Bharaadsar: The Trek to the Sacred Lake

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Proudly standing at the altitude of 4,300 m, it is one of the virgin treks not usually undertaken by many but the local. The end of the trek is marked by the view of a serene, placid lake overlooking the snow-capped mountains – the Bharaadsar Lake. The lake is considered sacred and is believed to possess enigmatic powers to grant the desired wish. It lies between Rupin and Supin valleys.

The trail is exhilarating and it takes you through alluring meadows and high ridges. This trek is not at all for beginners because it varies from moderate to difficult. The access is through the alluring valleys and further you have to cross a ridge that separates Rupin and Supin and then the area becomes barren with boulders all around.

The Baraadsar trek has very beautiful campsites. The trail is thrilling through dense forest, meadows with enchanted beauty and some steep ridges but the panorama views from the top cannot be described in words. The trek to this sacred lake is a difficult one but as the beliefs of people wishes are fulfilled here so it’s worth going there.

If you like exploring the unexplored and wish to trek, then this is a trek for you.

How to Reach Us

By Air 

Jolly Grant Airport – a domestic airport (25 km away from Dehradun)

By Train

Dehradun Railway Station (Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express and Nanda Devi Express)

By Bus

Dehradun ISBT

1

Dehradun to Dhaula 5,100 ft (1,554 m)

The motor route offers some breathtaking views of verdant pine forests on the way. The journey is marked by the meandering rivers on the left – first the Yamuna and later the Tons. On the route to Yamunotri, you take a detour via Naugaon to reach Purola, a small town bustling with activity. As one crosses the sylvan route, you reach Naitwar, which is a confluence of the Rupin and the Supin. The place is famous for two temples – the temple of Karna, the unsung hero from Mahabharata and the temple of Pokhu, the god of justice. As we reach here, we take a detour to the left from where the Rupin flows. Finally, we reach Dhaula, which is the base camp for the Rupin pass trek.

2

Dhaula 5,100 ft (1,554 m) to Kurla Thatch 8, 530 ft (1978 m)

The trek passes through many beautiful villages that present an idyllic setting. You can spot these villages on the right side of the Rupin river. These villages include as Doni, Pujeli and Bhitri. Do care to see terraced fields here. Located at an altitude of 1978 m, this is the last village on the trek. The village houses a temple, which is remarkable for its exquisite architecture. Finally, you spot a lush green meadow, which is our campsite for the day. This is Kurla Thatch.

3

Kurla Thatch 8, 530 ft (2, 600 m) to Rikatik Odiyar 10,811 ft (3, 395 m)

After the breakfast in Kurla Thatch, the trail begins with an entry into a bright green land. After a short while, you reach a point on the ridge, which divides the village areas, offering exquisite views of Rupin and Supin valleys. As you progress towards the North, the pristine view of the verdant forest appears inviting. This is followed by a breathtaking glimpse of bugyal ridge, which will be our camping destination for the night.

4

Rikatik Odiyar 10,811 ft (3, 395 m) to Devbasa 11, 975 ft (3, 650 m)

This day is one of the most important days of the trek. The trail passes through long grass slopes throughout the day till Devbasa. This phase makes you feel on top of the forest as you traverse above the tree line. At the head of the Supin Valley, one can catch the glimpse of the large meadow known as Vishkhopdi (Hindi vish: poison, khopdi: brain) Khimloga Pass. This marks the end of the trail for the day as this means that you have reached Devbasa.

5

Devbasa 11,975 ft (3, 650 m) to Baraadsar Ridge Camp 14,435 ft (4, 400 m)<br />

As the trek begins from Devbasa, you may be blessed with a liberal spray of snow the climb. As you trek towards the East, you might be fortunate to be warmed by the first rays of the sun. The refracted beams achieve a celestial miracle turning the air around the summit the Swargarohini (6, 247 m) – a bright orange and imbuing it with a halo. This is a mountain massif with four separate peaks. It is a dramatic mountain: its north face.

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Baraadsar Ridge Camp 14,435 ft (4, 400 m) to Baraadsar Lake 14,107 ft (4, 300 m) and Back to Devbasa 11,975 ft (3, 650 m)

As you walk on meadows over the Baraadsar Ridge, you descend after that. The trail passes through a rocky path, which is parallel to the ground. This is marked by the toughest trail of the trek as you ascend with the support of the huge boulders for a proper grip. As you climb up, you begin to catch a glimpse the lake. The pristine blue colour of the lake water is so captivating that you rush to reach the lake with the final few steps.

The fortunate few make also catch the view of the rarest species of flowers such as Neel Kamal, Bharma Kamal. As you reach the lake, make sure to pay flowers at the obeisance of god for a wish. It is believed that if the flower drowns, the wish has been granted by the deity. Else, it returns.

The fortunate few make also catch the view of the rarest species of flowers such as Neel Kamal, Bharma Kamal. As you reach the lake, make sure to pay flowers at the obeisance of god for a wish. It is believed that if the flower drowns, the wish has been granted by the deity. Else, it returns.

7

Devbasa 11,975 ft (3, 650 m) to Surau Forest 9, 022 ft (2, 750 m)

The day can start late as there is little distance to be covered. From Devbasa, we pack and move up to Daldar, the goatherds’s haunt. As we turn towards the Supin valley, forests envelop us again. There are streams of crystal clear water flowing that make for picturesque scenes. This is the Surau forest. If you are lucky enough, you can spot the Himalayan Gray Langur or Hanuman Langur jumping the branches of the trees. Parakeets and Monals are also spotted in these forests. And there is always the occasional bovine herd grazing in peace. We camp in a clearing in the forest that offers a view of Liwari village on the opposite mountain face. Rala village can be seen below from here.

8

Surau Forest 9, 022 ft (2, 750 m) to Sankri 6, 400 ft (1, 950m)

We cross the villages of Rala and Kasla immediately on our way down. These villages are small. They share their temple across the valley with the Liwari village. The villages are surrounded by fields that grow paddy, rajma and potatoes. A few kilometers further from Kasla, we reach the Phitadi village which is a large village on this side of the mountain. From here, we turn sharply in the direction of the valley. Boincha is an open area near the river bed at the altitude of about 2,000 m. There are open areas on both sides of the river that make for good camping sites. We can spend the night here. Boincha also overlooks the Obra valley which offers some beautiful treks like Devkira.

From Boincha, the motorable route begins and passes through Jakhol, Sunkundi, Paun Talla and Guiyan Valley. The valley marks a division between two pattis – Ador and Panchgaaeen – both have Someshwar as their presiding deity. This patch of approximately 20 km takes longer than usual because of the bumpy ride.

9

Sankari 6, 455 ft (1, 920 m) to Dehradun 2, 100 ft (650 m)

The return passes through ascent and descent over the West Himalayas. It marks a descent till Mori, where you can view the ferious Tons river on the right. The route till Jarmola is of ascent and passes through pine forest and marks a sharp decline in temperature. Purola is a small town which houses a Government Degree College too, the only one in the region. Lunch is provided at Damta and finally the drop back to Dehradun Railway Station marks the end of the trek.

INCLUDES

√ Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)

√ Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

√ Welcome refreshment

√ Three times meals (Veg+egg): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

√ All necessary permits and entry fees. 

√ First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

√ Mountaineering qualified & professional guide and Support staff.

.√ Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return (According to itinerary)

√ Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations

√ Morning Tea

√ Evening Tea with snacks

√ Guide Charges

√ Hot drinking water

√ Paradise-peak approved trek completion certificate

√ Dry fruits, chocolates, biscuits, toffees provided during the trek

EXCLUDES

√ Porter/mule for personal bags

√ Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions

√ Any charges for video cameras or still cameras

√ Charges for soft drinks or any other beverage

√ Personal expenses such as tips, laundry or telephone calls

√ Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or roadblocks, etc

√ Any kind of personal expenses.

√ Food during the transit.

✓ Insurance.

√ Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

√ Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

√ Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note: Normally paradise peak expects to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading a backpack

  • INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
  • INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strollers/ bags will not be allowed.

You need to get

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Full sleeved T-shirts – 2
  • Trekking pants – 2
  • One full-sleeved sweater
  • Good quality windproof jacket – (optional)
  • Woolen socks – 1 pair, for the night only
  • Regular socks for trekking – 2 or 3 pairs
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small lightweight towel
  • Water bottle-2
  • Cap/hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick/trekking pole
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Day pack for essentials
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

Note:- Due to of heavy traffic at Mussoori, the arrival time to Dehradun may get delayed so please make any further travel plan after 10:00 pm from Dehradun.

Who Can Go:-
First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 50 minutes without a stress.
The climber should be able to carry a 8 kg backpack.
Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

Day 1: Dehradun 2, 100 ft (650 m) to Dhaula 5,100 ft (1,554 m)

Day 2: Dhaula 5,100 ft (1,554 m) to Kurla Thatch 8, 530 ft (2, 600 m)

Day 3: Kurla Thatch 8, 530 ft (2, 600 m) to Rikatik Odiyar 10,811 ft (3, 395 m)

Day 4: Rikatik Odiyar 10,811 ft (3, 395 m) to Devbasa 11,975 ft (3, 650 m)

Day 5: Devbasa 11,975 ft (3, 650 m) to Baraadsar Ridge Camp 14,435 ft (4, 400 m)

Day 6: Baraadsar Ridge Camp 14,435 ft (4, 400 m) to Baraadsar Lake 14,107  ft (4, 300 m) and Back to Devbasa 11,975 ft (3, 650 m)

Day 7: Devbasa 11,975 ft (3, 650 m) to Surau Forest 9, 022 ft (2, 750 m)

Day 8: Surau Forest 9, 022 ft (2, 750 m) to Sankri 6, 400 ft (1, 950m)

Day 9: Sankari 6, 455 ft (1, 920 m) to Dehradun 2, 100 ft (650 m)

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