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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.
Village Sankri (8 hrs from Dehradun)
Dehradun Railway Station
Jolly Grant near Dehradun
Road travel from Dehradun to Taluka via Sankri
Stay at Taluka in rest house. Food supplies available in local shops.
A long walk along the Tons river on a broad trail.
Take a turn to Ruinsara Valley and slowly climb along the shepherd’s trail. You will catch amazing snow views here.
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.
Take rest & explore the scenic and pristine surroundings of Ruinsara Lake
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.
Keep descending on the grassy slopes to the gorgeous campsite of Damini. It is also possible to avoid the campsite to reach Yamunotri directly.
Easy walk down to the Yamunotri Valley; then on a pilgrim trail to Janaki Chatti or Hanuman Chatti for transport.
Drive back from Janki Chatti to Dehradun (7 hours / 180 km)
Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for this trek whether you are trekking solo or in a group.
The best season for Bali Pass trek is from July to mid October.
It is ideally recommended for 15+ age. Bali Pass is a high altitude trek which is not suitable for children below 15 years.
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.
Camping tent accommodation (2-3 per tent).
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.
Indian currency is accepted
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