Bali Pass Trek

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Trek through quaint villages, alpine meadows littered with wildflowers, moraine ridges and glacier basins to get magnificent views of Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Blackpeak – all this make for an excellent hike in early spring and the post monsoon.

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      Camping, Short Breaks, Trekking
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    May 17, 2019 - May 25, 2019

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    Bali Pass Trek.

    Meandering through the Govind Vihar sanctuary, the Har Ki Dun Valley is rich culturally and a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Mythologically, it is the same trail taken by the Pandavas on their route to Heaven through the domineering massif of Swargarohini.

    Trek through quaint villages, alpine meadows littered with wildflowers, moraine ridges and glacier basins to get magnificent views of Swargarohini – I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Blackpeak – all this make for an excellent hike in early spring and the post monsoon.

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    1. Day 1 Delhi - Dehradun -Tons (1150 m)

      Arrive in Haridwar by the morning Shatabdi. Alternatively, you can fly in to the Jolly Grant Airport by 12 noon. Board waiting vehicles to be driven for 6 hours to reach Aquaterra’s Camp Bagi in the secluded Tons Valley.

    2. Day 2 Tons-Taluka-Bheduka (1815 m)

      Early morning breakfast and leave camp by 7am. Drive 2 hours to reach the starting point of our trek. Trek to the village of Taluka. From here, the trail descents to the river valley and continues through the forest on the true side of the valley. In spring, there are plenty of Gujars (pastorals with buffalo herd) camping as they make their way to the higher pastures

    3. Day 3 Bheduka - Dev Thach (3000 m)

      Trek to Dev Thach a large alpine meadow. The path continues winding through the forest until the village of Osla appears on the opposite side of the valley. The main trail does not divert to Osla. Instead it leads through a row of teashops and a forest rest house known as Seema (2500m). From here it’s an hour’s walk up to the beautiful meadow.

    4. Day 4 Dev Thach - Ruinsara Tal (3500 m)

      The trail leads through mixed forest and meadows of forget-me-nots and buttercups. Halfway to the lake, the valley widens and crosses a series of flowered meadows where shepherds from the nearby villages graze their flocks in the summer. Ruinsara Lake is considered sacred by the surrounding villages. It is above the main valley floor on the true side, surrounded by alpine pastures and low rhododendrons beneath the impressive Swargarohini Range.

    5. Day 5 Ruinsara - Odari (4000 m)

      Short day today. Descend to the Supin river, cross it and the ascend to a beautiful meadow. A gradual walk brings us to the spectacular campsite of Odari. Evening session with your snow shoes.

    6. Day 6 Odari - Base Camp (4700m)

      We leave vegetation behind and continue south west through a steep trail to reach the Base Camp. The trail is filled with loose stones and can get challenging. Early dinner tonight.

    7. Day 7 Base Camp - Dhamni (Pass Day) (3400m)

      Early 6 am start through the snow to the pass. It takes 3 hours of a sustained gradual climb to reach the pass. Enjoy the great views at the pass and start the challenging, steep descent to Dhamani.

    8. Day 8 Dhamni - Jaankichatti (2600 m)

      Descend through the forest to meet the village trail. A five km walk gets us to the holy site of Yamunotri. Take a dip in the hot springs and wash the trek off. From Yamunotri, it is another five km trek to our guesthouse in Yamunotri.

    9. Day 9 Jaankichatti - Dehradun

      After breakfast drive all the way down to Dehradun to board the evening Shatabdi back to Delhi. Dinner on the train. Reach Delhi by midnight. Trip Ends!

    Responsible Travel

    We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
    In wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed on what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.

    Please take a few minutes to read the following:

    The nature of wilderness
    By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.

    Prepare in advance
    Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.

    Be honest, speak up
    We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.

    Let the leaders work
    You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.

    Be open to alternatives
    We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain / river conditions. They impact expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above mentioned alternatives.

    Be safe
    If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
    In other words – be safe.

    Activity Level
    Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.

    Grading of Trips
    We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity everyday, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

    • Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
    • Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
    • Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
    • Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

    The Next Step
    Ready to go? Email us at info@aquaterra.in to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).

    Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
    We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.

    References
    Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.

    Services provided
    In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Inclusions
    • All travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/ rail(by non-ac/2 or 3 tier ac coach)
    • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents/ hotel
    • All meals as detailed in itinerary & safe drinking water
    • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
    • Portrage upto 15kg/person
    • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
    Exclusions & Cancellations

    What’s not:

    • Airfare
    • Sleeping bag
    • Stay & meals in Delhi
    • Airport & Railway station transfers in Delhi
    • Bottled water
    • Items of personal clothing
    • Expenses of personal nature (laundry/phone calls/alcohol/cigarettes/insurance/camera fee/etc.)
    • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
    • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team)- personal choice
    • Travel & Cancellation insurance

    Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space at Camp. We book space on a 100% advance. All payments by wire transfer, cash or cheque/draft in favor of “Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd.”

    Tips & Gratuities: Our recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.

    Cancellations
    If it becomes necessary to cancel your tour, you must notify Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. immediately in writing. Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:

    • if cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit
    • will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 77 ; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
    • if cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the
    • tour price will be forfeited (between 60 and 30 days for Brahmaputra trip); and
    • if cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.

    Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.
    The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.