Bali Pass - 9 Days


REGION Uttarakhand
START TIME Please arrive by 7:45 AM.
END TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
DURATION 8 Nights, 9 Days
ALTITUDE 4,900 meters

Bali Pass is one of the least explored treks that links Har Ki Dun valley to Yamunotri valley. The trek offers amphitheater views of Swargarohini peaks 1 & 2, Banderpooch and Kala Nag or Black Peak. The pass is situated at an altitude of 4950 m. Due to its high altitude, the post monsoon period is considered the best time to trek. In the pre-monsoon season, there is plenty of snow that makes climbing to the pass more challenging and technical. The trekking route is challenging and is not recommended for beginners. The main attractions of this trek includes pine forests of Govind Pashu National Park, meadows of Debshu Bugyal, beautiful camp site of Rainbasera, alpine lake of Ruinsara, Yamnotri temple and many more.

Bali pass is more approachable from the Har-ki-Dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude. The trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers. It also gives one an opportunity to visit the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less travelled path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri temple.

The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives one the experience of camping above 4,000 m. The area is surrounded by Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are Kalanag, Banderpoonch West and Ruinsara. This region was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940s. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer’s delight.

Day 1
Dehradun to Sankri drive

We start early from Dehradun and drive through the villages of Damta, Purola, Mori, Netwar and reach Sankri by evening. The final stretch is through the Govind Pashu National Park after we cross a check post at Netwar. We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.

Day 2
Sankri (1,920 m) to Seema (2,560 m)via Taluka (2,050 m)

The trek commences from Taluka on a stony path. With the river Supin gushing through rapids beside us, under the shade of walnut, pine and other trees, the walk is quite pleasant. Often the passing villagers greet us on the way.

The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river. We continue our hike and after about an hour’s walk, the quaint village of Osla unfolds itself. Seema is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla. We set camp here or stay in a hut with a local family in the village.

Day 3
Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m)

The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the Tons and Ruinsara gad. The walk through the forest is beautiful, with Kalanag (6387) visible straight ahead in the valley. We camp beside the stream and close to the waterfall.

Day 4
Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m)

We ascend into the Ruinsara valley. There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara lake is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. Overnight in camps near the lake.

Day 5
Ruinsara lake - rest and explore

Today we rest near the lake and spend the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. This will help us to acclimatize before the next day’s climb to the pass. We reach Kyarkoti which is the base camp for Black peak (Kalanag) and Dumdar Kandi pass. By evening we are back at the camp.

Day 6
Ruinsara lake to Odari (4,100 m)

We camp below the pass along the glacial moraine. This is the one of the best locations for a camp with the valley below and the pass behind you. Camping at this altitude is a new experience which very few treks offer.

Day 7
Odari (4,100 m) to upper Dhamni (4,000 m) via Bali pass (4,900 m)

We start very early today. The trail heads down south, over the ridge. It is a fairly short but steep climb up to the Bali pass on the southern ridge. A lot of glacial scree will be encountered here. We reach the top of the pass by 8 am. You get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Banderpunch peaks on a clear day. From the pass, we descend down into the alpine zone and reach the camping grounds of upper Dhamni. This place has water nearby.

Day 8
Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2,400 m)

We descend to the forested trail leading to Yamunotri. 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
Janki Chatti to Dehradun

This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Dehradun.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food as per menu on the trek ,
  • Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  • Forest Camping charges
  • Safety Equipment ,Trek equipments : Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required) All necessary permits and entry fees
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and mules for carrying common luggage
  • Transportation if Specified in Itinerary,
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Meals during road Journeys
  • Any king of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal Nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Carriage of personal laggage during the trek

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Bali pass is moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4,900 meters
. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Sankri. There are a number of ATMs in these cities.

What should we carry ?

  • Study an overall map of the location.
  • Check out the exactly where the different trekking regions are and get a general idea of where you want to go to.
  • You also need to consult with us before travelling in Himalayas. even if you are not considering trekking with an organised company, the evenings are generally informative and can answer many of your initial question.
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    Day 1 : Dehradun to Sankri drive

    Day 2 : Sankri (1,920 m) to Seema (2,560 m)via Taluka (2,050 m)

    Day 3 : Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m)

    Day 4 : Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m)

    Day 5 : Ruinsara lake – rest and explore

    Day 6 : Ruinsara lake to Odari (4,100 m)
    Day 7 : Odari (4,100 m) to upper Dhamni (4,000 m) via Bali pass (4,900 m)

    Day 8 : Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2,400 m)

    Day 9 : Janki Chatti to Dehradun


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