Har Ki Dun Trek

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Har Ki Dun trek

Valley of Pandavas

Considered one of the best hikes that the country can offer, the Har Ki Dun trek is an adventurous trip to one to the most mesmerizing valleys in the western Himalayas. Nestled in the middle of a valley below the Har Ki Dun summit, it is a trekking treat in both summer and winter.

Govind National Park. This path takes us through a plethora of landscapes including green fields, glaciers, earliest villages, mountainous forests and residual ridges.

  • Mind you, this hike also takes you through a mystic journey. It is said the Pandavas had taken the same path while ascending to heaven through the Swargarohini, the mountain that towers over the valley. Apart from the Ruinsara peaks visible from the valley, it has to be the only trek which gives you’re a review CWC a verve
  • the views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini I, II, III together making it unique.

Speaking of valleys, you must wonder which river made this ridge. The answer is River Supin that is indigenous to these parts of Uttarakhand. The trek is incredibly beautiful, albeit not an easy one.

  • 1. This makes it uncommon for humans to trek here often, which allows animals and birds to thrive in this area. If you’re lucky, you should be able to see swamp deer, black Utilityyour the gfvfbears and wild boars. While you near PuaniGaraat, you can catch glimpses of languor families. But the winner has to be the colorful Himalayan Monal that guggvgis very coCr
  • 2. Erbmmon in these forests, which also is the State Bird of Uttarakhand.

This trek also lets you explore one of the oldest part of the countryside . Well, India itself is quite ancient, but wh.nuu
aatff I see .is unique is vvv

B. the lifestyle obyIHGf the people and villages here have prevailed over the centuries, imbibing the roots on which they were founded.

Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 193 km
  • Tip: get ready to make memories

Apart from Har Ki Dun, we have many more treks either already set up or planned in the future. But what remains common for some of these treks is the base camp, Sankri. It is a pretty little hamlet in Uttarakhand about 193 km from Dehradun. There are only about 250 houses in this village and the economy is dependant on dhabas and shops that cater to the trekkers that pass through. The village is beautiful, especially in the evenings, when you can see the Swargarohini from faraway and the Greater Himalayas basking in the setting sun.

We start from Dehradun Railway Station in the morning at 6.30 a.m. and take the route through Nainbagh, Naugoan, Purola, Jarmola, Mori Naitwar and finally Sankri.

Day 2: Sankri (6390 ft) to PuaniGaraat (8280 ft) via Taluka

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 12.5 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water from Sankari or refill from the natural sources on your way

We start from Sankri towards Taluka. Our trek starts from Taluka towards PuaniGaraat, which will be our overnight camp. There is a road that connects Sankri with Taluka for 12 kms that should take roughly about an hour to cover.

Taluka is a small village made of fairly modern homes as compared to the villages nearby like Osala, Gangarh and Sankri which are almost 300 years old.

We take the trail adjacent to the guest house that descends down to the Supin river valley. Keeping the river on the right, we move through forests on the shepherds trail.

The walk is level and should take you along the river for the next 10 minutes. Upon reaching the cement bridge we keep walking further for another 10 minutes till we come upon the wooden bridge.

This route will take us uphill for the next 15 mins to a clearing next to the river. We can set up emergency camp here if required to rest from the drive and the walking. Upon continuing the trek, for around 15 mins we should reach a point where a tributary joins the River Supin.

We then reach Datmir Village. Below the village, we have a wooden bridge that will help us cross the river. In a couple of minutes, we will reach a camping ground. This will lead us to the inner part of the valley leading two routes. One ascending and one going ahead. We will be taking the route straight ahead to reach our destination.

The trail now gets tricky as we are now in a landslide-prone area. We continue walking for 10 to 15 minutes to find a clearing built by the Shepherds to set up temporary shelters. The hike gets slightly difficult from here as you we alternate between uphill and level climbs.

After 10 minutes of climbing, we reach the first landslide-prone section of the valley. The next stage is to reach a wooden bridge across the River Supin after a walk of 20 minutes. We will not be using this bridge but instead will walk ahead until the trail turns steep and winding. This is going to take around 15 – 20 minutes to cover. The monsoons can make this train muddy, but the hike gets pretty level after a while. Just before we pick up on the trail, we approach a stream that is flowing down the hill beside you.

The trail now ascends into the forest. We hike for the next 40 minutes to come by village called Gangarh. Upon reaching Gangarh we locate the dhaba by taking the diversion on the right next to a wooden bridge to camp overnight next to the dhaba.

Day 3: PuaniGaraat (8280 ft) to Kalkatiyadhar (8970 ft)

  • Estimation time of completion: 6-7 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 6 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or refill from the natural source alongside the trail
    We begin the day with a trek towards Osala Village. To do this we would have to simply cross the bridge ahead and walk alongside River Supin till we reach Osala. It is a small hamlet at a height of 8.5K ft above the sea level. We will spending a little time here before moving on.

The trek from here is quite pleasant as the walk is quite level. It may get a little steep for a while, but that will be made up by the beautiful sight that is in store. We will be crossing two streams in a 30-minute walk. The second one has a wooden bridge running over it. After crossing the bridge and traversing around the mountain bend, we will be facing a sequence of meadows in the front. We need to walk for 15 more minutes which will bring us to some clearnings.

From this point, we have a long walk of 90 minutes ahead of us that takes us through an eventful hike around mountain bends, cultivated lands, huge fields of boulders and knolls. Still ahead, there is a makeshift wooden bridge and above it is the Supin valley.

We will ignore this bridge and proceed forward to go on toward Har Ki Dun. While we ascend the hill we can view the convergence of Supin and Ruinsara below us, while looking at Mount Dhauladhar with all its snow-capped glory above.

Though the landscape around us is beautiful, the climb will get pretty steep from here onwards. Kalkatiyadhaar, at 8,956 ft. will be our next campsite. This flat land also has a view of Kalanag, Bandar pooch ranges in the distance.

Day 4: Kalkatiyadhaar (8970 ft) to Har-ki-dun (11500 ft)

  • Estimation time of completion: 5.5 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 5 km
  • Tip: get ready to make memories

The convergence of the rivers divides the large valley into two parts. While we cross this area, the Dev Thach meadows will be flowing on our right. We would be ascending above 3000 metres for the first time at this point.
Among the divided valleys, the Har Ki Dun is on the left while Bali Pass goes to the right. Upon crossing the mountain bend the view of the Har Ki Dun peak is unveiled in front of you while its valley resides below. We will descend down through pine forests and meadows for another 4 km to reach the campsite. The hike soon levels out after about 20 minutes of walk.

The trail then has multiple streams and forests to cross. Most noticeably are the pine forests with the Rhododendrons growing alongside them. This adding on to the stream flowing down the mountain paints very peaceful picture in mind. While the relaxation looms over you, pause for a while to breath in the fragrance of cedar, pine, blue poppy and the fresh mist sprayed by the stream. After another 20 minutes, you will reach a waterfall.

We can use this space here for a rest stop. From this point, if you are traveling on this hike during the first part of the calendar year be prepared to be amazed as you will find snow in your path gradually increasing as you progress.

A level walk of 15 minutes should bring you to another wooden bridge. Next hike will be over rocks for 10 minutes to reach a camping ground ahead of a forest stretch. A 30-minute climb within this forest should bring you to the Forest Guest house huts on the left side of the valley. This will be visible over a small crest. The last 10-minute walk is fairly easy and exhilarating as you soak in the view from the across the last bridge.
Cross River Supin towards the camping ground next to it to reach Har Ki Dun. The entire view is of the valley divided by a stream called Kamanasha that leads to two valleys. Taking the left one would bring you to ManindaTaal and Borasu Pass while the right one will take you to the Jaundar Glacier.

Day 5: Exploring the Har-ki-Dun campsite

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 12.5 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or refill from the natural source alongside the trail.

After a whole day of trekking over bridges, meadows, boulders, and woodlands it is only fair that we spend an entire day Har Ki Dun campsite. And considering the view of this valley, it is hard to argue that logic.
While the stream plays a beautiful tune with its waves, the mountains surrounding you form the auditorium on the set. Look out for the Swargarohini 1 peak which will be right in front of you. It will take you an entire hour to explore the campsite which is filled with alpine meadows

Hike to ManindaTaal (4 km, 3-4 hours)

Alternately, coming this far and not visiting ManindaTaal seems unfair. We continue on the meadows on the left towards Hata Peak i.e. we take the valley on the left. The route curves left as you reach a glacial lake that is ManindaTaal.

Hike to ManindaTaal (4 km, 3-4 hours)

If you still have it in you from the previous day’s exciting trek and are willing to go on for another 9 kms, take the right valley towards Swargarohini I. This will bring you to a ground covered in snow.

On the left, you will find a snowy slope which you can use to snow slide before we proceed. Upon crossing the second ridge and 20 minutes uphill walk; you will reach the third hill. From here, after a steep climb, you would have made it to the fourth and the fifth ridge. Walking few more miles will mark the end of the climb as the sixth ridge. The glacier is located between two pillar-like peaks.

Day 6: Har ki Dun (11500 ft) to PuaniGaraat (8280 ft)

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 11-12 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or refill from the natural source alongside the trail.

We start the day early as we have a lot of ground to cover on the same route that we came on. We will first head back to Kalkatiyadhaar and then towards Osala. After a small rest stop at Osala, we will move to PuaniGaraat and camp there for the night.

Day 7: PuaniGaraat (82800 ft) to Taluka (8690 ft) and then drive to Sankri

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 12.5 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or carry from the natural source alongside the trail
    We trek from PuaniGaraat to Taluka, which is around 13 kms hike. From Taluka we resume the four wheeler drive for the 12 kms to Sankri. You can also choose to hike the entire day to Sankri which can be exhausting but is doable as the trek is mostly descended and level walks.

We start the day early as we have a lot of ground to cover on the same route that we came on. We will first head back to Kalkatiyadhaar and then towards Osala. After a small rest stop at Osala, we will move to PuaniGaraat and camp there for the night.

Day 8: Drive from Sankri back to Dehradun

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 193 km
  • Tip: left mountain and trail clean

A long day’s journey via Purola, Mussorie to Dehradun

Har Ki Dun trek

Valley of Pandavas

Considered one of the best hikes that the country can offer, the Har Ki Dun trek is an adventurous trip to one to the most mesmerizing valleys in the western Himalayas. Nestled in the middle of a valley below the Har Ki Dun summit, it is a trekking treat in both summer and winter.

Govind National Park. This path takes us through a plethora of landscapes including green fields, glaciers, earliest villages, mountainous forests and residual ridges.

  • Mind you, this hike also takes you through a mystic journey. It is said the Pandavas had taken the same path while ascending to heaven through the Swargarohini, the mountain that towers over the valley. Apart from the Ruinsara peaks visible from the valley, it has to be the only trek which gives you’re a review CWC a verve
  • the views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini I, II, III together making it unique.

Speaking of valleys, you must wonder which river made this ridge. The answer is River Supin that is indigenous to these parts of Uttarakhand. The trek is incredibly beautiful, albeit not an easy one.

  • 1. This makes it uncommon for humans to trek here often, which allows animals and birds to thrive in this area. If you’re lucky, you should be able to see swamp deer, black Utilityyour the gfvfbears and wild boars. While you near PuaniGaraat, you can catch glimpses of languor families. But the winner has to be the colorful Himalayan Monal that guggvgis very coCr
  • 2. Erbmmon in these forests, which also is the State Bird of Uttarakhand.

This trek also lets you explore one of the oldest part of the countryside . Well, India itself is quite ancient, but wh.nuu
aatff I see .is unique is vvv

B. the lifestyle obyIHGf the people and villages here have prevailed over the centuries, imbibing the roots on which they were founded.

Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 193 km
  • Tip: get ready to make memories

Apart from Har Ki Dun, we have many more treks either already set up or planned in the future. But what remains common for some of these treks is the base camp, Sankri. It is a pretty little hamlet in Uttarakhand about 193 km from Dehradun. There are only about 250 houses in this village and the economy is dependant on dhabas and shops that cater to the trekkers that pass through. The village is beautiful, especially in the evenings, when you can see the Swargarohini from faraway and the Greater Himalayas basking in the setting sun.

We start from Dehradun Railway Station in the morning at 6.30 a.m. and take the route through Nainbagh, Naugoan, Purola, Jarmola, Mori Naitwar and finally Sankri.

Day 2: Sankri (6390 ft) to PuaniGaraat (8280 ft) via Taluka

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 12.5 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water from Sankari or refill from the natural sources on your way

We start from Sankri towards Taluka. Our trek starts from Taluka towards PuaniGaraat, which will be our overnight camp. There is a road that connects Sankri with Taluka for 12 kms that should take roughly about an hour to cover.

Taluka is a small village made of fairly modern homes as compared to the villages nearby like Osala, Gangarh and Sankri which are almost 300 years old.

We take the trail adjacent to the guest house that descends down to the Supin river valley. Keeping the river on the right, we move through forests on the shepherds trail.

The walk is level and should take you along the river for the next 10 minutes. Upon reaching the cement bridge we keep walking further for another 10 minutes till we come upon the wooden bridge.

This route will take us uphill for the next 15 mins to a clearing next to the river. We can set up emergency camp here if required to rest from the drive and the walking. Upon continuing the trek, for around 15 mins we should reach a point where a tributary joins the River Supin.

We then reach Datmir Village. Below the village, we have a wooden bridge that will help us cross the river. In a couple of minutes, we will reach a camping ground. This will lead us to the inner part of the valley leading two routes. One ascending and one going ahead. We will be taking the route straight ahead to reach our destination.

The trail now gets tricky as we are now in a landslide-prone area. We continue walking for 10 to 15 minutes to find a clearing built by the Shepherds to set up temporary shelters. The hike gets slightly difficult from here as you we alternate between uphill and level climbs.

After 10 minutes of climbing, we reach the first landslide-prone section of the valley. The next stage is to reach a wooden bridge across the River Supin after a walk of 20 minutes. We will not be using this bridge but instead will walk ahead until the trail turns steep and winding. This is going to take around 15 – 20 minutes to cover. The monsoons can make this train muddy, but the hike gets pretty level after a while. Just before we pick up on the trail, we approach a stream that is flowing down the hill beside you.

The trail now ascends into the forest. We hike for the next 40 minutes to come by village called Gangarh. Upon reaching Gangarh we locate the dhaba by taking the diversion on the right next to a wooden bridge to camp overnight next to the dhaba.

Day 3: PuaniGaraat (8280 ft) to Kalkatiyadhar (8970 ft)

  • Estimation time of completion: 6-7 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 6 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or refill from the natural source alongside the trail
    We begin the day with a trek towards Osala Village. To do this we would have to simply cross the bridge ahead and walk alongside River Supin till we reach Osala. It is a small hamlet at a height of 8.5K ft above the sea level. We will spending a little time here before moving on.

The trek from here is quite pleasant as the walk is quite level. It may get a little steep for a while, but that will be made up by the beautiful sight that is in store. We will be crossing two streams in a 30-minute walk. The second one has a wooden bridge running over it. After crossing the bridge and traversing around the mountain bend, we will be facing a sequence of meadows in the front. We need to walk for 15 more minutes which will bring us to some clearnings.

From this point, we have a long walk of 90 minutes ahead of us that takes us through an eventful hike around mountain bends, cultivated lands, huge fields of boulders and knolls. Still ahead, there is a makeshift wooden bridge and above it is the Supin valley.

We will ignore this bridge and proceed forward to go on toward Har Ki Dun. While we ascend the hill we can view the convergence of Supin and Ruinsara below us, while looking at Mount Dhauladhar with all its snow-capped glory above.

Though the landscape around us is beautiful, the climb will get pretty steep from here onwards. Kalkatiyadhaar, at 8,956 ft. will be our next campsite. This flat land also has a view of Kalanag, Bandar pooch ranges in the distance.

Day 4: Kalkatiyadhaar (8970 ft) to Har-ki-dun (11500 ft)

  • Estimation time of completion: 5.5 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 5 km
  • Tip: get ready to make memories

The convergence of the rivers divides the large valley into two parts. While we cross this area, the Dev Thach meadows will be flowing on our right. We would be ascending above 3000 metres for the first time at this point.
Among the divided valleys, the Har Ki Dun is on the left while Bali Pass goes to the right. Upon crossing the mountain bend the view of the Har Ki Dun peak is unveiled in front of you while its valley resides below. We will descend down through pine forests and meadows for another 4 km to reach the campsite. The hike soon levels out after about 20 minutes of walk.

The trail then has multiple streams and forests to cross. Most noticeably are the pine forests with the Rhododendrons growing alongside them. This adding on to the stream flowing down the mountain paints very peaceful picture in mind. While the relaxation looms over you, pause for a while to breath in the fragrance of cedar, pine, blue poppy and the fresh mist sprayed by the stream. After another 20 minutes, you will reach a waterfall.

We can use this space here for a rest stop. From this point, if you are traveling on this hike during the first part of the calendar year be prepared to be amazed as you will find snow in your path gradually increasing as you progress.

A level walk of 15 minutes should bring you to another wooden bridge. Next hike will be over rocks for 10 minutes to reach a camping ground ahead of a forest stretch. A 30-minute climb within this forest should bring you to the Forest Guest house huts on the left side of the valley. This will be visible over a small crest. The last 10-minute walk is fairly easy and exhilarating as you soak in the view from the across the last bridge.
Cross River Supin towards the camping ground next to it to reach Har Ki Dun. The entire view is of the valley divided by a stream called Kamanasha that leads to two valleys. Taking the left one would bring you to ManindaTaal and Borasu Pass while the right one will take you to the Jaundar Glacier.

Day 5: Exploring the Har-ki-Dun campsite

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 12.5 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or refill from the natural source alongside the trail.

After a whole day of trekking over bridges, meadows, boulders, and woodlands it is only fair that we spend an entire day Har Ki Dun campsite. And considering the view of this valley, it is hard to argue that logic.
While the stream plays a beautiful tune with its waves, the mountains surrounding you form the auditorium on the set. Look out for the Swargarohini 1 peak which will be right in front of you. It will take you an entire hour to explore the campsite which is filled with alpine meadows

Hike to ManindaTaal (4 km, 3-4 hours)

Alternately, coming this far and not visiting ManindaTaal seems unfair. We continue on the meadows on the left towards Hata Peak i.e. we take the valley on the left. The route curves left as you reach a glacial lake that is ManindaTaal.

Hike to ManindaTaal (4 km, 3-4 hours)

If you still have it in you from the previous day’s exciting trek and are willing to go on for another 9 kms, take the right valley towards Swargarohini I. This will bring you to a ground covered in snow.

On the left, you will find a snowy slope which you can use to snow slide before we proceed. Upon crossing the second ridge and 20 minutes uphill walk; you will reach the third hill. From here, after a steep climb, you would have made it to the fourth and the fifth ridge. Walking few more miles will mark the end of the climb as the sixth ridge. The glacier is located between two pillar-like peaks.

Day 6: Har ki Dun (11500 ft) to PuaniGaraat (8280 ft)

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 11-12 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or refill from the natural source alongside the trail.

We start the day early as we have a lot of ground to cover on the same route that we came on. We will first head back to Kalkatiyadhaar and then towards Osala. After a small rest stop at Osala, we will move to PuaniGaraat and camp there for the night.

Day 7: PuaniGaraat (82800 ft) to Taluka (8690 ft) and then drive to Sankri

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 12.5 km
  • Tip: carry sufficient water or carry from the natural source alongside the trail
    We trek from PuaniGaraat to Taluka, which is around 13 kms hike. From Taluka we resume the four wheeler drive for the 12 kms to Sankri. You can also choose to hike the entire day to Sankri which can be exhausting but is doable as the trek is mostly descended and level walks.

We start the day early as we have a lot of ground to cover on the same route that we came on. We will first head back to Kalkatiyadhaar and then towards Osala. After a small rest stop at Osala, we will move to PuaniGaraat and camp there for the night.

Day 8: Drive from Sankri back to Dehradun

  • Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
  • Estimation distance of Drive: 193 km
  • Tip: left mountain and trail clean

A long day’s journey via Purola, Mussorie to Dehradun