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Bali Pass Trek, Uttarakhand (with transport)

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8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

30 people


English, Hindi


The Bali Pass trek commences from Sankri. The trekking trail stretches for approximately 7-8 days, passing through the charming Har Ki Dun valley. The trail runs through Govind National Park, which houses several colorful orchards, species of animals and birds. The Bali Pass Trek after crossing the Har Ki Dun valley moves through the Ruinsara Tal. The trek to Bali Pass is considered as one of the moderate treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The area is surrounded by Bandarpunch range and some of the famous peaks are Kalanag, Bandarpunch west and Ruinsara. It continues to attract trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is approachable. The pass is more approachable from the Har Ki Dun valley as the gradient is small.

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  • Explore the Jaunsari Villages, a tiny hamlet known for its wooden houses.
  • Spend some time observing the lush green high altitude Dev Thach meadows.
  • Meet and greet the people of Gangad and Osla villages. Know about their local culture and folklores. Osla is known for interesting Himachali architecture that can keep you absorbed for a long time.
  • Seek the blessings of Lord Shiva at the Yamunotri temple, a part of Chota Char Dham route.
  • Relax on the lakeside of Ruinsara Lake, one of the glacial lake.


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Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri drive (7 hours' drive 187 km)
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri drive (7 hours' drive 187 km)

We start early from Dehradun and drive through the villages of Damta, Purola, Mori, Netwar and reach 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 2 : Sankri (1,920 m) to Seema (2,560 m)via Taluka (2,050 m) (1 hour drive 5 to 6 hours Trek: 14 km Trekking )

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 Supin 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 Supin.
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 3: Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m) 6-7 hours 13 km Trek
Day 3: Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m) 6-7 hours 13 km Trek

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 4 : Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m) (2 hours hike: 4 km Trek)
Day 4 : Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m) (2 hours hike: 4 km Trek)

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 lake is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. Overnight in camps near the lake.

Day 5: Ruinsara lake to Odari (4,100 m) (4 Hrs to 5 Hrs: 4 km Trek)
Day 5: Ruinsara lake to Odari (4,100 m) (4 Hrs to 5 Hrs: 4 km 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 6 : Odari (4,100 m) to upper Dhamni (4,000 m) via Bali pass (4,900 m) (7 Hrs to 8 Hrs: 15 km Trek)
Day 6 : Odari (4,100 m) to upper Dhamni (4,000 m) via Bali pass (4,900 m) (7 Hrs to 8 Hrs: 15 km Trek)

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 8 am. You get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Banderpunch 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 7 : Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2,400 m) 7 Hrs to 8 Hrs : 16 km Trek )
Day 7 : Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2,400 m) 7 Hrs to 8 Hrs : 16 km Trek )

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 8 : Janki Chatti to Dehradun (8 Hrs drive: 180 km)
Day 8 : Janki Chatti to Dehradun (8 Hrs drive: 180 km)

This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Dehradun.


  • Group of 5+ can customize dates
  • Transport to and from Dehradun
  • Safety equipment
  • First aid
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Stay in Tents / Homestays / Lodges
  • Veg Meals only
  • Permits/ Forest fees
  • Experienced Trek Leader & Team
  • Meals during Dehradun transport
  • Mules/Porter (₹350/day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Additional information

Things to Carry

    Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV protection Sunglasses
  • Clothing

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 1
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts- 1 or max 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 1
  • Fleece jacket- 1
  • Full sleeves sweater- 1
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
  • Woolen sock - 1 pair
  • Cotton Socks- 1 or 2 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1
  • Sun cap or Biker Scarf for protection from sun- 1
  • Footwear

  • Proper hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) - 1 pair (no sport shoes)
  • Lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
  • Toiletries

  • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
  • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
  • For women

  • Tampons or sanitary napkins.
  • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose of non-biodegradable waste.
  • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
  • Utensils

  • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
  • A plate and a spoon
  • A mug - preferably aluminum
  • Miscellaneous

  • Camera (optional)
  • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
  • Dry fruits, energy bars
  • Mobile charging powerbank

ATM & Mobile Network

  • We recommend to either carry cash or withdraw at Dehradun as there are hardly any ATMs in Sankri Village or post that.
  • All major mobile networks are available till Uttarkashi.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • If cancellation are made 30 days before the date of travel then 25.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellation are made 15 days to 30 days before the date of travel then 50.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellation are made 0 days to 15 days before the date of travel then 100.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 5 business days..

Tour Advisory

  • All meals on the trek will be only veg. This is to avoid digestive issues due to stale meat at high altitudes.
  • People suffering from Bronchitis, Asthma, TB, Epilepsy & heart conditions are not eligible for the trek.
  • People with high blood pressure and higher BMI are also not eligible for the trek.
  • Children below 8 years are not allowed.


Multi day




What is the best time to do the Bali Pass trek?
The months of May, June, mid August to October are considered to be the best times to go for Bali pass trek. Around this time, the snowfall is at its lowest and the paths become clearer thus ensuring a safe route for trekkers.
How is the toilet facility at the trek?
  • Toilet facilities on all treks in Uttarakhand are dry toilet systems.

  • Process: Once you are inside the toilet tent, you find a pit. This will be very much similar to the Indian-Style of Toilets. You need to squat down and find peace. After you are done, wipe yourself with a tissue paper. Dispose of the tissue itself along with the waste and then cover all the waste with the loose mud, already available at your hands reach.
  • Is there mobile charging facility during trek?
    No, there will be no charging facility during trek. Advice you to carry powerbanks for phones/cameras.
    What About drinking water?
    The Himalayas are filled with streams and rivers. This is the main source of drinking water for the trek.
    Our kitchen staff use the same water for cooking purposes as well.
    The water is clean and is perfectly healthy to consume. In fact it is much better than the chlorinated water that you get in your cities.
    We do understand that you might have concerns with the water and want to be extra careful.
    Here is what you can do.
  • You can use chlorine tablets or water purification tablets in your bottle. You can find these tabs on Amazon. Try searching for water purification tablets.

  • You can also go for a slightly more expensive but more permanent option. You can buy the life-straw bottle which ensures clean water.
  • What essential things to carry for the Bali Pass Trek?
    Here is the list of essential things to carry for Bali Pass trek:

  • Trekking Shoes- Bali Pass requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow.

  • Backpack- For a trek like Bali Pass, you need a 50-60 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets.

  • Clothes- wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required.

  • 3 T-shirts, You will need at least 3 insulation layers for this trek.

  • You will need 2 light fleece layers, 1 full-sleeve light sweater.

  • Two trek pants

  • Two pairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek.
  • What type of fitness is required for Bali Pass trek?
    Considered to be moderately difficult, thr Bali Pass trek requires you to have better physical fitness. If you are able to run for 30 minutes on a go or can climb several flights of stairs without panting, you can finally enjoy this trekking experience. Since the path to the pass is covered with random slippery debris and high climbs, which only a better built person can cross.
    Where is Bali pass located?
    Bali Pass located in Uttarkashi district and comes under Govind Ballabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary.
    How to Reach the base of the Bali Pass trek?
    Bali Pass trek begins from Sankri which is about 195 km from Dehradun. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand which is a base camp for Uttrakhand treks. There are public buses and shared jeeps running between Dehradun and Sankri. You can also take a shared taxi. Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.

    By Road: There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.

    By Rail: The nearest railway station to Sankri is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.

    By Air: The nearest airport from Sankri is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.
    Is it safe for solo woman traveller to go for Bali Pass trek in fixed departures?
    Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo women to go for Bali Pass trek in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
    What are the inclusions for Bali Pass trek?
    Bali Pass trek inclusions are:

  • Stay- You will be staying in tents/guesthouses on sharing basis for the trek.

  • Meals- Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek

  • Permits- All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.

  • Guide- All our trek leaders are at least qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering and first aid course.

  • Transfers-Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri on Day 1 to Yamunotri to Dehradun on day 9 is included.
  • What type of clothing is required for Bali Pass Trek?
    Since you will be travelling across the mountains, it is at all times advisable to wear layerable clothing. Another item which you should carry includes thermal inner wear and extra pack of woolens. Items like gloves, caps, track pants are also necessary.
    Where is the Bali Pass?
    Located at an altitude of 16076 Feet, the Bali Pass connects Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valley, and is located in the state of Uttarakhand. The trek to Bali Pass usually starts from Sankri Village and ends at Janki Chatti.
    Which are the best places to visit in Dehradun?
  • Zonal Anthropology Museum: If you are interested in history and want to gather information about various historical relics, then this place is for you. The Zonal Anthropology Museum perfectly depicts the everyday lives of locals of Gharwals.

  • Forest Research Institute: Loaded with botanical gardens and the beautiful roman architecture, the Forest Research Institute is the perfect place to enjoy an outing. Inside the campus of this institute lie six different museums which are open for all.

  • Malsi Deer Park:Covering an area of 25 hectares, the Malsi Deer Park is home to regional flora and fauna. Various animals which reside there are Deer, Leopard, Eagle and Peacocks.

  • Paltan Bazaar: Loaded with numerous shops as well as food stalls, the Paltan Bazaar is a go to stop for every local. From shopping for handicrafts to buying branded items, various things can be done here.

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