Ruinsara Lake Trek
This lake is very sacred to the villagers of OSLA. The locals consider it auspicious and worship its waters. However, its location and lovely approach translates it into a beautiful trek for youngsters and seasoned trekkers alike. The approach can be from the supin valley or from the tons river valley. The lake waters feed into the tons river. The final climb to reach the lake is a bit strenuous but the views are rewarding. Along with Ruinsara Taal and baraadsaar Taal this lake makes up the trio of easily accessible lakes in this region.
- Height of the trek: 11,485 feet
- Difficulty level: Easy
- Age group: 12-45 years
- Duration: 8days/7nights
- Trek distance: 30 Km (one way)
How to Reach
- By Air
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
- By Train
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)
- By Road
There is regular bus service from Delhi for Dehradun from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.
Vehicles are available for pick-up from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:30am.
You will reach Sankri by 2:00 pm
The transportation cost from Dehradun to Barsu and back will have to be borne by the trekkers, the total cost of transportation one way is ` 5,500/- (to be shared among 5-6 people, i.e approx ` 1,100/- per person one way) – to be paid directly to the driver.
Dodital Trek Itinerary
Day 1 – Dehradun to Sankri (6400 feet)
Assemble at the Dehradun Railway station by 6.30 AM. Our journey begins as soon as we hit the road from Dehradhun. A long, yet enjoyable drive, whereby, we proceed to Kempty Falls, near Mussoorie, to enjoy a hearty breakfast. While our journey recommences, you will appreciate the company and the lovely views of the serpentine river Tons. Smell the fresh air whilst appreciating the leaves of the numerous pine trees swaying in the breeze as we pass by Purola. Driving by a place called Mori, nearing closer to Sankri, you will get a glimpse of the river Tons joining a glacial stream to become the river Supin. Before we reach Sankri, the last 22kms passes through the Govind National Park where one may be lucky enough to spot some wildlife. So keep your eyes peeled! As we approach Sankri at approximately 6 pm, you will be able to glimpse this quaint and quiet village which is now a hive of activity due to the trekking season.
Day 2 – Sankri (Base Camp) to Cheludgad (Seema) via Taluka (8890 feet)
Today you shall trek to Seema. Along the way, you shall cross the Siyan Gad by bridge to reach Dhatmir village. Later you will cross the river towards the right side of Tons river. You shall have a spectacular view of lush green vegetation wild orchids, and if you are lucky may you may also have few encounter with the wild life of Himalaya like barking deer, Bore, Leopard etc. You shall reach Seema in the late afternoon, and many of you will have the first experiencing of enjoying the first night out under the sky in the tents… A bonfire snacks and may be some folklore and spooky stories shall occupy you for the rest of the evening before you enjoy a nice and hot freshly cooked dinner before going in to your sleeping cocoons with lots of unexplored dreams in your eyes.
Day 3 – Seema to Devsu bugyal (9845 feet)
Trek Start to Devsu Bugyal on a gradual ascent that offers excellent views of the snow-covered mountains and vast valleys with huge waterfalls. The area is home to a number of rare species of Himalayan Birds Animal and flowers, and is full of birch and spruce. After the last steep climb Devsu Bugyal camp site appears. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4 – Devsu bugyal to Ruinsara Lake (11485 feet)
Ruinsara Tal is through, terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy lands and conifer forests through extremely scenic landscape. The gradient of the trek is moderate and one will be able to complete the trek in 5 – 6 hrs on arrival at the lake set campsite. The trail leads through mixed forest and meadows of forget-me-nots and buttercups. Halfway to the lake, the valley widens and crosses a series of flowered meadows where shepherds from the nearby villages graze their flocks in the summer. Ruinsara Lake is considered sacred by the surrounding villages. It is above the main valley floor on the true side, surrounded by alpine pastures and low rhododendrons beneath the impressive Swargarohini Range Camp. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 5 – Rest Day at Ruinsara Lake (10900 feet)
A relaxed day to laze around and appreciate the magnificent view of the snow-clad peaks of the Swargarohini or walk towards the base camp of Bandarpunch Peak to catch a close-up of the magnificent mountain.
Day 6 – Ruinsara Lake to Devsu bugyal (9845 feet)
After Breakfast, proceed down to camp at Dev Thach.
Day 7 – Devsu bugyal to Sankri via Taluka (6400 feet)
After breakfast we will start trek to Taluka. Reach taluka by afternoon. Drive from Taluka to Sankri. Overnight stay in Sankri.
Day 8 - Sankri (Base Camp) to Dehradun
As we prepare to leave this wonderfully tranquil and divine region, we pack our bags with a heavy heart & say our final goodbyes over a healthy breakfast. Proceed to check out of the hotel by 8am, where your transport, a Tata Sumo, or similar, awaits you. As we travel back to Dehradhun, treasure the unending vistas that lie all around you, while taking last minute photos. The journey of roughly 10 hours will keep you occupied with countless memories to take back and share with your loved ones. We have ensured that the trek has been paced in such a way that you have been provided with ample rest in order to make it an enjoyable experience. Once in Dehradhun, part ways with your fellow trekkers, with the promise of experiencing yet another thrilling adventure with us.
What is included in the tour
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Sankri to Sankri (VEG)
- All accommodation from Sankri to Sankri
- All camping equipment’s
- Medical Kit
- Professional Trek Leaders (Experienced Guide/Staff)
- All forests permits
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and Sankri to Dehradun
- All meals during Dehradun to Sankri and Sankri to Dehradun travel
- Mules (A Hybrid Animal) to carry personal luggage
- Single room accommodations
- Bottled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras, etc.
- Anything that not mention in “cost include”
- 1 Pair of Thermal
- 3 Pair of Socks + 1 Pair of woolen socks
- 2 Pair of Hand Gloves (Water Proof & Fleece material)
- Sun Cap
- Woolen Cap
- Neck Warmer (Scarf/Buff)
- 2 Quick Dry Full Sleeves (T-Shirt)
- 1 Full sleeves Fleece
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket (windcheater/Heavy Jacket)
- 2 Track Pants (No Cotton or Jeans)
- Sun Glass
- Sun scream, Lip balm, Moisturizer.
- Trek Pole
- Trekking Shoes (No Sports shoes or Woodland shoes)
- Poncho (The Gear used to protect from Rain)
- Day pack (Small one)
- Back Pack 60 liter (+ Rain cover)
- 2 Water Bottles
- Toilet Paper & Wet Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Antibacterial Powder
- Tooth Brush
- Quick Dry Towel
Medicines to carry
- Crocin (1Strip)
- Disprine (1 Strip)
- Lomotive (1 Strip)
- Digene (1Strip)
- Band Aid - Qty 5
- Neusphorine Powder
- Betadine Tube
- Vomistop/Avomine (Motion Sickness Tablet)