Day-1: Sankri to Taluka 12 Kms
We could not start at 7:00 AM as planned, as it was raining heavily. As it was an easy trek to Taluka we decided to wait for the rain to stop. So we had a breakfast in Sakri Dhaba and just killed time. Finally, it stopped raining and we started our trek at 11:30AM.
The first 3-4 Kms of trail to Taluka was thru this beautiful pine forest .. and the trail was a jeepable path.
Day-3 : Seema to HKD - 12 Kms
Day-4 : HKD Local trek - 4 Kms
Today, early morning from 6AM to 8AM we hiked up the HKD valley... and saw plenty of wildflowers and sunny views of Swargarohini
Day-4 : HKD to Seema 12 Kms
Though we had planned an extra night stay at HKD, but Tikkam and I decided, to leave for Seema today itself, as the food-rations at HKD GMVN was running low. So we started back for Seema at 8:30AM after a quick breakfast of 2 chapattis and s sabzi from local "palak".
Day-5 : Seema to Taluka 14 Kms
We left Seema at 6:00AM and reached Taluka at 2PM ..... a tough & difficult trek of 14 kms; crossing a few dangerous spots that I remembered to take pictures of on this return journey.
Day-6 : Seema to Taluka 12 Kms
The trek back from Taluka to Sakri was easy downhill; just a 3 hr trek from 6:00 AM to 9:00AM with only 2-3 landslides to cross.
Can you see the rainbow in this picture? ..... It seems to bridge the Har-Ki-Dun (Valley of Gods) and the Swargarohini mountain!
Immediately after crossing the bridge a half-hour vertical climb up the hill is waiting; quite a bit of bit of that trail in water flowing from a waterfall that can be seen in the picture below. Pic left looking down after climbing.
The point where the trail from HKD turns west (see pillar, pic left) and Seema becomes visible, still 6 Kms ways .... in fact, in my orginal picture, I could zoom this pic all the way and see the bridge piers & GMVN
After reaching Sakri at 9:00am we found that the share-jeeps are not going to Netwar as there the road had collapsed 3 kms from Sankri. We had to take a booking-jeep, for Rs 100, to that landslide point. Tikkam came along and helped me cross that landslide on foot. And then we got another share jeep that took us to Mori. I arrived at Mori at 10:30am. There I said bye to Tikkam Singh .... paying him Rs 1500 i.e. his 6 days wage at 250 per day plus a bonus of Rs 300.
Then I caught a bus going to Uttarkashi via Barkot; I got off at Barkot at 4:00PM. My plan was to go to Yamunotri next day after a night' s rest. Luckily I got a nice double-room at GMVN-Barkot, for Rs 300 per day. The Manager there was helpful; he explained how if I started early, I could make a day trip to Yamunotri and get back to stay the night at his GMVN.
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Har-ki-Dun Trek (Valley of Gods)
A 6-Day, 78Km trek to the remote Har-Ki-Dun Valley (near Swargarohini Peak) in Western Uttarakhand