Dun Trek

Har ki Dun Trek is a mythical valley located at an altitude of 3566 meters in the heart of the Govind Ballabh Pant National Park. Surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine meadows, Har-ki-Dun, hands down, is one of the most beautiful hiking trails of Uttarakhand.

Har ki Dun Valley offers a beautiful view of the untouched valleys in the remote Garhwal Himalayas. It is one of the best places in India that offers a lot of hiking.

Best Time To Visit Har Ki Dun

Dun Trek

Summer (April to June) & Post Monsoon (September to December) is the perfect time to make this trip. If you are interested in hiking, the best time to do the Har Ki Dun trek is winter. Climates at higher altitudes vary in the lowlands; take enough time to get used to the high altitude.


You can expect pleasant weather during the summer. Normally, there is no fog and the sky stays clear most of the time. If you are planning a trip in the summer do not forget to wear light wool coats as the temperature stays low at night.


During the monsoon, pedestrian routes often fall apart. Roads are always closed, but the beauty of the area is worth all the danger.


Calmness and solitude go hand in hand during the winter in Har Ki Dun Valley. The region is blessed with snow during the winter and accommodations are limited. If you are traveling in winter do not forget to wear warm clothing, jackets, raincoats, fur coats and thermals.

Travel details

Day 1 – Arrive at Sankri

So the Har Ki Dun tour officially begins in the Sankri area. It is a 10-hour drive from Dehradun. Traveling from Dehradun to Sankri will take you to the amazing places of Naugaon, Nainbagh, Jarmola, Purola, and Rubin Paas. Sankri is a basic camp and the night will be spent here.

Day 2 – Sankri to Puani Garaat

This starts with a distance of 12 km to Taluka and then via Taluka, you will be heading to Puani Garaat for a 13 km journey. The trek gradient is very simple and you will encounter amazing forest trails.

Day 3 – Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhar

On the third day the journey from Puani Garaat to Kalkatiyadhar. The trip is a 7 km journey that can take 6 hours. The trek is also very easy with 90 minutes of level walking at first followed by a gradual ascent.

Day 4 – Starting from kalkatiyadhar to Har ki Dun

On the 4th day, the journey begins at Har Ki Dun which is a 4 km journey and the duration of this journey is about 5 hours. You could easily view the meadows here and the confluence of the two rivers. You would have to climb rocks and finally reach a stretch of forest. The view here is just beautiful.

Day 5 – Har ki Dun Campsite Sightseeing

Day five is a fun day where you will stay in the Har Ki Dun camp and explore the whole area. You will be relaxing in the area and exploring the highlands.

Day 6 – Start from har ki dun to puani Garaat

On the 6th day, the journey will be the first to return to Pualani Garaat from Har ki Dun. It is a seven-mile [11 km] journey and will take about 6 to 7 hours to reach the ground. You will be returning to the same path you took to come. The trek gradient is simple.

Day 7 – Puani guraat to Taluka followed by drive to Sankri

This is also the journey back to Taluka and drive back to Sankri. This is a 13-mile journey along the same route and then 12 miles to Sankri. The duration can be approximately 8 hours. It could be the same return trip you took earlier.

Day 8 – Reach Dehradun from Sankri

Finally, the journey ends where you have to drive back from Sankri to Dehradun.

Required personal travel resources

  • The best waterproof Ankle Trekking shoes.
  • Gaiters (over 6 inches of new snow).
  • Microspikes or mini ice crampons (only hard ice).
  • Waterproof walking pants.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Low jacket (from -10 to 15 degrees celsius).
  • Trek Poles.
  • Outdoor waterproof gloves.
  • Wear gloves inside.
  • Lamp head.
  • Warm neck.
  • Head Snow.
  • Sunglasses (polarised & anti Uv lens).
  • 2 pairs of hot interiors.
  • 4 pear socks (2 cotton, 2 wool).
  • T-shirts (2 – 3, full sleeves).
  • Lightweight Trek Trousers or Trousers (2) 
  • Interior wear.

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