Buran Ghati Trek

A Grand Buffet Of India's Greatest Treks
Trek Fee : 14,950 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
? Moderate-Difficult treks usually go through slightly challenging terrain. These can go over 15,000 ft and easy exits are possible only from the initial campsites. Ideally require prior high-altitude trek experience.
Moderate-Difficult
Duration
Duration
8 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
15,000 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Shimla Old Bus Stand
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Janglik
Age
Minimum Age
12
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
May-June, Sept-Oct

A Grand Buffet Of The Greatest Himalayan treks

Every trek has sections that are extremely beautiful. 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. 

The Dayara meadows are the biggest highlight for us on the Buran Ghati trek. Spot our campsite! Picture by Sandhya UC shot in June

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.

Buran Ghati has a thrilling pass crossing, where you descend down a vertical ice wall at 15,000 ft. It’s a unique experience out of all our treks. Picture by Vinod Krishna

What to Watch out for

Meadows like Ali and Bedni Bugyal 

Most trekkers know of the glorious meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal on the Roopkund trek. But they haven’t yet seen Buran Ghati’s meadows. The moment you walk out of the treeline and see the expanse of Dayara meadows, your jaw drops. You see a vast meadow, laden with yellow flowers  glinting in the sun. Ahead, you see cliffs, whose folds are highlighted by white snow patches. These prettily landscaped meadows will remind you of postcards from childhood. It is a view that is at par with the twin meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal. 

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

Vast sweeps of landscape like Kashmir

Many sections of the Buran Ghati trek transport you to Kashmir. The Litham campsite is one of them. Nestled between the snout of Chandranahan waterfall, with towering mountains and brooks running across, it gives you a taste of what trekking in Kashmir is like. Chandranahan lake, which is an hour away from the snout of the waterfall, is in a glacial amphitheatre.The lake is fed by snowmelt from surrounding mountains. The scale of this alpine valley is very reminiscent of Kashmir.

Several sections on the Buran Ghati trek remind you of the scale of Kashmir. Picture by Anirban Banerjee

A Cultural experience like Har Ki dun

Trekkers from all over the world flock to Har Ki Dun to experience Himalayan culture. Buran Ghati ups that experience because it is less trodden upon. The villages of Janglik and Barua are ancient, with wooden Himachali houses that give you a taste of the Kinnaur architecture. In fact, the houses in Barua Khud are so ornate, it reminds you of Hobbiton. Surrounding Barua are wheat farms, apple orchards, peach and apricot trees. The people of these villages too are known to be beautiful. And they won’t hesitate to welcome you to their homes with a cup of chai. 

Buran Ghati gives you a cultural experience as it takes you through two Himachali villages, Janglik and Barua.

Thrilling Pass Crossing like Rupin Pass and Pin Bhaba Pass

At 15,000 ft, Buran Ghati is a thrilling climb that matches the likes of Rupin Pass and Pin Bhaba. At the same time, it is also unique. The pass is a narrow ledge with a sharp 100 metre drop on the other side. When you look down from the pass, you are staring at near vertical face of a wall. It brings your heart to your mouth. In June, when the pass is an ice wall, you rappel down. Right after rappelling the next round of fun starts. There are five big snow slides to do,  each of them more fun than the other. Even the most sober trekker rediscovers an inner child on the Buran Ghati trek! In September and October, you navigate through the sharp descent through a trail from the pass.

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Nothing beats the ice wall descent at the pass crossing on the Buran Ghati trek. Picture by Anirban Banerjee

Banner image by Raghavendra Galagali


Trekkers often ask us these questions about the Buran Ghati trek:

These questions have been answered by Suhas Saya, the head of the Trek Coordinators Team at Indiahikes, who has been on the Buran Ghati trek.

  What is the best time to do the Buran Ghati trek?

The best time to do the Buran Ghati trek is between May and June, and later between Mid-September and mid-October. These are the best seasons to do the Buran Ghati trek. 

Expected temperatures in these seasons:
Summer: The day time temperatures will be around 18-22 degrees. Post sundown, expect temperatures to drop to 2-3 degrees

Sept-Oct: Day time temperatures will be around 12-18 degrees. Evening temperatures will drop to zero and -2 degrees. It gets colder as the weeks progress.

If you are keen on seeing snow on the Buran Ghati trail, then the summer months of May and June would suit you best. This is when you’ll see vast snowfields from Dhunda onwards all the way till the pass. The Buran Pass itself is a dramatic wall of ice in June. You rappel down from the top of the pass for about a 150 m section. Even after crossing the pass, you trek in snow for around 2 hours until you reach the River camp. 

September is better to experience clear weather, void of much rain or snow. It’s the best time for lush greenery, clear skies and stunning views of the mountains around. You get to see snow, but in smaller patches. The ice on the Buran Ghati wall melts away slightly, exposing rocky terrain, where you have to descend down. Towards the end of October, there are chances of witnessing the first winter snow of the year. 

❖  Where is the Buran Ghati trek location?

The Buran Ghati trek is located close to the border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It’s a good trek near Shimla. It starts from a village called Janglik, which is around 150 km from Shimla. 

Further, it meanders through the valley alongside the Lidder river, until you reach the Buran Ghati pass. The trek ends at a small village called Barua, from where you drive back to Shimla. It takes around 10-11 hours to drive back. 

Buran Ghati - Trek Location

How to get to the Buran Ghati base camp
Click to see the route from Janglik to Shimla.

❖  How difficult is the Buran Ghati trek?

The Buran Ghati trek is classified as a moderate trek. This means the trek can be attempted by a fit beginner. The trek is actually not too difficult, as most of the days involve relaxed treks, where you reach the campsite by noon or slightly later than noon. You cover an average of 6-7 km a day. 

The most difficult part of the Buran Ghati trek is the pass-crossing. The day is long, where you walk continuously for 9-10 hours. You have to rappel down an ice wall at 15,000 ft. You do not need technical skills for this as the Indiahikes technical team will help you down this wall, but you do need the stamina to last all day. 

To do this trek, you will have to train for at least a month and a half in advance. It will help you get across the pass comfortably and ensure you have a good, safe trek.

  Buran Ghati vs Rupin Pass. Which trek should I choose?

This is a tough choice. Buran Ghati and Rupin Pass are neighbouring treks, yet they are very different from each other. 

Rupin Pass is an adventurous trek, with steep climbs, big rugged cliffs lining the valley, a thrilling climb to the pass through a narrow gully. It’s a trek that throws surprises at you every hour. It is a moderate-difficult trek, and is best done with prior high altitude trek experience.

Buran Ghati on the other hand is the more beautiful, well-rounded sister trek. It’s flawless at every step with large meadows at Dayara, picturesque campsites, and a slight gradient throughout the trek. It is suitable for fit trekkers, even if they are first-timers. 

If you have to pick, base it on your fitness. Rupin Pass is tougher, more demanding on a daily basis, with 10 km climbs every day. Buran Ghati is more leisurely in comparison. 

So go by your fitness and experience, and choose a trek. 

Did you know? The entire Buran valley runs parallel to the Rupin valley. So the Buran Ghati and Rupin Pass treks are geographically parallel to each other. There’s just one range of cliffs dividing the two valleys. As the crow flies, the two passes are just 3.8 km apart. 

Buran Ghati Trek vs Rupin Pass trek

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours drive from Shimla. Transport will be organised from Hotel Crystal Palace in Shimla at 7.00 AM. It is a 10 minute walk from the Old Shimla Bus Stand. Cost of cab will be Rs 6,500 per vehicle
Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft), 5 hours
Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft), 3 hours
Day 4: Excursion to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft), 4-5 hours
Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft), 4-5 hours
Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft), 9-10 hours
Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft), 5 hours
Day 8: Buffer Day

If the buffer day is used,  you have to pay us Rs. 2,500 per day (INR) +5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day. This depends completely on the weather conditions on the trek and the call will be taken by the trek leader.

Transport from Barua to Shimla will be arranged to start at 1.00 PM. You will reach Shimla around 10.30 pm.
The cost for the return travel is Rs 9,000 per vehicle. Please factor in the buffer day in your travel plans – book your onward journey from Shimla only after Day 8.

The stay at Janglik will be in a lodge and the rest of the days during the trek is in tents (3 per tent).

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

Buran Ghati Trek map

The trek

The base camp of the Buran Ghati trek is Janglik. The drive from Shimla takes you past Rohru, from where the road follows the blue waters of the Pabbar river. In an exquisite journey, the road climbs gracefully along the Pabbar, the scenery changing rapidly. From square wheat fields along the river and beautiful Himachali homes, you drive past pretty villages and mixed forests until till you get to the pine forests around Tonglu.

The motorable road at Tikri, just after Chirgaon, turns left and becomes an absolute dirt track for the rest of the way. It takes two hours along the dirt track to get to Tonglu. At Tonglu, the dirt track drops down to the river, crosses the Pabbar and climbs to Diude in swift switchbacks. Janglik is a short walk from Diude.

  • Altitude: 9,200 ft (2,804 m)
  • Time taken: 9-10 hours from Shimla.Vehicles will be arranged from the pick up point Hotel Crystal Palace in Shimla at 7:00 am. It is a 10 minute walk from the Old Shimla Bus Stand.
Manicured farms near Diude. PC: Arjun Majumdar

Day 2: Diude/Janglik to Dayara

  • Altitude: 9,200 ft (2,804 m) to 11,075 ft (3,376 m)
  • Time taken: 5 hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Around 75 minutes of ascent followed by a 15 minute flat walk. Gradual ascent into a forest for about 30 minutes followed by a gradual descent for about an hour in the meadows ending with a gradual ascent through a forest.
  • Water sources: Carry 1 litre of water from Janglik. There are sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.
The trail to Janglik gives you great views of Pabbar river below and the surrounding valley. PC: Vinod Krishna

Today’s trek is perhaps the most beautiful first day of any trek that you will walk on. Climb out of Diude past the superbly crafted wheat fields – lined by beautiful wooden farm houses on their edges — some of them with attractive roofs in red and green. In fifteen minutes the last huts of Diude are behind you. The climb, though beautiful, gains altitude rapidly. In an hour, step on a ledge and look behind you for a commanding view of Diude, Tonglu and other villages.

The ledge under a pine tree is a wonderful place to take a break. Fifteen minutes later, past a clearing on your right, the trail climbs into a oak and pine forest. Getting deeper into the forest, the steep trail levels off to remain a gradual pleasant climb. The trail through the forest is just the treat that you needed after the long climb. Under the shady trees of the forest, streams running across the trail, brings a bounce to your step.

Lovely shepherds’ huts in a clearing halfway from Janglik to Dayara. PC: Arjun Majumdar

Half hour later, the trail pops out of the tree line into a vast expanse of meadows climbing into the hills to your left. The sudden change in scenery is startling. It takes time to soak in the view of the climbing meadows to your left and the dark shadowy tree line of the pines to your right. Ahead, the white snow patches that still remain in the folds of the cliffs opposite the Pabbar compliment the view to an extent that is hard to believe.

The trail out of the tree line descends gradually, skirting the top of the pines. The trail is well defined and broad. Almost an hour later, the trail enters another magnificent forest of pine and oak — this time thicker and denser. The walk on the dark moist earth and the brown carpet of leaves strewn over them is a moment to be cherished. Through the forest, the trail climbs gradually before popping out of it again in another half hour.

Day 3: Dayara to Litham

  • Altitude: 11,075 (3,376 m) ft to 11,737 ft (3,577 m)
  • Time taken: 3 hours
  • Trek gradient: Easy. Starts with a gentle ascent for about 15 minutes followed by a stream crossing. Gradual ascent through a pine forest and meadows for about an hour followed by a gentle descent through a Silver birch forest and finally across meadows.
  • Water sources: Carry 1 litre of water from Dayara. There are sources along the trail to refill your water bottles.
The path that runs along the beautiful Chandranahan Lake. PC Rahul Kuklarni
Our Dayara Campsite, amidst the beautiful Dayara Meadows. PC Rupalee Kulkarni

Gunas Pass appears in the distance as you trek through meadows and forests from Dayara to Litham. PC: Arjun Majumdar

Start your day exploring the Dayara meadows. It looks most glamorous as it soaks up the golden glow of the morning sun. A walk on the meadows early in the morning needs to be savoured by every trekker.

The trail from Dayara to Litham will take you through dense forests, wide green meadows, gushing streams, and little brooks as you gain an altitude of 737 feet in 3 hours.  The trail traverses across the meadows towards the Gunas Pass. A gently ascending trail enters another clump of pine forest fifteen minutes out of the Dayara camp site. Then you get to a stream that needs to be leaped over.

Across the stream, the trail climbs out of the forest and rounds a wide curve to regain the views of the snow capped mountains of the Dhauladhar range and Gunas Pass. Just as the trail takes the curve is a superb scenery of the grasslands leading down from the trail and into the dark depths of pine forests about 300 feet below. Behind the pine forests are snow lined towering cliffs completing a scenery that is perfect in its harmony.

Half hour later the trail dives into another beautiful forest — this time of Silver Birch (Bhoj). The forest is old and the silver birches gnarled with age. Descending gently through the forest leads to another perennial stream in the fold of the mountain. Refresh here and climb out of the fold to your first clear view of Litham.

Across the meadows the trail dips to the Chandranahan stream that you need to cross before throwing down your backpacks at the Litham campsite. There are plenty of brooks running across Litham, choose a flat spot and good views to settle down for the day.

Litham campsite set amidst the last meadows on this trek. PC: Suhas Saya

Litham has gorgeous views on three sides. On your left is is the snout of the Chandranahan waterfall, beyond which is the Chandranahan lake. In front are the towering snow clad mountains that hide Buran Ghati but set the heart fluttering in anticipation of a great adventure ahead. On the right are the snow patched cliffs that hide the Rupin valley. The Litham campsite is a dramatic nest, the last of the great meadows of the trek.

Day 4: Excursion to Chandranahan lake

  • Altitude: 11,737 ft (3,577 m) to 13,900 ft (4,237 m) and back
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. 90 minutes of gradual ascent to the snout of the waterfall followed by a steep climb for about an hour. Steep descent on the way back to Litham.
  • Water sources: Carry 1-1.5 of water from the campsite. There are water sources along the trail.
The path that runs along the beautiful Chandranahan Lake. PC Rahul Kuklarni

The Chandranahan lake is a glacial tarn that is perennially fed by snow flanks of mountains that surround it. It is not a very big lake, but getting to it is an exciting journey and extremely rewarding. Cross the stream that you get just before the Litham campsite. Continue upstream on the shepherd’s trail to a ridge top. Walk towards the snout of the waterfall from where the stream emerges. It takes about an hour and a half to get to the snout of the waterfall, marked by beautifully placed stone cairns.

Trekkers usually assume that Chandranahan lake is close to the snout of the waterfall but it is another hour of trek into the glacial valley. The journey to the lake takes a difficult turn the moment you get to the flat at the snout of the waterfall. The closed alpine valley with snow patches all round is a treat. In later June, the valley floor has good amounts of snow but nothing that is difficult to walk on.

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Alpine zone on the way to Chandranahan lake. Picture by Vishnu Benne.

The lake is not very big but what it lacks in size, it makes up for it by its setting. Nestled in a bowl like glacial amphitheater, the lake is fed by the snow fields all around. In between are grassy patches that jut out of the snow. Tiny waterfalls that turn into brooks trickle down to the lake from all sides. Lovely arrangements of stone cairns mark the lake. Spend time taking in the sights of the setting before heading back to Litham the way you came. It is a steep descent from the lake to Litham. You must start early in the morning to be back at Litham at lunch.

Day 5: Litham to Dhunda

  • Altitude: 11,737 ft (4,237 m) to 13,365 ft (4,074 m)
  • Time taken: 4-5 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Gradual ascent for about 1.5 hours followed by a steep ascent all the way to Dhunda.
  • Water sources: Streams along the trail
Dhunda campsite, surrounded by snow clad cliffs, appears in the distance. PC: Nikhil Bhagwat

Buran Ghati is a trek that can be easy or difficult depending on where you camp for the pass assault. Dhunda at 13,300 ft is perfect. It is a short two hour climb to the pass. The pass is always visible and inspirational. The setting is extraordinary. The Dhauladhar range looms over the trail with the Gunas pass sitting pretty on top of the snowy flanks of the grey mountains. It is a monochrome setting of grey and white in front with the green grasslands of Litham to the left and cliffs of the bordering Rupin valley to the right. The Pabbar is no longer a gently descending stream. It is now a virulent stream descending rapidly. The trail takes a sharper ascent. Continue up the left bank until the trail gets into a U shaped gorge like valley and you get the first view of the Buran Ghati on your left. Take a moment to take in the splendor of the pass and the upcoming thrill of the next day.

Start the climb to Dhunda by following the well marked shepherds’ trail that leads in the general direction of the pass. An hour of climb, perhaps a bit more, will bring you to the ridge top of Dhunda. At Dhunda you get absolutely clear views of Buran Ghati and the trail that leads to it. The camp is in an alpine zone. Snow capped mountains flank the campsite on all sides. Even in late June snow patches are everywhere. If any campsite can give you the beauty of an alpine mountain zone and the thrill of a splendid climb to come, then Dhunda would be voted among the best.

Day 6: Dhunda to River camp via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft)

  • Altitude: 13,365 ft (4,074 m) to 11,800 ft (3,597 m) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft/4,572 m)
  • Time taken: 9-10 hours
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Gentle ascent over boulders for about an hour till the base of the pass followed by a hour’s steep climb on snow. Sharp, steep descent on the other side for 100 meters followed by a series of short descents for about 2 hours till the end of the snow line, easing off into a gradual descent.
  • Water sources: None on the trail till the last 2 hours. Ensure you are well hydrated and carry at least 2 litres of water before starting from Dhunda
Trekkers climbing up the steep, rocky flanks of the Buran Ghati pass. PC: Anirban Banerjee

In September, the snow melts and it is not difficult to climb the pass. Out of the Dhunda campsite follow the ridge and hop over boulders towards the base of the pass. From the base it is an hour long climb to the top, mostly on snow. Buran Ghati at exactly 15,000 ft is a thrilling climb. It is a narrow ledge on the top. The drop on the other side is sharp and steep.Without the rope, the descent can be risky even with an ice axe. Getting down to the first snow field about 100 metres below the pass is your first objective. Thereafter it is a series of descents over smaller ledges that you can slide down!

Descending on the Buran Ghati trek is quick and very soon you lose all the altitude that you have gained. It takes about 2 hours to get to the end of the snow line. You also lose about 3,000 ft in altitude. Out of the snow line, the descent takes you down a ridge with junipers and lovely flower crested shrubs. The view of the valley in front is lush green as far as the eye can see. Beyond, a long range of mountains tower over the setting. Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over. Across the stream the first farmers’ huts appear. This is where you camp for the night.

Day 7: River camp to Barua village

  • Altitude: 11,800 ft (3,597 m) to 6,700 ft (2,042 m)
  • Time taken: 6 hours
  • Trek gradient: Easy-moderate; gradual descent for around 4 hours followed by a steep descent.
  • Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water. There are 3 water sources along the trail
River campsite, on the other side of the Pass. PC: Vinod Krishna

The descent to the Barua village is remarkable for the variety in vegetation and diversity. The trail is full of surprising changes in scenery that makes it an absolute delight. It is difficult to find another trek that has so much diversity while descending. Take the path that logically follows the Barua Khud. Stick to the trail that is broadest and most used. The trail descends rapidly through the high altitude pines, giving way to a mixed forests of other trees.

An hour and half later the trail descends to a large gushing stream thundering to meet the Barua Khud. A makeshift bridge lined with junipers and mud is the only way across. Climbing out of the stream, the trail is greeted with more diverse vegetation.Late in June, lovely purple shrubs line the trail on either side. Further on apricot, peaches tree laden with fruit crowd the trail. An hour later the first apple orchards and signs of civilization await the trekkers. From an overhanging rock on the trail the entire view of the Barua village sitting on the ridge below is breathtaking.

Half an hour later the trail enters Barua village through an arch. It is a long descent through the village as the trail meanders and descends through. Life on the trail comes alive as the simple villagers are happy to see you. They want to hear your stories and invite you to tea. Look out for the grand temple on your right as you continue your descent. From time to time the trail rushes past apple and other fruit orchards.

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Ornate houses of Barua. PC: Arjun Majumdar

Once at the heart of the village, the descent is more rapid. In half an hour the trail pops out on to the road bridge over the Barua Khud. Transport will be arranged to leave from Barua to Shimla at 1.00 pm and you will reach Shimla around 10.30 pm.

If you wish to set out on your own, you can wait to get a vehicle to Karcham, which is a junction 3 km ahead or you could simply walk it. Karcham is a junction where roads from Rekong Peo and Sangla meet. The big hydel project by the Jaypee group also starts at Karcham. From Karcham either take a vehicle to Sangla, 17 km away, or to Reckong Peo for more connectivity to Shimla.

Plan Your Travel for the Buran Ghati trek

It is great to see you going on the Buran Ghati Trek, a grand buffet of our greatest treks. While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly.

Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.  

1. Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel


Day zero (the day before Day 1): Book your air ticket to Chandigarh or Delhi. If Chandigarh, proceed to Sector 43 and take a bus to Shimla. If Delhi, book an overnight bus to Shimla. Click here for more explanation. 

Day 1: Shimla to Janglik drive. It is an 8-9 hour drive from Shimla. Janglik is the basecamp for your trek. 

We organize transport from the parking lot of Hotel Crystal Palace in Shimla at 7.00 AM sharp. It is a 10 minute walk from the Old Shimla Bus Stand.  Transport to Janglik costs Rs 6,500 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers).

Day 2 to Day 6: Trek the Buran Ghati trail

Day 7: Drive to Shimla. Start in the afternoon after the day’s trek. The drive is around 8-9 hrs drive from Barua to Shimla. Expected arrival time at Shima 10-11 pm. Ensure you have pre-booked hotel accommodation at Shimla.

Day 8: Buffer day (explained below)

Day 9: Book return flight/train ticket from Chandigarh or Delhi. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 8. Click here for more explanation. 

| Important points to note:

1. While getting to Shimla, we recommend you arrive a day earlier and stay close to the Shimla Old bus Stand. Staying at Shimla gives you a well deserved rest for the night. Plus some bonus sightseeing.

2. On your return, your trek ends at Barua. Barua is a small village and you don’t have any public transport. We again arrange for the transport for the return to Shimla on the same day. You reach Shimla between 10.00 and 11.00 pm. It costs Rs 9,000 per vehicle on the way back from Barua.

Buffer Day: The Buran Ghati Trek is a very high altitude trek. Situations are dynamic and can change any moment. Keep a buffer day for emergencies. This is outside the itinerary. You cannot predict bad rain, snowfall, landslides, even mountain medical emergencies on such treks. Your trek is 7 days long, but keep an extra 8th day as your buffer day. If you don’t use the buffer day on the trek, you can always use it for sightseeing in Chandigarh, Shimla or Delhi. 

Always book your return flight/train tickets after including the buffer day in your itinerary. 

Your travel route to the Janglik basecamp passes through Kufri, Theog and Rohru
On the return, you come via Rampur and Narkhanda. See map

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Click to see the route from Shimla to Janglik on Google Maps

2. Planning your onward flight/train booking  

If you are travelling from Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or any other city, book your air tickets for Day Zero, which is the day before Day 1 on the itinerary.

Example: If your trek start day is 25 September, then book your air tickets for 24 September to either Chandigarh or Delhi. 

There are two options for your flight tickets.

Option 1: Fly directly to Chandigarh

We recommend this. It gives you an added rest day at Shimla. It also makes your travel time less. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Chandigarh is too high, book your flight to Delhi and travel to Shimla by bus.

| Tip: Land at the Chandigarh airport and head directly to Sector 43 (which is the main Interstate bus terminal of Chandigarh). You get AC airport buses to Sector 43, from just outside the arrivals. It is about 10 km and the buses run every half hour or so. A ticket costs Rs 60 for these buses.

Always target to reach Chandigarh before 12 noon. It takes an hour or so to get out of the airport and get to ISBT in Sector 43.

Getting a bus connection to Shimla may take about half an hour or so. It is usually a 4 hour bus journey to Shimla (125 kms on mountain roads). The number of local buses to Shimla will reduce post 3 pm. You will later get only overnight buses post 3 pm.

Pro Tip: If you are in a group of 3-4, then it may make sense to take a taxi from Chandigarh airport to Shimla directly. A taxi charges about Rs 1,600 for the trip. You can book a taxi from Goibibo or Ola in advance. We use this system often.  

Option 2: Flying to Delhi 

Flying to Delhi may be a lot cheaper than getting to Chandigarh. Make sure to book a flight that reaches Delhi by 7.00 pm. You must arrive in Delhi on Day Zero and not on Day 1.

| Note: If you notice the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Chandigarh less than Rs 1,000 then book directly to Chandigarh. The rest and shorter travel time is worth the difference.  

Bus to Shimla: Take the bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to the Old Shimla Bus Stand or also known as Victory Tunnel (ask the bus conductor specifically for this). It is a 10-11 hour bus journey from Delhi to Shimla. Avoid taking buses to Shimla ISBT at Tutikandi. Our pick up point at Hotel Crystal Palace is closer to the Old Shimla Bus Stand. The distance from Tutikandi ISBT to Old bus stand is about 5 km. Taxis will set you back by Rs 300 to 500 for that early morning drop. 

Take a bus that leaves Delhi around 9.00 pm.

| Tip: Use HRTC or Himachal Tourism buses. They usually run on time.


3. Planning your return flight/train booking

Booking your return tickets require some thought. First, always book your return ticket keeping in mind the buffer day. The buffer day must be included in your itinerary. Day 8 is your buffer day. So plan your return journey for Day 9.

Option 1: Flying out from Chandigarh

Assuming you have stayed at Shimla the day before, take a bus to Chandigarh. Book a flight that flies out of Chandigarh post noon. It takes about 5 hours to travel from Shimla to Chandigarh by bus. And a further one hour from Chandigarh ISBT at Sector 43 to Airport by bus. 

You get buses from Shimla Old bus stand and the ISBT at Tutikandi starting from 6 am. 

If you take a private cab, a taxi charges about Rs 1,600 for the trip. You can book a taxi from Goibibo or Ola in advance. We use this system often.  

Option 2: Flying out of Delhi

You get buses from Shimla to Delhi starting in the morning at 6 am from Shimla ISBT (At Tutikandi). The travel time to reach Delhi ISBT is around 9-10 hrs. If you are booking a flight from Delhi and taking a bus, then book an evening flight post 6 pm. 

Pro Tip: If you have a buffer day in hand, consider experiencing the narrow gauge train from Shimla to Kalka and then take a bus/train to Delhi. It is a heritage train which is still run by the Indian Railways. The train passes through some astounding mountain scenery, besides diving through over a 100 tunnels. You will have to book the Himalyan Queen train in advance to ensure you get seats. It departs from Shimla at 10.30 am and reaches Kalka at around 4 pm.

There is a connecting Himalayan Queen that leaves for New Delhi at 4.50 pm from Kalka, getting to New Delhi at 10.40 pm. You can also think of taking the faster Shatabdi that leaves Kalka at 5.45 pm getting to New Delhi at 9.55 pm.

You also get fast buses from Kalka to Chandigarh which roughly takes an hour (usually less).


4. Planning your hotel/stay

Booking stay at Shimla is not easy. In June, Shimla is packed with tourists. It is difficult to find good places at the last minute. So ensure to book your hotel stay well in advance.

During the off season (September- October), it is not difficult to find last minute hotel booking.

| Tip: Book for two nights in advance at Shimla. This guarantees you a confirmation of your stay irrespective of whether you use a buffer day or not. 

Pro Tip: A bit risky but it is something we have seen that works. Book for your stay on the last day of the trek. Take this call based on the buffer day being used. When the trek is about to end at Barua, you get network connectivity. You can either book directly or ask your friends or family members to book while you are traveling to Shimla. You may not get the best of hotels but you usually get a room over your head.

Hotel options in Shimla

Hotel Amber

This is close to Shimla Old Bus stand. A decent hotel to spend a night in Shimla. The cost ranges from Rs 800 to Rs 1000 for a double bedroom. The advantage of this hotel is it’s just about 5 mins away from the bus stand. Website: http://www.hotelambershimla.in/.
Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/9H8Xakmt8p2TpYFS6
Contact Number: 070189 14266


YMCA Shimla

It is run by the Christian missionaries and a very clean place. This is a good option for solo trekkers and backpackers. The stay is in bunk beds with shared bathrooms. The cost is Rs 500 for a one-night stay. It is behind the Church on the Mall road.
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/MCfW3oNG7DdPFAtP6
Contact Number:
0177-2652375, 2650021
Email ID: [email protected]


Hotel Crystal Palace

This is a moderate priced hotel. It may not be the very best but makes sense since your pickup and drop is from its premises. The cost ranges from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 for a  double bedroom. The cost varies according to the seasons.
Website: http://www.hotelcrystalpalaceshimla.com/.
Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/nm8ikNY8EUWJ7Udw6.
Contact Number: +91-9816025758

You can also look up Oyo Rooms and book your stay close to the Old bus stand. The price varies from one season to another. 


5. What if you miss the Indiahikes pickup? How to get to Janglik on your own.

If you miss the Indiahikes pick up from Shimla, here is a step-by-step guide to reach Janglik on your own.

How to reach Janglik base camp of Buran Ghati
Click on the image to see the route on Google Maps

Step 1: Go to Lakkar Bazar from Shimla Old bus stand which is 2.5 km away.

Step 2: Take a local bus from Lakkar Bazar to Rohru. This is a 5 hour journey.
There are buses leaving at these timings: 7 am, 8.30 am, 11 am, 12 noon to Rohru.
There is also a bus from Lakkar Bazar that goes directly to Chirgaon (which is an hour away from Janglik). It leaves at 11 am. But do not bank on this bus — the bus can be very unpredictable.

Step 3: From Rohru you’ll need to move further to Tangnu, which is the last road head near Janglik. From Rohru or Chirgaon, there are regular buses to Tangnu.
You have buses at 8 am, 1 pm and 4 pm. However, you will have to reach Rohru before 4 pm. Post 4 pm, you don’t get any vehicles towards Tangnu.

From Rohru to Tangnu, it costs Rs 70 by bus. You will also find shared cabs at the exit of the bus stand towards Chirgaon. Shared taxis costs between Rs 100 to 150 based on the number of travellers the driver manages to get for the journey. 

Step 4: From Tangnu you will have to trek to Janglik which is 3 km (45 mins) away. Tangnu is a very small village just before the base camp of Janglik. It is an initial descent to the river (10 mins). There is an iron bridge which is broken currently. A stone bridge is also washed up by the recent heavy rains. You will have to carefully get down the iron bridge by holding its iron pillars. Once you are done with this adventure, you have a steep hike to Janglik (30 mins).

 How to get fit for the Buran Ghati trek

Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The pass crossing day is the difficult bit. On this trek, your mental strength is as important as physical fitness. If you trek in the month of June, on the pass crossing day, you need to rappel at least 400 meters down an ice wall. Apart from this portion, the trek is of moderate difficulty and will not exhaust you if you are well prepared.

Cardiovascular endurance – Target 10 km in 60-70 minutes before the start of the trek
On the Buran Ghati trek, you have to cover 9 km on undulating trail on 6 days. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

In order to be prepared for a high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –

–>Target completing 5 km in 40 minutes when you begin.
–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 35 mins.
–>If you are above 45 years and is comfortable with brisk walking, then target covering 10km in 90 minutes.

If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 25 km in 60 minutes.

How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?

Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.

Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometre of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.

Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.

Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek — one of you covering 5km in less than 35 mins along with your picture and the other with splits of your run.

Strength – Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each

This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks.  You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

  Here is a downloadble guide to help you get fit for the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

Things to get for the Buran Ghati Trek

Buran Ghati is a very high altitude trek. The trekking gear you need to carry for this trek is different from regular treks. So pay careful attention to this entire section.

First, The Essentials. You cannot do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes:

Buran Ghati requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.  

| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There really isn’t any necessity to buy the higher priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.

| Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are already broken into and in good condition. Rental shoes are not dirty or unhygienic. This is how they are kept clean.

2. Backpack:

For a trek like Buran Ghati, you need a 50-60 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack

| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from.

| Rental: The 48 litre backpack by Adventure Worx is available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are custom-made for our Himalayan treks. Rent them if you don’t have a backpack.

3. Clothes:

Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. 

Base layer:

3 T-shirts:

Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.
Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.


| Buying tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.

| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)

| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space, since you’re already carrying them. 

3 insulation layers:

The highest altitude you reach on this trek is 15,000 ft. At these altitudes it can get freezing cold even in the middle of summer. You will need at least 3 insulation layers for this trek.
You will need 2 light fleece layers, 1 full-sleeve light sweater. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.

1 Outer layer:

A padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t really need a water resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.

| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.

Note: Down/feather jackets are really not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.

| Rental: Padded jackets made by Fort Collins are available on rent at the Indiahikes store. They are custom made for Indiahikes and trekkers find them terrific, even in winter.

Two trek pants:

Twopairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry two  just in case it rains. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon in case of small stream crossings / rain.

| Buying tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.

| Track pants or trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants are not trek pants — so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup.

Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek. 

These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to Buran Ghati without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first. 

1. Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. Especially in the month of May and June on a trek like Buran Ghati, expect to walk on long stretches of snow from Dhunda to the Pass and towards the River Camp. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection

| Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.

Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.

| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.

| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens.   

 2. Suncap:

A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sun strokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance.

| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.

| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sun burns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way. 

  3. Synthetic hand gloves:

On a trek like Buran Ghati you are going to be handling snow quite a bit especially in the month of May and June. You’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself in snow. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.   

4. Woollen cap or Balaclava:

Ensure these cover your ears. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. Which is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.

Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is absolutely essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. Do not get a woollen cap that only covers your head. 

5. Socks (3 pairs):

Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry. As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug in the night. If you cannot get woolen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well. 

6. Headlamp:

Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the Buran Ghati trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles.

| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you. 

7. Trekking pole (a pair):

Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the Buran Ghati trek there are steep ascents and descents. The trek up the gully to the pass is pretty steep, about 75% incline.  A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.

| Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store.  

8. Rainwear:

On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing.

Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are really not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.

| Rental: High grade ponchos are available on rent on the Indiahikes store.

9. Rain cover for your backpack:

Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes, your warm gear in your backpack. It is important that your backpack stays dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built in rain-covers. If your back pack does not have a rain-cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic. 

| Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.

10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional):

Some trekkers opt to offload their bags to a porter on the Buran Ghati trek. While we do not encourage this practice, in case you opt for offloading, then carrying a day pack is mandatory. In your day pack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites.

A day pack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not day packs. Do not get them.

Other mandatory requirement

1. A toilet kit:

Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.

| Pro tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.

Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like Buran Ghati.

| For women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose your sanitary waste.

2. Cutlery:

Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leak proof. You are expected to wash your own cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, bacteria to settle on your cutlery. Incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.

| Pro tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at the highest. Watch this video on why steel cutlery is better than plastic.

3. Two 1 litre bottles or a 2 litre hydration pack:

Buran Ghati has a few long walking days. You need to carry two one litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.

| Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store

4. Plastic covers:

Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.

Useful videos to help you with your gear:

Personal medical kit

Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader

  1. Diamox (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Carry on the medication until you descend down to Barua. Being on a preventive course of Diamox greatly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the Buran Ghati trek.    
  2. Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
  3. Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
  4. Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
  5. Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS. 
  6. ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking.  Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
  7. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.

Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.

| Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.   

Mandatory Documents to carry

These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.

  1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, passport will do. This is required by the forest department for your identification.  
  2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp – Download PDF
  3. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practising doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF

| Pro tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet.  

How safe is the Buran Ghati trek?

The pass crossing is the only difficult bit in this trek. At the pass you come across a vertical ice wall which you need to rappel down from with a rope. After the steep section, you slide down the snowy slope. This is why Buran Ghati is not a trek that you can go on your own. You need the assistance of a trekking organisation or professionals who can help you descend the wall.

In June, post the pass crossing comes 4 to 5 slides down the snow. Approaching River campsite, the last camp, is a small exposed section that overlooks a river which you need to be careful while traversing. In the months of September and October when there is no snow, there is a trail that opens up which is tread by shepherds. It does not have any tricky sections like overhangs or landslides. It is a pretty straightforward meadow trek.

Since the trek begins at 9,000 ft at Diude, altitude sickness can get to you in the first 2 days.  In order to have a safe trek, here is some information that you must know if you have registered for this trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the Buran Ghati trek. Anyone who wants to register for this trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the Buran Ghati trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.

  •      Oxygen Level
  •      Pulse Rate

Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.

This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.

3. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.

4. High Altitude Trek Equipment

To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you compulsorily need to know if you’re going on the Buran Ghati trek

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Acute Mountain Sickness:

At altitudes above 10,000 ft the chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness cannot be ruled out. This risk can be avoided by going on a course of Diamox. Even while on Diamox, the risk of AMS still prevails. While AMS can be treated with rest and medicines for the most part, the symptoms must be recognised before it can go to advanced stages – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

HAPE and HACE are critical conditions that can be fatal within hours. And they can occur without AMS preceding them. So it’s doubly important to recognise any symptoms and nip them in the bud.

About Diamox:

Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.

Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.

Take this specific precaution – Go on a preventive course of Diamox

We strongly advise you to go on a preventive course of Diamox. Diamox is a blood thinner and helps you acclimatise much faster and reduces the chance of AMS by around 80%. Take half a tablet twice a day from one day before your trek.

What to do if you have symptoms of AMS?

If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.

Watch the below video to understand the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. In this video, Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes will also tell you the protocol to follow when you see someone showing symptoms of AMS.

There are no easy exits on the Buran Ghati trek. In case of an emergency at or before Dhunda, you will need to return to Diude, and if this happens after the pass, then descend to Barua. It might take 1-2 days to reach the nearest medical centre. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.

Closest hospital:

If a medical emergency occurs before the cross passing, then Rohru is where you would need to go to get to a hospital. On the other side of the pass, Sangla and Kalpa have hospitals. Rohru is a couple of hours drive from Diude and Sangla can be reached within an hour if you drive from Barua.

Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks

If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life -saving steps you can take. Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.

Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker. There are three life-saving medicines that we suggest you always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

If you are trekking with Indiahikes, do not administer these to anyone without consulting your Trek Leader. If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.

Also ensure that you are well hydrated throughout the trek and do not skip any meal.

Acute Mountain Sickness

You can watch the video below to learn about HAPE and HACE and how to tackle them. In the video, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about High Altitude Pulmonary and Cerebral Edema, what the symptoms are and how to tackle them.

If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.

For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.

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Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

 

The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy 

We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that. 

Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies. 

Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher 

 

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.

Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for. 

If you cancel any rental gear from our store:

  • Cancellation of rental gear 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
  • Cancellation of rental gear less than 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a voucher of the whole amount you have paid for the rental gear. This voucher is applicable on your future treks.

If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:  

The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge. 

If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee. 

Special Cases That Could Occur:

There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.

1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.

2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)

In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you. 

Important note: Your offloading and rental fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.

3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one). 

In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.

How to cancel your trek: 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps. 

  1. Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link
  2. Find your upcoming trek on your home page. 
  3. Click on “Cancel Trek” 
  4. Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
  5. Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable). 
  6. Click on “Cancel Booking” 

How long does the refund process take?

After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.

If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.

What is a Trek Voucher?

Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.

Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable. 

How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?

If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek. 

Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. 

The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)

At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.

So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.) 

To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges. 

Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.

What your trek includes

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 6 (Diude to River Campsite). You will be camping on all days of the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from dinner at Diude on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7 . Meals are simple, nutritious and vegetarian.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment –  We provide high quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc.

What your trek does not include

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Shimla and drop you back from Barua. This will cost approx. Rs. 1,500 per trekker one way. The total cost will be shared with the other trekkers
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to Diude and return from Barua.
  3. Backpack offloading charges –  Rs. 1,800 + 5% GST for the full trek. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Diude (Rs. 400 per day inclusive of taxes).
  4. Anything apart from inclusions
  5. Buffer day on the trek: We have kept a buffer day on the trek to account for any weather related delay. If this is utilised, you will need to pay Rs.2,500 + 5% GST. This amount is to be handed over to your trek leader.
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher

Fitness

Fitness

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. The trek has gradual climbs and steep descents. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 35 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 10 km in 90 minutes. This is a minimum requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 25 km in 60 minutes.

Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,800 plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 400 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

Transport

Transport

Transport from Shimla to Janglik and return from Barua to Shimla can be arranged by us at an extra cost. This will cost approx Rs. 6,500 (for a 5-6 seater cab) per vehicle on the drive to the basecamp. The return cost will be Rs 9,000 (for a 5-6 seater cab) per vehicle

Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab. The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter.

Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

Repeat Trekker Policy

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay Indiahikes for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.

Discount for a group of 10 and above

Discount for a group of 10 and above

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.
Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

If you have a group of 15 trekkers and above, then we waive of 10% for every trekker.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

Can I keep extra luggage at the base camp of Janglik?

Can I keep extra luggage at the base camp of Janglik?

The option to leave extra luggage is not available for this trek.

Buran Ghati is a crossover trek. This means you will be starting the trek at a point, crossing a mountain pass, and ending the trek at a different point. You will not come back to the same base camp of Janglik.

Tip: Most trekkers keep their extra luggage at their hotel in Shimla and collect it later. The other option is to carry only what is necessary on the trek

What is buffer day on this trek?

What is buffer day on this trek?

The weather in the mountains is highly unpredictable. It might so happen that weather conditions prevent us from passing the cross as planned. We will then have to wait a day to do this.

Hence you must factor in the buffer day while planning your travel. Book your return journey on the next day after you reach Shimla.

Note - If the buffer day is used, you have to pay us Rs. 2,500 per day (INR) +5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day. This depends completely on the weather conditions on the trek and the call will be taken by the trek leader.

How do I book for my stay on the last day after the trek at Shimla?

How do I book for my stay on the last day after the trek at Shimla?

Booking stay at Shimla can be a bit tricky. There are two options we would suggest.

A. Book for two nights in advance at Shimla. This means a confirmation of your stay. Even if the buffer day is used or not, your stay is confirmed at Shimla.

B. Book for your stay on the last day of the trek. Take this call based on the buffer day being used. When the trek is about to end at Barua, you get network connectivity. You can either book directly or ask your friends or family members to book while you are traveling to Shimla.

Will there be rappelling from the Buran Pass during my trek?

Will there be rappelling from the Buran Pass during my trek?

If you are going during the summer months of May and June, then you will rappel down on an ice wall at Buran Pass, which is at 15,000 feet.

However, do not expect the same after the monsoon. The snow would have melted away and you don’t rappel down in the months of September, October. Instead, you descend down the trails from the pass, on a series of switchbacks.

Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

You’ll find Vodafone/ Airtel network at Janglik. There will be no signal at any of the campsites. Signal will be intermittent in the mountains. Do not depend on it. Finish all your important calls at Shimla itself. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity. There will be no electricity charging points anywhere on the trek.

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack (have a porter carry it for you). This will cost Rs.1,800 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Janglik, the amount will be Rs. 400 per day inclusive of tax. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. Online offloading in advance is possible up to five days prior to the trek start date. You can opt for this from your dashboard directly.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Buran Ghati Trek

Arun Jayadharan

Batch of
October 2019

Trek went above my expectations.
Food exceeded my expectations by miles. Are you sure you are not pampering us with such great food in such high altitude? I have not done any previous treks, so I cant compare tough.  :D
Tanmay, our trek leader was the huge factor our group bonded so well and cared for each other. The way he handled the vomiting and other gastro illness two trek-mates got, were so good that we didn't had to leave anyone behind.
The overall positive and great helpful mindset of Sandeep, Guddu, and Hari(the technical expert we had for summit crossing day) are all highlights i take away from this trek.
One thing I learned is if I trust these guys and their experience, the trek becomes very easy. This became more relevant on the summit crossing day. I truly enjoyed the descending from the summit onwards, through that snow. Some of the footsteps I stepped in(I was right behind Hari, the technical expert), I was submerged into snow upto my groin. All I had to do was be confident and follow him as he instructed. For me that day ended up being the most thrilling out of the 8 days. 

Personally I believe this trek changed my life style a bit. the requirements challenged me to quit smoking and I did that during May 2019. From June on wards I started jogging and by August I had my best time or 5 Kms in 27.05 minutes. This is part of the journey as I take it. Its a big challenge now to hold on to this change and its for me to try hard. 
The green trails initiative from your side is so commendable, that simple words are not enough. I am very happy to be a tiny part of it. All the words of awareness and your values probably make India hikes moving a bit ahead of your times, that it may seem not much appreciation from general public. But I am really hopeful soon official honors will come to Indiahikes. 

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Rajender kumar

Batch of
September 2019

I would love to trek with India Hikes again n again. It was lifetime experience. Everything was so fantastic. Great team leader, good food, strict discipline , cooperative team members, extra activities, safety measures, everything was so well organised and coordinated.

Fitness of the team was exceptionally very impressive. Green trail idea is very effective,wish we can do some more work in the near by villages.

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Kinshuk Gupta

Batch of
September 2019

Trek was amazing. The whole trek was better than expected or even mentioned in the IndiaHikes videos/blogs. I already mentioned this during the discussions on the last day of trek - the stillness of the mountains and the landscape brings that pause in your life when you are just left with yourself and your thoughts (the famous song from Kabhie Kabhie, main aur meri tanhai... :)). We need this pause in our lives from the hustle bustle of urban and family life and focus (may be on yourself).

Fitness really helped. Better fitness ensured that I was able to complete the trek without any hiccups. Green Trails is in fact a learning that I took away for the rest of my life. Also, we were quite fortunate to have a great group of trekkers (incl. the trek leader) which helped us in building the cohesiveness required.

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Nishant Pandya

Batch of
September 2019

Experience with indiahikes is always amazing and this trek was no lesser. As we did in September, the views at every campsites were unique and beautiful. Amazing view from the buran pass. Special mention to our trek leader Geet.The gem of a person. More than trek leader he was part of the trek that made trek even more enjoyable.

I would definitely like to mention the activity conducted by  trek leader geet at chandranahan lake. I don't remember when was last time I wrote a hand written letter to someone. Geet conducted activity where we sat quietly at site and wrote a handwritten letter to anyone we want. Sitting in beautiful nature and writing a letter was indeed a amazing experience and totally enjoyed some quite time I had.

As every trek we were part of fitnees and green trails, before the trek indiahikes made sure that we are maintaining fitness routine by running daily 5 kms. I think this is very necessary as trek likes buran ghati requires great fitness. Regarding green trails, I really liked the ided of keeping eco bag on entire trek and making sure we collect every waste.  trek leader also provide information of different type of waste which can be recycled which is something we can apply on our day to day life also.

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Sreejith K K

Batch of
September 2019

This was my second trek with Indiahikes and it couldn't have been any better. The food, the people involved, the campsites. Everything was so well organised. Just keep at it. You are doing an amazing job.

The fitness regime before treks has only made me get out and run more and I enjoy the banter with my friends after we complete our runs. We have some healthy competitions going on for the fastest lap-times. 

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pratik pattanayak

Batch of
September 2019

I loved the people, the ambience of the campsites in the trek, the ever changing landscapes with every twists and turns.
The local guides, food and the activities that were played were too good.

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Sindhuri Rao

Batch of
September 2019

First of all, thank god Indiahikes exist ;) This is my second trek with India hikes, and there is absolutely no doubt, I would choose Indiahikes over any other trek organizers for all my future treks. 

The whole experience was incredible. Right from the day we were all picked from Shimla on time, to the day we were dropped off back to our respective places, everything was on time, highly professional and caring staff, entertaining and educating guides.

Food served was sumptuous and nutritious. All the staff members were extremely friendly. Day 1 to day N Briefings were very elaborate and informative.

 

Its always when we register for the treks, we start the habit of running, and it continues even after the trek is completed. I have made running part of my workout routine since the time I went on my first trek last year. 

It's great that Indiahikes gives atmost importance to the trekker's fitness regimes and takes it very seriously. We get a sense of responsibility when we are asked to be able to achieve certain level of fitness.

The green trails initiative is an excellent program. It makes us re-think every time we use plastic/paper unnecessarily. It also helps to create awareness in trekkers to maintain the clean trails as much as possible.

Our trek lead Geet was just amazing. He got along the team so very well that we felt he is part of our group. His briefing was very crisp and clear. Geet kept us engaged throughout the trek with lots of fun activities. Along with the games, he also conducted informative discussions on wildlife, climate change, avoiding the usage of plastics etc. We would love to get him as our trek lead in our future treks. 

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Saurav Shetty

Batch of
September 2019

Loved the trek. The trek leader and the India hikes team was really helpful with everything. For me this was a really good experience since I started showing minor symptoms of AMS. But with the right consults from the trek leader I was able to recover well and finish the trek. 

The trek leader have us a session on the wildlife in Himalayas and lot of other facts. This was fun as well as informative for me. 

Green trails is a really good initiative started by India hikes. This really helps us to inculcate such habits not just during the trek but in our daily life as well

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Jayakumar A.S

Batch of
September 2019

Its my first High altitude trek and first trek with IndiaHikes. Very impressed with Guide and Team leader ( Sai pavan, Rohith, Golu). they given beautiful experience on trek. i got good food and best friends in my life due to this trek. i looking for future trek with only IndiaHikes.

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Shreeram Adiga

Batch of
September 2019

Trek was extremely well managed,
I would like to especially thank the trek lead pavan, for he was able to understand individuals capability and weakness, and the freedom provided for each trekker was very useful
Luxury food provided at each base camp was phenomenal.
Technical guidance by experts on the summit day was very useful.

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Shrenik Khot

Batch of
September 2019

The trek was very well organized. Sai Pawan was our trek leader and was very good and calm. Each of the campsites was clean and all the equipment/gears were very well maintained.

My sincere thanks to the cooks for providing us with nutrition filled meals throughout the day and special mention to the sweets. Hats off to the team on the ground. Thanks a lot and without them, this would not have been possible.

The safety standards were absolutely wonderful! That's precisely one of the reasons why I choose Indiahikes and didn't even consider any other trekking group. It was great and very helpful to have a technical person on the day of the pass crossing. Certain sections were tricky and thanks to the technical person, trek leader and a couple of guides (Rohit and Gollu), these sections were doable and safe.

I would like to thank Indiahikes for stressing on the fitness - if not for this, it would have been difficult for me to complete the trek with carrying my bagpack. Please folllow this and ensure that the trek members are always fully fit before they reach the base camp. Thanks.

I really admire the Green Trails initiatives but to be 100% honest, after one point in time, I didn't pick up as waste as one would expect. Will improve on this aspect next time. Thanks.

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Atin Mehra

Batch of
September 2019

This trek was one of the most awesome experience of my life till date. This got me so close to the nature in a way which I had never experienced.
The 15 mins which I spent in silence at the Chandrabahan lake was such a relaxing moment which I cannot even describe.
I will not say that the whole trek was a piece of cake because it was not. This being my first trek I found some areas to be very difficult and challenging and with the help of the trek leader, the 2 guides as well as my fellow trekkers I could manage to complete the trek.
I personally found coming down to be more difficult that climbing up and here the guide Hemraj was really helpful in guiding me about the right technique which helped on the day of the pass crossing as well

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Jigar Dedhia

Batch of
September 2019

Buran ghati trek was a unique experience for me as this was the first trek I was doing with my wife and it was the first himalayan trek for her. 

The grand mountains and pass of Butan ghati was a superb experience for us to bond even more and face a few unprecedented challenges together. 

The entire support staff from the trek leader to kitchen staff were very helpful and took very good care of the group. They went out of their way to help us on a few occasions. That to me is commitment and care at the highest level. Seldom found in our busy lives in Cities!

Stringent pre trek fitness helped me and my wife cope up with the challanges of trail that we faced. We could not only cope up with the trail but also enjoy the vast natural beauty around. 

I appreciate the green trail initiative of India hikes and support them in all the work that they are doing to keep our mountains clean. 

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Nirali Shah-Dedhia

Batch of
September 2019

The Buran ghati pass trek was not only amazing because of the picturesque but also because of the systematic placement of the campsites. The trek high, sleep low concept was managed well. The trekking activities of each day were planned so well that no day seemed too exerting. The food preparations were also very thoughtfully planned and executed. The most memorable was 'gulab jamun' at 13000 ft.

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Tejas Ramaswamy

Batch of
June 2019

I just love to trek. Especially with India Hikes. They are so organized and the treks are so well planned. The trek leaders and the guides are fantastic. Safety standards are very good. The Technical staff are very well trained and give a through demo so that all trekkers are geared up with all the safety equipment. The Trek Leaders consider the safety of the trekkers very seriously and will never take any risks if the weather is even slightly inclement. 

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Shvetha Raghunath

Batch of
June 2019

I loved Buran Ghati trek and I also want to say that Indiahikes makes this trek possible for people. The inspiration I got to keep fit, work on my stamina, breathing etc helped me complete this trek and enjoy it too. 
The great food on the trek and personal attention to everyone by our trek leader and guides help us accomplish this trek which otherwise would have been beyond my imagination.

Trek leader Leo ensured our health is of top priority. The regular pulse check, updating heal cards and their availability for folks to discuss any symptoms is amazing. He used to conduct warm up exercises before we started the trek and stretch exercises after we completed the day's trek, which would help us a lot. The safety was also taken care of because we rappelled down the ice wall on buran pass and the harness and rope technique was very safe.  

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Palak Barman

Batch of
May 2019

Buran Ghati was my first trek, ever. Yes, I know - this dodo straight up went to 15,000ft with no prior experience. But with full determination. 
Being a first, I was definitely impressionable, and looking for a benchmark to set up. Boy, did the IH team set up that benchmark REALLY high! They say nothing compares to your first trek, and I can naively say nothing will match up to my first but the biggest contributor to my gala of time being India Hikes. 
Talking to few other experienced trekkers who have dipped their toes in other companies, told me why they always come back to choose IH - safety, security, community belongingness, experience, sanitation, technical advancement etc. rates IH at the top of everyone’s list. 

To add, I had been blessed by a team of the most amazing trekkers with me. I know this is out of the hands of IH but quality attracts quality and but the prestige of IH not only reflected in the members of their own team, but the trekkers too. 

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Antara Gupta

Batch of
May 2019

Sometimes some memories are made,
in such a way which are really hard to fade.
Thank you guys for those perfect mountain memories
Which became close to the heart, something to cherish.
Professionals at its best with required personal touch,
We get all, to ask for extra, there is nothing much.

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Palak Barman

Batch of
May 2019

A1 tent quality and gear. Neat and clean sanitary conditions. Definitely, attention was paid to how many layers or sleeping bags required in what temperature. Good work

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Antara Gupta

Batch of
May 2019

About the safety standards, I always knew that 'We are in safe hand'. It was always in mind. We knew if required help is just two minutes to find.

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Palak Barman

Batch of
May 2019

IH has a very long term thought process- looking out for the future gens by getting and giving back from nature - which is highly appreciated. 

The trek leaders fitness is through the charts but what i love about IH is how it promotes fitness in a enjoyable environment. 
Green Trails is a BEAUTIFUL initiative and IH has been doing it right in every aspect they could. 

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Sujay Kulkarni

Batch of
May 2019

Trek was superb. It was very well organized by trek guides, cooking staff, trek leader. All in all it was great learning experience for me. Cooking staff provided us the delicious food every day in the extreme temperatures. Kudos to them. Leo trek leader was simply amazing focused and dedicated to all the  issues/problems of the members of his team

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Sujay Kulkarni

Batch of
May 2019

Yep these helped in keeping us cozy and warm inside the tents.  Many thanks for providing us with high quality sleeping bags

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Sujay Kulkarni

Batch of
May 2019

Yep each and every member  was monitored daily. On the basis of which Leo would take the call. Safety standards were top notch

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Sujay Kulkarni

Batch of
May 2019

Team effort is much important rather than individual effort.  To keep the mountains clean is our responsibility. Never take anything for granted in mountains

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Soundarya M S

Batch of
May 2019

The trek was amazing. So much so that I still have something that we may call a 'trek hangover'. We had our fair share of unpredictable climate, a snow avalanche and walking in 2-3 feet deep snow. But, I see all these as great personal and team learning experiences. 

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Soundarya M S

Batch of
May 2019

Definitely. All the additional gear that was provided to us, right from micro spikes to harnesses to health cards/health checkups, everything was perfect. We had a trekker who had unfortunately twisted his ankle while we were running towards the mountain side during the mini avalanche. The trek lead and guides made sure he was well and he was also prescribed the right dosages of medicines to consume (he was a doctor himself, but it still helped having that care and advice). 

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Soundarya M S

Batch of
May 2019

I've always been a clean crusader and having seen the initiatives and methods that Indiahikes have in place has only spurred me even more to make changes to my eating and waste disposing and segregation habits. Fitness, without doubt is a very important factor for any high altitude trek. I like that our fitness levels need to be approved. It helps us push ourselves to do better and keep tabs on progress. 

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Chandrashekar Gowdar

Batch of
May 2019

As said by Izzat Yaganagi, Buran Ghati is truely a bridge between 2 world. There was not a single moment when I felt bored, and specially the forest section. I have never seen such beautiful forest section in any of treks.

The campsites are perfect with the grand mountains towering infront of us, perhaps the prettiest Dayara Meadows, perfect camping at Litham were truely the highlights of the trek.

Mountains does teach us a lot of things and learnt a lot. For me the most beautiful moment was when I got to know Gurkirit was my Trek Leader as I have trekked with him earlier and I cannot ask for more as he is the best Trek Leader with great communication skills and friendly nature.
He made sure everyone were doing fine and built up the confidence.

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Pavani V

Batch of
May 2019

Trek was excellent. Excellent includes,  Trek leader,  team lead, the team itself. Gautam our trek leader was a balanced person. He knows where to be serious and when to be funny. His few tips helped lot of the team members. Basically he is good at his work. 

Views were outstanding, we were lucky because the climate cooperated and weather was good all those 7 days. We saw snowing, sunrising,  sunset,  moon at night, greenery, flowers, drinking water from streams, watching and talking to local people. It was all different experience.

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Pavani V

Batch of
May 2019

Continuous monitoring of basic health check up,  making sure team following certain principles laid by indiahikes, healthy food and following hygiene aspects. 

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Ravi Kirti Singh

Batch of
May 2019

Fitness requirement made me prepare well for the trek. Also the schedule prepared by India hikes for daily workout is helpful.
Really appreciate the green trails project, I was so happy to see the clean trails.

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Kanishk Kashyap

Batch of
May 2019

AMAZINGGGGG!!! Couldnt have asked for more honestly.
One of the best trek guides i could imagine, Syama was one hell of a leader and a complete personality to keep everyone together. The food was amazing and felt like home back there, hats off to the cooking staff who do it in those severe conditions. 
Over all i would say as my first trek in the himalayas and also with your organisation, i am COMPLETELY SATISFIED AND OVERWHELMED by the experience i had. 
Loved every moment of it. 

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Devika Wahal

Batch of
May 2019

I absolutely loved the trek and I cannot wait to get back. The India hikes team is super professional and I was highly impressed with the way things were organised for us. This being my first trek with India hikes, I had 0 expectations.  But to my surprise, everything was planned beautifully. The campsites were clean, tents were clean, food was amazing and served hot every single time! I can't believe we got dessert too :) 
And of course, our trek leader, Shyama was incredible, super friendly and knowledgable, I think we all had a great time with him on this trek and he certainly kept us entertained. Also, the trek guides were extremely helpful! 

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अक्षय बंसोड

Batch of
May 2019

Trek leader - Syama Krishna
It's very difficult to name one activity by this guy.
He is a complete package of entertainment, knowledge and motivation. I guess he has that charismatic qualities which our required .
We couldn't ask for a better trek leader.
The kind of spirit and determination he had pumped us all.
In the meantime while not trekking he is a very interesting person to chat and discuss about a lot of things.
I would say he is really knowledgeable and understands to have a good conversation.
He taught us many games and was open to play our games . Always used to be the energetic one while playing.
We played football at dayara and even at litham when the campsite was completely covered in snow.
I would like to end by saying probably he is the best trek leader any group have desired.

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Kanishk Kashyap

Batch of
May 2019

Keeping it clean would be the best part. 
Taking the no plastic challenge is also one big achievement i would say. 
The fitness really helped me prep well as i didnt feel breathless untill the last day of the summit which was due to extreme efforts to step in deep snow.

I would say what you people do is great and keeping things organised at that level and in those environments is not everyone's cup of tea.

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Devika Wahal

Batch of
May 2019

Extremely impressed with India hikes overall and their concern for the environment. Green trails is a great initiative to help keep the  mountains clean, I would definitely recommend India hikes to all my friends. A few have already signed up for treks next month. Will be back soon for another trek!!!! 

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Jaya B

Batch of
May 2019

If buran ghati is a grand buffet of the greatest Himalayan treks then the team lead Venkat, IH ground staff, trekkers from different parts of the country and the world were the best of the desserts laid on that buffet. Couldn't have asked for a better first high altitude himalayan trek! I honestly get goosebumps thinking about how real this trek was and not one single imperfection or bad memory to spot even if i tried.

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Leena Jeswani

Batch of
October 2018

The trek and everything about it was just perfect. Braham and the India Hikes crew was incredibly supportive, caring and left no stone unturned. We had a fantastic group that was fun-loving, displayed great teamwork and was truly inspiring. I would do it all over again, with India Hikes!

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Vasanth Ravi

Batch of
September 2018

This was my first trek and it was awesome!! From sharing the things what to do, what and what not to carry and how to prepare ourselves from one month back itself to till the last day of trek everything was perfect. Thanks to trek lead, helpers, porters, cook.

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Anurag Singh

Batch of
September 2018

Organised. Just the way it should go. 
One word. Perfect.

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Anurag Singh

Batch of
September 2018

Just perfect.

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Pujain Jain

Batch of
September 2018

The trek was simply amazing. Maybe amazing is an understatement for the experience I had in the mountains. The delicious food at high altitude shows how much effort the team puts into making it a beautiful experience. The highly experienced trek team and technical team help us crack the trek with great ease.  Especially on this trek, the highlight for me was our trek leader. Whose leadership responsibility and alertness inspired me and urged me to make certain changes in my own lifestyle. 

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Pujain Jain

Batch of
September 2018

Yes the tents and sleeping bags were up-to the mark. 

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SHREYA SURI CIRYAM

Batch of
September 2018

I'll take this opportunity to begin on a positive note.
The overall trek experience was Amazing! 
Every bit of it was fun-filled exciting and breathtaking.
I'm glad I choose to trek with Indiahikes. The trek lead, Varun is a gem. The lead, sweep and tech guides were extremely helpful and kind and forever smiling.
The cook and his team made delicious timely feast for every meal. I'd have loved a bigger serving spoon for the sweets, but I understand the difficulty that comes with. 
I loved the company of the team. The location is beautiful and well chosen. 

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Gaurav Keswani

Batch of
June 2018

The trek went amazing, it had all the variety of trails and scenery. The arrangements and all were well in place.
This is my 3rd trek with India Hikes and the standards have only been going upwards.
Kudos to the whole IH team from the people working from offices and the people working at the mountains during the trek

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siddharth jain

Batch of
June 2018

Buran ghati probably the most beautiful trek and what makes it more beautiful is the support from the INDIANHIKES team. You guys are doing an awesome job in bringing  the culture of trekking in india .The staff, trek leaders the cooks do an awesome job in maintaining our health and providing us with warm and nutritious food .Thanku so much for making us experience such beautiful side of mountain.
 

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Rashmi Nair

Batch of
June 2018

To start with the trek was great. Had super fun with all the trek mates and my friends. Special thanks to Dr. Varun Sharma our trek leader, our guide Negi ji and Harish ji. They ensured that our trek was safe and enjoyable at the same time. Dr. Varun is an outstanding person and very helpful at the same time.

About the trek, this was my first Himalayan trek and I am glad I made the right choice by opting for Buran Ghati Trek. The trek is very beautiful right from the start point. Views on the way to Janglik are so beautiful and mesmerizing. The Buran Ghati trek has its share of peace, beauty, thrill and excitement. Base camps are setup at the most beautiful sites with river streams, snow-covered mountains, and greenery around. Hats off to India hikes team for providing us with a such thrilling and nerve cracking experience. The rappelling down experience from Buran Ghati pass was like a cherry on the top. The trek ends in an again a very beautiful village Barua. Awesome experience overall. Kudos to the entire Indiahikes team

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Ebbie Thomas

Batch of
June 2018

The trek went very well!
This was the first time with India Hikes and I really appreciate their professionalism!
The trek lead Dr. Varun was very friendly, informative, and took good care during the whole time!
The lead guide Mr. Negi was amazing and always kept us on toes! He also enjoyed along with us by dancing and singing in the campsites!
Mr. Harish guided us at the rear end and was very patient and cooperative! Thanks to him for keeping with my pace at the very end!
All the support staff - cooks, porters, tech guys for rappelling, etc were just amazing human beings! Without them, it wouldn't have been possible!
All 21 of us completed the trek without any injury or sickness!

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Manali Mehta

Batch of
June 2018

Right from the pickup till the end of the trek, everything was well organized. Special thanks to entire India Hikes team from local guides to cooks to technical team who made our stay possible and comfortable at such heights. The interactive sessions by our trek leaders were amazing. Shout out to our leaders who made sure we all made it to the summit and they were so patient and motivating. 

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Rupesh Gosain

Batch of
June 2018

This being my first ever trek what kind or so was wonderful, Every sight that I took around was mesmerizing and awe-strucking. Thanks for making this rare trek available to us.

I would like to take this moment to specially and most importantly give all the praises and BIG THANK YOU to our trek guides both who was leading and who was at behind all throughout the trek. Mr. Negi and Mr. Harish. They did an awesome job by taking their time out of own lives and ensuring everyone are together and completing the trek easily and comfortably. There was No Rush and No Force to complete the trek. They were very supporting. Please give our regards to both of them. 

Also, I would like to thank all the kitchen staff at all the campsites, how wonderfully and heartfully they make great and awesome meals for us. Every day we were getting amazing food, hot water and what not by such hardworking and dedicating people in the kitchen. Dhaba's also don't give such food with all the facilities. And these guys are giving us such wonderful homemade food at such heights. AMAZING!!

And finally the trek leader and the porters who took our loads. Man, not an easy job what they do. The porters taking two bags on their backs and climbing up and down through rocks and snow without proper shoes and all, commendable. And the Trek leader, Varun for us. Thanks for giving him the opportunity to do this trek with us. Heard that it was also his first time trekking this Ghati or Pass. We were thankful for his presence so that we could share and have the experience for the first time. He did a really great job in handling the group and also he was never forceful or impatient on people. He was calm and waited on any health situation that occurred and handled it very well. All in all, very great journey with all the staff and guides in this trek throughout. The bond that was created so early with all of them was just wonderful. This group was really great, can't argue about it. We would love to do a trek again together as a group.

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Vivek Nair

Batch of
June 2018

The trek was absolutely amazing. The organizers were very professional. Right from Janglik to Dayara to Lithum to Dunda to Riverside Camp, at every camp the food, the backpack offloading team, the technical guides at the higher altitudes they were impeccable. Astonished and amazed at the way Indiahikes have coordinated the trek so efficiently.

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Sumit Pamnani

Batch of
June 2018

This was my first trek ever, so I might seem extra excited. But the trek was something you should get extra excited about. Right from the ride towards Janglik till Barua everything was so beautiful. You get to trek on almost all kinds of terrain. There were meadows, rocks, snow, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and what not. Rappelling & Snow slides were just the cherry on top. Fortunately, the weather was clear throughout the trek and a great group made the trek more enjoyable and comfortable. The campsites were beautiful as well as comfortable to live at. The food, tea and soup were very good and tasty. The desserts were exceptional and very delicious.( I literally kissed the hand of the cook Rahul). 

Coming to the team, the team leader (Varun Sharma), guide (Negi ji) & co guide (Ashish I think) were very co operative, friendly as well as knowledgeable. I have been with all three of them as I trekked in front, back and middle. They had a lot of patience(which is rare) and they were personally looking after each member of the group. I had a blister but it was well treated in the beginning itself due to which there was no major problem during my trek.

So to summarise, my experience was better than what I was expecting before the trek for the trek as well as IH team.
 
P.S. - The Green Trails initiative is very much appreciated.

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Rashmi Nair

Batch of
June 2018

Yes the quality of tents and sleeing bags were really good

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Ebbie Thomas

Batch of
June 2018

Both the tent and the sleeping bag was up to the mark. I had to remove my fleece jacket and socks as it was very warm inside during nights. Didn't use my warmers or the liners provided. 

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Manali Mehta

Batch of
June 2018

Every gear used during the trek was grade quality. Tents, mats, sleeping bags were sturdy and comfortable. Rappelling gear was reliable and strong which made the descent smooth.

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Vivek Nair

Batch of
June 2018

Definetly. The tents, the sleeping bags, the liners everything was spot on for Buran Ghati. They were comfortable and warm. 

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Rashmi Nair

Batch of
June 2018

The daily health checkup was carried out religiously by our trek leader. I would highly appreciate Indiahikes teams for setting up such protocols. It definitely helps in identifying early symptoms of any high altitude issues. Safety standards are really good as it ensures that every trek member makes it till the end and nobody has to leave the trek in between.

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Ebbie Thomas

Batch of
June 2018

Your safety standards were really good! Kudos to that!
Still it's up to oneself to not be stupid and stay away from danger and risky situation. With all said, trekking in Himalayan mountain is an adventurous sport so those who sign up have to be prepared for any injury.

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Manali Mehta

Batch of
June 2018

Every day our trek leader took oxy readings and gave us timely reminders to take medication. Everything was as scheduled. The team took great efforts and took really good care. 

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Rupesh Gosain

Batch of
June 2018

Everything was well taken care of. The regular health checkups were great, all safety gears on the rappelling day were pinpoint. 

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Vivek Nair

Batch of
June 2018

Your safety standards were the best I have witnessed in any trekking groups I have been with. I think if not for Indiahikes not all 21 people of our group would have made the summit. Varun Sharma, our trek leader is an amazing leader in making. A calm and a very responsible guide to have led us to this trek.Very happy to have been associated with Indiahikes and if I again trek in the himalayas, it will be and it has to be Indiahikes.

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Sumit Pamnani

Batch of
June 2018

I believe the safety standards very good enough. The oxymeter check made sure that we are in good health. Varun was also looking personally to those who were having some health issues or were on course of Diamox. During the trek also, risky areas were dealt with ease due to the presence of Varun, Negi ji & Ashsih. Due to this the whole group made it to the end without any injury.

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Yogendra Yadav

Batch of
June 2018

It was simply enjoyable. Good prelims, attention to details and competent trek leadership added much-required confidence. Food was always a sure plus point. Timely and accurate briefings ironed out potential apprehensions. Quiet, helpful and matured guide and sweeper inspired trust in care and safety. I tried but couldn't fault Indiahikes as a dependable trekking community organizer. Not the least, the group jelled well and never gave opportunities for reminders. In a nutshell, more or less a dream team combo.

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Shinu Maniyan

Batch of
June 2018

It was a lovely trek. Unfortunately, I and Vidya had to turn back after three days as Vidya fell sick. But the descent back was taken care of very well. We could offload Vidya's backpack on the way back, we were provided food on the way, stay and the food was arranged at the base camp and even a vehicle was arranged to Rohru. Don't have words to thank the team. Hats off for your care!! 

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Zahra Kheraluwala

Batch of
June 2018

Buran Ghati was my first trek ever, and it was a full package. Beautiful views around every turn on the trail. The trails varied in texture and difficulty levels which made it full of surprises. I've never been on any treks before and Buran Ghati has set the standard high. Right from the beautiful mountains down to meeting people from all different walks of life who came together to cross that pass and be one with nature was a lovely experience and I enjoyed every bit of it. I was most impressed by the kitchen staff and the porters for their efficiency and hard work. They silently worked in the background and put in the work to make our trekking experience richer. Kudos to them and their commitment. 

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Amruta Veer

Batch of
June 2018

This was my second high altitude trek with IH and it was another great experience. Buran Ghati is a beautiful trek and IH definitely made it more memorable. From the breathtaking views of Janglik, lushes of Dayara Bugyal, surreal Chandranahan lakes to the climax of the trek - the pass - nothing is going to escape my mind for the longest of time. It's really commendable how IH made the whole trek comfortable and safe, especially on the passing day. The equipment we used to rappel down the pass was of good quality and all necessary safety measures were taken by the IH technical staff.
Our trek leader didn't just led us though that beautiful terrain, he always kept our spirits up. The acclimatization walk at the first camp proved really beneficial and it made us more comfortable as we went higher up.
It was a blissful experience to trek with IH  which lived upto my experience and I look forward to have more of it. 

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Kashyap Murthy Sakalabhaktula

Batch of
June 2018

Yes, I loved it. All the folks from different spectra did a great job, rather more than what the job demanded. I felt at home in no time. The food was great, damn it did help me lose weight! The technical team did go the extra mile to ensure our safety. The porters did a great job never was our offloaded baggage late. You guys stand by your motto, true to every word! Thanks a lot and great job guys! 

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Rajadurai Rajan

Batch of
June 2018

It was an amazing experience for a first-time trekker like me. All the trails were stunning and breathtaking. Carrying the backpack and trekking made it challenging but all the mesmerizing views made it worth it all. It was my first experience with snow and I could not have asked for a better way to have it. The most humbling of it all was to watch the porters swiftly walk by while we huffed and puffed through the mountains. I had a great time being surrounded by beautiful mountains and like-minded people. 

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Yogendra Yadav

Batch of
June 2018

Tents were adequate for three occupants, sturdy and comfortable enough. Sleeping bags were good sized and adequately warm for our experience.

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Zahra Kheraluwala

Batch of
June 2018

The tents were of good quality. Being wind and waterproof they kept us warm and dry. The sleeping bags were also well maintained and comfortable. I only encountered one incident of damaged equipment at the river campsite. One of the toilet tent's zipper had broken and the tent was not usable because of that. It didn't make any difference to us and we didn't really face any issues because of that. I'm sure the technical staff has already tended to the problem, but just letting you know. :)

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Amruta Veer

Batch of
June 2018

The tents and sleeping bags given by IH did live up to expectations. The sleeping bag liners were clean. We were pleased to see warm liners at the coldest camp site - Dhunda. 

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Rajadurai Rajan

Batch of
June 2018

Yes, indeed. Tents and sleeping bags held really well through the weather and helped with staying warm. 

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Zahra Kheraluwala

Batch of
June 2018

I thought it was great that health check ups were a part of everyday routine on the trek. If not for anything else, it kept us motivated to stay hydrated and healthy just to see a higher score on the oxymeter :D . 
The gear provided to us was also of good quality. In terms of safety on the trail, I never felt unsafe or worried about anything. The guides were always around to help us through difficult sections of the climbs or river crossings and were very motivating and encouraging. 

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Amruta Veer

Batch of
June 2018

The safety standards followed by IH were up to the mark. Our Oxymeter readings and pulse were taken regularly. Our health cards were updated without fail. One our trek mates had an accident while descending on the last day. The way she was taken care of and brought down to Barua was exceptionally efficient and well managed. We couldn't thank  our trek leader, guide and sweeper enough for helping her and managing the situation properly. 

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Rajadurai Rajan

Batch of
June 2018

Great emphasis was placed on safety. On two instances people weren't allowed to proceed further with the trek due to health reasons. Taking these difficult calls showed us that the safety protocol was high and the trekker's health and well being is greatly valued. 

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Prerna B k

Batch of
June 2018

Buran Ghati was my first trek with IH and the whole experience was definitely up to the expectation. The trek leader was well trained,  well informed and had good decision making skills.  The local guides were  very motivating, helpful and courteous. The whole program was well thought of, organised and planned. Food was  yummy and just what a trekker need at the right  time! The facilities at the campsite were above expectation. The only one thing that was a little disappointing was the end day. The trek ended very abruptly and everyone just dispersed as soon as we reached the last point. This was the last day of the trek and I just hoped there was just one more day or at least few more hours where the entire group had just enough time to  say Goodbyes!  Overall, great experience. Will definitely recommend  to  friends and family!

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My encounter with the surrealistic Himalayas at Buran Ghati!

In her own words, Vidhya K Pai had "the time of her life" on the Buran Ghati Trek. From rappelling down the ice-wall to the never-ending Dayara Meadows.

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    1. Hi Isha, the Buran Ghati pass will not be accessible in November. There will be too much snow in the approach to the pass, so it becomes inaccessible. The lower reaches of the trek are still accessible. We cover more than half the same trail in the Chandranahan Lake trek. You could consider that in November. You’ll find the details here – https://www.indiahikes.com/chandranahan-lake-trek/

    1. Hi Shruti, Buran Ghati is open in summer and in post-monsoon season. That’s May-June and Sept-Oct. These are the only two seasons when the trek is accessible. Before summer, there’s too much snow, and after summer, there’s too much rain. So if you want the experience of getting down the snow wall, then choose from May and June for your trek. 🙂

  1. Hey. I did the Dayara Bugyal Trek in February 2019 and it was very wonderful experience with IH. Now i am confused between Buran Ghati and Rupin Pass trek. I want to do it May month as well i want to see some snow too. Which trek is ideal? Please help me out.

    1. Hi Parin,
      Rupin Pass and Buran Ghati are both fantastic treks for someone looking for a step up in terms of difficulty over Dayara Bugyal.
      Honestly, they both are must-do treks- Rupin Pass for the way it surprises you at every turn and Buran Ghati for the best of every element you can expect on a trek!
      If you specifically want to do a trek in the latter half of May, I would suggest doing Rupin Pass. Buran Ghati is best attempted in mid-June, as the trail comes alive with flowers then 🙂

    1. Hi Anirudh,

      Depending on the snowfall during winter, we take a call on when to open batches in May. Based on previous years’ snowfall, we have noticed that the end of May is a good time to begin our batches.

      Incase we do open batches sooner, we will send you an e-mail.

  2. What will be the weather condition of Buran ghati trek during 2nd week of october ? Can i experience of getting down the snow wall ?

    1. Hi Sanju, usually the Buran Ghati doesn’t have much snow in October. This is around the time when the first winter snow comes in, but it depends on your luck, whether you see snow or not. If you’re going in SEpt/Oct, I’d say expect not to see snow, but if you do, it’s a big bonus. If you’re very particular about rappelling down the snow wall, go in May or June. That’s the best time to experience Buran Ghati’s famous snow wall.

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