7 Days 6 Nights
Buran Ghati is the mother treks of all the treks combined. If you want to taste the adventure of mountains, grasslands, forests, snow peaks and quaint villages? altogether, you should book your package for Buran Ghati right away. This is a tailor-made trek for the thrill-seekers to test their adrenaline rush and the shutterbugs who want to capture the tiniest bit of the splendid nature. The views of Buran Ghati trail is simply unmatched and will refresh you with multiple stunning landscapes, a long stretch of Pine and Oak, widespread green meadows, snow-clad peaks, glacial lake, small gushing stream, sharp edges at the high altitude, polaroid perfect villages and the contrasting Chandranahan lake. This glacial lake is the major highlight of this trek which is considered sacred by the locals in this area and remains frozen for the most part of the year.
Also famous as Barua Pass, this trek starts from Shimla. You can reach there via Delhi or Chandigarh through the local buses which keep running in every half an hour or you can take a train from Chandigarh to Kalka which is nearest station to Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The nearest airport is the Shimla airport from where you can drive ahead.
You will witness the most exotic and glistening floral world along the trail. There are also many winter fruits that grow in abundance in this region, including pears, apples, peaches, apricots and more. You can simply pluck it fresh out of the plant and relish it along the way, it acts as a great trekking snack. The upward climb offers you the umpteenth beauty of Dhauladar range along with the pristine panoramic view of Kinner-Kailash peaks.
After you’ve reached the apex point crossing the enchanting views of nature and picturesque villages, there comes the best part of the trek- The Descent!
There is a fascinating 400-meter ice wall descent followed by six long snow slides at an altitude of 15,000ft that will surely bring out the child in you. There are also some patches where you need to get a bit technical and use ropes to go down against gravity. The descent will give you the adventure dose for a whole lifetime and will take away all the exhaustion of the ascent at one go.
Buran Ghati has absolutely stunning trails which can be visited throughout the year but since the trail consists of a lot of muddy traces, it becomes hard to cross the sections in the rain as it becomes too slippery and muddy. Apart from the monsoon months, if you want to enjoy the chills and the pleasant sun rays together pick the month of May or mid-June. After the last week of June, you will witness heavy snowfall in this region which goes on till late October and the entire green meadows turn pure white. However, the snow does make the last patch of climb difficult and hard to cover.
The vehicles are arranged from Shimla and the journey starts from there. Cover 160 km’s by going through some fable tourist attraction like Shimla, Rohru Fall by following the route through Janglik Village.
Enjoy the drive along the clear bluish Pabba River and witness the changing sights and quaint villages of Himachal. Crossing Pabbar leads to Diude and from Diude a short hike will take you to Janglik Village
Overnight stay our home stay.
Start the trek by coming out of the wheat fields, bid goodbye to the last few Diude huts. Further you gain altitude and Tangle, Diude and other pretty villages can be seen clearly. Enter the forest of pine and oaks and ascend gradually.
After half an hour hike, the tree line recedes and you come across stretch of meadows. Climb up and reach the hill with mountain views on one side and lush trees on another. From here descend gradually on a wide trail.
After an hour again enter the dense pine and oak forest, walk under the shade of trees, listen to the crumbling of leaves and move further.
After breakfast, explore the Dayara meadows in the morning. Today, the trail from Dayara to Litham goes through thick forests, alluring green meadows and clear streams. Through meadows trail head towards Gunas Pass and after fifteen minutes enter the pine forest. Cross a stream and exit the forest section with delicious views of Dhauladhar range and Gunas Pass.
Ahead the grasslands look wonderful and magical, after half an hour the trail makes its way through another forest of Bhoj. Descend through this section and reach a stream from where Litham is clearly visible. The trail after the meadows goes to Chandranahan stream which needs to be crossed before reaching Litham.
Cross it and reach your campsite, there are plenty of streams across Litham. From here get mesmerized by the mind boggling mountain views. Towards left you can see the Chandranahan Waterfall and ahead lies Chandranahan Lake. Towards right are cliffs with snow patches behind which lies Rupin valley and in front are snow-covered mountains at their back lies Buran Ghati.
Chandranahan is a small glacial lake amidst mountains and snow flanks feed this Lake.
Take the shepherds trail to reach the Ridge Top and head towards the waterfall’s snout. In one hour you can reach the Lake but the journey gets difficult after the snout.
Witness the alpine valley and delicious views! The setting of this Lake is idyllic, grassy patches are in middle and small waterfalls turn into small streams. There are rough rocks which mark the lake, look at the settings and head back to Litham.
Today after breakfast, the climb to the pass is steep but short and today Buran Pass will be visible on the way.
Dhauladhar range and Gunas Pass can be seen en route with. It is a setting in front of Latham’s green grasslands and cliffs Rupin valley.
Pabbar descends rapidly and the trail gets sharply an ascending one. The trail turns to a gorge valley when you follow the river’s left bank.
From here Buran Ghati comes into sight. The shepherds trail will lead you to Dhunda.
After one hour of climb, reach Dhunda’s ridge top. From the top enjoy the clear and magnificent views of Buran Ghati.
Today wake up early because the distance is long, difficult Leave the campsite of Dhunda following the ridge and do boulder hopping to reach the base of the Buran Pass.
Reaching the Pass will take one hour from the base.
Today, ascent to Buran Ghati will be exhilarating. It is a narrow surface on the top, use ropes to descend because it can be very risky without it.Below you have to reach a snow field which is at a distance of 100 meters.
Slide down the surfaces which are present in series. Descending doesn’t take time on this trek, you lose the altitude which you gained in just one go.
Reach the end of snow line by losing 3000 feet. Descend through a ridge with blooming flowers and green shrubs.
Today on the trail come across diverse vegetation and get surprised by the changing landscapes. Follow the wide and frequently used Barua Khud’s path.
Descend and ahead see a stream meet Barua Khud, cross it over a bridge and explore the diverse vegetation. After hiking for one hour you reach apple orchards and further lies civilization.
There is a rock on the way from where the whole Barua village can be seen.
Enter this quaint Barua village there are many fruit orchards. Descend through it and now the trail gets you to the bridge over Barua Khud.