: Trekking involves carrying a backpack, and therefore it is essential to strengthen your core muscles, back, and legs. Incorporate exercises like squats, lunges, planks, and back extensions with light weights.

  • Acclimatization: It is essential to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the trek. Try to visit high-altitude places before the trek to get your body used to the altitude.

Mental Preparation:

  • Positive mindset: Trekking can be physically and mentally challenging. It is important to keep a positive mindset and not give up in difficult situations.

  • Research and planning: Research about the trek, weather conditions, and terrain can help you mentally prepare for the trek better. Planning and organizing the essentials like clothing, trekking gear, and food also helps in mental preparation.

  • Meditation and breathing exercises: Practicing breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation can help improve mental focus and reduce stress and anxiety.

Following these tips will help you prepare efficiently for the Har Ki Dun trek. It is always better to consult a doctor before starting any physical activity and to inform the trek operator of any pre-existing medical conditions.

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We were a group of 9 to trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes with Advenchar in the first week of August, 2023. Swena was kind enough to accommodate us at the last minute since our trek to Tarsar Marsar was cancelled at the last minute with another company. Being a small group, we were able to start early in the morning, cover the hard sections before the sun came up & reach the campsite well before the evening rains. We were guided by Neil from Advenchar through the trek who is as well versed with the mountains as one can possibly get. The local Kashmiri team fed us to our hearts content. Bajjis, gulab jamoons, soup, kawa, sooji ka halwa was what I relished the most during the evening snacks. Mountain stories from Neil, crystal clear weather during the trek, the camaraderie among the co-trekkers & the ever helpful team made the pretty pretty KGL trek all the more memorable. Only disappointment was the trash at Vishnusar & Ganagabal campsites. Wished we had camped further away at these 2 sites. But the remaining 4 campsites were clean & beautiful. I would definitely do my next trek with Advenchar! Thank you for such a wonderful & beautiful experience!
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It is my first time trekking in India & I chose Advenchar for their positive reviews & small batch sizes. The team also patiently answered the many, many questions I had & were always available. True enough, I had a great & smooth experience with the KGL trek. The guides & helpers were experienced, knowledgeable & helpful. The trek timings were well planned; we often set off earlier & managed to avoid the rain. The food was delicious, varied & planned according to the trek. The tents were of high quality, withstanding the evening rain. Overall, I would recommend Advenchar, a huge thanks to them for everything. 🙂
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