Barabhangal village is, what can only be described as “nestled” in a steep sided valley half way between Dharamsala and Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
Still living a traditional Agrarian lifestyle literally the same for Hundreds or maybe thousands of years, the people of Bara Bhangal seem very happy.
Unconnected by road, the local people send all their produce to market either on the backs of ponies or themselves, over a choice of 4500M passes.
We’ll have to go over Two of those passes if we would like to visit this exquisite little village.
The Trek shall be fully catered by our pre-eminent chefs.
Even coping with glutards like myself.
We will provide tents, sleeping bags and mattresses.
Please ask about what you need to bring with you.
You could book a flight home for the 9th, but we are going to India and sometimes things take a little longer or just don’t happen at all and we have to improvise. So its best to have a safety margin.
Sept 23rd: arrive Delhi, stay at the Holiday Inn Aero city for easy access to our next days early morning flight.
Sept 24th: Fly up to Kullu and then drive to Manali (1900M), meet up with the delinquents from the Zanskar trek, stay at some nice hotel or maybe Lobzang’s new place if its finished.
Sept 25th: Hang around Manali, walk up to Sethan (3000M) for a bit of acclimatising.
Sept 26th: Drive Manali to Billing,
apparently the location for the Indian leg of the world paragliding championship, every time I’ve been there its been all mysterious mist enshrouded forest, and no one around at all, maybe a Himalayan Porcupine or Monal.
Sept 27th: Billing to Raj Gunda.
Our path follows an old british colonial road into the most gnarliest, mossiest old forest. Leading to the decaying remains of a Colonial government Forest rest house. Camp nearby perhaps.
Sept 28th: Raj Gunda to Pani Hardu (3700M)
Passing many Shepherds and little Hindu shrines along the way, we make our way out of the woods and begin our admittedly fairly steep ascent towards the Thamsar Pass (4700M)
Sept 29th: Pani Hardu to Mahru. (3900M)
The path up to Thamsar is exceedingly wiggly and quite an effort.
Once we are over the Pass we can cheerfully re-acquaint ourselves with snow, which there might be in abundance.
Then down the glacier to the ridiculously spectacular lake which lays below it. Massive snow peaks surround us.
Stunning mountainous views from the campsite.
Sept 30th: Mahru to Barabhangal.
There is an excellent campsite just outside the village, under the trees, by the river. It’s a great spot to explore the village from.
Oct 1st: Barabhangal (2500M)
Spend the whole day exploring the village or just lay by the river and drink G&T’s , maybe both.
Oct 2nd: Barabhangal to Sukha (3000M)
Gradual climb past a great deal of corn initially, then up into the forest to a lovely meadow campsite.
Oct 3rd: Sukha to Lama Rarav (3200M)
Fairly gradual walk proceeding to steeper as we leave the trees behind once more
Oct 5th: Lama Rarav to Gwari (3800M)
And now for some steep ascending up to the otherworldly lake at Kalyheni base camp. Surrounded by the massive jagged peaks of the Great Himalayan national park. Little brown and white Stoats.
Oct 6th: Gwari to Sanghor (3600M)
There’s no denying it, this is reasonably hard, challenging work.
But the view from the top of the pass defies superlatives.
Descend to the vistas of the campsite at sanghor, chat to the Ghadis and play frisbee if you dare.
Oct 7th: Sanghor to Manali.
Down, Down, Down we go, how will our thigh muscles feel tomorrow? we’ll just have to drink excessively in Manali so that we can’t feel our legs, problem solved.
Oct 8th: One last day in Manali, that last bit of shopping or just laying around.
Oct 9th: Fly Manali to Delhi.
Stay at the Palace Heights hotel right in the middle of Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Go to the Imperial Hotel for lunch and maybe have a wander around Old Delhi, shouldn’t be too hot by now.
Oct 10th: Fly away Home!
JOURNEY DATES: Sept 23 to Oct 10, 2019
JOURNEY COST: US $6000 per person
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