Uttarakhand Trekking
 
Ruinsara Lake Trek - 8 Days

Season: March – June and September - November
Number of Days: 8 Days
Grade: Moderate

Day 0: Overnight train to Dehradun:
Board the overnight train for Dehradun leaving Old Delhi Railway Station at 10:15 pm.

Day 1: Dehradun - Lunagad (1120m | Time - 6 hours):
Arrive at Dehradun 0745 hrs on board the overnight Musoorie Express. You will board waiting vehicles and drive to Camp Lunagad in time to arrive for lunch by 2pm. Welcome drink over camp briefing, check into tents and relax.

Day 2: Lunagad - Bheduka (1815m | Time - 2 hours drive and trek 3-4 hours):
After early morning breakfast, leave camp at 7 am. Drive from camp to Sankri (1710m; 22km; 2hrs). Trek from Sankri to campsite just beyond the village of Taluka (1800m; 3-4 hrs). From Taluka, the trail descends to the river valley and continues through the forest. In spring, there are plenty of Gujjar (pastorals with buffalo herd) camping as they make their way to the higher pastures at the head of the valley. Overnight camp.

Day 3: Bheduka - Dev Thach (3000m | Time – 6 – 7 hours):
Trek to Dev Thach, a large alpine meadow. The path 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. Instead it leads through a row of teashops and a forest rest house known as Seema (2500m). From here it’s an hour’s walk up to the beautiful meadow. Overnight camp.

Day 4: Dev Thach - Ruinsara Lake (3350m | Time – 3 - 4 hours):
The trail leads through mixed forest and meadows. 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, surrounded by alpine pastures and low rhododendrons beneath the impressive Swargarohini Range. Overnight camp.

Day 5: Rest Day:
A day to laze around and appreciate the magnificent view of the snow-clad peaks of the Swargarohini or walk towards the base camp of Bandarpoonch Peak to catch a close-up of the magnificent mountain. Return to camp for hot lunch. Overnight camp.

Day 6: Ruinsara Lake - Bheduka (1815m | Time – 7 - 8 hours):
Long walk down to the campsite of Bheduka.

Day 7: Bheduka - Lunagad (1120m | Time – Trek 3 - 4 hours and drive 2 hours):
Trek from Bheduka to the road head at Taluka. Drive to the campsite at Lunagad.

Day 8: Lunagad – Dehradun - Delhi:
Have a relaxed start. After breakfast transfer to Dehradun to board the Shatabdi Express back to Delhi.
Trip ends

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