This trekking trip for adventurous nature lovers, keen to explore a remote Himalayan valley, has all the classic attractions: ascending gentle trails through luxuriant oak and conifer forest and past traditional Hindu mountain villages to the alpine meadows where mountain peaks soar above Hari- Ki – Doon (the Valley of Gods). From the high Bali Pass, which is also being called as the Yamunotri Pass, the Ruinsara Tal-Yamunotri Pass Trek brings the camping bizarre by the side of the Ruinsara Tal (lake) for an outstanding experience. The valley is dominated by Swargarohini (6252 mtrs). Though less known than the famed Valley of Flowers in the Indian Himalaya, the Valley of Gods boasts richness in the variety of flora. Situated in the upper catchment basin of the Tons River, Hari-ki-dun is one of the most fascinating and least visited areas of the Garhwal Himalaya.
The region which is cloaked in mystery at an altitude of 3566 m brings a great challenge to the adventurers to the land of the Pandavas lying along the Fateh Parvat at the western part of Uttarkashi. The Har Ki Doon Mountain Trekking will take you to the source of the Karmanasha stream which meets the Obragaad stream below a village named Sankri or Saur, to form the supine river which unites with the Rupin River flowing from Himachal Pradesh, at Netwar, to become the Tons River – a major tributary of the Yamuna River.
Ascend the 4800 m Bali Pass.
Trek in Govind National Park famous for its bird-life and flora.
Trek to the lovely Ruinsara Lake.
Mussoorie the Queen of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand
Interact with local shepherds.
Today we drive from Dehradun to Sankari- Taluka, which is our starting point of trek. The route from Mussoorie goes down to Yamuna Bridge at Yamuna River and further to Natwar at Tons valley. Natwar which is an door way of The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located in Purola tehsil of Uttarkashi district of Garhwal- Himalayas. This wildlife sanctuary has a large number of mammal species: Snow leopard, Black bear, Brown bear and Musk deer etc. Overnight in Guesthouse or tents & Dinner.
Taluka is the starting point of our trek. Start trekking with packed lunch to Seema (Osla 2260m) on an even surface through thick forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows, chinars and a variety of conifer trees, with a few waterfalls on the way. You could either opt for the steep climb of Dhaatmeer village, which is a path with beautiful views, or just trek along the Karmanasha stream. Both the routes meet at Gangaar village.
Early breakfast in the morning, today we will trek 12 km. to Har-ki-Doon on a gradual ascent that offers excellent views of the snow-covered mountains and vast valleys with huge waterfalls. The area is home to a number of rare species of Himalayan birds and flowers, and is full of birch and spruce. After the last steep climb of approximately 200mt, you have the grassy field of Har-ki-Doon divided by the clear and calm Karmanasha stream. The beautiful Swargarohini stands tall overlooking this Valley of God. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
From Hari-ki-Doon, we go back down the trail but then take the route to Dev Sach, a large meadow where local Gujjar shepherds graze their buffalo. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
From Dev Sach we walk towards to Ruinsara Lake. The trail takes us through mixed forest and meadows of flowers as well as some beautiful waterfalls. It is a delightful walk through the pine, fir, and juniper to the Lake, considered sacred by the local villagers. Surrounded by rhododendrons and shadowed by the impressive Swargarohini range. Overnight in tents & Dinner.
This is again a beautiful day for walking. We descend a bit cross the river and then walk up through delightful grasslands to reach the spectacular meadows of Thangi. At Thangi we spend some time with the shepherds and savour the very impressive views. From here it’s a steep ascend to the campsite at Bali Udiyari.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
Today we steadily climb to foot or base of Bali pass. A majestic trio of Kalanag, Bander Punch and Swargarohini peaks stands in front of base camp. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
Today is a long tiring day. We negotiate the Bali Pass today and cross it to reach the Yamunotri valley. Altitude and snow makes it tiring, but interesting at the same time. Guide’s advice needs to be strictly followed, so is the importance here to have an able and knowledgable guide.As we start, we begin with climb and that ends once we reach the top.. With decent speed, it takes us about 3 hours to reach the pass top climbing on the snow. Once on top, enjoy grand views offered by the top. All the mountains nearby reaveal itself – Swargarohini, Banderpoonch and Kalanaag. You see both the sides of the valley from here… The pass top is spacious and weather permitting, we do spend some good time here.
Take a short walk from Damini to the renowned Yamunotri temple, say your prayers and stroll down to Janki Chatti to catch the vehicle going to Barkot.
After Breakfast day explore the Mussoorie or Dehradun late evening the train departure to Delhi. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Hotel.