June 2012
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Bir Bangal Trek – a challenging trekking trail starting from Kullu Valley.

Bir Bhangal Trek is one of the challenging trekking trails which start from the Kullu valley. This trek is only for the experienced trekkers who have the experience of solid hiking and camping. It takes one from the lush green Kullu valley to the stark landscapes of Bara Bhangal range. This is a very fruitful trek for the people who are looking for in-tune-with-nature routes.

What is the route?

• The eleven day journey commences from Manali.
• It traverses through Indrasan and Bara Shigri glacier.
• Trek is through Lama Dugh crossing Thanpri Tibba, glimpsing Manali on the run.
• Reach the destination for the day-Riyali Thach.
• Spend the rest of the day trekking through various routes, glimpsing various beautiful scenery.
• Bara Bhangal trek is the only trek of central Himachal joining Kangra and Kullu valley.
• This trek starts from Bir.
• Bir is popular for aero sports mainly hang gliding and para gliding.
• The first destination after Bir is Rajgundha, 16km from Bir.
• From Rajgundha, it is a level walk up till Palchak Deota with a nice camping ground.
• Next destination is Panardu which comes after crossing the Thamesar Jot.
• From here one can see exhilarating view of the Kangra valley and glimpses of magnificent peaks in Lahaul and Pir panjal range.
• From Panardu trail towards Bara Bhanghal, the inhabitants claim themselves to be the descendents of Alexander the Great.
• From Barabanghal one can go either to Chamba or back to Dharamsala by another route.
• Another day is spent trailing upwards to Sukha paharh which literally means ‘dry mountain’ further extending to Lamba paharh meaning ‘long mountain’.
• From lamba paharh the journey continues to Tentu jot which is camp1 of Hanuman Tibba
• A little descend will take us to Beas Kund, the original source of the Beas river.
• The last day trek is a long descend to Solang valley crossing through Dhundi.

• Kullu Valley is very well known as Valley of Gods.
• It is situated on the Beas river bank in the lower reaches of Himalayas.
• Kullu is very well known for its ancient temples, festivals and apple orchards.
• This place is also famous for its handicraft work and woollen work of puhla, shawls, patoos, caps and namdas.
• The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October.
• Season: June – October
• Duration: 07 Days
• Duration of tour: 14 Days

General Itinerary (From Manali)

1. Manali – Lama Dugh (3017m) Duration: 4 hours
• 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 are visible.
• The path turns to the right and one traverses the ridge horizontally and enters the campsite on an alpine plateau.
• This plateau is studded with thick growth of alpine flowers.

2. Lama Dugh – Riyali Thach (3400m) Duration: 3 hours
• The height gained on this day is approximately 1 km.
• The trek is through a steep ridge below Thanpri 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.
• This valley appears covered in the different colors of the season.

3. Riyali Thach – Base of Kalihani Pass (4010m) Duration: 6 hours
• The trail proceeds over open meadows initially followed by a steep descent to a stream.
• The path continues in a steep climb for about three hours.
• The camp is at the base of the Kalihani Pass.
• Catch the views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks from the campsite.

4. Base of Kalihani – Devi ki Marhi (3850m) via Kalihani Pass (4725m) Duration: 8 hours
• Take a steep climb to the pass crossing a stretch of scree, a moraine 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 ranges.
• A steep descent across another glacier and four beautiful glacial lakes will bring to the camp.
• The camp is at the gaddi campsite of Devi ki Marhi.

5. Devi Ki Marhi – Dal Marhi (3900m) Duration: 6 hours
• The trail first crosses over the Kalihani Nullah and descends into the oak and birch forests.
• The path has few ups and downs.
• There is a steep climb before arriving at the Dal Marhi campsite.

6. Dal Marhi – Bara Bhangal (2882m) Duration: 6 hours
• The trail now continues down the Ravi River into the deodar forest.
• Then to the only large village in the valley, Bara Bhangal.

7. Bara Bhangal – Mardh (3830m) Duration: 5 hours
• Start climbing towards the next big pass, Thamsar.
• The trail winds up through pine, deodar and birch forests with mountain streams.
• The campsite at Mardh is near the base of the Thamsar glacier.

8. Mardh – Plachak (2721m) via Thamsar Pass (4878m) Duration: 7 hours
• Another day of steep ascent over moraine, scree and glacier.
• The climb is broken by a small lake just below the pass.
• From the top of Thamsar, get the first glimpse of the lush Kangra valley.
• On the other side of the pass, it’s a steep, long descent to reach the campsite at Plachak, well below the tree line.

9. Plachak – Rajgundha (2440m) Duration: 3 hours
• 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.
• The campsite is just after the small village of Rajgundha.

10. Rajgundha – Billing (2310m) Duration: 4 hours
• Walking through the pristine pine forests, one reaches Billing.

Other treks of Himachal

• Baralacha-Chandratal Trek
• Bhabha Pass Trek
• Darcha Lamayuru Trek
• Darcha Padum Trek
• Deo Tibba Expedition
• Friendship Peak Expedition
• Hampta Pass
• Indrahar Pass

Trekking routes in Himachal

• Hamta Trek
• Malana History Trek
• Chander Trail in Kullu Valley
• Wild Trek in Kullu Valley
• Dharamsala Chhota Bhangal over sari Pass Kullu
• Morchella trek
• Manali Hamya Herbal Trek
• Kinner Kailash Parikrama
• Hamirpur Deotsidh Sri Naina Devi Trek
• Maidi to Nadaun
• Bharmaur Kugti Udaipur Manali trek

Best time to visit / climate

• The best time of the Season for this trek is from June – October.
• The climate in Manali is predominantly cold during winters, and moderately cool during summers.
• The temperatures range from 4 °C (39 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) over the year.
• The average temperature during summer is between 14 °C (57 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F), and between ?7 °C (19 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F) in the winter.
• Monthly precipitation varies between 31 mm (1.2 in) in November to 217 mm (8.5 in) in July.
• In average, some 45 mm (1.8 in) of precipitation is received during winter and spring months.
• The average total annual precipitation is 1,363 mm (53.7 in).
• Snowfall in the region, takes place in the month of December.

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How to get there?

1. By Air
• The nearest airport (IATA code KUU) is at Bhuntar town.
• It is situated on NH21 about 50 km (31 mi) south of Manali and 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Kullu town.
• The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway.
• Indian Airlines and some private airlines have regular flights to the airport.
• Chandigarh airport is the nearest large airport.

2. By Road
• Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Chandigarh.
• From there by national highway NH21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns.
• The road distance from Delhi to Chandigarh is 248 km and from Chandigarh to Manali is 273 km.
• The total distance from Delhi to Manali thus is 521 km (324 mi).

3. By Rail
• Manali is not easily approachable by rail.
• The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (275 km (171 mi)), Pathankot (325 km (202 mi)) and Kalka (310 km (193 mi)).
• The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (135 kilometres (84 mi)).

Some travel books from Amazon about Bir Bangal Trek

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India Lonely Planet Indian Himalaya Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at birresorthotel.com
Hotels at holidayiq.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs/Sites about Bir Bhangal Trek

Blogs and reviews at thrillophilia.com
Blogs at westernhimalaya.com
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Bir Bhangal Trek

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Videos of Bir Bangal Trek

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