There are endless lush meadows, wild alpine flower gardens, scraggy mountains, towering snow-capped peaks, glaciers and gushing streams & waterfalls that seem to spring from nowhere. The valley also has a very interesting and culture, very different from any other region around.
Our guides ensure that we get a very up close experience of this culture as this is one of the highlights of this trek. We have made a change in the traditional Har-ki-Dun itinerary by adding another stage which takes you to the high altitude Jaundhar Bamak (glacier). This will add a contrasting element of high altitude scenery to the trek as we cross the 4000 m mark.
The Har Ki Dun valley, also known as the "Valley of Gods", is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass This valley is at and altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is is snow-covered during October to March.
On the trail you'll get close views of a big glacier, walk on moraine and scree and get very close to the famous and towering Swargarohini peaks. If you are willing to do more than just touch Har Ki Dun and head back then Har-ki-Dun with Jaundhar glacier is a complete trek having many shades of mountain landscape and culture which are sure to impress even veteran trekkers.
For people who love to see flowers there is a small stage possible on the day we leave for Seema from Har Ki Dun to a place called Haata. The meadows here are almost fully carpeted with alpine flowers and make a very pleasing sight. Contrary to the popular belief it’s not a very easy trek and has long walks on almost all days and is suitable for seasoned trekkers as well as fit beginners.
This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas. We drive from Dehradun to a beautiful village called Sankri where we spend the first night and from here a short 40 mins drive the next day gets us to Taluka, a small market place which is our starting point. From here we trek up to a place called Seema, walking through beautiful forests and interesting villages.
We meet local people and get to appreciate the local architecture and way of life as we move up the trail. From Seema we hike up to Har-ki-Dun the next day and land ourselves in a complete paradise. Camping on the meadows here is sheer pleasure. We do a day’s excursion from here to Jaundhar glacier reaching up to a height of around 4300 m to get fantastically close to the base of Swargarohini peaks. High altitude terrain here is quite interesting. In the last stage of the trek we walk back to Seema and then to Taluka to finish what is surely going to be a memorable trek.
The cascading rivers flowing under the shadow of towering mountains and lush green forests can be a dreamers dream. Every year trekking enthusiasts come to seek solace and peace in the silent peaks of the himalayan range. Basking in the half hidden a pleasant sun of the mountains and the calm breeze makes every moment pleasant and worth remembering. Har ki Dun is one such trek that is famous for its enchanting silence and mesmerizing beauty. Popularly known as "Valley of Gods", har ki dun is a cradle shaped valley that hangs in the Garhwal Himalayas. The valley is surrounded by snow-blanketed peaks and lush green alpine vegetation. The borasu pass connects Baspa valley to Garhwal Himalayas. At an altitude of 3500m approx above mean sea level, this pass is snow covered from the months of October-March.
We simply loves to sale mountain peaks and give people a visual treat through the prism of adventure and excitement. Har ki Dun Trek is in itself a powerhouse of divine mystical beauty. The Valley has been a center of interesting cultures and traditions which are completely different from the rest of the regions. GIO adventure takes you through a journey of exploring various cultures and traditions that rest in the valley. All the guides are well experienced and have a detailed knowledge of the mountains and to give trekkers a close experience of the culture tops their priority list. The mountain trail gives you a much closer view of the famous Jaundhar Bamak(Glacier). This glacier is situated very close to the towering peaks of Swargarohini. The whole trekking route is full of mountain landscapes and natural scenery which enchants the mind and hearts. The meadows of alpine flowers carpeting the grass and lush vegetation makes the ever lasting memory. The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas also offers a beautiful trail. A drive from a village called Sankri is as short as a 40 mins drive to Taluka, popular local marketplace. It also serves as a starting point for the trek up to the place called Seema. This trek is also a dream come true for the nature lovers, as the trek takes you through forests and villages.
A lot of locals can be interacted with, and the architecture and cuisines can be appreciated through these trails. People prefer to camp on the plains to find the sheer pleasure of the silent valley. The last stage of the trek is a walk back to Seema and then to Taluka to finish the Har Ki Dun Trek.
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DAY 01: DEHRADUN – SANKRI (2000m, Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs)
From Dehradun we will drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. We will stop for lunch en route. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part along the beautiful Tons river. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri we will check into the scenically located hotel Wild Orchid. Sankri is paradise on earth and we will take an evening stroll in this beautiful hamlet to get our muscles charged for the trek to come. Overnight stay in the hotel
DAY 02: SANKRI (2000 M) – TALUKA – SEEMA (2560m, Drive 40 mins & Trek/15 kms/5-6 hrs)
We start the day with a short, scenic & adventurous drive to Taluka, starting point of our trek. The hike today is through beautiful mixed forest sections and along the Supin river. The gradient is moderate throughout with an odd steep patch in between. This region is blessed with a very old & unique culture which thankfully is still preserved. You will get a very up close & personal experience of it today. On the trail you will meet locals from the nearby villages and get to see the special construction style of the local dwellings. We will cross a few villages en route to reach Seema, a small market place. We will camp ahead of seema in beautiful fields by the riverside. Overnight in tents.
DAY 03: SEEMA (2560 m) – HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m, Trek /5-7 hrs)
After breakfast we cross over to the other side of the Supin river and negotiate a steep climb to get warmed up for the day's hike to come. It is delightful day where you catch some fabulous views of the Bandarpoonch & Swargarohini peaks and also of meadows and jungles towards the Ruinsara valley. There are interesting forests en route with lots of opportunities to see variety of birds and meadows having wild flowers. Also to make it picture perfect there is an inviting waterfall and many small rivulets/streams. We reach Har-ki-Dun in about 5-7 hrs moving at a leisurely pace and soaking in the beauty of the valley. Reaching our destination Har ki Dun we land in absolute paradise. This open valley has been blessed with so many natural elements that one is pleasantly surprised by its beauty. There is a network of streams, many a meadows carpeted with flowers and big and small mountains spread all over. Overnight in tents.
DAY 04: HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m) – JAUNDHAR GLACIER (4300m) – HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m, Trek /7-8 hrs)
Jaundhar glacier adds a beautiful element of high mountain scenery to this trek. This place is in total contrast to the lush green Har Ki Dun and has moraine, scree, glaciers all around and the towering Swargarohini peaks overlooking it. The walk is a long one and at times over uneven scree & moraine terrain but will surely be worth the effort. We get magnificent views from the glacier and having captured them in our cameras we will head back to Har Ki Dun. Overnight in tents.
DAY 05: HAR-KI-DUN (3566 m) – SEEMA (2560 m, Trek/3-4 hrs)
We have a leisurely breakfast today and have the option of trekking up to the beautiful meadows at Haata which will take 2-3 hours (round trip) or just relaxing at Har Ki Dun. After lunch we will hike down to Seema. Depending on the time we reach Seema we can decide to visit the ancient temple at the nearby village of Osla and also get a chance to interact with the locals and get to know more about their tradition & culture. Overnight in tents.
DAY 06: SEEMA (2560 m) – TALUKA - SANKRI (2000 m, Trek / 3-4 hrs & Drive/40 mins)
Early morning, trek down from Seema to Taluka and from here drive down to Sankri. There will be plenty of opportunities today for a refreshing bath in the super cool waters of the many streams we cross/pass by. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 07: SANKRI – DEHRADUN Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs
Post breakfast, depart for Dehradun. You can also have a brief stopover at Mussoorie, one of India's most popular hill stations. The drive from Mussoorie to Dehradun would take an hour, from where you could continue ahead towards your onward destination.
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