Har ki Dun and Bali Pass

From the valley of Gods to a thrilling crossover to Yamunotri!

Har ki Dun, which means Valley of Gods, is situated deep inside Govind Pashu National park. Rich in flora and fauna, the trails are quite often covered in different shades of orchids and other wild flowers. The area was made popular by the Doon school master Jack Gibson after his Banderpunch expeditions. Har ki dun has numerous camping places and one Forest Guest House. An extra rest day is ideal to proceed to get a clearer view of the Jaundhar glacier.

Har ki Dun and Bali Pass was an old trekking route from the Tons river valley to the Yamuna river valley. The pass is more approachable from the Har-ki-Dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude.

 Ruinsara lake lies on the way to Bali Pass. The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes.

 Another highlight of this trek Har ki Dun and Bali Pass is that it gives one the experience of camping above 4,000 m. The area is surrounded by Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are Swargarohini I,II and III, Kalanag, Banderpoonch West and Ruinsara.

The combination of these two treks is an unique experience in iteslf. The route from Har ki Dun to Ruinsara lake goes through a rarely trodden trail in a dense forest.

 

Best in : May-June, Sept-Oct
Max. altitude : 4,900 meters
Duration : 10 Nights, 11 Days
Trek distance : 187 km

Cost: On Request 

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TENTATIVE ITINERARY

We start early from Dehradun and reach the village Sankri by evening. The final stretch is through the Govind Pashu National Park after we cross a check post at Netwar. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps

Post breakfast we are transported from Sankri to Taluka. The drive is a bit bumpy. The trek commences from Taluka on a stony path. With the river Supin gushing through rapids beside us, under the shade of walnut, pine and other trees, the walk is quite pleasant. Often the passing villagers greet us on the way.

The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. We continue our trek and after about an hour′s walk, the quaint village of Osla unfolds itself. Seema is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla. We set camp here or stay in a hut with a local family in the village.

From Osla the trail gradually rises higher and passes through bushes of flowers like orchids, fleece flowers and sunflowers. The ascending path climbs high above the confluence of Supin river and the river from Ruinsara valley.

After traversing higher up along the left side of the river, we camp at a very panoramic spot in Har ki Dun , located at the junction of two valleys: one originating from Jaundhar glacier and the other from beyond Hata glacier.

We can choose to relax and soak in the environment or we have several trails as options.

The vast open meadows following the course of the Supin river can be explored. Further ahead of the meadows one can walk among the forests of Bhojpatra trees (Himalayan birch) or get a closer glimpse of the Jaundhar glacier and Swargarohini peak.

One can visit the Marinda Tal just 2km away from Har ki Dun. It is small glacial lake formed by a huge rock obstructing the river which flows down from Borasu pass.

The little-known valley of Hata can be explored which lies in between the above two valleys. It also has some large meadows and a close view of the Hata glacier and peak.

On this day we initially follow the trail coming back from Har ki Dun to Osla. After about 1 km we follow a path downhill on our left which leads to a small bridge and cross over to the opposite side. The path is through a dense forest for about 2 km. Then it turns left and enters the Ruinsara valley. From here it takes about 2 hours to reach the camping ground near the waterfall.

We ascend into the Ruinsara valley. There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara lake is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. Since, the trek is short, we have sufficient time on this day to acclimatize and explore the trails nearby. Overnight in camps near the lake.

We ascend into the Ruinsara valley. There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara lake is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. Since, the trek is short, we have sufficient time on this day to acclimatize and explore the trails nearby. Overnight in camps near the lake.

From the camp we turn right and ascent towards the pass. The trails have boulders and rocks. After about 1.5 km, we walk on a narrow and ascending ridge which ends near our campsite. We camp below the pass along the glacial moraine. This is one of the best locations for a camp with the valley below and the pass behind you. Camping at this altitude is a new experience which very few treks offer.

We start very early, before sunrise on this. The steep climb to the pass commences just after a short walk. We reach the top of the pass by early morning. We get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Banderpunch peaks on a clear day. From the pass, we descend down into the alpine zone and reach the camping grounds of upper Dhamni. This place has water nearby.

We descend to the forested trail leading to Yamunotri. After a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri, we make our way down the conventional pilgrim trail to Janki chatti. Overnight in guesthouses in Janki Chatti.

This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Dehradun.

INCLUSIONS

  • Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 11.
  • Guide and cook fees.
  • Rent for camping equipment.
  • Forest entry charges.
  • Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.
  • All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 11 breakfast.
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek. Possible guest house accommodation on Day 1 and Day 10.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
  • Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

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