The Har Ki Doon Trek, a winter wonderland and trekker’s joy, is a stairway to paradise that will make you fall in love with it. The thing that makes it an alluring trek is its availability both in summer as well as the winter season. It’s a lovely walk to the Har Ki Dun valley with fascinating perspectives of the Swargarohini set of peaks. Har Ki Dun is a major source of the Yamuna River System and the primary source of the Yamuna’s largest tributary.
It takes you through a few of the most charismatic alpine meadows and pine woods that are a treat to the eyes. During winters the snow-covered trails seem mesmerizing as and when the sun attempts to peep behind the clouds. One of the earliest Treks in the Himalayas, known as the valley of Gods’, a few think it’s the same route taken by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata on their ascent to heaven. Swargarohini–the snow summit, the vision that dominates this trek conveys a legacy of the mythical stairway to heaven.
It’s a delightful experience when you are camping close to the flowing river, the woods are rich in fauna and flora which has an engaging vibe of its own. From this vantage point, you can see Swargarohini — I, II, III, Bandarpoonch, and Black peak. The Har Ki Dun Trek takes you through a number of those ancient villages that are 2,000 years old. It provides you with an insight into the lives of those natives who are residing here in the valley. This trek is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and shutterbugs. You may even spot a variety of species of birds that thrive in this area. Capture some thrilling pictures on the road which will last a lifetime.
Other attractions include the temple in Osla that’s devoted to Duryodhana, which was built by the inhabitants of Saur. From Sankri, which is on the steep mountain trail to Har Ki Doon, it’s around 13 kilometres. It is a 5,000-year formation of wooden chambers which are carved elegantly.
Apart from the long hours of trekking for 6 hours, the challenge of Har Ki Doon is dealing with the constant rain. The peak period of the year for this trek isn’t wintered after a snowfall however in summertime frequented by rain. Proceeding through green foliages dripping with pearls of rain is a gorgeous encounter but trekkers have to be well equipped for it. Rain trekking essential like a poncho, waterproof covers, anti-diarrhoea medicines, and water-resistant trekking boots is a must before with this trek. No matter what the requirements are, this mileage provides you vibes of visiting a wonderland.
- Day 1 – Dehradun to Sankri:
The journey starts with a 10-hour drive from Dehradun to Sankri on the first day. You’re expected to reach Dehradun railroad station by 6:30 in the morning. To achieve on time, you can reserve an overnight Bus/Train out of Delhi to Dehradun ISBT. The street is through and through picturesque with pine tree forests starting on both sides of a road that catches up on a parallel to the course of the river Tons.
Stopping in an hour, we’ll have lunch someplace by the street at an inn. Reaching Purola, you should get done with important calls and internet usage because hereafter, the connection will become fuzzy. BSNL is the only efficient service available in this zone with limited suppliers. After freshening up in the guest house, you’ll acquire enough time to learn more about the market close by. Trekking essentials, clothing, and equipment are available in the bazaar in Sankri, in case you need last-minute shopping for the venture beforehand.
- Day 2 – Sankri to Pauni Garaat:
We launch our drive from Sankri to Taluka at 7 a.m. on day two. This brief push through slowly thickening forests and streams cutting through the path over boulders will introduce us to the terrain of the trek carefully.
Reaching Taluka, another village of the same lineage discovered with this trek, trekkers will be invited to accumulate refreshments before getting going on the increase.
The first lapse is a descent into the banks of the gorgeous Tons and keeping the river on the right, the road enters a flat walk through forests of conifers until reaching the very first cemented bridge.
Crossing the stream, the trail leads up to a wooden bridge by which a gentle incline goes down to the waters. Here you may fill your bottle and proceed ahead. The whole way across the river is ideal for picture compositions and supplies shade also. We approach the remainder point for lunch from the Supin tributary that we crossed before at around 1 in the noon.
In a rocky elevation in the banks of the rivulet is a food shack, among the many that we’re going to find on our trek to the valley. These shops are with packaged food and beverage together with delightful sexy snacks. It will bring a new twang of joy to outside meals on the go, in addition to our packed lunch.
Progressing ahead, harvest areas of potato, millet, and maize will collapse on the way giving the whole stretch a ranch home texture. Pauni Garaat, a green clearing on the banks of Supin at its sprightly best arrives in the afternoon as the Sun begins to dive welcome to the first camp!
- Day 3 – Pauni Garaat into Kalkattiyadhaar via Osla:
Pauni Garaat to Kalkattiyadhar is a distance of 7 km over 6 hours that we start the first morning at 6. The idyllic vibe retained in the surrounding, the trek profits through harvest lands, cattle grazing, and slant-roofed huts used as granary and storages. Right between the woods of cashew nuts and walnuts is located the tranquil village Oslo. A preacher of Mahabharata’s Duryodhana is said to live in this village. The villagers are welcoming. After a short discussion, continue ascending.
With this incline, you will get fabulous viewpoints to sneak glimpses of the Dhauladhar Range out front. Snaky paths to Borasu Pass and Baspa Valley may also be made out from here. The large trail winds farther down reaching a tabletop green elongate –Kalkattiyadhar. This is the campsite for day 2.
- Day 4 – Kalkattiyadhar to Har Ki Doon & rear to Kalkattiyadhar:
Now you’ll begin early as in comparison to other days. However, mesmerizing the perspectives were before today, get ready to experience something more. The road will go into the glacier basin having moraines and alpine meadows. Tall pine trees will soon be greeting you at every step.
Until you reach the Har Ki Dun valley, the path is a combination of moderate and steep ascents. Just as you climb high you can view snow patches and frozen waterfalls. In winter these sections are covered with snow. A valley is a celestial place displaying immense beauty in 1 sight. The valley is also an amazing amalgamation of meadows, frozen streams, coniferous forests, glacier moraines, and the background of enormous peaks.
Attempt to engulf everything. After exploring the valley creating memories for a life we return to our final campsite at Kalkattiyadhar.
- Day 5 – Kalkattiyadhar to Pauni Garaat through Osla:
Starting today, the trek is simply a return trip. Today, we’ll retrace our steps into Pauni Garaat through the Oslo village. Here is another opportunity to relive the minutes together with the calm villagers. Tell your goodbyes to them and the lovely sights that surround you.
Follow the same trail as of sooner and reach the campsite of Pauni Garaat. Enjoy your last few minutes of nightlife in the mountains.
- Day 6 – Pauni Garaat to Sankri through Taluka:
A 5-hour trek to Taluka sets off this morning, climbing down by the familiar road, stopping at recognizable rest points. The car waits at the end of the dirt road to push back foundation camp-wards. Pay particular attention to descending tactic. Though climbing down accounts for lesser fatigue, stressing out your soles with large steps is inadvisable. Sankri will arrive at the time for tea.
The journey concludes with all the 10-hour drive from Sankri into Dehradun. Dinner and breakfast will be on the road. Reaching time in Dehradun station is going to soon be 6 pm, appropriate for an overnight journey to Delhi.