Har Ki Dun

Har Ki Dun : River, Mountains & the Magic of Valleys

The Garhwal Himalayas in the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand is located in the Har Ki Dun, or Valley of Gods. Har Ki Dun at 3,500 metres is one of the country’s most beautiful riverbed hikes. A variety of animals and plants, sceneries larger than life, picturesque towns and mountains and wide broad wetlands make you amazed. The walk goes along the beautiful Supin River, crossing bridges over pure streams of water through the picturesque villages of the Garhwal.

The Har Ki Dun path is well known in every season for its changing landscape. Pleasant temperatures thanks to the valley in the summer and spring. Blossoms are in full bloom and the fauna is enjoyable. Every few weeks with the beginning of winters, the valley sees snowfall and the rich green accents are transformed into immaculate whiteness.

It is a delight to look at the Har Ki Dun Summit. The snow-covered Swargarohini Peak, Hata Peak and Black Peak may be seen in the clear day. This modest hike offers several faces to enjoy: Alpine blossoms, open wetlands, deep coniferous woods and a glimpse of the enormous mountains.

The walk, which spans over 67 kilometres, starts in Uttarakhand in the picturesque hamlet of Sankri. We are going to take the trip on a motorway until Taluka. The walk travels along the Supin River from Taluka to Pauni Garaat. You’ll stroll under a canopy of walnut trees, pine trees, cedars, and large potato and cornfields along the route. A bit farther ahead, in a nice clearing, on the banks of the Supin River, lies the Pauni Garant campsite.

The next day, when we travel towards Kalkattiyadhaar, the path is steeper 8 kilometres distant. The route passes through lush oak trees and rice fields alongside the Supin River. Take a look at parts that provide some great views of the Banderpoonch and Swargarohini landscape along the route. A 4-hour walk will take you to Camp in Kalkattiyadhaar, a large open meadow cradling in a pine and oak-tree-lined valley.

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We will climb up from the Kalkattiyadhaar camp the following day to the peak. Be ready for an early beginning, as 14 kilometres will take us. With gentle ascents and descents, the trekking progress for the day is moderate. The route goes up a woodland thicket before it reaches the big Har Ki Dun Summit. The Swaragrohini mountain, Hata Peak and Black Peak blanketed here with snow.

This walk is perfect for novices who want to step up their trekking games in the Himalayas because of its beauty and mild difficulty.

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Day 1

Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (1950 m)

Day 2

Road from Sankri (1950 m) to Taluka (2108 m); Trek from Taluka (2108 m) to Pauni Garaat (2500 m)

Day 3

Kalkattiyadhaar to Pauni Garaat  (3024 m)

Day 4

Kalkattiyadhaar (3024 m) to Har Ki Dun (3566 m) and return (3024 m)

Day 5

Pauni Garaat to Kalkattiyadhaar (3024 m) (2500 m)

Day 6

Trek via road from Pauni Garaat (2500 m) to Taluka (2108 m); Taluka (2108 m) to Sankri (1950 m).

Day 7

Sankri (1950 m) to Dehradun (640 m)

The woods of the Himalayas are unique. Taluka is a tiny town on the left bank of the Tons River, around two hundred metres above sea level. We start our journey through the river to Puani Garratt. You’re looking at an old village on the left across the river, Ganga, that settlement. On the right, 25 metres from a wooden bridge. We camp at Puani Garaat.

This morning we go over Osla towards Kalkatiyadhar. A lovely town 8500 feet above sea level. Before going on we spend some time in the village and with the town folks and children. The path from Osla consists of a few steep stretches and usually easy hikes.

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This is a delight for your eyes via some of the most charismatic Alpine wetlands and pine woods. The snowcapped pathways appear fascinating in the winter as the sun attempts to glimpse through the clouds. Some think this is the same road followed by Pandavas in the Mahabharata on their journey into the sky, one of the oldest treks in the Himalayas called the ‘Valley of the Gods.’ The snow peak Swargarohini, which dominates the view of this journey, carries a heritage of the mythological skyline.