Har Ki Dun Trek
Har ki Dun
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At an altitude of 14000ft, the Har ki Dun trek is in all the senses, a gateway to heaven. A snow specked paradise for winter fanatics on one hand and adorned by alpine meadow, pine forests for all those who seek solace in the embrace of nature on the other, it is a paradise for trekkers, be it beginners or experienced ones. Nestled on the western edge of Garhwal in Uttarkashi district, the Har ki Dun trek isn't just a trek consisting of picturesque views but also has rich cultural and mythological significance. Many locals believe that the land belongs to none other than Duryodhana from the epic Mahabharata. The legend goes that a clan devoted to the Kaurava's lived close to the village of Osla and built a temple to pay their respects to him. That temple exists even today. On the other hand, this trek is one of the oldest Himalayan trekking trails. The name Har ki Dun translates to “Valley of Gods” signifying its other spiritual significance in regard to the myth. It is believed that this was the route that was taken by the Pandavas on their ascend to heaven, which is why it earns its name as the stairway to heaven trek. It also provides as a major source for the Yamuna River System. The diverse flora and fauna that you get to spend time listening to is a magical experience in itself and camping by the flowing riverside, listening to the relentless streams of water gives you the kind of peace that makes you forget all about the hustling and bustling noises of metropolitan cities. The people, places and the whole trail captures an insight of a different world as compared to what we’ve seen in our daily lives.The trek provides the spectacular view of Swargrohini peaks, Bandarpoonch, as well as Blackpeak. The trail leads you to villages that have been here since 2000 years ago and meeting the locals give you a glimpse into their lives. A perfect spot for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts as well as people who love to indulge in photography from time to time, the Har ki Dun trek is truly a blessing. Some of the best attractions of the Har ki Dun trek are the above mentioned temple in the village of Osla, a 5000 year old structure carved out from wood. Har ki Dun trek is suitable for any beginner and proves to be exciting for even an experienced trekker. The Har ki Dun trek difficulty is rated from easy to moderate and provides a good overall experience. The best time to visit Har ki Dun is during summers and post-monsoon season.The Har ki Dun valley is famous for its orchids and especially rhododendrons, which are specially grown in this region. The flora and fauna mixed with rich culture and immense historical importance secure its position among top contenders in the list of best treks in Uttarakhand.Trek to Har ki Dun takes a total of 7 days and starts from a small village named Sankri situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
The group will assemble at the pickup point at 06:00 AM.
We'll drive towards Sankri, which is the starting point for the trek.
Upon reaching Sankri in the evening, a brief introduction of your trek leader will be provided.
Check-in to our designated homestay. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Sankri Village.
After early morning breakfast, we will head towards Taluka which is the starting point for the trek.
After a long drive to Taluka, we will start our trek to Pauni Garaat.
The trail is a blend of slanting slopes. You will be passing through thick forests of chestnuts, chinars, walnuts, and willows. You will also see some of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls .
We will reach the basecamp just in time to see the sun setting and spreading it's golden pool of light all over the vast expanse of land.
Dinner followed by overnight stay at Pauni Garaat basecamp.
After morning tea and breakfast, we will start our trek towards Har ki Dun Valley.
We will be traversing through Osla village. After crossing the bridge over the Supin river, the trekking trail reaches a ridge named Kalkatiyadhar, from where you will get the first view of Har Ki Dun valley.
Further, the trail passes through lush green meadows before finally giving way to our campsite.
Dinner followed by an overnight stay in camps at Kalkatiyadhar.
After waking up to the majestic view of Swargarohini peaks, we will have breakfast with stunning landscapes in the backdrop.
The trekking trails start from lush green meadows and soon you get to see sparkling waterfalls flowing relentlessly before reaching the Har ki Dun valley.
After spending a few peaceful moments here, witnessing the magical landscapes, we will head back to the campsite.
Dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.
After early morning tea, we will start our descending trek to the Puani Garaat campsite.
Upon reaching the campsite, the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
Dinner followed by an overnight stay in basecamp.
The day starts with breakfast and early morning tea. After which, we will proceed the same trails that captivated us during our ascend.
Once reaching Taluka, we will drive towards Sankri where we will spend the last few hours of our trekking excursion.
Check in to our designated homestays. Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Sankri.
After breakfast, we will start our return journey from Sankri to Dehradun.
We will reach Dehradun in the afternoon. The group dissembles with fond memories.
End of Tour.
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2 Nights in a Homestay in Sankri on a triple sharing basis. 4 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis. Dehradun - Sankri - Dehradun by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler (Depends on the number of travelers). All vegetarian meals from day 1st Dinner to day 7th Morning tea.Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks and soup while on the trek.Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Sitting Stools.Trek Leader: Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.Permits: All necessary fees and permits.Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher. Guide ratio:
Any expenses of personal nature.Meals during transit.Insurance of any kind.Any fees and permits (for non-Indians).Unscheduled delay due to a landslide.Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
THINGS TO CARRY
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover): A good quality backpack from a good brand and try it before buying. Day backpack: 20 – 30 Ltrs.Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp, they help you to move freely.Trekking Shoes: Always invest in good quality high ankle trekking shoes. They are lightweight, have a good grip, are sturdy, and are easily available throughout India. 3 Quick Dry Tees2 Track Pants3 Pair of Cotton Socks1 Pair of Woolen Socks1 Poncho1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket1 Heavy Jacket1 Pair of ThermalQuick-dry towelWindproof JacketWoolen CapSun Cap1 ScarfLight towelLip BalmCold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)Water Bottle 1 Lt.Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteriesPersonal Toiletries Personal Basic Medical KitDark Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)Trekking PoleExtra PolytheneCAMERA with good storage. Make sure it's fully charged with extra batteries.
Policy and Terms
No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date.44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable) 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost. 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost. 9 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost. 5 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost. No Show. No refund.In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided. If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date. But no refund would be provided. Any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable. Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and for popular destinations.
Q. What will be the group size of Har ki Dun Trek?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the Har ki Dun Trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the Har ki Dun Trek?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Har ki Dun Trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a Har ki Dun Trek with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the Har ki Dun Trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the Har ki Dun Trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.