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8 Nights 9 Days
Availability : Available on request
Mussoorie
Overview

Har Ki Dun is easily one of the most sought after treks in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas. When it comes to Himalayan treks, this one stands out for its picture-perfect campsites, it’s sheer beauty and also because, at one point, it will remind you of a scene from Lord of the Rings.

Also known as the “Doorway to Heaven”, this little valley is a trek away from the Sankri village and is located at an altitude of 3,566 m (11,600 ft) and remains carpeted with snow from October up until the end of March. The meadowed wonderland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the Western Himalayas.

The Valley is home to villages that are more than 3000 years old that makes this a gateway to a cultural extravaganza. The trail takes you to a world that is untouched by modern technology and will definitely transport you back to simpler times.

The Story of Osla:

When translated, Har Ki Dun means – Valley of God Har (Shiva). The story dates back to the time of Mahabharatha when a clan that was extremely loyal to Duryodhana resided in Osla. Their loyalty for the eldest of the Kauravas was so strong that they built a temple to worship him and the clan is devoted to preaching to Duryodhana to date. The village works with its own set of rules and regulations and forms it’s own Government. The attire of the village differs from the rest of Uttarakhand and depicts the culture and traditions of the clan. There are roughly about 250 houses in the village and they have close to 600 inhabitants. They also have a king who visits them once every month. The villages grow potato and wheat which is one of the major sources of food and income here.

Stay at a Homestay in Osla:

Not only do you get a glimpse of the culture of Osla, but you also get to live their culture for 2 days when you stay here. The village is an eye-opener to how people can live with sheer happiness with such limited resources setting an example of how staying happy is something that you can be in control of.

Camping with a View:

If there’s one thing that you must not miss on a Himalayan trek, it’s to camp on the trail. Right from camping amidst the valleys with streams flowing beside them to waking up to grand views of the revered peak – Swargarohini I, II & III, Bandarpoonch and Black Peak all in the same frame. It is also said that Har Ki Dun is the valley & pathway that the Pandavas took to reach Heaven through the Swargarohini peak.

Trek via the Jaundhar Glacier

Jaundhar is considered to be one of the largest sources of the Tons River. The majestic Jaundhar glacier lies in the trail to Har Ki Dun. Standing at a mighty altitude of 4,300 m (14,107 ft), the glacier is located close to the Swargarohini peak and is breathtakingly beautiful with impressive rock formations that are as huge as a mountain itself. The terrain here will be made of ridge-sand rubbles and rocky terrain.

 

COVID Pandemic Preparedness and Protocols:

  1. Screening of all nomads at the entry point for symptoms of COVID-19 such as temperature (using no-contact type thermometer/ thermal guns), cough, cold, etc.
  2. Only asymptomatic tourists shall be allowed.
  3. Those with temperature more than 37.5 °C (99 °F) and/or flu-like symptoms shall not be permitted to travel.
  4. Nomads in the age below 10 and above 60 will not be permitted.
  5. Before the commencement of Travel, all nomads to mandatory submit a self-declaration form. Travelers to provide basic personal information when traveling, including name, phone number, Govt. ID type and ID number. Consent for sharing of their details with the administrative / health authorities will be taken from visitors, as and where required for contact tracing related activity.
  6. All nomads shall be briefed on the safety measures taken before onboarding.
  7. All the nomads shall be briefed on the Dos and Don’ts to be mandatorily followed while traveling and during the trip.
  8. Nomads are recommended to carry their own mask, sanitizer, wet wipes and cutlery set for personal use.

 

Click here to read our detailed guidelines on trekking amidst COVID-19

8 Nights 9 Days

06 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar, and more

Mussoorie

Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Transportation to & fro from Mussoorie to Sankri and Sankri to Osla
  • 2 nights 4-star hotel stay at Mussoorie with breakfast
  • 2 nights resort stay at Sankri
  • 2 nights homestay at Osla
  • 2 nights tented accommodation at Har Ki Dun Base Camp
  • Standard vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner during the trek days
  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Utensils, Ropes
  • Tents: Trekkers tent (twin/triple sharing), Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet tent
  • Entry Permit Fee, Guide Fee & Driver Bata
  • 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
  • Local Guide (Number of guides depending on the group size)
  • 1 High Altitude chef & support staff
  • Porters for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/groceries)
  • Insurance, meals, transportations daily salary of guide & porter
  • Nomads are allowed to carry only 10 kg personal luggage on trek
  • The facility of keeping extra luggage at Mussoorie when leaving for the trek
  • Basic First aid Kit
  • Personal accident insurance
  • All government, local taxes and service charges
  • TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
  • 40% discount on Fast&Up products
  • Personalized Dri-Fit T-Shirt
  • TrekNomads goodies

What is NOT included in the tour

  • The cost to reach Mussoorie and back
  • Airport Pick up and Drop Off
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for guide, chef, porter, etc (calculated per person)
  • Excess baggage charges, if it exceeds 10 kg
  • Local sightseeing and entrance fee, camera fee, etc
  • Mineral water or any type of soft drinks
  • Hot water for shower, etc, during the trek
  • Extra meals apart from inclusions
  • Lunch and dinner at Mussoorie 4-star hotel stay
  • Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
  • Any other tickets like cable chair, cable car, etc.
  • All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay or vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation

Highlights of the Trek

  • 2 nights stay at a 4-star hotel in Mussoorie
  • 2 nights stay at a resort in Sankri and 2 nights homestay at Osla
  • 2 nights camping stay at Har Ki Dun Base Camp
  • Visit famous Someshwar temple in Osla.
  • The majestic view of Swargarohini, Black Peak & Bandar ki Poonch


Type of Trek
Himalayan Treks


Trek Gradient
Moderate
Treknical Details
  • Day 1: Arrive at Mussoorie
  • Day 2: Travel from Mussoorie to Sankri
  • Day 3: Travel from Sankri to Taluka and then trek to Osla
  • Day 4: Trek from Osla to Har Ki Dun base camp
  • Day 5: Trek from base camp to Har Ki Dun – Jaundhar Glacier/Hata Valley & back to Base Camp
  • Day 6: Trek to Osla from Har Ki Dun Base Camp
  • Day 7: Trek from Osla to Taluka & travel to Sankri
  • Day 8: Travel from Sankri to Mussoorie
  • Day 9: Travel back to home.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Mussoorie

Altitude: 6,170 ft (1880 m)
Travel: 6-7 Hours
Accommodation Type: Premier Hotel

On Day 1 you arrive in Mussoorie, you will now check-in to a 4-star hotel spend some time unwinding. Later, you meet your fellow Nomads for a quick introductory session after which you will have a short briefing on tomorrow’s trek with your trek lead. You will stay the night in Mussoorie.

Day 2: Sankri

Altitude: 6,455 ft (1,920 m)
Travel Duration: 7-8 hours
Accommodation Type: Resort

On Day 2, you start traveling towards Sankri from Mussoorie. The beautiful drive takes you through banks of Yamuna river and later Tons river. You will also see picturesque pine trees on the route today. As you arrive in Sankri, you will notice that the air is crisper and extremely fresh, making this a refreshing change from your city life. You check in to a resort in Sankri post-arrival and spend some time relaxing. Sankri, is as gorgeous as can get giving you brilliant photo-opportunities. A good evening stroll around the village is perfect to fill up your Instagram feed & to get yourself warmed up for the trek the next morning. Stay the night at the resort in Sankri.

Day 3: Taluka & Osla

Taluka Altitude: 7,000 ft (2,133 m)
Osla Altitude: 8,202 ft (2,500 m)
Travel Duration: 30 minutes
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
Accommodation Type: Homestay

Wake up early in the morning freshen up & start your journey towards Taluka. Taluka will be the starting point of your trek to Har Ki Dun which is approximately 27 kilometers from here. From Taluka, you start trekking to Osla (also known as Seema Village). You will be trekking on even terrain and passing through forests of Chinar, Chestnuts, Walnuts, Willows and other coniferous trees. This trek will also take you through various waterfalls and decide on taking one of the two routes – a steep climb to Dhaatmeer Village or a regular trek to Karmansha stream, both of which meet at Gangaar Village. From here, you trek directly to Osla. Reach Osla by late evening and you will find your homestay awaiting you.

Day 4: Har Ki Dun Base Camp

Altitude: 11,318 ft (3,500 m)
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Accommodation Type: Camping

Post breakfast, you start trekking through the winding trails of the various fields of Osla. This trail will closely give you a glimpse of the local lifestyle and culture of the area. You will also get great glimpses of peaks such as – Black Peak & Bandar ki Poonch and the gorgeous jungles & meadows of the Ruinsara Valley. This trail is also a great way to explore the various wildflowers & birds of the region. To make this route even better, you will encounter a beautiful waterfall along with plenty of small streams and rivulets. This trek goes from easy to moderate here and there. At a steady pace, you should be able to reach Base Camp in 5-6 hours. Tonight you camp at Har Ki Dun base camp.

Day 5: Har Ki Dun – Jaundhar Glacier/Hata Valley 

Altitude: 11,699 ft (3,566 m) / 12,631 ft (3,850 m)
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Accommodation Type: Camping

You start your day early today and after a sumptuous breakfast amidst the mountains. You can today start exploring the Har Ki Dun Valley and continue exploring the Hata Valley. The beauty of the untouched valley will leave you speechless adding to this, the undiluted view of the Swargarohini Peak makes for a picture-perfect scene. After exploring the valley, you return back to the base camp by late afternoon. You camp the night in the base camp today.

Day 6: Osla

Altitude: 8,202 ft (2,500 m)
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
Accommodation Type: Homestay

On Day 6 after exploring the valley a little more, you start trekking back to Osla. Once you reach Osla, you can unwind and relax for the rest of the day.   

Day 7: Taluka & Sankri

Taluka Altitude: 7,000 ft (2,133 m)
Sankri Altitude: 6,455 ft (1,920 m)
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
Travel Duration: 30 minutes
Accommodation Type: Resort

Today you start trekking down to Taluka from Osla. On reaching Taluka, you will see our vehicle ready to transport us back to Sankri. Upon reaching Sankri, you can either choose to relax in the resort or, you can take a stroll around the Sankri village.

Day 8: Mussoorie

Altitude: 6,170 ft (1880 m)
Travel: 6-7 Hours
Accommodation Type: Premier Hotel

On Day 8, after enjoying a great breakfast at the resort, you check out from the resort you start your journey from Sankri to Mussoorie. You will be reaching Mussoorie either late in the afternoon or mid-evening depending on the weather condition & traffic. Stay the night in Mussoorie.

Day 9: Your City

Travel back to your city.

Trek Insurance

Trekking in the Himalayas comes with its own set of risks. While adventure is fun and can be extremely thrilling, nature can be unpredictable, and to help secure you during your trek, it is of utmost importance that you are covered with insurance.

We’ve gone a step ahead and made sure that you don’t have to worry about scouting for the best insurance option out there. When you trek with us, your insurance comes as a part of your inclusions. To know more about the benefits covered and sum insured, click here.

Risk and Liability 

We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstances and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any type of sickness including altitude sickness.

Fitness Criteria 

This trek requires a good level of fitness.

If you’re not already following a fitness regime, you would need to follow the regime that will be shared with you. The training routine is spread over four months and you would be expected to work out at least 4 times a week. The regime is designed to help you climb smarter even in higher altitudes. The regime consists of a good combination of exercises that works on all parts of your body including – Upper Body, Core, Endurance, Lower Body, Shoulder strength and streamlining your breathing pattern. When followed religiously, you can rest assured that you will be ready for the trek. Not only does this regime help you with the trek, but it will also help you inculcate a sense of fitness in your day-to-day life.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
  • Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colors and heavy apparel as much as possible.
  • A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
  • Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
  • If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
  • Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
  • Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
  • If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
  • Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
  • To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek
Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in Leh

Located at an altitude of 3,500 m, Leh is a part of the newly formed Union Territory Ladakh. As you reach Leh, you will be greeted by our team. In the evening, you will be briefed on the plan and the other formalities. Post checking in to your hotel, you can retire for the day.

Day 2: Today’s plan is to help you acclimatize yourself to the altitude. You can spend the day sightseeing in Leh and visit the very famous and popularly photographed Shanti Stupa, a sacred Buddhist Stupa in Leh. Stay the night Leh and prep yourself for the trek the next day.

Day 3:

Day 3 will go for a medical check-up and permit procedure. Once you are okayed in the Medical check-up, you can go ahead with the permit process. You will be issued a clearance certificate after your health check-up by a positioned medical center. The certificate will only be issued if you are deemed to be fit and fully acclimatized.

Day 4: Leh to Shingra Yokma & trek to Sumo
Trek Distance: 3km
Time Taken: 4-5 hr
Altitude:

After a hearty breakfast in the morning, you start your journey towards Shingra Yokma on a bus. This ride is full of bumpy roads and hairpin bends with sights of snow-capped peaks. Post the bus journey and arrival at Shingra Yokma, you start trekking towards the Sumo campsite which will be your first campsite during the trek.

Day 5: Sumo to Tibb.
Trek Distance: 12km
Time Taken: 6-7 hr
Altitude: 3,300m/10,800 ft

Today you start your trek towards the Tibb Cave. Get ready to be awestruck by nature’s beauty as you will pass through ravines and gorges on the trail to Tibb. The high cliffs on either side make it impossible for sunrise to entre the area leaving the weather dull & gloomy.  On reaching Tibb, you will come across a large cave which will be your campsite for the night. Once you freshen up, you will be served butter tea with some snacks. After this, you can retire for the night.

Day 6: Tibb to Nerak, the frozen waterfall
Trek Distance: 10km
Time Taken: 6 hr
Altitude: 3,398 m/11,150 ft

The trek on Day 6 is considered to be the most scenic, highly photographed and extremely rewarding. On the trek today, you come across the very famous frozen waterfall and the sacred prayer flags which will give you goosebumps. You will also come across a bridge that is built right next to the waterfall site, this also happens to the route for people to reach Zanskar from Leh. Towards the end, you reach the next halt which is a small village called Nerak, a small community. Tonight you stay in the comforts of the village.

Day 7: Nerak to Tibb
Trek Distance: 10km
Trek Time: 6 hr
Altitude: 3,300m/10,800 ft

Today you start your trek back to Tibb. The journey back is challenging as the river would now be reacting to the changing temperatures. You will also notice that the trail would have started looking different by now. The beauty of the trail now would be entirely different than what you saw when you started the trek. There is also a chance that you will meet locals from Zanskar wearing traditional woolen Gonchas (robe). You halt for the night is the Tibb cave where you will be camping.

Day 8: Tibb to Leh

Trek Distance: 13 Km
Trek Time: 5-6 hr
Altitude: 3,300 m / 10,800 ft to 3,200 m / 10,400 ft
Travel Distance: 70 Km
Travel Time: 3-4 hr

Wake up early today to start your walk back to Shingra Koma crossing Gyalpo. Today is going to be a long as you would have to cover a13 Km walk along with travel to Leh. On the trail back to Shingra Koma, you will notice high mountain passes and pugmarks on the snow. These pugmarks belong to snow animals such as Leopards, Ibex & Foxes, if we’re lucky enough we may even get to spot one. Upon reaching Shingra Koma, you start your journey back to Leh and spend the night in luxury in a 4-star hotel in Leh.

Day 9: Leh & then Home.

Today, this unimaginable experience of taking on one of India’s most challenging and exhilarating trail comes to an end. You wake up leisurely, have breakfast, freshen up, check out from the hotel and head to the airport from where you head back home.

Note:

  • Keep your woolen cap and gloves handy before you land at Leh airport
  • Bring 4 copies of your ID proof and 4 photographs
  • Cellular network is available only on the post-paid number
  • Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited
  • If you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can hire a porter, but you have to keep us informed about this in advance and you have to pay INR 700 to 1,000 (subject to change) extra per day per bag.
  • We strongly suggest that you should carry your own backpack and the weight of the backpack should not be more than 8-10 Kg maximum.
  • All trekkers going for Chadar Trek must spend at least three nights in Leh or acclimatization.
  • Trekkers who will not undergo three days of rest in Leh, any permissions and permits for Chadar trek will not be issued to them.
  • Trekkers will have to keep the boarding pass to prove their date of arrival in Leh before beginning the Chadar trek and whether they have spent the required three days time within Leh.
  • The boarding pass will be verified at the time of Pre Medical Check-up in Leh, so please make sure you keep them safe with you
  • On Day 3, Trekkers must undergo a compulsory medical check-up in Leh which will provide clearance for undertaking the Chadar trek. Trekkers who are found medically unfit will not be allowed to go the trek.
  • Once the Trekkers clear this medical test, they will have to apply and get adventure travel insurance for Chada trek from authorized insurance providers.
  • After getting the approval for the medical test and buying the adventure travel insurance, trekkers need to apply for the permit for Chadar trek from the Wildlife Department in Leh.
  • Finally, Trekkers have to get a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from ALTOA (All Ladakh Tour Operator Association) to go for Chadar Trek.
  • We would be there to guide you in person for each of these tests, permits and necessary permissions.
  • If Minimum group strength is not met, we have the right to cancel the departure. Should you wish to customize the trip as per your preferred date, separate charges will apply.
  • Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change.
  • TrekNomads reserves the right to change expedition dates or itineraries as conditions warrant.

Risk and Liability 

We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness.

Fitness Criteria 

This trek requires a good level of fitness.

To register for this trek you are required to complete a 5K run in under 35 minutes. Once you do register, please share the run details with our Trek Captain.

If you’re not already following a fitness regime, you would need to follow the regime that will be shared with you. The training routine is spread over four months and you would be expected to work out at least 4 times a day. The regime is designed to help you climb smarter even in higher altitudes. The regime consists of a good combination of exercises that works on all parts of your body including – Upper Body, Core, Endurance, Lower Body, Shoulder strength and along with streamlining your breathing pattern. When followed religiously, you can rest assured that you will be ready for the trek. Not only does this regime help you with the trek, but it will also help you inculcate a sense of fitness in your day-to-day life.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
  • Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparels as much as possible.
  • A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
  • Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
  • If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
  • Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
  • Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
  • If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
  • Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
  • To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek
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