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Bali Yamunotri Pass Trek

This trek visits the remote holy famous pilgrimage temples of Yamunotri - source of the sacred river Yamuna . Plus Alpine forests of oak, rhododendron, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Dharba Pass and Seema bugyals and Harkidoon bugyals (Alpine meadows) with their spectacular views of the snow capped high Himalayas. Vistas of dramatic peaks - Bandar Punchh, Black peak etc. Serene Dodi Tal Runsyara Tal (holy lake) - forest bordered and mountain rimmed is home to the famous sacred golden trout watched over by a solitary sadhu from his lonely lake side temple. Up to the mountain top meadows.

Bali Yamunotri Pass Trek

Hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats, frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow & eagles, Seasonal contacts with Gujars (Muslim tribal mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking & their herds of buffalo. Visits to local picturesque mountain villages.

Day Start Reach Hrs Kms Alt(mts) Mode/Acco
1 Delhi Rishikesh 6 225 600 Veh/Train: Hotel
2 Rishikesh Uttarkashi 6 185 1200 Veh: Hotel
3 Uttarkashi Bhevra 2.5 6 2800 Veh/Trek: Camp
4 Bhevra Dodi Tal 6 16 3000 Trek: Camp
5 Dodi Tal Dharva top 6 9 3500 Trek: Camp
6 Dharva top Seema 5 10 3600 Trek: Camp
7 Seema Jankichhatti 6 12 1800 Trek: Camp
8 Jankichhatti Yamnotri 3 5 2700 Trek: Camp
9 Yamnotri Gujarhut 5 8 3700 Trek: Camp
10 Gujarhut Cross Bali pass - Camp Bhojkharkh 5 10 4000 Trek: Camp
11 Bhojkharkh RunSyara Tal 6 10 3500 Trek: Camp
12 RunSyara Tal Gujar Hut 6 12 3200 Trek: Camp
13 Gujar Hut Bangali Dhar 6 8 3500 Trek: Camp
14 Bangali Dhar Hari ki dun 5 12 4200 Trek: Camp
15 Hari ki dun Rest Day -- -- 4200 Camp
16 Hari ki dun Oshla 6 13 3200 Trek: Govt Lodge
17 Oshla Taluka 5 13 3000 Trek: GMVN Bangalow
18 Taluka Via Masoorie Dehra Dun 8 225 250 Trek/Veh: Hotel
19 Dehradun Delhi 6 230 300 Veh: Hotel
Legend: Alt=Altitude; Veh=Vehicle; Acco=Accommodation

Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
bali-yamunotri-pass In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.

Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.

Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.

Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga. bali-yamunotri-pass-trekking-photos
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.

Day 3 : Uttarkashi - Bhevra (27 kms/5 hrs)
Drive 20 kms to the trail head. Scenic drive along the roaring Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges, through terraced fields, deodar forests, and villages to the tranquil, park like Assi Ganga Stream valley to Sangamchatti village, then moderate 5 k uphill trek to Agora village through terraced fields, then gentle 2 k downhill trek through forests to Bhevra campsite in terraced fields by a babbling brook, surrounded by a forest, beneath the mountains. See families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above.

Day 4 : Bhevra - Dodi Tal (15 kms/7 hrs)
Moderate 8 k uphill, then gentle 7 k up and downhill trek through forests of oak, rhododendrons (bloom end april - beginning may), pine, and stately deodar trees. Frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Views down into the wooded and now steep sided and wild Assi Ganga valley. Camp at Dodi Tal, sacred as well as scenic lake famous throughout northen India for its beauty, its religions significance and its sacred golden trout. There is a temple on the shore presided over by a local pundit. Camp on the lake shore with views up into the mountain forests and high passes to be visited on the morrow.

Day 5 : Dodital - Dharvatop (6 kms/8 hrs)
bali-yamunotri-pass-trek-imagesSteep 6 k uphill trek over Dharva Pass, then gentle 1 k downhill trek. Follow a stream bordering juniper groves and then up, up into the high grasslands with fine views of Bandar Punchh mountain's snowy summit, Black Peak, etc. from the pass, also down into the Hanuman Ganga valley and Bandar Punchh valley. Meet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep and goats, and Gujars. (generally muslim local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking contacts with and their herds of buffalo.(June - September). Camp in a bugyal at Dharva top bugyal with specutecalur views of Bundarpuch peak .

Day 6 : Dharvatop- Seema (10 kms/7 hrs)
Steep 3 k uphill trek over the high ridge then 5k up and downhill trek through the bugyals(alpine meadow) and high ridges different angles vies of Bundarpunch mountain..2 k. downhill trek to Seema camp surrounded by Rhododendrons and vies of down valley and beautiful sun rise on the Bundarpunch peak.

Day 7 : Seema- Jankichatti (12 kms/ 6 hrs)
12 k downhill treks through forests and villagers summer huts and village's terraces' fields down into the valley of the Yamuna River, and on to Hanuman Chatti town. Then 8 k scenic ride along the Yamuna River up to Janki Chatti. Stay in hotel (hot water for bathing!)

Day 8 : Jankichatti - Yamnotri (7kms/3hrs)
bali-yamunotri-pass-trek-photosGentle to Moderate 6 k uphill trek through farmers fields, and villagers, tea stalls and dhabas to Yamunotri Temple (one of the Char Dham - the series of holy pilgrimage sites, the four sources of the Ganges Yamuna Rivers). Pilgrims, sadhus (holy men), famous hot springs to soak away the aches and pains of trekking, then 2 k.up hill trek for camp.

Day 9 : Yamnotri - Damini (8kms/5hrs)
Moderate 8 k uphill, the trek goes through the forest and ridge with precipitous views down into the Yamuna valley. The camp at Damini- in a bugyal by the side of a stream. Meet hardy bakriwale with their flocks of sheep & goats (June - September).

Day 10 : Damini- Bhojkharak (9kms/6hrs)
Steep 5 k uphill trek on the Bali pass - it's also call Jamnotri pass through the moraine and snow. The spectacular view of the Harkidoon valley and high snow capped mountains - Black peak, Bundarpunch & Swargrohini etc. Then 5 km. down hill to the Bhojkharak camp surrounded bugyal beautifull landscapes down the Runsyara valley.

Day 11 : Bhojkharak - Runsyaratal (10kms/6hrs)
Modrate 10k downhill trek along the ridges through bhojpatra (the famous "paper tree") juniper groves, and bugyals, through an open valley, with views of the mountains - Black Peak , Bandar Punchh, Swagrohini, etc. to camp at Runsyarata big mountain lake. Meet with hardy bakriwale with their flocks of sheep & goats, and Gujars (June-September).

Day 12 : Runsyara Tal-Gujar Hut (12kms/6hrs)
Gentle 12k downhill trek along the Run Sarya River through bhojpatra and juniper groves, and bugyals, through an open valley, with views of the mountains - Black Peak, Bandar Punchh & Swagrohini, etc. to camp at Gujar Hut. Meet with bukriwale (June - September) and Gujars.

Day 13 : Gujar Hut-Bengali Dhar (8kms/6hrs)
bali-yamunotri-pass-trekking-imagesentle 2 k downhill, then moderate 6 k uphill trek through rhododendron (bloom end April - beginning May), oak, and stately deodar forest, then through mountainside spectacular views of landscapes and valleys Camp on Bengali Dhar (ridge) with valley view (option - forest camp).

Day 14 : Bengali Dhar- Harkidoon (12kms/5hrs)
Moderate 12 k uphill trek along a river through an open valley of bugyals to Harkidun, an India-wide famous bugyal with mountain wild-flowers (July - August). Meet with bukriwale (June - September). Camp in Harkidoon bugyal with views of above mentioned mountains. A famous location for its charm and beauty.

Day 15 : Harkidoon - Rest day
Rest day to enjoy the famous Harkidun bugyal's charms.

Day 16 : Harkidoon - Oshla (13kms/6hrs)
Gentle 13 k downhill trek along a river through bugyals and forests of bhojpatra, juniper, stately deodar, rhododendron (bloom end April - beginning May) and oak. Camp at Osla.

Day 17 : Oshla - Taluka (13kms/5hrs)
Modrate 13 k downhill trek along a river through forest of stately deodar and pines through more picturesque villages, also famous for their distinct and authentic style of local antique architecture. Stay at GNVN bungalow (option - forest camp 1 k prior).

Day 18 : Taluka - Dehradun (260kms/9hrs)
8 hours by vehicle to Dehra Dun. Scenic drive through the Himalayan foothills, along the valley the Yamuna River, above terraced fields, looking down on villages clinging to mountain spurs above fertile fields in the valley below. Through the famous British Raj era 'hill station' of Mussouri, and on down the slopes into the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehra Dun , famous as a center for mountain research and expensive private schools for the children of India's wealthy.

Day 19 : Dehra Dun - Delhi (260kms/6hrs)
Return drive to Delhi (Possible to stop at Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town.One/two hours extra).

Best time to visit Bali Yamunotri Pass Trek : June, August and September.