Har Ki Dun

Region: Garhwal ( Uttarakhand)
Duration: 7  days
Grade: Moderate +
Best season: Mar – June &  Sep – Dec
Start/end point: Dehradun
Highest altitude: Jaundhar Glacier (4300m)

The Har Ki Dun valley, also known as the "Valley of Gods", is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above sea level and is snow-covered from the month of October to March.

For people who love to see flowers there is a small stage possible on the day we leave for Seema from Har Ki Dun to a place called Haata. The meadows here are almost fully carpeted with alpine flowers and make a very pleasing sight. Contrary to the popular belief Har Ki Dun trek not a very easy trek and has long walks on almost all days and is suitable for seasoned trekkers as well as fit beginners. This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas. We drive from Dehradun to a beautiful village called Sankri where we spend the first night and from here a short 40 mins drive the next day gets us to Taluka, a small market place which is our starting point. From here we trek up to a place called Seema, walking through beautiful forests and interesting villages.
 

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Activities : Trekking

Accommodation :

Day 1:Overnight in Hotel.(Sankri)
Day 2: Overnight in Tents.(Seema)
Day 3: Overnight in Tents.(Har - ki - Dun)
Day 4: Overnight in Tents.(Har - ki - Dun)
Day 5: Overnight in Tents.(Seema)
Day 6: Overnight in Hotel.(Sankri)

Please Carry :  Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

1.    Jeans / Trekking Pants-2
2.    Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
3.    Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
4.    Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
5.    Good quality jacket
6.    Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
7.    Woolen cap
8.    Woolen gloves
9.    Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
10.    Scarf/muffler (optional)
11.    Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
12.    Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
13.    Raincoat / Poncho
14.    Small light weight towel
15.    Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
16.    Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
17.    Sun glasses
18.    Walking stick / Trekking pole
19.    Sunscreen Lotion
20.    Lip Balm
21.    Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
22.    Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
23.    Personal toiletries
24.    Book, if you like reading
25.    Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
26.    Carry rain cover for your bags
27.    Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
28.    Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

All the items : Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.

Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Equipment Rental/Purchase :

EQUIPMENT RENT
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250
Down jacket (for additional warmth) 300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60
*Cost in INR per day  
*Taxes extra  

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay Rs.7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 15 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.

Food :
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast

Medical Facilities:  First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Disclaimer : While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.

ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.

 

Dates For 2018:

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DATE        

We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Dehradun and drop them on the last day of Trek at  Dehradun.

Rates: Double occupancy : Rs 11,800/- +  2600/- Transport+1750/- porter (Optional)
             Single occupancy :  Rs. 14,580/-+  2800/- Transport +1750/- porter (Optional)

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 15 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.

Cost Include :  
Accommodation as per mentioned

Meals:
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast

High quality Camping arrangements

We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping.  Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek.

The following equipment is provided on the trek :

  • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
  • Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
  • Comfortable camping mattresses
  • Mess Tent
  • Camping stools & tables
  • There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
  • First aid/ medical kit    

Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks

Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations

Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee (if Any)

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Cost not Include :

  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • GST

Payment terms & Condition

All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:

We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing. Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)

Cancellation charges will be as follows

  • Minimum: 10%
  • between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
  • between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
  • Last 15 Days: No refund

Cancellation charges will be applicable on total programme cost.

Please Note : Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you. Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.

 

Sketch Itinerary
Day 1: Dehradun - Sankri (2000m) (Drive / 200 kms / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 2: Sankri (2000m) - Taluka - Seema (2560m) (Drive 40 mins & Trek / 15 kms / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 3: Seema (2560m) - Har - ki - dun (3566m) (Trek / 5 - 7 hrs)
Day 4: Har - ki - dun (3566m) - Hata Valley (3850m) - Har - ki - dun (3566m) (Trek /7 - 8 hrs)
Day 5: Har - ki - dun (3566m) - Seema (2560m) (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 6: Seema (2560m) - Taluka - Sankri (2000m) (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs & Drive / 40 mins)
Day 7: Sankri - Dehradun (Drive / 200 kms / 6 - 7 hrs)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri (2000m) (Drive/ 200 KMS /6-7 Hours)
From Dehradun we will drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. We will stop for lunch en route. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part along the beautiful Tons river. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri we will check into the scenically located hotel Wild Orchid. Sankri is paradise on earth and we will take an evening stroll in this beautiful hamlet to get our muscles charged for the trek to come. Overnight stay in the hotel.
 
Day 2: Sankri (2000m)- Taluka – Seema (2560m)(Drive 40 mins &Trek/15 kms// 5-6 hrs)
We start the day with a short, scenic & adventurous drive to Taluka, starting point of our trek. The hike today is through beautiful mixed forest sections and along the Supin river. The gradient is moderate throughout with an odd steep patch in between. This region is blessed with a very old & unique culture which thankfully is still preserved. You will get a very up close & personal experience of it today. On the trail you will meet locals from the nearby villages and get to see the special construction style of the local dwellings. We will cross a few villages en route to reach Seema, a small market place. We will camp ahead of seema in beautiful fields by the riverside. Overnight in tents.
 
Day 3 Seema (2560M) – Har ki dun (3366 m)  ( Trek/ 5- 7 hrs)
After breakfast we cross over to the other side of the Supin river and negotiate a steep climb to get warmed up for the day's hike to come. It is delightful day where you catch some fabulous views of the Bandarpoonch & Swargarohini peaks and also of meadows and jungles towards the Ruinsara valley. There are interesting forests en route with lots of opportunities to see variety of birds and meadows having wild flowers.  Also to make it picture perfect there is an inviting waterfall and many small rivulets/streams. We reach Har-ki-Dun in about 5-7 hrs moving at a leisurely pace and soaking in the beauty of the valley. Reaching our destination Har ki Dun we land in absolute paradise. This open valley has been blessed with so many natural elements that one is pleasantly surprised by its beauty. There is a network of streams, many a meadows carpeted with flowers and big and small mountains spread all over. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Har ki dun(3366m)-Hata Valley (3850 M)-Har ki dun(3566) (Trek / 7-8 hrs)
On this day we trek to the magnificent meadows at Hata Valley. These are undulating meadows with never ending carpets of grass. These meadows provide amazing views of Hata peak. In the afternoon return back to har ki dun. Overnight in Tents.
Overnight in Tents.
 
Day 5: Har ki dun (3566 m) – Seema(2560) (Trek 3/4 Hours)
We have a leisurely breakfast today and have the option of trekking up to the beautiful meadows at Haata which will take 2-3 hours (round trip) or just relaxing at Har Ki Dun. After lunch we will hike down to Seema. Depending on the time we reach Seema we can decide to visit the ancient temple at the nearby village of Osla and also get a chance to interact with the locals and get to know more about their tradition & culture. Overnight in tents.
 
Day 6: Seema (2560 m) – Taluka – Sankri (2000 m) (Trek- /3-4 Hours & Drive / 40 mins)
Early morning, trek down from Seema to Taluka and from here drive down to Sankri. There will be plenty of opportunities today for a refreshing bath in the super cool waters of the many streams we cross/pass by. Overnight in the hotel.
 
Day 7: Sankri - Dehradun (Drive200 kms/ 6 -7 Hours)
Post breakfast, depart for Dehradun. You can also have a brief stopover at Mussoorie, one of India's most popular hill stations. The drive from Mussoorie to Dehradun would take an hour, from where you could continue ahead towards your onward destination. Trip ends here.

 

Reporting : Participant has to report at Dehradun on the day first at given time. and we will drop back to Dehradun the last day of the Trek.  

Food : Wholesome & Hygienic vegetarian Food will be served, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Special Jain / Swaminarayan food is also served at the campsite if mentioned in the application form.

Please Note : If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons we will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests

  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons we will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund.

Optional Charges :
Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.

Personal trekking Gear
You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

Transport Options (DELHI – DEHRADUN – DELHI)

For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Condition
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

When is the best time to go Har ki dun?
The best time for Har Ki Dun Trek  is during  the winter months of December,January,March, April and May. But this trek can be done and is enjoyable throughout the year.

Group size?
Anala Outdoors has a strict policy on Responsible Travel and keeping this in mind we do only small groups on any of our treks(max 12 people). This also means extra safety & personal attention for our guests.

Solo lady trekker?
They are as invited as anybody else and as safe as anybody else, which is absolutely safe. Also single women get to share the tent/room with other women only unless they have opted to take rooms/tents on single basis. If there is no other lady on the trip then they get to stay in the room/tent on single basis. Even if there is a single lady on our trip we will have a separate toilet tent while camping, only for ladies. Every trek is lead by two highly skilled and experienced mountaineering guide with good experience of travelling with groups so they ensure that within the group also a certain decorum is maintained
 
Drinking water?
Natural mineral water is present all over the trail. You have to carry water bottles.

Medical emergencies?
In case of any emergency one of our guides along with the porters and support staff will carry/accompany the guest back to the starting point of the trek from where he/she will be driven to the near hospital for treatment. We carry first aid arrangements and basic medicines with us on the trek.

Fitness level?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Har Ki Dun Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into  optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
 
Type of Footwear?
Although we recommend a high quality waterproof hiking shoes with good grips under them.

Loads of Enthusiam!! And a  pledge to leave no trace.

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.
 

  • Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘ANALA OUTDOORS PVT. LTD.’ Outstation cheques shall not be accepted.
  • Payment against dishonoured cheque/s shall have to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.
  • The balance payment is to be paid atleast 15 days before the departure of the batch. If the balance payment is not made on time, it would automatically be considered cancelled without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.
  • Camp may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the camp will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.
  • No refund shall be given if the participant terminates the camp at any point due to any reason.
  • Anala outdoors reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant on camp in event of unreasonable behavior at any time and no refund will be given in this regard.
  • The amount paid once is not-transferable to any other programme or to any other person.
  • Jain food may be served on specific request, subject to availability.
  • In case the camp duration is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, each participant will have to pay Rs. 400/-per head, per day to the group leader.
  • It shall be the participant's responsibility to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.
  • The organisers or any individual connected with the camp shall not be held responsible in case of any accident or any unforeseen natural calamity.
  • In any case of injury or severe illness where upon the participant has to be admitted to the hospital or sent back by flight or any other means of transport, then those charges shall be entirely borne by the participant .
  • Organisers will not be responsible towards any internal disputes arising with fellow participants.
  • We are not bound to provide name address or any other personal details of other participants.
  • The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss/theft of the participant’s luggage and belongings.
  • Anala outdoors has the right to use the participant's name, information and photographs in promotional materials, brochures and press releases.

Disclaimer:  While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.