Bara Bhangal Trek

Bara Bhangal Trek: “Shepherd Trail, Over High Passes”


One of the most scenic and challenging trek in north India starts from Manali. Trail begins through lush green forest vary the different species and alpine meadow filed by variety of flora.
Following narrow and wide path, negotiating with steep and strenuous climb to the top of high passes which provides the panoramic view of surrounding Himalayas . Elevation varies from 2000m to 5000m, hence the higher regions are glaciated with moraine and rocky path.
Variety of birds and wild life has been often spotted by the trekkers. Once in Barabhangal you will explore the life of this isolated village habitats . After crossing Thamsar pass descend to the valley of Kangra, trek ends up in Bir and you will further drive to Dharamsala the capital of Tibetan government in exile.
This trek is known as Shepherd trail when flocks from the high altitude pasture land of Lahoul and Spiti get back to their home land by passing over those high passes, it is a great moment to encounter the legendary Himalayan Shepherds. The best time for this transhumance passage is from July,August,September and October.



# Ideal trek for wildlife, nature photographer, adventurer and explorer.

# Encounter with remotest habitant of Himalaya.

# Unique culture, lifestyle and food

Why to choose TOUR DE INDIA over others for Bara Bhangal Trek?

Operations: We operate our treks directly.

Local: We are Dharamshala based company with an office at the heart of McLeodganj.

Safety: ONLY team in the whole of region who focusses on safety as a top priority. No other team carries walky-talky, crampons in the region.

Add-ons: We provide Rain Ponchos, Walking Sticks free of cost for use! So, no undue expenses on gears…!!

Price: We are offering our best-in-class service package at an economy price as we create groups to help trekkers in cost-sharing. Moreover, this way we get to make new friends. Moreover, we make sure group size doesn’t go more than 08 -10 people so that everyone gets equal attention.

Team: Majority of the ground team is in-house and the service quality is thus guaranteed.

Experience: We cater for over five thousand trekkers in Himalayas every year with us handling operations for others as well.

Experience: We provide you 100% authentic trekking and local experience.

Support: We have 24 x 7 after sales support.

Social Responsibility: We make sure the benefits reach the locals and environment is taken care of through our CSR efforts.


COST TERMS FOR Bara Bhangal Trek



Camping Type Accommodation
Five Nights Camping during Trek
Dome Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
Mess Tent for the Group
Toilet Tents (Pit Style)


Lunch / Refreshment on the Way
All Meals (Veg.) during the Trek
All Meals Cooked in Hygienic Conditions
Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
Natural Spring / Purified Water during Trek

Support Team

One Qualified Trek Leader
One Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide
Porters / Mules (for Equipment)

Safety & Rescue

Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence
Walky Talky with Team Members for Swift Communication
Crampons / Microspikes to the Trekkers (if Required)
Cramponing (training) before the use of crampons
First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
4 Night camping during trek

Nature & Environment

Proper Segregation Bins an Waste Management at Campsite
Charity Support to One Local Community-Based NGO
Clean Up Drive During Season End


Equipment Purchase and Rental Support
Maximum 08 Trekkers in a Batch
Permits up to Rs. 100
Trek Contests and Offers (Click Here) – to be updated soon


Personal Gears

Click to Download PDF – to be updated soon (ask for email)


5% GST


Any additional permit cost if charged over Rs. 100
Tips, Gratitude to the Team
Any Other Service Not Mentioned Above in Inclusions



TDI expects you to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 500/- extra per day per bag.

*For Travel Insurance, booking must be made at least two weeks prior to the departure date.


Cancellation Policy:

Up to 30 Days:- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Between 21 – 30 Days:- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Between 20 – 11 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Less than 10 Days:- No refund.



Rescheduling Policy:

Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.

Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.


Other Terms:

Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.

Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.

Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.

No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.


Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

Reception in airport, transfer to the hotel, O/N in hotel.

Day 2: Delhi to Manali (2000 m) 570 kms.

Day 3: Manali

Morning reached Manali, check in hotel, visit old Manali, Hadimba temple, Shiva temple and the Tibetan Monastery in town, which are the main attraction; afternoon free in town, night in hotel and dinner.

Day 4: Manali to Lamadugh (2500 m) 5 hours; Trek 1

The first day of the trek leads through cool forests of giant Deodars (Cedar), climb gently through Manalsu valley with the Manalsu torrent for company. Campsite in the lush green meadow of Lamadugh.

Day 5: Lamadugh to Dohra Nalla (3100 m) over Khanpari pass (3600 m) 6hours; Trek 2

The trail now begins to ascend steeply through woodlands and meadows. With wild alpine flowers strewn all around, the brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the pass after which a descent leads to the campsite.

Day 6: Dohra Nalla to Sangohar, the base of Kali Hani (3800 m) 5 hours 30minutes; Trek 3

A lovely walk through the lush forest and over the debris of glaciers; a short ascend to the campsite, all around the famous mountain peaks of the Kullu and Lahoul valleys afford an unforgettable evening.

Day 7: Sangohar to Gaddi Gote (3600 m) over Kalihali pass (4800 m) 8 hours; Trek 4

Today the landscape slowly begins to change, as forests and meadows give way to rocky outcrops with patches of snow starring to appear. A rather steep climb through glacial debris and snow and the top of the pass is reached. Breath taking views envelop the crest of the pass and after a brief stopover, descending through glacier and moraine leads to the campsite on the bank of the sparkling mountain stream.

Day 8: Gaddi Gote to Lamba Phad (3300 m) 4 hours; Trek 5

Now the trail leads down into the Soony river via Devi Gote. A small temple constructed by the shepherds (Gaddies) for the protection of the sheep and themselves from the natural catastrophes and the animal. Pay the homage to the Goddess and continue to the campsite.

Day 9: Lamba Phad to Soony (3500 m) 5 hours; Trek6

Leaving this beautiful campsite behind, the path winds through rocky terrain and soon is replaced by meadows again. The trail begins to ascend, a forest begins to appear, the river rushes through spectacular gorges as soon as crossed via a snow bridge or temporary wooden bridge, campsite is reached.

Day 10: Soony to Bara Bhangal (2540 m) 6 hours; Trek7

The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor, after which almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny ancient village of Bara Bhangal.

Day 11: Visit the village; Trek8

A remote and isolated village which is through only for four or five months in a year, is inhabited by the legendary Himalayan shepherds (the Gaddies) who lead a nomadic life. They lead their vast flocks of sheep and goats in high mountain summer pastures and in autumn returning back to their isolated existence in the village.

Day 12: Bara Bhangal base of Thamsar pass (3500 m) 6 hours30 minutes; Trek9

A steady climb to the camp site, the scenery changes there quite dramatically while the air became cooler. The chill of the evening is replaced with the comfortable warmth of a lively campfire.

Day 13: Base to Panihartu (3200 m.) over Thamsar pass 6 to 7 hours; Trek10

Today the trail steeply emerges from the rocky and glacial terrain in to the softer landscape. The lakes on both side of the pass offer a spectacular view of Dhauladhar range with mighty Manimahesh Tibba on the north of the pass. Steep descend to the campsite of the Pannihartu.

Day 14: Panihartu to Raj Gundha (2900 m) 6 Hours; Trek11

A very pleasant walk through a leafy bridle path meadows forest and the cascading waterfall; soon, the tiny village makes appearance literally hanging on the shoulders of the hill side, giving them a magical, surrealistic appearance.

Day 15: Raj Gundha to Bir (2080 m) 6 hours; Trek12 and Dharamsala

The trail goes through the forest of oak and rhododendron. From Billing direct descend to the Bir. As the Billing is well known for the paragliding, the participants from all over the India as well as foreigners use to take part in the competition. On the way extensive view of the lush green Kangra valley are speated and soon the steep descend ends at the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir. A delightful last day of this most wondrous trek through the land of the legendary Gaddis, tough and wiry Himalayan shepherds.

Drive to Dharamsala, On the way visit the Tibetan settlement and the monastery at Bir, Chamunda Devi temple in Palampur. After 50 kms of drive, reached Dharamsala, O/N in the hotel

Day 16: After breakfast visit to Norbulingka and Karmapa Monestery. Tonight a Gala dinner will be organized to mark the Expedition.

Day 17: After breakfast day at rest or by your own and evening transport to Delhi and overnight stay.

Day 18: Day free at Delhi and night transfer to international flight to the onward destination.





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