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Tons Valley Har Ki Dun Trek
Duration - 21 Days
Treks in around Tons Valley and Har Ki Dun - Tons
Valley is most westerly inlet of Garhwal Himalaya. The Dhauladhar Range
separates it from the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. Passes over
this range are comparatively new trekking experiences for visitors because the
whole of kinnaur has been a restricted area until the 1990s. Har Ki Dun has
long been a popular destination, at the upper NE end of the Tons, near the
junction of three small glaciated valleys. Below this point other side valleys
offer attractive hiking. Access is by bus from Mussorie or Dehradun to Netwar
(1380m) and Sankri. You will also find here representatives of the Himalaya
Trekking Association, which is supposed to be an authorized government agency.
14 Days Tour
Trekking Season :
November to April, though December to January
can be very cold.
Delhi - Haridwar
Early morning arrival at Delhi. 0700 hrs departure by train to Haridwar. Day at
leisure to explore this holy town. Visit the 'Aarti' (holy ceremony) performance
at the river 'Ghat' at sunset. Overnight in Hotel.
Haridwar - Renuka
Drive to this little lake nestled in the 'Shivalik' foot hills. En-route visit
the Sikh temple at Paunta Sahib on the banks of river Yamuna. Evening at leisure
to explore the surroundings. Overnight in Hotel / Guest House.
Renuka - Taluka
Drive to the road-head at Taluka. It is a long journey through the picturesque
Garhwal mountains. Taluka is located at 1900m next to the Har ki dun river
amidst beautiful forests. Overnight in Forest Bungalow.
Begin the trek; a gradual ascent brings you to the picturesque
Osla village along the swift rivulet. Overnight in Forest Bungalow. (12 Km/
5-7 hrs walking)
Osla - Har Ki Dun
Climb to the higher reaches of the mountains to reach Har Ki Dun (3566m), the
beautiful 'Valley of Gods' ! Overnight in Forest Bungalow. ( 11 Km/ 5-7 hrs
Har Ki Dun
Day for rest & over night stay.
Har Ki Dun
Day at leisure to explore the surroundings & Over night stay.
Har Ki Dun - Osla
Trace the route back to Osla. Overnight in Forest Bungalow. (4-5 hrs walking)
Osla - mid way Camp
Cross the river and take the trail to Saptrishi Kund. Halt mid way at a suitable
site on the banks of Ruinsara stream. Overnight in Tents. (Aprox.8 Km/6-8 hrs
Camp - Ruinsara Tal
Continue the uphill trek to this small lake in the high reaches of the
Himalayas. Overnight in Tents. ( Aprox. 8Km/6-8 hrs of walking)
Day for rest & Over night stay.
Ruinsara Tal - Yamnotri
From here the trail is generally downhill; reach Yamnotri- the source of the
river Yamuna, and an important Hindu pilgrim centre. Overnight in Guest House /
Forest Bungalow. ( Aprox. 8-10 hrs of walking )
Yamnotri - Mussoorie
Trek down to the road-head and proceed by Jeep to the hill station Mussoorie-
overlooking the Doon valley. En-route visit Lakhamandal- a site associated with
the heroes of the epic 'Mahabharata'. There is an ancient temple and cave
formations which are of interest. Overnight in Hotel at Mussoorie.(10 Km trek
from Yamnotri to road-head; 3-4 hrs walking )
Mussoorie - Delhi
Day at leisure to explore the town. After lunch, proceed to Dehra Dun to board
the 1700 hrs Train to Delhi. 2230 hrs arrival at Delhi; proceed to the Airport
for onward flight back home.
When To Trek :
A trek into Har Ki Dun can be undertaken fom mid-April to mid-November. The post
- monsoon season is ideal for trekking. However, the local trekkers continue to
to trek up the valley as far as Osla, in the heart of winter too.
How To Get There :
There are regular bus services from Mussoorie and Dehra Dun to Sankri. There are
buses to Sankri from Shimla and Uttar Kashi too. Beyond Sankri, there is a jeep
road to Taluka.
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