The mountains of Garhwal come with dramatic formations and diverse geographic regions. Streams of crystal-clear rivers formed by the melting of glaciers, lush green meadows, hamlets, pine forests and rugged terrain form the varied topography of this region. But it is perhaps the mythological aspect of the Har Ki Dun trek that makes this onerous journey more special. It would be a heavenly experience to trek along the 'Valley of Gods', and follow the track once beaten by Pandavas on their way to the heavens. So how closer you come to heavens is quite impossible to say, but the panorama of the gorgeous settings amid the snow-clad peaks would be no less than a divine experience.
About Har Ki Dun
Har ki Dun is a cradle-shaped valley in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. The valley is clad with snow from October through March and one would hardly find anything other than alpine vegetation growing in this region. Since this course is comparatively less vigorous, it would be a great way to begin your trekking experience with Har ki Dun trek this season. The extravagance of nature in the form of a rich variety of flora and fauna is worth capturing and a high definition camera would always come handy for this purpose.
The best way to reach Dehradun is by taking an overnight train or a deluxe bus from New Delhi. The way from Dehradun to Sankri is about 210 km and takes around 11 hrs of journey. This journey would take you through Mussoorie, a scintillating hill station. It would take about 12 hours to reach Sankri and you may relax here to brace yourself for the main trek that begins the next day. At Sankri, a village of around 250 houses, you'd find local people and trekkers preparing themselves at the base camp.
As the age-old story goes, the Pandavas from the Mahabharata once took this route on their way to heaven through Swargarohini, a masiff of four peaks, three of which are clearly visible from several points along your route. It is from here that it derives its title, "The Valley of Gods".
Har Ki Dun offers the right course for an ideal trek. Many reckon this 5 day trek as the simplest one for the first time trekkers. The trekking phase begins from Takula, which is about 12 kms away from Sankri, the beginning point. An expansive meadow, Takula would sway your imagination amid the pastures that are filled with wild, fragrant flowers that may stimulate you for the exhilarating trek. Trekking from Takula to Har ki Dun via Osla would is the most serious part of your journey. The gifts of nature that await you all along your journey are equally sensual.
The entire route would have some mesmerizing views for the trekkers to behold. The distinct spectacle of Swargarohini and Bandarpunch massifs is like having a firsthand experience of the wrath of nature where wilderness becomes synonymous with beauty. You would be able to see the I, II and III peaks of Swargarohini massif while its fourth would lay hidden. Similarly, Bandarpunch has three peaks with its Kalanag or Black peak standing at an imposing height of 6,387m. Apart from these peaks, there are forests and meadows interspersed with inhabited areas where you may get to know about local cultures.Facilities
It would be important to acquaint yourself about the basic facilities that you may need for this trek. These include hygienic food, camping, transport and porters who could carry your luggage. On our part, we would be scheduling your travel as per your budget and requirements. A team of highly trained people would be there to assist as well as guide you through your way. And before you are set on the trekking segment of this journey, they would brief you on do's and don'ts so that you may fend for yourself in case of an emergency.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.