Bali Pass Trek
Bhojbasa acts as the last point of accommodation on the way to the sacred Gaumukh Glacier. It is situated 5 kms before Gaumukh Glacier, the source of the river Ganges. This beautiful place offers enchanting views of the Bhagirathi peaks (6,856 mts). The Bhagirathi sisters hold the Gangotri glacier.
Bhojbasa Travel Information
Distance from Delhi: 475kms + 8km (trek)
Best season: May to October
Chirbasa (3,350 meters) literally suggests 'abode of chir or pine trees'. The route from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa can turn out to be dangerous because of loose rocks falling on the trail. Bhojbasa is also written as Bhojbasa. Bhojbasa is a vast open expanse of land in the valley.
The Himalayan peaks visible during this trek are Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, Bhagirathi III etc. In recent times, the retreat of the glacier has quickened extensively. Major steps have been taken by the government of Uttarakhand towards this severe problem. Now only 100 persons can trek to Gaumukh each day.
Accommodation in Bhojbasa?
Lal Baba Ashram and GMVN Bhojbasa Tourist Rest House provide accommodation facilities in Bhojbasa.
Nearby Tourist Places
Do visit the sacred Gangotri Temple while traveling to Bhojbasa. There are numerous moderate and strenuous trekking options in this region. You can go for Gaumukh, Tapovana and Nandanvan trek while on the route to Bhojbasa. While trailing back fom Bhojbasa to Gangotri you can go for 18 kms Kedar Tal trek. Harsil is a popular spot in the region which doesn't require trekking.
Bhojbasa is a scenic spot on the rugged terrains, situated at an altitude of 3,775 mts above sea level. Bhojbasa can be reached by14 kms trek that starts from Gangotri. The trek goes through rugged terrains along with the Bhagirathi River.
Wooden architecture of Jaunsar villages, surreal Ruinsara Lake and a visit to Yamunotri Temple makes Bali Pass a must do high altitude trek.
Best time to visit Adi KailashMay June July August
Dehradun, 241 kms
Jolly Grant Airport, 270 kms
Trek Route: Jaunsari Villages with unique wooden houses. Verdant meadow of Dev Thatch. Picture perfect Ruinsara Lake. Splendid views of Kala Nag, Swargarohini & Banderpoonch Peak, High Altitude Bali Pass
Day 1: Arrival at Dehradun
Reach Gangotri; 10-12 hours drive from Dehradun. Transport will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station at 6.00 am. Cab cost per vehicle will be Rs.6,500 (5-6 seater). This is to be shared among trekkers and paid directly to the driver.
Day 2: Gangotri to Chirbasa
Altitude: 10,055 ft to 11,761 ft
Time taken: 6 hours, 9 km
Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial 300 m steep ascent followed by a very gradual ascent all the way.
Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Gangotri. You can refill your water bottles from streams on the way.
The trail to Chirbasa goes through a Forest Check Post around 2 km from Gangotri bus stand. A trail goes up from the bus stand towards the left side inside the forest. The trail runs on the left side of the market area and one can take multiple trails from inside of the market to connect with the trail. Walk till you reach the Forest Check Post.
This may take around 15-30 minutes, depending on where you start from within Gangotri. From here, spot a striking white peak in the distance. This is Sudarshan Parbat (21,345 ft), looking stunning in the background. It lies in a cluster of many major peaks. After getting the permits checked, proceed on the trail that remains on the left side of the mountain ridge throughout the day. The Bhagirathi River remains below, always to your right. There are a few isolated glaciers on the river that are melting rapidly.
Bhagirathi river is to the right of the Chirbasa campsite. The place gets its name from the Chir trees that surround it. You get clear views of the Bhagirathi peaks from Chirbasa. Also visible in the distance is the mouth of the Gaumukh glacier.
Day 03: Chirbasa to Bhojbasa
Altitude: 11,761 ft to 12,450 ft
Time taken: 3 hours, 5 km
Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial 100 m ascent to get back on the trail. Very gradual ascent all the way to Bhojbasa
Water sources: None. Carry 2 litres of water
The valley widens from Chirbasa and offers views of snow-clad peaks. Take the trail from behind the GMVN hut. The trail connects with the Gaumukh trail, which extends from forest check post. This section will take 5 to 10 minutes. Once connected with the primary trail, you will be able to see the Chirbasa campsite below. There is a minor landslide-prone section within 10 minutes from this point. After this section, the terrain is broken in certain sections but is manageable. Look for the first ridge ahead towards your left in the distance. It takes around 30-45 minutes to reach this ridge and cross the bend.
As you trudge through the silent hills, the Bhagirathi peak looms closer into view. After 20 minutes of gradual ascent, look for a stream to your left. Another 45 minutes of similar gradient will have you reach another landslide-prone area. This area has boulder gradient and a stream crossing your path. Climb up for another five minutes to traverse the second ridge/bend. There are 8-9 landslide-prone bends from here. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to traverse this section. Keep an eye for falling rocks and avoid resting. Move swiftly. After crossing this section, you will see a bridge with a stream flowing below. Bhojbasa, the widest point in the valley, is only 1.5 km from this point.
The trek to Bhojbasa is a level walk and very scenic. Around 300 m above Bhojbasa, you get a vantage point. The entire valley ahead of Bhojbasa is visible from here. This is a very beautiful sight. Also visible is a part of the Gaumukh glacier.
You get the first view of Mt Shivling at Bhojbasa. This is an open campsite – you’re far above the tree line now. Bhagirathi river flows right beside the campsite.
You will find igloo-like structures close to the campsite. You have the option of staying in these instead of camping. This requires permission from the Forest Department.
Day 4: Departure To Dehradun
The trek involves a gradual descent and a series of level walks, which can be done swiftly. The trek back to Gangotri is the same trail taken to reach Dehradun. It’s a very gradual descent, which takes far less time to cover than the ascent.
How To Reach
Buses to Uttarkashi and Gangotri are easily available from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Bhojwasa can be reached by a 14 km easy trek on rocky terrain
- All Meals during Trek, Trek Fees
- All Trekking equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags. etc)
- Porter, Cook & Mule charges
- Forest Camping Charges, Entry Fees & Permits
- Mountaineering Certified Guide
- Services of Experienced Trek Leader
- Any other personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned above
- Taxes Extra.
Terms & Conditions
Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.