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
About the Bali Pass Trek

Offer Price - 17499 INR ( DEHRADUN TO DEHRADUN )

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 Trek

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.

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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.                                


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.

 

How difficult is Bali Pass Trek?

Bali Pass is a challenging trek, with a height of 4,900 meters (16,076 feet). While you will be hiking more than 10 km per day for 4 out of 9 days of the entire Bali Pass Trek itinerary. In the months of April-June, the ascent from Odari to Bali pass base camp is steep and snow-covered. The final stretch is extremely steep and requires both strength and experience. The descent begins with some hard and dangerous areas that must be properly navigated. The trail to Yamunotri is nicely built out from Upper Damini.

 

How is the weather at Bali Pass Trek?

The weather is extremely good during the summer months of May and June, with warm sunny days. The trail gets enough amount of sun, with enough shades to rest in between. Evenings can be brisk and chilly, necessitating the usage of an insulated clothing layer. Rain showers can occur at any moment after the noon. Because we are in a high-altitude zone, it may snow ahead of Odari if the weather turns severe.

 

The first three weeks of September have the best weather of the year, with the least amount of rain or snow. Post monsoon, the meadows blossom with wild tall grasses that grow up to Thanga, with scattered meadows near Odari. As the snow melts, the trail becomes a jumble of pebbles and sand that leads to the Bali Pass. Snow begins in late September or early October, and after the first few snowfalls, the pass closes swiftly.

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 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 to a good morning, have your breakfast, and get ready for a drive to Taluka and from there you will trek to Seema.
  • 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: 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.

  • 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.
  • You can spot the 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 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

 

Altitude: 11,450 ft.

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 explore Ruinsara lake.
  • This is an acclimatization day, explore the nearby meadows and have a view of Black Peak (Kalanag).
  • After the acclimatization walk, head back to the campsite and rest for the day.

 

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 an exciting morning, have your breakfast, and get ready for the Odari campsite.
  • 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: 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 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 Yamunotri 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 descent to the lower Damini.
  • After reaching the Upper Damini 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 on the 2nd last day of the trek, have your breakfast and start your easy descent from Upper Dhamini to Yumnotri and to Jaan Ki Chatti.
  • After a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri, we make our way down the conventional pilgrim trail to Janki chatti.
  • Overnight in guesthouses in Janki Chatti.

 

Day 9: Back to Dehradun

 

Meal Included: Breakfast

  • This is the final day of the trek, have your breakfast and board your return cab to Dehradun

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 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.

 

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)

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 canceled 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.


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

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


Q2. What type of fitness is required for Bali Pass trek?

Answer: 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 the Bali Pass located?

Answer: Bali Pass located in Uttarkashi district at an altitude of 16076 Feet, the Bali Pass connects Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valley, and comes under Govind Ballabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary and is located in the state of Uttarakhand. The trek to Bali Pass usually starts from Sankri Village and ends at Janki Chatti.


Q4. Which are the best places to visit in Dehradun?

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


Q5. What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

Answer: 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.


Q6. Is it safe for solo woman traveller to go for Bali Pass trek in fixed departures?

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


Q7. What type of clothing is required for Bali Pass Trek?

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

 

Q8. Why should I go for this trek?

Answer: 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.


Q9. How should I select my trekking shoe?

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


Q10. What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

Answer: 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.


Q11. What will the accommodation type in this trek?

Answer:  Alpine / Dome tents


Q12. Are there any washroom / toilet facilities on the trek?

Answer: Yes.


Q13. If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

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


Q14. What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Answer: Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.


Q15. What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

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


Q16. 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.

 

Q17. 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.


Q18. 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.


Q19. Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Answer: 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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