Timings : May-June, September-October
Time Required : 10 days
Entry Fee : INR 9000 - INR 13000
One of the least explored treks in the Indian Himalayan region that connects the Har Ki Dun Valley with Yamunotri, the Bali Pass Trek is a beautiful journey that one should try at least once in a lifetime.
Rail: Take an overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi. New Delhi-Dehradun A/C special train from New Delhi station is the best option. The train reaches Dehradun at 5.40 am. Dehradun to Sankri is 185 km and takes about 5 hours to reach. There is transport available for the same.
Road: Delhi to Sankri is 440 km by road and takes 9 hours to reach. You can also drive to Sankri from Dehradun.
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Base Camp : Sankri
Difficulty : Moderate to Streneous
Highest point of trek : 15744 ft
Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant Airport
Nearest Railhead : 190 km
Region : Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand
Snow : Snow is found until the Month of May in the medium-high altitudes. It is suggested to start treks in the higher altitudes when the snow is still hard to avoid feet-sinking.
Starting point of trek : Sankri
Day 1 : Dehradun to Sankri
Pick up from Dehradun railway station at 6.30 am. Drive to Sankri (10-11 hrs).
Day 2 : ÊSankri to Taluka
Distance: 12 km , Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Drive from Sankri to Taluka by jeep (12km; 1 hour drive) and then trek to Gangad. There is a 4WD road which connects Sankri with Taluka. This 12 km road may be covered by hiring a local jeep subject to the condition of the road as this is a landslide prone route often closed in monsoon season. The trail is almost a level-walk going through 10 to 11 mountain bends.Ê
Day 3 : ÊTaluka to Osla
Distance: 14 km , Duration: 6 to 7 hrs
Taluka village is a small village centered on concrete houses which looks totally out of sync with the village architecture seen in the villages of Sankri, Osla, Gangad etc. There is a GMVN Guest house here for accommodation. The dhaba food here is very basic. Those who want to camp at Osla may cross a wooden bridge prior to this bridge to cross to the other side of the mountain left of Supin River and then trek straight along the river till you reach Osla. To reach Seema one has to trek straight up by remaining at the true right of the river all the way till Seema.
Day 4 : ÊOsla to Harkidun
Distance: 11 km , Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
From Seema walk ahead towards a bridge crossing over Supin River and cross to the right side of the valley. From here look for a small cemented bridge some 60 meters above you. There is a small broken trail which goes up and connects to this bridge above. 10 to 15 minutes into the climb you will connect with the level trail coming from Osla village in the left proceeding straight ahead. This is the trail which will lead to Harkidun. The trail from now forth will gradually gain altitude with few steep sections but generally leisure level walks. After 15 minutes into the hike, look for a small stream on the way. After 15 minutes you reach another stream and a wooden bridge. You will pass through a local temple on your right. The trail is extensively used by local villagers to graze their cattle up in the meadows. After bridge crossing you traverse over the mountain bend and now can see a series of meadows in front of you above. After hiking for 15 minutes you will enter into the first of a series of cleared lands. Notice some of the land has been used for cultivation. You now can see the second mountain bend which needs to be crossed. To cross the second bend it will take around 30 minutes of predictable climb -nothing strenious. After crossing this you can see the third bend high above towards your left which needs to be climbed and crossed over.
Day 5 : Har Ki Dun to Borasu Pass to Har ki Dun
Distance: 5 Km
Har ki dun is an ideal base for exploring the valley. Morning after breakfast trek ascend gradually towards Borasu Pass at an altitude of 4725 m which divides Har Ki dun with Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Wind our way high above the valley to pass and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Later in the afternoon, retrace down to campsite.
Day 6 : Trek to Osla
Retrace back to Osla than to Seema village for onwards trek to Ruinsara Lake, overnight camp.
Day 7 : Osla to Ruinsara lake
Distance: 10 Km , Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
Trek to Ruinsara Lake through the meadows. the lake is rather a small but view of the surrounding ambience is magnificient. The Ruinsara catchment has been an important area for high altitude expedition to peaks like Black Peak (Kala Nag) and Banderpunch. Continue the uphill trek to this small lake, overnight camp.
Day 8 : Ruinsara Lake to Bali Pass Base Camp
Distance: 6 Km , Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Steadly climb to foot or base of Bali pass. A majestic trio of Kalanag, Bander Punch and Swargarohini peaks stands in front of base camp, overnight camp.
Day 9 : Base Camp to Bali Pass to Yamunotri
Distance: 9 Km , Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Start the trek early. Bali pass is a rocky and scree filled pass between Tons valley and Yamunotri valley at an altitude of 4,800 m. Gaze towards a magnificent view of Swargarohini peak and Ruinsara Gad below on reaching the pass. The route descends through open meadows and later through forests to lead near Yamunotri shrine. Yamunotri is one of the four shrines of Hindu pilgrims. There is a hot spring at Yamunotri in which pilgrims have a ritual to immerse potatoes and rice in a piece of cloth. The meal, which takes only a few minutes to cook is then offered to the deity & later distributed as Prasad. Overnight camp
Day 10 : Yamunotri to Janki Chatti to Hanuman Chatti
Distance: 14 Km , Duration: 6 to 7 hrs
Trek downhill along Yamuna River to Jankibai Chatti, where you can stop for refreshments. Then walk further down to Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is the last motor point before heading to Uttarkashi. ItÕs also a confluence of two holy river Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga. Overnight camp. Next day, drive down to Uttarkashi and then Rishikesh.
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