Har Ki Dun Trek
Har Ki Dun Valley: Popularly called the 'Valley of Gods', it is the easiest way to transport yourself from the material world of cities to the surreal world of the Gods. Perhaps this is why even the
Pandavas chose this as their route to 'Swargrohini'. Also called The Land of Lord Shiva, it borders Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
Gradual descends and easy ascends makes Har Ki Dun ideal for beginners. The air is filled with the music of the streams and waterfalls along which the trek proceeds.
What makes this Trek so memorable:
(A) Being a Valley trek, it can be done at any time of the year.
(B) Being a very old and popular trek, the trail is clearly marked. Hence there is almost no chance of getting lost.
(C) With villages at regular intervals, one can always halt the night in villages if one does not have trekking gear.
(D) Peaks like Swargarohini- I, II, III, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak along with the Ruinsara Peaks, are visible clearly.
(E) Shrouded with mystery and legends, every village has a unique story to tell about the glorious past of this region.
- Accommodation During the trek.
- All Meals Veg (Organic Mountain Food).
- Campfire at Campsite if (Available)
- Trekking Permit & Forest Camping Charges
- Safety Equipment (First Aid, Medical Kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Etc.)
- Service of an expert trek leader
- Service of an expert trek team (Guides, Cooks, helpers, porters, mules)
- Achievement Certificate
- Memories for a lifetime
5% GST Service tax.
Food during traveling from (Dehradun to Sankri & Return)
Backpack offloading charges addition (Rs. 150/ Per Day/ Per Bag)
Personal expenses of any kind.
Anything apart from the inclusion.
- Backpack & Rain Cover (50-6literre)
- Day Pack & Rain Cover (2literlitre, If you a hire mule or porter)
- Milton Thermos (1ltr) (Avoid Bisleri Bottles)
- Hiking Shoes waterproofwater proof and with ankle support)
- Torch (With extra batteries)
- Glucose, ORS, Chocolates, biscuits, and dry fruits
- Personal Medical kit (If required)
- Original ID Card
- Trek Pants – 2 Nos. (Avoid Jeans, Shorts, Capri, Fitting Denims)
- T-shirts – 4 Nos. (2 Full Sleeves, 2 Half Sleeves)
- Sweater – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Woolen)
- Jacket – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Down feather)
- Thermal Wear – 1 Nos.
- Gloves – 2 Nos. (1 Woolen, 1 Waterproof)
- Socks – 5 Nos. (3 Cotton, 2 Woolen)
- Warm Inner-wears
- Rain Coat / Poncho – 1 Nos.
- Handkerchief/towels – 1 Nos.
- Slippers – 1 Nos.
PROTECT YOUR FACE & HEAD
- UV sunglasses – 1 Nos.
- Caps – 2 Nos. (1 Sun Cap, 1 Woolen Cap)
- Balaclava – 1 Nos.
- Sunscreen Cream
- Body Lotion
- Lip Balm
- Toilet Paper & Wipes
- Tooth Brush & Paste
- Quick Dry Towel
- Books (If you like reading)
- Music Instruments (Guitar, Flute)
TIPS TO MAKE THIS TRIP MEMORABLE:
- a) Appreciate Nature for everything it presents you
- b) Temporarily leave behind the comforts of city life
- c) Utilize the silence to search for answers within
- d) See the beauty in physical hardship and endure the vagaries of nature
- e) Connect with your inner voice
- f) Take a break from the connectivity of Social Media
TIPS TO MAKE THIS TRIP PLEASANT:
- a) Carry all the items mentioned in the list provided by SkyHikes.
- b) Begin some fitness exercises about a month before the trek. Use stairs in
- place of Elevators
- d) Be polite to everyone including the villagers, shop keeper and vehicle
- e) Carry loose change, so that you can pay the shopkeepers the exact
- f) Be on Time and don't keep people waiting for you.
- g) Apologize if you have caused any inconvenience to others.
Day 01: Dehradun- Sankri (1920m) Drive/200 kms/8 hrs)
Day 02: Sankri- Taluka- Panwani Garaat (2500m) 40min Drive/ 5-6hr Trek
Day 03: Panwani Garaat (8280 ft) to Kalkattiyadhaar (8953 ft)/ 5-7 hr Trek
Day 04: Kalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) to Har Ki Doon (11511 ft) and Jaundhar Glacier View Point to Kalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) / Trek 8 Hrs
Day 05: Kalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) to Panwani Garaat ( 8280 ft) / Trek 5 HrsKalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) / Trek 8 Hrs
Day 06: Panwani Garaat (8280ft) – Sankri (7953ft)/ 4-5 hr
Day 07 : Sankri – Dehradun / 7-8 hrs
Day 1 Day 01: Dehradun- Sankri (1920m) Drive/200 kms/8 hrs)
The excitement begins at 7:00 am when your vehicle starts from Dehradun towards Sankri. You breathe a sigh of relief as your vehicle quickly leaves behind noisy Dehradun towards the welcoming heights of Mussorrie. You keep looking behind as the road spirals towards the sky. A final bye-bye to population and pollution. A brief halt for breakfast takes place at 9:00 am, and it's here that people begin to introduce themselves to each other. The newbies are all ears, to the veterans discussing what to expect. As the journey winds down the Kempty falls road and moves alongside the Yamuna and Tons of rivers, everyone is gazing outside. Some are busy clicking photos and videos. The Whatsapp messages have already started, with friends back home being given a feel of the trip. By the time you reach Purola at 1:00 pm, everyone is famished. A quick meal along with the last phone calls, and soon the journey enters the thick pine forests through Mori. The beauty around has already raised one's expectations of what to expect during the coming few days. Sankri arrives at about 4:00 pm and soon everyone is settled in their rooms. The icy cold waters in the tap welcome the guests. A sense of what to expect on the next day. The evening briefing after dinner and the final packing takes place before everyone retires early.
Day 2 Day 02: Sankri- Taluka- Panwani Garaat (2500m) 40min Drive/ 5-6hr Trek
Today is the day the trek finally begins. Those whose get up early dress up, pack up and sip their tea, waiting for the others to join them. Sankhri offers are lovely walk into the Apple orchards close by. The 12 km drive to Taluka village takes us to the starting point of the trek. The trail slowly descends, and slowly moves alongside the Supin river. The sun light keeps peeping through the conifers of Chestnut, Willow and Walnut. A five-ten minute halt, every hour ensures that everyone is hydrated and rested. The Packed lunch satiates the body, and slowly Pauni Garaat appears by about 3:00 pm. Situated at an altitude of 8280 ft, this village also houses an old temple of Duryodhan from Mahabharata. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 Day 03: Panwani Garaat (8280 ft) to Kalkattiyadhaar (8953 ft)/ 5-7 hr Trek
The morning Yoga invigorates the body and loosens the muscles. At 8:00 am after breakfast and the packed lunch in the backpack, the trail heads through the Govind National Park. While the trekking distance is shorter, the ascent is steeper. Glimpses of the Dhauldhar range are visible. Enough opportunities to click photos of villagers and their cattle. Alert bird watchers start identifying the sounds and keep looking out to spot their favourite birds. The camp site at Kalkattiyadhar arrives by 3:00 pm. After an afternoon nap, evening snacks are served in the dining area. Night halt in campsite at Kalkattiyadhaar (altitude of 8953 ft)
Day 4 Day 04: Kalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) to Har Ki Doon (11511 ft) and Jaundhar Glacier View Point to Kalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) / Trek 8 Hrs
Today is the day of the longest trek. It is also the day of fulfilment. It is also the day, where only the day bag has to be carried. With a lot of excitement in the air, the morning trek starts at 8:00 am, after a hearty breakfast. Winding through the conifers the Swargrohini peak is spotted far into the horizon. Within no time, the Shiva Temple at Har Ki Dun valley is reached, where everyone rests and congratulates each other. The trail downhill is always easier, and by 4:00 pm, the trek reaches Kalkattiyadhar campsite for the night halt.
Day 5 Day 05: Kalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) to Panwani Garaat ( 8280 ft) / Trek 5 HrsKalkattiyadhar (8953 ft) / Trek 8 Hrs
By now everyone is aware of the morning routine. By 8:00 am the trek starts its descent towards Pauni Garaat, and after covering a distance of 11 km, it reaches the camp site by about 2:00 pm. The overnight stay is at the Campsite
Day 6 Day 06: Panwani Garaat (8280ft) – Sankri (7953ft)/ 4-5 hr
Today is the day everyone is almost rushing towards Sankhri. The route is recognized and there is hardly any tiredness in anyone. The last few photographs are being clicked of the trees and the river. Everyone wants to take selfies with their new friends. The discussion has now shifted from the trek, to the next trek. Everyone is interested to know, which is the next trek to opt for. Within no time, Taluka appears, and after the 12km drive back to Sakhri, everyone freshens up, and starts preparing for the evening party.
Day 7 Day 07 : Sankri – Dehradun / 7-8 hrs
With a heavy heart, and frequent gaze towards the Mountains, trekkies enter their vehicle. Everyone has made a silent promise to the hills, that they will be back soon, to enjoy the heavenly beauty and surreal atmosphere. As the road winds through Mori, Purola and Mussourie, the vehicle reaches Dehradun by late evening. It is here that the this memorable trek culminates. The trail downhill is always easier, and by 4:00 pm, the trek reaches Kalkattiyadhar campsite for the night halt.
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