Har-Ki-Dun: A backpacker’s paradise
Situated at an altitude of over 3500 meters with Fateh Parvat overlooking it, Har-Ki-Dun is one of the most picturesque trekking routes in Uttarakhand. The 38 km Sankri-Taluka-Osla-Har ki Dun trek is one of the most important trekking routes in the Garhwal regions. Har-Ki-Dun, the hanging valley of gods is a veritable retreat for the travellers. The Jaundhar glacier is a short trek (5 km) from Har-Ki-Dun.
Located 92 kms from Purola out of which 34 kms can only be covered on foot, Har-Ki-Dun is one of the remotest places in Uttarakhand. The valley remains snow-covered during October to March. A delight for trekkers, both in summer and winter, this valley is accessible through Govind National Park – known for its rich variety of flora and fauna. The trail through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages, gives you spectacular valley views and a chance to experience the wonderful slow-paced local lifestyle.
Har ki Doon lies in the valley of the majestic Swargarohini Peak. It is believed that Yudhisthir of the Mahabharata was sent to heaven with the dog from this peak. The ancestors of the people of this region have great influence of the characters of the Mahabharata.
How to reach there
Buses to Purola are easily available from Dehradun.Taxis and Buses are available from Purola to Sankri. You can hire jeep from Sankri to Taluka, in order to avoid the 12kms trek. The real trekking route to Har ki Doon starts from Taluka.
Where to stay
Forest Rest House and GMVN Guest House provide accommodation facilities in Har ki Doon. One can also choose to stay in a tent and embrace the natural surroundings.
Best Time to visit
The trek remains open all year round except the monsoons with April to November being the best time to visit Har-Ki-Dun.