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