Buran Ghati Pass
The Shimla district in Himachal is not known for treks but, if one speaks to locals and checks out the geology of the place then, it is a very convenient place for small and medium treks. One such trek is the Buran Ghati pass - A medium difficulty trek which can be undertaken between May-June and Sept-Oct. It is a direct route from Pabbar valley (Shimla district) into Sangla valley (Kinnaur District) of Himachal Pradesh and involves crossing of a 4578m high Buran Ghati or Barua Pass. Dhanwari, near Rohru in Shimla district, is the convenient road head and can be approached from Shimla via Theog and Jubbal. An ancient temple of Hatkoti between Jubbal and Rohru is an added attraction and has a tourist rest house. The trek ends in Kharcham which is a located at the junction of the Baspa and Satluj rivers, and is connected by road to Shimla. One can rest another day to visit the beautiful Kinnauri villages like Chitkul and Kalpa
Day 01: (11 June) Drive Chandigarh to Dhanwari (2800 mt) Drive 210km
Drive from Chandigarh to Rohru via Theog and Jubbal. The drive is very scenic after Theog. Dhanwari is small village after Rohru. From Dhanwari, located on the right bank of the Pabbar River, the trail follows the river upstream through oak forests past Ambot and Diwedi villages to reach Janglikh. It has about 30 houses and small temple.
Day 02: (12 June) Janglikh to Lithum Thach (3200 mt.) Trek 07 hrs.
A level walk initially through the fields and then through dense pine forests. Ascend gradually to Golku thach and then strenuously to Sambir Thach. Onwards the trail descends and ascends several times, fords a few streams, passes through several grazing grounds before arriving at Lithum Thach.
Day 03: (13 June) Litham Thach to Dunda Thach (3400 mt.) Trek 05 hrs.
Continue north-east along the Pabbar River which originates from the slopes of the Buran Ghati. Pass through Khubrini Thach and leaving the tree line behind climb steeply through boulders to enter Dunda Thach, located at the foot of the pass.
Day 04: (14 June) Acclimatize trek to Chandranahan Lake
Today we can rest at our campsite or go for a short excursion to Chandranahan Lake. This will also help us acclimatize to the high altitude.
Day 05: (15 June) – Dunda Thach to Buran Ghati to Maldi Thach (3500 mt.) Trek 08 hrs.
At first the path rises gently, then steeply to reach the junction of two trails. We take the one going north towards Buran Ghati. A panoramic view of the Kinner-Kailash peaks can be seen from the top of the pass. The trail then descends very steeply over a glacier, passes along Susrang lake, follows the Barua khad to arrive at Maldi Thach.
Day 06: (16 June) Maldi Thach to Karcham (1899 mt.) Trek 06 hrs.
Continue descending along the Barua gad, entering the wooded area then descend to Barua village in another 2 hours. Kharcham is short walk of 2hours from Sapni village.
Day 07: (17 June)– Karcham to Shimla Drive 230 kms.
Morning drive back to Shimla, drop at Shimla.
Cost : ₹21,250/- (per person) from Bangalore to Bangalore for minimum group size 12 members.
• Transport by Non A/C Vehicle (Ex. Chandigarh)
• Accommodation in multiple sharing at Camps during the trak
• All Veg Meals (Dinner on Day 01 to breakfast on Day 07)
• Qualified & Experienced Guide
• Camping Equipments
• Cooking staff
• Porters / Ponies for common equipment , sleeping bags, tents etc
• Forest Entrée fee
• Required Permit
• Mineral water
• Accomodation at Shimla. However arrangemets can be made on request for the team members
• Any kind of personal expenses
• Any thing which is not mention above
• Personal Porters
• 3.63% service tax
Q: Who can do this trek?
A: If you can walk on an average of 5 to 6km without a problem, then you can! If you have specific health issues like asthma, heart issues or the likes, consult your doctor before participating in the trek.
Q: How cold does it get?
A: It depends on where you come from, but from an Indian context – it can get quite cold. The temperature in the higher regions can touch -2 degrees at night. So be prepared and carry warm clothing. Although multiple layers will serve the purpose, it can get quite heavy and uncomfortable. Your best bet would be to buy a professional high altitude jacket.
Q: What should we carry?
A: The following items are a must-carry:
Shoes: A good pair of shoes is a must - a good pair does not mean your Adidas/ Nike/ Reebok/ Puma sport shoe. You need a pair that can withstand the wear and tear of walking for many days. A bad shoe can ruin your trek by causing blisters. Ask us, we can help you in choosing the right one for your budget.
The other things you need to carry are : gloves, a skull cap, a sun hat/cap, your personal clothes and toiletry kit, a good pair of sun glasses, a water bottle and your personal medicines (if necessary). Your sleeping bag, mat and tents will be provided to you by Summiters.
Q: What food do you provide?
A: We provide simple vegetarian food that is light and suitable for trekking. Don’t expect pizza hut or an Anand Bhavan - nor will you have to go hunting. You will have enough and when you are tired – anything served will taste superb!
Q: Is the mountain water safe to drink?
A: Yes. It’s as pure as it can be. But if you are finicky – you can buy mineral water
Q: How can I prepare myself?
A: Take daily long walks or jogs.
Terms and Conditions
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Here are our conditions:
Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date:No Refund
- No Show : No Refund