Har ki Dun trek: A beautiful journey in the valley of Shiva

Discussing Har Ki Doon or Har Ki Dun, it is a pannier-shaped dangling Clough located in the regions of Uttarakhand, India. As the name defines “Dun” which terms a Valley and “Har” suggests Lord Shiva as Har Har Mahadev which uplifts it into the sacred valley of God and has its distinctness. From its pleasant hills and peaks backed up along with sturdy snow to the intense forest of green pine having varieties of flora and fauna around them, this outlying ravine has a lot to learn about. This place narrates the core of Govind Ballabh Pant National Park, a spot famous for its enchanting valleys and mesmerizing plantation.

Har Ki Dun valley is in the regions of the Himalayas at an elevation of around. 11,700 ft. The valley provides a wide range of sights filled with rich green pastures, alpine plantations, an effusive river named Thamsa, a glacier named Jalandhar, and snow-covered peaks from a single spot. When you explore a bit intensely inside the ravine you will find a mesmerizing glacial lake named Maninda Tal.


Ancient History

This spot has a factor of mythology of its own. As stated by the residents, in the believing Holy Writ, it is termed that this valley was the path from where Pandavas went to heaven and along with the surrounding mountain ranges. Duryodhan is praised here by several people, so you will discover ancient and huge temples of Duryodhan on all sides of the ravine. After the demise of Lord Krishna, Maharishi Vyasa suggested Pandavas exit and repudiate their dynasty as the motives of their life have been achieved. Pandavas relinquished Hastinapur and offered it to King Parakshit, assigned Kripacharya his teacher and Yuyutsu his ruler, and retired for the people of Hastinapur for their voyage to heaven. As the Pandavas exit, a dog accompanies them and they take the dog along with them on the journey.



– Highest altitude: 11,811ft long.

– Age for trekking: starting from the age of 8 to 55years old.

– Trek level: Easy to Moderate.

– Trek duration: 8days.

– The best time to visit: From April to June (during summers) and From September to December (during post monsoons).


A glance at the trek route location

Day1: Firstly you have to drive towards the Kotgaon from Dehradun, with a drive distance of (196kms) which is covered in (10 hours) duration.

Day2:  from Kotgaon to taluka with a drive duration of (2hours) and then Trek from taluka to Gangaad with a trek extent of (8.50kms) in approximately 6 hours with an altitude gain from (6,920ft to 8,160ft).

Day3: After reaching Gangaad you have to start walking towards kalkatiyadhar with a trek extent of (7.50kms), which is covered in (5 hours) of duration and altitude gain is from (8,160ft to 9,922ft).

Day4: From kalkatiyadhar to Boslo by the way of har ki dun trek with trek extent of (9kms) in (6 hours) of duration with an altitude gain is (9,922ft to 10,469ft) and altitude loss altitude via (11,700ft).

Day5: Boslo to Swarnadhara with a trek distance of (6.20kms) in (7hours) of duration with an altitude gain of (10,469ft to 11,292ft).

Day6: then from Swarnadhara to Devsu Thach by the way of Ruinsara valley with a trek distance of (13.70kms) in (8hours) of duration and the altitude gain is (11,292ft to 9,941 ft and loss altitudes via 11,811ft).

Day7: then trek from devas Thach to taluka and later drive back to Kotgaon with a trek distance of (18.9kms) (10 hours) of duration and altitude loss is (9,941ft to 6,920ft).

Day8: Drive towards Dehradun from Kotgaon with a drive distance of 196kms in 9-10 hours of duration.


Important notes

– Trekkers should carry their IDs and photocopies as it’s very compulsory for taking entry at the forest check office.

– At base camp, trekkers are provided with lodges to stay in during the trek.

– Cloakrooms are facilitated for excess luggage storage. (Kindly do not keep your valuables inside there like mobiles, cameras, and all).

– Special note: Twin sharing of tents is not allowed in May, June, July, and August respectively.


I hope the above article helped you to know more about the great Har Ki Dun trek.

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