Har Ki Dun Trek (camping variant):

Below is your complete guide to the Har Ki Dun Trek 2024 in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand.

  • Fixed group departure tours to Har Ki Dun spring-summer on 19th May 2024, starting from Dehradun (7 days).
  • Private or customised tours for your friends and family as per your preferred dates. The trek fee will remain the same as listed if you are a group of 10 to 12 trekkers.
  • We also have the Har Ki Dun homestay variant of this trekking trail for those who like to stay in the village homestays and eat like the locals.

About the trek:

Har Ki Dun Trek is probably the finest river valley trail in India and has never lost its charm to trekkers around the globe. There are many reasons for stating so, though the beauty of the valley in itself is the primary attraction. The change of colours in each season makes this route a year-round choice for nature lovers (except for those monsoon months).

How green is the valley
Splendid fall colours in autumn
Snow is a major attraction in spring

Gentle hike through this wide fertile valley, remote villages enroute, culture and hospitality of the people you can’t miss. It is indeed a lovely walk to the Har Ki Dun valley with fascinating views of Jaundhar glacier and surrounding Swargarohini group of peaks. The  views of Swargarohini group, Bandarpunch range and Black peak (Kalanag) are pretty descent to mention modestly.

The walk culminates to a glacier carved spectacular valley, as if an amphitheatre ringed up by high spurs of rocky mountains. The sunrise and sunset at Har Ki Dun needs special mention. Early snow during November and ample amount of residual snow during spring makes this trek a compelling choice. Further exploration towards Marinda Tal/Jaundar glacier will surely ignite the adrenaline in your adventurous mind.

Lovely stretches of jungle on the way
Osla village: Furthest village enroute
Gangar village and mountain views
Har Ki Dun: Sunset time

Due to the above facts, this trail is a must to visit for experienced hikers. The easy trail with gentle gradient makes it comfortable to beginners. No wonder that coupled with these two factors it is one of the most popular trek in Indian Himalayas.

Har Ki Dun valley in the winter
Valley starts turning into green in the beginning of summer

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri – 200 Km by car – 9/10 hours. Lodge
Day 2: Sankri to Taluka – 11 Km by car – 1 hour – Trek from Taluka to Chilurgad via Gangar – 10 Km – 5 hours. Camp
Day 3: Trek to Simatra via Osla/Seema – 11 Km – 6 hours. Camp
Day 4: Trek to Har Ki Dun, Exploration around Har Ki Dun and return to Simatra – 12 Km – 7/8 hours. Camp
Day 5: Trek down to Chilurgad via Osla village – 5/6 hours. Camp
Day 6: Trek to Taluka – 10 Km – 4 hours, by car Sankri – 1 hour. Lodge.
Day 7: Drive to Dehradun – 200 Km – 9/10 hours.

Important notes on the itinerary and the tour programme:

  • You need to reach on your own to Dehradun on Day 1 morning (latest by 7 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 7 evening (by 7 pm).  Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return from Dehradun accordingly. We will arrange transport to reach Sankri and return although cost is NOT included in the TREK FEE.
  • Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant, DED) is
  • Last ATM is at Mori, 25 Km before Sankri but don’t depend till you reach  here. Withdraw cash well in advance either in Dehradun,  Naugaon or Purola.
  • Only BSNL and Vodafone network  work at trek base Sankri, that too very limited connections. Make a phone call back to home from Mori while reaching Sankri. After Sankri there is no presence of network.

Altitude and distance profile graph for Har Ki Dun trek:

From the below graph you will get an idea of the gradient of the trail. Though the trail length is longer than the usual Easy grade treks but the elevation is gentle as we will be following the river valley.

Har Ki Dun: Distance and corresponding altitude graph


Har Ki Dun valley is on the far western flank of Garhwal in Uttarkashi district (Purola subdivision), Uttarakhand.  The trek route lies entirely within the buffer and core region of Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. This catchment area is a major source of Yamuna through its largest tributary Tons river.  To note, Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara Nallah form meandering Tamosa river, near Osla village. Tamosa flowing beside Taluka and below the village Sankri unites with Supin near Jakhol. Supin and Rupin combined at Netwar forms the Tons river.

Camping ban at Har Ki Dun

As per Uttarakhand High Court order ( Petition No. : 123/2014 ) , one can not camp on alpine and sub-alpine meadows/grasslands, locally called “Bugyal.  Therefore forest department has revoked the permit to camp at Har Ki Dun effective from September’18. Starting from Oct’18, our highest camp is at Simatra after climbing Kalkatti Dhar. From Simatra we visit Har Ki Dun and return to camp for a day trip.

An evening at Simatra campsite (P.C. Indrakshi)

Best time to choose Har Ki Dun trek?

Har Ki Dun trail is truly an year around trek, apart from monsoon season of July/August when it not convenient to trek. Every season has something to offer, which is special on its own.

Note: As of 2019, Forest department is not issuing permit on this trail from December to February. Starting from December 2016, this is enforced considering the corridor of winter migration for wildlife overlapping the trail. At present no permit is given for winter Har Ki Dun trek from December to February.

As said above, this trek is still pretty beautiful in all the permitted seasons. If you are looking for snow, Spring (March/April) is ideal. Amount of residual snow depends on the actual snowfall during winter months though you can be sure to get some or ample amount of residual snow in spring. See more pictures of snow in 2019 update at the bottom of the page.

Har Ki Dun trek: Early spring (March/April)

From May onward during the summer time, the valley turns into green, bright and luminous. Blue Pine, Deodar (Himalayan Cedar), Kharsu (Oak), Spruce, Silver Fir and Birch trees are lush and glossy green. Due to the heat glaciers melt faster and pour more water to the tributaries on Tons river. Day time temperatures are warm to pleasant and nights are cooler. If you don’t like cold atmosphere, certainly this is the season to choose.

Har Ki Dun trek during summer
Eye soothing greenery from June to September

After monsoon is over by end of August, the valley remains lush green throughout   September. As the fall approaches, slowly the grass turns into pale yellow. Maple, Chestnut, Walnut and other deciduous tree species take the autumn leaf foliage. The surrounding transformed into spectacular yellow, orange and bronze hue. Not only foliage but an early snow fall chance during late autumn is another basis that you choose this season.

Har Ki Dun in October (PC – Vineet)
During autumn (PC- Indrakshi)

As you see, it is up to you to choose the best suitable time to trek in this beautiful valley. Its a beautiful route all around the year.

Interior villages, native people and culture during Har Ki Dun trek:

In recent days it is not common on Himalayas that you need to walk a full day to reach the last village on a trail from nearest motorable road. The trail starting from Taluka village extends the opportunity to see interior villages like Gangad, Powani and finally Osla. Neatly wooden crafted houses and dress of the local people resemble the neighbouring Kinnauri culture of Himachal Pradesh. Parents who are keen to initiate hiking and outdoor experience to kids on the Himalayas, this route is indeed a chart topper. If you are more keen on this type of interaction, check our Har Ki Dun in Gangar and Osla homestay.

Kids of Osla village
Superb option for a family trek with kids

Osla temple and legends of Pandavas:

Starting in 1980’s some books/reports  referred the temple at Osla village as “Duryodhana” temple. Even till date on most websites it is portrayed that Mahabharata character Duryodhana is worshipped here. The proposition is indeed interesting but this may not be the case. This is a Someshwar temple and an adoration of Lord Shiva. Till date a festival along with a two week long Mela (a village fair) is organised during monsoon in month of Sawan worshipping the idol/Doli. The Doli moves from one village to another, seasonally.

Also few websites point the trail as the legendary path taken by the Pandavas to the heaven. Swargarohini peaks don’t have any connection to Swargarohini glacier, a.k.a Satopanth Swargarohini trek route which starts from Badrinath and far away from this region.

Someshwar temple at Osla village

Har Ki Dun trek temperature range:

Summer (May/June): Day time weather remains warm, specially if it is sunny and scorching and can go as high as 25/30°C. Night/early morning temp at Har Ki Dun can be around 10°C to 5°C.

Fall/Autumn (Oct/Nov) or Spring (Mar/Apr): From October temperature starts cooling down. At Har Ki Dun temperature can plummet to freezing in the night/early morning. Be prepared for 0°C. Expect similar temperatures if you trek during spring.

Winter (Dec/Feb): In Dec the daytime temp remains cool and nights are cold. Night temp at Sankri, Seema and Har Ki Dun can be around 2°, -2° and -5°/-10° C.

What type of clothing should I bring for this trek?

It is important to carry proper clothing on this trek. Three layers of clothing are recommended at the campsite in the early morning or evening while you are outside your tent.

  1. Base layer (moisture-wicking layer; use synthetic and avoid cotton): A quick-dry base layer (dry-fit t-shirt, half or full sleeves) & trekking pants (synthetic, preferably quick-dry, and some wind- or water-proof material is useful)
  2. Mid layer (warm clothing): Usually a warm jacket (synthetic, hollow fibre, fleece, or down jacket, etc.), but you may use combinations of layers as well (e.g., a light jacket + hoodies + a sweater or a thermal, which you may already have with you).
  3. Outer layer (weatherproofing): a windproof and waterproof jacket with a hood is best, or a poncho or raincoat.

Note that we don’t have any gear renting facilities, although at some bases, you may get a few on the spot. You may read our opinion on whether should you buy or rent your trekking gear to get a broader understanding.

Check a comprehensive List of things to carry in a himalayan trek or download the PDF. Also read how to choose right trekking gear before purchasing any gear.

Access to Har Ki Dun trek base Sankri:

We may arrange a pickup  from Dehradun to Sankri and return. This will be on a cost to cost basis and shared by the availing team members. You pay directly to the driver, sharing equally.  The fare is ₹ 6000 for a Tata Sumo, one way and can accommodate 5 to 6 people. Whereas a Tempo Traveller charges ₹ 900 (10 to 12 seats) one way. Approximately, ₹ 2000 per person when you avail both ways. This cost is not included in the TREK FEE.

Or else you may reach Sankri independently and join us here. Here is a road map with major points en route to Sankri.

Reaching our trek base Sankri

Updates from Har Ki Dun trek Spring/Summer , March to May 2019:

Finally spring has arrived on mountains. As you may know by this time that, last winter was harsh, accompanied with consistent snowfall. This area is westernmost part of Uttarakhand, bordering Himachal, and receives more snowfall than other similar routes. Frequent snowfall took place as late as beginning of March. We hope that the trail will open by mid of April, after some snow slogging and you will get residual snow at Har Ki Dun, as late as May.

Here is our first team of the season reaching till Kalkatti Dhar on 22nd March’19.

March 2019: At Kalkatti Dhar

From mid April teams have started reaching Har Ki Dun comfortably. Below are the most recent pictures from our teams. We are hopeful that  you will get scattered snow as late as mid/later half of May.

Snowfall during mid April 2019
Residual snow on trail early summer (PC: Avisek)
Har Ki Dun on 1st May 2019 (PC: Avisek)
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Why treks with HT?

Highest Point3500 m/11500 ft
Trail Length50 Km
Expertise:10 years on ground experience
Support staff:Qualified local & office staff
Group size:Small groups up to 15
Insurance:Travel insured trek and tour itinerary
Easy Bookings:25% Booking Deposit
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 6 reviews
May 31, 2022

just wanted to let you know that we just got back from our trekking trip. The trip was wonderful and your team took great care of us. We would not have lived through this experience without their kindness and care. I can’t thank them enough. The staff was very good and always on top to please us. Devonder, our guide knew enough English to speak with my husband, and I was able to talk in Hindi with them. So, we were able to communicate well. They cooked a special cake for us to celebrate our wedding anniversary on Sunday

April 20, 2022

Entire HT team members were professionals in their areas. They started their support from the initial days of our planning (we being first time Trekkers). Well behaved team members acted as a good team, guided & supported us to enjoy our trekking. Excellent experience. All the best to HT Team….

January 15, 2020

We did the Har Ki Dun trek in November 2019, and it was honestly one of the most amazing experiences we have ever had. The trek itself is beautiful already, but the guides explaining things about the local life and villages on the way made it even better. The food was good, we slept in nice tents and the guides made sure we were doing okay all the time. Overall, a wonderful time spent in one of the prettiest places on our planet!

November 30, 2018

We went for the Har ki Dun Trek from the 18th November. It was really a different experience. We camped for the first time. The arrangements for camping every day was very aptly made by our guides and their helpers. We could survive on such high altitude and low temperature just because of them. The awesome finger-liking food that was made for us and served hot everyday kept us going. Our guides, Rohit and Chandraprakash deserve a special mention and thanks for their continuous support, in literally every step. They made sure none of us have any problem during the trek. Whenever we stopped for sitting down, either to rest every few minutes or to just take photos, they would patiently wait with us. They never rushed us. They guided us very patiently. And as friends. This is our 2nd trek with HT and we are very happy with everything.

December 29, 2012

It was my first winter trek so I was a bit skeptical in attending when I cam to know about it from my friend. However, once I enrolled into it, it turned out to be the best experience of my life. Being the only person from North India (actually from West India… :)) in the group of all south Indians and Bengali, I never felt, for a single moment, that I am not part of the group. Jokes cracked, delicious meals eaten, never on time departures, snow clad peaks and valleys, becoming friends with strangers, there are so many things I remember even today. I would definitely like to trek again with HT for their non-formal environment, excellent time management, delicious meal arrangement and guidance…

July 10, 2012

The trekking was amazing, we all very much enjoyed being in the Himalayas, with spectacular scenery and clear air! The logistics and planning were great, it was easy to set it up with you by email, and when we started the trek everything went well. Rajan was an excellent guide, very accommodating and made us feel at home.

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