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Bali Pass Trek

from  21799.00 18950.00

Uttarakhand  |  8D/7N  |  16,241 Ft.

May – June and September – October

(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)

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All about the Bali Pass Trek.

Region: Uttarakhand
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Difficulty Level: High
Maximum Altitude: 16,241 ft
Approximate Trekking km: 57kms

 

They say-trekkers are highly crazy people who climb so high to see a view from the summit. Not precisely wrong! You got to inflict that craziness within you to enjoy being in nature’s tranquillity. People, who love walking on frozen lakes, want to experience the wilderness yet a soothing feeling of calmness, Himalayan treks are the ones you should opt for. For those, who want to combine great hiking with gaining a vision into how people have advanced culturally, there’s a wide range of Himalayan treks offered by Trekmunk.
One of the less popular treks in India, though more exhilarating than most others, Bali pass bridges the picturesque valley of Har ki Doon to Yamunotri valley. It also boasts of the spectacular panoramic views of the adjoining Himalayan giants like Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini, all of which seem to be within touching distance. The trails cut through verdant greenery before beautifully transforming into alpine terrain. The trek also takes you through the rustic base villages of Sankri and Osla, where a world of fascinating village cultures awaits you. The trail along the glacial Ruinsara river is lined with vibrant alpine flowers, and the water bears a striking reflection of the skies, leaving you speechless.
The maximum altitude of the trek is estimated to be around 16,241 ft. The trekking distance is roughly calculated to be 57kms. It will require 8 days to complete the trek comfortably with accommodation starting from Dehradun. The best months to go for the trek is between May-June (pre-monsoon) and again September-October (post-monsoon). The daytime temperature in summer hovers around 15 to 20 degrees, while nights see a drop to -2 to 5 degrees. Post monsoon, the temperatures will range from 12 to 20 degrees during the daytime, and -5 to 5 degrees at night. October will be a lot colder.

The best time to attempt for this trek is between September and October. This ensures the difficulty level to reduce a bit as there is lesser snow which unblocks your trails with no account of rain eventually keeping away the slippery terrains. Now for trekkers, who want a level up, can choose the pre-monsoon seasons as well. The vicious temperatures along with challenging roads will keep on the thrill and exhilaration of the trek.

The trek by foot commences from a village named Sankri. To reach Sankri, you have to arrive at Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. The drive to the Sankri village is 6-7 hours from Dehradun covering some 197.2 km. The first landmark is the Debshu Bugyal from where you can see the marvelous views of lofty Kalanag. The much-awaited is the Bali pass base camp, which is a short but challenging one, as the 15,000 ft mark is crossed. The last campsite is the Lower Dhammi via Bali pass. The trek will be through thick snow. The last day of the trek will witness ascending all the way up to Yamunotri from where the pilgrim route will be taken to Jaan Ki Chatti. The participants depart for Dehradun the following day will some lifelong memories to cherish.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

• Unmatched panoramic views of neighboring massifs like Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini peaks. This offbeat trek with its magical views will surely leave you awestruck.

• A thrilling experience of camping above 15,000 ft. You just need to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view.

• Pure bliss and serenity near the glacial lake of Ruinsara. The glacial lake is one such place to offer you peacefulness and tranquillity. Surrounded by meadows and mountain ranges, this place will leave you captivated.

As the Bali pass trek is not beginner-friendly, and quite difficult, you need to possess a sufficient level of fitness to complete the entire trek. People having breathing problems and altitude sickness should not opt for this trek as you have to hike high altitudes here. An amazing bunch of wanderlusts are sure to accompany you during the trek and here at Trekmunk, we promise you will certainly descend with the promise to trace more peaks together in future.

Trekmunk as a Bali Pass Trek Organizer will make sure that you get a wonderful experience for all the wanderlusts. As per the reviews of various trekkers, Trekmunk is the best trekking company in India that assures you a quality service and a friendly atmosphere. Bali Pass Trek cost starts from 18,950 INR which will cover all the inclusions like food, transport, and accommodation. Also, as far as the documents are concerned, we need to show some documents of identification for the trekkers to the department officials in order to get the Bali Pass Trek Permit. So, make sure that you carry the required documents that are asked of you. So what are you waiting for? Get ready with your backpack and book the amazing Bali Pass trek 2019 with us right now. Trek the Himalayas with Trekmunk and turn your dream into reality.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT BALI PASS TREK

So, the best time to do the trek is the post-monsoon season during the months of September and October. During the pre-monsoon months of May and June, the trail remains covered in snow which also proves to be a good time to the adventure enthusiasts to unleash their love for the mountains.

 

HOW TO REACH 

BY AIR
Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport which is around 30 km from Dehradun. It connected to the major cities that have flights every now and then.

BY RAIL
Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest railway station from where we will pick you up. Dehradun is well connected through rail from major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata.

BY ROAD
Through the National Highway, Dehradun is accessible from most of the parts of India. Also, the Dehradun bus stand has enough network of buses available from New Delhi and Chandigarh.

Bali Pass Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 : Arrive at Sankri (1,920 m)

    Report to Sanski village situated in the Govind Pashu National Park region. A drive of 6-7 hours will take you to Sankri from Dehradun covering a distance of 197.2 km. Amidst the journey, you will pass through the National Park which has wide ranges of flora and fauna. This will surely fascinate you and keep your tiredness away. The serenity and picturesque of the journey is something to look out for. So, make sure that you refrain yourself from dozing off during the drive to Sankri village.

    As soon as you reach Sankri, you will be allotted rooms at the local guesthouse. Rejuvenate yourself after the tiring journey by exploring the local culture and traditions. Enjoy the local delicacies and return back to the guest house for overnight stay.

    Altitude: 6,299 ft
    Drive distance: 197.2 km
    Time taken: 8-10 hours

  2. Day 2 : Drive from Sankri to Taluka (2,107 m), and trek to Seema Camp (2,560 m)

    Early morning drive from Sankri to Taluka. It’s an hour’s ride. You will be served delicious breakfast at Taluka, after which, we will start trekking towards the Seema Camp. During the trail, you will encounter dense forests of chestnuts, willows, and conifer trees. Also, you will come across some striking cascade of waterfalls as well. The trail is quite simple and even.
    Further, it diverges, and either we choose the steep, shorter climb through the village of Dhatmeer or the one alongside Karmanasha stream. Both of which will land you at the Gangaar village. Trek further up to Seema campsite. This is the first place of the trek, where you will be staying in tents.

    Enjoy your dinner under the night sky after which overnight stay will be arranged in tents. Fun activities will be organized depending upon the weather conditions.

    Altitude: 6,299ft to 8,858ft
    Trek distance: 12-15 km
    Time taken: 6 – 8 hours
    Difficulty: Easy

  3. Day 3 : Trek from Seema Camp to Rainbasera (3,086 m)

    The next day starts early in the morning after having a delicious breakfast. We continue to trek further along the Supin river. Our first breakthrough is Debshu Bugyal with the lofty Kalanag visible ahead in the valley. The breathtaking views of Kalanag will be the answer to your climb.
    Debshu Bugyal is a truly beautiful camping site. The lush green meadow will have a carpet cover of tiny blooming flowers with an array of dazzling colors in the month of September. During April-May, the green meadow will be surrounded by blooming Rhododendrons. It is also a great place for witnessing the birds. You can also spot, a couple of birds, such as Red-billed Blue Magpie, Blue whistling thrush, Rosefinches and many more.
    The trail descends and the path is covered with loose gravel and sand. Then after we cross the bridge over the Supin river. After this, the trail ascends again, and now the Supin flows on the right. A few tricky sections lie ahead of us until we finally reach the campsite.

    Dinner and overnight stay will be arranged in tents. The night sky is a treat to watch as you can see the Milky way covering the entire horizon.

    Altitude: 8,858 ft to 10,124ft
    Trek Distance: 9 km
    Time taken: 4 – 5 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate

  4. Day 4 : Trek from Rainbasera (3,086 m) to Ruinsara Tal (3,565 m)

    The trail gets separated from the Supin river and the trek ascends into the Ruinsara valley. The majestic peak of Ruinsara comes to view. We will be approaching 11,000 ft mark and in no time reach the Ruinsara Tal or the glacial lake. The glacial lake is surrounded by endless meadows and rhododendron bushes. You can try your hand at photography here. Overnight stay in wooden huts instead of tents.

    The campsite offers some spectacular panoramas of the surrounding beauty. The south-west opens up to Yamuna Kanta, while the east is a doorway to the mighty Mt. Bandarpoonch, sitting at a staggering 21,000 ft in all its glory. Kalanag and White Peak also loom into view here.

    Enjoy your dinner under the night sky after which overnight stay will be arranged in tents. Embrace the beauty lying forth you. You will hopefully get enough time to rest and be ready for the upcoming challenges that will come in the following days.

    Altitude: 10,124 ft to 11,483ft
    Trek Distance: 8 km
    Time Taken: 4 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate

  5. Day 5 : Trek from Ruinsara Tal to Odari (4,008 m)

    The objective of the next day is to reach Odari. The trek is relatively short and easy. The distance is not much difficult except for the significant gain in altitude. We descend through the thick forests of Supin river and cross it through a bridge. We will continue towards south-east along the river. After a trek of a few kilometers, we take the south-west direction. The greenery will now change into a rugged rocky terrain, which will bring us to Odari, our next campsite. During the early summer, the sun is strong. To safeguard your eyes, you should wear ultraviolet protection sunglasses while hiking on snow.

    Odari, an ancient rock cave is said to be Bali’s refuge in Hindu epic, Ramayana. You will gain an insight into the history and Indian culture and come to know more about Bali’s story and Ramayana. In the evening, we will conduct a practice session where a couple of techniques will be taught that will help you to proceed further in the next couple of days. Overnight stay in the tents will mark the end of the day.

    Altitude: 11,483 ft to 13,452ft
    Trek Distance: 4 km
    Time Taken: 4 – 5 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate

  6. Day 6 : Trek from Odari to Bali Pass Base Camp (4,678 m)

    The trek proceeds further towards the Bali Pass Base Camp. You have to climb a series of ridges along the way, which is quite daunting and challenging. The ridges are quite sharp and steep as that of a knife. Glaciers covering one side of the ridge and rocky debris. The first ridge might seem to be a real deal. You should remember the trek rules and follow our trek guides properly.

    The steep ridges are at a 60-70 degree inclination. You should move with small footsteps and keep following your trek leader. Also, you can use your ice axe to keep away the snow. The journey will let you explore the vastness and emptiness of the pass, surrounded only by a sea of clouds.
    The trek is short and it is advisable to keep yourself active and hydrated to avoid AMS. We cross the 15000 ft mark during this trek and the temperatures drop drastically. It might snow too and that can cause some hindrance to the trek. The cold winds will surely give you chills. You need to layer yourself with proper clothing to avoid any kind of health disorder.
    After the dinner, we pack off early for tomorrow’s quest.

    Altitude: 13,452 ft to 15,347 ft
    Trek Distance: 4 km
    Time Taken: 3 hours
    Difficulty: High

  7. Day 7 : Trek from Bali Pass Base Camp to Lower Dhamni (3,415 m) via Bali Pass (4,930 m)

    Early morning will mark the beginning of the beautiful sunrise so close that it will leave you wondering for a moment. We continue towards crossing the Bali pass to reach our last campsite.

    The day begins very early. Post breakfast, trek proceeds through the snowfields. We will use ice and rock techniques to advance further. Our trek guides will surely take care of you. The climb is strenuous as the stretch is steep. The bone-chilling temperatures and the snow trails are challenging and exciting at the same time.

    We get to see the eye-catching views of the peaks in the vicinity. In some places, the path narrows down to less than 6 inches. We reach Upper Dhamni and take some rest before we advance further. After a while, we start trekking towards Lower Dhamni. The Lower Dhamni is an unusual forested area with steep slopes. Overnight stay in tents.

    Altitude: 15,347 ft to 16,241ft
    Trek Distance: 10 km
    Time Taken: 9-10 hours
    Difficulty: High

  8. Day 8 : Trek from Lower Dhamni to Jaan Ki Chatti (2,650 m) via Yamunotri (2,650)

    This is the last day of the trek. You can get up early in the morning and breathe the fresh air for the last time, take some snaps as memories to look back and see the last sunrise from the campsite. You will be served breakfast and some activities will be held in groups as this will be the last day of the trek.

    Then, the trail continues through a lush forest for an hour which quickly paves a way to a cemented trail, ascending all the way up to Yamunotri. You get to visit the popular shrine of Yamunotri here. You can also take a refreshing dip into the steaming hot water springs at Yamunotri to wash away the exhaustion. We further continue along the flowing Yamuna and take the pilgrims route to Jaan Ki Chatti, a small busy town, where we stay overnight in a guest house.

    You will depart for Dehradun the next day which will mark the end of this unforgettable trek.

    Altitude: 16,250 ft to 8,694 ft
    Trek Distance: 9.5 km
    Time Taken: 4 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

Inclusions in the package:
  •  Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  •  Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
  • Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
Exclusions in the package:
  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Dehradun: Food and stay in Dehradun are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun, we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and Jaan ki Chatti to Dehradun is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

FAQs and Reviews


When is the best time to go to for this trek?

Bali Pass trek is best visited amidst the months of September and October and again in the months of May and June because, during this part of the year, the weather is salubrious which makes the trek experience even more magical. You can witness a collection of some of the majestic Himalayan peaks covered with pristine snow. Embrace yourself to witness a rich amount of snow. Alpine forests, through which your steps will be filled with an abundance of the amazing landscape of the whole valley will be an ecstatic delight.


How difficult is this trek?

Bali Pass Trek has a difficulty range of 6 on a scale of 8. The level of this trek is difficult, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. Prior trekking experience of scaling a high mountain peak is required which means beginners are not welcomed. The duration of the trek is 8 days and it is around 57 kilometers altogether. You would find some steep slopes or risky ridges. There are tricky glacier sections that need to be crossed in addition to steep climbs. Irrespective of your prior experience, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.


How much fitness is required for this trek?

Bali Pass Trek is a moderate to difficult grade trek, and thus good fitness levels are prerequisite for this trip. The necessity of good amount of stamina, and a healthy body, both physically and mentally, cannot be overlooked. Thus, good physical strength is a must. This trek requires a prior trekking experience. Beginners are always welcomed by Trekmunk but only if they belong to the athletic background or extremely good, routined fitness levels. It is advisable that you do basic exercise such as jogging, sit-ups and similar a month prior to the start of the trek. Good stamina is a must for this trek. If you are a beginner, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking at least 7 to 10 kilometers daily for 1 month prior to the start of the trek.


What will the temperature like on this trek?

Bali Pass Pass weather forecast explains to us that the vicinity of Bali Pass usually remains pleasant and clear, almost throughout the year, except for the months of winter. The daytime temperature in summer hovers around 15 to 20 degrees, while nights see a drop to -2 to 5 degrees. Post monsoon, the temperatures will range from 12 to 20 degrees during the daytime, and -5 to 5 degrees at night. October will be a lot colder.


When will there be snow on this trek? Can it be done in Snow?

Bali Pass Trek has an accumulation of snow almost throughout the year. Yes, it can be done on snow. The Bali Pass pass during the spring is coated with snow, which melts steadily, as the lush green meadows, rough traverses, and brown peaks start to unleash. You can witness a collection of some of the majestic Himalayan peaks covered with pristine snow. Embrace yourself to witness a rich amount of snow.


Which are the best months for this trek?

Bali Pass trek is best visited amidst the months of September and October and again in the months of May and June because, during this part of the year, the weather is salubrious which makes the trek experience even more magical. You can witness a collection of some of the majestic Himalayan peaks covered with pristine snow. Embrace yourself to witness a rich amount of snow. Alpine forests, through which your steps will be filled with an abundance of the amazing landscape of the whole valley will be an ecstatic delight.


What things do we need to carry?

Bali Pass Trek is a high altitude trek. You need to be fully prepared for the comfortable completion of the trek. All the essential kinds of stuff required for the trek such as Rucksack, 2 pairs of quick-dry T-shirts and trek pants, 2 pairs of socks, trekking shoes, fleece, sunscreen SPF 50+, towel, lip balm, headlamp/torch, water bottles of 1 liter, and personal medicines should be available with you. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer. Make sure that you have all these things before the start of the trek.


What type of food is served during this trek?

Bali Pass Trek package includes an experienced cook, who will be going along with the team and the batch during the journey. One thing you can be assured of is the food served on this trek will be one the best that you might have encountered throughout your life. Generally, only vegetarian food is served on a trek because non-vegetarian food has a high amount of protein which makes it difficult to digest. We have a serving of 5 meals per day which includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner and bedtime milk. We don’t compromise on the quality of the food. Hence, all you need to do is explore the beauty of the trek without worrying about the food. The pure and fresh mountain water will be provided through clean streams of the area. You can bring with you water purification pills, in case you are cautious about it, although it is not necessary.


How do I book this trek with you?

Bali Pass Trek cost trek could be easily arranged with Trekmunk by just clicking on the “Book Now” button, given at the information page of each trek. The inquiry is required to check the availability of dates and perfectly initiate your journey to your dream trek destination; fill out the form and you will be taken to the payment link. Within minutes from that, you will be all ready to venture into the wild. If you want to customize your trek, you are just required to carefully fill-up the form that will open as soon as you’ll click on the above-mentioned button. Fill in the basic details, your desired trek option and services, and lastly, your preferred month, time, and date to visit the place. Next, just hit the “send” button as soon as you complete the details. Our expert will contact you soon, at your preferred time for further arrangements.


Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?

Bali Pass Trek is an 8-day long trek and hence backpacks, raincoats and other types of equipment are necessary. Backpacks and raincoats including other items will not be available for rent by us. These are the things you need to bring on your own. You can check our website to make sure that you know about all the things that you need to carry by yourself on this trek. It is advised to carry all those things for your own convenience. The only accessories that we will provide on rent for this trek are trek poles and ponchos. All the other necessary items or equipment are not available for rent by our side.


Is this a good trek for a first-timer?

Bali Pass Trek is one of the quite known difficult trails of the Himalayas. It might not be the best trek for first-timers, as it moves through an extremely high alpine area. The trek has a level ranging from moderate to difficult, which demands good physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. Prior trekking or any similar sports experience (like cycling and swimming) is highly required. Nonetheless, beginners are always welcomed by Trekmunk. If you are a novice in trekking and wish to do this trek anyway, then you might prepare yourself. This can be done with regular exercise. It is necessary that you keep certain targets and start to practice at least two months before the actual trip takes place. Running, cycling, swimming, and even staircase-climbing, all are definitive ways to keep your body fit and prepared for this trek.


Who will be there with us on the trek?

Bali Pass Trek Guide will be along with you throughout the journey. The package includes a trek leader and the professional staff which will accompany you and other trek participants during the climb. You are assured to get an amazing company of fifteen other wanderlusts like you, alongside you. People from different spheres of life joining each other on an isolated trek might seem like a thrilling adventure. You will feel like going with strangers and thus it might not be fun but we assure you that you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in the future. We will also have porters, kitchen staff and mules along with us to make our journey a comfortable one.


What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

Bali Pass Trek with Trekmunk provides you with washroom/toilet facilities. So, what we do for the washroom/toilet facilities on the trek is that a toilet tent is put a little far away from the campsite. The toilet tent has a hole dug right into the earth. You do your business and then cover it with dirt. We can assure you that it won’t be a problem.


What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?

We will pick you up at the Dehradun railway station in the morning and drop you back to Dehradun after the completion of the Bali Pass trek. Prior to the trek, you can spend a day acclimatizing in Dehradun if you are somewhere from the plans. You can go for local sightseeing and enjoy the local cuisine. The interesting places in and around Dehradun include Sahastradhara, Tiger Falls, Robert\'s Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshwar Temple, Tapovan and many more. You can also visit the Kempty fall which is on our way to Sankri village. All these places are amazing and if you have an extra day, we suggest you go out and explore the beauty of Uttarakhand. The scenic beauty and impeccable natural landscapes are something to look out for.


How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Bali Pass Trek has few sources of water in the form of rivers and streams that is for not only farmlands but also drinking and other purposes for locals. Water points are available at different intervals of the day to day routes. The water that we take from streams is safe and uncontaminated. But still, if you want it to be totally pure, you can carry chlorine tablets with yourself. You can get it easily at any kind of medicine store.


Which type of shoes should I buy for this trek?

Bali Pass pass has a long trek lasting for 8 long days. During the whole trail of the trek, we are ought to encounter many kinds of water bodies that we will have to cross. Moreover, during winter, the whole region will be covered with snow. So, it is very important to wear a high ankle trekking shoe that is waterproof. Normal shoes are not suitable for this type of Himalayan trek.


Is the trekking pole necessary?

Bali Pass Trek comprises of simple steeps and slants, high alpine altitudes, and moves along the safe pasturelands and forest routes. Trekking poles might come handy on this trek. A trekking pole helps in providing balance when we pass through streams. They assure you a safe climb through the snow or rocky paths by reducing the stress on your knees while carrying a heavy load on our shoulders. They are very useful to cut our way through the blanket of snow present on the trail. We provide trekking poles for rent and we strongly advise you to carry it for all the above-mentioned reasons.


What is the Starting and ending point of this trek?

Bali Pass trek starts at Dehradun and ends at Dehradun. We will pick you up at the Dehradun railway station in the morning and drop you back to Dehradun by 6 pm after the completion of the Bali Pass trek. Dehradun is well connected by roadways, railways and air networks.


Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the minimum and maximum age limit?

Bali Pass Trek is a moderate to difficult level trek and thus the walking hours will be long, and the tricky traverses will add to the difficulty of the whole trek. The minimum age thus should be 12 years. You have to make sure that your child is fit and willing to do the trek else he/she will be whining all the way to the top. If you think that your child is fit enough for this trek and his/her legs can carry them till the summit and then back to the campsite even after reading the itinerary, you are most welcomed to experience this trek with your kid. Just make sure that they don’t have any kind of lung or heart problems. In that case, the trek is not advisable. There’s no maximum age limit for anyone who\'s not severely ill and have strong bones and right mind-frame.


When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?

Bali Pass Trek with Trekmunk is strictly against the consumption of alcohol. At such a high altitude, it\'s amazing to dance on \"daaru desi\" song but very harmful to consume the \"desi daaru\". Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Consumption of alcohol can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.


What kind of Tents and Sleeping bags are provided to us on the trek?

Bali Pass Trek with Trekmunk has well-defined tents and sleeping bags that are used at the campsite. Currently, talking about the tents, we are using 3 men Coleman, husky and Vango tents which are 5000 mm waterproof. When it comes to sleeping bags, we have custom A shape Columbia sleeping bags especially made for expeditions. It can withstand up to a maximum of minus 20 degrees centigrade. We never compromise on the quality of all items that we provide for treks. The tent and sleeping bags are of impeccable quality and you can blindly trust on us on all the equipment that we provide on the trek. All you need to do is just enjoy the beautiful landscapes, leaving everything else on us.


Can I leave travelling clothes in basecamp behind and collect them after the trek?

Bali Pass Trek with Trekmunk has well-defined cloakrooms and campsites. You can leave your traveling clothes in the basecamp and then collect them later after the trek is over. We have cloakroom facilities available for all the travelers so that you enjoy the trek without the ordeal that your extra baggage can provide.


Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to this trek? What will we do if it rains?

Bali Pass Trek has very fewer chances of rain in between the trail. Rain is a law of nature and we can go against the laws of nature. We can’t stop it, right? So yes, we need to be prepared for the worst scenario and carry all the necessary things that are required irrespective of whether it is going to rain or not. If the rainfall is light and there is only drizzle, we will continue. But if the rainfall is too heavy, we will have to stop. Raincoats will be available with us. So, there is nothing to worry about it.


Is there a doctor going with us on the trek?

Bali Pass Trek package includes the Trekmunk’s professional team and staff, which will accompany you throughout the journey. In case of any health-related issues, the team will take care of the person. The safety kits and equipment will also be provided by us. Our trek leaders are very experienced and they have knowledge about all the necessary things that need to be taken care of during a trek. They have enough medical knowledge and experience to handle any kind of medical emergencies that can happen on a trek. Another plus point is that we provide and carry oxygen cylinders along with us and your oxygen levels will be checked on a daily basis throughout the trekking routine. This will make sure whether you are fine enough to proceed for a further trek or not.


Do we get a mobile network on the trek?

Bali Pass trail has very less network connectivity. You won’t get mobile network throughout the trek. Generally, after departing from Dehradun, the mobile network starts to get weaker. You will get a decent mobile network until Sankri village. As you pass Sankri, it will tend to get weaker and weaker and then a few kilometers ahead you will find your smartphone with no network at all. All further communication has to be made over walkie talkies.


Are smoking and drinking allowed on this trek?

Bali Pass Trek comes under High Himalayan trek. Smoking and drinking are strictly not allowed on this trek or on any other trek. Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Smoking and Drinking can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.


Is Diamox advisable?

Bali Pass Trek must not require a Diamox if you have prior experience in trekking on the Himachal trails. In case, you are a beginner or have high altitude sickness, it will be wise to take the medicine, at least a day before starting to climb. Diamox is a kind of medical prophylaxis agent which helps in the prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness. Above a height of 8,000 feet from the sea level, an individual is prone to acute mountain sickness, regardless of one’s gender, age, and fitness levels. As this trek exceeds the 8,000 marks, Diamox can be taken. The currently advised dosing is 250 milligram which should begin 24 hours before making an ascent. Nevertheless, it is advisable that before coming upon any conclusion you talk to your doctor and your trek leader about it as they are the only people who can give you the best advice.


How big are the groups?

Bali Pass Trek group size hovers around 16. The bigger the group, the lesser the fun and serenity amidst the beautiful landscapes. We don\'t have bigger groups because they take away the essence of trekking. So, we have tried to accommodate an average number of people that will end up making the trek experience blissful. When you have a small group, it’s easier for everyone to interact with each other and this adds up to the beauty of the trek. You will come across 15 other wanderlusts like you and I can assure you that you will return home turning those strangers into life-long friends.


Is it safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk?

Bali Pass Trek is a well-mapped trek route of Uttarakhand and a completely safe one. Nevertheless, Trekmunk is strictly dedicated to the safe journey of its travellers, be it of any gender. That said, our team ensures the safety of female solo travellers as well to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk. We never compromise when it comes to the safety and security of our travellers. Till now, many independent and solo female travellers have completed a lot of treks along with Trekmunk. There has been no complaints or disappointment by any of our members. All of them have always returned back happily. They have given satisfied reviews and are keen to hike a trek again with us in the future. You can check the reviews on our website for more details.


I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me( Portage/Offloading of bags)?

Bali Pass Trek route passes through some serious slopes, traverses, ravines, gorges and thus a moderate level sport can become even more difficult for many people who might be suffering any kind of aches (back or knee), any serious internal injuries, or those who are just not habitual to carry heavy-backpacks or never have done climbing with backpack before. Trekmunk can provide its participants with a mule or a porter, but an extra amount will be charged for it. You cannot transfer or expect your load to be carried by your batchmates. Lastly, you are expected to carry only the necessary stuff during the trekking period because we already have cloakroom facilities at our base camps.


How many trekkers will be in one tent?

For Bali Pass or any other trek, generally, there is an accommodation of only two persons in a single tent. In some cases, we can accommodate three trekkers in a tent but that is very rare. You should always try to follow the norms of the tentmate etiquettes in order to have a warm and happy stay inside the tent. It is very important to create a healthy environment inside. We can assure you that you may enter the tent as strangers but when you shall return back, you will become life-long friends just like roommates.


Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?

Bali Pass Trek is a high altitude Himalayan trek, and thus it is highly recommended to keep your personal medicines (if any) along with you. Although our team will provide you with the medicinal kit, it will still be wise to keep your own little pouch of basic medicines like Paracetamol, Crocin, Avil, Combiflam, Norflox, Crepe Bandage, Digene etcetera. Generally, you should always consult a doctor before going on any acute alpine trek. So make sure you consult an experienced doctor and tell him about all your past medical history and symptoms. Acknowledge him about the altitude you are planning to climb and the difficulty level of the trek. He will probably suggest you prophylaxis medication or else a prescription of acetazolamide. All these drugs are tested and it is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of altitude sickness.


Can we customize this trek?

Bali Pass Trek details, as read by you on the website, is for the fixed departure. You can easily customize this trek. Just remember to check the “Customized Private Trek” box in the inquiry form. Our expert will contact and arrange a customized private trek package for you accordingly.


What is AMS? How to prevent it?

During Bali Pass Trek or any other trek or any other mountain expedition, we ought to travel to high altitudes. As we ascend, due to change in elevation, there is a change in various other factors such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, radiation and oxygen saturation. The temperature and atmospheric pressure gradually fall down and the ultraviolet(UV) radiation increases with increase in altitude. Moreover, the humidity and oxygen level tends to lower down. These changes have an adverse effect on our body and sometimes our body fails to withstand it. Due to these changes, there arises a condition called altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS). The prevention tips are: (1) You should always try to ascend a mountain as slowly as possible. (2) It will be good if you plan a few extra days and spend it acclimatizing after every 3000 ft. (3) Before starting to ascend, make sure you have a day of rest and a night of tight sleep. (4) Drink plenty of water. • Eat with proper guidelines. Avoid non-vegetarian food at high altitudes. Also, avoid alcohol and caffeinated products