Har Ki Dun
is a combination of 2 words “Har” which means God and “Doon” that signifies Valley or huge meadows preceding a high mountain. So, in short it means “Valley of God”. True to its meaning, it is a magical place at the base of Har Ki dun and Swargrohini peaks in Garhwal Himalayas.
Situated at 3558 metres, it is a rare multi day trek that is moderate in difficulty level and unmatched in natural beauty. It presents one with magnificent views of some high range peaks of Himalayas.
It is at western end of Uttarakhand and towards further west lies Sangla valley of Himachal Pradesh.
How to Reach Sankri?
- We would be providing transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and Sankri to Dehradun in case someone registers with us cost of which is included in package. This is a general information in case anyone wishes to trek on their own.
Base location of this trek is Sankri, which is last inhabited point that is connected by proper metaled road from Dehradun.
Dehradun is well connected to Delhi/Chandigarh in public transportation. There are regular bus/train options as well as shared cabs. Details are also available on utconline (https://utconline.uk.gov.in/) and irctc websites (https://www.irctc.co.in/)
From Dehradun, Sankri is at a distance of 197 kms, and bus service although available, is very limited. Bus departs early morning from Dehradun and takes around 9-10 hours to reach Sankri. These are private buses details of which might not be available online too.
If one can find shared cabs option, that is more convenient and more comfortable. For a 8 seater sumo/Max charges are around Rs 5500 – Rs 6000 that might change depending on availability and season.
Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri (197 kms / 9 hours drive) by shared cabs
- Pickup would be arranged from Dehradun railway station at 6:30 AM in form of shared cabs. (Transportation cost is included in package)
- We would be following the route through Mussorie which is full of twists and turns and within 32 kms takes us to a height of 3000 metres from 400 metres.
- Best part of the rote is visual treat provided by super abundant pine trees, gushing waterfalls at Kempty, green meadows and valleys as we cross Yamunapul (approximately 50 kms from Dehradun)
- Snacks and Tea would be served at Sankri
- First night would be homestay in Sankri
- Dinner would be served at 8 PM after instructions for next day
Day 2: Sankri – Taluka (20 kms / 1 hour drive) and Taluka – Paunigarat (11 kms easy trek)
- Early morning tea would be served at 6:30 and breakfast at 7:30
- After getting packed lunch, start journey from Sankri at 8:30 in shared cabs till Taluka
- Taluka village at 2170 metres and situated at 20 kms from Sankri is starting point of the trek and is connected by rough road along deep gorges
- Transportation cost is included in package
- Though long, it is an easy day of trek with moreover flat terrain and some minor ascends and descends
- Trail is proper although there are some confusing detours, so its better to be in the company of trek guide/lead
- Trails meanders through dense forest of Pine trees and company of Supin river adds a meditating effect to the route
- We move besides village Gangad at 2316 metres and which lies 5 kms from Taluka
- Paunigarat at 2620 metres along the river would be our capming site
- Snacks would be served on arrival followed by Soup and Dinner at 8
Day 3: Paunigarat – Osla – Kalkatidhar (7 kms moderate trek)
- Day would start at 6:30 AM with early morning tea followed by breakfast at 8
- After getting packed lunch, we would move towards Kalkatidhar at 9
- First 2 kms of trek till Osla village is a bit steep
- Osla is a picturesque village lying on east facing slope of the mountain
- There is one STD also in Osla but phone connectivity depends entirely on weather
- Spectacular views start to enthrall trekkers post crossing Osla. The majestic view of black peack, start to welcome us
- After Osla, we also pass through farms where locals grow wheat and local rajma
- Last 2 kms of the trek till kalkatidhar is again steep
- Snacks would be served on arrival followed by Soup and Dinner at 8
- Kalkatidhar also provides a superb view of millions of stars and galaxies. If one is lucky, we can also spot man made satellites
Day 4: Kalkatidhar- Har ki dun (6 kms easy trek)
- From Kalkatidhar, valley divides itself into 2: one towards Har ki dun and other towards Balli Pass, Yamunotri and Black Peak
- Day would start at 6:30 AM with early morning tea followed by breakfast at 8:30
- We would move towards Har Ki Dun at 9 AM
- First 1.5 kms of trek is a bit steep and post that trail descends for 200 metres over 2 kms through the forest area and final 2.5 kms is a gradual incline
- The final stretch of trek receives less sunshine, so one can expect to experience snow just after winter season too
- This stretch also have some waterfalls which are completely frozen during winters
- Our campsite would be besides Har Ki Dun river and relaxing view provides the satisfaction after 3 days of efforts
Day 5: Har Ki Dun – Maninda Tal- Har Ki Dun
- This is most relaxing day of the trek
- Day would start with early morning tea at 6:30
- It would be followed by Yoga and meditation sessions under guidance of a certified fitness trainer
- Breakfast would be served at 9 and post that we would head towards Manndatal if weather conditions are favorable. Maninda tal is a freshwater lake and trek takes around 2-3 hours
- We expect to reach back our campsite by 2 PM after spending some time at the lake
- Hot lunch would be served at campsite
- We would also have some fun sessions in evening
- Day would culminate at 8:30 post dinner and instructions for next day
Day 6: Har Ki Dun – Paunigarat (13 kms easy trek)
- Back journey towards Taluka is through same route that we took while ascending
- Distance wise it would be longest day of the trek. We would be descending for most of the part
- Post breakfast at 8, and after getting packed lunch, we would start the trek towards Paunigarat
- We expect to reach the campsite by 3 PM
- Snacks would be served at 4:30 PM followed by soup and dinner at 8 PM
Day 7: Paunigarat – Taluka (11 kms easy trek) and 20 kms drive from Taluka – Sankri
- This day’s trek starts at 8:30 AM after getting morning tea and breakfast
- Trekkers would also be given packed Lunch
- We move alongside Supin river and expect to reach Taluka at 12:30 PM where shared cabs would be waiting for us
- After 20 kms journey in shared cabs till Sankri, snacks would be served at Sankri
- We would stay in homestays at Sankri
- After bidding adieu and thanks note, dinner would be served at 8:30
Day 8: Sankri – Dehradun (197 kms drive)
- Last day of the journey starts at 6 AM from Sankri towards Dehradun
- Trekkers would be moved to Dehradun in prearranged shared cabs from Sankri
- We expect to reach Dehradun by 3 PM
- Rucksack (50-60 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for up to 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the end which might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woollens/fleece
- Thick Jacket (for winter season)
- Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair for winter season)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season)
- Water Bottle.
- Sunglasses (must for winter season as snow reflects UV rays).
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues).
- Headlamp/LED torch.
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch.
ORS/Electrolyte (3 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
• First Aid kits
• Meals (including snacks and soup) starting from Day 1 breakfast till Day 6 dinner
• Tents on Twin sharing basis (Single occupancy also available at extra cost of Rs 500 per night
• Sleeping Bags with fleece linings
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Services of certified Trek Lead and Local Guides
• Meditation at sunrise
• Camping permissions and charges
• Bonfire if time and weather permits
• Fun activities if time and weather permits
• Any meals not mentioned above
• Guide/Support Staff Gratuity
• Any kind of personal/Accidental Insurance
• Any personal expenses
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Mule/Porter services for carrying personal belongings (This service is available at extra cost and can be selected while booking the trek)
Mules/Porter Service: Rs 300 per rucksack per day. If informed at base location or at campsite, charges would be Rs 400 per rucksack per day
Raincoat/Poncho on rent: Rs 100 per raincoat/poncho per day
Trekking Pole on rent: Rs 100 per trekking pole per day
*These services can be selected at the time of booking the trek
• For any cancellations 2 weeks prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-14 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded
Example, for a trek starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 18th July, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 19th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount would be refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For an easy trek like Prashar, a basic level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
We would suggest a daily jog of 3-4 kms on flat surface like in your nearby playground or street.
For beginners, do a daily 3 sets of10 bodyweight pushups, 3 sets 20 bodyweight squats, 3*30 seconds Plank Hold and 5*100 meter sprints (full power)
Take good amount of rest between sets
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂