Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The park lies in the higher reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas and the total area is 958 km2 (370 sq mi). It is named after a prominent Indian freedom fighter and politician Govind Ballabh Pant, who became Home Minister in 1955.
The altitude in the park ranges from 1,400 to 6,323 metres (4,593 to 20,745 ft) above sea level. Within the park is the Har Ki Doon valley which is a known spot for trekking. Villages like Naitwar, Sankri, Saur, Taluka, Ganghar, Datmir, PawniGarat and Osla fall under this national park. Taluka is the last village with road connectivity. The other villages are accessible only by foot.
On this trek we aim to give you an ultimate experience of the lifestyle of these villagers in Winter.
Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Sankri; (230 Kms – 7 – 8 Hrs of drive). Overnight stay at a homestay in Sankri:
The drive takes you through Dehradun, Mussourie and other small towns of Purola region.
Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka (1.5hrs) and hike to Ghangar Village (8,100 Ft; 8Kms – 6-7 Hrs of hike):
The trail from Taluka till a meadow, Bidaka Thach is quite easy and relaxed. From there the steep ascend begins and goes on till you reach the forest area. You will be hiking through a dense forest of oak, maple and coniferous trees. The entire forest looks like a scene from the Game of Thrones as it is covered with snow. After about 3hrs of forest walk the view opens up and you will see the village Ghangar at a distance. Also offers beautiful views of the Harki Dun valley that stretches till Osla. You will see kilometers of snow filled meadows. Reach Ghangar, check into the homestay. Post lunch, explore the village and get a brief idea of their lifestyle with our local guide.
Day 3: Hike from Ghangar to Osla Village (9,000 Ft; 4 Kms – 4-5 Hrs of hike):
Post breakfast, start the hike to Osla. We climb down towards Chilurgarh (a common camping area) and walk straight towards a tiny hamlet called Seema. After crossing the Seema bridge, a steep ascend begins. It’s about an hour’s climb till you reach the trail to Osla. From here it’s an easy hike to the village. Osla is a small village and is famous for the Someshwar Temple. As per the locals it is the temple of SomeshwarDevta (an avatar of Lord Shiva). The architecture of this temple is a wonder in itself. It is also said that this is the temple of Duryodhana and is the only temple in the world. Explore the village as it has many mythological stories attached to it. Overnight stay at a homestay.
Day 4: Hike from Osla to Datmir village (8,200Ft; 7 Kms – 6-7 Hrs of hike):
Post breakfast, after spending some time in Osla, we start the hike to the last village of this trek called Datmir. This trek takes you via Seema, Chilurgarh and the outskirts of Ghangar. From Ghanghar deviate towards a forest trail that takes you to Datmir. This is a dense and beautiful forest trail with not much of a steep ascend. Datmir offers you amazing views of the opposite valleys. Datmir also has a very old temple dedicated to SomeshwarDevta.
Day 5: Hike to Taluka and drive back to Sankri; (5 kms – 4hrs hike and 1.5hrs drive):
As today is the last day of the trek, we leave a little late post breakfast. Bid adieu to the beautiful Har ki Dun valley and start your hike to Taluka and drive back to Sankri. Let’s have a small celebration at the homestay to mark the end of the trek.
Day 6: Drive back to Dehradun/Rishikesh from Sankri.
1. Meals from dinner on day 1 till breakfast on day 6.
2. Forest permits & entry fees.
3. Accommodation at beautiful, authentic homestays in all the villages.
4. Experienced & Certified Trip leader equipped with a Medical Kit.
5. A Local guide with good knowledge about the valley.
6. A team of Local Mountain Staff (Cook, Helpers, Mulemen/Porters).
7. Micro – Spike & Gaiters.
8. Round the clock medical attention.
9. Nutritious, hygienic, vegetarian food.
10. Comfortable sleeping arrangements.
11. Transport from Sankri to Taluka and back.
12. Accommodation in Rishikesh before the trek.
1. Transport to & from the Basecamp.
2. Accommodation other than the above mentioned days.
3. Meals during the journey.
4. Offloading of bags on mules/porters during the trek. They charge Rs. 300 per bag per day.
5. Trekking gears like trek poles, shoes, jackets, caps etc.
7. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
*Please note: We can help you buy Trek insurance*
Trek Fee: Rs. 11,700/- Per Person
Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
Some useful information:
Total Distance of the trek: 25km
Maximum Altitude: 9,000 Ft
Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
ATM: Purola has the last ATM point before the trek
*We do not provide trekking gears on rent. You can rent gears either from Rishikesh or Sankri *