BARA BHANGAL TREK
Barabhangal trek takes one from lush green Kullu valley to the stark landscape of Barabhangal mountain range. Two passes over 15,750 feet in route cut the area off from the rest of the world during most of the year. Every year shepherds from Kangra and Chamba valley follow this route to take their sheep and goats to graze in the meadows of Lahoul & Spiti valley, in actual it’s a shepherds trail. The alpine terrain between Kullu and Dharamshala is one of the most spectacular and little known region of the western Himalaya.
After leaving Manali, the first sign of any permanent habitation is the shepherd village of Barabhangal by the banks of the Ravi River, reached after exhilarating walking through pristine wilderness. En route, we cross the Kaliheni Pass at over 4350m. After a day of leisure at Barabhangal, we walk for another 05days to the road head at Bir crossing, the 5081m high Thamser Pass
Today you will arrive at Manali, free time for personal activities. Afternoon you will meet with tour guide and a small briefing about the trip. Overnight stay at hotel.
Manali – Lamadugh (2920m) 5hrs
The first days trek leads through giant Deodar the trail ascends gently with magnificent views of the Kullu valley and peaks of Pirpanjal range. The first campsite in the lush green meadows surrounded by oak, wall nut and conifer forests of Lamadugh.
Lamadugh – Riyali (3270m.) 7hrs
Now the trail ascends steeply through the ridge below Khanpari.. On the way brilliant shrubs of rhododendron and birch pave the way to the ridge after which a descent leads to the campsite at Riyali.
Riyali – Kaliheyni Base (3645m) 6hrs
Today one will enjoy a walk of leisure through lush forests and shepherd components. Campsite at the base of 15,500ft high Kaliheyani Pass. All around are mountain peaks of Kullu and Lahaul valleys, presents an unforgettable panorama.
Kaliheyni Base – Over Kaliheyni Pass – Devigot (3350m). 7 hrs
other side of the pass landscape slowly begins to change, as forests and steep climb through glacier and moraine leads to the campsite on the bank of a mountain stream.
Devigot – Lambapaharh (3484m) 7 hrs
Now the downhill traverse across loose rocks and boulders in to the Valley. The path passes through rocky terrain and later it is replaced by meadows. Alter crossing snow bridge you are in forest and little ahead is the campsite with abundance of dry wood near a stream.
Lambapaharh – Sunny Got (3636m) 7 hrs
After descending to the riverbank, the trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor. After which an almost level walk leads to other camp just before the tiny village of Barabhangal. Today’s camp at nears the Shepard Paradise at Sunny Got.
Sunny Got – Bara Bhangal 5 hrs
Today finally the ancient village of Bara Bhangal is reached. A remote and isolated village, the inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan Shepherds-the Gaddis-who leads nomadic life with their vast flocks of sheep into High Mountain pastures.
Bara Bhangal — Udung (4000m) 7 hrs
A steady walk and an hour’s climb leads to the campsite at Udung. The scenery changes quite dramatically while the air becomes cooler. Camp is at the base of the 15,750ft high Thamser Pass.
Udung – Over Thamser Pass (5081m.) to Panihartu (Got) 5 hrs
It is little steep climb up to the pass in a hair- pin way. Once you reach on the top of the pass, one can see a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar mountain range of snow-capped massif. And the trail slowly emerges from the rocky terrain into the softer landscape of lakes, meadows and forests. Overnight at Panihartu.
Panihartu (Got) – Rajgunda 6 hrs
Today’s trail is almost gradual but in the beginning it’s with little ups and downs. On the way numerous lakes dot the countryside interspersed by cascading waterfalls. A descent through green wooded slope leads to a tiny teashop; this is the village of Plachak. After Palchak the trail looses the height and goes all the way up to Rajgunda with it’s a many tiny villages. Overnight at Rajgunda.
Rajgunda – Billing (2424m) 4hrs
A pleasant walk through a leafy bridle path and tiny villages literally hanging on the shoulders of the hill-sides, giving them a magical, surrealistic appearance. Ahead lays a tiny village of Billing for camp.
Billing – Bir 3 hrs
On the way, extensive views of the lush green Kangra valley are the welcome site and soon the steep descent ends at tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir, the land of the legendary Gaddis-the tough and weary Himalayan shepherds. And same day drive to Dharmshala the seat of the HH 14th Dalai Lama. TREK CONCLUDED. Overnight in the hotel at Dharmshala.
Sightseeing in and around
Dharmshala is the famous town Mcleodganj often called the ‘Little Lhasa’. This is the residence of H .H the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan Government in exile has been here for almost four decades. The impressive monastery has larger than life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshwara. A large Tibetan community and the presence of traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet have enhanced the charm of the area. A host of Tibetan handicrafts and garments are available. And after that visit Bhagsunag Temple and waterfall which is enough to sooth one’s eyes and mind. Overnight stay at hotel.
In time transfer to Dharamshala airport to board the flight for onward destination.
- All camping charges.
- All camping gears.
- All meal during the trek.
- Guide charges.
- Mule charges.
- Lodging and boarding charges of staff.
- Cook n helper boy charges.
- All transfers.
- Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry, drinks, tips etc.
- Expenses occurred due to land slide, road block, flight delay, and because of all unforeseen natural events.
- Medical ,insurance and evacuation charges
- Other expenses which is specifically not mentioned in inclusions
Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
Cost on twin sharing basis
|Private Single Room||US$ 1370|
Tour Key Points
SEASONMid June to September
MAX. ALTITUDEThamser Pass (5081m),Kaliheni Pass (4350m)
NO.OF DAYS13 DAYS
GRADEModerate to Demanding
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