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To Bara Bangal Duration
: 12 to 13 Days
There was a time when, in Himachal Pradesh,
information was taken by traders today prefer the truck and the road, you
can still hear the shrill piercing whistle of the Gaddi shepherd herding his
12 to 13 Days
Best time to trek:
early July and again from mid-September to end-November
Reach Manali town by road or by air
to Kullu and then drive up the last forty-five kilometers to Manali (6,221
ft/1,898m). Spend a day at Manali making arrangments for horses and buying
provisions. On the first day, follow the Manalsu Nala, which joins the Beas at
Manali. Oak to reach the Lamadug meadows (9,900ft) Just after spring the meadow
is carpeted with flowers. After it, then climb the Khandpara Top above Lambadhug
for some lovely views of Kullu Valley.
NOTE: To wildlife seekers there in the forests, is a good
possibility of seeing pheasnats, Himalayan Black Bears, musk deer, barking deer,
and the tahr.
The trail climbs up towards the Khandpara top. For the first one and a half
hours it passes through a rhododendron forest and then through fir and spuce to
reach the end of the tree line and reach a fork. While one path continues into
the Manalsu Valley. At the head of the valley, see the Kalihani Pass.
On the other side, the trail climbs on to the right ridge to ascend to the
campsite at Sangor Meadow. This place could get terribly windy and cold, but on
the flip side, you get a rerun of the views you got from the Khandpara Pass and
a lovely sunset over the Kullu Valley, as the clouds turn crimson over Deo Tibba.
On the forth day reach a big slice of the Dhauladhar range is now visible in the
west. A steep descent veering to the left leads to three glaciated lakes that
might be covered with ice and snow just after spring.
While staying on the right bank of the Kaliani river, the trail goes through
scree and meadows for tree hour to reach the Gaddi Temple. Cross the stream,
then another, and in an hour you reach the steep climb going up to the campsite
at the meadow of Lamba Parao (11,300ft/3,444 m)
Traverse the mountain to cross the tree line. Descending for half an hour, reach
the meadow of lower Khamet and follow the trail past two very old oak trees for
another half an hour to upper Khamet, an enchanting meadow on the banks of a
raging stream. Follow the trail for four hours, then a short steep climb and
traverse take you to the Gaddi camp of Dal Marhi. A remarkably pretty setting
for your camp, though it can get cold.
The trail will continue after crossing a stream near the camp, the trail climbs
up for forty-five minutes to a ridge. A gentle up and down traverse of the
mountain four an hour leads to Sunni Meadows. A long traverse followed by a
steep descent through farms leads to the Ravi coming down from the dreaded Tentu
Pass. Thamsar rivers meet to from the Ravi's head waters. It flows towards
Chamba and to the Punjab plains.
Exploration above Bara Bagal is the mantra. Climb steeply for fifteen minutes
upstream of the Ravi and then for another fifteen minutes along the Nakori
river. Now, a steep trail takes you to Kali Dhar meadow, from where you can see
the three rivers meet. Another peak is Laluni (2,000 ft/6,095 m) with a lovely
conical summit. To your south and west, the Dhauladhar range stretches out.
Cross the Kalihani just above its confluence with the Ravi to climb on for two
and a half hour and reach Udug meadow. After Udug, the valley curves and opens
up slightly as the trail reaches lower Marhi. It goes around a waterfall to
reach upper Marhi (12,800 ft/3,900 m) in two hours.
A steep climb in two stretches followed by a traverse reaches the Thamsar Pass
(15,171ft/4,624 m). In an hour and a half, you reach the meadow of Bara Par
where you could camp if there is no snow. Or descend for an hour to reach the
tea huts at Panhartu.
Walking through lovely spruce and fir forests and sunny meadows, crossing merry
streams, skirting charming waterfalls and then making your way through more
forests of oak and pine, you reach the Palachak Meadows (8,662 ft/2,640 m) in
three hours spen a day lazing or go down to the Uhl River Sightseeing.
Sightseeing to Rajgundha village. From thee the trail climbs slowly to Chaina
Mandir and traverses the mountainside through a thick pine forest to reach
Billing. Offering great views of the Kangra Valley below, Billing is a popular
take-off point for gliding and paragliding enthusiasts, and events are held
Travel Tips and Important
Manali is linked to Delhi by a flight. In the
tourist season there are several a day coming into the airport at Bhuntar, a two
hour drive from Manali.
Manali at 6,221 ft/1,898 m is the starting point
of the trek, and Bir at (3,000ft/915 m) is where the trek ends. The high point
are two passes, the Kalihani at (15,740 ft/4,797 m)
Highlights of this
Explore the remote valley of the Gaddi shepherds that is cut off for most of
the year. Walk through the Uhl valley, one of the most scenic of the Western
Himalaya. See the Dushera festival in Kullu in October.
Assistance & Emergency:
Manali is the only place to get medical facilities. On trek, the only
communication is from Bara Bangal village and from Rajgunda village.
Support Services on the Trek:
Only carry your own tent for sleeping. On the trek section, be self-equipped
and take a guide. Be self supplied for food and camping.
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