Bara Bangahal Trek - 11 Days
Trek to remote & lonely Bara Bangahal village - home of Himalayan shepherds, Scenic route & peaceful campsites
Trip Route: Chandigarh - Manali - Lamadug - Riyali thach - Kalihani Pass - Bara Bangahal - Thamsar Pass - Panihartu - Bir - Chandigarh - Delhi
Kullu & Kangra region - Himachal Pradesh
Difficulty Level - Moderate to strenuous, Max Altitude - 4830 m
Trip Length - 14 days Delhi to Delhi,
12 days Manali to Bir - Chandigarh, 11 days of Trek and 10 nights of Camp, 1 night hotel
Activity - Trekking / Hiking / Walking holidays, Best time - June end, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Mid Nov
Meals: All meal during the trek
Trek aross beautiful Pir Panjal range into Dhauladhar range of lower Himalaya to remote & lovely village of Bara Bangahal - 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-Bangahal region, which still remains cut off from the World by 4500- 4700m high passes and still a very few trekkers find their way here.
Included in the Cost
All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
3 - 4 season tent, sleeping bag, comfortable foam sleeping pad, trekking poles
All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chair and table
All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.
Muleteer or porter for portage of your baggage's.
Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.
Includes GST 5%.
Not included in the Cost
Hotel accommodation in Manali
Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.
Soft or hard drinks.
Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.
Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra and beyond trip Schedule.
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Outline Trek Itinerary
Day 01 Manali, Drive to Dungri 2 kms, Trek to Lamadug (2900m). 4-5 hrs
Day 02 Trek to Khanpari Tibba (4000m) - Riyali Thach (3300m). 5-6 hrs
Day 03 Trek to Base camp (4000m). 5-6 hrs
Day 04 Trek to Kalihani pass (4830m) -Dhanko thach (3800m) 7-8 hrs
Day 05 Trek to Lamba Parao (3500m). 6 hrs
Day 06 Trek to Suni Parao (3000m). 5-6 hrs
Day 07 Trek to Bara Bangahal (2550m). 5-6 hrs
Day 08 Trek to Marh (3850m) Base of Thamsar pass (4375m). 6 hrs
Day 09 Trek to Thamsar pass (4730m) – Panihartu (3500m). 7-8 hrs
Day 10 Trek to Rajgunda (2900m) 6-7 hrs
Day 11 Trek to Billing (2600m) - Bir (1550m).
Day 12 Early departure to Chandigarh. Fly/Train back to home.
End of Trip
Day 1 Manali (2040m) to Lamadug (3050m), 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 2 Trek to Khan Pari (4025m) – Riyali Thach (3300m), 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 3 Trek to Base camp / Shangor (3800m). 5-6 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 4 Trek to Kalihani pass (4830m) -Dhanko thach (3800m) 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 5 Trek to Lamba Parao (3500m). 6 hrs Gradual descent into the valley for 1 ½ hour. Cross Kalihani stream by bridge, then follow the track along with the stream. Camp by the stream.
Day 6 Trek to Suni Parao (3000m). 5-6 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 (an early season)
Day 7 Trek to Bara Bangahal (2550m). 5-6 hrsright bank to Bara Bangahal village. Bara Bangahal is a mid-point of the trek, a village enclosed by the mountains. Gradual walking down in beautiful surroundings, before Bara Bangahal cross a bridge over Ravi River. Lastly arrive at village. Bara Bangahal is a tribal village inhabited by GADDIS (Shepherds) who claim themselves to be the descendant of Alexander the Great.
Day 8 Trek to Marh (3850m) Base of Thamsar pass (4375m). 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 9 Trek to Thamsar pass (4730m) – Panihartu (3500m). 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 10 Trek to Rajgunda (2900m) 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 11 Trek to Billing (2600m) - Bir (1550m) 5-6 kms. Enjoy Paragliding site.
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 12 Bir (1550m) - Chandigarh.
Early departure to Chandigarh airport or railway station. Fly or train to home. End of our services.