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Barabhangal Trek

Bara Bhangal Trek

“Shepherd Trail, Over High Passes”

One of the most scenic and challenging trek in north India starts from Manali. Trail begins through lush green forest vary the different species and alpine meadow filed by variety of flora.
Following narrow and wide path, negotiating with steep and strenuous climb to the top of high passes which provides the panoramic view of surrounding Himalayas . Elevation varies from 2000m to 5000m, hence the higher regions are glaciated with moraine and rocky path.
Variety of birds and wild life has been often spotted by the trekkers. Once in Barabhangal you will explore the life of this isolated village habitats . After crossing Thamsar pass descend to the valley of Kangra, trek ends up in Bir and you will further drive to Dharamsala the capital of Tibetan government in exile.
This trek is known as Shepherd trail when flocks from the high altitude pasture land of Lahoul and Spiti get back to their home land by passing over those high passes, it is a great moment to encounter the legendary Himalayan Shepherds. The best time for this transhumance passage is from Sep / Oct.

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi
Day 2: Delhi to Manali (2000 m) 570 kms 16 hour, by night tourist bus
Day 3: Manali
Day 4: Manali to Lamadugh (2500 m) 5 hours; Trek 1
Day 5: Lamadugh to Dohra Nalla (3100 m) over Khanpari pass (3600 m) 6hours;
Trek 2
Day 6: Dohra Nalla to Sangohar, the base of Kali Hani (3800 m) 5 hours
30 minutes Trek 3
Day 7: Sangohar to Gaddi Gote (3600 m) over Kalihali pass (4800 m) 8 hours;
Trek 4
Day 8: Gaddi Gote to Lamba Phad (3300 m) 4 hours; Trek 5
Day 9: Lamba Phad to Soony (3500 m) 5 hours; Trek6
Day 10: Soony to Bara Bhangal (2540 m) 6 hours; Trek7
Day 11: Visit the village; Trek8
Day 12: Bara Bhangal base of Thamsar pass (3500 m) 6 hours30 minutes; Trek9
Day 13: Base to Panihartu (3200 m.) over Thamsar pass 6 to 7 hours; Trek10
Day 14: Panihartu to Raj Gundha (2900 m) 6 Hours; Trek11
Day 15: Raj Gundha to Bir (2080 m) 6 hours; Trek12 and drive to Dharamsala
Day 16: Visit Mac Leod Ganj and evening bus to Delhi
Day 17: Arrive Delhi and departure

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

Reception in airport, transfer to the hotel, O/N in hotel.

Day 2: Delhi to Manali (2000 m) 570 kms 16 hour, by night tourist bus

Full day sight seen in Delhi, evening transfer to bus station, night in a comfortable bus.

Day 3: Manali

Morning reached Manali, check in hotel, visit old Manali, Hadimba temple, Shiva temple and the Tibetan Monastery in town, which are the main attraction; afternoon free in town, night in hotel.

Day 4: Manali to Lamadugh (2500 m) 5 hours; Trek 1

The first day of the trek leads through cool forests of giant Deodars (Cedar), climb gently through Manalsu valley with the Manalsu torrent for company. Campsite in the lush green meadow of Lamadugh.

Day 5: Lamadugh to Dohra Nalla (3100 m) over Khanpari pass (3600 m) 6hours; Trek 2

The trail now begins to ascend steeply through woodlands and meadows. With wild alpine flowers strewn all around, the brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the pass after which a descent leads to the campsite.

Day 6: Dohra Nalla to Sangohar, the base of Kali Hani (3800 m) 5 hours 30minutes; Trek 3

A lovely walk through the lush forest and over the debris of glaciers; a short ascend to the campsite, all around the famous mountain peaks of the Kullu and Lahoul valleys afford an unforgettable evening.

Day 7: Sangohar to Gaddi Gote (3600 m) over Kalihali pass (4800 m) 8 hours; Trek 4

Today the landscape slowly begins to change, as forests and meadows give way to rocky outcrops with patches of snow starring to appear. A rather steep climb through glacial debris and snow and the top of the pass is reached. Breath taking views envelop the crest of the pass and after a brief stopover, descending through glacier and moraine leads to the campsite on the bank of the sparkling mountain stream.

Day 8: Gaddi Gote to Lamba Phad (3300 m) 4 hours; Trek 5

Now the trail leads down into the Soony river via Devi Gote. A small temple constructed by the shepherds (Gaddies) for the protection of the sheep and themselves from the natural catastrophes and the animal. Pay the homage to the Goddess and continue to the campsite.

Day 9: Lamba Phad to Soony (3500 m) 5 hours; Trek6

Leaving this beautiful campsite behind, the path winds through rocky terrain and soon is replaced by meadows again. The trail begins to ascend, a forest begins to appear, the river rushes through spectacular gorges as soon as crossed via a snow bridge or temporary wooden bridge, campsite is reached.

Day 10: Soony to Bara Bhangal (2540 m) 6 hours; Trek7

The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor, after which almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny ancient village of Bara Bhangal.

Day 11: Visit the village; Trek8

A remote and isolated village which is through only for four or five months in a year, is inhabited by the legendary Himalayan shepherds (the Gaddies) who lead a nomadic life. They lead their vast flocks of sheep and goats in high mountain summer pastures and in autumn returning back to their isolated existence in the village.

Day 12: Bara Bhangal base of Thamsar pass (3500 m) 6 hours30 minutes; Trek9

A steady climb to the camp site, the scenery changes there quite dramatically while the air became cooler. The chill of the evening is replaced with the comfortable warmth of a lively campfire.

Day 13: Base to Panihartu (3200 m.) over Thamsar pass 6 to 7 hours; Trek10

Today the trail steeply emerges from the rocky and glacial terrain in to the softer landscape. The lakes on both side of the pass offer a spectacular view of Dhauladhar range with mighty Manimahesh Tibba on the north of the pass. Steep descend to the campsite of the Pannihartu.

Day 14: Panihartu to Raj Gundha (2900 m) 6 Hours; Trek11

A very pleasant walk through a leafy bridle path meadows forest and the cascading waterfall; soon, the tiny village makes appearance literally hanging on the shoulders of the hill side, giving them a magical, surrealistic appearance.

Day 15: Raj Gundha to Bir (2080 m) 6 hours; Trek12 and Dharamsala

The trail goes through the forest of oak and rhododendron. From Billing direct descend to the Bir. As the Billing is well known for the paragliding, the participants from all over the India as well as foreigners use to take part in the competition. On the way extensive view of the lush green Kangra valley are speated and soon the steep descend ends at the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir. A delightful last day of this most wondrous trek through the land of the legendary Gaddis, tough and wiry Himalayan shepherds.

Drive to Dharamsala, On the way visit the Tibetan settlement and the monastery at Bir, Chamunda Devi temple in Palampur. After 50 kms of drive, reached Dharamsala, O/N in the hotel

Day 16: Visit Mac Leod Ganj , night bus to Delhi.

Visit the residence of H.H. the Dalailama and the Tibetan handicraft centre. O/N in hotel.

Day 17: Arrive Delhi and departure.

Transfer to the hotel, free visit in Delhi. Night transfer to international flight to the onward destination. Check out the hotel at 12 noon.

Number of Persons 2 3 4/5 6/9 10 And more Single Supplement
Cost Per person 1195€ 1060€ 900€ 825€ 775€ 285€

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary,
  • Airport transfer (domestic and international),
  • Twin sharing room on medium class neat and clean hotel,
  • Delhi on BB basis, Rest full board,
  • English speaking guide.
  • During the trek transport by pony, mule or porters,
  • Twin sharing spacious tent, form mattress,
  • Dining tent from 4 person onward, 2-3 persons will eat in the same of the kitchen.
  • Kitchen team with all necessary items,
  • Medical kit with oxygen cylinder.

Cost Exclude

  • Flight domestic and International,
  • Monument fees,
  • Visa, airport tax,
  • Insurance,
  • Sleeping bag,
  • Food in Delhi,
  • Beverages,
  • Personal exp.
  • Medical evacuation,
  • Tipping.
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