Bara Bhangal Trek

 

Highlights
• Remote trekking in the secluded Dhauladhar range.
• Fully supported camping based trekking with 3 hearty meals per day on trek.
• Spectacular views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Ranges.
• High Altitude Himalayan Flora.

Season:June to September
Duration:12 Days
Difficulty level:Sustained

Introduction
Rarely do the Himalayas present a trek for first timers that pack in everything – easy access, dark pine forests, open meadows, glacial valleys and an adventurous crossing of a pass that leaves the heart pumping. The Hamta Pass trek in Himachal is tailor made for those looking to experience high Himalayan adventure. This trek takes you from the lush green Kullu valley to the dry and cold desert of the lahoul valley and we conclude our trek the magnificent High Alpine Lake of Chandra Tal or Moon Lake (4000m).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Manali (2050m) To Lamadugh (2920m) 4-5 Hrs
Climb through the Deodar forest 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. Lamadugh (2920m) is a lovely meadow ringed by Maple, Spruce and Oak while stands of Silver Birch are further up in the Hill-side.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 2: Lamadugh To Riyali (3320m) 6-7 Hrs
Now the trail ascends, but not as steeply as yesterday, through ridge below Khanpari Tibba. There are uninterrupted views north towards the Solang and Rohtang Valleys. A long descent follows, reaching an intermediate valley and a prominent side trail. A gradual traverse leads from a small oak forest to the meadow known locally as Riyali.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 3: Riyali To Kali Hani Base Camp (Shangor 3700m) 5hrs
The trail winds above the upper river course before gradually descending to the valley floor. There are fine views east towards the Chanderkhani Pass and the peaks of the Himalaya Range.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 4: Base Camp To Dhanku Thach (3500m) Via Kali Hani Pass (4800m) 8-9hrs
A steep, long pull up to the Top of the Kali Hani pass, 4610m. At last stretch over loose rocks and dirty ice, you do feel the altitude. Rest at the shrine at the Top to catch your breath and look at the magnificent view.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 5: Dhanku Thach To Lamba Parao (3150m) 4 Hrs
Now the trail leads down into the shepherds’ valley and following the stream after crossing the bridge takes us to our camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 6: Lamba Parao To Dadh Marhi (3550m) 5hrs
Today includes a short walk across loose rocks, boulders and land slide area. There will be a little amount of climbing and we’ll have to cross a stream a few times. This is the Himalayas at their very best, underfoot gentle, green alps, all around peaks and glaciers on a scale you will always remember.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 7: Dadh Marhi To Bara Bangal (2350m) 7hrs
Similar terrain to the previous day, along the side of the hill looking out across the valley. The trail takes in silver birch trees, rhododendrons and blue pine. Finally, a long and gradual descent leads to the village of Bara Bangal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 8: At Bara Bangal (2350m).
It is a village of sheepherders. Some Gaddis, some Bangalis originally come from Kullu and Mandi. The village is spread over a number of kilometers and consists of 30-40 houses. Most of the inhabitants move away for the winters with their flocks and can only return when the passes re-open in May.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 9: Bara Bangal To Madh (3750m) 6-7hrs
Cross the bridge over the river flowing from the Kali Hani Pass and commence a steep ascent. There are fine views of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the impressive Pir Panjal Range.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 10: Madh To Panhartu (3390m) Via Thamsar Pass (4380m) 7-8hrs
The trail gradually climbs up the valley, passing a prominent side valley and glacier to the east. There are impressive views north to the Pir Panjal Range from the top of the pass. There follows a steep descent to the meadow at Panhartu (3390m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 11: Panhartu To Rajgundha (2400m) 7hrs
The trail descends across a series of permanent snow bridges to reach a well-defined trail. The trail leads through a mixed forest of rhododendron, spruce and oak down to Palachak(2500m). Continue through the forest to the fields of Corns, Beans and Potatoes near Raj Gundha(2400m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Day 12: Raj Gundha To Billing/Bir (4hrs/6hrs)
From Raj Gundha, the trail continues on the true right of the Uhl Valley through Spruce, Oak and Rhododendron forest. The trail heads around contours and Alpine ridges to Billing. Transport would be waiting here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp

Included:
• Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary.
• 1 Expert guide.
• Support Staff: 1Cook, 2Helper.
• Group Medical kit& Oxygen Cylinder.
• Gear Package for use during the trip including kit bag, sleeping bag, and mattress.
• Private transportation to start of trek and back to Manali.
• All park entrances and permits.
• Mules to carry all personal and group baggage.

Excluded:
• Aerated and alcoholic drinks on trek.
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
• Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
• Tips
• Airport Transfers and Flight.
• Travel Insurance.

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