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Overview

Bara Bhangal Trekking is limited to people experienced in travelling in the rugged backcountry and with 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.

The eleven days Bara Bhangal Trek commences from Manali where we traverse through Indrasan and Bara Shigri glacier. We trek through Lama Dugh crossing Thanpri Tibba, glimpsing Manali on the run, just in time to reach our destination for the day-Riyali Thach.

You spend the rest of the day trekking through various routes, glimpsing various beautiful sceneries and on the 7th day reach our final destination.

Itinerary

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

    The Bara Bhangal Trek 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 leg, the path turns to the right and one traverses 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, 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 3 - Riyali Thach - Base of Kalihani Pass (4010m) Duration: 6 hours

    This day is a long day in your Bara Bhangal trekking. 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 4 - Base of Kalihani - Devi ki Marhi (3850m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m) Duration: 8 hours

    The day 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 campsite of Devi ki Marhi.

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

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

  • Day 6 - 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 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

    After a rest day, you 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 9 - 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 the 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) Duration: 3 hours

    This day is the easiest day of the Bara Bhangal 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. 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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Story by Bidisha Roy

     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.

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    Story by Akula Guha

     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.

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    Story by Inder Gandhi

     Rated : 4.0

    If anyone asks me about paradise, this is one place I would love to be in time and again. Our Bara Bhangal Trek at towering heights of more than 10000 feet was worth all the exertion. We treked from Manali to Kalihani Pass via Lama Dugh and Riyali Thach which took us through Devi ki Marhi and Dal Marhi to Bara Bhangal where nature stood in all its glory. It was an absolute treat for me since I have always been on the lookout for an isolated escape. Simply put, Bara Bhangal will test your grit in case you are not a hardened treker.

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    Story by Pushti Nambeesan

     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.

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    Story by Indra Mahajan

     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.

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    Story by Amritambu Kocchar

     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!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go?

      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. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      No, These practices are strictly prohibited.

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