Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek

duration Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 11,811 ft
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Base Camp Sankri
Camp Thrill Level Extreme
Camp Tour type Group
Camp Accommodation type Guest House and Tents
Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek

Har Ki Dun (also called Har Ki Doon) itself is one of the most beautiful treks in the entire Uttarakhand. Offering you the chance to witness the stunning lush green meadows and massive landscapes, this trek takes you away from all the hassles of your city life. Har Ki Dun is a trek nestled in the remotest area of Uttarakhand and hides the beauty of untouched nature. Apart from a few villages and traditional communities, the place this trek happens is not so well connected with the trivialities of the outside world.

While Har Ki Doon trek, it seems as if you walking towards a gateway of something out of this world. The vast landscape with a single river flowing right in the middle, mountains surrounding it from both sides, and meadows covering it like a blanket is what makes Har Ki Dun is one of the most sought after trekking for people who want to escape from the hustle-bustle of other commercial treks.

The trek is more like a leisure walk in a much larger garden of nature than pushing your hard way through some difficult terrain. This is what makes this trek super accessible for all. May it is a young crying kid or a wrinkled old woman, this trek gives you a balanced blend of comfort ability and adventure.

But what makes this particular package so unique is the opportunity to trek to the famous and gorgeous Ruinsara Lake. This lake sits peacefully a few km ahead of the Har Ki Dun in the middle of rhododendrons forest. Surrounded by blooming pink and yellow rhododendrons, and majestic mountains, this lake looks absolutely like a heavenly body.

The best part of the trekking to the Ruinsara lake (also sometimes called Ruinsara Tal) is the camping. Though the area just beside the lake is majorly wet and is not stable to camp but right after the wet part ends, we find an ideal area to pitch our camps. Even though we camp a little far from the lake, but its charm keeps charming us. On a perfect night, the lake sparkles more than any pearl in the world and looks astonishing.

The perfect blend of Har Ki Dun peak and Ruinsara lake is a unique combination and is offered in the rarest of cases in any trekking package. But guess what, Moustache presents you one of its exclusive packages, where you not only have the chance to enjoy the wonders and adventures of Har Ki Dun trek but also soak in the charm of pearl sparkling Ruinsara lake. Isn’t it just wonderful?

Har Ki Dun trek (Har Ki Doon trek) also has an exciting mythological side attached to it which makes it more thrilling to vanquish. Stories by several locals say that when Pandavas won the famous battle of Kurukshetra, they along with their shared wife - Draupadi accepted sanyas and embarked on the journey to find heaven. Stories sat that they climbed the famous Swargarohini peak to find heaven. But only the oldest of them – Yudhishter succeeded. It is since then; the peak got its name and fame.

From the summit of Har Ki Dun (also sometimes called Har Ki Doon), you can spot the incredible views of this Swargarohini peak. The mammoth snow-clad mountain stands right in front of you, surrounded by snow-white clouds, leaving you awestruck. Even the view from the peak itself is astonishing and spectacular. It gives you a panoramic clear view of the entire Himalayan region against the massive clean blue sky.

But nothing is as breath-taking as the journey you trek on to reach the Ruinsara Tal. The twisted trail occasionally takes you through forests of blooming pink rhododendrons, oak, and pine. But the moment the tree line ends, the entirety of the incredible natural setting pleases you more than anything. The route is also marked with several small and sparkling waterfalls giving you ideal spots to take shorts breaks and refill your waterfalls. Overall, this trek is a pack full of adventures, thrills, and peace. An ideal window for people who want to escape their busy lives and spend some time in peace and satisfaction.


Why Moustache?

Moustache believes in the idea of ‘Affordable Travelling’. We here at Moustache believe that everyone has the right to explore the untouched beauty of the Himalayas and hence should have affordable access to it. Therefore, we have one of the most affordable personally tailored packages just for you! Moustache also understands the current COVID-19 crisis, therefore keeping that in mind, it also has a very flexible cancellation and rescheduling policy. For further information, please write to us.

Har Ki Dun - Ruinsara Lake

 


Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri



Altitude:   6,455 ft

Drive:   6-7 hrs (187 km)

Meal:   Dinner

Stay:   Stay at guesthouses on a double /triple sharing basis.


 

  • Take a shared cab from Dehradun(8-9 am) and reach Sankri, it will take around 7 hours to reach.
  • Move along the Yamuna river, Sankri is the base camp for many treks such as Kedarkantha, Bali pass, and etc.
  • Reach Sankri guest house, rest for a while. In the evening head out and explore on your own.
  • Have your meal at 8:30 pm and retire for the day.

 


Day 2: Drive to Taluka and Trek to Gangadh

 


Altitude:   8,160 ft

Drive:   12 km

Trek:   10 km (4-5 hours)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stay in a tent on a sharing basis.


 

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get transferred to Taluka which is the start point of the trek.
  • A few km into the trek cross a small stream through a Cemented bridge, then another stream through a wooden bridge.
  • A couple of hours into the trek, take a halt at Someshwar Devta temple and start again.
  • The trail ascends, view the confluence of Thamasa & Ruinsara river, Few more meters to the campsite, enjoy a view of the snow-capped Dhauladhar range.
  • Rest for the day at the campsite, enjoy snacks in the evening hours and later have your dinner and retire for the day.

 


Day 3: Gangadh to Kalkatiyadhar

 


Altitude:   9,922 ft

Trek:   7 km (3-4 hours)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stay in a tent on a sharing basis.

 


  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready, and move towards the wooden bridge which divided the valley, from here take the left.
  • Pass through the pine & rhododendron forest, crossing streams and mountain bends. Have the first view of Har Ki Dun and Hata Peak.
  • Cross the boulder section and reach the campsite area near the Thamasa river.
  • Rest for the day at the campsite, enjoy snacks in the evening hours and later have your dinner and retire for the day.

 


Day 4: Kalkatiyadhar to Har Ki Dun and back to Kalkatiyadhar

 


Altitude:   11,700 ft and back to 9,922 ft

Trek:   7 km (5-6 hours)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stay in a tent on a sharing basis.


 

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready for a trek to Har Ki Dun Valley. Leave the luggage at the campsite.
  • Once you reach the valley, the sheer beauty will never want you to leave the place. From the valley, you can have a vast view of the grounds below the Swargarohini peak.
  • After spending enough time at Har Ki Dun, retrace your way back to the campsite. Enjoy your dinner (8.30 pm onwards) and retire for the day.

 


Day 5: Kalkatiyadhar to Ruinsara Lake

 


Altitude:   11,811 ft

Trek:   5 km (3-4 hours)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stay in a tent on a sharing basis.


 

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready for a trek to Ruinsara Lake.
  • In no time you will reach Ruinsara Lake, passing through the forest line. The highest point of the trek.
  • The Flora and Fauna around the lake are magical as it turns lush green during spring and lights brown during winters with rhododendron and birch trees.

  • The Lake sits on the flat grassy terrain with the snow-capped mountain surroundings.
  • Pitch your tents near the flat surface of Ruinsara Tal, enjoy your dinner (8.30 pm onwards), and retire for the day.

 


Day 6: Ruinsara Lake to Devsu Bugyal

 


Altitude:   9,842 ft

Trek:   15 km (7-8 hours)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stay in a tent on a sharing basis.


 

  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), get ready for a trek to Devsu Bugyal.
  • While returning back bid bye to the small huts, streams, flowers, and the mighty hills.
  • Take the last moment to capture the magic of Har Ki Dun valley, as you are going to miss all of the adventures that happened here.

  • Few more kilometers into the trek you can finally spot the Seema village, you will be camping for the day a little outside of this small village.
  • Pitch your tents and enjoy your dinner (8.30 pm onwards), and retire for the day.

 


Day 7: Devsu Bugyal to Taluka and Drive to Sankri

 


Altitude:   6,455 ft

Trek:   10 km (4-5 hours)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stay in a Guesthouse on a sharing basis.

 


  • Wake up have your breakfast (around 8 am), start your trek back to Taluka village.

  • The trails will be crossing through a series of meadows and making your way to Taluka village.
  • Board the shared cab back to Sankri, a drive of 12 km which will take 20 - 25 mins to complete, on arrival check in to your guest house freshen up and retire for the day with hot meals served

 


Day 8: Sankri to Dehradun

 


Meal:   Breakfast

Drive:   187 km (6-7 hrs)

 


  • It’s the last day of the entire trip. Wake up to a healthy morning and get ready / Have your breakfast and pack your bags. Hop in the car and start the drive.
  • The drive is going to take about 6 – 7 hours in total. Enjoy the scenic drive while you are sharing your incredible stories of this amazing trek.


Trek ends here.

Air: Take a flight to Jolly Grant (Dehradun) airport and from there take a Shared / Private cab or a local bus to reach Dehradun Railway station.

 

Road: Volvo transfers are available from Delhi to Dehradun, It takes around 6 hrs to reach Dehradun from Delhi. 

 

Rail: Dehradun has a railway station so book a train to Dehradun railway station direct and if there is no direct train available from your city then book a train to Delhi and from there either you can book another train or take a bus to Dehradun.

 

Before booking a cab or bus to or from Sankri, it is advisable to contact the trek operator first as they have the local transport facility running which usually borne and shared between the trekkers.

1.    Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2.

2.   Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please) preferably with a hood.

3.   Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater.

4.  Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf / muffler (optional).

5.  Woolen cap, Woolen gloves, Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs).

6.   Comfortable Trekking / Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended).

7.   Lightweight floaters / sandals / slippers.

8.   Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick-dry towel.

9.   Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles).

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11.  Sun glasses (polarized / UV protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole.

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries).

13.  Medicines, if requiring any specific medication.

14. Personal toiletries.

15. Day pack / small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack.

16.  Hand Sanitizer.

17.  Extra face masks.

Inclusions:

1. You will be greeted by our trek team with a welcome drink on your arrival to Sankri.

2. All stays included from Sankri to Sankri on double / triple sharing basis:

 (i) Guest house on day 1 & 7.

 (ii) Alpine / Dome tents from day 2 to 6

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 8 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability while staying at guest houses in Sankri only.

6. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

7. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

8. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc.

 (ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

9. Transportation charges on Day 2 and 7 from Sankri to Taluka and Taluka to Sankri respectively.


Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials - 

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, sleeping bag, liners etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles / bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar. 

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 8 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel / trek / COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

7. Separate tents on request, will be charged extra (INR 1,500 per tent)

1. If cancellations are made within 2 days prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.

2. If cancellations are made between 3-7 days prior to the start of the trek, EITHER 75% of total package amount will be returned to the guest (25% of total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.

3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of the total advance will be refunded.

4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of the booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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