Are you ready for the best Winter Trek of 2021-2022?
Uttarakhand is a beautiful state full of flora and fauna. Uttarakhand is blessed with a number of Bugyals (Alpine Meadows in the Himalayas), holy rivers, beautiful waterfalls and snow-clad mountains and this is why Uttarakhand captivate everyone's mind.
In this post, we are going to talk about one such beautiful valley that's located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and is known as Har Ki Doon Valley / Har Ki Dun Valley. Whether it's summer or winter, Har Ki Dun attracts tourists every year, the reason for this is the lush green meadows and mesmerizing views with clean blue sky, the cool breeze blowing softly and the river swaying like a snake in the blue. Whoever comes here, stays here.
Not only summer, since a couple of years, this place is becoming favourite destinations of travellers in winters also. During winters this place remains completely covered by snow.
Har Ki Doon is located in Uttarkashi district and is one of the best trekking in Uttarakhand state, is called the land of God. It is situated in the lap of mountains along the rivers Rupin and Supin, tributaries of the Yamuna river. It is a very inaccessible region located between the upper Himalayas.
When it comes to trekking, Uttarakhand is the best place for trekking in India. Tourists visiting here can admire the natural beauty here. Har Ki Doon is one such amazing trek that has attracted trekkers across the world for decades. The trek is located at an altitude of 3556 meters above sea level and is surrounded by cedar forest. The Himalayas Har-ki-Doon, also known as the Valley of the Gods, is a beautiful place to see in the modern era. Tourists visiting here will get a lot of peace as well as feel the beauty of nature. Moving towards Har-Ki-Doon, you will know many such areas of Garhwal, which are very beautiful, while trekking in Uttarakhand, you can feel nature and see some of the most beautiful places in your life. It is an 8-day long trek, starting from Dehradun and returning to Dehradun, during trekking, trekkers can see five beautiful places in Garhwal including Sankri, Taluka, Osla, Harkidoon and Jaundhar Glacier.
Har Ki Dun / Har Ki Doon trekking during winters...
Har Ki Doon trek located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand is considered to be the best place for trekking in winters. Yes, you heard that right, even more, beautiful than Kedarkantha Trek.
Har Ki Dun is known as the Valley of the Gods, a beautiful place to visit in the modern era. Moving towards Har Ki Doon, you will come across many such areas of Garhwal which are very beautiful. While trekking here, you can feel the beauty of nature and see some of the most beautiful places of your life.
While trekking in Har Ki Dun, trekkers can see five beautiful places of Garhwal which include Sankari, Taluka, Osla, Harki Doon and Jaundhar. The beauty of this valley is uncanny, the entire walking route has adequate accommodation for tourists at reasonable prices by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. It is a mythological belief that Yudhishthira went to heaven only through the Swargarohini mountain.
There is also an unknown and beautiful lake known as Morinda lake that is located within the Har ki doon valley. If you want to visit Morinda or Marinda Tal then you can start your trek from Taluka village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. While trekking to Morinda Tal, you will pass through terraced lands, lush green dense forests of Deodar and pine, remote villages of Garhwal, waterfalls, sprawling meadows and picturesque views of Garhwal Himalayas ranges.
While on your trek to Morinda Tal/Marinda Tal or Maninda Ta, you will pass through rocky terrain and sometimes and dusting winters you will pass by glaciers. Forests here in Har ki Dun valley is rich in flora and fauna which is what nature lovers and wildlife photographers want. Har ki Dun Valley comes under Govind wildlife Sanctuary. Trek to Morinda tal starts from Har Ki Dun. With an altitude of 3700 meters, Morinda tal also leads a way to experience the Barasu pass. This lake is a 3 km uphill hike from Har Ki Dun valley.
Govind National Park
Govind National Park is located in Uttarkashi district, it was established in 1980. This national park is spread over an area of 472 sq km. In Govind National Park, animals such as bears, snow leopard, black bear, monal are found.
How to reach Sankri / Taluka?
Sankri is the starting point of the trek, so to reach Har ki Dun first you need to reach Sankri.
Airport- The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport. The distance of Sankri from Jolly Grant Airport is 223 kilometres. You can easily go by taxi from there. Railway Station - Nearest railway station is the Dehradun railway station. The distance from Dehradun railway station to Sankri is 198 kilometres. From there you can easily go by taxi or car.
Day 1 - Dehradun to Sankri/Taluka
Altitude - 1950 m Distance - 200 km drive Time - 7 Hours
This day, you will drive from Dehradun pickup point to Sankri/Taluka, a village in Uttarkashi District. The total distance from Dehradun to Sankri is around 200 km and it takes roughly 8 hr to reach the destination from the starting point.
The last ATM is at Purola so please keep the case money as required. Stay in Lodge or Homestay.
Day 2 - Sankri/Taluka to Seema/Osla
Altitude - 2600 m Time - 6-7 Hours
Distance - 10 km
After having morning breakfast, you will start your trek from Sankri /Taluka to Seema. You will cover 14 Kms and it will take you around 6-7 hrs. Spend the night in the tents provided.
Either you will take a taxi to drive from Sankri to Taluka which takes around an hour. Or you will start trekking towards Osla, which is located at an altitude of around 2500 m.
You will pass through the Siyan Gad after crossing a bridge and then you will find two routes, one leads to Dhatmir village and the other to Osla. After crossing a bridge of the Supin river you will encounter wild orchids. Barking deers are also found in this region but for that, you need to be lucky. During winters, you can also encounter snow leopards here.
Tonight you will be spending your night in comfortable camps underneath the sky, you will be provided with a bonfire where you can enjoy yourself with your friends or you can warm yourself.
Stay in tents.
Day 3 - Seema/Osla to Har ki Dun
Altitude - 2950 m Distance - 8 km Time - 6-7 Hours
After having morning breakfast, you will start your trek towards Har ki Dun. You will cover 12 Kms and it will take you around 6-7 hrs.
During the trek, you can explore the unknown side of this hidden valley in the Gharwal Himalayas and you will be mesmerized by the pleasant views of valleys and snow-capped mountains.
After walking for a couple of hours you can settle down for lunch and take some rest. The progressive ascent of Har Ki Doon Trek is embellished with flora and fauna. This beautiful valley offers eye-cathing views of Swaragarohini Peak and Jaundhar glacier.
Stay in tents.
Day 4 - Har ki Dun to Jaundhar Glacier/Maninda Taal ( If weather is fine and the route is open )
Altitude - 3400 m or 3950 m Time - 8-9 Hours
Distance - 15 km
Wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise from Swargarohini Peak. Here you can either visit Jaundhar Glacier or Maninda Taal.
Marinda Tal or Morinda Tal is one of the unknown places located in the majestic valley of the Himalayas in Uttarkashi District. Marinda Tal which is also known as Maninda Tal or Morinda Tal is a beautiful high altitude lake on the way towards Har Ki Doon Trek. Marinda Tal / Maninda Tal is located in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and is 3 km ahead of Har-ki-Dun Valley and at a distance of 31 km trek from Taluka village.
Indulge your eyes with a panoramic view of the vast white snow and enchanting meadows around 55 KM
Since you are on a winter trek you can play with snow here. Stay in tents.
Day 5 - Har ki Dun to Seema/Osla
Altitude - 2500 m Distance - 8 km Time - 6-7 Hours
After having your early morning breakfast you will start your trekking back to Osla/Seema. This trek will take around 6-7 hours and that's the reason you need to be hydrated all the time on the route.
While trekking back to Osla, you will dive into the beauty of magnificent valleys, picturesque landscapes, a wilderness full of flora and fauna and etc.
After your arrival at Osla, you will spend your nights either in the rest houses or tents.
Day 6 - Trek from Osla to Sankri/Taluka
Altitude - 1950 m Distance - 10 km Time - 6-7 Hours
After breakfast, you will start your trek to Taluka and this part of the trek is a paradise for flora and fauna lovers. You will have mouth-watering food during the trek and if lucky you are going to see some migratory birds flying in the snow-peaked Himalayas.
Today you will be doing a trek of around 10 KM through which will pass through more precipitous terrains and remarkable environs. Today your journey will take around 6-7 hours till you reach Taluka.
From Taluka you will sit in a taxi and reach Sankri which is at a distance of 12 km from Taluka and this journey will take around an hour.
Day 7 - Sankri to Dehradun
Distance - 200 km driving Time - 6-7 Hours
Today your Har Ki Doon trek package will come to an end. After having your breakfast you’ll be driving back to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun by 9 PM
Things to know before you visit Har Ki Dun.
Carry enough warm clothes and a pair of shoes for the trek.
Don't use earphones while trekking; since you might not able to hear nearby sounds and another person.
Please don't use plastic bags in mountains and try to maintain a balance with nature.
The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone, and you are advised not to litter else you will be fined.
Try to save as much water as you can since it is a very precious thing, so conservation is appreciated.
You need to follow all the guidelines issued by the State-Government. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitization and use of mask recommended.
You need to carry a valid ID and provide it at the time of check-in.
The exact location and the pickup location will be shared with you post-booking.
As a trekker, you must not expect luxuries. Also, electricity may be available only at a few locations.
Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill them.
FAQs related to Har Ki Dun Trek
How long is Har Ki Dun Trek?
If you are going for Har Ki Dun that includes Ruinsara Tal Trek then you will trek for around 70 km. If you are doing Har Ki Dun with Maninda Tal or Marinda Tal, then you will trek for around 47 km. If you are doing Har Ki Dun with Jaundhar Glacier, then you will trek for around 51 km.
Which river originates from Har Ki Dun glacier?
Har Ki Dun glacier is a source of the Tons river. Tons river is a tributary of the Yamuna River. You will see these two rivers when you travel from Dehradun to Sankri.
How can I get to Rupin pass?
Rupin Pass Trek starts from Dhaula Village which is around a 10 to 11 hours drive from Dehradun. To reach Dhaula Village, you need to take a taxi from Dehradun.
How difficult is Har Ki Dun Trek?
Har Ki Dun is an easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty level. It is a complete 6-7 days trek that can make you tire and some people also get fever due to stress.
Which is better Kedarkantha or Har Ki Dun?
Let's first compare both in terms of availability. You can visit Har Ki Dun Trek for at least 8 months every year whereas on the other side you can enjoy Kedarkantha Trek for around 4 months of winter and spring only. Har Ki Doon trek located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand is considered to be the best place for trekking in winters. Yes, you heard that right, even more, beautiful than Kedarkantha Trek. Not only summer, since a couple of years, this place is becoming favourite destinations of travellers in winters also. During winters this place remains completely covered by snow.
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