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.
|Booking Date||1st Sep 2018|
|Location||Bir Billing, Manali|
DAY 1: MANALI-LAMADUG (4-5 HOURS TREKKING)
A little higher up to 2,3 km from Manali is a temple of Hadimba Devi (goddess) with four tiered pagoda shaped roof and the front doorway carved with figures and symbols, the trek starts here. Gentle climbing through thick forest after Hadimba temple. 2 hours later on arrive at a place from where Indrasan (6,220m.) And Deo Tibba (6,001m.) peaks can be seen. Overnight camp near the stream.
DAY 2: LAMADUNG-RIYALI THACH (5-6 HOURS TREKKING)
Trek through steep ridge below Thanpari Tibba (4,000m) One can see the full view of Manali town and upper Kullu valley. Continue going upward arrive at Ranisui lake (small) and follow the trail which is going western top of mountain, by the afternoon arrive at the camping place of Riyali thach (thach means meadows called Locally.
DAY 3: RIYALI – SHANGOR (3,800M.) (5 HOURS TREKKING)
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: SHANGOR – KALIHANI PASS (4,640 METERS.) DHANKO THACH (6 HOURS TREKKING)
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.
DAY 5: DHAN KO THACH – LAMBA PARAO (3,150 METERS.) (5-6 HOURS TREKKING)
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: LAMBA PARAO SUNI PARAO (3,000 METERS.) (5-6 HOURS TREKKING)
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: SUNI PARAO – BARA BHANGAL (2,540 METERS.) 12 KMS (5 HOURS TREKKING)
A good route again on 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 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: BHANGAL – MARHI (3,850 METERS.) BASE OF THAMSAR PASS (6-7 HOURS TREKKING)
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: BASE CAMP – THAMSAR PASS (4,700 METERS.) – PANIHARTU(3,600 M) 14 KM. (5-6H HOURS TREKKING)
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: PANIHARTU – RAJGUNDA (2,850 METERS.) 16 KM (6-7 HOURS TREKKING)
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: RAJGUNDA – BILLING (2600 METERS.) – BIR (2,000 METERS.) 15 KM (5-6 HOURS TREKKING)
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. Bir is inhabits by large number of Tibetan settlements in India, it has a beautiful monasteries. Check in at Hotel. Trek End here.
- Food as per menu on the trek
- Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
- Tents, Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
- Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
- Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
- Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
What’s not Included
- Portage of personal bags during the trek
- Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
- Any Expense of personal nature.
- Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
- Meals during road journeys