Bali Pass Expedition Begins
The expedition starts on May 17th, 2015, when we head north from New Delhi, the capital of India. We travel the first night on a train along with thousands of pilgrims on their way to the source of the holy Ganges. After two days of travel with train, bus and jeep, we reach the hill village of Salang. We spend some time there, relaxing and moving around in the peaceful village and its surroundings, getting ready for the trek.
Starting the actual trek
Two days of trekking through dense forest and over alpine grassland bring us to the beautiful mountain lake of Dodi Tal, a glittering gem full of fish, surrounded by pine forest and green meadows. It is possible for those who wants a slightly shorter trek to join the main group here; departure from Delhi will then be on May 20th. From Dodi Tal we ascend a steep trail to cross a pass into the
Jamuna river valley at the head of which lies the ancient temple village of Jamnotri. After a visit to the temple we leave civilisation and climb to higher camps where we acclimatise and get ready to cross the Bali Pass at 5,000 m on May 28th, weather permitting.
   The pass crossing is spectacular and exciting, but well within the capacity of a normally fit person. On the other side of the pass lies the Ruinsara valley, a remote area visited by few other than local herders and the occasional climbing expedition attempting peaks surrounding the valley.
Bali Pass 5000 m.
Exploring Harki Dun valley
After spending one night in Ruinsara we cross yet another lower pass to reach the beautiful valley of Harki Dun. We establish base camp there and spend a couple of days exploring the surrounding alpine meadows and trekking towards the northern spur of the spectacular peak Swargarohini, "the gateway to heaven" in Hindu mythology. Those who so wish have an opportunity to climb nearby rock routes or boulders at the camp.

Harki Dun valley.
Ancient villages
On our way down, we pass ancient villages perched on the high mountain slopes. We visit one of these villages, Osla, where life seems to go on much the same as it has for centuries. This village may look a bit like Shangri La, and although people here are certainly as happy as any other people in the world, there

is also poverty and a lack of basic health-care and schools. Here we are starting up a support to a development process, based on the villagers own demands and aspirations.
   A one-day trek from Osla brings us to the roadhead at Sankri, and after two days of bus and train travel we are back in Delhi where the expedition ends on June 6th.

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