|Suitable for:||15+ years.|
|Experience:||Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 4,000m/13,100ft.|
|Fitness:||Cover 6 km of distance in 30 minutes|
Why Bali Pass Is A Must Do Trek
Bali Pass is an offbeat trek that isn’t very popular but surprisingly the trek takes you through many famous locations like the Ruinsara Tal, Har Ki Dun Valley, Osla Village, and the mystical Yamunotri Dham, one of the four holy Dhaams. Another interesting fact that many people are not aware of is the fact that the Bali Pass trek connects the Har Ki Dun Valley to Ruinsara Valley and it also offers majestic views of mountain peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargrohini peaks, and many other peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas.
This exhilarating trail offers many grandeurs of a Himalayan trek and many challenges which makes it apt for an adventure enthusiast. The sky-rocketing altitude of this trek offers you unobstructed views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks and makes you feel like being on top of the world. Starting from Sankri and ending at Jankichatti, this trek is equal parts adventurous and equal parts mystical. Get to experience a thrilling climb, alpine meadows, forest covers, alpine lakes, and much more in this 8 days-long adventure.
The difficult grade of the trek makes it ideal for those who want to push their limits and behold nature at its best. A perfect trek for seasoned trekkers. It is best to prepare yourself for 3 to 4 months before attempting this trek as it will be physically quite challenging. Steep ascents and descents, narrow trails, and challenging terrains test a person’s physical and mental endurance. For those who wish to get an offbeat Himalayan experience, this trek is the ideal option for them.
About The Trek
Bali Pass Trek is situated at an altitude of 16,200 ft connecting the Yamunotri and the Har Ki Dun Valley. Sankri is the base camp for the trek and it ends at Janki Chatti in Uttarakhand. Our journey begins at Dehradun, where we will pick you up at the Dehradun Railway Station early in the morning. From here, it is about a 10 hr drive to Sankri Village. The distance between Dehradun and Sankri is 220 km. We will stay the night in a hotel at Sankri and our trek will start the next day from Seema.
The following day we will drive from Sankri to Taluka, which is at a distance of 12 km from Sankri and it takes about 1 hr to reach Taluka. From Taluka, it is a 12 km trek to Seema, which will take about 7 – 8 hrs. The trek will take place through forest covers and at night we will stay in tents at Seema campsite.
On day 3, we will trek from Seema to Rain Basera at an altitude of 10,2000 ft, and the trail is graded from moderate to difficult with steep ascents and descents. On the way to Rain Basera, you can spot the Black peak or the KalaNag peak and the confluence of Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara Rivers. We will stay the night at the Rain Basera campsite.
The next day we will trek from the Rain Basera campsite to Ruinsara Tal, a beautiful alpine lake nestled amidst the mountains. The lake is beautifully surrounded by meadows and Rhododendrons. From the campsite, you can spot the Dhumdar Kandi, Black peak, White peak, and Yamuna Kanta. We will camp beside the lake at night.
On the fifth day of our trek, we will trek to Odari situated at an altitude of 13,1000 ft and it is a 4 km long trek that takes about3 to 4 hours. En route, you will cross a river by making a human chain and witness the Swargarohini range of peaks. Post our trek, we will have hot lunch at the campsite and sleep in tents at night.
The next day, we will trek from Odari to Bali Col Camp. Walking on a mountain ridge with a steep ascent, we will reach the Bali Col Camp at 15,100 ft. The trek distance is 5 km and takes about 6 to 7 hours to complete. We stay overnight at Bali Col Camp.
Day 7 is our summit day, today we will trek to Bali Pass and then descend to Lower Dhamni. Bali Pass is the highest point of the trek and is situated at an altitude of 16,200 ft and Lower Dhamni is located at an altitude of 11,100ft. The entire trek to the summit and down to Dhamni is 14 km and it will be the longest trekking day with a 10 to 11 hours trek. The summit offers unobstructed views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag as well as bird’s eye views of Ruinsara and Yamunotri valleys. The descent from the Bali Pass summit is also quite steep and technical. On reaching Lower Dhamni, we will set up tents and stay the night in the tents.
On the last day of our trip, today we will descend from Lower Dhamni to Janki Chatti via the Yamunotri temple and from Janki Chatti, you will be driven back to Dehradun, ending the journey with lots of good memories.
What Can You Expect At The Trek
The Bali Pass trek is quite a challenging trek offering a wide variation in scenery and some panoramic views of mountain ranges. The Bali Pass trail is quite difficult and is not meant for beginners. It has some extremely narrow trails and some risky areas, which calls for technical skills that only a seasoned trekker possesses.
Up to Ruinsara Tal, the trek is moderate. From Taluka, you will follow an uphill climb up to Seema and then enter Ruinsara Valley. Further ahead the trail will take you to Odari and from here the trek becomes increasingly difficult as you will walk over moraine ridge and boulders and then on a snowbound glacier, Bali Pass. The final stretch to the pass is quite steep making it even more challenging. The descent, too, is quite tricky and you have to cross boulder-covered areas until you reach Lower Dhamni. You will walk through meadows for sometime before it abruptly ends and you have to trek down via steep green slopes and finally into tree cover, all the way down to Yamunotri.
Before beginning the trek, make sure that you have enough cash with you and make necessary payments as there is no ATM at Sankri and the last ATM point is at Purola market, however, it is not very reliable. It is recommended to withdraw cash at Dehradun if you want to withdraw money. Also, mobile connectivity is not very strong as well. You will get good connectivity until Purola and then it won’t work. Sankri base camp has a BSNL network but it is erratic, so if you want to make any important calls, make it at Purola.
Glacial Lake Ruinsara Tal
This is one of the major attractions of the Bali Pass trek. Nestled beautifully amidst the Swargrohini peaks, Ruinsara Tal is a captivating glacial lake, set in a calm and serene environment. The meadows around the lake and Rhododendron shrubs amplify its beauty and fill you with a sense of tranquility.
The Primeval Villages of Osla and Gangad
Travel back in time when you pass the centuries-old villages of Osla and Gangad, that date back to the times of Mahabharata itself. Get to experience the ancient and unique village cultures from up close and marvel at the architecture, especially the Osla temple which is remarkable for its presentation of Himalayan architecture. Chat up with the locals and learn about the local folklore, which is equally as interesting.
Beautiful Alpine Meadows
The alpine meadows of Devsu Thatch are just perfect. The lush green meadows are surrounded by towering peaks like Swargrohini and Kalanag, making a picture-perfect spot to admire the fineries of nature. You will also spot an array of alpine flowers in the meadows that adds to the charm of the place.
Our journey starts at Dehradun, where we will pick you up from the Dehradun Railway Station earl;y in the morning and drive to Sankri Village in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Sankri is the base camp for our trek. Located in Govind National Park, Sankri is about 195 km away from Dehradun.
Along our route, we will cross scenic places like Mussoorie, Kempty Falls, etc., and villages like Damta, Netwar, Purola, and Mori. Soon the Yamuna River comes into view and we will drive along the river reaching Purola. In the first part of the route, you will cross through the beautiful hill station of Mussoorie, and in the middle part drive along the pristine clue-green water of the Yamuna and the latter half of the journey, you will pass through coniferous forests and the meandering Tons River flowing side by side.
Purola is the last ATM point on our trip, so if you want to withdraw cash, you can do it here. Once we reach the Mori checkpost, you will be asked for Aadhar or similar ID proof at the check post. Keep them ready. After Mori, it is a short drive to Sankri, where we will stay for the night. The stay is arranged in a hotel/guesthouse. We will reach Sankri by late evening and after freshening up in the hotel, you can enjoy the splendid views of the setting sun over the Himalayan peaks. Relax in your guesthouse and you can later head out to explore the village and have some delicious local cuisines in the Dhabas.
After breakfast, we will start early in the morning and drive to Taluka from where the actual trekking begins. Taluka is about a distance of 12 km from Sankri and we will reach there in approximately 1 hour. From Sankri you will drive through covers of Bamboo and Deodar trees and cross by many streams along a zig-zag road to Sankri. There is also a camping ground near the Forest Rest house in Taluka and in some cases, people camp here as well.
From Taluka, our trekking starts and we will trek a distance of 12 km to reach our Seema campsite. Seema is on the right side of the Supin River and we will trek through a dense forest cover of Walnuts, Chestnuts, Willows, and other coniferous trees and by the side of the Supin River to reach Seema. The path along the River is stony. After a few hours of walking by the River and crossing some streams, you will arrive at Gangad Village and it will give you a glimpse of the typical Himalayan architecture. 20 minutes further walk and you will reach the water run mill and a Dhaba.
After trekking for another hour, you will reach an opening to a construction site. The concrete construction is actually for a proposed school in the area. You will spot a wooden bridge that will take you to Gangad Village. Gangad Village has become quite a popular tourist destination due to its unique architecture and the presentation of Garhwali culture. Gangad Village is home to about 200 families and you can observe the vibrant Himalayan lifestyle in the village.
Seema campsite is only a tourist shelter point and it is not a village or settlement, Seema is just opposite Gangad Village, on the other side of the River. Walking for about another hour, along the River you will reach Seema, where we will set up our camps and stay for the night. The path remains covered in snow and slush during winters.
Today we will trek along the Supin River to Devsu Bugyal and cross the Devsu Bugyal meadows, we will descend through a forest cover and a sandy and stony path down to the riverbed. Crossing the Supin River we will again trek along the river banks, the river now on our right to our campsite at Rain Basera. The path may also be a little slippery towards the end so be cautious.
The trail begins with Supin River on the left and while ascending, the path soon becomes steep as you get closer to Devsu Bugyal, climbing up, you will get the views of Osla Village behind you and as you enter the Ruinsara Valley, the path becomes filled with boulders adding more challenge to your trek. 30 minutes further walk will bring you into Devsu Bugyal meadows and the meadow stretches for about 2 km. We will rest here for a while appreciating the natural beauty.
The Devsu Bugyal meadows are set amidst the Ruinsara forest and while ascending towards Devsu Bugyal, you will see a variety of Himalayan wildflowers and foliage. The forest is also home to many bird and animal species as well and hiking through the forest, you may even spot some rare species along the way.
Today is an exciting day of our trek as you will trek to the beautiful glacial lake, Ruinsara Tal. Its a 7 km trek to Ruinsara Tal and after walking for about 4 to 5 hours you will arrive at the lake.
The lovely Ruinsara Lake is surrounded by meadows and Rhododendron blooms, which amplifies its beauty. The campsite is wonderfully nestled in a location where on one side is the Ruinsara Lake and on the other side the Supin River. The views from the campsite are equally as beautiful as the lake. You will see Yamuna Kanta on the southwest side, the pass that will take you to Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River. On the east lies the majestic mountains, the Bandarpunch peak, and Dhumdhar Kandi Range, and on the south-east, you can see Kala Nag and White peak.
You can spend the evening at your leisure and explore the area, take some beautiful pictures. At night we will enjoy a hot dinner at the campsite and retire in your tents for a good night’s sleep.
Today is a short trek from Ruinsara Tal to Odari, about 4 km. It will take about 4 to 5 hours to reach Odari. The trek starts with a descent to the Supin River along with dense vegetation and after crossing the river through a bridge, you will descend to a small meadow and continue our trek in the south-east direction along the river. A further walk for about an hour will bring you to Odari.
The name Odari means naturally made rock cave and as per the folklore, the locals believe that Sugreevs brothe, Bali had spent a night here at Odari. Odari campsite also offers some stunning views of Swargrohini peaks. If you are lucky, you might find evidence of the rare Himalayan mountain bear as well. The camp is set in a unique location with the beautiful valleys below you and the Bali Pass behind you.
After lunch, the trek leader will give you a briefing and some training that will be useful when you trek towards the summit. Have proper food and sleep well so that you have good energy for your summit trek tomorrow. Being a high-altitude base camp, the temperatures at night can fall to sub-zeros and as such you need to take appropriate measures to warm yourself.
The trek from Odari to Bali Col Camp is 5 km and the camp is situated at an altitude of 15,100 ft. Begin the trek by heading southwest towards the base camp. You will walk along a mountain ridge to reach the base camp. The trek difficulty gradually increases from Odari as you get closer to the Pass. From Odari camp, carry at least 2 liters of water with you as there are no water sources on the way to our next campsite.
Today we will be camping at an altitude of 15,100 ft so you should be properly hydrated and keep yourself as active as possible to avoid the chances of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The ridge that we climb up is sharply inclined at 60 degrees, which can make for a strenuous climb even though the distance is short. The temperature also rapidly drops and acclimatization take longer at such heights, so take all the appropriate measures and follow your trek leader’s advice. Sleep early and get as much rest as possible to trek to the summit the next day.
Today is the summit as we will trek to the highest point of the trek touching an altitude of 16,200 ft. After making the summit, we will also descend to our next campsite at Lower Dhamni, which is at an elevation of 11,100 ft. Today’s trek will be the longest and the most challenging so far. Beginning our day early in the morning, we will head southeast towards the Pass.
The entire trail is filled with snow and you will have to use the skills that your trek leader taught earlier to maneuver through the snow. From the base camp, it takes about 2 to 3 hours to reach the summit and once you are at the top, you can enjoy some of the most stunning mountain views that you have ever witnessed.
Get 360-degree views of Himalayan peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargrohini, and other ranges of the Garhwal Himalayas from the top and you will also get views of the Yamunotri Valley from here. After spending some time at the summit, we will descend to the Lower Dhamni campsite.
The trail to the summit is quite difficult and Bali Pass Summit is quite narrow itself, 10 feet long and 30 feet wide and cannot accommodate more than 20 to 30 people at a time. Overcoming all the challenges when you make it to the summit fills you with a sense of accomplishment and pure joy and the difficult climb ends up becoming extremely rewarding.
The descent to Lower Dhamni is quite challenging. Even though we are moving downhill, the descent is very steep and technical. Its almost a vertical path, so you need to be very very careful. Also, the path is full of big stones and loose stones, which adds to the difficulty. If there is snow, then it will further add to the challenge.
The difficult path does not end here, after the steep descent we have to walk on a very narrow path, which is as narrow as 6 inches in some places, so follow your trek leader and heed their advice as you climb down to Upper Dhamni. After such a challenging descent, we will rest for a while at Upper Dhamni before resuming our trek.
The trek down from Upper Dhamni to Lower Dhamni is not marked and is also quite confusing as it runs in a zig-zag maze. It is advised that everyone sticks close together and observe your trek leader and the guiding team. After crossing the meandering path, the trail flattens out and is now easily visible. After trekking for about 2 km through a forest cover, you will arrive at your Lower Dhamni campsite. After a long and tiring day, you can rest in your tents to recuperate.
This is the last day of your trek and also the end of your journey. The descent down is fairly easy as compared to the other days and there are more descends than ascends through a cement-paved trail. The entire trail takes place through a cemented path and there is a mild ascent till Yamunotri and it will take about 1 to 2 hours to reach Yamunotri temple.
Visit the Yamunotri shrine, pay your tributes and from here we will take the regular pilgrims route to Janki Chatti. The trek from Yamunotri to Janki Chatti is about 5 km and transportation arrangements are made for you here to drive you back to Dehradun. We will leave early from the campsite to reach Dehradun. With a beautiful offbeat trekking experience and some wonderful memories, you will head back home after an incredible experience.
First of all everyone has to reach Dehradun, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.
Our pick-up location is Dehradun Railway Station at 06:00 AM
The distance from Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) to Railway Station is 6 km, without traffic it will take 15 minutes.
Options to reach Dehradun
1. Take an overnight train/bust to Dehradun, and then take a cab to the pickup point.
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.
2. Take flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) (25 km, 50 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.
Trekkers will be dropped at Dehradun Railway station by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Dehradun it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.
The distance from Railway Station to Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) is 6 km, it will take approx 25 minutes.
1. Accommodation: (as per the itinerary).
• Guest house in Sankri on Day1 (twin/triple sharing basis).
• Camping during the trek (Day2 to Day 7).
2. Meals (Veg + Egg):
• All meals Sankri to Jaan ki Chatti
• Day 1 Dinner to Day 8 pack lunch.
3. Trek equipments:
• Sleeping bag, Mattress, Utensils.
• Trekkers tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent.
• Ropes, Ice axe, Micro spikes.
4. First aid:
• Medical kits.
• Oxygen cylinder.
• 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader.
• Guide (Number of guides depend on the group size).
• 1 High Altitude chef.
• Support staff.
6. Transportation: (as per the itinerary)
• Dehradun Railway station to Sankri (Day 1).
• Jaan ki Chatti to Dehradun Railway station (Day 9).
7. All necessary permits and entry fees, Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals.
8. Porters and Mule to carry the central luggage.
9. Services from Dehradun railway station and return.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charge, hospitalization fee or etc.
5. Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:
INR 4,800/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance.
INR 5,000/- if you inform us after reaching Base Camp.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
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Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
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|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
Fitness regime for:
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