Bali Pass Trek
An old trekking route from the tons river valley connecting to the Yamuna river valley. It continues to attract trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is approachable from both sides. The pass is more approachable from the Har-ki-dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude. The trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wildflowers. It also gives you an opportunity to visit the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less-traveled path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri temple. The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives you the experience of camping above 4000m. The area is surrounded by Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are kalanag, banderpoonch west, and Ruinsara. This region was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940's. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer's delight.
Duration : 9 Days / 8 nights
Day 01 : DEHRADUN to SANKRI (1920m) - 210 km (7hrs)
The drive from haridwar to Sankri passes through the town of mussorie and the villages of nainbagh, damta, naugaon, purola, mori and netwar. We enter the forest (Govind National Park) after Netwar and the final 20km are through the forest. The drive to Sankri is very beautiful, past pine and deodar forest.Overnight in campsite at Gaengad 2 kms from sankri
Day 02 : SANKRI (1920m) to SEEMA (2560m)via TALUKA (1800m) - 12km (4hrs)
There is a motorable road connecting Sankri to taluka, but the walk through the forest is also delightful. However the path is a bit tricky and you may face blocks. Taluka is a small village with some shops, dhabas and a GMVN hotel.We cross taluka and continue along the true left of the river. It is a lovely walk along the true left of the river, passing through forests, apple orchards and fields. There are many small tea shops on the way. The town of Seema has many dhabas and a GMVN hotel. We campalongside the river or on the open grounds near the village.
Day 03 : SEEMA (2560m) TO ROILTIA or WATERFALL-CAMP(2900m) - 4 km (4hrs)
Continue along the true right of the valley along the tons river. The trail ascends through the fields and climbs high above the confluence of the tons and Ruinsara gad. After crossing the meadow of Devsu Bugyal we reach roiltia. With the village of Osla & Puoni in front and the waterfall nearby this is a perfect place to camp at night.
Day 04 : ROILTIA TO RUINSARA LAKE (3350m) - 9km (5hrs)
We ascend into the Ruinsara valley. There is a stark difference in the vegetation with pine and fir giving way to birch and rhododendron. Ruinsara is a lovely lake surrounded by meadows and rhododendron bushes. It is considered sacred by the locals. The walk through the forests is beautiful, with Kalanag (6387) visible straight ahead in the valley. Overnight in camps near the lake.
Day 05 : REST DAY AT RUINSARA
Today we rest near the lake and spent the day exploring the nearby glaciers and valleys. This will help us to acclimatize before the next day's climb to the pass. We reach kyarkoti which are the base camp for black peak (kalanag) and dumdar kandi pass. By evening we are back at the camp.
Day 06 : RUINSARA LAKE TO GODARI (4100m) - 4km (5hrs)
We start the day early so as to reach before afternoon. We camp below the pass along the glacial moraine. This is one of the best locations for a camp with the valley below and the pass behind you. Camping at this altitude is a new experience which very few treks offer.
Day 07: GODARI (4100m) TO UPPER DHAMNI (4000m) VIA BALI PASS (4800m) - 15km (7hrs)
We start very early today. The trail heads down south, over the ridge. It is a fairly short but steep climb up to the Bali pass on the southern ridge. A lot of glacial scree will be encountered here. We reach the top of the pass by 8am. You get a gorgeous view of various peaks from here especially of the Panchachuli peaks on a clear day. From the pass, we descend down into the alpine zone and reach the camping grounds of upper dhamni. This place has water nearby.
Day 08 : UPPER DHAMNI (4000m) TO YAMUNOTRI TO HANUMANCHATTI (2400m)
We descend to the forested trail leading to Yamunotri. After a quick visit to the famous shrine of Yamunotri, we make our way down the conventional pilgrim trail to hanuman chatti. Overnight in guesthouses in Yamunotri or in Hanuman Chatti.
Day 09 : YAMUNOTRI OR HANUMAN CHATTI TO DEHRADUN 210km (7hrs)
This is the final day of the trip and we drive back to Haridwar.
Cost : ₹ 19,500/- per person
Group Size : 11 members and above
Destination : Dehradun to Dehradun
Comfortable Trekking Boots
Thermal inner wears
Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
Specific Medication Medicine
What is Included:
- Transport support throughout the trek
- Experience mountain guide & Cook
- Camping Arrangement (Tents + Sleeping Bag + Camping Mattresses + Camping Stool/Chair + Mess Tents + First Aid)
- Forest entry charges payable at the forest check post
- All veg meals starting from on trip starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on last day. Plz, note that breakfast and dinner will be hot while lunch will be packed.
- Porter/Mule for Carrying camping equipment & ration, Plz note that personal luggage will not be carried by the porters
What is Excluded:
- Guesthouse accommodation anywhere
- Any tips, laundry, phone calls, medicines, personal expenses on any other meal or drinks
- Personal porter support will be chargeable at 250 Rs per bag per day. The weight of 1 bag should not increase 12 kgs.
- Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective if the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes needs to be confirmed with us.
- Rent for the walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of the stick is used or not.
Note for every member:
- NRI and Foreigners Guest are require to bring 4 pictures of passport size new photos and USD 40 for own expenses to apply the Nepal multiple visa. (15 days 30 USD & above 40 USD for Per Person) except Indian Nationality.
- Nepal visa will issue at your upon arrival in Kathmandu at TIA airport.
- Passport must have at least 6 months of validity during the entire travelling period.
- There will be a surcharge of 4% if payment made by Credit Card for trip.
- Indian nationality not required visa but must bring their valid passport or Voter Id issued by Election Commission Original with Hologram
Q 1. How fit one need to be to do a trek to Everest Base camp ?
A : My answer is that you should be reasonably fit and functionally fit, without any ailments such as heart disease/lung and Asthmatic. Having a minimal experience of walking 6-7 days for 5- 6 hours a day on uneven terrain without being tired. If you are huffing and puffing to climb the stairs of a multi storey building then you should get fit. Kids of Age 6 and senior citizens of Age 70 have completed this trek Successfully. If you allow enough time for Acclimatization and keeping yourself well nourished and hydrated, trek to Everest Base camp will be really enjoyable. It is evident that you are visiting to the base of worlds highest peak, it would be really challenging. Trekking through steep ascents, walking on moraines, rocky trails is hard and worthwhile.!. The sheer challenge is that you will be at a high altitude, where sheer breathing is a task. Do breathing exercises regularly and pranayama inhale and exhale exercises.
Q 2. Can we spend night at Base Camp in tent ?
A : Camping for groups or individuals not summiting Everest peak in not allowed at the Base. Special permissions for same is required. Hence Organised trekking groups camp at Gorakshep, which is an hours walk away from campsite. Moreover the campsite is just a huge patch of Glacier moraine marked with thank as or prayer flags. During the climbing season it is reserved for Expeditions only.
Q 3. What about drinking water on the trail during Everest Base camp Trek ?
A : When you are in plains or gaining altitudes, essentially you need to consume 5-6 litres of fluid in the form of beverages such as tea , Coffee , soup and water. When it comes to drinking water you have to basically refill bottles, ask for boiled hot water or buy a mineral water bottle.The recommend to refill water bottle which is less harmful for eco system. However FYI at Lukla the bottle costs 30 per litre in IC and may go upto 250 per litre depending on altitude. Universal solvent water on heating boils at a lesser temperature than at sea level. While water starts to boil at just 86 deg Celsius, might not kill bacteria Water purifying tablets are available in Kathmandu. Purification sticks are available on online stores.
Q 4. Do Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flights get delayed often ?
A : To be Honest the weather forest at Lukla are hardly true. They show a long list of claims which turn out to be inaccurate. If you compare reports from different weather stations, each will provide different forecast. So don’t fear about reports. More reliable and accurate predictions are given by guides and porters by merely looking at sky. Flights get cancelled, it is mostly because of wind, thermals and poor visibility factors. It is one of worlds best airstrip and landing you experience of your life time. While booking tickets please insist agent to book tickets on LHS of cockpit.
Q 5. Is Network available on the trail during trek to base camp ?. Is there Wi-Fi in Tea Houses ?. How to charge our electronic gadgets or devices?
A : If you have enabled International roaming on existing SIM card, you will likely to have connectivity along the trek. But I suggest you to buy a local SIM N- cell from Thamel market in Katmandu which offers the best connectivity along the trek. N-Cell offers 2 G -3 G services as well. Neverthless , I highly recommend to be out of reach and communicate with mother nature. Everest link provides Wifi all along trail. Usually available at all places of stay. Cost of wifi also varies from 100 IC to 500 IC till Gorakshep. You can charge you devices at place where you stay. Don’t forget to carry chargers and Multi pin plugs with you. However charging cost will vary from 100 IC to 500 IC accordingly depending on altitude.
Q 6. How to be out of danger or overcome Altitude Sickness during Everest Base camp trek ?
A : Consume lot of fluids, Say no to smoking , caffeine , Alcohol during the Everest base trek at least a week before the commencement of trek.
Fluid intake should be minimal 4-5 litres per day. One is prone to dehydrate faster. Before you realize you get symptoms of mild headache. Headache may be due to cold also. It is a more of mental game. Dont bank on assumptions and follow the instructions.
One step One breath – It is not a race. There is no trophy waiting for you.! .Walk slow admiring the beauty around you. Try to identify snow clad peaks on the trail. Be fortunate to be there and know the wonders of nature..!
Start early and rest frequently. Maintain a pace to walk.
Try to acclimatize naturally and say NO TO DIAMOX tablets. If you have allergic to sulpha drugs it may have serious effect on your body.
If you suffer from Sleeplessness : Avoid tablets
Don’t trek alone and any symptoms report or discuss with leader. NO self medication ; Nor over confidence.
If you have AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). Don’t neglect..!.Inform trek leader or take medical aid
Wear Warm dress and head cap all the times. Keep your ears open.
Don't wear ear plugs or listen to music while you trek. Enjoy the music of mother nature..!
Q 7. Can I do the Everest base Camp Trek ? I am literally scared of Heights…!
A : Yes you can do it. There aren’t any jaw dropping cliff’s on trail or narrow paths on high precipices that you need to cross. Rather, the trail has steep ascents and descent with lots of canopy. You will be on track and guide porters will assist you all times. The guide from Sherpa community have immense knowledge and will assist you all times. There are few suspension bridges on the trail to connect gorges and are sturdy. Cross it fearlessly. Though it swings don’t worry on the sturdiness of bridges.!
Q 8. Will we get good genuine materials in Kathmandu? Any shops you can suggest which is closer to our Hotel in Kathmandu?
A : Yes. Genuine and China make too. There are lot of shops in Thamel selling North face , Mountain Hardwear , Petzl , Marmot, Asolo, Gloves, Hiking poles , Jack Wolfskin etc brands. You can bargain too.
Q 9.Generally how many kilometers or hrs of trekking is done each day?
A : Normally we can't say exactly in Kilometre where as in hour’s it is minimum 5 to 6 hrs or maximum 7 hours walking period a day.
Q 10. Do all the places of accommodation have attached bathrooms / toilets?
A : Some tea house lodge (Till Namche bazaar) have attached bath with twin separate bed in room but we provide twin sharing bed room with common bath and toilet during the trekking.
Q 11. What is the typical Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included in the package while on trek?
A : Typical breakfast will be bread, Toast with Jam, Honey or Thupka, and Fried Rice , Dal Bath , Mo Mo Lunch and dinner you can choose from the tea house Lodge menu which is we can't specify here.
Lodge menu have varieties choose specially continental items, Indian and Nepali food are available.Avoid eating Non Veg. Because eating Non Veg can cause
Q 12. Do we get portable drinking water (bottled) in the trekking route?
A : You Can buy portable drinking water bottle at shop either in Kathmandu, Lukla or Namche Bazar, or there is plenty tea house from where you can buy mineral water or boiled water for drinking.
Q 13. Do we have Mobile connectivity in the trek route?
A : Nepal SIM card N - CELL & N- TC will work in this trekking route.
Q 14. Can we get access to Data while on the trekking route?
A : You can access or there is some cyber cafe where you can use wifi on paying.
Q 15. Do we get ATM to withdraw Cash.? How do we charge our phones &cameras? What will be the cost if any?
A : Yes. Just before Namche Bazaar. When you begin your trek from Lukla. You can charge Phone or Camera in the tea house lodge and they may take some charges which is not very expensive. they may take per item 50 Nrs maximum or less.
Q 16. Do we get hot water for bathing? What are the charges if any? Is it advisable?
A : Yes some tea house lodge have hot shower on paying. It may does cost Nepali Rupee. Min. 300/max. 400. As far as acclimatization one should not take hot baths unless they have strong reasons, keeping in mind hygiene one may decide on it personally.
Q 17. Do we have to get our own sleeping bags or is it included in the package?
A : You must bring trekking gears such as sleeping bag, wearing and warm clothes, trekking boots, sun glasses etc which is not include in the packages. Per sleeping bag does cost 120 INR per day and we can assist you in hiring it.
Q 18. How sanitized / clean will be the mattress / quilts provided in the hotels / tea houses?
A : Tea house Lodge provide clean room, Foam mattress with clean Bed cover with clean blanket.
Q 19. What will be weather conditions like while on trek?
A : Weather will be good because of best time to do trek in the areas. At night maximum minus 11/12 degree celsius and sunny in the day time.
Q 20. Will there be snow in any of the parts of the trek?
A : No, but if weather become bad then it may snowfall. You may expect in chola pass
Q 21. What should be the travel / trekking insurance we should buy? (Limits, coverage, ..) Do you have any suggestions for the Travel insurance company?
A : Travel/trekking insurance must cover hospital medicine if person get sick or Helicopter rescue flight. I think Indian Insurance company do that.Nepali insurance company will have no any policy for foreigners except Nepali crew only.
Q 22. What will be the emergency evacuation procedure in case of any exigencies? Any cost associated with the same?
A : If In case clients need emergency evacuation then we need to call for our local Helicopter company and it does cost 2200 USD per hour. That is why we asked you to do the Heli rescue insurance that all money will pay by them.
Q 23. What is the alternate in case of flight delays from Katmandu to Lukla or back?
A : If in case flight may delay by bad weather from Kathmandu to Lukla then we can wait for next day to fly. If it does not work due to continue bad weather then we may need to divert trek to another destination such as Langtang or Annapurna BC or round. If in case Lukla to Kathmandu then clients must pay for helicopter flight fees and agency will return your one way flight fare in cash. Some times by chance you can fly by Helicopter if plane can't go to Lukla due to the bad weather.
Q 24. How many support staff will be assigned to this group (Guides, Porters, Sherpas )?
A : Accompanied by English and Hindi speaking guide, 1 porter between 2 member. If group are 15 then guide will have 1 assistant (1 Sherpa) who always go to ahead then group to reserve the room at tea house lodge.
Q 25. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing the Trek circuit clockwise and anti-clockwise? What do you recommend?
A : EBC and Gokyo Ri trek is anti-clockwise. Both are situated at same height. To acclimatize well to Chola pass and visiting lakes at Gokyo and Gokyo Ri we recommend it do in that way. As temperatures rise, many people retreat to mountain trails to escape the heat and enjoy time with nature. Hiking can be a challenging activity and requires a positive attitude and determined frame of mind.
This form of exercise strengthens the muscles, improves heart health and boosts mood. However, hiking can become a dangerous and miserable
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Terms and Conditions
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Here are our conditions:
Booking must be confirmed 60 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey, as it is season.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, Kathamandu-Lukla-Kathamandu, Accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation after Registration 10% deduction from the total amount.
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : 75 % Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 15 days prior to date of departure : No Refund
- No Show : No Refund