About Buran Ghati Trek
Altitude – 4,572 m (15,000 ft.)
Level of difficulty – Moderate
Base Camp – Janglik, 153 Km from Shimla
Considered to be one of the hidden gems in trekking, Buran Ghati Trek has one of the most adventurous passes amongst all the treks in India. The Buran Ghati Trek (also known as Barua Pass trek) in Himachal Pradesh goes through a high mountain pass at 15,000 ft. descending into the Barua village. This trek is a treat to the trekkers’ eyes for its vast meadows with a view of high peaks.
At the higher regions of the Buran valley Pabbar river originates. The attractive feature of this trek is that the trekkers need to climb down a snow mountain of about 400 metres and also can go through 6 snow slides. The landscape constantly shifts and the trek ends in one of the most exciting villages of India.
Best Time to do Buran Ghati Trek
The Buran Ghati trek becomes difficult to navigate during the rainy season because of the steep gradient of the trek. Thus, it is safe to undertake the trek during the months of April, May to mid June, September and October. The roads leading up to Janglik are in poor condition during the post-monsoon season as they have just received the onslaught of rains and the apple harvesting season would bring in lots of traffic from trucks. The best time for Buran Ghati trek would be during the second half of May and June.
Reaching the Base Camp
To undertake this Trek, you will first have to reach Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh. There are a number of ways to reach Shimla –
The nearest airport to Shimla is Jubarhati which is around 23 km from town. There are frequent flights from Jubarhati to Chandigarh and Delhi.
2. By Bus
Shimla is connected to the major cities in North India via the Himachal Road Transport Corporation as well as private operators. Delhi is around 340 kms from Shimla and you can get buses from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Shimla. The fares starts from Rs. 440.
3. By Train
Shimla has a small railway station which is 1 km away from the town and is connected to Kalka. The famous toy train connects Kalka to Shimla, around 96 km in distance is covered in roughly 7 hours. Kalka is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains.
4. Self Drive
Driving from Delhi to Shimla, you will have to take the outer Ring Road towards GT Karnal Road then turn right on NH 1. On reaching Ambala, leave NH 1 and go onto NH 22 towards Kalka. Keep going on the same highway till you reach Solan and then to Shimla. The entire journey takes approximately 6-7 hours.
Shimla to Janglik (9200ft; 9-10 hours)
Shimla – Rohru: 115 Km, Rohru to Chirgaon: 15 km, Chirgaon to Tangnu: 22 km, Tonglu to Janglik: 10 km.
Janglik is the base camp for the Buran Ghati Trek. You will have to drive from Shimla, via Rohru along the Pabbar River, till you reach Tonglu surrounded by pine forests. Cross the Pabbar and ascend to Diude. Janglik is just a short walk from Diude. You can either hire a private taxi from Shimla to Janglik or Rohru which will cost around Rs. 4000, or you can opt for a bus service from Shimal to Rohru. From Rohru, you can avail a shared taxi till Chirgaon which is around 15 kms or 1 hour away.
Route and Itinerary
Day 1: Janglik to Dayara (9200ft – 11.075ft; 5hours)
The trek gradient is easy to moderate on this day. As soon as you get out of Diude, you will see beautiful wheat fields with wooden farm houses. There will be some gain in altitude as you walk along and from above you will get to see a picturesque view of Diude, Tonglu and several other villages. The trail leads on into a forest with pines and streams running along. Soon, the scenery changes into that of a meadow, surrounded by snow capped mountains. Again the trail will lead you int a meadow. The constant change of scenery is a treat to the eyes of the nature lovers.
Day 2: Dayara to Litham (11.075ft – 11,737ft; 3 hour)
This day starts with an exploration of the Dayara meadows and the trail from Dayara to Litham is across a meadow towards the Gunas Pass. Soon, you will pass through a pine forest and then you will have to cross a stream. On crossing, the trail continues through a forest and some time later, you will be able to see the Dhauladhar Range and the Gunas Pass.
The trail then takes you into a forest of Silver Birch trees and to another stream. Crossing it you will be get your first clear view of Litham. Across the meadows the trail takes you to the Chandranahan stream which you will be required to cross in order to reach the Litham campsite.
Litham is beautiful, surrounded by the Chandranahan waterfall and the Chandranahan Lake. On the right side, there are snow capped cliffs, beyond which there is the Rupin Valley.
Day 3: Excursion to Chandranahan Lake (11,737ft – 13,900ft; 6-7 hours for a round trip)
The trail will be difficult. The Chandranahan Lake is a glacial lake and snow from the surrounding mountains often falls into this Lake. From the Litham Campsite, cross a stream and walk to the top of the ridge. The stream emerges from the snout of the waterfall. An hour walk to through he glacial valley will take you to the Chandranahan Lake. The descent from the Lake back to Litham is steep and can prove to be difficult.
Day 4: Litham to Dhunda (11.737ft – 13,365ft; 4-5 hours)
The trail starts by keeping the Pabbar river to your right till you reach a small lake to your right. Another 10 minutes in and you will see a bigger lake which is exquisite in itself. Soon, you will have to take a steep climb after which you will reach the top. This is the Dhunda campsite. From here, you will be able to get a clear view of Buran Ghati.
Day 5: Dhunda to River Camp via Buran Ghati (13,365ft – 11,800ft via Buran Ghati which is 15,00ft; 9-10 hours)
The climb to Buran Ghati at 15,00ft is an adventurous climb as it is mostly covered with snow. Buran Ghati is a narrow ledge on the top of the climb.
The descent on the other side is steep and difficult. The first snow field is 100 metres below the pass. After that, it is a series of descents which you can slide down.
At the bottom, there is a green valley and a stream up ahead which needs to be crossed before resting for the night.
Day 6: River Camp to Barua Village (11,800ft – 6,700ft; 6 hours)
Today’s trail will lead you through different scenery and vegetation cover. Follow the path along Barua Khud, the trail will descend to a wide stream which needs to be crossed. The trail continues through apricot and peach trees and apple orchards. Soon, you will reach the Barua Village.
From Barua, you will find transport back to Shimla. Walk to take a vehicle to Karcham, from there take a vehicle to either Sangla which is 17 km ahead or to Reckong Peo for more transport to Shimla.
Cellular connectivity at Buran Ghati trek
In Janglik, the networks of Vodafone, Idea and BSNL are available at times, while Airtel provides a steady connection most of the times. From Janglik towards Dayar, there is a Bakkerwal hut where Airtel connection is available. Near the Litham camp, there is a stone near which you will get a moderately strong Airtel network. The next available network zone is at Barua.