Bali Pass Trek
A Connecting Pass in the Garhwal Himalayas
Bali Pass connects Har ki Dun and Ruinsara valley with the Yamunotri valley in Uttarakhand region. The pass lies at a height of 4953 m. The trek starts from Sankri village which is the basecamp of 20+ treks and ends at Jan Ki Chatti.
During the trek explore a sacred glacial lake “Ruinsara” and further, pass through the route over Yamunotri pass to the holy pilgrimage site Yamunotri temple. Moreover, it is included in the list of virgin treks in Uttarakhand.
So, here are some attractions of Bali Pass Trek – Ruinsara Lake, Govind Pashu National park, lavish meadows of Devshu Bugyal and Yamunotri temple.
Adventurous trek with Panorama Views
Most importantly, the trek is a difficult one and not recommended for beginners because the trail is exhilarating and includes crossing risky areas and steep ascents.
Therefore, the trek involves associated challenges but is great for adventure seekers and avid trekkers. In addition to the adventure and beauty, the marvelous panorama views of Swargarohini (I) (II), Bandarpoonch and Black Peak are heart warming.
Therefore, Bali Pass is an great offbeat crossover trek in the Himalayas.
So, the best time to do Bali Pass trek is post monsoon season because in pre monsoon the trail remains covered in snow and the climb gets very difficult.
Key Points of Bali Pass Trek
During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body required
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
Shoes are the single most important equipment.
High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
Must read about Bali Pass Trek
Bali Pass Trek Fee:
Rs 17000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)
Duration: 8 Days
Highest Point: (4953 m)
Best Time: May, June, September and October
Temperature: Day (5°C to 10°C) and Night (-2°C to 5°C)
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level
- Group Size Medium Group
Day 1– Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) (210 km) (7/8 hours)
Day 2– Sankri to Taluka (11 km) trek to Chelugad/Seema (2700 m) (12 km) (3/4 hours)
Day 3– Seema to Devsu Bugyal (3000 m) (7 km) (3/4 hours)
Day 4– Devsu Bugyal to Ruinsara Lake (3500 m) (12 km) (6/7 hours)
Day 5– Ruinsara Lake to Odari (4100 m) (7 km) (5 hours)
Day 6– Odari to Bali Pass (4953 m) and Upper Damnai camp (4600 m) (6 km) (7/8 hours)
Day 7– Damnai to Yamunotri temple and Jann ki Chatti (12 km) (7/8 hours)
Day 8– Jann ki chatti to Dehradun (178 km)
✅ Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ Accommodation in Hotel Sankri
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
- Day 1 Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) (210 km) (7/8 hours)
We can arrange vehicle from Dehradun railway station and it will leave for Sankri at 6:30 am.
Note: The fare is directly payable to the driver (Rs 1100 per person)
The journey is 7-8 hours long with plethora of sceneries. Yamuna River and Tons valley are visible across the Yamuna Bridge en route.
Go through beautiful hilly areas i.e. Mussoorie, Damta, Nowgao, Netwar and Purola. In some of these villages you can see people working in fields and have a glimpse of their lifestyle. When you go through the forests, peep out of your window and look at the combination of dark and light greenery, it looks picture perfect.
Ahead cross an entry gate of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Sankri lies there. When the Baraadsar mountain range and other snow-capped mountains comes into sight then in 15-20 minutes you can reach Sankri.
Sankri is a small village with less number of houses, there is a famous mini market of with few wooden huts serving traditional and delicious food. From here some mountain ranges are visible. We own a hotel named “Swargarohini”, enjoy your dinner and relaxing stay there.
- Day 2 Sankri to Taluka (11 km) trek to Chelugad/Seema (2700 m) (12 km) (3/4 hours)
Post breakfast, we will drive towards Taluka. It is a small village with concrete houses and you can easily find few shops and hotels there. Trek starts from Taluka and on the way the sight of magnificent snow clad mountains accompany you.
Now, cross a bridge over a stream and follow the trail. Pass through dense forest and a river is visible flowing through the woods below. Continue trekking and you will see a village named Datmir.
Ahead lies a green vast meadow, which will lead to the forest section. The trail changes to the mixture of steep and levelled path and afterwards it turns muddy.
After some hours of trekking you can see Har ki Dun Ganga River flowing through the woods. Again cross the forest section and reach the green fields and a shop on the way.
From here, cross a bridge and a little higher you are welcomed by the views towering peaks. To reach Seema cross one more bridge. And, after 1 hour of hike reach Seema.
It is a small village and Osla is a bigger one, located on other side of the river.
Setup your camps here and retire for the night.
- Day 3 Seema to Devsu Bugyal (3000 m) (7 km) (3/4 hours)
Post breakfast start the trek early with packed lunch. The destination for today is Devsu Bugyal on a gradual ascent that offers excellent views of the snow-covered mountains and vast valleys with huge waterfalls.
Pass through dense forest and spot rare species of Himalayan birds, animal and exotic flowers. The area is full of birch and spruce.
Ahead, the trail gets steep, cross the last steep ascent and reach Devsu Bugyal.
There is greenery all over, enlivening nature and open wide meadows which are perfect for camping. From here spot magnificent Black Peak.
Pitch your tents and retire for the night.
- Day 4 Devsu Bugyal to Ruinsara Lake (3500 m) (12 km) (6/7 hours)
Ruinsara Lake is at an altitude of 3500 meters. In the morning after breakfast and with packed lunch, the trek starts to Ruinsara Lake and ascending again offers mesmerizing views of the snow-capped peaks and wide valleys with cascading waterfalls.
The area is home to a number of Himalayan birds and animals. Trek through the muddy path, cross the slippery areas carefully and further cross Supin over a bridge.
Ruinsara Taal is a freshwater Lake which lies amidst the pristine peaks and is nestled on the foot of Mt. Kalanag. The region is idyllic and turns lush green after the rains of June and August.
From here, you can relish magnificent views of Ruinsara Range, Mt. Kalanag, Banadarpoonch and Swargarohini (I) (II) (III).
Locals of Har Ki Dun region believe that this Lake has some connections with Mahabharata. There is space for camping nearby, so pitch your tents and spend your night relaxing in camps.
- Day 5 Ruinsara Lake to Odari (4100 m) (7 km) (5 hours)
Odari is a rock cave, it is said that Bali (Hanuman’s brother) stayed here for a night. Today’s trek is 7 km long which can be covered in 5/6 hours. It begins in the morning after breakfast with packed lunch through dense forests and difficult trail.
Walk along the river and reach the campsite ”Odari”. There enjoy the majestic views of Bandarpooch and Swargarohini peaks. Revive your mind in the beauteous aura of this place.
At night have dinner and relax in tents.
- Day 6 Odari to Bali Pass (4953 m) and Upper Damnai camp (4600 m) (6 km) (7/8 hours)
Trek will start with packed lunch to Bali Pass which lies at an altitude of 4,953 m.
Today, will be the most adventurous and challenging trek because the exhilarating trail remains covered in thick snow. So, it is important to start the day early and carry the equipment.
To reach Bali Pass, cross steep snow ridges. Continue your trek using ice axe and follow the route. The terrain is not very difficult but long distance is tiring.
After crossing ridge section, Bali Pass comes into sight. Now, start the technical climb, some parts may get challenging but they can be traversed using right skills and following the instruction of guide. Before reaching Bali Pass, get views of Yamunotri valley from the ridge.
The last ridge climb is tough which leads to this high Pass. Now, the panorama views will surely leave you speechless and staring at the high rising peaks. Bandar pooch and Kala Naag look close and clear with full sight of Ruinsara and Yamunotri.
Afterwards, while coming downwards take proper care and find the best route to descend. Come downwards and the Damnai forest ridge becomes visible.
Find the most safest route as the trails are tricky. Get down and reach Damnai. The dinner will be served there at camps and you can enjoy your night in tents.
- Day 7 Damnai to Yamunotri temple and Jann ki Chatti (12 km) (7/8 hours)
After breakfast, head towards Yamunotri. Yamuna is the daughter of sun (Surya) Visit the temple and hot spring present there and then trek down to Jan ki chatti which lies 12 km away.
Take the trail descending through the forest. The downward trail is steep and it will connect to old Yamunotri trail. If you want to visit the temple go left, otherwise take a right and follow the trail that connects with the new Yamunotri to Jan ki chatti.
Reach the cemented trail and in two hours come to Jan ki chatti.
Check in a hotel and retire for the night.
- Day 8 Jann ki chatti to Dehradun (178 km)
Leave early morning from Jan Ki Chatti to Dehradun.
Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Trekkers must bring :
- Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
- Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
- Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
- Daily wear socks
- Thermals are very important
- 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
- Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
- 1 raincoat or poncho
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-
The last ATM point of this trek is Purola.
BSNL networks will be available at Purola and Sankri (BSNL and Vodafone) but you cannot rely on the connectivity, there are no other networks ahead, so make sure you finish all your important work and calls before the trek.
Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.
We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.
(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)
– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)
– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)
– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)
– Avil – (it treat allergies)
– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)
– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)
– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.
– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.
- Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90 Precent of Trek/adventure program cost.
- Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50 Precent of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost.
- Cancellation in less than 20 days – No refund