Har ki Dun is situated at a height of 3566 metres in the western Ganges which is quite high. Har ki Dun is also famous by the name of Hanging Valley of Gods which is a cradle shaped valley. The trek is famous for dense forest and sparkling peaks. The Har ki Dun valley can be explored by starting from the Govind National Park.
Har ki Dun is one of the best and the most popular trekking spots of Uttarakhand.Har ki Dun trek is called to be the stairways to heaven. You would be taken to the ancient Himalayan villages to explore them by trekking through the Har Ki Dun valley.
If you are an adventure lover and the trekking enthusiast then the Har Ki Dun trek should be in your bucket list. If you are an avid trekker or a professional trekker and you do not try out this trek then you would be missing out on a lot of fun. You can view the most spectacular scenes of the Himalayas while being on this trek.
Along with these, you will come across a lot of beautiful sights which makes the trek even more happening and soothing.you will get enough time to explore the vicinity and indulge themselves in the beauty of nature.
The difficulty level of the trek is from easy to moderate and because of the trek gradient. If you are a beginner, you are not advised to go on this trek as this is not basic. If you are a regular or a professional trekker who have ample knowledge of trekking situations and habits, then you can try this trek.
The trail of the trek basically is of meadows, glacier basins, pine forests, moraine ridges, and ancient villages.
The best time to go on a Har ki Dun trek is during the months of Monsoons to Winters. The average temperature of the place during the best seasons is 8 degree to 15-degree centigrade during the daytime. And the average temperature during the night time of the place is -5 degrees centigrade to – 3-degree centigrade.
During these months, the view of the trek is amazing. You would get some amazing and spectacular views of the mountains, peaks, birds, animals, old huts, and ancient villagers. The climate during these months is pleasant. The camping and the trekking activities during this season is always the best.
Before going to any Himalayan destination including the Har Ki Dun trek, you need to take permission and the permit of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) to let your Himalaya trekking expedition go smoothly. It takes one day to issue this permit.
These permits and permissions are really important to take before going on any Indian trek because they are ones who give you the authority to enter a certain region.The difficulty level of the trek is from easy to moderate and because of the trek gradient. Not all beginners are advised to go on this trek as this is not basic. If you are a regular or a professional trekker who have ample knowledge of trekking situations and habits, then you can try this trek.
Things to Carry for the Trek
- Basic First Aid kit
- Identity Card
- Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
- Water (Minimum two litres)
- Lemon and salt OR Electrolyte Powder/Drink (Electral/Gatorade/Glucon D, etc.)
- Quick Dry Full Sleeve T-shirts are preferable over cotton tees.
- Plastic sheet to wrap electronic devices, only during monsoons
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
- Analgesic spray (Relispray, Volini, etc.)
- Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol etc.)
- Cotton roll & Bandage
- Tablet for motion sickness (Avomine), Acidity (Gelusil, Digene, etc.).
- Mild pain relief tablet (Crocin)
Here’s what BanBanjara picks a tour guide for Har ki Dun trek!
- Tour guides should at least have the age of 25 and will be IMF certified.
- The tour operator will be an experienced trekker and have done at least 5 short treks and 2 high altitude treks.
- Tour operators will have good fitness and will not have any smoking and drinking habits.
- The tour operator will have leadership qualities and knowledge of life-saving support.
- Tour operator will speak fluent english and hindi.
- Tour operators should have past experience in the travel industry and will be an additional benefit.