Har Ki Dun Trek – It is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Himalaya range. It is located in the middle of a cradle-shaped vale below the Har Ki Dun peak. Har ki Dun valley is located at the western flank of Garhwal region in the Uttarakhand is very famous among trekkers and climbers.
Har Ki Dun Trek
A delight for trekkers, both in summer and winter season, Har Ki Dun valley is accessible through Govind National Park which is very popular for its rich variety of flora and fauna. The trek which passes through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages, gives you stunning views and a opportunity to experience the wonderful slow-paced local lifestyle. Some believe that it’s the same path taken by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata on their ascent to heaven. So, it is also known by the name of ‘Valleys of Gods’. It takes you back in time.
It’s a wonderful experience when you’re camping near the flowing river, the forest here is rich in flora and fauna. One can see Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Blackpeak from here. The Har ki Dun Valley is populated with ancient villages that are over 3,000 years old. It gives you an insight into the lives and culture of the locals who are residing here in the valley. This trek is paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbugs. one can even spot various species of birds and animals in this region i.e. langoor, Black bears, wild boars and Barasingha.
Har Ki Dun Trek Short itinerary
Day would begin with walking along the motor road from Sankhri to Taluka parallel to the Supin River. It is a gentle walk. This is a pleasant warm-up for the trek. There’s no tension over whether you will reach by night.
It’s best to begin hiking after a good breakfast. There is a short distance to the river followed by level walking. It is heading east along the river for about ½ an hour which brings you to a bridge. You will be reached at small meadow after crossing the bridge. There will be Two paths branch out – one goes up towards mountain and the other goes left along the river. Begin hiking towards north-east, up the river. It’s an easy, level walking, keeping the river to your left. Then the trail turns east and begin climbing up the mountain. It’s a gentle incline as the track meanders through green jungle. If you have started early, then there is no need to hurry and you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. Walk uphill for about an hour, then there’s a slight down going distance to cute bridge over a stream, and after that you have to climb up for next 30 mins. After the level walking of next 30 mins, you find yourself in Gangad Village, with houses located across the river on the hillside.
After that, begin march for a village which is known by two names Seema and Osla. Re-cross the river, and walk along the river for next 2 hours. It is an easy walking. There is a small uphill climb at places. When you start passing cultivated fields as you near to Seema/ Osla village.
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Start the trekking in early morning as a very long distance would cover on this day. Crossing the left bank of the River Asi-Ganga. After that, hiking towards north-east along the river, you cross a little bridge which is built on the small stream, often washed away. Climb up along the river for next 500 metres until you come to an intersection. The trail branching off towards the north-west will take you across the river for Har-ki-dun. If you are doing Har-ki-dun on the return, then this is the best route, one must take. After that, next 30 mins of a moderate climb will bring you to the enchanting meadow, Debsu Thanch.
Look for a trail between the trees, going down through the jungle to the east of the meadow. The path is tricky and very inclined in nature. If it has recently rained, it is quite slippery. Although, this is a short stretch. within 30 mins, you are at a picturesque bridge over the Ruinsara Gad or stream. Cross and take a short break for few minutes.
It’s is a moderate climb through the jungle as the path goes south-east, taking about 45 minutes. A small distance and then it’s easy, level walking with the Ruinsara Gad flowing below for companion. You may come across short patches where the path has gotten washed away. These stretches have to be covered with immense care as slipping means about a 100- feet on to boulders by the river! A couple of hours of uncomplicated, level walking brings you to a nice open area with a shelter perfect for a lunch break. Shortly after the path begins to walk up. The gradient is moderate, mostly with a few abrupt patches.
Then the path goes level along the mountainside, crossing little waterfalls and a stream. Going down at a gentle gradient for another 30-40 mins brings you to the level of the river bed. This patch is water-logged and marshy, however with a clear path going south-east. About an hour on this track will bring one to a Stream. The log Bridge is usually washed away and the trail among the rocks is not so clear. If it is late, it’s recommended to camp here and walk up to the lake the following morning.
To the south-west, Yamuna kanta is located, the pass which takes you to Yamunotri, and counts in a difficult trek. To the east, majestic Bandarpoonch Peak is located which is 6,387 metre in height. Move ahead about 2 hours south-west from the lake brings you to Kyarkoti with the over 6000 m. From here, views of Swagarohini range can be enjoyed in the north direction. The glimpses of Dhumdar Kandi (5,873m) to the east, and Kala Nag (6,387m) and white Peak (6,102m) to the south-west are picturesque.
Except for some short bits, this patch is mostly level or descending. It’s a gentle Trek. Even if you start hiking at 8 am, you can reach Debsu Thach by 4 pm. If you have provisions left, pitch camp in this delightful meadow for night. After come at Seema/Osla, check in at the rest house and get some food from the dhabas. From here, you can retrace your steps back towards Taluka on Day Five, and Sankhri on Day Six, or continue to Har ki Dun.
From Debsu Thach, it’s time to head back. The path goes down towards a bridge across the river. It may take time to cover this patch because it gets muddy just near the bridge. Once across, a 30- min gentle walking between wheat fields brings you to the track going north-east. A 2-3 hr moderate ascent bring you to the meadow at the top. It’s a perfect spot for lunch break with Rolling grass and Alpine flowers. It’s a grazing pasture land of Seema/Osla village. As you look towards east, down below you can see the Ruinsara Gad and the cute bridge, which brings you to Ruinsara Tal.It takes next couple of hours of gentle walking to cross the meadows and arrive at a jungle. Then the path heads down a moderate slope, take you to a small stream . cross it by shaky old bridge carefully and then climb up for about 30 mins. Easy walking of one hour brings you to the Har ki Dun Gad with the water cascading around rocks. There is a wooden bridge, which you cross and a short climb take you to a spectacular camping spot. There’s stunning view of snow-covered summits of Himalayas in the north direction.
Spend a day relaxing at Har ki Dun, going on short walk and enjoying the panorama or,if you’re still have energy , then can head north-east up the valley 4 km to the Jaunder Glacier. Although, it may require technical skills.
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