ki Dun Trek
- Purol - Mori - Sankri - Osla -
Har-ki-Dun - Jyundhar Glacier -
finalize our har ki dun trek over
telephone. Myself, Dr. Shekhar
Bahuguna, Thapliyal ji and our
Nepali porter, who loves nature
& trekking and always get
ready whenever we call him for any
trek. He even comes in low
charges. We agreed to meet at
dehradun, so thay came from
srinagar and myself from kotdwar.
They had done all the arrangements
& packing at srinagar.
day early morning we caught the
bus for naugaon. We had to follow
route. One route goes to yamunotri
from naugaon via barkot. It was a
raini season so road condition was
very bad and we had to change the
vehicle in many places. En-route
we met a Bengali group who were
also going to the Har ki Dun, they
were five and from railway. From
naugaon we got bus for purola. The
whole valley is very beautiful.
Mussoorie is 35 km. from dehradun
and naugaon is 82 km. from
mussoorie. From mussoorie to
naugaon we had to change the
vehicles in 7-8 places. This belt
is a good fruit belt specially
apple. A navodaya vidyalaya was
looking very beautiful in these
hills. Purola is 19 km. from
naugaon. It is situated in a very
beautiful valley. We purchased
hunter shoes for porter from here.
We covered purola to mori by taxi.
Mori is a small market and
surrounded by dense forest, from
here one route goes to
Hanol–tyuni and another towards
har ki dun. We reached natwar 12
km. from mori by taxi, enroute we
paid entry fees of Govind WildLife
Sanctuary to forest department.
did night stay at sankari which is 13 km.
from natwar. Calcutta group was also with
us. Taluka is 10 km. from here. Half route
was done by taxi and then we started
proper trekking for har ki dun. Each of us
was carrying 17-18 kg. weight. Taluka is a
small market and had lot of tourism
possibilities if road will be approached.
It was 2:00 pm now, trail was easy and
people were available in short distance.
One thing I noticed that children were
begging for toffee and sometimes it was
begged by elders also. Enroute we crossed
villages, where houses were built in a
different style, beautiful double story
houses. Our porter was carrying heavy
baggage so we hired a local porter. We did
night stay in verandah of a shop at seema
village. A natural water spring was making
a nice sound.
morning we started early and reached osla.
This place is 14 km. from taluka. This
trek is heaven for photographer, beautiful
Himalayan peaks, villages, forest, river,
springs, animals, birds and people
everything was different from rest of the
morning we started early and reached osla,
this place is 14 km. from taluka. GMVN has
made a tourist rest house here. We met a
school group of 60-70 students in osla,
who came for eco tourism study in this
area, but they were not much familiar with
the himalayan trekking, so they couldn't
complete the trek. Most of the students
were tired or wounded. We took tea in a
hut and I purchased roasted potatoes which
we ate later enroute. After a steep climb
of 13 km. we reached at har ki dun (3566
mts.) “The hanging valley of God”.
met Calcutta group enroute. Most of the
members reached there but with
difficulties. One GMVN rest house and a
forest rest house is there. Doors were
opened so we decided to stay there. No one
was available to take care of rest house.
It was dark now and we congratulated
everybody to reach there safely, specially
to Thapliyal ji because few months back
his leg got fractured and a plate was
fitted, but he reached there with courage
& passion. I was suffering from
headache now, so I took medicine and did
rest, friends made dinner and after having
dinner we went inside sleeping bags.
morning we went to jyundhar glacier.
Jyundhar glacier was spread in a big area.
We worshiped here and had breakfast which
we carried. We stayed here for few
minutes, suddenly the snow fall started
with winds, we save ourselves in a shed of
rock and returned, when it became slow. We
reached har ki dun till late evening. This
whole area is like a dream land, which one
can’t imagine without visiting the area.
Now forest employees had reached there,
they gave us a wooden hut for stay. It was
very beautiful and the wooden floor was
providing relaxation from cold.
morning we followed the back route after
breakfast. We walked very fast till osla,
from osla we took another route which goes
to ruinsara tal (Saptrishi Kund). There
was a little climb in that route, we
camped in a beautiful bugyal, which was
surrounded by forest.
pitching the tent one should take care of
some important things, e.g. place should
be safe from water if rain started, pots
should not be cleaned and waste food
should not be thrown near tent, otherwise
wild animals can come & damage the
tent. Kitchen tent should not be opened
other wise wild animals can destroy the
food. Here We met two Israeli trekkers,
thpliyal ji sat with them for long time.
They shared their experience to one
another in night, we also thought about to
go to yamunotri valley after crossing Bali
pass which is near to ruinsara tal.
morning we climbed a hard trail which goes
parallel with ruinsara gad. There is birch
forest before ruinsara tal, after crossing
the forest, a beautifull lake Ruinsara Tal
is located in the base of hills. There was
a shed in a cornor so we decided to stay
there and after keeping our baggage there
we searched the near by area. Next morning
we got up early and climbed up to few km.
to see the bali pass route, bali pass was
in another side of river and we could go
to yamunotri after crossing it. But this
time it was very difficult to cross the
pass without equipment. So we followed the
same way to return and walked very fast
till seema. We did night stay in same
verandah. We were tired so ate early and
went inside sleeping bags.
morning we got up early, It’s very
important in trekking to got up early only
then you can enjoy the natural beauty in
morning, which can not be seen later due
to weather change, second you may reach
timely to your destination. We walked very
fast and reached taluka. Then we did a
little trek and rest by taxi till mori.
Form mori we got taxi for hanol, which is
situated in mori - tyuni road and just six
km. from mori. We did night stay in hanol,
prepared food ourselves. Next morning
after taking bath we went to Mahasu Devata
temple for worship .This is a famous
temple of this area so you can see here so
many pilgrimage. We wanted to go to the
chakrata but we didn’t get any vehicle
for chakrata, so we took the bus for Puola
and next morning we got direct bus to
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