Bali Pass Trek

duration Duration 9 Days / 8 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 16,207 ft
visit Best time to visit June - Sept
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Base Camp Sankri
Camp Accommodation type Tents

Explore Rare Adventures with Bali Pass Trek

Offer Price – INR 17,499/- (DEHRADUN TO DEHRADUN)

Bali Pass Trek is among few treks which offer a variety of experience, yet not known by many. 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 STAR of Bali Pass Trek Package

The summit part is the most adventurous thing you’ll encounter on the Bali Pass trek distance. You will walk over 3kms long ridge with 40 to 60 degree incline ascent. Encounter massive snow field and even the ice section. Packed with action, you must pay attention to the guidance of the Trek guide by Moustache Escapes. As hiking over the dense snow will definitely going to 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 Saptarishi Kund.

Despite of all these highlights, it’s strange that this trek is still not covered by many. Lucky for you that you won’t find crowded trails and savour the views in peace.                  

Why one should pick Bali Pass Trekking?

The Bali Pass Trek package is perfect for trekkers who want to continue on the expeditions. Given that it begins in Sankri and ends in Janki Chatti, there will be a variety of scenic terrain changes. Pay a visit to Yamunotri Temple, which is the origin spot of the Yamuna River.

The trail is well-known for its diverse flora and fauna, which includes Black Bears, Blue Sheep, and other significant species. The pass itself is more like a crest than a trough. The last hike to the pass resembles a mountain peak summit, rewarding you with spectacular panoramic views.

Bali Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

Altitude: 6,455 ft.

Drive: 6-7 hrs. (187 km)

  • Meals Included: Dinner
  • Stay type: Stay at guesthouse on a double /triple sharing basis.
  • Take a shared cab from Dehradun and reach Sankri.
  • Enjoy the ride crossing pine forest section alongside river Yamuna.
  • Reach 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 Seema

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 for breakfast and get transferred to Taluka via cab.
  • Start your trek to Bhida ka Thach, descending through a series of forest. Around 15 min into the trek, spot the first cemented bridge over a small stream.
  • Another 15 min cross the second bridge over the stream, a wooden one. You can fill your water bottles from here.
  • Continue trek and you’ll enter the landslide-prone area with river Thamsa running by your side.
  • Keep trekking to reach Osla village, famous for the Someshwar Devta temple (an avatar of Lord Shiva). Have some rest and start again.
  • The trek ascends over the confluence of Thamasa and Ruinsara Rivers, giving view of snowy Dhauladhar range.

Day 3: Seema to Roiltia or waterfall camp

Altitude: 10,016 ft.

Trek: 13 km (6-7 hours)

  • Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner
  • Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.
  • Enjoy breakfast, listening the symphony of Tamsa River.
  • After half an hour into the trek you’ll see a wooden bridge. From this point the valley divides into two, where one goes for the Ruinsara Lake, Bali Pass on the right, and Har Ki Dun on your left. Take the right.
  • After 40 min of trekking through boulder section, you’ll enter Ruinsara forest. The trail ascends in a sharp manner from here.
  • Spot Har Ki Dun valley down below your point, another 20 min of walk to the plane surface.
  • Pitch the tents near the stream and rest for the day.

Day 4: Waterfall to Ruinsara Tal

Altitude: 11,450 ft.

Trek: 4 km (2-3 hours)

  • Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner
  • Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.
  • Wake up for breakfast in the meadows of Devsu Thatch.
  • Trek the forest that descends to the wooden bridge across 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 meadows aka your campsite with Swargarohini Peaks backdrop.
  • Have your hot meals at the campsite and retire for the day.

Day 5: Acclimatization at Ruinsara Lake

Altitude: 11,450 ft.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner
  • Stay type: Stay in tents on a double /triple sharing basis.
  • Wake up, freshen up and have breakfast.
  • Stroll nearby meadows and have a view of Black Peak (Kalanag).
  • After the acclimatization walk, head back to the campsite and rest.

Day 6: Ruinsara Lake to 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 a chilly morning. Freshen up and have your breakfast.
  • 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.
  • Arrive at campsite, have food and rest.

Day 7: Odari to Upper Dhamni via Bali Pass

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, have breakfast, and start the trek.
  • Trek around 45 to 90 min, to cover the Bali pass trek height.
  • At the Summit point, get 360 view of Ruinsara, Yamunotri, and the massive view of Bandarpoonch (White Peak) and Kalanag (Black Peak).
  • Post the Summit session, look down onto the Yamunotri side for a connecting ridge, the point from where you will descend. The first 70 m 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. Please pay attention to the trek guide and move cautiously.
  • Enter the forest of the Upper Dhamini and join the steep descent to the lower Damini.
  • After reaching the Upper Dhamini campsite, have your meals and retire for the day.

Day 8: Upper Dhamini to Yumnotri to Jaan Ki Chatti

Altitude: 7,874 ft.

Trek: 16 km (7-8 hours)

  • Meal Included: Breakfast
  • Stay Type: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis
  • Wake up for breakfast and continue trekking for easy descent to Jaan Ki Chatti.
  • Make a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri.
  • Later, follow the conventional pilgrim trail to Janki Chatti.
  • Overnight stay in guesthouses in Janki Chatti.

Day 9: Back to Dehradun

  • Meal Included: Breakfast
  • Post breakfast, board your return cab to Dehradun.
  • The trek ends here.

How to Reach Bali Pass Trek Base Camp

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 is 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.

Things to Carry on Bali Pass Trek

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.

Bali Pass Trek Inclusions

1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival to Sankri.

2. All stays included from Sankri to Jaan Ki Chatti on sharing basis:

(i) Alpine / Dome tents from day 1 to 7

(ii) Guest house on day 8

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 9 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

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

5. 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.

9. Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri on day 1 and back to Dehradun on day 9.

Bali Pass Trek Exclusions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

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

Cancellation Policies for Bali Pass Trek

1. If cancellations are made 26 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 25% of the total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

3. If cancellations and rescheduling are made within 7 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. Guest can reschedule the tour/trek/activity between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity (Depending on the availability), after this period no rescheduling can be done and no amount can be refunded.  

5. Rescheduling of the tour/trek/activity is applicable only once, after that if you want to cancel or reschedule the trek/tour/activity again, it will not be possible and no refund will be processed.

6. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 26 days from the 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.

7. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

8. In case if your tour/trek/activity gets cancelled because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes between 0-7 days from your date of travel, you will be eligible to reschedule the date of your trek/tour/activity or you can get a credit note of the amount paid, however no cash refund will be possible in this case.

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

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

Bali Pass Trek FAQs

Q1. What is the best time to do the Bali Pass trek?

Best time to travel to Bali Pass Trek is in summers (May – June) and post monsoon (September – October).

Q2. Is Bali Pass Trek difficult?

Considered to be moderately difficult, the Bali Pass trek requires you to have better physical fitness. If you are able to run for half an hour and can climb several stairs without panting, you can finally enjoy this trekking experience.

Q3. Where is Bali Pass Trek located?

Bali Pass located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, situated at an altitude of 16,076 Feet. The Bali Pass connects Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valley, and comes under Govind Ballabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary. The trek to Bali Pass usually starts from Sankri Village and ends at Janki Chatti.

Q4. Which river is flowing near Bali Pass?

The Supin River meanders alongside the hiking trail through Har Ki Dun valley. Walking atop a jagged ridge to cross the Bali Pass is the most exciting portion of the hike.

Q5. Is Bali pass trek for beginners?

The Bali Pass trail is not recommended for beginners because it is extremely challenging. It requires technical abilities that only an experienced trekker possesses because it includes some dangerously unsafe spots and incredibly small trails. The trek is easy up to Ruinsara Tal.

Q6. How long is Bali Pass Trek?

The highest point of the walk is at Bali Pass, which is located at a height of 16,200 feet. Lower Dhamni is situated at a height of 11,100 feet. The longest trekking day will last 10 to 11 hours and cover the 14 km distance between the top and Dhamni.

Q7. Which is best Bali pass or Rupin Pass Trek?

If you are an admirer of natural beauty, then you must go for Rupin Pass. However, Bali Pass trek is for all those who are looking for some adrenaline action, via Har Ki Dun valley and Yamunotri Valley.

Q8. How is the weather at Bali Pass Trek?

During the daytime, the temperature will range from 10°C - 20°C and as you gain altitude the temperature will start dipping, especially at night. The lowest temperature will be from sub-zero to -10°C.

Q9. Which are the best places to visit in Dehradun?

Tiger Falls, Tapkeshawar Temple, Tapovan, Lacchiwala, Mindrolling Monastery, Malsi Deer Park

Q10. What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.) – It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek. Since, Sankri will have limited facilities to photocopy, do not try to leave this till the end.

Q11. Is it safe for solo woman traveller to go for Bali Pass trek in fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo women to go for Bali Pass trek in fix departures.

Q12. What type of clothing is required for Bali Pass Trek?

Since you will be travelling across the mountains, it is at all times advisable to wear layerable clothing.

Q13. Why should I go for this trek?

One of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand is the Bali Pass trek. This trek is meant for seasoned trekkers. Bali Pass trek offers you a breathtaking views of the Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini peaks. The beauty found on Bali Pass trek are unmatched.

Q14. How should I select my trekking shoe?

Preferably select high ankle shoes. They prevent ankle injuries. They provide stability, durability and grip while walking on rocks or while descending.

Q15. What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 9 to 10 years and there’s no max. age limit but if you’re above 60 kindly carry a medical certificate.

Q16. What will the accommodation type in this trek?

Alpine / Dome tents

Q17. Are there any washroom / toilet facilities on the trek?

Yes Washroom & Toilet Facilities Available.

Q18. If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Safety and technical equipments - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

Q19. What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

Q20. What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

One can expect BSNL network upto Sankri Village and some points beyond this village (but they are irregular and not very dependable)

Q21. What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Answer: The trail is well-known for its diverse flora and fauna, which includes Black Bears, Blue Sheep, and other significant species. The last hike to the pass resembles a mountain peak summit with spectacular panoramic views.

Q22. What will the temperature be like during bali pass trek?

Answer: During the day, the temperature will range from 5-15 degrees Celsius and during the nights the temperature will range from to -2 to -5 degrees Celsius.

Q23. When will there be snow on this trek?

Answer: On Bali Pass trek you can expect snows in the first season i.e. May-June. It is difficult to expect snow post June and October is likely to receive fresh snowfall at higher altitudes if the climate is favourable.

Q24. Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Dehradun has a sufficiently large market. However, do not leave anything for last minute buying as there will be no time for shopping because of immediate bus to Sankri.

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