|START TIME||Please arrive by 7:45 AM.|
|END TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|DURATION||8 Nights, 9 Days|
|MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE||12|
Bali Pass is one of the least explored treks that links Har Ki Dun valley to Yamunotri valley. The trek offers amphitheater views of Swargarohini peaks 1 & 2, Banderpooch and Kala Nag or Black Peak. The pass is situated at an altitude of 4950 m. Due to its high altitude, the post monsoon period is considered the best time to trek. In the pre-monsoon season, there is plenty of snow that makes climbing to the pass more challenging and technical. The trekking route is challenging and is not recommended for beginners. The main attractions of this trek includes pine forests of Govind Pashu National Park, meadows of Debshu Bugyal, beautiful camp site of Rainbasera, alpine lake of Ruinsara, Yamnotri temple and many more.
Bali pass is more approachable from the Har-ki-Dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude. The trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers. It also gives one an opportunity to visit the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less travelled path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri temple.
The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives one the experience of camping above 4,000 m. The area is surrounded by Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are Kalanag, Banderpoonch West and Ruinsara. This region was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940s. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer’s delight.
We start early from Dehradun and drive through the villages of Damta, Purola, Mori, Netwar and reach Sankri by evening. The final stretch is through the Govind Pashu National Park after we cross a check post at Netwar. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.
The trek commences from Taluka on a stony path. With the river Supin gushing through rapids beside us, under the shade of walnut, pine and other trees, the walk is quite pleasant. Often the passing villagers greet us on the way.
The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. We continue our hike and after about an hour’s walk, the quaint village of Osla unfolds itself. Seema is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla. We set camp here or stay in a hut with a local family in the village.
The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the Tons and Ruinsara gad. The walk through the forest is beautiful, with Kalanag (6387) visible straight ahead in the valley. We camp beside the stream and close to the waterfall.
We ascend into the Ruinsara valley. There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara lake is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. Overnight in camps near the lake.
Today we rest near the lake and spend the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. This will help us to acclimatize before the next day’s climb to the pass. We reach Kyarkoti which is the base camp for Black peak (Kalanag) and Dumdar Kandi pass. By evening we are back at the camp.
We camp below the pass along the glacial moraine. This is the one of the best locations for a camp with the valley below and the pass behind you. Camping at this altitude is a new experience which very few treks offer.
We start very early today. The trail heads down south, over the ridge. It is a fairly short but steep climb up to the Bali pass on the southern ridge. A lot of glacial scree will be encountered here. We reach the top of the pass by 8 am. You get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Banderpunch peaks on a clear day. From the pass, we descend down into the alpine zone and reach the camping grounds of upper Dhamni. This place has water nearby.
We descend to the forested trail leading to Yamunotri. After a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri, we make our way down the conventional pilgrim trail to Janki chatti. Overnight in guesthouses in Janki Chatti.
This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Dehradun.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Food as per menu on the trek ,
- Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
- Forest Camping charges
- Safety Equipment ,Trek equipments : Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required) All necessary permits and entry fees
- Trek guide, cook, helpers, and mules for carrying common luggage
- Transportation if Specified in Itinerary,
- Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Meals during road Journeys
- Any king of Insurance
- Any expense of personal Nature
- Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
- Carriage of personal laggage during the trek
Back Pack & Rain Cover (50-60 liter)
Day Pack & Rain Cover (20-30 liter, If you hire mule or porter) Couple of water bottles (Avoid Bisleri Bottles)
Hiking Shoes (Should be water proof and ankle support) Torch (With extra batteries)
Glucose, Chocolates, biscuits and nuts
Personal Medical kit (If you required)
Trek Pants – 2 Nos. (Avoid Jeans, Shorts, Capri, Fitting Denims)
T-shirts – 3 Nos. (2 Full Sleeves, 2 Half Sleeves)
Sweater – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Woolen)
Jacket – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Down feather)
Thermal Wear – 1 Nos.
Gloves – 2 Nos. (1 Woolen, 1 Waterproof)
Socks – 5 Nos. (3 Cotton, 2 Woolen)
Warm Inner wears
Rain Coat / Poncho – 1 Nos.
Handkerchief/towels – 1 Nos.
Slippers – 1 Nos.
PROTECT YOUR HEAD
UV sunglasses – 1 Nos.
Caps – 2 Nos. (1 Sun Cap, 1 Woolen Cap)
Balaclava – 1 Nos
Frequently asked Questions
Bali pass is moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 4,900 meters
. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Sankri. There are a number of ATMs in these cities.