Bali Pass Campsite Rainbow
The Swargarohini Peaks from Bali Pass base camp - May; PC: Abhishek Sohu

Bali 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 4,000 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.

A Short video that provides a brief insight into the vivid experiences of the Bali Pass trek. Credits- Abhishek Sohu
Trek Highlights:Bali Pass

    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Blue Sheep/ Bharal

    Birds

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Barbet
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Himalayan Swiftlet
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Oriental turtle Dove
  • Black Kite
  • Lammergeier
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Common Buzzard
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Large-billed Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • Yellow-browed Fantail
  • Bronze Drongo
  • Brown Cipper
  • Blue Whistling Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • White-capped Water Redstart
  • Plumbeous Water Redstart
  • White-cheeked Nuthatch
  • White-tailed Nuthatch
  • Eurasian Treecreeper
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Rufous-Vented Tit
  • Spot-winged Tit
  • Grey-crested Tit
  • Green-backed Tit
  • Black-throated Tit
  • Black-lored Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Winter Wren
  • Himalayan Bulbul
  • Red-vented Bulbul
  • Black Bulbul
  • Striated Prinia
  • Lemon-rumped Warbler
  • Tickells's Leaf Warbler
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Oriental White-eye
  • White-throated Laughingthrush
  • Streaked Laughingthrush
  • Black-chinned Babbler
  • White-throated Shrike Babbler
  • White-browed Fulvetta
  • Whiskered Yuhina
  • Rufous Sibia
  • Russet Sparrow
  • Citrine Wagtail
  • Alpine Accentor
  • Plain Mountain finch
  • Red-mantled Rosefinch
  • Rock Bunting
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting
  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m) (Visible on the way to waterfall camp from Seema)
  • Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II, III (The entire Southern Face is prominently visible from near Ruinsara lake till the top of the pass)
  • Banderpoonch (6,316 m) (Visible from top of the pass)
  • Lower peaks - Har ki Dun peak, Hata peak, Ruinsara peak
  • Dayara Bugyal is visible from top of the pass
  • Yamuna during first and last day's drive.
  • Tons during first day's drive.
  • Supin during first trek day, which originates from the confluence of several streams from Har ki Dun valley.
Trekkers' safety and comfort are of the utmost priority to us at Himalaya Shelter. This is reflected in conduct of our treks, through our curteous and experienced staff, our equipment standards, hygiene, and respect for the nature and outdoors. We equally value the fragile nature of biodiversity and thus indulge in organizing minimum impact treks, while ensuring an authentic and complete experience for our trekkers.
  • Our Equipment: We use 4 season tents on all our treks to ensure an added layer of safety. We have high quality tents from premier mountaineering equipment companies such as Simond, Vango and Alps Mountaineering.
  • Our Sleepings bags are high altitude ready and ensure comfort during cold weather. We take into account hygiene and thus ensure the cleanliness of our sleeping bags.
  • Our Conduct: Our guides are experienced in the outdoors and always put guest safety first, even if that means making tough decisions.
  • We emphazise on localization as being integral to sustainable growth and thus try to the extent possible to use local food products, which in turn provides trekkers an added experience of getting familiar with local cuisine and culture.
  • At Himalaya Shelter we employ locals while organizing treks, and support their training from institutions such as Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, thus contributing towards rural development through empowering local people.
  • Himalaya Shelter never indulges in setting up of fixed camps which work as achilles heel for the fragile environs of meadows. We urge trekkers to trek responsibly and always raise these concerns with their organizers.

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  • Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri drive

    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)

    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.

  • Trekking Path to Ruinsara Lake
    Trail towards waterfall camp (The leftmost peak is Black peak) - October; PC: Arnab
    Day 3: Seema (2,560 m) to Roiltia or Waterfall camp (3,350 m)

    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.

  • Ruinsara lake in June
    Ruinsara lake in Summers; PC: Abhishek
    Day 4: Waterfall to Ruinsara lake (3,600 m)

    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.

  • Ruinsara Lake at the onset of Summers
    Ruinsara lake - May; PC: Abhishek Sohu
    Day 5: Ruinsara lake - rest and explore

    Today we rest near the lake and spend 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.

  • Way to Thanga Campsite, Bali Pass base camp
    Way to Odari - June; PC: Abhishek
    Day 6: Ruinsara lake to Odari (4,100 m)

    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 7: Odari (4,100 m) to upper Dhamni (4,000 m) via Bali pass (4,900 m)

    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 8: Upper Dhamni to Yamunotri to Janki Chatti (2,400 m)

    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 9: Janki Chatti to Dehradun

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



    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Blue Sheep/ Bharal

    Birds

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Barbet
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Himalayan Swiftlet
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Oriental turtle Dove
  • Black Kite
  • Lammergeier
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Common Buzzard
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Large-billed Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • Yellow-browed Fantail
  • Bronze Drongo
  • Brown Cipper
  • Blue Whistling Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • White-capped Water Redstart
  • Plumbeous Water Redstart
  • White-cheeked Nuthatch
  • White-tailed Nuthatch
  • Eurasian Treecreeper
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Rufous-Vented Tit
  • Spot-winged Tit
  • Grey-crested Tit
  • Green-backed Tit
  • Black-throated Tit
  • Black-lored Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Winter Wren
  • Himalayan Bulbul
  • Red-vented Bulbul
  • Black Bulbul
  • Striated Prinia
  • Lemon-rumped Warbler
  • Tickells's Leaf Warbler
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Oriental White-eye
  • White-throated Laughingthrush
  • Streaked Laughingthrush
  • Black-chinned Babbler
  • White-throated Shrike Babbler
  • White-browed Fulvetta
  • Whiskered Yuhina
  • Rufous Sibia
  • Russet Sparrow
  • Citrine Wagtail
  • Alpine Accentor
  • Plain Mountain finch
  • Red-mantled Rosefinch
  • Rock Bunting
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting
  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m) (Visible on the way to waterfall camp from Seema)
  • Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II, III (The entire Southern Face is prominently visible from near Ruinsara lake till the top of the pass)
  • Banderpoonch (6,316 m) (Visible from top of the pass)
  • Lower peaks - Har ki Dun peak, Hata peak, Ruinsara peak
  • Dayara Bugyal is visible from top of the pass
  • Yamuna during first and last day's drive.
  • Tons during first day's drive.
  • Supin during first trek day, which originates from the confluence of several streams from Har ki Dun valley.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 9.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

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.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek. Possible guest house accommodation on Day 1 and Day 8.

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 300 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

Arideep Saha 23 May 2018

I did the Bali pass trek during 12th May to 20th May 2018 with Himalaya Shelter. I am grateful to Himalaya Shelter as they conducted the departure, even though I was the only participant. Ours were a small group of four people, which created an informal atmosphere from the beginning of the trek. It was really a memorable experience. The reliability of Himalaya Shelter, in terms of logistics, trek equipments and staff behavior provides a hassle free trekking experience. I would also like to thank Himalaya Shelter for promoting Bali pass trek. The topography of the path and the surrounding views, particularly during the pass crossing day, was something very different and exciting. I would definitely want to trek through such lesser known trails.

Rakesh Mehta 20 February 2017

My connection with Bachan Rana is way old when I knew Bachan more as an enthusiastic and energetic river guide. All rafting lovers are Bachan's big fans. Last August we had a Bali Pass trek with Bachan's new venture Himalaya Shelter. I literally experience a different Bachan Rana than before. What a perfect blend of mountaineer with professionalism for such trek organizing. Bachan and his crew is highly appreciated by all of us for everything that they organized for us at Bali Pass Trek. The knowledge about the area, technical skills required on trek and how to encourage the new trekkers are few points that we always look for when we are on trek. At Bali Pass Trek, we found the team highly equipped with infrastructure and resources that one would require. Besides other popular treks, I am amazed to know that this team promotes Bali Pass at the top of other treks which is still rarely traded by regular trekkers as well. I recommend everyone to join various treks with Himalaya Shelter.

Ayush Singhal 18 November 2016

Bali Paas Trek (12th November 2016 to 17th November 2016) 'Himalayashelter' is always my first and only choice when it comes to any adventure activity not only because of their professionalism and friendly staff but also because they make sure you don't lose the thrill and fun behind doing any adventure even after being pampered by Bachchan Rana and his staff. So, this mid November, I along with my one friend from Lucknow decided to do Bali Paas trek with Himalayashelter team. All of my friends thought I am out of mind for doing this trek in November but I knew Bachchan can make it possible for me and he did. This is not my first with him. I have already done 5 treks (Roopkund, Kedarkanta, Dyara Bugyal, Chopta and Saru Taal) with him over the last couple of years and in each trek he proved why I should choose Himalayashelter for my next trek. Bali Paas can prove to be challenging for any level of trekker during this period. It was dry and windy with temperature ranging from 4-5 degrees in Osla to -15 degrees at Bali Paas. We were guided by Virendra Rana and Madan Rana, two most trusted guys from the staff of Himalayashelter team, and two other young guys Govind and Krishan whom we picked from Osla. I feel really lucky to have chosen Himlayashelter as my guide because I know other operators wouldn't have let me enjoy the same thrilling experience as Bachchan Rana's team did. They were professional, friendly, careful and took care of minute details whenever it mattered the most. My friend for whom it was the first trek felt amazingly comfortable with the team and trusted them since the beginning. Thanks again Himalayashelter for this amazing and wonderful experience. Regards, Ayush

Neal Singh 26 August 2016

Bali Pass Trek I would like to start with a big thank you to Himalaya Shelter, Bachan Rana and the support staff i.e.,cooks and porters Vijay Chauhan, Chacha, Manmohan and others for making this adventure trip memorable and successful. We as group of 10 people in which 6 were first timers, credit goes to the team of Himalaya Shelter and of course the immense will power of the individuals. We explored the nature at its best.Nights with clear sky illuminated by moon and thousand of stars ,lofty mountains, treacherous trails, a beautiful lake,fantastic camp sites, fine meadows,camping in jungle.Everything so serene and quiet.This trek is perfect mixture of everything you can ask for. Mr Bachan Rana let the trekkers be on their own rather than being a very strict trek leader but on the other hand he made sure we were not losing track of the time as time is one of the most important factor in such treks. Understanding and accommodating the concerns of the trekkers especially first timers was a good thing I noticed which gave the impression of him being a good planner and flexible in approach.For example, change of the camp sites twice after seema, first being camping just before Ruinsara Tal and second being camping at Thange and not at Odari were two decision taken which gave everyone enough rest days to reach the base camp of Pass and helped cross the pass next day without much effort. Although I had heard that food and cook was also very good, but for our team it was a bit of let down.But that can happen once in a while and that does not undermine the fun and beauty of this trek at all. At last , I would say it was a wonderful experience and I would definitely choose Himalaya Shelter for my future adventure trips and recommend it to others who are planning for the adventures in Himalayas.

Girish Kulkarni 13 June 2016

Our group from Pune did the Bali pass trek with you from 27.05.2016 to 01.06.2016. It was a excellent trek and a very well organized trek by you. It was very well organized by you and also the porters were very helpful through out the trek, without them the trek cannot be completed. All the camp sites were at very good location. All the team members took a very good care of all the trekkers. One suggestion: always add 1 more day of camping after the Bali pass is crossed, i.e. we had taken only 1 halt after pass. This was our 2nd trek with you and would come for trek with you for sure in the future.

Kathan Shah 09 June 2016

Bali Pass Trek 26th May to 3rd June 2016 The best team anyone can expect/ask for. Everything regarding the service was perfect. The Guide - Mr. Bachan Rana, the driver, the equipment, the tents and the porters all of them were at their best during the trek. If you are looking for trekking guide in Uttarakhand, Himalaya Shelter is the best & one stop solution to that. https://www.facebook.com/me... Regards, Kathan Shah

Vinayak Sridhar 22 June 2015

Bali Pass has to be one of the most scenic and demanding treks that I have been a part of. The week long trek with its awesome sights was made all the more pleasurable by Himalaya Shelter. They truly catered to all our needs, be it informative tit bits about the different regions we were crossing, the wide variety of delicious food which was on offer or the camping facilities that, made us feel well rested and energized for the path ahead. Whenever I plan to trek again, I would definitely think of Himalaya Shelter first.


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