• The ‘I rule the world’ pose at the top of Kedarkantha Summit will make a wonderful profile pic and with stunning views in the backdrop, it will make your friends jealous too!
• Experience the lovely campsites, where every site is unique in its own way and does not match the beauty with any other campsites in the journey
• Get a chance to camp around frozen Juda ka Talab where was once a place for meditation of Lord Shiva
• Trek to an elevation of up to 12,000 ft. above sea level as you take in the fascinating views of Swargarohini group of peaks.
Chari top trek roughly translates to the “Throat of Lord Shiva”. It is a mountain 20 km from Sankri village, standing tall at a height of 12,500 feet. A legend goes back to the Mahabharata era when the Pandavas went to Lord Shiva to ask for his blessings after the Kurukshetra war. Lord Shiva refused to meet them and guided himself as a buffalo instead. Bheem, one of the Pandavas, noticed something strange among the herd of buffalos and refused to let the disguised buffalo pass. This led to a fight between the two. Bheem is said to have ripped the buffalo apart and the Pandavas are said to have built temples wherever parts of his body fell. Kedarkantha was apparently where his throat fell. It is also believed that Lord Shiva used to meditate at Chari top trek, but since his deep, serene meditation was often interrupted by the cattle and surrounding fauna.
Distance covered: Drive 197 km
All enthusiastic trekkers collect at Dehradun, a city with its own charm. Along with our well-trained guides and everyone ready for the journey ahead, we start our journey and drive towards what shall be the starting point of our trek – Sankri. The journey is full of mesmerizing views of the mountains and we shall often witness the Tons river that will run parallel to us as we move towards our destination.
Sankri is located in the Govind Pasu Vihar National Park at an altitude of 1950mts. It surprises one with its picturesque beauty and quite well-to-do facilities. Thus, after a 10-11 hour long drive, amidst which we shall make a few stops for lunch and refreshment we finally arrive at the secluded and calm village of Sankri.
Distance covered: Drive 11 km & Hike: 08km.
We wake up to a breath-taking sunrise at Sankri. This is definitely a sight one shouldn’t miss. It is best witnessed with the morning tea or coffee, as the sunrise hits the snow-peaked Swargrohini. Today is the day all the trekkers shall hit the road and embark upon an adventure. They are provided with a healthy and energizing breakfast. Everyone is expected to ensure they have a good supply of water bottles and a few energy-fuelling snacks that shall keep them hydrated and energized along the way.
We shall drive from Sankri to Taluka before we embark upon our trekking journey. On our way to Taluka, we get to experience more of the pine forests and meadows. Our drive comes to a stop at Taluka. Taluka is where the actual trek begins as everyone ascends towards Ganghad which is at a height of 2560mts. On our adventure, we get to cross the Tons river and move through Dhatmir village. One gets to experience the Himalayan flora and if lucky, we might spot Boars, Barking Deer, and other animals native to the region. Osla is where we have our campsite and once we reach our destination, we shall retire to our respective tents and relax. The evening shall be lively and entertaining as we will have a bonfire and sit and share tales under the clear starlit night sky. The experience is blissful due to the fresh and positive atmosphere of the campsite that lies amidst raw natural beauty. We will have a sumptuous dinner amidst this lovely ambiance and then retire to our beds, as the next day's trek shall be way more energy-consuming and adventurous.
Distance covered: Trekking 9 km
Today marks your first day of trekking. After a wholesome breakfast, we make our way out of Sankri village and start the steep climb up the hill to Juda-ka-Talab. We have 4 kilometers to cover. The climb is steep since the lake is located at a height of 9,100 feet. The path uphill is an image painted in the warm colors of fallen maple and pine leaves. A few bridges that penetrate the dense forests await us. The scenery is irresistible and worth every step of the way, dotted with hares, langoors, and other such beautiful, harmless fauna. The sound of nearby streams wafts in and out of your ears as we make our way to the lake, along with the crisp sound of leaves under your feet.
A lovely lunch is provided to the trekkers, followed by some group activities to keep up the morale and spirit. A delicious dinner awaits the adventurers too! We will be camping here for the night, under a blanket of stars.
Distance covered: 5 km.
Today, we shall cover the Kedarkantha peak, and climb 1,250 feet higher than the base. Afterward, we shall descend from the peak to Hargaon village, once again. The trek ahead is moderately difficult, but with a little bit of determination, we will be able to cover the distance in 6-7 hours. Today, we commence at the early hours of 2 or 3 am so that we can witness the glorious sunrise at the Chari top trek peak.
Distance covered: Drive 09 km
After breakfast and a lovely feast of the sunrise, we commence. We first make our way through a few more thick patches of oak trees. The trail is mostly simple and facilitates enjoying the route uphill. It only gets slightly difficult as we get closer to the peak
Distance covered: Drive 11 km & Hike: 08km.
We spent a very relaxing night at the quiet village of Osla and today we shall hit the trail descending back to Sankri village. The journey is easy as we go downhill and experience the Himalayan beauty throughout the Har Ki Dun trek. On reaching Sankri, we can finally call it a day. Make sure you indulge yourself in the local cuisine and head out to explore the village of Sankri. You are at one of the best trekking destinations of Uttrakhand and it would be a shame to not familiarize yourself with the local lifestyle and all the exotic things the place has to offer.
People who were strangers earlier have now created some unforgettable bonds on this lovely Har Ki Dun trek experience. Others have to combat their fears and everyone has made little achievements on this amazing adventure. The Har Ki Dun trek is sure to be an enriching experience that adds so much value to your life
Distance covered: Drive 197 km
After breakfast and a lovely feast of the sunrise, We ready to Dehradun. We make our final journey to Dehradun via road, over a 7-8 hour stretch, including breaks for food and refreshments. It is the same alpine road that you crossed on your way uphill, but you feel changed and content after such a wholesome experience. By late evening, we are back in Dehradun. Trekkers looking to travel on Day 6 itself can be dropped at the bus stand or the railway station, as required. Anyone wanting to spend the night in the cozy city of Doon can make their bookings accordingly. For this time, our journey ends here with lots of happy memories.
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