The moderate grade trek up to Swargarohini's base camp and the Ruinsara Lake spans across 70 kilometres, and on your way you will pass through campsites and the scenic villages of Taluka, Panwani Gharat, Devsu Bugyal and Gangar. Taking eight days and seven nights, at a towering 3,950m, Swargarohini is the highest point.
DIY or not
This trek can be done all by yourself, but it's recommended to have a guide to instruct you through the steep slopes and unforgiving terrains.
The Swargarohini base camp to Ruinsara Lake Trek is organised by many tour companies, such as:
Rocky Feet | Contact: +91 94827 83164
Alpine Climbers | Contact: +91 99871 59309
₹14,000 per person, from Dehradun and back, if you are travelling with Rocky Feet. This includes accommodation on a twin sharing basis, all meals, logistics for the trek and transfers to and from the base camp.
When to do it
The ideal months to do this trek would be from September through June. This is the duration when the hills are blanketed with snow and dotted with rhododendron groves, abloom in a motley of colours.
The eight-day long trek's basecamp lies in the village of Sankri and comes to a close at the Swargarohini base camp. An hour away from Sankri lies Taluka, from where the trek actually starts. The first stop will be at the camping site of Panwani Gharat, upon reaching which you trek up to Devsu Bugyal. The climb up to Swargarohini base camp through Ruinsara is the longest stretch of the trail. Our last campsite is at the village of Gangar, whereupon we trek down to Taluka.
This is the route for the Swargarohini base camp to Ruinsara Lake trek:
Dehradun – Sankri – Taluka – Panwani Gharat – Devsu Bugyal – Ruinsara Lake – Swargarohini base camp – Gangar – Taluka – Sankri – Dehradun
This is the itinerary that's usually followed if you are travelling with a tour company: