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Bara Bangahal Trek

The name of this trek comes from the remote village of Bara Bangahal in Kangra region. This village is located among many high altitude passes and act as a converging point of many trek routes. This will be the only village of the entire trek. This trek starts from Manali in Kullu valley and finishes at Bir village in Kangra, enroute crossing two mighty high altitude passes of Dhauladhar range Kalihani pass(4725m) and Thamsar pass(4878m). It is a wild & isolated trek which offers a very unique experience of Himalayan beauty.

Trip Duration Difficulty Max. height Trek Start Trek End
9 days (8 nights) Moderate/Hard 4878m Manali Billing

Itinerary

Day 1
Manali – Lama Dugh (3017m) 6 HRS
The trip starts with drive to Dungri village, a steep trail leads its way through pine, oak and silver birch forest to lama Dugh. Here the tree line ends and after this only alpine meadows will be encountered.

Day 2
Lama Dugh – Riyali Thach (3400m) 7 HRS
The day starts with a steep hike to Khand Pari Tibba col (4000m), from this point we can have a magnificent view of a 360 degree panorama, the Dhauladhar , Pir Panjal and Chandrabhaga range with their majestic mountain reveals themselves. From Khanparipari tibba the trek descends to Riyali Thach for tonight’s campsite.

Day 3
Riyali Thach – Base of Kalihani pass (4050m) 6 HRS
Leaving Riyali Thach the trail proceed through open meadows then descends to a prominent stream, crossing the stream the trail continues through steep slopes to reach the base of Kalihani pass. From here one can see beautiful view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan Peak.

Day 4
Base of Kalihani pass- Devi ka Marhi (3900m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m) 9HRS
A long and strenuous hike through steep slopes crossing scree and moraine zones of Kalhani glacier leads to top of Kalihani Pass (4725m). From here a grand 360 degree view of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges can be seen. The descent is through another glacier with few glacial lakes enroute, will lead to the campsite of Devi ka Marhi(3900m).

Day 5
Devi ka Marhi – suni nala (3930m) 6HRS
The trail crosses over the Kalihani Nullah, climbs a little and enters a beautiful meadow, through the meadow the trail climbs gradually up, hiking for few hours the tree line ends and the campsite in Suni Nala is reached.

Day 6
Suni Nala- Bara Bangahal (2900m) 6 HRS
A gradual hike over the ridge line on top of the meadows leads to start of the tree lines and fields above the village of Bara Bangahal. From here the trail descents steeply to the village.

Day 7
Bara Bangahal – Mardh (3850m) 5 HRS
The trail continues up through pine, deodar and birch forest, crossing few streams here & there. It reaches the campsite of Mardh which serves as the base camp for crossing Thamsar pass next day.

Day 8
Mardh – Plachak (2800m) via Thamsar pass (4878m) 8 HRS
The climb up to Thamsar pass ascent through steep scree and moraine zones of the glacier. Just before the top of the pass a small & beautiful lake will ease the pain of this arduous climb. From the top the pass, one will be able to see the Kangra region for the first time. The trail steeply descents at the start to reach the tree line and gets more gentle as it winds through the forest of pine deodar & silver birch reaching Plachak, the last campsite of this memorable trek.

Day 9
Plachak – Rajgundha (2500mt) – Billing (2300mt) 6 Hrs
The trail continues through the forest crisscrossing many mountain streams and gradually widens, one can now get great views of Kangra valley. The trek ends at Billing, where it reaches the road head , from here 40 min drive Leads to Bir village where the journey ends.


Pricing

Includes – Jeep Manali to Dungari village, jeep Billing to Bir, all Tented accommodation, all meals, communal trekking equipment (tents, kitchen, sleeping beg, sleeping mat, horse/porters..), guide, cook.

Excludes – First day breakfast and last day dinner. Transportation to reach Manali & leaving from Bir. Accommodation at Manali and Bir

Number of people Price per person
1 RS 52,500
2 RS 32,000
3 RS 30,000
4 RS 28,000
5 RS 26,000
6 RS 24,000
7 RS 22,000
8 RS 20,000

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