Trekking Uttarakhand
Travel Tips

Sleeping bag: Sleeping bag is something that you should never forget to carry. Along with protecting you from wintry breeze, it will also safeguard you from various kinds of aphids and insects while sleeping inside the tent.

Expansive sleeping pad: While trekking, thermoses padding is a great requirement as the surface of the ground remains very cold and hard and such pad provides enough warmth and succor to the body.

Boots: For a comfortable trek you must have good boots, otherwise your whole endeavor will land up to utter failure. Quality boots of knee length are the prime necessities to make you attain your goal.

Fleece jacket: Apart from shielding the chilly wind, it will also help you to light down the weight of your carrying bag as these jackets don’t seem to be much heavy.

  • Some essential things like fleece jackets, socks, sleeping bags, trekking pants, camp shoes or sneakers, warm hat, light gloves, torch, synthetic camp booties, folding tents etc. must be carried.
  • While trekking you should also carry enough stock of nutrient bars, electrolytes, chocolates, dried fruits etc. With providing enough energy, they will meet your hunger too.
  • Some obligatory medicines like paracetamols, anti vomiting and digestive tablets, band-aids, lip balms, moisturizer, healing cream etc. must be taken as basic first-aid equipments.
  • People with heart diseases must not opt for trekking, anyhow.

When to visit

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Route/ Place

Uttarakhand is quite famed for trekking. Garhwal and Kumaon regions seem to hold the pivotal place for this attraction and having made a name for themselves, these regions have been the best options for those who are keen to traverse and travel over the intrepid and venturesome routes of the mountain regions. Being one of the most valorous and dashing spots in India, the trekking spots in Uttarakhand happen to be the ultimate kingdom of Heaven and attract a wide range of tourists from every niche and nook of the entire world. Among multifarious trekking points, Har Ki Dun trek is quite well-known and popular among the trek lovers.

Har Ki Dun trek-

Located at the altitude of 3566 meters, Har Ki Dun is an enchanting place in the Garhwal region and encircled by dazzling and captivating Himalayan peaks and deep forests. Each jungle fraught with multiple animals and several kinds of beguiling birds, the site is the exact and appropriate choice for the nature lovers worldwide.

Trekking routes-

Taluka-osla: This is a 13 km long trekking route girded with thick soupy and murky forests of chinars, chestnuts, willows and walnuts. The local village Ghangore with a luring temple in it tantalizes the sight of the trekkers. As the route is flecked with numbers of tea stalls and dhabas so, the expedition turns out to be a gratifying and enjoyable experience for every traveler. The overnight staying in tent also adds more spice to the trekking, undoubtedly.

Osla-Har Ki Dun: This is a 14 km long walk and takes five to six hours to cover the route. To your great enthusiasm, you will notice yourself to ascend towards the green mountain valley and with disarming and winning springs crossing your way frequently, it is going to be a wonderful affair for you to encounter. The occasional peeping of snowy Mountain peaks like Kalanag, Bandar Punch, Swargarohini etc. also affixes more color and sharpness to the whole interest.

Places to Stay

As lots of tourists happen to ensemble here throughout the whole year, so despite being one the distant and remotest spots to visit in Uttarakhand, there are quite a few accommodating options from which one can choose one of your interest. Apart from the hotels, you can also see variegated rest houses and guest houses scattering here and there.

Swargarohini Palace: Located at Sankari, this hotel is a congenial staying option. It is also renowned for providing rooms of all ranges. It offers exhilarating and enthralling scenic beauties that are enough to captivate and mesmerize the tourists.

Hotel facilities: This famous residency is the most hankered after destination in the region. The well-decorated rooms with beautiful hanging lawns and stylish bathrooms are enough to make the trekkers have the feeling that they have transported into a different world where the word ‘pleasure’ seems to get justifies at every moment.

GMVN Rest House- It is also another renowned residency in this region.

Hotel facilities: Along with proffering dazzling surrounding beauty, it is well facilitated with hot water, restaurants, impressive service and most importantly, it has been rated high by the beguiled visitors.

How to Reach

  • Jolly grant airport is the nearest airport from which numerous flights for domestic as well as international destinations are obtainable. Flights from Delhi airport is quite frequent as the distance is just 260.6 km.
  • For railways, you have got to get down in Dehradun Rail station which is the closest station to the valley. On reaching there you can easily embark on taxis or choose any option from thousands boarding vehicles available there. The distance from Howrah, Mumbai and Delhi rail station is 1553.3, 1687.8 and 237.5 respectively.
  • Sankari, the picturesque village town which is the starting point for every trek, is well adjoined by roadways with Mussoorie, Dehradun and Uttarkashi at a distance 180, 190 and 170 kms respectively. If you are quite savvy with bus riding then regular bus services are also there from Dehradun and Uttarkashi up to Sankari.

Surrounding Attractions

The entrancing and spellbinding mountain valley is itself a great attraction for numerous tourists, as the valley is full of forests with different kinds of animals and birds habitation and also with attractive wild flowers that you can never see a glimpse of in the plain land. Apart from the alluring jungles and springs, there are also other magnetisms that the trekkers are attracted to.

Jaundhar glacier: it is located around 5 km north from Har Ki Dun valley. If you are quite skilled with some mountaineering skills then this spot is going to be a living heaven to you!

Har Ki Dun Falls: This falls within Govind Posu Vihar also attracts the travelers and delegates delightful and appealing sceneries.

Swargarohini Peak: This snow laded peak in the valley has been the main attraction for the trekkers as well as the locals also. This peak with the golden glints of sun rays in the morning says of the true beauty of nature and the bewitched visitors remain totally spellbound with the irresistible comeliness.

Ruinsara Lake: It is a clear water lake at the mountain foot of Kalnag and is contemplated to be real holy and blessed by the inhabitants here.

Emergency No.

The following emergency numbers should be carried by the trekkers for any kind of urgent situation or exigency.

Sai Hospital, Haldwani – 91-9759414887, 9634380899

Mahajan hospital and maternity home- 91-9012920767

Uttarakhand police- 1090/18001804147

Fire Brigade (Haldwani) - 05946-266121