Bada Bhangal an ancient route

Bada Bhangal

Description- A challenging, long trek to perhaps the remotest village culture in Himachal across 2 passes along an ancient route


Look out for- Bada Bhangal (the village itself), high pass views, lakes near the passes, monsoon flowers, meadows, just too many things to name here.


Start Point – Bir (N32 02.633 E76 43.537, 1525 mts), District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India


End Point – Sangchar (N32 09.973 E77 09.064, 2415 mts), District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India


Highest Point(s) – Thamsar Pass (N32 13.558 E76 46.665, 4747 mts), District Kangra & Kaliheni pass (N32 13.183 E77 02.964, 4844 mts), District Kangra/Kullu


Lowest Point – Bir, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India


Difficulty Level – Very Hard: 2 high passes with discernible shortage of oxygen, long duration, heavy loads to carry for rations, freezing waist/chest deep stream crossings.


No of days – 12-14




Sample Itinerary


Yellowed Meadows

Yellowed Meadows



Day Start Point End Point Stay Options

1 Bir Billing Camp Site, FRH Billing

2 Billing Plachek Camp Site, FRH Plachek

3 Plachek Panhartoo Camp Site

4 Panhartoo Bhedpal Camp Site

5 Bhedpal Marhu Camp Site

6 Marhu Bada Bhangal Camp Site, FRH Bada Bhangal, village

7 Bada Bhangal Sunni Thach Camp Site, Shepherd Huts

8 Sunni Thach Lumba Padh Camp Site, Shepherd Huts

9 Lunba Padh Devi ka Marh Camp Site, Shepherd Huts

10 Devi ka Marh Theli Camp Site

11 Theli Riyali Thach Camp Site

12 Riyali Thach Sangchar Village, Manali/Kullu



Trek Profile


Trek Elevation Profile

Trek Elevation Profile


Attached aside is an elevation profile of this trek. The X Axis of the graph shows the horizontal distance while the Y Axis shows the elevation. All the major waypoints on the trek have been plotted on this graph along with their elevations. The distance between waypoints along with the approximate ‘moving time’ between each waypoint has also been provided. This assumes a moderate walking pace with no stops at all.

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