Har Ki Doon: Trek to the Valley Of Shiva

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Har Ki Doon

Har Ki Doon Valley, a hanging valley with a cradle shape in the Garhwal Himalayas is known as Har Ki Doon Valley. It is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, alpine vegetation, and other natural beauty. The valley is located at 3500m above sea level. It is snow-covered from October through March. Ghati lies approximately 25 km from the taluka. The trek to the valley begins at the taluka village. It passes through Gangad Osala, Seema, and Seema. The trek is two days long and is often done in two stages. The first is from Taluka towards Seema/Osla. The second is from Seema/Osla toward Har Ki Doon Valley

Day 1: Dehradun To Sankri (Via Mussoorie)

It takes 220km to Sankri via Mussoorie. Visit Kempty Falls (15 km from Mussoorie). Continue driving towards Purola at 1,524m. It is surrounded by dense forest and wildlife, including the endangered snow leopard. Stay in a tent/rest house for the night.

Day 2: Trek Through Taluka from Sankri to Pauni Garaat

Sankari offers stunning views of the valley and forest land. You will begin your trek by following the Rupin River to Pauni Garat. This small village is located at 7,000 feet above sea level and is filled with wild roses, lush deodar, and other rich flora. You will spend the night in a tent or a rest house. There is also a provision for sleeping bags.

Trek from Pauni Garaat to Kalkattiyadhaar on Day Three.

It is a long road that connects Pauni Garat with Calcutta. There are many interesting climbs and descents. Eventually, the valley curves to the left and merges into a beautiful forest area. You can enjoy the beautiful willow, walnut and chestnut trees until Gangar village. Continue to the Kalkatiyadhar campsite. Overnight stay at a resthouse/tent.

Trek from Kalkattiyadhaar to Har Ki Dun and then return to Kalkattiyadhaar on day four.

After climbing through the illustrated fields and lush coniferous trees, you will reach Har Ki Du. To reach Har Ki Doon’s basecamp, you will need to climb a ridge. The climb to the campsite is gradual and there will be a short steep section.

Day 5: Trek Through Osla Village From Kalkattiyadhaar To Pauni Garaat

It took 4 to 5 hours to return through Osla village, to Kalkatiyadhar where Duryodhana from Mahabharata was worshipped.

Overnight camping at Kalkatiyadhar

Day 6: Trek Through Taluka From Pauni Garaat To Sankri

Trek back to Sankri Basti. You will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views and unspoiled beauty of nature along your trek and eventually reach Sankri. 

Day 7: Drive From Sankri To Dehradun

After breakfast, drive back to Dehradun. Explore Dehradun by yourself.

Sankri To Pauni Garaat Via Taluka

A four-wheel drive road connects Sankri and the Taluka. Trekkers on trails and treks drive from Sankari towards the Taluka. We start the day early because the excursion can be quite long. After breakfast, we board an SUV to drive through the forest. It is difficult to drive. The vehicle has to cross two streams during transit. The taluka is reached in 60 minutes. The taluka is small and consists of two shops, two concrete houses, and two government visitor houses. This design is very different from that in nearby villages such as Sankri, Osla, Gangad which dates back to around 300 years. The trek starts here on a gravel-strewn pathway. It passes a succession of wild roses and irises as well as bamboo, chestnut, and pine trees. 

Deodar trees

You can smell the deodar trees all around the taluka. You may encounter this situation during winters or heavy rains. It is extremely dangerous for vehicles as the currents can collide on the street. Therefore, a distance of approximately 8 km may be required to reach the taluka. However, this is only in the case of severe rainfall. We walk through rapids along the Supin River. This area is ideal for refilling your water bottles. You can walk in the shade of pine, pecan and pine trees. 

A slight touch can cause a stinging sensation lasting between twenty and thirty minutes. This grass can be used as a spice or as a vegetable. The arrangement of the wrenches aligns with this step. From late thunderstorms until early fall, the fields turn bright red amaranth. Some streams join the Supin River. The settlement of Gangad is visible on the Supin River’s upper left side after some hiking. This area also has yellow-throated marten. You can also find edible fruits of seabuckthorn. They are orange-coloured and come in packets. The delicious, tangy, organic buds are also available in packs.

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