Indiahikes Opens The Bali Pass – Ruinsara Tal Trek

We have finally opened the much-revered Bali Pass trek!

For years, trekkers have been requesting us to open up the Bali Pass trek! It is one of those treks that are on every adventurer’s bucket list. It is a high adventure trek like Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati or Kedartal.

Why hadn’t we opened the trek earlier? Frankly, we have been so tied down running our regular treks that we could not devote attention to this fantastic trek. Finally, early this year we took the plunge and committed to the trek.

Even then it took us time to set up the trek — with our technical, safety and backend team — which is why the announcement is coming bit late. We had to run recce teams earlier this month, and set up a rope bridge across a river.  

I was smiling to myself when I saw these comments on our Facebook page last week. Little did they know what was going to be announced a week later!

I must let you know that the Bali pass is a very sought after trek. Some of our regular trekkers got to know we were opening the trek (when we talked about it on social media). They have grabbed the early positions in the only two batches that we are launching.  

I’m not going to say much more about the trek; I’ll just let this picture do the talking.

This was shot on the approach to Bali Pass. Interestingly, we explored and documented the Bali Pass trek back in June 2014. That’s when this picture was taken.

Before you decide on the trek, a few points to note: The Bali Pass is a difficult trek. There is tricky terrain to deal with. It also goes to an altitude above 16,000 feet (16,207 feet precisely). After the pass crossing, there is a narrow precarious overhang that has to be negotiated carefully. It is not for those who are attempting a high altitude trek for the first time.

There will be a fitness and trek experience screening when you start registering for the trek.

We have only 2 dates this pre-monsoon. June 14 and June 23. We’re taking only 15 members in a team. We won’t be opening any more slots until September (we’ll put up those dates after the summer season ends).

So if you’re very keen on this trek, register as soon as you can. In my opinion I don’t think slots will be available within the next two days.

For more details about the trek, head over here – https://indiahikes.com/bali-pass-ruinsara-tal/

If you have any questions, drop in a comment below! We’ll help you out!

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She also runs a video series, Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

6 thoughts on “Indiahikes Opens The Bali Pass – Ruinsara Tal Trek

  1. Hi Swati,

    Thank you for opening such a wonderful trek for us. I’ve done Kedarkantha and Sandakphu trek with IH in 2018. I’m anxious to know whether I would be able to go for difficult trek like this one since I’ve experienced moderate treks only.

    1. Hi Harshal, I would suggest doing a slightly more difficult trek before attempting Bali Pass. Something like Hampta Pass or Rupin Pass would be a good trek to do before Bali Pass.

  2. The itinerary shown on the trek website and seen while actually booking the trek does not match. On the website it is a 8 day trek with Day 6 being : Thanga to Advance Base Camp – 4.5 km trek while on the booking page it shows this over 2 days as : Thanga to Odari & Odari to advance base camp. If this is true it becomes a 9 day trek. Kindly clarify before booking so that tickets are booked accordingly.

    1. Hi Sumant we have fixed that earlier this afternoon. It’s showing the correct dates now. 🙂

  3. Did Har-ki-Dun trek few years back and had been on a day trip to Ruinsara Tal from that camp. So beautiful it was and the whole HDK trek is one of the beautiful treks
    I can imagine how much more exciting and adventurous to cross the Bali pass.
    Can’t wait after reading the itinerary and see the images. WIll find a window to do this trek, not this season may be.

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