Har Ki Dun Valley (15 Nights / 16 Days)
Duration: 15Nights / 16Days
Max Altitude: 4800 Mts
Best Time: Mid
April to June & Sep to Oct
Difficulty: Moderate Trek
trekking trip for adventurous nature lovers, keen to explore
a remote Himalayan valley, has all the classic attractions:
ascending gentle trails through luxuriant oak and conifer
forest and past traditional Hindu mountain villages to the
alpine meadows where mountain peaks soar above Hari-ki-dun
(the Valley of Gods). Har - Ki - Dun nestles in the NW corner
of Garhwal near the Satluj - Yamuna watershed and remote
western hills of Uttarkashi district. The valley is dominated
by Swargarohini (6252 mtrs). Though less known than the
famed Valley of Flowers in the Indian Himalaya, the Valley
of Gods boasts richness in the variety of flora. Situated
in the upper catchment basin of the Tons River, Hari-ki-dun
is one of the most fascinating and least visited areas of
the Garhwal Himalaya. This area harbours almost all the
major groups of the high altitude flowers, birds and animals
in the Himalayan zone.
Arrival in New Delhi, reception upon at Indira Gandhi International
airport New Delhi. Transfer to hotel.
02: Delhi - Dehardun by Train - drive Mussourie 2001 mtrs
Today after breakfast an early departure to railway station
to catch the Shatabdi train to Dehradun (capital of Uttranchal
state). Arrive dehradun & 34 Km drive to Mussourie.
Mussourie is situated in between Shiwalik ranges in the
Himalayan foothills. Which presents a spectacular and snow-clad
peaks of Western- Garhwal Himalaya also Doon valley below.
03: Mussoorie: Acclimatization
Free day in Mussoorie, visit Mall road: A long promenade,
visit Gun Hill by ropeway to have a panoramic view of Himalayan
massif of Western Garhwal regions and walk along the ridge.
There is also a Tibetan settlement in Mussoorie with Tibetan
04: Mussoorie - Sankari - Taluka (160 km 7/8 hrs drive)
Today we drive from Mussourie to Sankari, which is our starting
point of trek. The route from Mussourie goes down to Yamuna
bridge at Yamuna river and further to Natwar at Ton valley.
Natwar which is an entrance of The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary.
It is located in Purola tehsil of Uttarakashi district of
Garhwal. Natwar, the entrance and starting point of the
sanctuary, at a distance of 200 km from Dehradun. This wildlife
sanctuary has a large number of mammal species: Snow leopard,
Black bear, Brown bear, Musk deer, Bharal, Himalayan Thar.
The endangered birds are Monal pheasant, Koklas pheasant,
Western Tragopan, Himalayan Snow cock, Golden eagle, Bearded
vulture, cuckoos, owls & bulbuls etc.
Although there is a jeep road completed to the village of
Taluka (elevation 1900 m.) we drive to a point just past
Sankri and spend the late afternoon walking the last 8-10
km. to stretch our legs after the drive and to break in
our hiking boots! We camp near Taluka amid the wild roses
and the deodar trees.
05: Taluka - Osla (2559 mtrs.) Trek 13 km, 4/5 hrs.
Today we cross the Siyan Gad by bridge, further trail climbs
to Dhatmir village. Later we cross the river towards right
side of Ton river. The route is dotted with tea - shops
and local Dhabas. Osla has very dense forests of Walnut,
Chestnut, Willows and Chinars. Enroute visit the Ghangore
Vilalge & local temple.
are fairly 42 well populated village in the area of sanctuary,
some are at height of 2900 mtrs. The people are living a
primitive life and still in many ways depend of forest for
many of their basic needs. The villagers worship the Kauravas
and Duryodhana of Mahabharata is the main deity. The temples
have beautiful wood carvings.
06: Osla - Har Ki dun (3506mtrs) trek 14 km, 5/6 hrs.
Today after Osla we continue trek to Har Ki Dun. The trail
and surroundings is extremely picturesque. Which is 5/6
hrs walk. Little steams crosses our path. As the trail climbs
gradually through lush green terraced mountain fields and
spotted with varied wild flowers. Har Ki dun has a back
drop of snowy mountain peaks. Enroute we will have a wonderful
view towards East of Ruinsara Gad: Kalanag peak (6387 mtrs),
(Bandar punch 6316 mtrs), Swargarohini (6252 mtrs), Juandar
glacier towards North and dense forests. It is one of the
most picturesque spot in the Garhwal Hills. That's why it's
called DEV BHOOMI (valley of Gods).
07: Har Ki Dun - Borasu Pass - Har Ki dun 6 km
An ideal base for exploring the valley. Morning after breakfast
trek ascend gradually towards Borasu Pass. which divides
Har Ki dun with Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh. We wind
our way high above the valley to pass and enjoy the beautiful
surroundings. Later afternoon we retrace down to campsite.
08: Hari-ki-Dun - Dev Sach (14 km, 5/6 hrs)
From Hari-ki-dun we go back down the trail but then take
the route to Dev Sach (elevation 3000m), a large meadow
where local Gujar shepherds graze their buffalo.
09: Dev Sach - Ruinsara Lake (12 Km, 5 hrs)
From Dev Sach we walk towards to Ruinsara Lake. The trail
takes us through mixed forest and meadows of flowers as
well as some beautiful waterfalls. It is a delightful walk
through the pine, fir, and juniper to the Lake, considered
sacred by the local villagers. Surrounded by rhododendrons
and shadowed by the impressive Swargarohini range, it is
a perfect picnic spot.
10: Ruinsara Lake - Foot of Bali pass (8 km, 4/5 hrs)
Today we steadly climb to foot or base of Bali pass. A majestic
trio of Kalanag, Bander Punch and Swargarohini peaks stands
in front of base camp.
11: Foot of Bali pass - Bali pass (4800 mtrs) - Yamunotri
(3165 mtrs) 9 km, 4/5 hrs
An early morning start trek for an exciting day for crossing
the pass. Bali pass is about 4800m, and it is not a glaciated
pass. However, it is a rocky. A pass between the Tons valley
and the Yamunotri valleys. From pass a magnificient view
of Swargarohini peak and below Ruinsara Gad. The route descends
through open meadows and later through forests to lead near
Yamunotri shrine. After crossing pass the trail is generally
downhill to Yamunotri. The source of the river Yamuna. One
of the four Dhams Shrines of Hindu pilgrims is dominated
by Bander punch (6361 mtrs.). Yamuna is also the daughter
of Surya the Sun. According to legend the temple must be
built every few years. There is a hot spring at Yamunotri
in which pilgrims immerse potatoes and rice in a piece of
cloth. The meal, which takes only a few minutes to cook
is then offered to the deity & later distributed as
12: Yamunotri - Janki chatti (2575 mtrs) - Hanuman Chatti
(2400 mtrs): 14 kms. 6/7 hrs trek
Today after Yamunotri trek along Yamuna river fairly downhill
to Janki Chatti than further to Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman
Chatti is the last motor point before heading to Rishikesh.
It's also a confluence of two holy river Yamuna and Hanuman
13: Hanuman chatti - Rishikesh
Today we drive to Rishikesh. Evening free.
14: Rishikesh - Delhi
Morning free to visit Temples and Ashrams. Late afternoon
transfer to haridwar railway station to catch the Shatabdi
train to Delhi. On arrivel Delhi, transfer to Hotel.
A full day city tour of old & New Delhi including the
Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated;
Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort
- once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
Afternoon, continue with the sight-seeing tour of New Delhi
visiting the Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, drive past India
Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence.
16: Delhi Departure
Transfer to International Airport