Elevate Your Adventure: All You Need To Know About Har Ki Dun Trek

Waquar Habib

Har Ki Dun Trek

Har Ki Dun trek is a popular trekking destination in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas, lush green valleys and a chance to experience the local culture of remote mountain villages.

A glimpse into the Har Ki Dun stretch | Shutterstock

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 and 2

On Day 1, arrive at Dehradun and take a 210 km drive to reach Base Camp Sankri. On Day 2, start with a 16km drive from Sankri to Dharkot Village and then trek for 4km from Dharkot to Seema.

A trekker stands at a cliff in Sankri | Shutterstock

Day 3 and 4

On Day 3, trek 10 km from Seema to Boslo. On Day 4, trek from Boslo to Har Ki Dun, then to Maninda Lake and back to Boslo, covering a total distance of 12 km both ways.

A view in between Boslo to Har Ki Dun | Shutterstock

Day 5 and 6

On Day 5, trek 10 km from Boslo to Seema. On Day 6, trek 4 km from Seema to Dharkoat Village and then drive 16 km to Sankri base camp. Later, depart from Sankri and head to Dehradun.

A view of Dehradun valley | Shutterstock

Everyday Affairs

Trekking distance is 7-10 km daily with moderate altitude gain. Accommodation options include tents or guesthouses/homestays in villages. Eat light, mostly vegetarian meals. Weather varies, ranging from sunny to rainy/snowy in monsoon and winter.

The terrain of Har Ki Dun trek | Shutterstock

Difficulty Level

This moderate-level trek is suitable for beginners with basic fitness levels, but some sections may require moderate physical effort. If it is your first trek, preparing yourself mentally and physically is crucial.

Hikers on their way to exploration | Shutterstock

Best Time

Spring (April-June) is pleasant with blooming flowers. Autumn (September-November) has clear skies and greenery. Avoid monsoon season (July-August) and extreme winter (December-February) due to heavy rainfall and snow, respectively.

Uttarakhand during spring | Shutterstock

Reach Base Camp

Travel from Dehradun/Rishikesh to Sankri by bus or private vehicle. The journey takes approximately 10-12 hours.

A classic Uttarakhand commuter | Shutterstock

What to Pack

For a successful trek, pack layered clothing, sturdy shoes, waterproof jacket, trekking pants, a pole, backpack, sunglasses, hat, gloves, sleeping bag, mat, water bottle, headlamp, toiletries, meds, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, power bank and snacks.

The trekking essentials | Shutterstock

How to Prepare

To trek successfully, build up your fitness with regular cardio and strength training. Spend a few days in Dehradun or Rishikesh beforehand to acclimatise to the altitude. Practice walking on uneven terrain.

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Other Important Details

Obtain necessary permits from the Forest Department or organisers before trekking. Hire a local guide for navigation and safety, especially for beginners. Respect local culture and environment by following Leave No Trace principles and avoiding littering.

A local shop below a house in Uttarakhand | Shutterstock

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