Har ki Dun or the ‘Monkey Face’ as it’s known in English, is one of the most prominent peaks in the region and one of the best-known destinations among adventure seekers in Uttarakhand. But what many don’t know is that there’s actually a hidden gem just behind Har ki Dun trek that isn’t often talked about or explored – the Gods Valley.
What Is the Har Ki Dun Trek?
For those who don’t know, Har Ki Dun is a small village close to the town of Manali. The trek to this place is not an easy one as it takes about 5 hours, but it’s well worth it. This village is located at an altitude of 13000 ft and has some of the best views you’ll find anywhere in India. The long walk also helps burn off any excess calories from eating too much street food earlier on in your holiday.
When Is the Best Time to Go?
The best time to go is between October and March. The temperature can get as high as 10 degrees Celsius, but there is a chance of snowfall in December and January. There are two seasons: spring from March to June and monsoon from July to September. Make sure you bring rain gear for the rainy season, as it does rain on occasion.
How Hard Is the Trek?
The trek to Har ki Dun is a strenuous hike of about 15 kilometers, with an elevation gain of nearly 500 meters. The trail is not difficult but you will need good physical conditioning and some patience if you want to complete it. Our group consisted of four people and we started at around 10 am. The ascent takes about three hours and you will have a nice view of the valley on your way up. The first hour or so is fairly flat but then it gets more difficult as you start climbing higher up the mountain. If you are looking for a leisurely walk this might not be the right hike for you, but for those who enjoy a physical challenge with great views, there is no better trail than Har ki Dun Trek!
What Should I Pack?
1) Comfortable clothes appropriate for trekking.
2) Enough water and snacks for your day.
3) Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
4) Good hiking shoes with good grip and arch support, and comfortable socks.
5) Camera (optional).
What Are the Accommodations Like?
Har Ki Dun is a lovely little village in Uttarakhand, India. The entire village is situated on a hill and has amazing views of the valley below. There are many hotels, lodges, and homestays available for visitors. We chose a basic hotel with only two rooms for us and another for our guide and porter. We had delicious food cooked by our cook who came from Pauri Garhwal. Be sure to bring lots of water if you plan on trekking this area as there is no fresh water available anywhere nearby. You should also be aware that there are not any ATMs or banks nearby so make sure you have enough cash before coming! One thing I will never forget about this trip was how friendly everyone was!
What Are the Highlights of the Trek?
The best way to explore this area is on foot, as it is only accessible by trail. The trek begins at Dharapani and takes around five hours. Start early in the morning (around 5 am) and follow the Trisuli river from Dharapani through to Mulpani where you will stop for lunch before continuing on to meet your driver and return home. While on this trek, you can visit a number of villages along the way including: Thare, Gongopata, Narayangarh, and Ghyaru. You can also take a look at some of Nepal’s historic temples such as Swayambhu, Changu Narayan, and Pashupatinath which are all located close by.
Are There Any Tips I Should Know about?
This is an easy hike, but it can be difficult at times with all of the boulders you have to climb up and over. If you’re looking for a great workout, this is the hike for you! The views are some of the best in Uttarakhand, and they only get better as you make your way up. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks with you as it can take a while on your way back down.