Dev Kyara This valley was first mentioned by Harish Kapadia in his travel books, after he explored the untouched regions of western Garhwal. Even today this narrow valley is hardly frequented by trekkers; although the locals do visit on religious occasions.

The obra gad is a tributary of the Supin River, and starts below the Ranglana peak before merging with the Supin River below Jakhol village. The obra gad valley is beautiful with the very scarcely attempted Ranglana peak (6000m +) at its head and the noisy obra gad flowing endlessly. As we progress into the valley, its flowers and biodiversity is visible. The cherries growing abundantly are a feast for the merry trekkers.

The highest point in the trek is the devkyira bugyal which is worshipped by the locals. This campsite is the highlight of the trek and it’s very rewarding to camp here an extra night. One can also cross the pass on the ridge on the left bank of obra and enter into the beautiful harkidun valley. However this requires more number of days.

On way to Dev Kyara

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  • Way to Sankri - Har Ki Dun
    Way to Sankri; PC: Tania
    Day 1: Dehradun to Sankru

    We start the journey early from Dehradun and drive initially to the famous hill station of Mussoorie. After just over 100 km, we pass close to the temple of Lakhamandal. According to locals, Duryodhana of the epic Mahabharata conspired to burn the Lakshagriha house of the Pandavas in this area. Damta, Purola, Mori and Netwar are some of the other villages on the route. We follow the river Yamuna upstream. The river Kamal Ganga merges with Yamuna near Naugaon and accompanies us till Purola. Purola is the last big settlement on the route with a large market. So, it is recommended that the trekkers can buy anything they might have missed out by Purola itself. It also is the last village where most of the mobile networks work.

    The drive after Purola is through a beautiful forest of pine trees. In some distance, on top of a hill we can see the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya overlooking the valley. From near the village of Mori, the river Tons flows beside us till about Netwar. The fall in temperature can be felt from here. We officially enter Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary after we cross a check post at Netwar. It can be considered the southern gateway to the sanctuary as most of the treks across the region are accessed from here onwards. The northern border of the sanctuary merges into Himachal Pradesh. Close to here, the rivers of Rupin and Supin merge to form Tons, which is the largest tributary of Yamuna and in fact larger than Yamuna itself, in terms of volume of flow. The peak of Kedarkantha can be seen from various points along the way from here.

    We reach Sankri by early evening. It is a small village with a central market lined with a few shops. The village has numerous apple orchards which are harvested starting from late summer. The market area is new compared to the old village area, a part of which is known as 'Saud'. The village also produces peach, apricots and potatoes. One can see the Swargarohini peak from here on a clear day. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.

  • Crossing a Stream during our trek
    Crossing a stream during the trek.
    Day 2: Sankri to Obra Campsite (2,330 m)

    We Start the day early as we head towards the Obra Thatch campsite with the trek being rather easy on this day. We follow the river with pleasant views and resting spots along the way. Reaching the campsite well in the afternoon hours we have plenty of time post the camp setup to rest, or hike around the campsite. On a good summer day it can be pleasing to find a spot along the stream for a quick dip into the river, as long as the sun shines overhead.

  • Day 3: Obra Thatch to Bhawa Waterfall Campsite (3,420 meters)

    The second trekking day is going to be the longest trekking day with significant altitude gain during the journey. After the initial ascend through the dense pine forest the landscape gradually transcends into a magnificient open valley with unparalleled views of huge snow capped mountain tops. The destination for the day is Bhawa Waterfall, cutting across a mountain face, that marks the campsite. Be sure to pick on the wild strawberries that you would come across today should you happen to undertake this trek in the summer months.

  • Day 4: Bhawa Waterfall Campsite to Dev Kyara (4,100 meters)

    The day today can be really rewarding as we start heading up further into the valley & we care welcomed by the sight of one waterfall after another, all upto the campsite of Dev Kyara, which brings us significantly close to Mount Ranglana (5,554 meters). The last stretch of the trek is over boulders and rocks and can be a bit tiring. However the alpine flowers that are visible here are very refreshing. Once the valley opens up a bit, the views of the majestic Ranglana Peak are amazing towards the head of the valley. This is not a peak frequently attempted by mountaineers due to its technical challenges. We camp at Dev Lyara and can rest for a day to explore the valley or climb any nearby rocky outcrops.

  • Dev Kyara
    Day 5: Dev Kyara explore & return to Bhawa Waterfall

    We can start the day today after our bags are packed, by proceeding further up the trail for a short day hike to explore the further reaches of the alpine meadows. After returning to the Dev Kyara campsite we can continue after taking our bagpacks to the Bhawa Waterfall Campsite. It may sound a repeat journey but those who frequent the mountains know it is not really the same going uphill as it is downhill. The views will be different as we focus towards the desending valley into the far away forest trails with more panoramic views. We get to enjoy these even more as we are not struggling anymore with the altitude, as its a gradual descend. We get to rest again at the beautiful campsite.

  • Day 6: Bhawa Waterfall to Sankri via Jakhol

    Early in the morning, we leave the campsite and trek till Jakhol. The walk is downhill and hence takes lesser time than before. We walk alongside the River until we finally arrive at the place where we started the trekking Journey, from where a vehicle takes us back to Sankri. We retire for the day in camp alongside the river or in a guest house in Sankri.

  • Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun

    The trek to Har ki Dun concludes today as we leave Sankri and reach Dehradun by late afternoon.



  • Mount Ranglana
  • Yamuna during first and last day's drive.
  • Tons during first and last day's drive.
  • Tributary of Supin during rest of the days.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 7.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 7 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag. This amounts to a total of Rs 1,500/- per bag for all trekking days.

For a nominal charge of Rs 300 per person per night, we can arrange for Homestay in the village of Osla on request. The amount goes directly to the local family hosting us.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts � preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Trekking Pole
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Hot water bag if needed
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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