Har-ki-doon Valley Trek
Har-ki-doon translates to ‘Valley of Gods’, and the valley of Gods it is!
Har-ki-doon valley is situated in Govind Pashu National Park in the upper reaches of Garhwal Himalayas. The area was declared a national park in 1955 in order to protect wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard, brown bear, flying squirrel and a variety of birds.
River Supin keeps one company all along the trek, gurgling and meandering through the valley. Unlike on most trekking routes in the Himalayas, the picturesque campsites next to the river are expansive.The wide valley offers great views of towering snow-clad peaks. The meadows at Har-ki-doon are a sight to behold just after the monsoons, with acres and acres of wild flower blooms. Swargarohini (6252m) is the most impressive peak visible from Har-ki-doon while Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and innumerable other 5000m+ peaks can also be seen.
Those wanting a tougher hike in the mountains can do the one-day trek from Har-ki-doon to Jaundar glacier and back.
Difficulty Level: TYL!
Season: April through May, September through December
Trip Duration: 7 days/6 nights (Dehradun to Dehradun)
Trek Duration: 6 days
Max Elevation: 3550m
Region: Uttarkashi Dist, Garhwal region of Uttarakhand
Costing: Adults - Rs. 19000, Children below 12 years - Rs. 16000
|Day 1||Dehradun||Mori||After breakfast set off to Mori. Stay the night at a beautiful campsite by river Tons|
|Day 2||Mori||Pauni Garat||About a 2-hour drive to Taluka (2100m) on a bumpy road. Then a 4 hour trek to Pauni Garat (2600m), 3 km before Seema.|
|Day 3||Pauni Garat||Kalkatti Dhar||Trek to Seema, cross bridge and trek along right bank of river Supin, up to Kalkatti Dhar (3200m). 4 hours|
|Day 4||Kalkatti Dhar||Har-ki- doon||Easy 3-hour trek to Hari-ki- doon. Short exploratory treks in the afternoon|
|Day 5||Har-ki- doon||Optional trek to Jaundar glacier or Maninda lake|
|Day 6||Har-ki- doon||Pauni Garat||As the the trail is mostly downhill it is possible to cover this distance in about 6 hours though it took 2 days on the way up.|
|Day 7||Pauni Garat||Mori||Retrace the path back to Taluka and drive back to Sankri and there onwards to Dehradun|