Bir-Billing to Bada Bhangal village to Manali Trek, Himachal Pradesh.
Season: July to September.
Climate: 10 – 25 centigrade.
Difficulty level: Moderate to tough
Maximum altitude: Thamsar pass at 15600 ft. & Kali Hani pass at 16000 ft. from sea level.
Duration: 12 Nights and 13 Days.
Activity: Trekking & camping.
Price: INR. 35000/- per person for minimum 2 person + 5% GST
Trek to Bada Bhangal village in Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Tribal trail for shepherd from Bir Billing to Bada Bhangal village to Manali. Bada Bhangal village most tribal part of Himachal and the trek which still followed by locals for trade more than tourist. There are only few treks left which are least explored by tourists. Explore Bada Bhangal valley on your feets and experienced un experienced. Travel along with shepherd’s in the mountains. Bada Bhangal village is open for 6 monts in a year. Rest of the time trails to Bada Bhangal village closed due to bad weather and heavy snowfall in the mountain passes. People of Bada Bhangal village has two houses – one at Bada Bhangal village and other at lower reion of kangra valley. Bada Bhangal village is the part of Kangra district
Day 1: – Arrive Bir and transfer to Guest house
Reach Bir at designated guest house by your own. Free day to explore Bir. Overnight stay in Guest house.
Day 2: – Bir to Billing (16 km/ 1 hr drive, 2400 mts)
Post breakfast drive to Billing for an hour for the starting point of the trek. Billing is take-off point of the paragliding, but during monsoon paragliding is closed (during trek operational days).
Billing to Plachak (16 km / 5-6 hr, 2900 mts)
Start trek with gaining some instant height to reach a wide trail. Trekking is easy till Raj gundha village which is 10 km from Billing. Trek is passing through forest of Deodara, Rhododendron, blue pine, green Oak, brown Oak and silver fit trees. Trail gradually goes till 2700 mts at Channa ghat mod, later trail goes for downhill till Raj gundha village and then Kukar gundha village, these are last village of the trail before Bada Bhangal village. After Gundha villages leveled trail enters to thick forest. We reach Plachak after trekking for more 2 hrs. Plachak is on the other side of the river Uhl, which can crossed with improvised bridge. Plachak has a forest guest house, with no beds. This is last permanent structure before Bada Bhangal village. One can use these rooms for stay with sleeping bag and mattresses or pitch own tents. Plachak has a small dhaba of a Nepali ‘Tara’ who live here from last 20 years with his family for every 6 months in a year.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Plachak.
Day 3: – Plachak to Bhed pal (15 km / 5-6 hrs (4050 mts))
Trek from plachak to Panihartu is gradually gaining altitude. Trail is narrow at few spots and through thick forest, later we cross tree line and trekking in open valley. At some points before panihartu, we need to walk on glaciers over Uhl river for few kms. Panihartu is a shepherd’s temporary settlement. Panihartu is at 37oo mts from sea level. Panihartu is the base of Thamsar pass. We trek for more hour to gain more altitude till Bhed pal. Trek from Panihartu to Bhed pal is steep uphill. Bhedpal has front view of Snow covered mountains in front and Thamsar pass begind.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Bhed pal.
Day 4:- Bhed pal to Thamsar (4735 mts) to Udgh (3500 mts)(12 km / 5-6 hrs)
Start early to cross Thamsar pass in the morning. It will take 2-3 hrs to reach at Thamsar pass which is at 4735 mts from sea level. Trek covered with clouds at most of the time. In a clear day one can see Manimahesh kailash from the top.Both the side of the Thamsar pass has lakes and snow patches all over. Other side of the pass is down hill in moraine area and bit of snow patches to cross. All trek is over the rock fall and stones in the trail. It will take 3-4 hrs to reach Udgh which is our overnight journey stop for the people travelling from Bada Bhangal village to Bir Billing. Udgh has a small dhaba for locals crossing pass.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Udgh.
Day 5:- Udgh to Bada Bhangal village(8 km/ 3-4 hrs, 2550 mts)
Trek is downhill till the village, it will take 3-4 hrs to reach village, Reach early at Bada Bhangal Village and spend some time in exploring village in tribal region, their life style, culture, houses. Village has a satellite phone and one shop for basic food items. People are quite helpful. Camping near a school at the bank of river Ravi. Bada Bhangal village is the origin of river Ravi. This is the place where many streams confluence with Kali hani river and become Ravi.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Bada Bhangal village .
Day 6:- Rest day/ reserve day can be used before pass or for bad weather condition
This is rest day used at any of the place if bad weather, at the base of any pass or spend time at any place, if all trek on schedule then we use this stay after kali hani pass by staying at Riyali thach.
Day 7:- Bada Bhangal village to Dal Madhi ( 13 km/ 5-6 hrs, 3600 mts)
Trail from the Bada Bhangal village start gaining gradual height for first 2 hrs, tail between the grass and bushes. Later trail enter in open valley with views of mountains. We cross may shepherd’s settlements at Chala got, Sunni got, where shepherd’s movement observed with big green spots in the mounts everywhere. These shepherd have to trek down to Bada Bhangal village for their food requirement or rasan. After sunni got there is a steep uphill to reach a ridge. Trek is flat in for 3 kms at the same altitude. Later trek down to a stream to reach Dal Madhi. Water in the stream is more as ice melt in mountains, one can cross it easily. Dal Madi is a stop after a long day. Dal Madhi is a shephard’s settlement.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Dal Madhi.
Day 8:- Dal Madi to Devi ki madhi (12 km/ 5-6 hrs, 3750 mts)
Trek goes down hill till you reach at Kali hani river bank and then again start gaining altitude till Lamba parbh, there is small land slide zone before Lamba parbh, Lamba parbh is a got for shepherd. Later trek down to river bed and follow the trail to ghirothala which can be seen from lamba parbh at the edge of mountain as green spot just after a mountain stream. It will take another 2 hrs to reach Devi ki Madi. There is a stream with strong current before Devi ki Madhi.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Devi ki Madhi.
Day 9:- Devi ki Madi to Kali Hani base (7 km/ 3-4 hrs, 3950 mts)
Trail from Devi ki Madi to Kali hani base is all the way near river bed, sometime trails misleads you to rockfall, be still near river to avoid slippery rocks at the above. This is short day for trekking. Relax at base for the next day early start.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Base.
Day 10:- Kali hani bast to Kali Hali pass (4850 mts) to Sangoor thach (12 km / 5-6 hrs)
Start early depend upon weather, trail to pass is small. Follow the crayons (stone over stones used to show directions in mountains) It will take 3-4 hrs to cross Kalihani pass. One can see the kullu valley from the pass. Flags at the mountain designate a small temple of Devi Kali hani. Pass is cold and windy. After more 2 hrs trekking trail reaches at Sangoor thach near small lake in thach. One can see the trail to manali on the other mountain top as thick trail.
Overnight stay in Dome tents at Sangoor thach.
Day 11:- Sangoor thach to Lama dugh (13 km / 5-6 hrs, 3050 mts)
Down hill over a ridge, till the river. Leave ridge at some spot once you find another trail diverted from it towards right side, if you follow ridge, it misleads to you dead end. Other diversion reach at river, need to cross river two times and small distance. After crossing stream 2nd time trail start gaining altitude again and entres o forest, it passes through Riali thach. This is the place where the diversions of route to Patli kuhl and Klath. We follow manali trail by gaining altitude till the top of mountain over a Shepherd settlement. Make shure you are at right trail. This trail instantly losing altitude and steep downhill for next 2 hrs to reach Lama dugh. This downhill trail is over stones, dense grass of over 6 feets, rhododendron trees. Bushes converted into flowers as you are closer to Lama dugh. Trail is slippery if its raining. Lamadugh has a forest department sheds which can be used for cooking food. There is a artificial lake which is the source of water to few parts of Manali. Overnight stay in Dome tents at Lama dugh..
Day 12:- Lama dugh to Manali (6 km / 2-3 hrs, 2200 mts)
After trekking for more 2-3 hrs, you reach at Road head near hadimba Mata temple trail is total downhill and slippery at some spots if it rains.
Manali to guest house
Walk to hotel, freshenup and relax in Manali
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Above price includes
• Accommodation for 02 nights at Guest houses at Manali and Bir on twin sharing basis and rest nights in dome tents during trek.
• Trekking guide, cook and helper for trekking
• Meals as mentioned above.
• Transport on date 2 from Bir to Billing
• Mules to carry tents, luggage, sleeping bags, sleeping bags and kitchen stuff.
• Arrival and departure transfer.
• Personal expenses such as table drinks, rooms services items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
• Any additional expenses for videography of paragliding flight, expenses caused by disturbance in trip program due to circumstances like weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc
• Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.