A challenging crossover from Ruinsara Valley to Yamunotri Valley in the Garhwal Himalayas- Bali Pass
Bali pass is a beautiful trek situated at an altitude of 4953 meters. The trek starts from a village called Sankri which serves as a base camp for many other treks and ends in the Yamunotri Jankichatti .The Bali Pass trail goes through Govind Wildlife Sanctuary National Park in Uttarkashi district and charming meadows and undulating valleys, stunning landscapes.
Highlights of the trek:
The trail levels up the adrenaline rush because of the scenic beauties, rich meadows, high pasturelands, glacial ranges, scintillating views of great Himalayas. It is also a spiritual trek leading where one will get to know the essence of mythology Chardham. It also offers majestic views of the great Himalayas and peaks like Bandarpoonch Peak -6300 Meter, Black peak -6387 Meters, Kalanag, Ruinsara lake – 3500 Meters, Bali pass 4950 Meters, and Swargarohini – I, II, and III – 6300 Meters and many other peaks.
The trekkers will also pass through a sacred lake called the Ruinsara Tal. Some of the attractive sites of this trek are Ruinsara Tal, Govind Pashu National Park, lush green Meadows of Devshu Bugyal, Odari, Damini, and Yamunotri Temple.
The thrilling trek to Bali Pass:
This trek is not meant for the faint-hearted and can be attempted by those who have a very good experience of high altitude trekking as there are a lot of risky sections and steep ascents. There are too many challenges on the way, leaving the trekkers speechless because of the staggering crossover.
The story of Yamunotri Dham of Bali pass trek:
Yamunotri Dham is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is the source of the Yamuna river. The Yamunotri Dham is one of the Char Dham yatras. There are a lot of temples located near the Dham and are built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. This place is peaceful and pristine. Uttarakhand is also known as the Devbhoomi – The land of the Lords.
The first day will be the drive from Dehradun to Sankri. Dehradun, which is the hub for trekkers. It is the gateway to all the important treks. journey starts from Dehradun to Sankri in a shared taxi. Transports are easily available be it taxis, buses, etc. The drive is scenic as you get to watch the beautiful mountain ranges of Garhwal cutting through alpine forests of various villages. The long drive from Dehradun to Taluka is very tiring but the beauty on the way will blow your mind. Countless mountains, green scenery will make you revitalized. If you plan to explore Dehradun, you can also head towards Massorie’ known as’ the queen of hills’. Another quaint town with beautiful landscapes.You will also cross the markets of Damta, Naingbagh, and Naugaon. In the evening the trekkers will reach Sankri rest for a while and get freshened up for the big day that is the next day where the trek starts. Talk a walk in the evening walk surrounded by beautiful mountains followed by snacks and then dinner.
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise , with a positive mindset as the trek starts today that is from Sakri- Taula- Cheludgad camp. We will be heading towards the campsite of Cheludgad. After having breakfast, the taxi driver will take the trekkers to Taluka. It is a quiet village with shops and hotels. Walkthrough the wildflowers, alpine forests decorated with Deodar, Chestnut, and Bamboos. The beautiful Supin river will flow by which will catch your attention cutting through dense forests. There are small water streams where one has to cross followed by a bridge, wildflowers, roses, deodar bamboo, and Chestnut. The views are so amazing that you won’t resist taking photos of the Himalayas. Keep moving on and you will find a stream and follow that trail. The route has dense forests and the Supin river is on the way which is visible flowing through the woods. The trail will further lead to the village Dhamtir on the right followed by rough patches, steep ascents, and muddy ground. The trail is varied and goes through deep forests of Uttarakhand and verdant meadows. There will be a bridge you need to cross and I was welcomed by the magnificent views of the peaks. This campsite is known as Cheludgad.
The next day was the trek to Devsu Bugyal. This meadow is blessed with exotic flowers, rare species of Himalayan birds. The trail has steep ascents and high pasturelands. There is greenery embellished with towering peaks where one can have a glimpse of Black Peak. We pitch our tent here followed by a sumptuous dinner and bonfire.
The next day was the trek to a beautiful lake that is Ruinsara Lake which is located at an altitude of 3500metres. Start early after breakfast at Ruinsara Lake. It has mesmerizing views of the surroundings, snow-clad mountains and thundering waterfalls. The trail has both steep ascent and steep descent. The spot is tranquil and an ideal place for photographers. Ruinsara Lake is home to many plants and animals. You might have to watch out for slippery paths. Ruinsara Tal is a freshwater water Lake located amidst the sacred peaks of Garhwal Himalayas nestled on the foot of mt Kalanag. The majestic peaks can be seen from this lake. Some of them are Swargarohini(1), 2, 3. The views get better and better as you move ahead. Not kidding the sceneries are out of the world. Rest well enough and retire early . The next day’s trek will be 6km long which is to be covered in ⅘ hours.
Start your journey after breakfast with a packed lunch. The trail gets difficult as the trekkers will pass through the dense forests. Enjoy the jaw-dropping views of Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini peaks. Odari is a rock cave campsite where the shepherds stay here during the monsoon season. In the evening there will be bonfire and musical night sessions.
Next day will be a challenging trek so prepare body and mind for the big day. Wake up early as today will be a Pass crossing day (Bali Pass which lies at an altitude of 4,569meters) The pass crossing day is the most challenging crossover because the trail remains covered in thick snow. Equipment will be required as there are technical sections crossing steep snow bridges. Ice Axe will be provided by the team. The terrain is not that difficult, only the distance is long and tiring. It is very important to do the crossover with a skillful team. Do not underestimate the mountains. Follow the instructions of the trek leader. After crossing the pass, you will see the views of Yamunotri valley. Bali passes come into sight after crossing the ridge section. The last leg is an eye-opener with rising views of peaks. The panoramic views will leave you dumbstruck. From Ruinsara and Yamunotri valley, you can see the view of Bandarpoonch and Black peak.
On the final day the trek almost ends here. Start early for Yamunotri Valley after having breakfast. Today is a long day as we will be walking from upper Damni camp via Yamunotri temple to Jankichatti. The place is spiritual and pristine as there are a lot of temples. Trek down towards the Jan ki Chatti which is like 5 Km away. It cuts through deep forests and steep descents of the trail. You can head towards Yamunotri Temple and give yourself a treat to your body by taking a bath in the hot spring. Yamunotri is one of the Char Dhams and every year people come here to visit this religious place. You can either explore the Yamunotri valley