Har Ki Dun is an Enthralling valley in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Har Ki Dun Trek comes under Govind Wildlife Sanctuary National Park. No doubt, the Himalayas have enchanting beauty, bracing climate, and desirable easeful green meadow. So, what else can be better than spending some days here in the serenity?
Trekking to this enthralling valley can be a divine experience for a lifetime.
Har Ki Dun trek comes in the category of epic historic adventure treks. There you can find the essence of mythologies. You can find here also lavish meadows, grasslands, mountain ridges, pine forests, glacial ranges, and jaw-dropping views of the Great Himalayas.
During the trek, you will come across the ancient villages. It’s about 300 decades old and will surely take you back in time. On the trail, you will encounter the local lifestyle and communities with lavish vegetation grown in the fields.
Today also, the local people there still worship Duryodhana As their deity. Thus, Har Ki Dun trek is filled with solemn surroundings and legendary culture. It is a must-go for all the travel lovers and nature seekers out there.
Har Ki Dun Trek the Majestic valley in Garhwal Himalayas
Har Ki Dun Situated in the charming Garhwal region of the Great Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It’s a large-sized valley that follows in the footsteps of Indian mythology and, till today, is known to be “Har Ki Dun.”
It has been present for more than 500 decades, no doubt famous as the “Valley of the Gods”. Har Ki Dun has the essence of history and mythology along with the natural beauty. There is the lush climate surrounded by the soothing greenery desired. So that’s the reason why Har Ki Dun is known as “Valley of the Gods”.
Truth Behind The Myths
Many fables and tales of the era of Mahabharata are admired here. But, it is essential aware of the readers and trekkers about the real facts and myths.
Many trekking companies claim myths about the worship of Duryodhana in the temple of Yudhishthira. Local people believe that they reach heaven via Har Ki Dun Trek. The truth is none of this exists here as per accurate facts and research. On the contrary, the chronicle of Yudhishthir reaching heaven through the Har ki Dun trail never exists here.
Instead, the saga of reaching heaven was through the path of Badrinath towards Swargarohini peak at Narayan Parvat (mountain).
The locations elapsed are Laxmi van, Chakaratir, Sahastradhara, and Satopanth Lake.
Furthermore, there is no existence of any Duryodhana temple at the Mori district of Uttarkashi. Instead, the temple, which is claimed as Duryodhana Temple, is the Someshwar Mahadev temple, a chapel of Lord Shiva.
Thus, Har Ki Dun is also known as “The valley of Shiva.”
Why Choose Har Ki Dun Trek?
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Har Ki Dun trek.
See firstly. The trekking distance of Har Ki Dun Trek is 56 km, which is covered into 7 days. Har Ki Dun Trek is a Moderate Level Trek because of the things that this trek has to offers.
No high altitude mountain sickness due to the forthcoming of the forest region.
The trail is not that abrupt and sheer as compared to other treks. So, beginners can easily do this trek.
You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, lakes, pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and culture.
Do spare time in Interaction with locals, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology.
During the winter season, this fascinating valley remains covered in snow, and the white sheet of snow makes it look like a magical wide snow-land.
And, in summers, the valley turns different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers, and woods blooming in different colors.
About Base camp Sankri in Har Ki Dun Trek
Not only Sankri is the base camp for the Har Ki Dun Trek but also for 25 + Himalayan treks. Thus, it always remains busy by the hustle and bustle of trekkers. This small village is genuinely beautiful because of its pleasant setting and calm environment.
There are quaint wooden houses made of Deodar wood. And also some hotels and restaurants serving delicious local food. Their specialty is “Red Rice.” So, get to know the villagers and have a glimpse of their lifestyle.
It is the best place to explore the Himalayan culture and tradition.
You will also have some excellent views of lofty Swargarohini Peaks and Bandarpoonch. And yes, do not miss their glorifying sunrise and sunset views.
Moreover, the nearest village to Sankri is “Saur” The temple of Someshwar Devta there is highly worshiped by the villagers.
Therefore, the base camp will leave you admiring with its exquisite beauty.
The altitude we are going to cover at Har Ki Dun Trek
Sankri – 1920 Meters
Cheludgad camp – 2600 Meters
Har Ki Dun Camp – 3645 Meters
Key Points of Har Ki Dun Trek
Duration: – 6 Nights 7 Days
Base camp: – Sankri
Summer Temperature: – Day (5°C to 15°C) Night (2° C to 8° C)
Winter Temperature: – Day (-2°C to -5° C) Night (-5°C to -12°C)
Har Ki Dun Altitude: – 3500 Meters
Best Time: – All year
Trek Level: – Moderate
Trek distance: – On foot 64 Km – By taxi 442 km
Group Size: – 20 people
Short Itinerary of Har Ki Dun Trek
Day 1- Pick up to you from Dehradun railway station – Drive to Sankri Market – 210 Km (8/9 Hours (1920 Meters)
Day 2 – Trek from Sankri to taluka by taxi – 11 km same day trek to Cheludgad camp (12 km) (4/5 Hours) (2600 Meters)
Day 3 – Trek from Cheludgad camp to Bhasla camp Har Ki Dun (13 km) (6/7 Hours) (3500 Meters)
Day 4 – Exploration Day (Manida Lake) (Jaundhar Glacier) Har Ki Dun valley back to camp (4/5 Hours)
Day 5 – Trek from Har Ki Dun to Cheludgad via OSLA village (13 km) (5/6 Hours) (2600 Meters)
Day 6 – Trek from Cheludgad camp to Taluka (12 km) (4/5 Hours) Same day Drive to Sankri Hotel
Day 7 – Sankri to Dehradun by taxi (210 km) (8/9 Hours)
How to Reach Har Ki Dun Trek?
First of all, you people have to come to Dehradun
From Dehradun itself, you will go with the Himalayan hikers for this trek.
In Dehradun, you will get our staff that will arrange transport for you. The contact no Transport coordinator or our office team will give you a week ago to your departure
Train and flight are always available from where you will go to Dehradun
Himalayan Hikers arranged for your transport from Dehradun railway station or Airport
Transport costs you can pay directly to your taxi driver both sides pick up and drop
Your Travel Plan for Har Ki Dun Trek
If you are traveling from Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, or Gujarat any other city, so you will have to come to Delhi, you will get a train from Delhi for Dehradun comfortably.
Option 01:- By Train
All trekkers booked yourself the,
Nanda Devi Express to Dehradun (Train no is 12206 Departure 11:30 pm: – Reached Dehradun 5:45
Dehradun Express- to Dehradun (Train no is 12687 Departure -9:10 pm:- Reached Dehradun 5:00 am
Take both overnight trains Dehradun to from new Delhi- Dehradun Special A/C train from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station the best option to you. The train reached at Dehradun railway station morning 5:45 to 6:30 am if you Meet to Our office Member – joining to our upcoming batches and Group.
Option 02:- By Air
Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport in Dehradun which is 27 km away from Dehradun city. There are flights available to Dehradun from all states in India and you can go online and book your tickets. This is the very easy way for saving your time and there are taxis also available in the airport for Dehradun city at all time and the one cost of a taxi is around Rs. 800. You can pay directly to the taxi driver.
Option 03:- By Bus
You can reach Dehradun from Delhi by a bus, board it from (Delhi) ISBT, it is good if you are booking the seats.
(Reach Dehradun Railway Station between 5:00 am to 6:00 am and the vehicle will be arranged from there.)
Reach Sankri by yourself
Take a bus from the Railway station of Dehradun, the first one leaves at 5:30 am, the other one at 6:30 am and the last bus leaves at 7:00 am. So reach there on time.
You can also hire a taxi from Dehradun Railway Station, the fare is Rs 5500 from Dehradun to Sankri (210 km)
How to Reach Sankri?: The Starting point of the Trek?
The journey from Dehradun to the Sankri is beautiful and it is you in Dehradun. From Rajpur Road you will go and they will come to Mussoorie which is called the queen of the mountains. After Mussoorie you will come to Kampitfall. Here you will stop 45 minutes for breakfast and after breakfast, you will come along the Yamuna River – Purola, here you will stay for lunch for 1 hour. After that you will be taken straight to the place where our team will be ready to welcome you.
The drive to Sankri (From where the Kedarkantha trek starts) is one of the most picturesque drives in the Himalayas through Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nain bag, Damta, Nawgano, Purola, Mori, Netwar, Sankri along the rupin or supin or Tons River Kedarkantha trek is one the easiest treks in the Himalayas to enjoy thick snow cover. With this, you will start seeing a beautiful mountain range.
ATM Point and Mobile Connectivity in Har Ki Dun Trek
Before starting the journey to Kedarkantha, make sure that you need payments, and then take out the cash on the way, no bank and ATM. No, Purola market is the last place where you can withdraw cash from ATM, (If you want to withdraw money then do it in Dehradun.)
The phone does not work well on it. Therefore, you should ensure that you do not have to make any important calls. Only BSNL and Vodafone work in Base Camp, Remember, these networks also sometimes do not work. Because the signal strength is not good. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting the trek. Last Purola your device will receive good networks.