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More than the trekking part, I liked camping amidst the lofty and sno-capped peaks. For someone seeking total soliditude and peace of mind, this is a m...
There are many different aspects to the amazing trek that we went on for and the nature strewn all around us was just one of them. The place is simply ...
Trip Starting From: Manali
Trip Location: Manali
About the Destination:
Bara Bhangal Trek is limited to people experienced in travelling in the rugged backcountry and with the solid know-how of hiking and camping. One of the more challenging routes, it takes one from the lush green Kullu valley to the stark landscapes of Bara Bhangal range. But for the trouble taken, it is a very fruitful trek for the people who are looking for isolated and in-tune-with-nature routes.
It is considered to be one of the most challenging as well as exciting treks in Himachal Pradesh because it stretches from a height of about 2050 meters to 5000 meters or above. The trek routes will be stubborn and you will have to negotiate with the narrow and rocky paths filled with dangerous moraines. Thick glaciers can also be a hindrance to the smooth conquering of your trek.
But as you reach the summit to witness the glorified visuals provided by the peaks will make you think that all the struggles were worth and they have been paid off well. Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba and many more are the magnificent contributors of scenery you will see from the top of Bara Bhangal. The horizon at the farthest enriches the moments you spend here treating your eyes with multiple serene views.
About the Trek:
Bara Bhangal trek will offer you the chances to explore the mighty Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges and provide you the best opportunity to become familiar with the quaint and remote culture of the local dwelling in the villages in the valleys. This Bara Bhangal trekking package for 11 days in Himachal Pradesh, beginning from Lama Dugh at 3,380 meters, which is about a 4 -5 hours of drive from Manali is completely packed with so many surprises throughout. You will traverse through Indrasan and Bara Shigri glacier. We trek through Lama Dugh crossing Thanpri Tibba, Base of Kalihani Pass, Devi ki Marhi, Dal Marhi and finally the destination that is Bara Bhangal.
The first day of the eleven days will be taking you through the thick forests but offers you the distinct views of multiple peaks at the distance and the alpine plateau studded with thick growth of alpine flowers in the last leg. Crossing the beautiful stream after some of the steep descents will take you to the base of the Kalihani Pass. Following which there will be long and arduous days of trekking through the vast stretches of scree and moraine till you reach the Kalihani Glacier. 360-degree views of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Ranges can be obtained from Kalihani.
The trails then go through the Ravi River and the wide deodar forest encircling it and Bara Bhangal is a large village in the valley with beautiful surrounding. From Bara Bhangal, the trails will go to Mardh crossing the big pass Thamsar and other unavoidable forests of birch and pine and also the untouched Thamsar glacier. The glimpses of Kangra Valley from the top of Thamsar will share some more energy to you to accomplish the mission of completing the trek with utmost thrill.
Trekking Distance: 30km
Maximum Altitude: 16,070ft
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Railway Station: Jogindar Nagar Railway Station, 166 km from Manali is the nearest railway station
Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu
The Bara Bhangal Trek is through thick forests but there is no water point after departing from Manali.
As you finish each steep climb, the distinct views of different faces of Indrasan, Deo Tibba and peaks of Bara Shigri glacier come to you.
In the last leg, the path turns to the right and you will be traversing through the ridge horizontally and enters the campsite on an alpine plateau studded with thick growth of alpine flowers.
The height gained on this day is approximately 1 km.
The trek is through a steep ridge below Thanpri Tibba (4000m).
From this point, you will get the magnificent glimpses of Manali, situated on the left bank of River Beas and the whole upper Kullu valley with different hues particularly found in some seasons.
This day is a long day in your Bara Bhangal trekking.
You will proceed over open meadows initially and then will be followed by a steep descent to a stream.
Cross it and watch the path continues to a steep climb for about three hours till you arrive at the camp, at the base of the Kalihani Pass.
Capture the views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from the campsite.
Today will be a long and tough day with a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a moraine and the Kalihani glacier.
Spend some time 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 campsite of Devi ki Marhi.
Today, firstly, you will cross over the Kalihani Nullah and descends into the oak and birch forests.
Most of path then is flat with few ups and downs.
Wind up the day with crossing a steep climb before you arrive at the Dal Marhi campsite.
Continue your trek by passing the beautiful Ravi river merging into the deodar forest, to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.
This day will be spent in resting at Bara Bhangal. Explore village and surrounding areas. Bara Bhangal is isolated and seldom visited. Members of the Gaddi tribe inhabit it.
Resume your trek with a climb 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.
You are welcomed to another day filled with steep ascents over moraine, scree and glacier.
The climb is broken by a small lake just below the pass.
From the top of Thamsar, observe 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.
Now, you are rewarded with the easiest day of the trek which has the paths that are flat and easy, passing through pine forests with many mountain streams.
The valley widens and you get great views of the open Kangra valley.
The campsite is just after the small village of Rajgundha.
Another easy day of walking through the pristine pine forests over an easy and wide track till you arrive at the forest guest house at Billing, the end of the trek. A vehicle will pick you up at Billing and drop you to Bir or Dharamshala.
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Rated : 5.0
More than the trekking part, I liked camping amidst the lofty and sno-capped peaks. For someone seeking total soliditude and peace of mind, this is a must. Starting from Lama Dugh to Bara Bhangal, I and the other group members were very excited. The routes were pretty challenging. But the time spent in the Bara Bhangal made us forget all the pains to reach there.
Rated : 5.0
There are many different aspects to the amazing trek that we went on for and the nature strewn all around us was just one of them. The place is simply breathtaking and so calm and wonderful in so many ways than one. We got to see Thanpri Tibba and the amazing Manali hills as well.
Rated : 5.0
The Thanpri Tibba is tricky to trek on, but it was beautiful once we got there. Lovely place and the company we had along the trek was a bunch of amazing people. Really nice folk and company worthy of the memories that we made while we were here.
Rated : 5.0
Kullu Valley, Beas River, Manali, Kalihani Pass, Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar Range and other such stunning sites - all in one trek! Had the best time trekking from Manali to Billing last year. Thank you Thrillophilia for making such an amazingly-wonderful trek to happen.
Rated : 4.0
The village remain cut off from outside world for almost six months in a year and it is only accessible from June to October when Thamsar Pass is open. During this trek we cross over two high mountain passes and come across only one village and rest of the days we walk in the wilderness on high alpine pastures. the high passes climb is difficult and will test you. but its worth the pain and climb it. i had my guide who was motivating me alot. that was the difference. an life changing experience.
Rated : 4.0
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. once the view starts you would just walk more and more. it was an amazing experience for me and my friend. we were in love with this place and will always cheriesh this place.
Rated : 4.0
This 11 day trek is not for the faint of heart and requires some level of prior experience with trekking if you need it to go smoothly. The rustic countryside will make you fall in love with the place, it is very beautiful and we enjoyed our stay here.
Rated : 4.0
The trek took us to so many peaks from Manali to Kalihani that we lost count, we just kept climbing! The nature is untouched here and the scenery is so pristine and lovely that we were in complete awe of the place. It was very peaceful and a wonderful experience!
Rated : 4.0
Experienced a steep climb towards the Kalihani glacier and we really enjoyed it here. We want to go again as soon as possible.
Rated : 4.0
Bir Bhangal Trek is one of the nice treks to take in the Kullu Valley. Recently, most of my travel plans are trekking. I was looking for a really interesting trek and that’s when a colleague of mine suggested this. I was glad to take it. I was a little bit hesitant as this trek was not that famous and even that colleague who suggested this didn’t try it as such. However, once I took the trek, right from Day 1 the trek was meant to be. It was an immensely overwhelming trip of my life. I can never forget this.
How is weather on Bara Bhangal Trek?
Moderately cold weather is always experienced at Bara Bhangal. During monsoon, there will be heavy rain and snow fall which can stop access to the summits in winter. May to June and then from August to September, the season for trekking is on and the climatic conditions will be highly suitable with an average day temperature of about 15 to 18 degree Celsius and night temperature ranging from 4 to 10 degree Celsius in several months.
What is the difficulty level?
Bara Bhangal trek is considered to be a difficult one and those with prior experience in trekking only can do this trek easily. Highly rough moraines and steep slopes make the routes through the thick forests and glaciers ever more difficult. The unexplored villages and tribal parts of the valley have very rustic pathways leading us up to the most beautiful Dhauladhar Ranges and Pir Panjal Ranges which are not so easy to be conquered.
Is Diamox is advisable?
Yes. Since you are climbing up to a height of about 17000 feet above sea level, chances to experience the drastic change in oxygen level and climatic conditions are high. It may cause uneasiness to your body resulting in vomiting and breathlessness. Hence carry Diamox which will help you overcome the problems caused by acute mountain sickness as you climb the great heights.
How do I get in shape?
Bara Bhangal trek is a difficult one and real adventure enthusiasts are the ones who do this trek. Regular preparation to make your body comfortable and fit to do this trek is necessary. Start with cardio vascular exercises like jogging. Squats, indoor exercises, swimming, skipping and stretching will make your body flexible, strong and energetic to carry the backpacks and climb each moraine smoothly.
What is the best time for Bara Bhangal Trek?
This village remains cut off from the outside world for almost six months in a year and is only accessible from Mid June to Mid October when Thamsar Pass is open. This is one of the most remotest villages in Himachal.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.
What clothing and equipment should I carry from my side?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
What shoes should I carry?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from usong sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your Indrahar Pass Trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?
Altitude sickness is very common among trekkers during himalayan treks, it is wise to consult your doctor for the right medication before your trip. Drinking lots of water can also help stabilize the body along with resting at regular intervals. The best rate of acclimatization is to gain no more than 300m (1000 feet) per a day. If you increase this rate you will be much more susceptible to Elevation Sickness. Getting adequate sleep also can help avoid this.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on Bara Bhangal Trek?
Consumption of alcohol or cigarette is prohibited while you are on any type of high altitude trekking because both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches. Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty. Hence try not to smoke or consume alcohol. Many of the trekking tours will not allow the participants do any such activities during the trek.
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