Har Ki Doon actually means the valley of Gods, spiritual and adventurous importance. The summer trek is as alluring in the winter too. With its marvellous snow-fields and snow-covered trees, the trek is an unseen beauty of winters. This almighty trek is located in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand state and extremely loved by all the trekkers. The Har ki Dun valley is known to be an abode of Swargarohini mountain range. It is believed that Pandavas of Mahabharata took their cruise to heave through the stairway to heaven from this very famous valley, hence the name Swargarohini in Har ki Doon valley. The Har ki Doon is also a catchment of the Yamuna river.
The trek is so lovely that you cannot ever imagine. The entire trail is laid with stunning Himalayan features following back to back, they are alpine meadows, oak and pine trees in density. Imagine these all draped with a thick snow blanket, the views are unpredictable and out standing. With mythological importance and spiritual following, the trek is now a day also has the significance of adventure and thrill for mountain lovers. Camping in such wild places is the new thing in every body’s bucket list. Nothing is as peaceful, satisfactory as spending a serene night on the banks of a gushing blue river with rich forests protecting you. And yes there are the huge mountains highlighted by moon light under the dark sky with gleaming stars.
Can you name the mountains seen from the Har Ki Doon? Apart from the Swargarohini range of height of six thousand and two hundred and fifty two meters or 6252 meters approx. which has Swargarohini I, Swargarohini II, Swargarohini III and another big mountain massif of Bandarpoonch which hosts the zeniths of the Black peak also known as Kalanag of height six thousand and three hundred and eighty seven meters or 6387 m and Bandarpoonch of six thousand and three hundred and six teen meters or 6316 meters itself.
Another attraction of the Har Ki Doon trek valley is its route goes through unbelievable tiny habitats that have historical importance. The architecture of houses and temples are all belonging from two thousand or 2000 years old. It will be an archaeological or historical trip too with an amazing opportunity to click pictures of some of the oldest culture of the world and the Indian Himalayas. All of the temples along the path are all good in condition and some have ruins that are enough to give the essence of the culture of Himalayan villages. They are all there sitting for centuries and decades just so that we outdoor lovers know what they have been striving to survive. We as humans and responsible adventure seekers must protect them by following eco-friendly rules, not littering places, respecting the old culture and maintaining peace.
Talking about temples and old architecture, how can we forget about Osla village that has actually led to the discovery and popularity of old temples. One of the shrines is said to be dedicated to Duryodhana, constructed by Saur people. It is closer to Sankri, the base village of Kedarkantha and other stunning trails. The wooden temple is known to be five thousand or 5000 years old. They showcase some of India’s fine or intricate work.
The Har Ki Doon trek begins from Sankri which is another popular trekking hot spot. Sankri has grown to popularity over the rising name of Kedarkantha trek with another winter king trek. The pickup point for Sankri is usually from Dehradun. The ride from Dehradun to Sankri is a ten-hour ride or drive. Make sure you reach on time to Dehradun either by bus or train or flight, whatever suits you. The mind-blowing ride from Dehradun to Sankri which is a ten-hour ride as mentioned in the above para also takes you through another popular tourists destination called Mussoorie. This wonderful and the most famous tourist and adventure destination place are also called as Queen of the Hills of the Uttarakhand district. It is indeed the queen of the hills of the whole country.
From the queen of the hills, you will then enter into the real mountain world. The road passes through Netwar, Purola and Naugoan all of these are remote and scenic villages worth every moment spent and breathed here. The road is surrounded by pine tall alpine trees on both the sides that give the real pleasure of mountain road travel. There might be some network connectivity. Remember that as you enter deep in the high mountains there will lesser network connections. So far only BSNL sim is known to have a good and workable signal.
The Kar Ki doon trekking trail is not as easy as expected. Of course, all the stunning beauty always comes with a cost of strain full travel. With a total of 6 hours of long walking, there will heavy rains if you are not lucky. So you must be prepared with all the gear to protect yourself from the wet showers. Try to be as efficient for rains as possible. Also, make sure you are physically prepared to avoid AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. Check your things to carry list every time until you start trekking. Make sure you have a poncho or rain jacket and have a waterproof backpack or luggage covers or plastics.
After Sankri the real walking, hiking and trekking commence. The first big checkpoint will be Govind National park’s at which you must arrive in the early evening. Sankri will also be your base village where you all can get refreshed and washed up. You all will be allotted rooms and then after a baby’s sleep its time to start walking the next morning. As you walk higher up in the mountains you will find glimpses of snow peaks and their apexes. Barsu pass is amongst the most famous and worth watching. As mentioned Swargarohini peaks with Bandarpoonch, also Osla village and its cultural heritage will all be waiting for you. So come and walk on the Har Ki Doon trail!