BURAN GHATI TREK
Buran Ghati Trek is the less travelled, less revealed trek in the mid-hills of the Himalayas. Adorned with the most exciting crossings, perpendicular snow walls, maze-like forests, endless grasslands, garland of mountain peaks and villages you’ve never dreamt of, Buran Ghati is unquestionably the greatest of all trekking gems. The trek takes you to the foot-wide walkway marked in the middle of snow spreads. Where the walk ends, rappling begins, where rappling ends, discovery begins. It gives you the chance to be ecstatic without any inhibition.
The farthest point of the trek, Barua village is a chapter from history. The village set amidst the mountains, forests and grasslands and functions on the old school lifestyle.
The Buran Ghati trek begins at Janglik, a village nested in the upper region of Shimla District. The first half is about getting over the Pabbar Valley, exploring the holy Chandernahan Lake, and conquering the Buran Pass at 4580 m. The second half is trotting over the Baspa Valley. The trek is highly flexible. You can get back to Janglik and then Shimla or go beyond to other hills and valleys.
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Rohru - Janglikh - Dayara Thatch - Litham Thatch - Chandranahan Lake - Buran Ghati
Group Size: Max 20
Best Season: May - June and September - October
Grade: Moderate Trek to Difficult
Highest Point: 4200 m
Accomodation: Homestay, Camping
Drive from Shimla to Janglik (2750m, 162 kms, ~ 9 hrs)
The day starts early in the morning. If you are in smaller group and wish to reach early, you can take the press vehicles which leaves around 5 in the morning to deliver newspaper. This will help you reach Rohru easily and conveniently. It is a long drive to reach Janglik, but the thrilling roads and views of Himachal keeps you engaged before you reach Janglik, a beautiful village amidst the greens.
Being in a small group helps as we can trek in a smaller group and chose to stay in the local homestay. That gives us the priceless experience to live the rich local culture and make ourselves a part of it right from the go. Do visit the local typically constructed temple in Janglik.
Accommodation: Homestay at Janglik
Trek from Janglik To Dayara Thatch (3465m, 5 hrs)
We begin our trek on day 2 and as we walk towards our next destination, we are gifted by the pleasures of greens, but in varied shades. A typical Himalayan trek through the high rising conifers and small openings in the thick and thin forest, following up the Pabbar River. Some shepherds’ huts on the way offer you a glimpse of tough rural life, high up in the hills.
Dayara is a beautiful expanse of loft green meadow in the valley encircled sparsely by conifers. The flock of sheep grazing around with their shepherds and humps of mountains rising high on both the sides make it a picturesque location. Early in the season, snow can add a different element of beauty to the sight. It makes a perfect campsite.
We spend the rest of the day exploring the site and soaking in the view, through our eyes and camera. Do have a conversation with the shepherds you meet on the way. It will enlighten you a lot on the perspective they have on the surrounding world.
Accommodation: Camping at Dayara Thatch
Trek From Dayara Thatch To Litham Thatch (3600m, 3 hrs)
The 3rd day will be beautiful indeed. We start lazily and would like to reach our next campsite for lunch. We follow the Pabbar River with a marvelous view of the mighty Gunas pass ahead of us. A gentle traverse on the grassy mountain with mixed climb on the meadow through occasional forests and multiple stream crossing brings us to the Litham thatch.
You have rest of the day at your leisure. This will be our campsite for the 2 nights and serves as an acclimatization ground for successful crossing of the Barua Pass.
Accommodation: Camping at Litham Thatch
Explore Chandranahan Lake (4024m, 6 hrs)
Early morning on day 4, we start our trek to explore the other valley on our left side towards Chandranahan Lake. Chandranahan is a lake system fed by glacier and underground spring water. It is a very pious place for the locals and legend has it that the local God of Rohru - Shikru Devta is supposed to have taken birth here. As per the legend, no one is supposed to venture closer to the lake with shoes or slippers, or wearing any stuff made from leather.
The stream originating from the lake is a tributary of the Pabbar and is named as Chandranahan nala. The trek is indeed refreshing and during early May can have good amount of snow cover. Otherwise, it is a walk up on a moderately rough terrain with occasional flat meadows, and requires trekkers to cross streams multiple times. Snow covers the lake, but if snow cover is not adequate, you can see up to 3 lakes, which are not too big or deep either.
We return back to Litham for the day.
Accommodation: Camping at Litham Thatch
Trek From Litham Thatch To Dunda (4100m, 5 hrs)
Day 5 is the penultimate day before the crossing of the pass. The trek climbs up moderately to the base of the Buran pass where the two passes - Buran and Gunas offers you a tempting challenge to undertake. Behind your back, the view of the entire valley is awe inspiring. To the right, on the other side of the mountain divide runs the Rupin valley and the trek to the Rupin Pass.
Early May can be difficult in this region and it depends on the amount of snow, the area has received. It is better to bank on the experience of the local guides on location to camp for the day so that crossing the pass becomes easier and successful, the next day.
Accommodation: Camping at Dunda
Cross Buran Pass From Dunda To Munirang ( 4550m, 3625m, 7 hrs)
Finally we come close of reaching our objective and the challenge is right ahead.. All our previous days were meant to acclimatize ourselves to the best of our capabilities and get in sync with the mountains. Today we tackle the steep climb to the top of the Buran Pass.
A steadily increasing intensity of climb up on snow takes us to the top. We reach in about 2 hours to the top. Rest and feel the place where you have trekked yourself to see for yourself, on what you have achieved. its amazing. Thereafter, trek back to Litham Thach.
Accommodation: Camping at Lithim
Trek to Janglik Village. Drive to Shimla (4 hrs trek.)
Day 7 is the end of our beautiful trek. Start early so as to reach Janglik in the nick of time. It takes about 4 hours of descend to get us to Janglik Village and the road head.
From there, we can either go to Rohru, Rampur or back to Shimla.
- Accommodation (Homestay, Tent and Sleeping Bags)
- Breakfast- Packed Lunch- Dinner (Vegetarian)
- Snacks, soups , Tea, essential food Materials for Trekking in High Altitude.
- Service of Tour manager from Shimla to Shimla.
- High Altitude Guide , Trek Information and Sightseeing .
- All tolls, State taxes, Parking and Driver allowances.
- Any Personal Expenditure.
- Porters to carry personal luggage.
- Anything note mentioned under the head inclusion.
- Any Service not mentioned under the head inclusions.
- Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Three warm layers: On the pass crossing day, you will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
- Two trek pants: Wear one pair and carry one pair.
- Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
- Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. These are more important in June. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.
- Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sun burns.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole
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