For those who haven’t explored Har Ki Dun valley yet, this place is no less than a hidden gem in Uttarakhand. Placed at a height of 3566 metres, Har Ki Dun valley is a perfect spot for nature lovers who want to be surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine forests. Being a not very famous tourist spot yet, Har Ki Dun valley remains untouched and unpolluted. Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is connected to Baspa valley by the Borasu Pass. There are many other picturesque locations sitting in the Mother Nature’s lap around Har Di Dun Valley, which makes this location an ideal place for a week-long trip. It is covered in snow during the winters from October to March. The trek to Har Ki Dun valley starts from Taluka Village and passes through Gangar, Osla and Seema. The trek is usually covered in many stages as a single day trek can cause exertion for you.
Har Ki Dun Valley: The Legend
The mythological aspect of Har Ki Dun valley makes it even more interesting. It is believed that the trail along the trek was once beaten by Pandavas on their way to heavens. Thus, one of the peaks is also known as Swargarohini. Due to its elevation, it is often known as the path to heavens. The panorama and the gorgeous cloudy view is the apt reason why people can relate this onerous journey to heaven.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 10:00 AM|
|ALTITUDE||3,600 m (11,811 ft)|
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri
You can reach Dehradun easily from New Delhi via train or bus. It takes around 7 hours to reach Dehradun by train. Shatabdi Express runs three days a week leaves New Delhi station early morning and arrives at Dehradun in the afternoon. You can board a local cab to arrive Sankri, which is going to be our base camp. It is advisable to keep some articles of basic necessities with you like trek pants, medications, sunglasses, cap, woollen clothes, etc. On reaching Sankri, you can leave your luggage at the base camp and begin your journey the following day after having a rest for the night.
Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka and trek to Chilurgad
The next day you will start early with an energetic breakfast. You will take a 12 km drive to Taluka after which you start your trek to Chilurgad which is spans around 10km. Your drive to Taluka will take somewhere around an hour since the route is landslide prone. You will begin your trek along the river Supin. There will be a number of bridges in your path to Chilurgad. After walking a bit, you will come to Gangaad, which is a sparsely populated hamlet.
Day 3: Chilurgad to Simantra
The first part of the day 3 begins with a short trek along the river which will take you to Osla. There is an ancient Lord Shiva temple where you can stop for a while and offer your prayers. Throughout your journey to Har Ki Dun valley, you will find many wooden bridges and streams. You will also come across a series of grasslands which have been used for cultivation by the local population for some time. By the evening, you will reach our campsite in Simantra.
Day 4: Simantra to Har Ki Dun and back to Simantra
From Simantra, you will begin your trek to Har Ki Dun valley. The journey is not very long but steep elevation will take some time. From your camping site, you can get a view of Har Ki Dun peak very clearly. On your way to the final peak, you will find many thatch huts above a small ridge. On reaching Har Ki Dun peak, you can explore the nearby area for few hours and then return back to Simantra campsite.
Day 5: Simantra to Chilurgad
Now you will begin your downhill trek to Chilurgad. It will take 6-7 hours so it is advised that you have your breakfast properly. You will start early in the morning as the expedition will require you to stop at multiple points.
Day 6: Chilurgad to Taluka and drive to Sankri
On your sixth day, you will begin your trek to Taluka which is consists of a 10 km downhill trek. You will follow the same trail full of bridges, streams and villages on your way to Taluka. It is less strenuous as compared to the uphill trek to Chilurgad. You can enjoy the natural diversity of the place as you have ample of time. On reaching Taluka, you will be taken back to Sankri via shared taxi.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun
After resting overnight, you can begin your journey back to Dehradun via shared taxi. Your journey will start early morning at around 7 am. You will reach in 12 hours. It is advisable to book the taxi beforehand so that you can enjoy the rest of the trek accordingly.