Har Ki Dun Trek: All you need to know before going there!

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Uttarakhand’s hidden beauty that has been silently waiting for you to visit it to its heart Har Ki Dun, will blow your mind away with its magical views, meadows, green patches with orchids, snow-capped valleys, dense woods and rhododendrons. The Har Ki Dun trek is every mountain lover’s delight.

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The maximum elevation of the trek is of 11,675 ft and total distance to be covered during the trek is of 47 km. Har Ki Dun is a must-do trek, whose base camp is a tiny village called Sankri. You can also start your trek from Taluka, which is 18-20 km away from Sankri.

In this article, we have summarized everything that you will need prior to embarking on your journey. This will surely help you plan your Har Ki Dun Trek in an easy way.

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About Har Ki Dun Trek

  • Region – Uttarakhand (India)
  • Maximum Altitude – 11,675 feet (3,566 m)
  • Distance to be covered – 47 km
  • Grade – Easy to Moderate
  • Starting point and Ending point – Sankri or Taluka
  • Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun
  • Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun International Airport )
  • Last ATM – Purola (before the beginning of the trek)
sunrise in hamalaya
on the way to har kin dun

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Trek highlights

  • While doing the trek, you will come across the snow-capped Swargarohini peak, a mountain massif popular peak
  • You can visit the Duryodhana Temple which is situated at the small hamlet Osla
  • An opportunity to witness the eternal beauty of the setting and the rising sun
  • Camping and bonfire under the starlit sky
  • A lifelong experience to know about the cultures and traditions of people of Sankri and Taluka

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Best time trek Har ki Dun

If you can’t bear the cold, pre-Monsoon (April to June) and post-monsoon (September to December) are considered ideal time to do Har Ki Doon trek. The weather is pleasant at this time and there is no fog, which let the skies remain clear most of the time. During these months, temperatures are ranging somewhere between 10 °C to 20 °C.

If you love snow and are daring enough to bear the unbearable cold at the summit, you should do this trek in winter (November to February), when serenity and solitude appear at its best.
Temperature: 2 °C to -10 °C

In Monsoon season, the trails become slippery which makes the trek impossible to do. Routes to the top are blocked but if somehow, you get there, you will witness the best version of Har Ki Dun.
Temperature: 5 °C to 10 °C

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How to reach

The trekking route: Dehradun – Sankri – Taluka (trek base camp) – Har Ki Dun

To get to Har Ki Doon, you have to reach to a quaint village of Sankri, which is the base point for the trek. Sankri is well connected with Dehradun, which is well connected with major cities via road, train and air.

The quaint village of Sankri is located about 200 km from Dehradun city. And Sankri is 180 km away from Dehradun. You will easily get local transportation (bus), or hire a taxi/cab from Dehradun to reach Sankri.

The starting point of Har Ki Dun is Taluka which is at 12 km distance away from the small village Sankri. If you have your own vehicle, you can directly drive for Taluka and start the trek

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Things to carry for Har Ki Dun Trek

  1. Hiking shoes – Water-resistant and light weighed
  2. Sneakers and Slippers – As an extra
  3. Socks and gloves (2-3 pair)
  4. Down jacket, Fleece jacket
  5. Hiking pants, bottom pants and t-shirts – Warm and comfortable
  6. Backpack – with all necessary belongings
  7. Munching items like chips, chikki and packed food (dry fruits, chocolates) which lasts for at least two weeks
  8. Energy providing beverages
  9. Water bottles
  10. Plastic bag – To keep the wastage and store your dirty laundry
  11. Sleeping bag or tent – You can borrow these items from the base point
  12. Body wipes- As showers are limited
  13. Hand wipes – to keep yourself healthy and germ-free
  14. Cash- it’s most important, as you won’t get any ATM on the hill
  15. Trekking poles – Must bring
  16. Camera – To capture the beauty
  17. Powerbank – to recharge your phone
  18. Flashlight with extra batteries
  19. First aid kit (including band-aids)

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  • Don’t make fun of the local traditions and cultures. Respect them
  • If you are going in a group trek, follow your team leader’s instructions and keep in close with your group
  • If you’re travelling solo, be conscious all the time. And whenever you get phone signal, inform your family
  • Don’t walk on an unknown path. You might get lost and couldn’t find the way back
  • Don’t drink alcohol – it dehydrates your body
  • Don’t smoke – It stresses you out without you knowing

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6 thoughts on “Har Ki Dun Trek: All you need to know before going there!”

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  2. This is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must-read article!

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