HAR KI DUN TREK
Har-Ki-Doon (3566 m) is situated in the western part of Uttarkashi District, at the base of Fateh Parvat. This cradle-shaped valley, south-east of Jaundhar Glacier,is surrounded by glittering peaks on the north-western side and by dense forest of Pine, Deodar and other coniferous trees from south eastern side. The forest is rich in wild life and is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Himalayan birds including game birds such as black partridges and jungle fowl are available in this area. The people of this region worship Duryodhan of the Mahabharat fame.
The trek commences from Naitwar village which is easily accessible by motor from Dehradun and Mussoorie via Nawgaon and Purola (143 km). The trek from Naitwar to Taluka trails along a motorable road on the upper bank of river Sup in. At Naitwar the Rupin and Supin rivers meet and thereafter it is known as river Tons. This trek presents a panoramic view of the Supin valley with the Fateh Parvat shadowing it. The trek ITom Naitwar to Osla is through very dense forest of Chestnut, Wall nut, Willoda and Chinars. The trek from Osla to Har-Ki-Doon is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy land and coniferous forests. The best season to visit Har-Ki-Doon valley is from June and in the rainy season when multi coloured flowers bloom, presenting a heavenly sight. Botanists, bird watchers and explorers will find it all interesting trekking expedition.
During rainy season the starting point for Har-Ki-Doon is from Purola. Purola-Naitwar motor road is a fair weather road only. Har ki Doon Trek is located at the base of Fetch Pravat, at an altitude of 3,556 meters. Har Ki Doon , the cradle shaped valley is a paradise for trekkers, bird watchers and naturel lovers. Dense forests of pines and glittering mountain peaks surround the valley. This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayas. The valley is scattered with wild Himalayan Flowers and the whole valley looks colorful during flowering season in monsoon.
The best time for trekking in Har ki doon valley is June to October. During the rest of the years the region remains either very cold or wet. The valley is full of wildlife, which makes it a paradise for nature lovers The trek starts from Netwar to Osla through dense forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows and chinars. The trek from Osla to Har-ki-doon is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy land and conifer forests. Har ki Doon is one of the most fascinating and least visited areas of the Garhwal Himalaya.
Day 01: Rishikesh to Taluka (1900 m/6232 ft) Drive 7-8 Hours Overnight Camp:
After breakfast drive to Taluka by Toyota Qualis, a small hamlet nestled in the laps of nature via Mussoorie, Kempty falls, Purola and Mori. This is starting point of our trek. Overnight in tents/ tourist rest house. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 02: Taluka to Osla (2560 m / 8400 ft) Trek 6-7 Hours Overnight Camp:
The day starts with the gentle trail towards Osla. Today's trek is through beautiful forests of Chestnut, Walnut and Willows. A gradual ascent brings us to the picturesque Osla village along the swift rivulet. On arrival set campsite for overnight stay. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 03: Osla to Har-Ki-Dun (3566 m / 11700 ft) Trek 5-7 Hours Overnight Camp:
Morning after breakfast trek to Har Ki Dun. Initially the trek goes past some fields of beans and rice and also some isolated villages, where the life style is same as old, and the untouched one. The dress worn by the people is traditional. Their cheerful ness and innocence combined with their simple way of life make them very appealing. A common scene in the evenings is that of ruddy cheeked village belles returning home, carrying on their backs huge loads of pine needles and cones to be used as fuel. The trail steadily ascends the side of the ridge across the river and then veers left to the Har Ki Dun valley. Dense forests at this part give way to the meadows that are scattered with flowers and flowering herbs. Meals and Overnight stay in tents.
Day 04: Har-Ki-Dun:
The day is for rest/ acclimatization /exploration. On this day everyone does his own thing. One can go on an exploratory trek in the valley, capture some magnificent views on the camera, or just chill at the campsite. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 05: Har-Ki-Dun to Debshu Bugyal Trek 4-5 Hours Overnight Camp:
Today we will trek 14 kms to reach Debshu Bughyal. It will take 4-5 hrs at leisure pace as the trail is generally downhill. Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 06 : Debshu Bugyal to Ruinsara Tal (3500 m/ 11480 ft) Trek 5-6 Hours Overnight Camp:
Today we start trekking early towards Ruinsara Tal. The Trek from Debsu Bughyal to Ruinsara Tal is through, terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy lands and conifer forests through extremely scenic landscape. The gradient of the trek is moderate and one will be able to complete the trek in 5 - 6 hrs on arrival at the lake set campsite. Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 07 : Ruinsara Tal:
The day is for rest / acclamatisation / exploration. One can explore the surroundings around the lake. The place is full of photographers delight. Meals and overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Ruinsala Tal to Osla Trek 5 Hours Overnight Camp:
After breakfast start trekking back towards Osla (18 kms). This trek will take about 4-5 hours. Set up a camp by the Supin River. Meals and overnight stay in tents.
Day 09: Osla to Taluka (13 kms/3-4 hrs) - Rishikesh (215 Kms, 7-8 hrs):
After early breakfast trek for about 3-4 hours to reach Taluka and from here drive back to Rishikesh. Tour End.