7 Days 6 Nights
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding Har Ki Dun Trek preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
Day 1: Arrival at Sankri
Sankri is the base for Har ki Dun trek and it is around 200 kms from Dehradun and takes about 9-10 hours to reach. After reaching Sankri you will be greeted by your Trek Leader and he will help you check into your Homestay/Guest House. After freshening up after the long drive from Dehradun the Trek Leader will take a session where you will briefed on all necessities of the trek. Have dinner and take plenty of rest as the trek will start the next day. Overnight stay in Homestay/Guest house at Sankri.
Day 2: Sankri to Taluka by road then Trek to Seema
We will have breakfast at the Homestay/Guest House at Sankri and take our packed lunch for the journey ahead. We will board our vehicle which will take us to Taluka where our trek will begin. Taluka is 12 kms from Sankri and it takes about 1 hour to reach as the road is narrow and broken in some parts. From Taluka we get down to the banks of Supin river and progress along the trail right beside the river. From the starting itself Har Ki Dun trek offers a picturesque view of the river and the surrounding forests. The initial part of the trail is mostly flat with a few uphills and downhills to keep you entertained and beautiful surroundings to accompany you. After trekking for a couple of hours we will start our uphill climb. From here onwards the trail is mostly uphill and you will have to zig zag along the mountain as you trek. On the way to Seematra we will also find the village Gangadh to our left. From Gangadh it is just another hour to reach the first campsite Seema. The campsite is right next to the river, you can even hear the gushing sound of the water when you sleep at night. Overnight stay at Seema campsite.
Day 3: Seema to Kalkatiyadhar
After some warm up exercises and having breakfast at the campsite we will continue our journey ahead towards our next campsite Kalkatiyadhar. We start walking on a more or less flat terrain and reach the iron bridge at Seema which we will use to cross Supin river. From there onwards the steep ascent begins. We can see the trail zig zag along with the mountain. We take this arduous route and climb up the mountain to reach a vast grassland. While climbing the zig zag trail we can spot the village Osla to our left but we will take the route to the right and as we have to reach our campsite. Within no time we will reach our campsite at Kalkatiyadhar. Take the rest of time for leisure activities and recharge your muscles as the coming day is going to be the longest and toughest.
Day 4: Kalkatiyadhar to Har Ki Dun and back to Kalkatiyadhar
Today is the longest and toughest day of the trek so be prepared and rise early as possible. We will have a quick and easy breakfast before departing for our trek at 6 am sharp. We will begin our trek with the 45 degree ascent towards Seematra. The vast expanse of grassland stretches on till here. We can also see the convergence of the Supin river and the river coming from Ruinsara valley. Adorn the natural beauty around the valley as the trek progresses. From this point onwards we are guided by the majestic Har ki Dun peak and Black Peak from Ruinsara valley. We will enter the dense forest of oak and pine as the trail meanders along the shape of the mountain. We will even spot some waterfalls on the way. The last bit of the trail to Har ki Dun moves side by side along Supin river and then you finally enter Har ki Dun valley. As we reach the base of Har ki Dun peak, this is going to be our summit point for this trek. From here, you can spot Jaundhar Glacier to your right and to your left there is a trail which will lead to Marinda Lake, which is an alpine lake. After spending some time in the valley and having our packed lunch we take the same route and head back to our campsite at Kalkatiyadhar.
Day 5: Kalkatiyadhar to Pauni Garaat
After taking a well deserved rest after the hectic summit day at Har ki Dun valley we will begin our journey back. We will walk through the same grasslands that we took to reach our campsite but this time instead of descending down the zig zag route that we took, we will continue forward and visit Osla village. Here, you can check out the lifestyle of the locals and witness the amount of hard work they have to do in their day to day life. The major attraction of Osla village is the village temple and its unique architecture. After spending some time in the village, we will begin our descent to our next campsite at Pauni Garaat. In Uttarakhand, Garaat is a hydraulic mill used by the locals for centuries to ground wheat into flour. At Pauni Garaat you will get to see many of these mills on the way.
Day 6: Pauni Garaat to Taluka then drive to Sankri
After having breakfast at our campsite in Pauni Garaat we will begin our journey back to the roadhead. We will be taking the same route back to Taluka so if you have missed out on anything while going to Har Ki Dun valley then this is your chance to witness all those things again. We will be spotting Gangadh village on our way back and the dense oak and pine forests which we crossed on our way. It is also a very good opportunity to recall all the memories that we made during the trek. After reaching Taluka our vehicle will be waiting for us to take back to Sankri. We reach Sankri and check in to our Homestay/Guest House. Freshen up and rejoice on the completion of the trek.
Day 7: Sankri to Dehradun
After breakfast we will say goodbye to Sankri and get on our vehicles which will take us back to civilization in Dehradun.
Trekking Shoes: Decent trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support are required. Carry no sport shoes.
Clothing: Warm garments, such as three-layer coats, fleece, or down feather jackets, are required. Carry one or two full-sleeved t-shirts. Carry cotton and trek pants ideal for trekking for your lowers. For trekking, do not bring jeans or shorts.
Thermals: Keep top and bottom thermals on hand.
Socks: Bring two or three pairs of sports socks, as well as woollen socks to wear at night.
A headlamp/led torch is required.
Sunglasses: To protect yourself from the sun in the snow, you should use UV-protected sunglasses.
Woolen hats and gloves are also recommended due to the cold weather. Carry waterproof gloves because they will become wet in the snow.
Lunchbox & Water Bottle: Each participant should bring their own lunch box, spoon, and water bottle.
Raincoats/ponchos: Snowfall and rain are prevalent at high altitudes, and it is important to carry a poncho to avoid getting wet.
a) Registration Form
b) Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c) NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photos
e) Photocopy of Valid I.D. (PAN is not allowed)