Bali Pass Trek

18950

Sankri to Janki Chatti

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Brief Description

Often considered a “virgin trek” in the Indian Himalayas, 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.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

 

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 01 : Arrive in Sankri
2 Day 2
Day 02 : Sankri (1920 M) - Taluka (2107 M) 12 Kms by Road & Trek from Taluka - Seema (2560 M), 12 km (6-7 Hours)
3 Day 3
Day 03 : Seema Camp (2560 M) to Rainbasera (3086 M) - 9 km trek (4 hours)
4 Day 4
Day 04 : Rainbasera (3086 M) to Ruinsara Tal (3565 M) – 7.5 km (4 hours)
5 Day 5
Day 05 : Ruinsara Tal (3565 M) to Odari (4008 M) - 4 km (3 hours)
6 Day 6
Day 06 : Odari (4008 M) to Base Camp (4678 M) - 3.25 km trek (3 hours)
7 Day 7
Day 07 : Base Camp (4678 M) to Lower Dhamni (3415 M) via Bali Pass (4950 M) - 10 km (8-10 hours)
8 Day 8
Day 08: Lower Dhamni (3415 M) to Jaan ki Chatti (2650 M) via Yamunotri - 9.5 km trek

Big Questions

Eligibility: Experience required

  • Should have at least 7-10 Himalayan trekking days in your kitty.
  • For the trek’s achieving around 5000 Mts, one should have an experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 3700 meters.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Bali Pass is an 8-day difficult trek that requires climbing to a height of 16240 Feet. The climbs are steep and the trek begins at dawn and end at dusk everyday. One must be appropriately fit and have a prior experience of high altitude treks. Only seasoned trekkers and the people who have some experience in moderate level treks should participate in this expedition.
For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
  • If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small and large  water streams
  • How to use basic mountaineering equipment like gaiters & micro spikes
  • Basic principles of acclimatization

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Best time to this trek is during May & June in Pre-Monsoon season and September & October in Post-Monsoon season.

Packing List: What to pack

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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start point of Bali Pass trek is Taluka which is a 1 Hour drive away from Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for many Uttrakhand treks. It is 180 km from Dehradun. There are very few public buses and shared jeeps available between Dehradun and Sankri. However you might have to do break journey in case you dont find a direct vehicle. The shared jeep will cost you around INR 800.
Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There  You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.  
By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Dehradun is the beautiful capital city of Uttrakhand with a number of attractions to visit. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is no mobile reception after Sankri. Even in Sankri, you get only BSNL network. There are a few landline booths in Sankri that can be used on the paid basis.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Bali Pass Trek is a difficult level level trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than easy and moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 4950 metres. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes of 3000 metres, and then move up a notch with Bali Pass Trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 metres, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of 3700 metres.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  2. Hold your breath for 30 seconds.

If you are meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basics mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & descending technique on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Packing List: What to pack



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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The trek begins from Sankri which is about 195 km from Dehradun. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for Uttrakhand treks. There are public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri. You can also take a shared taxi that will cost you around INR 600. Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.

Connectivity: 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)

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Dehradun is located in Uttarakhand which offers a number of places to visit. Robber's cave is a river cave formed in the Himalayas about 8 kilometres from Dehradun. Sahastradhara is a ‘thousand fold spring’ which is famous for its aesthetic beauty. Mindrolling Monastery, the largest Buddhist Vihara of India is another attraction. Lacchiwalla, Malsi Deer Park, Tapkeshwar Temple are a few other to name.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Sankri, your stay will be made at local guest house.The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us after you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served in breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

During the day, the temperature will range from 5-15 degrees celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to -2 to -5 degrees celsius. Higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

You can expect snows in the first season i.e. May-June. It is difficult to expect snow post monsoons in September when the trek opens again for its second season. October is likely to receive fresh snowfall at higher altitudes if the climate is favourable.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : 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.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The local hotel/guest house in Sankri is the pick up point. The guest house at Jaan Ki Chatti is the drop point. In case of 5 or more people we can assist you with transport, otherwise you have to manage on your own.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

You will reach Jaan Ki Chatti in the evening where we provide overnight stay. Make sure your bus bookings from Jaan Ki Chatti to your respective destinations is on the next day.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

May-June, September-October

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

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What's Included

  • Meals during the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges (only if availing transportation through Bikat Adventures)
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Safety & Technical Equipment
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, Mules or porters for carrying common supplies
  • Services of a Mountaineering Certified Trek Leader

What's not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the trek
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance
  • Any Expense of personal nature
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list

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