Har ki Dun Trek
One of the most ravishing valleys in the Western Himalayas, the Har Ki Dun Trek takes you through enchanting forests of alpine with extraordinary views of the surrounding mountain pinnacles. Located at the base of the majestic peak of Fateh Parvat, it surmounts a height of 3556 meters. This cradle shaped valley offers a variety of enchanting explorations ranging from nature’s compassion to bird viewing. Scattered with Himalayan flowers, the valley is also packed with thrilling wildlife. Encounter Sankri with its magnificent views of the Garhwal Mountains before you trail towards Taluka, which has the essence of vast meadows and the invigorating aroma of scented flowers. Plunge ahead through Osla with propitious encounters with deers and bores before you stroll to the euphoric Har Ki Dun Pass. Witness the frozen glaciers of Jaundhar and Swargarohini while charming landscapes of prairie and snowflakes garnish your scrutiny.
Places to Visit
There are 8 tourist spots in Har ki Dun trek where travellers can spend their leisture time. Here you will find list of all the Har ki Dun trek sightseeing option which one must visit and plan your litnerary accordingly.
On your way towards Har ki Dun trek which starts at Sankri, you’ll come across a small beautiful hamlet, Osla. Located about 26kms from Taluka and at an altitude of around 2590m, Osla is nestled at the mountain sloped and surrounded by apple trees. The wooden houses of Olsa will instantly grab your attention and you’ll feel a desire to explore this beautiful village. We urge you to do so, because Osla has many things to offer
The Sankari Village in Uttarakhand is a route to The Paradise of Himalayas for every trekker. It is not just a scenic hamlet situated in Uttarkashi district but also a trekker’s delight. The Sankari Village is the last road head to the Govind Balabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary. The village offers ecstatic views of the Himalayan skyline and a plethora of mountain peaks, gazing at you from a distance.
Sankri Zipline Ride
Now travelers and trekkers visiting to Sankri range can enjoy the zilpline too. Zipline at Sankri village or Zipline at Saur village of Uttarkashi is the highest zipline of Uttarakhand Himalayas which is full of adventure and thrill.
Marinda Tal is a beautiful high altitude lake which can be explored after reaching Har Ki Dun valley. Maninda Tal, located at an altitude of about 3,970mts looks gorgeous with Swargarohini peak overlooking it in the background. In the peak season, one can find countless Brahma Kamal around the lake. The views provide a sense of peace and are also a gem for photography enthusiasts.
Taluka is a small picturesque hamlet located at a distance of 12 kms through drive or trek from Sankri. It lies on the way of Hark ki Dun trek. You can either start the Har ki Dun trek from Sankri itself or you can hire a jeep/taxi from Sankri to Taluka and start your trek from Taluka.
The Herculean mountain massif of Swargarohini Peaks is tucked at the Saraswati (Bandarpunch) range of Garhwal Himalayas. Swargarohini also known as ‘The Way to Heaven’ is adorned in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, west to the Gangotri group of peaks and can be accessed from Har ki Dun.
One of the largest sources of Tons river, Jaundhar Glacier(also known as Jamdhar Glacier) stands tall at a striking altitude of 4300mts. The majestic glacier lies ahead of the mesmerizing Har ki Dun valley and follows the route of Har ki Dun trek.
While exploring deep into the venerated valleys of Garhwal, you’ll be left in awe by the ethereal beauty of Ruinsara Tal tucked at 3,500 metres above sea level. This glacial blue lake is adorned on the foot of Kalanag Peak about 14 km away from Osla/Seema. Besieged by the alpine vegetation and rosy red rhododendrons, the Ruinsara Tal is considered to be sacred by the inhabitants of Har-Ki-Doon Valley.
The locals residing in this area believe that they are the descendants of Kauravas and have built temples in their honour. Polyandry is practised here and is common in the area. According to the legends, this is the route that the eldest Pandava brother, Yudishtra took while heading to Swargarohini, the way to heaven.
Best Time to Visit
The best time for visiting Har Ki Dun Trek. In summers you should visit between April- June and post monsoon you should visit between September- December. In case you’re interested in snow, then winters would be the best time to visit this trek. Summers- you may expect the pleasing weather conditions during summers.
How to Reach
For har ki Dun Trrek,One has to reach the quaint village of Sankri which is located 200 kms from Dehradun. Next day from Sankri you can hire Jeep/taxi to Taluka., one can also go by trek as well. From “Seema to Har ki Dun” the route is steep and it descends for just couple of kilometers before reaching Har ki Dun.
By Road:- Dehradun is well connected with major northern cities via motorable roads, trains and flights. Every morning 6-8 am there are few buses to Sankri leaves from outside Dehradun railway station. Roadways buses takes 9-10 hours to reach Sankri and most of the direct ply early in the morning from Dehradun. You can also book a cab to Sankri from Dehradun in 7-8 hours as well.
By rail:- The Dehradun railway station is well connected with various major Indian cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata etc. The frequency of trains to dehradun is quite high as it is the gateway to the Garhwal region of uttarakhand.
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi Nandadevi Express- Train no: 12205 (Departure-11:50pm; Arrival- 5:40am) Dehradun Express- Train no: 12687 (Departure- 9:10pm; Arrival- 5:00am)
By Air:- Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun offers daily connectivity with New Delhi and other major Indian cities as well