Bara Bhangal Trekfrom
Bara Bhangal Trek is one of the most adventurous treks originating from the Manali region. It offers the trekkers an experience that is unique and ever lasting. The Highlights of this adventure are Trekking to the remote Bara Bhangal region and across the mighty Dhauladhar ranges. The camping in beautiful meadows is an experience in itself. And so is exploring the rare wild fauna of the Himalayas. This is a tough trek and its advised that the participants should have some prior trekking experience.
Bara Bhangal Trek is a 14 day trek and has been designed for experienced trekkers. The itinerary is created so that none of the days would the trekkers be required to walk/Trek for more than 5 hours. The team accompanying the group is well traveled and accustomed to provide any assistance that may be required. We take precautions and ensure the safety of trekkers . The first day is to acclimatize to the mountains and gauge the fitness level of participants. Though the planned itinerary is shared, we are always prepared and open to adapt the schedule to meet the requirements of the group. Also the accommodation is a combination of both camping and good guest houses/ Hotels.
- Manali – Lamadug – Ryali Thach – Shangor – Kalihani Pass- Dhanko Thach- Lamba parao -Suni Parao -Bara Bhangal – Mark – Thamsar Pass – Panihartu – Rajgunda – Billing – Bir- Dharamsala
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Cross into the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, into the forbidden kingdoms of the Gaddi or the mountain shepherds, over craggy passes, past the glaciers and the ancient Monasteries. To the north lie Lahaul and Spiti valleys which have a fantastic range of snow peaks, A mountaineers paradise. A demanding and challenging trek into the Bara Bangal region, which remains cut off from the world by 4500-4700M passes but still a few trekkers manage to find their way.
This is one of the most enchanting and picturesque treks leading from the Kullu valley to the scenic Kangra valley over the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Being a high altitude trek, anyone reasonably fit will find it an almost dream like experience. Each day presents a different, startlingly beautiful and lavishly decorated landscape. This is a trek that leaves one in complete awe of the Himalayas. The trek ends at Dharamsala, the mini Lhasa in India, the seat of his holiness, The Dalai Lama.
- Sightseeing in Manali and Dharamsala
- Full board in Hotels and Restaurants
- Camping facilities from Manali to Bir
- English speaking guide
- Trekking Equipment
- First aid Kit
- Transfers to manali
- Transfer from Dharamsala
- Any tips or donations
The first day of the trek is reserved for acclimatisation and small excursions around manali
Manali - Lamadug
The trek starts from the Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali, which is one of the major tourist attractions of manali with a four tiered Pagoda shaped roof. the front doorway is carved with figures and symbols. Its a gentle climb through a thick forest changing from Deodar to Oak to Silver Birch. Approximately 2 hrs into the trek you will reach a place from where you can see the Indrasan and Deo Tibba peaks. We set camp in Lamadug, a beautiful meadow with a stream running through it for an overnight stay. The total time for trekking should be around 4-5 hrs.
Lamadug - Riyali Thach
Trek through a steep ridge below Thanpari Tibba (4000M)from where you get a full view of Manali and upper Kullu Valley. We continue going up and arrive at Ranisui lake( small) and follow the trail, which goes westwards to the top of the mountain. By the afternoon we arrive at the campsite of Royal Thach. Camp overnight.
Riyali Thach- Shangor
From Royal we take a track that follows through a high altitude forest until we reach a small stream. Crossing it, walk along the left side for few minutes. Continue moving up to the end of tree line for a wonderful view of the upper and Lower Kullu Valley. Set up camp at Shangor.
Shngor - Kalihani Pass- Dhanko Thach
Climb steadily on a rocky path along the snowy glacier, and then on a moderate slope to the foot of the pass. The climb over the glacier is very interesting. Finally we arrive at the top of the Kalihaini Pass (4640m). From here, all around are the views of the major peaks of the Kullu and Lahaul valleys. Crossing the pass, the descent takes you through stone bridges with rope handrails across some hazardous rivers. Continue over patches of ice and then follow the small stream which originates from the pass until arrival at campsite in Dhan ko Thach. Camp overnight.
Dhan ko Thach – Lamba Parao (3150m)
Gradually descend into the valley for about 90 minutes. Then cross the Kalihani stream by bridge and follow the track bordering the stream. Camp overnight near the stream.
Lamba Parao – Suna Parao (3000m)
From the camp we continue following the trail on the right side of the Kalhaini stream. Its an easy walk but over boulders and occasionally on snow and ice patches. Camp overnight at Suni Parao.
Suni Parao – Bara Banghal (2540m)
A good route, still on the right side of the stream leads us to Bara Banghal village which is also the mid point of the trek. We then walk down the beautiful surroundings and a bridge crossing over Ravi River before finally arriving at Bara Banghal. It’s a tribal village inhabited by Gaddis who claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great.
Bara Banghal – Marh (3850m)
A bridge crossing near Bara Banghal is followed by a gentle climb. After around two hours of walking through forest, we arrive at a beautiful meadow at the base of Thamsar Pass. Camp overnight near the stream.
Base camp – Thamsar Pass (4700m) – Panihartu (3600m)
An easy climb through snow leads to the glacier. At Thamsar Pass, you get a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. After descending 5 kms we arrive at Panihartu, where we camp for the night.
Panihartu – Rajgunda (2850m)
From the camp, follow the left bank of the Uhl stream for an hour, then walk through forest and cross the bridge near Palachak deota. Following the right side of Uhl we arrive at camp Rajgunda Camp site.
Rajgunda – Billing – Bir (2000m)
Gradual walk down the forest to Billing, A place famous for Hand Gliding sports. We continue walking for 4 hours and reach Bir, a place home to Tibetan settlement in India.
Bir – Dharamsala(1300m)
Drive to Palampur, which is a beautiful spot in kangra valley surrounded by tea gardens. From there we stop at Baijnath to visit a 500 yr old temple and finish the day by reaching Dharamsala, the home of his holiness the Dalai Lama.
This day we explore the many monasteries of Mcleodganj and sample delicious local food. The trek officially ends here and we bid you farewell.