Har Ki Dun Trek

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Har Ki Doon Trek, Har ki Doon, Osala, Uttarakhand, India
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7 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people



About this tour

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.


Quick Information on Har Ki Dun Trek

  • Trek Duration: 6 nights/7 days
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Starting Point: Sankri, Uttarakhand
  • Best Time to Visit: March to June and September to November
  • Highest Altitude: 11,675 ft. at Har Ki Dun
  • Trek Distance: Approximately 46 km (round trip)
  • Temperature: Day: 15°C to 20°C, Night: 0°C to -5°C
  • Meals: Veg + Egg
  • Accommodation: Homestays and Tents
  • Age Group: 8-60 years
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station


Har Ki Dun Trek Short Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun to Sankri

  • Arrival in Dehradun and drive to Sankri.
  • Distance: 190 kilometers, 9 hours
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse or lodge in Sankri

Day 02: Sankri to Pauni Garaat via Taluka

  • Drive: 10 kilometers; 1 hour
  • Trek: 10-12 kilometers; 5-6 hours
  • Drive to Taluka, start trek from Taluka
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping at Puani Garat

Day 03: Pauni Garaat to Kalkattidhar

  • Trek: 11 kilometers; 5-6 hours
  • Trek towards Osla village, the last village en route to Har Ki Dun
  • Short trek for acclimatization, camp at Kalkattidhar
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping at Kalkattidhar

Day 04: Kalkattidhar to Har Ki Dun and back to Kalkattidhar

  • Trek: 11 kilometers; 7-8 hours
  • Explore Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping at Kalkattidhar

Day 05: Kalkattidhar to Puani Garat via Osla

  • Trek: 11 kilometers; 4-5 hours
  • Continue the journey to Puani Garat, passing through Osla village
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping at Puani Garat

Day 06: Puani Garat to Sankri via Taluka

  • Trek: 10 kilometers; 4-5 hours
  • Drive: 10 kilometers; 1 hour
  • Early morning trek to Taluka, where a vehicle awaits for the transfer to Sankri
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse or lodge in Sankri

Day 07: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Distance: 190 kilometers
  • Driving Time: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast

Best Time to Visit the Har Ki Dun Trek:

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:

Har Ki Dun in Spring (March, April, May and June):

  • Spring is one of the best time to do Har Ki Dun Trek. During this period, the trekking trail transforms into a picturesque landscape with the onset of spring. As the snow begins to melt, it reveals the vibrant green meadows and a variety of colorful wildflowers.
  • The weather is pleasantly cool, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C. This makes it an ideal time for trekking, as you can enjoy the beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas without the extreme cold.
  • The clear skies and relatively stable weather during spring offer excellent visibility, allowing trekkers to capture stunning photographs of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • It’s also a great time for birdwatching and observing the local flora and fauna as the region comes back to life after the winter.

Har Ki Dun in Autumn (September, October and November):

  • Autumn is another fantastic season to undertake the Har Ki Dun Trek. During this time, the meadows are at their prime with lush vegetation and a riot of colors. The deciduous trees and alpine flora create a visually appealing environment.
  • The weather in autumn is cool and comfortable, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C. However, as the season progresses, nighttime temperatures can drop to around 0°C to -5°C.
  • Trekkers can experience clear and crisp days with blue skies, providing spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. The favorable weather conditions make it an ideal time for long hikes and exploration.

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.

Har Ki Dun Trek Difficulty level

The Har Ki Dun Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. Here are some key factors that contribute to its difficulty level:

  • Terrain: The trek involves a variety of terrains, including steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, meadows, and forest trails. Trekkers should be prepared to navigate these terrains with proper trekking gear.
  • Altitude: The trek reaches an altitude of up to 11,700 feet, so altitude acclimatization is essential. Trekkers may experience symptoms of altitude sickness, such as shortness of breath, headaches, and fatigue. It’s crucial to acclimatize and ascend gradually to minimize these risks.
  • Weather: The weather in the Himalayan region can be unpredictable. Trekkers may encounter cold temperatures, rain, or even snow at higher altitudes. Proper clothing and gear are necessary to stay comfortable and safe.
  • Camping: Accommodation during the trek is in tents, which may not provide the same level of comfort as lodges or hotels. Trekkers should be prepared for basic camping conditions.
  • Remote Location: Har Ki Dun is situated in a remote area, so facilities and medical assistance are limited. Trekkers should be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.

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.

Packing List: What to Bring

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:

  1. Thermal tops and bottoms to keep warm in the cold.
  2. Daypack (20-30 liters) and backpack (50-60 liters) for your essentials.
  3. Bag rain cover to protect your stuff from rain.
  4. Fleece pants, woolen gloves, and a woolen cap for extra warmth.
  5. Fleece/woolen jacket or sweater for chilly evenings.
  6. Headlamp with fresh batteries for seeing in the dark.
  7. Hiking pants (warm, convertible, quick-dry, lightweight) for comfort.
  8. Woolen socks (4-5 pairs) to keep your feet warm and dry.
  9. Trekking poles (1 pair) for extra support during the trek.
  10. Insulated jacket for more warmth.
  11. Long-sleeve shirts (synthetic, lightweight) for sun and bug protection.
  12. Raincoat/poncho to stay dry during rain showers.
  13. Sport sunglasses and a sun cap for sun protection.
  14. Hiking shoes with good grip and support.
  15. Water bottles to stay hydrated during the trek.

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.

  • INR when paying online, at least 7 days before.
  • INR  if you tell us after reaching Sankri.

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.

Trek Tips to Ensure a Safe Journey:

  1. Acclimatization: High-altitude treks require gradual adjustment. Allow your body time to acclimatize to the altitude.
  2. Itinerary Flexibility: Be prepared for possible changes in the trek itinerary due to emergencies or natural events, always prioritizing safety.
  3. Medical Consultation: Consult a doctor before the trek, carry basic medication, and bring a well-equipped first-aid kit for unforeseen health issues.
  4. Power Banks: Camping is basic, and electricity may be unavailable. Carry power banks for your mobile and camera.
  5. Eco-Friendly Mindset: Maintain the eco-friendly integrity of the area. Avoid littering and conserve water to protect the environment for future generations.
  6. Sufficient Cash: Ensure you have enough cash, as ATMs may not be accessible during the trek.
  7. Night Trek Precautions: Avoid night trekking unless it’s part of the itinerary and a guide is present for safety.
  8. Earphone Caution: Do not use earphones for safety reasons. They can impair your ability to hear important instructions and warnings from your trek guides.
  9. Plastic-Free: Respect the environment by refraining from using plastic bags. Opt for reusable bags or containers instead.
  10. Guide’s Guidance: Listen to your trek guides and instructors. They possess the knowledge and experience to guide you safely through the trek.
  11. Cancellation Notice: In the event of a cancellation, inform the authorities in advance to prevent confusion and ensure a smooth process.
  12. Light Packing: Travel light to enhance your comfort and ease of movement during the trek.
  13. Age Consideration: For safety reasons, it’s not advisable for children under 6 years old to partake in the trek due to the high altitude and associated risks.
  14. Avoid Intoxicants: Steer clear of alcohol and other intoxicants during the trek for your own safety and the safety of your fellow trekkers.

How to Reach Sankri Base Camp

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:

By Air:

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.

By Train:

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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 ? 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.


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

Frequently asked questions

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.

No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.

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.

Tour's Location

Har Ki Doon Trek, Har ki Doon, Osala, Uttarakhand, India


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