Bara Bhangal trek that puts you in awe of the Himalayas’ majesty. The trail connects Kangra and Kullu through an old Shepard trail the reason this trek is also known as shepherd trail. The trail begins in lush woods leads to alpine meadows and rises over high mountain passes before arriving in Kangra, the most picturesque valley in the Western Himalayas. Each day’s journey takes you across varied yet stunning scenery. It’s a different dimension, adorned by a broad range of high-elevation Himalayan Botany. This location is also notable for the Himalayan Brown Bear, Black Bear, and other Himalayan Wildlife such as snow leopard, Himalayan fox, Giant Indian Flying Squirrels, and more.
The Bara Bhangal trek begins in Manali and progressively ascends to the lovely green meadow of Lamadugh. The hike continues across the Moraine, with wonderful views of the Kullu and Lahaul mountain ranges, before climbing steeply to the top of The Kali Hani Pass. Descend the moraine to the stream’s bank. The path now descends to the valley level, following the Sunni River to the old village of Bara Bhangal. Bara Bhangal is a distant and secluded village populated by migratory Gaddhi tribes. After this, we hike through Thamsar Pass, from stony and glacial terrain to milder ground.
The final leg of the journey takes you through pastures, woodlands, and flowing waterfalls; eventually, little settlements appear, practically hanging on the shoulders of the mountainside, giving them a bizarre air. The hike concludes at Bir, a small Tibetan village with a monastery, after providing a wide vista of the Kangra Valley. From Bir, one may travel to Dharamsala or continue on to Delhi.
Note: Monsoon rains are quite intense between July and August. The trail is difficult to find in this area because of the dense vegetation.
The walk begins with a pleasant forest of big deodar (cedar), alder, and oak. The path begins softly ascending through the Manalsu Valley, following the Manalsu Creek. Extensive vistas of the Kullu Valley arise and gradually fade into the distance as the gradient lowers, bringing you to the moderate slope of the first campground in the lush green meadows of Lamadugh. Beautiful vistas of the neighboring peaks open out from here.
The route now begins to rise sharply through woods and grassland, with wild alpine flowers strewn around. On the route, bright Rhododendron and Birch bushes direct the way to the crest, with views of stunning peaks, following which a drop leads to the camping at Dohra Nallah.
A magnificent hike through luscious green trees to the campground at the base of the Kalihani Pass 4,725 m. The campground is located at a height of 4,023 m. The towering peaks of the Kullu and Lahaul valleys may be seen all together.
The environment gradually changes as trees and grasslands give way to mountainsides and spots of snow emerge. A relatively hard ascent over glacier debris and snow reaches the pass’s summit, where stunning views await. Following a brief pause, a descent via glacier and moraine take to the campground on the shores of a glittering alpine creek.
The paths now descend into the Sunni River Valley and ascend to the buff above the river. Gaddi Thach is where the campsite is located.
After leaving this beautiful campground, the trail goes across rocky hills before returning to meadows. The river flows through dramatic gorges and is bridged by a snow bridge. Trees begin to emerge, and soon the campground, which has an excess of dry wood close to a glistening stream, is reached.
The path now drops to the river’s edge. The campground is located next to a stream, which contributes to the attractiveness of the surrounding scenery, which is one of the most spectacular in the Western Himalayas.
The route now descends to the valley floor, where a fairly flat walk leads to the camp immediately before the little historic settlement of Bara Bangal.
A gradual rise leads to the campground at Mardh, at the base of the Thamsar Pass, with the scenery changing considerably and the air becoming colder. The comforting warmth of a bonfire replaces the nighttime chill.
A lengthy stroll today. The route gradually emerges from the stony terrain into a gentler scene of lakes, meadows, and woods. Numerous lakes dot the landscape, intermingled with tumbling waterfalls. A descent through lush forested hills leads to a modest tea store and, eventually, to the tiny settlement of Palchak. Camp close.
A beautiful day’s walk along a lush bridal road, and soon little settlements appear, apparently hanging on the shoulders of the hillsides. The camp is located near the little community of Billing.
Bir is reached by the bridal route. Panoramic vistas of the beautiful green Kangra Valley open out along the journey. Bir, a little Tibetan village, is reached after a hard slope. Drive from Bir to Dharamshala (3-4 Hrs.).