Arrive at Haridwar by the morning Shatabdi. Alternatively, you can fly in to the Jolly Grant Airport by 12 noon. Board waiting vehicles to be driven for 6 hours to reach Aquaterra’s Camp Bagi in the secluded Tons Valley.
Early morning breakfast and leave camp by 7am. Drive 2 hours to reach the starting point of our trek. Trek to the village of Taluka. From here, the trail descents to the river valley and continues through the forest on the true side of the valley. In spring, there are plenty of Gujars (pastorals with buffalo herd) camping as they make their way to the higher pastures.
Trek to Dev Thach a large alpine meadow. The path continues winding through the forest until the village of Osla appears on the opposite side of the valley. The main trail does not divert to Osla. Instead it leads through a row of tea shops and a forest rest house known as Seema (2500m). From here it’s an hour’s walk up to the beautiful meadow.
The trail leads through mixed forest and meadows of forget-me-nots and buttercups. Halfway to the lake, the valley widens and crosses a series of flowered meadows where shepherds from the nearby villages graze their flocks in the summer. Ruinsara Lake is considered sacred by the surrounding villages. It is above the main valley floor on the true side, surrounded by alpine pastures and low rhododendrons beneath the impressive Swargarohini Range. Camp.
Short day today. Descend to the Supin river, cross it and ascend to a beautiful meadow. A gradual walk brings us to the spectacular campsite of Odari. Evening session with your snowshoes.
We leave vegetation behind and continue south west through a steep trail to reach the Base Camp. The trail is filled with loose stones and can get challenging. Early dinner tonight
Early 6am start through the snow to the pass. It takes 3 hours of a sustained gradual climb to reach the pass. Enjoy the great views at the pass and start the challenging, steep descent to Dhamani.
Descend through the forest to meet the village trail. A five km walk gets us to the holy site of Yamunotri. Take a dip in the hot springs and wash the trek off. From Yamunotri, it is another five km trek to our guesthouse in Yamunotri.
After breakfast drive all the way down to Dehradun to board the evening Shatabdi back to Delhi. Dinner on the train. Reach Delhi by midnight. Trip Ends!
All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Tents / Hotel
All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
All trekking arrangements with india’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
Porterage upto 15kg/person
Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
Items of personal clothing
Expenses of any personal nature (laundry/phone calls/alcohol/cigarettes/insurance/camera fee/etc)
Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5 - 10% of your trip cost - to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
We are one of India’s leading adventure tour operator, that specialises in Treks & River Rafting in the Indian Himalayas and beyond. Offering personalized itineraries and routes you’d be hard pressed to find a more experienced, fun loving, safety conscious tour operator in India.
We are the only Indian adventure outfitter to be on the 2008 & 2009 list of the world’s best adventure travel outfitters in the first Authoritative Rating of Adventure Tour Operators, selected and conducted in a global survey by National Geographic Society.
If you’ve dreamt of a particular journey or an adventure in India, let us know. We’ll make it happen. No matter how bizarre or wild or difficult. If you choose to travel with us all you have to worry about is having the time of your life.
We have been running trips and tours for the discerning traveller throughout the Indian Himalayas since 1995, yet the experience of our travel personnel dates well beyond that, to years of leading trips throughout the Indian Himalayan belt. We believe that an adventure travel outfit is only as good as its guides. Good equipment, food and guides is what makes an outdoor trip an experience to savour.
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If cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 120; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
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and If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.
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I commit to disclose my travel and quarantine history to Aquaterra Adventures, and decide to not travel should I have symptoms of infection related to Covid19 or other disease that may spread due to my participation, thereby endangering other people. I also commit to follow guidelines and protocols set up by Aquaterra Adventures, and overseen implementation by its guides, trip leaders on my journey. If I do not, I understand that I may be asked to do so or leave the trip/expedition/journey, to maintain our hygiene and safety protocol.
Participants must be in good health and reasonable physical condition. It is vital that participants with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating. Expeditions generally take place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities for serious problems. Where necessary, evacuation can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.
Our Tour Leaders take their responsibilities seriously and if a tour leader believes in his/her judgment that you should not participate in the trip, before your departure, even if you pass your medical, he/she may exclude you from the trip. In this circumstance, you will be offered the option of taking another trip considered suitable for you or a full refund. If during a trip the tour leader considers you should not participate further he/she may direct you not to continue and you must follow the tour leader’s instructions. In this case, you will not be entitled to any refund. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.
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If you book an Aquaterra Adventures trek or expedition and then wish to cancel, you will receive a full credit on your current payments for a future trip on the towards one of our already scheduled 2021 departures. You just need to let us know by 45 days before your trip so that we have the opportunity to re-sell spaces and give staff and guides time to plan. Also, if you can’t make a trip within the 45 day period because of travel restrictions that affect your ability to make the trip, we will give a full credit of payments towards a future trip.
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I waive any and all claims I may now and in the future have against, and release from all liability and agree not to sue Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. and its officers, employees, guides, agents or representatives (collectively its staff) or the licensor for any personal injury, death, property damage, or loss sustained by me as a result of my participation in an adventure trip with them, due to any cause whatsoever, including without any limitation, negligence on the part of Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd., its staff and licensor.
I am aware that the adventure trip, in addition to the usual dangers and risks inherent, has certain additional dangers and risks, some of which may include: physical exertion for which I may not be prepared; weather extremes subject to sudden and unexpected change; remoteness from normal medical services; evacuation difficulties if I am disabled. I accept all the inherent risks of the proposed adventure trip and the possibility of personal injury, death or property damage or loss resulting therefrom.
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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.