Bali Pass Trek
Most Adventrous Pass from Har Ki Dun Valley towards Yamunotri
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Bali Pass Trek
The Bali Pass Trek is a challenging and exciting trekking adventure located in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas. It is a high altitude trek that takes you through some of the most scenic and breathtaking landscapes, with snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and glacial lakes. This trek is not for the faint-hearted, as it requires good physical fitness, endurance, and a sense of adventure. Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valley links throug Bali Pass Trek. It’s rare to find a trek that offers you the opportunity to experience it pure grandeur of a crossing Himalayan Pass. It crosses the confluence between Tons and Ruinsara river, and enjoys the unspoilt serenity and lush meadows at Devsu Thach. Soon, the greenery will open up to alpine zones. The Pass, at 16,207 feet, offers 360° panoramic views of the Bandarpoonch and Kalanag peaks. This trek is not for beginners and it’s hard work. The Pass, at a staggering 5,000mtr elevation, is located in the Garhwal kernels. The stunning high altitude pass at offers breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks like Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Bandarpoonch.You will be able to relive your childhood memories with Bali Pass Trek. It is filled with adventures and beautiful views. The trek begins at Sankri and finishes at Jankichatti. This trek requires some trekking experience.
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Why You Should Do Bali Pass Trek
1. You can travel back in time to the ancient villages of Osla or Gangad
The serene, tranquil lake lies among the beautiful mountains of Swaragrohini. The meadows are pristine and undeveloped. The lakeside is tranquil and one can feel the peace.
Gangaad Village Gangaad Village Photo by Our Photoghrapher Nilmani Parth
The unique folklore and village culture of Osla and Gangad are evident from day one. You will be captivated for hours by the captivating Himachali architecture of Osla’s ancient temples.
2. The Ruinsara Forest's alpine meadows, Devsu Thach, are a great surprise.
Dev Thach’s setting is stunning. The perfect setting is a thriving meadow with tall trees and Kalanag, Swargarohini, and Kalanag in the background. This is a great spot to camp.
3.The Ruinsara Trail, which runs from Devsu Thach up to Ruinsara Lake and continues to Ruinsara River.
Ruinsara River, Black Peak, Bandar punch range in background| Photo by Our Trekker Rahul Chauhan
This stretch is beautiful but also quite tricky. It is narrow so it’s easy to compare it with Rishi Gorge. Nanda Devi Although it’s not as difficult as the former, sanctuary is possible. Amazing array of alpine flowers can be seen along the riverbank.
4. Ruinsara Lake, a unique glacial lake
Ruinsara Lake | Photo by Our Trekker Rahul Chauhan
5. Bali Pass: The difficult approach
Bali Pass Summit
It is possible to cross the Himalayan pass in either the pre- or post-monsoon season. The higher areas of the pass are snowy in the months of June and July. In the post monsoon seasons, it is drier and more rockier. Trekkers who love high-altitude pass traverses will feel right at home.
Day Wise Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri
- 1,950m/6.400ft (Sankri)
- Distance: 220 km – approximately 10 hours.
- Pick-up time at Dehradun railway station parking lot.
- Sankri is expected to arrive at 5:00 PM.
Bring original and a copy of your ID proof with you to Sankri’s forest check point.
- Available network BSNL (erratic).
- Lunch and breakfast on the way are not included in the price
- After Pulora keep a warm jacket handy.
- There is a local market.
- Pulora has an AMT that is fully functional
- Sankari is at the end of the road to Govind Balabh Pant Wilderness Sanctuary.
- Dinner at the guest house included in the price
Double or triple occupancy in a Guest House
Sankri is the first stop before you start your Bali pass trek. This is a small village in Uttarkashi, which lies within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. You will pass scenic spots like on the drive from Dehradun, to Sankri. Kempty waterfalls and Nainbagh, Mussoorie, etc. It is surrounded with the peaks of Swargrohini, and other Greater Himalayan summits. The evening sky rises up around Sankri, creating amazing scenes. This is a great way to get started on your trek. Here, you can stay in hotels or at home stay.
Day 02: Sankri to Seema via Taluka
- Altitude: 2,600m/8.500ft (Seema), and 2,100m/6.700ft(Taluka).
- Altitude difference: 650m/2,100ft.
- Sankri to Taluka drive 12kms, 1 hour.
- Taluka-Seema Trek 12km, 7-8 Hours
- The majority of the trail is a gradual ascent.
- Take a walk along the Supin River.
- Trekking is done in the forest of Deodar, Bamboo, Wild Roses, Irises, and Chestnut.
- Water on the road.
- Osla village is located opposite Seema.
Lunch packed on the way
- Tent-stay .
Get up early to start the morning drive to Taluka. This is where we start our trekking. You will cross major streams, bamboo, and deodar trees to reach the driveway that is 12 km long. It is a joy to turn over many mountain bends. You can camp near Forest Rest House, and in some cases trekkers also camp there. Begin your walk from Taluka by following a stone-way, which descends to the river bed. From here, the path follows the Supin river. The path gradually ascends after crossing a couple of cement and wooden bridges. The path will open up to the left after about an hour. Many locals are busy at their jobs around here. They are happy to greet you. You can find stunning, undiscovered wooden architectures if you continue walking for 2 hours. This is Ghangad village. It takes another 20 minutes to reach the dhaba or water run mill.
Continue onwards for an additional hour to reach another campsite that is currently under construction. A wooden bridge will take you to Osla village. Osla, with its unique wooden houses, is a very popular tourist destination. Continue walking for 60 minutes under forest cover, next to Supin river, until you reach Seema. You will see Himalayan Monal if you keep your eyes open in the forest. Seema is a camping area, but you will find many trekkers there. You can stay in tents for the night and then relax.
Day 3: Seema to Rainbasera
- Altitude: 3,100m/10,200ft.
- Altitude difference: 500m/1,700ft.
- Trekking: 10km in 6-7 hours.
- Moderate to difficult ascents and descents
- You can see the confluence between Har Ki Dun’s and Ruinsara Rivers.
- A stunning view of Black Peak (Kalanag) from Debshu Bugyal
Walk along the Ruinsara river.
- Mixed scenery of meadows, forests, and boulders
Water source sufficient.
- Lunch packed for the day.
- Stay in a tent
To reach Debshu Bugyal, our first major spot, you must start from scratch. Start by walking on the Supin river. Today’s trail climbs and becomes steeper as you reach Debshu Bugyal. There will be boulders along the route once you reach Ruinsara Valley. Keep climbing to see the famous Oslo village behind you.
Continue on for another 30 minutes and Debshu Bugyal will be here. You can take a break here, as the Bugyal is a huge 2km long pastureland. The meadows can be seen to the north and west of Kala Nag.
From here, the path drops abruptly until you reach river bed. It is slippery and filled with stones. Here you’ll cross another bridge. Admire the amazing sights all around you. The trail climbs steeply from this point. Rainbasera’s next campsite has one small hut. The gushing river is a beautiful sight to see in the evening. Trekkers often spend this peaceful moment right next to river bed boulders. Tents are a good option.
Day 4: Rainbasera to Ruinsara tal
- Altitude: 3,600m/11,800ft (Ruinsara Tal).
- Altitude difference: 500m/1,700ft.
Trekking: 7km, 4-5 Hours
- Moderate ascent
- Ruinsara lake is surrounded with meadows, rhododendron bushes.
- Mixed trail of boulders, meadows.
- You can see the waterfall along the way.
- Water source sufficient.
- View from the camp site: Yamuna Kanta, Banderpooch Peak and Dhumdhar Kandi Black Peak. (Kala Nag).
- Lunch on the road and light lunch on site
- Camping close to the lake.
It’s an exciting day, as Ruinsara Lake is our next camping ground. It will be a similar trail to the one you saw yesterday. Continue walking for about 3-4 hours to reach the water body. The lake can be accessed by crossing streams, walking and other adventures. Camping today is a true dream. It is located between Ruinsara lake and Supin river, surrounded with meadows that are dotted by huge snow-capped mountains. The sky is dominated by the stunning Bandarpoonch range peaks like Kala Nag, Bandarpoonch and Dhumdhar Khai. Here you will also find a temple. You can simply walk around the area and take in the sights.
Day 05: Ruinsara Tal to Odari
- Altitude: 4,000m/13,100ft.
- Altitude difference: 400m/1,300ft.
- Trekking: 4 km, 3-4 hours
- Steep, gradual mixed ascent
- Water source is limited
- River crossing through making a human chain.
- Odari is a natural-made rock cave.
- It is believed that Bali (Hanuman’s brother) stayed for one night in Odari.
- Hot lunch on the camp site.
Today’s walk will only take you 4km. It descends towards the Supin river. You will pass through forests and cross rivers. The path climbs again before reaching the next meadow. The higher peaks can be seen from the meadows. This is a preview of the things you have seen in the last few days. Surprisingly the vegetation becomes sparser in the future. Odari is within a kilometre. Near the campsite is a rock cave. Odari, which is a cave, was given the name. This cave is believed to have been the home of Bali, the brother of Lord Krishna. You can also see Swargrohini 1 and 2 clearly from this cave. Trek Leader will offer some training sessions after lunch that will help you as you climb higher.
Day 06: Odari to Bali col camp
- Altitude: 4,600m/15,100ft.
- Altitude difference: 600m/2,000ft.
- Trekking: 5km, 6-7 Hours
- Technical ascent and steep.
- Walk on a mountain ridge.
- There is no water source.
- Lunch on the route and light lunch at camp.
Although it seems like a shorter day, it isn’t easy. It will be a steep climb up a 60 degree inclined path. This is a ridge-walk with loose rocks and scree. It is also difficult because of the stones that are scattered along the trail. You should get enough sleep and water. To avoid serious complications from height gain, you should take the necessary precautions. Nighttime temperatures tend to drop below zero degrees. Prepare for the cold. You can rest in tents after a long day.
Day 07: Bali Col cmap to Lower Dhamni via Bali Pass
- Altitude: Bali Pass 4,950m/16.200ft, Lowar Dhamni 3400m/11.100ft
Altitude difference: -1,200m/4,000ft.
- Trekking: 14km, 10- 11 hours
- A steep and technical ascent for approximately 1-1.5 hours to reach the Pass.
- Summit View: Bandarpoonch (Black Peak), Kalanag (Black Peak), Ruinsara, Yamuntori, and Ruinsara side. This is the logical route to Saptarishikund.
- Half of the trek begins after reaching Bali Pass.
- Because the path after the pass can be confusing, it is important to stay with a Trek Leader or Guide.
- Lunch packed on the way
- Bring enough water to your camp site (Bali col).
This can be considered the summit day. Today, you’ll be crossing the Bali Pass in order to reach Lower Dhamni. You will need to eat enough for the long day. The path to Bali Pass is steep and covered in snow. Follow the route marked by your guides. You don’t need to rope up, but you can wear microspikes if necessary. The summit of the pass is reached after a steep climb lasting between 2 and 3 hours. It is just 10 feet wide by 30 feet wide. This is the highest point where you can feel like you are on top of a mountain. Enjoy the 360-degree views of Swargarohini and Banderpooch peaks. The Yamnotri Valley is visible to the right. Enjoy the view and take in the moment. Keep your eyes open for the descent, as the real thrill begins now.
You will climb down almost to 90 degrees, following a narrow path. Follow your guide and use proper techniques. The path from the lower Dhamni to the upper Dhamni is very difficult so take care. You may find it difficult due to the snow. Rest at Upper Dhamni after this difficult part. You will find the path from leg to Dhamni confusing. Follow your guide and make sure you are in a group. After some rest, we will begin our trek to Lower Dhamni. It is recommended to stick with your leader and team as the path can be confusing. From here, the trail will be flattened and easily visible. It runs for about 2 km through the forest. You can rest in your tents. You will be able to stay there for a long time.
Day 08: Lower Dhamni - Jaan ki Chatti & drive to Dehradun
- Altitude: 2,600m/8,500ft. (Jaan ki Chatti)
Altitude difference: 800m/2600ft.
- Trekking: 8km, 4-5 Hours
- A well-defined and easy trail.
- Water source sufficient.
- Packed Lunch for the Trek
- 170km, 7hours drive.
- In a Tata Sumo, or another similar vehicle, you will be dropped off at Dehradun station.
- Drop to Dehradun included in the price
- Lunch on the Way (Not Included in the Cost).
- Due to heavy traffic, driving time to Dehradun could increase. Book your tickets after 10 P.M from Dehradun.
It is the last day of the trek. This day will be the easiest, with a lot more descends than ascends. It is a cement-paved pathway. The climb up to Yamunotri takes another 1-2 hours. To reach Dehradun, leave early from your campsite.
Food Provided by Us During the Bali Pass Trek
We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.
After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.
The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya, Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.
In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.
Safety During Bali Pass Trek
Trekking with us for Phulara Ridge Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.
Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.
We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.
We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain
Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.
Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.
For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority
At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.
We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.
Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.
How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us
Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.
Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.
Explore our New Safety Protocols
In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers.
Our On-trek safety checks includes:
- Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
- Stretchers team appointed on every trek
- Trained mountain staff and full safety
- Additional oxygen cylinders
- Special medical kit for high altitude treks
- Microspikes on all types of snow treks
- Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
- Technical team on all snowy slopes
What should you pack for the Bali Pass Trek?
Being an trekking, adventure & travel company, we get many questions from our trekkers and most common question that arises is what to carry or what should we pack for the trek? Sometime it becomes difficult to explain in details and therefore below we have prepared the detailed packing list, helpful for all trekkers coming to the Himalayas. Whenever we go on trek or start packing things one should remember the packing pattern i.e. either you start from head to foot or foot to head, this way there will be rare chance that you will forget the items to pack, so go step by step.
Make sure your backpack should be comfortable neither too big nor to small and for a week trek 60-70 liters of backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure that your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support and pockets should be accessible quickly.
All trekkers should keep in mind that daypack is very important, this will be a great help to you while on trek, also every single day you won’t be carrying you backpack therefore for day excursion , shorter hikers, sightseeing you can carry your stuff in it.
- Trekking shoes: Preferably water proof, ankle support.
- Walking / Hiking sandals: This can be used off trek i.e. in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometime used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safe than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots.
- Sneakers (Optional): For normal driving days or can use around the camp
- Socks (3-4 Pairs) – Make sure to choose material wisely, it should be quick drying, warm and comfortable.
- Hiking / trekking jacket: Carry good quality layer jackets
- Hiking pants: Check some kind of long nylon blend, light and quick drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pant.
- Undergarments as per your habitual requirement
- T-Shirts and Shorts (3-4 Warm comfortable)
- Ordinary Shirt / T-shirt – Just in case everything gets wet this will help for roaming around.
- Long Sleeve shirt – can be used as a base layer on colder days
- Socks – at least 4-5 pairs
- Leggings – Can be used specially chilling morning and evening , to keep your body warm
- Thermals – get 2 pairs of thermals, this will be great need a body to keep it warm.
- Buff / Balaclava – This is a must to carry to cover your neck and this item is an ideal solution to keep your neck / throat warm.
- Beanie Cap- Very helpful item for colder and windy days should carry 1, also sometime when its freezing cold you can use it a night as well.
- Hiking Hat- this will basically help during the day time specially from the sun rays, make sure it has a strip so that wind does not below is far from your headJ..
- Gloves – 01 pair will be enough to keep your hand warm and nice.
- Rain wears
- Rain Coat and Pant – Carry a pair of it to protect you from the rain OR
- Rain Poncho – during long rains, the waterproof jackets starts leaking but poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly.
- Rain covers: Some small water proof to cover your backpack and daypack as well for your gadgets.
- Gadgets and Electronic
- Trekking Poles
- Mobile phone
- Spare batteries for phone and camera, powerbank
- Light weight flash light or headlight
- Waterproof bag made up of plastic for camera
- Music system / Bluetooth
- Plug/converter for electrical items
- 1 liter water bottle
- Journal with pen would be good idea to keep your notes.
- Some book of your interest for ideal time
- Get into habit of keeping Map and guide book of the region.
- Hygiene & Personal toiletry
- Sunscreen with UV protection
- 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
- Toilet paper/tissues/wet-wipes
- Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
- Deodorant / Talcum powder
- Sanitary pads/tampons (For female traveler)
- Bio gradable Soap
- Nail clipper
- Your other personal items that you use on daily basis
- Personal First aid Kit and Energy – below are some common medicine generally required / used during your adventure trip, however please consult your doctors prior.
- Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
- Butterfly bandage for small cut
- Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
- Latex gloves used when its wound bleeds
- Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
- Medicine for cold, flue / fever headache
- Some pain killers
- ORS pouches
- Quick pain relief spray (External use)
- Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
- Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
- Bug Repellent
- Carry some nutria / energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.
9.Compulsory Documents to Carry
These are files needed to be submitted at Forest Department before ypur trek. With no of these, you will not be permitted to trek .Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Id’s like adhaar, voter id, etc.
Important note: You can book rent gears, what you can rent & buy from us and what you need to get from your home town, make your bagpack easy not heavy.
Click the link: https://booking.trekupindia.com/rent-trekking-gears/
Now you are all set for your Adventure trip with Trekup India!!
Trek Cost Inclusion
Trek Cost Exclusion
- All kinds of personal expenditures are excluded.
- Anything that we have not mentioned avobe.
- The trek cost is not inclusive of meals bought during the journey on 1st day and last day. ( Food starts from dinner at base camp on day first till last day lunch ).
- Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 600 per day, per bag. Note: bag weight should not be more than 11 kg.
- Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
How To Reach Dehradun?
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Dehradun by flight that is located almost 25km away from the city. You can find regular flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
However, if you are planning to reach Dehradun by flight then it is better to come one day in advance.
In case, you want to reach Dehradun from Delhi by train then two express trains are quite convenient. With the train, it is an overnight journey. The two trains are mentioned below:
- Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)
- Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)
From Delhi, you can find a regular bus service for Dehradun. ISBT Kashmere Gate is the main bus station in Delhi from where you will find both ac and non-ac buses for Dehradun.
However, it is always better to take government buses from Kashmere Gate ISBT. The bus will drop you at Dehradun ISBT and then we will send our staff who will pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station, so you need to reach there.
- At 06:00 am, Travller, Bolero or any other vehicle like this will only pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station.
- By 04:00 pm, you will be reaching Sankri.