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Summary of Har Ki Dun Valley Trek
Max Altitude: 3566 Mts.
Best Time: March - June & Sept - Mid Nov
Difficulty: Moderate Trek
Har-Ki-Doon Valley is surrounded by dense Pine forests and offers views of glittering mountain peaks. Owing to its isolation, the area is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. The trek starts from Netwar to Osla passing through dense forests consisting of chestnut, walnut, willow and chinar trees The trek from Osla to Har-ki-doon is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy patches and thick conifer forests.
Har-Ki-Doon (The hanging valley of gods) is a paradise for trekkers. This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayan region, where the passage of time has not affected the lifestyle of the simple hill folk inhabiting this Shangri La! As Har-Ki-Doon falls within the Govind Pashu Vihar wildlife santuary, chances of seeing wildlife are very bright indeed. The area, is known for its intricately carved houses, as the inhabitants here are an ingenuous lot, and the construction of the houses made with a combination of wooden beams and stones, not only looks aesthetic, but are also energy efficient as well as earth quake resistant. For those interested in religion or history, a visit to the beautifully carved temple dedicated to Duryodhana - the Kaurava Prince is a must visit! For those interested in glaciers - the Jaundhar Glacier at 4300 mt. is a mere five kilometers trek from Har-Ki- Doon.
In nutshell, it is impossible to describe the beauty of this valley in words, and one must see this area to believe how nature has bestowed so much of beauty to its valley of the Gods!
Complete Daywise Itinerary
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Meeting and assistance upon arrival at the New Delhi airport and transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 02: DELHI - HARIDWAR (Train)
Early morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board the morning AC Train for Dehra Dun at 06:55 hrs. Arrive Haridwar at 11.25 hrs and transfer to Hotel. In the evening visit the famous Har ki Pauri Ghat to witness the aarti (worship) of Holy River Ma Ganga (Mother Goddess). Return to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 03: HARIDWAR - MUSSOORIE - SANKRI (1920 Mts. / Drive 250 Km)
After breakfast we drive to Sankri via Dehradun and Mussoorie. Mussoorie is a popular hill station of Uttrakhand State. The narrow motor road follows a winding course plunging into the Yamuna valley via Mussoorie, and the famed Kempty falls, rising up rising up a dividing ridge and finally descending into the Tons river valley- crossing towns such as Sankri, Purola and Mori. Sankri is the last village connected to the motor road on this route. This picturesque village is about 13 Kms inside the Govind Wild Life Sanctuary (Netwair is the place where the check post is located). The village is the gateway to the almost untouched Har-ki-dun (3566m) valley with the Swargarohini Peak(6096m) towering above it serving as a backdrop.
Overnight: Tourist rest house / Tent.
DAY 04: SANKRI - TALUKA (1900 Mts. / 14 Kms TREK)
The trek is well marked from Sankri and passes through a dense forest with breathtaking views of the valley sprawled below and the gushing river Rupin flowing in all its might. Taluka, a small hamlet lays on the banks of the river Supin, and is known for its beautiful "Pahari cottages" made out of an intricate wood , stone and mud ensemble - a must see, as it is considered earthquake proof, and contains the animal sheds on the ground floor, utilizing their body heat to warm the living area located directly above ! The village is located at an altitude of 1900 mts. and has guest houses and a few shops providing daily provisions to the local inhabitants. The campsite on this day is by the river banks of the Supin.
Overnight: Tourist rest house / Tent.
DAY 05: TALUKA - OSLA (2560 M / 13 Kms TREK)
The trail from Taluka village initially descends and then continues gradually to the left of the valley adjoining river Rupin. Later the trail winds upwards through beautiful forest full of Chestnut, Walnut and Willow trees, and continues to the village of Gangar. One has to cross a stream here and continue to climb to finally get a bird eye 's view of the settlement of picturesque Osla village at a distant on the true right of the valley. From this point, one continues to trek to Seema. The campsite is located opposite to the village of Osla and separated by the swift river. Seema is a small village with a few shops selling limited supplies of daily use! A Forest Rest House and Tourist Bungalow are available for the visitors. Overnight: Tourist rest house / Tent.
DAY 06: OSLA - HAR KI DUN (3566 M /12 kms)
The trail from Seema initially continues on the left of the valley, goes past fields followed by crossing a hanging bridge strung across river Rupin. The trail now ascends, going past fields and pastures with occasional huts. The coniferous flora on the opposite side of the valley is awesome and is a photographer's delight. The trail climbs to the ridge locally named - the Kalkatti Dhar, The gradual ascent to Har ki dun offers excellent views of the snow covered mountains and lush green terraced fields developed after generations of back breaking hard work of the locals. The last steep climb of 200 m gets one to the famed meadows of Har ki Dun with the west face of Swargrohini overlooking the valley. The campsite is located by a small stream, with peaks of Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini towering above. Overnight: Tents.
DAY 07: HAR KI DUN
Having a morning at ease one can explore Morinda lake in the first half of the day, as the entire day is reserved for relaxation and exploration. One can see mountains such as Kala nag, Bandar poonch, Ruinsara peaks and the majestic Swargarohini even before one reaches Har ki dun. A truly heavenly and peaceful place, for those wanting to spend some time by themselves! The deception of distances will prompt one to want to go right towards Swargarohini and Jumnar glacier or left towards Borasu pass (Taking one to Chitkul in Himachal), as everything looks within a stone's throw! The huge and picturesque valley is flanked by massive mountains on three sides, and the valley floor is covered in soft grassy patches. Lunch and rest.
DAY 08: HAR KI DUN - OSLA
Trekking back to the village of Osla is an easy affair and gives time to relax, stop and admire all of God's wondrous sights giving a lot of opportunity to photograph the beauty of the valley and the villages. The easy downhill walk to Osla takes around 3-4 hrs. Overnight: Tourist rest house / Tent.
DAY 09: OSLA - TALUKA (13 kms /3-4 hrs)
The walk towards Taluka village is equally easy as the previous day. Absorb the natural beauty while taking the relaxing descent down the breathtaking valley! Overnight in rest house/ hotel.
DAY 10: TALUKA - SANKRI (TREK) - Rishikesh (260 Kms, 6 -7 hrs)
The trek for the day is more like a cake walk through the forest and on the well marked path. On arriving Sankri bid adieu to the ponies/ porters. Board the vehicle and start driving towards Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand!. From Dehradun we drive further for about 01 hour to reach the yet another beautiful town of Rishikesh known as the world capital of Yoga. Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel
DAY 11: RISHKESH
Today you may visit the Rishikesh area to see the famous Yoga Ashrams and temples of Rishikesh (Ram Jhula & Laxman Jhula). You may also take ayurvedic message to relax your body. In the evening visit the Parmarth niketan Ashram to witness the most blissful and spiritual Aarti (worship) of Ma Ganga, performed daily in the evening by the Ashram.
DAY 12: RISHIKESH - HARIDWAR - DELHI
In the morning board the AC train for Delhi at 05:10 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 11:15 hrs. On arrival met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 13: DELHI DEPARTURE
In time departure to international airport of Delhi to board the flight to your onward destination.
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