"Har-Ki-Doon " 
Meadows and High Passes Har-ki-Doon-Yamnotri Pass Trek
 
Har ki-Doon, situated in the upper catchment of river Tons ,is one of the most fascinating and lesser exploited area of Garhwal Himalaya.The meadow areas fall under the Govind Pashu Vihar Sanctuary.

Har-Ki -doon, though a less known ,stands well with the world famous vallsy of flowers.With regard to the variety and richness of the flowering herbs,it greatly surpasses the valley of flowers in the area.Faunistically,Har -Ki-Doon is one of the richest parts in Garhwal Himalaya.Broadly spesking the area harbours almost all the major group of the high altitude animals known to reside in the Himalayas.

For long this unique area on account of its remoteness,remained free from the human impact.It has been only after forties of this centuary that few hunters and nature lovers forged their way to this area.It has been because of this,that is this area nature has remained more ofr less in its pristine form.While trekking in the area started only recently .The life style,dress,dialect,the traditions nad the religious sentimentsdof local Tawai population inhabiting the villages enroute,are markedly different from the rest of Garhwal.Many traditions like polyandry are still practiced here.

The temple in the every villager is centrally located .Locally called Ring ghar these temples are largely resemble pagodas.Surprisingly,Kauravas are worshipped in the entire area,and not the Vishnu,Brahma,or Shiva.Obviously,most of the temples are related to Duryodhna and Karna. 

With all its cultural and natural resourdes,this area is paradise for trekkers,mountaineers,Wild lifers,ecologists,anthropologists,and social workers. This trek links a visit to this valley with a trek over the Yamnotri pass,(5172 mts).To Yamunotri,which is the source of river Yamuna.From the pass one gets a superb view of the Bandarpunch,(6387 mts) and Swargarohini,(6252 mts.) peaks.The trek upto Har-Ki -Doon acclimatizes one for the cross the high pass.The final stage is on Hindu pilgrim trail and is,therefore of cultural interest.

ITINERARY
 
Days >> (12 N/13 D)
Day 1 RISHIKESH O/N : CAMP
Arrive Rishikesh and transfer to Hotel for meals and overnight stay.
Day 2

RISHIKESH/NETWAR DRIVE : 7-8 HRS O/N : CAMP
Today one drives through the toen of Dehradun to Dakpathar.From the town of Dakpathar the road winds its way over forested hills.The scenery is specially beautiful and is set with typical slate roofed Garhwali Villages.Camp is established at a site a few kilometers beyond the village of Netwar.Altitude 1380 meters.Meals and overnight camping.

Day 3

NETWAR O/N : CAMP
Today one walks down to the Netwar village.It is a typically unspoilt Garhwali village composed of large roughly carved wooden buildings.Visited the village temple with interesting carving apart from the animal horns fixed on the temple porch.

Day 4 

NETWAT/SAUR/GHIAGAD DRIVE : 1 HRS TREK : 4-5 HRS O/N : CAMP
Today driving up to the village of Saur one starts trekking to Ghiagad.The camp site is situated near a gushing stream and set amidst gigantic trees and surrounded by forests harbouring Leopards and Bears.A distant view of distant snow clad peaks can be obtained from the camp site.Meals overnight camp.

Day 5

GHIAGHAD/TALUKA/SEEMA TREK : 6-7 HRS O/N : CAMP
Upto the village Taluka one treks on a mud road and then along the trail through dense forests of Chestnut,Walnut,Willow and China up to village of Seema.Campsite is a kilometer before the village .Altitude 1401 meters.Meals and overnight camp

Day 6

SEEMA/HAR KI DOON TREK : 6-7 HRS O/N : CAMP
Intially the trek goes past sosme fields of beans and rich and also some isolated villages,where the like style is same old,the unchanged one.The dress worn by the people is traditional.Their cheerfulness and innocence combined with their simple way of life make them very appealing.Acommon scene in the evening is that of ruddy cheeked village belles returning home,carrying on their backa huge loads of pine needless to be used as fuel.The trail steadily ascends the side of the ridge across the river supin and then veers lefts to the Har Ki Doon valley .Dense forests at this paart give way to the meadow that are scattered with flowers and flowering herbs.Crystal clear streams wind their way silently through these meadows.Looming in the background is Har-Ki -peak.The upper Har-K-Doon valley is at base of this peak.To the right of the valley,at close hand is the Swarga rohini peak Whilento north east is the Jaundhar glacier.The camp site is beside a clear shallow river. Meals and overnight camp.

Day 7

HAR-KI-DOON O/N : CAMP
Today we visit the Jaundhar glacier in the morning while the evening is spent at the lower valley or in relaxing at the camp.Meals and overnight camp.

Day 8  HAR-KI-DOON/SEEMA TREK : 5-6 HRS O/N : CAMP
Today we trace our steps back to Seema.Meals and overnight camp.
Day 9

SEEMA/RUSHAR TAL. TREK : 7-8 HRS O/N : CAMP
Today the trek is uphill till Rushar Tal lake,which is the bvase camp for the climbing of the Swarga Rohini peak.A long day.Meals and overnight camp.

Day 10 RUSHAR TAL/THANGE TREK:4-6 HRS O/N : CAMP
A short easy trek up hill again to Thange,which is rock shelter before the Yamunotri pass.Meal and overnight camp.
Day 11

THANGE/YAMUNOTRI PASS/DAMNI TREK : 6-8 HRS O/N : CAMP
Trek across the pass,altitude 5172 meter,and then to the alpine plateau of Damni.From here one gets the Duperb view of Bandar Punch and Swarga Rohini peak .Meals and overnight camp.

Day 12

DAMNI/YAMUNOTRI/H.CHATTI/S.CHATTI. TREK 6-8 HRS DRIVE 30 MIN O/N : CAMP
Trek to Yamunotri,the sources of river Yamuna,and one of the most important shrines for the Hindu Pilgrims.After visiting the temple dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna,trek down to Hanumanchatti.Arrive and commence drive for Syanachatti,Where we camp away from the clamour of the pilgrims .Altitude of Yamunotri :3185 mts.Altitude of Hanumanchatti :2400 mts.Meals and overnight camp.

Day 13

SYANACHATTI/RISHIKESH DRIVE : 8-10 HRS O/N : CAMP
Today we drive down to Rishikessh,a small town world famous for its institutes to teach Hinduism,Yoga and meditation.Arrive and transfer to hotel for meals and overnight stay.

Tour Terminates upon arrival at Rishikesh 

ALTITUDE: Rishikesh 340 mts.,Netwar 1380 mts.Mussorie 2004 mts.Taluka 1900 mts.Har -Ki-Doon 3566 mts.Yamunotri pass Hanumanchatti 2134 mts. Syanachatti 1982 mts.

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MID JULY TO OCTOBER GRADE : STRANEOUS