Valley of Har Ki Dun will provide glimpses of the unexplored Himalayas and you can indulge in the valley’s panoramic vistas of prominent peaks, including Bandarpunch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini.
Note, this trek isn’t a walk in the park. It takes 7-8 days to traverse through rustic routes carved out of mountains over the ages, with the abundance of alpine vegetation. But, hey, isn’t that what makes it worth the effort? Besides, you’ll have plenty of time to rest in between, and you might even meet the locals and experience an amalgamation of local cultures and practices that help them meet their day-to-day challenges at these rough terrains.
The nearest air and rail connectivity to Har ki Dun is in Dehradun, which is a 10-hour drive from Sankri, the base point of the trek. But trust us, the drive is worth it. You’ll pass through Taluka, a serene hamlet featuring Kumauni cultures, and Pauni Garaat, where you’ll halt before heading to Kalkattiyadhar, and finally, Har ki Dun. On your way back, you can cross another Himalayan village, Osla, before reaching Sankri and eventually Dehradun.
During your trek, you’ll explore Govind National Park, home to the Rupin and Supin valleys that forms a catchment for the main tributary of River Yamuna. You’ll also get to experience Taluka village, where heart-warming locals welcome visitors for night stays and meals at a nominal price. And don’t forget to visit the Someshwar Mahadev temple in Sankri, a religious site that hosts annual festivals and fairs.
Now, the big question: when is the best time to trek? The answer: throughout the year, except during the monsoon. The region experiences snowfall between December to April, making it a serene winter wonderland.
So, are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to Har ki Dun? Pack your bags, grab your trekking shoes, and let’s go!