At Being Out There we simply love this trek!! If you have seen the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’ and appreciated the landscape and always wanted to be there, then this is your opportunity. You don’t need to spend pot loads and go all the way to New Zealand, the trek to Har-ki-Dun will provide you with all the sights you are looking for and more! There are endless lush green meadows, wild alpine flower gardens, scraggy mountains, towering snow-capped peaks, glaciers and gushing streams & waterfalls that seem to spring from nowhere. To top it all it this valley has a very interesting, unique, old and time tested culture very different to any other mountain or plains region. Our guides ensure that we get a very up close experience of this culture as this is one of the highlights of this trek.
We have made a change in the traditional Har-ki-Dun itinerary by adding another stage which takes you to the high altitude Jaundhar Bamak (glacier). This will add a contrasting element of high altitude scenery to the trek as we cross the 4000m mark. We get close views of a big glacier, walk on moraine and scree and get very close to the famous and towering Swargarohini peaks. If you are willing to do more than just touch Har-ki-Dun and head back, then Har-ki-Dun with Jaundhar glacier is a complete trek having many shades of mountain landscape and culture which are sure to impress even veteran trekkers. For people who love to see flowers there is a small stage possible on the day we leave for Seema from Har-ki-Dun to a place called Haata. The meadows here are almost fully carpeted with alpine flowers and make a very pleasing sight. Contrary to the popular belief it’s not a very easy trek and has long walks on almost all days and is suitable for seasoned trekkers as well as fit beginners.
This trail is situated in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in Garhwal Himalayas. We drive from Dehradun to a beautiful village called Sankri where we spend the first night and from here a short 40 mins drive the next day gets us to Taluka, a small market place which is our starting point. From here we trek up to a place called Seema, walking through beautiful forests and interesting villages. We meet local people and get to appreciate the local architecture and way of life as we move up the trail. From Seema we hike up to Har-ki-Dun the next day and land ourselves in a complete paradise. Camping on the meadows here is sheer pleasure. We do a day’s excursion from here to Jaundhar glacier reaching up to a height of around 4300m to get fantastically close to the base of Swargarohini peaks. High altitude terrain here is quite interesting. In the last stage.
PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS
Full payment to be made in advance at the time of booking the trek
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of Being Out There payable Shimla
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
– >30 days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
– 21-30 days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
– 14-21 days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
– <14 days: No refund
Transport Options (Delhi – Dehradun – Delhi)
For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
List of essentials
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
– Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
– Jeans / Trekking Pants – 2
– Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
– Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
– Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
– Woollen cap
– Woollen gloves
– Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
– Scarf/muffler (optional)
– Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
– Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
– Raincoat / Poncho
– Small light weight towel
– Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
– Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
– Sun glasses
– Walking stick / Trekking pole
– Sunscreen Lotion
– Lip Balm
– Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
– Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
– Personal toiletries
– Books, if you like reading
– Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
– Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.
Our Trekking Code
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘Being Out There trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a
general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘Being Out There Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Selecting the right trek & training for it
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘Being Out There Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.
Trek grading system
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.