Trekking Itineraries:

BARA BHANGAL TREK

Bara Bhangal, cut off from the world by 15,000 ft -16,000 ft passes and gorge too narrow for anything to pass but sheep and men without a backpack. Be prepared for a thrilling adventure, and you will be rewarded by spectacular views. There is a possibility that you will get a glimpse of a bear, shy musk deer or a snow cock There will be steep climbs and shorts stretches of scree and snow, and though no climbing experience is required it should be remembered that these high passes can be challenging.

Grade: Tough trek Maximum Altitude: 4610m / 15125ft
Best Season: August to September
Comments: This is a tough trek and involves high altitude gains and long walking hours.
Recommendations: Previous trekking experience is essential and it is important that trekkers are fit in order to enjoy this tour.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Manali

Early morning, once we cross Pandoh Dam in Himachal, the road winds along the River Beas. We get the first glimpse of the fascinating snow capped mountains after passing the village of Kullu and arrive at Manali in the morning. We check-in to our hotel & spend the day enjoying the locale.

Day 02: Manali to Lamadugh (9580ft; 4 to 5 hrs)

After breakfast we start the trek from Hadimba Temple 2.5 km from Manali. Climb through the Deodar forest for 3 km to a rocky outcrop with a view of Manali. Just above this vantage point is a small meadow before a steep 400m ascent through small pastures and conifer and oak forest. The gradient begins to become gentler as you reach the camp in an open glade at 2920m. Lamadugh (2920m) is a lovely meadow ringed by Maple, spruce and Oak while stands of Silver Birch are further up in the Hillside. Overnight camping.

Day 03: Lamadugh to Riyali (10890ft; 6 to 7 hrs)

Now the trail ascends, through the ridge below Tanpari Tibba. There are uninterrupted views north towards the Solang and Rohtang Valleys. The ascent is long, gradual and exhilarating, with views opening across to the Hamta Valley and Deo Tibba (6001m). After 4-5 hours you reach the highest of the ridge, from there the trail heads south across a series of verdant ridges. A long descent follows, reaching an intermediate valley and a prominent side of trail. From this point, a gradual traverse of 2-3 km leads from a small oak forest to the meadow known locally as Riyali. Overnight camping.

Day 04: Riyali to Kali Yahni Base Camp (12140ft; 5 hrs)

The trail winds above the upper river course before gradually descending to the valley floor. After about 2 hrs, you cross a small stream and climb a series of grassy ridges and pass a number of shepherd encampments. There are fine views east towards the Chanderkhani Pass and the peaks of the Himalaya Range. Overnight camping.

Day 05: Base Camp to Dhanku Thach via Kali Yahni Pass (15125ft) 8-9 hrs.

The landscape slowly begins to change as forests and meadows give way to rocky back ground with patches of snow. It is a steep, long pull up to the top of Kali Yahni pass, 4610m. Across the broad glacier, and down the moraine and the valley we camp by a stream at 3500m. Overnight camping.

Day 06: Dhanku Thach to Lomba Parao (10335ft; 4 hrs)

There is an option of trekking through the trail that leads down into the shepherd’s valley and following the stream after crossing the bridge takes us to our camp.Else, a long traverse on the ridge along the main stream with ups and downs. Include crossing of some small glacial streams.

Day 07: Lomba Parao to Dadh Marhi (11648ft; 5hrs)

A downhill traverse across loose rocks and boulders for 2 hrs. Then a climb for ½ hour, crossing a stream and further ½ hour of uphill walk. After this it is an easy walk to the camp in a lovely grass meadow. Overnight camping.

Day 08: Dadh Marhi to Bara Bhangal (7710ft; 7hrs)

Similar terrain as the previous day, along the side of the hill looking out across the valley. Finally, a long and gradual descent leads to the village of Bara Bhangal. The trail takes you through a forest of silver birch, rhododendron and blue pine. The final 500m to 600m descent is steep and dusty. Overnight camping.

Day 09: Rest Day

Day 10: Bara Bhangal to Madh (12304ft; 6 to 7 hrs)

Cross the bridge over the river flowing from the Kali Yahni pass and commence a steep 400m ascent. Continue for 3km to a broad glacial valley before crossing to the right. There follows a gradual ascent across open meadows and steep slopes. Ascend the trail to the right of the waterfall before crossing the river to a series of meadows referred to as Madh. There are fine views of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the impressive Pir Panjal Range. Overnight camping.

Day 11: Madh to Panhartu via Thamsar Pass (14370ft; 7 to 8 hrs)

The trail gradually climbs up the valley, passing a prominent side valley and glacier to the east. After 3 to 4 kms, we climb steep boulder fields to reach a glacial lake. The trail further winds above steep slope and leads to another glacial lake and to the base of the Pass. After crossing the snowfield one leads to a prominent ridgeline – the crest of the Dhaula Dhar Range and the Thamsar Pass. The initial steep descent from the pass reaches a large glacial lake at 4370m. There follows a steep descent to the meadow at Panhartu (3390m). Overnight camping.

Day 12: Panhartu to Rajgundha (7874ft; 7hrs)

The trail descends across a series of permanent snow bridges for 2km to 3km to reach a well-defined trail. The trail leads through a mixed forest of rhododendron, spruce and oak down to Palachak (2500m). At Palachak cross the metal Bridge and continue through the forest to reach the fields of corn, bean and potatoes near Raigundha (2400m). Overnight camping.

Day 13: Rajgundha to Billing/Bir (4/6 hrs).

Today you will walk a bit flat on an old road among the rhododendron and oaks to reach Billing. Billing is world renowned site for Paragliding and Hang Gliding. Further walk down to the village of Bir around a bit more than an hour.

On completion drive either to Manali or to Dharamshala.

We can arrange your trip further on request.

SPECIAL NOTES:

  1. This is a high altitude trek. We would be crossing high passes ranging from 15000ft – 18500ft and it takes us through remote regions where professional medical help may not be available. We would advice you to carry a comprehensive medical first-aid kit advised by a doctor. It would also be advisable to speak to your doctor in case of any health problems that you may have, before you undertake this trip.
  2. We do not recommend this trip to people with people with blood pressure or cardiac problems.
  3. Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite / hotels & adjust to these situations then & there.
  4. The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various reasons.
  5. The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.

 


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Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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