The Ruinsara Lake trek is located in a very remote and peaceful area, surrounded by glittering peaks on all sides. The Ruinsara Lake in Uttarakhand is a clear water lake located at the foot of Mt. Black Peak, approximately 14 kilometres from Osla/Seema. The Ruinsara Tal trek is a popular trekking destination in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district, surrounded by Alpine Pastures and beautiful Rhododendron flowers.
The lake is considered sacred by the people who live in the Har-Ki-Doon valley. The lake is near the Supin river’s headwaters, from which you can get a closer look at Mt. Balckpeak, the Ruins range, Bandarpoonch, and Swargarohini peak, all of which will take your breath away. In addition, because it is located beneath the Bandarpoonch Glacier, the lake makes an excellent camping location.
This trek will take you through some of the most beautiful and simple Himalayan villages, complete with wooden houses and temples where the locals worship their gods and goddesses. You will have the opportunity to experience and blend with their culture, allowing you to get to know these people in close proximity.
Itinerary for the Trek
Day 1: Travel from Dehradun to Sankri.
Arrive in Dehradun by Shatabdi in the morning, or take a flight to Jolly Grant Airport and arrive by 12 noon. Taking a flight will be the most convenient and time-saving option. After arriving in Dehradun, you will ride a bus/taxi for 8-9 hours before arriving in Sankri. When you arrive, have dinner with your fellow trekkers and briefly discuss the trek with your guides and fellow trekkers.
Sankri to Taluka to Bheduka on Day 2
Have an early breakfast and leave your campsite by 7 a.m. The drive to the starting point of your trek will take 2 hours. Taluka village is a small one surrounded by concrete houses that look like they are made of concrete. There is also a GMVN guest house where you can stay. The trail descends to the river valley and continues through the dense forest on the valley’s true side. If you visit during the spring season, you will see a lot of Gujars (pastoralists with buffalo herds) camping as they make their way to the higher pastures. You’ll be walking through dense forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows, chinars, and other conifer trees. You will also see a few waterfalls along the way.
Bheduka to Dev Thach on Day 3
The following day, you will hike to Dev Thach at an elevation of 10,016 feet, which will take you about 4-5 hours depending on your speed. The trail continues winding through the forest until the village of Osla appears on the opposite side of the valley, which is basically a large alpine meadow. The main trail does not deviate to Osla, but it does pass through a row of tea shops and Seema, a forest rest house at 8,202 feet. It will only take an hour to get to the beautiful meadow from there. You will walk through dense pine and oak forests. This location has a lot of alpine vegetation.
After a steep ascent, you will arrive at Dev Thach, surrounded by enticing greenery and undulating meadows. You’ll be camping with a spectacular view of Mt. Kalanag or the Blackpeak directly in front of you. Spend the rest of the night inside your tent after dinner.
Dev Thach to Ruinsara to Dev Thach on Day 4
You’ll arrive at Ruinsara Tal in the afternoon today. The Yamuna Kanta is located to the south-west of there. It is the pass that will lead you to Yamunotri, a difficult trek. The majestic Banderpoonch peak stands tall at 20,954 feet to the east. Walking south-east from the lake brings you to Kiarkoti, with views of the Swargarohini range to the north of over 20,000 feet. Come down to Dev Thach after enjoying the lake and the exotic view. Spend the night.
Day 5: Spend the night at Dev Thach.
Today will be a day of rest or a buffer. Spend the day relaxing and admiring the magnificent view of the snow giants. To keep yourself busy while relaxing, listen to some great music or read a book. You can get a better look at the Baderpoonch peak by walking to its base camp. You can also go to the Thanga campsite on the other side of the river. Return to the camp for an early hot lunch after exploring the peak.
Dev Thach to Bheduka on Day 6
Today will be a long walk through Seema to Bheduka. You’ll begin the day by retracing your steps. While walking down, take in the scenery because you will still be able to see the Himalayan giants. Except for a short and very steep ascent through the forest that you came across the other day, the path will be mostly downhill.
7th day: Bheduka to Sakri
Wake up early and bid this wonderful place farewell until your next hike. Arrive in Taluka and there will be plenty of buses and cars to take you back to Sankri village. Retire to your hotel for the day and unwind. Take some good food, go for a walk, and enjoy the final moments of your journey.
Day 8: Dehradun to Sankri
After breakfast in your guest house, drive all the way down to Dehradun, a bustling city. Take the evening Shatabdi to Delhi and eat dinner on the train. You’ll arrive in Delhi around midnight.