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Barabangal TrekShepherd trail or transhumance
“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.


Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.

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    Sep to Oct Free!
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Cost for less than 4 persons

Cost Per Person- €2450 for 2 person Group

Cost Per Person- €2275 for 3 person Group

Formed group : If you are a group of more than 8 persons, please contact us to get the special deal.

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary
  • Airport transfer (domestic and international),
  • Twin sharing room on medium class neat and clean hotel,
  • Delhi, Manali,Dharamshala on bb basis rest on full board,
  • All hotels on BB basis (bed & breakfast)
  • 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,
  • Dinner in bus (Manali to Delhi)
  • Beverages
  • Personal exp.
  • Medical evacuation,
  • Tipping



Map

All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the company.

1:60 days or more before departure

The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charge for train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelling policies applied for different services.

2: 40 Days before departure

The agency will refund the 50% of paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charges of train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

Less than 30 days before departure

The agency will be obliged to withhold the full amount of the deposit paid by the customer. In this case, the customer must inform their insurance as soon as possible and provide as much documentation to support the cancellation of trip. It is therefore h3ly advised to take out cancellation insurance to cover such expenses.

Itinerary / hotels are sub to change in case of strike , civil war threaten , you may be will lose expected places you have prepared for but will explore unexpected and for sure will not disappointed.

In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, In that case you are requested to keep patience. And co-operate with the situation ,while travelling to rural and isolated Area replacing vehicle can take time due to lac of communication or distance to pass the message with the other vehicle those who are driving toward the nearest town or the place from where one can have telephone facilities. Or from where one can be connected by Mobile phone . Also you can be transferred by the other type of vehicle what ever is available at the moment as of local bus till you will be not having the proper mode of transport .

The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather condition, flight cancellations or delay of bus / train at destination , war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation, flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot.
Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous and culture holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip. No refund will be made for unused services and in case of no show of the participants before starting the trip
It is strongly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and cancellation charges.

Accommodation is sub. to your budget ( standard, 3 star or 4 star category and heritage hotels ) and choice as shown in cost table, during the trek ( deluxe Tent ) at fix camp at sam dune and Khuri with attached toilet and bath.

Indian meals is served, bit on spicy side, Breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel, Lunch packed or in local restaurant or in hotel sub to the schedule.

Sub. to the number of person in group, for 4 persons Toyota Innova / Scorpia or Zylo, for 5 to 12 Tempo travelers or mini bus will be provided. For more than 12 participants either two Tempo traveler’s or mini coach subject to availability. All vehicle will be air-conditioned, except in hilly area air-condition of any vehicle can not be regularly used due to steep uphill drive so you have to co-operate with.

Road
Road in plain are good, In hilly area and in rural you can face the rough road. There can be land slide due to rainfall from July till mid Sep. and can be blocked for hours or a day, you may miss the places expected to visit, or will visit the unexpected places, to regulate the situation the team at the spot will do the best possible at the moment. Road in India are being widen So please don’t compare the driving time as estimated in developed nation.

Preparation of relief of sun burn, Lip salve, Anti septic cream, Antihistamine cream (for relief of insect bites), Anti diarrhea (flagyl or any other), Anti headach (diamox, aspirin, paracitamol, zimalgin), Anti vomiting (avomin), For stomachach (baralgan,trigan or other diagnose) Dettol, washproof dettol plaster, Bandage and cotton, Balm, Anti cramp spray, Pills to purify the water, Scisor and knife are must in the medical kit.
According to your physical condition you are requested to consult your doctor to complete your medical kit. Apart from that HIMALAYAN FRONTIERS also provides an additional medical kit including oxygen cylinder and Diamox with each group. Special precaution is taken to pack some medicine to deal with Prevention from Altitude sickness.

Prevention from Altitude sickness:
Best method to get better acclimatization to climb higher and sleep lower, avoid rapid ascend and walk slowly.
Don’t drink alcohol, don’t take sleeping pills and avoid smoking.
Drink at least 3-4 litters of liquid a day.
Don’t exhaust by carrying heavy packs, Back pack should be 10-12 kg for normal trekkers. Respect the daily ascend of 300m-500 mtrs a over 3000m. If you have minor symptoms, better to not proceed higher. And should take aspirin tablets. But If the symptoms start worsening than prepare the immediate descend. One should keep in mind that the member should be not left behind unattended.

Warm jacket type of gore taxe or else, Pull over, Trek suite, Raincoat, trekking shoes, Camp shoes, Gloves, pairs of warm socks + normal socks, Sunglasses / Spare glasses or contact lenses, Sun hat + cap, sun cream, stick to protect the lips, long and short sleeves Shirts- Loose trousers, breathable water proof trousers , Washing kit, toilet kit, A small sewing kit, Safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, Camera with spare memory cards and batteries, battery Charger , day sac, water bottle, pair of gaiters , walking sticks if one required, personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Sleeping bag (-6/-10°C ) inflatable pillow if you required, A light towel, a knife, a role of toilet paper, a plastic bowl for shaving ( for men, a large plastic bag to protect your clothing inside the bag, wet tissue paper, fanny pack to keep safely your important docs as passport, insurance paper, credit cards, money, lighters, wooden pencils and pen, string of 4-55 meters to dry the clothing or other purpose, English –Hindi dictionary to learn the important words to greet and to communicate with locals and a note book can be useful to engrave your memory in it .

Generally, vary to different season, Hence the best time to travel to this part of Himalayan world is from months fromEnd April to mid Nov. July-August are rainy season.
Temperature in Mai / June and Sep. / Oct. :
Mai-June Minimum : 10-15 degree, Maximum : 25-35 degree
Sep. Oct. : 5-10 degree, Maximum : 15 to 20 degree
Pre-travel conditioning is very desirable, as more you are prepared the more you enjoy the trips. For such trekking trips required good physic.
As we gain altitude slowly, so we get acclimatize naturally. And for the vast majority the slow ascent to height will produce minimum effects. The most important attribute for any adventure travel trip is positive attitude.