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Manali Barabhangal Dharamshala Trek

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  • Duration : 14 Days 13 Night.
  • Best time : July to October.
  • Highest point : Kalihani Pass (4697m)
  • Grade : Strenuous.

Trek Highlights: This is a 14 days/ 13 nights trek. It is one of the most enchanting and picturesque treks leading from the Kullu valley into the Scenic Kangra valley. Magnificent Himalayan vista opens as the trail traverses myriad streams, evergreen forests and lush green meadows strewn with an amazing variety of wild alpine flowers. The fauna spotted from the Himalayan Brown Bear, to the elusive Musk Deer. This area is rich in bird includes, Snow Cock and the Monal Pheasant. This trek leaves one wondering at the awesome beauty of the Himalayas. We end the tour after visiting the little Lahasa – Mc Leodganj, which is also the seat of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Detailed Suggested Itinerary

Day 01: Manali – Lamadugh (6 hrs)
Start trek from Manali (2050 m). The first day of the trek leads through cool forests of giant Cedar, Alder and Oak. The trail ascends gently at first, through the Manalsu valley along Manalsu stream. Extensive views of Kullu valley appear and slowly fade into the distant as the first campsite in the lush green meadows of Lamadugh is reached. Beautiful views of the surrounding peaks dominate the scene. Overnight in tents at Lamadugh (2727 m).

Day 02: Lamadugh – Dohra Nallah (7 hrs)
Now the trail ascends steeply through woodland and meadows with wild alpine flowers strewn all around. On the way brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the ridge after which a descent leads to the campsite at Dohra Nallah (3394 m). Overnight in tents.

Day 03: Dohra Nallah – Kaliheyni Base I (6 hrs)
A lovely walk through lush green forests leads to campsite (4000 m) at the base of 4697 m high Kaliheyani pass. All around are mountain peaks of Kullu and Lahaul valley, presenting an unforgettable panorama. Overnight in tents.

Day 04: Kaliheyni Base I - Kaliheyni Base II (6 hrs)
Today the landscape slowly begins to change, as forests and meadows give way to rocky back-drops with patches of snow. Steep climb through glacier and moraine leads to the camp II on the bank of mountain stream. Overnight in tents.

Day 05: Kaliheyni Base II – Gaddi Thach (6 hrs)
Now the trail leads down into the Sunni river valley and upto a buff overlooking the river. Overnight in tents at Gaddi Thach (3424 m).

Day 06: Gaddi Thach – Lambapaharh (4 hrs)
Tha path passes through rocky terrain and later it is replaced by meadows. After crossing a large snow bridge you are in forest and little ahead is the campsite (Lambapaharh 3485 m) near a stream. Overnight in tents.

Day 07: Lambapaharh – Camp I (7 hrs)
After descending to the river bank, camp for overnight, near a stream (3636 m). Overnight in tents.

Day 08: Camp I – Upper Barabhangal (6 hrs)
The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor, after which an almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny village of Barabhangal. Overnight in tents.

Day 09: Upper Barabhangal – Barbhangal (4 hrs)
Today finally the ancient village of Barabhangal is reached. Overnight in tents (2273 m).

Day 10: Barabhangal – Camp II (6 hrs)
A remote and isolated village, it is accessible only for four to five months a year. The inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan shepards – the Gaddis – who lead a nomadic life with their vast flocks of sheep into high mountain pastures once the snow melts, and then return to their isolated existence in the village. From Barabhangal village trek to camp II. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Camp II – Marrhi (4 hrs)
A steady walk and an hour's climb leads to the campsite at Marrhi (4000 m). The scenery changes quite dramatically while the air becomes cooler. Camp at the base of the 4772 m high Thamser pass. The chill of the evening is replaced with the comfortable warmth of lively campfire. Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Marrhi – Plachak (6 hrs)
Today the trail slowly emerges from the rocky terrain into the softer landscape of lakes, meadows and forests. Numerous lakes dot the countryside interspersed by cascading waterfalls. A descent through green wooded slope leads to a tiny tea shop, this is the village of Plachak (2424 m). Overnight in tents near the village.

Day 13: Plachak – Billing (6 hrs)
A pleasant walk through a leafy bridle path and tiny villages literally hanging on the shoulders fo the hill-sides, giving them a magical, surrealistic appearance. Ahead lies a tiny village of Billing for camp (2424 m). Overnight in tents.

Day 14: Billing – Bir (4 hrs)
On the way, extensive views of the lush green Kangra valley are the welcome site and soon the steep descent ends at the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir, the land of the legendary Gaddis – the tough and weary Himalayan Shepards. Travel to Dharamsala by car/jeep. Trek ends

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  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control
  • We will provide basic equipment like ropes for safety, ice axe, harnesses, ascenders and descanters but one has to bring his/her own good quality Shoes, Sleeping bags, and crampons.
  • Incase of 2 -3 pax, cook would work as route guide and dinning arrangements would be made in kitchen tent only
  • Services subject to advance payments
  • At times due to road blockade or landslide we may to alter the itinerary at the last moment or the day of journey also. In such a case any extra running of vehicle or expenses incurred in operating the changed tour, extra cost would have to be paid by the guest.
  • Trekking & high altitude travel are adventure activities and the rates donot cover any insurance, risk cover, damages, claims etc. A person coming on adventure tour has to be covered for adventure travel & activities apart from normal travel insurance. Himalayan Wanderer or any of its service providers would not be liable in any case for any mishap/ loss etc
  • A person should be covered under travel insurance and the insurance should also include adventure travel and repatriation by a helicopter. Our transfer rates donot include any travel insurance/ repatriation charges/ damages/ claims etc incase of any eventuality
  • Our rates donot include any travel insurance/ repatriation charges/ damages/ claims etc incase of any eventuality
  • To reduce the risk of altitude sickness you should: drink enough liquids (check your urine periodically to make sure it is pale in color, dark yellow urine indicates that you are getting dehydrated), eat light (low fat food high in carbohydrates), and rest (take it easy and relax). Alcoholic drinks may not help during the acclimatization process
  • Our first add box normally contains – normal drugs for regular use like pain killers, Diamox, ORS powder, Bandages, ointment for cuts and wounds, antiseptics like Detol or Savolon etc. But normally foreign guest carry their own medicines and we also avoid suggesting anything in this regard. Carrying Diamox is always advisable (this is for high altitude, oxygen deficiency and mild high altitude sickness)
  • We suggest guest to consult doctor and have a thorough physical checkup before undertaking a trek.
  • For any helicopter rescue operations, normally the expenditure for these operations is paid by the insurance companies if the guest is insured. But Guest taking this adventure tour must be covered under travel insurance and the insurance should also include adventure travel and repatriation by a helicopter.
  • Incase guest doesn't have any risk insurance for adventure travel and repatriation by a helicopter charges, then in such a case of emergency we would want a written guarantee from the foreign office and the guest's travel agent that in such a case all the expenses incurred in rescue operation, extra cost immediately would have to be paid by the guest / foreign office or guest's travel agent in advance or as soon as the operation is over as per requirement of helicopter company or Army.

  • The client should make the reservation with the company along with 50% of tour cost as booking deposit. The balance amount has to be paid one month prior to the departure of the trek/ safari/ tour.
  • The booking form should be completed filled, signed and returned to the Company before starting any kind of adventure activity.
  • If the client is forced to cancel the booking prior to departure, the cancellation policy will be followed.
  • Once the tour starts and is cancelled due to any reason beyond our control, the Company reserves the right for the payment of refunds to the client and will be on Company's discretion.
  • In case of any delay beyond our control, the client will have to bear extra cost for the extra days as per the option chosen on per day basis.
  • In case the strength falls below the stipulated group strength or the Client can travel as individual travelers, then a different rate i.e. not group rate would be applicable
  • Company reserves the rights to decline to reserve any person or persons as client for any trek without assigning any reason whatsoever.

The booking is accepted on the understanding that you realize the potential risks and hazards that can be involved in holidays of this kind. , along with our leaders/guides and any one else working in association with us can not be held responsible for any death, accident or mishap that may occur in connection with any part of, or services connected with the holiday. It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to conflict, international or internal flight delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, weather, war, vehicle problems, political closures and disputes. Before the guests come on a holiday, they must be covered by insurance, which has to include the cost of helicopter rescue and cost of repatriation if they become too ill to continue. The travel insurance should cover Adventure Holiday too.
The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the package is not availed The Company would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc.