The Bara Bhangal trek is one of the most challenging treks in the whole Manali region. The trek demands crossing of two passes at an altitude of 5000 m and hence the expeditors having a good sum of trekking endurance and prior experience in trekking and climbing to explore the remote village of Bara Bhangal and some of their undefined ranges.
The trek that normally begins from the Hidimba Temple in the Manali town takes the ascenders across the thick alpine forests to reach at the campsites of Lamadug. The trekkers can then explore the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges that peep through the horizon at such heights. The path then continues through the Rhododendron and Pine forests to reach at the next step of camping at Riyali Thach. The next day will take the trekkers to the best campsite at the base of the Kalihani Pass to find the magnificent views of Deo Tibba, Indrasan and Indrakila. While crossing the Kalihani Pass at an altitude of 4800 m will remediate the moods through visualizing ice, snow on the glacier and moraines at the valley.
While heading downwards the expeditors can find the ample choices of glacial lakes on their routes along with the lines of trees side by side. By crossing several streams the trekkers can reach to Bara Bhangal, one of the remote villages in India and that continues to the Thamsar Pass at the height of 4600 m with a stopover at Murh. The village of Bara Bhangal is one of the few areas in the country that has been relatively untouched by the vagaries of globalization.
Take the trek descending through Plachak, Rajgundha and then towards Billing which is a famous spot for paragliding to explore the adventure sports activities to make the trekking fun more genuine and rewarding.
Day 1 Delhi - Manali (510 kms/12-13 hrs)
In the evening drive to Manali by AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 2 Manali
Arrival at Manali by morning. On arrival transfer to hotel for relax. After leisure visit Hadimba Devi temple, old Manali, Tibetan Monastery and the Mall road. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3 Manali - Lama Dugh (3380 mts/11087) 4 hrs
In the morning we will trek to Lama Dugh. 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. In the last lag, 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. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Day 4 Lama Dugh - Rani Sui (4268 mts/14000 ft) 3 hrs
Today we will trek to Rani Sui. The height gain on this day is approximately 1 km. The trek is through steep a 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. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 5 Rani Sui - Taintagiri Glacier (4917 mts/16128 ft) over Manali Pass (5070 mts/16630 ft) 5 hrs
The day is challenging and full of adventure. The Manali Pass offers some great views of the higher peaks in the region - Indrasan, Deo Tibba and Hannuman Tibba. Since the day involves a steep ascent to the pass and a descent to the glacier, it is advisable to start early. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 6 Taintagiri Glacier - Phulan Got (4064 mts/13330 ft) 4 hrs
The fourth day's walk takes one past the Taintagiri Nullah to the river Ravi. After the Manali pass, this is a considerably easy day with the only challenge being in crossing the Taintagiri Nullah. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 7 Phulan Got - Koari Got Spring (3253 mts/10670 ft) 4 hrs
The second glacier of the trek is crossed on this day. Starting early, the trail follows the river and then past the Karu glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 8 Koari Got Spring - Bara Bhangal (2582 mts/) 5 hours
The trail now continues down the Ravi River into the deodar forest, to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.
Day 9 Rest day at Bara Bhangal
Explore village and surrounding areas. Bara Bhangal is isolated and seldom visited. Members of the Gaddi tribe inhabit it. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 10 Kaori Got Spring - Balu Got (3917 mts/12848 ft) 4 hrs
Branch northward to begin the approach to Taintu Pass. The vegetation for the next two days is similar to that found in Lahaul.
Day 11 Bara Bhangal - Kaori Got Spring (5 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast trek back to Kaori Got Spring. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 11 Balu Got - Taintu Pass base (4 hrs)
In the morning set out to climb up to the base of the pass. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 12 Taintu Pass base - Beas Kund (4207 mts/13790 ft) 2 hrs
This is a strenuous day over ice gully and moraine. From the pass, one can see into both the valleys of Kullu and Bara Bhangal. Beas Kund is a lovely alpine meadow, which has a small pond which is considered the traditional source of the River Beas. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 13 Beas Kund - Solang Nullah (4 hrs) - Manali (1 hrs)
In the morning walk down the Beas river over moraine and grassland to the popular Solang Nullah and from here drive to Manali. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel.
Day 14 Manali - Delhi
Day at leisure and in the evening drive to Delhi by AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 15 Delhi
Arrival at Delhi by morning.
• Accommodation: Hotel at Manali with Bed and Breakfast basis. While on trek dome/alpine tent, carry mat, kitchen tent, stool etc will be provided.
• Transport: AC Volvo coach from Delhi – Manali and Manali to back. Tata Sumo/Toyota Qualis from Manali – Trek point and back.
• Meals: at Manali only breakfast will serve. Trek: On the trek all meals will be provided. Meal will be mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
• Porters: For carrying camping equipment, rations, vegetables and some amount of personal gear of the clients (one bag not weighing more than 15 kgs).
• Professional local trekking guide & cook would accompany you.
• Trekking fee
Cost does not include
• Transfer in Delhi
• Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
• Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
• Monument entry fee if any
• Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
• Any meals/services not mentioned above
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.