Bara Bhangal Trek is limited to people experienced in travelling in the rugged back country and with solid 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 taken, Bara Bhangal Trek is a very fruitful trek for the people who are looking for isolated and in-tune-with-nature routes.The eleven days Bara Bhangal Trek commences from Manali and takes you through Lama Dugh crossing Thanpri Tibba, glimpsing Manali on the run, just in time to reach our destination for the day-Riyali Thach.
Arrival at Manali. Spend most of the day to Acclimatize your body and adjust to change in temperature and altitude.
Day 1 to Lama Dugh is a climb through thick forest and lush green landscape. As one gains height the climb becomes steeper and the distinct views of different faces of Indrasan, Deo Tibba and peaks of Bara Shigri glacier open up. In the last leg, the path turns to the right and one traverses the ridge and enters the campsite on an alpine plateau studded with thick growth of alpine flowers. Dinner and overnight at camp at lama Dugh.
Have breakfast and Head towards Riyali Thach on Day 2.The height gain on this day is approximately 1000m. The trek is through a steep 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. Dinner and overnight at camp at Riyali Thach.
Day 03 takes you base camp of Kalihani Pass.The trail proceeds initially over open meadows and then followed by a steep descent to a fast flowing 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.Catch the close glimpses of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from the campsite. Dinner and overnight at camp at Kalihani Pass.
The trek on this is fairy long and takes upto 5 to 6hours of continuous walking.Overnight at camps at lama paro.
The day is a long, ardrous journey 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 majestic glaciers, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. A steep descent across another glacier and beautiful glacial lakes will bring you to the camp at the Gaddi campsite of Devi ki Marhi. Dinner and overnight at camp Devi ki Marh.
A 7 hours arduous walk crossing over the Kalihani Nullah and descending into the oak and birch forest.Most of path thorughout then is flat with few ups and downs. Just before the end of day, a steep climb makes it a little difficult and test your strength before you arrive at the Dal Marhi campsite.Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 8 is easy and gives you much time to relax from the tiring trail over last few days.The trail continues along River Ravi into the through the deodar forest to Bara Bhangal Village. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 9 head over to Thamsar Pass.The trail follows up through pine, deodar and birch forests accompanied by mountain streams to create a magical landscape.The campsite at Mardh is just few meters awaw from Thamsar Glacier. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 10 Head over to Plachak lake Crossing Thumsar Lake. The day requires all your strength to cross over a steep ascent a moraine, scree and glacier.The climb is finally finishes at a small lake just below the pass. From Thumsar pass catch a glimpse of the exotic Kangra valley. Overnight at Lake.
Day 11 is the easiest out of all days.The path is flat,easy,passing through pine forests with numerous mountain streams. The valley widens giving you endless views of Kangra valley.Dinner and overnight at camp.
Final Day to Billing and the trek ends.