Har Ki Dun

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Difficulty LevelModerate
Duration7 Days
Start PointDehradun
End PointDehradun
Altitude / Trek Distance⛰12,500 ft / 📍20 kms

Har Ki Dun Trek overview & Itinerary

Har Ki Dun Trek is a beautiful trek which go through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers especially orchids. This area has some of the most beautiful forests. It was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940’s.The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Banderpoonch Range are a mountaineer’s delight. The Har-ki-dun valley is famous for its flowers and meadows. The path follows the tons river from Netwar village up through the scenic villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla. Har-ki-dun has many camping places and also a forest guest house. A rest day is ideal to explore the nearby jamdar glacier or make a short excursion to Ruinsara Lake.

A winter wonderland and a trekker’s delight, the Har Ki Dun Trek is a stairway to heaven that will make you fall for its beauty. The thing that makes it an alluring trek is its accessibility both in summer as well as the winter season. Har Ki Dun valley is situated at the western flank of Garhwal in the Uttarkashi district is very popular to the trekkers as well as that to the climbers. It is a lovely walk to the Har Ki Dun valley with fascinating views of Jaundhar glacier and Swargarohini group of peaks. Har Ki Dun catchment area is a major source of Yamuna River System and the main source of the largest tributary of Yamuna.

It takes you through some of the most charismatic alpine meadows, glaciers and pine forests which is a treat to the eyes. During winters the snow-covered trails look mesmerising as and when the sun tries to peep behind the clouds. One of the oldest Treks In Himalayas, known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, some believe it’s the same route taken by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata on their ascent to heaven. Swargarohini—the snow peak, the vision of which dominates this trek bears a legacy of the mythical stairway to heaven.

It’s a delightful experience when you’re camping near the flowing river, the forest here is rich in flora and fauna which has an engaging vibe of its own. You are able to see Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Blackpeak from here. The Har Ki Dun trail takes you through some of the ancient villages that are 2,000 years old. It gives you an insight into the lives of the locals who are residing here in the valley. This trek is heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbugs. You can even spot various species of birds that thrive in this region. Capture some thrilling pictures on the trail which will last a lifetime.

Other attractions include, the temple at Osla which is dedicated to Duryodhana, was built by the inhabitants of Saur. It is about 13km from Sankri which lies on the steep mountain trail to Har Ki Doon. It is a 5,000-year formation of wooden chambers that are carved elegantly.

The challenge of Har Ki Doon, besides the long hours of trekking for 6 long hours is coping up with frequent rain. The peak time of the year for this trek is not winter after a snowfall but in summer frequented by rain. Proceeding through green foliages dripping with pearls of rain is a beautiful experience but trekkers must be well equipped for it. Rain trekking essential like poncho, waterproof covers, anti-diarrhoea medicines, and water resistant trekking boots are a must before for this trek. Whatever the conditions are, this trek surely gives you vibes of visiting a wonderland.

What is special about Har ki Dun trekking?

  • An easy to moderate grade trek which is perfect for beginners as well as experienced trekkers
  • One of the most beautiful valley treks of India
  • It is said that the Pandavas followed this trail it has many mythological stories associated with it
  • One gets to witness some remotest villages and explore the culture and lifestyle in these villages
  • A very picturesque location with grand views of the Swargarohini peak


Day 1: Dehradun to sankri travel

  • The Travellers will be picked up from Dehradun and then travel to Sankri Village in Uttarkashi District. The drive is a picturesque one through the Yamuna and Tons valley across the Yamuna Bridge.
  • You also go through some beautiful villages like Nainbagh, Nowgaon, Purola, Jarmola, Mori and Netwar. Have a glimpse of local life of villagers, see their beautiful small houses and people working in fields.
  • Reach Sankri by evening. Check in Hotel.
  • Stay and dinner in hotel in Sankri

Day 2: Sankri to taluka drive, Taluka to Chilurgad trek

  • Drive from Sankri to Taluka after breakfast.
  • Reaching Taluka, we will start hiking beside the ever-flowing Tons River.
  • You get to encounter beautiful scenery, so enjoy the view while hiking to the campsite.
  • Lunch on the way
  • We will reach the campsite in the late afternoon.
  • Relax at the campsite and enjoy the vicinity of the campsite
  • Evening walk/Evening snacks.
  • Dinner followed by rest.

Day 3: Chilurgad to Har ki dun Camp

  • Wake up early in the morning and freshen up for the day ahead.
  • Start trek after breakfast. 
  • Reach the campsite for lunch.
  • Take rest at the campsite.
  • Evening walk/evening snacks.
  • Dinner followed by rest.

Day 4: Exploration day at Har ki Dun Camp

  • Wake up early in the morning and freshen up for the day ahead.
  • Start trek after breakfast to Har ki Dun  and jaundhar Glacier
  • Return to Camp site by evening
  • Dinner and Rest at Camp site

Day 5: Har ki dun Camp to Chilurgad trek

  • Wake up early in the morning and freshen up for the day ahead.
  • Start trek after breakfast. 
  • Packed lunch on the way.
  • Relaxed forest walk combined with boulder walk
  • Riverside camping in the valley
  • Evening walk/evening snacks.
  • Dinner followed by rest.

Day 6: Chilurgad to Taluka trek and drive from here to Sankri

  • Wake up early in the morning and freshen up for the day ahead.
  • Trek after breakfast. 
  • Reach Taluka in the afternoon then drive to Sankri.
  • Rest in the hotel in Sankri.
  • Dinner followed by rest

Day 7: sankri to Dehradun drive

  • The journey concludes with the 10 hour drive from Sankri to Dehradun after breakfast.
  • Reach Dehradun by evening. 
Your Trek with TheSearchingSouls completes here. Plan your journey ahead accordingly


Trek Essentials

TSS Jumbo Bag

  • Backpack/Ruck Sack (at least 55 Litres) and a small day bag ( upto 15 litres) for summit day
  • Poncho/Raincoat and Rain Cover for Ruck Sack
  • 2 Quick Dry T-shirts (preferably Full Sleeves) and Track Pants
  • Warm Jacket preferably a down jacket or an equivalent heavy jacket to protect from cold at night
  • Comfortable Shoes with a good grip and ankle support. We recommend Quechua Forclaz 100 or similar shoe
  • A pair of fleece jacket or fleece upper
  • Good Thermals for insulation at night
  • Lip Balm and Cold Cream
  • Sun Cap or Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Dark Sunglasses. People who wear spectacle may use photochromatic lenses in their spects
  • 2 pair of warm socks and at least 2 pair of normal cotton socks
  • 1 Pair of slippers/Sandals
  • Woolen Cap and Gloves for night
  • Toiletries – Tooth brush, Tooth paste, Liquid soap, Hand Sanitizers, Slippers, Light Towel, Toilet Roll (Avoid wet tissues as they are not eco friendly)
  • Torch or Headlamp with extra pair of batteries 
  • Personal Medical Kit: Diamox-Mountain Sickness, Crocin-Fever, Avomine-Motion Sickness, Avil 25mg – Allergies, Combiflam, Disprin-headache, Norflox TZ & Lomofen-diarrhea, digene-acidity, omez/rantadine  antacid, crepe bandages, band aids, ORS, betadiene or antiseptic cream, moov spray/volini, cotton, gauze.                                                            
  • Water bottle 1 L or Hydration bag 2 L
  • Other personal accessories – Camera, Tripod, mobile charger, power banks(as there will be no electricity during the trek)


  • Note: AC doesnt run on hills in fixed departure batches. Standard Non AC vehicles are provided for transportation
  • Being a high altitude trek, this trek is suitable for climbers with good physical condition and stamina.
  • This is a tentative itinerary which may change as per weather conditions
  • We expect you to carry your rucksacks, in case if you want them to be carried by mules back pack offloading charge up to Rs. 300/bag/day is applicable
  • In case of any natural calamity the company will not be able to refund the trip charges, for more details check our cancellation policy
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