Bali Pass Trek

duration Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 16,207 ft
visit Best time to visit June, September, October
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Base Camp Sankri
Camp Accommodation type Tents and Guest House
Bali Pass Trek

There are a few treks which offer a variety of experiences and still being forgotten, The trek of the Bali Pass is one of those. The trek route includes passes through one of the Char Dham Yatra of Hindus, Yamunotri. The trail will pass through the Har Ki Dun valley also traverse through the Ruinsara valley. The Bali Pass summit is one of the high altitudes summits as it ascends to an altitude of 16,207 ft.


Bali Pass is the pass for the people who wish to hike a little differently on the less-traveled paths. During the hike, you pass through the dense forest, cross a few streams, traverse through the wide meadows, walk over the wooden bridges, and finally after proper acclimatization head to the summit while walking over the huge boulder section and not to forget the dense ice you will be walking on.


The summit part of the trek is the most adventurous part you will encounter on this trek, you will walk over 3kms long ridge with 40 to 60 degree incline ascent, and then you encounter the massive snow field of the trek then moving towards the ice section. You must pay attention to the guidance of the Trek guide as hiking over the dense snow will be a tricky one. The scissor pattern will work, post reaching the Summit point you will be welcomed by a massive 360 view of the Snow-Capped Himalayan Peaks, the Ruinsara and Yumnotri, and the peaks of Bandarpoonch and Kalanag also the logical route of Saptarishikund.

The trek of Bali Pass is an adventurous filled hike which has a lot to offer but is still not well known to many trekkers

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri


Altitude:
 6,455 ft

Drive: 6-7 hrs (187 km)

Meals Included: Dinner

Stay type: Stay at guesthouses on a double /triple sharing basis.

  • Take a shared cab from Dehradun and reach Sankri, it will take 7 hours to reach.
  • Enjoy the drive covering the pine forest section along with river Yamuna on your side.
  • Sankri is the base camp of many treks of Uttarakhand, out of which the most popular are Har ki Dun and Bali Pass.
  • 22 km before Sankri the Govind National Park area starts which is famous for its avid collection of flora.
  • After reaching Sankri, freshen up and step out of the guest house to explore the village on your own.

 

Day 2: Drive to Taluka and trek to Chilurgad


Altitude: 8,160 ft

Drive: 12 km

Trek: 10 km (4-5 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up to a good morning, have your breakfast, and get ready for a drive to Taluka and from there you will trek to Chilurgad.
  • Taluka is a small village with concrete houses, you trek to Bhida ka Thach. The trail starts from the side of the forest guest house.
  • The trail descends and continues through a series of the forest, around 15 mins into the trek you spot the first cemented bridge over a small stream.
  • Another 15 mins into the trek you reach the second bridge over the stream, a wooden one. You can fill your water bottles from here.
  • As you walk ahead you will be entering the landslide-prone area and are in a bad condition with river Thamsa running to your side.
  • Few more meters into the trek you reach Osla village, which is famous for the Someshwar Devta temple (an avatar of Lord Shiva). Take some rest here and start again.
  • The trail ascends over the confluence of Thamasa and Ruinsara rivers to vantage with a view of snow-capped mountains of Dhauladhar range.

 

Day 3: Chilurgad to Devsu Thatch


Altitude: 10,016 ft

Trek: 7 km (4-5 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.

  • Have your breakfast with a symphony of the Tamsa river.
  • After half an hour into the trek you will see a wooden bridge, from this point the valley divides into two, one goes for the Ruinsara lake, Bali Pass on the right, and Har Ki Dun on your left. Take the right.
  • After 40 min into the trek you enter the Ruinsara forest, after crossing a boulder section. The trail ascends in a sharp manner from here.
  • Another 30 min into the trek you enter the meadows section of Devsu Thatch, enjoy the delightful walk of 2 km.
  • You can spot the Har Ki Dun valley down below your point, another 20 min of walk to the plane surface. Pitch your tents and with hot meals retire for the day.

 

Day 4: Devsu Thatch to Ruinsara Tal


Altitude: 11,450 ft

Trek: 10 km (4-5 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up to a fresh morning and have breakfast in the meadows of Devsu Thatch.
  • The trail through the forest sharply descends down and leave you to the wooden bridge that crosses the Ruinsara river. You can have the Ruinsara Valley towards your right.
  • Post the wooden bridge the trail ascends and levels, you walk over the green pastures.
  • A few more km into the valley, you enter the dense Birch trees towards the Ruinsara Tal. Cross the boulder section and traverse more.
  • You can have the Ruinsara Lake towards the left, the lake is surrounded by the meadows on which you can camp with Swargarohini Peaks in the background.
  • Have your hot meals at the campsite and retire for the day.

 

Day 5: Ruinsara Lake to Thanga


Altitude: 12,000 ft

Trek: 3 km ( 3 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up and have breakfast, get ready to trek to Thanga.
  • After a 10 min descends, you reach the riverbed from here you will cross the river with the help of the Human Chain.
  • Post the river crossing, start your 50 min of steep ascends. After reaching the top take some rest and start again.
  • Another 1 hour into the trek you reach the campsite, relax, and prepare for the next 2 big days of the trek.

 

Day 6: Thanga to Advanced Base Camp via Odari


Altitude: 15154 ft, via 13,287 ft

Trek: 5 km (5-6 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up to an exciting morning, have your breakfast, and get ready for the Advanced base camp.
  • The trail today will offer great views of the Ruinsara and Kyarkoti Valley. You walk through the landslide-prone area on your left.
  • Start early as it becomes easy to cross the river on the way. Keep walking straight towards the snow moraine while keeping the Ruinsara lake on the left.
  • The view of Kyarkoti on the left and the Swargarohini peaks behind you are majestic, from this point the campsite is a 30 km walk over the slippery snow patch.
  • Post reaching the campsite, with hot meals, retire for the day.

 

Day 7: Advanced Base Camp to Bali Pass and to Lower Damini


Altitude: 16,207 ft and to 11,076 ft

Trek: 14 km (9-10 Hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.

  • Wake up to a chilly early morning, have your breakfast, and start the trek.
  • The climb to the Bali Pass takes around 45 to 90 min, due to a lot of snow follow the scissor pattern walk. Reach the connecting ridge section from here it’s just 10 min hike to the climb.
  • Post reaching the Summit point, enjoy a clear 360 view of the Ruinsara and Yamunotri. Also the massive view of the Bandarpoonch (White Peak), Kalanag (Black Peak).
  • Post the Summit session, look down onto the Yumnotri side for a connecting ridge, the point from where you will descend. The first 70 mt section of descending will be done with the help of a rope, the second section of descending can be done with sliding.
  • Cross the boulder section and descend down towards the base camp. Again you will be welcomed by the huge section of boulders and snow patches over it. Pay attention to the trek guide and move cautiously.
  • Enter the forest of the Upper Damini and join the steep descend to the lower Damini.
  • After reaching the Lower Damini campsite, have your meals and retire for the day.

 

Day 8: Lower Damini to Jaan Ki Chatti and back to Dehradun


Altitude: 10,797 ft

Trek: 6 km(1-2 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast

  • Wake up to the last day of the trek, have your breakfast and, start your easy descend from lower Damini to Jaan Ki Chatti.
  • You walk over the well-marked path and after spending a few minutes into the trek you reach the Jaan Ki Chatti and from there take the shared cab back to Dehradun.

 

Day 9: Buffer Day


  • This day can be used at any destination mentioned in the respective itinerary depending on the weather condition. If buffer day wil be used then extra cost of Rs.2000 per person will be applicable.

Air: Take a flight to Jolly Grant (Dehradun) airport and from there take a Shared / Private cab or a local bus to reach Dehradun.

Road: Volvo transfers are available from Delhi to Dehradun, It takes around 6 hrs to reach Dehradun from Delhi.

Rail: Dehradun has a railway station so book a train to Dehradun railway station direct and if there in no direct train available from your city then book a train to delhi and from there either you can book another train or take a bus to Dehradun.

Before booking a cab or bus to or from Sankri, it is advisable to contact the trek operator first as they have the local transport facility running which usually borne and shared between the trekkers.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

Inclusions:

 1. You will be greeted by our trek team with a welcome drink on your arrival to Sankri.

2. All stays included from Sankri to Sankri on double / triple sharing basis:

 (i) Guest house on day 1

 (ii) Alpine / Dome tents from day 2 to 7

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 8 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route.

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability, while staying at guest houses in Sankri only.

6. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

7. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

8. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc

 (ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

7. Separate tents on request, will be charged extra (INR 1,500 per tent)

1. If cancellations are made within 2 days prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.

2. If cancellations are made between 3-7 days prior to the start of the trek, EITHER 75% of total package amount will be returned to the guest (25% of total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.

3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of the total advance will be refunded.

4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of the booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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