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bali pass trek

Bali Pass Trek

(1 Review)
  • 7 days
  • 12-15 persons
  • Camping based trek
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Sankri / Dehradun
  • Min Age: 15+

Bali Pass trek is a challenging trek in the Ruinsara Valley region of western Garhwal. The valleys of the western Garhwal, particularly Ruinsara are popular trekking destinations. The glaciers and peaks in these valleys are especially compelling. These trails were popularised by JTM Gibson and other teachers of Doon School, who taught their students the joys of being in nature. The treks in this region are a good option for beginner level trekkers who wish to climb small peaks.

Ruinsara Tal to Bali Pass trek is a must do snow trail if you want to explore an uncrowded & lesser know Himalayan trek. One has to be well equipped both physically & mentally to enjoy an adventure like Bali Pass trek.

Who can do Bali Pass trek ?

Bali Pass trek should be undertaken by trekkers who have done some snow treks before. Ideally this is a trek for all age groups who want to explore the Himalayan mountain passes.

Starting Point

Village Sankri (8 hrs from Dehradun)

Nearest Roadhead

Village Sankri

Nearest Railhead

Dehradun Railway Station

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant near Dehradun

Price Inclusions

  • all veg snacks & meals during trek
  • camping equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bags etc.)
  • camp tent accommodation for 1 night (2-3 per tent)
  • forest camping & trek permits (INDIANS ONLY)
  • services of trek leaders, trek guides, cook, helpers
  • transport from Dehradun / Mussoorie to trek base & vice versa ( taxi / cabs from local travel vendors ) - Ex DEHRADUN package only

Price Exclusions

  • any kind of personal expense on food or medicines
  • any kind of travel, lodging or medical cost incurred in case a trekker decides to drop out of the trek
  • any kind of hotel or lodge stay
  • porter charges apply in case a trekker is unable to carry his / her backpack & wants to offload it on mule / porter (₹ 250-300 per backpack per day)
  • any thing which is not mentioned in the inclusions

Complementaries

  • Rain coat / ponchos
  • Walking poles
  • Juices (tetra packed)
  • Forest Entry fees
What to Expect
  • Camping at high altitude meadows
  • Crossing the snow capped Bali Pass
  • View breathtaking scenery
  • Majestic views of Kalanag & Swargarohini peaks
Itinerary

Day 1Dehradun to Taluka Altitude - 2,115 m

Road travel from Dehradun to Taluka via Sankri

Stay at Taluka in rest house. Food supplies available in local shops.

Day 2Taluka to Osla Altitude - 2,769 m Trek - 14 km Time - 7 hours

A long walk along the Tons river on a broad trail.

Day 3Osla to Devsu Bugyal Altitude - 3,000 m Trek - 6 km Time - 4 hours

Take a turn to Ruinsara Valley and slowly climb along the shepherd’s trail. You will catch amazing snow views here.

Day 4Devsu Bugyal to Ruinsara Lake Altitude - 3,500 m Trek - 14 km Time - 6 hours

A long day, but a lovely walk with no steep climbs. Beautiful meadows and grasslands en route. Climb the valley for better views of Kalanag and Bandarpunch peaks. Bandarpunch glacier is further up in the valley The highlight of the valley is the five peaks named after the Pandavas, the so called heroes of the Mahabharata. Legend has it that they ascended to heaven from these peaks.

Day 5Campsite to Bali Pass Altitude - 4,880 m Trek - 9 km Time - 5 hours

Turn south into the wide valley; it was name ‘Ski Valley 2’ by Jack Gibson. Easy walk and slow climb to the foot of Bali Pass, which is at the head of the valley.

An easy climb to the pass. Brilliant view of Swargarohini peaks in the Ruinsara Valley. If snowbound, there would be some cornices to cross. Easy descent on the other side along grassy slopes.

Day 6Ruinsara Valley to Damini Altitude - 3,900 m Trek - 8 km Time - 6 hours

Keep descending on the grassy slopes to the gorgeous campsite of Damini. It is also possible to avoid the campsite to reach Yamunotri directly.

Day 7Damini to Yamunotri / Janki Chatti Altitude - 2,900 m Trek - 14 km Time - 8 hours

Easy walk down to the Yamunotri Valley; then on a pilgrim trail to Janaki Chatti or Hanuman Chatti for transport.

Bali Pass - Trek Map
FAQs

Is it necessary to hire a guide on this trek ?

Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for this trek whether you are trekking solo or in a group.

What is the best season for this trek ?

The best season for Bali Pass trek is from July to mid October.

Is this trek suitable for kids ?

It is ideally recommended for 15+ age. Bali Pass is a high altitude trek which is not suitable for children below 15 years.

Is this trail safe for women & solo travelers ?

Yes, in fact all the Himalayan trails which start from small villages like Pantwari or Sankri are quite safe for women & solo travelers. People of the region are very warm, caring & hospitable in nature.

What type of accommodation is available during this trek ?

Camping tent accommodation (2-3 per tent).

Do we have to give tip money to guides / porters ?

Guides & porters in the region will never demand any tip money from you. They just need their daily wages paid by the trek operator. However, it is always encouraging if one can give a little tip to them if they provide good services.

Which currency is accepted during transit or in nearby villages on this trek ?

Indian currency is accepted