Bali Pass Trek

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  • 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Hard
  • 16240 ft./4949 m
  • 12 Participants
  • May-June
  • Uttarakhand

Bali Pass Trek Overview

Bali Pass is a trek between Yamunotri and Har ki Dun Valley. It is a challenging trek that starts from Uttarakhand’s Sankri village and ends in Janki Chatti. 

The highlight of the Bali Pass trek is a 360-degree view of Mt. Swargarohini, Mt. Kalanaag, and Mt. Bandarpoonch. The unexplored valley of Ruinsara takes your breath away when you experience the serenity of this place. Bali Pass is a complete trek with lush green fields and forests, local villages, serene trails, untouched views of 7,000-meter peaks, alpine meadows, river crossing, adrenaline rush and long days of the pass. 

The trek begins in the Tons River Valley and ends in the Yamuna River Valley. The route passes through several historic villages of Osla, Gangaad, and  Taluka and ascends into the interior of Govind National Park. On your way, you will discover the pristine Gangad village adorned with only wooden houses on the left side of the river. Bali Pass trek takes you through one of the Hindu Char Dham, Yamunotri,  and crosses the enchanting Har Ki Dun and Ruinsara Valleys. 

On your hike through the Ruinsara forest, you will see the wonderful alpine meadows of Dev Thach. Known for breathtaking views of the Swargrohini and Bandarpoonch peaks, the Bali Pass trek introduces you to majestic peaks, mesmerising meadows and enchanting forest trails. 

The trek is suitable for seasoned trekkers owing to its difficulty and high altitude.

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  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 8 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom charges 
  • Experienced Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Dome tents 
    • Sleeping bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing accessories
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, thermometer etc.



  • Travel cost from Pick up point to and from basecamp (Dehradun to Sankri Cab fare)
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 6)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

Bali Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Reach Sankri (6,400 ft.)

You will start from Dehradun at 6 am to reach the basecamp, Sankri village. The journey today traverses through meandering mountain roads. The route will be refreshing and pass through beautiful pine forests. You will reach Sankri late in the evening around 6 to 7 PM.

Day 2 : Sankri (6,400 ft.) to Chillurgad (8,160 ft.) via Taluka (6,916 ft.) with an hour of adventurous ride till Taluka.

An adventurous ride to Taluka and then the trail involves crossing streams and hiking through forests and villages. There are several points along the way where it is possible to camp, and the trail can be challenging due to landslides and steep inclines. The route passes through Taluka, Supin, Datmir, and Osla, and offers scenic views of wild roses, irises, bamboo, and other trees.

Day 3 : Chillurgad (8,160 ft.) to Devsu (9,941 ft.)

Start early in the morning by taking the trail ahead from leave the campsite early and after 20 minutes of trekking, you will reach Seema and and Forest guest houses. The trail goes down and pass streams and landslide zones as the trail gradually ascends.

After an hour on the trail, you will enter Ruinsara forest and ascend sharply over boulders. Another hour of level walking will bring you to the meadows of Devsu Thach. After walking on the meadow, taking in views of the Har Ki Dun Valley, you will reach the Devsu Thatch.

Day 4 : Devsu (9,941 ft.) to Ruinsara Tal (11,811 ft.)

Day 4 hike involves a steep descent to a wooden bridge, followed by a series of level and gradual ascents over boulders and pasture land. The trail then deteriorates and after a waterfall, the trail ascends sharply and goes through meadows with glacial snow and scree.

The hike ends at a campsite near a river crossing and a makeshift bridge, from which a 45-minute hike to Ruinsara Lake can be taken through a birch forest and boulder zone. The lake is surrounded by meadows and is not visible from the campsite.

Day 5 : Ruinsara Tal (11,811 ft.) to Thanga (12,100 ft.)

The day begins with a hike down to the riverbed, where you will cross the icy cold water by forming a human chain. After a short rest to warm up, you will embark on a steep ascent that takes about 40-50 minutes. At the top, you can take a break and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and the gushing river below.

The campsite is another hour’s hike away, and once you arrive, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for the next two challenging days of the trek.

Day 6 : Thanga (12,100 ft.) to Advanced Base Camp (15,200 ft.) via Odari (13,300 ft.)

Today’s trek involves a climb through a maze of boulders and crossing a tributary of the Ruinsara river. The route then takes you through snow-covered meadows and a steep ascent through the snow line, where microspikes may be necessary.

The trek continues to the Bali Base Camp, a level ice field with small glacial ponds. From there, it is possible to proceed to the Advance Base Camp, which is located on a snow ridge a few hours away. ​

Day 7 : Advanced Base Camp (15,200 ft.) to Lower Damini (11,000 ft.) via Bali Pass (16,200 ft.)

It is a steep mountain climb that may require an expert guide to find the route. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to reach the top and enjoy a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. The descent from the Bali Pass is challenging and involves sliding down snowfields, and navigating through a maze of boulders and snow. The trek continues down to the lower Damini camping spot, located next to a stream.

Day 8 : Lower Damini (11,000 ft.) to Janaki Chatti (10,600 ft.) and Drive back to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

You wil start descending on a steep slope for 30 minutes and then trail connects with cemented trail to Janaki Chatti. You will reach in couple of hours and then leave for Dehradun. Dehradun is around a 10 to 11 hrs drive away from here.

Day 9 : Buffer day

In case we use the buffer day, our Outdoor Leader will collect INR 2500/- inclusive of all taxes for the buffer day expenses.

How to reach the basecamp of Bali Pass trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Jollygrant International Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The Basecamp of the Bali Pass Trek is Sankri, a remote village near Uttarkashi. To reach the base camp of Bali Pass, plan your travel to the nearest airport or the railway station well in advance. The base camp in Sankri is around 9 to 10-hour drive from Dehradun city. 

OWLS arranges pick-up from Dehradun to Sankri for the participants. The pick-up will be available at the Inter-State Bus Stand, Dehradun (ISBT Dehradun).  Reach the pickup location at 6 a.m.

[Note – The fare for a 5-7 seater cab will be Rs. 6,000 per vehicle, and the 12 seater Tempo Traveller is Rs. 9,500. This amount will be shared by the participants and paid directly to the driver.]

Travel Plan to Dehradun

The base camp Sankri is around 200 km and is roughly 9 – 10 hrs drive from Dehradun.  Dehradun is easily accessible by air, train and road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport in Dehradun. You can book your tickets well in advance till Dehradun to avail of tickets at cheaper rates. You can choose to travel by air from any metro city to Dehradun. The other option is to reach Delhi by air and travel by train or bus from Delhi onwards. 

Here is a guide on how to plan your travel step by step to reach Dehradun

  • Reach Dehradun directly by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup from Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

If you are reaching Dehradun by air, here are a few options for planning your travel. Dehradun Airport is well connected with all the metro cities. You can book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you plan to reach Dehradun by air, ensure to land in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jollygrant Airport. It takes 1 hour to reach the city. You can opt to hire a cab/auto directly from the Airport. The other option is to exit the Airport complex and book an auto. The charges for prepaid cabs at the airport are exorbitant.  Another low-cost alternative to get to Dehradun city is to travel on a city bus. Walk towards the Dehradun – Rishikesh highway and hop on a shared auto or city bus. You will have to wait for the bus. Regular city buses run between Dehradun and Rishikesh almost every half an hour. 

If you land in Dehradun on day 0, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT, Dehradun.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. 

OWLS pick-up will be available on Day 1 at ISBT Dehradun at 6. a.m. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi

This option will be economical for you. Flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then get on a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find bus options at UTC Online or Redbus. Another option is to go to Kashmere Gate and book a bus offline. Try to board a bus or train which will arrive in Dehradun on the evening of Day 0. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily and departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 p.m. and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 a.m. Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. 

How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi 

Bali Pass  Trek spans over 8 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 8 around 7 and 8 pm.

While returning, you can fly directly out of Dehradun to your city. The second option is to travel by bus or train to Delhi. 

If you go with the first option, you can book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 4. 

The second option requires you to travel to Delhi by train or bus.  Once you reach Dehradun in the evening, you can head to ISBT Dehradun and book an AC Volvo bus to Delhi and travel comfortably. The other option to reach Delhi from Dehradun is to book a train. If the second option suits you better, book a flight that departs late morning or early afternoon of Day 5.  Overnight buses from Dehradun arrive in Delhi in the wee hours. However, it is wise to book a flight departing in the afternoon to avoid rushing. 

Some trekkers prefer to stay back for a day and use the buffer day to explore Rishikesh or Mussoorie. You can either stay for a night and explore Dehradun city or proceed home the same evening if flying out of Delhi. 


Bali Pass Trek Map

Bali Pass Trek FAQ

What is the distance of the Bali Pass Trek

The total distance of the Bali Pass trek is around 50km. The average distance you will cover is 6-8  km per day. 

Is Bali Pass Trek suitable for beginners?

Bali Pass is a challenging trek. We do not recommend it to beginners. The average altitude gain is high along with long walking hours. For a trek that spreads over 8 days and climbs 16,000ft. this trek is not for beginners. 

How difficult is Bali Pass Trek?

Bali Pass is a difficult trek. The trek is 8 days long and traverses challenging terrain and tricky patches. It is a demanding trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience of high altitude treks. 

What will be the temperature in Bali Pass Trek?

Bali Pass temperature ranges between 12°C and 17°C during the day, and the night temperature dips to  0°C. During the autumn months, the temperature ranges between 10°C and 14°C.  

Read more about Bali Pass Temperature here.


What is the best time to visit Bali PassTrek?

The best time to visit Bali Pass trek is from May to June. The trek is also accessible during the autumn season.  

Read more about the best time to visit Bali Pass here. 


Will there be snow on Bali Pass trek?

Yes! You will find the remains of the snow at higher altitudes. However, there will be no fresh snow on the trek. 

What is the cost of Bali Pass trek?

The Bali Pass trek cost is Rs. 19550/- The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

Where is Bali Pass located?

Bali Pass connects Yamunotri with the Har ki Dun Valley. The trek is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand. The trek is inside the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. 

What is the altitude of Bali Pass Trek?

The Bali Pass trek is at an altitude of 16, 420 ft. The trek starts from Sankri, situated at an altitude of  6,400ft. 

What is the duration of the trek?

Bali Pass is a 9-day long trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 

Do we need prior experience for the Bali Pass trek?

Yes, it is a challenging trek. And you need to have a prior experience with at least one high-altitude trek.

Where is the base camp of the Bali Pass Trek?

The trek has two starting points. Kotgaon or Sankri villages are two functional basecamps of the Bali Pass trek.


How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most of the mobile networks at the base camp in Lohajung. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek.