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HAR KI DUN -:
The Best Mix of Ancient Culture and Mountain Beauty on a Trek
Trekkers think when it comes to great treks you can’t beat treks like Rupin Pass or Buran Ghati. And when we talk about Har Ki Dun with Ruinsara, they think it is a poor cousin. That’s making a big mistake.
The Har Ki Dun trek with Ruinsara is one of the best complete treks that we have seen.
It has terrific ancient culture, mountain views, forests, grasslands, meadows, rivers, streams and even an alpine lake. This trail is not difficult on the legs which makes it just the right adventure, especially when compared to other summer treks.
With Ruinsara added on Har Ki Dun, a good trek becomes great. One of the most complete treks that you will possibly do.
“It’s like doing a whole new trek by just adding two days”, says Arjun Rawat our founder.
Ruinsara Tal Trek -:
Ruinsara Tal (3500M), a clear water lake is at the foot of Mt. Kalanag and is about 14Kms from Osla/Seema. Ruinsara Tal is another attractive place for trekkers in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The lake is surrounded by Alpine Pastures and low Rhododendrons and is considered as sacred by the inhabitants of the Har-Ki-Doon Valley. The lake is near the source of Supin river. From here one gets closer views of Mt. Kalanag, Ruinsar range, BandarPoonch, and Swargarohini peaks which are superb. Located just below the Bandarpoonch Glacier the lake is an ideal camping site.
Itinerary- Ruinsara Tal Trek
Dehradun to Sankri (7-10 hr drive) (220Km Drive)
Sankri to Taluka & Trek to Chillurgad (2500m)
Chillurgad to Kalkatidhar
Kalkatidhar to Har ki Dun & Return to Boslo
Boslo to Untigad (12 Km Trek)
Untigad to Ruinsara Tal & then to Devsu Bughyal
Devsu Bughyal to Gangaad (3 hr trek)
Gangaad to Taluka to Sankri
- Meals during the trek From Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 5
- Forest Permits/Camping Charges
- Tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
- Micro-spikes, Helmets, Gaiters, as required
- Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers, Mules or porters for carrying common supplies
- Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
- Guest House/Hotel stay in Sankri on Day 1 & Chitkul on Day 5
- Stay in camps during the trek
What’s Not Included?
- Portage of personal bags during the trek
- Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance
- Any Expense of personal nature
- Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list
Meals during the trek From Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 5
Forest Permits/Camping Charges
Tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
Micro-spikes, Helmets, Gaiters, as required
Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers, Mules or porters for carrying common supplies
Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
Guest House/Hotel stay in Sankri on Day 1 & Chitkul on Day 5
Stay in camps during the trek
Whats Not Included?
Portage of personal bags during the trek
Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance
Any Expense of personal nature
Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list
- We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://greenvalleyhimalayas.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
- To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before Trek Starting Date.
- If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.
- “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
- If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you a very flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
- In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
- In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
- If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
- If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
- In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.
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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.
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.