Bali Pass Trek
Bali Pass trek
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- 8 Days 7 Nights
- Difficulty - Hard
At an altitude of 16,200ft, the Bali Pass is a high mountain pass that serves as the connective link between Yamnotri and Har ki Dun Valley.
The Bali Pass trek is an offbeat trek that offers majestic views of the Garwhal Himalayas with Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag and Swargrohini being the most prominent ones. An ideal trek for both adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers, the Bali Pass Trek offers you a glimpse at the grandeur of Himalayas.
The Bali Pass trek takes you through the enchanting Ruinsara Valley, lush green meadows and tiny Himalayan hamlets like Osla and Gangad village. The staggering altitude of the pass offers views that are grander than any other Himalayan trek and is also the reason why it is considered to be a difficult trek.
There are many tricky stretches on the Bali Pass Trek and the window to the trek is narrow as well which is why caution is advised. However, it is also perhaps the most rewarding Himalayan trek because as soon as you cross the pass, you’re greeted by the raw glory of the Garwhal mountains
The Bali Pass trek starts from Sankri which is a small village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The many steep inclines, twisting trails and rugged terrains make the Bali Pass trek a challenge for all kinds of trekkers.
The ever changing landscapes and stunning views of the mountains make the Bali Pass trek worth every hardship that one needs to overcome to reach the summit. The main attractions of this trek are the tiny Himalayan Hamlets of Osla and Gangad Village. It is believed that these villages are centuries old, dating back to the same era as the Mahabhrat.
Additionally, It offers beautiful sights of the Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini peaks. This trek is the perfect opportunity for thrill-seekers to explore the raw trails of Himalayas to the fullest.
It is a challenging trek that requires some kind of trekking experience along with fitness so it’s advised that trekkers indulge in regular exercises to keep themselves active.
Drive from Dehradun to Sankr
Drive from Sankri to Seem
Trek from Seema to Devsu Bugya
Trek from Devsu Bugyal to Ruinsara Ta
Trek from Ruinsara Tal to Odar
Trek from Odari to Bali Col Cam
Trek from Bali Col Camp to Lower Dhamn
via Bali Pas
Trek from Lower Dhamni to Jaanki Chatti
Drive to Dehradun
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Accommodations: 3 Nights Accommodations in a Hotel / Guest House in Gangotri on Triple sharing basis. 4 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis.
Transportation: Surface transfer from Dehradun - Gangotri - Dehradun by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler (Depends on the number of Travelers).
Meals: All Veg Meals from Day 1st Dinner to Day 8th Breakfast.
Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks.
Camping logistics: Tent, Utensils, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent, Toilet tent.
Trek Leader: Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.
Permits: All necessary fees and permits.
Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher.
Guide ratio: 1:10
Any expenses of personal nature.
Meals during transit.
Insurance of any kind.
Any fees and permits (for non-Indians).
Unscheduled delay due to a landslide.
Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.
Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
THINGS TO CARRY
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover): It is important that you pick a good quality backpack with a comfortable fit and straps that won’t give you shoulder pain. You can check out your nearest Decathlon store for a good trekking backpack.
Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you head towards the summit, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one on the campsite.
Floaters or Sandals: Although the entire trek requires a good quality shoe, you still need to let your feet breathe to avoid chafing and blisters. When you are at the camp, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.
Trekking Shoes: A good trekking shoe is one that is comfortable, provides ankle support and has a good grip as well. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead they should be lightweight and sturdy.
3 Quick Dry Tees: It’s important that you keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.
2 Track Pants: A good pair of track pants made of polyester will let your skin breathe. They’re lightweight, dry easily and are comfortable to walk around in. You can easily avoid chafing and rashes by investing in a good pair of track pants.
3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.
1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.
1 Poncho: A poncho is basically an evolved form of a rain coat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from rains.
1 Heavy Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry a heavy jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.
1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when going on a high altitude trek.
Quick-dry towel: A quick dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It’s necessary that it dries quickly because wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.
Windproof Jacket: As you ascend towards high altitude, you get hit by chilly winds and a windbreaker jacket is designed to resist them. They are lightweight and are made of synthetic fibers.
Woolen Cap: A woolen cap will help prevent cold when you ascend to high altitude. You can also cover your ears to avoid any pain and discomfort you might face in them when going on high altitudes.
Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands and also provide better grasp on trekking poles.
Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.
1 Scarf or Balaclava: Along with sun rays and chilly winds, you also get hit by dirt and grime during treks which is why it's important to carry a scarf or balaclava so you can cover your face when needed.
Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.
Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+): In order to avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.
Antibacterial powder: To avoid rashes that develop from bacterial infestation in your armpits and other parts of your body.
Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to trekking. To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.
Headlamp or torch: You can’t rely on moonlight when you are in the mountains. A torch or even a headlamp with a fresh pair of batteries is always a good idea to bring along.
Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.
Personal Basic Medical Kit: A few cuts and bruises are almost inevitable when you are on a trek so carrying a medical kit with bandages, dettol etc is necessary.
Dark Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti glare shades depending upon the exposure of the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip on glasses etc.
Trekking Pole: Trekking pole assists in more than one way. It saves energy while also providing stability and helps you to maintain proper balance.
Extra Polythene: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in a polythene. However, make sure that all the plastic that you are carrying into the woods leaves with you. Don’t litter in the mountains.
Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all great moments from your trek.. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.
Policy and Terms
No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email with the payment rate that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost.
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
9 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
5 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
No Show. No refund.
In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even if certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek.
The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date. But no refund would be provided.
Any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and for popular destinations
Terms and Conditions
Vouchers are non-transferable and valid only for the services mentioned herein.
Any services not specifically requested, confirmed and noted on vouchers will not be rendered.
All extras are to be paid directly to the hotels/the service providers.
Please stick to itinerary, anything extra shall be chargeable (at the location itself.)
Any service unused is non-refundable.
The company shall not be liable for damages/charges incurred by travelers if any of the following reasons apply: Natural disaster, war, civil unrest, and alteration or cancellation of tour itinerary due to such causes.
Accidents during transportation or accommodations, damage by fire.
Orders of either Indian governments or immigration regulations, isolation resulting from infectious diseases, and tour itinerary alteration or cancellation owing to such causes.
Accidents occurring during the travelers free activities.