Shimla to Janglik (2804 M) - 150 km Drive
Assemble in Shimla early morning (by 8 AM) and board your vehicles for the drive to Janglik. We drive along Pabbar River through the mixed forest. Villages with beautiful Himachal homes & step fields of wheat adorn the sides of the road. From Chirgaon onwards the road condition is bad. The road crosses the Pabbar river at Tonglu & then climbs to Janglik. The entire drive takes about 8-9 hours.
Janglik to Dayara (3366 M), 7.7 Kms, 5-6 Hours. (Click to View GPS data)
We cross through the village homes. Within half an hour we are past the village. The trail is steep initially. After you have climbed considerably, halt to get a good view of the valley. Spot Janglik, Tonglu & other nearby villages from here. The trail enters the forest and turns gradual. Walking under the shade of trees after a steep climb is a welcome change. The views along the trail are captivating. The trail enters & comes out of the forest a couple of times till we finally arrive at our destination for the day. Overnight camping.
Dayara to Litham (3533 M), 5.6 Kms, 3-4 Hours. (Click to View GPS data)
Get up early to catch the view of golden rays of sun falling on the grass in the meadow. Enjoy the view with a hot cup of tea. Today's trail majorly constitutes of forests, meadows & gushing streams of water. We walk through the meadows towards the Gunas Pass. After we cross a steam, the view of the Dhauladhar range is captivating. A few minutes after we enter the forest of Bhoj trees (Silver Birch). After a while, we come across another stream. Cross it & get your first view of Litham. We would walk in a gorgeous meadow again. Across the meadow, we cross the Chandranahan Stream and arrive at our campsite for the day. Litham is a beautiful campsite. Notice the Chandranahan waterfalls beyond which lies the famous Chandranahan Lake. Buran Ghati lies behind the mountain in front of us. Get ready for a great adventure starting tomorrow.
Litham to Chandranahan Lakes (4029 M) & back to Litham, 8.3 Kms, 5-6 hours. (Click to View GPS data)
The Chandranahan is a glacial lake that is fed by snow melts of mountains that surround it. It is a small lake, However getting to it is an exciting experience and extremely fulfilling. We cross the stream that we saw just before the Litham campsite. We continue upstream on the trail to the top of the ridge. Then we walk towards the snout of the waterfall. After spending some time at the lake we turn back to the campsite. This short excursion will help you acclimatize for the trek ahead.
Litham to Dunda (4025 M), 4.3 Kms, 3-4 Hours. (Click to View GPS data)
Continue north-east along the Pabbar River which originates from the slopes of the Buran Ghati. Pass through Khubrini Thach and leaving the tree line behind climb steeply through boulders to enter Dunda Thach, located at the foot of the pass.
Dunda to Manerang (3338 M) via Buran Pass (4575 M), 8 Kms, 9-10 Hours. (Click to View GPS data)
In post-monsoon season the climb to the pass is easier due to lesser or no snow. From Dunda camp walk on the ridge through the boulders. From the base of the Buran pass, the climb to the top takes about one hour. Take halt at the pass & absorb the mesmerizing view. The path on the other side of the Buran pass is a steep drop. Use of rope is highly recommended here. The steep drop gives way to a snow field from where it is easy to slide down. Decent is fast & we lose altitude quickly. We will set camp next to the river and cross it a little further down the valley the next morning.
Manerang to Barua (2510 M), 5.7 Kms, 2-3 Hours. (Click to View GPS data) Onward to Shimla - 250 km Drive
Today, we descend down the valley to a stream that we hop through. The trail is well marked from river campsite. Take the lower trail descending into the valley. The trail passes through grasslands & forest of pine trees. Arrive at kahrcham by the afternoon and board your vehicles for the return journey. The vehicles will drop you in Shimla. The Buran Ghati trek ends here.
This will only get used if unexpected and unforeseeable conditions present themselves at the last minute preventing us from reaching our destination as planned. You are advised to keep a buffer day in your travel plan. If the buffer day is used, you have to pay Rs. 2,500 per day (INR). The amount will be collected by the Trek Leader.
This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.
Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek. As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.
We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures
Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.
All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.
Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.
Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.
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