Bara Bhangal Trek


Manali - Lamadugh – Riyali - Kaliheyni Base - Devigot - Lambapaharh - Bara Bhangal - Udung - Rajgunda - Bir - Dharamshala

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    Mid June to September
    Thamser Pass (5081m),Kaliheni Pass (4350m)
    13 DAYS
    Moderate to Demanding
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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

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  1. Day 01 Arrive Manali

    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.

  2. Day 02 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.

  3. Day 03 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.

  4. Day 04 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.

  5. Day 05 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.

  6. Day 06 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.

  7. Day 07 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.

  8. Day 08 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.

  9. Day 09 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.

  10. Day 10 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.

  11. Day 11 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.

  12. Day 12 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.

  13. Day 13 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.

  14. Day 14 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.

  15. Day 15 Dharamshala Departure

    In time transfer to Dharamshala airport to board the flight for onward destination.

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