Bara Bhangal Trek

Bara Bhangal Trek

 

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Bara Bhangal Trek - [9th to 18th October 2013]


 This trek, also known as the Shepherds trail trek takes you over Kalihani and Thamsar passes and is limited to experienced trekkers in rugged backcountry and with good know-how of hiking and camping. One of the more challenging routes, it takes one from the lush green Kullu valley to the stark landscapes of Bara Bhangal range. But for the trouble, it is a very fruitful trek that people looking for an isolated, in-tune-with-nature routes.


Trip Details:

Type                     

    High Altitude Trekking             

Altitude

    4900 meters

Meeting point

    Manali – 9th Oct 2013

Gradient

    Moderately Challenging

Ending point

    Bir – 18th Oct 2013

 


Tentative Schedule:


Day 01 - 9th Oct 2013: The participants arrive in Manali.


Day 02- 10th Oct 2013: Manali – Lama Dugh (3017m) 
Duration: 4 hours

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.


Day 03 - 11th Oct 2013: Lama Dugh – Riyali Thach (3400m)
Duration: 3 hours


The height gain on this day is approximately 1 km. The trek is through steep a ridge below Khand Pari 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.


Day 04 - 12th Oct 2013: Riyali Thach – Base of Kalihani Pass (4010m) 
Duration: 6 hours


A longish day. The 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.


Day 05 - 13th Oct 2013: Base of Kalihani – Devi ki Marhi (3850m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m)
Duration: 8 hours


Today will be a long, ardrous day with a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a morraine and the Kalihani glacier. Take time off at the pass to get a splendid 360 degree view of hanging glaciers, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar rangees. 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.


Day 06 - 14th Oct 2013: Devi Ki Marhi – Dal Marhi (3900m)
Duration: 6 hours


The trail first crosses over the Kalihani Nullah and descends into the oak and birch forests. Most of path then is flat with few ups and downs. Just before the end of day though is a steep climb before you arrive at the Dal Marhi campsite.


Day 07 - 15th Oct 2013: Dal Marhi – Bara Bhangal (2882m)
Duration: 6 hours


The trail now continues down the Ravi river into the deodar forest, to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.


Day 08 - 16th Oct 2013: Bara Bhangal – Mardh (3830m)
Duration: 5 hours


Today we 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.


Day 09 - 17th Oct 2013: Mardh – Plachak (2721m) via Thamsar Pass (4878m)
Duration: 7 hours


Another day of steep ascent over morraine, scree and glacier. The climb is broken by a small lake just below the pass. From on top of Thamsar, you will get your first glimpse of the lush Kangra valley. On the other side of the pass, it’s a steep, long descent till you reach the campsite at Plachak, well below the tree line.


Day 10 - 18th Oct 2013: Plachak – Rajgundha (2440m) – Billing (2310m)
Duration: 6 hours


The easiest day of the trek so far. 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. A vehicle will pick you up at Billing and drop you to Bir or Dharamshala. Or you can choose to fly from Billing to Bir on a tandem paraglider.



Cost Includes:

  1. Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.

  2. Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food will be served.

  3. Guide, cook and camp helpers.

  4. Horses with horsemen to carry loads on  the route.

  5. Two people will be accommodated in one tent.


 

Cost Excludes:

  1. Any expenses of personal nature like phone call, detour etc

  2. Any air/train ticket to reach Delhi and return from Delhi

  3. Any transport and hotel accommodations.

  4. Extra food apart from mentioned above.

  5. Anything not mentioned above.


 

 Thing to carry:

  1. Backpack 35- 40 Liters (this will go on the horse. If you want to carry it on your back your welcome)

  2. Small day pack 20 Liters (you can use this on the trail to carry your trail food, camera, water and trail layers.)

  3. Hiking pants/trousers and shirts

  4. Good walking/hiking shoes

  5. Flash light with extra batteries

  6. Sunglasses (optional)

  7. Suntan lotion and toiletries

  8. Camera (optional)

  9. Water bottle

  10. Warm jacket/pullover

  11. Warm gloves

  12. Warm socks

  13. Raincoat

  14. Prescribed medication (if any)


The Terms and conditions mentioned below shall apply for the event:

  1. Maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the participant. However, BMC & their management or employees will not be responsible for injuries of any nature, mental or physical, whether caused directly or indirectly due to any adventure sports or their allied activities.

  2. Every participant is required to fill a registration form and indemnity bond prior to the commencement of the trip.

  3. Refund and cancellation:
    - If you cancel 20 days before the trip begins, BMC will retain 20% of the trip cost.
    - If you cancel 15 days before the trip begins, BMC will retain 50 % of the trip cost.
    - If you cancel less than 14 days before the trip begins, or, are not present when the trip begins, there will be no refund.

  4. BMC will take every care to ensure that itineraries are followed to the letter but circumstances beyond control may necessitate changes. In case of changes in routes and properties, BMC will accept no liability but make arrangements for substitution of equal.

  5. BMC will accept no liability for any damage, losses and expenses suffered by any client as a result of sickness, quarantine, weather conditions, war, strikes, riots or any other cause outside our control.

  6. Any damage, other than that attributable to fair wear and tear, to the equipments by the participants will be billed to you. Our decision on all such matters will be final and binding.

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