Har Ki Dun, a small cradled shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas at the base of Fateh Parvat. The valley is perched at a height of 3,566m above sea level. The valley offers rich jungles rich in animal and bird species, alpine variety of flowers and plants and breathtaking views of the mountains. Har ki Dun Trek is a famous trek which comes under the list of every trekker.
Har ki Dun Valley is also called “ the valley of Gods” as Har means Shiva and Dun means Valley. The valley is a treat for trekkers. The local people survive here by selling rice, rajma, other grocery items, and Charas. You will wooden houses all around the village. The forest in the valley is rich in wildlife and also a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers.
Trekking in the Himalayas always comes with a lot of adventure and thrill. Mountains are the best classrooms for trekkers and explorers. You will learn a lot of things while traveling in the hills.
The trail will take you to the alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests, and ancient villages, that will give you spectacular views of the valley and give a chance to experience the life of locals. Har Ki Dun trek will start from Taluka village- a small hamlet which lies at a distance of 12km from Sankri through drive or trek from Sankri. You can either start your Har ki Dun trek from Taluka or Sankri. Overall, it is a 47 km trek which can be covered in 5-6 days.
The village is very scenic and you will see a cluster of wooden houses and a diverse range of Flora and Fauna. The next stop during the trek will be Osla, a small hamlet that is perched at a height of around 2,590m. The wooden houses in the village will instantly grab your attention and the place is all surrounded by apple trees. Osla is untouched by civilization. A trek from Osla village will take you to Har ki Dun Pass which is an 11 km trail. Har ki dun offers the entire north face of the Swargarohini Parvat. As the valley nestled in the Govind National Park, you will see a lot of Himalayan bird and animal species. While on the trek you will see many horses and cows grazing at the meadows and river banks.
Har ki Dun serves as a basecamp for Swaragrohini Parvat (21,000 ft) as it is belief that Pandavas went to Swarg (Heaven) through this mountain. The place is also connected to the Baspa valley by the Borasu Pass.
Further, the trek will go towards Jaundhar Glacier – which is one of the largest sources to tons of rivers. The majestic and mesmerizing glacier lies ahead of Har ki Dun valley. As you move forward you will be accompanied by breathtaking rock formations and diverse shades of mountains. The Jaundhar glacier is very near to Swargarohini Peak.
This amazing trek will starts ascends from Jaundhar glacier to Osla village and Osla to Sankri Village.
Camping at different places of the Har ki Dun Trek will give you an unforgettable experience.
The best time to do this adventure is from October to March, the valley is all surrounded with snow-covered mountains. The weather remains cold and snowy. In summers the weather remains pleasant and calm. In the rainy season, the place receives heavy rainfalls.
Har ki Dun is well connected with most of the important cities and towns of Uttarakhand.
By Road: Dehradun is nearest and well connected to the villages. You can take a direct bus from Dehradun to Sankri village.
By Railways: You can reach Dehradun by taking a direct train from Delhi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. And then take a taxi or local bus from Dehradun to reach Sankri or Taluka Village.
By Airways: You can take a direct flight from Delhi, Chandigarh, and other major cities to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. You will find a lot of local buses and cabs from the airport to the villages.
Places to see in Har ki Dun Trek:
The nearby tourist places to visit while trekking in Har ki Dun is Jamdhar Glacier and Morinda Tal. You can also see the Ruinsara Tal which is a high altitude lake and serves as an important tourist excursion from Har ki Dun.
The villages like Osla, Sankri, and Taluka also hold some ancient temples and great scenic views.
Also, get a chance to experience the culture of locals by staying and spending time with them. The villages are full of old stories that will excite you and crave you to know more.
The Har ki Dun valley offers an amazing opportunity to undertake a thrilling and exciting adventure to Himalayan hikers. A perfect place for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Plan a week’s trip and visit the Valley of Gods!
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