Trekking takes you places but you explore yourself. Treks are usually all about walking from one place to another, if put simply. It is the destination and the trail that makes the trek what it really is. Treks are one of the best outdoor holiday activities that provide thrill and adventure along with serene views and exciting experiences that take you on a ride (figuratively, of course). A lot of times people trek without any prior research or incomplete knowledge which, as we all know, can be dangerous. So here is an article to fill you in on the Har Ki Dun trek.
The name Har ki Dun signifies that it is the valley of the Gods. It is in the shape of a cradle surrounded by mountains. Situated in Osala of Uttarakhand, Har Ki Dun trek or Har Ki Doon trek holds a firm place in the foothills of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas present in the Har Ki Dun valley. Har ki dun trek can be gotten to through the Govind National Park which is famous for its humongous variety of vegetation. The trail will take you through an outstanding variety of landscapes like alpine Meadows, forests, hills, valleys and what not.
The Har ki Dun is located at an approximate altitude of 12,000 feet above sea level.
The trek covers a distance of 56 kilometers.
The distance of 56 kilometers along with the climbing is covered over a span of 7 to 9 days.
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The Har ki Dun trek stands at a difficulty level of being moderate to easy but it is recommended to be physically prepared for the trek in advance for beginners since it can be a little challenging at places for them.
Start and end points
Sankri which can be reached from Dehradun easily is the commencement point or the basebase and the final destination is the Har ki Dun valley after which the descent begins.
Who can visit
Anyone who has a general level of fitness and is regularly partaking in physical activities over a course of at least 3 months prior to the trek is a good match for the trekkers who go on the Har ki Dun trek. If you have a medical condition please disclose it for your own safety and you will have to get a certificate from your healthcare provider. In general also a medical certificate is asked for.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the Har ki Dun trek is from March to May. Till April you can even find snow on the trail. Monsoon trekking is not advisable since the trails can be slippery.
Along the way, accommodation is provided as per availability. Tents are the outdoors and most sure of availability options whereas lodges or hotels are rare and a bit too expensive.
Most trekking companies and guides follow the itinerary that leads the trekkers from Sankri to Gangaad or Chillurgad. From there the actual trek begins which goes to Simatra. The Har ki Dun is explored after reaching Simatra for a day after which the descent starts on the same route.
What to carry
Here are a few items that every trekker must have apart from their personal needs
- First aid kit
- Ponch or any appropriate rain gear
- Energy drinks
- Trekking shoes
- Walking stick if needed
- Proper gear against the cold
This list is non exhaustive and general but keep in mind that you should only take what is absolutely essential since you are the one who will have to carry it through the whole trek.
Some examples of what NOT to carry would be
- Too many clothes
- Cards (since there are no ATMs or card accepting vendors)
- Plastic disposables.
- Trek guides are provided to groups for guidance along the trail
- Campsites are present at a reasonable distance considering every type of trekker in the group
- Medical aids are near
- General essentials carried by guides as well
- Well explored trail
This is one of the most traveled on treks because of its serenity and less challenges making it enjoyable for all types of trekkers. The weather in the Har ki Dun valley is usually pleasant in the summer months with the occasional light rain but that is not a problem. The landscapes attract trekkers from all over the world. The night time sky is a treat to all the star gazing fanatics.