Nestled on the magnificent peak of Fateh Parvat and at an altitude of 3,566 m above sea level, Har Ki Doon is one of the most remote places in Uttarakhand's Devbhoomi. This cradle-shaped valley is an ideal place for hiking excursions due to its desolation, alpine vegetation and snow-capped peaks. In addition, it offers many wonderful views that leave the trekkers awe-struck, starting from the raw beauty of nature to the Swargarohini and Jaundha ice-covered peaks. There are many hidden gems in the valley, which is full of alpine meadows, beautiful lakes, colourful Himalayan flowers and rare wildlife species that add extra charm to the Har Ki Dun trekking expedition.
Believe it or not, walking across Har Ki Doon's everlasting meadow is one of those memories that remain lifelong in the heart and mind. With fascinating views of mountain ridges, glaciers, ancient ruins, alluring caves and rustic hamlets, the trail rewards you.
This valley is believed to hold a religious significance for Hindus and to share its history with the Mahabharata period. The eldest brother of the Pandavas, Yudhishthira, scaled the Himalayan peak of 'Swargarohini' on his way to heaven, according to the locals. There's also a temple dedicated to the Kauravas' eldest brother, Duryodhana.
The initial step of the Har ki Dun Trek starts from the village of Sankri to the village of Taluka, which is 12 km from Sankri. In addition, the course goes through ice lakes, alpine meadows, ridges of moraine, and pine and oak forests. Trekkers get a chance to catch stunning views of the valley by camera on the way to the summit and learn about the simple but amazing lifestyle of locals. The eyes will also be intrigued by the sight of the Brahma Kamal flower that blooms in the beautiful Mahinda Taal alpine lake.
Best Season to Visit:
The Har Ki Doon Trek can be performed all year round, with pleasant weather conditions, except for the monsoons. The area experiences incessant snowfall from December to March, so adventure enthusiasts need proper physical preparation and experience during this time to head for the trek. In particular, the average temperature varies between 11 ° C and 2 ° C, although the temperature drops below the freezing point at night.
In addition, the spring season from mid-April to June is regarded as the best time to participate in this expedition. The average temperature varies from 22 ° C and 10 ° C at this time.
Due to safe weather conditions, several trekkers undertake this trek from September to November. Average temperatures vary from 18 °C to 9 °C.
Not only for its majestic hills and religious significance but also for its warm-hearted inhabitants, Uttarakhand is known. They are the one that makes it a travel-friendly state for this area. Visit the religious memorials in towns and villages and discover the people's lifestyle and cultural traditions that they observe. You would be shocked to see that Uttarakhand people keep their hearts very close to culture and faith. One of the most cherished memories of the expedition is their hospitality and appreciation for the travellers.