This trek passes through forests, ridges, streams and meandering rills involving many ups and downs covering two major passes of Dhauladhar.
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Day 1: Mcleodganj to Bir- Billing by bus or jeep (89kms).
Bir is a small town and it was the capital of Bara bhangal 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 / Palachak (2770m)
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 4 to 5 hrs downhill trek to Bara bhangal village. It is situated above the confluence of the Ravi and Kalihen nullah. Bara bhangal is located to the north of Mandi, southwest of Chamba separating Kangra from Kullu.
Bara bhangal is a solitary village at the lowest point in the valley at an elevation of 2541m. It has always been the center of attraction for trekkers and mountaineers to really learn about the lives of Gaddis who live here in an unscathed and conventional way.
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 Surei (2788m) 10km.
After reaching Nayagraon the trek turns and goes through Dhog and then reaches surai with initial descends followed by an abrupt climb after crossing a suspension bridge over a nullah.
Day 9 : Surai to Jalsu gote (2950m) via Yara gote.
Yara is about 6 km from surai. From a trekking point of view, it is an easy route and it is commonly used by trekkers and local people from the Kangra and Ravi valleys. The trek is slippery and slushy due to the regular passage of livestock. Jalsu gote is about 2 km from Yara gote.
Day 10 : Jalsu Gote to Parai over Jalsu Pass (3600m).
From Jalsu gote the route moderately climbs towards Jalsu Pass. Jalsu Pass is one of the easiest pass in Dhauladhar region. The pass is accessible round the year and trekkers mostly frequent through this route because of its scenic grandeur and easy accessibility. After reaching on the top, the trek heads down and reaches a place known as Parai.
Day 11 : Parai to Uttarala village via Kothru and Talai.
The last day of the trek, Parai to Uttarala village. It takes about 4 to 5 hrs to reach Uttarala village. The bus head is at Uttarala village, the headquarters of the Binwa project. Uttarala to Paprola N.H 20 is 12kms where frequent buses and cabs are available towards Kangra, Pathankot or Mandi, Manali.
- 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.