Bara Bhangal Trek

Trip Type: Trekking
Region: Himachal Pradesh - Kullu / Kangra Valley
Grade: Challenging
Duration: 8+ Days
Max Altitude: 4800
Best Season: June - September
Trip Begins: Manali / Ends: Bir
Batch Dates: 23/06/2023 - 06/07/2023
07/09/2023 - 23/09/2023
Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.

The Bara Bhangal trek, also known as the Shepherds trail trek takes you over two high passes – the Kalihani and Thamsar and is limited to trekkers experienced in the rugged backcountry with long walking hours.

Bara Bhangal is a remote ancient village that grew in prosperity over centuries due to the protection provided by the surrounding mountains (the Bara Bhangal Range). Though politically a part of Kangra now, it is uniquely placed at the conjunction of three districts – Kullu, Kangra and Chamba. The waters from the Kalihani and Minkiani passes meet at Bara Bhangal to create the Ravi river which then flows west to Chamba.

The Bara Bhangal trek is a classic Himalayan traverse that take you from Manali in the Kullu valley to Billing in Kangra valley. The trek starts from right above Manali but it soon leaves the crowded town behind and gains quick altitude to reach secluded glades, ridges with panoramic views, rolling green meadows studded with wildflowers and views of Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Inderkila, Rohtang Pass and the many peaks of the Bara Shigri glacier.

We cross Kalihani pass over glaciated terrain and enter the Bara Bhangal range and continue onward traversing through multiple shepherd camps and meadows to reach the mystical Bara Bhangal village. From the village, we start the ascent to the second pass on the trek – Thamsar and pass several glacial ponds on our way to the top. From Thamsar pass, we again enter lush green landscapes – this time of the Kangra valley.

The Bara Bhangal trek, though not very high has multiple ascents and descents. But for the trouble, it is a very fruitful trek that people looking for an isolated, intune-with-nature route would revel in.

Itinerary
DAY 01
Arrive in Manali.

Arrive in Manali in the Morning. The trip guide will do a briefing with the guests during the day. Overnight at a hotel in Manali.

DAY 02
Manali - Lama Dugh (3017m) Duration: 4-5 hours

The climb is through thick forests but there is no water point after departing from Manali. As one gains height in this steep climb, the distinct views of different faces of Indrasan, Deo Tibba and peaks of Bara Shigri glacier open up. In the last lag, the path turns to the right and one traverses the ridge horizontally and enters the campsite on an alpine plateau studded with a thick growth of alpine flowers.

DAY 03
Lama Dugh - Riyali Thach (3400m) Duration: 6-7 hours

The height gain on this day is approximately 1 km. The trek is through steep a ridge below Khand Pari Tibba (4000m). From this point, one can have a magnificent glimpse of Manali, situated on the left bank of River Beas and the whole upper Kullu valley, which appears swathed in the different colors of the season.

DAY 04
Riyali Thach - Base of Kalihani Pass (4010m) Duration: 5-6 hours

A longish day. The trail proceeds over open meadows initially followed by a steep descent to a stream. Crossing it, the path continues in a steep climb for about three hours till you arrive at the camp at the base of the Kalihani Pass. Make sure you catch the views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from the campsite.

DAY 05
Base of Kalihani - Devi ki Marhi (3850m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m) Duration: 8 hours

Today will be a long, arduous day with a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a moraine, and the Kalihani glacier. Take time off at the pass to get a splendid 360 degree view of hanging glaciers, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. A steep descent across another glacier and four beautiful glacial lakes will bring you to the camp at the gaddi (shepherd) campsite of Devi ki Marhi.

DAY 06
Devi Ki Marhi - Dal Marhi (3900m) Duration: 6 hours

The trail first crosses over the Kalihani Nullah and descends into oak and birch forests. Most of the path then is flat with few ups and downs. Just before the end of day though is a steep climb before you arrive at the Dal Marhi campsite.

DAY 07
Dal Marhi - Bara Bhangal (2882m) Duration: 6 hours

The trail now continues down the Ravi river into the deodar forest, to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.

DAY 08
Bara Bhangal - Mardh (3830m) Duration: 5 hours

Today we will start climbing towards the next big pass, Thamsar. The trail winds up through pine, deodar and birch forests with mountain streams to break the monotony. The campsite at Mardh is near the base of the Thamsar glacier.

DAY 09
Mardh - Plachak (2721m) via Thamsar Pass (4878m) Duration: 7 hours

Another day of steep ascent over moraine, scree and glacier. The climb is broken by a small lake just below the pass. From on top of Thamsar, you will get your first glimpse of the lush Kangra valley. On the other side of the pass, it’s a steep, long descent till you reach the campsite at Plachak, well below the tree line.

DAY 10
Plachak - Rajgundha (2440m) - Billing (2310m) Duration: 6 hours

The easiest day of the trek so far. The path is flat and easy, passing through pine forests with many mountain streams. The valley widens and you get great views of the open Kangra valley. A vehicle will pick you up at Billing and drop you to Bir or Dharamshala. Or you can choose to fly from Billing to Bir on a tandem paraglider.

Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft).
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
    Guides, Cook and camp staff.
  • (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits
  • All transport Manali to Log Huts and Billing to Bir.
Exclusions
  • All hotel stays in Manali
  • Any food in hotels.
  • All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
    Personal Clothing.
  • Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover – ASC360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
  • Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
Things You Need To Get

Pack:
– Backpack 40 – 50 Lt with rain cover – Goes on the horse/porter
– Day Pack 15 – 20 lt with rain cover- to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
Footwear:
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes.
Socks:
– 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
– 2 pairs of woolen socks – ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
Clothing:
– Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) – Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in.
– T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) – Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
– Fleece Jacket
– Rain & Wind Protection
– Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
– Thermal liners – 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
Accessories:
– Warm Cap
– Gloves
– Sun Cap
– Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
– Toiletries – sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
– Repair Kit (needle and thread).
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Camera.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter each.
– Trekking Pole – Optional.
– Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)

Overview
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The Bara Bhangal trek, also known as the Shepherds trail trek takes you over two high passes – the Kalihani and Thamsar and is limited to trekkers experienced in the rugged backcountry with long walking hours.

Bara Bhangal is a remote ancient village that grew in prosperity over centuries due to the protection provided by the surrounding mountains (the Bara Bhangal Range). Though politically a part of Kangra now, it is uniquely placed at the conjunction of three districts – Kullu, Kangra and Chamba. The waters from the Kalihani and Minkiani passes meet at Bara Bhangal to create the Ravi river which then flows west to Chamba.

The Bara Bhangal trek is a classic Himalayan traverse that take you from Manali in the Kullu valley to Billing in Kangra valley. The trek starts from right above Manali but it soon leaves the crowded town behind and gains quick altitude to reach secluded glades, ridges with panoramic views, rolling green meadows studded with wildflowers and views of Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Inderkila, Rohtang Pass and the many peaks of the Bara Shigri glacier.

We cross Kalihani pass over glaciated terrain and enter the Bara Bhangal range and continue onward traversing through multiple shepherd camps and meadows to reach the mystical Bara Bhangal village. From the village, we start the ascent to the second pass on the trek – Thamsar and pass several glacial ponds on our way to the top. From Thamsar pass, we again enter lush green landscapes – this time of the Kangra valley.

The Bara Bhangal trek, though not very high has multiple ascents and descents. But for the trouble, it is a very fruitful trek that people looking for an isolated, intune-with-nature route would revel in.

Itinerary
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DAY 01
Arrive in Manali.

Arrive in Manali in the Morning. The trip guide will do a briefing with the guests during the day. Overnight at a hotel in Manali.

DAY 02
Manali - Lama Dugh (3017m) Duration: 4-5 hours

The climb is through thick forests but there is no water point after departing from Manali. As one gains height in this steep climb, the distinct views of different faces of Indrasan, Deo Tibba and peaks of Bara Shigri glacier open up. In the last lag, the path turns to the right and one traverses the ridge horizontally and enters the campsite on an alpine plateau studded with a thick growth of alpine flowers.

DAY 03
Lama Dugh - Riyali Thach (3400m) Duration: 6-7 hours

The height gain on this day is approximately 1 km. The trek is through steep a ridge below Khand Pari Tibba (4000m). From this point, one can have a magnificent glimpse of Manali, situated on the left bank of River Beas and the whole upper Kullu valley, which appears swathed in the different colors of the season.

DAY 04
Riyali Thach - Base of Kalihani Pass (4010m) Duration: 5-6 hours

A longish day. The trail proceeds over open meadows initially followed by a steep descent to a stream. Crossing it, the path continues in a steep climb for about three hours till you arrive at the camp at the base of the Kalihani Pass. Make sure you catch the views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from the campsite.

DAY 05
Base of Kalihani - Devi ki Marhi (3850m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m) Duration: 8 hours

Today will be a long, arduous day with a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a moraine, and the Kalihani glacier. Take time off at the pass to get a splendid 360 degree view of hanging glaciers, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. A steep descent across another glacier and four beautiful glacial lakes will bring you to the camp at the gaddi (shepherd) campsite of Devi ki Marhi.

DAY 06
Devi Ki Marhi - Dal Marhi (3900m) Duration: 6 hours

The trail first crosses over the Kalihani Nullah and descends into oak and birch forests. Most of the path then is flat with few ups and downs. Just before the end of day though is a steep climb before you arrive at the Dal Marhi campsite.

DAY 07
Dal Marhi - Bara Bhangal (2882m) Duration: 6 hours

The trail now continues down the Ravi river into the deodar forest, to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.

DAY 08
Bara Bhangal - Mardh (3830m) Duration: 5 hours

Today we will start climbing towards the next big pass, Thamsar. The trail winds up through pine, deodar and birch forests with mountain streams to break the monotony. The campsite at Mardh is near the base of the Thamsar glacier.

DAY 09
Mardh - Plachak (2721m) via Thamsar Pass (4878m) Duration: 7 hours

Another day of steep ascent over moraine, scree and glacier. The climb is broken by a small lake just below the pass. From on top of Thamsar, you will get your first glimpse of the lush Kangra valley. On the other side of the pass, it’s a steep, long descent till you reach the campsite at Plachak, well below the tree line.

DAY 10
Plachak - Rajgundha (2440m) - Billing (2310m) Duration: 6 hours

The easiest day of the trek so far. The path is flat and easy, passing through pine forests with many mountain streams. The valley widens and you get great views of the open Kangra valley. A vehicle will pick you up at Billing and drop you to Bir or Dharamshala. Or you can choose to fly from Billing to Bir on a tandem paraglider.

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft).
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
    Guides, Cook and camp staff.
  • (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits
  • All transport Manali to Log Huts and Billing to Bir.
Exclusions
  • All hotel stays in Manali
  • Any food in hotels.
  • All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
    Personal Clothing.
  • Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover – ASC360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
  • Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
Things You Need To Get
+-

Pack:
– Backpack 40 – 50 Lt with rain cover – Goes on the horse/porter
– Day Pack 15 – 20 lt with rain cover- to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
Footwear:
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes.
Socks:
– 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
– 2 pairs of woolen socks – ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
Clothing:
– Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) – Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in.
– T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) – Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
– Fleece Jacket
– Rain & Wind Protection
– Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
– Thermal liners – 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
Accessories:
– Warm Cap
– Gloves
– Sun Cap
– Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
– Toiletries – sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
– Repair Kit (needle and thread).
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Camera.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter each.
– Trekking Pole – Optional.
– Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)