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In the lap of the Garhwal Himalayas, the Har Ki Dun trekking expedition is considered as one of the top trekking activities of India. Each and every trekker of this mighty sub-continent as well as of the countries across the world, gear themselves up to climb to this wondrous creation of Mother Nature. The very valley of Har Ki Dun is situated at the very base of the Fateh Parvat, in the ranges of the mighty Himalayas. The Har Ki Dun is covered by dense forests of Pine which offer glittering views of the mountain peaks of Himalayan ranges. Just because of this beautiful isolation, Har Ki Dun is considered to be the best paradise for bird watchers as well as the admirers of nature. At this place, one can find the Bhojpatra trees and also the Bramhakamal flowers. The Jaundar Glacier, as well as the Swargarohini Glacier, is situated on the South Eastern side of the Har Ki Dun Valley. At the western side of the valley, one can closely witness the Peak of Bandar Punch Mountain. Because of its blessed beauty is given by Mother Nature, Har Ki Dun is ideal for the expert trekkers as well as the amateur ones.

Har Ki Dun

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The essential details to know about trekking at Har Ki Dun

  • Har Ki Dun valley is located at Uttarakhand.
  • The level of difficulty of the place’s trekking expeditions ranges from simple to moderate.
  • The total distance of the trekking expedition covers sixty-seven kilometers.
  • The maximum altitude up to which a trekker is allowed to trek is three thousand and five hundred meters above the sea level.
  • The trekkers can stay at the trekking camps as well as the guest houses built for the trekkers.
  • It is important for the trekkers to carry nutritious foods which can be preserved for a long time after opening. Otherwise, the organizers provide the trekkers with three-time meals per day.
  • The trail type of the trekking at Har Ki Dun is in Round form. It starts as well as ends at Sankri.
  • You can also start from Dehradun, as this is nearer to the Sankri rail.
  • The base camp at Sankri is at the ten hours driving distance from Dehradun.
  • The trekking fees is taken as per the ordered menu of the food, charges for camping, permits of the Forest Department, sleeping bags, tents, safety equipment, bags, cook, helpers, trekking guide, porters, mules, service charges of the Trekking Leader and also any kind of transportation if availed in the itinerary.
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Details of the itinerary at Har Ki Dun from the diary of a trekker

Day 1- The trekkers are supposed to report at Sankri Base Camp by the evening of five pm. Sankri is one hundred and eighty-five kilometers away from Dehradun. You can opt for a shared cab or even a public transport for the place in the early hours of the morning from the bus stand of Dehradun. The journey takes around seven to nine hours. You can stay the night at a hotel or the guest house.

Har Ki DunPhoto by Manjunath Madakasira

Day 2- The trekkers are driven from Sankri to the Taluka camp in the early hours of the morning by a cab. Taluka is in fact, the very initial point of the trekking expedition. The organizers provide the trekkers with breakfast in the Taluka camp. The trekkers then start their journey with the packed lunch boxes to the elevation at Seema, which is two thousand and two hundred and sixty meters above the sea level. Seema is covered with thick and green forests of chestnuts, walnuts, chinars, willows and a lot of varieties of coniferous trees. The trekkers can also come across several waterfalls along the way up. You can either choose for opting for climbing the Dhatmeer village, or he or she can also trek by way of the stream of the Karmanasha. Both of the above routes meet at the village of Gangaar. You can also reach the camp at Seema by the late hours of the afternoon. At night, the trekkers get to stay inside tents.

Day 3- The trail of the Seema camp continues upwards from the left side of the valley. It goes crossing of the angling bridge which is constructed over the river Rupin, which is straight right to the valley.  This trail then passes across the fields of pastures and also huts. The forest is covered with the flora of conifers, and the valley opposite of the side is extremely adorable and awesome. The trail reaches then up to the local ridge Kalkatti Dhar. From that point, the trail gives an excellent view of the Har Ki Dun.  At this point, the trail steeps up gradually, and the trekkers walk through beautiful meadows until they reach the campsite of the Har Ki Dun. The camp is situated along small streams. The trekkers can witness the peaks of the Har Ki Dun Mountain and also the Swargarohini Mountain. The trekkers stay at the tents for the night.

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Day 4- At the fourth day of the trek, the trekkers can reach to the final stop of Jaundhar Glacier, and they head back to the camps.

Say 5- At the fifth day, the trekkers can trek back to the camp of Seema. They can stay in the guest house or camps.

Day 6- Just after finishing the breakfast, they trekkers start their journey back to the Taluka campsite and then to Sankri. Sankri camp is reached by two o’clock in the afternoon. At this point, the trip ends, and the trekkers head back to Dehradun by the night time of ten pm.

Essentials for the rucksack of trekkers

Rucksack must comprise of the following items:

  • Biscuits
  • Energy bars
  • First aid box
  • Insect repellants
  • Sunglass
  • Trekking clothes
  • Cameras
  • Knee caps
  • Portable chargers for digital devices
  • Rain cover
  • Sun block etc.

Featured Photo by Manjunath Madakasira

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