Bara Bhangal Trek - 13 Days

Bara Bhangal village – A Himalayan village on the path of Alexander the Great

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Review

Trip Introduction

Trek aross beautiful Pir Panjal range into Dhauladhar range of lower Himalaya to remote & lovely village of Bara Bhangal - home of Himalayan sheperds. Over craggy passes, pass icy glaciers and ancient monasteries. The Dhauladhar range divides Kullu and Kangra valley of Himachal. To the north lie Lahoul and Spiti, which have a fantastic range of snow peaks- a mountaineer's paradise.
This trek is one of the most enchanting and picturesque, leading from the Kullu valley to scenic Kangra valley over Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas A high altitude trek, anyone reasonably fit will find it an almost dreamlike experience. Each day presents a different and startlingly beautiful landscape all lavishly decorated, trek that leaves one with wonderful awesome of the Himalayan regions. The Trek terminates at Bir near Dharamsala: the mini Lhasa in India which is the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A demanding and challenging trek into Bara-Bhangal region, which still remains cut off from the World by 4500- 4700m high passes and still a very few trekkers find their way here. 

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
:  Arrive Manali.
Day 2:  Manali (2040 m) trek to Lamadug (3050 m), 5 hrs.
Day 3:  Trek to Khanpari Tibba (4025 m) – Riyali Thach (3300 m), 6-7 hrs.
Day 4:  Trek to Base camp / Shangor (3800 m). 6-7 hrs
Day 5:  Trek to Kalihani pass (4830 m) - Dhanko thach (3800 m) 7-8 hrs
Day 6:  Trek to Lamba Parao (3500 m). 6 hrs
Day 7:  Trek to Bara Bhangal (2550 m). 7 hrs
Day 8:  Rest, meet, explore Bara Bhangal.
Day 9:  Trek to Marh (3850 m) Base of Thamsar pass (4375 m). 6 hrs
Day 10:  Trek to Thamsar pass (4730 m) – Panihartu (3500 m). 7-8 hrs
Day 11:  Trek to Rajgunda (2900 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Billing (2600 m) - Bir (1550 m) 5-6 kms. Trip ends
Day 13:  Bir (1550 m) - Chandigarh / Delhi.

"Manali Bir, brilliant trek, fantastic scenery, rough and smooth. The horseman were too really funny guys and very good. The guide was good. Excellent food, camping and great service, starting with the CHAI in bed at 7 am. Saw many GADDI shepherds and some interesting stone and tarpaulin huts, Interesting to go up high. The first pass and the thin air, two steps stop and get the breathing night, slowly-slowly and no problem. Bara-Bangahal was friendly and an untypical Hindu village in its location and building, days from any roads. I would thoroughly recommend the journey; it took us 12 days, including a day rest, Great journey. I would recommend anyone with tip top knees".
Mr. Christopher H. - ENGLAND

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1:  Arrive Manali.
Arrival in Delhi or Chandigarh. Drive or fly to Kullu Manali.

Day 2:  Manali (2040 m) trek to Lamadug (3050 m), 5 hrs.
Setting off from near Hadimba we climb gently through thick forest of Cedar and Oak. Climbing up through the Manalsu River valley the gentle slopes and lush green meadows of Lamadug . Climbing up through the Manalsu valley the gentle slopes and lush green meadows of Lamadug appears. Beautiful campsite with wonderful view of surrounding. Keep your attention towards wildlife to see Monal, Fox and Bear.

Day 3:  Trek to Khanpari Tibba (4025 m) – Riyali Thach (3300 m), 6-7 hrs.
Leaving camp trek through steep ridge below Khanpari Tibba (4,025m) we arrive at a place from where Indrasan (6,220m.) And Deo Tibba (6,001m.) peaks can be seen. One can see the full view of Manali town and upper Kullu valley. Continue going upward through brilliant shrubs of Rhododendro, Birch pave on the way and wild flowers all around. Arriving at just below Khanpari we follow the trail which is going eastern top of mountain, by the afternoon arrive at dome of Khanpari to have spectacular 360 degree view of Great Himalayan Range to the East, Dhauladhar to the West and Pir Panjal to the North. Descent along the ridge to campsite.

Day 4:  Trek to Base camp / Shangor (3800 m). 6-7 hrs
From Riyali follow the trek in alpine forest until reaching a small stream, cross it and walk along the left side for few minutes. Continue stepping up where tree line finishes and you have a wonderful view of upper and lower Kullu valley. Overnight halt at Shangor camp.

Day 5:  Trek to Kalihani pass (4830 m) - Dhanko thach (3800 m) 7-8 hrs
Climb steadily on a rocky path, along a snowy glacier climb moderate slope to the foot of the pass. Then climb over glacier is an interesting. Finally arrive at top of the Kalihani pass (4,640m). From here view around the major peaks of Kullu and Lahoul valley. Crossing the pass, On the descent cross hazardous rivers in various ways: a stone bridge with rope handrail descent is over patches of ice, then follow the small stream which originate from the pass. Arrive at the campsite of Dhan ko thach (thach-locally called meadows).

Day 6:  Trek to Lamba Parao (3500 m). 6 hrs
From the camp follow the trail on the right side of Kalihani stream, easy waking but one has to walk over boulders and occasionally on snow and ice patches.

Day 7:  Trek to Bara Bhangal (2550 m). 7 hrs
Right bank to Bara Bhangal village. Bara Bangahal is a mid-point of the trek, a village enclosed by the mountains. Gradual walking down in beautiful surroundings, before Bara Bhangal cross a bridge over Ravi River. Lastly arrive at village. Bara Bhangal is a tribal village inhabited by GADDIS (Shepherds) who claim themselves to be the descendant of Alexander the Great.

Day 8Rest, meet, explore Bara Bhangal.

Day 9:  Trek to Marh (3850 m) Base of Thamsar pass (4375 m). 6 hrs
Gentle climbing after crossing a bridge near Bara Bangahal. After 2 hours walking through the forest, arrive the beautiful meadows at the base of Thamsar pass. Camp near the stream.

Day 10:  Trek to Thamsar pass (4730 m) – Panihartu (3500 m). 7-8 hrs
Not difficult but easy climbing through snow leads to the glacier. Thamsar pass at 4,700 meters with panoramic view of Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. After descending 5 kms arrive at Panihartu campsite.

Day 11:  Trek to Rajgunda (2900 m) 6-7 hrs
From the camp follow the left bank of Uhl stream for an hour. Then walk through forest and cross bridge near Palachak Deota. Now follow the right side of Uhl, untill you arrive at Rajgunda.

Day 12: Trek to Billing (2600 m) - Bir (1550 m) 5-6 kms. 
Gradual walking down through forest, Billing is the famous for international Hang Gliding sports. 4 hours walking downwards by following a dry stream. Good view all around. Finally arrive at Bir Khas for overnight halt. Bir is inhabits by large number of Tibetan settlements in India, it has a beautiful monasteries.

Day 13:  Bir (1550 m) - Chandigarh / Delhi.
Early departure to Chandigarh /Delhi airport or railway station. Fly or train to home. End of our services.

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
  • All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.
  • Accommodation in quality 4 season tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.
  • All meals during trek
  • Qualified & trained mountain guide and experienced crew.
  • Porters or mules for porterage of gear & duffel bags
  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.
  • Goods and services tax.

What is not included in the Price

  • Domestic flight. ( Delhi or Chandigarh airport transfer on request)
  • Hotel in Manali. * (Booking of hotel on request) *
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft or hard drinks.
  • Equipment rentals (Can rent at Manali all trekking and mountaineering gear)
  • Personal tip to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver. 
  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

"Manali Bir, brilliant trek, fantastic scenery, rough and smooth. The horseman were too really funny guys and very good. The guide was good. Excellent food, camping and great service, starting with the CHAI in bed at 7 am. Saw many GADDI shepherds and some interesting stone and tarpaulin huts, Interesting to go up high. The first pass and the thin air, two steps stop and get the breathing night, slowly-slowly and no problem. Bara-Bangahal was friendly and an untypical Hindu village in its location and building, days from any roads. I would thoroughly recommend the journey; it took us 12 days, including a day rest, Great journey. I would recommend anyone with tip top knees".
Mr. Christopher H. - ENGLAND

Price on Request

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Trip facts
Activity – Trekking & hiking
Region: Kullu & Kangra, Himachal
Difficulty level – Moderate
Max Altitude – 4830 meters
Max sleeping altitude – 3850 meters
Lowest trek altitude – 2050 meters
Trip Length – 13 days Delhi to Delhi
10 days Manali to Bir
10 days trekking, 9 nights camping
Best time – June end to Oct end