Why Buran Ghati Is Special To Indiahikes

Why Buran Ghati Is Special To Indiahikes

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By Arjun Majumdar


This story goes back almost 15 years ago, when Indiahikes hadn’t started yet. It’s the story of how the Buran Ghati Trek played a role in the exploration of Rupin Pass Trek.

My trekking friends and I wanted to do the Buran Ghati trek. At that time we knew it as the Barua Pass (named after the village where the trek ends). From our maps and little knowledge that we had, the trek looked really exciting. We had heard lots of stories about its pristine meadows, big snow fields and the glacial Chandranahan lake.

But when we started planning for it, things would just not fall in place. Logistics of food and ration was becoming a nightmare. When that got sorted out, our guides backed out. With just a few days to go for the trek our plans fell apart.

Meanwhile, some of our trek mates were running a parallel conversation with local folks on the Rupin Pass trek. They had identified a guide who could take us across the pass. So when the Barua Pass trek plans fell through, we quickly shifted our focus to the Rupin Pass trek.

Finally, with a slight heavy heart we set out on the exploration of Rupin Pass trek. Our guide turned out to be a non-guide. Our support staff mutinied against the guide.

Despite all the logistical drawbacks, Rupin pass turned out to be a splendid trek. The trek was so satisfying that it filled us with great joy. It had everything we could ask from a trek: great forests, a snow filled glacial valley, the magical Rupin water fall and the thrilling Rupin Pass climb. When Indiahikes was launched I wrote about this experience.

Today, Rupin Pass is a much sought-after trek. Trekkers just love it.

Yet, the Buran Ghati is a trek that still remains etched in my heart. More than anything, I know the trek is as good as the Rupin Pass trek, if not better. It is a trek that can get the heart soaring with its boundless natural beauty.

Buran Ghati was finally explored in  June 2014. You can read Izzat’s account of the exploration here.

Arjun Majumdar

Founder, CEO, Indiahikes

About the author

An entrepreneur by profession and a trekker by passion, Arjun started Indiahikes in 2008 with a vision to explore and document new trekking trails. He wanted to solve problems in the mountains and implement sustainable ways of trekking. His biggest dream was and still is that Everyone Must Trek, because Trekking Transforms Lives. Today, Indiahikes takes over 20,000 trekkers in the Himalayas every year and has changed the face of trekking in India.

Arjun is deeply respected for his expertise on trekking trails and entrepreneurship. He has written extensively for Discover India magazine and is a TedX speaker. He frequently talks at institutions about his journey, but his favourite topic is always the impact of trekking on the human mind, body and spirit.

Watch his TEDx talks here -
TEDx Sayajigunj University on how Trekking Impacts The Mind, Body and Spirit
TEDx IIM Bangalore on 3 Unusual Lessons In Entrepreneurship
TEDx IIM Sambalpur on Why Children Must Trek