From Manali to Dharamsala - Bara Bhangal trek
From 1345 $ per person
Departing from Manali, in the luxurious valley of Kullu, the « valley of thousand gods », we trek in the Gaddis land, a semi nomad shepherds ethnic group. We can meet them between May and October in the high mountain pastures with the herds of sheep and goats.
The Gaddis are making long travels each year, leaving the low lands .overcome by the heat and watered by the monsoon, that they call Gadderan ou Shivbumi, « Land of Shiva », to go up in the altitude mountain pastures in the Kullu area, and even to Lahoul.
The trekking is taking place in alpine landscapes, going through oaks, cedars, rhododendrons and pines forests, to high mountains landscapes (Kalihali 4800 m).
The itinerary leads us to Dharamsala, exile land for the Tibetan escaping from the Chinese occupation.
Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the center of Delhi. Night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi - Manali (2000 m)
Long Day (14 H): train to Chandigarh and private vehicle to Manali. Arrival in the evening at Manali. Overnight stay in a comfortable and family Guest-House in the heart of the old village of Manali.
Day 3 : Manali (2000 m)
Visit of the old Manali, Adimba temple and road to the Naggar village (30 Km). Lunch, visit of the temple and the castle. On the way back to Manali, visit of few villages and temples. Night at the Guest House.
Day 4 : Manali - Lamadugh (2500 m) [5H walk]
We start the trek by a walk that plunges into the Manalsu valley. Very beautiful view on the Kullu valley, the “The valley of Gods”. Night in a camp in a clearing.
Day 5 : Lamadugh - Dohra Nalla (3100 m) [6H walk]
We walk up in direction of the Khanpari pass (3600 m). The slope is more and more steep. After the pass, we slope down to the Dohra Nalla camp.
Day 6 : Dohra Nalla - Sangohar (3800 m) [5/6H walk]
Short ascent to get to the mountain pastures of Sangohar, at the bottom of Kalihali pass (4800 m). The view from the camp is magical.
Day 7 : Sangohar - Gaddi Gote (3900 m) [8H walk]
The landscape is changing as we make the ascent. Maybe we’ll have to cross few snow nevi before arriving at the Kalihali pass (4800 m). The slope down first starts on a moraine and then we find again the mountain pastures before arriving to Gaddi Gote. Long day of trekking! Camping.
Day 8 : Gaddi Gote - Lamba Phad (3300 m) [4H walk]
The slope down continues along the Soony torrent. Break at Devi Gote. Camping in the peaceful meadow of Lamba Phad.
Day 9 : Lamba Phad - Soony (3500 m) [5H walk]
We first trek on a flat path in a mineral scenery before finding back meadow and soon, the forest. We soon enter in deep gorges and cross a wooden bridge before reaching the camp.
Day 10 : Soony - Bara Bhangal (2540 m) [6H walk]
Slope down in direction to Bara Bhangal. Camping.
Day 11 : Bara Bhangal - Marhi (or Tainta) (3500 m) [6/7H walk]
Steep ascent to the camp. The landscape is more and more mineral while approaching the bottom of Thamsar pass.
Day 12 : Marhi (or Tainta) - Panihartu (3200 m) [6H walk]
We climb up to Thamsar pass (3800 m). Exceptional view on the surrounding mountains. Slope down to the camp.
Day 13 : Panihartu - Raj Gundha (2900 m) [6H walk]
Slight slope down through the forest to the small village of Raj Gundha. Visit of the village partially inhabited by the Gaddis.
Day 14 : Raj Gundha - Bir (2100 m) [6H walk]
The slope down continues. We go through the Billing site, one of the most famous places for paragliding. End of the trekking. Visit of Bir, a village welcoming many tibetans.
Day 15 : Bir - Dharamsala
Visit of the Tibetan monastery of Bir. Minibus in direction of Dharamsala. On the way, visit of Chamunda Devi temple in Palampur. After 50 Km driving, arrival in Dharamsala. Transfer to the hotel situated in Mc Leod Ganj. Night at the hotel.
Day 16 : Dharamsala
Visit of Dharamsala (Mc Leod Ganj). Night at the hotel.
Day 17 : Dharamsala - Delhi
Free day in Dharamsala. Night bus for Delhi.
Day 18 : Delhi - international airport
Arrival in Delhi early morning. Transfer to the hotel in the center of Delhi. Free afternoon. In the evening, transfer to the international airport.