Ruinsara Tal
The Ruinsara Lake - May 2017

The trek to Ruinsara Lake is a beautiful trek through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers especially orchids. This area has some of the most beautiful forests. It was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940's.The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Banderpoonch Range are a mountaineer's delight. The Ruinsara Lake is famous for its wild flowers and grazing meadows used by local shepherds. The path follows the Tons river from Netwar village up through the scenic villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla. It is ideal to spend one day at the lake to explore the nearby Banderpoonch glacier and the base camp for the climb to Black peak.

A Short video that provides a brief insight into the vivid experiences of the Ruinsara lake trek. Credits- Abhishek Sohu

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  • Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri drive

    We start early from Dehradun and reach the village Sankri by evening. The final stretch is through the Govind Pashu National Park after we cross a check post at Netwar. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.

  • Day 2: Sankri (1,920 m) to Seema (2,560 m)via Taluka (2,050 m)

    Post breakfast we are transported from Sankri to Taluka. The drive is a bit bumpy. The trek commences from Taluka on a stony path. With the river Supin gushing through rapids beside us, under the shade of walnut, pine and other trees, the walk is quite pleasant. Often the passing villagers greet us on the way.

    The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. We continue our hike and after about an hour's walk, the quaint village of Osla unfolds itself. Seema is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla. We set camp here or stay in a hut with a local family in the village.

  • Trekking Path to Ruinsara Lake
    Trail towards waterfall camp (The leftmost peak is Black peak) - October; PC: Arnab
    Day 3: Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m)

    On this day, we continue along the true right of the valley along the Tons river. The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the Tons and Ruinsara gad. The walk through the forest is beautiful, with Kalanag (6387) visible straight ahead in the valley. We camp beside the stream and close to the waterfall.

  • Day 4: Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m)

    We ascend into the Ruinsara valley. There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara lake is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. Overnight in camps near the lake.

  • Day 5: Ruinsara lake (3,600 m) - rest and explore

    Today we rest near the lake and spend the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. We can visit Thanga camp site on the opposite bank of the river. It is from Thanga that the route to Bali pass takes a southward course. There are significant chances of spotting Himalayan Brown Bears around here. Alternatively we can continue on the eastward trail on the left bank bank of the river and up towards the base camp of Swargarohini (6,252 m) and Black peak (6,387 m). This trail heads further up towards Dhumdhar Kandi pass (5,490 m) that leads into Gangotri valley.

  • Ruinsara Lake to Seema path
    The route between Ruinsara Lake and Seema in September; PC: Abhishek Sohu
    Day 6: Ruinsara lake (3,600 m) to Seema (3,560 m).

    We start the day early as we today retrace our steps to Seema, situtated at a distance of 17 km. The path is predominantly downhill except for a short and steep ascent through the forest that we came across on third days' hike.

  • Settlement of Seema
    Seema; PC: Abhishek Sohu
    Day 7: Seema (2,560 m) to Taluka (2,050 m) to Sankri

    Early in the morning, we bid farewell to the Seema and hike till Taluka. A vehicle from Taluka takes us back to Sankri, where we retire for the day in camps or a guest house.

  • Day 8: Sankri to Dehradun

    The trek to Ruinsara Lake concludes today as we leave Sankri and reach Dehradun by late afternoon on this day..



    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Ibex

    Birds

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Barbet
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Himalayan Swiftlet
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Oriental turtle Dove
  • Black Kite
  • Lammergeier
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Common Buzzard
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Large-billed Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • Yellow-browed Fantail
  • Bronze Drongo
  • Brown Cipper
  • Blue Whistling Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • White-capped Water Redstart
  • Plumbeous Water Redstart
  • White-cheeked Nuthatch
  • White-tailed Nuthatch
  • Eurasian Treecreeper
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Rufous-Vented Tit
  • Spot-winged Tit
  • Grey-crested Tit
  • Green-backed Tit
  • Black-throated Tit
  • Black-lored Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Winter Wren
  • Himalayan Bulbul
  • Red-vented Bulbul
  • Black Bulbul
  • Striated Prinia
  • Lemon-rumped Warbler
  • Tickells's Leaf Warbler
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Oriental White-eye
  • White-throated Laughingthrush
  • Streaked Laughingthrush
  • Black-chinned Babbler
  • White-throated Shrike Babbler
  • White-browed Fulvetta
  • Whiskered Yuhina
  • Rufous Sibia
  • Russet Sparrow
  • Citrine Wagtail
  • Alpine Accentor
  • Plain Mountain finch
  • Red-mantled Rosefinch
  • Rock Bunting
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting
  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m) (Visible on the way to waterfall camp from Seema)
  • Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II, III (The entire Southern Face is prominently visible from near Ruinsara lake)
  • Lower peaks - Har ki Dun peak, Hata peak, Ruinsara peak
  • Yamuna during first and last day's drive.
  • Tons during first and last day's drive.
  • Supin during first and last trekking days , which originates from the confluence of several streams from Har ki Dun valley.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 8.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 9 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek. Possible guest house accommodation on Day 1 and Day 8.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes need to be confirmed with us.

Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the stick is used or not.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 250 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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