Har Ki Doon Ruinsara Tal Trek is bounded by thick forests comprising of pine, deodar, and other coniferous trees. The forest area is blessed with rare Indian Wildlife and exotic colourful birds. Jaundar glacier is located in the south-east.
A small lake in the high reaches of the Himalayas, Runisara Tal is on the edge of the Tons Glacier.
Located at a distance of nearly 8 km from Osla, the lake is close to Har-Ki-Doon Valley and Swargarohini Mountain. The main snow clad peaks visible from here are Swarga-Rohini, Bandarpunch and Kala Nag.
Har “ Ki Dun is around 12 km away from Osla. Initially, the trekking trail leads you through fields of beans and rice and some secluded villages. Steadily the trail ascends to the side of the ridge across the river. Then the trail takes a detour to the left to the Har Ki Dun valley.
Ruinsiara Tal is at an altitude of 3500 m and is ensconced between a small ridge and the left wall of the valley. The trek route passes through Debsu Bughyal, and trail is dotted with terraced mountain fields, patches of verdant grassy lands and punctuated with coniferous forests.
How to Reach
Mussoorie to Hari-Ki-Dun to Runisara Tal: Mussoorie- Kempty Falls -Purola -Mori -Taluka -Osla village -Hari-Ki-Dun-Debshu Bugyal - Runisara Tal
Mussoorie is well connected by road with all the major cities of UP and Uttaranchal, and also New Delhi and Srinagar. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, and the nearest railhead is at Dehradun.
Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal is an easy to moderate level trekking trail, and is full of panoramic splendour. You cross through thick forested areas consisting of chestnut, deodar, and sycamore, and walk along shimmering streams, waterfalls, and more.
Exact Location: Har Ki Dun- Ruinsara Tal is situated at the base of Fateh Parvat in Osla village. District: Gharwal
Nearest Town: Dehradun
Trek Length: 24 km
Best Time to Visit: May to July and September to November
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Kempty fall: Kempty fall is located 18 + km from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Yamunotri route. Its situated in a scenic valley bounded by high mountains. One can enjoy the spectacular view and also have bath at the foot of the falls. This cascading waterfall is one of the most popular tourist spot near Mussoorie.
Mussoorie-Nagtibba: Nagtibba (10,000 feet) is a popular trekking destination for the trekkers. It is located near the Rest House at Devalsari, Thatyur, which is around 34+ km from Mussoorie. The trekking leads you through thick forests and the summit provides you a magnificent view of the Himalayan Trekking Peaks.
Image Source: Inchara, Raaghav