Har Ki Dun - Ruinsara Tal Trek

Trek LocationArea: Garhwal Himalayas

Trek DurationDuration: 11 Days (3 days travel/8 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: May - October

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.

AltitudeAltitude: 3566 mts

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 105 K.M

About Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek

This trek route is having excellent beauty all around, with dense woods surrounding it from all side. The beauty of the woods will show you how nature preserves the holiest spots with her own lash meadows and deodars. However, apart from Deodar, you will find here excellent coniferous trees and lovely looking colourful birds, seen nowhere around the world. The entire trek rout is such pleasant that it will ultimately take away all your sounds and voices. You have seen wildlife beauty of the amazons and other areas over your television, but this part of the beauty has not been caught in any of the shows. Spellbinding beauty of the place is charmed with the pew of the sweetest birds. The lake, Ruinsara Tal is located at the side of the Ton Glacier, a few kilometers from Osla. The lake is having enigmatic beauty all around, with the Har-Ki-Doon valley at the closest distance of it. Swargarohini and Bandarpunch will be seeing you over the woods. So never think, in your imagination even, that you are alone in the route.

Ruinsara Tal Trek

Top peaks show you the path to heaven: In the route, you will find Sankri and Taluka. The route can be covered by a taxi too. The entire roadside alpines will continuously call your legs to come up. You will not able to deny the call, after reaching Seema through Debshu Thatch. From Seem to Ruinsara, you will find that Bandarpunch and Kala Nag as guide for you. Spectacular beauties will be surrounding you all the time, but still you will find the two peaks to be calling you all the time. Nature has preserved so many mysterious beauties in this trek, that you will be disappointed after the journey is completed. So many experiences really need to be digested. Just recall them – you will find a book ready for you.

Experience Nature with her all preserved beauty: The route of the trek was initially through the village routes, but later you will face ridges and rivers. Your path will be beside this bank to the wildest beauty of countryside. Finally, you will have to take a left turn and reach the famous Har-Ki-Doon valley. It's really wonderful to watch such a crystal clear lake and a shadowy meadow. Looking at the meadows, you will feel that Mother Nature has kept her bosom wide spread, for her kids to embrace her. Ruinsara Tal is a lake at high altitude. You will find the lake placed safely between a ridge and valley wall. The beauty will remind you about the planned city. However, here the planning is made by Nature Goddess alone. Different grassy lands and alpine dense meadows will be punctuating the beauty statement of Goddess to give you a tranquilized feeling.

Mahabharata Trekked the route: Myths say that this has been the route which has been followed by the Pandava Chief, Yudhisthira, with his brother and beloved Panchali for reaching the heaven. That is one reason, why this part of the land worships Pandavas and even Duryadhona, the Kaurava Head. You can easily imagine now – if this is the route to Heaven, how will the actual heaven look.

Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trekking Tours Highlights

  • Mingle with the people of remote villages like Sankri, Saud, Taluka, Osla and Seema.
  • Witness the local and village culture.
  • Enjoy a lazy walk on the meadows that surround the Morinda Lake

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek is in summers (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – October).

Summer: The weather of Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.

Post Monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters. You can see the best of Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek during post monsoon as it looks like Heaven on earth.

Where is the Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek ?

Har Ki Doon Valley is a craddle shaped valley in Garhwal region of Himalaya, which connects the Baspa Valley with Borasu Pass. The valley is nestled at an altitude of 3500 m and can be reached during winter season, October to March.

Ruinsara is a turquoise blue glacial lake at an altitude of 3380 m, amid the emerald green mountain ranges of Swaragrohini. Neat and untouched meadows surround the lake. The lake is located on the foothill of Mt. Kalanag and is about 8 km from Osla.

How to Reach?

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) is the nearest airport to Sankri, which is situated at a distance of 230kms. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Purola and Mori.

By Rail: Dehradun railway station, 215 km from Sankri , is the nearest airport.

By Road: Sankri is well connected with major destinations of Garhwal like Dehradun (196 km), Mussoorie (153 km), Purola (54 km) and Mori (21.4 km).

Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi - Dehradun – Mussoorie

Early morning, catch an AC train for Dehradun. Coming to Dehradun, transfer to Mussoorie by road and move to a hotel. Free to rest and explore the lovely hill station of Garhwal Himalaya. Night stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Mussoorie – Sankri - Taluka (1900 m/6232 ft) (215 kms/ 7-8 hrs)

Drive to Taluka by Toyota Qualis. Taluka is a small hamlet surrounded by a beautiful landscape. On the way one can see Mussoorie, Kempty Falls, Purola and Mori. Taluka will be the starting point of our trek. Night stay at tents/TRH (Tourist Rest House).

Day 03: Taluka - Osla (2560 m / 8400 ft) (13 kms/6-7 hrs)

Embark on a gently trek to Osla. The trail goes through pleasing forests of willow, chestnut and walnut. Walking along the gradual ascent will bring us to Osla Village. The village is scenic and is located along a fast flowing rivulet. Camp will be set over here for night stay.

Day 04: Osla - Har Ki Dun (3566 m / 11700 ft) (12 kms/6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, start the trek towards Har ki Dun. Starting phase of the trek takes us through remote villages and the fields of beans and rice. Untouched by commercialism and modern lifestyle, the joyful village people still wear their traditional dresses and follow traditional lifestyles. Now we need to ascend via side of a ridge located across the river. The trail then bends towards the Har Ki Dun Valley. A dense forest welcomes us, and later gives way to a charming meadow covered with flowers and flowering herbs. Dinner and night stay in tents.

Day 05: Har-Ki-Dun

The whole day we will be at Har-Ki-Dun. It's basically for rest, acclimatization and exploration of the beautiful landscape. Everybody is free to pursue anything – go on your personal exploration tour nearby, indulge in nature photography or just rest at the campsite. Night stay in tents.

Day 06: Har Ki Dun - Debshu Bugyal (14 kms/4-5 hrs)

Following breakfast, start the trek toward Debshu Bugyal. It is situated, carefully concealed, between a ridge and the left wall of a valley. Will have lunch in the way. Dinner and night stay will be in tents at the Bugyal.

Day 07: Debshu Bugyal - Ruinsara Tal (3500 m/ 11480 ft) (16 kms/5-6 hrs)

Early morning start the trek towards Ruinsara Tal. The trek from Debshu Bugyal to Ruinsara Tal is truly picturesque. We will pass through terraced mountain fields, lush green pastures and conifer forests. The slope is moderate and we will complete the trek in 5/6 hours. Campsite by the side of the lake. Night stay in tents.

Day 08: Ruinsara Tal

It is a day for relaxation, acclimatization and discovery. Take your camera and capture the nature at its best. Or just lay by the side of the lake, completely immersed in contemplation in this mesmerizing location. Night stay in tents.

Day 09: Ruinsara Tal - Osla (18 kms/4-5 hrs)

Have breakfast and start trekking back to Osla, which is 18 km away. It will take around 4/5 hours. Camp will be set by the banks of Supin River. Dinner and night stay in tents.

Day 10: Osla - Taluka (13 kms/3-4 hrs) - Dehradun (215 Kms, 7-8 hrs)

Wake up early, finish breakfast and start the trek towards Taluka (3/4 hours away). From Taluka, take a drive back to Dehradun. Check-in to a hotel for night stay at Dehradun.

Day 11: Dehradun – Delhi

Take breakfast and move to railway station to board an AC train for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by afternoon.

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Things to Carry for Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Windproof jacket
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve
  • Woolen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woolen cap, Woolen gloves
  • Woolen socks and regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Sturdy Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Personal medications
  • Personal toiletries

Booking Terms and Conditions:

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When to book Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek?

You should book Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek well in advance (at least 4 month prior) advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There will be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.

Where to meet you?

Our pick up and drop point for Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We always have an experience trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek ?

Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 11700ft (3566m) minimum age required is 10 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek ?

In the month of May & June the temperature during the trek can go as low as 2 Degree Celsius during the night and September – Mid October also in minus by night and morning which will further decrease the temperature.

How long we trek during Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal Trek ?

We plan our treks in such a way that after 6 hours of trekking we reach next camp in between 14:00 – 15:00 hrs time and normally trek a distance of 10-15 Kms a day.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

Additional hotel stay and food charges may apply in case the trip extends due to unavoidable reasons.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Yes, it is a safe trek for girls.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For warm and dry terrains, you can choose low-ankle hiking shoes. Trek boots are best for the rugged and cold condition. Trekking on the glaciers and extensive snow, on the other hand, will require trek boots with crampon-ready features. Any footwear brand that provides ankle support and comes with crampon-ready features is considered as the best for trekking.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Vehicles like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, and Tempo Traveller are suitable for a ride on damaged Himalayan roads.

Are your fixed departures dates are fixed?

We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.

How do you deal with the emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek and we will send you the details about the booking procedure.

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