Centered on a trek to Bara Bhangal village, this exhilarating itinerary includes sightseeing in Delhi, Chandigarh and McLeod Ganj. Traversing two passes at nearly 5,000 meters, this trek demands endurance and prior experience. From Delhi we travel by train, north to Chandigarh, then by road to Mandi and finally to Manali in the verdant Kullu Valley. The trek from Manali begins with a steep ascent through thick alpine forests to reach the campsite at Lamadugh, with amazing views of the Dhaulandhar and Pir Panjal ranges.
Continue through untouched, pristine forests and meadows with wild Alpine flowers and a variety of birds before ascending to Kaliheni La (4,650m), offering magnificent views of glaciers and snowcapped peaks. Crossing several streams we walk through a beautiful, hidden valley with unrivalled views of the Pir Panjal, Bara Bhangal and Dhaulandhar ranges. Descending steadily we reach Bara Bhangal, one of the remotest villages in India. We continue on well-maintained shepherd trails to eventually reach the snow, moraine and ice of the Thamser Pass (4,750m). After a long descent through Panattu and Rajgunda we reach Billing – famous for paragliding. From here we take a short drive to McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama, where we spend a night before returning to Delhi.