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Har-Ki-Dun Trekking: Part 2- The Peaks and the Glacier

The Har-ki-dun valley is certainly one of the most beautiful places I have visited in the recent past. On day 3, after 6 hours of trek, when we reached the camp site of Har-ki-dun, I straight away went to wash my face in the small stream known as Maninda Nallah. The cold glacier water and the beauty of the place took away all my fatigue. Post a  quick change of  clothes, instead of taking rest, I went walking to further explore the valley from various angles, trying to get a 360 degree view.


Maninda nallah

Sipping my tea, I sat down leaning my back against a rock, the setting sun started painting the valley in its golden light and the entire valley started to glow as if it was preparing itself for some celebration. Awestruck at its beauty, I kept clicking image after image, till darkness endorsed the place.


The camp site.


The GMVN rest house

It was two days away from the full moon night and before the sun set completely, the moon started to glow in the east. The golden light which turned into darkness minutes before then returned with a blue hue under the moon light. The distant snowcapped peaks started to brightened up once again.


The Swargarohini Peak

Sitting beside a bonfire, we tried long exposures to capture the valley under moon light. The Sawrgarohini Peak was playing hide and seek behind the clouds. The temperature went down to near zero. A dark patch of cloud appeared from nowhere and showered few drops of rain and snowflakes just before we went off to sleep.


A long exposure shot under moon light

The next day we trekked till the face of the Jumdhar glacier. The thick snow wall was standing tall blocking any further view of the Himalayas. Endless streams were flowing from the glacier towards the valley. I wish I could capture a 360 degree view of the entire valley.


The Har-ki-dun valley


Our camp site from a distance


The valley from the glacier side


Jumdhar glacier – close up shot


Jumdhar glacier, long shot

Other peaks which can be seen during the course of this trek are Kedarkantha, Bandarpunch(or Bandar poonch) and Black peak. From Sankri a separate route goes to Kedarkantha. This 9km trek is normally done in 4-5 days.


Bandar Poonch peak


Black peak during sun set


Sun set


Tried to capture the full moon glowing in the east

As we neared Mussoorie while returning, we saw a series of hills engulfed in mist – an another perspective of the hills. The photographs here are only a glimpse of the endless beauty that we witnessed. The vastness is such that it cannot be captured completely.


Mussoorie hills

*Jumdhar glacier is also known as Jaundhar, Jamdar, Jamdhar etc.

Also read:
Har-Ki-Dun Trekking: Part 1- The Trails
Har-Ki-Dun Trekking: Part 3- The Rivers and Streams
Har-Ki-Dun Trekking: Part 4- The People in the Remotest Valley



2 thoughts on “Har-Ki-Dun Trekking: Part 2- The Peaks and the Glacier

  1. How did you manage batteries charged up while doing this Hari ki doon trek ?

    Posted by Neeraj | February 26, 2016, 11:32 am

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