8 Days 7 Nights
For years, the great Himalayas have welcomed us with open arms, displaying their splendor in full glory, often leaving us awestruck. With time, there has been an exponential increase in the number of travelers that throng to the mountains to witness the magic of the Himalayas. Uttarakhand, also called Devbhoomi, is the land of Gods. One visit here and you will know why the Gods chose this as their heavenly abode. Blessed with eternally beautiful landscapes that weave magic on your mind and people that are simple, sweet, and down to earth, Uttarakhand is no doubt, a favorite amongst all genres of travelers. I have spent many years in this paradise, yet there is so much more to explore. An avid Traveller is in constant search of new places and with this thought, I decided to check out the Sarutal(Tal – Lake) as not many have heard of it and it remains one of the least explored places in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. I had already done the Kedarkantha trek earlier and was looking forward to what lay beyond and so I called up Ganga Rana who is my go-to person for any such activity in the mountains and is a local from this region. He has been running his company Discovery Hike and his clients cannot stop raving about how professional and exceptional his services are. We chalked out a plan and I patiently started to wait for the day I would be there.
The SaruTal is a pristine, quaint little lake located at an elevation of 4200 mts in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The trek to the lake passes through huge meadows and forests of cedar, oak and rhododendron, glaciers, and stunning valleys and takes about 8-9 days. It is a moderate trek wherein you start from Sankri and climb up the Kedarkantha summit before making your way up to the lake. The best time to trek here is June and October as this is when the valley is in full bloom and you can witness 15-20 different varieties of flowers. The lake is considered holy by the residents of the nearby villages and there are temples around the lake. These villagers organize an annual fair in the month of August to pay homage to their God by the lake and it is a grand affair. As is the case with the majority of gorgeous hidden places, this one too was discovered accidentally by a shepherd who was looking for grassland for his herd and came across this marvel of Mother Nature.
Dehradun – Sankri (8-9 hrs drive)
Trek from Sankri – Juda Lake – Kedarkantha base (8 kms /6-7 hrs)
Trek from Base – Kedarkantha Summit – Dunda Thach (10.4 kms 6-7 hrs)
Trek from Dunda Thach – Taloti Thach (11 kms /5-6 hrs)
Trek from Taloti Thach – Saru Tal (10 kms/5-6 hrs)
Trek from SaruTal – Taloti Thach (10 kms/5-6 hrs)
Trek from Taloti Thach to Taluka (13 kms/6-7 hrs) and then drive to Sankri (11kms/0.5
Drive from Sankri to Ddun (210 kms/8-9 hrs)