Shimla district in Himachal Pradesh is an unexplored trekking destination with easy to moderate difficulties. One such trek is a Buran Pass Trek which served as a pastoral way between Pabbar Valley (Shimla district) to Sangla Valley (Kinnaur district), which involves crossing of Buran Ghati (15500 ft climb). This trek is blend of lush green deodar and pine forests. View of watershed, waterfalls, meadows and lakes add to the beauty of this trek.
This trek is blend of lush green deodar and pine forests. View of watershed, waterfalls, meadows and lakes add to the beauty of this trek. So you can call it a buffet of all the great Himalayan trek. Janglikh near Chirgaon in Shimla district has convenient road head and can be approached from Shimla via Narkanda or Khadapathar. The trek ends in Burwa village which is a road head destination. One can rest another day to visit the beautiful Kinnauri villages like Chitkul and Sangla.
Here’s a short itinerary of Bhuran Pass Trek:
Things To Take
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.
A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their t shirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
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
On arrival at Shimla you will be met by our representative at bus stand and transfer you to Janglikh. Drive through the beautiful valley, en-route Khadapathar or via Narkanda and Rohru.
The journey to Janglikh will take 8-9 hours.
After briefing, camp overnight at Janglikh village.
The day ends with the bonfire, dinner.
One can explore the village. The village is pure heritage and full of photographers delight.
After breakfast trek towards Dayara Thach.
The trek winds through the thick forests, beautiful meadows and grassy land ascents.
It's a moderate trek, takes around 4-5 hours to reach Dayara Thach.
Dinner and night stay at beautiful meadow Dayara Thach.
Start your day exploring the Dayara meadows.
This trek promises you thick forest cover, fast gushing streams, meadows and an altitude of 737 feet within 3 hours.
Through the Gunas Pass, snow clad Dhaulandhar range, Silver Birch leads you to the first clear view of Litham.
Cross the Chandranahan stream to reach our Litham campsite. Relax with the best spot on the camp to enjoy the rest of the evening in the laps of nature.
Three sided view of Litham makes it all the more picturesque. Chandranahan Waterfalls on your left followed by Chandranahan Lake and the snow clad mountains.
Chandranahan Lake constitutes of glacier tarn perennial snow flanks from its surrounding mountains.
Take the shepherds trail to reach to top of the waterfall.
Chandranahan Lake take another 1 hours time to reach from the waterfalls.
This lake promises you the view of a nestled bowl like glacial amphitheatre. Enjoy the snow and beautiful stone cairns before descending to Litham.
A 4 hours trek from Litham Thach to Nalabansh at 13,000 feet.
Pass through the Rupin valley cliffs on the right. While descending the valley, you get the first view of Buran Ghati and gunas waterfall.
A bit more than an hours climb will lead you to Nalabansh.
Relax at the campsite, dinner and overnight stay.
With thrilling climb mostly on the snow at 15,000 feet, will be the most adventurous thing you would have ever done.
Two hours descent in the snowline.
Through the flowing stream on the other side is the way to your campsite for overnight stay.
Dinner and night stay at beautiful Munirang.
Most diversified trek one can witness specially while descending.
More descent leads you to gushing streams and apple orchids making your trek to Barua Khud all the more mesmerizing.
Spend time with enthusiastic villagers longing to hear your stories.
Follow the trail to Karcham or take a vehicle.
Reach Sangla or Reckong Peo for better road connection to Shimla.
7 Days Trek Starting @ Rs.11,999
Map & Getting There
FAQs & Safety
HOW SAFE IS THE BURAN GHATI TREK?
The pass crossing is the only difficult bit in this trek. At the pass you come across a vertical ice wall which you need to rappel down from with a rope. After the steep section, you slide down the snowy slope. This is why Buran Ghati is not a trek that you can go on your own. You need the assistance of a trekking organisation or professionals who can help you descend the wall.
In June, post the pass crossing comes 4 to 5 slides down the snow. Approaching River campsite, the last camp, is a small exposed section that overlooks a river which you need to be careful while traversing. In the months of September and October when there is no snow, there is a trail that opens up which is tread by shepherds. It does not have any tricky sections like overhangs or landslides. It is a pretty straightforward meadow trek.
Since the trek begins at 9,000 ft at Diude, altitude sickness can get to you in the first 2 days. In order to have a safe trek, here is some information that you must know if you have registered for this trek. At Chandernahan Tourism, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.