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  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 11700 ft./3566 m
  • 12 Participants
  • April-June | September-November
  • Uttarakhand

Har Ki Dun Trek Overview

Har Ki Dun Trek in Uttarakhand is one of the most picture-perfect treks that take you to an unexplored beauty of the state. With mighty mountains and dream-like landscapes, Har Ki Dun Trek offers alluring scenes of meadows, valleys, rivers, and an alpine lake, all at once. A moderate trek, Har Ki Dun provides a sneak peek at some of the ancient villages and their culture. 

The trek gives you access to some of the prettiest campsites and unexplored valleys with awe-inspiring views. One of the rare experiences of this trek is camping by the riverside. Imagine waking up to the sound of the river while the first rays of the sun peek through the mountains in front of you. The trekkers often spend hours by the river, soaking in the unparalleled beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas. 

Witness the majestic Himalayan peaks and exotic birds

Though the majestic mountains like Swarogini, Kala Nag, and Bandarpooch are enticing, it’s the stunning scenic vistas that captivate you throughout the trek. Har Ki Dun is adorned with a white snowy cloak from December till March, transforming the landscape into a dreamy winter wonderland. 

This trek features adventurous ascents and tranquil walks under the canopies of Fir, Rhododendron, Chestnut Deodar and Sycamore trees and is covered in vibrant wild orchids and wildflowers. If birdwatching is one of your interests, this place has it all for you: From Cuckoos, Owls, and Minivets to even the rare kinds of Himalayan Snowcock and Western Tragopan!

Immerse in mythological heritage 

Apart from its rejuvenating landscapes, Har Ki Dun is renowned for its rich mythological heritage. Locals in this region revere the Kauravas, including Duryodhana, the Kaurava leader, believing themselves to be their descendants. Temples dedicated to them stand as testaments to this reverence. Legend has it that this very route was traversed by the Pandavas on their journey to heaven. If you have one glance at this serene place, it is enough to experience the heavenly abode, resonating with both mystery and grandeur.

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Inclusions 

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Cab charges to and from Sankri – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Meals during transit to and from Sankri – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 
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Har Ki Dun Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Sankri (6,400 ft)

You will start from Dehradun at 6 am to reach the basecamp, Sankri village. The journey today traverses through meandering mountain roads. The route will be refreshing and pass through beautiful pine forests. You will reach Sankri late in the evening around 6 to 7 pm.

Day 2 : Sankri (6,400 ft.) to Chillurgarh (7,800 ft.) via Taluka (6,916 ft.) with an hour of adventurous ride till Taluka

Trek to Chillurgarh begins with a 12 km drive or walk to Taluka, a small village. The route features Kath-Khuni architecture houses and passes through a scenic landscape with wild roses, irises, and bamboo. The trek continues alongside the Thumsa River, with several bridges to cross and reach the campsite.

Day 3 : Chillurgarh (7,800 ft.) to Kalkatiyadhar (9,922 ft.)

The trek to Kalkatiyadhar is challenging due to rocky sections where spraining an ankle is a concern. Descents should be done softly to reduce knee impact. The route offers stunning landscapes with alpines, rhododendron trees, waterfalls, and meadows. At Kalkatiyadhar, enjoy breathtaking views of Har ki Dun valleys and prominent peaks.

Day 4 : Kalkatiyadhar (9,922 ft.) to Har Ki Dun (11,700 ft.) and camp at Boslo (8,400 ft.)

The summit day involves trekking from Kalkatiyadhar to Har ki Dun via Boslo. The trail begins with a gentle ascent, passing by unique Bhojpatra trees growing above 10,000 ft. A magnificent waterfall can be crossed by boulders or wooden beams leading to a dhaba. The ascent to the summit takes around 1.5–2 hours, and at the top, a small temple of Lord Shiva and stunning views of peaks like Swargarohini 1, 2, and Jaundhar glacier await. Descending back to Boslo provides a rewarding end to the day.

Day 5 : Boslo (8,400 ft.) to Chillurgarh (7,800 ft.)

The trek from Boslo to Chillurgarh is a delightful journey through a beautiful forest, followed by a challenging ascent with stunning meadows and mountain views at the end, offering a unique night trek experience at the campsite.

Day 6 : Chillurgarh (7,800 ft.) to Taluka (6,916 ft.) and drive back to Sankri (6,400 ft.)

The trek descends alongside the River and passes through a scenic landscape with wild roses. Reach Sankri with an hour of adventurous ride.

Day 7 : Sankri (6,800 ft.) to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

You will leave for Dehradun from Sankri early morning. Dehradun is around a 10 to 11 hrs drive away from the base camp.

How to reach the basecamp of Har Ki Dun trek?

✈️ Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The Basecamp of Har Ki Dun trek is Sankri, a remote village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Sankri is around 190 km from Dehradun. It takes around 9-10 hour drive from Dehradun to cover the distance. Sankri is a small village in Mori Block of Uttarkashi District. A quaint hamlet, Sankri is frequented by trekkers arriving here to explore Himalayan treks. 

To reach your base camp in Sankri, arrive in Dehradun on Day 0.  

Travel Plan to Dehradun

Dehradun is easily accessible by air, train and road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport in Dehradun.  Book your tickets well in advance till Dehradun to avail of tickets at cheaper rates. You can choose to travel by air from any metro city to Dehradun. The other option is to reach Delhi by air and travel by train or bus from Delhi onwards. 

Here is a guide on how to plan your travel step by step to reach Dehradun

  • Reach Dehradun directly by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup from Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

 If you are reaching Dehradun by air, here are a few options for planning your travel. Dehradun Airport is well connected with all the metro cities. Book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you plan to reach Dehradun by air, ensure to land in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jolly Grant Airport. It takes 1 hour to reach the city. You can opt to hire a cab/auto directly from the Airport. The other option is to exit the Airport complex and book an auto. The charges for prepaid cabs at the airport are exorbitant.  Another low-cost alternative to get to Dehradun city is to travel on a city bus. Walk towards the Dehradun – Rishikesh highway and hop on a shared auto or city bus. You will have to wait for the bus. Regular city buses run between Dehradun and Rishikesh almost every half an hour. 

If you land in Dehradun on day 0, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT, Dehradun.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. 

OWLS pick-up will be available on Day 1 at ISBT Dehradun at 6. a.m. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi

This option will be economical for you. Flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then get on a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find bus options at UTC Online or Redbus. Another option is to go to Kashmere Gate and book a bus offline. Try to board a bus or train which will arrive in Dehradun on Day 0 evening. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily and departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 p.m. and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 a.m. Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. 

How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi 

Your Har Ki Dun Trek is 7 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 7. You reach Dehradun in the evening, between 7 to 8 pm. 

You can fly directly out of Dehradun to your city or the second option is to travel by bus or train to Delhi and book a flight from Delhi. 

If you go with the first option, you can book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 8 morning. 

The second option requires you to travel to Delhi by train or bus.  Once you reach Dehradun in the evening, you can head to ISBT Dehradun and book an AC Volvo bus to Delhi and travel comfortably. The other option to reach Delhi from Dehradun is to book a train.  

Har Ki Dun Trek Map

Har Ki Dun trek map by gooutwithowls

Har Ki Dun Trek FAQ

How long is the Har Ki Dun Trek?

The trek spreads over seven days, including two days of travel to and from the base camp. You will be walking for around 52 km to complete the trek. The daily average walking hours will be 4 to 6. 

Is Har Ki Dun Trek suitable for beginners?

Har Ki Dun is a moderate trek. If you are a beginner with good physical fitness you can consider the trek. As the trail is moderately comfortable, people between the ages of 8-60 years can opt for this trek. We have zeroed down on this age as these are the minimum and maximum ages of our participants. 

How difficult is Har Ki Dun Trek?

The Trek can be categorized as moderate considering the duration of the trek, and the altitude gain. The trek spreads through an easy-to-moderate trail and some steep ascents and descents. It climbs to an altitude of 11,700 ft when you reach the Har Ki Dun summit. 

What will be the temperature in Har Ki Dun trek?

Har Ki Dun trek temperature varies throughout the year. The summer months of May and June have pleasant weather and mild temperatures.  March and April flaunt bright sunny days. Har Ki Dun Valley’s summer temperature is delightful due to extended sun exposure. September to November in Har Ki Dun is known for its cosy days and chilly evenings. 

Read more about Har Ki Dun temperature here. 

What is the best time to visit Har Ki Dun Trek?

The best time to visit Har Ki Dun trek is from early March to June end. The trek reopens in early March as the winter snow vanishes off the trail. 

Read more about the best time to visit Har Ki Dun trek here. 

 

Will there be snow on the trek?

Yes!

Har Ki Dun turns into a winter wonderland during winter. The entire trail and the meadow remain buried under a white sheet of snow. However, the weather is extreme during winter. 

If you trek to Har Ki Dun in early spring, you will find the remains of winter snow at higher altitudes. 

What is the cost of Har Ki Dun trek?

The Har Ki Dun trek cost is Rs 13,499/-

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. It covers your accommodation at the base camp and during the trek.  

What is the altitude of Har Ki Dun Trek?

Har Ki Dun Trek is located at an altitude of 11,700ft. 

Where is Har Ki Dun located?

Har Ki Dun is located in Uttarakhand. The trek starts from a small village called Sankri in the Uttarkashi district. 

Where is the basecamp of Har Ki Dun Trek?

Sankri, a remote village in Uttarkashi is the basecamp of Har Ki Dun trek. 

What is the duration of Har Ki Dun Trek?

Har Ki Dun trek spreads over seven days, including travel to and from the basecamp. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most of the mobile networks at the base camp in Sankri. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek. 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Uttarkashi. 

Carry a sufficient amount of cash with them. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared. 

You can carry the cash for cab fare and food to and from the base camp. We suggest carrying a minimum of 5-6k to ensure you have enough funds for your journey.

Will there be hot water facilities?

It is recommended to drink water from natural sources when acclimatizing to the temperature of the mountains. Since resources are limited at high altitudes, we do not provide hot water. However, during the winter months, when natural water sources freeze, we do provide water to our participants. Another reason for avoiding hot water on our trek is to prevent health issues such as diarrhoea.