HAR KI DUN RUINSARA LAKE TREK
9 Days - 8 Nights
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HAR KI DUN Ruinsara lake Trek
The Har Ki Doon Trek is a heavenly stairway that will wow you with its beauty. It’s a winter wonderland and a hiker’s paradise. The trek’s popularity is enhanced by the fact that it is available in both the summer and winter seasons. Har Ki Dun valley, on the western flank of the Garhwal range in Uttarkashi district, is a popular trekking and climbing destination. The Har Ki Dun valley is a lovely stroll with breathtaking views of the Swargarohini peaks. Har Ki Dun is the main source of the Yamuna’s biggest tributary and a significant source of the Yamuna River System. Read More
About Ruinsara Lake
Ruinsara Lake is nearly 3,600 meters above sea level. It’s in a nearby valley, and the trail to Har Ki Dun & Ruinsara splits around Osla, the last village. We head east for Ruinsara while continuing north for Har Ki Dun. Har Ki Dun is 11 kilometers away, and Ruinsara Lake is around 17 kilometers away. The addition of Marinda Tal or Hata Meadows ahead of Har Ki Dun reduces the distance between the two.
What makes Ruinsara Lake special?
The lake runs parallel to a river that flows down from a glacier up ahead. The lake and the river are separated by a little ridge. This entire ridge is covered in rhododendron forests. You’re standing on a ridge surrounded by gorgeous shrubs like rhododendrons. On the left, the River Supin is 100 feet below, while on the right, the Ruinsara lake is surrounded by meadows.
Ruinsara Lake with a ridge of Rhododendrons in the background. The river Supin is located beyond the crest. Furthermore, the snow-capped peaks in the background provide an even more captivating perspective, making the walk really one-of-a-kind.
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DAY 1: Dehradun to Sankri (7-10 hr drive) (220Km Drive)
Trekkers will be picked up in a Tata Sumo or equivalent vehicle from Dehradun at 6:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. is the expected arrival time at Sankri. NH 507 is a 220 km trip that takes about 10 hours, 1,950 meters (6,400 feet) above sea level. Purola is the last ATM and there are a few small shops selling trekking equipment and other miscellaneous products. The BSNL network is unreliable. Stay in a Guest House for the night. Only dinner is included.
DAY 2: Sankri to Taluka & Trek to Chillurgad (2500m)
You’ll be riding in a local vehicle from the base camp across the harsh steep landscape. Prepare to cross a creek and pass by spectacular waterfalls on your thrilling jeep ride. You’ll be left near the Taluka Village after a crazy ride over the Garhwal Himalayas’ topsy-turvy roads. From here, you’ll begin your trip across the beautiful fields and raging torrents. The communities that line the walk path are also worth seeing. These villages, which date back to the time when this valley was part of Duryodhan’s empire, exhibit a distinct culture. The little hamlets perched on the hillocks appear like something out of a fantasy book.
DAY 3: Chillurgad to Kalkatidhar
As we begin our day’s trip, we are struck by the sheer beauty of the area surrounding Osla, which is dotted with terraced farms. Every season changes the colours of these areas. From late monsoon onwards, the red farms of Cholai (Amaranth) appear spectacular. On the way to Har ki Dun, Osla is the last village. The trail progressively climbs higher from Osla, and the river can be seen far below. We come to a temple on the right side of the trail, some distance below the trail. We walk through flowering shrubs that include orchids, fleece flowers, and sunflowers. The climbing trail rises far above the Supin River’s junction with the Ruinsara Valley’s river.
Day 4 – kalkatidhar to Har ki Dun & return to Boslo
The day’s walk can be deemed long because we’ll be visiting Har Ki Dun and Marinda Tal, a small lake formation due to an obstructing boulder across the river stream 2 kilometers ahead of Har Ki Dun. As we begin our hike, we come across a hidden and roaring waterfall with a small tea store alongside it. We enter the final stretch, which is inside a forest, after climbing higher up along the river’s real right bank. The forest opens up into Har ki Dun’s main camping spot, which is located next to a trickling creek. This is a spectacular viewpoint in Har ki Dun, situated at the confluence of two valleys.
Day 5 – Boslo to Untigad (12 Km Trek)
A moderate hike of about 6-7 kilometers will lead you to the same trail that leads to Osla village. The path then descends to the Ruinsara valley. Before reaching the camping areas beside the waterfall, the Ruinsara hike traverses through dense forest for a few kilometers. On this hike, the ancient trees appear to be kissing the sky. The forest ultimately gives way to a large green expanse. The broad grassy meadows, along with the gentle sound of the falling waterfall, make for an ideal camping location. On a moonless night, the night sky is studded with glittering stars. Untigad’s campsite is distinguished by the sudden appearance of Bhojpatra trees and a dramatic change in terrain in comparison to the valley.
Day 6 – Untigad to Ruinsara Tal & then to Devsu Bughyal
The walk begins early in the morning with a short rise to Ruinsara Lake, which is located at an elevation of 3600 metres. As we all know, the lake is considered sacred. On significant occasions, the villagers also execute some rites. The hills surrounded by rhododendron and birch trees easily distinguish the flora and fauna of this valley. Read More
Day 7 – Devsu Bughyal to Gangaad (3 hr trek)
We retrace our ways down the Supin River ahead of Seema, which should take no more than an hour and a half, and then another 1-2 hours for Gangaad. We spent the day strolling through the village.
Day 8 – Gangaad to Taluka to Sankri
We said our goodbyes to the village early in the morning and began our trip to Taluka. We return to Sankri in a car from Taluka, where we spend the day in campgrounds or guest home. On Day 8 of the Har ki Dun Ruinsara Lake Trek, the group heads for the pickup point at Taluka, following the Supin River’s course. By now, the breathtaking scenery you’ve left behind has made you miss your hiking adventures. You’ll soon arrive in Taluka Village, where you can board the jeeps for another round of a wild journey to Sankri.
Day 9 – Sankri to Dehradun ( 7-10hr drive)
With beautiful recollections of the Har ki Dun trek, you would return to Dehradun through the same serpentine-like shifting roads. On the way back, the stretch along with Mori, where the road runs parallel to the river at nearly the same elevation, is sure to make you nostalgic for the area. You can return for another journey in the future because the region offers many trekking trails, some of which are still unexplored. If you have an extra day, you can also get out in Mussoorie and tour the hill station.
Frequently asked question
- Footwear: The trekking boots which must be waterproof and snow proof, normal boots, floaters, and woolen socks.
- Backpack: (50 ltr), Daypack (20-30 ltr), Duffel bag.
- Clothes: Jacket and trousers that are both waterproof and breathable. Jacket (synthetic or down feather fleece), synthetic insulated trousers, poncho, sweatshirt, inner thermal (upper & lower), fleece, t-shirts, cotton trekking pants, shorts
- Season wise Clothes:
- Hand and head protection includes liner gloves, bandannas, sun hats, woollen caps, and face masks, among other things.
- Accessories: Sunglasses/goggles, anti-glare lenses, water bottle, hydra bag, and headlamp with spare bulb and extra batteries are all recommended.
- Trekking Gears: Toolkit for an emergency. Sunscreen, a toiletry pack, water purification pills, Ziploc packs, ear plugs, first-aid kit, and the necessary medications are all recommended.
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping bags of lining (extreme -5 to +5 Celsius if you have one), trekking sticks, and so on.
- Warm top/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt – 2/3
- Water resistant/repellent trekking pants with an inner lining for added warmth- 2 High-quality windproof/water-resistant outer shell (jacket) with a proper hood
- Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen Jumper, Down Jacket with at least 600 fill capacity Innerwear with a thermal component (upper and lower)
- Woolen hat, inner fleece gloves, and outer water-resistant gloves
- 4–5 pairs of thick woollen socks and standard socks, scarf/muffler (optional)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick heel and high ankles that are comfortable to wear. Sneakers/sport shoes are ideal for camp.
- Poncho or raincoat. A small, light-weight towel
- A hydration pack and an insulated water bottle (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV cover and the potential to cut light, as well as a cap or floppy hat to shield the strong sun off your skin (important when traversing through snow)
- Trekking pole or sturdy walking stick Lip Balm, Sunscreen Lotion
- Flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) Medications, if any special prescription is needed Toiletries for personal use
- Carry a rain cover over your luggage • Day pack/small bag that you can carry on your back all day to keep your essentials in
- Keep a few poly bags or plastic containers in your bag to place your things in if you need to in case of heavy weather.
Personal Medical Kit (MANDATORY FOR ALL)
- 10 Diamox tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Nifedipine – 5 pills Dexamethasone – one strip
- 6 tablets of Crocin (fever)
- 4 tablets of avomine (motion sickness) 4 capsules of Avil 25mg (allergies)
- 4 tablets of Combiflam (Pain killer)
- 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen (diarrhea) 10 tablets of Digene (acidity)
- 10 Omez/Rantadine capsules (antacids) 3 to 5 metres of crepe bandage
- 1 tiny roll of gauze 10 strips of bandage 1 small roll of cotton 10 packets of ORS
- Moov spray Betadine or other antiseptic cream (aches, & sprains)
- If you're vulnerable to knee injuries, you should wear a knee cap. Powder with antifungal properties
- Cancellation: If a trek is cancelled at the last minute due to a natural disaster or unforeseeable circumstances (such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, attack, or bandh), Discoveryhike will have a trek voucher for the full number. The voucher can be used for the same or a different trek over the next year.
- In case you wish to cancel the trek, then please be aware of these things:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the trek's launch date will include a complete refund.
- If you cancel within 30 and 20 days before the hike, you will get a 50% refund.
- There will be no refund if you cancel less than 20 days before the trek begins.
- Please keep in mind that if you get a refund, there will be a reduction of 4% (Cancellation charges) from the overall amount you pay. In addition, if you purchased trek insurance, you would not get a refund.
- Discoveryhike assumes no responsibility for any malfunction or injury to your clothes, supplies, or other belongings while on the trek. The trek fee covers all expenses associated with the trek from start to finish.