Hiking in Himalayas

Har Ki Dun Trek

TRIP INTRODUCTION : Hiking in Himalayas

Har ki Dun trek is a popular trek in Uttarakhand which covers some amazing places including Govind National Park which is well known for it’s various plants, wild flowers and birds species. This trek offers you amazing view of Himalayas, whole forests covered by wild flowers and beautiful forests all around. This trek route and places nearby like Banderpoonch Range and some glaciers are very popular for trekking and camping. For this trek, we usually follow the trekking trail alongside Tons river from Netwar village through some remote villages in Gangad. Along the way, we stop at some camping grounds as well as a forest department guest house if available.

TREK SUMMARY :

Day 01 : DEHRADUN TO SANKARI. 210 km – 8 hours drive
Day 02 : SANKRI TO TALUKA/DAATMIR. (2200 m) – 15km (5hours)
Day 03 : TALUKA/DAATMIR TO SEEMA/OSLA. – 11 km (5hours)
Day 04 : SEEMA/OSLA TO HAR-KI-DUN. (3510m) – 12 km
Day 05 : HAR-KI-DUN TO OSLA – 12 kms
Day 06 : OSLA TO SANKRI – 26kms
Day 07 : SANKARI TO DEHRADUN – 210 kms

DURATION: 7 days, 6 nights.
BEST SEASON: April till June. September till November,
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Medium
MAXIMUM ELEVATION: 3600 m at Har Ki dun
WEATHER: Cold nights and sometimes warm days.

COST  : INR 12400 per person.

TREK ITINERARY :

Day 01 : DEHRADUN – SANKARI 210 km
Early morning drive from Dehradun towards Sankari which will take around 8 hours. Rest stops for rest and refreshments. Last 22 km drive through Govind National Park is bumpy but extremely scenic.

Day 02 : SANKRI – TALUKA 2200m – 15 km
After an early breakfast, we start walking towards Taluka long a trekking route besides Tons river. We will pass through beautiful forests, fruit orchards and farms all along the way. Our rest stop for night can be near village Taluka or Datmir.

Day 03 : TALUKA – SEEMA or OSLA – 11kms
Next day, we keep on walking the same trek route along Tons river which makes for an amazing nature experience. On the way, we will have to cross a number of small streams which are tributaries for Tons river. We can either stop in Seema village which has a few dhabas and a guest house or a more scenic camping site at Osla village.

Day 04 : SEEMA or OSLA TO HAR-KI-DUN (3510m) – 12 km
As we start walking, we will start climbing to higher altitude. We will cross the Tons river from near Seema village and progress further to see some awesome views of Ruinsara valley and Banderpoonch mountain range. There are some small farms along the way and we will walk through them to reach a valley for our campsite for the day. There is a glacier called Jamdar which keeps on increasing or decreasing in size.

Day 05 : HAR-KI-DUN to OSLA – 12 km
After having breakfast, we we will undertake short hikes to explore the surrounding area,The trekkers can enjoy beautiful views of landmarks like Jamdar glacier and Swarharohini Peak. According to Hindu mythology, this peak is considered to be the gateway to heaven. Later on, we walk back to Osla village.

Day 06 : OSLA – SANKRI – 26 kms
We start early morning and reach Taluka village by late afternoon. Even though the distance is long, terrain is pretty easy. It is also possible to take a keep back for last 10-12 km.
Day 07 : SANKRI – DEHRADUN – 210 kms
Drive back towards Dehradun. and drop there.

PACKING LIST

  • Small backpack to hold the day walk necessities.
  • Luggage in rucksack/soft bags suitable to be carried by self or porters.
  • Warm clothes, wind-cheater, scarf, hat, sun-glasses, sunscreen.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes with thick socks.
  • Personal medical kit, water bottle, snacks, water filer or tablets.
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes.
  • A bag to collect own trash.

GENERAL NOTIFICATIONS:

  • Travel programs in the Himalayas not necessarily would always run exactly as scheduled. Allow for unplanned long days or early camps due to weather disruptions or similar causes.
  • There are places with limited communication possibility and/or medical facilities nearby on this route.
  • Participants should be prepared for cold conditions with strong winds and high wind chill factor.
  • Any additional expenses which might occur due to delays, weather disruptions, medical evacuation etc. would need to be borne by the participants. All overstay due to weather disruption, road blocks and similar which are not under our control would be charged as per tour cost for planned days.
  • All participants are recommended to have a travel insurance that covers trekking and wilderness travel.

INCLUSIONS

  • Pickup and drop from Dehradun in a private or shared taxi.
  • Accommodation in campsites with possibility of stay in a guest house for 1-2 nights if asked for in advance and available.
  • Meals, tea and non-bottled water in campsite, Bottled water available for purchase.
  • Tents, sleeping bag, ground mats. Hiking sticks if needed.
  • Porters or mules available for hire.

 

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