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Timings : May-June, September-October

Time Required : 10 days

Entry Fee : INR 9000 - INR 13000

Bali Pass, Dehradun Overview

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.

Bali Pass, which is set at an elevation of about 4,800 meters and located in the heights of Garhwal Himalayan region, is an exhilarating getaway where from you can capture the majestic trio of Kalanag at 6,387 meters, Bander Poonch 6,316 meters and Swargarohini group of peaks at a maximum elevation of 6,252 meters. The trail crossing the Govind National Park, which houses several colourful orchards and species of animals and birds, pens and clicks the trekker's diary and lenses with enrapturing moments.

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Food Availability

Dhaba food is available up until Sankri, Gangad, Taluka and Seema. You can pack essential food for the rest of the climb.

Camping/Shelter

Camping is the method adopted by most trekkers on the har ki dun trek because of the natural beauty that it boasts of. Guest Houses are available up until Seema.

Water Availability

Water is available in the guest houses along the way. One can also find clean mountain river water of the River Supin along the way. It is advisable to stock up in reasonable quantities whenever a refilling option is available.

General tips and tricks

1) Make sure you carry warm clothes along with you no matter during whichever season you are travelling in. 2) Be always prepared with your trekking gear and equipment. 3) Carrying your own medication and a good pair of shoes is a must. 4) Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region. 5) Also carry raingear along as weather at higher altitude changes at every moment. 6) Choose a well-qualified and professional guide and fix the rates in order to avoid any misunderstanding. 7) Carry spare batteries and film roll for camera as there will be no electricity supply.

Best Time To Trek

January - Lot of snow, trek not recommended
February -  Lot of snow, trek not recommended
March -  Lot of snow, trek not recommended
April -  Late April onwards
May -  Great time for trekking for nature lovers
June -  Great time for trekking for nature lovers
July -  Monsoon (Not Advised)
August -  Monsoon (Not Advised)
September -  Amazing time for trekking for adventure enthusiasts
October -  Amazing time for trekking for adventure enthusiasts
November -  Lot of snow, trek not recommended
December - Lot of snow, trek not recommended

Best Time To Visit Bali Pass

Late April - June ; September - October

How to reach Bali Pass

  • 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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About Bali Pass

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

Itinerary

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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