Bali Pass Trek
The pass is more approach-able from the HAR-KI-DUN valley as the gradient is small and offers good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude climatic conditions. This region was made famous by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940's.Wooden architecture of JAUNSAR villages, surreal RUINSARA Lake and a visit to YAMUNOTRI Temple makes Bali Pass a must do high altitude trek. The trek begins from SANKRI and crosses through the GOVIND National Park, which is popular for its wild flowers. It also gives you an opportunity to witness the holy lake at RUINSARA on the way and to experience the less travelled route over YAMUNOTRI pass to YAMUNOTRI pilgrim. This pass is a venerable trekking route from the tons river valley to the Yamuna river valley. It proceeds to attract trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is accessible from both sides. The trek to Bali Pass offers spellbinding Himalayan sightseeing that takes one through abundant meadows, lush green valleys, isolated and peculiar JAUNSARI village and unoccupied terrains to reach Bali Pass. The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. The area is enclosed by BANDERPOONCH range and some of the famous meridians are KALANAG, BANDERPOONCH west and RUINSARA. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives you the experience of camping above 4000m.The environment peaks and glaciers in the SWARGAROHINI Range and BANDERPOONCH range are a mountaineer's delight.
The Bali Pass Trek is a majestic journey that one should try at least once in a lifetime. Bali Pass, which is set at an elevation of about 4,800 meters and located in the heights of GARHWAL Himalayan region, is an exhilarating getaway where from you can capture the majestic trio of KALANAG at 6,387 meters, BANDER Punch 6,316 meters and SWARGAROHINI group of peaks at a maximum elevation of 6,252 meters. It is one of the least explored treks in the Indian Himalayan region that connects the HAR KI DUN Valley with YAMUNOTRI.
The trail crossing the GOVIND National Park, which houses several colourful orchards and species of animals and birds, pens and clicks the trekker's diary and lenses with enrapturing moments. The trekking tour to Bali Pass that stretches for approximately 7-8 days ranges from an elevation of 1,900 meters to 4,800 meters, passing through the charming bed of HAR KI DUN valley simply recalls the legendary myth of the PANDAVAS.
The Bali Pass Trek after crossing the HAR KI DUN valley moves through the RUINSARA Tal and thereafter becomes tricky. Hence the trek to Bali Pass is considered as one of the moderate treks in the GARHWAL Himalayan region.
Another major attraction throughout the trail is the culture that is secluded within the GARHWAL Himalayan portraiture.The Bali Pass trek, from HAR KI DUN Valley to YAMUNOTRI via RUINSARA Tal, commences from SANKRI.
The Bali Pass Trek thereafter follows a steep descent to YAMUNOTRI at 3,165 meters. YAMUNOTRI is one of the popular Hindu pilgrimage sites and also one of the four sites in the CHOTA CHAR DHAM pilgrimage circuit. The shrine that is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna is the major attraction.
By Air: Jolly grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Dehradun is the nearest major railway station. Railway station at HARIDWAR is also one of the other nearby options.
By Road: SANKRI is well connected by roads with UTTARKASHI (170 km), MUSSOORIE (180 km) and Dehradun (190 km).