Har-ki-Dun Trek: The Ascent to the Heaven

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Perfectly perched at an altitude of 3566 m, Har-Ki-Dun is a cradle-shaped hanging valley in Uttarkashi district of the Western Himalayas. The trek meanders along the Tamsa River to Har Ki Dun valley.

Affectionately known as “Harphu” by the locals, the place is known for its rich flora and fauna. The trek trail is a safe haven to black bears, wild boars, barasingha, the Himalayan Monal, Himalayan griffins to name a few.

A captivating view of Har-ki-Dun

The valley epitomizes the far from the madding crowd spirit. It is believed that the Pandavas ascended to the heaven via Swargarohini (meaning “ascent to the heaven”), the mountain that dominates the Har Ki Dun valley. The valley is unique in ways more than one – you may see Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Black Peak, all together.

You may also get a glimpse of villagers in their traditional attire as they pass you by. People grow rajma, potato and rice for living. They also weave their own wool and make jackets and coats.

How to Reach Us

By Air 

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

By Train

Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi

Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)

Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)

By Bus

There is a regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trustworthiness.

Usually, buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.


Dehradun to Sankari Base Camp (6,400 ft)

The motor route offers some breathtaking views of verdant pine forests on the way. The journey is marked by the meandering rivers on the left – first the Yamuna and later the Tons. On the route to Yamunotri, you take a detour via Naugaon to reach Purola, a small town bustling with activity. Later on the route, you come across Naitwar, which is a confluence of the Rupin and the Supin. We move towards Sankari (1,950 m) – a quaint, small hamlet. It houses approximately 250 families and is also the basecamp for other treks including Kedarkantha, Bali Pass and Borasu Pass. The place offers a breathtaking view of Swargarohini.


Sankari to Puani Garaat (8,200 ft)

The route can be divided into motorable (Sankari-Taluka) and trek (Taluka – Puani Garaat). The motorable route offers a bumpy ride to Taluka, which offers an exquisite view through the rugged forest. It offers three big streams on the way, which pass through the road. The trail to Taluka is almost level, going through 10-11 mountain bends. Situated at an altitude of 2,424 m, Taluka is a small village and houses 10-12 shops. Henceforth you can catch a glimpse of other trekkers on the way too.Taluka marks the beginning of the trek. The trek trail is flanked by the Tamsa river on one side and the beautiful series of forest on the another. The fragrance of musk roses fills the soul with a fresh energy. You may also walk past irises, bamboo, chestnut and cedars. Look for an old village across the river on your left. This is Gangaad, which is the first village on the Har Ki Dun trail, provided you haven’t taken a wrong turn and landed at Datmir. During this spell, you finally reach a place where hydropower is used to run a mechanical turbine that grinds cereal into flour or garaat. This is Puani Garaat – the campsite where you can pitch your tent here for the night.


Puani Garaat to Seematra Thatch (9, 970 ft)

A few steep sections but generally leisurely level-walks take you to Seema, a breaking point for the Ruinsara Trek. The place has an ancient, picturesque wooden bridge. As you cross it and go to your left, the steep climb to Kalkatidhaar begins. The end of the climb offers a beautiful landscape worth every drop of sweat. The combination of lush green meadows on the left and the meandering river on the right offer a unique natural spectacle.

The trail crosses multiple stream as you trek forward. The verdant pine forest has a sizeable number of rhododendrons too. This is followed by a small waterfall called Green Waterfall as you leave the meadows behind. Ultimately, it offers a breathtaking view of the sublime mountain peaks – Swargarohini –I, Black Peak, and Bandarpunch. This is an indication that we have reached our halt for the day – Seematra Thatch.


Seematra Thatch (9, 970 ft) to Har-ki-Dun (11, 768 ft) and Return

One has to negotiate a steep climb as one begins the trek from Seematra Thatch. The view passes over boulders. The final forest stretch lies in front of you. After half an hour over a gradual incline, you traverse the forest ridge from the left side of the valley. The narrow stream called Karmanasha flows parallel to the trail. Do look for green-top Forest Guest House huts above a small ridge. It is further divided into two parts: the upper valley and the lower valley. The valley towards your left leads to the glacial lake Maninda Lake and Borasu Pass and the other, to Jaundar Glacier. Depending upon the season, you may also be fortunate enough to see the rare Brahma Kamal (aussurea obvallata) in abundance here.The sheer beauty of Har-ki-Dun is simply captivating. The very view of the vale fills you with a heightened exhilaration on having managed to unveil this beauty. After enjoying the resplendent beauty that leaves you wanting for more, the return trail begins from the valley to Seematra Thatch for a night halt at Seematra Thatch.


Seematra Thatch to Puani Garaat (8, 200 ft)

This return trek passes through the village named Osla, which is perched at an altitude of 8,500 ft above sea level. It has the Someshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Someshwar, who is considered to be an incarnate of Lord Shiva. The word ‘Someshwar’ means “the god of the moon”.


Puani Garaat (8, 200 ft) to Sankari (6, 400 ft)

The route entails a trek of 13 km till Taluka, from where the motorable route to Sankari begins. It is a non-metalled (kuccha) road and offers a bumpy ride to Sankari. Sankari is the night halt for the day as we reach here by the evening.


Sankari to Dehradun

The return passes through ascent and descent over the West Himalayas. It marks a descent till Mori, where you can view the ferious Tons river on the right.  The route till Jarmola is of ascent and passes through pine forest and marks a sharp decline in temperature. Purola is a small town which houses a Government Degree College too, the only one in the region.  Lunch is provided at Damta and finally the drop back to Dehradun Railway Station marks the end of the trek.


√ Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)

√ Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

√ Welcome refreshment

√ Three times meals (Veg+egg): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

√ All necessary permits and entry fees. 

√ First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

√ Mountaineering qualified & professional guide and Support staff.

.√ Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return (According to itinerary)

√ Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations

√ Morning Tea

√ Evening Tea with snacks

√ Guide Charges

√ Hot drinking water

√ Paradise-peak approved trek completion certificate

√ Dry fruits, chocolates, biscuits, toffees provided during the trek


√ Porter/mule for personal bags

√ Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions

√ Any charges for video cameras or still cameras

√ Charges for soft drinks or any other beverage

√ Personal expenses such as tips, laundry or telephone calls

√ Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or roadblocks, etc

√ Any kind of personal expenses.

√ Food during the transit.

✓ Insurance.

√ Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

√ Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

√ Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note: Normally paradise peak expects to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading a backpack

  • INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
  • INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strollers/ bags will not be allowed.

You need to get

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Full sleeved T-shirts – 2
  • Trekking pants – 2
  • One full-sleeved sweater
  • Good quality windproof jacket – (optional)
  • Woolen socks – 1 pair, for the night only
  • Regular socks for trekking – 2 or 3 pairs
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small lightweight towel
  • Water bottle-2
  • Cap/hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick/trekking pole
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Day pack for essentials
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

Note:- Due to of heavy traffic at Mussoori, the arrival time to Dehradun may get delayed so please make any further travel plan after 10:00 pm from Dehradun.

Who Can Go:-
First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 50 minutes without a stress.
The climber should be able to carry a 8 kg backpack.
Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

Day 1 : Dehradun to Sankari Base Camp (6,400 ft)

Day 2 : Sankari to Puani Garaat (8,200 ft)

Day 3 : Puani Garaat to Seematra Thatch (9, 970 ft)

Day 4 : Seematra Thatch (9, 970 ft) to Har-ki-Dun (11, 768 ft) and Return

Day 5 : Seematra Thatch to Puani Garaat (8, 200 ft)

Day 6 : Puani Garaat (8, 200 ft) to Sankari (6, 400 ft)

Day 7 : Sankari to Dehradun

Tour Reviews

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February 4, 2019

Good treking service

February 5, 2019

Best and cheaply trek

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