Sarutal Trek

Temperature

Summer : - (0° C to 10°C)
Winter : - (-2°C to -5°C)

Duration

09 Days | 08 Nights
Dehradun To Dehradun

Level

Moderate

Sarutal Trek- Surpassing Lake amidst meadows

In the Garhwal Himalayan region there are many places which nobody has stepped on yet and many treks were explored by the shepherds who went there in search of grassy fields.

Sarutal is one of the treks which was found by a shepherd, a unique lake amidst the meadows, it lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district at an altitude of 4,200m. This trek starts from Sankri which is the base camp of more than 20 treks and this place always remains busy by the trekkers. The trail goes through Kedarkantha to Sarutal.

Your trek will start with fetching sight of Himalayas and the trail takes you through dense forest and fascinating meadows, this place is rich in Flora and Fauna and it is home to a number of animals and birds, “Himalayan Monal” the state bird of Uttarakhand can be spotted in this region and the chirping sounds can be heard here. This place is great for wildlife photographers some of the best pictures can be clicked here.

Sarutal offers panoramic views of Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag and Swargarohini, these panoramic views are captivating and captures the complete attention of people. It is mostly ridge and meadow walk and differs from easy to moderate, sometimes the path gets steep and then unknowingly a meadow welcomes you.

This place is at full bloom in the month of June and October, green meadows and wildflowers grow on them. In winters it gets all covered by snow, this place is a secret gem hidden in the Western Garhwal Himalayas.

This is the only valley from where one can see Swargarohini – I, II, III, (6300, Meters) Bandarpoonch (6300 Meters )  and Blackpeak (6387, Meters ), Dhumdarkandi pass, Borsu pass, Fhachukandi pass, all together. One can also see the Ruinsara lake,  Rupin Valley, Bali Pass trek, Khimloga Peak, Baraadsar, Lake  peaks from here.

Sarutal trek  is a high altitude Lake located at 4250Meters  in Western Garhwal. Himalayas The Lake is visited annually by local village, Starting point Saur and our village sankri  folk who consider the Lake as sacred.

This day you will witness one of the most  beautiful places  alluring places of the world. Its impeccably beautiful and pleasing environment will surely entice you. See the many spices flowers and specially Sarutal lake.

This trek is predominately a ridge walk over long Kedar kantha bugyal and dunda bugyal meadow stretches offering wide views of the Gangotri peaks.

Swargarohini – I, II, III, (6300, Meters) Bandarpoonch (6300 Meters )  and Blackpeak (6387, Meters ) , Dhumdarkandi pass, Borsu pass, Fhachukandi pass, Peaks in the distance .The local folk refer to Saru Tal as the  Vishnu Dev  Dham with the other’s being .Another reason for referring to Saru Tal as the Dev  Dham is that this is the only location from where you can see all dev Asthal.

The trek starts from Sankri and over the first 3 days of the trek the trail climbs over the peak of Kedar Kantha (3812 Meters ) which is a well known peak in the region and offers wide views of the area. Over the . After visiting the sarutal Lake rather than retracing steps back there is an option of crossing the Fachu Kandi Pass ( 4589 Meters  ) and walking to Hanuman Chetti which is the road head for pilgrims heading to the Yumnotri temple. And Jankichatti.

The Best drive with Team HPMA-

Welcome to HPMA – Transport – Pick up to you from Dehradun Railway Sation Drive to .Swargarohini Hotel Main market Sankri  Trek lies in the Govind Wild life Sanctuary and National Park in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.

We are Per Day Climb Altitude for this trek

The trek experience and moderate Kedar Kantha   trek  is  classified Trek .We are going about (2,000 feet) in altitude per day.

Dehradun -( 730Meters )

Sankri – (1920, Meters)

Juda Ka Talab – (2700, Meters)

Kedarkantha Summit (3800 , Meters ) (12500 feet)

Dunda thach (3500 , Meters)

Pushtara thach (3789 Meters)

Saru tal (4250 Meters)

Key Points about this trek

Level: Difficult (so first timers should avoid)

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperatures

Shoes are the single most important equipment

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization

Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains the region is prone to landslides

Phones don’t work

Beautiful landscape so carry good photo gear (I couldn’t carry my best equipment)

Travel light (my backpack was heavy at about 10 kg)

Keep an extra day in your itinerary account for bad weather.

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity

Sankri is the last point where you will receive mobile network. Only Vodaphone and BSNL so ensure you finish your important telephone calls here. Inform anxious family members about poor connectivity during the trek.

Dehradun city is also where you will find the last ATM in case you need to withdraw money before starting the trek Journey.

Getting to the base camp HPMA – office and Hotel

Take an overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi. New Delhi-Dehradun A/C special train from New Delhi station is the best option. The train reaches Dehradun at 5.40 am. If you Meet to our office member and drive to Sankri base camp office Har-ki-dun  Road Sankri .

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

Note:-  Bangalore to Dehradun Flight  Available &  Delhi to Dehradun

  1. Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)
  2. Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)

By Bus

There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi, ISBT Kashmere Gate.

We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.

Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station meet us railway stion 6:30 Am.

Trek Highlights

Duration – 09 Days (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Best Season –  May, June, Sep, Oct and Nov

Level –  Moderate

Highest Points – (4250 m)

Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Summer Temperature – (0° C to 10°C)

Winter Temperature – (-2°C to -5°C)

Short Details for Sarutal Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (210 km) (7/8 hours) (1950m)

Day 2: Sankri to Kedarkantha base camp via Juda Ka Talab (8 km) (4/5 hours) (3,400m)

Day 3: Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha summit (12506 feet) (3,800m) then trek to Dunda Thach

Day 4: Dunda Thach to Pushtara Thach (11km) (5/6 hours) (3,789m)

Day 5 : Pushtara Thach to Sarutal (10 km) (4/5 hours) (4,250m)

Day 6 : Sarutal to Pushtara Thach (10 km) (4/5 hours) (3,789m)

Day 7 : Pushtara thach to Dunda Thach (11km) (4/5 hours) (3,200m)

Day 8 : Dunda Thach to Sankri (8km) (3/4 hours)

Day 9 : Sankri to Dehradun (210 km) (7/8 hours)

Sarutal Trek Details Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun to Sankri (210 km) (7/8 hours) (1950m)

Our pick up point is Dehradun Railway station or ISBT, meet us there and then drive towards Sankri you can have your breakfast at Kempty Fall which is a famous picnic spot and is famous for a waterfall. Have your lunch in middle of your journey at Purola.

It’s a picturesque drive to Sankri, you will get fetching views from your window, and the drive will be through Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainbagh, Damta, Newman, Purola, Mori, Netwar these are beautiful places in the Himalayas. Sankri lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district, it is a village with a mini market famous for wooden huts which serve delectable food. You will see apple orchards here and greenery all around.

Reach Sankri have a glance of snow covered mountains, this place is pollution free, enjoy the invigorating climate. We own a hotel there named “Swargarohini” Relax, have your meal and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2: Sankri to Kedarkantha base camp via Juda Ka Talab (8 km) (4/5 hours) (3,400m)

Trek starts from Sankri’s mini market, have your breakfast and leave early for Kedarkantha base camp with packed lunch. When you go further you can see Saur village on your left there are wooden houses which remains cool in summers and warm in winters.

The trail is well marked and cemented and from there you can have glance of mountains, all covered by snow and Swargarohini with “Char Singhs” looks the most beautiful of them all. As you go further now you have to trek off road and the ascend starts, this climb is steep till 1km, the trail is through beautiful dense forest it is all covered by lush greenery. Today’s trek is an ascending one there are short descends.

It will take two hours to reach Juda Ka Talab, ascend is steep keep going and you will descend down now you are about to reach Juda Ka Talab. Juda ka Talab is a famous lake amidst a meadow it is crystal clear and the attraction of that place. Spend some time here and then leave for Kedarkantha’s base camp, the trail is beautiful and has got mesmerising views of snow covered peaks, you can also take the other path of Baniya Thach, it is a short steep climb and has also got scenic views of mountains.

The trail takes you through dense pine forest, it is a pleasure to walk through the woods, further this forest ends at a ridge. After 90 minutes of trekking through the forest of oaks you will reach another ridge, cross that reach you may get tired but then a meadow will unfold in front of you from there the views are magnificent. Now, Kedarkantha summit is visible from here, the snow-capped mountains looks enchanting and the beautiful greenery makes one stare at it as it looks picturesque.

Continue your trek and after some ascends you will reach Kedarkantha Base Camp, the view of Bandarpooch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Rangnala are glorifying and all covered by snow they look fascinating together.

This campsite is the most beautiful one and the beauty of this place will leave you spell bound. Enjoy your meal here and overnight stay in tents.

Day 3: Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha summit (12506 feet) (3,800m) then trek to Dunda Thach

Morning in Kedarkantha Base Camp is prepossessing and looks mesmerizingly beautiful, witness the sunrise from there it will make your day. The peaks glimmer from a distance and Kedarkantha Peak is clearly visible from there.

Have your breakfast early in the morning and start your trek towards Kedarkantha summit, there are many trails to reach this point you can take anyone. Maronda Thach a wide meadow, Pokhrola Thach after a gradual ascend it offers majestic views of mountains which are covered by snow and the views of huge waterfalls.

The climb to Kedarkantha Peak is steep and it takes energy and efforts to reach there but the efforts are worth going there. The alluring views of Swargarohini 1, 2, 3, Har Ki Dun valley, Kala Nag, Black Peak stand tall in front of your eyes, the views are panoramic from there and there are temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh which makes the aura spiritual and divine.

Visit those temples spend some time there relishing the beauty of this place and leave for Dunda Thach, ascend gradually on the way you will get the enchanting views of snow covered mountains and waterfalls in this region, they look adorable.

Reach Dunda Thach by evening, relish the beauty of this meadow and spend your night here in camps.

Day 4: Dunda Thach to Pushtara Thach (11km) (5/6 hours) (3,789m)

Witness sunrise from Dunda Thach by waking up early in the morning, the sight is worth getting up early. Have your breakfast and leave for Pushtara Thach.

Trek towards your destination for today, you will see a temple of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. From this point steep climb starts which can be done in 10 minutes.

Cross this area and you will reach Pushtara Thach. A place with where the environment is invigorating and the surroundings are eye pleasing, spending night here is a delight.

At night gaze at stars the sky totally gets covered by them and it looks extraordinary and extremely beautiful, enjoy camping under the stars by having relaxing stay in tents.

Day 5: Pushtara Thach to Sarutal (10 km) (4/5 hours) (4,250m)

Today’s trek is 10 km long from Pushtara Thach to Sarutal and the trail is a combination of ascends and levelled walks and you will reach there in four to five hours.

You will come across a number of meadows on the way, it is mostly ridge and meadow walk with beautiful views. The wide views of Gangotri peaks, Bandarpooch, Swargarohini and Kala Nag are visible from a distance.

Continue trekking, take rest breaks in between and have your packed lunch in middle of the journey. Sarutal is a lake amidst the meadows which remain hidden for many years and a shepherd found this unique lake in search of grassy fields.

Reach Sarutal and have proper sight of the surroundings and the alluring lake, trail from Sarutal further goes to Fachukandi Pass. Explore this area and experience the invigorating environment.

Place your tents in this ideal location have your meal and enjoy staying here.

Day 6: Sarutal to Pushtara Thach (10 km) (4/5 hours) (3,789m)

Sarutal was the destination of this trek, cherry on the cake is to look at this lake in the morning. It looks crystal clear, people from different countries come here to see this unique place.

Today is your return to Pushtara Thach which was your campsite on fourth day, retrace your steps through the ridge and meadows. Descending will take less time but you need to be careful as there are loose rocks on the way.

Entrancing views don’t leave your side all along the way, the trek is 10 km long you can have your lunch in middle of the journey. Reach Pushtara Thach in 4-5 hours, it is a delight to camp here again, delicious food will be served, ask local guide about the stories of places in Garhwal Himalayas as it has many mythical stories.

Enjoy relaxing stay in tents.

Day 7: Pushtara thach to Dunda Thach (11km) (4/5 hours) (3,200 m)

Pushtara Thach to Dunda Thach, 5 minutes of descend is steep then you will come across a temple of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha.

The path is same but follow your guide as it gets confusing and every trail looks alike. There are almost descends, have a look at the waterfalls and ranges visible from there.

Continue trekking and in 4-5 hours you will reach Dunda Thach, setup your camps here and enjoy spending night amidst a meadow.

Day 8: Dunda Thach to Sankri (8km) (3/4 hours)

It is the last day of your trek, walk through the dense forest and you will come across flowing streams. The meadows surprisingly opens up which relaxes feet.

Today’s trek is not tough but is long, descending gets steep sometimes. You can see many shepherd huts on the way and sight of mountains can be caught whenever there is a forest clearing.

When the civilization is visible, now you are about to reach Sankri. From there cemented road starts walk on that for 10 minutes, Supin river flows down and the sound of it can be heard.

Reach Sankri and hotel “Swargarohini Palace” welcomes you there, have food and spend today’s night there

Day 9: Sankri to Dehradun (210 km) (7/8 hours)

Drive from Sankri to Dehradun, reach there by 6:00 pm.

What to carry on a Trek?

The most common question of all Trekkers is what we carry on a trek or what to carry on a trek so if you plan to go for trekking, so here is about what you should carry on a trek ..!

First of all trekkers must bring the documents mentioned below

1. Government ID proof, carry original and a photocopy of any of these (Driving License, Adhar Card, Pan Card, Voter Id, etc.)

2. Medical certificate by a doctor

3. Risk certificates

Foremost Requirements

1. Strongly built Trekking Shoes

2. Backpack (50 to 60 liters)

Clothes to Carry On A Trek

Carry clothes according to the season. In winters there is chilly cold and in summers the temperature remains cold. (Day and Night temperature varies)

Jacket

Take at least 2 jackets with you, it should be warm enough to protect you against the chilly cold.

Trekking Pants

You should have 2 3 trek pants on a week-long trek and take more for longer treks.

Thermals

At night the temperature lowers and to keep yourself warm and sleep comfortably wear thermals.

Warm clothes

Keep enough woolen layers and fleece according to the season.

T-Shirts

To avoid sunburns always carry full-sleeved t-shirts which dry easily and covers neck and arms properly.

Poncho/Raincoat

They are useful during rain and snowfall.

Necessary Items

1. Water Bottle

2. Gloves (Waterproof and woolen), Cap

3. Socks (Regular and woolen

4. Sunglasses

5. Hiking Pole

6. Torch

7. Toiletry Items

Toilet paper, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Face Wash, Sanitizer, etc.

(Avoid using wet wipes and sanitary napkins during your trek because they are not biodegradable and cause harm to the environment. If you use them in the mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)

Medical Kit is Mandatory

(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case of any problem arises during the trek follow the instructions given by your trek leader because they are certified in First Aid Mountaineering courses.)

Carry These Medicines in Your Medical Kit

01. Avomine for treating motion sickness

02. Diamox for treating altitude sickness

03. Avil to treat allergies

04. Saradon to cure headache

05. Combiflam to relieve pain

06. Crocin for treating fever and headache

07. Digene to cure acidity

08. Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea

09. Betadine (Antiseptic cream)

10. ORS

11. Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains

12. Band-aid

13. Elastic bandage

14. Gauze

WE CARE FOR YOURSAFETY AND IT IS OUR PRIORITY

Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association is Making Your Trek Safe. We have a team of more than 80+ guides to serve in the mountains and they are professionally trained from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi, Hanifle Centre; Mussoorie and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Delhi. We also have Kitchen staff to serve in the mountains and supporting staff goes along to manage the activities.

Oxygen Cylinder for trekkers safety

The trek leaders are certified in courses of Mountaineering. On every high altitude trek, we carry oxygen cylinders and First Aid kits. We take proper care of everything and make sure you feel safe and comfortable with us.

Getting to high altitude can be a problem for some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing the best quality equipment which is changed on a regular basis.

We do every possible thing to make your treks safe because if you trust and choose us then it becomes our responsibility to make your safety our topmost priority. The risk factor can never be abolished but it can be reduced and if you have a heart of mountaineer then this “risk factor” is the real pleasure and we can help you overcome every risk successfully without fear by taking proper care of your safety.

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Include & Exclude In This Trek

Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.

All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea,Coffee, Snacks, Soup, Dinner

All camping gear including

Separate Tent, High quality

Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, Chair, Dining table

your uploading

Guide, Porters, cook, Helper

Mules, Kitchen team

Good Experience local Trek Leader guide

Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s

Gaiters

Micro crampons

Hiking Pole

Personal Toiletry Items

Personal Medical Kit

Medical Certificate

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