Har Ki Doon in Oct'17

#1 Jul 7th, 2017, 22:44
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Dear Travellers,

I, with 4 of my friends, am going to Har Ki Dun trek on 1st Oct-6th Oct and the following is the itinerary.

1st Oct: Dehradun(6AM) to Sankri: Stay at Swargrohini hotel
2nd Oct: Sankri to Osla: Stay at Homestays of GVM
3rd Oct: Osla to Har ki dun: Stay at GVM rest house
4th Oct: Explore juandhar glacier and return to har ki dun: Same homestay
5th Oct: Har ki dun to Osla
6th Oct: Osla to Sankri
7th Oct: Sankri to Dehradun

I had the following queries. Since I am booking places to stay, is there any way we can go without guides? I would need mules to manage our luggage.

I have calculated that we can complete the trek at around 6000 per head, but the travel operators are charging around 10000. Is there some cost I am missing?

Can we borrow tents/sleeping bags at Sankri/Dehradun?

If anyone can suggest a different itinerary, it would be of great help. Since the coming down is repetitive(staying at same places)
#2 Jul 10th, 2017, 18:41
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Can anyone throw some advice please?
#3 Jul 10th, 2017, 23:13
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Guide not required for HKD. It is better to take someone for jamdar glacier.
Sleeping bag or tent not required if you book the accommodation at GMVN.
Food available in the route. Ask at sema/Osla for availability of food at Har-ki-doon. So you can travel light and may be a Porter for five (if mule not available) can do the job.In that case trek cost should be less than 6000 from sankri to sankri.
Trek start at Taluka.
There is a different itinerary from Sema but you need guide,tent,Porter,ration for this. Check the youth hostel HKD program.
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Where can we book a porter/mule? Is it on the spot?

And also, are there plenty of options for vehicles that go from Sankri to Taluka?
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Can anyone help?
#6 Aug 1st, 2017, 11:09
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My knowledge is way back to 2013, transport from Sankri to Taluka is through Jeeps. I think there may be some share jeeps (i am not sure), but i had to book a jeep myself on my journey to Dumdarkandi Pass.

Porters, you can engage in Sankri and/or Taluka, and mules wont be needed for Har Ki Dun. Better leave luggage at Sankri if possible and move ahead with day pack.
You can do homestay/logde stay all through, though Har Ki Dun may need some advanced booking for GMVN.

If Har Ki Dun ammomodation is not possible, then only tent will be needed.
#7 Aug 8th, 2017, 20:24
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Went back in 2009 but similar route

Hi,
We went to HKD back in Sept'2009, similar route. We carried our own sacks and did'nt take a mule, however we got a guide.

The only change was that we booked in Taluka. So from Sankri(@4pm) we took a jeep to Taluka which we had to leave after 3 kms since due rains the road and makeshift bridges has been washed off.. but still we carried on, had a guide who knew the mule's road we did take that route at times it was like spidermanesque stuff using our arms and legs clutching on the branches, grass roots but we did make it safely . Had an amazing exp, since we reached Taluka @ 8pm with torch lighting our way. Even the villagers in Taluka were surprised at our guts, but then its said that ignorance is bliss. After Taluka we faced rains but the road was good.

Beware of the guides/porters available there, since a huge commission is siphoned off by the agents(a group who arranges the porters) and porters get almost 40-50% you pay the agents.

The people along the route a poor, mis-informed and bereft of any medical care. They try to extract as much as possible from tourists - be it money medicines or even warm clothes, thanks to Delhii wallahs, the people have a different opinion on trekkers. The children always expect you to give them lozenges candies but they don't share among themselves unlike in Sikkim where the children i have seen are very different, blame it on Kauravas who settled in Osla. There is a wooden temple, try to visit it if possible. The men-folk either drink or smoke grass throughout the day and the women folk are very hard workers including lifting branches, fodder for cows, causing severe damage to their knees. So they ask for medicines for pain whenever they see trekkers, the bad part is they are good actors and they will cry in front of you and the moment you give them something, their facial expression changes. Blame it on the way of their life.

We did help people then with medicines and tried to tell people on how to avoid hill diarrhea but surely it was not enough. we did what we could

Overall the views of swargorihini is amazing, lots of birds, rains we encountered but it was memorable for us. The jamdhar glacier from HKD is around 12kms from HKD in 2009 and route is not defined, you need the guides for that. You can try to see a lake nearby its 5kms distance, forgetting the same, its on the way to some pass from HKD. If you are staying in GMVN resthouses, there is no need for tents/sleeping bags. We took our sleeping bags but of no use. Also do remember the food cost increases as you go up. There are other routes to come down but not to Taluka but through some passes you can go to Yamunotri, black peak(i heard not sure) etc...The trek time will increase and you have to carry tents/sleeping bags along.

Hope you have great trip and my exp helps...
Last edited by subhashis_1980; Aug 8th, 2017 at 20:35.. Reason: more info
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Does anyone know transporter who can arrange for car from Dehradun to Sankri?
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Pm me i il share few numbers who can provide the cab...
#10 Sep 21st, 2017, 20:03
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Hi, I cannot PM you yet. Please share numbers here. Will be useful for others also.
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#12 Nov 2nd, 2017, 15:38
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Hello,
I hope you have finished and enjoyed your trek to Har-ki-Doon. I am planning to go there in month of May, 2018. Is there any accommodation at Gangar village which is 4 km before Osla?

with best wishes,
Krishnapriya
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No. Accomodation is available at Seema. One need not go to Oslo. GVM guesthouse is at Seema.
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