Har Ki Doon Trek
Region : Garhwal Region (Uttaranchal)
Altitude : 3566 m Above Sea Level
Timings : Mid-April to Mid-November
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Haridwar - Renuka - Taluka-Osla - Har Ki Dun -mid way Camp -Ruinsara Tal-Yamnotri - Mussoorie - Delhi
Har ki Dun Trek, situated at an elevation of 3566 metres is surrounded by glittering peaks and dense forests. The forests are rich in wild life and are a veritable paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers.
Tour Highlights :
Haridwar : The holy city of the Hindu's on the banks of river Ganges. An important pilgrim centre with many important temples and 'Ashrams'. Yamunotri : The source of the river Yamuna. One of the 4 'Dhams' (place of pilgrimage) of Garhwal. Mussoorie : Popularly known as the 'Queen of the Hills', this is an important hill station in the Himalayas.
Har Ki Doon Trekking Tour :
Day 01 : Delhi - Haridwar
Early morning arrival at Delhi. 0700 hrs departure by train to Haridwar. Day at leisure to explore this holy town. Visit the 'Aarti' (holy ceremony) performance at the river 'Ghat' at sunset. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 : Haridwar-Renuka
Drive to this little lake nestled in the 'Shivalik' foot hills. En-route visit the Sikh temple at Paunta Sahib on the banks of river Yamuna. Evening at leisure to explore the surroundings. Overnight in Hotel / Guest House.
Day 03 : Renuka-Taluka
Drive to the road-head at Taluka. It is a long journey through the picturesque Garhwal mountains. Taluka is located at 1900m next to the Har ki dun river amidst beautiful forests. Overnight in Forest Bungalow.
Day 04 : Taluka-Osla
Begin the trek; a gradual ascent brings you to the picturesque Osla village along the swift rivulet. Overnight in Forest Bungalow. ( 12 Kms, 5-7 hrs walking ).
Day 05 : Osla-Har Ki Dun
Climb to the higher reaches of the mountains to reach Har Ki Dun (3566m), the beautiful 'Valley of Gods' ! Overnight in Forest Bungalow. ( 11 Kms, 5-7 hrs walking ).
Day 06 : Har Ki Dun
Day for rest.
Day 07 : Har Ki Dun
Day at leisure to explore the surroundings.
Day 08 : Har Ki Dun-Osla
Trace the route back to Osla. Overnight in Forest Bungalow. (4-5 hrs walking)
Day 09 : Osla-mid way Camp
Cross the river and take the trail to Saptrishi Kund. Halt mid way at a suitable site on the banks of Ruinsara stream. Overnight in Tents. (Aprox.8 Kms, 6-8 hrs walking).
Day 10 : Camp-RuinsaraTal
Continue the uphill trek to this small lake in the high reaches of the Himalayas. Overnight in Tents. ( Aprox. 8 Kms, 6-8 hrs of walking ).
Day 11 : Ruinsara Tal
Day for rest.
Day 12 : Ruinsara Tal-Yamnotri
From here the trail is generally downhill; reach Yamnotri- the source of the river Yamuna, and an important Hindu pilgrim centre. Overnight in Guest House / Forest Bungalow. ( Aprox. 8-10 hrs of walking ).
Day 13 : Yamnotri-Mussoorie
Trek down to the road-head and proceed by Jeep to the hill station Mussoorie- overlooking the Doon valley. En-route visit Lakhamandal- a site associated with the heroes of the epic 'Mahabharata'. There is an ancient temple and cave formations which are of interest. Overnight in Hotel at Mussoorie.( 10 Kms trek from Yamnotri to road-head; 3-4 hrs walking ).
Day 14 : Mussoorie-Delhi
Day at leisure to explore the town. After lunch, proceed to Dehra Dun to board the 1700 hrs Train to Delhi. 2230 hrs arrival at Delhi; proceed to the Airport for onward flight back home.
When To Trek :
A trek into Har Ki Dun can be undertaken fom mid-April to mid-November. The post - monsoon season is ideal for trekking. However, the local trekkers continue to to trek up the valley as far as Osla, in the heart of winter too.
How To Get There :
There are regular bus services from Mussoorie and Dehra Dun to Sankri. There are buses to Sankri from Shimla and Uttar Kashi too. Beyond Sankri, there is a jeep road to Taluka.