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Swapnil Khanna


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...


Pankaj Agarwal


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...

Bara Bhangal Trek Overview

Trip Location: Manali

Pick-up Point: Mall Road Manali

Drop-off Point: Bir Bus Stand or Dharamshala Bus Stand

About the Bara Bhangal Trek:

Bara Bhangal trek will offer you the chance 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. 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. 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 surroundings. 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 the utmost thrill.

About the Bara Bhangal:

Bara Bhangal Trek is limited to people experienced in traveling 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.

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.

Quick Facts About 
Bara Bhangal Trek:

Trekking Distance:  30km

Maximum Altitude: 16,070ft

Temperature: 4°C to 18°C

Bara Bhangal Difficulty Level: Difficult

Railway Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station, 166 km from Manali is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu

Bara Bhangal Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Manali - Lama Dugh (3017m) Duration: 4 hours

    The Bara Bhangal Trek is into thick forests though 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.

  • Day 2 - Lama Dugh - Riyali Thach (3400m) Duration: 3 hours

    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.

  • Day 3 - Riyali Thach - Base of Kalihani Pass (4010m) Duration: 6 hours

    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.

  • Day 4 - Base of Kalihani - Devi ki Marhi (3850m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m) Duration: 8 hours

    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.

  • Day 5 - Devi Ki Marhi - Dal Marhi (3900m) Duration: 6 hours

    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.

  • Day 6 - Dal Marhi - Bara Bhangal (2882m) Duration: 6 hours

    Continue your trek by passing the beautiful Ravi river merging into the deodar forest, to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.

  • Day 7 - 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.

  • Day 8 - Bara Bhangal - Mardh (3830m) Duration: 5 hours

    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.

  • Day 9 - Mardh - Plachak (2721m) via Thamsar Pass (4878m) Duration: 7 hours

    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.

  • Day 10 - Plachak - Rajgundha (2440m) Duration: 3 hours

    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.

  • Day 11 - Rajgundha - Billing (2310m) Duration: 4 hours

    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.


  • Accommodation during trek on twin/triple sharing (Camping)


  • All veg meals while on trek


  • Trekking
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  • Sightseeing
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

  • All necessary permits and entry fees
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  • Mules to carry individual rucksack
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  • First aid medical kit
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  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff


  • Transport from Manali to trek point Lama dugh

Things To Carry

  • Trekking shoes
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  • Backpack (40-60 liters), Water proof
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  • Two warm layers, Two trek pants, Two collared t-shirts, Thermals (Optional)
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  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness.
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  • Sun cap
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  • Synthetic hand gloves: One pair woolen hand gloves. One pair of water/wind proof gloves
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  • Balaclava: Woolen scarves instead as well
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  • Socks (3 pairs): Two sports socks, A pair of woolen socks for the night.
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  • Headlamp/Torch: Mandatory
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  • Daypack (20 liters): If you are dumping your excess things in Manali
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  • Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
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  • Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box, for hygiene reasons
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  • Two water bottles: 1 liter each
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  • Plastic covers/Water proof covers to keep wet cloths separately and extra for when backpack is not 100% water proof


  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes
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  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience
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  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights
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  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites
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  • What not included in the package are:
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  • Any meals during transit
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  • Personal Expenses
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  • Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour

Bara Bhangal Trek: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Bara Bhangal Trek: Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Bara Bhangal Trek: Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Swapnil Khanna

     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.

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    Story by Pankaj Agarwal

     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.

    Story by Suryakanta Marar

     Rated : 5.0


    The tour guide has been a very helpful person throughout without any fusses the guide will provide you with every information one will require for their tour to the destination. There have been no errors in the bookings made or much time consumption while booking the Bara Bangal trekking.

    Story by Deeksha Gill

     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.

    Story by Shiv Sethi

     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.

    Story by Harita Achari

     Rated : 4.0


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    Story by Sanjay Pillai

     Rated : 4.0

    Exciting and adventurous, i had been looking for such trekking since very long. Spotting beautiful mountain, river streams and green jungle would be your daily task. The difficulty level is higher than usual treks, nevertheless it is the best trek in entire himachal pradesh which can be reached from manali. The bara bangal Lake lies in Kullu valley and it looks beautiful.

    Story by Agastya Adiga

     Rated : 4.0

    Bara bangal trip was very adventurous and the views of the peaks were cool

    Story by Draupadi Marar

     Rated : 4.0

    Starting from Manali, we had our retiring locations and camp stations at indrasan, Bara Singh glacier, Lama Dugh, Riyali Teach and kalhani. It was a long tiring trip but we had lots of fun. Spent overnight in camps with bonfire dinner. A memorable experience in the absolute gift of nature.

    Story by Apsara Sharma

     Rated : 4.0

    Like one of the mny adventure trekking destinations, Bara bangal Trekking of Himachal Pradesh is another popular adventur. This trek is for experienced trekkers who are quite okay with stiff climbings and ownhill trekking. It is not so easy guys, but the tour guide will make it so. The bara bangel trek lies in Kullu valley where there are plenty of locations to discover. It is quite a long journey that takes about two weeks. So be prepared to face the challenging trekking.


    People Also Ask About Bara Bhangal Trek

    1. 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.

    2. Is Bara Bhangal trek for beginners?

      Unlike how you may think about it, the Bara Bhangal trek is not going to be easy for you, especially if you are a beginner. To complete it, you will have to cover up a distance of around 30 km, which might take more than a few days and drain out all of your energy from you.

    3. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants for the Bara Bhangal Trek?

      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.

    4. What kind of accommodation is provided in Bara Bhangal Trek?

      While completing the Bara Bhangal Trek, you will have to stay in the camps, which will make your trekking experience feel even more complete. You will have to stay in either twin or triple sharing, which should be fun if you are traveling with your friends.

    5. What kind of shoes are required for Bara Bhangal Trek?

      As the whole trekking distance is quite long, we would suggest you to carry and wear special trekking shoes while you are hiking here. It will help in keeping your feet well-rested and aid in conserving your energy, which is highly required for these kinds of intense activities.

    6. What clothing and equipment should I carry from my side for Bara Bhangal Trek?

      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.

    7. What shoes should I carry on Bara Bhangal Trek?

      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.

    8. Does one feel altitude sickness over Bara Bhangal Trek? 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. What is the difficulty level of Bara Bhangal Trek?

      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.

    12. Is Diamox is advisable at Bara Bhangal Trek?

      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.

    13. How do I get in shape for Bara Bhangal Trek?

      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.

    14. Where does Bara Bhangal trek start?

      The Bara Bhangal trek starts from Lama Dugh at 3380 meters that is around a 5-hour drive from Manali and reaches Rani Sui. From there the track turns in the Bara Bhangal trek map the way to Taintagiri glacier and follows till Manali pass. After the glacier, it leads down to Phulan Got and then Kaori and then further trek down to Bara Bangal at 2582 meters.

    15. How do I get to Bara Bhangal Trek?

      One can reach the Bara Bhangal Trek through Delhi as one cannot directly reach this port of call. One will have to hop on an AC Volvo bus from Delhi in the evening that will take you to Manali. You can keep tracking your route on the Bara Bhangal trek map. One can roam around in Manali for a day and then take off for Lama Dugh by trekking at 3380 meters. After reaching Lama Dugh one can stay a while and rest and get going for Riyali Thach that is a journey of 3 hours leading to another stop Devi ki Marhi via Base of Kalihani through Kalihani Pass. You can set up camps for overnight stays and get going in the morning towards the Bara Bhangal through Dal Marhi. And that is how one will reach the Bara Bhangal trek point.

    16. How long does it take to trek Bara Bhangal?

      It takes 11 days approximately to cover the trek to Bara Bhangal. It is among one of the remote villages in the state of Himachal Pradesh. One will have to walk over the elevating mountains and trek through to reach the Bara Bhangal village as there is no roadway built for the same. Hence, it will take 3-4 days’ time to reach the nearest roadway and cover the whole trek to this amazing place.

    17. What is the height of the Bara Bhangal Trek?

      The height of one of the most challenging Bara Bhangal Trekking ranges from approximately 2050 meters to about 5000 meters. It is known to be one of the most amazing treks that take you through tricky, rocky and narrow paths where you will explore dense glaciers and moraines. This elevated trek will leave you mesmerized and awestruck.

    18. Is Bara Bhangal trek dangerous?

      Yes, Bara Bhangal trek is considered to be one of the most challenging and difficult treks. However, it is not that dangerous for one to not give a try at all. People should go for it only after a certain age with some good company. One should not take this trek during night hours as it can be dangerous then due to dense glaciers and moraines one will find along the way.

    19. Is it safe to do Bara Bhangal Trek?

      According to many prior experiences, Bara Bhangal trek has been found as one of the difficult treks. So, it is known that one who has a good familiarity with trekking and is used to going trekking only can do this trek easily. As one shall find quite steep slopes and dense glaciers which make it a bit more dangerous.

    20. Can I do Bara Bhangal trek solo?

      No, one cannot and should not attempt the Bara Bhangal trek solo. This particular trek is meant for the ones who have solid know-how about trekking. A person alone cannot handle the troubles that may come in between the coarse route of this trek. One should always plan a trekking trip to the Bara Bhangal with a crew or troop or a travel company which will prove to be a better and safer option.

    21. How much does Bara Bhangal trek costs?

      Bara Bhangal trek cost INR 25,999 per adult that includes your full seven days trip starting from Manali till Bara Bhangal. The cost will include all veg meals while on the trek and also will provide you accommodation during the trek on twin/triple sharing camp. You will be offered various activities like sightseeing, camping, and trekking included in the Bara Bhangal trek cost.

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