Bali Pass Trek

An incredible trek to cross the high mountain pass, under the shadows of the giant Himalayan peaks of Kaalanag, Bandarpoonch and Swargarohinis

Bali Pass Trek Introduction And Details

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Bali Pass Trek

8 Popular Peaks:
Kalanag ( 6387m ), Swargarohini 1 ( 6252m ), Swargarohini 2 ( 6240m ), Swargarohini 3 ( 6168m ), Swargarohini 4 ( 6000m ), Bandarpoonch East ( 6045m ), Hata Peak ( 5838m ), Swargarohini 5 ( 5725m )
1 High Passes:
Bali Pass ( 4850m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Ruinsara Tal ( 3600m )
5 Tranquil Rivers:
Supin , Tons, Yamuna, Har Ki Dun Gad, Ruinsara Gad
6 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Sankri, Soud, Taluka, Dhatmir, Gangaad, Osla
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary
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Day 1
D1Dehradoon
Day 1
Purola
Day 1
Mori
Day 2
D2Sankri
Day 2
Taluka
Day 3
D3Seema
Day 4
D4Devsu Bugiyal
Day 5
D5Ruinsara Tal
Day 6
D6Ruinsara Tal
Day 7
D7Odari
Day 8
D8Bali Pass High Camp
Day 8
Bali Pass
Day 9
D9Lower Dhamni
Day 9
Janki Chatti
Day 10
Dehradoon

Bali Pass Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Sankri

Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive Day

The drive to Sankri is a very exciting one passing by the villages of Mori and Naitwar. At 1920 meters, Sankri is a hub for many treks and is a beautiful place to be in. With gorgeous views of Swargarohinni 1, 2, Banderpoonch and Kalanag makes the place very is very charming with its lovely people too !

Tonight we check in to our hotel and start preparing for our trek tomorrow. We meet before dinner, get introduced to the team and share a brief plan of the trek. arly dinner for an early rise tomorrow!

Day 2From Sankri To Seema, Via - Taluka ( 11 Kms,6 hours )

Day 2
1920 - Sankri
Day 2
1800 - Taluka
Day 2
2560 - Seema


11Km, 6hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Seema (2560m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Early morning after breakfast, we take the thrilling drive to Taluka. It can be rated as one of the most thrilling and scenic drives in the Himalayas. In about an hour, we reach Taluka marked by a few huts, shops and a GMVN bungalow. We board down and meet out pack animal and the rest of the support crew here. We hit the trail soon after and follow the Har Ki Dun river upwards through the tall coniferous forest and apple orchards to reach Seema. Seema has many small tea shops and a GMVN bungalow.

Day 3From Seema To Devsu Bugiyal

Day 3
2560 - Seema
Day 3
2900 - Devsu Bugiyal


3 - 4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Devsu Bugiyal (2900m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

A short but rigorous walk through the forest and the bouldery patch will bring you to a wide meadow. On your left, you can see the Har Ki Dun Valley and behind you can see the villages of Osla and Puoni. With confluences of rivers, woods, meadows and mountains around, it's a wonderful site to camp for the night and spend the rest of the day. You may also choose to go a little ahead to a waterfall site ( Roiltia) and camp there.

Day 4From Devsu Bugiyal To Ruinsara Tal

Day 4
2900 - Devsu Bugiyal
Day 4
3350 - Ruinsara Tal


4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Ruinsara Tal (3350m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today we are into the 3rd day of the trek, and we feel much energetic and motivated. Our campsite for the day is Ruinsara Taal. After initial descend we then ascend gently through the forest, crossing a few landslides and bolder patches. Soon, we reach a lovely lake in an opening, surrounded by rhododendron bushes, lush green meadows and snowclad peaks all around.

The serenity of a holy lake, in the lush green surrounding of a Himalayan meadow, backed up by the mountains and peak of Kalanag and Bandarpoonch makes this a lovely campsite on the trek.

Day 5

Rest / Acclimatization Day


Day 5
3350 - Ruinsara Tal
Day 5
3350 - Ruinsara Tal


3hrs.

Activity: Rest Day
Overnight In: Ruinsara Tal (3350m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals
Rest Day with some minor exercises and photography sessions

Day 6From Ruinsara Tal To Odari

Day 6
3350 - Ruinsara Tal
Day 6
4010 - Odari


4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Odari (4010m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today we climb steadily up the campsite of Bali Odari. Pace out your trek slowly and rest as much as possible on the trek to acclimatize easily. It's a short walk, so do not hurry. Acclimatization is more important. The view is amazing and will be as if we have zoomed into the view we had from Sankri. The Swargarohini, Banderpoonch, and Kalanaag stand as if just there, in front of you. A tiring route with climbs on snow is your cake for the day. However, the views around you and the objective behind will continuously keep motivating you.

Day 7From Odari To Bali Pass High Camp ( 4 Kms,3 hours )

Day 7
3350 - Odari
Day 7
4560 - Bali Pass High Camp


4Km, 3hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Bali Pass High Camp (4560m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals
Today is the penultimate day of the trek. We trek till High Camp to make our pass crossing day easy and short. Basically, this way we break the difficulty if the trek to make it easier.

Day 8

Pass Crossing Day


Cross Bali Pass And Reach Lower Dhamni

Day 8
4560 - Bali Pass High Camp
Day 8
4870 - Bali Pass
Day 8
3400 - Lower Dhamni


7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Lower Dhamni (3400m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today is the ultimate day of this trek. We negotiate the Bali Pass today and cross it to reach the Yamunotri valley. Altitude and snow make it a tiring walk, but interesting at the same time. You understand that you are not here to do a mere trek. You are into the serious business of negotiating a treacherous pass which can be tricky at times. Guide's advice needs to be strictly followed, so is the importance here to have an able and knowledgeable guide.

As we start, we begin with the climb and that ends once we reach the top. With decent speed, it takes us about 1 hour to reach the pass top climbing on the snow. September might see less snow or fresh snow. Once on top, enjoy the grand views offered by the top. All the mountains nearby reveal themselves - Swargorohini, Banderpoonch, and Kalanaag. You see both sides of the valley from here. The pass top is spacious and weather permitting we do spend some good time here.

We now start our descend to the Yamunotri valley. Initial steps need to be taken carefully. You may require to fix rope here depending on the team's ability. The descend is steep until it reaches the forest area.

Day 9From Lower Dhamni To Dehradoon, Via - Janki Chatti

Activity: Trek, Drive Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Cost Of Transport Included: NO

We descend on a pilgrim trail to Janki Chatti today from where we board our jeep to Dehradun. A very beautiful, unique trek comes to an end here.

We drive back to Dehradun and reach by evening.

Why Should You Do The Bali Pass Trek

  • The Bali Pass trek is the Gateway to Yamunotri from the Har Ki Dun valley. Traditionally this route has been used by pilgrims to cross over and enter into the pious shrine of the Hindus - The Yamunotri.
  • Mighty and elegant peaks of Kalanag and Bandarpoonch Twins guard the holy shrine of Yamunotri and crossing over the Bali Pass takes a lot of courage, determination and a lot of craziness. You surely must be a diehard mountain lover and a serious trekker to do this trek, otherwise, you better let it be on its own.
  • The trek to Bali Pass starts from the beautiful village of Taluka and follows up the Har Ki Dun Gad (river) coming down from the beautiful and snow-covered zones of Har Ki Dun, Jaundhar Glacier, Maninda Tal and Ruinsara Tal. The route bifurcates from near Seema  following the Runisara River towards the right, leaving the Har Ki Dun trail to go straight.
  • Ruinsara Tal is a beautiful glacial lake fed by the melting glaciers of the Bandarpoonch and other adjacent peaks. Its a vast lake and the slow-moving waves surrounded by snowclad mountains all around bring in a lot of serenity and joy to the onlooker. One has to camp here to experience the sheer enigma of Mother nature and the Himalayas.
  • Bali Pass is not an easy trek that anyone out of the office cubicle should attempt. It is a demanding trek and involves sharp and tiring ridge walks in altitudes above 4000 meters. The descend on the other side is sharp too, and hence requires a well-oriented trekker to be able to do it with comfort and safety.
  • The trek route to Bail Pass walks through the tall coniferous forest of the Govind Vihar National Park which is home to a wide variety of wild animals and rare flora. With the increase in altitude, the tall trees give up their way to short bushes and then to wide high alpine meadows of Har Ki Dun, Ruinsara and the beautiful Devsu Bugyal or Dev Thatch. During the springs and summers, after the snow recedes, lots of colourful wildflowers grow here making it a spectacle experience to walk through it.
  • The villages of the Borasu valley ( Har Ki Dun valley) from Taluka, Gangaad, Dhatmir, Puani and Osla are some of the most beautiful villages to wander around in the Himalayas. These are historic villages with their unique culture,  cuisines, language and clothing. The famous Duryodhan Temple in Osla calls for a must-visit. Witnessing the innocence of the kids and grown-ups as well is something that will make us reason out about our own maturity and ageing.
  • Yamunotri on the other side of the valley is one of the most revered shrines of the Hindus. It worships Goddess Yamuna, which is one of the mighty rivers of India and merges with Ganga in Allahabad also known as Prayagraj. This place is famous for one of the Kumbh Mela one of the biggest religious gatherings in the World.
  • The Yamuna river originates from the Yamunotri glacier and swirls its way down through the hills of the Himalayas making its way to Delhi and then to the plains of Uttar Pradesh. It has to be noted that the Har Ki Dun river which we followed to do the Bali Pass trek is a tributary of Supin, which further joins the mighty Rupin river to be named as Tons thereafter. The Tons river joins the Yamuna river near Dak Patthar in the lower valleys of Uttrakhand. So close, yet so far... that's the Himalayas for you !

Bali Pass Trek Package Cost Details

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Sankri (1920m )
    Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Drive, Trek

    From Sankri (1920m ) To Seema (2560m ), Via - Taluka (1800m ) . 6 Hrs. 11 Kms
    Overnight In: Seema (2560m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Seema (2560m ) To Devsu Bugiyal (2900m ) . 3 - 4 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Devsu Bugiyal (2900m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Devsu Bugiyal (2900m ) To Ruinsara Tal (3350m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Ruinsara Tal (3350m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Ruinsara Tal (3350m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Ruinsara Tal (3350m ) To Odari (4010m ) . 4 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Odari (4010m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Odari (3350m ) To Bali Pass High Camp (4560m ) . 3 Hrs. 4 Kms
    Overnight In: Bali Pass High Camp (4560m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Bali Pass High Camp (4560m ) To Lower Dhamni (3400m ), Via - Bali Pass (4870m ) . 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Lower Dhamni (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Trek, Drive

    Departure Day
    From Lower Dhamni (3400m ) To Dehradoon (435m ), Via - Janki Chatti (2400m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
From Rs. 51000 TO 18000/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
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Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12

Cost Terms:

  1. The above-mentioned cost is in a range of minimum to maximum per-person cost for this trek as per 2 - 12 people team. Package Inclusions as per this cost can be read on Cost Inclusions.
  2. Going by our standardized service, appropiate safety measures, quality equipment and ecologically sustainable - small group commitment, higher team size will lower the cost whereas a lower team size will significantly increase the cost.
  3. To get the group segmented cost for this trek, please email or contact us on Whatsapp.
  4. The actual per-person cost of the trek is subject to the actual team size joining the trek. If you make any customizations that drastically change the cost as mentioned here, then it will mandatorily have to be a private group only.
  5. If we have dates listed on our website and it is not marked as private, it means other people have booked this trek for that date and have opened it up for other members to join to lower the cost. You may join that group as well as create your own private group.
  6. At any point, the team size cannot be more than 12 members unless there is a unique exception requested or agreed upon by all the team members.

Customized Private Group For Bali Pass Trek

Trekking is a very personal activity and is perhaps one of the very few activities that give you enough time to indulge with yourself or your beloved people, group of special friends, or close family members. It helps you transform personal bonds to the next level as it brings out everyone's best and truest self. Trekking is most enjoyed when it is done in a small private group, personalized to serve your specific needs. The Himalayas are best experienced when there is silence and solitude around and when you are surrounded only by your best people. Your trek is most enjoyable when all the pain of arranging a smooth trek is taken care of by us, and you focus just on your trek and yourself. Most importantly, a small private trekking group is very flexible, personalized and more enjoyable, is the safest and follows the principles of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. We specialize in and are more popular for arranging Small Customized Private Trekking Groups to the Himalayas. Enquire For Customized Private Trek





INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to the higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to higher local crew wages and other specific arrangements we make to ensure a safe, comfortable and enriching travel experience in India. However, we absolutely DO NOT 'hyper-charge' our International guests ever and at the same time, ensure that we meet all the standards for highly qualified trek leaders and guides, safety, medical preparation, evacuation strategy, rescue arrangements, eco-sensitive travel, high-value knowledge sharing about the area and customs of the locals. 

Extra Cost For International Trekkers: Rs. 4500 per person.




 

Booking Process: Booking can only be done after multiple communitation via email / Whatsapp / Calls. After finalization, booking fees can be paid online or through direct bank transfers. International Trekkers can pay the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. The remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 nights of the trek cost from Sankri to Janaki Chatti
  • Accommodation In Base Village (Sankri): 1 night in Himalayan High managed homestay in Sankri with emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure.
  • Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and table for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals: All meals starting Evening Tea in Sankri on Day 1 till Lunch in Janaki Chatti on Day 9 morning. 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days
  • Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:6. That is 1 guide for every 6 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules of Govind Vihar National Park
  • Transfers: One-way transfers from Sankri to Taluka in 4X4 offroader for the trekking team and support crew.
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 12 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.
  • Personal Trek Equipments: 9 sets of essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)

 

 

9 Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 1000 need to be deposited )

  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons
  • Poncho
  • Trek Pole
  • Rucksack
  • Fleece Inner Gloves
  • Neck Warmer
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Fleece Sleeping Bag Inner to ensure personal sleeping hygiene

 

 

Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua): Rs 1000
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets: Rs. 1200
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets: Rs. 500
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants: Rs. 500
  • Headlamps: 200

AddOns Available At Extra Cost

  • Single Accommodation Supplement: 6000
  • Porterage For Personal Baggage: 3000

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED 

  • BAGGAGE OFFLOAD: ( optional at extra cost at Rs. 3000 per bag weighing not more than 10 Kgs)
  • TRANSPORT From Dehradun to Sankri: This can be arranged on request. Rs. 6000 for a 6-8 seater. Rs. 10000 for a 13 seater. Alternatively, Gov and Pvt buses 
  • TRANSPORT From Janaki Chatti to Dehradun: This can be arranged on request. Rs. 7000 for a 6-8 seater. Rs. 12000 for a 13 seater. 
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Purchases
  • Bottled Water and Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Gears
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion list

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

If cancellation is done:

  1. Up to 30 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 30 days to 20 days before the trek start date - 50% refund of the invoiced amount. 30% of the invoice amount will be charged as the cancellation penalty.
  3. Between 20 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
  4. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 15 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  6. Validity: This rule is only applicable for treks between 4000 to 6000 meters and graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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Bali Pass Trek Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights, Sankri to Janaki Chatti
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4850m
  • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field, rocky
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
  • 🚩 Ends In: Hanuman Chatti
  • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
  • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL
  • 🌐 Internet Option: None
  • 🌞 Temperatures:
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

All our permanent staffs are fully vaccinated and we hire vaccinated local resources only to ensure everyone's safety.

Read more on Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

Bali Pass Trek Frequently Asked Questions

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Bali Pass Trek ?

We have opened up from October 2020 and have been running treks since then by following our Strict Covid19 Safety Protocols. Till now all of our trekkers and staffs have been safe from Covid and it is a result of following our strict Covid SOP. Uttrakhand Government has opened unrestricted travel within the state for asymptomatic domestic tourists without any quarantine.

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When Does It Snow On The Bali Pass Trek ?

  • This Sankri Range or the Saraswati range of the Himalayas are in close proximity of the Dhauladhar range and due to these intersecting ranges, this belt gets a very high amount of snowfall during the winter season.
  • Snowfall in the altitudes above 4000 meters start as early as October and continuous snowfall keeps piling the snow till the end of the spring months in March.
  • The lower altitude mountains below 4000 meters in this range get heavy snowfall from December till the end of March.
  • The snow starts to recede from the month of April in lower altitude peaks like Kedarkantha and Har ki Dun and by the time its May, the High Passes of this belt - namely the Bali Pass, Dhumdhar Kandi Pass and Borasu Pass opens up to the trekkers.
  • It can snow even during the months of May in the high altitude zone above 4000 meters.
  • Snow definitely make the Bali Pass trek a little exhausting and trickier as well.
  • It needs a strong team and an experienced support team to ease the crossing over of the Bali Pass.
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What Is The Current Snow Conditions On The Bali Pass Trek ?

Though this year snowfall has been less, currently there is too much snow on the Bali Pass route to make the crossing of the pass easy. However, compared to previous years, we presume this year we can do this trek by the end week of April.

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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Bali Pass Trek ?

  • Pre Monsoon Season: The Best Time to do the Bali Pass Trek would be in the months of May, June and till the mid of July. These months do have a good cover of snow, especially in the month of May. Snow somewhat make the crossing over of the pass easier as compared to open moraines in the Autumn months of September and October. This does depend upon the timing of the day's trek with the early hours of the day making it easier and quick through the steep ridgelines. During this time, snow would have just receded from the valley and the Ruinsara Lake and Debsu Bugyal will be in its full glory with colourful flowers and waterful streams. The temperatures are quite comfortable during this time and will range between -5 to 14 Degree Celsius in the higher regions, whereas from 5 - 20 degrees in the lower valleys.
  • Post Monsoon Season: The months of September and October sees stable weather and clearer skies with hues of deep blue spreading love all over the valley. The sharp snowclad peaks make a perfect frame with a blue background. The snow cover on the route is minimal and the rough rocky moraine is exposed revelling the true view of the terrain. Crossing over the Bali Pass in this season is easy with a good support team and experienced guide. As the weather prepares for the first snowfall in October, the days get colder and drier with each passing day.  The temperatures are comfortable even during this time and will range between -5 to 14 Degree Celsius in the higher regions, whereas from 5 - 20 degrees in the lower valleys. However, with each passing day, it will tend to get colder and drier making it difficult in the high altitude zones.
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How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Bali Pass Trek ?

  • Accommodation in Sankri will be in a good local homestay while on the trek it will completely be in Camps which will be moved and pitched every day.
  • We DO NOT fix our camps as it is very harmful to the ecology. We always use running camps creating minimal impact on nature.
  • Our camps are selected keeping acclimatization, comfort and safety in mind.
  • We select our campsites based upon the availability of level land, beautiful camping spot with views, walking distance from the starting point, altitude gain, next day's journey, clean water source, safety from rockfall or landslide zone, etc.
  • We provide top quality camping equipment for safety and comfort against the harsh and extreme Himalayan Weather.
  • Waste management in our campsite is well taken care of and we ensure that we do not harm Mother Nature and the local ecology by burning firewood for fun, defecating in open, littering plastic waste, washing is direct river water, making noise, etc.
  • In our camps, we create a dry bio-toilet by digging up a pit in the ground and covering it all around by erecting a strong cabinet tent. This way, the breakdown of biological waste happens very quickly.
  • Most importantly, our emphasis on small group size helps in minimising the impact on nature.
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What Are The Fitness Requirement Of The Bali Pass Trek ?

  • Bali Pass is a strenuous trek and doing it is not easy. It requires a physically fit body used to exercises and long walks.
  • Negotiating the steep ridgeline covered with soft snow requires power and that has to be there in the legs and core muscles. Stronger shoulders for carrying your rucksack on the steep rigorous climb is very essential.
  • Do make sure that if you are trekking the Bali Pass, bring a well hydrated and strong body. Exertion in a High altitude eats up your body to sustain, so you need to have a little reserve as well to perform better.
  • Make sure you are used to the high altitude before you venture here in remote corners of the Himalayas.
  • We do talk about physical fitness and its importance often ignoring the mental demands of the trek. Any difficult trek is 60% beaten by mental attitude and 40% of Physical fitness.
  • While physical stamina can be built up with training and exposure, mental endurance needs experience and a good support team.
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Can Novice Trekkers Do The Bali Pass Trek ?

Beginners in good physical shape can do this trek with the help of a good support team. We have in the past made many beginners summit the mighty Stok Kangri as well. However, it's a must that you have to be a nature lover and possess a never say die attitude in the mountains. Self-motivation is the key to success.

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What Are The Risk Of AMS On The Bali Pass Trek ?

  • Its a high pass crossing trek and is very remote. So there are many scopes of being inflicted with AMS if not taken proper care of all the factors to prevent AMS.
  • Controlling altitude gain with the itinerary plan, hydration, keeping warm, not exerting, acclimatization walks and most importantly keeping happy are the most important factors of keeping AMS away.
  • We take care of all these factors and believe in Natural Acclimatization.
  • Since we create a filtered group of trekkers for our groups, trek in smaller groups, take care of all the factors causing AMS, we face little AMS concerns on our treks.
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How Safe Is The Bali Pass Trek ?

  • The Bali Pass trek ventures into the remote terrain of the Sankri range. The starting point of the trek - Sankri itself does not have any medical facility up at service.
  • Once we leave the village for the trek, we are pretty much on our own and the knowledgeable trek leader comes of great relief to answer the medical conditions during the trek. If you have any health conditions, it's better you keep yourself off the trek route.
  • The Ruinsara valley and the Odari campsite is far away from any villages and any emergency there would mean a head bogging evacuation to plan out wither with the help of 4 porters where mules do not venture. Till Ruinsara, mules or horses can carry out the evacuation. Its easier said, but the experience isn't good and we do not want to experience any such thing on our treks.
  • So far we are on the safer side with our SOP. We rather work on prevention than cure. On every day of our trek, we monitor the health of our trekkers to avoid any emergency in the coming days. The trek leader is well equipped and knowledgeable enough to take care of your health during the trek.
  • After crossing the pass, the descend is treacherous and working out a rescue there will be very difficult. So better we send back a trekker with symptoms of illness before we cross the pass.
  • The Himalayas has its own ways of filtering out unfit trekkers if you care less about it. So come well prepared.
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Which Is The Nearest ATMs and Cash Points On The Bali Pass Trek ?

Sankri does not have any ATMs or Banks. The last reliable ATM location is Purola or better if money is withdrawn in either Mussurie or Dehradun.
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Is Mobile Network Available On The Bali Pass Trek ?

Sankri ad Taluka has an unreliable mobile network on BSNL which works only about 40% of the time. Once you leave Taluka for the trek, there will be no mobile tower on the trek route till you return to Taluka again. No other mobile tower works here.

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Is Internet Available On The Bali Pass Trek ?

Sankri these days have just got WiFi internet solution. BSNL here works on 2G network and does not provide internet. Few cafes are offering WiFi at a nominal cost. However, it is to be noted that this usually remains crowded. There is no mobile connectivity and internet connection on the trek route.

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