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
All about the Bali Pass Trek.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
Whom is the trek for?
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.
Which is the best season to attempt the trek?
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.
What will the weather conditions be like?
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.
What things are needed to be carried?
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. For a complete list, Download the checklist from the footer section.