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Aadinath Somayaji

5.0

One of the best and the most memorable trek I ever did, I can’t help thanking these guys from Heyhimalayas for arranging everything so well. We started...

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Gauraang Iyer

5.0

Bir Bhangal Trek is one of the nice treks to take in the Kullu Valley. I was looking for some trekking option when my friend suggested me this trek. I ...

Overview

About the Destination:

Bestowed upon the lush green Kullu valley, Bara Bhanga trek is another must do trek for you. This fascinating trek is limited to experienced trekkers only who have experience in trekking and camping. The trek takes you through some of the best landscapes of Bara Bhangal range. But the best part comes when this trek leads you to a perfect serenity where you can spend some time with nature. This thrilling eleven days trek of Bara Bhanga starts from Manali.

Your trek takes you through Indrasan and Bara Shigri glacier and then through Lama Dugh crossing Thanpri Tibba. While trekking, you can catch the glimpse of Manali. Once reaching your point you will trek through various routes witnessing some of the best views till you reach your final destination. This trek might be a little difficult for the beginners and might test you at times. But as you keep continuing your trek you will come across some of the misty-eyed mountains and the verdant valleys. 

Stretching from a height of 2050 meters to 5000 meters, this trek routes will make your trekking experience a more vivid one. The steep paths and the stubborn routes will be filled with rocks and sharp turns.  You will also come across thick glaciers al throughout your route. Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba and much more are the magnificent peaks will be your friend during your trek.  The glorified view of the summits will make you stare at it for long.

About the Trek:

Bara Bhangal trek will offer you the chances to enjoy a close look the mighty Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges.  This trek will take you through some of the quaint little villages and also give you a chance to learn about the culture of this region. This trek for 11 days will take you to an adventure up in the mountains beginning from Lama Dugh at 3,380 meters, which is about a 4 -5 hours of drive from Manali. Each day comes with new surprises and full of amazing views of the region.  Pass by the amazing beauty of the  Indrasan and Bara Shigri glacier and then trek through Lama Dugh crossing Thanpri Tibba, Base of Kalihani Pass, Devi ki Marhi, Dal Marhi and finally Bara Bhangal.

You will start you trek the thick forests but offers you the distinct views of multiple peaks at the distance and the alpine mountains. As you keep trekking you will come across several small streams and then take some steep descents to the base of the Kalihani Pass. You trek will be long and arduous days but the views of the surroundings will keep you occupied all the time. Once you reach the Kalihani Glacier you will catch the glimpse of 360-degree views of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Ranges c

Keep trekking through the Ravi River and the pass through the deodar forest. Once you reach Bara Bhangal, the trails will go to Mardh crossing the big pass Thamsar and then you will pass through the birch and pine forest which is hidden from the normal eye of the onlookers. Catch the sight of the Kangra Valley from the top of Thamsar. Complete you trek on the eleventh day after you drive back to Dharamshala or Billing. 


Quick Facts:

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

Itinerary

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

    On your first day, you will reach Manali and then depart for your trek.

    The Bara Bhangal Trek climb is through thick forests but there is no water at this point.

    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.

    Your 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.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    After enjoying a delicious breakfast get ready for the trek.

    You today's trek is through a steep ridge below Thanpri Tibba (4000m).

    Catch the magnificent glimpse of Manali, situated on the left bank of River Beas and the whole upper Kullu valley.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    Today will be a long day in your Bara Bhangal trekking. Continue your trek after your breakfast.

    You trek 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.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    Begin with a delicious breakfast and then start with a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a moraine and the Kalihani glacier.

    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.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    Start you day with a breakfast and get ready for the trek

    Today your trail first crosses over the Kalihani Nullah and descends into the oak and birch forests.

    Continue trekking through flat grounds and then with few ups and downs.

    Just before the end of day there is a steep climb before you arrive at the Dal Marhi campsite.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    Today you trekking trails takes you down the Ravi river into the deodar forest

    Then continue your trek to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

  • Day 7 - Bara Bhangal

    This day will be spent in resting at Bara Bhangal.

    Explore the village and surrounding areas.

    Bara Bhangal is isolated and seldom visited.

    Here you will find members of the Gaddi tribe inhabit it.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

  • 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.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    Today you will start with a steep ascent over moraine, scree and glacier.

    The climb is broken by a small lake just below the pass.

    Continue trekking and then from the top of Thamsar, you will get your first glimpse of the lush Kangra valley.

    While on the other side of the pass, it's a steep, long descent till you reach the campsite at Plachak.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    Today will be the easiest day of the Bara Bhangal trek so far. Start after your breakfast.

    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.

    Overnight stay at the camps.

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

    Your trek will be an easy one today as you will be 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.

    End of tour.

Stay

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  • Accommodation on a twin sharing/ triple sharing basis on camps, tents and guesthouses

Meal

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  • All veg meals will be provided while on trek

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • 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

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  • Transportation from Manali
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  • Vehicles like Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller are used
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  • Transportation is also provided by local jeeps and other similar vehicles for short trips between the lodge and the several trekking points

Things To Carry

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  • 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

Advisory

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  • 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

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value 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 booking value 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 booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • 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 and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Aadinath Somayaji

     Rated : 5.0

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    One of the best and the most memorable trek I ever did, I can’t help thanking these guys from Heyhimalayas for arranging everything so well. We started from Manali and then started trekking through the dense jungles. The climb was a steep one and we could see the Indrasan, Deo Tibba and peaks of Bara Shigri glacier. On our second and third day we trekked through steep ridge below Thanpri Tibba whle enjoying the views of Manali. It was quite a long trek through the meadows and then a steep descent through the stream. We trekked through splendid 360 degree view of hanging glaciers, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. During your trek route most of the time you will pass through some pine, deodar and birch forests. Our guide cum trek leader Kunjal was helping us to find the easiest route as he have been to this trek lot of time. The trek was a moderate one with a lot of steep descents. But the best was when we did camping under the clear night sky. The tents provided to us were really good and there were proper toilet facilities as well. Another best thing about the trek was when we explored the nearby villages, the locals were very friendly and helpful. It was a great trip altogether. Thanks to the guys of Heyhimalayas for making our trek a memorable one.

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    Story by Gauraang Iyer

     Rated : 5.0

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    Bir Bhangal Trek is one of the nice treks to take in the Kullu Valley. I was looking for some trekking option when my friend suggested me this trek. I went through Heyhimalayas, they will give you the best trip ever. 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. It was an absolute treat for me since I have always been on the lookout for an isolated escape and some stories to add in my travel diary. Although the trek was difficult, but some good company and guide who encouraged us throughout the trek. The rustic countryside will make you fall in love with the place. 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. Over all a great trek.

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    Story by Bhisham Kaniyar

     Rated : 4.0

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    I along with my collegue went on this trek to take a break from the daily busy schedule. It was an awesome trip for us. The trek route took us to so many peaks from Manali to Kalihani that we lost count, we just kept climbing. It was such a beautiful sight from the top that you will fall in love with nature. But be careful when you walk on the steep rocks as it can get tricky at time. Food and accommodation during the trek was really great. I would like to advise that please try to add better transportation facilities. Otherwise the trek was really a great one.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How is weather on Bara Bhangal Trek?

      The Bara Bhangal trek weather keeps changing according to the climate. ? Moderately cold weather is always experienced at Bara Bhangal. ? There will be heavy rain during the monsoons and snowfall which usually stops access to the summits in winter. ? May to June and then from August to September, are the main seasons for trekking. ? he climatic conditions in Bara Bhangal are pleasant with an average daily temperature of about 15-18 degree Celsius and night temperature ranging from 4-10 degree Celsius for most of the months.

    2. What is the difficulty level?

      Bara Bhangal trek is considered to be a difficult one. It is not suitable for first timers and beginners. ? Highly rough moraines and steep slopes make the routes through the thick forests and glaciers make it very difficult for the Trekkers. ? The age-old villages and tribal parts of the valley have very old and broken pathways leading to the most beautiful Dhauladhar Ranges and Pir Panjal Ranges which can be conquered by highly fit and mentally strong Trekkers.

    3. Is Diamox is advisable?

      Yes, to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or simply altitude sickness. ? Diamox is a must buy medicine that you should have handy. ? You will be taken to really tall heights and it will be great if you have 10-12 Diamox tablets with you to avoid the uneasiness that happens due to acute mountain sickness.

    4. How do I get in shape?

      The difficulty level of the trek is quite high compared to the others for which you require a good amount of fitness and stamina. To get into shape you can start with the following to keep your body and mind fit. ? You can start by jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. ? Make it a point to take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. ? A brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some exercise like stretching and core to get your body fit. ? Yoga every day is also advisable every day to regulate your breathing properly.

    5. What is the best time for Bara Bhangal Trek?

      The Bara Bhangal is closed for six months and is open for Trekkers only for the remaining six months due to its harsh weather. ? From Mid June to Mid October when Thamsar Pass is open is when the Bara Bhangal is accessible. This is one of the most remote villages in Himachal Pradesh.

    6. What is the level of fitness expected of the participants?

      This trek is a little difficult compared to the others for which you require a good amount of fitness and stamina. To get your fitness levels high you can start with the following to keep your body and mind fit. ? You can start by jogging every day and then do cycling for some time to keep your legs fit. ? Make it a point to take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep your leg muscles strong. ? A brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some exercise like stretching and core to get your body flexible. ? Yoga every day is also advisable every day to regulate your breathing properly.

    7. What clothing and equipment should I carry from my side?

      It is important to carry the necessary clothing and equipment needed for this Bara Bhangal Trek. A few essential that you need to take on the trek include: ? Jeans or trekking pants, shirts or T-shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woollen sweater, thermal innerwear, socks, scarves, and woollen gloves etc. as clothing essentials to bear the chilling cold weather at Bara Bhangal Pass. ? Comfortable trekking shoes, lightweight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sunglasses, torch, medicines, personal toiletries, comfortable backpack bag, waterproof covers or bags etc are a few essential to be taken from your side.

    8. What shoes should I carry?

      The most important element to be given importance for the trek is the Shoe. It is always better to carry proper trekking shoes while you head out to do Bara Bhangal trek. ? On the way, you will find many slippery, steep as well as rough roads during your trek. ? To get a good grip, you will need proper trekking shoes as normal sports shoes won’t be enough and comfortable to climb the trails up till the summit. ? On this long and sturdy trek you will cover a long distance by walk, so you need proper trekking shoes which are comfortable and tough. ? Opt for trekking shoes that are flexible, have good ankle support and are water resistant.

    9. Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?

      Altitude sickness is very common among most Trekkers. It is ideal that you carry medicines to deal with this when in your trek. You can avoid it by following the below steps: ? Drinking lots of water will stabilize the body and get rid of Altitude sickness along with resting at regular intervals. ? The best rate of acclimatization is to gain no more than 1000 feet per a day. If you increase this rate you will be much more susceptible to Elevation Sickness. ? Getting adequate and enough sleep also can help avoid sickness as you move to greater heights. ? Medications like Diamox will also help get rid of this sickness.

    10. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on Bara Bhangal Trek?

      The most important aspect needed for trekking is controlled and sound mindless. One should have a strong mindset to make through the difficult forest phase as there would be blind curves and steep slopes while in the trek. ? Usage of smoke and alcohol will seriously damage the overall function of the body. ? You will lose control and face some serious consequences. ? So, it is advisable to refrain from smoking and drinking.

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