The Har Ki Dun trek is a captivating Himalayan journey that takes you through breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, and lush green meadows. Located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India, this trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and adventure.
One of the highlights of the Har Ki Dun trek is reaching the picturesque village of Osla (8,800 feet), known for its ancient temples and warm hospitality. Immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with friendly villagers, and witness their traditional way of life.
Continuing the journey, you’ll trek along the Har Ki Dun valley, with the majestic Swargarohini Peak (20,190 feet) towering above. The valley is adorned with vibrant meadows, glistening streams, and snow-capped peaks, creating a surreal and magical atmosphere.
Day 01: Dehradun to Sankri
Day 02: Sankri to Pauni Garaat via Taluka
Day 03: Pauni Garaat to Kalkattidhar
Day 04: Kalkattidhar to Har Ki Dun and back to Kalkattidhar
Day 05: Kalkattidhar to Puani Garat via Osla
Day 06: Puani Garat to Sankri via Taluka
Day 07: Sankri to Dehradun
Har Ki Dun Trek is best done during the enchanting months of spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November). In the welcoming embrace of spring, the trek unveils its picturesque charm, with vibrant wildflowers, lush meadows, and pleasant weather. Now, let’s compare the two seasons in more detail:
These two seasons offer an enchanting experience on the Har Ki Dun Trek, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Garhwal region while enjoying comfortable trekking conditions.
The Har Ki Dun Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. Here are some key factors that contribute to its difficulty level:
While the Har Ki Dun Trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers, it’s essential to be physically fit and adequately prepared to handle the challenges it presents. Proper acclimatization, fitness, and a positive attitude are key to having a successful and enjoyable trek.
When getting ready for your adventure, it’s important to pack wisely for changing weather. To stay comfortable without carrying too much weight, choose versatile layers that can be mixed and matched.
To help you make the right gear choices, here’s a list of what to pack:
Pack your backpack thoughtfully and leave non-essential items behind to keep it light. This ensures a safe and comfortable trek, letting you fully enjoy nature.
Mule/Porter Bag Offloading:
If you don’t want to carry your backpack, you can give it to a porter or mule. Let us know in advance.
Clock/Baggage Room for Extra Luggage:
You can use the luggage storage at the Sankri base camp for extra items before starting the Kedarkantha trek. Avoid storing valuables there for safety.
Reaching the Sankri Base Camp for the Kedarkantha Trek involves a journey that typically begins from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. Here’s a more detailed and informative guide on how to reach Sankri, with an additional point:
Dehradun Airport (Jolly Grant Airport): Your journey commences with your arrival at the Dehradun Airport (Jolly Grant Airport), which serves as the nearest airport to Sankri. This airport is well-connected to major cities in India, making it a convenient starting point for your trek.
Dehradun Railway Station: If you prefer traveling by train, Dehradun Railway Station is the main railway hub in the region. Several trains from various parts of the country connect to Dehradun. Once you reach the railway station, your onward journey to Sankri will be by road.
Dehradun to Sankri: The road journey from Dehradun to Sankri is an integral part of your adventure. The distance between Dehradun and Sankri is approximately 210 kilometers (about 130 miles). The road route offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan terrain and can be both exhilarating and challenging, especially during certain seasons.
Private Taxi: You can opt for a private taxi or hire a vehicle to make the road trip to Sankri. It’s a long journey that takes approximately 8-9 hours, depending on road conditions and weather. Private taxis provide comfort and flexibility during the journey.
Public Bus: Public buses also operate on this route. While they are a cost-effective option, the journey may take longer due to multiple stops along the way. Be sure to check the bus schedule in advance.
Shared Cabs: Shared cabs are available, and you can join fellow trekkers for the ride. This option allows you to share expenses and meet like-minded individuals.
Trek with Transport Package: For those who have opted for transport with trek package, your pickup will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station.
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The maximum age is 60 but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
Har Ki Dun is an easy to moderate trek but requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8 years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then indded, yes!. It is recommended to maintain good physical stamina before coming on the trek.
The last electricity charging point would be in Sankri. You’ll get only the Bsnl/Airtel network over there. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts at Sankri. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
Since you will be returning to the same point at Sankri, it is possible for you to leave some luggage behind, if required. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables. Nomad Adventures is not responsible for loss or damage to any belongings.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack.
Himalayan treks require trekking shoes which are not only comfortable but should have a good grip and should be waterproof.