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7 Days 6 Nights
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding Buran Ghati Pass Trek preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
Day 1: Drive from Shimla to Janglik
Our journey to Janglik will begin from Shimla ISBT where our vehicles will depart at 8 am sharp so don’t be late and reach at 7:30 am sharp. It is important to start as early as possible to avoid traffic or road blockage as the route is long and takes around 6 hours to reach. We will head towards Kufri and its scenic roads. We will even take a pit stop in between where we can have brunch and keep moving towards Rohru there after. As you enter Rohru the vegetation changes and you can see the vast expanse of fields with Apple orchards. As we enter Janglik which is a laid back village in the lap of the Himalayas, the beautiful and rustic Himachali architecture is something to adore. Here you will be briefed by your trek leader about the trek and spend a night in one the beautiful homestays of Janglik.
Day 2: Janglik to Dyara Thach
The first day of our trek finally begins today. So stretch your muscles and warm up your body before having a hot breakfast at our Homestay in Janglik and then pick up our packed lunch which we will eat during the trek and depart for the trail ahead. At the beginning of the trek we will get a good feel of how daily life runs in these remote villages of Himachal Pradesh. We will get to see even more houses with beautiful architecture and livestock running in and around the village. In about half an hour we will be out of the village, from here on the trail gets steep and we climb into the shaded forests of pine and oak. The sweet scent of the trees fills the air and keeps us fresh even though we make a steep climb through the forest. There will be points where the forest opens up and you can get a good view of Pabbar river flowing through the middle of the valley and snow capped mountains on the other side of the valley. The last bit of the trail towards Dyara Thach is gradual and we sail through easily and exit the forest onto Dyara Thach. The view is just mesmerizing over there with the vast expanse of the meadow surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges and forest. Take some time out in the evening after tea and snacks to leisurely stroll around this beautiful meadow.
Day 3: Dyara Thach to Litham
Wake up early to catch that ever so beautiful sunrise illuminate the valley with a golden hue. Your eyes will be completely enchanted with the view around the valley. We will go on to do some morning exercises to get the day started. We will have breakfast then we will depart for our trek towards Litham, our next campsite. The trek today is not too long and we will be able to cover it in no time but since we will be gaining altitude and exit the treeline which is going up to an altitude where trees can’t grow, so we will be taking it easy. The route today is mostly steep with a few gradual incline climbs. Buran Ghati trek never disappoints you when it comes to giving the best of views and passing through glistening streams. We will traverse across spurs on the mountains to finally reach our campsite at Litham where we will be served hot lunch on arrival. Enjoy the grand views around Litham and move around to acclimatize your body to the changing altitude.
Day 4: Visit to Chandranahan Lake
We reserve this day to take a detour and visit the sacred Chandranahan Lake, by doing so we will gain a decent amount of altitude which will help in acclimatization. After having breakfast we will take our day packs and depart for our hike to Chandranahan Lake. The trail today is mostly steep and we climb along the mountain. After climbing for 1 hour, we will start getting a view of the waterfalls. The origin of these waterfalls is from the glacier located ahead of Chandranahan Lake. After zig zagging on goat trails, the terrain changes to rocky scree. This is an indication that we are reaching closer to the lake. The view surrounding the lake is simply breathtaking. You can even take a clockwise round of the lake and offer a small prayer to Lord Shiva under whose name the lake got its name. We will take the same route we took to climb to Chandranahan Lake. This will be good practice for decent. After reaching the campsite we will have lunch and enjoy the rest of the day in Litham resting and playing games.
Day 5: Litham to Dhunda
We will be trekking to Dhunda which will be the base camp for Buran Ghati pass. We continue with our trek towards the north east side of Pabbar Valley navigating along the valley and find the best route possible to reach our next campsite. The route is short but does not disappoint us in beauty like all days. We will cross a few small lakes beside Pabbar river. And the biggest challenge of the day is yet to come as we will cross the river by getting our feet wet in the icy cold river and some teamwork. The last patch of today’s trail is steep and we zig zag on the spur to reach Dhunda where we will set up camp. You will be given micro spikes and gaiters which you will require to cross the pass the next morning. We will have an early lunch and also an early dinner because the attempt for the summit starts before sunrise.
Day 6: Dhunda to Munirang via Buran Ghati Pass
The day of reckoning has finally arrived, today is the day we will make our journey across Buran Ghati pass. We wake up as early as 3 am and start preparing ourselves to make the climb ahead. Before leaving for the pass we will have a quick breakfast to give us energy for the climb and take our packed lunch along as well. Since we will begin our trek before sunrise, we will require head torches to light our way and multiple layers of clothing to keep us warm in the freezing cold. These conditions are perfect to cross the pass as the snow will be hard and crisp so it will be easier to walk on. We will climb to the top of the ridge from Dhunda, making our way through boulders and loose rock. During the post monsoon season the snow is much less and easier to climb on. From the base of the pass to the top takes one hour. After reaching the top, get mesmerized with the view. While crossing the pass there is a near vertical icy wall on the other side and it is recommended that rope be used to lower trekkers down. From there onwards there are multiple slides which help us cover a large distance in a short duration of time. Reach Munirang campsite by late afternoon. Rejoice on completing the pass with fellow team members and take some much needed rest after crossing the pass.
Day 7: Munirang to Barua
As the trek draws near to its end, we have our breakfast to make our way to Barua. We pass through apple orchards and if you do this trek in September and October then villagers even offer you apples to buy and take back home. Please respect the villagers and don’t pluck the apples without their permission. We finally get down at Barua near Karcham Dam where the vehicles which will take you to Shimla are waiting. With heavy hearts and great memories we say goodbye to the local staff and head towards Shimla.
Trekking Shoes: Decent trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support are required. Carry no sport shoes.
Clothing: Warm garments, such as three-layer coats, fleece, or down feather jackets, are required. Carry one or two full-sleeved t-shirts. Carry cotton and trek pants ideal for trekking for your lowers. For trekking, do not bring jeans or shorts.
Thermals: Keep top and bottom thermals on hand.
Socks: Bring two or three pairs of sports socks, as well as woollen socks to wear at night.
A headlamp/led torch is required.
Sunglasses: To protect yourself from the sun in the snow, you should use UV-protected sunglasses.
Woolen hats and gloves are also recommended due to the cold weather. Carry waterproof gloves because they will become wet in the snow.
Lunchbox & Water Bottle: Each participant should bring their own lunch box, spoon, and water bottle.
Raincoats/ponchos: Snowfall and rain are prevalent at high altitudes, and it is important to carry a poncho to avoid getting wet.
a) Registration Form
b) Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c) NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photos
e) Photocopy of Valid I.D. (PAN is not allowed)