Har Ki Dun literally stands for the Valley of Lord Shiva, Har (Shiva) & Dun (Valley). Amidst of this beautiful valley, lies the 3000 year old Har ki dun village which attracts people towards itself because of the ancient temples and villages. These isolated villages located in this peaceful valley of Har ki dun are still untouched by modern civilization.
Located in the Garhwal Himalayas of the Uttarakhand state in India, the har ki dun trek captivates the eyes of its visitors because of the tall snow clad peaks and alpine vegetation. Once you reach the destination, you will be able to catch the glimpse of the beautiful Swargarohini peak.
The legend says that Yudhistir - one of the 5 brothers of the pandavas from the mahabharata climbed this peak on his way to heaven. Har ki Dun Trek is one of the oldest treks in the valley of gods and starts from Taluka and is a week long trek.
During the trek the soothing gurgling sound of the flowing river, the chirping of birds, the green trees & the beautiful mountains will make you fall in love with nature all over again. The frequent accents & descents keeps the har ki dun adventurous and on a clear night, the stars in the sky will make you feel like you are roaming around in the galaxy and it's a fabulous experience to be there that you don’t want to miss.
Har ki Dun Trek is great for beginners as well as intermediate level trekkers, the valley remains covered with snow from December to March, generally people go for this trek during summers but it’s a multi-seasonal trek & can be done in the winters as well.
Your first day of the Har ki Dun trek will start with a 10-hour drive from Dehradun to Sankri Village. You need to reach the Dehradun Railway Station or ISBT by 8:00 am. To reach Dehradun on time, you can book an overnight bus or cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
Passing through Mussoorie- the Queen of the Hills on to Uttarkashi district, you will cross Naugaon, Purola, Mori, and Netwar before finally reaching village Sankri- the first stop on the trek. The route is picturesque with pine trees and the road runs parallel to the mighty Tons river. We would stop on the way to have lunch somewhere.
After reaching Purola, you should make all your important phone calls as after that the signal becomes weak and only BSNL network is available with limited connectivity. Upon reaching Sankri, you can freshen up at the Crazy Mountaineer’s homestay & you will get ample of time to explore nearby places and markets.
In-case you need last-minute shopping for your trek, trekking essentials, garments & equipment are available at the Sankri market,
Brief overview of the day:
On the second day we will drive from Sankri to Taluka in the morning. It will be a short drive of 12 km and takes about one hour. On reaching Taluka village, the trekkers will be given refreshments for the hike. You will start your descent to the banks of river Tons and the trail will enter a level walkthrough conifers forest until you reach the first cemented bridge.
After crossing the river by the bridge, the trail then leads up to a wooden bridge where you can fill your water bottles & move further. The trail provides a beautiful setting for clicking photographs. By lunchtime, we will approach the rest point.
Moving ahead, the fields of potato, maize, and millets will fall on the way and soon we will be nearing our first campsite as the sun begins to dip at Chillurgad which is a green clearing at the banks of super.
Breif Overview of the Day
From Chillurgad to Simantra is about a distance of 9 Km and takes around 8 hours. On the trail you will cross hydroelectricity run chafing units. These are used by the local villagers for processing millets and maize by removing husk from them and grinding them to obtain flour.
As you move forward you will find beautiful views of harvested lands and wooden huts that are used for storage purposes by the locals. The trail then turns for an ascent from where you can get breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar Range right in front of you.
Soon we will be reaching a green stretch of Simantra which will be our campsite for day 2.
Brief overview of the Day
On Day 4 we will push for Har ki Dun Village, on reaching the Har ki Dun, you can view the famous Swargarohini peak (The stairway to heaven). After spending some time at the village, we would head back to Simantra.
On day 5 we would go back from Simantra To Chillurgad Via Osla walking on the same trail we came from.
A 5 hour trek to Taluka will start in the morning, climbing down by the familiar trail, stopping at familiar rest points. The car waits at the end of the dirt road to drive back base camp-wards. Climbing down is generally easier but, stressing out with quick steps is not advised. On reaching Sankri, we will have tea and dinner at the Crazy Mountaineer Homestay.
Brief Overview of the Day
The journey will end with a 10 hour drive from Sankri to Dehradun. Breakfast will be provided in the morning
Brief Overview of the Day
You can board a flight for Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) from New Delhi. Jolly Grant Airport is around 25 Km from the Dehradun City. You will have to come a day before if you are planning to come by flight.
You can board the following two trains from Delhi to Dehradun
Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)
We will provide you pickup from Dehradun Railway Station.
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun you can board a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmiri
The bus would drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you will be picked up by us.
Food from Dehradun to Sankri is not included in the trek cost
Note : Normally The Crazy Mountaineers expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1500/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1800/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)
Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
One of the best treks i have done so far, the trail, the view of the mountains and the natural beauty of this trek is amazing. Thanks to the crazy mountaineers for making this experience memorable.
Har Ki Dun is a must visit for any nature lover. The trees, the rives, the villages everything is just beautiful. The trek leader was very supportive and friendly and the food on the trek was just awesome. Overall its been a great experience to trek with the crazy mountaineers. Keep up the good work.
Had an amazing experience on the har ki dun trek, it was absolutely mesmerizing. I was finally able to find the peace that you can never find living in the city. All the arrangements were amazing which was like the cherry on the top of the cake! Looking forward for going on more adventures with you guys.
The Crazy Mountaineers is the kind of trekking company we were looking for when we first decided that we will go on this trail. The prices and arrangements for the trip are perfect. Trekking with them gave us the raw feeling of being in nature that we never experience in our city life. Thank you for this wonderful experience.
It was nice to explore new places which are beautiful as Har Ki Dun Trek. I Enjoyed a lot this trek because I mate with new peoples and then we shared our life experiences and adventures . And in the End we became friends , I am so happy after doing this trek , it has filled my voidness.
Har Ki Dun Trek is a good trek for those who wanna start treking adventures. I would love to share my experience of my trek with The Crazy Mountaineers because there team was very helpful for us. I would suggest if you are new then please go with The Crazy Mountaineers and you will appreciate this.
The trek is for 5 days and 2 days are for the drive only. The Sankri Village is indeed beautiful and the hotel accommodation was great and had the best views of the mountains. We joined a group departure and it was the best group.
Exploration of 500 old villages was the best part about the trek. People do live the traditional way, growing its own food, the wooden houses and all. It was amazing seeing that and learning more about the village from the guide. Worth a visit.
This was an awesome trek which I ever have in my life. This has fulfilled my life with a lot of wonderful memories. If you want to make some new friends then go there I have found a lot of new friends there.
Har ki dun trek is wonderful trek with full of beautiful scenes. I enjoyed a lot in this trek with base-camping and maggie . I Loved this trek and enjoyed a lot.
All the greeneries make you feel so close to Nature and you will love this views . After going on Har-Ki-Dun trek .I was able to understand why people say this to the valley of Gods. All the sound of birds and Water is awesome experience of my life.