Bara Bhangal Trek Exploration
The alpine terrain between the Kullu Valley and Dharamshala is one of the most spectacular and little known regions of the Western Himalaya. The trek takes one from the lush green Kullu valley to the steak landscapes of Bara bhangal range. The Bara Bhangal trail, crossing the Dhauladhar range to connect the Kullu and Kangra valleys, is one of the most challenging routes starting from the Kullu Valley. The long and isolated route involves crossing two high altitude passes - Kalihani Pass at 4725 m and Kalihani Pass at 4875 m - and descending to the remote Bara Bhangal village - at least two days' walk away from civilisation by any route and cut off from the rest of the world for the better half of the year
Bara Bhangal is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid
The Bara Bhangal trek offers opportunity to trek across two high altitude passes, from the Kullu valley to the Kangra valley. Along the way, you see some of the best views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges and go to Bara Bhangal, a remote and isolated village, at least two days' away from civilisation.
Post monsoon - September or October
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The base camp for the Deo Tibba expedition is Manali, which is well connected to Delhi with all kinds of transport (except direct train) and can easily be reached through road or air.
By Road : The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14 hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
By Rail : To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train to Joginder Nagar from Pathankot which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
By Air : The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to taxi that can cost you around INR 2000-5000 depending upon the season.
The trek ends at Bir. From Bir, there are multiple options to head back to Delhi and onwards.
By Road: The road distance from Bir to Delhi is 517 km. There are overnight Volvo buses to Delhi from Baijnath (13 km from Bir) and Dharamshala (70 km from Bir). You can also hire private cabs to Delhi from Bir.
By Air: The closest airport to Bir is Dharamshala (DHM), 70 kms away. Air India and Spicejet run two flights daily each to Delhi.
By Rail: The closest railway station from Bir with connectivity to Delhi is Pathankot, 140 km away. There are regular buses to Pathankot from Baijnath, or you can hire a private cab. There is also a toy train to Pathankot from Ahju, 3km from Bir, which is a wonderful experience, though it takes a longer time than any other mode of transport.
Manali and Bir have full coverage for all major networks. There is one point on the first days' trek where it is possible to get BSNL network. Apart from this, there is no connectivity for the entire duration of the trek, except a satellite phone in Bara Bhangal village.
Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali. Billing is one of the best paragliding destinations in the world. You can take a tandem ride from Billing to Bir at the end of the trek. There are also a lot of monasteries in and around the Tibetan Colony, where the landing ground is situated.