HAR KI DUN TREK

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Region: Garhwal Region (Uttranchal )
Altitude: 3566 m Above Sea Level
Timings: Mid-April to Mid-November


Har-ki-Dun, situated at an elevation of 3566 metres is surrounded by glittering peaks and dense forests. The forests are rich in wild life and are a veritable paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers.

Har Ki Dun - A Paradise for Nature Lovers and Bird Watchers, Uttranchal  The people of this region worship Duryodhan of the Mahabharata fame and not the victors, the Pandavas. The trek from Netwar to Osla is through very dense forests of chestnut, walnut, willow and chinar. The trek from Osla to Har-ki-Dun is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grasslands and coniferous forests.

THE TREK
The route to Har Ki Dun follows the established village trail to the highest settlement at Osla. The trail to Har Ki Dun is well defined and should not pose any problems for trekking. A stay at Har Ki Dun for one or two days affords one, the sight of two of the most spectacular places, namely, Yamduar Glacier and Marinda Lake, which are in opposite directions.

Sankri to Taluka:
From Sankri, there is a jeep road to Taluka, but it is better to walk the distance and appreciate the wild roses, irises, chestnuts, sycamore and deodar trees that line the trail.

Average Walking Time: 3 hours.

Taluka to Seema:
From Taluka, the trail descends the river valley through the forest, on true left side of the valley, passing through numerous villages, Datmir being one of them. Moving along, the village of Osla appears on the left side of the valley. The main trail doesnot turn to Osla and instead, leads to the Forest Rest House called Seema.

Average walking time: 5/6 hours.

Seema to Har Ki Dun:
From Seema, there is a gradual ascent through the fields. Moving higher on the bridge, the trail winds high above the confluence of of the rivers, Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara. On moving further, the vantagepoint of Har Ki Dun is reached.

Average walking time: 4/5 hours.

When To Trek
A trek into Har Ki Dun can be undertaken fom mid-April to mid-November. The post - monsoon season is ideal for trekking. However, the local trekkers continue to to trek up the valley as far as Osla, in the heart of winter too.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are regular bus services from Mussorie and Dehra Dun to Sankri. There are buses to Sankri from Shimla and Uttar Kashi too. Beyond Sankri, there is a jeep road to Taluka.

PLACES TO STAY

There are Forest Rest Houses in Sankri, Taluka and Osla.
GMVN Hotels also offer good accommodation.
There is a Forest Rest House up at Har Ki Dun.

Place Altitude (M) Distance (km) Accommodation
Rishikesh 340 -- TB*, PWD*, F*, H*
Dehra Dun 701 36 motor H*, TB*, F*, PWD*
Mussoorie 2004 36 motor H*, TB*
Purola 1524 97 motor F*, PWD*, H*
Jarmola 1800 22 trek F*
Mori - 16 trek V*, TB*
Netwar 1380 12 trek F*
Saur - 12 trek PWD*
Taluka* 1900 11 trek F*
Osla 2559 11 trek F*
Har-ki-Dun 3556 8 trek F*
*Jeepable      

* TB = Tourist Bunglow,  H = Hotel,  F = Forest Lodge,  V = Villlage,  PWD = Public Works Department Rest House


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