Har Ki Dun & Bali Pass   -  11 days   9 days of trek      

Trekking in Har Ki Dun Valley, magnificent hill station of Mussourie, Ruinsara Tal and Bali Pass

Trip Route: Dehradun - Mussourie - Sankari - Har ki Dun - Ruinsara - Bali pass - Yamunotri - Hanuman Chatti - Rishikesh - Delhi

Trip Facts

Garhwal region - Uttarakhan, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to strenuous, 
Max Altitude - 4800 m
Trip Length - 13  days Delhi to Delhi, 
11 days Dehradun to Rishikesh, 9 days of Trek and  9 nights of Camp, 3 nights of hotel. Activity - Trekking / Hiking / Walking Holidays, Best time - Mid June, July, Sept, mid Oct

 

Trip Introduction

Har - Ki - Dun nestles in the NW corner of Garhwal near the Satluj - Yamuna watershed and remote western hills of Uttarkashi district. The valley is dominated by Swargarohini (6252 mtrs).


This trek will take us from Mussoorie to Naitwar / Sankari a full day drive. Setting off from Sankari on our 8 days trekking tour we cross the small hemlets of Taluka, Osla and reach at Har Ki Dun valley which also known as Dev Bhoomi (valley of Gods) and a part of Govind wild life sanctuary and national park. The valley is surrounded by beautiful pine and dense Deodar forest. We camp at Har Ki Dun below Juadhar glacier further next a day hike to Borasu pass which connect Sangla valley (Kinnaur ; Himachal) with Har Ki Dun. Later we trek back Osla /Seema to Ruinsara Tal (lake) a small but offering a magnificient trio of Bandar Punch (6316 mtrs), Black Peak (6387 mtrs) and Swargarohini (6252 mtrs). Later we cross the Bali pass at approx. 4800 mtrs. and descend down to Yamunotri. dominated by Bandarpunch (6,316 m), Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna, is the first pilgrimage destination on the Char Dham Circuit, After Yamunotri we trek down along the Yamuna river and hamlets of Jaankibai Chatti until road head of Hanuman Chatti and drive to Uttarkashi. Exploring a day at Rishikesh we finally drive back to New Delhi.

Highlights

Trekking in the Har Ki Dun valley, Himalayan hill station of Mussourie

 

Included in the price

  • 9 nights camp with all camping facilities, 3 night hotel

  • 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Trekking poles

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip, Airport pick up and drop. 

  • Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.

 

Not included

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Delhi, Rishikesh

  • Domestic flight, personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. Entrance fee at monasteries.

  • Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Dehardun /Haridwar by train, drive to Mussourie (2001m) or Delhi - Dehradun - Mussourie drive 245 kms
Day 2: Drive to Naitwar - Sankari (160 kms)
Day 3: Trek to Taluka (1900m) trek 12 kms. 4/5 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Osla (2559m), 13 kms, 4/5 hrs.
Day 5: Trek to Har Ki dun (3506m) 14 kms, 5/6 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Borasu Pass (4725m) – Har Ki dun, 5 kms
Day 7: Trek to Osla (2559m) - ( Seema) , 5/6 hrs.
Day 8: Trek to Ruinsara tal (lake) (3369m) 10/11 kms, 4/5 hrs.
Day 9: Trek to foot of Bali pass: 6 kms.
Day 10: Climb to Bali pass (4800m) - Yamunotri (3165m), 9 km.
Day 11: Trek to Janki chatti (2575m)–Hanuman Chatti(2400m):14 kms. 6/7 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Uttarkashi - Rishikesh.
Day 13: Rishikesh – New Delhi. Fly home

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Arrival Dehardun /Haridwar by train, drive to Mussourie (2001m) or Delhi - Dehradun - Mussourie drive 245 kms
Today after breakfast an early departure, we drive to Dehradun (capital of Uttranchal state) from Delhi by deluxe bus approx. 6/7 hrs. or Train (4041/4042 Delhi- Dehradun). (2017/2018 Delhi-Dehradun) or by jeep. Arriving at Dehradun: gate way to Mussourie , we continue drive 34 kms to beautiful hill station of Mussourie. Mussourie is situated in between Shiwalik ranges in the Himalayan foothills, which presents a spectacular and snow-clad peaks of Western- Garhwal Himalaya also Doon valley below. While Dehradun is also connecting with air, the nearest airport is Jolly Grant which is 24 kms from Dehradun, overnight stay in Hotel.
Mussourie: Acclimatize
Sight-seeing around Mussoorie, visit Mall road: A long promenade, visit Gun Hill by ropeway to have a panoramic view of Himalayan massif of Western Garhwal regions and walk along the ridge. There is also a Tibetan settlement in Mussoorie with Tibetan Market.


Day 2: Drive to Naitwar - Sankari (160 kms)
Today we drive from Mussourie to Sankari, which is our starting point of trek. The route from Mussourie goes down to Yamuna Bridge at Yamuna River and further to Naitwar at Ton valley. Naitwar situated at the confluence of Rupin and Supin streams late which becomes the Ton River. Driving continue to Naitwar which is entrance of The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, is located in Purola tehsil of Uttarakashi district of Garhwal. Naitwar is the entrance and starting point of the sanctuary, at a distance of 200 kms from Dehradun. This wildlife sanctuary has a large number of mammal species: Snow leopard, Black bear, Brown bear, Musk deer, Bharal, Himalayan Thar. The endangered birds are Monal pheasant, Koklas pheasant, Western Tragopan, Himalayan Snow cock, Golden eagle, Bearded vulture, cuckoos, owls & bulbuls etc.
After Naitwar we drive along the left bank of Ton river to Sankari village, overnight stay at Sankari in Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) guest house or Forest rest house.
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.


Day 3: Trek to Taluka (1900m) trek 12 kms. 4/5 hrs.
Today we start trek to Taluka village along the Supin River. The trail is a fair weather jeep able road, an easy day trek for acclimatization. As we go upstream there is more playful and clear water. The houses here are mainly two storied wood structures overlooking the streams or river, overnight camp at Taluka.
There are fairly 42 well populated villages in the area of sanctuary, some are at height of 2900 m. The people are living a primitive life and still in many ways depend of forest for many of their basic needs. The villagers worship the Kauravas and Duryodhana of Mahabharata is the main deity. The temples have beautiful wood carvings
4-5 hrs of walking


Day 4: Trek to Osla (2559m), 13 kms, 4/5 hrs.
Today we cross the Siyan Gad by bridge, further trail climbs to Dhatmir village. Later we cross the river towards right side of Ton river. The route is dotted with tea – shops and Dhabas. Osla has very dense forests of Walnut, Chestnut, Willows and Chinars, overnight camp.
4-5 hrs of walking


Day 5: Trek to Har Ki dun (3506m) 14 kms, 5/6 hrs.
Today after Osla we continue trek to Har Ki Dun. The trail and surroundings is extremely picturesque. Which is 5/6 hrs walk. Little steams cross our path. As the trail climbs gradually through lush green terraced mountain fields and spotted with varied wild flowers. Har Ki dun has a back drop of snowy mountain peaks. Enroute we will have a wonderful view towards East of Ruinsara Gad: Kalanag peak (6387 mtrs), (Bandar punch 6316 mtrs), Swargarohini (6252 mtrs), Juandar glacier towards North and dense forests. It is one of the most picturesque spot in the Garhwal Hills. That’s why it’s called DEV BHOOMI (valley of Gods), overnight camp.
5-6 hrs of walking


Day 6: Trek to Borasu Pass (4725m)  – Har Ki dun, 5 kms
Har ki dun is an ideal base for exploring the valley. Morning after breakfast trek ascend gradually towards Borasu Pass which divides Har Ki dun with Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh. We wind our way high above the valley to pass and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Later afternoon we retrace down to campsite.
Full day trip


Day 7: Trek to Osla (2559m) - ( Seema) , 5/6 hrs.
Retrace back to Osla than to Seema village for onwards trek to Ruinsara Lake, overnight camp.
5-6 hrs of walking


Day 8: Trek to Ruinsara tal (lake) (3369m) 10/11 kms, 4/5 hrs.
Today we trek to Ruinsara Lake through the meadows, the lake is rather a small but surrounding is magnificient. The Ruinsara catchment has been an important area for high altitude expedition to peaks like Black Peak (Kala Nag) and Banderpunch. Continue the uphill trek to this small lake, overnight camp.
4-5 hrs of walking


Day 9: Trek to foot of Bali pass: 6 kms.
Today we steadly climb to foot or base of Bali pass. A majestic trio of Kalanag, Bander Punch and Swargarohini peaks stands in front of base camp, overnight camp.
5-6 hrs of walking


Day 10: Climb to Bali pass (4800m) - Yamunotri (3165m), 9 km.
An early morning we start trek for an exciting day for crossing the pass. Bali pass is about 4800m, and it is not a glaciated pass. However, it is a rocky and scree filled pass, a pass between the Tons valley and the Yamunotri valleys. From pass a magnificent view of Swargarohini peak and below Ruinsara Gad. The route descends through open meadows and later through forests to lead near Yamunotri shrine. After crossing pass the trail is generally downhill to Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna. This is one of the four Dhams Shrines of Hindu pilgrims, is dominated by Bander punch (6361 m.). Yamuna is also the daughter of Surya the Sun. According to legend the temple must be built every few years. There is a hot spring at Yamunotri in which pilgrims immerse potatoes and rice in a piece of cloth. The meal, which takes only a few minutes to cook is then offered to the deity & later distributed as Prasad. Overnight camp
5-6 hrs of walking


Day 11: Trek to Janki chatti (2575m)–Hanuman Chatti(2400m):14 kms. 6/7 hrs.
Today after Yamunotri trek along Yamuna River fairly downhill to Jankibai Chatti than further to Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is the last motor point before heading to Uttarkashi. It’s also a confluence of two holy river Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga, overnight camp.
6-7 hrs of walking


Day 12: Drive to Uttarkashi - Rishikesh.
Today we drive to Uttarkashi, overnight camp.

Day 13: Rishikesh – New Delhi.
Today after breakfast either we drive to Haridwar and take train to New Delhi or drive directly to New Delhi.