If you ever have dreamt about being at such a place where you are sitting alongside of calm water and birds chirping in their melodious voice, your eyes are busy exploring the mesmerising view of mountains surrounding you while your soul is experiencing the peace it never had before, and if yes then you need to pack your bags and be ready to expore your dream place in reality. Have a trek to Ruinsara lake or Ruinsara tal (it is famously called) and all your incredible thoughts will turn into reality.
Dec 18’ - Jan 19’
Supin River Valley
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 25
- Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri Village
- Day 2: Sankri – Juda ka Talab Camp (9000 ft)
- Day 3: Juda Ka Talab Camp – Tal Khetra Camp (10000 ft)
- Day 4: Tal Khetra Camp – Kedarkantha Peak – Tal Khetra Camp (12500)
- Day 5: Tal Khetra Camp – Sankri
- Day 6: Sankri – Dehradun
- Transport from Dehradun and back to Dehradun
- Experienced mountain guide and cook
- Camping tents
- Sleeping bags
- Camping mattresses
- Camping stool/chair
- Mess tents
- First aid kit
- All veg meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 Forest entry
- Personal Porter Charges (Rs350/-)
- Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown
- Personal expenses like tips, medicines, phone calls etc.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from it is mentioned above
- Food – During the Transit
- Accommodation in Dehradun
- Any service not mentioned above
- Transportation Charge (Sankri to Dehradun and Dehradun to Sankari)
- will be payable by Participant.
- In case of natural calamity if trek days are reducing or trek is getting cancelled, no refund will be processed.
Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest airport, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun. Come one day early if planning to come by flight.
You may 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)
Regular buses are available from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
We would suggest you to take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Private buses you may take from outside ISBT but they are not trust worthy.
Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to the Dehradun Railway Station.
- Our vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
- You will reach Sankri by 5:00 pm
- Food in transit from Dehradun to Sankri is not included in the trek cost.
It is a greeish-blue glacial lake at an altitude of 3380 m. Situated amid the snow-laden peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, one can have a 360 degree of mesmerising view as in the south West of the lake lies the pass leading to yamunotri, East of it lies the Bandarpunch peak and in north, lies the epic Swargarohini peak which according to mahabharat wad trekked by Yudhishthir; eldest among five pandavas, for reaching to heaven. Swargarohini is also called staircases to heaven. Surrounded by neat and untouched meadows, the lake is located on the foothill of Mt. Kalanag and is about 8 km from Osla. That is one reason, why this part of the land worships Pandavas and even Duryadhona, the Kaurava Head.
The lake or Ruinsara Tal is located at the side of the Ton Glacier which is few kilometers away from Osla. Situated at the foot of kalanag peak, the lake is mysteriously beautiful. The hushed water interacts with you in its own ways. Ruinsara lake has the Har-Ki-Doon valley at the closest distance of it. One can also gaze at the Swargarohini and Bandarpunch peaks while camping along the lake. Alpine vegetation and colourful rhododendrons adorn the trek. If you are lucky, then even can witness himalayan mangal, golden eagle, branded vulture and many other rare species of birds which cannot be seen anywhere else.
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Available Dates For Treks
- 9 Dec to 14 Dec 18 (open)
- 10 Dec to 15 Dec 18 (open)
- 11 Dec to 16 Dec 18 (open)
- 15 Dec to 20 Dec 18 (open)
- 16 Dec to 21 Dec 18 (open)
- 17 Dec to 22 Dec 18 (open)
- 18 Dec to 23 Dec 18 (open)
- 20 Dec to 25 Dec 18 (open)
- 21 Dec to 26 Dec 18 (open)
- 22 Dec to 27 Dec 18 (open)
- 28 Dec to 2 Jan 19 (open)
- 29 Dec to 3 Jan 19 (open)
- 30 Dec to 4 Jan 19 (open)
- 31 Dec to 5 Jan 19 (open)
- 1 Jan to 6 Jan 19 (open)
- 5 Jan to 10 Jan 19 (open)
- 6 Jan to 11 Jan 19 (open)
- 13 Jan to 18 Jan 19 (open)
- 19 Jan to 24 Jan 19 (open)
- 20 Jan to 25 Jan 19 (open)
- 26 Jan to 31 Jan 19 (open)
- 27 Jan to 1 Feb 19 (open)
Temple construction of lord Siva has folklore and goes back to the time of Mahabharata. It is narrated as- after the war, the Pandavas trekked to Himalayas for seeking blessings from Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva thought to put pandavas on test and hence did not appear in his original form instead disguised them as herd of buffalo and tried to mislead the path of Pandavas. Bheem seeing the herd played a trick. He stood on two rocks with his legs opened wide. The buffaloes were made to pass under Bheem’s leg. One of the buffalo refused to pass under his leg resulting in fight with Bheem. In this fight, Bheem ripped apart the buffalo in pieces. The place where the parts of buffalo fell, were considered sacred and Pandavas later constructed temples of Shiva to worship.
Trekking is an adventure sport and trekking on mountains can be a thrilling experience. Laden with white sparkling snow, Kedarkantha summit touches the altitude of 3800 meters or 12468 Feet above the sea level. The view from the top offers scintillating experience. This trek is open for all months except July and August as rain can annoy trekkers and also snow is not seen in these Months. Precisely summer and autumn are the best season for trekking as It displays the natural beauty This peak is one of the attractive trekking destination in Himalayas. It is best suited for enthusiasts, having a longing for challenging yet simple trek. Not only experienced but beginners can also enjoy the trek and get prepared for trekking higher Himalayan ranges.
If you are wanderlust and trekking is your passion then Kedarkantha Trek is something you should go for. It is one of the most beautiful treks with nature displaying its beautiful colours. You will witness the spell binding scenery which you will cherish throughout your lifetime.
As it is a winter trek and will take you through some of the most unexplored paths. Here is our planned itinerary for your trek.
Day 1: Arrival at Dehradun and journey from Dehradun to Sour Village.
The most exciting trek of Kedarkantha starts from Dehradun. Dehradun can be reached via air, train, or road. Our trek finally commences from the beautiful hilly village of Sour. Situated at a alleviation 6455 ft. approximately, this village is our base and drive is full of scenery beauty and excitement. Upon reaching to village via comfy SUVs, stay is arranged with locals to give our trekkers a sneak peek into the local life. Dinner is also served with local speciality. Time taken to reach here is 10 to 12 hours.
Day 2: Sour Base Camp - Juda ka Talab Camp (9000 ft.)
Our first destination is Juda ka talab which is a 4-5 km trek from sour village and the climbing includes crossing several bridges, moving through dense forest and thick carpet of maple and pine leaves. Himalayan Languor can be spotted along with boars, martens and hares in this region. The trek has a picturesque view and leaves us mesmerized upon reaching to Juda ka talab which is a beautiful frozen lake surrounded by greenery from all sides. Juda ka talab will be our camping place and fresh Lunch can be enjoyed while sitting in the lap of nature.
Day 3: Juda Ka Talab Camp
As it is already dark upon reaching to Juda ka talab, we will spend a perfect night here. Trekkers can engage in various activities here like photography, bonfire, music etc. The night sky shower all its love in form of twinkling stars and one feels connected with nature while sitting along the lake. At the night time campfire gives a perfect flavour to this stay as having dinner around it while light music soothing your senses is a blessing. Overnight sleep is arranged in tents so that trekkers can be refuelled with new stamina and zeal for upcoming journey.
Day 4: Juda ka talab to Tal Khetra Camp, Tal khetra to Kedarkantha Peak
Morning sun wakes up and we start trekking after having our breakfast. Trekking to Tal khetra is a bit challenging as 1 km ascent to a meadowwhich becomes steep later on is followed by ½ km of level walk. We ask our team to keep themselves well hydrated as the trail is steeper and the terrain is surge and mixed.Now we reach at an amphitheatre like setting. This is our Kedarkantha Base- Tal khetra. You can also see the Kedarkantha summit up ahead of you.Take good rest and enjoy the picturesque view of sunset here. Next morning we start our accent to the summit. The route goes on the western ridge of the mountain and it gets very steep at multiple points. Climb in a zig zag way in such places. It takes two hours to reach the summit by this route. On the summit you are surrounded by white sparkling snow laden mountain ranges and valleys.A feeling of being at the Top of the world prevails in you.
Some of the other peaks you see include Jaonli, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda.
After spending some time on the summit and capturing the incredible moments, retrace your way to Tal khetra. Reach base camp till late afternoon and have lunch here. Take rest and next day procced to Sour base camp.
Day 5: Tal Khetra Camp – Sour Base Camp
After taking breakfast we will continue our trek to reach our base camp. During descend we will see some Himalayan villages. Stop here and get some memories into your camera. Locals welcome you with warmness and joy. Reach to base camp and spend one last night with your fellow travellers. Have campfire and music to soothe your souls.
Day 6: Sour Base Camp - Dehradun
After taking exquisite breakfast, it is the time to say goodbye to everyone. With three cheers for successful trekking head to comfy SUVs which will take you to Dehradun.
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