This trek has always been the center of attraction for trekkers and mountaineers to really learn about the lives of local gaddis who live here.
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Barabhangal was once a princely state and has been a focal point for the Rajas of Kullu, Mandi, Kangra and Chamba who, time to time, invaded this state. The village is connected, by trekking trails, with Kullu and Manali, Chamba, Kangra and Mandi and is commonly known as the ‘sangam’ or confluence of various treks. It has always been the centre of attraction for trekkers and mountaineers to really learn about the lives of gaddis who live here in an unscathed and conventional way.
Highest altitude : Thamsar pass (4704m)
Day 1: Mcleodganj to Bir- Billing by bus or jeep (89kms).
Bir is a small town and it was the capital of Barabhangal during earlier times. From Bir there is a 14km jeep able road to Billing at an elevation of 2600m. It is known as one of the best venues in the world for Hang-gliding and Paragliding. Billing is a beautiful place with lovely alpine meadows and the views of the Kangra valley from here are superb as it provides a most scenic panorama of the Shivalik ranges. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 2: Billing to Rajgunda.
This is an easy trek and during summer, trekkers and Gaddis are commonly seen passing through with their livestock. The trek goes to the north of Billing along a spur above the Uhl river with an easy four five hours trail to Rajgunda.
Day 3: Rajgundha to Panihardu (3693m) via Palachak (2770m) (16Km).
After Rajgundha one can reach Palachak in 2 to 3 hrs. There are lovely pastures and camping ground at Palachak. It takes 4 to 5 hrs. to reach Panihardu over some snowfields and meadows during May and June; during the post monsoon there may not be snow on this trail. The trek is across rock fields and has a moderate ascent.
Day 4:- Panihardu to Udeg/Marhu. (3690m) Over the pass. 17km.
This is a long haul to Marhu after crossing over the lofty Thamsar Pass. An early crossing of the pass is recommended to avoid fierce winds and inclement weather. It is a five hours of unhurried pace to the ridge with cairn, and then over the snow field to a sharp rocky rise leads to Thamsar pass. There is a beautiful small glacial lake a little below the massive expanse of the snow pass in which the shadows of the peaks are reflected.
This pass is of exceptional beauty and one can behold from here both sides of the Kangra and the Ravi valleys. After about four hours of climbing down one reaches Marhu, which flat land and a camping ground.
Day 5: Marhu to Barabhangal (2541m) 9km.
It is 3 to 4 hrs downhill trek to Barabhangal village. It is situated above the confluence of the Ravi and Kalihen nullah. Barabhangal is located to the north of Mandi, southwest of Chamba separating Kangra from Kullu. Barabhangal is a solitary village at the lowest point in the valley at an elevation of 2541m.
Day 6: Barabhangal to Dhardi (2550m) 18km.
This is a long trek over a very strenuous and difficult terrain involving steep vertical rock cliffs, which look rather impassable. One has to negotiate them with great balance and patience. The trek heads down the river and many steep ridges come across the way. Magnificent views of the mountains all sides greet the eyes.
Day 7: Dhardi to Nayagraon (2245m) 14km.
One can descend along the river at an easy pace and after four to five hours arrive at Nayagraon. Much of the path is across meadows with no shady trees.
Day 8: Nayagraon to Chamba town.
After reaching Nayagraon Jeeps are available till Holi and after, there is regular bus service to Chamba or Bharmour. Holi to Chamba is almost 80km. Chamba is an old, small, sleepy town resting on a plateau and a hill slope overhanging river Ravi.
Pathankot, the nearest rail head from Chamba (996m) is 122km away and linked by direct trains from Delhi etc. There is regular bus service between Chamba and Pathankot.
- Transport cost for private departures
- All vegetarian meals beginning with breakfast
- Porter/mules for client baggage (one bag per client not weighing more than 15 kgs)
- Camping equipment
- Professional guide
Not Included :
- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.