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Manali to Bara Bangahal Trek & Dharamsala - 11 Days

Trip Introduction

Cross into Dhauladhar range of lower Himalaya to forbidden kingdoms of Gaddi shepherds. Over craggy passes, pass icy glaciers and ancient monasteries. The Dhauladhar range divides Kullu and Kangra valley of Himachal. To the north lie Lahoul and Spiti, which have a fantastic range of snow peaks- a mountaineer's paradise.

This trek is one of the most enchanting and picturesque, leading from the Kullu valley to scenic Kangra valley over Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas A high altitude trek, anyone reasonably fit will find it an almost dreamlike experience. Each day presents a different and startlingly beautiful landscape all lavishly decorated, trek that leaves one with wonderful awesome of the Himalayan regions. The Trek terminates at Bir near Dharamsala: the mini Lhasa in India which is the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

A demanding and challenging trek into Bara-Bangahal region, which still remains cut off from the World by 4500- 4700m high passes and still a very few trekkers find their way here.



Regions: Kullu and Kangra valley

Activity: Trekking, walking holiday

Best Season: June end to Mid-October

Trek days:  10 nights 11 days Ex Manali to Dharamsala.

Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous,

Max. Elevation: 4830 m - Thamsar Pass


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Day 01: Manali (1950m) - Trek to Lamadug (2900m). 4-5 hrs

Day 02: Trek to Riyali Thach (3300m). 5-6 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Shangor (3800m) base Kalihani. 5-6 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Kalihani pass (4830m) -Dhanko thach (3800m) 7-8 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Lamba Parao (3500m). 6 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Suni Parao (3000m). 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Bara Bangahal (2550m). 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Marh (3850m) Base of Thamsar pass (4375m). 6 hrs

Day 09: Trek to Thamsar pass (4730m) – Panihartu (3500m). 7-8 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Rajgunda (2900m) 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Billing (2600m) - Bir (1550m) 5-6 kms, drive to Dharamsala (1300m) 65 kms 2 hrs


  11 days of trek, 10 nights of camp with all camping facilities.

  Roomy tents (2x or 3x), sleeping bags & liner /blankets, sleeping pads, dining tent, toilet tent. Trekking poles. Camp chair.

  All meals Ex Manali to Manali: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine. (Bed tea /coffee, nutritious breakfast, hot lunch, snacks, delicious dinner veg / non veg and hot drinks.

  Group transportation by private vehicle - to and fro per itinerary.

  Our 5-star staff: Qualified and trained local guide, cook, trekking mules included riding horse

  Filtered drinking water / warm washing water and

  Medical first aid basic kit.



  Domestic flight ticket and hotel accommodations in Manali and Dharamsala.

  Soft or hard drinks

  Tipping  and other items of personal nature, Laundry and

  Any unforeseen cost arises beyond trek schedule.

Previous Bara Bangahal trek and reviews


"Manali Bir, brilliant trek, fantastic scenery, rough and smooth. The horseman were too really funny guys and very good. The guide was good. Excellent food, camping and great service, starting with the CHAI in bed at 7 am. Saw many GADDI shepherds and some interesting stone and tarpaulin huts, Interesting to go up high. The first pass and the thin air, two steps stop and get the breathing night, slowly-slowly and no problem. Bara-Bangahal was friendly and an untypical Hindu village in its location and building, days from any roads. I would throughly recommend the journey; it took us 12 days, including a day rest, Great journey. I would recommend anyone with tip top knees". Christopher H. - ENGLAND

Day to Day itinerary

Day 01: Manali (1950m) - Trek to Lamadug (2900m). 4-5 hrs.

A little higher up to 2, 3 km from Manali is a temple of Hadimba Devi (goddess) with four tiered pagoda shaped roof and the front doorway carved with figures and symbols, the trek starts here. Gentle climbing through thick forest after Hadimba temple. 2 hours later on arrive at a place from where Indersan (6,220m.) And Deo Tibba (6,001m.) peaks can be seen. Overnight camp near the stream.

Day 02: Trek to Riyali Thach (3300m). 5-6 hrs.

Trek through steep ridge below Thanpari Tibba (4,000m) One can see the full view of Manali town and upper Kullu valley. Continue going upward arrive at Ranisui lake (small) and follow the trail which is going western top of mountain, by the afternoon arrive at the camping place of Riyali thach (thach meadows. Locally called.

Day 03: Trek to Shangor (3800m) base Kalihani. 5-6 hrs.

From Riyali follow the trek in alpine forest until reaching a small stream, cross it and walk along the left side for few minutes. Continue stepping up where tree line finishes and you have a wonderful view of upper and lower Kullu valley. Overnight halt at Shangor camp.

Day 04: Trek to Kalihani pass (4830m) -Dhanko thach (3800m) 7-8 hrs.

Climb steadily on a rocky path, along a snowy glacier climb moderate slope to the foot of the pass. Then climb over glacier is an interesting. Finally arrive at top of the Kalihani pass (4,830m). From here view around the major peaks of Kullu and Lahoul valley. Crossing the pass, on the descent cross hazardous rivers in various ways: a stone bridge with rope handrail descent is over patches of ice, then follow the small stream which originate from the pass. Arrive at the campsite of Dhan ko thach (thach-locally called meadows).

Day 05: Trek to Lamba Parao (3500m). 6 hrs.

Gradual descent into the valley for 1 hour. Cross Kalihani stream by bridge, then follow the track along with the stream. Camp by the stream.


Day 06: Trek to Suni Parao (3000m). 5-6 hrs.

From the camp follow the trail on the right side of Kalihani stream, easy waking but one has to walk over boulders and occasionally on snow and ice patches (an early season)


Day 07: Trek to Bara Bangahal (2550m). 5-6 hrs.

A good route again on right bank to Bara Bangahal village. Bara Bangahal is a mid-point of the trek, a village enclosed by the mountains. Gradual walking down in beautiful surroundings, before Bara Bangahal cross a bridge over Ravi River. Lastly arrive at village. Bara Bangahal is a tribal village inhabited by GADDIS (Shepherds) who claim themselves to be the descendant of Alexander the Great.


Day 08: Trek to Marh (3850m) Base of Thamsar pass (4375m). 6 hrs.

Gentle climbing after crossing a bridge near Bara Bangahal. After 2 hours walking through the forest, arrive the beautiful meadows at the base of Thamsar pass. Camp near the stream.


Day 09: Trek to Thamsar pass (4730m) – Panihartu (3500m). 7-8 hrs.

Not difficult but easy climbing through snow leads to the glacier. Thamsar pass at 4,700 meters with panoramic view of Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. After descending 5 kms arrive at Panihartu campsite.


Day 10: Trek to Rajgunda (2900m) 6-7 hrs.

From the camp follow the left bank of Uhl stream for an hour. Then walk through forest and cross bridge near Palachak Deota. Now follow the right side of Uhl, untill you arrive at Rajgunda.


Day 11: Trek to Billing (2600m) - Bir (1550m) 5-6 kms, drive to Dharamsala (1300m) 65 kms 2 hrs.

Gradual walking down through forest, Billing is the famous for international Hang Gliding sports.
4 hours walking downwards by following a dry stream. Good view all around. Finally arrive at Bir Khas for overnight halt. Bir is inhabits by large number of Tibetan settlements in India, it has a beautiful monasteries. Drive to Palampur. Palampur is a beautiful spot in Kangra valley surrounded by tea garden. Before palampur visit Baijnath to look 5, 00 year old Mahadev temple. Finally arrive at Dharamsala. Dharamsala is hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. Since 1960, when it became a temporary headquarter of HIS HOLINESS H.H. THE DALAI LAMA. Dharamsala has risen to international fame as the little Lhasa in India. It is a best destination for those who want to study Tibetan Buddhism, arts and culture. Overnight stay at hotel.

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