Bara bhangal trek is one the most challenging treks in Himachal Pradesh. It offers a variety of terrains and landscapes and make way across streams, villages, mountain passes, glaciers and lakes. It offers a true experience of the quaint and remote culture in these quiet villages lost time The journey is challenging yet suitable for the eager beginner. This 11 night itinerary will take you through a world of pristine nature. If you are looking for a challenging trek in Himachal exploring its cultural beauty at the same time Bara Bhangal trek is one of the best suited choice recommended by White Peaks Adventures.
Adventure Trek Highlights
Total Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Region : Manali/ Bir
Grade : Challenging
Maximum Altitude : 4900 m/ 16000 ft.
Best Season : June to October
Adventure Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Reporting in Manali
Reporting – Acclimatization – Orientation & Briefing of the trek. Spend the day at your leisure. Enough time will be given to explore the town.
Overnight at hotel, Manali
Day 2: Manali to Lama Dugh
After breakfast our excursion will begin with a short yet demanding first day trek of approximately four hours. A perfect day enjoying the great view of the valley, mountain villages, and lush green meadows. The trail goes through dense oak forest with a gradual slope and steep climbs. As we reach Lamadugh we enter picturesque alpine meadows where we will setup our campsite (3017m). From here you can spot the white peaks of the Pir Panjal mountain range highlighting Mt Deo Tibba, Mt Indrasan.
Overnight at camp, Lama Dugh
Day 03: Lama Dugh to Riyali Thach
We gain a significant amount of altitude today to have one of the best view of Manali and other villages of Kullu valley. Crossing a steep ridge below the Thanpari Tibba will lead us to another dense oak forest. After about four hours we will find ourselves in the meadows of Riyali Thach (3400m).Enjoy yourself gazing continuously to the magnificent views of the most famous Solang Valley and Rohtang Valley on our way.
Overnight in campsite, Riyali Thach
Day 04: Riyali Thach to Base of Kalihani Pass
Ready for our first day of real adventure, this will be the longest day so far as we’ll be on our feet for around six hours today. As we start we save enough energy walking in meadows and a gradual descend for a steep climb which will easily take around 2-3 hours of hard work. Here we reach base of Kalihani Pass (4010m) where we spend the rest of the day gazing the white peaks and landscapes of Himachal.
Overnight in campsite, Kalihani Pass
Day 05: Base of Kalihani to Devi ki Marhi
Today things get a bit more challenging as we climb up to a beautiful mountain pass of Himachal at 15500 ft. Probably the longest of all days we start this day with a steep uphill climb over the scree and rocky patches. We are rewarded with a small shrine at the top where we spend some time to enjoy the 360 degree view of the valley. The adventure doesn’t end here as we climb downhill crossing few pristine glacial lakes to reach Devi ki Marhi for the overnight stay.
Overnight at Camp, Devi ki Marhi
Day 06: Devi Ki Marhi to Dal Marhi
It's time to enter the forests again. We start the day walking a typical Himalayan trail to cross the Kalihani Nallah following with a gradual descent into the conifer and oak forests. After crossing a few streams we will reach our campsite for the night, Dal Marhi (3900m).
Overnight at Camp, Dal Marhi
Day 07: Dal Marhi to Bara Bhangal
Today our trail will traverse the Ravi river passing rhododendrons and birch trees as we make our descent into the village of Bara Banghal (2882m), where we will set up our camp for the evening.
Overnight at Camp, Bara Bhangal
Day 08 : Rest day
Spend this day gazing the white peaks with a hot chai or exploring the village.
Overnight at Camp, Bara Bhangal
Day 09: Bara Bhangal to Marhi
We will leave our campsite as we left it and enter forests of deodar, pine, and birch trees with interconnecting streams and views of mountain passes and glaciers. We will set up our camp this evening in Marhi (3830m).
Overnight at Camp, Marhi
Day 10: Marhi to Plachak
A long day today, we will again cross the Thamsar pass, at 16000 ft it’s the highest point of our trip, and we’ll also get our first look at Kangra. Depending upon our progress we can spend some time relaxing here before we begin for a steep descend to reach campsite of Plachak.
Overnight at Camp, Plachak
Day 11: Plachak to Raigundha to Billing
We end our trip with a easy walking to reach the paragliding state of India. Following the trail which leads our way to enter a mixed forest of rhododendron and oak trees.The view of Kangra valley is spectacular. We arrange transport to reach Dharamshala which is well connected to major cities.
Your White Peaks Adventure ends here.
- Morning Tea
- Evening Tea
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- Transport required in the trek
- Certified mountaineering guide from White Peaks Adventures
- Skilled local staff who has ample knowledge of the route.
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
- Equipments – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
- Basic First aid Kit with portable oxygen cyclinder.
- Forest Permits and camping charges.
- GST 5%
- Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trailhead.