FIX DEPT COST: Rs.16,000/- per person (Dehradun to Dehradun)
Departure Date = 03 Sep to 11 Sep : 2016
This pass was an old trekking route from the tons river
valley to the Yamuna river valley. It continues to attract
trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and
the pass is approachable from both sides. The pass is more
approachable from the har-ki-dun valley as the gradient is
small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize
to the altitude. The trek starts from Sankri and passes
through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its
wild flowers. It also gives you an opportunity to visit
the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the
less travelled path over Yamunotri pass to yamunotri
temple. The meadowsnear the lake are an ideal place to
rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another
highlight of this trek is that it gives you the experience
of camping above 4000m.The area is surrounded by
Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are
kalanag, banderpoonch west and Ruinsara. This region was
made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school
in the late 1940's.The surrounding peaks and glaciers in
the swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a
Day 01 :
DEHRADOON to SANKRI (1920m) - 210 km (7hrs)
The drive from Dehradoon to
Sankri passes through the town of mussorie and the
villages of nainbagh, damta, naugaon, purola, mori and
netwar. We enter the forest (Govind National Park) after
Netwar and the final 20km are through the forest. The
drive to Sankri is very beautiful, past pine and deodar
forest.Overnight in guest houses in Sankri.
Day 02 : SANKRI (1920m)
to SEEMA (2560m)via TALUKA (1800m) - 12km (4hrs)
There is a motorable road
connecting Sankri to taluka, but the walk through the
forest is also delightful. However the path is a bit
tricky and you may face blocks. Taluka is a small village
with some shops, dhabas and a GMVN hotel.We cross taluka
and continue along the true left of the river. It is a
lovely walk along the true left of the river, passing
through forests, apple orchards and fields. There are many
small tea shops on the way. The town of Seema has many
dhabas and a GMVN hotel. We campalongside the river or on
the open grounds near the village.
Day 03 : SEEMA (2560m)
TO ROILTIA or WATERFALL-CAMP(2900m) - 4 km (4hrs)
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. After crossing the meadow of
Devsu Bugyal we reach roiltia. With the village of Osla &
Puoni in front and the waterfall nearby this is a perfect
place to camp at night.
Day 04 : ROILTIA TO RUINSARA LAKE (3350m) - 9km
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 is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and
rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the
locals. The walk through the forests is beautiful, with
Kalanag (6387) visible straight ahead in the valley.
Overnight in camps near the lake.
Day 05 : REST DAY AT
Today we rest near the lake and
spent 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.
Day 06 : RUINSARA LAKE
TO GODARI (4100m) - 4km (5hrs)
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.
Day 07 : GODARI (4100m) TO UPPER DHAMNI (4000m)
VIA BALI PASS (4800m) - 15km (7hrs)
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 8am. You get a gorgeous view
of various peaks from here especially of the Panchachuli
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.
Day 08 : UPPER DHAMNI
(4000m) TO YAMUNOTRI TO HANUMANCHATTI (2400m)
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 hanuman chatti. Overnight in
guesthouses in Yamunotri or in Hanuman Chatti.
Day 09 : YAMUNOTRI OR
HANUMAN CHATTI TO DEHRADOON 180km (7hrs)
This is the final day of the
trip and we drive back to Dehradoon.
Thermal inner wear
Woolen Socks & Regular
Camera & Phone if you
like (with full/Extra Batteries)
The pass and the nights can be cold, day temperatures
are pleasant during the season.