Participate In This Offbeat Himalayan Adventure For A Majestic Pass Crossing.
Embark on this one-of-a-kind adventure that connects the scenic landscapes of the Har Ki Dun Valley along with the Yamunotri
Enrich your high-altitude trekking experience with this remarkable trek
Traverse the confluence of the Ruinsara and Tons rivers
Enjoy the solitude and serenity that the Ruinsara valley offers
Relish the lush, placid meadows of Devsu Thach
Get a 360-degree panoramic view of Mount Bandarpoonch, Swargrohini, and Kalnag peaks
Take a step back in time with the ancient villages of Osla and Gangad
Immerse yourself in stories of unique local cultures and listen to the age-old folklore
Appreciate the indigenous architecture in the primitive village temples and shrines
Learn about the mythologies associated with the Ruinsara river and forests
Dehradun is the closest hub for several adventure activities across Uttarakhand and North India. Hence reaching Dehradun should be the foremost requirement before you begin any adventure. The Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to the hub, enjoying regular flights from Delhi NCR as well as Mumbai. Air India, …
Dehradun is the closest hub for several adventure activities across Uttarakhand and North India. Hence reaching Dehradun should be the foremost requirement before you begin any adventure. The Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to the hub, enjoying regular flights from Delhi NCR as well as Mumbai. Air India, Spicejet, Jet Airways, and other eminent aviation companies have regular flights reaching the Jolly Grant, which is just 20 kilometers from the hub. You can hire a taxi or take public transport to reach the hub within 40 to 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. Dehradun enjoys excellent railroad connectivity to metros and other major Indian cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ujjain, Allahabad, etc. There are regular train services to the Dehradun Railway Station (DDN) with the Jan Shatabdi Express, the Shatabdi Express, the Doon Express, the Dehradun AC Express, and the Amritsar Dehradun Express making their way to the station every week. If you are still unsure, you can take a train from anywhere in India to reach Delhi NCR and then aboard another train to reach the Dehradun Railway Station. The station is located just 1 to 2 kilometers away from the city center. The Dehradun Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT), situated near Clement Town, enjoys frequent bus service from every significant North-Indian city like New Delhi, Agra, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, etc. You can either avail of the Uttarakhand State Transport buses that are relatively cheap or go with the pricey option of the private bus service and avail Volvos and other deluxe and semi-deluxe buses. The Dehradun ISBT has buses leaving every 15 minutes, and hence it is an excellent bet to travel via road to reach this adventure hub. Furthermore, the Dehradun area has a couple of other crucial interstate bus terminals, like the Mussoorie bus station near the DDN Railway Station and the Delhi Bus Stand near Gandhi Road.
Since Dehradun is a central hub and the starting point of several adventure activities in Uttarakhand and North India, the place multiple accommodation options. Starting from budget hotels, homestays, and backpackers’ hostels, the place features guest houses and exquisite luxury and boutique hotels. Though nearly every accommodation in this tourist-friendly …
Since Dehradun is a central hub and the starting point of several adventure activities in Uttarakhand and North India, the place multiple accommodation options. Starting from budget hotels, homestays, and backpackers’ hostels, the place features guest houses and exquisite luxury and boutique hotels. Though nearly every accommodation in this tourist-friendly hub offers captivating views of the hills, the amenities depend on your accommodation prices. Starting from as low as USD 7 (INR 500) per night, the prices might go up to USD 135 (INR 10,000) and more depending on the range of amenities and add-ons you choose. However, pre-booking via notable websites and booking apps will help you cut down on accommodation costs since it is quite natural for accommodation prices to soar during the peak tourist seasons.
The Bali Pass Trek has several convincing reasons for you to set foot on this adventure. Camp in the picture-perfect setting of the Devsu Thach- a sprawling meadow surrounded by tall trees and the looming figures of Mount Swargarohini and Kalnag in the background. The wide array of alpine flowers blooming across the narrow trail from Devsu Thach to the Ruinsara Tal (Ruinsara Lake), following the meandering course of the Ruinsara river, is definitely going to amaze you. You can even take a detour and visit the Yamunotri glacier and temple- the source of the Yamuna river.
Though the Bali Pass Trek itinerary includes visits to adventurous and mystical hamlets of yore, nestled within the Himalayas, you should be utterly careful before embarking on this voyage. The Trek itself is graded as challenging to strenuous. Spanning over eight days and covering an approximate distance of 60 kilometers, the Bali Pass Trek takes you to an elevation of 16240 feet or 4950 meters roughly. Hence, it is meant for experienced trekkers and seasoned hikers who have quite a number of high-altitude Himalayan expeditions in their portfolio. The difficulty level of the Bali Pass makes it strictly advisable for adventurers and travelers who have considerable experience of trekking above 4000 meters.
Even if you are a seasoned trekker and have successfully completed several high-altitude expeditions, you should take special preparation before participating in the Bali Pass Trek. You can devise a custom training regime that includes strength conditioning, regular cardiovascular training (swimming, running, jogging, cycling, etc.). Staircase jumping and endurance training. The latter you can do within the confines of your gym. Alternatively, you can set out for short-day hikes across challenging and undulating terrain with a daypack. Try to introduce this fitness program within your regular regime for a couple of days per week, slowly increasing the pace of your hikes and the weight of your daypacks. You might not be needing the fitness of an athlete or an international soccer player, but continuing this fitness regime for four to six months should get you in proper shape to conquer the Bali Pass.
The best time for the Bali Pass Trek is similar to other high-altitude Himalayan expeditions. You can either trek the Bali Pass during the summers, spanning from mid-May to the end of June. But since the pass is located in the upper kernels of the Garhwal, this season is characterized by hazy skies that might result in a downpour. After all, you can never predict the weather conditions of the upper altitudes of the Himalayas. On the other hand, the post-monsoon/autumn season that spans from early September to early November is marked by clear, blue skies that offer unobstructed views of specific sublime Himalayan peaks. Hence, it is one of the best times to travel.
The adventure quotient of the Bali Pass Trek increases with the higher regions covered in snow during the monsoons while it flaunts a dry, rocky approach post-monsoons. Thus, thrill-seekers and experienced adventure junkies can venture on this trek during these seasons.
The list of essentials that you need for the Bali Pass trek is quite exhausting. Apart from well-made, sturdy shoes with excellent ankle support and good grip, you need durable and long-lasting hiking poles. Try to pack light but cover for all eventualities. Carry a backpack of 50 to 60 liters with waterproof lining and comfortable backstraps. If you consider offloading, carry waterproof daypacks with a capacity of 20 to 30 liters. Always have your own water bottles and hydration packs to avoid creating a negative impact on the Himalayan ecology with disposable plastic.
Your clothing list should contain thermal inners, full-sleeved, quick-dry t-shirts, fleece jackets, and woolen sweaters as insulation layers, heavy down jackets, waterproof windcheaters, ponchos, quick-dry track pants for hiking, extra pairs of underwear, sports bra, woolen and synthetic gloves, different pairs of socks, suncap, woolen cap or balaclava, neck gaiters, and sunglasses. Among the range of electronic essentials, spare batteries for your headlamp and camera are essential. Carry extra memory cards to capture breathtaking views. Power banks could also come in handy when your devices run out of juice.
A first-aid kit and essential medicines will keep you covered against adverse situations in the mountains and AMS. You should also be carrying basic toiletries like excess toilet paper and wet wipes, biodegradable soaps, sunscreen, moisturizers, lip balm, quick-dry towels, etc. You can carry plastic bags for wet clothes and scraps or rejects and carry them back to the plains without dumping them in the hills.