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 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.
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. Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.
Har Ki Dun Trek is best done between April to Mid-June and October to Mid-November.
The temperature at Sankri basecamp in the daytime is pleasant between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius and at night it goes down 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.
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 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.
The lowest altitude will be 6,400 ft at Sankri and the highest at 11,700 ft at Har Ki Dun Summit.
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.
We have fixed departures from Dehradun. The pickup point will be near Dehradun railway station.
Oct – 15, 22 and 29
Nov – 5, 12, 19, 26
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 ). 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.
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.
🏔️ Altitude: 6,300 feet. 🏠 Stay at Guest House. 🚗 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 “Queen 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
🏔️ Altitude: 8,280 feet. 🏠 Stay Tents. 🚗 Drive: 12 km (50 min drive). 🚶♂️ 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.
🏔️ Altitude: 8,986 feet. 🏠 Stay Tents. 🚶♂️ 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 “Garaat” 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.
🏔️ Altitude: 11,760 feet. 🏠 Stay: Tents 🚶♂️ 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 conifers—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
🏔️ Altitude: 8,280 feet. 🏠 Stay: Tents 🚶♂️ 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.
🏔️ Altitude: 6,300 feet. 🏠 Stay: Tents 🚶♂️ 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.
🚗 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.
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.
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