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The Har-Ki Dun Trail

Situated at 3556m / 11,734ft in Western Garhwal this delightful cradle shaped valley is set within lush green forests of Pine, Deodar and Fir carpeted with numerous wild flowers. This scenic locale is home to varied species of wildlife and avian life and affords excellent views of the glittering snow covered peaks of Banderpunch, Kalanag and Swargrohini.


Day 1: On your arrival we meet you at the International Airport in New Delhi which is most often in the early hours of the morning and drive you to your pre-reserved hotel. The entire day is free for you to either relax in your room or explore this exciting city, its colourful bazaars and medieval and colonial monuments.

Day 2: We leave after breakfast and drive 230 Kms to Dehradun capital of Uttaranchal in the Himalayan foothills. This charming city is famous for its excellent public schools and government institutions like the Forest Research Institute, The Indian Military Academy, Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Wildlife Institute of India and many more. On arrival we check into our preserved hotel for the night.

Day 3: After breakfast we drive to the last motorable village of Sankri with its quaint guesthouse on a hillock affording fabulous views of the Himalayan ranges. We stay at the Garhwal Vikas Nigam Mandal (GVNM) guesthouse for the night.

Day 4: We drive for an hour and a half to the small hamlet of Taluka through forests and a few streams. Our trek of 16 Kms takes us to the small hamlet of Osla at 2575m / 8,500ft. The trail goes along the Tons River and its many tributaries across green fields and past the two friendly villages of Datmer and Gangar. After an uphill walk we reach the small village of Seema near Osla. We put up in the lovely forest rest house for the night. After a simple nutritious lunch take a dip in the rejuvenating stream nearby and go for short strolls around this fascinating countryside before returning the rest house for the night.

Day 5: Today it's a 5-6 hour walk after breakfast. Picking up our packed lunches we cross the River Tons over a bridge and begin our steady climb over a hillside of rocks and boulders till we reach fields, meadows and streams. After stopping briefly for lunch near a sparkling spring we head on to the Forest Rest House at Hari Ki Dun 3506m / 11,569ft, located on a hillock surrounded by snow covered peaks and two mountain streams.

Day 6: After a leisurely breakfast walk to the nearby Borasu Pass that divides Uttaranchal from the picturesque Sangla Valley in neighbouring Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The walk is over lush green meadows with small patches of ice giving fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. We return to the Rest House at Har Ki Dun by evening.

Day 7: After an early breakfast we head downhill and divert from a point on the trail to Osla to walk to the lush green meadows of Dev Sach at 3000m / 9900ft, a popular grazing ground for Buffaloes of the local herdsmen. We set up camp in this lovely pastureland for the night.

Day 8: From Dev Sach we walk for about 12 Kms towards to Ruinsara Lake . The trail goes through thick forests of Pine, Fir and Juniper and flower strewn meadows by passing a few beautiful waterfalls. This serene crystal clear lake is considered sacred by the locals and is surrounded by colourful rhododendron trees under the gaze of the stunning Swargarohini Mountains. We camp here at this soothing and enchanting spot for the night.

Day 10: Today we steady climb takes us to the base of the Bali pass from where you get impressive views of the Kalanag, Bander Punch and Swargarohini peaks towering before us. The base of the pass is a beautiful spot and it's where we set up camp for the night.

Day 11: Today is a 5 hour walk to the sacred destination of Yamnotri the source of the River Yamuna. We begin our day by ascending to the saddle of the Bali Pass at 4800m / 15,850ft, where you suddenly come to a stop as you suddenly see the breathtaking sight of the mighty Swargarohini peak before you and the Ruinsara Gad far below. We then descend through vast meadows and rich forests to the sacred hamlet of Yamnotri dominated by the towering Bander Punch rising to 6361m / 19,079ft . Yamnotri at 3165m / 10,444ft is also the site of hot springs where you can see pilgrims soaking rice and potatoes in muslin cloth before offering it to the deity. We camp beyond this sacred village for the night.

Day 12: Today's trail leads besides the Yamuna River all the way downhill to the small hamlet of Hanuman Chatti at 2400m / 7920ft, which takes us about 6 hours to reach. This sacred place is also where the Hanuman Ganga stream flows into the Yamuna. We camp here for the night.

Day 13: We board our awaiting Jeep to drive to the Ashram filled small town of Rishikesh spreading above the River Ganga. Check into a comfortable hotel or guest house for the night.

Day 14: After an early breakfast we visit a few Ashrams before departing for Delhi where we reach by early afternoon and check into a hotel to rest till its time for your flight to your onward destination.

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