Manali, Himachal

Bara Bhangal Trek

13 Days 12 Nights
INR 35,000

Bara Bhangal Trek Manali

Trekking and Camping in Himachal Pradesh

Bara Bhangal is a remote and ancient village in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of about 2,500 meters, and is accessible only by foot from either side of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. The village is also known as the ‘Secret Kingdom’ or the ‘Land of Gaddis’, as it is home to the nomadic Gaddi tribe, who migrate with their livestock across the high-altitude pastures. Bara Bhangal is a place of natural beauty and cultural diversity, where you can witness the traditional lifestyle and customs of the Gaddis, as well as enjoy the scenic views of the mountains, glaciers, rivers, and forests.
Bara Bhangal is also a popular destination for trekkers, as it offers some of the most challenging and adventurous treks in Himachal Pradesh. The Bara Bhangal trek is a high-altitude trek that connects the Kullu and Kangra valleys, crossing two passes - Kalihani Pass at 4,725 meters and Thamsar Pass at 4,875 meters. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush green meadows and forests to barren and rocky terrains. The trek also gives you a chance to see the majestic Manimahesh Kailash peak, which is considered sacred by the Hindus. The trek is suitable for experienced trekkers only, and can be done in 10 to 12 days. The best time to do this trek is from May to October.

Tour Program

Trekking and Camping

Bara Bhangal Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Manali (2050 M)
Early morning, once we cross Pandoh Dam in Himachal, the road winds along the River Beas. We get the first glimpse of the fascinating snow capped mountains after passing the village of Kullu and arrive at Manali in the morning. We check-in to our hotel & spend the day enjoying the locale.
Day 2
Manali to Lamadugh (2994 M 4 to 5 hrs)
After breakfast we start the trek from Hadimba Temple 2.5 km from Manali. Climb through the Deodar forest for 3 km to a rocky outcrop with a view of Manali. Just above this vantage point is a small meadow before a steep 400m ascent through small pastures and conifer and oak forest. The gradient begins to become gentler as you reach the camp in an open glade at 2920m
Lamadugh (2920m) is a lovely meadow ringed by Maple, spruce and Oak while stands of Silver Birch are further up in the Hillside.
Overnight Camping
Day 3
Lamadugh to Riyali (3300 M 6 to 7 hrs)
Now the trail ascends, through the ridge below Tanpari Tibba. There are uninterrupted views north towards the Solang and Rohtang Valleys. The ascent is long, gradual and exhilarating, with views opening across to the Hamta Valley and Deo Tibba (6001m).
After 4-5 hours you reach the highest of the ridge, from there the trail heads south across a series of verdant ridges. A long descent follows, reaching an intermediate valley and a prominent side of trail. From this point, a gradual traverse of 2-3 km leads from a small oak forest to the meadow known locally as Riyali
Overnight Camping
Day 4
Riyali to Kali Yahni Base Camp (4480 M 5 to 6 hrs)
The trail winds above the upper river course before gradually descending to the valley floor. After about 2 hrs, you cross a small stream and climb a series of grassy ridges and pass a number of shepherd encampments. There are fine views east towards the Chanderkhani Pass and the peaks of the Himalaya Range.
Overnight Camping
Day 5
Base Camp to Dhanku Thach via Kali Yahni Pass (4640 M 8-9 hrs.)
The landscape slowly begins to change as forests and meadows give way to rocky back ground with patches of snow. It is a steep, long pull up to the top of Kali Yahni pass, 4610m. Across the broad glacier, and down the moraine and the valley we camp by a stream at 3500m.
Overnight Camping
Day 6
Dhanku Thach to Lomba Parao (3132 M 4 to 5 hrs)
There is an option of trekking through the trail that leads down into the shepherd’s valley and following the stream after crossing the bridge takes us to our camp.
A long traverse on the ridge along the main stream with ups and downs. Include crossing of some small glacial streams.
Overnight Camping
Day 7
Lomba Parao to Dadh Marhi (3850 M 5 to 6 hrs)
A downhill traverse across loose rocks and boulders for 2 hrs. Then a climb for ½ hour, crossing a stream and further ½ hour of uphill walk. After this it is an easy walk to the camp in a lovely grass meadow.
Overnight Camping
Day 8
Dadh Marhi to Bara Bhangal (2524 M 6 to 7hrs)
Similar terrain as the previous day, along the side of the hill looking out across the valley. Finally, a long and gradual descent leads to the village of Bara Bhangal. The trail takes you through a forest of silver birch, rhododendron and blue pine. The final 500m to 600m descent is steep and dusty.
Overnight stay in forest rest house / camping.
Day 9
Rest Day

Overnight Camping
Day 10
Bara Bhangal to Madh (3656 M 6 to 7 hrs)
Cross the bridge over the river flowing from the Kali Yahni pass and commence a steep 400m ascent. Continue for 3km to a broad glacial valley before crossing to the right. There follows a gradual ascent across open meadows and steep slopes. Ascend the trail to the right of the waterfall before crossing the river to a series of meadows referred to as Madh. There are fine views of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the impressive Pir Panjal Range.
Overnight Camping
Day 11
Madh to Panhartu via Thamsar Pass (4624 M 8 -9 hrs)
The trail gradually climbs up the valley, passing a prominent side valley and glacier to the east. After 3 to 4 kms, we climb steep boulder fields to reach a glacial lake. The trail further winds above steep slope and leads to another glacial lake and to the base of the Pass.
After crossing the snowfield one leads to a prominent ridgeline – the crest of the Dhaula Dhar Range and the Thamsar Pass. The initial steep descent from the pass reaches a large glacial lake at 4370m. There follows a steep descent to the meadow at Panhartu (3390m).
Overnight Camping
Day 12
Panihardu to Palachak ( 2770 M 6 hrs )
The trail descends across a series of permanent snow bridges for 2km to 3km to reach a well-defined trail. The trail leads through a mixed forest of rhododendron, spruce and oak down to Palachak (2500m ) .During summer , one can have tea and basic food available in the dhabas ( small hotel ) at Palachak.
Day 13
Palachak to Billing (2400 M 7hrs)
At Palachak cross the metal Bridge and continue through the forest to reach the fields of corn, bean and potatoes near Rajgundha (2400m). From Rajgundha, the trail continues on the true right of the Uhi valley through Spruce, Oak and Rhododendron forest. After 4km to 5km, the trail heads around contours and Alpine ridges to Billing
Inclusive of:
Accommodation during the trekking, all meals all guides, porters, cook, camping Equipment.
Cost does not include transportation before and after the trek, accommodation, & meals before and after the trek and kind of insurance. The itinerary is sub jest to change. Client has to sign a risk certificate before the beginning of the tour

Bara Bhangal Advisory

The Bara Bhangal Trek is one of the most challenging and adventurous treks in Himachal Pradesh, India. Here are some key points about the trek:
Location: The trek is an elevated terrain between the Kullu Valley and Dharamshala.
Altitude: The trek involves crossing two high altitude passes - Kalihani Pass at 4725 m and Thamsar Pass at 4875 m.
Duration: The trek is approximately 11 days long.
Distance: The total trekking distance is around 80 km.
Difficulty: This trek is challenging and should be attempted by experienced trekkers only.
Best Time: The best time to do this trek is in the pre-monsoon month of June or in the post-monsoon months of mid-September and October.
Preparing for the Bara Bhangal Trek involves both physical preparation and packing the right gear. Here are some tips:
Physical Preparation: The Bara Bhangal Trek is challenging and requires a good level of fitness. You should start preparing at least a month before the trek. Your training should involve:
Cardio exercises like running, cycling, and swimming to build stamina.
Strength training exercises to build the strength of your legs and upper body.
Flexibility exercises to ensure that your body is flexible and ready for the trek.
Packing the Right Gear: Packing the right gear is crucial for the Bara Bhangal Trek. Here is a list of things you should carry:
Rucksack: A good quality rucksack that can carry all your essentials.
Clothes: Warm and comfortable clothes. Carry layers so that you can adjust according to the weather.
Trekking Shoes: Good quality trekking shoes and extra pair of socks.
Jacket/Warmer: A warm jacket or a warmer for the cold nights.
Sunglasses: UV rays protected sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun.
Water Bottle: A water bottle to keep yourself hydrated.
Torch: A torch can come in handy at night.
Toiletries: Cold cream, sunscreen, toilet soap, towel.
First Aid Kit: A basic first aid kit with medicines that you usually use.
Remember, this trek is challenging and should only be attempted by experienced trekkers. Always check for the latest advisories and guidelines before planning your trek. Stay safe! 😊

bara bhangal best places to visit

Bara Bhangal Trek is a journey that offers majestic views of the Dhauladhar and Pin Panjal ranges. Here are some of the major attractions you’ll encounter during the trek:
Lama Dugh: This is the starting point of the trek, taking you through thick forests.
Riyali Thach: Offers a magnificent glimpse of Manali on the left bank of River Beas and the whole upper Kullu valley.
Kalihani: The trail proceeds over open meadows initially followed by a steep descent to a stream.
Devi ki Marhi: A beautiful spot on the trek route.
Dal Marhi: Another scenic spot on the trek.
Marhi: A place where you can witness a 360-degree view of hanging glaciers, Pir Panjal, and Dhauladhar Ranges.
Plachak: A serene location on the trek.
Rajgundha: A picturesque spot on the trek.

bara bhangal best time to visit

The best time to visit Bara Bhangal for the trek is during the summer months from June to September. This period provides relatively stable weather and the snow has usually melted, making the trek more accessible.
However, it’s important to note that the trek is closed in winters due to heavy snowfall blocking the trekking route. Also, it would be wise to avoid the trek during monsoons when mountains are more prone to landslides.
Always check for the latest advisories and guidelines before planning your trek. Stay safe! 😊

There are many other treks in Himachal Pradesh that you can explore. Here are some of them:

Bhrigu Lake Trek:
This trek takes you to the beautiful Bhrigu Lake, which is said to change colors with the seasons. The trek offers panoramic views of the Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, and Great Himalayan ranges. The trek is moderate in difficulty and can be done in 3 to 4 days. The best time to do this trek is from May to October.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek:
This trek is one of the most challenging and rewarding treks in Himachal Pradesh. It crosses the Pin Parvati Pass at an altitude of 5,319 meters, connecting the lush Parvati Valley with the barren Spiti Valley. The trek offers a diverse landscape of forests, meadows, glaciers, rivers, and villages. The trek is strenuous in difficulty and can be done in 10 to 12 days. The best time to do this trek is from July to September.
Triund Trek:
This trek is one of the most popular and easy treks in Himachal Pradesh. It takes you to the Triund Hill, which offers a stunning view of the Dhauladhar range and the Kangra Valley. The trek is suitable for beginners and can be done in 1 to 2 days. The best time to do this trek is from March to December.

How to Reach Bara Bhangal

Bara Bhangal is a remote village in Himachal Pradesh that can only be reached by foot from either side of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. To reach Bara Bhangal from Delhi, you will need to first travel to Manali by train, road, or air, and then start the Bara Bhangal trek from there. Here are some possible ways to reach Manali from Delhi:
By Train:
You can take the New Delhi-Kalka train, which arrives at Kalka. From Kalka, you can take a local bus or taxi to Manali.
By Road:
You can drive from Delhi to Manali, which is about 547 km and takes around 12 hours. You can follow the NH44 to Banur Road, then take the NH205 and NH154 to NH3 in Manali.
By Air:
You can fly from Delhi to Bhuntar airport, which is the nearest airport to Manali. From the airport, you can hire a cab or a taxi to Manali.
Once you reach Manali, you can start the Bara Bhangal trek, which is a challenging and adventurous trek that takes you through scenic valleys, dense forests, and high-altitude mountain passes. The trek involves crossing two passes - Kalihani Pass at 4725 m and Thamsar Pass at 4875 m - and descending to the Bara Bhangal village. The trek can be done in 10 to 12 days, and the best time to do this trek is from May to October.
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13 Days 12 Nights
INR 35,000

Bara Bhangal Trek