Maximum Altitude

14000 ft

Difficulty level

Difficult

Time taken

11 days from Manali

Best time to visit

May – September

Region

Manali

Fitness level

The trek is recommended only for experienced trekkers, as it is one of the longest treks with constant altitude changes. Hence a high stamina is required, inspite of which on some days the trek may get exhausting. It is recommended that you practice- climbing mountains, running and Yoga for at least a month before you come for this trek. Moreover it is also suggested to stay in Manali for a day or two to get acclimatized to the high altitude climate.

About the trek

Bara Bhangal is one of the most difficult and challenging treks, stretching through narrow and trick rock paths, coverd with thick glaciers and moraines. This trek originates from Lama Dugh which is 4-5 hours drive from Manali. One has to go through various altitudes along the journey and capture stunning sights of peaks like Indrasan, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba. Further the trail continues through lush green meadows with rich flora and fauna. Additionally one can witness magnificent glimpses of snow-clad mountains, small streams and a vast blue sky. The trek start by reaching up Lama Dugh, then reaching Rani sui, following the glacier paths over the Manali pass to Phulan Got thereafter reaching Koari and finally Bara Bhangal. Along the entire trail we come across local people and small shelters.  The track of this trek is slippery, glaciated and dangerous. This trek is regarded as the alpine trek as it goes through forests covered with alpine trees.

Day 01Arrive Manali

Manali Altitude: 8156 ft

Average Time taken: Full Day

Check in the hotel in Manali and have a night stay to get acclimatized to the climate. Relax at the hotel, visit nearby places such as Old Manu Rishi Temple, the prominent Hadimba Devi Temple and walk along the city.

Day 02Drive from Manali to Lama Dugh

Lama Dugh altitude: 3017 m

Average time taken: 4 Hours

We start the travel, a 4 hour-long drive after an early breakfast in Manali. On reaching the trek starts with an ascent through dense forests and views of Deo Tibba, Indrasan, and the captivating peaks of Bara Shingri glacier. After a short trail we arrive at the campsite location on an alpine plateau with blossomed trees. This campsite is our night halt amidst the mesmerizing nature.

Day 03Lama Dugh to Riyali Thach

Riyali Thach Altitude: 14000 ft 

Average time taken: 3-4 Hours

The next point to our trek I the Riyali Thach, which is approximately 3-4 hrs of travel from Lama Dugh. This trek is 1 km altitude rise going through a vertical ridge located below the Khand Pari Tibba. From this ridge we get a jaw dropping view of Manali, Beas river and the entire upper Kullu valley. After crossing this ridge we arrive at our destination for the day, where camps are set up.

Day 04Riyali Thach – Base Of Kalihani Pass

Base Of Kalihani Pass altitude: 16128 ft

Average time taken: 6 Hours

Today is a long trek proceeding from open lush green meadows followed by a steep descent that reaches the stream. After crossing this stream is a 3 to 4 hour climb to the next campsite location Kalihani Pass. On reaching this place one can witness the views of Deo Tibba and Indrasen peaks. At the campsite we need to rest as the next day is comparatively longer.

Day 05Base of Kalihani – Devi ki Marhi via Kalihani Pass

Devi ki Marhi altitude: 3850 m

Average time taken: 8 Hours

This is one of the longest trekking days with a steep climab and crossing of moraines, glaciers and scree. Her is an astonishing 360 degree view of the hanging glaciers, Pir Pangal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Following the steep descent through the glacial lake we reach the Devi Ki Marhi.

Day 06Devi Ki Marhi – Dal Marhi

Devi ki Marhi altitude: 3900 m

Average time taken: 6 Hours

Another long day with a 6 hour trail starts by crossing the Kalihani Nullah and walking towards the oak and birch forests. The entire route for most of the time ahead is pretty flat with a few ups and downs and later is a small but steep climb to reach the campsite of Dal Marhi.

Day 07Dal Marhi – Bara Bhangal

Bara Bhangal altitude: 2882 m

Average time taken: 6 Hours

Going ahead the trail continues towards the river Ravi through the deodar forests and then reaching the largest village of the Kangra valley Bara Bhangal. Members of the Gaddi tribe inhabit this village, on reaching the village we explore the surrounding areas and rest for the night.

Day 08Bara Bhangal – Mardh

Mardh altitude: 3830 m

Average time taken: 5-6 Hours

Towards our next campsite at Mardh, we start the day with a steep climb towards Thamsar pass. The walk continues through deodar forests, pine and birch trees with mountain streams making it even more pleasant. The base of Thamsar glacier forms our campsite of Mardh.  Thamsar pass is located in between the Pir Pangal and Dhauldar range.

Day 09Mardh – Plachak via Thamsar Pass

Mardh altitude: 2721 m

Average time taken: 7 Hours

Further ahead is again a steep ascent to the top of Thamsar. The climb today is extremely scenic, yet very difficult owing to the rocky moraines, screes and glaciers. On reaching the top we get a marvelous view of the entire lush green Kangra valley on one side and the other side is the incline to the next campsite, Plachak.

Day 10Plachak – Rajgundha

Rajgundha altitude: 2440 m

Average time taken: 6 Hours

The last day of trekking and so far the easiest trekking routes, with long flat lands, pine forests and a few mountain streams. The trek goes towards Rajgundha and then to the last walking destination Billing. After continuing the walk through the forests the road widens up to an opening that gives a fascinating view of the Kangra valley while reaching Billing. From this spot a vehicle will carry us further to Dharamshala.

Day 11- Dharamshala –  Manali

Average time taken: 7-8s Hours

Depart from Dharamshala in an overnight bus to Manali. (The bus can slso go to Delhi from where you can get flight back to your hometowns.)

Bara Bhangal is one of the untouched treks of Himalayas offering remarkable scenery, yet challenging experiences for trekkers with rough gradient, remote locations, high altitudes and slippery glaciers.

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