Ruinsara Tal Yamunotri Bali Pass Trek offers an exciting trekking experience in the Himalayas. It is an old trekkers’ route that connects Tons River Valley to Yamunotri River Valley. Trekkers prefer to go for Bali Pass in monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is accessible from both the sides. Explore the inner valleys of the Garhwal region through this trek and get stunned by the beauty of the place. The expedition will prove to be a once in a lifetime experience for you as trekking in Garhwal Himalayas is always delightful.
The trek starts from Sankri and takes you through the verdant Govind National Park. The National Park is a beautiful place with Chirpine and Oak trees, the snow-clad peaks and glaciers. The wide variety of wildlife like snow leopard, the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, bharal, brown beers and many more attracts travellers. The lush meadow trail to Ruinsara Tal is beautiful but tricky, but as you reach there you will realise that your efforts were worth it! Explore the less travelled path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri Temple and the glacial lake; it will give you a sense of tranquility. Capture every moment on the trek and let it remind you forever about the wonderful time you had here.
The highlight of Ruinsara Tal Yamunotri Bali Pass Trek is the thrilling experience of camping above the altitude of 13000 feet. The enchanting place is surrounded by majestic Bandarpoonch range and other famous Himalayan peaks like Kalanag, Bandarpoonch West and Ruinsara. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Bandarpoonch Range are a mountaineer's delight. If you are in love with the wild side of adventure and often wander off to the mountains to find peace then this is the ideal trek for you in the snow dunes, lush forests, vast meadows, enchanting glacial sacred lake and marvellous mountains!
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Day 01: Dehradun - Sankri (6398 feet| 210 KMS| 8 hours)
Arrive at Dehradun on your own which is easily accessible from Delhi. Reach Dehradun by early morning and then you can avail the transport from us or take shared cabs to Sankri crossing the hill town of Mussoorie, and villages of Nainbagh, Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. After Netwar we will enter the Govind National Park forest area and the verdant forest surroundings for 20KM stretch will be all around us to admire. Reach Sankri by evening and spend the night in a guest house.
Day 02: Sankri - Taluka - Seema (8398 feet|12 KMS| 4 hours)
The road is connected from Sankri to Taluka but a trek will be more pleasant and refreshing through the gushing streams, wild roses, apple orchards, wide fields, and bamboo & deodar trees. The path may get tricky at times. We will cross Taluka, a small village with some small shops, and keep walking walking along the river to reach Seema. We will camp along the river in an open field and spend the night there.
Day 03: Seema - Roiltia or Waterfall Camp (9514 feet| 4 KMS| 4 hours)
We will continue walking along the Tons River and ascend through fields and climb high above where Tons and Ruinsara meet. We will cross the verdant meadows of Devsu Bugyal, and reach Roiltia. We will camp near the Osla and Puoni Village near the waterfall to get the best experience.
Day 04: Roiltia - Ruinsara Lake (10990 feet| 9 KMS| 5 hours)
Today, after breakfast we start trekking to the Ruinsara Lake on a gradual ascent. Reach the lake and admire the enticing lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. The area is untouched and serene, so take in the beauty of the place. The snowy peak of Kalanag is visible through the forest. Spend the night in the camps near the lake.
Day 05: Rest Day at Ruinsara Lake
We will spend the day by the lakeside or we can wander off to explore the nearby valleys and glaciers. Today it is important to acclimatize before the next day’s climb. We will take a short hike to Kyarkoti which is the base camp for Kalanag and Dumdar Kandi Pass and return to the camps by evening.
Day 06: Ruinsara Lake - Godari (13451 feet| 4 KMS| 5 hours)
We will start early morning today to reach Godari campsite before afternoon. We will be camping at one of the best locations in the valley, just below the pass and along the glacial moraine. It will be an amazing experience camping at this altitude.
Day 07: Godari - Bali Pass - Upper Dhamni (15748 feet| 15 KMS| 7 hours)
We will wake up early today and start the trek. After a steep climb on the southern ridge and leaving a lot of glacial scree behind, we will reach the Bali Pass by 8 AM. If we are lucky and get a clear sky we can capture the views of Panchachuli peaks. We will descend down from the pass into the alpine zone and reach the camping site at Upper Dhamni.
Day 08: Upper Dhamni - Yamunotri - Janki Chatti (7874 feet)
We will start descending today through the forest trail which will lead us to Yamunotri. Pay a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri and continue descending to Hanuman Chatti. We will spend the night at Yamunotri or Hanuman Chatti.
Day 09: Janki chatti- Dehradun (180 KMS| 7 hours)
Our trek ends today. You can take shared cabs available till Dehradun or avail the transport service from us.
***A minimum of 6 passengers required to operate this trek***
Maximum altitude: 15748 feet