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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Har ki Dun trip - home

Hi,

This is the trip report of the Har ki dun trip (with oodles n oodles of pics). Hope it helps everyone who is planning to go there with some useful info. This was the most beautiful trip of my life.

Some info:
Har ki dun valley lies in the uttarkashi district of garhwal region of uttaranchal. it means : valley of god shiva. there is a national park in thisregion : the govind wildlife sanctuary. i have put some pics from google earth..to give u an idea of the trek. some other nearby treks that can be done are : kedarkanta peak and ruinsara tal. some ppl also try to go ahead and cross over the mountain passes to yamunotri and kinnaur (in himachal pradesh) in the summers. in the winters this region is full of snow and a bit inaccessible. still, u r rewarded by stunning white beauty, something that surpasses all that man can ever hope to achieve (quoting gandhiji's words).
the rupin river flows from hkd and supin from himachal pradesh. together they meet at netwar to form the tons river, which flows parallel to yamuna and later meets the yamuna. this place is pretty close to yamunotri. in fact, it is on the parallel river valley.

Day 1 report is over here
Day 2 report is over here
Day 3 report is over here
Day 4 report is over here
Day 5 report is over here


one of my fave pics of that place :-)

some snaps from google earth r given below...




town of purola - the last major town on this route


the path to har ki dun (hope google gets higher resolution pics for this region soon)



meeting of the rupin n supin rivers to for the tons river.

40 Comments:

Blogger Mridula said...

Your favorite picture is really special.

Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 10:16:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sumit said...

A feast for the eyes!! :) The google earth image is a neat idea..

I hope my blog too stays alive in the years to come..

Cheers!

Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 10:36:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

@ mridula: thank u

Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 10:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

@ sumit: are yaar, u n ur blog r my inspiration

Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 10:39:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Lalit Singh said...

Dude
Awesome pics and very nice description
Way to go!!!
This is Lalit from orkut

Monday, June 26, 2006 at 1:13:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

@ Lalit: glad u liked em

Monday, June 26, 2006 at 1:59:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Kalindi said...

Wonderful... checked ur blog about ur trip to tungnath temple as well... the pics r stunning... must have been one wonderful trip!! congrats!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:08:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous vijay said...

your blog is indeed praisworhty and very good. i was looking for authentic info on this trek and i have got all. in case of doubts i will contact u further. good job done

Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 3:23:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger kg said...

hi,
first off - great blog - really

im sorry if youv already mentioned this somewhere, but i wanted to know which month you had gone to hkd in..
im plannin to go beggining june, but like you said i wont be able to see the white beauty.

also do you know of any place where this white beauty can be seen in june. 1 got 10 days ex delhi

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 10:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

in june, be prepared for stunning greenery.
the peaks are always white...but it will not be possible to go right up to the peaks..unless u r tenzing or bichendri pal. so enjoy the greenery in june. for whiteness, come in the winters.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 2:05:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous vishu said...

hi prashant sir..
i read ur blog ..congrats 4 ur guts to travel alone to tough places
i m vishu live in lucknow..
..ur blog on ' har ki dun ' was gr8 and amazing pics..i hv never heard bt such a b'ful place
.. i feel like travelling that place..but im a beginner i want to talk to you..
1> what would u recommend 4 HKD trek in month of october or in december..
2> since a beginner i would like to talk to you so pls leave ur mob. no. my id - vishudost@gmail.com
3> pls guide my 4 my 1st real trek ..pls give me ur no..vishudost@gmail.com

thankyou

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 12:02:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Vishu,

October is a pretty good time. Dec can be a bit tough, but if you have the energy and enthusiasm, go for it.
here is a link to chitrang's blog. he had gone in december.
http://chitrang.blogspot.com/2007/02/har-ki-dun.html

try checking www.indiamike.com for mare information on HKD.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 12:42:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ppl I am Vaibhav am on my way to explore har ki doon...am in dehra dun at the moment and facing a little problam in getting a transport to sankari..please help i only have a day...plz give ur posts till the eve...would be watin thankyou

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 3:06:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

try to get a bus to naogaon. from there, you can get some jeep/taxi to sankri

Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 3:51:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Anjan said...

Hi Prashant ,will it be possible to trek har ki dun in 6 days in month of november ,around 15th....I'm from Delhi..Thanks

Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 3:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

6 days is fine, provided it does not rain or snow o any of the 6 days. basically, keep 6 days as a minimum.

Friday, October 31, 2008 at 2:47:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Anjan said...

i have finally decided HKD..will it be possible to cover Delhi to Sankri in one day..

Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 12:03:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

hello,

It will be difficult to cover Delhi to Sankri in the same day.

The ONLY way it is possible is -> Leave delhi in the night, reach Dehradun/Vikasnagar early morning. Then leave for Sankri in a direct transport to Sankri from Dehradun.


The route ahead of Netwar is really very very beautiful.

Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 12:38:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Anjan said...

well i have plan for HKD trek :

day 1 leave delhi by 7 am to dehradun : 14:00 hrs max
start 2nd phase..try to reach near sankri..

day2 reach taluka..from sankri/netwar

day3 trek to osla rest overnite at FRH/GMVN

day4 osla to HKD restovernite at FRH

day 5 trek to Seema overnight stay at FRH

day6 back to taluka overnite stay

day7 back to delhi from sankri

what u wud suggest..is that fine..someone suggested t visit kedarkantha peak in this time frame from sankri...

Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 12:30:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

ok, day 1 is a bot long.
day 1 - try to reach as far as you can. if you reach netwar or purola, you can stay there for the night. then leave early morning on day 2 and try to reach sankri by noon. that will give you enough time to trek till taluka from sankri.

now, on day 7, if you start from taluka early morning, then you can reach dehradun by late evening. then, from dehradun, you can take any of the night buses to delhi.

Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 11:44:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Rupak Sen said...

in which month u went 4 this trek????

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 11:38:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The information here is great. I will invite my friends here.

Thanks

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 12:38:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Rupak, i went in feb-march.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 4:20:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Richard said...

Hey there, awesome blog with truck loads of info. Got a couple of questions regarding HKD trek and will be very thankful if you answer them:
1. Is food served in GMVN guest houses?
2. Is there a probability of rains during March end?
3. Also, what temperatures can we expect during March end on the trek?
4. In the GMVN web site I see no guest house in Seema. What are the options to stay there? Our planned trek route is Sankri, Taluka, Seema, HKD and back.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11:37:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Richard,

1). Not during winters. You will have to carry your own stuff. Most probably you will get food only till Taluka in winters. March end is borderline case. However, when you do reach Sankri, you can get to know if the staff are in the GMVN guest houses further up or not. If they are not, then your porters can carry the foodstuff from Sankri itself.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 1:24:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Continued...
2). March is not monsoons, but you can never say when the weather changes in the hills. So carry a raincoat for unseasonal showers.

3). Not very cold. Pretty pleasant. Just go out and enjoy :-).

4). Ok, seema and osla are on the opposite sides of the river. the gmvn guest house is located in osla. so you will need to stay in osla after taluka.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 1:27:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for great info

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 5:42:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Chinthana said...

Hi, Would you please mail me details of the guide who took you on the trek? chinthana.gopinath@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 5:45:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Chinthana said...

Hi, Would you please mail me details of the guide who took you on the trek? chinthana.gopinath@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 5:46:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

hmmm .. i will not be having it now. but you can try the trekking section in www.indiamike.com

Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 10:20:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello your's blogs just awesome , I'll be going to Har ki dun in the first week of July this year , just wanted to know if you have any idea how much rain can I expect and how would the weather be during that time.
Thanking you in advance

Monday, June 13, 2011 at 4:05:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Abhik Patra said...

Hi, I have read ur blog..it's really amazing..Me and my wife are planning to visit har Ki dun in December last week..We do not have plan for trekking ..just want to watch the white-beauty..Is it possible to visit this around 25th December..If possible suggest a tour plan of 4-5 days..Thankxx

Monday, June 13, 2011 at 6:56:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Anonymous,

Har ki dun can be done at any time of the year. in july i guess monsoons will be on .. so it will be very green. but then the peaks will be clouded most of the time. carry a raincoat and shoes with good grip. now i guess the road extends till taluka, so that will save you 2 days of trekking.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 1:32:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Abhik Patra,

Sorry for the late reply. i think har ki dun is possible throughout the year. of course, if the weather turns very bad, then best to stop. but otherwise winters is also good. i had done it in last week of feb and it was loaded with snow.

check how far does the road go to now. If it goes upto Taluka, then you need only 2 days to trek up.
day 1 = Taluka - Seema/Osla (16
kms)
day 2 = Seema to Har ki dun (12 kms)
Put the same amount of time for coming down.

Then you can calculate the time required to go from your home to taluka.

In my day, the road was only upto Sankri, so i had to spend an extra 2 days (sankri to taluka on the way up and back).

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 1:36:00 PM GMT+5:30  
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 7:55:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Krishna Kumar Rawat said...

Hi .. your blog is excellent .. it helped me a lot during my recent visit in the area in May 2011, however, I couldn't make up to HKD due to some reasons. I am planning again in first or second week of November. can u please let me know:
1. the requirements and your weather prediction.
2. will it be possible to reach Jaundhar glacier in November.
Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 10:06:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

till HKD, if the weahter stays good, i guess a person can go in any time of the year. :)
in wionters it is tough because of anow on the way ... but with some effort you can go all the way ... and the beauty that rewards you is fantastic :) :) :)
not sure about jaundhar because i mnyself did not go that far, but i am sure once you reach sankri you can find the info about jaundhar. still, always respect the weather and then make the plans.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 3:04:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Treks in Himalayas in India said...

The Himalayas, home of the snow, is the most impressive system of mountains on the earth, and for centuries the setting for epic feats of exploration and mountain climbing / treks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:50:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhirup Dutta said...

Hello Sir,
we are planing to reach HKD in month of April this year.what are the precaution we should take?Can we reach up to Ruinsara tal?

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:43:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhirup Dutta said...

Hello Sir,
we are planning to go HKD in the month of april this year.what are the precaution we should take?can we reach up to ruinsara tal?

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:47:00 AM GMT+5:30  

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