Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty Level: moderate
Highest Altitude: 11,811 ft. / 3,600 m
Trekking Distance: 60 Km
Temperature: In summer- Day time temperature: 8°C to 15°C and Night time temperature: 0°C to 7°C. In winter (December - January) - Day time temperature: -2°C to 5°C and Night time temperature: -10°C to -5°C
Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal is one of the most gorgeous among Uttarakhand’s trekking destinations in the Western Himalayas. The valley of Har Ki Dun is located at the base of Fateh Parvat, at an elevation of 11,768 feet and Ruinsara Tal is located at an elevation of 11,811 feet. A delight for trekkers, both in summer and winter, this valley is accessible through “Govind National Park” known for its rich variety of flora and fauna. The trail is age old and steeped in legends. The mountains of Garhwal come with dramatic formations and diverse geographic regions. Streams of crystal-clear rivers formed by the melting of glaciers, lush green meadows, hamlets, pine forests and rugged terrain form the varied topography of this region. But it is perhaps the mythological aspect of the Har Ki Dun trek that makes this onerous journey more special. Owing to its isolation, the area is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. It would be a heavenly experience to trek along the “Valley of Gods”, and follow the trail once beaten by Pandavas on their way to the heavens via Swargarohini, the mountain that dominates the Har Ki Dun valley. So how closer you come to heavens is quite impossible to say, but the panorama of the gorgeous settings amid the snow-clad peaks would be no less than a divine experience. This is the only valley from where you can see Godly Peaks like Swargarohini- I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Black Peak, all together. You can also see the Ruinsara Peaks from here. Get a chance to witness the various species of birds and mammals that thrive in this region. You can also spot a number of langurs near Puani Garaat. Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trek is heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbugs.
Best Time to Visit: March to June and September to December. After December, it is generally not advisable to trek alone due to the extreme cold. After December, expect heavy snow in the area.
Day 1: Reach at Sankri (7,953 ft.); 188 Km drive from Dehradun
Drive to Sankri from Dehradun is an enchanting hill drive of 8-9 hours stretching over 188 Km ride via Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori and Naitwar. Sankri is our base camp. It is a small but pretty and quiet village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and the last road head to Taluka, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary from where your trek will start. You will go across beautiful valleys and forest cover throughout the journey. Stay will be in the Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on sharing basis. The trail will commence the next morning at 07:00 AM with a healthy breakfast and a brief session of Har Ki Dun - Ruinsara Tal trek by Trekkaro team. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Dehradun Railway station to Sankri at 06:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 6,000/- per vehicle.
Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka (7,953 ft.). Trek from Taluka to Puani Garaat (8,280 ft.); 10 Km, 6 hours
The trek begins from Taluka followed by a 10 Km trek to Puani Garaat which takes about 6 hours to reach there. After an initial trek to a valley along River Supin, you follow a path that would be interspersed with forests and bridges. No music can ever come close to what is at play here. Another hour of the trek and you reach a bridge on a tributary of Supin river. You’ll find a camping ground as you cross this bridge. After some more climbing, walking and crossing few more bridges, you’d reach Gangaad, a hamlet with few inhabitants. Green vegetation, wild orchids and majestic views of the impressive peaks would highlight, and at the same time, soothe this arduous trek. Overnight stay at Puani Garaat.
Day 3: Puani Garaat (8,280 ft.) to Kalkatiyadhaar (8,956 ft.); 7 Km, 6 hours
The day begins with a short trek along the river that takes you to Osla, a small village about 8,500 ft. above sea level; this village has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of this temple is a miracle in itself. You may spend some time here and explore the village before moving on. There is one STD also in Osla but phone connectivity depends entirely on the weather. As you begin your trek from Osla, you would find steep terrain as well as level grounds. You’d have crossed two streams, with the second one having a wooden bridge for trekkers to walk over it. Subsequently, as you proceed ahead of a mountain bend, a series of grasslands would follow. Some of these have been used for cultivation at some point in time. With incline increasing gradually, you would find several huge boulders and tracts of grass. After crossing two more meadows, just below the valley over Supin, you’ll find a wooden bridge that leads you to the grasslands of Dev Thach, Bali Pass, and Ruinsara River. Walking past the wheat fields, you move to the inhabited areas as your trail ascends over the confluence of Ruinsara and Supin. From this vantage point, you will see the majestic views of Black Peak and Bandarpoonch. By the evening, you would reach your campsite Kalkatiyadhaar which takes about 6 hours.
Day 4: Kalkatiyadhaar (8,956 ft.) to Boslo (10,469 ft.) via Har-Ki-Dun (11,768 ft.); 10 Km, 5-6 hours
The trek from Kalkatiyadhaar to Boslo is 10 Km where you’d gain an elevation of 2,812 ft. On your right, you come across the pastures of Devsu Thach, just where the two rivers meet. From this point, the valley bifurcates into two, with Har Ki Dun on the left and Ruinsara Taal, Bali Pass on the right. The grasslands and pine forests would give way to a small waterfall, and from here, a steep climbing for minutes would lead you to a level land, with patches of snow becoming more and more prominent all along your path. As you continue to climb, you will reach a forest stretch that has a gradual slope to it. After crossing a wooden bridge, you'll arrive at Har Ki Dun, where a rivulet separates the valley into two halves. On your left, the valley leads to Maninda Tal and Borasu Pass, while on your right, the valley leads to Jaundar Glacier. After spending some time at Har Ki Dun, you will trek to Boslo campsite for night stay which is 5 Km from there.
Day 5: Boslo (10,469 ft.) to Untigad (11,300 ft.); 11 Km, 6-7 hours
Trek from Boslo to Untigad is 11 km which takes 6-7 hours. We have a long day ahead of us, so buckle up. When you leave the campsite, your trail will begin and you'll have to make a sharp descent. There are two roaring glacial rivers, one named Har Ki Dun and the other Kyarakoti, that you will come across on the way down. Tamsa River is the result of their union. Your next challenge is crossing the Har Ki Dun River, which is located in the middle of nowhere. As a result of its immense volume, the river that you saw yesterday in its utmost beauty has become ferocious. You'll have to walk across this river on a makeshift log of woods bridge. If you're a little cautious, you'll be able to get through. Silver Birch, Blue Pine, and all sorts of other vegetation will now take over the trail. The Black peak can be seen on the horizon in front of you. A total of 11 kilometres will bring you to the village of Untigad. There are many lakes and snow-capped peaks all around this campsite. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Untigad (11,300 ft.) to Devsu Thatch (9,941 ft.) via Ruinsara Tal (11,811 ft.); 12 Km, 5 hours
Seeing the majestic Ruinsara Tal will be a highlight of your day. The lake is about 1.5 km from Untigad. Reaching this lake will only take about an hour or two. There are a lot of silver birch or Bhoj Patra trees along the trail, and it's mostly rocky in places as well. On dry days, it looks like a high glacier with big chunks of frozen ice in between the greenery of monsoon. Large amounts of vegetation in the lake have given it a brownish/blackish hue. You can get a great view of this lake from the top of a rock right in front of it, where you can see how the mountains are reflected in the lake's surface. Nearby are uninhabited peaks, but the trail that leads to Bali Pass is well-known. The trail will take you to the Kyarakoti Glacier, which is the base camp for the Kalanag, a challenging mountain. Swargarohini's dangling glaciers can also be seen from this lake. There is a steep ascent to Devsu after crossing the Kyarakoti river, so be prepared. You will be greeted by beautiful alpine bushes full of flowers and greenery of all kinds. As you will be surrounded by a carpet of grass, this is one of the best campsites on this trek. Trees cover the landscape, with snow-covered mountains ahead, and a deep blue sky overhead. Birds such as Monal and Pheasant can be seen, as well as animals including black panther and Himalayan bear. From here, you can see the Kalkatiyadhar campsite.
Day 7: Devsu Thatch (9,941 ft.) to Taluka (7,953 ft.) and drive to Sankri; 10 Km, 7-8 hours
As we trek to the ancient village of Gangaad today, you'll be transported back in time. Forests of Chir and Needle Pine, as well as various ferns and flowering trees, will line the trail. Meanwhile, on the other side of this trail, you'll see trekkers making their way to Har Ki Dun. Both trails converge at the Seema bridge, and then it's the same route back to the starting point. On the other side of the bridge, you'll find the Chilurgaad campsite. From there, we'll continue downhill until we reach the ancient Gangaad village. Talk to the locals, about their village, their history, their food and culture. But don’t be intrusive. Be polite and respectful. Now that you've reached the end of your trek, it's time to say goodbye to Gangaad villagers. The same route will take you to Taluka as the day you began. On average, it will take 3-4 hours. Drive from Taluka to Sankri by cab, you'll arrive in the afternoon.
Day 8: Drive to Dehradun from Sankri
Depart from Sankri early in the morning, preferably before 07:00 AM since the journey takes 9-10 hours. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Sankri to Dehradun Railway Station at 07:00 AM. Cost of cab – Rs. 6,000/- per vehicle.
How To Reach
Jolly Grant airport is located 25 kilometers from the city, serving to Dehradun. Daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the train from Delhi to Dehradun overnight
Nanda Devi Express(12205):- Departure:- 23:50; Arrival:- 05:40
Dehradun Express(12687):- Departure:- 21:10; Arrival:- 05:00
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Dehradun. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trustable.
Usually, the buses left you in the Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun railway station via Ola/Uber Cab/Auto Rickshaw/Shared Three Wheeler.
There is only one bus run by the Uttrakhand Government on a daily basis from Dehradun Railway Station to Sankri. The timing of the bus: 08:00 AM. You would reach the Sankri by 06:00 PM.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)
• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)
• LED Torch
• Two Water Bottle (one litre each)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
• Lip Balm (SPF 30)
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks (Woolen)
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID)
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent and kitchen tent. Stay from Day 1 to Day 7 (Sankri to Sankri). In Sankri, Stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (3 per tent).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 8. (Simple Nutritious Vegetarian food)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
5- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C) and Pole.
6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Dehradun to Sankri and drop you back from Sankri. This will cost approx. Rs. 6,000/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.
2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 2,100/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Sankri.
4- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeem it with lifetime validity on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean feat to entertain, cook, guide and facilitate, but for our guides, they handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a lot of moving part and potential for things to go awry. From last one year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and provide you nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others’ in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair for yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to do treks or survive in the not so pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we insure about the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware about the health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body not adjusted with the environment we always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carrying the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness specific medicines - Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons and Headlamp. Now, before registering the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gears and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gears to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags which can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degree Celsius. It’s always warmer in tent so we ensuring you with quality shelter.
So even we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps our bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks are come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or area we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.