Bali Pass Trek

Trek LocationArea: Garhwal Himalayas

Trek DurationDuration: 13 Days (3 day travel/10 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid May - Mid October

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

AltitudeAltitude: 4800mts/15750ft

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 105 K.M

About Bali Pass Trek

Riding on Asia's longest and highest ropeway, savouring the view of some of the largest peaks in the world, and skiing on the longest ropeway in India It is no exaggeration to say that Bali Pass Trek in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Himalayan Mountains is mountaineers' delight. In this Trek (4800 meters above sea-level) one can enjoy and come across hilly-terrain, rough boulders, dense forests with greenery everywhere, smooth silky lush green meadows, snow-clad glaciers and ice-frozen trekking path etc. when crossing each stop of Bali Pass Trekking. Ball Pass Trek starts from the Tons River Valley and ends in Yamuna River Valley. History has it that in the 1940s a School Teacher by name Jack Gibson of Doon School made this trek popular. Many Trekkers now enjoy his same pleasures every year in crowds.

The breathtaking views of Himalayan Peaks namely Swargarohini, Kalanag and Banderpunch are highlights of Bali Pass Trek, along with the splendid view of Supine Valley, and taking a holy-dip in the sacred Ruinsara Lake and visiting Yamunotri Temple, as extra bonuses. Best season for enjoying this Trek most is May to October. Popular among Trekkers is the route taken from Dehradun to Sankri via Mussoorie, Kempty Falls, Naugaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. The actual trekking starts from Sankri to pass through Govind National Park (beautiful wild-flowers can't be missed in pine and deodar forest); Taluka; Seema; Roiltia Waterfall Camp; Ruinsara Lake; Godari Camp (4100 meters); Upper Dhamni via Bali Pass; Yamunotri and Hanumanchatti.

After enjoying rest at Sankri after 7 hours travel from Dehradun, trekkers can embark to Taluka and Seema (12 kms). Although motorable, the journey by walk through the forest range will be more enchanting. Walking along the River bank, crossing fields, and apple orchards and pine forest. Seema to Roiltia is ascending trail of 4 Kms, and when the walkers cross this trail enjoying the green fields and flora and fauna as donation of Tons River, they really like the trekking. Reaching at Roiltia Waterfall they camp happily during night.

The next lap of the trek is ascending trail again for 9 kms. Until reaching the Ruinsara valley and the Ruinsara Lake, your eyes are feasting the pine, fir, birch and rhododendron bushes and trees. These are lovely sights only for the enjoyment of trekkers in Himalayan Mountains. Beautiful green meadows abound alongside Ruinsara Lake. Kalanag Peak is clearly visible from here. Local people believe this Lake as a sacred one and taking a holy-dip is considered divine.

Trekkers rest for one more day at this Ruinsara Lake Camp, to visit Kyarkoti base-camp for Kalanag peak trekking and back to the camp. This rest also acts as rejuvenation for climbing uphill next day. Marching towards Godari (4100 meters) and camping in such a best location high over the Mountain and excellent view of the valley below are really fantastic experiences. Godari to Upper Damini via Bali Pass will also be thrilling, because you have to ascend first to reach 4800 meters and descend through the alpine zone to reach Upper Damini at 4000 meters. Fabulous views of Himalayan Peaks, especially Panchachuli will be unforgettable. The downward-trek to Yamunotri and Hanumanchatti begins thereafter. On the way visit Yamunotri temple, worshipped very piously by the local people. From Hanumanchatti back to Dehradun to carry home the sweet memories of adventurous and lovely Bali Pass Trek!

Bali Pass Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Jaunsari Villages, a tiny hamlet known for its wooden houses.
  • Spend some time observing the lush green high altitude Dev Thach meadows.
  • Meet and greet the people of Gangad and Osla villages. Know about their local culture and folklores. Osla is known for interesting Himachali architecture that can keep you absorbed for a long time.
  • Seek the blessings of Lord Shiva at the Yamunotri temple, a part of Chota Char Dham route.
  • Relax on the lakeside of Ruinsara Lake, one of the glacial lake.

Best Time to Visit

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

Summer: The weather of Bali Pass remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry light woolens with you.

After Monsoon: The greenery of Bali Pass welcomes the tourist to get lost into the wilderness of nature. Enjoy the sip of tea, gazing at the snow capped peaks at Bali Pass during monsoons. There are chances of getting roads blocked for a couple of hours due to landslides but the scenic beauty of Bali Pass during monsoons is worth taking the risk. Do carry raincoats.

Where is the Bali Pass?

At an elevation of 4950mts, Bala is a high altitude pass, which offers the view of Kala Nag, Banderpoonch & Swargarohini peaks. Trek to Bala Pass is not easy to walk; trekkers will require the assistance of technical gears like crampons and rope.

How to Reach?

By Air: Jolly grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport.

By Road: Sankri is well connected by roads with Uttarkashi (170 km), Mussoorie (180 km) and Dehradun (190 km).

By Railway: Dehradun is the nearest major railway station. Railway station at Haridwar is also one of the other nearby options.

Bali Pass Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 1: Delhi - Dehradun - Mussoorie (34 kms/1½ hrs)

In the morning catch an AC train to Dehradun (scheduled at 06:50 hrs). Arrival at Dehradun by 12:30 hrs and meet our representative who will assist you to reach Mussoorie, which is a popular hill station in Uttarakhand. On arrival at Mussoorie, check-in to a hotel. Evening is free to explore the nearby places. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2: Mussoorie - Sankri (160 kms/5-6 hrs)

Today, we shall drive from Mussoorie to Sankri, which will be our starting point of the trek. The route from Mussoorie to Sankri passes through Yamuna Bridge and Naitwar at Tons valley. Driving continue to Naitwar, which is an entrance of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary is a home to large number of mammal species like Snow leopard, Black bear, Brown bear, Musk deer, Bharal, Himalayan Thar. A few endangered birds like Monal pheasant, Koklas pheasant, Western Tragopan, Himalayan Snow cock, Golden eagle, Bearded Vulture, Cuckoo, Owl and Bulbul can be found in the wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight stay in Sankri.

Day 3: Sankri - Taluka (1900 mts/12 kms 4/5 hrs)

Our day will start with a trek to Taluka village along the Supin River. The trail is a motorable road, therefore it is an easy trek day done for merely acclimatisation. We shall cross through remote village that has two-storied houses that overlook the streams. There are about 42 fairly populated villages in the area of sanctuary; some are situated at a height of 2900 mts. The people are living a primitive life are dependent on forests for provision of basic needs. The villagers worship the Kauravas and Duryodhana of the epic Mahabharata. The temples have beautiful wood carvings here. Overnight stay in Taluka.

Day 4: Taluka - Osla (2559 mts/13 kms 4/5 hrs)

After the breakfast, we will be crossing Sian Gad by a bridge, further we will climb to Dhatmir village. From Dhatmir, we shall cross the river towards right side of Ton river. The entire route is dotted with tea-shops and Dhabas. Our destination Osla, has a dense forest of Walnut, Chestnut, Willow and Chinar. Overnight stay in a camp in Osla.

Day 5: Osla - Har Ki dun (3506 mts/ 14 kms 5/6 hrs)

Today, we will trek to Har Ki Dun, which has a backdrop of snowy mountain peaks and it is said to be one of the best places to see in Uttarakhand. As the trekking trail ascends the lush green mountain fields can be seen dotted with wild flowers. Enroute we will have a lovely views of Kalanag Peak (6387 mts), Bandar punch (6316 mts), Swargarohini (6252 mts) and Juandhar glacier. Little streams shall also cross our path. Overnight stay in a camp in Har Ki Dun.

Day 6: Har Ki Dun - Borasu Pass (4725 mts) - Har Ki dun (5 kms)

In the morning, after the breakfast, we shall ascend towards Borasu Pass, which divides Har Ki dun and Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh. We shall trek above the pass to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Later in the afternoon, we will descend to the campsite. Overnight stay in Har Ki Dun.

Day 7: Har Ki Dun - Debshu Bugyal

Today, we will trek 14 kms to reach Debshu Bugyal. It shall take 4-5 hrs to reach as most of the trek requires walking downhill. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 8: Debshu Bugyal - Ruinsara Tal

Early in the morning, we will trek towards Ruinsara Tal. The Trek from Debshu Bugyal to Ruinsara Tal is through terraced fields, lush grasslands and conifer forest. The climbing required on moderate slopes, thus it will take about 5 - 6 hrs to finally reach the lake. On arrival at Ruinsara Tal, we shall set out our camp for an overnight stay.

Day 9: Ruinsara Tal (The day is for rest/acclimatisation/exploration)

The day will be free for acclimatization and exploration of the surrounding area. The place is a photographer's delight. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 10: Ruinsara Tal - Foot of Bali pass (6 kms)

Post breakfast, we will climb to the base of Bali Pass. An imposing trio of Kalanaag, Bander Punch and Swargarohini peaks stands in front of the base camp. Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 11: Foot of Bali pass - Bali pass (4800 mts) - Yamunotri (3165 mts/ 9 kms)

Early in the morning, we shall start our exciting trek to Bali Pass, which is about 4800m, and it is not one of the glaciated passes but a rocky and scree-filled pass. The pass divides the Tons valley and the Yamunotri valleys and offers magnificent views of Swargarohini peak and Ruinsara Gad. After spending some time at the Pass, we shall trek through an open meadow and a forest to reach Yamunotri. The place is said to be the source of the River Yamuna and it is one of the four Dhams for Hindu pilgrimage. Overnight camping in Yamunotri.

Day 12: Yamunotri - Janakichatti - Hanumanchatti (2400 m/7200 ft) 14 kms/4-5 hrs

After breakfast, we shall trek 14 kms with packed lunch along River Yamuna to reach Janakichatti (2575 mts). From here, we will trek to Hanumanchatti (2400 mts), it is here that two holy rivers Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga confluence. Dinner and overnight stay in camp/hotel.

Day 13: Hanuma Chatti - Dehradun - Delhi

Post breakfast, we will drive to Dehradun. Lunch will be provided on the way. Arrive in Dehradun by evening and then go to the railway station to catch AC train for Delhi at 17:00 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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Things to Carry for Bali Pass Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Auli Bali Pass Trek?

You should book Bali Pass Trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on the trek; you only need to carry a small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Total weight of the backpack should not exceed 12 kg. You should carry all those things, listed in the itinerary given by TMI.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Bali Pass Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Dehradun. At Dehradun our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We always have an experience trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Bali Pass Trek?

Bali Pass Trek is tough trek with a maximum altitude of 15745ft (4800m) minimum age required is 15 years.

How long we trek during Bali Pass Trek?

We plan our treks in such a way that after 5-6 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 10-14 Kms.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek due to reasons that are beyond our control then additional charge may apply, which includes hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua, Hi-Tec, Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

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