Top 6 Reasons That Make Bali Bass a Must-do Trek This Summer
Located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Bali Pass Trek is a scenic and challenging offbeat adventure. Amidst the many popular treks in Uttarakhand, Bali Pass is a less-explored Himalayan gem. The Bali Pass connects the beautiful Har ki Dun Valley with the Ruinsara Valley. Along the trail, you will cross popular locations like the Har ki Dun Valley, Ruinsara Tal, the ancient Osla village and the Yamunotri Dham with sightings of massive Himalayan peaks like Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini. If you are someone who wishes to walk the offbeat oath and experience a true Himalayan challenge then Bali Pass is an ideal adventure for you. Here are all the reasons that make Bali Pass one of the best among Uttarakhand treks.
Reasons to choose Bali Pass
- The Beautiful Base Village Sankri
Bali Pass Trek starts from Sankri, a beautiful Himalayan hamlet. Located at an altitude of 6400 ft, the base camp is easily accessible by road. It takes about 10-12 hrs to reach Sankri from Dehradun. Trekkers often find themselves captivated by the charm of this quaint hamlet. The village serves as the base for many popular Himalayan treks like Kedarkantha, Har ki Dun and Phulara Ridge and is set beautifully against the stunning backdrop of Himalayan Ranges. The drive to the village itself is quite scenic as you cross picturesque locations like Mussoorie and Kempty Falls, etc and villages like Damta, Purola, Newtarand Mori. Coniferous forests line the road the meandering Tons River flows by the side.
- The Verdant Meadows of Devsu Bugyal
Devsu Thach is a beautiful meadow that you will come across on your Bali Pass Trek. The lush meadows are lined with tall trees that amplify its beauty. The Swargarohini Peak and Black Peak grace the horizon making this Bugyal an idyllic Himalayan campsite.
- The Tranquil Lake Ruinsara Tal
Ruinsara Tal is one of the main attractions of the Bali Pass Trek. It is a beautiful glacial lake nestled in a picturesque surrounding. Imagine as you walk through lush meadows, you come across a beautiful lake and you camp in its vicinity under a canopy of stars, sounds wonderful doesn’t it? The Lake is surrounded by Rhododendron trees, which in summer are blooming with colour. The lake is also considered sacred by the people of the Har ki Dun Valley. Sit by the lake, explore the surroundings and soak in the serenity and the beauty of the Himalayas. The Ruinsara campsite is also quite stunning with the lake on one side and the Supin River flowing on the other.
- Trek Through Ancient Villages
One of the best things about trekking in Uttarakhand is that you get to explore some of the most ancient villages and locations and witness the rich heritage and traditional architecture of the region. Crossing the villages of Gangad and Osla, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. The traditional architecture of the place is very unique to witness and when you chat with the locals, you will get to know many interesting folklore and learn about their culture. All in all it’s a wonderful experience.
- The Challenge of Pass Climbing
There are different levels of treks in Uttarakhand catering to all experience levels. Bali Pass Trek is more on the challenging side with an exhilarating climb to the pass on the summit day. The intrigue increases even more as you make your way to the summit at midnight with the only light being flashlights and headlamps. From the summit, you will get stunning views of Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini along with other major peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas.
- Yamuntori Dham Darshan
On the last day of your trek, you can visit the revered Yamunotri Dham, which is also one of the Char Dham in Uttarakhand. There’s a hot spring in Yamunotri, where you can soak your foot after all the trekking.