HAR KI DUN

HAR KI DUN

Duration: 07 Days

Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Season: Nov – Jan and Mar-May

Region: Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Altitude: 12000 ft

9,500.00

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SKETCH ITINERARY

DAY 01: PICK UP FROM DEHRADUN RAILWAY STATION/ DRIVE TO SANKRI (7-8 HOURS)

DAY 02: SANKRI – TALUKA – OSLA (DRIVE 00:45 HRS | TREK 05-06 HRS)

DAY 03: OSLA – HAR KI DUN (TREK 05-06 HRs)

DAY 04: HAR KI DUN – JAUNDHAR GLACIER – HAR KI DUN (TREK 07-08 HRS)

DAY 05: HAR KI DUN – OSLA (TREK 04 HRS)

DAY 06: OSLA – TALUKA – SANKRI (TREK 04 HRS | DRIVE 00:45 HOURS)

DAY 07: SANKRI – DEHRADUN (DRIVE 7-8 HOURS)

DESCRIPTION

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.

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.

Itinerary

DAY 01: PICK UP FROM DEHRADUN RAILWAY STATION/ DRIVE TO SANKRI (7-8 HOURS)

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 02: SANKRI – TALUKA – OSLA (DRIVE 00:45 HRS | TREK 05-06 HRS)

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 03: OSLA – HAR KI DUN (TREK 05-06 HRs)

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 04: HAR KI DUN – JAUNDHAR GLACIER – 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 05: HAR KI DUN – OSLA (TREK 04 HRS)

We start our return journey from Har ki Dun back to Osla down the same trail. Overnight in home stay/ tents.

DAY 06:OSLA – TALUKA – SANKRI (TREK 04 HRS | 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 07: SANKRI – DEHRADUN (DRIVE 7-8 HOURS)

Our services end as we drive back to Dehradun leaving after breakfast in Sankri.

PRICE INFO

PRICE INCLUSION

  • Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house /hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
  • Outdoors Enthusiasts Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an Himalayan Experienced and certified Mountaineer as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
  • Services of a Professional Outdoors Team: A team of an Experienced High Altitude Cook, Camp Staff, Porters / Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian And Western food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
  • Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment 4 Season Northface, Vango,Blackdiamond Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Climbing ropes Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We Assure you that by Exploring in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we can provide to you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.

PRICE EXCLUSION

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Dehradun / Haridwar / Rishikesh Food and stay in Dehradun are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun/ Haridwar/ Rishikesh we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Dehradun and vice versa and Travel expenses from Dehradun /Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath And Joshimath To Dehradun /Haridwar/Rishikesh is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags (Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, orders Tea houses or Boarding house, Tips for Guides etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • 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
    • >40 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 25-40 Days: 70% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 25-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <20 Days: No refund
  • 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

LIST OF ESSENTIALS

  • T-shirts
  • Trekking Pants
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm Fleece
  • Thermal inner wear
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • muffler
  • Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Poncho
  • Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Trekking pole
  • Torch

DISCLAIMER

GoclimbUp takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However, in the case of any unforeseen mishaps,GoclimbUp LLP. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All participants would be required to sign an Disclaimer Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

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