Bali Pass Trek
Bali Pass is a breathtaking high altitude pass at 5000 mts offering amphitheater views of Kala Nag, Banderpoonch & Swargarohini peaks. The trek to Bali Pass offer mesmerizing Himalayan views that takes one through verdant meadows, lush green valleys, isolated and peculiar Jaunsari hamlets and deserted terrains to reach Bali Pass.
Wooden architecture of Jaunsar villages, surreal Ruinsara Lake and a visit to Yamunotri Temple makes Bali Pass a must do high altitude trek.
Why Bali Pass?
A high altitude pass meant for all the trekkers who want to upgrade to expeditions.
Variation in scenery considering the fact that it starts in Sankri & ends at Janki Chatti.
A visit to Yamunotri Temple, source of Yamuna River.
Jaunsar Villages are a beautiful mystery.
Gets you up, close & personal with lofty Kala Nag, Banderpooch & Swargarohini Peaks.
Region: Bali Pass located in Uttarkashi district and comes under Govind Ballabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary.
Season: Bali Pass can be approached from Mid May to June End and early September to October Mid. The weather will be unpredictable during monsoon season and during winters the region will be exposed to heaps of snow.
Trek Route: Jaunsari Villages with unique wooden houses. Verdant meadow of Dev Thatch. Picture perfect Ruinsara Lake. Splendid views of Kala Nag, Swargarohini & Banderpoonch Peak, High Altitude Bali Pass
Day 1: Arrival at Sankri
Arrive at Sankri Village, meet the trek guide and way to hotel/homestay in Sankri. If time permits you can explore the village or just walk around Sankri.
Day 2: Sankri – Taluka – Seema
There is a 12kms jeepable road connecting Sankri with Taluka. If there is a blockage due to landslide then you must cover this distance by trekking. It is an easy walk which can be done in just 3hrs. This trekking stretch won't tire you up but rather prepare your legs for the journey ahead.
The trail goes through dense forest of chestnut, walnut and chinars. Taluka village is situated at an altitude of 2,410mts above sea level. The trekking route from Taluka to Seema stays on the right side of Supin River. You'll need to cross wooden bridges over streams and do occasional climbs which doesn't last for long.
While trekking you will encounter couple of alternative routes that leads to different Jaunsari villages of that region, avoid them and stick to the route. After 8kms of trekking you will see a beautiful village with unique wooden houses on the left side of the river, Gangad Village. It takes another 2 hours from this point to reach Seema. There is a GMVN Guest House at Seema along with couple of shops and houses.
Day 03: Seema – Dev Thatch – Untigad Campsite/RuinsaraTal
Start off early for a long day of trekking. Follow the trail on right after walking bast Seema. Do not take the bridge over Supin River on left, that route leads to Har ki Doon Valley. After gradually climbing for 2hours Dev Thatch meadow comes into view. Dev Thatch is a beautiful meadow 2kms in length but not that wide. It is a delight to walk on this meadow mainly because the route turns out demanding from the end of Dev Thatch meadow to Untigad (3500mts).
After crossing Dev Thatch you will have to cross the gushing Ruinsara Gad more than once. Ruinsara forest area is rich in vegetation but it keeps on receding as you climb up.
Day 04: Untigad Campsite/Ruinsara Tal – Bali Pass Base Camp (Odari)
Ruinsara Tal is one of the most scenic lakes of Garhwal Himalayas overlooking lofty Himalayan peaks. Surrounded by birch trees, Ruinsara Tal (3630mts) makes a perfect campsite but this region is exposed to cold winds.
While reaching Bali Pass Base Camp won’t take much time but you’ll want to grab every opportunity to gaze at the Swargarohini Peak. Traversing snow will also be required while reach base camp. You can also trek to advanced base camp if well fit and acclimatized.
Day 05: Bali Pass Base Camp (Odari) – Bali Pass – Damini Forest Camping Ground
Start at around 4am so as to reach Bali Pass before any sudden weather change. This is the toughest day of the Bali Pass Trek and it requires assistance of technical gears like crampons and rope. Watch out for crevasses after crossing Advance base camp. Widespread and steep snowfields will take you Bali Pass (4950mts). Trek down towards the yamunotri side. There is one steep and tricky descent involved while reach Damini camping ground.
Day 06: Damini Forest Camping Ground - Yamunotri - Janki Chatti - Barkot
Trek down from Damini to the sacred Yamunotri temple, one of the Char Dham of Uttarakhand and source of the holy Yamuna River. After visiting the temple, trek down to Janki Chatti and drive to Barkot.
Day 07: Departure from Barkot
Catch early morning bus from Barkot to Dehradun. Our trek services will end at Barkot.
How To Reach
Sankri can be reached either by private taxi or bus. Buses to Sankri run daily at 6 AM that take around 8-10 hours to reach there. Shared jeeps are also available from outside the bus stand and railway station. The road to Sankri goes through Naugaon, Purola, Mori, Netwada and Govind Pashu national park. The drive is along the Tons river, which is formed by confluence of two rivers - Rupin and Supin. The road upto Netwad is good but after the checkpost it gets bad.
- All Meals during Trek, Trek Fees
- All Trekking equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags. etc)
- Porter, Cook & Mule charges
- Forest Camping Charges, Entry Fees & Permits
- Mountaineering Certified Guide
- Services of Experienced Trek Leader
- Any other personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned above
- Taxes Extra.
Terms & Conditions
The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.