Bali Pass Trek
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 best to trek. In pre monsoon season there is a plenty of snow that makes climbing to the pass more challenging and technical. The trekking route is challenging & 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 much more.
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
Best time to this trek is during May & June in Pre-Monsoon season and September & October in Post-Monsoon season.
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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.
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.
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.