Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara Tal Trek

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Description

A somewhat overlooked trek in Uttarakhand by the trekkers and travel enthusiasts, Har ki Dun and Ruinsara Tal is slowly coming into the limelight.

For ages, trekkers have been choosing the more popular option, but going on a trek to Har ki Dun and Ruinsara Tal will open up a world of unique experiences for them.

The trekking trail has immense beauty all around with dense, lush green forests all around. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you’re in for a treat as you would be able to spot many different species of birds while going through the coniferous forest.

The moment you start the trek, you will get to experience the unique culture of the Himalayan villages right from Sankri to Seema, Boslo and Taluka. It will surely stay in your memories long after you’ve completed your trek.

According to the legend, the route on this trek was followed by Yudhisthira, the Pandava chief to reach heaven along with his brother Panchali. This Mahabharata story is so ingrained amongst the locals that they worship the Pandavas and even Duryodhan, head of the Kauravas. 

There are some surreal Himalayan peaks that are visible from such as the North Face of Swargarohini I (6,252mts). Towards the East side, you can witness Bandarpunch Peak (6,387mts). Also you can catch the views of Dhumadhar Kandi (5,873mts), Kalanag (6,387mts) and White Peak (6,102mts).

The best time to go for Har ki Dun and Ruinsara Tal would be from the months of March to May.

Short Itinerary

1st Day : Dehradun to Sankri (200 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)

2nd Day : Sankri to Taluka | Trek to Seema

3rd Day : Seema to Boslo (6 Hours Trek)

4th Day : Boslo to Har ki dun (Jaundhar Glacier) | Maninda Tal to Boslo

5th Day : Bosla to Ruinsara Lake

6th Day : Ruinsara Lake to Devsu Bugyal (9 Hours Trek)

7th Day : Devsu Bugyal to Taluka | Taluka to Sankri

8th Day : Sankri to Dehradun | End of Tour

Fixed Departures

20th Mar to 27th Mar Open {20th Mar (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 27th Mar (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

27th Mar to 3rd Apr Open {27th Mar (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 3rd Apr (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

2nd Apr to 9th Apr Open {2nd Apr (Friday) 06:00 AM to 9th Apr (Friday) 09:00 PM}

10th Apr to 17th Apr Open {10th Apr (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 17th Apr (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

24th Apr to 1st May Open {24th Apr (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 1st May (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

1st May to 8th May Open {1st May (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 8th May (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

8th May to 15th May Open {8th May (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 15th May (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

22nd May to 29th May Open {22nd May (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 29th May (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

10th Sep to 17th Sep Open {10th Sep (Friday) 06:00 AM to 17th Sep (Friday) 09:00 PM}

18th Sep to 25th Sep Open {18th Sep (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 25th Sep (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

25th Sep to 2nd Oct Open {25th Sep (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 2nd Oct (Saturday) 09:00 PM}

Itinerary (Dehradun to Dehradun)

  • 1

    1st Day : Dehradun to Sankri (200 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)

    • The group assembles at the pick-up point by 06:00 AM.
    • We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing would also be provided.
    • Afterwhich, we’ll head out on an overnight journey to Sankri.
    • We'll reach Sankri by the evening.
    • Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Sankri.

     

    *The pick-up point would be Dehradun ISBT/Railway Station(tentative).

  • 2

    2nd Day : Sankri to Taluka | Trek to Seema

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning.
    • After which, we'll head out for a drive to Taluka.
    • On reaching Taluka, we'll start our trek to Seema, which is our first pit stop.
    • We'll reach Seema by the afternoon and lunch will be served here.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Seema.
  • 3

    3rd Day : Seema to Boslo (6 Hours Trek)

    • Post breakfast, we'll head out for Boslo.
    • During the journey we'll be covering Osla Grassland, in here you can observe extensive flora and fauna which are present in abundance.
    • Post-check-in at Boslo, lunch will be served.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Boslo.

     

  • 4

    4th Day : Boslo to Har ki dun (Jaundhar Glacier) | Maninda Tal to Boslo

    • Post breakfast, we'll head out for Har ki Dun Valley.
    • During the journey, we'll be covering Jaundhar Glacier and Maninda Tal.
    • Finally, we'll head back from Maninda Tal to Boslo.
    • We'll reach Boslo in the afternoon and lunch will be served here.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Boslo.

     

  • 5

    5th Day : Bosla to Ruinsara Lake

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning.
    • After which, we'll head out for a drive to Ruinsara Lake.
    • Post-check-in camps at Ruinsara Lake, lunch will be served here.
    • At Ruinsara Lake, you're advised to take a sneak peek at the rich flora and fauna in the vicinity.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Ruinsara Lake.
  • 6

    6th Day : Ruinsara Lake to Devsu Bugyal (9 Hours Trek)

    • Post breakfast, we'll head out for Devsu Bugyal.
    • We'll reach Devsu Bugyal in the afternoon and post-check-in to camps, lunch will be served here.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Devsu Bugyal.

    *This is the last point in the whole trek from where Har ki Dun Valley is visible.

  • 7

    7th Day : Devsu Bugyal to Taluka | Taluka to Sankri

    • Breakfast will be served in the morning.
    • After which, we'll head out for a drive to Taluka.
    • On reaching Taluka, we'll board for Sankri.
    • We'll reach Sankri in the afternoon and post-check-in, lunch will be served here.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Sankri.
  • 8

    8th Day : Sankri to Dehradun | End of Tour

    • Post breakfast, we'll head out for our back journey to Dehradun.
    • We'll reach Dehradun by the evening.
    • The group disassembles here.
    • Tour Ends.

     

Inclusions

Transporation in Tempo Traveller from Dehradun to Dehradun.

Accommodations in Homestay/Camps on sharing basis as per itinerary.

Meal Plan: AP (Breakfast+ Lunch + Dinner, starting from Day 01 Dinner till Day 08 Breakfast)

Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

First Aid Kits

All Required Permits 

Oxygen Cylinders

Infrared Thermometer

Oximeter

Ropes 

Micro Spikes

Gaitors

Exclusions

Meals during the journey

Any other meals apart from inclusions

Any entry fees, the monastery fees

Any personal expense

Extra Adventure Activities (unless stated)

Inner Line Permit Fees (as required) - unless stated in the package

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Any extra expense coming due to change in weather, unavoidable circumstances, road blockage or any natural calamity.

Any extra expense coming due to change of plans from the client-side

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.

Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 44 days to 30 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within  29 Days to 20 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 19 Days to 10 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 10 Days to 06 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 06 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.

You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand. 

There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.

If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.

If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.

JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).

Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.

Things To Pack

Rucksack (40 Liters+)

Daypack

Backpack Rain Cover

Suncap

Woolen Cap

Mufflers/Neck Warmer

Polarised Sunglasses

Inner Thermals (2 pairs)

Comfortable Pants (Trek Pants)

Fleece Jacket

Warm Jacket

Down Jacket/Main Jacket

Poncho

Gloves

Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)

Undergarments

Sandals

Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100/Arpenaz 100 or better)

Towels

First Aid Kit

Personal Medication

Head Torch

Water Bottle

Power Bank

Mobile Charger/Travel Charger

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Tissue Roll

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion(SPF 40+)

Documents – ID(Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

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