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Why Ruinsara Tal Is Not A Part Of Our Har Ki Dun Itinerary Anymore?

Har Ki Dun is one of the oldest trekking routes in the Himalayas and gives you glimpses of beautiful snow-capped mountains, forests, meadows, grasslands, streams, and alpine lakes. Har Ki Dun has always been a popular summer trek owing to its inherent beauty and ancient heritage, it organically gathers a lot of attention.

Nowadays, a lot of organizations are adding Ruinsara Taal to the itinerary and we too, get many queries from our trekkers about why we haven’t included Ruinsara Lake in the trek yet. To answer these queries, we would like to talk about a few facts that are often overlooked when adding Ruinsara Tal to the itinerary of Har Ki Dun Trek.

1. Including Ruinsara Lake Makes It A Difficult Grade Trek

Understanding A Moderate Level Trek

Let us begin by understanding what a moderate-level trek is. The trek duration of a moderate level trek is 5-7 days and the maximum trek distance is about 30-40 km, staying at higher camps is avoided as a measure of AMS prevention. In such treks, mostly the higher altitude is reached only as you touch the summit and then return immediately. So, to surmise, a moderate level trek is such that an average fit person can do it easily. 

How Ruinsara Tal Makes It Difficult

2. Too Much Effort Too Little Enjoyment

Even if we were to include Ruinsara Tal, changing the grading to a more difficult trek, is not worth it. Unlike many lake treks, it is not possible to camp here near the lake. Also, the lake isn’t astonishingly beautiful; 30 to 60 minutes of sightseeing would make up for a 14 km hike. Had it been possible to stay and admire the tranquility at sunrise, sunset, or at night, it would have been totally worth it. So, even if Ruinsara Tal is added, the experience would be like ‘Wow! here it is’ and ‘Oh no, here we go’, which is not worth the effort.

A Better Alternative

And if you think you are extremely fit and you really want to go for Ruinsara Tal, opt for a trek that has Ruinsara Tal in it.

We have a trek that follows almost the same itinerary as Har Ki Dun and provides the exhilarating experience that the adventure lovers want. It is the Bali Pass trek. As you might have heard, Bali Pass Trek is a tough one. This is the ideal trek for  Ruinsara Tal seekers, who wish to experience the adrenaline-filled thrills of a challenging trek. The Bali Pass trek route is the one for you.

3. Extreme Exhaustion

Ruinsara Tal comes a day after you cross Har ki Dun. Har Ki Dun is perched at an elevation of 11,700 ft and Ruinsara Lake is also at an elevation of 11,811 ft. This means, 3 days of hiking at a high altitude, which will lead to increased exhaustion of your body. Not to forget that you have to trek 14km on the day of visiting Ruinsara Tal.

For a moderate trek, this is overuse of your strength. “I have seen many trekkers getting really tired by the time they reach Ruinsara Tal and many even quit before that. “If one is to do Ruinsara Tal then Har Ki Dun must be skipped, especially if you are a less experienced or an averagely fit person,” says Nitin, our Senior Trek Leader.

Sandeep Rawat (Operation head at Trek The Himalayas) says, “Making changes in the itinerary just for the sake of it when it may affect other trekkers is never a good idea. We always try to make the treks enjoyable for everyone. Also, when we have an alternative trek for Ruinsara Tal, adding it to another trek will be repetitive and we like to keep every trek extraordinary.”

So, choose your trek wisely.