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The journey of trekking tours in India is something which could be experienced rather than read and felt. Trek in Uttrakhand gives you that opportunity to explore the grandeur Himalayas situated in north India.
Bali pass trek is one of the treks in Uttrakhand sometimes also referred to as Yamunotri trek was an ancient trekking route from the Tons river valley to the Yamuna river valley.
It continues to draw in trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is accessible from both sides. The pass is more accessible from the Har ki Dun valley as the slope is small and gives good time for the trekkers to accelerate fine to the altitude.
The Bali pass trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wildflowers. It also gives one a possibility to visit the lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less visited path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri temple.
The grassland near the lake is a perfect place to rest and one can explore the nearby peaks and passes. The picturesque beauty of the Bali pass trek makes it a Perfect campsite destination.
Another particular of this adventurous Yamunotri trek is that it gives one the content of camping above 4,000 m. Bali pass was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940s. Bali pass trek is not for beginners in trekking due to altitude height of Bali pass along with the tricky snow slopes which increase the difficulty of the trekkers.
The encompassing peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer's delight which is not easily accessed through other treks like Har Ki Dun which make Bali pass Trek unique among the other treks in Uttrakhand.
Although adventure tourism of India has various options for you to do so, nothing can beat the technique of going to mountains. Travelling is young, so travel when you are young. Experience will far more valuable than your time and money that you will be spending.
When we talk of travelling, Himalayan trekking is some serious fun. Trekking tours are the best way to deal with underconfidence and overconfidence at the same time and one such adventurous Himalayan trekking tour of India is Bali pass.
Bali pass trek also known as the virgin trek is one of the least explore trek in Uttrakhand. The elevation height of Bali pass trek is 4800m. Bali pass has maintained its natural beauty and is the pandora box of alluring flora and fauna of the Great Himalayas.
Bali pass continues along the edges of Yamuna river and provides you with a picturesque view of its beautiful peaks. The major attraction of Bali pass trek is pine forests of Govind peshu national park, the beautiful campsite of Rainbasera, Yamnotri temple and many more.
Along with these beautiful places Bali pass trek also gives you the amphitheatre view of beautiful treks in the Himalayas like Kala Nag/black peak, Swargarohini peak 1and 2.Trek in Uttrakhand seems a difficult tour in India with budget and time issues.
Bali pass trek is easy to reach out destination. Sankri is the base camp for Bali pass trek. It can be easily reached by road from Dehradun.
Nearest airport: Jolly grant airport.
Nearest railway station: Dehradun
Trekking trip to Bali pass can be planned from May end-June, September to October.
Day 01: Dehradun to Sankri drive; 7 hours' drive 200 km
You will reach Dehradun early in the morning so that Sankari village can be reached by evening. The drive from Dehradun to Sankari will be interesting and full of fun.
While you will be passing through the final stretch of the drive you will be driving through Govind Peshu National park. Once you will reach Sankri either you can book guest rooms or you can also pitch tents over here.
Day 02: Sankri (1,920 m) to Seema (2,560 m)via Taluka (2,050 m);1 hour drive 5-6 hours' hike: 14 km
The day begins with delicious breakfast and after that, you can head to Taluka. The trail is little bumpy and rocky, so you have to be careful while trekking through this stretch of Taluka.
With the river Supin gushing through rapids beside you, under the shade of walnut, pine and other trees, the walk will be pleasant with local villagers greeting you during the trek.
The path crosses over a few streams which merge with Supin. After a few hours of walk, the village of Ganga can be seen towards the left, across the river.
You will continue your hike for another 1 hr until when the village of Osla unfolds itself. Seema is a tiny settlement opposite to the river from Osla. Here at Osla, you can pitch your own tent or you can also stay at the houses of local people.
Day 03: Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m);6-7 hours hike: 13 km
On this day, you 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.
You can put a camp near the waterfall and enjoy the cold breeze of water droplets in the air.
Day 04: Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m);2 hours hike: 4 km
After camping near waterfall you will head towards Ruinsara lake. 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
On trekking from past 4 days, you can rest near the lake and spend the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. This will help you to acclimatize before the next day's climb to the pass.
You can also visit the Kyarkoti which is the base camp for Black peak (Kalanag) and Dumdar Kandi pass.
Day 06: Ruinsara lake to Godari (4,100 m);4h hike: 4 km
You have to start early form Ruinsara so that by evening you will be able to reach Godari. Along the glacier Moraine, there is a beautiful campsite place where you can easily spend your day exploring the beautiful miracle of nature.
Day 07:Godari (4,100 m) to upper Dhamni (4,000 m) via Bali pass (4,900 m);7 hours hike: 15 km
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 peaks will be encountered here. Once you will reach the top of Bali pass you will be surprised to see the scenic beauty of this peak.
Along with Bali pass top, it will embrace you with the picturesque view of Banderpunch peaks on a clear day.
After exploring the Bali pass now you can start your return journey. You will descend to Alpine zone from Bali pass to the Camping grounds of Upper Dhamni.
Day 08: Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2,400 m);7-8 hours hike: 12 km
Today we continue with return journey from Bali pass and trek to forested areas heading towards Yamunotri.
You can also visit the Shrine of Yamunotri during the return journey to Janki Chatti.
Day 09: Janki Chatti to Dehradun;7 h drive: 180 km
This is the final day of the trip and you will drive back to Dehradun.
Bali pass trek is not for beginners in trekking. It is a difficult trek in comparison with other treks in Uttrakhand.
Bali pass weather is usually around 20⁰C Max too -5⁰C Mini.
Hot and fresh meals will be served at the campsite. While you will be trekking Bali pass packed food will be served.
There is No atm facility in Bali pass. It is advisable to carry cash with you.BSNL can be easily connected network that will be available for Bali pass trekking.
There are required entry fees at a certain checkpoint, permit for trek and obligatory forest camping charges in the region for the entire length of the trek.
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