Blogs about Har Ki Dun

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Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She heads the content team and runs a video series called Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can. Through her work at Indiahikes, she hopes to let more people experience this sense of liberation, by spreading information about trekking and by instilling the right spirit of trekking in them.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

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  1. Hi Swathi,
    When is the best time for Winter Har Ki dun Treak…
    Please suggest me a bunch of 10 guys planning for winter trek.

        1. Hi Gaurav,
          Trekkers are not allowed to trek at Har ki Dun till February because of the weather and also because this interferes with migration of animals in the forests around.

    1. Hi Mudit, for that, September would be the best time! The grasslands will be green and there won’t be any snow.

  2. Hi team..first of all, thanks a lot for such a wonderful website. I want to experience the best of both worlds-green Meadows and snow. When is the best time for that?


    1. Hi Sainath, the best time to experience snow and greenery would be the end of April. This is when the snow is melting away and giving rise to greenery. In around a week or two, the snow completely disappears leaving behind fresh flora. 🙂

      1. Thanks Swathi. April seems too far as I am super excited to be there. How’s it in October/Nov/Dec? Does it start snowing at that time? I ask this because I need to purchase trek gear like shoes according to the climate I might face.

        Or, is there a ‘one that shoe fits all seasons’ ?

  3. Will I get to experience snow during 25 November to 1 December?
    If not, which trek will be best for moderate snow and temperature during that time period?

    1. Hi Manoj, there usually is no snow until mid-December. Around 15-20th December is when the first winter snow falls. From then until April you’ll see a good amount of snow. This is the case for all the treks that reach the 12,000 ft mark – Har Ki Dun, Kedarkantha, Kuari Pass, Dayara bugyal, etc. You’ll not find snow on any accessible trails in November.

  4. Hi Swathi
    I am in two minds to go for this trek in dec end. This will be my first trek. Is it a trek for a first time experience. I would rate my physical strength as 4-5 on 10. And I am not someone who stays fit in winters. Would u suggest for it

    1. Hello Mehroo, for any high altitude trek that you choose to go on, you have to get fit. Do you do any physical exercise regularly to keep fit? You must prepare well before you go on a high altitude trek. Start with brisk walking and then take it up a notch to jogging or running. You need to be fit to enjoy any trek 🙂 Which month are you planning to go on a trek in?

    1. Hello Deepan
      The Har Ki Dun trek cannot be done in February because of heavy snowfall that blocks the trails. But you can do the trek in March when the snow is a lot more manageable.

  5. Hi team,

    I am planning to go for the trek from 18th – 25th march. Which day i should reach Dehradun, and for what date i should take a ticket for the return.

    1. Hi Saumya,
      Reach Dehradun by 17th evening preferably. In case you plan to reach on 18th morning by train, make sure you book only by Nanda Devi express. You can book your return ticket for anytime after 9.00 pm on 25th.

    1. Hi Atanu,
      The trail is likely to have a lot of snow in early March. It might be inaccessible in some parts. I suggest you wait till at least mid March or later.

    1. Hi Shradha,
      Har ki Dun is closed in December and through winter. A lot of wildlife movement takes place at this time in the region. So, the Forest Department does not allow trekking during that time.

  6. how is the climate at har ki dun in september ?
    i wish to book for 15th september
    or which is the best season to visit Har ki dhun?
    will there be snow during 15 spetember?

    1. Hi Rohit,

      September is not a month for snow. If you want snow you should schedule your trek in between December last week to April first week.


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