A Grand Pass Crossing High on Adventure
A Rare Adventure Among Big Mountains
There aren’t many treks that let one experience the raw grandeur of a Himalayan pass crossing. Connecting Har Ki Dun valley with Yamunotri, the Bali Pass is an exhilarating trail. Almost an exploration on its own. It traverses the confluence of Tons and Ruinsara rivers, the undisturbed serenity of the Ruinsara Valley and the lush meadows of Devsu Thach.
Soon, greenery paves way for an alpine zone. At 16,207 ft, the Bali Pass offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini peaks. This reward doesn’t come easy, as this trek is difficult and only suitable for experienced trekkers.
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Day 1 : Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (220 Kms, 10 Hrs)
- The group will assemble at the pickup point at 6:30 AM.
- Afterwards, we will drive from Dehradun to Sankri which is a small village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and serves as the basecamp for the Bali Pass trek.
- The long drive would consist of many scenic views of pine forests and majestic mountains with hill stations like Mussoorie will blur past as you move ahead.
- Upon reaching Sankri, we will check into our designated hotel where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay.
- Note: The pickup point is Dehradun Railway Station.
Day 2 : Drive from Sankri to Taluka(12 Kms, 1hr) | Trek to Seema (12Kms, 7 Hrs)
- After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and drive towards Taluka from where the actual trekking begins. You’d be traversing through lush green forests throughout your drive.
- Upon reaching Taluka, we will start trekking towards our campsite. The trek is easy and takes you through forests that consists of Deodar, Walnut and Chestnut trees with the Himalayas standing tall in the backdrop. The trail consists of rocky pathways that and a stream of Supin river that will lead you to Gangabad village. On the other side of the village is Seema which is our campsite.
- We’ll check into our campsite and have dinner followed by an overnight stay.
Day 3 : Trek from Seema to Devsu Bugyal (10 Kms, 5 Hrs)
- After early morning breakfast, we will check out of our campsite and head towards Devsu Bugyal which is a meadow nestled amidst the Ruinsara forest at an altitude of 3000 meters.
- The trail to Devsu Bugyal runs along the banks of Supin River and starts to get steeper the closer you get to Devsu Bugyal with huge boulders also making it difficult to get across.
- Upon reaching Devsu Bugyal, you’d be witnessing a stretch of 2 kilometers of pure natural beauty adorned with Himalayan wildflowers. The rest of the day is at leisure.
- In the evening, lunch will be served followed by an overnight stay in the camps.
Day 4 : Trek from Devsu Bugyal to Ruinsara Tal (7 Kms, 4 Hrs)
- Post breakfast, we will set out for a trek to Ruinsara Tal which is a pristine glacial lake located at an altitude of 3200 meters.
- Your trail to Ruinsara Tal is adorned with lush green meadows and Rhododendron flowers with the majestic Himalayas beckoning you closer. Upon reaching the campsite at Ruinsara, we will check in to our campsites. The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner followed by an overnight stay in camps.
Day 5 : Trek from Ruinsara Tal to Odari (4 Kms, 3 Hrs)
- After a night spent under the starry skies at our campsite, we’ll have hot tea and breakfast before continuing our trekking journey.
- The trek from Ruinsara Tal to Odari is a short trek consisting of many descents and crossing the Supin River. Odari has mythological significance as it is believed that Bali, King of Kishkindha from the epic Ramayana stayed in the cave.
- After a short trek, we’d reach our campsite which offers stunning views of the Swaroghini peaks as well as the Bali Pass that is in the backdrop.
- Dinner followed by overnight stay in camps
Day 6 : Trek from Odari to Bali Col Camp (5 Kms, 6 Hrs)
- Post breakfast, we will head towards our next campsite which is located at an altitude of 15,000ft. This particular stretch on the Bali Pass Trek is a bit difficult as it requires you to walk along a mountain ridge as well as steep inclines.
- En route to this particular campsite, trekkers are advised to stay hydrated as the altitude would be higher. Upon reaching the campsite, the trekkers are advised to keep themselves warm and get proper rest.
- Dinner followed by an overnight stay in camps.
Day 7 : Trek from Bali Col Camp to Lower Dhamni via Bali Pass (14 Kms, 10 Hrs)
- After breakfast, we will head towards the summit which is located at an altitude of 16,200 ft and requires more effort than before. The trail would be covered in thick blankets of snow and with the trail of Bali Pass summit being as narrow as it is, it’d be tricky to cross, and hence caution is advised.
- Upon reaching the summit, you’ll get a stunning 360º view of the Himalayas with peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargrohini, and the entire Yamunotri Valley looking as majestic as ever.
- After spending some time at the summit, letting the glorious mountain views fascinate you, we will descend back to our campsite in Lower Dhami. The trail is extremely steep, almost like a vertical path and so you’ve to be extremely careful with your descent.
- After traversing through some zig-zag paths, you’ll finally be walking on a flattened path signifying that your campsite is closer.
- We’ll check into our campsite after which dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in camps.
Day 8 : Trek from Lower Dhamni to Jaanki Chatti (8 Kms, 5 Hrs) | Drive to Dehradun (170 Kms, 7 Hrs)
- After breakfast, we will check out of our campsite and begin our return journey.
- The descent would be fairly easy as it consists of walking on paved paths as opposed to slippery terrains and snow covered ground.There would be a steep ascent to Yamnotri which would lead us to the Yamnotri temple.
- Afterwards, we will take the same route that pilgrims take to reach Jaanki Chatti and after a stretch of 5 kilometers, we’ll reach the drop off point where the group will dissemble and part their ways.
- Drive back to Dehradun. Trek Ends
Where is Bali Pass Trek?
At an altitude of 16,200 ft, The Bali Pass is the connective link between Yamunotri and Har ki Dun Valley situated in Uttarakhand. The base camp for the Bali Pass Trek is Sankri which is around 220 km from Dehradun.
How difficult is the Bali Pass Trek?
When it comes to the difficulty level of treks, Bali Pass is considered to be a difficult trek that is suitable for experienced trekkers. The climb is steep and you’ve to pass many river crossings. With its high elevation and tricky trails, it is indeed a difficult trek that needs prior experience and a certain fitness level.
How long is the Bali Pass Trek?
The Bali Pass trek route stretches to a distance of 60Kms and consists of varying landscapes with steep ascents and river crossings.
Is Bali Pass Trek for Beginners?
Bali pass is a trek that falls under the difficult category when it comes to the different levels of trekking. To do the Bali Pass Trek, some prior experience is needed. The trek also needs to have a proper fitness level attained to do the Bali Pass Trek.
Is Bali Pass Trek Safe?
The Bali Pass poses many challenges when it comes to the terrain and overall experience. The climb to Bali Pass is steep in itself and hence precaution is required. But with proper guidance, it can be done without worrying about one’s safety.
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