₹2,400.00 – ₹26,000.00
TRIP CODE : TR01
DURATION : 07 Days
DIFFICULTY : Moderate
SEASON : Jan – Dec
REGION : Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
MAX ALT : 4300 mts (Jaundhar Glacier)
Departure Date : 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep,
7 Oct, 14 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct
4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 24 Nov
Day 1: Pick up from Dehradun Railway Station/ Drive to Sankri (7-8 hours)
Day 2: Sankri – Taluka – Osla (Drive 00:45 hrs | Trek 05-06 hrs)
Day 3: Osla – HAR KI DUN (Trek 05-06 hrs)
Day 4: HAR KI DUN – Jaundhar glacier – HAR KI DUN (Trek 07-08 hrs)
Day 5: HAR KI DUN – Osla (Trek 04 hrs)
Day 6: Osla – Taluka – Sankri (Trek 04 hrs | Drive 00:45 hours)
Day 7: Sankri – Dehradun (Drive 7-8 hours)
Har k i dun (Har – Shiva, Dun – Valley) means Valley of the Gods. In the far western frontier of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand bordering Himachal Pradesh lies the Govind National Park that covers the watershed valleys of Rupin, Supin, Tons and Yamuna rivers. Har k i dun (12,000 ft) valley runs along the Supin River that leads to the beautiful Mt. Swargarohini (6,250m) group of peaks (I, II & III) and Jaundhar Glacier. Also to the east lies the Bandar Pooch massif, Mt. Kalanag (Black peak) and Ruinsara Taal (lake), to the west lies Maninda Taal and Rupin river valley and to the north lies Chitkul on Baspa river valley of Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh. This region provides a lot of options for trekking and climbing expedition like Rupin Pass, Borasu Pass, Maninda Taal, Satopanth Taal, Ruinsara Taal trek, Mt Kalanag, Satopanth and Swaragrohini peak expedition. The 25 km long Hark i Dun trek starts from Taluka with overnight stay at Osla (13 kms) and reaching Hark i Dun Camp site (12 kms) next day and further to Jaundhar Glacier and back. Other places covered during this trek are Gangani, Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhar.
It is an easy-to-moderate trail crossing wooden bridges, multiple streams, terraced wheat fields, ancient villages with rich history and mythology, unique wooden temple architectures, thick pine and rhododendron forests, lush green mountain meadows, and flower blooms. A spectacular view of snow clad mountains, glacier basins and moraine ridges make this count among the best and beautiful hiking trails in India and happens to be on the bucket list of the travelers and hikers all around the world.
Himalayan langurs, mountain goats, black bears, wild boars, deers, colorful monal (state bird of Uttarakhand) are found in this region.
Source: Google Maps, An ariel view of Hark i Doon Valley and Swargarohini peaks
Bramhakamal (Saussurea obvallata) a rare and legendary flowering plant is also native to the upper reaches of mountains. Another native is Keera Jari or Yarchagumba (Nepali), a fungus growing on caterpillar of Ghost Moth that is prized as “Himalayan Viagra” and sells for very high value. Locals are known to be using more than hundred species of Himalayan plants and herbs like Aesculus indica, Asparagus filicinus, Berberis chitria, Bidens biternata, Cannabis sativa, Cinnamomum tamala, Solanum ferox, Thalictrum foliolosum, Viola canescens, Zanthoxylum armatum etc for traditional Ayurvedic medicines and other uses. Wild Himalayan cannabis plants are found in abundance in and around Osla and one might see one of the local elders smoking cannabis using a traditional ‘Chillum’. At night, if the sky is clear, one can clearly see our Milky Way galaxy in all its glory and this might be a good time to capture some stunning photographs of the night sky and create night time-lapses.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>This place boasts a rich unique history, folklores and cultural ethos that is both mystical and mysterious. There are two local tribes Jaunsar and Bawar who claim to be direct descendants of Pandavas and Kauravas of the ancient Aryan – Kuru kingdom famous for India’s and world’s greatest poem “Mahabharat”. Their dialect is different from Garwahlis. Jaunsaris live in the lower altitudes and Bawar live in the upper snow clad remote villages. Bawar is a predominant tribal community having very limited social contact with the outside world that has enabled them to preserve their culture and traditions which have lured many famous historians and anthropologists for conducting research work in this region. The seeds of Hinduism were sowed in these valleys by the sages (Munis & Rishis of Vedic period) and dates back to Iron Ages (3000 – 10000 BC) and gave the world Spiritualism. This region hosts one of the very few temples dedicated to Duryodhana Maharaj from Mahabharata. The wooden Someswara temple was built at Osla by the people of this valley who still worship the Kauravas as their ancestors. It is believed that on the death of their king, Duryodhana, these people cried their eyes out and the river called ‘Tons’ or ‘Tamas’ or ‘Karmanashini’ was formed out of their tears! The end of Mahabharata war marks the beginning Kaliyuga period. The idol of Duryodhana is rotated for worshipping across several village (Jarkhol, Rekcha, Rala Sankri, Sauni, Saturi, and Panwari) temples during festivals. Naubati is the practice of traditional beating of drums thrice a day in respect of the beloved king. Jaunsari community reveres to ‘Mahasu Devta’ which is one of the principal deities of Jaunsari tribes Notable local festivals include Magh Mela and Bissu that marks the harvesting period. The local people wear colorful ethnic dresses ‘Thalka’ or ‘Lohiya’ (long coat), sing melodious folk music, Rajput priests, Sayanas (village headman) join and Bagjis play dhol (drums) and perform folk dances like Barada Nati, Harul and Raso and entire villages take part in religious processions. During Magh Mela villagers sacrifice ‘Maroj’ to their deity as according to a local legend it is believed that Maroj haunted in the valley for years. Age old culture and rituals like polygamy and polyandry and occult were found to be in practice until recently although not common now. Their culture tends to be more liberal and their women enjoy greater freedom of choosing their husbands and divorcing. Another practice is when groom’s family need to pay a price for the bride unlike the dowry system prevalent on other Hindu communities. They religious belief is “Athithi Devo Bhava” meaning “Guest is equivalent to God” which can be easily surmised in the gracious way they welcome their guests and play perfect hosts. The simplicity of these people and charm of easy going slow placed village life is a pleasant sight for tourists to enjoy far from the madding crowd of city life.
Last but not the least it is debatable if Mt Swargarohini (Path to Heaven) is the actual mountain Pandavas took in their attempt to reach Heaven along with a dog (Yamaraj in disguise) where while others perished, only Yudhistira the eldest brother could make it. Although, Hindu mythology claims that it was Mount Sumeru that remains hidden in some other dimension during the Kali Yuga period.
So there’s a lot to explore and discover in the myths that remain associated with places in this Trek apart from the stunning views of Himalayas making this trek very special.
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DAY 1: Dehradun to Sankri (7-hour drive)
Early in the morning we start our drive from Dehradun to Sankri. It will take 7 hrs to reach Sankri at 6,300 feet, covered by a waft of clouds, gateway for your trekking journey. We will stay overnight in our hotel at Sankri.
DAY 2: Sankri to Taluka to Osla (Drive 00:45 hours | Trek 05-06 hours)
Today we leave early morning for Taluka, a small mountain village which about an hour’s drive from Sankri. This is where our actual trek begins. We’ll trek our way through evergreen Himalayan broadleaf forests along Tons river and we spend the night in Osla, another mountain village. Overnight in home stay/tents.
DAY 3: Osla to Har Ki Dun (Trek 5-6 hours)
We start trekking from Osla passing through endless meadows of alpine flowers that will literally go over our heights. As we near Har Ki Dun the views are guaranteed to get more and more magnificent. End of the day, we camp for the night under the stars in the Valley of Gods!
DAY 4: Har Ki Dun to Jaundhar glacier/Hata valley and back to Har Ki Dun
We have the option to trek towards Jaundhar glacier which will be in complete contrast to every landscape you’ve encountered during previous three days. Jaundhar at 14,200 feet altitude will add an element of high altitude mountain scenery to your trek. You catch some close-up views of the Swargarohini peak sitting over 20,000 feet that according to legends, the Pandavas scaled on their way to heaven. Jaundhar hike will be about 15 kilometers twoways and it will be a relatively difficult day hike. For members not wanting to go here, we have the option to explore around Hata valley, a beautiful valley nearby.
DAY 5: Har Ki Dun to Osla (Trek 4 hours)
We start our return journey from Har ki Dun back to Osla down the same trail. Overnight in home stay/ tents.
Day 6: Osla to Taluka to Sankri (Trek 4 hours | Drive 00:45 hours)
This will be the final trekking day of your journey as we hike back to Taluka from Osla and then drive our way upto Sankri. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun (Drive 7-8 hours)
Our services end as we drive back to Dehradun leaving after breakfast in Sankri.
AT LEAST 2 guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will 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.
Accommodation in Hotel Wild Orchid Inn in Sankri on single/double/triple occupancy basis.
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:
3/4 season imported alpine tents
Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
Good quality camping mattresses
Hot water in the night (during the trek)
Toilet tents with portable toilet seats
First Aid / Medical kit
All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee
First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
GoclimbUp takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However, in the case of any unforeseen mishaps,GoclimbUp will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.