Har Ki Dun is without a doubt one of the most stunning valleys in the Garhwal Himalayas. God’s Valley (Dun) and Shiva Valley are other names for it (Har). It is also the most remote valley in Uttarakhand. As a result, the villages in this valley continue to follow their traditions. Cultures without being influenced by others, making the journey to Har Ki Dun all the more enthralling.
Har Ki Dun valley is located in the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 11,700 feet. From a single vantage point, the valley provides panoramic views of lush green meadows, alpine vegetation, the gushing “Thames” River, the Jalandhar glacier, and snowcapped mountains. A fascinating glacial lake called Maninda Tal can be found deep within the valley.
Har Ki Dun trek is best visited from April to March and September to November. Because of the gradual ascent and descent of the trail, the Har Ki Dun trek is classified as easy to moderate. The trail passes through some ancient villages where you can see people practising centuries-old culture and life moves at a much slower pace; once there, you will feel as if you are in another world where people are unaware of basic things like electricity, internet, vehicles, and so on. People continue to pray in that temple. The people of Osla have their government and a king who visits the village once a year during a large festival.
Har Ki Dun Valley has a mythological connection
According to legend, Yudhishthira, the Pandavas’ eldest brother, climbed the Himalayan peak ‘Swargarohini’ on his way to heaven. After Lord Krishna’s death, the sage Vyasa advises the Pandavas to retire and renounce their kingdom because their life’s purpose has been fulfilled. The Pandavas gave Hastinapur to King Parakshit, appointed Kripacharya as his Guru and Yuyutsu as his regent, and then left for heaven. As the Pandavas depart, a dog befriends them and joins them.
They traveled through the Har Ki Dun valley to reach Swargarohini peak. Swargarohini, according to Hindu mythology, is the only door to heaven on Earth. Draupadi was the first to perish as a result of her undying love for Arjuna. Sahadeva then dies on the way because he was overly confident in his knowledge and believed no one could compete with him. Nakula was the next in line because he was conceited about his good looks. Then Arjuna dies because he believed he was the world’s most skilled and powerful archer and was always envious of other archers. Bheema was the last to die because he was a glutton who ate mindlessly.
Har Ki Dun Valley is best visited from April to March and September to November. Because of the gradual ascent and descent of the trail, the Har Ki Dun trek is classified as easy to moderate. The trail passes through some ancient villages where you can see people following centuries-old traditions and where life is much slower than slow; once there, you will feel as if you are in a different world where people live.
Why Should You Participate in the Har Ki Dun 4 Day Trek?
The name Har Ki Dun translates as “Land of Lord Shiva.” Locals believe that if you remain silent in this valley, you will be able to hear God’s music. Sankri, Sound, Taluka, Osla, and Seema are architecturally and culturally distinct villages. The locals are very welcoming and lovely people. Sharing experiences or simply conversing with them will greatly enhance your journey through this valley.
Har Ki Dun is an excellent place to start your multi-day trek in the Himalayas. This trek is considered easy, despite the longer walks. Our Hard Core trek itinerary to Har Ki Dun covers the trek in four days. Making this trek itinerary a little taxing on your body. This version of the trek is only available to fit strong trekkers.
Har Ki Dun is a 6-night/7-day trek that begins in Sankri. It is also the starting point for many other treks such as Kedarkantha, Bali Pass, Borasu Pass, and others. If you want to see nature at its best, this is a trek that should be on everyone’s bucket list.