Trekking
Bara Bhangal Trek

UNTRODDEN, REMOTE, CHALLANGING TRAILS

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...

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Day 1Traditional Welcome on arrival

  • Arrive at the International airport of Delhi. After the traditional welcome, transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

4h - 260km
4h - 190km

Day 2Train to Chandigarh followed by drive to Mandi

Delhi - Chandigarh

  • Early morning transfer to the Railway station to board the train to Chandigarh, the shared capital of Punjab and Haryana states.

Chandigarh - Mandi

  • Chandigarh stands like a gateway to many hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and the northern parts of Punjab. Upon arrival at Chandigarh we board our vehicles and drive northwards to the old market town of Mandi. We’re soon on the winding mountain roads as we follow the river deeper and deeper into the foothills. Upon arrival at Mandi we transfer and check-in to the hotel.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Hotel Jivitesh
Lunch: Restaurant
Accommodation: The Regent Palms
3h - 108km
Manali

Day 3Journey to Manali

Mandi - Manali

  • After the breakfast, we start early and drive to Manali, the famous hill station. Our drive follows the route of the old Hindustan-Tibet highway alongside the Beas River that flows through the Himalayan foothills. The drive is beautiful along the road lined with deodar trees and apple orchards and tantalizing glimpses of the Himalayas. Following the Beas River we reach the Kullu Valley famed for its fruit trees and rich agricultural land. Driving further up, we arrive in Manali (2,050m) in the early afternoon.

  • Post checking into our hotel, we leave for a walk around the streets of this busy bazaar town. We also have time to do some sightseeing.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: The Regent Palms
Lunch: Restaurant
Accommodation: Snow valley Resort
Manali
5h - 9km
Lama Dugh

Day 4Trek to Lama Dugh (2950m)

Manali - Lama Dugh

  • Today being the first day of our trek the walk is not that long. However the trail is a bit steeper at places. We soon find ourselves amongst woodland made up of deodar, oak and pine, before we reach a rocky outcrop with a good view of Manali. Just above this vantage point is a small meadow before a steep ascent through small pastures and conifer and oak forest. Continuing through open forest and pastures we reach our camp on the grazing area of Lama Dugh (2,950m), a lovely meadow ringed by maple, spruce and oak.

Meal and accommodations
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Lama Dugh
6h - 10km
Riyali

Day 5Trek to Riyali

Lama Dugh - Riyali

  • Today the trail ascends across the ridge along the southern margin of the Manali Sanctuary and crosses a high pasture area with fabulous views northwards to The Solang and Rohtang valley. The ascent is long, gradual and exhilarating, with views of the peaks of Indrasan and Deo Tibba. Following the trails of the Gaddi shepherds and sometimes with no trail at all, we continue to gain height until we reach the highest of the alpine ridges. From there, the trail heads south across a series of verdant ridges followed by long descent. Descending into a valley,we set up our camp in a meadow beyond Riyali.
    Duration of Trek: 6 Hrs
    Distance: 10 Kms

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Riyali
3h 20m - 7km
Kaliheni Base Camp

Day 6Trek to Kaliheni Base Camp

Riyali - Kaliheni Base Camp

  • Today , the route follows the course along the upper river before we descend progressively to the valley floor. After traversing the river we commence our climb towards Kalihani Pass. After crossing a small stream, we will ascend couple of grassy ridges passing a number of shepherd encampments en route. We will have panoramic views of Chanderkhani Pass and the distant peaks of the Indian Himalaya. In this high and wild location we can look out for wildlife such as ibex, golden eagles and the majestic bearded vulture or lammergeyer.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Kaliheni Base Camp
6h - 11km
Devigot Camp

Day 7Cross Kaliheni Pass(4650m) and trek to Devigot Camp

Kaliheni Base Camp - Devigot Camp

  • In the morning the landscape gradually begins to change as forests and meadows give way to rocky terrain with patches of snow. It is a tough day today with a steep and long climb to the top of the Kalihani Pass (4,650m). We follow a grassy ridge to a small plateau beyond which there is only moraine, snow and rock (Kalihani means ‘black ice’ in the local Gaddi language). The views from the pass takes in glaciated terrain and many snow peaks from the Bara Bhangal and Pir Panjal ranges to the main Himalayas. Trudging down beyond the pass we continue our descent into the remote valley of the Kalihani Nullah (stream) to reach our campsite at 3,550m (8 hrs).

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Devigot Camp
6h - 7km
Lambapat

Day 8Trek through the Kaliheni Valley to Lambapad

Devigot Camp - Lambapat

  • After breakfast we spend the entire day hiking down the Kaliheni Valley. There are no villages in this upper part of the valley and we follow a path above the tree line with great mountain views. As we descend we enter sparse woodland of juniper and birch, then pine and oak. There are several tributary streams to cross some of which may need to be forded. We set our camp in a grassy clearing overlooking the river valley.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Lambapat
5h - 13km

Day 9Trek to Bara Bhangal

Lambapat - Bara Bhangal

  • In the morning we trek across the ridges on the side of the valley and cross the streams, heading towards the west, and pass Gaddi encampments and alpine meadows. A long and steep gradual descent leads through terraced fields to the Gaddi village of Bara Bhangal (2,550m). The trail takes us through a forest of silver birch, rhododendron and blue pine. In summer this isolated village is occupied by people from the upper Kangra Valley. The final 500m-600m descent is steep and dusty. We set up our camp close to the confluence of the Kaliheni and Ravi rivers.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping

Day 10Rest day at Bara Bhangal

  • After breakfast we explore this settlement of 60 or so houses that extends across the lowest part of the valley. It is the only village in the entire 300 square miles of the Bara Bhangal Range and is completely cut off from the outside world during winter. Bara Bhangal is remote and rarely visited except for the Gaddi tribe who inhabit the village during summer months. We spend the day here resting and enjoying the views and the rhododendron trees.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
6h - 10km
Thamsar Pass Base

Day 11Trek to Marhu (Base of Thamser Pass)

Bara Bhangal - Thamsar Pass Base

  • In the morning our trek turns towards south as we cross the Kalihani River and commence a steep 400m ascent. We continue further to a broad glacial valley. There follows a gradual ascent across open meadows and steep slopes passing through pleasant upland grazing areas with a number of Gaddi encampments. Then we follow a good trail as this route is regularly used by the Gaddi. We set up camp on a flat knoll below the Thamser Pass at the place known as Marhu.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Thamsar Pass Base
5h - 9km
Panattu Camp

Day 12Cross the Thamser Pass to Panattu Camp

Thamsar Pass Base - Panattu Camp

  • After breakfast we start early as we make our approach to the Thamser Pass via a glaciated valley and crossing scree and moraine. The trail climbs gradually passing a prominent side valley and a glacier to the east. We climb steep boulder fields to reach a glacial lake at the base of the pass, then up to the ridge-line and the Thamser Pass itself (4,750m), marking the watershed of the Dhaula Dhar range. From here we have magnificent views of many snow-capped peaks including Mount Kailash. There are also fine views of the deep valleys of Kangra and Ravi that lie south and north of the Dhaula Dhar. We descend steeply across snow and then moraine before reaching the first pasture. There follows a steep descent to our camp at the meadow at Panattu.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Panattu Camp
7h - 20km
Rajgunda

Day 13Trek to Rajgunda

Panattu Camp - Rajgunda

  • We start the day with a walk on the Glacier . The route descends across a series of permanent snow bridges to reach a well-defined trail which leads through a mixed forest of rhododendron, spruce and oak down to Palachak (2,500m). At Palachak, we cross the metal bridge and continue through the forest to reach the fields of corn, bean and potatoes near Rajgunda (2,400m). From Palachak, we continue further on our trek with some gentle ascents & descents passing though mixed woodland of pine oak and rhododendron leading to the fields of Rajgunda (2,450m), a tiny settlement where we set up our final camp.
    Duration of Trek: 7 Hrs
    Distance: 20 Kms

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Made by your team
Dinner: Made by your team
Accommodation: Camping
Rajgunda
3h - 11km
Bir Billing
3h - 75km
Mcleod Ganj

Day 14Trek to Billing and drive to McLeod Ganj

Bir Billing - Mcleod Ganj

  • Today is our final day of trekking that takes us through the pleasant foothills of Dhauladhar. We walk through pine, oak and rhododendron woodland and across farmland with tiny fields of corn and potatoes. The trail heads around contours and ridges to Billing, then a gradual downhill walk takes us to Bir where we visit an exiled Tibetan community before we have lunch and meet our transport.
    Duration of Trek: 3 Hrs
    Distance: 11 Kms

  • From here, we drive to McLeod Ganj, part of the town of Dharamsala (3 hrs drive). Upon arrival we check into the hotel. The evening is free to explore the area.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Made by your team
Lunch: Restaurant
Mcleod Ganj
3h - 90km
Pathankot
8h - 478km

Day 15Drive to Pathankot and train to Delhi

Mcleod Ganj - Pathankot

  • After a leisurely breakfast we visit McLeod Ganj, home of the exiled Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Government. We have the morning to explore this lively and colourful town settled by Tibetans in the 1960s and now home to an interesting collection of monasteries and temples.

Pathankot - Delhi

  • After the lunch, we drive to Pathankot to catch the Overnight sleeper train back to Delhi.

Meal and accommodations
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Accommodation: Overnight Train

Day 16Departure from Delhi

  • In the early morning we arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel where we have facility to use day rooms to freshen up.

  • Towards evening, we are transferred to the international airport to catch our flights to our respective destinations.

duration 16 days. International flight not included.

from 1515$ (per person)

Difficulty:3/5
Comfort:5/5
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