Ruinsara Tal Trek

A least explored exhilarating route in the Har Ki Dun region!

The trek to Ruinsara Lake is a beautiful trek through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers especially orchids. This area has some of the most beautiful forests. It was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940’s.The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Banderpoonch Range are a mountaineer’s delight. The Ruinsara Lake is famous for its wild flowers and grazing meadows used by local shepherds. The path follows the Tons river from Netwar village up through the scenic villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla. It is ideal to spend one day at the lake to explore the nearby Banderpoonch glacier and the base camp for the climb to Black peak.

Best in :May end to June, September to October

Max. altitude : 3,650 meters meters meters
Duration : 7 Nights, 8 Days
Trek distance : 190km

Cost: Rs. 11,800/– per person. (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Transport : 2,400/-

Duration: 7 Nights, 8 Days
Maximum Group Size : 12

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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 hike 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.

On this day, we continue along the true right of the valley along the Tons river. The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the Tons and Ruinsara gad. The walk through the forest is beautiful, with Kalanag (6387) visible straight ahead in the valley. We camp beside the stream and close to 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. Overnight in camps near the lake.

Today we rest near the lake and spend the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. We can visit Thanga camp site on the opposite bank of the river. It is from Thanga that the route to Bali pass takes a southward course. There are significant chances of spotting Himalayan Brown Bears around here. Alternatively we can continue on the eastward trail on the left bank bank of the river and up towards the base camp of Swargarohini (6,252 m) and Black peak (6,387 m). This trail heads further up towards Dhumdhar Kandi pass (5,490 m) that leads into Gangotri valley.

We start the day early as we today retrace our steps to Seema, situtated at a distance of 17 km. The path is predominantly downhill except for a short and steep ascent through the forest that we came across on third days’ hike.

Early in the morning, we bid farewell to the Seema and hike till Taluka. A vehicle from Taluka takes us back to Sankri, where we retire for the day in camps or a guest house.