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Har Ki Dun Trek
Har Ki Dun Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The trek is famous for its scenic beauty and offers an incredible experience for trekkers of all levels.
Rewind your senses and energy with the most breath-taking views of the Himalayas from the trails covering Pauni Garaat, Kalkattiyadhar, and Osla, before you end the journey, finally reaching Sankri to Taluka.
You can get mesmerised by the surrounding trails involving towering peaks, glaciers, and dense pine, oak, and rhododendron forests. During the trek, expect rare wild animals like deer, leopards, bores, and much more.
Har Ki Dun is one of the few remaining untouched regions of the Himalayas. The trek offers a chance to escape city life’s noise and chaos and enjoy nature’s peace and serenity. The nights are spent under a blanket of stars, and the days are filled with the sound of flowing rivers and chirping birds in the camps. Explore our other holiday destination like Hampta Pass Trek, Brahmatal Trek, etc.
The fact that you can complete this walk in either summer or winter is easily the nicest quality about it. Temperatures throughout the summer are generally warm and comfortable. The spring season sees the full blooming of flowers and the flourishing of fauna all around. The accumulation of snow over the winter months transforms this valley into a magical place. The whole of this journey will feel like you are travelling through a winter wonderland. This valley is fully transformed into a magical winter wonderland by the blanket of snow that covers its whole surface.
The sensation of being at the top of the mountain is something that is unique to this hike and not found on other hikes. The climb to Har Ki Dun is, in fact, considered a summit hike. When you reach the top of this hike, you will have the satisfaction of having won the battle against the elements. The triumph over one’s own frailty and weariness in battle. When you look up at the awe-inspiring peaks of the Swargarohini, Hata, and Black mountains, you get the sense that all of the stress and anxiety that has been burdening you has been lifted. You will feel more at peace with yourself after spending time in nature.
After the first night in Sankri, you will have a brief car ride the next day. The journey will take you to a location known as Taluka. Your hiking will get underway after you reach Taluka. This very short trip offers a lot of excitement because to the dense woods and winding streams it passes through.
Before you begin your hike now, make sure that your food and water bottles are adequately stocked, and don't forget to fill up your water bottle. The walk begins in a picturesque location beside the Tonnes River and then enters a forest filled with conifers. After that, it gets to the bridge. There is a fording of the river, and after about twenty minutes of walking, you will reach a wooden bridge that, when crossed, will bring you to the waters below.
After then, the walk turns into a delightful experience with numerous shade trees. Because there is none of the blinding light that comes with the day, this is perfect for photography. You will be able to hear the sounds of the river flowing and the birds singing as you make your way through the forest while strolling under its canopy.
During the warm summer months, this path is often used by residents as a freight ferrying route. And throughout the fall, you'll see that they are stockpiling the things they need to get through the winter.
A picturesque town known as Gangar will come into view after a few hours of hiking on the trail. Several quick-service restaurants may be found in this area. This is something that can only be experienced on a select number of India's treks. Make this your lunch break destination.
After lunch, you will be treated to a breathtaking panorama of miles-long potato and maize fields along your walk. Almost immediately after that, you will arrive to the Pauni Garaat campground where you will be staying.
Today is the pinnacle of the journey. You are planning to leave the campground quite early in the morning. Savour the delectable breakfast, and get ready for the most gorgeous and enjoyable day of the walk today. This day has a variety of stunning sceneries. You will go over several moraines as well as some breathtaking meadows. The glacier basin hike has the potential to be difficult, but it also has the potential to be rewarding. The hiking path is lined with tall pine trees.
The ascents along today's trek vary in difficulty from moderate to severe. In the winter, when the temperatures are very low and there is a heavy blanket of snow, there are waterfalls that have frozen over. When early summer arrives, the waterfall has a magnificent cascading effect. You will succeed in reaching the peak of Har Ki Dun if you give it one more effort. Take in the breathtaking panorama of the picturesque valley below and the snow-capped mountains that surround you. A breathtaking panorama of the peaks of the Swargarohini, Hata, and Black mountains can be seen from the top.
During your visit, spend some time at the peak. Take in all of the natural splendor that surrounds you. In towns and cities, you will not get to see nature in its most beautiful form. After lunch, you will continue to walk along the same path. Continue descending till you reach the same camping spot at Kalkattiyadhar.
This marks the beginning of your trip back. The journey to Sankri will be exactly the same as the one you took previously. Therefore, the journey is the same as before. You are now going to start climbing, but you will continue to descend until your very final day. On the other hand, this is an opportunity to reexperience those times in the valleys and landscapes once again. Make use of your camera to take pictures of as many different landscapes and scenes as you can. You are going to look back on these times and love them. The route to the campground runs via Oslo village and ends up in Pauni Garaat.
Continue your journey along the same route as before. You should be comfortable with the route by now, and you'll probably be chatting with other hikers while you're out there. You are going to carry the hangover from the trip with you for a long time. You will get to Taluka through hiking, which should take you somewhere in the neighbourhood of six hours. There are 10 km between us. After you have arrived in Taluka, Sankri is just a short distance away by car. Be cautious with your footing as you make your way down, since you will be doing so the whole time. Walk firmly and fasten your shoes up all the way to the top of your ankle.
The day that marks the end of the hiking trip has finally arrived. This is the assignment you were given on the very first day. A lengthy journey awaits you between Sankri and Dehradun, and then on to your final destinations. The travel to Dehradun will take you ten hours, and you won't be there till the evening. The journey, on the other hand, is quite picturesque as it passes through a variety of stunning forests and landscapes.
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The best time to visit or book Har Ki Dun trek package is:
- In Winters: December, January, February and March
- In Summers: April, May, June and October
Har ki Dun trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Any age group from 10 to 17 is good to apply for a first-time trekking experience. Adults and seniors should carry doctors' notes for their fitness requirements for the journey. They should be fit enough to cover a 4 km distance in 30 minutes and should be able to carry at least a 10 kg backpack.
Temperature during day time is between 10-15 degree Celsius and during night time is between 2-5 degree Celsius.