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Har Ki Dun Trek

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Duration

6 Nights 7 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people

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About Har Ki Dun Trek

Har Ki Doon Valley 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 mean sea level and is snow-covered from October to March.

Har Ki Dun Trek Distance | Trek Map
Har ki Dun Trek starts from Sankri Village in Uttarkashi District (Uttarakhand). It is a 7 days trek including travel from Dehradun. The total Har ki Dun Trek distance is 44km from Sankri Village.

Trek Difficulty Level:
Har Ki Dun is an easy to moderate level trek and good for first-timers. You need to be physically and mentally prepared for the trek and should stick to a proper fitness routine before coming on the trek. Download the fitness program from here: Click here.

Best Time to:
Har Ki Dun Trek is best done between April to Mid-June and October to Mid-November.

Har Ki Dun Trek Weather/Temperature:
The temperature at Sankri basecamp in the daytime is pleasant between 10 to 15 Degree Celsius and at night it goes down up to 0 to -5 Degree Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees and at night it goes down up to -10 degrees.

Accommodation
At Sankri trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there. During the trek, you will be provided with 3 person tent on a twin-sharing basis and 4 person tent on a triple-sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent.

Meals:
Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 dinner. On Day 7 early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.

Har Ki Dun Trek Height/Altitude:
The lowest altitude will be 6,400 ft at Sankri and the highest at 11,700 ft at Har Ki Dun Summit.

How to Reach Sankri | Delhi to Sankri Distance and Trek Route:
Route Via Dehradun:
The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. From there 9-10hr journey takes us to Sankri via Dehradun, Nainbagh, Naugaon, Purola, and Mori Naitwar. Dehradun to Sankri distance is around 187km and the distance from Delhi to Sankri via Dehradun is approx 453km.

Departure: Points:
We have fixed departures from Dehradun. The pickup point will be near Dehradun railway station.

Fixed Departure Dates in 2022

Oct – 15, 22 and 29

Nov – 5, 12, 19, 26

How to Reach Dehradun

By Train: The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board Ddn Nzm Ac Express(2205), Nanda Devi Express or Dehradun Express from Delhi. People usually prefer trains over flights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh.

By Bus: There are regular buses from Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ).Β  You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.

By Flight: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport.

What to Carry on the trek?

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on a Brahmatal winter trek is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Required

πŸ‘‰Β Thermals – Tops and Bottoms

πŸ‘‰Β Day Pack (20L-30L) andΒ Rucksack 50-60L

πŸ‘‰Β Bag Rain Cover

πŸ‘‰Β Fleece pants

πŸ‘‰Β Woollen gloves and woollen cap

πŸ‘‰Β Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater

πŸ‘‰Β Headlamp with Fresh Batteries

πŸ‘‰Β Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)

πŸ‘‰Β Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)

πŸ‘‰ Trekking poles

πŸ‘‰Β Insulated Jacket

πŸ‘‰Β Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)

πŸ‘‰Β Rain-Coat/Poncho

πŸ‘‰Β Sport Sunglasses andΒ Sun cap

πŸ‘‰Β Hiking shoes

πŸ‘‰Β Sun Block and Lip Balm

πŸ‘‰Β Water Bottles

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Highlights

  • Trek on the same route taken by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata on their way to heaven.
  • Explore ancient villages that are 2,000 years old with the touch of the local life of the place.
  • Enrich the experience of ancient culture and nature at the same time.
  • The alluring view of the Laundhar glacier, as well as the surrounding Swargarohini group of peaks, definitely makes your trek exciting and thrilling.

Day 01: Dehradun - Sankri

πŸ”οΈ Altitude: 6,300 feet.

🏠 Stay at Guest House.

πŸš— Drive: 220 km (10-11 hrs drive).

⌚ Pick-up time: 06:00 am near Dehradun railway station.

🍱 Meal: Dinner

Arrive early at Dehradun railway station (6:30 am) and drive to Sankri which will take approximately 9 to 10 hours. The drive from Dehradun to Sankri is a beautiful one. The route passes through Mussoorie- the β€œQueen of the Hills” and many mesmerizing views and drive goes along hugging the mountainside and you see the forests and valleys of Garhwal below you. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges

Day 02: Drive to Taluka from Sankri and trek to Chilurgad

πŸ”οΈ Altitude: 8,280 feet.

🏠 Stay Tents.

πŸš— Drive: 12 km (50 min drive).

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Trek: 12 km - 6 to 7 hours trek

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Takula which is around 12 km from Sankri. Taluka is a small village with concrete houses. Start trekking to reach Chilurgad (8,280 ft/ 10 km Trek) with packed lunch.

Day 03: Chilurgad to Simantra

πŸ”οΈ Altitude: 8,986 feet.

🏠 Stay Tents.

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Trek: 9 km - 5-6 hours trek

🍱 Measl: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Chilurgad to Simantra - 8,986 ft is a distance of 9 km over 5-6 hours which we start early morning at 6. The trail crosses 3 β€œGaraat” or hydroelectricity run chaffing units which are used by the villagers for separating husks of millet and maize followed by grounding to flour. The trek proceeds through harvest lands, cattle grazing, and slant roofed huts used as granary and storage. After crossing a log bridge, the trail turns for an ascent. On this incline, you will get fabulous viewpoints to steal glimpses of the Dhauladhar Range out front.

Day 04: Trek from Simantra to Har Ki Dun and return

πŸ”οΈ Altitude: 11,760 feet.

🏠 Stay: Tents

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Trek: Total 10 km - 6-7 hours trek

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Simantra to Har Ki Dun is at a distance of 5 km spanning over 5-6 hours of trekking time. Moving through a thick forest of conifersβ€”chestnut, bhojpatra or papyrus bark, pines, and cedar, the trail is an intense experience of nature. There are several log bridges to be crossed over cool flowing streams concluded by the final ascent lap. The last landmark on the stretch to the valley is a waterfall, after which the ascent is unrelenting till the destination is reached. About after 40 minutes on the uphill trail from the waterfall, you will reach the Valley cradled in greenery at the feet of the Har Ki Doon peak. You will reach the valley in time to take a walk up to the cluster of green-roofed cottages

Day 5: Simantra to Chilurgad

πŸ”οΈ Altitude: 8,280 feet.

🏠 Stay: Tents

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Trek: 9 km - 6-7 hours trek

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today we’ll start with a packed lunch towards Chilurgad. It's a 9 km trek which usually takes 6-7 hrs. Down by the same trail, we break towards the village after crossing a cemented bridge. The village is reached by afternoon to be greeted with a host of smiling faces. The exceptional architecture of Osla’s houses invokes a different time and a different world altogether, the most striking structure being the Durtodhana temple topped with a pair of carved peacocks. Multihued ethnic garments, bronze, and silver hand-whittled jewellery, and typical headgears define the cultural richness of the people here. . On this incline, you will get fabulous viewpoints to steal glimpses of the Dhauladhar Range out front.

Day 6: Chilurgad to Taluka to Sankri

πŸ”οΈ Altitude: 6,300 feet.

🏠 Stay: Tents

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Trek: Total 10 km - 6-7 hours trek

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

A 6-7 hour trek to Taluka sets off this morning, climbing down by the familiar trail, stopping at familiar rest points. The car waits at the end of the dirt road to drive back to base camp wards. Pay special attention to descending tactics. Though climbing down accounts for lesser exhaustion, stressing out your soles with bold steps is unadvisable. Sankri will be reached just in time.

Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

πŸš— Drive: 220 km (10-11 hrs drive).

The journey concludes with the 10-hour drive from Sankri to Dehradun. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges. Reaching time at Dehradun station will be around 6 pm. The trip ends here. Make sure you pre-book your accommodation in Dehradun.

  • Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 Dinner. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals which include breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the guesthouse/homestay.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags and mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fees.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport is available from Dehradun at an additional cost.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Note* If you don't want to carry your backpack πŸŽ’ you can give it to porter/Mules🐴, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 1200/- extra per bag for the whole trek.

6 – 7 Days

Autumn (Oct-Nov)
Spring (Mar-Apr)
Summer (May-Jun)

Tour's Location

How long we have to trek every day?
The average walking distance is 7- 8 km each day and trekkers complete it in 5-7 hrs. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
What kind of food is provided on the trek?
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha and cornflakes etc. Lunch mainly comprises roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. A dry ration of biscuits and toffees will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.

Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?
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.
What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the 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.
What will be the accommodation?
Har Ki Dun is a 7-day trek. The stay on Day 1 and Day 6, at Sankri, will be in a guest house, where you will share rooms with fellow trekkers. Stay on all other days of the trek will be in tents. Each tent will be shared among 2 trekkers. Toilet tents will be set up for the convenience of trekkers.
Do you provide tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, you will be provided with tents and high-altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ΒΊC.
Which are the best seasons for the Har Ki Dun trek?
Har Ki Dun is best done between April to June & September to November
What is the best time to see snow?
During the months of March and April, you can experience snow. Post-mid-November you can expect snow if there is a fresh snowfall.
What if it rains while trekking?
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.
What will be the temperature on the trek?
The temperature will be between 10 to -1 degrees.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
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.
What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Please visit the 'Things to Carry' tab to check the essentials required for the trek.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
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.
Why is the trekking pole necessary?
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
What is the age limit?
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.
Can I take my child along on this 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.
At what time should we reach Dehradun?
It is advisable to reach Dehradun railway station by 6:00 am on Day 1. Nomad Adventures pick-up is lined up at that time. From there 9-10 hr journey takes us to Sankri (trek starting point).
What kind of vehicle will be there?
1-4 Trekkers: Hatch Back – Alto, Swift or Equivalent Vehicle
5-8 Trekkers: Tata Sumo/Bolero or Equivalent Vehicle
9-12 Trekkers: Tempo Travele
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Har ki Dun is an easy level trek ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Beginners can attempt this trek provided they stick to the fitness schedule and meet the health requirements. As in all treks, physical preparation is mandatory.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
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.
Who will be there with us on the trek from Nomad Adventures?
Nomad Adventures team consist of a qualified Trek leader, guide, porters and cooks who will be with you throughout the trek.
What places I can visit before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring tourist attractions around Dehradun like Sahastradhara, Robber’s Cave or Guchhu-Pani, Tapkeshwar Temple, and Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. Note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.
I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?
No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?
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.
Can I leave my extra luggage behind and collect after the trek?
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.
How many members will be joining the batch?
Minimum 6 people and maximum 30 we take in one batch. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a fixed departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Is Diamox advisable?
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?
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.
What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Carry Adhar ID proof, medical certificate and Covid vaccine certificate.
What kind of shoes required for this trek?
Himalayan treks require trekking shoes which are not only comfortable but should have a good grip and should be waterproof.

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