Bali Pass Trek
Uttarakhand | 8D/7N | 16,241 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
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 stunning panoramic views of the neighboring Himalayan giants like Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini, all of which seem to be within a touching distance! The trails cut through verdant greenery before beautifully transforming into an 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 waters bear a striking reflection of the skies, leaving you speechless.
Max. Altitude: 4,950 m
- Unmatched panoramic views of neighboring massifs like Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini peaks.
- A thrilling experience of camping above 4,000 m.
- Pure bliss and serenity near the glacial lake of Ruinsara.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents.
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Sankri from Home city/Dehradun
- Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and Jaan ki Chatti to Dehradun
- Food during transit from Dehradun to Sankri
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Day 1 Arrive at Sankri (1,920 m)
Report to the beautiful, quaint village of Sankri sitting in the Govind Pashu National Park region, The drive to Sankri is long but scenic, lasting nearly 6-7 hours from Dehradun. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse, and rest.
Day 2 Drive from Sankri to Taluka (2,107 m), and trek to Seema Camp (2,560 m)
We drive in the early morning from Sankri to Taluka, the beginning point of the trek. Post breakfast, we start trekking towards Seema Camp. The trail is even and winds through beautiful dense forests of chestnuts, willows and conifer trees. A handful of waterfalls greet you further up. The trail now diverges, and we choose either the shorter, steep climb through the village of Dhatmeer or the path alongside the Karmanasha stream. Both trails will land you at Gangaar village. Trek further up to Seema campsite, where overnight stay will be in tents.
Distance: 12-15 km
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Day 3 Trek from Seema Camp to Rainbasera (3,086 m)
Today, the trek proceeds further along the mesmerizing Supin River. Our first landmark is Debshu Bugyal which affords the very first views of the lofty Kalanag! Past Debshu Bugyal, the trail descends and is strewn with loose gravels. Eventually, it brings us to a bridge over the Supin river which we cross. Post this, the trail ascends again, and the Supin accompanies us on the right. A few tricky sections await us until we finally reach our campsite by the river. Overnight stay in tents.
Distance: 9 km
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Day 4 Trek from Rainbasera (3,086 m) to Ruinsara Tal (3,565 m)
The trail separates from the path of Supin River, and we trek towards the stunning Ruinsara Tal. The glacial lake is haloed by endless meadows, and a carpet of rhododendrons grace the land. Here, we stay in wooden huts instead of tents. The campsite offers jaw dropping vistas of the surrounding beauty. The south-west opens up the train to Yamuna Kanta, while the east is a doorway to the mighty Mt. Bandarpoonch, sitting at a staggering 6,387 m in all its glory. Kalanag and White Peak also loom into view here.
Distance: 8 km
Trekking time: 4 hours
Day 5 Trek from Ruinsara Tal to Odari (4,008 m)
The trek is relatively short and easy. We descend through thick forests to Supin river, which we cross by an overhead bridge. The trail then goes up to a little meadow, after which we head south east. Turning south west now, we arrive at the Odari campsite which overlooks an ancient rock cave, which was believed to have been Bali’s refuge in the Hindu epic Ramayana. The views open up the to spectacular Swargarohini peaks. In the evening, we will conduct practice sessions for a couple of techniques to be used in the following days.
Distance: 4 km
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Day 6 Trek from Odari to Bali Pass Base Camp (4,678 m)
The trek towards the Bali Pass Base Camp is quite short but strenuous and challenging. The trail takes us up a ridge with 60-degree incline, which is also laden with loose gravels to add to the challenge. Though the trek is quite short, it is advisable to keep yourself active and hydrated to avoid AMS, since we cross the 4,500 m mark. The temperatures will drop drastically. Overnight stay in tents.
Distance: 4 km
Trekking time: 3 hours
Day 7 Trek from Bali Bass Base Camp to Lower Dhamni (3,415 m) via Bali Pass (4,930 m)
This day is the highlight of our trek, and decidedly the most important one, for we cross the breathtaking Bali Pass to reach our last campsite. We begin early in the morning post breakfast, and trek through the thick snow. Here, we put the ice and rock techniques to use. The Pass is 3 hours away from the Base Camp. The climb is exhausting, but the mind numbing views of the enveloping peaks of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and many others pale everything else! If the climb was arduous, the descent will be the curveball. It is a near-vertical slope, again filled with scree and stones. The path narrows down further to less than 6 inches in some sections. We reach Upper Dhamni and take a quick rest, post which we trek to Lower Dhamni. The path is tricky here.
Distance: 10 km
Trekking time: 9-10 hours
Day 8 Trek from Lower Dhamni to Jaan Ki Chatti (2,650 m) via Yamunotri (2,650)
Last day of the trek. The path snakes through a lush forest which quickly paves a way to a cemented trail, ascending all the way up to Yamunotri. You can also take a refreshing dip into the steaming hot water springs at Yamunotri to wash away the exhaustion. The trail merges with the route of the pilgrims to Jaan Ki Chatti, where we stay overnight in guest house. Depart for Dehradun the next day.
Distance: 9.5 km
Trekking time: 4 hrs
Bali Pass is a semi-technical trek that sits at a dizzying altitude of 4,950 meters. The challenging level of the trek combined with extremely high altitude demands rigorous physical fitness, endurance, and stamina, along with proper acclimatization. Only well-experienced trekkers who have scaled heights of at least 4,500 should undertake the trek. Beginners should ideally keep away.
It is advisable to attempt the trek from May to June (pre-monsoon), and then from September to Mid October, (post-monsoon) when the snow cover will have melted a little, clearing up the path ahead. extremely are disastrous here.
The daytime temperatures in summers will be between 15 to 20 degrees, while nights will see a drop to -2 to 5 degrees. Post monsoon, the temperatures will range from 12 to 20 degrees during post-monsoondaytime, and -5 to 5 degrees in the night. Octobers will be a lot colder.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / post-monsoon well-experienced, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
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