It was in the month of March around Holi that we decided to for a trek and Har ki Dun was one of the option right from start as it goes through dense forests, glacier basins, ancient villages and give a perfect valley views. The dates of the trek also coincided perfectly with our holidays and so we decided to celebrate the Holi with snow on top of the ice capped mountain with spectacular valley views.
Har ki dun is a 6 day trek which starts from Sankri, Uttarakhand which is around 220 km away from Dehradun and 8 days if you include your travel from Dehradun. As our pick up from for Dehradun was scheduled at 6:30 AM most of us reached Dehradun via Nanda Devi express which reaches Dehradun around 6 AM. At Dehradun we came to know there is another batch going to Kedarkanta trek which also starts from Sankri and both the batch were merged for the ride to Sankri. Depending on the number you can either take a cab of a tempo traveller to reach Sankri, there are some buses as well which you can take to Sankri but as the number of buses is very less make sure you either get to know about the timings before reaching Dehradun.
Dehradun to Sankri is a 7-8 hours drive with some spectacular view of mountains and falls in between. On the way sankri you can take a break at Kempty falls which is 15 km from Mussoorie. The Kempty Falls, surrounded by high mountain ranges at an altitude of 4500 feet, is a good place for a picnic or for spending a couple of hours in the midst of the surrounding greenery. We stopped for Lunch at Purola which is the way for many treks including Har ki Dun, Kedarkanta and Rupin pass. Enroute to Sankri there are many rivers basin where you can stop to capture some moments and refresh yourself. After a journey of around 9 hours we reached Sankri which is about 13 Kms inside the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary at around 5 PM. After reaching Sankri we decided to roam around for a while and to our surprise we saw Swagrohini, it is a mountain which turns orangish at the time of sunset when the sun rays falls directly on the mountain. Before the Dinner there was a briefing from our trek leader related to the trek along with some tips related to trekking and also about the do’s and dont’s about the trek. With the excitement of starting the trek the next day we went to bed to wake up early and get ready by 8 to start the day.
The actual trek starts from Taluka which is around 11 km from Sankri. Exactly as scheduled at 8 AM there were cabs ready to take us to Taluka from where we were supposed to start our trek. The route from Sankri to Talkua is very chilling as the road is very narrow and with the mountain on one side and valley on other. The route is filled with trees of Pine, Oak and Rhododendron. On the way there are some falls as well powerfull enough to take the entire jeep along with them. Make sure to grab a on the left side of the vehicle to fully enjoy the view of the valley, to make the journey more exciting and thrilling you can sit on the top of your jeep if there are enough bars to catch. We reached Taluka at 11 AM all set and excited. As this was the first trek for most of us we were all charged up to start this memorable journey.