Barabhangal Trek 15 Nights / 16 Days Tour
Delhi - Dharamshala - Bir Billing - Thamsar - Barabhangal - Kalihani pass - Manali - Delhi
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One of the most challenging treks in Himachal Pradesh, the Bara Bhangal trek stretches from an elevation of 2,050 meters to about 5,000 meters and negotiates through narrow, tricky and rocky paths which include dangerous moraines and thick glaciers. The journey takes you through different altitude levels at every hour and crosses several high altitude mountain passes. The steep and strenuous climb becomes worthy when one captures the magnificent view of peaks like Indrasan, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba. Further, the evergreen valley is dotted with several alpine trees and shelters varied species of Himalayan birds and animals, lush green meadows that is crisscrossed by numerous small gushing streams. Also, the snow clad crest at the horizon that is parallel to the spotless blue sky enriches the journey and is a treat to the eyes of travellers. The Bara Bhangal Trek cuts through several hot water springs having medicinal value and further the rich alpine bed produces many medicinal plants and it simply attracts nature lovers from all over the world. The trek offers you to explore the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges also allow you to get acquainted with the quaint and remote culture of the inhabitants dwelling in these mountains.
The Bara Bhangal trek, which is an alpine trek in Himachal Pradesh, originates from Lama Dugh at 3,380 meters, which is about a 4 -5 hours of drive from Manali. The trek uphill from Lama Dugh leads to Rani Sui at 4,268 meters and hence one can expect a gradual and steep climb, which turns out to be one of the most difficult parts of the journey. From Rani Sui the journey turns to Taintagiri Glacier at 4,917 meters and the tracks thence follow the tricky glaciated tracks making it slippery and dangerous. The trail continues over the Manali Pass at 5,070 meters to reach the glacier. From Taintagiri the trail leads down to Phulan Got at 4,064 meters and thereafter winds to Koari. From Koari, further trek downhill snaking through narrow ridges takes you to Bara Bhangal village at 2,582meters. Then again the journey sees a steep ascend to Balu Got at 3,917 meters and crosses the Taintu Pass. You will often encounter the local Gaddi people and small shelters. Thereafter the trek continues towards Beas Kund at 4,207 meters and thence heads down to Solang. The Bara Bhangal trekking tour from Solang ends at Manali.
Being one of the longest trekking tours, which is approximately of 17 days, the Bara Bhangal trek is recommended for experienced trekkers having prior high altitude trekking experiences. The best time to hit the trekking tracks is during the months of May to September.
After breakfast drive to Naddi village from where you start a short acclimatization walk for two hours. It is leveled walk through a thick cedar forest from Naddi to Bhagsu Nag village. Enroute you visit a Buddhist stupa in the middle of the forest. After lunch in Bhagsu nag drive lower Dharamsala to visit Norbulingka, a Tibetan centre for learning and preserving traditional art and craft. Afternoon visit H.H. Dalai Lama Temple. Overnight stay in Hotel.
After breakfast Drive to Bir (70kms, 2 hours drive). The trek starts from the small village of Bir, a mixed community of all clans and, and more recent Tibetan settlements. Before starting your day walk you visit the most beautiful monastery at Sherabling near Bir. From Bir it is about 8 kms on a steep short cut trail to Billing. Night stay in tents.
After a short ascent for half an hour we enter the forest of rhododendron and deodar trees. It is almost a gradual ascent for two hours to reach Chaina, from where we descend down to Rajgunda village. Camp near the village.
This short stage in included in order to get acclimatized to the steep increase in the altitude. Night stay in tents.
It is steep ascent for few hours to reach Paniharthu, the base of Thamsar Pass. During early summer we already find snow and ice near Paniharthu. Camp hear for overnight stay.
Leave after an early breakfast. It takes 05 hours to reach the pass after negotiating through patches of glacier and moraines. From the pass we have superb view of the high Himalayan peaks and the ravi valley below. Another three hours to go down to the next camping place at Marhu.
Three hours to go down to Barabhangal, one of the most remote villages in Himachal Pradesh. The village remain cut off from the outside world for almost six months in a year due to heavey snowfall on Thamsar pass which is the only easy route we can approach the village. It is interesting to find that some of the villagers especially the oder people have never been out of the village all their life and have not seen even the small wonders of the outside world. For example they never sat in a bus or a car.Camp near the village. Afternoon explore the village of Barabhangal.
After crossing the ravi river over a wooden bridge we enter into no man’s zone land. There is no human habitation after Barabhangal village until we reach Manali. We come across several shepherd camps to reach Suni got. Night stay in tents.
Uphill and downhill walk takes us to Lambaparh, a long green pasture where we camp for overnight stay.
Walk along the alpine pasture until you reach Kalihani Nullah(stream) that originates from Kalihani glacier. From here we start to ascend towards Kalihani pass. Devi Marhi is a temporary shepherd encampment where they stay overnight begore crossing over Kalihani Pass. Camp here for overnight stay.
Leave after an early breakfast. Walking over the glacier it takes 4 hours to reach the Pass. From the pass we have a good view of the high Himalayan peaks and the valley below. It takes another 3 hours to walk down to the camping place.
This day we walk on the long green pasture to reach our next camping place at Lambadugh.
Last day of our trek. Downhill walk throught the forest takes us to Hadimba, the road-head above Manali. After a short drive you reach Manali. Check in Hotel in Manali.
Rest day in Manali. Explore on your own.