Beginner’s guide for Har ki dun Trek

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Har ki dun trek is also known as a trek to the valley of god. Har ki Dun is a crib shaped valley stunningly set at 3566 meters in between Govind Ballabh Pant National Park. Har ki Dun Valley offers fantastic views of entire valleys in the far off lands of Garhwal Himalayas. 

Wearing snow-white blanket the peaks and alpine vegetation, Har-ki-Dun is hats off, one the gorgeous trekking destination that showcases Uttarakhand’s unique natural beauty. By looking at this hidden valley, it seems like a landscape beautifully painted on a canvas. And that is why it is one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in Uttarakhand during both in summer and winter season.

How to reach the Har Ki Dun Trek?

The Har Ki Dun Trek commences from the picture-perfect city of Dehradun, nested in Uttarakhand. One can arrive in the attractive Dehradun through any means, either by air, train, bus, or car. Dehradun is well linked by railways to major cities; this is the last station before ascending into the mountains. The Mussoorie Express, Shatabdi Express, and Nizammudin Dehradun Special frequently run on these rail lines from New Delhi. Various other trains often run from Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, and Amritsar, among different states. Many buses run every half an hour from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi and take roughly 6-8 Hours to reach Dehradun. Other Volvo and state-run buses are planned from Shimla and Mussoorie. 

The Base Camp

The entry point to the charming Har Ki Dun, Sankri is the thrilling journey’s base camp. It is a lovely village that is suitably situated at the peak of 1950 meters, in the Tons Valley with exciting views of the Himalayas. Few private hotels can be open here, along with a government-run guesthouse to accommodate travelers and trekkers. The shining sun setting behind the Himalayas, coupled with the Swargarohini peak’s twinkle, makes Sankri the ideal base camp amidst the ridge.

Best Season to Visit

The Har Ki Dun Trek takes the travelers from the famous city of Dehradun through an exciting drive to Sankri, which is the base camp of this trekking journey. With beautiful weather suitable for trekking all year round except for the monsoons, one can witness snow in the winter months from December to the mid-month of April. Spring season is considered the best time to engage in this trip, for the views of the flower-blooming forest and valleys together with sprinkled snow makes a thrilling journey. In average temperature ranges from 1°C to 5°C, although nights are reasonably cooler with drastic dips below freezing point. Generally, most trekking lovers undertake this trek anytime from May to October, a safe weather condition and better predictable trekking conditions.

Things to Carry

– Trekking shoes

 – Camping shoes 

 –Woolen socks

 – Thermal innerwear

 – Torch

 – Whistle

 – Covers to store used/wet clothing

 – Winter jacket and waterproof coat

 – Trekking pants

 – Woolen cap, gloves, etc.

 – Sunglasses

 – Sunscreen lotion and other toiletries

 – Water bottle

 – Trekking pole

 – First aid kit

 – Personal medication

 – Swiss knife

Attractions

Dehradun – The capital city of the new state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is a hill station nestled amidst the Garhwal region of the royal Himalayas. It is one of India’s eldest cities and has many tourists each year due to its picture-perfect landscapes and vibrant weather. Correctly nested between the river Ganges and the Yamuna, Dehradun is a cool departure spot as it hosts a large Cantonment area apart from being a world-famous holiday destination. 

Sankri – Travelling through untouched and mixed Himalayan forests, Sankri is known as the Har Ki Dun Trek road head. A charming village that offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas, Sankri consists of a few homes and shops, and inns and mostly serves trekking enthusiasts. This lovely village stands proud amidst the Swargarohini peak in its backdrop.

Taluka – It’s an attractive colony that comes on the way to Har Ki Dun Pass; Taluka sits at the stunning height of 2075 meters with stunning valley views while winding streams pass along the green uplands. It has a GMVN (Garhwal Mangal Vikas Nigam) guesthouse that gives shelter to the trekkers and is also run by the government.

Osla – Osla is a secret village situated in the Mori Tehsil of the Uttarkashi District. This beautiful home offers astonishing sceneries within the prominent mountain backdrops. Beautiful meadows and sharp mountaintops excite the senses with unique seasonal flowers that decorate the green fields. The Temple of Duryodhana is beautifully nested here, which is believed to hold an essential historical significance by the locals. It is very widely believed that “the tears shed by the locals are believed to have formed the River Tamas when the demise of Duryodhan occurred at the battle of Kurukshetra,” that is why people of this village do not use this water for drinking purposes.

Tips and Tricks

– One must triple your water intake to avoid dehydration.

 – Select a shoe that is half a number larger than the standard size. 

 – If anyone carries cameras or a mobile phone, they have to bring enough waterproof plastic bags to keep the electronics safe.

 – Once a person starts trekking with the entire group, one should try and get their natural rhythm of walking. 

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