HAR-KI-DUN 7 Days
Enchanted forests, clear rivers and mystic mountains, if you were drawn by the landscape of the Lord of the Rings, look no further, the trek to Har-ki-Dun is as fetching. The crisp air, gushing streams that meander through lush meadows, set against the craggy mountains and seemingly insurmountable snow capped peaks are sure to render you speechless. Har-ki-Dun is situated in the Western Garhwal Himalayas, at the base of Fateh Parvat. This cradle shaped valley, South-east of Jaundar glacier is surrounded by dense forests of pine, deodar and other conifers. Thanks to the glaciers the region is replete with streams ensuring a green carpet in the summer covered with blue and purple wind flowers and Himalayan balsam. The surrounding forest part of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park is rich in wild life and rare birds. The prominent peaks visible on this trek are Swarga-Rohini, Bandarpunch and Kala Nag. As the legend goes Har-ki-Dun meaning ‘Valley of the Gods’ is where the Pandavas are said to have transcended to heaven. The trek passes through idyllic villages in the valley along the Supin river,a tributary of the River Tons to reach the expansive rolling meadows at Har-ki-Dun.
Day 01 – Dehradun – Mori (1100 m) – Drive/175 kms/5-6 hrs: We pick you up from Dehradun railway station at 0700 hrs and drive to Mori, a small, pretty village arriving in the late afternoon. The afternoon is at leisure, relax and unwind at the riverside campsite and ready yourselves for a short hike in the evening. Overnight at the camp.
Day 02: Mori – Taluka drive & Taluka – Dharkot (2600 m) Drive/2 hrs & Trek/4-5 hrs: Right after breakfast we drive onward to Taluka village which is the starting point of our trek. From here we walk along the glacial Supin river for the first part to then negotiate a steep climb to Datmair village. We take a break here to explore the interesting village before starting out on the trail again. From here it’s a gradual climb to our campsite before Dharkot village. Upon reaching the campsite we relax and take in the adventures of the day and enjoy the gorgeous view. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 03: Dharkot – Kalkati Dhar (2950 m) -Trek/5-6 hrs: After breakfast we begin descending to arrive at the Ganghar village, a quiet, provincial village. After a refreshing hot cup of tea we head toward Seema, a small market place passing through pine forests following the river to reach there. At Seema we cross the river to over to walk through fields cocooned in beauty to arrive at our campsite close to Kalkati Dhar. Today we get our first glimpse of the mighty Bandarpoonch & Swargarohini peaks. Overnight in tents.
Day 04: Kalkati Dhar – Har Ki Dun (3566 m) – Trek 3/4 hrs: We begin with a steep climb to the top of Kalkati Dhar from where you can see endless forest and pasture lands in the direction of Ruinsara valley where the Pandavas were said to have lived and explored when in exile. Kalkati Dhar is an excellent vantage point to Har Ki Dun. The route eases up, it is a comfortable walk through forest and pasture land, crossing a few streams and a beautiful waterfall, until we arrive at the spellbinding meadows of Har Ki Dun with the Swargarohini peaks in the far distance. Also visible are the mountains of Dhaula Dhar. We will reach here for hot lunch and the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in tents.
Day 05: Har Ki Dun – Haata (3800 m) – Seema (2550 m) – Trek 6/7 hrs: After breakfast we begin ascending Haata which is the highest point of the trek. This exploratory trek while being somewhat challenging is entirely worth it. At the top you discover why Har Ki Dun is named so! Prepare to be enthralled. From here we return to camp and where there is time to rejuvenate, enjoy a hot lunch and then begin the descend to Seema village. Overnight in tents at Seema.
Day 06: Seema – Taluka drive to Mori (1100 m) -Trek 3 / 4 hrs & drive 2 hrs: Our final day of trekking begins after breakfast. A thoroughly enjoyable short trek through the beautiful forests gets you to Taluka, from where we drive to our campsite in Mori. Lunch at camp. And the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 07: Mori – Dehradun Drive/175 kms/5-6 hrs: Depart for Dehradun. The trip ends on arrival at Dehradun at approx 1300 hrs.
Min 6 people required to operate this trip
- All road transfers from and back to Dehradun in good quality vehicles
- Accommodation in deluxe rooms and/or 3/4 capacity season tents.
- All vegetarian meals
- Camping equipment – international quality equipment will be provided
- Professional guide (trained from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi or equivalent) and kitchen staff would accompany the group
- Park entry fee
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Travel between Delhi and Dehradun (can be arranged by us on request)
- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.