Bali Pass Trek​

Most Adventrous Pass from Ruinsara Valley towards Yamunotri

Trek Grade

Difficult

Highest Altitude

16200 ft

Base Camp

Sankari

Best Time

May, June & Sept, Oct

Bali Pass Trek

The Bali Pass Trek is a challenging and exciting trekking adventure 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; it requires good physical fitness, endurance, and a sense of adventure. Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valley link through Bali Pass Trek. Finding a trek that allows you to experience the pure grandeur of crossing the Himalayan Pass is rare. It crosses the confluence between Tons and Ruinsara Rivers 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. At a staggering 5,000 elevation, the Pass is located in the Garhwal kernels. The stunning high-altitude Pass 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 in Sankri and finishes in Jankichatti. This trek requires some trekking experience.

The Bali Pass Trek is an exhilarating journey that connects the stunning Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valleys, situated at an impressive height of 16,200 feet. The adventure begins in Dehradun, where participants are picked up from the railway station for a 10-hour drive to Sankri Village, covering a distance of 220 km. The first night is spent at a local hotel in Sankri. The next day, a 12 km drive to Taluka is followed by a 12 km trek to Seema through lush forests, where a camp is set up for the night. On the third day, a moderately challenging trek to Rain Basera at 10,200 feet features steep inclines and declines. The Rain Basera campsite is the resting place for the night. The following day, the trek continues to the picturesque Ruinsara Tal, a stunning alpine lake surrounded by rolling meadows. Camping beside the lake is the highlight of the night.

The fifth day involves trekking towards Odari at an elevation of 13,100 feet, covering a distance of 4 kilometres and taking around 3 to 4 hours to complete. The journey includes navigating a river and admiring the Swargarohini range of peaks. After the trek, a warm lunch is enjoyed at the campsite, followed by staying in tents. The following day, the trek proceeds from Odari to Bali Col Camp, traversing a mountain ridge with a steep incline until reaching Bali Col Camp at 15,100 feet. The trek spans 5 kilometres and usually requires 6 to 7 hours, with accommodation for the night at Bali Col Camp.

Day 7 marks the summit expedition as the trek heads to Bali Pass before descending to Lower Dhamni. Bali Pass, perched at an elevation of 16,200 feet, offers unhindered views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Ruinsara, and Yamunotri valleys, making it the longest day of trekking, covering 14 kilometres and lasting 10 to 11 hours. The descent from Bali Pass is challenging due to its steep and technical nature. The expedition concludes with a descent from Lower Dhamni to Janki Chatti via the Yamunotri temple, followed by transportation back to Dehradun.

The Bali Pass Trek promises breathtaking vistas of mountain ranges and diverse landscapes, but it demands advanced skills and expertise, featuring narrow paths and hazardous sections. The trek encompasses a moderate climb from Taluka to Seema, entrance into the picturesque Ruinsara Valley, and increasingly demanding terrain as participants proceed to Odari, with steep inclines, rocky terrain, and snow-covered glaciers. The final ascent to Bali Pass is particularly challenging, as is the equally tricky descent involving boulder-strewn paths and steep green slopes, culminating in reaching Yamunotri, surrounded by lush forests. Being fully prepared and ready for these challenges is crucial, emphasizing the importance of physical fitness and mental resilience.

Prior to embarking on this trek, it’s essential to ensure sufficient cash, as the last reliable ATM is in Dehradun. Also, be prepared for limited mobile connectivity, which becomes unreliable after Purola. The JIO & BSNL network at the Sankri base camp can be used, but it could be more stable, so making important calls at Purola is advisable to avoid inconvenience.

The Bali Pass Trek’s top attractions include Ruinsara Tal, a glacial lake within the Swargrohini peaks, surrounded by picturesque meadows and Rhododendron shrubs, and the ancient villages of Osla and Gangad, known for their unique traditions and architectural wonders. Furthermore, the beauty of Devsu Thatch’s alpine meadows, nestled amidst towering peaks like Swargrohini and Kalanag, offers a serene backdrop to admire nature’s splendor, enhancing the sense of tranquility and peace.

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Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur when individuals travel to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet. It is caused by the decrease in air pressure and oxygen levels in the air as altitude increases. Symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness, it is important to gradually adjust to high altitudes and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. To learn more about this condition, check out the videos by Trekup India.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Bali Pass Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

  • The distance from Dehradun to Sankri is 220 km, which will take approximately 10 hours.
  • The pick-up time is 6.30 a.m. From Prince Chowk, the Dehradun railway station parking lot is scheduled.
  • Sankri is expected to arrive at 5:00 p.m.
  • Remember to bring the original and a copy of your ID proof to Sankri’s forest checkpoint.
  • JIO & BSNL network is available, but it may be erratic.
  • Lunch and breakfast along the way are not included in the trek fee.
  • After Pulora, keep a warm jacket handy.
  • There is a local market available.
  • Pulora has a fully functional last AMT.
  • Dinner at the guest house.
  • Accommodation at the guest house is double or triple occupancy.

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 those on the drive from Dehradun to Sankri: kempty waterfalls, Nainbagh, Mussoorie, etc. The peaks of Swargrohini and other Greater Himalayan summits surround it. The evening sky rises around Sankri, creating amazing scenes. This is a great way to get started on your trek. Here, you can stay at the Trekup India luxury hotel.

Day 2: Sankri to Dharkot Village by 16 km drive & Trek From Dharkoat to Seema (4 km trek)

  • Altitude: 2,600m/8.500ft (Seema), and 2,100m/6.700ft(Taluka).
  • Altitude difference: 650m/2,100ft.
  • Sankri to Dharkot drive 16kms, 1.30 hour.
  • Dharkoat to Seema Trek 4 km, 3-4 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 on twin sharing.

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 12 km-long driveway. It is a joy to turn over many mountain bends. You can camp near Forest Rest House, and sometimes trekkers also camp there.

Begin your walk from Taluka by following a stone way descending 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 architecture if you walk for 2 hours. This is Ghangad village. It takes another 20 minutes to reach the dhaba or water run mill.

Continue for an additional hour to reach another campsite currently under construction. A wooden bridge will take you to Osla village. Osla, with its unique wooden houses, is a trendy tourist destination. You walk for 60 minutes under forest cover beside the Supin River until you reach Seema. You will see Himalayan Monal if you open your eyes 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 on twin sharing.

To reach Debshu Bugyal, our first significant spot, you must start from scratch. Begin by walking along the Supin River. The trail climbs and becomes steeper as you approach Debshu Bugyal. Once you reach Ruinsara Valley, you will encounter boulders along the route. Keep climbing to catch a glimpse of the famous Oslo village behind you.

Continue for another 30 minutes, and you will arrive at Debshu Bugyal. Take a break here, as the Bugyal is a vast two km-long pastureland, a rewarding sight after your uphill climb. The meadows offer a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape to the north and west of Kala Nag.

From here, the path descends abruptly until you reach the riverbed, which is slippery and filled with stones. You will need to cross another bridge at this point. Take a moment to admire the incredible sights all around you. The trail then climbs steeply from this point onwards. The next campsite, Rainbasera, has one small hut. The gushing river is a beautiful sight to behold in the evening. Many trekkers spend this peaceful moment next to the riverbed boulders. 

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
  • Meadows and rhododendron bushes surround Ruinsara Lake.
  • Mixed trail of boulders and 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 between Ruinsara Lake and Supin River, surrounded by meadows dotted by substantial snow-capped mountains. The stunning Bandarpoonch range peaks like Kala Nag, Bandarpoonch and Dhumdhar Khai dominate the sky. Here, you will also find a temple. You can 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
    Peaks: Swargarohini.
  • 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 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 tricky because of the scattered stones along the trail. You should get enough sleep and water. It would help if you took the necessary precautions to avoid severe complications from height gain. 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 cross the Bali Pass 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 pass’s summit 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 your leg to Dhamni, which needs to be clarified. Follow your guide and make sure you are in a group. After some rest, we will begin our trek to Lower Dhamni. Sticking with your leader and team is recommended, 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 before 10 P.M, leave early from your campsite.

Bali Pass Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Bali Pass Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Bali Pass Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Bali Pass Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay: 6 Nights of tented accommodation at individual campsites of Trekup India on twin sharing and 1 Nights at Trekup India Luxury Hotel on sharing basis.
  2. Meals: Trekup India will provide freshly cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 1 to lunch on day 8 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian) 
  3. Transport (Optional): Dehradun to Sankari and return from Janki-chatti to Dehradun. ( INR 1600 extra )
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Bali Pass Trek

Bali Pass Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.