4 Nights 5 Days
Thamsar Pass trek in India, via Bir, Plachhak, and Panhartu, is a thrilling and adventurous route that takes you through the majestic Dhauladhar Range in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This particular variation of the trek adds an extra element of exploration and scenic beauty to the journey. The trek usually takes around 4N/5D days to complete, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the stunning landscapes and experience the local culture along the way.
Starting from Bir, a popular paragliding destination, the trek follows a scenic trail that gradually ascends through dense forests, charming villages, and terraced fields. The trek’s first leg takes you to Plachhak, a serene village at around 2,700 meters. Plachhak is a picturesque base camp for trekkers, providing a tranquil setting for overnight camping.
From Plachhak, the trail continues towards Panhartu, situated at approximately 3,300 meters. The route showcases the natural beauty of the region, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, meandering streams, and lush meadows. As you ascend, you may come across the traditional lifestyle of local shepherds and experience their warm hospitality.
The next phase of the trek involves reaching Panhartu and crossing the challenging Thamsar Pass, located at an altitude of 4,950 meters. The pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, rewarding trekkers with a sense of accomplishment. The trek requires careful navigation through rocky terrain, and trekkers should be well-prepared and acclimatized to the high altitude.
After crossing Thamsar Pass, you return to the beautiful Panhartu Valley, known for its picturesque landscapes and pristine alpine lakes. The trail takes you through lush meadows, dense forests, and vibrant wildflowers, creating a surreal setting. Camping near the serene lakes is a memorable experience, allowing you to connect with nature and unwind amidst the tranquil surroundings.
The Thamsar Pass trek via Bir, Plachhak, and Panhartu is considered moderately challenging. It is essential to have proper gear, including sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing, and camping equipment.
This trek offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural encounters. It allows trekkers to explore the lesser-known trails of the Dhauladhar Range, witness the traditional lifestyle of local communities, and be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring vistas along the way. The Thamsar Pass trek via Bir, Plachhak, and Panhartu promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you with lasting memories of the enchanting Himalayan region.
Region: Kangra Valley
Start Point of the Trek: Bir
End Point of the Trek: Rajgundha
Thamsar Pass Trek Height: 15,748 feet
Thamsar Pass Trek Difficulty Level: Challenging
Best Time to do Thamsar Pass Trek: June to October
What is the best time to visit?
The months from June to October are ideal for Thamsar Pass Trekking because during this period, the snow melts, and the trekking route becomes accessible. The weather is relatively stable with mild temperatures during the day and cooler nights.
What’s the difficulty level of the trek?
The Thamsar Pass trek is considered to be a challenging trek. It involves traversing through challenging terrains, steep ascents, and descents, as well as navigating rocky and uneven paths. The altitude gain during the trek can also pose a challenge for some trekkers.
Can we rent equipment for the trek?
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. The equipment can be arranged on prior notice.
How is the weather during the trek?
The weather is relatively pleasant with mild to warm temperatures during the day. The daytime temperatures can range from 15°C to 25°C in lower altitudes. However, as you gain altitude, the temperatures can drop significantly, especially during the night. At higher elevations, the temperature can drop below freezing point, and you may encounter snow patches.
What is the trek height and trek distance?
The Thamsar Pass trek reaches an altitude of approximately 15,748 feet. The trek involves ascending from lower altitudes to reach the pass, which is the highest point of the trek. The trek covers a total distance of approximately 50 kilometers.
How to Reach?
Thamsar Pass trek starts from Bir, which is 70 km from Dharamshala. To reach Bir, you can choose from any of the following transport options-
Bir is well-connected by road and can be reached by buses or taxis from various nearby cities and towns. The distance between Delhi and Bir is approximately 525 kilometers (326 miles). You can take a bus or hire a taxi from Delhi to Bir. The journey takes around 11-12 hours. Bir is located about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Dharamshala. Regular bus services are available from Dharamshala to Bir, and the journey takes approximately 3-4 hours.
The nearest railway station to Bir is Pathankot Railway Station, which is approximately 145 kilometers (90 miles) away. From Pathankot, you can take a taxi or bus to Bir. The journey from Pathankot to Bir takes around 4-5 hours by road.
The closest airport to Bir is Gaggal Airport, also known as Kangra Airport, located near Dharamshala. It is approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles) away from Bir. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights from major Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai to Gaggal Airport. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Bir, which takes around 2-3 hours.
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Arrive in Bir, a picturesque town in Himachal Pradesh known for its paragliding opportunities. Check into your accommodation in Monkey Mud House. Take some time to relax and settle in. Explore the charming town of Bir, visit local cafes, monasteries, and interact with the friendly locals. Spend your day in Bir and come back to the campsite by evening. Stay the night in camps after a fulfilling dinner.
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and have breakfast. After breakfast, a vehicle will take you to Rajgundha, from where your trek will start. Start your trek from Rajgundha to Plachhak, which is at an elevation of approximately 2,700 meters. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Trek through dense forests, crossing streams and meandering trails. Reach Plachhak, your destination for the day, and reach your camps. Enjoy the tranquility of the Himalayan wilderness, and savoring a delicious dinner. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and peaceful ambiance of Plachhak. Return to the campsite in the evening, have dinner, and spend the night under the starlit sky.
Start your trek in the morning after having your breakfast. Today, you will trek toward Panahartu. The trek is 12-14 km long, taking you through scenic landscapes, forests, and charming villages. The trail offers picturesque views and lush greenery. The trail gradually ascends through the forested terrain, offering glimpses of the picturesque valley, and passing by Johdi waterfall. Reach Johdi Waterfall, a beautiful cascade amidst the lush greenery, and take a refreshing break. Continue trekking from Johdi Waterfall to Panahartu. The trail takes you through diverse landscapes, including meadows and rocky terrain. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and alpine scenery. Reach Panahartu, situated at an altitude of approximately 3,300 meters. Spend the evening exploring the Panahartu area, interacting with locals, and experiencing the mountain culture. Enjoy a warm dinner and rest under the starry sky, surrounded by the beauty of the Panahartu Valley.
Begin your trek from Panahartu, ascending towards Thamsar Pass. The trail takes you through scenic landscapes, including meadows and alpine forests. Enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail involves a gradual ascent, offering panoramic views of the Himalayas. Trek through rocky terrain and cross mountain streams along the way. Reach the base of Thamsar Pass, situated at an altitude of around 4,800 meters, and celebrate your successful reaching the summit. Acclimatize to the high altitude and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks. After spending some time at the summit, start descending back to Panahartu. Descend through the meadows, forests, and picturesque landscapes. Reach Panahartu while bidding farewell to the beautiful summit. Spend the night in Panahartu at the campsite.
Today marks the last day of your trek. Start your trek from Panahartu and take the trail to Rajgundha. Enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as it is the last day of your adventure. Cherish the breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar Range and the lush greenery around you. Witness the changing scenery as you ascend towards Rajgundha. By the evening, you will reach Rajgundha, from where transportation will be provided to Joginder Nagar. Bid farewell to your trekking adventure until next time.