6 Nights 7 Days
Buran Ghati Trek is a popular hiking trail in India located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a challenging trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful and remote regions of the Himalayas, providing stunning views of snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, and sparkling streams. The trek has gained popularity among adventure enthusiasts due to its high-altitude terrain, which involves a steep climb, narrow ridges, and a glacier crossing.
The Buran Ghati trek starts from Janglik village, which is accessible from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The trail passes through dense forests of oak and pine, and the flora and fauna of the region are truly remarkable. As the trek proceeds, you will come across the beautiful Kinnaur Kailash range, which is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists.
The highlight of the Buran Ghati trek is the Buran Pass, which is located at an altitude of 15,000 ft above sea level. It is a challenging climb to the pass, but the stunning views from the top are worth the effort. The trek also involves crossing a glacier, which is a thrilling experience for adventure enthusiasts. The trek’s main attraction is a glacier lake considered holy by the locals, which remains frozen for most of the year.
The best time to undertake the trek is from May to early July & mid-September October when the weather is pleasant and the trails are accessible. The trek lasts for 6 nights and 7 days, covering approximately 37 km. It offers a moderate to challenging difficulty level, and we recommend it only for experienced trekkers.
Overall, the Buran Ghati trek is an unforgettable adventure that takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas. It is a must-do for those seeking a thrilling and challenging trekking experience in India.
Region: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Start Point of the Trek: Janglik
End Point of the Trek: Brua Village
Trek Height: 15,000 ft
Distance: 37 km
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Temperature: 17° C to -5° C
Best Time to do Buran Ghati Trek: Mid-May to early July & mid-September to mid-October
The optimum months for trekking Buran Ghati are May through July and mid-September through October. The ideal time to see snow is during the summer, which lasts from May to June.
The Buran Ghati Trek is easy to moderate in difficulty. Some individuals find the trek to be difficult because they have to cross numerous rough terrains filled with slick rocks and dense trees. The majority of this trail, meanwhile, travels among fruit-bearing trees and lush green valleys, making the climb quite simple.
Himtrek does provide easy accessibility to almost all types of equipment required for the trek on a rental basis with reasonable prices and extremely good quality. We can arrange the equipment with prior notice.
Buran Ghati trek temperatures range from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius during the day and -1 to 5 degrees Celsius at night.
The trek distance is 37 km which is covered in a span of 7 days. The highest point of the trek lies at 15,000 ft altitude from sea level.
The meeting point is Shimla which is very well connected to major cities. These are the following routes that can be taken to reach Shimla:
The closest domestic airport serving this scenic hill station is Shimla Airport, also known as Jubbarhatti Airport, which is located around 20 kilometres from the city. Regular flights are available to Shimla from places like Chandigarh and New Delhi.
With surrounding towns like Chandigarh (115 km), Dehradun (230 km), and New Delhi (350 km), Shimla has strong national highway access. Travellers and weekenders love to drive to this charming hill town, and it would be a great idea to go from Delhi to Shimla. Shimla is connected to its surrounding towns and cities by a multitude of bus routes, including those run by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and by private bus companies.
The closest railway station linking Shimla to nearby Indian cities is Kalka, which is located about 96 kilometres away. Trains to Kalka Railway Station depart frequently from New Delhi and Chandigarh.
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Take a 6-hour journey beginning at 6:30 AM from Shimla to explore the Buran Ghati hike. Janglik serves as the trek's base camp in Buran Ghati. The road head that is nearest to Janglik is Diude. You will get to view the stunning Pabbar river on the journey from Rohru to Diude. Behold the lovely Himachali residences and the symmetrical wheat fields near the river. Up until it reaches the pine forests, the road climbs via picturesque villages and mixed forests. After passing through Tikri, right after Chirgaon, the road turns left and continues as a dirt track for the remainder of the distance. The journey to Tonglu takes two hours on the unpaved road. The dirt road ascends to Diude in a series of quick switchbacks from Tonglu, where it passes the Pabbar and descends to the river. Diude is close to Janglik via foot. Dinner and the campfire mark the conclusion of the day.
As you leave Janglik, you will see exquisitely designed wheat fields with elegant wooden farmhouses around their margins. Make your way to a moderate ascent through a forest that lasts about 30 minutes, a steady drop into the meadows that lasts about an hour, and a gradual ascent through a forest that lasts about an hour. The last of the charming village's huts will be left behind you in about fifteen minutes. After that, quickly increase your altitude. You'll reach a ledge in an hour, step onto it, and then enjoy the breathtaking views of Tonglu, Janglik, and other settlements. Stop and rest on the ledge beneath a pine tree. After a few minutes, the trail ascends into an oak and pine forest after passing a clearing on your right. Follow the rocky path as it levels off to begin a steady, delightful ascent. You will emerge from the tree line onto a huge area of meadows that are growing into the hills to your left after 30 minutes. The path that emerges from the tree line progressively drops while avoiding the tops of the pines. The trail is wide and clearly marked. After about an hour, the trail reaches a different, more dense pine and oak woodland. The trail progressively ascends into the woodland before emerging from it once more after another 30 minutes. Watch the Dayara meadows in front, which are exquisitely landscaped. Relax and camp at Dayara.
The trek today begins with a brief, gentle elevation, followed by a creek crossing. After an hour or so of ascent through a pine forest and meadows, there will be a gradual descent through a silver birch woodland and meadows. As you walk 740 feet in 3 hours from Dayara to Litham, you'll pass through some deep forests, expansive green meadows, flowing streams and brooks. As it approaches Gunas Pass, the trail passes through meadows. Within a few minutes of leaving the Dayara campsite, a trail that slowly ascends leads into another patch of pine woodland. After that, you have to leap over a stream. The trail climbs out of the forest after crossing the creek and makes a wide turn to reclaim views of the Gunas Pass and the snow-capped mountains of the Dhauladhar range. You can see the snow-covered rocks behind the pine trees. A silver birch forest will be reached via the trail after 30 minutes. Silver birches in the old woodland have developed gnarly bark. Another persistent stream can be found in the mountain fold by descending gradually through the forest. Refresh yourself here before climbing out of the fold to get your first good look at Litham. The trail descends to the Chandranahan stream over the meadows, which you must cross before setting down your backpacks at the Litham campground. View the Chandranahan waterfall's snout and the Chandranahan lake that lies beyond. The imposing snow-covered mountains in front hide Buran Ghati yet inspire excitement for the impending grand adventure. The snow-covered cliffs that conceal the Rupin valley are to the right. Camp at Litham for the night.
The Chandranahan Lake is a glacial tarn that receives year-round water from the surrounding mountains' snow-covered slopes. Just before you reach the Litham campsite, cross a stream. Follow the shepherd's track upstream until you reach a ridgetop. Stride in the direction of the waterfall's snout, where the stream originates. The waterfall's snout is marked by attractive stone cairns and is reachable in roughly an hour and a half. Once you reach the flat at the base of the waterfall, the path to the lake takes a challenging curve. The valley bottom has some snow in late June, but it is not too tough to walk on. All around the lake, there are little waterfalls that eventually become brooks. Before returning the same route you arrived at Litham, take some time to take in the surroundings. From the lake, it is a long way to Litham. To return to Litham by lunchtime, you must leave early in the morning.
Nalabansh at 13,000 feet is a superb and quick two-hour ascent to the pass. The Gunas pass is perched elegantly on top of the snow-capped sides of the grey mountains as the Dhauladhar range looms above the trail. Grey and white dominate the scene in front, with the green fields of Litham to the left and the cliffs enclosing the Rupin Valley to the right. You will have an unforgettable experience if you climb this challenging, snow-covered track. Continue ascending the left bank until you can first see the Buran Ghati on your left and the trail enters a valley like the shape of a U. By starting the ascent to Dhundi in the general direction of the pass, take the clearly defined shepherds' track. You will arrive at the top of Nalabansh's ridge after an hour of climbing. Enjoy Buran Ghati's breathtaking views and the walk that goes there. It's in an area known as the Alps. The campsite is surrounded by mountains that are covered in snow.
To get to the base of the pass, follow the ridge and hop over boulders. It takes an hour to hike up from the base, primarily on snow. At precisely 15,000 feet, Buran Ghati is a fantastic climb. The top is a ledge that is somewhat small. On the other side, there is a steep and abrupt descent. Even with an ice axe, the descent can be dangerous without the rope. Your first goal is to descend to the first snow field, which is 100 metres below the pass. After that, there are other slides down smaller ledges in a series of descents. The Buran Ghati trek's descent is swift, and you quickly lose all the altitude you've gained. The trek from the starting point to the end of the snow line takes roughly two hours. In addition, you drop altitude by around 3,000 feet. The descent leads you down a hill with junipers and magnificent flower-topped plants as you leave the snow line. As far as the eye can see, the valley in front is covered in lush greenery. Beyond, a broad range of mountains dominate the landscape. To reach the stream that needs to be crossed, descend for an additional hour. The first farmer's huts start to appear across the stream. You spend the night here and camp. Relax after the adventurous day and refuel for tomorrow.
The descent to the Barua settlement is notable for the diversity and variety of plants. Follow the Barua Khud on the way. The high altitude pines give way to a variety of different trees as the trail quickly descends through them. The path descends to a sizable flowing stream where it meets the Barua Khud. The only route across is a temporary bridge covered in junipers and mud. The trail is met with increasingly varied foliage as it ascends out of the stream. The trekkers are greeted with the first apple orchards and indications of civilization an hour later. After that, a bridge allows the trail to enter Barua settlement. As the trail bends and drops through the settlement, it is a protracted descent. The descent quickens until it reaches the village's centre. After 30 minutes, the route emerges onto the Barua Khud road bridge. Spend time with ecstatic villagers who can't wait to hear your tales. Take a vehicle or continue on the trail to Karcham. A better road connection to Shimla can be found at Sangla or Reckong Peo.