Surrounded by snow-clad mountains, the Har Ki Doon is one of the most alluring valleys of Uttarakhand. The trek to Har Ki Doon valley is one of the most sought-after treks in India. The trail of the trek is filled with thrilling views of the mighty Swargarohinis, Bandarpooch, Kalanag and numerous lakes and glaciers.

Har Ki Doon Valley

The trek starts from Sankri village, which is a base camp for more than 25 different treks. This trek will leave you enthralled by its scenic beauty. The trek is also recommended for beginners which makes it the perfect adventure.

This trek gives you a view of charming landscapes and its beauty is at its peak during the winter season when the mountains are covered in a blanket of snow.

About Har Ki Doon

Har ki Doon is a cradle-shaped valley located in the Gharwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand.’ Har Ki Doon’ means ‘ valley of the gods’.This valley is situated on the base of Fateh Parvat. This valley is about 3566m (11700ft) above the mean sea level. The valley has alpine vegetation and dense Pine forests. It is covered with snow in the months of

October to March. In the months of winter, it is no less than paradise on Earth and trekkers get enchanted by its beauty. It is accessible through Govind National park. The Har-ki-dun Forest Rest House is known for its location amidst a valley of wildflowers.

Har Ki Doon Valley.

The valley offers magnificent views of the Swargarohini (means a way to heaven) mountains. Some people believe that the Pandavas took this path on their way to heaven. There is a renowned temple dedicated to Duryodhana in the village of Osla that enlightens us about the ancient rituals of the people who worship Duryodhana as their god.

This uninhabited land,  that is home to a variety of flora and fauna and will leave you in awe of this godly land. The weather is generally pleasant.

It is one of the most sought-after treks in India. The trekking route passes through a densely forested region, sumptuous meadows, glacial ranges and mindblowing views of the Himalayas.

The fascinating open skies which are star-studded in the night will make your forget all your worries. People from all age groups are struck by the charm of this place. The valley also serves as the starting point for mountain climbers who want to conquer other Himalayan peaks.

During the trek, you will also pass through many old villages, some of them being up to 300 decades old. You will cross the beautiful Supin river with the help of a wooden bridge. You will also pass the famous Ruinsara lake and get a view of the turquoise blue glacial lake at the foothills of Mt.Kalanag.

Continuing on your trek will lead you to Jaundhar Glacier which is one of the finest examples of scenic beauty and  The Mahindra Tal which has crystal clear water.

The pristine beauty of this trek makes it a must-go for all travel addicts and nature-lovers. The Har Ki Doon trek will purify your spirit and soul, bringing a sense of tranquillity to your mind. 

Difficulty Of Har Ki Doon Trek and Required Fitness

The difficulty of the Har Ki Doon trek is easy to moderate. It is suitable for both first-timers and experienced trekkers. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being extremely easy and 10 being extremely difficult this trek would be rated at 4. The climber should be physically fit and it could get a bit hard for beginners.

The climber should have enough stamina to cover long distances while carrying a load of 10-15 kg on their backs. The climber should not have health impairments such as heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma and epilepsy. 

For experienced trekkers, it would be a great experience to watch the heavenly sights and enjoy the natural attraction provided by this trek. The climber should not have health impairments such as heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma and epilepsy. 

The duration of the Har Ki Doon trek is 5-6 days. You will trek for around 5-6 hours on each day of your trek.
The total distance you will cover in the trek is 45-50 kilometres.
The Har Ki Doon Trek has a maximum altitude of 3645 meters. The base camp Sankri is at 1920 meters.

Har Ki Doon Base Camp

Har Ki Doon Base Camp Sankri

The Base camp for Har Ki Doon is Sankri. The Sankri village is a scenic hamlet situated in the Uttarkashi district. It is the common base camp for more than 25 different treks.

Thus you will find many like-minded adventurous trekkers at the base camp. It is also the final road that heads to the Govind Balabh Pant Wildlife sanctuary.

The hamlet offers a view of the Himalayan skyline. The aerial view of the mighty Himalayas will welcome you to the base camp and refresh you from the travelling blues. This village has small umbrella-shaped houses and pristine pine trees which is a great visual beauty.

The houses are generally made from deodar wood are very quaint in size. The restaurants serve you delicious food which also consists of their local speciality ‘red rice’.There is no place better than Sankri to find out about the Himalayan culture. Sankri also has various sightseeing places and adventurous activities like zipline. Therefore the beautiful base camp will give an enthusiastic start to your trip.

There are numerous ways to get to Sankri as it is located only 200 kilometres away from Dehradun. If you are travelling from the other parts of the country you can take a flight to Delhi.

From there are many buses and trains available for Dehradun and other major cities of Uttarakhand. Sankri is well connected by road to the major cities of Uttarakhand and you can choose between  a bus or a cab ride as per your convenience

People willing to go on the Har Ki Dun trek should be at least eight years old.  

Best Time to Visit Har Ki Doon

Har Ki Dun

The ideal time to visit Har Ki Doon is Summer(April To June) and post-monsoon(September to December). If you want to see snow during your visit then, the perfect time would be winters.

In summers the weather is very pleasant. You will find clear skies and there will be minimum fog. Even if you travel in the summer, you will need light woollen clothes as the temperatures drop during the night.

During monsoons, the land is more prone to landslides, thus travelling in the monsoons is risky. 

However, the natural beauty is worth taking the risk.

During winter it is very peaceful and calm. The best thing about it in winter is that the valley and the mountains are snow-clad. The temperatures may drop to as low as -15 degrees Celcius.

Thus it is very important to carry proper woollen clothes and blankets, jackets and thermals.

Itenary of Har Ki Doon Trek

Day 1:Dehradun To Sankri

We start our trek by meeting at Dehradun station. It is a 10-hour drive from Dehradun to Sankri. On our way falls the beautiful hill station of Mussoorie making the drive very pleasant.

Travelling Distance:210 km

Travelling time:10hrs

Altitude:6500 ft

Day 2:Sankri-Taluka-Seema

We start the day by driving from Sankri to Taluka. We start trekking from Taluka. The trekking route from Taluka to Seema stays on the right side of the Supin river. The trekking route also involves crossing wooden bridges.

Travelling Distance:12km

Trekking Distance:14km

Har Ki Doon Trek

Day 3:Seema-Har Ki Doon

We ascend towards Har Ki Doon. While trekking you will get views of lush green meadows. After reaching Kalkati Dhar the trek becomes a bit easier on legs. You will also get a view of Hata Peak.

Trekking Distance:12km

Day 4:Har Ki Doon-Maninda Tal/Jaundhar Glaciar-Har Ki Doon

Enjoy the beautiful sunrise at Har Ki Doon. Relax at Har Ki Doon or go for a short trek to Jaundhar Glaciar or Maninda Tal.

Day 5:Har Ki Doon-Osla

After seeing the Har Ki Doon valley, its time to return. On our way, we visit the ancient village of Osla.

Trekking Distance:12km

Day 6:Osla-Taluka-Sankri

On the final day of the trek, descend back to Sankri.

Trekking Distance:14km

Travelling Distance:12km

Day 7: Sankri-Dehradun

Departure from Sankri village and reach Dehradun.

Travelling Distance:210km.  

Travelling time:10hrs

FAQs About Har Ki Doon Trek

Q.What is the height of Har Ki Doon?

Ans: The height of Har Ki Doon is 3566m (11700ft) above the mean sea level.

Q. Is May a good time for Har Ki Doon Trek?

Ans: The ideal time to visit Har Ki Doon is Summer(April To June) and post-monsoon(September to December).

Q. Is December a good time for Har Ki Doon Trek?

Ans: In the months of winter, the Har Ki Doon is no less than paradise on Earth and trekkers get enchanted by the beauty of Har Ki Doon valley.

Q. When is the best time to visit Har Ki Doon?

Ans: The ideal time to visit Har Ki Doon is Summer(April To June) and post-monsoon(September to December).

Q.What is the location of Har Ki Doon?

Ans: Har ki Doon is a cradle-shaped valley located in the Gharwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand.

Q.What does Har Ki Doon Trek cost?

Ans: The cost of Har Ki Doon trek varies from INR 8000-18000 depending upon the starting point, number of days, accommodation and the quality of services offered.

Q. What is the distance of the trek?

Ans: It is a total of 45-50km.

Q. Is this trek good for Solo Travelling?

Ans. If you’re an experienced Trekker, you’re good to go. For beginners, it is not advised.

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek, popularly known to the world as Himalayan Gypsy is an award-winning travel & street photographer based in India. He is an adventure freak and a digital nomad who likes to document India, its culture, heritage & architecture through his pictures and writes about his experiences on his blog. A banker by profession and a traveler by heart, he has been exploring India since his childhood during family vacations and school picnics which gradually turned into solo trips and guided tours. Today his work is known to the world through his numerous pictures published, featured, and exhibited in various popular magazines like DiscoverIndia, Natgeo Traveller India, Asian Photography Magazine, Chiiz Magazine, Nikon India, Wildlife India, etc.