Har Ki Dun is one of the lesser-known trek destinations of Uttarakhand. Situated at an elevation of 3566m and surrounded by the high snow-capped mountains lies this valley with a lot of nature and adventure to offer. The soaking beauty of the place has gained popularity in recent times and is also known as a beginner's trail. The place invites people from different age groups because of its easy ascent and majestic views. Har Ki Dun comes under the Govind Ballabh Pant National Park and has varied flora and fauna. It is a treat for nature lovers and photographers as they get an abundance of wildlife and vegetation throughout the trek. You also get to see interior villages and their culture which is still untouched and in pure bliss.
Har ki dun is about 4 days and 3 nights trek. Har ki dun located at an altitude of 11,700ft, is one of the most mesmerizing valleys in the Garhwal Himalayas. it is also known by another name "the Valley of God". the valley is beautifully surrounded by alpine vegetation and is extremely rich in flora and fauna. The valley is connected to Baspa valley through Borasu pass and is the main source of the Yamuna River.Best Time to Trek Har ki dun :- 1. March to June. 2. September to December.
Today is going to be tough day as we will walk about 14kms uphill towards Osla which might take us 6-7 hours. So, leave early and grab a heavy breakfast and drive up to Takula. You will cross wooden bridges made over water streams and a huge constructed bridge over Supin river will be a landmark. From here our hike will get steep for next 4kms. The trail is rich in flora and fauna and covered with rhododendrons, walnuts and chinar all over. The terrain will become more natural and meadows will welcome you as you reach Osla village. We will camp here for tonight under the stars and wide open sky. Talk to the locals at the village and get different perspectives about the lore’s of the place.
Today the terrain will be less demanding but we still will have to cover 11kms to the valley. Pack your tents early and start moving uphill. Har Ki Dun is situated at the foothills of Hata Peak and a stream flows in between the valley dividing it into two parts. Lush green orchids and nature to offer you the best views of Swargarohini and Juandhar glaciers. Set up your camps early and have a treat of hot tea and nature’s music. In winters the entire valley is covered with snow which gives a pleasant scenic view on full moon nights.
Even today we will rise up early to see the breathtaking sunrise from behind the Swargarohini Peak. Leave your camps here as we will head back to the campsite in the evening from Jaundhar Glacier. Jaundhar is the largest source of Tons river and we as humans are lucky enough to see the origin of a river today. It is a widespread piece of land and snow which leads you through rocky terrains and massive mountains. Head back after soaking the natures beauty within you. We will camp[ at the previous day’s site today. Take proper rest and keep yourself motivated enough to reach back to Osla tomorrow.
As we head back today towards Osla village make sure you don’t miss the beauty of the places you cross. After walking 12kms downhill we will be in a place where humanity and nature come together to give you an experience of culture and heritage. Osla village is on the right of Seema village, yet another piece of beauty. By this time, you would be tired and exhausted but keep up the spirit and sleep with a beautiful thought in your mind. we will cover 14kms downhill and reach Sankri before sunset. Sankri is hamlet offering village life and tourism at its best. Have dinner at the locals and spend some time with the nature.
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