Bhara Bhangal Trek

  • SEASON
    September – October (snow permitting)
  • MAX. ALTITUDE
    4800 Meters (Max. Elevation)
  • TREK GRADE
    DIFFICULT
  • TREK DURATION
    14-15 Days

Overview

This trek route follows an old Shepard trail between Kangra and Kullu. Starting through the dense forests and Alpine meadows, the trail climbs over the high mountain passes finally into Kangra, the most scenic Valley in Western Himalayas. Each day trek winds through beautiful but diversified landscapes. This is another World, decorated by the variety of high altitude Himalayan Flora, This area is also popular for the Himalayan Brown Bear, black bear and other Himalayan Fauna Comprising of fox, leopard, Musk Deer, Monkeys, Giant Indian Flying Squirrel etc. A trek that leaves one wondering at the awesome beauty of Himalaya. Along the trail, an ample opportunity to explore the remote Gaddhi Villages, which remain in isolation for most of the year.

Starting from Manali, the trail gradually climbs to the lush green meadow of Lama dugh. Next part of the walk is through the Moraine affording magnificent view of the mountain peaks of Kullu and Lahaul, steep climb to the top of The Kali Hani Pass . Descent on the moraine to the bank of a stream. The journey now winds down to the valley floor along the Soony River to the ancient Village of Bara Bhangal. Bara Bhangal: A remote and isolated Village inhabited by the Gaddhi’s who lead a nomadic life. From here we trek amidst the spectacular view of Dhauladhar Range over Thamsar Pass from rocky and glacial terrain to the softer landscape. Last part of the trek is through meadows, forests and the cascading waterfalls; soon the tiny villages makes appearance literally hanging on the shoulders of the hillside, giving them a surrealistic appearance. Providing an extensive view of the Kangra Valley the trek finally ends at Bir – A small Tibetan Village that has a monastery. From Bir one can drive to Dharamsala or for onward journey to Delhi.

Detailed Itinenary

Day 1

MANALI to LAMADUGH (9,000 fts) - 5 to 6 hours The first day of the trek goes through cool forests of giant deodar (cedar), alder and oak. The trail climbs gently at first through the Manalsu valley along the Manalsu torrent. Extensive views of the Kullu Valley appear and slowly fade into the distance as the degree of the gradient decreases, the gentle slope of the first campsite in the lush green meadows of Lamadugh is reached. From here beautiful views of the surrounding peaks open up.

Day 2

LAMADUGH to RIALI THATCH (11,200 ft/3,414m) The trail now begins to ascend steeply through woodland and meadow, with wild alpine flowers strewn all around. On the way brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the ridge, looking out across spectacular peaks, after which a descent leads to the campsite at Dohra Nallah

Day 3

RIALI THATCH to base of KALIHEYNI PASS (15,550 ft/4,725m) A lovely walk through lush green forests to the campsite at the base of the Kaliheyni Pass (15,500 feet/4,725 m). The campsite itself is at an elevation of 13,200 feet (4,023 m). The mountain peaks of the Kullu and Lahaul valleys are visible throughout.

Day 4

Over KALIHEYNI PASS to MEADOW CAMP - 8 to 9 hours The landscape slowly begins to change as forests and meadows give way to rocky outcrops with patches of snow starting to appear. A rather steep climb through glacial debris and snow leads to the top of the pass, from where breathtaking views are available. After a brief halt a descent through glacier and moraine leads to the campsite on the banks of a sparkling mountain stream.

Day 5

MEADOW CAMP to GADDI THACH (11,300 ft/3,577m) The trails now leads down into the Sunni River Valley and up to the buff overlooking the river. Camp is set at Gaddi Thach.

Day 6

GADDI THACH to LAMBAPAD - 3 to 4 hours Leaving this lovely campsite, the path winds through rocky terrain soon replaced by meadows again. The river rushes through spectacular gorges and is crossed via a snow bridge. Forests begin to appear and soon the campsite, with an abundance of dry wood next to a sparkling stream is reached.

Day 7

LAMBAPAD to SUNNI VALLEY CAMP (12,000 ft/3,658m) The trail now descends to the river bank. The campsite is by a stream which adds to the beauty of the surrounding landscape, one of the most magnificent in the Western Himalayas.

Day 8

SUNNI VALLEY/BARA BANGAL (7,500 ft/2,286m) The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor, after which an almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny ancient village of Bara Bangal.

Day 9

REST DAY A remote and isolated village, Bara Bangal is open only for four or five months of the year. The inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan shepherds - the Gaddis - who lead a nomadic life, herding their flocks of sheep into high mountain pastures once the snow melts and then returning to their isolated existence in the village. Note: It is recommended that there be two rest days in Bara Bangal; one to visit Kail Dhar which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of snow peaks and the second day to visit the charming village of Bara Bangal.

Day 10

BARA BANGAL to UDAG 6 to 7 hours A steady climb, with the scenery changing quite dramatically and the air getting cooler, leads to the campsite at Marhi, at the base of the Thamsar Pass. The evening chill is replaced by the comfortable warmth of a lively campfire.

Day 11

UDAG to PANHARTU over THAMSAR PASS (15,750 ft/4,800 m) - 8 to 9 hours A long walk today. The trail slowly emerges from the rocky terrain into the softer landscape of lakes, meadows and forests. Numerous lakes dot the countryside, interspersed by cascading waterfalls. A descent through green wooded slopes leads to a tiny tea shop and a while later, to the tiny village of Palchak. Camp nearby.

Day 12

PANHARTU to RAJGUNDA - 5 to 6 hours A very pleasant day's walk through a leafy bridal path and soon tiny villages, seemingly hanging on the shoulders of the hillsides, make their appearance. Camp is set near the small village of Billing

Day 13

RAJGUNDA to BIR - 2 hours The bridal path leads onto the town of Bir. On the way extensive views of the lush green Kangra Valley open up. A steep descent leads to the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir. From Bir drive to Dharamsala

Day 14

OPTION - Dharamshala (1387 mts) Dharamshala (1387 mts) To the north, the Kangra valley is flanked by the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas, to the side which Dharamshala and Mcleodganj (also called Upper Dharmshala) Founded in 1855, Dharmshala is the principal township of Kangra commanding splendid view of the surrounding country. Surrounded by deodar forests, it is set against a back drop of massive snow capped peaks on three sides.

Kangra Valley Sight seeing Kangra Valley is one of the Himachal’s beautiful valleys. It rolls down the Southern edge of magnificent Dhauladhar Range. While the snow line remains close enough at all times and during winter month, the Northern part is swaddled in a blanket of freshly fallen snow allowing the magic of Kangra to take on yet another hue. Numerous ancient temples like Bajreshwari, Rock cut Temples of Masroor and Norbilingka Institute, lie on the plains below Dhauladhar. One can spent whole day, visiting these temples and Institute.

Astronomical Medical Center About 8 km from Norbulingka Institute. The Tibetan medicine is made from herbs gathered from the high altitude of the Himalayas. This herbal medicine can cure many different diseases and are famous all over the world.

McLEODGANJ If you think about Lahsa (Tibet), the only other name comes in mind is, Mcleodganj. The name has almost become synonymous to Lahsa. This is where His Holiness Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan’s, resides and also this is where the head quarters of the Tibetan Government in exile are located. Here one gets amazed to see that how the Tibetan peoples in exile, have kept their culture resonant and going.. Here there are many gompas to visit and some of them house treasures of ancient and priceless thankas and scrolls. Tibetan Institute of performing Arts (TIPA) preserves a number of musical dance and theatrical traditions of Tibet.

Day 15

OPTION - Dharamshala (1387 mts) Dharamsala to delhi Or Drive to Pathankot and train to Delhi

What we provide during the Trip

Accommodation: In two men tents with battery lanterns (good quality Alpine Tents). Foam padded mattresses, sleeping bags, liners. All the camping equipment. Dining tent, toilet tent etc.

All Transportations during the Trek.

Team: Qualified mountain guide (two guides for group exceeding more then 10) , Kitchen team (cook and assistants) Meals: - vegetarian or non vegetarian (depending upon the choice) food will be served. A kitchen team will accompany the members for the expedition. ponies to carry the logistics.

It is also possible that a route change may become necessary due to inclement weather, inaccessibility through the mountain passes due to heavy snow, condition of the trail and physical fitness of the clients, and other cause beyond human control.

 

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