Har ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal




Har Ki Dun valley is situated in Garhwal, Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand State. It is a lovely trek to the Har Ki Dun valley with glorious views of Swargarohini group of peaks. The forest here is rich in flora and fauna and is in full bloom during the months of March, April, May and June. One can see Swargarohini– I, II, III, Bandarpoonch, Blackpeak, Ataa Peak, Harki dun Peak, Jamdhar Glacier and magnificent valleys stretched till your eyes can reach. The Har Ki Dun trail takes you through some of the ancient villages that are about 2,000 years old. This trek is heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and photographers.


Day 1: ​Drive from Dehradoon/Rishikesh to Sankri (8-9 hrs) and stay at a hotel/homestay:
Leave from Dehradoon/Rishikesh early in the morning as it is a long drive to Sankri. Purola is the last town with an ATM. Sankri is a town which is the base village to many treks like Kedarkantha, Har ki Dun, Rupin Pass, Phulara Ridge and more. The drive post Purola takes you past pine forests, small villages, mustard fields and along the Tons River.

Day 2: ​Drive from Sankri to Taluka (12kms; 1hr drive) and Hike to Ghangaad (10kms; 8,200ft – 5-6 ​​hrs):
Drive from Sankri takes you through dense forests till you reach Taluka, the last village with a road connection. Start the hike from Taluka after a small tea break. You hike along the Supin river till you reach Ghangaar. Ghangaar is a small village which offers beautiful views of the surrounding valley. You hike through dense maple and pine forests.

Day 3: ​Hike from Ghangaad to Kalkatiyadhar (4kms; 9,900ft – 4 hrs). Overnight stay in tents:
KKD is a very vast meadow which is actually the grazing meadow of the local cattle and sheep. Today’s hike is a gradual ascent passing through a suspension bridge at Seema, Rajma fields, tiny streams and meadows. The last village in the valley called Osla can be seen enroute. KKD campsite offers the first views of the Har ki Dun valley.

Day 4: ​Hike from Kalkatiyadhar to the Har Ki Dun Valley (11,800ft) and camp at Boslo (10kms; 10,470ft – 7-8hrs):
Leave early to the Har ki Dun valley. Today’s trail is a mixture of ascents, descents and flat walks and takes you through Rhododendron, Oak, Birch Forests. If lucky enough one can spot Himalayan Monal (state bird of Uttarakhand) on this trail. The valley of Shiva offers mighty views of Swargarohini, Black Peak, Har ki Dun peak.

Day 5: ​Hike from Boslo to Untigad (9kms; 11,300ft – 6-7 hrs):
Today is a long day. You pass through small wooden bridges, beautiful purple Rhododendrons, Birch trees. It is a very dreamy walk through the forests till you reach Untigad. The campsite is right next to a waterfall. The evening views are to die for here.

Day 6: ​Hike from Untigad to Ruinsara Tal (11,800ft; Glacial Lake) and camp at Devusu Thatch (9,400ft; 7-8 ​​hrs):
The lake is just 1.5 kms from Untigad and the entire route is covered with Birch Trees. It looks like someone has planted acres and acres of Birch trees. The ridge above the lake offers amazing views. The trail to Bali pass is also seen from the ridge. Devsu Thatch is a meadow parallel to KKD campsite and is right in the middle of pine forest.

Day 7: ​Hike from Devusu Thatch to Taluka Village (12kms – 6-7hrs) and drive back to Sankri ​​and stay at a homestay/hotel.

Day 8: Drive back to Dehradoon from Sankri.

Trek Fees: ₹12,000

Package Includes:
1. Meals from dinner on day 1 till breakfast on day 8.
2. Forest permits & entry fees.
3. Accommodation at a homestay in Sankri.
4. Experienced & Certified Trip leader equipped with a Medical Kit (LSDs & First Aid Kit), Oxygen Cylinder, Oxymeter, BP Cuff.
5. A team of Local Mountain Staff (Guide, Cook, Helpers, Mulemen/Porters).
6. Micro – Spike & Gaiters (If need be).
7. Dry toilets.
8. Round the clock medical attention.
9. Nutritious, simple yet tasty vegetarian food.
10. Comfortable sleeping arrangements.

Package Excludes:
1. Accommodation at the basecamp other than the above mentioned days.
2. Meals during the journey.
3. Offloading of bags on mules/porters during the trek. (Rs. 300/- per bag per day).
4. Trekking gears like trek poles, shoes, jackets, caps etc.
5. Insurance.
6. Accommodation if you discontinue the trek.
7. No refund will be given if you decide to cut short or cancel the trek.
8. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

*Please note: We can help you buy Trek insurance*

Grade: Moderate

Some useful information:

Total Distance of the trek: 50kms (Approx.)
Maximum Altitude: 11,800 Ft
Nearest Railway Station: Dehradoon
Nearest Airport: Dehradoon

*We do not provide trekking gears on rent.*