Har Ki Dun - Swargarohini Peak
Swargarohini peak as seen from the large meadow at Har ki Dun; PC: Arnab

Har ki Dun, which means Valley of Gods, is situated deep inside Govind Pashu National park in North-Western Uttarakhand. Rich in flora and fauna, the trails are quite often covered in different shades of orchids and other wild flowers. In 1937, Doon school master Jack Gibson along with Tenzing Norgay and his colleague John Martyn climbed Bandarpunch. Jack Gibson made several expeditions in the region and trained young Indian mountaineers. This made the flora, fauna and Garhwali culture of Har ki Dun region known to the outside world.

The path winds up alongside the Tons river from Netwar village. The trek is along the Supin river through the scenic Garhwali villages of Taluka, Gangad and Osla. Har ki dun has numerous camping places and one Forest Guest House. An extra rest day is ideal to explore several trails which continue from the Har ki Dun camp.

From Har ki Dun one can see the entire North Face of Swargarohini I (6,252 m) peak. This face drops to about 2,000 m in less than 2 km distance and is yet to be climbed. The legends associated with it say that Swargarohini is the path to heaven that was followed by Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata. Though, the same story is also associated with the Swargarohini steps seen from Satopanth Lake, which lies ahead of Badrinath.

Trekkers' safety and comfort are of the utmost priority to us at Himalaya Shelter. This is reflected in conduct of our treks, through our curteous and experienced staff, our equipment standards, hygiene, and respect for the nature and outdoors. We equally value the fragile nature of biodiversity and thus indulge in organizing minimum impact treks, while ensuring an authentic and complete experience for our trekkers.
  • Our Equipment: We use 4 season tents on all our treks to ensure an added layer of safety. We have high quality tents from premier mountaineering equipment companies such as Simond, Vango and Alps Mountaineering.
  • The A-shape blue tents are custom made according to our needs of four-season rating. They hold sturdy under extreme wind, snow and rain. Each has enough space for 3 men even including their luggage. The fly is also large enough to store extra baggage and shoes.
    These tents are used for fixed departure groups for treks where Mules can ferry the load.
    All tents are double walled with great insulation against cold, wet and damp conditions.
  • Our Sleepings bags are high altitude ready and ensure comfort during cold weather. We take into account hygiene and thus ensure the cleanliness of our sleeping bags.
  • Our Conduct: Our guides are experienced in the outdoors and always put guest safety first, even if that means making tough decisions.
  • We emphazise on localization as being integral to sustainable growth and thus try to the extent possible to use local food products, which in turn provides trekkers an added experience of getting familiar with local cuisine and culture.
  • At Himalaya Shelter we employ locals while organizing treks, and support their training from institutions such as Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, HMI, NOLS etc thus contributing towards rural development through empowering local people.
  • Himalaya Shelter never indulges in setting up of fixed camps which work as achilles heel for the fragile environs of meadows. We urge trekkers to trek responsibly and always raise these concerns with their organizers.
  • Dehradun to Sankri drive

    We start early from Dehradun and reach the village Sankri by evening. The final stretch is through the Govind Pashu National Park after we cross a check post at Netwar. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.

  • Sankri to Cheludgad (also known as School koti) (2,455 m)

    Since, the journey is long, we start as early as we can in the morning. After breakfast we board an SUV and drive through a forest road. The drive is quite bumpy. The vehicle crosses one or two streams on the way. We reach Taluka in about an hour. It is a small village with a few shops and two Government guest houses. The trek commences from here on a stony path. The fragrance of cedar trees can be felt around Taluka. Sometimes during winters, or especially during periods with rather heavy spells of rain, the road to Taluka may be too dangerous for vehicles, as streams run across the road and thus one may be required to walk a stretch of around 8 km up to Taluka, albeit it is only occasional.

    We walk close to the river Supin gushing through rapids. Under the shade of walnut, pine and cedar trees, the walk is quite pleasant. In autumn we can often find walnuts lying around. One must avoid touching the vegetation on the sides for there are Stinging Nettle plants here locally known as 'Bichhu ghas' which literally translates to 'scorpion grass'. A slight touch can give us stinging sensation which lasts for about twenty to thirty minutes. This herb is also cooked as a vegetable and eaten. Often the passing villagers greet us on the way. High up above on the true left, we get to see the village of Datmer. It is lined by series of step farms. The farms have the bright red colored Cholai growing from late monsoon to early autumn.

    The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. It is possible to come across a yellow throated marten in the forests of this area. Soon we reach a campsite beside a small hydroelectric power station. This newly constructed station supplies power to the villages of Gangaad, Puoni and Osla.

  • Cheludgad to Boslo (3,200 m)

    We again have a good distance to cover and hence start early on this day. Beside the initial part of the trail, we can also find edible fruits of sea buckthorn. They are orange in color and grow in bunches, during autumn. Also, known as 'leh berries', the juicy and sour fruits are a rich source of vitamin C. We continue our trek and high up above on the opposite side of the river, the quaint village of Osla unfolds itself. One comes across a small hut with a water mill our right side of the trail. Water mills use the power of streams to grind grains and are locally called 'gharaats'. In about half an hour, we reach Seema which is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla.

    We cross a bridge and after a short but steep ascend, the trail from Osla merges with our route. From here a huge and beautiful waterfall is visible on the opposite side of the river. The trail now gradually rises higher and passes through bushes of flowers like orchids, fleece flowers and sunflowers, most of which are in full bloom during monsoons. The ascending path climbs high above the confluence of Supin river and the river from Ruinsara valley. In winters, when there are very few people in the valley, one may catch a glimpse of elusive Monal bird near Kalkatidhar. Further ahead, a hidden and roaring waterfall is encountered with a small tea shop beside it. We reach our campsite of Boslo after a short uphill and downhill walk from here.

  • Boslo to Har ki Dun (3,510 m) to Marinda Tal (3,794 m)

    After traversing higher up along the true right of the river, we enter the final stretch before Har ki Dun, which is inside a forest. The forest opens up into the old camping area of Har ki Dun, right beside the gurgling stream. This is a very panoramic spot in Har ki Dun located at the junction of two valleys, one originating from Jaundhar glacier and the other from beyond Hata glacier. Higher up towards the North we can spot the Forest Rest House, while the wood crafted GMVN guest house lies further up in the distance. The Har ki Dun peak stands tall right in front of us behind the Forest Rest House. Towards its left, Hata peak which is usually snow covered can be seen. The minor ridge to our right, lined with a few scattered Himalayan birch trees Bhojpatra separates us from the massive Har Ki Dun valley that goes up all the way to the base of Swargarohini Peak. The paper like bark of these trees was used in ancient times to write religious scriptures.

    The vast open meadows following the course of the Supin river can be explored. Further ahead of the meadows one can walk among the forests of Bhojpatra trees (Himalayan birch) or get a closer glimpse of the Jaundhar glacier and Swargarohini peak.

    After exploring the valley, we return to near the guesthouse, cross the bridge again and take a right. The ascending trail leads us to Marinda Tal after 2 km. It is a small lake formation due to the obstructing boulder across the river stream. The stream comes down from the glaciers near Borasu pass. This area is frequented by shepherds during summer and monsoon.

  • Marinda Tal to Hata valley (3,700 m)

    The trek this day is short so that we get more time to explore and soak in the natural landscapes. We can initially explore the valley ahead of Marinda Tal, towards Borasu pass. We return back to Marinda Tal and have fresh lunch. After meal, the trail opposite to the lake is followed which leads us to Hata valley. This valley lies between the imposing Hata peak and Har ki Dun peak. We explore the valley and camp here.

  • Har ki Dun peak
    Osla village - August; PC: Arnab
    Hata valley to Osla

    The journey back to Osla is easier as it is mostly downhill. On the route we come across a good view of the trail all the way to Osla and see the valley descend towards Taluka, around the curve of the ridge where the two streams coming from Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara respectively, converge. A little short of this intersection we can get a glimpse of a trail to our left marked by a sight of a bridge down over the stream. This trail goes to join the trail to Ruinsara lake and is rarely taken. After reaching Osla, one can roam about in the village, talk to locals and soak in the Garhwali culture. Here we can either set camp or stay with a local family.

  • Cholai farm beside the trail
    Chaulai (Amaranth) farm ; PC: Shefali Upadhyaya
    Osla to Sankri

    Early in the morning, we bid farewell to the villagers of Osla and hike till Taluka. A vehicle from Taluka takes us back to Sankri, where we retire for the day in camps or a guest house.

  • Sankri to Dehradun

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



    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Ibex

    Birds

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Barbet
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Himalayan Swiftlet
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Oriental turtle Dove
  • Black Kite
  • Lammergeier
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Common Buzzard
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Large-billed Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • Yellow-browed Fantail
  • Bronze Drongo
  • Brown Cipper
  • Blue Whistling Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • White-capped Water Redstart
  • Plumbeous Water Redstart
  • White-cheeked Nuthatch
  • White-tailed Nuthatch
  • Eurasian Treecreeper
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Rufous-Vented Tit
  • Spot-winged Tit
  • Grey-crested Tit
  • Green-backed Tit
  • Black-throated Tit
  • Black-lored Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Winter Wren
  • Himalayan Bulbul
  • Red-vented Bulbul
  • Black Bulbul
  • Striated Prinia
  • Lemon-rumped Warbler
  • Tickells's Leaf Warbler
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Oriental White-eye
  • White-throated Laughingthrush
  • Streaked Laughingthrush
  • Black-chinned Babbler
  • White-throated Shrike Babbler
  • White-browed Fulvetta
  • Whiskered Yuhina
  • Rufous Sibia
  • Russet Sparrow
  • Citrine Wagtail
  • Alpine Accentor
  • Plain Mountain finch
  • Red-mantled Rosefinch
  • Rock Bunting
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting
  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m) (Visible on the way to Kalkatidhar from Cheludgaad)
  • Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II, III (The entire North Face is prominently visible from Har ki Dun camp)
  • Lower peaks - Har ki Dun peak, Hata peak
  • Yamuna during first and last day's drive.
  • Tons during first and last day's drive.
  • Supin during rest of the days, which originates from the confluence of several streams from Har ki Dun and Ruinsara valley.
  • Taluka to Osla
  • Har Ki Dun Map
  • Osla to Har Ki Dun
  • Har Ki Dun Map

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 8.

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 breakfast to day 8 lunch.

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.

  • 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
  • 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 roll
  • 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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