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31°04'53.2"N 78°27'29.4"E

Ruinsara Lake Trek

Meandering through the Govind Vihar sanctuary, Har Ki Dun Valley is rich culturally and a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Mythologically, it is the same trail taken by the Pandavas on their route to Heaven through the domineering massif of Swargarohini.
  • Uttarakhand
  • 8 Days
  • 11,482 FT
  • Easy to Moderate
  • ₹ 22000
    $ 300*
    The price is for a group of 10 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-Indians.

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  • Best Time

    March-May, Sept-Nov

  • Base Camp

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    Sankri, Uttarakhand

  • Pickup Point

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    Railway Station, Dehradun

  • Minimum Age

    For this trek, we only allow children above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this high altitude trek.



  • Easy to moderate trek.

  • See the Swargarohini I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and the Black peak.


The Ruinsara Lake trek is situated in a very secluded and serene area, surrounded by glittering peaks all over. The trek goes through quaint villages, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, moraine ridges and glacier basins to get magnificent views of the Swargarohini �¢?? I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and the famous Black peak. The Ruinsara Lake in Uttarakhand is a clear water lake at the foot of Mt. Black peak and is about 14kms from Osla/Seema. The Ruinsara Tal trek is a very attractive and famous place for trekkers in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and surrounded by Alpine Pastures and beautiful Rhododendron flowers. The lake is considered to be a sacred one by the local inhabitants of the Har-Ki-Doon valley. The Lake is near the source of Supin river from where you will get a closer view of Mt. Balckpeak, Ruinsar range, Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini peak which will simply take your breath away. Also, just being located below the Bandarpoonch Glacier, the lake turns out to be an ideal camping location. There are some very interesting myths associated with this place. This place is related to the Hindu mythology and villagers believe and often mention that the Pandavas took this route for their ascent to Heaven through Swargarohini and they roamed in the forests there during their exile time period of 14 long years. On this trek, you will go through some of the most beautiful and simple Himalayan villages with wooden houses and temples all around in which they worshipped their gods and goddesses. You will get to experience and get a chance to blend with their culture so that you know these people in close proximity.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Arrive at Dehradun by the morning Shatabdi or catch a flight to the Jolly Grant Airport and you will reach by 12 noon. Catching the flight will be the most convenient way to reach and save time. After reaching Dehradun, you will ride a bus/taxi for 8-9 straight hours before finally reaching Sankri. Once you arrive, Rejuvenate with your fellow trekkers at dinner and briefly discuss the trek with your guides and fellow mates.

Meals : Dinner
Accommodation : Homestay/Hotel
Time Taken : 9 - 10 hours
Distance : 200 km

Have an early morning breakfast and leave your camp by 7 am. The drive will take 2 hours to reach the starting point of your trek. Taluka village is a small one surrounded by concrete houses that look out of sync with the village architecture seen everywhere else. There is also a GMVN guest house for accommodation. The trail descends to the river valley and continues through the thick forests on the true side of the valley. If you visit this place during the spring season, you will get to see plenty of Gujars (pastorals with buffalo herd) camping, as they continue to make their way to the higher pastures. You will be passing through thick forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows, chinars and a variety of conifer trees. You will also be witnessing a few waterfalls on the way.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 3 hours
Altitude : 8500 ft.

The next day, you will trek to Dev Thach at an elevation of 10,016 ft which will take you around 4-5 hours depending upon your speed. Dev Thach is basically a large alpine meadow, the trail continues winding through the forest until the village of Osla appears on the opposite side of the valley. The main trail does not divert to Osla, however, it leads through a row of tea shops and a forest rest house known as Seema which is at 8,202 ft. From there, it will just take an hour to reach up to the beautiful meadow. You will trek through the thick forests of Pines and Oaks. This place has rich alpine vegetation and is home to a variety of Himalayan birds and animals. After a steep ascent, you will reach Dev Thach and will witness the alluring greenery and undulating meadows all around. You will be camping with a great view of Mt. Kalanag or the Blackpeak right in front of you. After having dinner, spend the rest of the night inside your tent.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 10,016 ft.

Today you will reach the Ruinsara Tal by afternoon. From there, to the south-west is the Yamuna Kanta. It is the pass that will take you to Yamunotri which is a very difficult trek. To the East, there is the majestic Banderpoonch peak standing tall at 20,954 ft. When you walk south-east from the lake, it brings you to Kiarkoti with the view of over 20,000 ft of Swargarohini range to the North. After enjoying the lake and the exotic view, come down to Dev Thach. Stay overnight.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 11,482 ft.

Today will be a rest day or a buffer day. Have a relaxed day and laze around appreciating the magnificent view of the snow giants. Listen to some great music or read a book to keep yourself busy while relaxing. If you want to catch a closer look at the Baderpoonch peak, you may walk towards its base camp. You can also visit the Thanga campsite on the opposite bank of the river, if you are lucky, you may also spot Himalayan brown bears around here. After checking out the peak, return back to the camp for an early hot lunch. Stay the night in your camp.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

Today will be a long walk down to Bheduka via Seema. You will start the day by retracing your own steps. Enjoy the views while walking down as you will still be able to see the Himalayan giants. The path will be predominantly downhill except for a short and very steep ascent through the forest that you came across the other day.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

Wake up early and bid your farewell to this wonderful place until your next hike. Reach Taluka and from there, you will get plenty of buses and cars to drive back to Sankri village. Retire for the day in your hotel and relax. Have some good food, go out for a walk and enjoy the last moments of your trip. 

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Hotel/Homestay

After having breakfast in your guest house, drive all the way down to the busy city of Dehradun. Board the evening Shatabdi for Delhi, have dinner on the train itself. You will reach Delhi by midnight.

Meals : Breakfast only
Accommodation : Not Included

How To Reach

We can arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Dehradun, the charges for the same are not included in the package. The cost of the cab can be shared among the trekkers joining the trek. For communications purposes, we will create a Whatsapp Group before the departure date of the trek and will share the details regarding the transportation. The drop at Dehradun after the trek will be arranged in a similar way.

How to reach Ruinsara Lake Trek Base camp (Sankri) :

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Dehradun and is easily accessible, it is just 25 km away from the city. Daily flights from New Delhi are available to this airport.

By Train

Dehradun railway station. Overnight trains that hail from Delhi are Nandadevi Express and Dehradun Express. People often prefer railways over airways because with trains you get to see the landscape in its full glory, it is also cheaper and you will definitely enjoy your way till Dehradun.

By Road

Regular bus service is available from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate which plies government buses that are safe and you can rely on them more than the private buses.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety


  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons, Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.

Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.


  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:

1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.

2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to

3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.

4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once.

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.

More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow:

2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim.

3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.

4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow:

5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.

7. Health & Vaccinations:

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.

9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.

10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.

12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.

13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.


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