The alpine terrain between the Kullu Valley and Dharamshala is one of the most spectacular and little known regions of the Western Himalaya. This is a unique trek with an opportunity of unrivalled views of the Pir Panjal, Bara Bhangal and Dhaula Dhar ranges before Descending to the Kangra Valley and Dharamshala.The trek takes one from the lush green Kullu valley to the steak landscapes of Bara bhangal range. You will cross the Kalihani Pass at 4725 M and move northwest before you reach Bara Bhangal. From here you turn southwards to Thamsar Pass at 4878 M and reach Billing in Kangra valley to finish the trek. In the end You can paraglide to Bir if the trek didn’t offer you a high.
|4||Maximum Elevation achieved & where||4878 M /Thamsar Pass|
|5||Trek starting point||Manali|
|8||Getting to/ From Trek starting point & Trek end point||Train jouney from delhi to Chandigarh & Further road journey from Chandigarh to Manali.Trek ends in Dharamshala. From Dharamshal Volvo bus can be taken for an overnight road journey to delhi.|
|9||Guides & Porters||Can be hired from Manali|
The climb is through thick forests but there is no water point after departing from Manali. As one gains height in this steep climb, the distinct views of different faces of Indrasan, Deo Tibba and peaks of Bara Shigri glacier open up. In the last leg, the path turns to the right and one traverses the ridge horizontally and enters the campsite on an alpine plateau studded with thick growth of alpine flowers.
The height gain on this day is approximately 1 km. The trek is through steep a ridge below Khand Pari Tibba (4000m). From this point, one can have a magnificent glimpse of Manali, situated on the left bank of River Beas and the whole upper Kullu valley, which appears swathed in the different colors of the season.
A longish day. The trail proceeds over open meadows initially followed by a steep descent to a stream. Crossing it, the path continues in a steep climb for about three hours till you arrive at the camp at the base of the Kalihani Pass. Make sure you catch the views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from the campsite.
Today will be a long, ardrous day with a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a morraine and the Kalihani glacier. Take time off at the pass to get a splendid 360 degree view of hanging glaciers, the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar rangees. A steep descent across another glacier and four beautiful glacial lakes will bring you to the camp at the gaddi campsite of Devi ki Marhi.
The trail first crosses over the Kalihani Nullah and descends into the oak and birch forests. Most of path then is flat with few ups and downs. Just before the end of day though is a steep climb before you arrive at the Dal Marhi campsite.
The trail now continues down the Ravi river into the deodar forest, to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.
Today we will start climbing towards the next big pass, Thamsar. The trail winds up through pine, deodar and birch forests with mountain streams to break the monotony. The campsite at Mardh is near the base of the Thamsar glacier.
Another day of steep ascent over morraine, scree and glacier. The climb is broken by a small lake just below the pass. From on top of Thamsar, you will get your first glimpse of the lush Kangra valley. On the other side of the pass, it’s a steep, long descent till you reach the campsite at Plachak, well below the tree line.
The easiest day of the trek so far. The path is flat and easy, passing through pine forests with many mountain streams. The valley widens and you get great views of the open Kangra valley. A vehicle will pick you up at Billing and drop you to Bir or Dharamshala. Or you can choose to fly from Billing to Bir on a tandem paraglider.