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Buran Ghati Trek - 7 Days

Buran Ghati Trek
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Buran Ghati – Barua Pass (altitude 4572m) trek is a classic Sheppard route connecting Pabbar valley of Shimla to Sangla/Baspa valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. It is still frequented by sheppards and the locals. Other two passes on the same mountain range connecting Sangla valley to Rohru & Dodra- Kwar  in Pabbar valley are Gunas pass &  Rupin pass .  Chandernahan lake ( the source of Pabbar river) is located about one hour trek from Litham Thach.  Brua/Buran village is start point of the trek from Sangla valley in Kinnaur & Janglikh village is end point of the trek.

Buran Ghati Trek is one of the most beautiful treks of our country. It is in the Pabbar valley. The general route taken for this trek starts from a village called Janglik. After an overnight halt/ stay at Janglik, trek to the Dayara site and camp for the night. Next day trek to Lithum. From Lithum go and explore the Chandranahan lake. Take a days time for this exploration. Next day trek from Lithum to Dunda, right below the buran pass. Next day start early morning to reach the pass and get down the other side. This could be either on stones and boulders or if there is excessive snow, rapel down !! Reach the river side ground and camp for the night. Next day trek to Barua village and get a vehicle to take you down till Shimla.

Best season/ time to do

Buran ghati is a trek that has beautiful meadows to start with. It has narrow muddy trails to trek on as well, which makes it hard to cross during rains. Also on the pass crossing, rains or soft snow could make the trek from moderate to difficult, or even impossible to negotiate. That is why we have identified certain months safe to attempt this trek. Keeping in mind the beauty of the place, limited amount of risk, snow line at the pass crossing, we suggest April, May & mid June, Sept. & Oct as a good time to do this trek.

 

Day 1
SHIMLA TO JANGLIK (2800m) / 8 Hrs Drive

Day 2
JANGLIK TO DAYARA (3400m) / 5-6 Hrs Trek

Day 3
DAYARA TO LITHAM (3600m) / 4-5 Hrs Trek

Day 4
ACCLIMATIZATION DAY / EXPLORE CHANDRANAHAN LAKE (4250m) / 6-7 Hrs Trek

Day 5
LITHAM TO DHUNDA (4075m) / 7-8 Hrs Trek

Day 6
FROM DUNDA TO MUNIRANG , VIA - BURAN PASS (4600M) / 9-10 Hrs Trek

Day 7
FROM MUNIRANG TO SHIMLA, VIA - BARUA ( 4 Hrs Trek / 8 Hrs Drive)

DAY 1 : SHIMLA TO JANGLIK (2800m) / 8 Hrs Drive

  • Altitude:9,200 ft
  • Drive:  8 hours, 160 km. Transport from Shimla (at 6:00 AM) to Janglik (Self paid transportation)
  • Time taken:  Reach Janglik by 2-3 pm.
  • Stay: Check in local homestay

Start your day early morning. Arrive at Shimla on your own. We can organise pick-up vehicles from Shimla old bus stand You can reach Rohru easily and conviniently. It will be 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. We take the full advantage of trekking 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. Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner.

DAY 2 : JANGLIK TO DAYARA (3400m) / 5-6 Hrs Trek

  • Altitude:   11,150 ft
  • Trek: 4-5 km
  • Trek gradient: Easy to moderate.
  • Water sources: Carry 1 litre of water from Janglik. There are sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Today we start our trek 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. You cross few shepherd's hut on the way. Dayara is a beautiful expanse of loft green meadow in the valley encircled sparsely by conifers. The flock of sheeps grazing around with their shepherds and humps of mountains rising high on both the sides make it a picturesque location. Early in the season pre-monsoon, snow can add a different element of beauty to the sight. It makes a perfect campsite.

DAY 3 : DAYARA TO LITHAM (3600m) / 4-5 Hrs Trek

  • Altitude:  11,800 ft
  • Trek: 4-5 km
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Water sources:Carry 1 litre of water from Dayara. There are sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

A short day today but a beautiful one. We start lazily and would like to reach our next campsite for lunch. We follow the Pabbar river with a constant 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. Enjoy the rest of the day. This will be our campsite for the 2 nights and plays a very important role in the better acclimatization for successful crossing of the Barua Pass.

DAY 4: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY / EXPLORE CHANDRANAHAN LAKE (4250m) / 6-7 Hrs Trek

  • Altitude:  13,800 ft
  • Trek: 4-5 km
  • Trek gradient: Difficult
  • Water sources: Carry 1-1.5 of water from the campsite. There are water sources along the trail
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Morning, we start our trek to explore the other valley on our left towards Chandranahan lake. Chandranahan is a lake system fed by glacier and underground spring water. Its 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 rule, we are not supposed to venture closer to the lake with shoes or slippers, or anything leather. The stream originating from the lake is a tributary of the Pabbar and also named Chandranahan nala. The trek up is a good one and early in May can have good amount of snow cover. Otherwise, its a walk up on a moderately rough terrain with occasional flat meadows, requiring to cross streams multiple times. Snow covers the lake, but if open, you can see upto 3 lakes, which are not too big or deep either. We return back to Litham for the day.

Day 05 : LITHAM TO DHUNDA (4075m) / 7-8 Hrs Trek

  • Altitude:   13,100 ft
  • Trek: 5-6 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate
  • Water sources:Streams along the trail
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

The penultimate day before the crossing of the pass tomorrow. The trek climbs up moderately to the base of the Buran pass where the two passes - Buran and Gunas pass offers you a tempting challenge to undertake. Behind your back, the view of the entire valley is a beauty !! To your 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 depending on the amount of snow. Its better to bank on the experience of the local guides on location to camp for the day so that pass crossing becomes easier and successful the next day.

DAY 6: FROM DUNDA TO MUNIRANG , VIA - BURAN PASS (4600M) / 9-10 Hrs Trek

  • Altitude:  11,800 ft via 15,000 ft
  • Trek: 7-8 km
  • Trek gradient: Difficult.
  • Water sources:None on the trail till the last 2 hours. Ensure you are well hydrated and carry at least 2 litres of water before starting from Dhunda
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Finally we have brought ourselves to the closest to our objective and today we face the challenge. All our previous days were meant to acclimatize ourselves to the maximum capacity 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.. its amazing. We start to descend the pass to the other side. Its steep and here comes the expertise of your trekking skills and the guide. We use our safety ice traction crampons, ice axes and rope to descend down the pass. Its a quick descend all the way down to the greens of Munirang

DAY 7: FROM MUNIRANG TO SHIMLA, VIA - BARUA ( 4 Hrs Trek / 8 Hrs Drive)

  • Altitude: 6,600 ft
  • Drive:  8 hours, 160 km. Transport to  Shimla from Barua (Self paid transportation)

Today we end our beautiful trek. We start early as we are to reach Shimla. It takes about 3-4 hours of descend to get us to Barua Village and the roadhead. From there, we can either go to Sangla, Chitkul or back to Shimla. Karcham is about 2 kilometers from Barua and from there you can get vehicles for further travel. You will reach Shimla by 10-11 pm.

 

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All accommodation during trek. (Home stay, Camping).
  • All meals during trek.
  • Necessary Permits and first aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced mountain guide, and support staff.
  • Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher for emergency case.
  • High altitude rescue expert trek leader.
  • Necessary equipments for climbing, ropes, ice axe and other technical gear for climbing.
  • Mules to carry the central luggage.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • TRANSPORT from Shimla to Janglik and Barua to Shimla : (But Can be arranged on request to be paid on actuals and shared by the group 6000 - 7000 Rs. one way fare )
  • Any type of personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodation in Shimla.
  • Extra snacks and meals during trek from shop.
  • Insurance of the trip
  • Things not mentioned under Inclusions.
  • Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Personal gear, and equipment

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Fitness Required for Buran Ghati Trek

At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Buran Ghati Trek is an challenging trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.

Who Can Go:-

Here are the fitness criteria for conquering Buran Ghati:

  • Experience of any high altitude trek at least 1 trek
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes.
  • Trekker should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg bag pack
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. Trekker must not have these conditions mentioned above

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Buran Ghati Trek , note that the temperature drops to around -8 to 10 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 15 degrees. While going for summit the extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

Distance from Delhi to Shimla via Chandigarh (Approximate 300 km)
Location: Shimla Himanchal, India.
How to Reach
 
BY TRAIN
72 regular train from Delhi to Chandighar – Kalka Shatabdi, Shatabdi, Kalka Shatabdi.
additional trains- Snsi Kalka Superfast Express, Nanded Una Himachal Superfast Express, Yesvantpur Junction Skrantiexp.
BY BUS
Regular buses from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi station to chandighar- simla.
BY AIR
Indira Gandhi International Airport to Chandigarh Or Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Price From INR16,000 INR13,500/person
13,500
Total 13,500 INR

Trip Facts

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 7 days
  • Moderate to Difficult
  • 15,000 ft
  • Day time: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
  • May June Sep Oct
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Guest house, Camping
  • Kalka, Himachal Pradesh
  • Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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