Buran Ghati Trek

A Grand Buffet Of India's Greatest Treks

TREK DIFFICULTY

Moderate-Difficult

TREK DURATION

8 days

HIGHEST ALTITUDE

15,000 ft

AGE LIMIT

13 to 55 years

A Grand Buffet Of The Greatest Himalayan Treks

Every trek has extremely beautiful sections. Every trek also has sections that are, we grudgingly admit, a little imperfect. However, when you are on the Buran Ghati trek, even with your best critical eye, these imperfections are hard to spot.

There is not a moment on this trek where you are disappointed. It is as though someone has taken out all the best parts of our Himalayan treks and stitched them together to make one perfect trek.

The trek starts at the ancient village of Janglik, reminiscent of the kind of old, “untouched by civilization” villages you would find on the Har Ki Dun trek. The trail climbs out of Janglik and goes into a delightfully deep forest and then bursts into Dayara meadows. Most trekkers stop in their tracks here, with their jaws agape at the wonderment that is Dayara meadows.

You walk out of Dayara with an expectation that the meadows are over – and you wouldn’t be more wrong. The trail to Litham is filled with forests and meadows. And there is the Dunda. If any campsite can give you the beauty of an alpine mountain zone and the thrill of a splendid climb to come, then Dunda will be among the best.

Barua, on the other side of the pass, is a charming old village that would distinctly remind you of Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings. Old houses, fruit-bearing trees, alleyways – it is a world of its own.

As we see it, the Buran Ghati trek has all the highlights of a tough trek, with an extremely thrilling pass crossing, put together in a moderate trek. There are rapid scenery changes and save for the Pass day, most days are easy-moderate. If you are looking for a summer or autumn trek, don’t think twice, go for Buran Ghati.

Every trek has extremely beautiful sections. Every trek also has sections that are, we grudgingly admit, a little imperfect. However, when you are on the Buran Ghati trek, even with your best critical eye, these imperfections are hard to spot.

There is not a moment on this trek where you are disappointed. It is as though someone has taken out all the best parts of our Himalayan treks and stitched them together to make one perfect trek.

Buran Ghati - Complete Trek Information

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Buran Ghati trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find these extremely useful.

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Photo Gallery

Buran Ghati trek starts at Janglik. Go for a walk around the village before you start the trek. The houses have roofing with stones, and the temple and carvings on the wood are much beyond appreciation. Photo by Sandhya UC

The mixed Oak and Pine forest from Janglik to Dayara is a delightful trail to trek in. You trek in the dense forest for an hour long with the gushing sound of the Pabbar River. Photo by Jothiranjan.

The dense forest trail from Janglik to Dayara is best experienced when you trek in silence. Observe the rustling of leaves, hear the chirping of birds and just take a moment to pause and reflect. It truly is a transformative experience. Photo by Jothiranjan.

Expert Speak

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, went on this exploratory trek almost a decade ago. He is a veteran of the trekking community in India and one of the earliest to trek Buran Ghati. He’s an expert when it comes to the trek. Here’s Arjun talking about one of the grandest treks in our country.

What I Like and Don’t Like About Buran Ghati Trek

What I Like About the Buran Ghati Trek

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, went on this exploratory trek almost a decade ago. He is a veteran of the trekking community in India and one of the earliest to trek Buran Ghati. He’s an expert when it comes to the trek. Here’s Arjun talking about one of the grandest treks in our country.

1. Dayara Meadows

Dayara meadows have to be one of my favourite sections, and I think trekkers will say so too. You first see it from a high ledge as you climb out of a deep dark coniferous forest. Right in front for miles is a sprawling table land carved out from the sides of a mountain.

One grassy side climbs the sides of the mountain, and the other drops down a cliff into the gorges below. In between is the vast green stretch where horses gallop.

I couldn’t believe we would camp in these splendorous settings. That too on Day 1! When you compare with meadows on other great treks, I would put Dayara meadows right on top of my list.

The vast meadows of Dayara resemble the Ali and Bedni meadows of the Roopkund trek. Picture by Sandhya UC

2. The Buran Ghati Wall And Snow Slides

It is a very high altitude trek, going up to 15,000 feet — which puts the trek in the high adventure category. Getting to the top of the Buran Ghati and then rappelling down to the other side is a thrill I cannot forget.

Buran Ghati wall has become famous now. I think it must be the world’s highest rappelling point! Afterwards sliding down multiple snow chutes is what makes Buran Ghati a great adventure. Trekkers will love this adventure. I put Buran Ghati high on my adventure list as well.

Nothing beats the adventure of the ice wall descent at the pass crossing on the Buran Ghati trek. Picture by Jothiranjan

3. Villages of Janglik and Barua

The two villages on the trek, Janglik and Barua — I think — people must just do the trek just to observe the ancient culture and how it is still preserved. Of the two Barua is my favourite.

I love how we get in on the upper village, and then wind ourselves down, observing the culture in the villages until we get to its foot, almost one thousand feet down! Look out for the architecture, people, and the temple. Lots of fruit trees too!

Buran Ghati gives you a cultural experience as it takes you through two Himachali villages, primarily Janglik and Barua. Picture by Sandhya UC

4. Litham Campsite

Litham mesmerized me. Here was a campsite at the confluence of two valleys. You could sit at Litham and gaze for hours at the two valleys. But the sight to watch out for would be the towering waterfalls from the Chandranahan snout. People talk about the famous Rupin waterfalls on the Rupin Pass trek. But this one is as impressive!

The Pabbar River flowing from the glaciers surrounding the Litham Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan

5. Trek To Chandranahan Lake

I think the side trek to Chandranahan lake is very underrated. For me, it felt better than even doing the Buran Ghati crossing. The moment you get to the snout of the Chandranahan falls, you are transported to an alpine zone. You are in a high altitude narrow snow-lined valley.

Snow-capped mountains tower over you, all at touching distance. The Pabbar river is still along with you. You make your way over one beautiful ledge after another to get to the heart of the valley. The journey and the setting still stay with me for the visual treat.

The series of alpine lakes of Chandranahan. The color of the lakes add a charm to the setting of moraine layer. Picture by AnirbanBanerjee

6. The Coniferous Forests

I loved the forests on the first day of the trek. It is just lovely gradually climbing through the coniferous forests with its birch trees, some maple and oak, and birds singing along. Trekkers will just love it.

The beautiful forests on the Buran Ghati trek. Picture by Sandhya UC

What I don't Like About the Buran Ghati Trek

1. Ok, for the first time I don’t have a line to write about what I didn’t like.

Buran has to be the most complete trek I have done. It has stunning scenery, one of the best meadows, great culture, well-paced out, terrific high altitude adventure. Even the road journey to the base camp is superb!  

I give Buran Ghati a 5/5.

Green Trails

Leaving the mountains better than we find them

At Indiahikes, we focus on bringing in new practices that can reduce our impact on the environment.  This is done through constant R&D.  Once these new practices are implemented we focus on achieving the results consistently on all our treks. You will see this as part of our G6 practices. 

Golden 1: Green Sweep - Clean the trail of visible litter.  We have collected more than 1,00,000 kgs of waste since 2016.

Golden 2: Segregation At Source - Segregate all waste collected so that we do not add all this waste to the landfill.  We have diverted 50% of the waste from landfill through segregation

Golden 3: Food Composting - All our kitchen waste is composted into useful humus for the mountain soil.  All food waste is either eaten by mules or composted at source.

Golden 4: Biotoilets - All our human waste is composted at source through our specially designed dry toilet pits. 

Golden 5: Water efficient dispenser  - We have reduced our waste used per trekker by 70% through specially designed water dispenser systems.

Golden 6: Save energy - We use solar panels for our energy use at our campsites.  We are also in the process of redesigning our stove and menu to reduce the amount of gas used on our treks.

Our trekkers are a big part of us keeping our promise to leave the mountains better than we found them. 

  • Indiahikes trekkers do not carry anything that can harm the environment - be it wet wipes, or any packaged food on the trek.  In fact they practice a zero waste trek.
  • Indiahikes trekkers do not buy any packaged food in the dhabas on the trek - they do not take part in feeding the demand for packaged food 
  • Indiahikes trekkers clean the trails of waste using the eco bag as part of the Green Sweep Initiattive 
  • Indiaihikes trekkers carry their own backpack on the trek. They do not offload unless absolutely necessary
  • Indiahikes trekkers do not pee/poop near any water source 
  • Indiahikes trekkers do not stray away from the marked trail

Trekkers who sign up with us pledge to follow these practices.  When you sign up with us, you do too.

Everything you do on a trek creates an impact. The trail you trek on, the water you use, the waste you generate, how you poop, how you cook, what you eat — everything has an impact. The higher the impact, the greater the damage to the environment. 

Yet, when done sustainably, trekking is one of the most environment-friendly sports.

When you trek with Indiahikes, you trek to leave the mountains better than we found them.  This is part of our Green Trails promise.

Safety

How we keep you safe

Outside the facilitators, their fellow members, our Trek Leaders play a pivotal role in keeping all participants safe on the trek. It is not easy to be a Trek Leader with Indiahikes. There is a long, stringent, and difficult selection process. 

After this they undergo a rigorous 8 month induction and training program before they are certified as Trek Leaders at Indiahikes. Only those Trek Leaders who are the best of our team are selected to lead the Himalayan Mountain Challenge. 

All our Trek Leaders are certified mountaineers with a Basic Mountaineering Course or Advanced Mountaineering Course. Among them, the ones who are Wilderness First Responders (NOLS-certified) are assigned to lead all participants.

Apart from the Trek Leaders we have technical guides, trek guides, program facilitators and assistants who accompany all team members of the Collaborative Leadership Program. All of them are given specialised training in handling emergency mountain situations. If a situation arises, anyone of our team members will be able to evacuate the team members to safety, even in the middle of the night. 

Ultimately, even an expert team such as ours cannot keep all participants safe unless they follow stringent safety processes. These are processes that have been developed by us for over ten years. They have been put in place after considering every scenario and evaluating every risk of a trek. 

Our risk assessment and management systems are extensive and deep, as you will discover when you sign up with us. There is a process for preparing team members, a process to monitor their health 3 times a day, a process for management of accidents, a process for managing altitude sickness, and a process for evacuation. There are processes for even trekking and a separate process for difficult sections. Any potential risk is nipped in the bud.

Our extensive trek experience matters here. The trekking trails are not new to us. These trekking trails have been nurtured and developed by us for many years. We have our own base camps on these trails. 

From the time the trek starts till it ends, the safety of all team members is our responsibility. 

On the trek, we have a staff-to-team member ratio of 1:5. This means for every 5 team members there is an Indiahikes staff monitoring them closely.

Most of the modern safety equipment used in the Indian trekking community has been introduced by us. This has fundamentally changed how trekking is done in our country.

In all of our treks, we carry a high-altitude medical kit, an evacuation kit, a technical kit, radio equipment, and oxygen cylinders (pulse oximeters and BP monitors are standard equipment carried by our Trek Leaders, including ropes and carabiners).

Did You Know?

Important Things To Know About Buran Ghati Trek

The Mysterious Lake of Chandranahan

Picture by Anirban Banerjee

According to the locals, Chandranahan has seven lakes. However, what is interesting about this, is that there are a lot of mysteries surrounding the seventh lake on the top. The reason for this is its unreachability. Very few people from Janglik village have been able to climb up there. Sitting at approximately 17,000 feet, the lake poses a difficult trek even to the locals. But it is one of the hidden jewels of the entire Buran valley. The alpine lake shows beautiful colours when surrounded by snow. 

Not only is this one of the few treks which have a trail alongside a river, but you get to see the glacier where the water originates from.

Picture by Anirban Banerjee

The Barren Mountain Range

Picture by Sooraj Jain

When you start moving from Dayara to Litham, on the right side you see a range of mountains. These are mostly barren with the rock face opened up. On these barren rocks, a lot of vulture nestings can be spotted. So make sure to take a pair of binoculars on this trek!

When the sun rises on the opposite side of these barren mountains, and when it is on the horizon, it turns the barren mountains red with its glow.

Picture by Sooraj Jain

Leaving Mountains Better

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of the waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing the use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

5 Reasons Why Indiahikes

We are India’s safest trekking organisation

When we brought out new trails in Indian trekking, safety came with us. Back in 2012, we were the first to introduce microspikes, and two years later, pulse oximeters became standard thanks to us. Nobody does safe treks like Indiahikes. In the mountains, emergencies don't care who you're with – everyone knows that when trouble hits, you look for the yellow tents of Indiahikes.

We are pioneers of treks in India

We are pioneers in trekking. Since 2007, we have brought out treks that have become India's most famous treks: Roopkund, Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati, Kedarkantha, Kashmir Great Lakes, Tarsar Marsar, Brahmatal, Phulara Ridge—the list goes on. In 2023 alone, we brought out five new treks in Indian trekking. We know treks better than anyone. This comes directly from the reason why Indiahikes was born: to bring out trek information and enable trekkers to trek on their own.

We are India’s largest trekking organisation

More than 25,000 people trek with us every year. We are the largest trekking organisation in India. 24% of our trekkers come back to trek with us every year. Over 4,000 students from the top educational institutions trek with us every year. Aside from this, families with children choose to trek with Indiahikes knowing that our treks are the safest. We have taken over 8000 children trekking so far, and the number continues to grow.

Our treks are transformative

We focus on designing transformative experiences. Our trek leaders conduct thought-provoking exercises that help you reflect and contemplate. This impact stays with you for a long time. Trekkers return feeling energised, more confident, or developing abilities to deal with difficulties. Many have changed careers, rethought their core values, become more humble, shown gratitude to others, or started a new fitness journey.

We are India's most sustainable trekking organisation

Since 2012, we have pioneered sustainable practices that have become standard in trekking. Using eco-bags, our trekkers have cleared over 120 tonnes of litter from the mountains. We do not carry packaged foods; instead, we serve freshly made food. We do not light campfires; we carry coal to light angethis to keep you warm. Our bio-toilets not only keep our toilets odour-free but also enrich the soil. When you trek with us, you leave mountains better.

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