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Short Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri - 8 h drive

Day 2: Sankri (1,920 m) to Seema (2,560 m) - 1 h drive + 5-6 h trek

Day 3: Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (2,900 m) - 4-5 h

Day 4: Roiltia to Ruinsara lake (3,650 m)- 4-5 h

Day 5: Rest day at Ruinsara lake

Day 6: Ruinsara lake to Seema (2,560 m)- 5-6 h

Day 7: Seema (2,560 m) to Taluka (2,050 m) - 4-5 h

Day 8: Taluka (2,050 m) to Dehradun via Sankri - 7-8 h


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Dehradun to Sankri drive, 7 hours' drive  200 km

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 02 : Sankri (1,920 m) to Seema (2,560 m)via Taluka (2,050 m), 1 hour drive 5-6 hours' hike: 14 km

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.

Day 03 : Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m), 6-7 hours' hike: 13 km


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 04 : Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m), 2 hours' hike: 4 km

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 05 : 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.

Day 06 : Ruinsara lake (3,600 m) to Seema (3,560 m)., 6 hours' hike: 17 km

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.

Day 07 : Seema (2,560 m) to Taluka (2,050 m) to Sankri, 4-5 hours' of trekking : 14 km 1 hour drive : 10 km

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 08 : Sankri to Dehradun, 8 hours' Drive: 200 km

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

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