HAR KI DOON (APL TO JULY,SEP TO NOV)

 

 

About the Trek

Description

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 (Pic. Courtesy: Manoj Singh Rana)

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.

It takes you through some of the most charismatic alpine meadows, glaciers and pine forests which is a treat to the eyes. During winters, the snow-covered trails look mesmerising as and when the sun tries to peep behind the clouds. One of the oldest treks in the Himalayas, known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, legends have it that the Pandavas took the same route in the Mahabharata for their ascent to heaven. Swargarohini — the snow peak, the vision of which dominates this trek bears a legacy of the mythical stairway to heaven.

NOTE

  • Due to heavy rain in July, no tour shall be conducted.
  • The group with more than 10 students will get a discount upto 5%.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION

SANKARI

DEPARTURE TIME Before 1 day of starting Tour. INCLUDED
Three-Time Meals Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

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Day 1 Dehradun (2, 100 ft) to Sankari (6, 455 ft) :-

  • Duration: 9-10 hours
  • Distance: 220 km
  • Transport will be arranged from Dehradun Railway station at 6:30 am.
  • style=”font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;”>Arrangement of Meals:
    • Breakfast: Mussoorie Kempty Falls
    • Lunch: Purola
    • Snacks Time: Sankari
    • Dinner: Sankari

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 sleepy 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.

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Day 2: Sankari (6, 455 ft) to Pauni Garaat (8, 200 ft) :-

  • Route: Sankari – Taluka – Gangaad – Puani Garaat
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: 12 km (motorable) + 13 km (trek)
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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.

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Day 3 Puani Garaat (8, 200 ft) to Seematra Thatch (9, 970 ft):-

  • Route: Puani Garaat – Seema – Kalkatidhaar (9, 800 ft) – Seematra Thatch
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: 11 km (Trek)
  • Arrangement of Meals:

style=”font-family: georgia, palatino, serif;”> 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.

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

  • Route: Seematra Thatch – Har-ki-Dun
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Distance: 3 km (Trek)
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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 (Saussurea 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.

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Day 5 Seematra Thatch (9, 970 ft) to Puani Garaat (8, 200 ft) :-

  • Route: Seematra Thatch – Kalkatidhaar – Osla – Puani Garaat
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: 11 km (Trek)
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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”.

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

  • Route:Puani Garaat – Gangaad – Taluka – Sankari
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: 13 km (trek) + 12 km (motorable)
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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.

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Day 7 : Sankari(6,455 ft) to Mori(3,772 ft)

      • Route:: Sankari – Naitwar – Mori – Hanol – Mori
      • Duration: 1-2 hours
      • Distance: 25 km
      • Arrangement of Meals:


The descent begins from Sankari to Mori, wherein you may enjoy a perfect getaway amongst the sylvan surroundings by the Tons. As the riverrafting experience begins from Mora, the expert will begin by giving you shortinstructions. You will get some safety equipment such as life jackets, helmets etc.The rafting guide will brief you regarding safety precautions to be undertaken during the rafting. The course will pass through different rapids and will cover a distance of approximately 5 km through the wilderness of the Tons. The session will end near the famousHanol Temple. You will also have time to visit the sacred temple. Finally, we will proceed to see the samaadhi (resting place) of the largest Asian pine tree. This will mark the end of the day by retiring to the campsite.

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Day 8 : Mori (3,772 ft) to Dehradun (2, 100 ft)

        • Route:: Mori – Jarmola – Purola –Damta – Mussoorie – Dehradun
        • Duration: 9-10 hours
        • Distance: 220 km
        • Arrangement of Meals:


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 tillJarmola 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.

How to Reach Dehradun:

  • Airport: Jolly Grant Airport – a domestic airport (25 km away from Dehradun).
  • Railways: Dehradun Railway Station (Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express and Nanda Devi Express).
  • Road: Dehradun ISBT.

Includes

  • Guided Trek.
  • Accommodation in best Alpine tents in sankari .
  • Camping in high quality tents on twin or triple sharing basis for three nights
  • Camping equipment like sleeping bags, camping mattresses, proper Dinning Camp, toilet while camping.
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 4 as well as snacks, tea and coffee
  • Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fees
  • First aid kit
  • Service tax

Excludes

  • All Stdudents should be 18+ Age Group
  • Porter/mule for personal bags
  • Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any charges for video cameras or still cameras
  • Charges for alcohol or soft drinks or beverages
  • Personal expenses like tips or laundry or telephone calls
  • Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or road blocks, etc
  • Insurance.

What to Wear

  • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes
  • Camp shoes (slippers or sandals)
  • Layers of clothing to stay warm

What not to Wear

  • Expensive watches or jewellery
  • Unnecessary electronic devices
  • Carry your luggage in a duffle bag or backpack
  • Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage
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IN Sankari-We know and understand impact of good sleep over our mind, body and soul since we have pitched Swiss deluxe, toilet bathroom attached, running water, comfortable and clean bedding, solar light, and all weather proof tents to get a pleasant and comfortable stay in the lap of nature.
Even though tents are spacious, more than enough space for two adults but practitioners can get single occupancy also.

  • Tent will be shared by 5or 6 students according to their age and size.
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We serve pure organic Himalayan grains, vegetables, fruits, fruit juices, vegetable juices, cow milk and butter and other edible and potable products fetched from nearby villages which are compatible to yoga exercises.

STAY PACKAGES –

  • We offer 6 days, 10 days and 15 days Yoga (meditation) programme, including accommodation, all meals and beverages, yoga guru (instructor) and additional activities.

We Provide

  • Best Quality tents
  • Fresh, clean sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • Stools and tables
  • Mess tent
  • Toilet
  • First aid or medical kit

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
  • 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
  • Rain cover for your bags
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

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August 21, 2015

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