Har Ki Dun Trek With Ruinsara Tal And Maninda Tal, Jaundhar Glacier

Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek

Wandering around in The Land Of Lord Shiva under the shadow of giant snow-clad mountains of Swargarohinis, Kalanag and Bandarpoonch

Details Of The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek

Rs. 15500/-
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Cost All Inclusive From Sankri to Sankri
Cost Inclusions
9 Trek Gears For Individual Use
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <15
Extra cost of Rs. 3000 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. Private Customized groups can be booked at extra cost. Group of 15+ gets a private group by default.

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek

9 Popular Peaks:
Bandarpunch West ( 6316m ), Kalanag ( 6387m ), Swargarohini 1 ( 6252m ), Swargarohini 2 ( 6240m ), Swargarohini 3 ( 6168m ), Swargarohini 4 ( 6000m ), Bandarpoonch East ( 6045m ), Har Ki Dun Peak ( 5620m ), Hata Peak ( 5838m )
2 Serene Lakes:
Morinda Tal ( 3797m ), Ruinsara Tal ( 3600m )
6 Tranquil Rivers:
Supin , Tons, Har Ki Dun Gad, Moninda Gad, Ruinsara Gad, Jaundhar Gad
6 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Sankri, Soud, Taluka, Dhatmir, Gangaad, Osla
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary

Why Should You Do The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek

  • Har Ki Dun is one of the best treks in the Himalayas. Its a very old trek route and owing to its beauty, it still continues to be one of the popular treks
  • The phrase Har Ki Dun translates to the Land Of Lord Shiva - God of Gods, as per the Hindu beliefs. As the legend goes, on a pious day, you can hear prayer bells ringing in this valley.
  • Har Ki Dun is a valley trek and is evergreen. It can be done anytime and offers a very engaging experience as it has lots of elements of Himalayas. Forest, Meadows, Multiple Streams, Multiple Waterfalls, Butterflies, Colourful Flowers, Wild Animals, Lakes, over 7 tall Snow Capped Peaks, Glaciers, Unique temples, rituals and beliefs, oldest villages and unique architecture and carpentry... wow.. there are so many elements of this trek!
  • The campsite of Har Ki Dun is very very picturesque as the giant Har Ki Dun peak and Hata Peak stands tall right in front. The tranquil streams of Maninda Gad and Hata Gad flow down silently right in the middle of the campsite, surrounded by coniferous trees and shorter mountains.
  • Maninda Tal and the beauty of its surrounding valley have always surprised the trekkers with its unbelievable beauty and peaceful ambience. The route goes on to one of the difficult Borasu Pass in Uttrakhand to cross over to Zupica Glacier and then onwards to Chitkul.
  • The trek towards the Jaundhar Glacier takes you to the bottom of the Swargarohinin massif which hosts 6 peaks, 4 of which are very prominent and can be seen right from Sankri. The beauty and feeling one goes through while on this trek is just indescribable. The vast meadow beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Swargarohinis and the Jaundhar Gad melting down from the Jaundhar glacier, silently curving its way to meet the Har Ki Dun river...  It is just amazing
  • The campsite of Kalkati Dhar should not be missed as one of the key highlights of this trek. Its a small meadow, right in the middle of the forest with the giant Har Ki Dun and Hata peak constantly hovering over the campsite.
  • As we approach the Ruinsara Valley, the trek just gets even more beautiful. There are 3 important reasons for this - The serenity around the glacial lake of Ruinsara, the lush green meadow of the Devsu Thatch and closer views of some of the most elegant peaks of this region - Bandarpoonch Twins, Kalanag and Yellow Tooth.
  • The slow-flowing waves of the Ruinsara Lake bring in just the right amount of calmness and spiritual satisfaction within yourself, whereas the reflection of the elegant twin peaks of the Bandarpoonch massif, lush green meadow and colourful flowers of rare species makes it a photographer's delight.
  • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights, Sankri to Sankri
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4200m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
  • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
  • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
  • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL & Vodafone
  • 🌐 Internet Option: 4G till Purola. 3g Till Mori. No Internet Sankri Onwards
  • 🌞 Temperatures: -3 to 15 deg C
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Himachali

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The Beauty of Ruinsara Tal

The beauty of Ruinsara valley and Ruinsara Tal / Lake is a world apart from anything else. When you enter the Ruinsara valley walking on a small trail through a dense conifer forest, you suddenly enter a wide expanse of this valley and the lush green alpine meadow of the Devsu Bugyal greets you with all its charm. Ruinsara Gad coming from the Bandarpunch glacier curves its way downwards through the valley. As you walk deeper into the valley, with tall mountain flanks running on both sides, you slowly take yourself closer to the mountain giants of this region - Bandarpoonch and Kalanag in front and Swargarohini massif with its 3 sharp peaks towards your left. The glaciers above feed in the lakes and rivers of these regions. One such beautiful lake is the Ruinsara Lake.

The Ruinsara Lake is a fairly large lake compared to other high altitude lakes commonly found in the Himalayas. It has crystal-clear blue water that is completely calm and transparent. The lake is oval-shaped and is surrounded all around by tall snowcapped peaks namely the twins of Bandarpoonch, the 3 peaks of the Swargarohini massif and the Kalanag. It is possible to take a long walk around the lake and see its beauty from all the sides and also all the surrounding mountains reflecting on its clear surface. Early morning Sunrise and Sunset in the evening create various hues of blue making it very photogenic. The whole area near the lake is such a nice and amazing place for camping that once you reach here, you wouldn't want to come back for days.

There are few blogs on the internet writing about why Ruinsara is not worth adding to the Har Ki Dun trek. There must be 2 reasons for that. Either they might not have visited the Ruinsarsa Lake, or might be trying to manipulate opinions keeping business interest in mind. On the other hand, we have a few trek operators who trek all the way to Ruinsara just to say Hi and then return. Waste of effort and money!

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Why Is It A Must To Camp In Ruinsara Tal?

The sheer beauty of the vast Ruinsara lake and its tranquil wave is not to be missed, especially witnessing the reflection of the Grand Bandarpoonch Mountain on the surface of the lake. The early morning and sunset time is typically the most beautiful experience besides any lake. When you camp in Ruinsara you not only get to experience the magical hours but may also explore further the Kalanaag and Bandarpoonch Glaciers or their viewpoints. The campsite of Ruinsara is a vast meadow with the fresh growth of lush green grasses just after the snow has receded, and myriads of tiny colourful flowers blooming with all its glory even in the months of autumn. In simple words, not camping in Ruinsara is a waste of the entire effort you had put to get there. If you are going to Ruinsara, it will be foolish not to camp and stay there overnight.

Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Sankri

Drive Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

Early morning board your vehicles to take one of the very picturesque Himalayan drive following the Yamuna and the Tons river. You may stop by at Mussurie for having a quick breakfast and at Kempty falls enroute to start with the fun game right away.

After a drive of some 7-8 hours, you will arrive in Sankri by evening. On reaching, one of our representative will greet you and guide you to your room. Once you are settled and freshened up, we meet over for evening Tea and Snacks. That's where we get introduced with the Team, issue you personal equipment for extra hygiene and safety, and share latest updates for the Har Ki Dun trek in short. 

Our dinner gets ready by that time, and we get ready for a savory dinner cooked by our expert cook hired locally. Your trek leader and guide will share the timings for tomorrow.

Day 2From Sankri To Chillur Gad, Via - Taluka , Gangaad ( 10 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Drive, Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Sankri: 1920 meters / 6298 feet
  • Taluka : 1800 meters / 5904 feet
  • Gangaad: 2400 meters / 7872 feet
  • Chillur Gad: 2500 meters / 8200 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today after breakfast, we drive through the rough raod to Taluka, mostly on a camper or other  4X4. Its a very Exciting and thrilling offroad drive. In 45 minutes we reach Taluka, where we meet our mules-men. While our team loads the camping equipment on the mules, the team advances and starts the trek to Chillurgad following the Supin river. The sound of the river is just so exciting. So is walking through the forest under tall conifers often crossing the river over bridges.

Our trail today is quite a simple one and is also used by the villagers. It gets lively as well interacting with the locals - From kids to old men and women. The campsite is lovely beside the Supin river and we can hear the gush of it throughout. Its a different kind of a music. The famous village of Osla is visible from our campsite hanging on the mountain in the front. 

Day 3From Chillur Gad To Kalkati Dhaar , Via - Osla, Halche ( 12 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Chillur Gad: 2500 meters / 8200 feet
  • Osla: 2800 meters / 9184 feet
  • Halche: 2900 meters / 9512 feet
  • Kalkati Dhaar : 3200 meters / 10496 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

W resume our trek for the day after having our breakfast. Starting from Chillurgad, we walk towards Seema. Its about 1.5 kilometers to Seema and on the entire distance, the village of Osla hovers over you. On Seema, we take some rest as we get set to finally do some climbing on the trek and reach Osla. 

We do not enter Osla and keep it for the return trek. We gain quite some height with the climb to Osla and the the trail again gently climbs up further to Halche and Kalkatidhar. It is very picturesque one as it swirls across rich pasture land overlooked by giant mountains. The shine on the local organic crop talks a lot about the hard working villagers. We get lovely views of Bandarpoonch, White Peak, Black Peak or Kalanag, Ruinsara peaks and a peek into the opposite valley from Halche.

Our camp is another 2 kilometers from here. The elegant Hata and Har Ki Dun peak stands out tall on this campsite.

Day 4Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day. Excursion to Har Ki Dun, Maninda Tal, Jaundhar Glacier View Point ( 14 Kms,6 hours )

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kalkati Dhaar : 3200 meters / 10496 feet
  • Kalkati Dhaar: 3200 meters / 10496 feet
  • Har Ki Dun, Maninda Tal, Jaundhar Glacier View Point: 3800 meters / 12464 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Our trail for today involves very gradual ascends as we head towards the plateau of Har Ki Dun. The trail is lovely passing by a lovely waterfall. As we climb up, the river gets narrower and gives an extreme joy to watch amidst the forest of conifers, rhododendrons and lots of colorful and small wildflowers. Many species of bird could be seen on this trail as it gets peaceful. We walk by not disturbing the harmony and tranquility of the place.

As we near Har Ki Dun, the giant peak of Har Ki Dun and Hata peak greet us. It is probably one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas. The stream of Maninda with the view of Har Ki Dun Peak and Hata Peak in the background is just one of the perfect frame in the mountains. Little beyond, the vast field of the Swargarohini valley is visible. Its an unbelievable view going up till the Jaundhar Glacier.

We trek up to Maninda Tal and return back to Kalkati Dhar by evening for the night

Day 5From Kalkati Dhaar To Rainbasera, Via - Boslo ( 12 Kms,5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kalkati Dhaar: 3200 meters / 10496 feet
  • Boslo: 3150 meters / 10332 feet
  • Rainbasera: 3400 meters / 11152 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Trek to Rainbasera.

Day 6From Rainbasera To Ruinsara Tal ( 8 Kms,3 - 4 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day: Early morning we leave for the beautiful Ruinsara Tal and spend the entire day in the grand meadow in the backdrop of giant snowcapped mountains and serene treks.

Day 7From Ruinsara Tal To Devsu Bugyal

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day: Trek down to Devsu Bugyal and camp beside waterfall

Day 8From Devsu Thatch To Sankri, Via - Gangaad, Taluka ( 11 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek, Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Devsu Thatch: 2930 meters / 9611 feet
  • Gangaad: 2400 meters / 7872 feet
  • Taluka: 1800 meters / 5904 feet
  • Sankri: 1920 meters / 6298 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

After having quick breakfast, we have to return to Taluka today via the same route and then drive to Sankri

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We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

All our permanent staffs have completed their vaccination and we ensure we hire other vaccinated local resources only.

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  • Day 1


    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Sankri (1920m )
    Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Drive, Trek

    From Sankri (1920m ) To Chillur Gad (2500m ), Via - Taluka (1800m ), Gangaad (2400m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Chillur Gad (2500m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3


    From Chillur Gad (2500m ) To Kalkati Dhaar (3200m ), Via - Osla (2800m ), Halche (2900m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalkati Dhaar (3200m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Excursion to Har Ki Dun, Maninda Tal, Jaundhar Glacier View Point (3800m )6 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Kalkati Dhaar (3200m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5


    From Kalkati Dhaar (3200m ) To Rainbasera (3400m ), Via - Boslo (3150m ) . 5 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Rainbasera (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Rainbasera (3400m ) To Ruinsara Tal (3615m ) . 3 - 4 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Ruinsara Tal (3615m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7


    From Ruinsara Tal (3615m ) To Devsu Bugyal (2930m ) . 5-6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Devsu Bugyal (2930m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek, Drive

    From Devsu Thatch (2930m ) To Sankri (1920m ), Via - Gangaad (2400m ), Taluka (1800m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 11 Kms
    Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals

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  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 nights of the trek cost Ex. Sankri
  • Accommodation In Base Village (Sankri): 2 nights in Himalayan High managed homestay in Sankri with emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure.
  • Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and table for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals: All meals starting Evening Tea in Sankri on Day 1 till Breakfast in Sankri on Day 9 morning. 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days
  • Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:6. That is 1 guide for every 6 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules of Govind Vihar National Park
  • Transfers: Return transfers from Sankri to Taluka in 4X4 offroader for the trekking team and support crew.
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 15 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.
  • Personal Trek Equipments: 9 sets of essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)



9 Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 1000 need to be deposited )

  • Gaiters to protect snow from getting into your shoe (to be returned after use )
  • Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons to grip well on slippery and hard snow on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Poncho to protect you from snowfall (to be returned after use )
  • Trek Pole to protect you from falling and balancing on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Rucksack to pack your trekking gears from Sankri (to be returned after use )
  • Fleece Inner Gloves (to increase layering in your hand )
  • Neck Warmer: ( to protect your throat )
  • Waterproof Gloves: ( to protect your hands)
  • Fleece Sleeping Bag Inner to ensure personal sleeping hygiene.  (to be taken home )



Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua):
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets:
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets:
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants:
  • Headlamps:


+ Package Cost Exclusions


  • BAGGAGE OFFLOAD: ( optional at extra cost of Rs.2500 per bag for the entire trek  )
  • TRANSPORT Ex Dehraoon, Sankri: ( Can be arranged on request )
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Gears
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion list

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

We have opened up from October 2020 and have been running treks since then by following our Strict Covid19 Safety Protocols. Till now all of our trekkers and staffs have been safe from Covid and it is a result of following our strict Covid SOP. Uttrakhand Government has opened unrestricted travel within the state for asymptomatic domestic tourists without any quarantine.


What Geographical features Can Be Seen On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

  • Belonging to the Saraswati range of mountains, this region has about 11 to 12 peaks and over 9 of them are viewable on this trek - namely the twins of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, the 4 peaks of the Swargarohini massif, Hata and Har Ki Dun peak.
  • All of these peaks rise above 6000 meters and go up to 6400 meters and not to mention, all of these are equally beautiful and covered with snow throughout the year. Many of these are climbed, and many still remain unclimbed.
  • These peaks create Ice Falls and glaciers which create many lakes and streams, all of which drain their water to the mighty Yamuna River.
  • On top of adding water to the Yamuna river, these water bodies also form a major attraction for the trekkers owing to their beauty, tranquillity and picturesqueness.
  • Being home to many peaks also means that there are lots of glaciers around. The Jaundhar Glacier, Kalanag Glacier and Bandarpoonch Glacier are the few bigger ones that form the major source of the Ruinsara and Har Ki Dun river. All these are tributaries of Yamuna.
  • The dense jungle of conifers gives way to the high altitude alpine zone creating lush green meadows and blooming ground for lots of wildflowers. The Devsu Bugyal, Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara Bugyals are not just beautiful and picturesque, but also support maintaining the diverse biodiversity of this region.
  • The rivers originating from these glaciers namely the Har Ki Dun Gad and Ruinsara Gad joins the mighty Supin river just near the village of Sankri, which further joins the gushing Rupin River to be called as Tons thereafter. The Tons river contribute its water to the mighty Yamuna river which is one of the major rivers in our country. It's not just big but is considered very Holy as well. The Yamuna River meets the Ganges in Allahabad or Prayagraj.

When Does It Snow On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

Owing to close proximity of the intersection between the Great Himalayas and the Dhauladhar range, this region gets heavy snowfall during the winters. High altitude region above 4000 meters gets snowfall from October, while low altitude regions ranging between 3000 - 4000 meters get snowfall from December till March. In between, even altitudes like that of Sankri 1920 meters and Purola, Mori averaging 1500 meters get snowfall once in a while.


What Is The Current Snow Conditions On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

Currently, the weather is holding up good. It snowed a few days back above 3000 meters. This year there has been less snowfall than expected. The higher valleys, which is currently under snow cover, are expected to open up rather earlier than last year. Our first batch has departed last week for the Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal trek. We are waiting for fresh photos to arrive from them.


Which Is The Best Time To Do The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

Post Winter or Pre Monsoon: (from March till the end of June )

  • During this time the snow just starts to recede opening up the land which was wet and covered with snow till now.
  • When the warm sun rays hit the ground, it becomes an absolute fertile ground for a wide variety of colourful and tiny flowers to grow. This makes the trek very colourful.
  • Springs is the season for bloom and here Rhododendrons grow in plenty.
  • As the snow melts, the far peaks, high passes and valleys become accessible to trekkers.
  • The river soars in volume day by day because of melting snow.
  • Temperature increases each day but yet it remains within a comfortable range of 2 - 16 degree Celcius.
  • As the snow goes off, the meadows look fresh and offer exhilarating views all around


Post Monsoon: (from September mid till End of December mid)

  • During this time, snow is almost not available on the trekking route.
  • With each passing day, the weather gets colder and drier. Nights start to get predominantly colder and by the time it is November, water starts to freeze during the night in Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara camps.
  • The views remain the same, but the meadows slowly start to turn brownish. 
  • August and September is the month of Apple Harvest here.
  • After October end, occasional light snowfall has high chances.


Winter:(from December mid till February)

  • This region gets a lot of snowfall during the winters and although it makes a very beautiful trek, the Forest Department closes down the trek route as it becomes a habitat zone for wild animals. It can only be done till December end or till the time of a heavy snowfall.

What Varieties Of Flora And Fauna Can Be Seen On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

  • Belonging to the Govind Vihar National Park, this region also boasts of many rare species of wildflowers and herbs.
  • Lots of wild animals dwell here - namely the Himalayan Black Bear, leopards including the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, bharals, musk deers, Himalayan Pika, Wild Boar, Civets, Himalayan Fox, etc. 
  • Stories of Leopards killing or injuring shepherd dogs in the jungles, or encountering Black Bear in the jungle are common stories here. 
  • The jungles here are abundant in the coniferous and deciduous trees, namely Pine, Deodar, Walnut, Oak and Rhododendrons. Many of these shed their leaves in the winter.
  • Colourful rhododendrons namely the Lali Guras or rhododendron arboretum grow here in abundance. Locals make Buras Syrup out of it and is a popular local produce.
  • Many wild and rare species of small flowers, herbs and Brahma Kamals grows here too. The spring season, just after the snow recedes, opening up the wet ground to sunshine makes it a perfect time for all these flowers to bloom and make this route a colourful one.

How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

  • Accommodation in Sankri will be in a good local homestay while on the trek it will completely be in Camps which will be moved and pitched every day.
  • We DO NOT fix our camps as it is very harmful to the ecology. We always use running camps creating minimal impact on nature.
  • Our camps are selected keeping acclimatization, comfort and safety in mind.
  • We select our campsites based upon the availability of level land, beautiful camping spot with views, walking distance from the starting point, altitude gain, next day's journey, clean water source, safety from rockfall or landslide zone, etc.
  • We provide top quality camping equipment for safety and comfort against the harsh and extreme Himalayan Weather.
  • Waste management in our campsite is well taken care of and we ensure that we do not harm Mother Nature and the local ecology by burning firewood for fun, defecating in open, littering plastic waste, washing is direct river water, making noise, etc.
  • In our camps, we create a dry bio-toilet by digging up a pit in the ground and covering it all around by erecting a strong cabinet tent. This way, the breakdown of biological waste happens very quickly.
  • Most importantly, our emphasis on small group size helps in minimising the impact on nature.

Can Novice Trekkers Do The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

  • Har Ki Dun with Ruinsara Tal trek is a 7-day trek of moderate level. Every day on the trek, trekkers need to cover an average of 10-12 KMs. However, the trail is not difficult at all or too steep.
  • Most of the time, the trail ascends or descends gently and only 10% of the total trek route can be considered as a steep ascend, hence making it easier for lots of trekkers.
  • Beginners can also do this trek but not without preparing and training for it. Preparation would mean knowing what you are putting yourself into, carrying proper trek gears and bringing in a well-hydrated body used to exercises and long walks in the mountains.
  • The total length of the trek route is about 85 Kilometers and is very remote making it a logistical challenge to evacuate an unfit trekker from the remote regions of this trek.
  • Brisk Walking, High-Intensity Interval Training, long cardio exercises like cycling, swimming etc helps a lot. Strength training on core muscles, legs and shoulders are necessary. Note that you need not be a bodybuilder or a marathon champion. Just basic fitness.

What Are The Risk Of AMS On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

The maximum altitude of this trek is about 4200 meters and makes a good altitude to be careful about the altitude sickness. However, since the initial 5 days of this trek are below treeline with natural oxygen, it's not that critical from the AMS perspective. Following proper acclimatization rules and precautions to protect AMS works well on this trek. This means a controlled itinerary, protection against cold, good warm food, hydration, acclimatization walks and staying happy, etc. Historically, we haven't faced any AMS issues on this trek in the last 6 years.


How Safe Is The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

  • Trail Safety: Safe. No exposure or fall zone on the trail. The trek route is wide and well maintained. Sometimes during rains, it might get slippery. So do not forget High Ankle trekking shoes.
  • Excessive Snowfall: This route is known for heavy snow deposits hence need to be very careful, especially in the months of December till March. The forest department closes down the trek route in January and February due to heavy snowfall. 
  • High Altitude and AMS: It is on the safer side of AMS. However, proper precautions against AMS should not be missed.
  • Emergency Exit: There is only one exit route off this route, that's through Taluka. Emergency evacuation can be done on horses or porters. Taluka or Sankri does not have any hospital. Hence, for critical situations, we need to drive down to the town of Purola or Nuagaon.
  • Water On Trek: Water on this trek route is safe. It is sourced from natural streams and then filtered to be used. You should take precautions as per your own sensitivity and use water purification tablets or UV sterilized bottles like Steripen.
  • Women Safety: They will be well respected and take care of. Nothing to worry about on this front at least from the local people. As far as trekking team members are concerned, we filter out unwanted trekkers to join our groups. Also, our trek leader maintains discipline on the trek.

Which Is The Nearest ATMs and Cash Points On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

Sankri does not have any ATMs or Banks. The last reliable ATM location is Purola or better if money is withdrawn in either Mussoorie or Dehradun.

Is Mobile Network Available On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

Sankri ad Taluka has an unreliable mobile network on BSNL which works only about 40% of the time. Once you leave Taluka for the trek, there will be no mobile tower on the trek route till you return to Taluka again. No other mobile tower works here.


Is Internet Available On The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

Sankri these days have just got WiFi internet solution. BSNL here works on 2G network and does not provide internet. Few cafes are offering WiFi at a nominal cost. However, it is to be noted that this usually remains crowded. There is no mobile connectivity and internet connection on the trek route.


What Are The Unique Religion And Cultural Beliefs Of The Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek?

  • This region has many mountain passes serving as Gateways Of Cultural Exchange by the sidelines of the trade and barter system. The locals here still follow the barter system and exchange their farm produce. 
  • Borasu Patti, i.e. the villages of Borasu on this side of the Borasu Pass, served as the trade route between the people of the Baspa Valley and that of the Supin Valley.
  • Though the Borasu Pass is crevassed now and is crossed only by experience and strong trekkers. The nearby valley of Rupin Pass also served the same and being in the proximity of Tibet, the society of these villages are shaped by all of these varied factors.
  • The architecture of the houses and temples will definitely trigger your imaginations and draw your attention towards deeper details about the people living here.
  • With the beauty of the Himalayas comes the difficulties of living in its harsh environment as well, shaping your personality. People here are very hardworking, cheerful and possesses grit. They tame the mountains to grow their farm produce in harsh terrain and climatic conditions. On the other hand, they do the difficult work of mountain guides and porters in the High Himalayan treks.
  • Almost all of the houses in these villages are set up high in the mountain very high above the river bed and appears to be hanging when you look from far away. This they did to be safe from the occasional floods in the rivers.
  • Belonging to the Jaunsar region of Uttrakhand, everyone here believes in the Hindu Faith. However, they have their own unique rituals and beliefs.
  • This belt has its own dialect which is a different version than Jaunsari, which is majorly spoken in this region. They have their unique cultural beliefs, attire and jewellery.
  • Domestic animals like Cow give them their dairy and herds of sheep gives them meat and wool for warm clothes.
  • The local cuisine here is very tasty. It includes delicacies of, and often is a hybrid version of Garhwali and Kinnauri cuisines. They love their dried meat which serves as a precious gift as well as the best dish for visiting guests. However, rice, potato, rajma and dal are their staple food. We make sure to serve local cuisines in our trek batches. 
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