Har Ki Dun Trek – Valley of Gods
Are you thinking of taking your wanderlust to the next level? If you’re looking for a trek that is tough, expansive, and world class in its beauty, Har Ki Dun Trek is what you need. Join us as we show you why this place will make your stress melt away without fail.
Within hours of leaving the hot confines of Delhi’s summer heat and toxic puffiness. You can find yourself in lush green mountains where you can breathe with ease. The forests are lush and there is an abundance of wildlife.
It’s always been a hot favourite for honeymooners and adventure seekers alike. Har Ki Dun remains untouched by humans with all its flora and fauna intact. So, what makes this place so special?
Har Ki Dun is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trek to Har Ki Dun (literally “Lord of the Mountains” in Hindi) covers an area that covers 3,813 kilometers. It lies between two other glacial rivers, the Gori and Pindar. The trek itself is divided into two parts: the Har-Ki-Doon Valley and the Chanderiya region.
About Har Ki Dun Trek – Uttarakhand
If you’re an avid traveller and want to experience the undisturbed natural beauty, the ecological diversity and wildlife of a remote region in India. Uttarakhand is one state that should be on your list. Therefore, Har ki Dun trek is one such trek that is recommended by many people.
Har Ki Dun trek is one of the most sought after treks in Uttarakhand and is a very popular destination for most of the travelling enthusiasts. This beautiful destination is blessed with scenic vistas of mountains, valleys, forests and streams. It has tranquil rooms spread across the two lodges built by the staff of Eco Camp and surrounded by tall pine trees.
Highlights of this Peak is that the pangi-pongi and nag-gangri are located just within a few kilometres. It also has good water sources and ample grazing. This peak has a height of 4168 mts covered with a large area too (200 kms sq).
The Har ki Dun trek starts from village Nainital – 3273 metres above sea level. And ends at Village Mussoorie – 2692 metres above sea level.
Itinerary for Har Ki Dun Trek
Dehradun to Sankri
A day trip from Dehradun
This is a short day trip from Dehradun. The purpose of the blog post is not just to give you some interesting background information about the nature and geography of Northern India. But also to provide some inspiration for quick getaways like this one. Dehradun to Sankri is a shorter 4 hours of travel or a day trip from the city centre of Dehradun.
Sankri – Taluka – Seema/Osla
Sankri is a small and simple village in the state of Uttarakhand. It has less than five hundred houses. It is surrounded by dense forest at the foothills of Garhwal Himalaya. Sankri is about 20 kilometers from Almora, which also has its railway station. It comes under this seema Osla. Sankri is close to three different rivers- Bikrami, Golaa and Tissa.
The place has a very old Shiva temple and Devi temple. The village has been known by the name of Sankri since the olden times. The ancient place of Sankri, which is now a mound, was once on the road to Kausani. The nearest modern highway or road is on the banks of Tissa river. That is in between Bikrami and Golaa rivers, which are headwaters of Kali river.
Har ki dun – Jaundhar glacier
This glacier has a mountainous terrain and lots of wildlife. For example, this place has many peaks that are over 5,000 meters high with glaciers. You can find lots of caves in the foothills. It is also a great place for speleology (the scientific study of caves). It also has many lakes like Nigoo Tal Lake which you can find if you travel on the Sangla Valley road from Jammu to Sangla.
Other Places to See in Har Ki Dun Trek
Har ki dun – osla/Seema
The small hamlet of Har ki Dun is a mere one kilometer from the main town of Osla, in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region. With a population of just over 600 inhabitants is a peaceful and pristine mountain village.
In stark contrast to its humble size, the village has an abundance of natural beauty in all shapes and sizes. The pristine white snow-capped peaks surrounding the village form an enchanting backdrop in a very remote corner of Uttarakhand.
The village is full of stories and rumors. One of them pertains to the mysterious disappearance of two Himalayan peaks over a decade ago. These two peaks are named “Dhanya” (White) and “Karra” (Black).
Seema – Taluka – Sankri
The Seema Taluka of Sankri, Uttarakhand is the westernmost district in Garhwal. It comprises the villages of Seema, Lalla and Bangar. Its distance from the state capital Dehradun is about 150 km. The Seema Taluka of Sankri, is famous for the natural lives it supports. It also has some of the best tourist places in Garhwal.
The people here are mostly engaged in agriculture, pastoralism and the service sector. Major crops grown here are paddy, wheat, maize etc. Lalla Village is also well known for its fruit orchards and vegetables.
Departure from Sankri
You have to catch a bus from Sankri to Dehradun. And your trip ends here in Sankri village.
Activities in Har Ki Dun Trek
There are wide varieties of activities like hiking, climbing, rappelling, rafting and so on which one can do during the trekking. The trip starts from the base of Har Ki Dun at 12000 feet and reaches the top of 14200 feet high mountain peak. It passes through meadows and forests on all sides to reach a monastery, the home of one of the spiritual pioneers of modern India.
Why Trek to Harki Dun Valley?
Har Ki dun Trek is an easy trek and an ideal spot for beginners. The trek also covers most of the isolated places of India where you can hardly see any civilization. It remains snow covered from the month of December till March. The path of Har Ki dun trek is a must to watch and is filled with diverse flora and fauna.