Tribe of Trekkers - 3 (Mountain Warriors)
Meet the descendents of Alexander the Great! Bara Bhangal Trek via Kaliahani Pass With WATERFALL RAPPELLING at The Blues @ Barot
What is it all about
- This Trek is meant for the serious mountaineers. Situated at a height of 4826 m, Thamsar Pass possesses a fascinating appeal. You will be lead to a village of 400 people, over a centuries old mule trail, some makeshift shops on the way, 2 beautiful lakes on either side of the pass, the mighty Pir Panjals, three sister peaks above Panhartu, lush green meadows with fabulous yellow flowers and a few waterfalls.
- An interesting aspect is that this trail has not been frequented by many despite being in the deeper range of Himalayas and offering pristine views. Thamsar Pass, which links Chhota Bhangal region with Bara Bhangal region, is one of the highest passes in Dhauladhar Range. With no road access and surrounded by mighty peaks and passes, Bara Bhangal is one of the remotest inhabited area of Himachal.
- We proceed upto Panhartu, which is the base camp of Thamsar on Chhota Bhangal side. A major part of the trek lies along Uhl valley which is a beautiful and relatively unexplored region in the lap of Dhauladhar range. This 12-day trek ends in Manali.
|Trekking Trail||Barot – Plachak – Juhardi –Panhartu – Thamsar top – Bara-bhangal- Kalihani Pass - Manali|
|Duration||11 Nights / 12 Days|
|Region||Kangra & Manali, Himachal Pradesh|
|Trekking Hrs||6 -10 per day walk|
|Difficulty||Moderate - Difficult|
|Minimum Age||Experienced High Altitude Trekker|
|Average temperature||In the day time13-18 degrees & Night Temperature is -10 to 7 degrees|
Accomodation in Swiss Cottages on Day 1, followed by Waterfall rappelling, crossing the famous Thamsar Pass and meeting a tribe which has no accesss to the outer world for several months in a year.
Day 1: Arrival at "The Blue's @ Barot" Day 2: Lohardi - Badagran-Rajgundha-Plachak Day 3: Palchak - Panhartu Day 4: Panhartu– Thamsar Pass – Mahru Day 5: Mahru – Bara Bhangal Day 6: Rest day Day 7: Bara Bhangal – Sukha Parav Day 8: Sukha Parav – Lamba Parav Day 9: Lamba Parav – Gwari Day 10: Gwari –Kalihani Pass – Sanghor Day 11: Sanghor – Sangchur Day 12: Sangchor - Manali
Day By Day Tour Details:
Your first destination- ‘The Blue’s at Barot’- is located just 3 km from Barot Market. It will provide you a one of its kind Luxury Swiss cottage glamping experience along the beautiful terraced fields of Lohardi in the stunningly beautiful Barot valley. The landscape is surrounded by mountains and made mesmerising due to presence of river Uhl. Barot usually has an awesome weather throughout the year and is known for angling and trout fishing farms. Enjoy a spacious and comfortable stay amidst nature, do rock climbing, rappelling over the BAROT waterfall or cross the river while enjoying good music, food and conversations.
We will start our trek from Lohardi and reach the village of Badagran where we come across a beautiful waterfall and a gushing stream flowing below a concrete bridge. amidst rows of wooden houses. Explore the untouched places in the lap of Dhauladhar range, as you proceed towards Rajgundha. Chirping of wirds, tranquil air and virgin views of snow capped mountains welcome you at the quaint village of Ragundha.
You take an easy to trek to reach Plachak crossing lush green landscapes along the river. There is only one tea shop and a forest guest house in Plachak. We will halt there and have lunch. Through a moderate ascent, we will reach Juhardi at the base of Thamsar Pass. Here we will catch plenty of snow and frozen glaciers. You enjoy the abundant bounty of nature and gape at the clear blue sky, while the gushing roar of the nearby river keep things exciting till late night. We retire in the comfortable tents after some bonfire and dinner.
We will trek across villages of Plachak, Guhardi and a beautiful scenic waterfall to the base of Thamsar Pass. On the way, we will encounter over beautiful green meadows and thick forests. We will spend the night at a camp in Panhartu.
The trek to Thamsar pass (4826 m) can be weary and time taking. A beautiful small glacial lake can be seen on the way. The pass is surrounded by snow and shares two different valleys (Kangra & Ravi valley). After reaching the pass, the trail descends to an expanse of snow towards the north. The trekkers and local shepherds called ‘gaddis’ mostly camp at a place called Mahru and enjoy a leisurely night at the camp with bonfire and dinner.
Travel arrangements can be made for those who want to cut short the trek here and go to Bir.
From Mahru, it is a downhill trek to Bara Bhangal a famous attraction for hiking enthusiasts, mountaineers, nature lovers and anthropologists. The visitors get to experience the lives of local tribes who live here in complete isolation following their own traditions, unaffected by the outer world. Immerse yourself in a one of its kind cultural experience and spend the night at a camp.
This day is meant for resting and exploring the local area. Bara Bhangal is one of the remotest villages of the Himalayas. Members of the Gaddi tribe, who claim to be descendents of Aleander’s army, inhabit this isolated village, sandwiched between the Kaliheni Pass (4800 m) and Thamsar Pass (4826 m).
Surrounded by impregnable mountains and challenging passes, this village remains inaccessible to the rest of the civilization. Horses carry ration to this village during summer. There is a primary school, old wooden houses and also a hydel power project (for which equipment was flown from a helicopter) out here. The friendly villagers will greet you with a smile and offer Tea, sweets, dried meat, buttermilk, apples, fresh milk, rajmah etc. You will be charmed by their hospitality and it will be an insult to say no to their offerings.
This trek passes through a thick forest with streams and a meandering landscape which involves many ups and down. Our journey towards Sukha Parav would be a scenic feast for the eyes with a stunning panorama of peaks all around. The forests will have trees of silver birch, rhododendron and blue pine
The journey from Sukha Parav will be rather easy with a moderate and gradual trek over rock boulders. Come across beautiful vistas and gushing rivulets before finally calling it a day at our camp in Lamba Parav.
This is going to be an arduous trek as it will involve a steep rise to the camping ground. Gwari is situated on the foothill of Kalihini pass where the Kalihini river originates and joins the Ravi near Bara Bhangal.
From Gwari, the ascent is going be stiff and tiring but the rewards will be sweet. As you reach the Kalihani pass you are surrounded by jaw dropping views of the mountains of Greater Himalayas. Even while descending, you will have to exercise balance and self control. After a hectic day of trek, we will spend the night at a place called Sanghor.
After having a hearty breakfast you start from Sanghor. This day’s trek would comprise several ridges along the way. You will also come across beautiful gushing streams before arriving at Sangchur where you will have dinner and spend the night.
This is going to be a comparatively easy trail which can be covered in 2-3 hrs. The downward trek passes through beautiful hamlets of Kullu Valley.
Included In The Trekking Trail:
- ACCOMMODATION ON DOUBLE/TRIPLE/MULTIPLE SHARE ON DAY 1 AT THE BLUE’S@BAROT
- ACCOMMODATION IN CAMPING TENTS(2/3 MEN- ALL WEATHER TENTS) ON TREKKING DAYS
MEALS AS MENTIONED
- LUXURY SWISS COTTAGE STAY ONLY AT "THE BLUES" - LOHARDI ( ON DAY 1)
- SLEEPING BAGS, TENTS, TOILET TENTS, GUIDE ON TREKKING DAYS
- FOREST FEE
- ADVENTURE ACTIVITY AS PER THE PLAN (RIVER CROSSING, ROCK CLIMBING, WATERFALL RAPPELLING)
- EVENING BONFIRE WHEREVER POSSIBLE
- IN-HOUSE MUSIC SYSTEM AT "THE BLUE'S @ BAROT"
MEALS AS MENTIONED
Excluded In The Trekking Trail:
- ALL EXPENSES PERSONAL IN NATURE
- ANY MEALS WHICH IS NOT PART OF THE INCLUSIONS
- PORTER CHARGES@ INR 450/- PER BAG PER DAY
- GST @5%
Tour Cost Per Person:
COST PER PERSON - INR 23,999/- + 5% . The cost is based on minimum group size.
Fix Departure Dates:
- Trail No 01: SEPETEMBER 05 – 16 (01 Weekend & 01 Long Weekend)
Day one will be spent at The Blue’s @ Barot in a luxurious hideout near Uhl river, where you will share room with fellow trekkers. The stay on all other days will be in all weather trekking tents (3/4 persons). Apart from this, we will also put up toilet tents alongside each camp. Pack light and carry light as there is no provision for coming back to Barot and picking up luggage. Also, do not leave behind any valuables.
Yes, trekkers will be provided high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
Day time temperatures will range from 13 to 18ºC and night time temperature will range from 0 to 7ºC till September. At campsites on higher altitudes, it can be quite cold.
There will be snow from Panhartu (Day 4) while crossing Thamsar Pass and beyond. The amount of snow reduces in June. September has very little snow and October is likely to have snow in the higher reaches if fresh winter snowfall begins.
We will continue on the trail as planned if it starts raining while you’re trekking. Your poncho should be able to protect you from the rain. Protect your belongings by carrying a backpack cover. We normally huddle together in a covered area and play games if it starts raining at the campsite. All the tents (dining, kitchen and toilet) will be water proof so you will stay dry inside.
BRE will arrange pick – up vehicles/shared cabs from BIR. This transport cost is to be borne by the trekkers and will amount to approximately Rs 500 per person (8/9 pax allowed in one cab). You will have to pay the driver directly. The drive to Lohardi, Barot will take around 3 hrs.
The trek ends in Manali. You can explore the town of Manali and plan your onward journey.
September is ideal month. September and October don’t have too much snow but the valley is lush green after the rains and the sky clears up to give great views of the Dhauladhar range.
Sadly no. There are several websites that rent out hiking equipment. BRE does not rent out any such stuff.
Barabhangal trek is a challenging trek. We recommend this to people with prior high altitude trekking experience. Experienced or not, this trek requires high levels of fitness and stamina, and should not be undertaken without thorough preparation.
Sure! You can offload your backpack at Rs 450/- per bag per day, if you inform us in advance. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kgs. Strollers, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed.
Nope this trek is meant for seasoned trekkers.
A BRE team comprising a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
The Blue’s @ Barot will have concrete toilets but on other days, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. There will be 2 to 4 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. There will be a deep pit inside the toilet tent to answer nature’s call. Soil and shovel will be used to cover it up. Since these will be dry toilets, you will have to use toilet paper. Don’t worry as this is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wilderness.
PS: We recommend using toilet paper and not wet wipes since the latter is not bio-degradable.
BRE uses a well planned menu suitable for high/low altitude treks. Breakfast could have a wide variety ranging from bread-butter/jam, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, Sabzi, Rice, Roti and Dessert. Dry snacks like biscuits will also be provided. You may bring dry fruits if necessary.
Our campsites are set up near water sources. Besides, the valley has ample number of streams all around. Two litres of water should be enough for a day’s trek.
You will find mobile network at Lohardi, Barot, Bir, Billing. Majorly, BSNL, JIO, VODAFONE works in most part of the trek except Plachak , Juhardi, Panhartu. There will be electricity charging points at the guest house in Lohardi.
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend the Forclaz 500 or 600 from Decathlon. Of these, the Forclaz 600 is more water resistant. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all BRE treks.
Essentials To Be Carried:
- Warm clothes for the night, raincoat, pullovers, jacket
- A towel and an extra change of clothes.
- A water bottle ( they can be refilled at the campground)
- Light comfortable clothing for the day
- Personal Toiletries
- Flashlight / Torch
- Footwear - Comfortable slippers for your stay at the camp, shoes for nature walks & night trails. A good pair of trekking shoes and floaters
- Personal medication
- An empty bag to store your wet clothes
Camping Activity Stuff:
- That book you brought a while ago and never got the chance to read
- Board games, poker sets etc.
- Sketching/drawing material
- Outdoor games equipment ( badminton, frisbee, football etc)
- Binoculars for bird watching
- Your acoustic musical instrument ( Guitar, flute, bongo etc)
- Any outdoor gear you brought but never had the chance to actually use!
- TENT ETIQUETTE (You will be fined for the damage caused by disobeying these rules.)
- Strictly no footwear and NO eating, drinking, cooking or smoking in the Tent.
- Don't put any weight on the tent (clothes or anything else) - the tent poles can snap under even a little vertical weight.
- Pay extra attention to tent zippers - they are quite delicate and they keep the mosquitoes out
- Please take care of the tent and keep it clean since it is your “room” in the outdoors.
- Take in the outdoors, but keep wild creatures outside by making sure your tents are zipped up at all times.
- Silent hours are in effect post 11:00pm. Keep your voice down. Remember sound travels far in open spaces. Please observe silent hours.
- Please use the nearest trash cans for EVERYTHING.
- Please ensure that you leave your campsite neat & tidy for the next campers. Ask for garbage bags if you require them!
- Please point out to the nearest helper if you are unhappy with the toilet cleanliness.
- Please also follow toilet etiquette since you are not the only persons using the toilets.
- Please respect others privacy and do not trespass on other people’s sites.
- Playing music late in the NIGHT at the campground is usually not permissible. Please be mindful of the fellow camper’s experience.
- DO NOT SMOKE close to any dry grass. This is a fire hazard.
- Water is Scarce in the mountains, please use it intelligently
The interested person should be physically fit but more importantly, this voyage requires mental agility. Riding, trekking and driving in high altitude region leaves a toll on one’s body. Anywhere above 8000 ft, the atmospheric pressure falls drastically and as a result, our body requires more oxygen to reach the blood cells. So, one has to work harder to get more oxygen. But the good news is that one gets acclimatized as one gains the altitude. You should carry your personal medication such as Diamox for necessary precaution and faster acclimatization. Do loads of breathing exercises and train your heart and lungs to cope up with the changing altitude.
- A sum of Rs 2500/- to be paid as booking registration amount.
- Within two weeks of registration, one has to pay 50 per cent of the trip cost.
- The rest of the balance has to be paid before the trip commences.
- Accommodation will be provided in pre decided deluxe 3 star hotels and camps.
- It must be noted that cheques won’t be accepted.
- Those not able to visit our office to confirm the booking, can go ahead and deposit the amount in our bank account or transfer the money through net banking.
- Do make sure to send us a screenshot/scanned copy of the bank slip along with personal details once you are done making the payment.
There will be strictly no Refund on unutilized services of the package.
However in case you do need to cancel your booking owing to any unforeseen circumstances, please do the following:
- Inform us about the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive your written request.
- The payment made for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s).
- The charges of cancellation will be as follows:
More than 45 Days: Full refund (after we deduct any expense that has been incurred for hotel bookings, transport etc.)
Between 30 to 45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after we deduct any expense that has been incurred for hotel bookings, transport etc.)
Between 15 to 30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after we deduct any expense that has been incurred for hotel bookings, transport etc.)
Less than 15 Days: No refund will be made
Requests for written cancellation will be accepted only on working days. Any cancellation sent across on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be taken up on the next official working day.