7 hours' drive 187 km
We start early from Dehradun and drive through the villages of Damta, Purola, Mori, Netwar and reach 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.
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.
Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m)6-7 hours hike: 13 km
kmOn 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.
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.
Ruinsara lake - rest and explore
Today we rest near the lake and spend the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. This will help us to acclimatize before the next day's climb to the pass. We reach Kyarkoti which is the base camp for Black peak (Kalanag) and Dumdar Kandi pass. By evening we are back at the camp.
Ruinsara lake to Odari (4,100 m)4h hike: 4 km
We start the day early so as to reach before afternoon. We camp below the pass along the glacial moraine. This is the one of the best locations for a camp with the valley below and the pass behind you. Camping at this altitude is a new experience which very few treks offer.
Odari (4,100 m) to upper Dhamni (4,000 m) via Bali pass (4,900 m)7 hours hike:15 kmWe
We start very early today. The trail heads down south, over the ridge. It is a fairly short but steep climb up to the Bali pass on the southern ridge. A lot of glacial scree will be encountered here. We reach the top of the pass by 8 am. You get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Banderpunch peaks on a clear day. From the pass, we descend down into the alpine zone and reach the camping grounds of upper Dhamni. This place has water nearby.
Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2,400 m)7-8 hours hike:16 km
We descend to the forested trail leading to Yamunotri. After a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri, we make our way down the conventional pilgrim trail to Janki chatti. Overnight in guesthouses in Janki Chatti.
What we'll give. What we won't
What is included in the tour:
- Taxi from Rishikesh to Rishikesh.
- All three meals on trek.
- Forest fee.
- Mules for carrying bags not more than 10 kg.
- Accommodation in trek (tents).
What is NOT included in the tour:
- Hotel in Rishikesh.
- Mineral water.
- Any personal experiences.
- Anything which not written on include.