Bali Pass ,often referred as a virgin trek in the Indian Himalayas is the least explored & thus is the most scenic. Apt for seasoned trekkers, this trek is a strenuous one. Blessed with undying natural beauty, this trail is unchallenged and has all elements that wilderness seekers look for. Not too many people know of this trail so its still hidden from most and only shepherds frequent the region. A delight for nature lovers, Bali Pass trek features an enchanting trail that one must look forward to.
Discover captivating meadows, wild alpine flowers, birds & exceptionally high mountains. Opening up to amphitheatre views of the spectacular Himalayan peaks; this trek is sure to lend you with an experience of a lifetime. Bali Pass has a challenging & a technical trekking route, which is not recommended for beginners.
The trek starts from Taluka a scenic hamlet which will serves as a starting point of the trek. A delight for avid explorers, Seema will be the next stopover on our trekking route. Offering an up close & personal experience of local culture, this place will offer a great chance to mingle with the locals. Heading further, this trek will lead to Ruinsaratal, a natural wonder worth witnessing. After a wonderful day of rest, acclimatization & exploration, the trek will continue to Bali Udiyari, the natural cave shelter. The last stage of the trek will lead to the Bali Pass. Featuring a challenging trail, scaling the Bali Pass Summit, will truly be an unforgettable achievement. This trek is sure to quench your thrust for adventure & will also offer you with a bundle of cherishable memories.
Note: Even though we will try and stick to the itinerary, there might be changes depending on the weather and snow conditions.
Day 1 : Dehradun (250m) - Sankri (2000m) (Drive / 200 kms / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 2 : Sankri (2000m) - Taluka - Seema (2560m) (Drive / 40 mins) (Trek / 15 kms / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 3 : Seema (2560m) Ruinsaratal (3350m) (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 4 : Ruinsaratal (3350m) (Rest / Acclimatization day / Exploration)
Day 5 : Ruinsaratal (3350m) - Bali Udiyari (4150m) (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 6 : Bali Udiyari (4150m) Bali Pass (4600m) - Damni Camp (3650m) (Trek / 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 7 : Damni (3650m) Yamunotri (3150m) Jankichatti (2650m) - Dehradun (250m) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs) (Drive / approx 6 - 7 hrs)
Bali Pass Trek
DAY 1 : DEHRADUN (250M) - SANKRI (2000M) (DRIVE / 200 KMS / 6 - 7 HRS)
Today, we will drive to Sankri via Mussoorie. En route, stop for lunch. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part along the beautiful Tons River. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri, we will check into the scenically located hotel / tents and will rest for a while. In the evening, take a stroll in this beautiful hamlet and get your muscles charged for the next day trek. Overnight stay at the tents/hotel.
DAY 2 : SANKRI (2000M) - TALUKA - SEEMA (2560M) (DRIVE / 40 MINS) (TREK / 15 KMS / 5 - 6 HRS)
We start the day with a short, scenic & adventurous drive to Taluka, starting point of our trek. The hike today is through beautiful mixed forest sections and along the Supin River. The gradient is moderate throughout with an odd steep patch in between. This region is blessed with a very old & unique culture which thankfully is still preserved. You will get a very up close & personal experience of it today. On the trail you will meet locals from the nearby villages and get to see rare architectural beauty of local dwellings. We will cross a few villages en route to reach Seema, a small market place. We will camp ahead of Seema in the beautiful fields by the riverside. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 3 : SEEMA (2560M) – RUINSARATAL (3350M) (TREK / 6 - 7 HRS)
Wake up to the beauty of the engaging river set by your campsite. Today we will set off for a hike to Ruinsaratal, a clear water lake nestled at the foot of Mt. Kalanag. Hike the captivating jungle trail to this natural wonder, the gradient being a gradual uphill. On your way, witness the enchanting meadows, hike further & cross a stream or two. After trekking for about 6-7 hours, reach Ruinsaratal. From here, witness superb & up-close views of majestic Mt. Kalanag, Ruinsar range, BandarPoonch, and Swargarohini peaks. This lake surrounded with alpine pastures & low rhododendrons, will charm you completely. Located just below the Bandarpoonch Glacier this lake serves as an ideal camping site. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 4 : RUINSARATAL (3350M) (REST / ACCLIMATIZATION DAY / EXPLORATION)
A day of rest, acclimatization & exploration is a must at Ruinsaratal. The warm sun and the clear water fringed by reeds look absolutely mesmerizing. Wander around this amazingly scenic spot which opens up to the up-close views of the spectacular Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Dhumdhar Kandi & the White peak. Today we will head out to explore Kyarkoti , and will witness the extremely enchanting meadows. After a wonderful day of travelling around, we will enjoy an overnight stay in tents at Ruinsaratal.
DAY 5 : RUINSARATAL (3350M) - BALI UDIYARI (4150M) (TREK / 5 - 6 HRS)
Today is a short & easy trek. Initially we will descend down to the Supin River through thick vegetation. Further we will cross the river through a bridge & ascend an extremely delightful small meadow. From here, we will head further to reach the campsite at Bali Udiyari, which derives its name from the natural cave shelter. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 6 : BALI UDIYARI (4150M) – BALI PASS (4600M) - DAMNI CAMP (3650M) (TREK / 7 - 8 HRS)
From Bali Udiyari, we set off for a hike to Bali Pass. This last stage of the trek features a challenging trail with boulder sections. Starting from Bali Udiyari till Bali Pass, the gradient will be steep. We trek for a couple of hours and reach the Bali Pass. From here witness 360 degree views of Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Garhwal ranges and the underlying Yamnotri valley. The most interesting as well as difficult part of the trek starts after crossing the Bali Pass. We will descend down through the nearly vertical path full of scree and big stones. After crossing this leg, we will come across the goat route, which will be a lot tricky to trek. After this extremely challenging part, we will reach the campsite at Damni. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 7 : DAMNI (3650M) – YAMUNOTRI (3150M) – JANKICHATTI (2650M) - DEHRADUN (250M) (TREK / 4 - 5 HRS) (DRIVE / APPROX 6 - 7 HRS)
Today, we start to hike from Damini to reach the roadhead at Jankichatt. Enroute we halt to pay homage at the divine Yamunotri shrine. After trekking for about 4-5 hours, reach Jankichatti. From here we will board a vehicle and be driven up to Dehradun. Trip ends, depart for onward destination.