Bali Pass Trek

Uttrakhand 9 Days

Difficult

56 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

4950 mts.


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Brief Description

Connecting Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valley Bali Pass trek at an altitude of 16240 ft. is a difficult trek meant for seasoned trekkers only. Bali Pass trek starts from Sankri village in Uttarakhand and ends at Janki Chatti. This trek offers splendid panoramic views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini peaks. The alpine meadows of Dev Thach in the middle of the Ruinsara forest is something to look out for. The Ruinsara lake has unmatched beauty and grandeur with a mythological story associated with it. The Bali Pass trek should be in the list of trekkers who wish to experience the nature at its best and push their limits. The best months to do Bali Pass trek are from May to June and from September to October. With challenging terrains, steep ascents and descents, exhilarating pass crossing, and narrow trails, one has to have a very good physical and mental endurance to undertake this trek successfully. Considered as one of the most unexplored trails in the Indian Himalayas, the Bali Pass Trek is for adventurists who wish to pursue offbeat treks. Stay on this page for everything you need to know about the Bali Pass trek including Bali pass route map, itinerary, temperature chart, photos, videos, and reviews. Scroll to the end to read Bali Pass trek blogs.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Sankri

Report in Sankri by 3 PM. Sankri is a tiny but a scenic town located in the region of Govind Pashu national park in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is around 195 km away from Dehradun. Private taxi takes around 6 hours to reach Sankri whereas bus takes around 8 hours to reach the same. Night stay & dinner will be provided by us. Stay will be arranged at a Guest house/Homestay.


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Day 2

Sankri (1920 M) - Taluka (2107 M) 12 Kms by Road & Trek from Taluka - Seema (2560 M), 12 km (6-7 Hours)

Early morning drive from Sankri to Taluka in a Taxi. The time taken for the drive is about 1 hour. Taluka is the starting point of our trek. After Breakfast at Taluka, we will start trekking with packed lunch for Seema Camp (2560 M) on an even surface through thick forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows, chinars and a variety of conifer trees. You will find a few waterfalls on the way. You could either opt for the steep climb of Dhaatmeer village or just trek along the Karmanasha stream. Both the routes meet at Gangaar village. Reach Seema Campsite by late afternoon. Overnight stay in tents.


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Day 3

Seema Camp (2560 M) to Rainbasera (3086 M) - 9 km trek (4 hours)

Today also, the trek is along the Supin river. First milestone is Debshu Bugyal, from where we will get a magnificent view of Kala Nag or Black Peak. After crossing Debshu Bugyal, we will descend through the forest with loose stones and sandy path to the river. We will cross the Supin river through a bridge. After crossing the bridge, we will again ascend with the Supin river flowing now on our right. There are a couple of tricky sections with slippery path where we might have to take a diversion. Trek along the river until we reach our campsite, which is by the side of the river. Overnight stay in Camps.


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Day 4

Rainbasera (3086 M) to Ruinsara Tal (3565 M) – 7.5 km (4 hours)

This will be our last day when we walk along the Supin river. Today we will reach Ruinsara Tal by afternoon. Ruinsara is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. The trail is not difficult but it is tiring. The campsite is beautiful and we will have a chance to stay in wooden huts instead of camps. On one side of our camps is tiny lake of Ruinsara and on the other side is Supin River. The view from the campsite is mesmerising. On the south-west of Ruinsara Tal is Yamuna Kanta, the pass which takes you to Yamunotri and is rated as a difficult trek. To the east is the majestic Banderpooch Peak (6,387 m). The views of Dhumdhar Kandi (5,873 m) to the east, and Kala Nag (6,387m) and White Peak (6,102m) to the south-east are spectacular.


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Day 5

Ruinsara Tal (3565 M) to Odari (4008 M) - 4 km (3 hours)

Today is a short and easy trek of about 4 km. Initially we descend down to Supin river through the dense vegetation. Crossing the river through a bridge, we will then ascend to a small meadow and then head south east along the river. After a trek of 3 kms or so the trail meanders towards south west. Walking for a kilometre from here brings us to our campsite Odari. Odari means a naturally made rock cave. According to folklore, it is believed that Bali (Hanuman's brother) stayed in this cave for one night. The views from the campsite are spectacular. In the North East we will have the crystal clear view of mighty peaks of Swargarohini 1 & 2. In the later half of the day the learning sessions will be conducted for the participants on techniques that might be of use in the coming days.


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Day 6

Odari (4008 M) to Base Camp (4678 M) - 3.25 km trek (3 hours)

The day starts with a short hike south west to the base camp, but this hike would not be an easy one. We will have to walk on a mountain ridge with a 60 degree incline full of loose stones. This day is critical as we will be camping at a height of 4678 Metre. It is important to keep yourself active & hydrated to avoid chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The temperature will drop to subzero levels increasing the difficulty many folds. Acclimatisation also takes longer at such heights. Overnight stay in camps.


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Day 7

Base Camp (4678 M) to Lower Dhamni (3415 M) via Bali Pass (4950 M) - 10 km (8-10 hours)

Today is the day because we will cross the Bali Pass (4950 m) and reach our next and also the last campsite, Lower Dhamni. We head south east towards the pass. Today's trek will be longer and the most challenging one. We will break camps and start trekking early in the morning at around 6 AM. The trail upto the pass remains full of snow which will require using the techniques learnt earlier. It will take around 2-3 hours to reach the pass from the base camp. Once we reach the pass, enjoy the 360 degree view of peaks such as Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Garhwal ranges and the Yamnotri valley. The most interesting as well as the difficult part of the trek starts after crossing the Bali Pass. We will descend down through a nearly vertical path full of scree and big stones. After crossing this leg, we will come across the goat route. To cross this leg, one needs to be mentally prepared because we will walk on an irregular path which is 6 inches or less wide in some places. After this extremely challenging part, we will rest for a while at a site called Upper Dhamni. After taking rest, we will resume our trek to Lower Dhamni. The path is a confusing one and therefore it is advised to stay with your trek leader and team.


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Day 8

Lower Dhamni (3415 M) to Jaan ki Chatti (2650 M) via Yamunotri - 9.5 km trek

This will be our last day of trek. Initial trail is through forest which then merges into a cemented path. The trail is 4.5 km long with mild ascent upto Yamunotri. It will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Yamunotri. After reaching Yamunotri, you may take a dip in the Sulphur hot water springs of Yamnotri. Bathing in the hot water springs will take away the pain in your legs. From the shrine of Yamunotri we will take the regular pilgrims route to Jaan Ki Chatti which is around 5 km. Overnight stay in Jaan Ki Chatti guest House.


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Day 9

Departure from Janki Chatti

The participants leave from Janki Chatti to Dehradun. Those who opt for transport with with us, they assemble at 7 am and leave for Dheradun. Participants who do not opt for transport with us can take a shared cab from the taxi stand.



Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 3000 meters, and then move up a notch with Bali Pass Trek. On Bikat rating scale Bali pass trek difficulty level is 5. 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) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  4. Push Ups – 10
  5. 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

  • 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?

Bali Pass 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 by 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. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets. For more details follow Bali Pass Temperature Chart

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

On Bali Pass 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. The pickup will be from Outside ISBT, Dehradun at 7:00 AM to Sankri (the base village of the trek) and the drop on the last day will be at the same place in Dehradun by/before 8:00 PM.

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?

Bali Pass trek best time is May-June, September-October

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

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Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for the trek.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Bali Pass Trek

One of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand is the Bali Pass trek. This trek is meant for seasoned trekkers only. Bali Pass trek offers breathtaking views of the Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini peaks. Trekkers often describe the experience of the entire trail as heavenly. The beauty and the grandeur found on Bali Pass trek are unmatched. The best months to go for Bali Pass trek are from the months of May-June and September-October.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition 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.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Meals during the trek (Starting Dinner on Day 1 till Lunch on Day 8)
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges (only if availing transportation through Bikat Adventures)
  • Tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Micro-spikes, Helmets, Gaiters, as required
  • Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers, Mules or porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
  • Guest House/Hotel stay in Sankri on Day 1 & Janki Chatti on Day 8

Whats 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

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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