Some journeys into the higher Himalayas are undertaken as a challenge while others are manifestations of the human nature to bask amidst raw natural energy of the mountains. The unknown yet beautiful trek to the base camp of Mount Kalanag promises to be a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. While the close proximity to the snow clad peaks of Kalanag, Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini pumps the adrenaline, the soothing effect of high Himalayan villages nestled in sylvan river valleys and hidden lakes is unmistakable. A must do trek for people looking to explore offbeat trekking routes!
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Start in the morning from Dehradun. The route goes via Mussoorie. Enroute we get spectacular views of the Purola valley and serpentine path amidst Pine, Deodar forest especially between Purola and Mori. Overnight stay in guest house or tents.
After breakfast board local taxi to reach Taluka. Road from Sankri to Taluka is picturesque but really bumpy giving fun feel of offroading. Trek from Taluka to Seema is mostly gentle trail with some short steep sections. Todays trek takes one through beautiful forests of Walnut, Chestnut, Willow and other confiners. There are a few waterfalls on the ways as well. Overnight stay in tents.
We start early after breakfast. Todays trek route goes through thick forest and many beautiful waterfalls are on the way. Enroute we cross lush meadow of Devsu. From Devsu Bugyal we go down to cross the Ruinsara river and then walk along it on a gradually ascending trail. We stop at a campsite 3-4km before Ruinsara Tal. Overnight in Tents.
Again we will start early after breakfast and in about 2-2.5 hrs we will reach Ruinsara Tal. From here the trail to Bali pass diverges (goes on the right after crossing back the Ruinsara river). We will spend short time here and head to Kalanag Base Camp. Route is again gradual ascent with some ups and downs. Campsite in surrounded by mountains and offers majestic views of Mt Kalanag, Bandarpunch. In case mules cannot proceed further from Ruinsara to Kalanag Base Camp then we will pitch camp at Ruinsara and next day go to Kalanag Base Camp and return back to Ruinsara Tal. Overnight stay in tents.
Get up early morning to catch first sunlight falling on the peaks. This is the best time to click pics as generally the skies are clear in the morning. After doing photography we will have breakfast and then pack up to start trekking back to Ruinsara Tal. At Ruinsara enjoy the rest of the evening. Overnight stay in tents.
Today we return back to Seema or Osla. Overnight stay in tents.
Trek back to Taluka, catch local taxi to reach Sankri. If team starts early then it is possible to travel to Dehradun on this day itself. Overnight stay in tents/guest house.