Bali Pass - (9D/8N)

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Starts With Rs 20000 /-
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Trip Highlights:

Duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights

Best Season: May end - June; Sep - Oct;

Level: Difficult

Total Distance: 61 km Maximum Elevation: 4800 m Bali Pass

Weather: 20°C Max / -5°C Min. The basecamp/Godari camp is the coldest among all the campsites. The trail from Taluka to waterfall camp is mostly through forests. On all other days the trail receives a lot of sunlight and is pleasant during the day.

Restrictions: None

Getting from/To: Sankri and Janki Chatti are connected by road from Dehradun and both are about 7 hours’ drive.

Equipment: None for walking

This pass was an old trekking route from the Tons river valley to the Yamuna river valley. It continues to attract trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is approachable from both sides.The pass is more approachable from the Har-ki-Dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude. The trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers. It also gives one an opportunity to visit the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less travelled path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri temple.
The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives one the experience of camping above 4000 m. The area is surrounded by Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are Kalanag, Banderpoonch West and Ruinsara. This region was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940s. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer's delight.


Day 01: Dehradun to Sankri - 8h drive
We start early from Dehradun and reach the village Sankri by evening.
The final stretch is through the Govind Pashu National Park after we cross a check post at Netwar.
We rest at night in a guest house or in camps.
Day 02: Sankri (1920 m) to Seema (2560 m) via Taluka (1800 m) - 1h drive + 5-6h trek
Post breakfast we are transported from Sankri to Taluka. The drive is a bit bumpy.
The trek commences from Taluka on a stony path. With the river Tons gushing through rapids beside us, under the shade of walnut, pine and other trees, the walk is quite pleasant.
Often the passing villagers greet us on the way.
The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Tons. After a few hours of walk the village of Gangad can be seen towards the left, across the river.
We continue our hike and after about an hour’s walk, the quaint village of Osla unfolds itself. Seema is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla.
We set camp here or stay in a hut with a local family in the village.
Day 03: Seema (2560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (2900 m) – 6-7 h
On this day, we continue along the true right of the valley along the Tons river.
The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the Tons and Ruinsara gad.
The walk through the forest is beautiful, with Kalanag (6387) visible straight ahead in the valley.
We camp beside the stream and close to the waterfall.
Day 04: Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3350m) - 2-3 hours
We ascend into the Ruinsara valley.
There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes.
It is considered sacred by the locals.
Overnight in camps near the lake.
Day 05: Ruinsara lake - rest and explore
Today we rest near the lake and spent the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys.
This will help us to acclimatize before the next day's climb to the pass.
We reach Kyarkoti which is the base camp for black peak (Kalanag) and Dumdar Kandi pass.
By evening we are back at the camp.
Day 06: Ruinsara lake to Godari (4100 m) – 4-5h trek
We start the day early so as to reach before afternoon.
We camp below the pass along the glacial moraine. This is the one of the best locations for a camp with the valley below and the pass behind you.
Camping at this altitude is a new experience which very few treks offer.
Day 07: Godari (4100m) to upper Dhamni (4000 m) via Bali pass (4800 m) – 7 to 8 hours hike
We start very early today. The trail heads down south, over the ridge. It is a fairly short but steep climb up to the Bali pass on the southern ridge.
A lot of glacial scree will be encountered here. We reach the top of the pass by 8am.
You get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Panchachuli peaks on a clear day.
From the pass, we descend down into the alpine zone and reach the camping grounds of upper Dhamni. This place has water nearby.
Day 08: Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2400 m) - 7-8 hours hike
We descend to the forested trail leading to Yamunotri. After a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri, we make our way down the conventional pilgrim trail to Janki chatti.
Overnight in guesthouses in Janki Chatti.
Day 09: Janki Chatti to Dehradun - 7 h drive
This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Dehradun.

Package Includes

  • Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.
  • Guide and cook fees.
  • Forest entry charges.
  • Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.
  • All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 9 breakfast. We provide hot breakfast and hot dinner. On trekking days, packed lunch will be provided.
  • Accommodation throughout the trek.

Package Excludes

  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
  • Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 350 per day per bag. One person is allowed to offload a maximum of one bag.
  • GST @ 5% extra on this


Note: For a nominal charge of Rs 200 per person per night, we can arrange for Homestay in the village of Osla. The amount goes directly to the local family hosting us.