The first day of the trek leads through cool forests of giant Deodar Alder and Oak. The trail ascends gently at first through the Manalsu valley along Manalsu stream. Extensive views of Kullu valley appear and slowly fade in to the distant as the first campsite in the lush green meadows of Lamadugh is reached. Beautiful view of the surrounding peaks dominate the scene.
Now the trail ascends steeply through woodland and meadows with wild alpine flowers strewn all around. On the way brilliant shrubs of rhododendron and birch pave the way to the ridge after which a descent leads to the campsite at Dohra Nullah.
A lovely walk through lush forests leads to campsite at the base of 4,700m high Kaliheyani Pass. All around are mountain peaks of Kullu and Lahaul valleys, presents an unforgettable panorama
Today the landscape slowly being to change, as forsts and meadows give way to rocky back drops with patches of snow. Steep climb through glacier and moraine leads to the camping on the bank of a mountain steam.
Now the taril leads down into the Sunni river valley and upto a buff overlooking the river.
The path passes through rocky terrain and later it is replaced by meadows. After crossing a large snow bridge you are in forest and little ahead is the campsite with abundance of dry wood near a stream.
After descending to the river bank, camp for overnight.
The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor after which an almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny village of Baranhangal.
Today finally the ancient village of Barabhangal is reached.
A remote and isolated village, it is accessible only for four to five months a year. The inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan shepherds the Gaddis who leads a nomadic life with their vast flocks of sheep into high mountain pestures once the snow melts and then returning to their isolated existance in the village.
A steady walk and an hour's climb leads to the campsite at Marrhi. The scenery changes quite dramatically while the air becomes cooler. Camp is at the base of the 4,780m high Thamser Pass. The chill of the evening is replaced with the comfortable warmth of lively campfire.
Today the trail slowly emerges from the rocky terrain into the softer landscape of lakes meadows and forests. Numerous lakes dot the countryside interspersed by cascading waterfall. A descent through green wooden slope leads to a tiny tea shop this is the village of Palchak.
A pleasant walk through a leafy bridle path and tiny villages literally hanging on the shoulders of the hill sides giving them a magical surrealistic appearance. A head lies a tiny village of Billing for Camp. A short delightful last day.
On the way, extensive views of the lush green Kangra Valley are the welcome site and soon the steep descent ends at the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir the land of the legendary Gaddis the tough and weary Himalayan shepherds. From Bir, Buses / jeeps are available to most major hill towns including Palampur, Dharamsala, from where connections are available to Delhi.
Mr. Surender Singh
V.P.O - BIr, Teh - Baijnath, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India - 176077
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